Essays

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.

By Jonita Davis

January 7, 2022


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.

IMAGE OF GUGU MBATHA-RAW COURTESY OF LIONSGATE.

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."

By Christine Pasalo Norland

January 5, 2022


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, including an exclusive memoir essay titled "In Minor."

A pink sunrise seen through dried grasses on a plain.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

December 20, 2021


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

PHOTO BY OC GONZALEZ ON UNSPLASH.

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

By Christine Pasalo Norland

November 1, 2021


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.

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. On the table are bowls of kimchi and steamed white rice, and a Fisher Price-like voice recorder and microphone.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 20, 2021


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

IMAGE COURTESY OF NETFLIX.

A little boy in an orange shirt touches the mural at Unidad Park in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. Pictured in the mural are Farmworker Organizers Philip Vera Cruz and Larry Itliong, and former Pilipinas President Corazon Aquino.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

October 2, 2021


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

Dots & Boxes game sheet next to a potted succulent.

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 15, 2021


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.

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

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 8, 2021


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.

PHOTO FROM MARVEL.COM.

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

By Christine Pasalo Norland

September 1, 2021


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