The clue is in the title. Created by Jordon Moses and graphic designer Kholo Matsafu, All Black Zine is an outlet for people of colour living in the less diverse parts of America to express their frustrations and feelings. Full of striking artwork and heartfelt poems, the first issue (entitled Rebirth + Regrowth) explored the building blocks that made All Black Zine’s many contributors who they are today.

Why did you start All Black Zine?

Jordon: All Black Zine was created to fill a void in our community. In a predominantly white Midwestern city, there aren’t many opportunities for black people to share their stories and experiences. In the beginning, we only focused on black voices but now centre on the art and stories of all people of colour. White supremacy has a very real impact on representation, art and media. We intend to help dismantle that reality.

What are you hoping to achieve with the zine?

I want to create a sustainable forum and foundation for artists and activists. Currently, we release a quarterly publication, craft online content and attend community events to bridge arts and activism. In the future, we would like to have our own galleries, festivals and other forums to help promote and celebrate artists of colour.

What do you feel are the main barriers to people of colour today?

Institutional racism. That coupled with economic inequality and the various other methods of systemic oppression that continue to target entire groups of people. These barriers are especially prevalent in our political, economic, educational and judicial systems. These problems affect the world of art as well in the types of art we celebrate and who exactly we celebrate for that work.

 

Has anyone reached out to you about the effect All Black Zine has had on them?

Indeed. Every artist has expressed joy in being able to connect with other artists of colour. They’ve also expressed their excitement over something that allows them to be true to who they are and how they live. A few have felt empowered to explore their identity further and even reclaim it.

Can you reveal anything about the next issue?

Our theme for the next issue is resilience. We wanted artists to explore that theme as well as things like grit and persistence. People of colour across the globe continue to exemplify those characteristics and we want to highlight the beauty that has come with that.