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Alegria Bilingual Media is all about the Alegria mindset, an attitude, a spirit, a mark of the soul of the solution creator. JOY is an act of resistance – resistance to being stigmatized, resistance to oppression, resistance to the “odds stacked against you”, a resistance to being ignored and overlooked by the majority.
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Taking Up Space https://alegriamagazine.com/taking-up-space/
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<div><img src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/travel-guide-7.png” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p><span>My memories illuminate the rhythms of Abuela’s prayers. Her soft voice carried heavy</span> <span>words, medleys of hope and heartbreak, into the world. As the sun greeted the broken barrio, she</span> <span>would place her fragile palms together in good faith. Devotions dedicated to our ancestors’ peace</span> <span>and affirmations of good health for those she could still hold meant everything to her. Our shared</span> <span>room transformed into a church and she, a holy woman.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Those same hands would knead and season meals into nourishment.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>They would run a bath at the end of the night to wash away the day’s troubles.</span> <span>Y sus manos would shield me, in hopes of holding off the world’s haunts.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>My small frame would sit beside her in complete awe. This divine feminine energy built up a</span> <span>foundation for generations to stand on. She molded many with her light and love, raising me to</span> <span>see no difference between god and woman. Experiencing our growth, both the good and bad,</span> <span>never became mundane. A sense of pride was painted subtly across her eyes as she watched us</span> <span>chase our dreams.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>Abuela observed as I fell in love with the magic of theatre. From memorizing sonnets to</span><span> p</span><span>erforming show tunes, I became fully enamoured with the concept of make believe. As a little</span> <span>girl, I’d spend days in black box theatres, letting my imagination run free. In my dreams, I speak</span> <span>my mother tongue with ease. I know the names of my ancestors, they aren’t just artwork in dated</span> <span>novels or the punchline of a white man’s joke.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>If there was one thing I knew, it’s that our stories, both new and old, matter.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>In the last five years, the conversation of representation for communities of color has been more</span><span> p</span><span>resent than ever before. Growing up, many of us observed a slim representation of brown and</span><span> b</span><span>lack folx. For the longest time, we’ve been </span><b>extremely underestimated</b><span>. This produced a twisted</span><span> p</span><span>erception of creative success for me and many others. Till this day, the media often portrays us</span> <span>as one dimensional characters that reinforce stereotypes. When you see us on TV, Latinos often</span><span> p</span><span>lay the maids, gang members and inmates. Hollywood fetishizes us or makes us the butt of their</span> <span>demeaning jokes. As a young woman entering my twenties, I now realize the impact this had on</span><span> b</span><span>oth my confidence and identity.</span><span>&nbsp;</span></p><p><span>On top of that, there has been minimal racial and LGBT-inclusive representation when</span> <span>highlighting our stories or casting us in roles. We seldom see Indigenous and Afro-Latinx actors</span> <span>representing our diverse community. It is also rare to see LGBTQ+ Latinx creatives having space</span> <span>to have their voices heard through their art. And when these opportunities do present themselves,</span> <span>they are often seen as revolutionary. As if us taking up creative space is some sort of radical act.</span></p><p><span>Let me make this clear: we should never have to minimize ourselves to be digestible for others.</span> <span>We shouldn’t be ashamed of the way we look, who we love or how we identify. Whether poets,</span> <span>dancers, singers, artists, actors — our work </span><b>matters</b><span>!</span> <span>Our talent, our space and our representation</span> <span>matters! </span><span>To acknowledge people’s truths is to empower them. And to acknowledge communities of color is to stop erasing them. But to continue to brush our stories under the rug is to diminish the importance of our lives.</span></p><p><em><span>Sofia Celesté Dower-Vasquez is a Peruvian-American poet and podcast host from Richmond,</span> <span>California. The East Bay Area native has spent the last three years studying at the University of</span> <span>Hawai’i, double majoring in Psychology &amp; Ethnic Studies. Throughout her time on the island,</span> <span>Sofia has continued to explore her connection with poetry and podcasting. Growing up in a</span> <span>family where spirituality and self expression was strongly encouraged, Sofia picked up the art of</span> <span>storytelling. In her work, she tells her truth that’s shaped the woman she has grown up to be.</span></em></p> Mon, 04 Oct 2021 20:21:52 +0000 Sofia Celesté
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Youth Empowerment / Anti-Bullying Film Brings ¡Viva la Revolución! Programming to Public Schools Virtually https://alegriamagazine.com/anti-bullying-film-brings-viva-la-revolucion/
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[unable to retrieve full-text content][unable to retrieve full-text content]<p>Please meet&#160;Tony Estrada, an award-winning director who created the short film&#160;¡Viva la Revolución!&#160;as part of a program to ignite&#160; conversations around bullying in a relatable way for children. In Tony’s film, a bullied student starts a revolution to overthrow his oppressors, but he ends up becoming a dictator of the playground.&#160; The ¡Viva la Revolución! &#8230;</p>
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Tue, 17 Aug 2021 22:06:47 +0000 Davina Ferreira
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Manda “Besitos” con Canticos https://alegriamagazine.com/manda-besitos-con-canticos/
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[unable to retrieve full-text content][unable to retrieve full-text content]<p>Canticos&#160;acaba de sacar una iniciativa super linda que se llama&#160;Besitos. Los besos no son solo un signo universal de amor y afecto, son un símbolo de la calidez, el sabor y la conexión que tenemos los Latinos &#8211; estemos cerca o no.&#160;Incluso si no es en persona, nuestro amor dice mucho de la forma en &#8230;</p>
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Wed, 10 Feb 2021 01:40:46 +0000 Davina Ferreira
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LatinX Book Lovers You Should Follow https://alegriamagazine.com/latinx-book-lovers-you-should-follow/
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<div><img src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/travel-guide-22.png” class=”ff-og-image-inserted”></div><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″>But, it was <b>mi mamá</b> who always encouraged my love of reading as a kid. Finding me books from the thrift shop she worked at &amp; admitting to me the comfort that she felt when she saw me pick up a book. I sometimes think it brought her comfort because it meant that I could imagine a new &amp; better story for myself. Now, as an adult, I look at books not to imagine a new &amp; better story, but to recognize that my own story is also beautiful and valid. </span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″><br></span><strong><span class=”s2″>2. Favorite types of books?</span></strong></p><p class=”p3″><span class=”s1″>As a lover of personal story, my instinctual draw is to memoirs. And, as a super empathetic Pisces sun, I’m also a sucker for poetry. However, this last year, speculative fiction like sci-fi, fantasy and graphic novels have been my escape and let me just say, BIPOC authors have been killing it in the genre fiction-world! (Shoutout to Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Rebecca Roanhorse, Kayden Phoenix, etc.)</span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″><br></span><strong><span class=”s2″>3. Why is it so important to see representation for womxn of color, minorities and other marginalized people in the creative space of writing? And more importantly, published for others to read their truths?</span></strong></p><p class=”p3″><span class=”s1″>For so long we have been advocating &amp; shouting to industry that not only do the stories of our communities deserve to be told in the mainstream, but that we ARE the mainstream. Without BIPOC folks’ contributions, there would be NO industry- publishing, film, TV, music, dance, etc. How often our stories have been appropriated for a white gaze and been massively successful (i.e. the disastrous publication of American Dirt in 2020), yet no credit and/or equitable compensation is offered to BIPOC creators. All I have to say is <b>“¡Ya basta!”</b> </span></p><p class=”p1″><span class=”s1″><br></span><strong><span class=”s2″>4. What brings you Alegría?</span></strong></p><p class=”p3″><span class=”s1″>With 2020 making it extremely difficult to do all the external things that make me happy—</span></p><p class=”p3″><span class=”s1″>exchanging physical presence and energy with my family and friends, attending ceremony with my elders, traveling to my <b>México lindo y querido, and </b>the cathartic feeling of singing at the top of my lungs with other strangers at a music concert. So, if anything, this year has really taught me to intentionally embrace all the little things make me happy—cuddles with my dog Benito, the smell of cedar and burning copal, getting to enjoy breakfast every morning with my partner, the opening line in a book, literally anything that gives me that gut-wrenching belly laugh, and really any chance I get to go outside in nature or exchange, even if just a few, words with a loved one. Oh, and making the decision to create a digital book platform via Traviesa Reading Club and connect with folks from all over the US, México, and Puerto Rico has made me pretty happy this year, <b>también!</b></span></p> Tue, 02 Feb 2021 06:04:35 +0000 Sofia Celesté
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Womxn of Color in the Creative Arts https://alegriamagazine.com/womxn-of-color-in-the-creative-arts/
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<p>From my first breath, I felt what love was and how sacred it can be. That it nourishes the soul, feeds our growth and is a powerful, everlasting source of energy. There is such importance in embracing love in all of its forms. Familial, friendship, romantic, platonic, self-love and many more. Girl love is one of my favorites though. Being raised and created by divine feminine energy, I saw the beauty in women supporting other women. The vitality of believing in their passions and helping achieve each other’s dreams. In this article, I wrote about six of my biggest inspirations. My homegirls, my peers and mis hermanas in the creative arts.</p>

<p><img loading=”lazy” alt width=”227″ height=”341″ sizes=”(max-width: 227px) 100vw, 227px” class=”alignleft wp-image-10042 lazyload” src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass.jpg” srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass.jpg 876w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-266×400.jpg 266w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-768×1154.jpg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-799×1200.jpg 799w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-585×879.jpg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-600×901.jpg 600w”></p><noscript><img loading=”lazy” class=”alignleft wp-image-10042″ src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass.jpg” alt width=”227″ height=”341″ srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass.jpg 876w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-266×400.jpg 266w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-768×1154.jpg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-799×1200.jpg 799w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-585×879.jpg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Alexa-Sass-600×901.jpg 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 227px) 100vw, 227px”></noscript>Alexa Sass is currently a student at UCLA. She began creating digital doodles as a means of self care when school got to be too overwhelming. It started out as finger drawings on her iPhone just for herself but now Sass is making art for herself, for others, and even selling these digital drawings as stickers! The drawings she’s made are symbols of time periods in her life. Each sticker is related to something that she was going through, something that she learned, or something that she wanted to remind herself by sticking on her laptop to see every day. Alexa’s stickers tend to be random and unrelated to one another, but the connection that she has with others when they relate to what her drawings say or represent motivates her to stick to art that is authentic to her, her experiences, and feelings.&nbsp; You can order these beautiful stickers through Alexa’s bio on Instagram at @alexaraesass or at <a href=”http://tinyurl.com/alexasstickers”>tinyurl.com/alexasstickers</a>

<p><img loading=”lazy” alt width=”245″ height=”253″ sizes=”(max-width: 245px) 100vw, 245px” class=”alignleft wp-image-10048 lazyload” src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM.png” srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM.png 908w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-388×400.png 388w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-768×792.png 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-585×603.png 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-600×619.png 600w”></p><noscript><img loading=”lazy” class=”alignleft wp-image-10048″ src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM.png” alt width=”245″ height=”253″ srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM.png 908w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-388×400.png 388w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-768×792.png 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-585×603.png 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Screen-Shot-2020-12-15-at-10.09.27-PM-600×619.png 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 245px) 100vw, 245px”></noscript>This is Galen Womack Batzdorf. She owns the sustainable clothing brand @fuckititsfashion (FIIF) / <a href=”https://www.fiifstore.com/”>fiifstore.com</a>. Fuckititsfashion (FiiF) is a New York City and Oakland based clothing brand creating one of a kind custom denim clothing. In a world where fashion has become trends and fads, FiiF takes pride in the fact that all denim&nbsp; used is up-cycled vintage, original, and tailored to fit every body. Womack currently attends the fashion institute of technology (FIT) in New York, majoring in fashion business. She is inspired by many other designers, but also her peers! She enjoys social media because of the limitless access to other creatives, giving her new ideas every day. Galen’s goal is to create wearable and sustainable art for all body types, shapes, and sizes.

<p><img loading=”lazy” alt width=”241″ height=”362″ sizes=”(max-width: 241px) 100vw, 241px” class=”alignleft wp-image-10043 lazyload” src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron.png” srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron.png 746w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron-266×400.png 266w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron-585×880.png 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron-600×902.png 600w”></p><noscript><img loading=”lazy” class=”alignleft wp-image-10043″ src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron.png” alt width=”241″ height=”362″ srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron.png 746w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron-266×400.png 266w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron-585×880.png 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cinthya-Barron-600×902.png 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 241px) 100vw, 241px”></noscript>Cinthya Barron-Broussard is a Afro-Mexicana, Queer, Poet and proud plant mama. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA. More recently, the poet relocated to the Bay Area. She’s been writing poetry since she was a child. Barron-Broussard used art as her own way to escape, a creative form of therapy and of understanding her ever changing surroundings. Her main topics range from writing about her shared culturas. And how being a part of the Latinx community has clashed with her competing identity within Blackness. She also writes about her journey through mental health. About Black : boy, girl, man, and womanhood, love, heart ache, and addiction. Poetry is her church, pen to pad her bible. Art is what she likes to call her religion, home, and heart all in one. Cinthya’s art is for anyone who has ever felt alone, unloved, and casted out. You can find her on most platforms, but mostly Instagram, where she shares different poetry series and her love for art in all its mediums. <a href=”https://twitter.com/cinthya_barron”>@cinthya_barron.</a>

<p><img loading=”lazy” alt width=”242″ height=”322″ sizes=”(max-width: 242px) 100vw, 242px” class=”alignleft wp-image-10045 lazyload” src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba.jpg” srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba.jpg 987w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-300×400.jpg 300w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-768×1024.jpg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-900×1200.jpg 900w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-585×780.jpg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-600×800.jpg 600w”></p><noscript><img loading=”lazy” class=”alignleft wp-image-10045″ src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba.jpg” alt width=”242″ height=”322″ srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba.jpg 987w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-300×400.jpg 300w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-768×1024.jpg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-900×1200.jpg 900w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-585×780.jpg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Tatianna-Cordoba-600×800.jpg 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 242px) 100vw, 242px”></noscript>This is Tatianna Córdoba. She is a twenty year old Latinx/Filipinx college student from the Bay Area. Cordoba comes from a large, loving and loud brown family of artists, musicians and creatives. Being expressive in a creative space became second nature for her at a very young age. Tatianna is a talented singer, actress and dancer. She has more recently started a body positive and woman empowerment series of paintings. Her art is inspired by all of the beautiful and strong brown and black women in her life. In her pieces, she paints how she sees these women. Radiant, passionate, joyous, complex, regal and resilient.
<p>You can see and purchase Cordoba’s paintings through her Instagram: <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/creationsbytati__/”>@creationsbytati__ </a>(two underscores).</p>

<p><img loading=”lazy” alt width=”239″ height=”275″ sizes=”(max-width: 239px) 100vw, 239px” class=”alignleft wp-image-10046 lazyload” src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri.jpeg” srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri.jpeg 1143w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-347×400.jpeg 347w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-768×884.jpeg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-1042×1200.jpeg 1042w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-585×674.jpeg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-600×691.jpeg 600w”></p><noscript><img loading=”lazy” class=”alignleft wp-image-10046″ src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri.jpeg” alt width=”239″ height=”275″ srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri.jpeg 1143w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-347×400.jpeg 347w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-768×884.jpeg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-1042×1200.jpeg 1042w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-585×674.jpeg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Sydney-Cerri-600×691.jpeg 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 239px) 100vw, 239px”></noscript>Sydney Cerri is a Filipino American creative who was born and raised in the east Bay Area. She is currently a college student, pursuing a major in Communications and a minor in Sociology. Growing up in a family where self expression was strongly encouraged, Cerri picked up the art of storytelling. Along with her best friend, she co-hosts a podcast called Brown and Bonita. The <a href=”https://linktr.ee/brownandbonitapodcast”>Brown and Bonita Podcast</a> is run by two womxn of color who talk about many topics ranging from self love to music to food and much more! The hosts share stories, our own experiences, and advice. You can check out Sydney’s podcast on a variety of platforms including Anchor, Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and many more!

<p><img loading=”lazy” alt width=”248″ height=”372″ sizes=”(max-width: 248px) 100vw, 248px” class=”alignleft wp-image-10041 lazyload” src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon.jpg” srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon.jpg 878w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-267×400.jpg 267w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-768×1151.jpg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-801×1200.jpg 801w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-585×877.jpg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-600×899.jpg 600w”></p><noscript><img loading=”lazy” class=”alignleft wp-image-10041″ src=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon.jpg” alt width=”248″ height=”372″ srcset=”https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon.jpg 878w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-267×400.jpg 267w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-768×1151.jpg 768w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-801×1200.jpg 801w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-585×877.jpg 585w, https://alegriamagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Aiya-Meilani-Ampon-600×899.jpg 600w” sizes=”(max-width: 248px) 100vw, 248px”></noscript>Aiya Meilani is a African American and Filipino American poet born and raised in the Bay Area. She began writing poetry at the age of twelve and began performing spoken word at the age of fifteen. She has performed spoken word poetry from BART trains, local coffee shops and galleries to sold out theaters across the state. Her writing is inspired by her family, her love for the ocean and significant events in her life. Aiya is currently in the process of publishing her first chapbook, which will be a collection of poems/journal entries from the most transformative years of her life. In her free time she enjoys making playlists, writing to beats, painting and journaling. You can find her work on YouTube and on her instagram page <a href=”https://www.instagram.com/aiyapapayaa/”>@aiyapapayaa</a>.

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