• Art

    Make a Statement

    Hi my name is Amaya Santiago. I am 17-years-old and I was born and raised in the Bronx, NY. I am African American and my family is from the British Virgin Islands as well as other Caribbean islands.  The piece I submitted started off as a fun edit that was simply done out of boredom. However, it soon turned into a commentary on how magazine publishers, as well as most companies in the beauty industry, rely on degrading female consumers in order to sell their own products. At first, I was making an innocent, light-hearted and fun edit of me on the cover of Haper’s Bazarr and it was going…

  • Art,  Dear Brown Girl

    Not Your Stereotype

    Hi! I am Raina Pahade and I am a senior in a high school from Princeton, New Jersey! I am Indian, specifically Gujarati, and Marathi but I was born and raised in America. The piece I submitted is an acrylic painting on several wood panels titled “A Response”. It is basically a response to American society and the traditional Indian culture. All statements depicted in this piece are real statements that have been said to me or I have heard! Some of the statements are responses to those claims. I chose to paint two Indian women; the one on the left side is supposed to represent what Indian and American…

  • Keepin' It Real

    Drawing Lines, Forming Borders

    Hello Afro Puff Chronicles, my name is Mariana Benitez Arreola. I am a Mexican-American female from Eastside San Jose in California. I am currently a senior at William C. Overfelt high school in California. These two pieces were inspired by my experience of living in a lower-income area of San Jose, in which the majority of people are minorities and are greatly affected by immigration. My neighborhood is often misjudged and has false pretences. Due to its reputation as a lower-income community, a lot of stereotypes are used against the individuals that are apart of the community. These skewed views cause a divide which is why San Jose is a…