Presenting: Soapbox, an MSU Diversity Services x Incite Magazine Publication Collaboration
We are thrilled to announce our new upcoming project in collaboration with MSU Diversity Services: a community zine for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour students at McMaster! A zine can be described as a mini magazine, with an emphasis on expression, art, and creation.
“Soapbox” will serve as a collection of digital works using various media created by BIPoC artists. 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 valued and prioritized.
Of course, Incite’s current Editorial Board hopes that the two other issues that we have been working on this year (as well as future volumes to come, as we pass the publication onwards) will also reflect these values and efforts. That said, it was important for us—especially the BIPoC staff among us—to create a space that's explicitly and proudly centered around BIPoC voices. The previous editorial team had voiced their commitment to publish an Incite issue dedicated to highlighting BIPoC voices last winter, and we’re so happy now to be teaming up with the folks at MSU Diversity Services to pool our resources and see this through on a larger scale. This work can’t—and won’t—end here; we’re excited to push forward with more in the future, just as we’re excited to see this first issue come to life.
We know that this year has been especially challenging. We hope that the publication may provide a platform for BIPoC artists to share and showcase their art to the McMaster community, however that is no longer enough. We want to give artists the opportunity to receive compensation for their work. Contributors will be able to receive $20 in the form of a cheque for each piece that is selected for publication.
Pieces must be submitted by February 15, 2021. Go forth!