Spicy, created in August 2017, is an online zine and creative collective led by women of color (WoC) and queer + trans people of color (QTPoC).
Our mission is to create a platform empowering WoC + QTPoC to create, express, debate, learn, unlearn, and ultimately decolonize the media — a space that doesn’t always include us.
Spicy’s founder, Priya Dadlani, feels that there is a lack of diversity not only within the newsrooms but specifically in the leadership. Born in Washington D.C. to Guyanese and Indian immigrants, she felt that the nuanced and complicated duality of living with multiple identities was an experience not captured in today’s media. Spicy was not only born out of a frustration with mainstream media’s current landscape, but also a knowledge of the beauty and depth that exists in WoC and QTPoC communities. This is a space not only for us and by us, but because of us.
In addition to our online publication, we are planning to host fundraisers for local nonprofits, creative meet-ups for young PoC professionals, as well as help curate pop-up galleries, shops, and shows.
Our editors are currently based in NYC and Boston, but we’re looking to expand. We are hoping to grow with more WoC + QTPoC, so if you have pitches or ideas, need a platform to uplift your creative content, or simply want to learn more, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.