Issue two

Identity

 

An evolving digital issue exploring the theme of identity.

* No Submission Deadlines *

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About the Issue

 

 

Issue Two / Identity is a work-in-progress, an open-ended space for others to share their work and ideas about identity. We are always accepting submissions for written content and creative work for this issue; articles and video are especially appreciated. We encourage submissions to address the theme, figuratively or directly, but to use it more as inspiration than limitation.

We unapologetically give preference to content created by women, especially women of color and are always inspired by work that addresses issues of oppression, gender, race, culture and identity. Each issue is released for an optional donation from readers to which 100% of all funds received goes to a charity organization. Donations from Issue 2 / Identity will be donated to Raices - or donate to Raices directly here.

 
 
 

 

 
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INTERVIEW / PHOTO STORY

Chulas de Chulita Vinyl Club

 

 
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Film Photo Story by Alicia Vega / Interview by Kim Marie

Models: Shavone OteroSi Mon EmmettJennifer Rother

Stylist: Madeline Casas

 

Chulita Vinyl Club is an all women's DJ Collective for self-identifying womyn of color providing a space for empowerment and togetherness. Spinning vinyl in Texas and California - their chapter locations include Austin, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, Los Angeles, Santa Ana, the Bay Area, and San Diego. We were able to sit down with Shavone Otero a.k.a. Dj Canela ConSafos to discuss chicano soul, being mestiza y neplantera, cumbia and what it means to dj as a form of activism.

Keep up with Chulitas on Insta or visit their site for more info:

www.chulitavinylclub.com  

@chulitavinylclub

 
Cumbia is como the heartbeat of la gente
 

Q: Is CVC only for women with Latina heritage? Or is it a community for all WOC? 

CVC is a collective of self-identifying womyn with a mix of heritages/identities, mostly Latina-identifying (Afro-Latina, Chicana, Xicana, Tejana, Mexicana, Salvadoreña, etc.)

 

Q: Many DJ spaces - especially coming from Austin - are often white and male dominated; it's refreshing and powerful to see Latinas in these environments taking up space. Do you view this as a form of resistance in our current political environment? 

Absolutely, and I think the infamous Caroline event speaks to that. Although the event was unfortunate all around, it was promising to see the support and solidarity we had afterwards. It highlighted the reality of how CVC is reclaiming traditional white and male spaces, which resonates as a political act of resistance at large. We partner with other women and WOC who are also creating similar spaces, such as Las Ofrendas and Boss Babes. Our collaboration is not only a fun way to meet other WOC in Austin (which took me some time to find when I first moved here) but it is also a collective resistance to create our spaces. Plus, it has provided opportunities to network creatively and politically as a WOC in Austin.

 

>> FOLLOW CHULITA VINYL CLUB ON FACEBOOK <<

>> FOLLOW CHULITA VINYL CLUB ON INSTAGRAM <<

 
Neplantera. Ni de aquí, ni de allá.
I belong in the space in between.

Q: Chicano soul seems to be a big part of Chulita's playlists - a product of black and brown communities living side by side; It's nice to see a mix of old and new music being spun by WOC. Besides spinning vinyl only, are there guidelines for music CVC plays or is it mostly about taking private collections into public spaces?

As both communities have struggled historically and currently with oppression, it is beautiful to create solidarity and celebration through a shared love of chicano soul / soul classics for black and brown communities. I love that we play whatever we like in CVC. There aren't any guidelines necessarily, but we communicate ideas of what type of music we'll bring, depending on the event. At our last meeting, one of the Chulitas said that she is proud to be able to play her Grandparent's vinyl in public spaces; when before they [her Grandparents] had to hide their culture, much like many of our Grandparents did during assimilation practices during that era. In a way, it's become a political statement to be able to proudly and publicly play our Latino music.  We each have our own styles, and I enjoy learning about new artists from other Chulitas. It is great to let the music share the stories and celebrate the memories we have with our songs ...

 
 
 

© Alicia Vega Photography 2018

 

 
 
 
 
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featured artist / travel story

Vanessa Acosta of Wasi Clothing

 
 
Designing with indigenous, hand-woven textiles means that you are working with sacred materials.

Fashion Designer and Photographer Vanessa Acosta has garnered attention for her handmade label Wasi Clothing. In this feature, Vanessa shares her thoughts on designing, ancestral respect, Bolivian-American identity and recounts her recent travels through South America. View her full photo story and article below.

 
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© Vanessa Acosta, Wasi Clothing 2018

 
 

 
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editorial / interview

Mi Hermana by Alicia Vega  

 
 
We deliver the babies, we raise the children, we run the world.
 
 

I started my photography career in the most inherently feminine way possible - photographing home births. I gave birth to my own son at home, with three midwives present. The whole experience was incredibly empowering and permanently changed me. I felt such a sense of camaraderie amongst women after that. It was like, we deliver the babies, we raise the children, we run the world...

 

 
  © Alicia Vega Photography 2018

© Alicia Vega Photography 2018

 
 

 
 

food & culture / INTERVIEW

Chicano Eats with Esteban Castillo

One of the reasons I started Chicano Eats is because I kept seeing other people outside of our culture being tapped to share our stories and speak for our culture, erasing our narratives and creating their own, and I wanted to do something about it.
 
 
 

 
 

culture / podcasts we love

Issue 2 / Identity

May 3, 2018

Capítulo 038: Femme Defense

mamis of myth and bullshit

Locatora Radio 

 

Locatora Radio is a Radiophonic Novela which makes space for the exploration and celebration of the experiences, brilliance, creativity, and legacies of femmes and womxn of color. Each Capitulo of Locatora Radio is made with love and brujeria, a moment in time made by brown girls, for brown girls. Listen as Las Locatoras, Mala and Diosa, keep brown girl hour and discuss the layers and levels of femmeness and race, mental health, trauma, gender experience, sexuality, and oppression. 

The recent election of Donald Trump has caused real fear and concern in communities of color, amongst femmes, and amongst survivors of sexual violence. In this Capitulo, Diosa and Mala discuss the importance of learning to defend oneself in a world that is increasingly violent towards historically marginalized people.

 
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October 5, 2017

Episode: We Get Biracial

with Jenna Wortham and Wesley Morris. 

Still Processing 

In this episode: "We talk about the cultural and historical suspicion America still has of black-white interracial romantic relationships. Then we consider the offspring of interracial coupling — whether the possibility of occupying two identities (or more) is a choice, a luxury or a delusion; and what fears, doubts or envy non-biracial black Americans might feel about biracial black Americans. We consider our feelings about Rashida Jones, Drake and Vin Diesel. We unpack the writings of Zadie Smith and Barack Obama. And we kind of have to ask: Aren’t we all a little bit mixed?"


March 12, 2018

Episode: Does Tech Encourage Ghosting?

how your tiny tech decisions impact your social life.

Why’d You Push That Button?

 
 

 

CONVERSATIONS & EMPOWERMENT

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