• Press

    Press: Alfalfa Studio

    My good friend Tyler Newman is the founder and creator of Afro Puff Chronicles, a website dedicated to promoting the stories of women and girls of color. Tyler’s always been an inspiration in my life, and her amazing work is making real impact in the community. I wanted to learn more about Afro Puff Chronicles for this week’s Interview the Gram. You can visit APC’s Instagram here. Alfalfa Studio: Why do you do what you do? Tyler Newman: Well, first off, I’m a girl of color living in a world where the stories of girls like me aren’t “mainstream”. Growing up I often had those experiences of “Oh, it feels like I’m the only one…

  • Art,  Keepin' It Real

    Brush Strokes

    Hello APC! My name is Andrea Gonzales and I am a sophomore at the University of San Francisco, studying Business Marketing and Design. As a first-generation Filipina with strict (but loving) parents in the medical field, I’ve been told that art will always be “just a hobby.” Since my family members consistently reduced the importance of art to merely a “pastime,” I forced myself to believe that the medical field was meant for me and neglected my passion for art. Plagued by the idea that medicine was the only opportunity to be successful, I initially enrolled at the University of San Francisco as a nursing major. But as I finished…

  • Misc

    Broken Words

    Hey APC, my name is Tiffany Jacome and I am a senior at an all-girls school in NYC. I am Latina, born and raised in Ecuador, having come to America to pursue a future for myself. I am 18 and if my life could be described in one quote, it would be: what is said can be done. If you say you can’t do it, then you’re most likely right. In this piece, I could talk about all the struggles I’ve gone through as a teenager. The heartbreaks, lost friends, insecurities, fears and more, however, if we went into that, I’d never stop writing. Instead, I’d rather share with you…

  • Misc

    Moment Captured

    Hey APC! My name is Sokhna Samb and I’m an aspiring cinematographer. When it comes to my work, I am constantly inspired by vibrant colors, symmetry, and most importantly by what’s being captured and what’s not. In my future work, I would like to explore how detached the camera is as a tool of photography and cinematography. Inspired by watching movies as a kid, as a teenager, I began to make my own short films. I hope that in my life I’ll be able to both create and participate in spaces where black women are directing films and creating stories that are universal yet very specific to poc experiences. I’m…

  • Dear Brown Girl,  Keepin' It Real

    A Look in the Mirror

    Hey APC! My name is Andrea, and I’m a junior at Phillips Exeter Academy.  I go to a boarding high school in New Hampshire, I grew up in Hong Kong. Although there are numerous differences between these two places, such as in culture and social norms, I’ve discovered one striking thing they have in common—the disturbing prevalence of white beauty standards. You’d think that a homogeneous Asian city would at least adhere to a less restrictive set of beauty standards, but I’ve come to realize that this notion is naive and untrue. The presence of white supremacy manifests in subtle, insidious, indelibly damaging ways, whether in countries next to or…

  • Dear Brown Girl,  Keepin' It Real,  Misc

    “Oreo”

    Hey APC! My name is Karla Sterrett and I am a 16-year-old from New York.  You’re not black enough! You “talk white”! You’re an Oreo, white on the inside but black on the outside! Hearing these comments from the age of 11 to 16 hurts. How am I supposed to respond to a comment so degrading? Words such as these make me feel powerless, tearing down my confidence, enlarging the insecurities I already have about myself. Being black is apart of who I am, so for another black person to say that I’m not “black enough” is worse than a slap in the face. It’s as if your own pride…