‘Never stop creating’: Earthtones hosts launch party for ‘metamorphosis’ zine

It’s just become a big part of my life because of how much it’s impacted me,” he said.

Inside the zine, there is a digital collage titled “La marca de Reyna a Maradona,” which was created by Boileve and includes references to soccer, including Argentinian soccer player Diego Maradona.

For the piece, Boileve said he took inspiration from his grandfather, who played soccer throughout his life and who he said affected how he thinks about masculinity.

“Soccer has been important to me since I was little,” he said. “And it means even more to me once I found out that my grandfather really enjoyed that I played it.”  

Peruvian culture also influenced the way Boileve thinks of masculinity, and his piece reflects his growth into manhood.

“I think a lot of trans representation, especially for trans men, has been very focused on white trans men, and a lot of these things don’t apply to brown trans men and Black trans men,” he said.

Another creator, Mariah McCann, is a senior majoring in African, African American, and diaspora studies. Their piece is a poem inspired by Adrienne Maree Brown, a writer, activist and facilitator who promotes healing ideas across multimedia platforms. 

McCann’s poems are meant to be a means of checking in with one’s self and making sure one is okay, she said.

Standing beside McCann was Melissa Luna, a junior and an editor of the zine, who said that art is a good form of self-expression.

“It’s a nice outlet sometimes to get out emotions that you aren’t comfortable sharing with people inside of words,” she said.

The launch party was open to everyone who is interested in supporting artists of color and the art they create. 

Storm Kimble, a first-year attendee at the party, said that she wanted to be able to find a community that appreciates art like she does because she had not previously noticed a lot of representation of Black art in Chapel Hill.

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McCann said that people interested in Earthtones can keep up with the organization on Instagram

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