I think that we can say, with much conviction, that we’re glad 2016 is over. It seems this’ll be an infamous year in human history, and everybody, especially people of colour, is eager to move on from it. Now that the new year approaches we as PoC must prepare to heal, to build anew. It sounds like an impossible feat, given the year we’ve had, but we think it’s doable. And one of the ways we’re going to heal is through art – music, photography, writing and countless other mediums – art that will uplift us and energise us, even when our strength has been sapped.
There is no need for a recap of all the bad things that happened in 2016, because they have stamped themselves on our minds, indelibly so. A counter to them is the wealth of art that was made by PoC: Barry Jenkins’ moving epic Moonlight, Solange’s affirming A Seat at the Table, Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Princess Nokia’s 1992, Kevin Abstract’s American Boyfriend, Pharrell’s comedy-drama Hidden Figures, Frank Ocean’s Blonde, Blood Orange’s Freetown Sound, A Tribe Called Quest’s glorious final album We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, among so many others.
This Healing issue consists also of brilliant artists of colour, all of whom are looking to heal themselves, other people affected by the events of the past year, or both. We understand that healing is a form of self-care, and is necessary to our collective well-being. So as you look through this issue, we hope you take something therapeutic from it.
To finish off, we want to extend our thanks to our readers for their continued support. We’d also like to thank our staff and contributors for producing work of such high quality – it was an honour to feature it. Thanks too to Remezcla and The Fader for including us in their must-read lists, and to La Liga for collaborating with us earlier this year. Sula can only get better from here on out.
Now we close the proverbial book on the last twelve months and look only to the future. If 2016 was the poison, then let us make 2017 its potent antidote.
words by Diana
illustration by K. Piñero