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We're very pleased to welcome a new column by C. Kubasta, Portaging, which celebrates new writing from the Midwest with a particular focus on experimental and hybrid work from small presses.
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Joanna Harader takes on forgiveness, Christianity, and the theology of abuse in this month's Open Book column.
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We're excited to welcome Latonya Pennington's new column, The Afro YA, to BMP Voices! The Afro YA promotes black young adult authors and YA books with black characters, especially those that influence Pennington, an aspiring YA author who believes that black YA readers need diverse books, creators, and stories so that they don’t have to search for their experiences like she did.
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"Solange Knowles may be Beyoncé’s younger sister, but that doesn’t mean she’s content to stay shadowed in a corner.
Yes, Solange may not be a household brand, but I can’t help but think that she prefers it this way. This level of celebrity allows Solange to directly critique anti-blackness and white supremacy in America without the fear of public backlash that could destroy her pop culture bankability."

Vanessa Willoughby's latest column for BMP Voices talks Solange, white privilege, black girls, and the value of anger.
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"Margaret is a normal girl. Sometimes she is mean. Sometimes she parrots her friend and her parents and she doesn’t think for herself. By the end, Margaret sees just how fallible these people often are.
This, I think, is the triumph of this book: how Blume manages, despite the tight focus on Margaret’s consciousness, to show that her assessments aren’t always right."

Don't miss Mindy's reading and re-reading of ARE YOU THERE, GOD? for How To Be a Girl this week.

http://www.brainmillpress.com/mindyhung/voices/how-to-be-a-girl-by-mindy-hung/real-girl/
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"My Ethiopian daughter has pulled me bodily into the dialogue about race. I didn’t think it applied to me before. That had been my privilege." — Sarah Hahn Campbell is back with a Subversions column about race, Starbucks, and parenting.
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"Like most LGBTQIA+ people, I have a lot of pain in my past. Pain suffered at the hands of bullies, of society, and of myself. Pain that often made very little sense at the time of its infliction. This is where scrapbooking can help. It allows for reflection to be coupled with action. The act of sorting through memories, painful or not, is empowering. It may seem symbolic, but it’s more than that because an actual document — an artefact – is being created in the process."

Don't miss Mike McClelland's excellent personal essay on scrapbooking at Voices this week — the latest installment in our Makers on Making column.
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Racism has a demonstrably negative impact on physical and mental health. Why aren't we taking the online harassment of women of color more seriously?
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"The power in her narrative, the pain she digs out of your insides, the metaphorical genius that cuts through the literal mind and forces you to search for her meaning, the unmatched concision of her speech...She is the reason I write. She is the reason I embrace my own pain and attempt to transcribe it into words."

New Voices contributor Nazhah Khawaja explains the impact Toni Morrison has in her life in our Genre: The Best I Ever Had series.
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"Even if she hasn’t outwardly labeled herself a feminist or appeared on stage in front of a huge, blazing FEMINIST sign at the VMAs, Elliott’s music has always been about championing women and disavowing sexist double standards. "

Vanessa Willoughby discusses Missy Elliott's impact on the music industry in her column I'm Not Exotic, I'm Exhausted.
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