Looking for BIPOC writers interested in books, writing, media, and more.

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BLK INK is currently accepting new writers.

We prioritize the voices of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), queer people, immigrants, and other historically marginalized groups. This publication focuses on various forms of media, but particularly those of the literary variety.

We’re looking for stories about:

Black literature and authors

Media representation and diversity

Gender and sexuality in media

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and other books (Note: we are looking for writing about these genres; please do not submit your own stories or poetry.)

Film, TV, theater, and all other visual media

Comic books

Podcasts

We want your thoughts and opinions on the media you consume! Don’t be afraid to be critical, but we also encourage you to talk about the things you love. …


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Last week my local bookstore was having a sale on discounted comics — buy 5, get 5 free. I hadn’t purchased a comic in years, but with prices ranging from 50¢ to $4, I couldn’t pass that up.

After getting bored trying to navigate my way through decades worth of the more popular titles, I got to work flipping through box after box of hundreds of indie comic books. Thousands of stories brushed through my fingers as I set my sights on anything unique and interesting.

I picked up an issue with two girls on the cover — a Black girl with a determined gaze that only people 5'3" and under can muster, and a greaser chick with an Audrey Hepburn haircut. …


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Let’s start off with some statements that can hopefully quell any anger long enough for you to consider reading this whole thing:

  1. Feminists can (and obviously do) wear makeup.
  2. Wearing makeup does not make anyone a less effective or serious feminist.
  3. Wearing makeup is not wrong or bad.
  4. Choosing not to wear makeup does not make anyone a superior feminist.

To be absolutely clear: I am not attempting to persuade anyone to give up makeup, and I’m not saying that wearing makeup is anti-feminist. Frankly, this whole argument has gotten a bit old over the years. Yet in many attempts to defend makeup wearers, an argument tends to emerge along the lines of: “Actually, wearing makeup is incredibly feminist and here’s why.” Which is…a problem. Because makeup is not anymore feminist than it is anti-feminist. …


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Growing up, my local library was a safe space before I even understood what that term meant.

My living arrangement was complicated in middle and high school. I didn’t take the bus. My parents weren’t able to pick me up right when school let out. I needed somewhere to go in the meantime that was safe for an unaccompanied teenage girl.

Luckily for me, there was a public library right down the road. At least 3 to 4 days out of the 5-day school week I went to the library for about an hour or two. The librarians knew me well. They looked out for me, let me and a few other students have first pick of the new YA books whenever they arrived, and were graciously forgiving of the countless fines I racked up over the years from checking out way too many books too often. …


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Representation and diversity have long been hot-button topics around media conversations. Oftentimes, there’s a lot of discussion about how meaningful it is for POC to have media that reflects them — and it is very meaningful. But it should also be acknowledged that diverse representation is important for everyone to witness, and particularly for those with the most privilege.

Stories play an important role in helping to shape our understanding of the world from a very young age.

America’s history of redlining and the effects of educational segregation that we still see today mean that a lot of people grow up in racially isolated environments. Many white people have told me about how few POC they knew growing up and how homogenous their neighborhoods were. I remember getting a ride home in high school from a friend who was weirdly excited to realize I was the first Black person to ever get in their car. …


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BLK INK FANTASTICS: Fall 2020 Afrofantasy Books

It’s been…a year, to say the least. As we brace for the next big sociopolitical wave to come crashing over us, it’s important to give our minds some reprieve from the never-ending news cycle.

Having discussed the great role Afrofantasy plays in offering Black people some joy and escapism from the dystopian hellscape of modern society, here’s a look at some of the recent Afrofantasy books of 2020 to get you through the next season.


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I am going to say something wrong.

To be completely honest, I already feel as if I’ve said many somethings wrong. Any time I sit down to write, I can’t help but think of all the powerful activists I admire and the multitude of ways they would disagree with me. I imagine them reading one of my articles and thumbing through an endless mental encyclopedia of sources I’ve never even heard of, much less read. I imagine them rolling their eyes at my rudimentary analysis of race relations or queer politics. I imagine them laughing. I imagine them frowning. …


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I am not going to tell you to set reading goals so that you can finish some arbitrary number of books in a year, or make a commitment to reading a certain number of pages each day. Reading isn’t a responsibility or a chore. (At least, not the kind of leisure reading that I’m talking about. RIP students.) This is for people who are genuinely interested in reading more for the personal enjoyment and enrichment that it brings.

If you read Part 1 of this ‘For People Who Never Liked Reading’ series and determined books might be for you after all, here are some methods for incorporating them into your life. …


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Anyone who is looking to learn about personal finances has likely already come across Dave Ramsey, Graham Stephan, and the plethora of other wealthy white men who want to explain to you why every financial decision you’ve ever made is wrong.

When I was first trying to navigate the world of student loans and credit cards as a college student, it was overwhelming to have so many “experts” telling me, “Do this specific thing right now or you’ll never get ahead in life!” …


Sorry, Storm…

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Storm from X-Men

I’ve said this before, but I read a lot of Afrofantasy.

The first time I came across a character described as having dark skin and bright white hair, I thought it was a cool and unique design. Aesthetically, I love some high contrast imagery, and I’ve been known to rock some silver braids myself every once in a while. For some reason, I was captivated by this depiction of an African girl with a face framed by snowy curls.

The second time I encountered this character design, once again in an Afrofantasy novel, I still thought it was interesting. …

About

Casira Copes

Bisexual Black feminist and creator of the BLK INK publication. Book reviewer with a love of queer novels.

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