Musezine 25: Coexistence

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Musezine 25


Musezine 25: Coexistence

This year we chose the title “Coexistence” for our annual zine. Throughout the

program, Teen Council has been considering how politics and media attention

affect the LGBTQ community and communities of color. We also came to realize

that these concerns were intersectional and often times impact more people than

we know. We are excited to share Teen Council’s amazing art with you in issue

#25 of our Musezine.

Created in 2005, the Bronx Museum Teen Council offers dynamic experiences

with contemporary art and culture through an intensive after-school program for

teens. Structured around video production, artist interviews, zine publication, and

exhibition curation, this 8-month program provides teens with an open forum for

the expression of ideas and dialogue on issues affecting young people today.

2018-2019 Teen Council

Aameer Johnson, Angel Crespo, Ashley Melendez, Biridiana Diaz, Carlos

Vargas, Daniela Torres, Devon Sawyer, Jayla Hazel Niass, Mariday Kenlock,

Natalia Ruzzi, Nyrie Irizarry, Ryan Figueroa, Soraya Sanchez

Museum Educators: Aida Šehović and Edwin Gonzalez

Front Cover: Carlos Vargas, Page 3 Carlos Vargas, Page 4 Soraya Sanchez, Page 5 Mariday

Kenlock, Page 6 Jayla Hazel Niass, Page 7 Aameer Johnson, Page 8 Aameer Johnson, Page 9

Ashley Melendez, Page 10 Daniela Torres, Page 11 Devon Sawyer, Page 12 Angel Crespo, Page 13

Ashley Melendez, Page 14 Carlos Vargas, Page 15 Ashley Melendez, Page 16 Angel Crespo, Page

17 Biridiana Diaz, Page 18 Nyrie Irizarray, Page 19 Jayla Hazel Niass, Page 20 Nyrie Irizarray , Page

21 Natalia Ruzzi, Page 22 Angel Crespo, Page 23 Daniela Torres, Page 24 Nyrie Irizarray, Page 25

Biridiana Diaz, Page 26 Mariday Kenlock, Page 27 Mariday Kenlock, Page 28 Ryan Figueroa, Page

29 Devon Sawyer, Page 30 Natalia Ruzzi, Page 31 Mariday Kenlock, Page 32 Ryan Figueroa, Page

33 Soraya Sanchez, Page 34 Daniela Torres, Page 35 Aameer Johnson, Back Cover: Carlos Vargas

Teen Council is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M.

Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation. Education and Community

Programs are generously supported by Booth Ferris Foundation, Con Edison, Deutsche Bank, Laurie M. Tisch

Illumination Fund, LeRoy Neiman and Janet Byrne Neiman Foundation, Malka Fund, New Yankee Stadium

Community Benefits Fund, New York Yankees Foundation, O’Grady Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation,

Target, William Talbott Hillman Foundation, and New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson, Council Member

Diana Ayala, and Council Member Ruben Diaz Sr.

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you dare shout with silent lips,

“give me your tired, your poor!”

here our oceans, cities of silver

our cities, mausoleums of gold

yet you built those steel walls

encompassing your false promises

of freedom.

expecting payment

for the titanium partitions

from our poor.

you dare shout under the guise of a

“humanitarian crisis”

lethal words

spewed from racist lips,

our tired, our poor,

our huddled masses yearning

to breathe,

reject your bigotry

reject you.


L S C F A D G Y O C N L A S I

U N R G S O W W I X X A F D W

F M A O C I R T N E C O R F A

I E C T V U S P N W U A O A S

T L U A U I B D Q A G G BY E

UA Z S T R V I I N P O H A I

A N U R O V A R F A L P A T M

E I A L U O S L U I R L YS O

B N J B D G H Q T S H B C U H

R A T C H E T I G N O R T S C

W A V E S D O G X E X B I I Q

D N T Z Z N O M K Q F T L Y Y

O T D T I W V O Q V E O R W Y

O Q Z S D T W V F A R O K J Y

G B T I U Z C Q N F U A J H A

BRAIDS

BRO

CUZ

DRAG

FOOD

ABOLITIONIST

AFRO

AFROCENTRIC

ARTISTIC

BEAUTIFUL

FROLIC

GHETTO

HBCU

HOMIES

MELANIN

NAPPY

NATURAL

RATCHET

SIS

SOUL

STAY

STRONG

SURVIVORS

WAVES

WOKE


I am not the token gay

to be put in the background and locked away

I am not a storyline

To be written in and created for your lies

I am not a stray,

Use me and loose me

That’s not my forte

I am the lead

I take control

I don’t give up easy

The spotlight is my home


L a b e l s

Take a sticker,

One, or maybe a few.

Write your name,

Write who are YOU,

Write everything about

you

Because we want to see.

We want to know everything

That you may be.

Different or the same,

We want to know.

Stick them on your forehead

Or chest and you’re good to go.

Cover YOURSELF in .

Don’t worry they’ll .

These are your labels,

And they are meant to be

fixed.

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