Writer Fariha Róisín is Fighting the Power

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 “does”, preferring instead to declare that she’s alive and living. Ditto! Her life motto? “Fight the power!” Also ditto.

Róisín co-hosts the excellent podcast Two Brown Girls and writes for places like Teen Vogue and Broadly. Inspired yet? We hung out with her in New York recently to take some photos and talk about surviving in the creative industry and Trump’s America. Get some important advice below.

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Rap Game-Changer Mick Jenkins on Romance and Reality

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.

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Q&A: Paloma Elsesser

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. See evidence of the latter below.

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Finn Wolfhard is a Very Cool Nerd

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 McBeanStranger 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 13-year-old Finn Wolfhard, who plays the relatably awkward Mike Wheeler. Talking on the phone from Los Angeles, Wolfhard weighs in on the likelihood of flying cars (low) and his decidedly weird generation.

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Romance Was Born and Linda Jackson: An Australian Love Story

This article originally appeared in Oyster Magazine issue #107.
Photo: Bowen Arico

During the making of this issue we’ve talked to a lot of people about what romance means to them and, unsurprisingly, most have told us it has nothing to do with romantic love. Not to deny the artistic power of masterworks like You’ve Got Mail and Love Actually, but the best love stories often have nothing to do with finding your soulmate. This sentiment couldn’t hold truer for a label that was founded on romantic ideals and has grown to represent so much more.

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