“Feel” is a Magazine is a magazine that focuses on mental health and feelings in the black community, specifically how many black people feel about certain situations and problems that arise as a result of their skin color hair, texture, sexuality, etc. The reason for centering Black people in my project is to unite each other through our shared struggle, our art, and our narratives, despite our differences as people. Some of the main topics that I tackled in this magazine include:
How do Black People feel about the media’s representation of Blackness
How do Black people feel about the way they are treated?
How do Black people feel when we interact with Non-Black people?
How do Black people cope with race-related trauma? And What are the best ways to do so?
This Magazine is separated by multiple parts: There are sections that I(With plenty of research/personal experience) Narrate in an attempt to make a point about struggles that many black people face. These are represented visually by the use of the Chivo font as a display face, The Tisa Font for the body, and a colored background (with an exception for the Disclaimer/Artist section at the beginning).
The other Part consists of input by others. This comes in the form of interviews, and poetry that I have gathered by friends and fellow students on my Campus. These voices are represented by the Khmer Font, and for interviews, are given a plain white background, and for poetry, are given a photo that fits the aesthetic of the piece.
I’ve joined these 2 separate sections by interweaving them while keeping similar topics running through my narration and the interviews.
For example, The “Separated by shades” section touches on colorism, and how lighter skin and straighter hair are often put to the forefront when representing black people and culture; when we finish this section Dilenia Santos tells us about a trend that salons have had where they put chemicals in their products to Straighten the person’s hair without them knowing. In my opinion, putting these side by side give credibility to the Narrative, while also continuing the story from someone else’s perspective.
Below's a full online version of the Magazine that you can read, either from this site, or the Issu Website. I want to make a newer, more extended version of this magazine, and possibly a sequel now that I'm done with College, I'm open to hearing any thoughts, concerns, praises, criticisms, hot takes, or all of the above, so if you have any please shoot me an email at Brandonchacon@chacon.zone