This has been a busy month but in a good way. We have 20 new articles and posts for you this month, including the Editorials. We are excited about this growth and hope to continue this upward rise by including more writers, more perspectives, and more voices.
We are incredibly proud of our cover story feature with Priya Vulchi and Winona Guo, teenagers and trailblazers of racial literacy. They co-founded their organization, Choose, to gather personal accounts of those oppressed by the explicit and implicit aggressions of race and present them in their K-12 suitable textbook, The Classroom Index. Never afraid to have difficult conversations, these two go-getters are working on their second book, The Race Index, and traveling all 50 states of the United States tapping random people on their shoulders to interview them and talk to them about their lives as historically marginalized individuals and groups.
To me, their work, a creation of this generation for others of their generation and beyond, is reminiscent of Studs Terkel’s famous work, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do (affiliate link). Terkel gathered stories of everyday lives from ordinary people and created something extraordinary out of those narratives. Back during my professorial days, this was one of my favorite books to recommend to students in my Socialization to Work class. I even had some of the stories as required reading. Priya and Winona’s book is ‘Working’ from a racial and social justice perspective amplified by the complexities of historical and contemporary issues they weave into the text. We wish both ladies much success in their endeavors.
Our How We Met couple this month are newlyweds, Shavonne and Gaston. Shavonne, a friend from graduate school, has always been a ray of sunshine with her easy-going nature and bright smiles. We are thrilled to be able to share the story of how she met her husband, Gaston, in theParentVoice,.
Special Voices to the Magazine this month includes Elaine Cogan’s piece where she narrates her early experiences of being a single mother by choice in the United Kingdom, and Laini Lahaye’s candid admission of what a biracial Belgian-Congolese identity means to her. Also, don’t miss Alena Redrico’s cultural piece on the happiest and most beautiful festival of the Philippines, the MassKara festival.
Our amazing columnists, as always, have the best advice, wisdom, anecdotes, and lived experiences to share with you. Our book reviews for this month include two special Diwali reads for kids, a customizable diverse book by Norah Cooper and Joelle Nelson, and a popular work of fiction by Zadie Smith.
I am also excited that in addition to Marlena Gandhok who as an early supporter, has been writing for us since our launch issue in August, we welcome two new contributing writers to further enrich our content.
Kari van der Heide will be writing occasional pieces for theParentVoice, all the way from The Netherlands. She writes at Columns by Kari and her Instagram account is a #mustfollow. As one of two moms to Isaya, Kari will be writing about her journey as a parent and particularly her experiences as a Dutch gay mother.
Lola Shahdadi embodies the spirit of theParentVoice, and we couldn’t be happier to have her on board. She writes at The Razzle Dazzle Mommy and tweets at TheRazzleDazzleMommy. Lola and her wife are adoptive moms to Ella and live in the United States. She will be writing about topics related to transracial adoption and multicultural parenting.
If you are interested in joining our team as a Contributing Writer, please get in touch with me directly or Lakshmi (emails are below)
The October issue of theParentVoice, also showcases three particularly significant dates. In the United States, October is observed as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Given the majority readership of tPV,, our special feature highlights the cases of DV in interracial relationships and among immigrants.
October is also National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month and in honor of all the parents who have had to suffer this indescribable loss, theParentVoice,’s Emily Gold, has shared her own story of miscarriage and how she found healing in her yoga practices. Don’t miss her heart-warming story of struggling with the enormity of parallel grief as she witnessed the city she called home, Brussels, being the target of terrorist attacks the same day she suffered her own personal loss.
As you can tell, we strive to present a variety of perspectives within the general realm of multicultural voices. If you have a story you want to share with the world using theParentVoice, as your medium, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the space here to write to us right away.
Our friendly and accessible editors are always looking for new writers, so if you’d rather write to a person directly (instead of the team), write to:
Séverine Perronnet (Cultural Perspectives): email@example.com
Emily Gold (Lifestyle, Health & Nutrition): firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also write directly to Lakshmi (email@example.com) or me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your pitch or story idea.
Until next month,