“Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender.”
Brown Sugar is an online womanist literary magazine for women, womxn, and womyn of color, of any nationality, sexuality, religion, or cultural diasporas that are misrepresented and underrepresented. This is a platform and space for womanists to take command of their creative expression. We aim to capture and promote the diverse cultures and living voices of women with all kinds of backgrounds and identities through poetry, prose, and art.
Brown Sugar began with an off-hand comment—Ashley belted, “Let’s start a literary magazine!” after expressing her disappointment with the lack of diversity in the publishing industry. The comment led to an uber ride between friends as we discussed what we’d want from the magazine and what our aesthetic would be. We talked for hours about our name, our colors, our dream for the magazine. After weeks of planning and stressing about all the logistics of starting a literary magazine, we finally launched in June of 2020...
Check out our Current Issue!
Brown Sugar Presents Issue 6,
"Rage Room," an issue where we take space to decompress through an emotion society shames women for expressing: Anger. In these pages, we take space to destroy, to release, to unleash everything in Pandora's Box, let it out, and let it go.
Full of poetry and art, our "Rage Room" is full of passion because we are angry, and it is okay to show it.
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