All posts filed under: Interviews

Kelela Mizanekristos on the Intersections of Identity, Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity

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Answering the question 'Where do you come from?' isn't easy. It's so loaded with implications about identity, home and culture that even asking the question feels straight-up rude, and when we do start unpacking our origins we often end up in limbo, feeling like 'not a girl, not yet a woman'–era Britney pondering life on a cliff edge. If anyone's familiar with navigating these spaces it's Kelela, an artist, a woman and a second-generation Ethiopian raised in Gaithersburg, Maryland...

Writer Fariha Róisín is Fighting the Power

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This article originally appeared on Catalogue Magazine. Photo: James J. Robinson Muslim-Australian writer Fariha Róisín will probably inspire you to be a better person. Now living in New York, Róisín spends her time writing — she’s currently working on her first poetry book — and standing up for the causes she believes in: race, islamophobia and transgender rights to name a few. Róisín describes her work as “thoughtful” but says she’d rather not be defined by what she […]

Rap Game-Changer Mick Jenkins on Romance and Reality

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This article originally appeared in Oyster Magazine issue #107.  Photo: Colin Leaman Mick Jenkins wants to change the way you think about things, whether that be through his music or simply running into him on the street. He’s one of the most lyrical rappers coming up in the Chicago scene, putting himself way ahead of the game with mixtapes made to inspire conversations about truth and love.

Q&A: Paloma Elsesser

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This article originally appeared in Oyster Magazine. Photo: Zara Mirkin Paloma Elsesser is living her best life, modelling, writing and sharing ideas out of New York City. Sister to skater Sage Elsesser, she grew up in a spiritual and staunchly anti-Republican family and has taken all of the good values/ideas into her adult life. When she’s not promoting body-positivity for brands like Lonely and Nike, she’s acting as a relatable voice for women’s rights and being a legend on the internet. […]

Finn Wolfhard is a Very Cool Nerd

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This article originally appeared in Oyster Magazine issue #109. Photo: Ben Rayner Following in the footsteps of such classic shows as Freaks and Geeks and Tracey McBean, Stranger Things reminds us that nerds are actually the coolest. The modern-day masterpiece, which turned our world upside down when it aired on Netflix earlier this year, is also responsible for unearthing a group of kids who are restoring our faith in humanity by proving the future is in very good hands — including […]

Deanna Fanning on Italian Diaspora and Muriel’s Wedding

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This article originally appeared in Oyster Magazine issue #110.  Photo: Imogen Freeland Deanna Fanning is an Australian living in London and studying a masters in knitwear at the prestigious Central Saint Martins. Her designs are a cooee back to her days spent sewing rosettes onto wedding dresses in her grandmother’s Melbourne garage. We spoke to her about the evolution of occasion dressing, the power and beauty of nature and the eternal relevance of Muriel’s Wedding.

Q&A: Ren Hang

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This article originally appeared on Oyster Magazine.  Ren Hang’s work speaks for itself, which is a good thing because Ren is not about any of that art wank chat. His latest project, Athens Love, is a continuation of the strange and awkward — but somehow unstaged and natural — nudes that have made him so infamous.