Digital Platform Ajifa Makes Creative Industries Accessible for People of Color

With authenticity and transparency, this new online destination empowers young creatives of color

As a British Nigerian working in the creative industries, Mary Ojidu knows firsthand how barriers into artistic fields begin early on for people of color. “One thing I found in communities of different ethnicities and groups is traditional roles are really focused on,” she tells us. “For example, in the Nigerian community, there’s heavy focus on doctors, lawyers and engineers—that’s what people feel comfortable pursuing. …

An Expansive Online Directory of Queer Creatives

The Queer Creatives Community Directory is a new centralized spreadsheet database of LGBTQ+ people working in all kinds of fields—from DJs and tattoo artists to florists, contractors, tarot readers, ASL interpreters and more. Created by drag artist and graphic designer Untitled Queen, this free, online directory is one of the most expansive of its kind. “Having a resource like this is really great, because people …

land to sea Diversifies NYC’s Cafe Culture + Creative Community

Created by people of color to uplift people of color, this Williamsburg space is more than a typical coffee shop

Another coffee shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn is par for the course, but that’s why the neighborhood’s latest addition, land to sea, stands out even more. Opening its doors in October, Emily Shum and Eva Zhou’s land to sea fosters a creative and inclusive community, hosting food pop-ups, art exhibits and classes, especially designed to uplift artists of color. More than a cafe, this versatile venue …