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Charcoal, the endless fuel of POC arts, culture, and fashion.

Charcoal is a multimedia collective dedicated to
showcasing young creatives of color and their stories.

Charcoal celebrates young POC creatives and explores the intersections of identity and art. A publication based in Boston, MA, Charcoal features live, visual, and written content created by young artists of color throughout its varying platforms.

Charcoal Magazine is published by the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground.

The very idea of Charcoal originated back in 2017 when our Founders, Remy Usman and Adia Turner, wanted to bring an environment for people of color to commune and tell their stories their way. Throughout the early years of Charcoal, both Remy and Adia worked tirelessly alongside some close friends of theirs to bring the first few stories of Charcoal to life.

Enter Mirrors, Charcoal Magazine's first printed issue. We often say that Charcoal is a labor of love, and you can truly see that passion in the very binding of that book. After constant work in the BU Build Lab to lay the foundation of Charcoal, along with the assistance of BU Alumna and former Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (HTC) Assistant Director of Arts and Programs, Shari Tumandao, the team introduced Charcoal into the hearts of POC students across BU. In that moment, a seed was planted. A rebellion – a revolutionary idea that people of color deserve a space to be expressive, creative, and ambitious by creating tangible work and space that we can commune and support one another.

Charcoal has continued to evolve since then. We published our first online-only issue, Echo. We have produced numerous issues, changing our storytelling into long form narrative approaches that continue to embrace layered, artistic expression surrounding a larger value in our more recent issues like Ego Death and Return. We launched our online publication, giving the storytellers of our community and beyond freedom to tell their own stories through us.

With the support of the HTC's Director and Associate Director, Katherine Kennedy and Nick Bates respectively, Charcoal has been able to expand what our community looks like to new heights. Whether we had 30 people gathered in the basement of the George Sherman Union during the release of our 2nd issue, Sweet, or over 400 people throughout the Howard Thurman Center to watch our SS'22 Fashion Show and attend the Return Launch Party, we have always remembered that one of the top priorities of our work is community care, always. That involves all of us, and every single person that shares space with us. Students, staff, and faculty alike, there are people of all types that believe in the idea of Charcoal.

We never forget what we do this for. Yes we do it for the art, the creativity of it all. We do it for the enjoyment and sheer bliss of it all. We do it for the professional experience and pride in our work. We do it for so many reasons, but most of all we do it for this community. We choose Charcoal for each of us, those before us, and those after us who need a space like this–who need a community like this. It will grow, and change, and have highs, and have lows, but the idea of Charcoal will never go anywhere. People of color will always need a community like this.

If you take anything away from the idea of Charcoal, let it be that. You will always need community to come alive in. That community does not have to always be Charcoal. But let this publication show you how vital community is, how to build it, how to nurture it, and how to trust it. Let this publication show you how to build something like Charcoal that meets your needs, and share that space with those that make you come alive. Let this publication light a fire in you that lasts a lifetime.

FOUNDERS

Remy Usman

Founder

Adia Turner

Founder

LEADERSHIP

Chike Asuzu

Editor-in-Chief

He/She/They

Anne Joseph

Director of Operations

She/Her

Stacey Dubreus

Managing Editor

She/Her

Irvin Alonzo

Multimedia Editor

He/Him

Shamayam Sullivan

Editor-at-Large

To be decided

Editor-at-Large

Huaixuan (Ariel) Shao

Head of Finance

To be decided

Administrative Coordinator

To be decided

Administrative Manager

Maria Niño-Suastegui

Community Relations Director

Rafeeat Bishi

Community Relations Manager

Atiyyah Mayale-Eke

Creative Director

Elizabeth Natalie Ng

Director of Photography

Hannah Dedji

Modeling Manager

Arianna Bravo

Head of Makeup

Immanuella Gabriel

Fashion Editor

Jaelyn Carr

Fashion Editor

To be decided

Executive Editor

To be decided

Editorial Associate Editor

Gabriela Garcia-Mendoza

Art Director

Rayne Schulman

Art Production Manager

Lorenzo Mendiola

Marketing Director

Nicole Agwu

Marketing Manager

Melanie Menkiti

Media Director

To be decided

Media Manager

Skye Patton

Acquisition Editor

To be decided

Online Associate Editor

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