In celebration of Black History Month, we are publishing an archived interview with Christina Hairston from February, 2016. Images by Christina Hairston Christina Hairston is an artist, activist, and senior student in VCUarts. Around campus she is known for being a trendsetter and being actively involved in her community. Her striking ensembles and significant, consistent presence make her instantly identifiable. She is a founder of Black Art Student Empowerment and is also an organizer of the BlackVCUSpeaks movement. In 2017 she received the Black History in the…Continue Reading “Formation: An Interview with Christina Hairston”

images by Shannon Wright, source Shannon Wright is an outspoken activist, storyteller, comics artist, and illustrator who is also currently a graduating senior at VCU in the Communication Arts Department.  Her work has appeared in The Guardian, Bitch Magazine, The Response, Hopes&Fears, and Today’s Christian Woman.  Though she spends most of her time making viewers and readers cry and hug their loved ones with the emotional force of her work, she took a break to talk with me about her early influences,   Elly Call:…Continue Reading “Flavor: An Interview with Shannon Wright”

work by Malcolm Peacock featured photo by Maxwell Runko object photos by Christian Gregory Malcolm Peacock, a senior in the VCU Painting and Printmaking department, uses his work to create a space for discourse about the experiences of black citizens in response to contemporary events. I met with Malcolm to discuss his art, his experiences, and his perspective on issues that black individuals and artists are facing currently. MEGAN GOLDFARB: Your work is, in my opinion, a poignant reflection on black identity. Could you talk about your…Continue Reading “Fearless: An Interview with Malcolm Peacock”

image source words by Sylvia Jones   i am i be –De La Soul Letters to My Daughter pulsing;  a phantom limb borrowed equipped me to love my mother. You personified debonair You fashioned me a skeptic so I was prepared for shortcomings and backfires, anticipating what looks like progress; a moonwalk, an illusion of forward.   Lorde, Hooks, Dove, Giovanni, Raab, Boyle can be blamed too. But without you  Maya, I am disarranged. Come back and teach us how to listen better. After they krooned your death…Continue Reading “Angelou Street”