arts & culture centered on the margins

A black and white coloring sheet surrounded by colored pencils. The sheet features a line-drawn collage of Eartha Kitt in four different poses, framed by a variety of flowers and leopard spots.

Our new coloring sheet pays respect to the late Eartha Kitt, who was born on January 17, 1927. In celebration of her life in the arts, our illustration references Kitt at four different stages of her decades-long career as an international actress, singer, and dancer.


A light-skinned Black woman with type 3C hair walking down a dirt road that cuts through a grass plain. The woman is walking towards the camera, yet looking beyond it. She is wearing an olive green bomber jacket on top of a light grey knit top.

Guest writer and film critic Jonita Davis discusses why this film from 2019 is worth several watches now that it's available to stream on Netflix. Codeblack's Fast Color stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lorraine Toussaint.


A brown hand holding up the black and white zine in front of a leafy green hedge. The cover of the zine features falling leaves and the title, "isang mahal."

We're wishing you a happy new year with our first micro-press effort: A 16-page zine featuring the first print reproductions of our 2021 comics series as well as original written and illustrated works.

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Cloudy blue sky over distant desert hills and silhouettes of billboards. The sun and its rays peek through a fluffy cumulus cloud on the left.

A new list of grant opportunities is on deck, featuring 10 11 grants with application deadlines in January through the first week of February 2022, seven grants with open dates in January, and 11 grants that take applications on a rolling basis.

Black and white illustration of a femme person surrounded by empty speech bubbles while chopping ingredients on a cutting board.


Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. In "Changing Love Conversations," our last comic strip of 2021, Breena Nuñez illustrates how one can draw validation and voice from their barkada.

The Morales cousins of the show "Gentefied" in a pinky swear.

The new (and final) season of the dramedy set in Boyle Heights premiered on Netflix in November. Catch up with the Morales', then binge both seasons over and over.


Black and white photo of Black cartoonist Jackie Ormes, on a purple background.


Watch the replay of our panel "Celebrating Jackie Ormes," presented in coordination with Women in Comics Collective International (WinC). Featuring cartoonists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz.

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Text says "On Peace of Mind. Founder Christine Pasalo Norland explains how starting Hello Barkada is equal parts empowerment, protest, service, and rest." Text in white on a darkened photo of Filipina American Christine Pasalo Norland sitting on a tree swing in front of a view of Echo Park, Los Angeles.
White text says, "Trinidad Escobar Believes. How the artist and educator practices visual and oral storytelling to (re)connect with Filipinx traditions and build community within the culture and beyond." Text on a darkened grayscale photo of Filipinx American Trinidad Escobar drawing at her desk, surrounded by art work and books.
A rock painted blue with a pink happy face lays on a concrete curb.


Thanks to the generosity of our readers, patrons, and clients, Hello Barkada will feature a guest contributor every month in 2022! When you become a Hello Barkada patron or client, you help support independent arts journalism and programming by, about, and for marginalized communities. Please consider a contribution, collaboration, and zine purchase today!

Print outs of Hello Barkada activity sheets on a light gray and white shag rug.


Each activity is made to stir curiosity, start conversations, and build connections. No printer? No problem: Printing isn't necessary! These can be written, typed, and colored on in any free PDF editing application.

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