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'Breaking' Presents: Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, a Multimedia Artist Erasing Borders

The Philadelphia-based activist, educator and artist takes on the history of the Latinx experience with her new album, “No Otro Lado.”

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'Breaking' Presents: Loveis Wise, An Illustrator Making Her Media Matter

The artist’s loving representations of Black women have appeared in campaigns for REI, Forward Together and on a recent cover of The New Yorker.

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'Breaking' Presents: Juliana 'Jewels' Smith, Educator-Turned-Comic Writer

The Bay Area resident, inspired by how comics connected with her community college students, developed “(H)afrocentric” to address structural and economic racism in a funny and accessible way.

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'Breaking' Presents: Ruby Ibarra, an MC Turning Immigration Trauma Into Adventurous Rap

The Filipina-American rapper digs deep into her experiences as a young immigrant on “Circa91,” her debut album. 

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'Breaking' Presents: Ricardo Gamboa, a Latinx Actor and Auteur Who Deftly Mixes Comedy With Righteous Anger

Along with regular theater acting stints, the Chicago native created “Brujos,” a hilarious digital series about gay male Latinx witches, and “The Hoodoisie,” a live news show highlighting local changemakers of color.

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Breaking Presents: Samora Pinderhughes, a Jazz Composer Writing Scores for the Movement

The pianist and composer offers a cathartic affirmation of Black humanity and resistance on “The Transformation Suite.”

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This Pioneering Comic Shop Owner Gets Her Own Marvel Cover

Ariell Johnson, the founder of Philadelphia’s Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse, is the only Black woman to own a comics shop on the East Coast.

'Breaking' Presents: Xenia Rubinos, a Powerhose Singer/Songwriter Unafraid to Learn Out Loud

On her funky second album, “Black Terry Cat,” the genre-bender explores identity, police violence and the hidden labor of Latino/a restaurant workers.

BREAKING: Universal Zulu Nation Announces Leadership Changes

The statement implies that founder and hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, accused of sexually assaulting multiple young men, has stepped down from his leadership position. 

'Breaking' Presents: Dwayne Kennedy, a Seasoned Comedian Emerging From the Trenches

Kennedy, whose work spans nearly three decades, released his first live stand-up album, “Oh No, It’s Dwayne Kennedy!” in February.

‘Breaking’ Presents: Adesuwa, a Singer-Songwriter With Some of the Prettiest Pipes in R&B

The vocalist from electro-pop favorite Denitia and Sene breaks out with a solo R&B project that is all hers—from writing to arranging to playing drums, guitar and synths. And, of course, singing. 


‘Breaking’ Presents: Son Little, a Classic Soul Singer for the Modern Era

Read just why this singer-guitarist stands out from the soul revival and gives classic sounds new meaning. 

‘Breaking’ Presents: Tongo Eisen-Martin, a Poet With Movement-Building In His Bones

This Bay Area-bred poet’s experimental form and progressive ideology harkens back to the golden age of spoken-word and experimental works, but with renewed relevance.


‘Breaking’ Presents: Aye Nako, an Indie Rock Band Challenging the Genre's Homogeneity

The Brooklyn quartet writes captivating, catchy songs that send up the overwhelming white, male and straight privilege in indie culture while offering a path for something new. 


‘Breaking’ Presents Ariell Johnson, Comic Shop Builder

Johnson’s upcoming comic store and coffeehouse will create community and highlight artists of color.


Here's a New Home for Creators of Color on the Rise

The hip-hop/reggae artist Kuf Notz opens up Breaking, our new series on under-the-radar musicians, filmmakers, designers, writers, dancers, developers, illustrators and other artists you should be checking out. Right now.