Tag Archives: QPOC

LISTEN: Traveling (and Eating) Better with Bani Amor

Hey people.

If you’ve yet to be blessed with the opportunity to hear my mousy voice chase an idea in circles in search of a point to make, then you’re in luck, ’cause the good folks of the Racist Sandwich podcast recently had me on their show to talk food, travel and power. For the uninitiated, the Racist Sandwich podcast is the best podcast, according to me (and many others). Hosted by journalist Zahir Janmohammed and chef Soleil Ho, both Portland-based POC, they tackle food, race, gender and class with guests doing dope shit in the food world, all while being cute, witty and smart. Listen to my episode here and if you’re down, back their Patreon here.

In other news, I’m officially one year older and am spending ~ me ~ time in Ecuador playing with kids and dogs, chillin’ with friends, cooking, and writing like a motherfucker. For those of you anxious about missing my birthday and scrambling to send me a belated fruit basket, step away from Amazon and put some change in my piggy bank instead. ‘Preesh!

I’ll check in with y’all next week with some more updates. In the meantime, make yourselves useful and punch some Nazis while I’m away.

 

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Outside the XY Book Release Party!

Sup people. Thanks to everyone who put together and came out to the Women and Gender Nonconforming Writers of Color in Digital Media panel at Comic Con yesterday! ::inhales because that was a mouthful:: I talked about how the whiteness of the travel writing industry has encouraged travelers and writers of color to form their own platforms on social and digital media and the difficulties of traveling and freelancing while disabled, queer, nonbinary, etc.

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Disregard my resting bitch-adjacent face

If you’re in New York, come through to bklyn boihood’s Outside The XY book release party! My essay, Low Visibility, is featured in the anthology alongside works from queer Black and brown folks who are redefining masculinity. Pick up a copy here, and if you’re in the area, come say hi at the function!

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What mainstream travel media are still getting wrong

What up folks! Check out my interview with @Fly Brother Ernest White II on race, travel and travel media, What mainstream travel media are still getting wrong, which was republished by Matador Network yesterday. Please share and get some comments up there! The interview was a part of our Dispatch series, a bunch of conversations I’m having with writers of color on topics of race, place and adventure. Check out past Dispatches with artist Miyuki Baker and journalist Aliyya Swabby, and look out for next week’s Dispatch with Ms Moving Black on Monday. If you’re interested in getting involved in the project, let me know here. I’ll also be in New York City next week. If anyone’s into doing an interview in person, hit me up!

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When Community Comes Through

hey folks,

Thanks to all your support, I’ve reached my Indiegogo campaign goal and will be attending VONA/Voices workshop for writers of color this June! Plane tickets are purchased and tuition is paid. Thanks to everyone who donated, shared the link, reblogged, retweeted or sent good vibes. Your perks will be in the mail early to mid-June when I’m back in the States. Thanks for coming through!

The Indiegogo campaign doesn’t close for another 19 days, so if you’re feeling generous, all extra donations are going directly to health insurance costs. > You can donate here. <I’m also keeping the Dispatches: Conversations with Writers of Color of Race, Place & Adventure series going, and our next talk – with journalist Aliyya Swaby of Negrisimo – will go live next week.

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I’ll leave you with two super relevant links that some of you might have missed: MFA Vs. POC by Junot Diaz via The New Yorker, and The Unbearable Whiteness of Liberal Media by Gabriel Arana via The American Prospect. Important!

Celestial Maps and the End of an Era

heyy folks. i’m here, looking for day jobs during the day, cutting up black and white copies of celestial maps for the new zine by night, working on cover letters as i apply for guidebook gigs, watching my old copy of brother to brother on vhs (truly horrible audio, but i recommend this movie to all QPOC* artists!) and lamenting the end of 5pointz. New York is truly over for me, and any connection I might’ve had with my hometown can only exist in memory. lame. 

in other news, i just put up a new “Work With Me” page over here for prospective clients, collaborators and anyone with a comment. get in touch! while i work on all this stuff at once, please support by simply liking the facebook page, following the tumblr page or ordering a zine. have good weekends! hope that condos don’t replace good art in your neighborhoods.

*queer people of color, duh