King’s launches its first magazine for women and non-binary people of colour
It’s never been done before
A group of King’s students have launched the first ever magazine for women and non-binary people of colour at King’s, aptly named ‘I Rise’.
We spoke to the founder, editor and second year History student, Rahma Hussein, to find out more.
Why did you start ‘I Rise’?
We wanted a space especially designated for us to share experiences, talents, and ultimately celebrate our diversity. This is the ethos that I Rise places at the centre of its aims. We ultimately want the voices of women of colour and non-binary people of colour to be heard wide and loud. We strive for boldness, ferocity and fearlessness.
Why do you think it’s the first magazine of its kind at King’s?
People of colour haven’t come together as a whole to collectively express our rage at a ridiculously white system. This year, the Women of Colour Network launched on Facebook, and this became an outlet for creativity. I decided to convert all this into a magazine – I think that WoC and non-binary PoC are becoming ever more aware of the issue, and the majority support it.
What does the future hold for ‘I Rise’?
The future of I Rise is a bright one. I managed to assemble a group of incredibly talented, inspirational women who shared the same anger, determination and dedication as I have. The more popular we become, the more people will support our cause.
Two members from the team are setting up an ‘Inspirational Black Women’ segment to be a permanent feature of the magazine – it’s all about celebrating and mainstreaming the success of black women and let’s see where we go from there.