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SOAPBOX is here.

Curated in collaboration with MSU Diversity Services, “Soapbox” is a zine highlighting the work of BIPoC creatives from within the McMaster community. Historically, a soapbox is a box or crate used as an informal platform for public speakers, allowing them to speak and share their views. In that same regard, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour have always protested and fought for their voices to be heard, if not on a podium, then in the streets.

This publication aims to create a platform where the voices, experiences, and lives of BIPoC contributors are not only seen and heard, but also valued and prioritized (
and compensated, which feels especially relevant during the pandemic!).

We hope that you will enjoy this entry—hopefully the first of many—and we would like to also thank all of the students and contributors that worked on SOAPBOX over the course of this semester.

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An excerpt from the letter that prefaces this issue:

“From all the staff at Incite and MSU Diversity Services, thank you for your interest in Soapbox. This collaboration came naturally, rooted in the idea that art and creativity are intrinsic to our identities and these forms of expression can be both healing and transformative (…)

Within these pages you will find work curated by (but not limited to) talented Black, Indigenous Peoples, and folks in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community; in the face of a system working to silence and wipe out these communities, their existence alone can be a force of resistance.”

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In lieu of playing sweet jams at our usual, in-person issue launch party, our community has curated a playlist that you can play while flipping through SOAPBOX for the first time:
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About Incite

Est. 1997, Incite Magazine is McMaster University’s independent arts and culture publication featuring personal essays, fiction, poetry, commentary, research, interviews, sketches, photography, paintings, digital art, and more. We aim to foster the growth of a creative community promoting self-expression, collaboration, and dialogue within our university campus and city of Hamilton. Every aspect of Incite’s writing, graphics, layout, video, and event production is carried out by our wonderful student volunteers.

We would like to recognize that the main McMaster University campus sits on the traditional territory shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and the Anishinabe nations, which was acknowledged in the Dish with One Spoon wampum belt. That wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need. Though the student body is scattered all over right now, it feels important to still reflect critically on what place means in the context of the campus we may be referring back to.

Rather than simply making this acknowledgement as a tokenized gesture, we would also like to reaffirm our publication's commitment to better serving the Indigenous peoples and the land through the creative works that we showcase in our publication, the voices that we strive to amplify, and the spaces and initiatives that we create. SOAPBOX is just one of these initiatives.

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