This post is part of a Nat. Brut series in which feminist writers, artists, and activists discuss people, publications, or organizations who are working toward inclusivity. Today cartoonist Joamette Gil shares her choices.
We Want the Airwaves
“This podcast [is] an archive of interviews with queer and trans artists of color…”
This podcast by Nia King is both an archive of interviews with queer and trans artists of color as well as a personal quest for an answer that every art activist must find: is it possible to sustain myself through my artistic practice without compromising my most deeply held values? King has recorded conversations (in both audio and text formats) with people from all walks of life and craft, from Magnoliah Black and Julio Salgado to Nina Malaya and Aamer Rahman.
The Bad Dominicana
“Dissecting white Latinx supremacy with the sharpest scalpel…”
Zahira Kelly is best known as Bad Dominicana online, where she doles out brutally-and-beautifully honest wisdom on TheNewInquiry.com and provides tomes worth of sociocultural critique on Twitter and Tumblr from her perspective as an anticolonial Latinegra. Dissecting white Latinx supremacy with the sharpest scalpel is how she first caught my eye on social media. Her writing is largely responsible for advancing my analysis of race and Latinidad beyond the mainstream narratives that left me feeling adrift.
Two Brown Girls
“…simultaneously fun, cathartic, brilliant, and personal.”
Fariha Róisín and Zeba Blay are two pop culture/film writers who hang out and talk about race and the shows they like. That’s what I love about the Two Brown Girls podcast: it’s simultaneously fun, cathartic, brilliant, and personal. Give them a listen if you’re working alone and find yourself in need of quality brown girl company!
Joamette is a queer Afrocuban illustrator, cartoonist, and writer from the Miami diaspora. Her interdisciplinary degree in social justice and psychology gave her a language to identify the socioeconomic inequities her mom always called “la vida.” Now she works everyday to create her own language — a combination of images, words, and digital technologies — to tell the stories she was always waiting for. She believes in the healing nature of narratives that reflect their readers’ lives and identities, and the empowering effects of having epic heroes that look just like you. Injustice, community, and kids with powers are the major themes that drive her storytelling and cartooning.