Nora - by Roxanne Ivy
Roxanne is a 25 year old Finnish costume designer and co-founder of The Cherry Revolution.
Photo: Sophie Delaporte
Sobriety & Sexual Exploration - by Steph Hackley
A piece written by Steph Hackley (self proclaimed Scottish pirate going against the grain of the intoxicated nation) detailing her transition from excessive drinker to soberista - but where does sex fit into this? How do you navigate your sexuality after so many years of experiencing most of your partner pleasure through inebriation? This powerful goddess shares her experience.
Photo: Rala Choi 'Solitude In Seoul'
I'm Taking This - by Africa Brooke
25 year old Zimbabwean born writer and co-founder of The Cherry Revolution. Africa is a woman on a mission to get us thinking about how we look at self-development, sobriety, mental health and sexuality – by sharing her life experiences on and offline. This is a piece she wrote inspired by past events, she speaks of a time when she would take a piece of literature from every lovers house before leaving. Read more!
Grey - by Anon
I am a 22 year old black male. My father played a huge role in my life, until he left us when I was 10 years old. Old enough to remember him, too young to understand why we were suddenly without a parent. I'm now living in a different country with my mother and twin brother. All the memories I have of that man are negative and skewed. I wrote this because I've never expressed these feelings out loud before, this is my way of healing. When I write I feel free, when I write about my father I feel like he can hear me. When I write the scars heal.
Photo: Lukhanyo Mdingi
'Ladylike' - by Gregory Richardson
I am a trans person of colour, but before that, I am an artist. I use illustration, comics, and animation to talk about social issues and personal experiences. Art for me is not only a healing method, but a strong foundation for who I am striving to be: self sufficient, open minded, and open hearted.
My experiences with an abusive family, recovery of depression and self harm, gender and sexual awakening, and a struggling artist complex have motivated me to use my creativity as a basis for personal growth. I'm no longer accepting anything less than my absolute best, whether that means questioning my insecurities, defying my fears, redefining what I need and want, and reclaiming my voice. I am deserving of love and respect.
Elizabeth - by Roxanne Ivy
Roxanne is a 25 year old Finnish costume designer and co-founder of The Cherry Revolution. After years of concealing her traumas with external fixes, she describes herself as brave for finally breaking through harmful cycles and gaining the courage to share her inner thoughts and feelings. She is now getting comfortable with openly sharing about her relationship with her family, friends and past lovers. This poem is dedicated to her mother.
Photo + caption: David Paul Carr - Benin - Baba Ichanga wearing traditional gelede mask and holding a baby, evoking the ancestors, his generation and the most recent one.
A Journey's Illusion - by Zane Koria
Photo: Pinterest / Unknown artist
Broken But Not Dead - by Serena Laidley
Serena is a first time writer. A woman who is self developing from Self-harm to Self-love for the betterment of herself and her son. A woman who is actively seeking the love in all things, nature, art and people. This is a journey that includes pain and triumph from good and bad experiences. Step into her world for a moment. Her mission is to address the topic of domestic violence and to help remove the shame and guilt that women and men continue to experience.
Photo: Pinterest / Unknown artist