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.


January 7, 2022 Art News, Essays

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.

January 7, 2022 Resources

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.

January 5, 2022 Art News, Comics, Essays, Profiles

A pink sunrise seen through dried grasses on a plain.

At the core of Hello Barkada's mission is bell hooks' thoughts on marginalization from her 1990 essay, "marginality as site of resistance."


December 20, 2021 Essays

Black and white illustration of a femme person looking down and surrounded by empty speech bubbles.

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.

December 17, 2021 Comics

Screenshot of the top of the Black Artist Database website. The BAD Black Artist Database logo appears in the top left in black. The top right shows round green icons for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The next level shows webpage names Database, Explore, Support, Events, and Shop. Black text in a green rectangle on the bottom of the screenshot says, "Everyday is a good to support and buy from Black artists."

Also known as B.A.D., this free and independently-run platform counters the systemic inequity of the mainstream music industry by helping Black musicians, producers, artists, and creatives find, connect, and work with each other directly.


December 7, 2021 Art News, Resources

Orange and yellow-hued sunset over the ocean horizon. Sun rays burst out from behind a cloud. The sky is a landscape of white clouds.

Get that (grant) money! This month's list includes a dozen grant opportunities with application deadlines in December 2021 and early January 2022, and 10 grants that take applications on a rolling basis.

December 3, 2021 Resources

Black and white illustration of a man kneeling at the beside of a woman, bringing her a glass of water.

Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. This edition by Navajo disabled creator, illustrator, and digital comic artist Tatum Begay is called "To My Husband."

November 30, 2021 Comics

Banner on a concrete light post on the campus of San Diego State University. Text on the banner says "You are learning on Kumeyaay land." The text is on photo of a dirt trail with a view of brush, trees, and distant hills.

Native American & Indigenous students, faculty, and staff at San Diego State University hosted a series of events throughout November to celebrate Native American Heritage Month 2021, including a conversation with Tongva writer, illustrator, and comics artist Weshoyot Alvitre.


November 12, 2021 Art News

A cloudy blue sky over pine trees.

Get that (grant) money! This month's list includes over 15 grant opportunities with application deadlines in November and early December 2021, and six grants that take applications on a rolling basis. BONUS: We've also added a new database listing on the Resources page!

November 5, 2021 Resources

Screenshot of Regine L. Sawyer, Christine Pasalo Norland, Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz during the panel "Celebrating Jackie Ormes."

This month’s founder’s essay reflects on the organization's progress so far, which has been due in large part to the artists who've shared their time, energy, and expertise with Hello Barkada.

November 1, 2021 Essays

Grayscale photo of Filipinx American Trinidad Escobar drawing at her desk, surrounded by art work and books.

How artist and educator Trinidad Escobar practices visual and oral storytelling to (re)connect with Filipinx traditions and build community within the culture and beyond.


October 27, 2021 Profiles

Black and white illustration of a femme person with light hair scratching the head of a femme person with dark hair.

Each installment of our comics series features a different emerging or established cartoonist. This month, illustrator Angel Trazo shares a story about reunions.

October 23, 2021 Comics

Production still of brown-skinned character Zelda interviewing a colorful, multi-armed ghost named Chete at a table in a Korean BBQ restaurant. Chepe is in the center, flanked by Zelda to the left and a brown-skinned character on its right.

Why more people should watch and fan the popular Netflix animated series by creator Elizabeth Ito.


October 20, 2021 Art News, Essays, History

Cast onstage behind microphones and sheet music stands. A transparent photo of Larry Itliong at a United Farm Workers meeting is superimposed on top of the cast photo so that his image lightly appears above the musical cast.

The creative team behind the musical about Filipino American activist Larry Itliong is raising funds towards the production's premiere at the historic Brava Theater in San Francisco.

October 12, 2021 Art News, History

Books by Mike Curato, Sharon De La Cruz, and James Baldwin laid next to each other on top of dry river rocks. The cover of Curato's book is a dark pencilled illustration of a young teen in a scout salute engulfed in flames of bright orange and red, and says "Flamer." The cover of De La Cruz's book is a color illustration of a dark-skinned Black Latina in a white t-shirt, loose lavender pants, and open-toed camp sandals with her right fist in the air, standing behind the book title "I'm a Wild Seed," on a watercolor background of saturated oranges, purples magentas, and greens. Baldwin's book features outlines of two men and the crossed legs of a woman and says, "James Baldwin Giovann's Room."

October is LGBT History Month and October 11 is National Coming Out Day! Hold space for the spectrum of experiences of our LGBTQIA2S+ family, friends, neighbors, and community with these works by Mike Curato, Sharon De La Cruz, and James Baldwin.

October 11, 2021 Resources

A black and white photo of Black woman cartoonist Jackie Ormes on a purple background. Text in light purple says, "Celebrating Jackie Ormes. Live stream, Thursday, October 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. EST." Logos for Women in Comics Collective International and Hello Barkada appear respectively on the top left and right corners.

We've partnered with Women in Comics Collective International (WinC) to host "Celebrating Jackie Ormes," our first live stream panel. The free virtual event took place on Thursday, October 28, and features cartoonists Barbara Brandon-Croft, Bianca Xunise, and Steenz. Replay link in the article!

October 9, 2021 Art News, History

The Filipinx American History mural at Unidad Park in Historic Filipinotown. Pictured in the mural are Farmworker Activists Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong, and Former Pilipinas President Corazon Aquino.

Why the organization and platform is called "Hello Barkada."

October 2, 2021 Essays

Cloudy sunset over a district in Paris. Silhouette of the Eiffel Tower in the distance, near the bottom left of the frame.

Our latest roundup includes 12 grant opportunities, five of which take applications on a rolling basis, and seven with application deadlines in October and early November 2021.

October 1, 2021 Resources

Filipina American fine artist Mary Jhun reviewing a painting from the exhibit.

Filipina American surrealist Mary Jhun exhibits new works at Thumpbrint Gallery in La Jolla, California, during October.


September 26, 2021 Art News, Profiles

Black and white illustration of a man washing a young woman's hair as she sits covered in a bubbly bath.

We're excited to introduce our comic strip series! Each installment will feature a different emerging or established cartoonist. In this first story, cartoonist Maxi Rodriguez of KasutoProductions shares her perspective on the idea of family.

September 26, 2021 Comics

Illustrations of Breena Nuñez Laneha and Lawrence Lindell Laneha flanking their small press mascot, House.

Cartoonists Breena Nuñez and Lawrence Lindell discuss healing by way of their new animated series, comics, and coffee.


September 20, 2021 Profiles

Dots & Boxes game sheet next to a potted succulent.

September 15 marks the start of Latinx Heritage month! Please join us in learning about artists and creative writers from the Latinx, Xicanx, and Hispanic diaspora and how they continue to impact arts and culture as a whole.

September 15, 2021 History

Three Latinx cousins in the middle of a pinky swear.

Who's ready to keep up with the Morales'? The new (and final) season of Netflix's Latinx dramedy premiered in November.


September 13, 2021 (Updated January 14, 2022) Art News

Cartoonist and illustrator Jay Paul Jackson, wearing a dark double-breasted suit with pinstripes. Circa 1940s. Taken in black and white.

Learn about the late cartoonist, illustrator, and graphic artist who was born 116 years ago today.


September 10, 2021 History

Characters Xialiang, Shang-Chi, and Katy from the Marvel movie "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings."

The Marvel blockbuster adds to the growing tapestry of Asian representation in American popular culture. Just bare in mind: We don’t all know martial arts.


September 8, 2021 Art News, Essays

Exhibit items and a title wall that reads "Global Spirit, Folk Art from the Ted Cohen Collection."

Mingei International Museum reopens in San Diego's historic Balboa Park. Dedicated to folk art, craft, and design, the renovated museum offers new indoor and outdoor spaces including a new restaurant, and forever-free admission to its first floor.


September 6, 2021 Art News

Pink-hued sunset over desert.

Our first roundup of grant opportunities features 17 grants with application deadlines in September and October 2021.

September 3, 2021 Resources

Founder Christine Pasalo Norland sitting on a tree swing. Behind her is a view of Echo Park, Los Angeles.

How starting Hello Barkada is equal parts empowerment, protest, service, and rest.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 1, 2021 Essays

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