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Mission

Journals of Color provides a unique platform for Bronx teens to creatively express their voices without having them silenced.

the need.

Underrepresentation of black people has long existed from many years ago until today, ranging from the entertainment industry, our very own history textbooks, and literature. The lack of diversity in books remains a huge problem today as much as it did in the past. What we read is a reflection of our lives and the world, and if literature has a lack of diversity, we are presented with a one-sided perspective of everything. Even when the stories of minorities are told, they are rarely written from authors of the same racial background. Here at Journals of Color, we strive for diversity and we are the change.

12%

of children's books from US publishers were written by racial minorities, according to the Cooperative Children's Book Center report.

27%

of children books featured animals and non-human characters, beating the 23% of African American books in 2018, according to the Cooperative Children's Book Center Report.

1%

of children books portrayed indigenous characters out of the 3,134 children books reviewed for a study, according to the Cooperative Children's Book center report.

why join?

Community

As a magazine exclusively for teens, you have the chance to make new friends and be involved in a creative, talented, and an intelligent group of aspiring writers, artists, and photographers. You can have a stable support of connections and share opportunities amongst each other in our virtual group chat.

Improve

No matter your experience with writing, art, or photography, if you are passionate, this is the place for you. Journals of Color will allow you to deepen your love for literature as you will be writing a poem, creating art, or capturing photos once a month. You will learn what it is like to create with intent and meaning. 

Community

As a magazine exclusively for teens, you have the chance to make new friends and be involved in a creative, talented, and an intelligent group of aspiring writers, artists, and photographers. You can have a stable support of connections and share opportunities amongst each other in our virtual group chat.

Improve

No matter your experience with writing, art, or photography, if you are passionate, this is the place for you. Journals of Color will allow you to deepen your love for literature as you will be writing a poem, creating art, or capturing photos once a month. You will learn what it is like to create with intent and meaning. 

our partners

The TimeLapse, founded by college freshman Aysan Dehghani and high school senior Lindsay Shachnow, is a photojournalist site capturing stories through an open minded lens. The TimeLapse is a global team of teens writing on topics that are compelling and timely inspiring change through many artistic mediums such as writing, photography, and film. The TimeLapse instills trustworthy conversations among experts and local neighbors presenting raw stories to its audience to form their own truth. The signatures at the end of every article renew our promise of authentic and reliable stories.

advisory board

Annie Stavang (she/her)

Program Manager at Amazon

Amy E. Witting (she/her)

Master Teaching Artist at Roundabout Theatre Company

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On our Instagram (@journalsofcolor.mag), we use it as another platform for creativity and activism to educate our audience about breaking news, race issues, BIPOC history, cultural holidays, and Bronx news + spotlights. If you're interested in generating research content or graphics, apply to be our research team member or graphic designer today!

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