Transitions. Charcoal has been through more than we can count, but this one has felt especially different for us. Entering the year with the largest, newest team we have ever had, questioning what Charcoal has been, what Charcoal is, and what can it be felt like second nature. When we think of POC voices, how do they sound? What is the tone of voice, the diction, the pace? Charcoal has often taken a softer approach when presenting such stories, so this time around–we got loud.
Climax explores what makes people’s lives worth living. It’s a rejection of inhibitions and an exploration of indulgent, unrestrained fulfillment. It’s a love letter to all of our recklessness and mindful devotion to the parts of our lives that keep our hearts beating. This issue uncovers what leads us to our high points, but also how easily we can fall from them. A mountain has several peaks and drops. See how it all leads to the top in Climax.
If Climax does anything, let it resonate deep in your heart and ring loud in your ears. Do not ever shrink your desires. Yell from the top of your lungs the livelihood you deserve. You deserve to be prideful. You deserve to be passionate. You deserve to be ambitious. You deserve to be.
See you again soon.
With love, Charcoal Magazine
Director of Operations
Valyn Lyric Turner
Shot by Isabelle Yap
Puritan Capital Press
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Charcoal Magazine issue #8 is dedicated to our new staff, making our family bigger than ever before.