Janit Von Saechao (she/they) is a writer and creator whose work (and presence) is an embodiment of their ancestral pride and their resistance to the erasure of their community. In this Spotlight, Janit shares with us the rich history and resilience of their indigenous roots and what it means to be a part of the Southeast Asian diaspora. [Photo courtesy of Lara Sidhu]
While society often tries to confine us to a singular identity, Amanda Pericles breaks that linearity through Afrolatinas_, an Instagram account that “highlight[s] the diversity and beauty among black women of Latin-American descent.” Boasting over 10K followers, Afrolatinas_ is a testament to the multiple identities within this community and an affirmation of the need for a more global representation of black people.
Women are complex and dynamic. While each woman's story is different, they all deserve and call for a platform from which to share and inspire others. With Trust Your Vision, Estefany Herrera provides just that through a digital platform that shares the motivational journeys of diverse women overcoming adversity.
Marian Guerra is a leader in the political and activist communities. Specifically, she is the communications director for New York City council member Margaret Chin and a part of Asian American Millennials Unite. In our current social and political climate, she emphasizes the importance of organizing within communities for systemic reform and concrete change.
KJ Miller and Amanda E. Johnson are the founders of Mented Cosmetics, a beauty line for women of color. Unlike many other companies and pop culture figures in the makeup industry, Mented isn’t mistaking diversity for a trend. It's devoted to celebrating the beauty of women of color through accurate representation.
It's no surprise that today's media continue to highlight white narratives. Even when a network or film's director decide to show a person of color, they usually do it without nuance and with plenty of inaccuracies. Paloma Valenzuela saw and felt this lack of identity in media and created The Pineapple Diaries, a comedic web series on YouTube. It surrounds the lives of four Latinx women in Boston's Jamaica Plain, maneuvering their way through their 20s and 30s.
Naiomy Guerrero is the creative voice behind GalleryGirl.nyc, a platform devoted to the discussion of contemporary art. Not only has Naiomy Guerrero found harmony in her own identity as a "proud Latinx New Yorker," she is bridging the gap between the art world and artists of color.
Amanda Nguyen is making her mark on the United States’ legal system and paving the way to civil rights for sexual assault survivors. Taking action after her own assault and experience with the justice system, Nguyen has brought together a community of advocates and survivors, providing a platform to reclaim power and agency. Her organization, Rise, seeks to make meaningful changes in an unfair and faulty system that has historically undermined survivors’ civil rights.
Amrit Kumar and Mriga Kapadiya are the designers of the hip label NorBlack NorWhite. At the intersection of their vibrant identities, extensive travels between Canada and India, and their love for 90’s R&B and Hip Hop, lies their brand — a space where they can embrace and create new meaning to ancient practices of textile designs.