When: Fri., Sept. 4, 6-8 p.m. 2015
While adults often dismiss teenagers’ opinions as naïve, young public figures such as Hunger Games actress Amanda Sternberg and Disney star Zendaya (who is an Oakland native) have spoken out against racism and cultural appropriation more often than most Hollywood celebrities. Realizing that there are few platforms for teenagers to discuss their experiences of discrimination and other social issues, two recent Oakland School for the Arts graduates founded Margins Magazine, a new online publication for and by adolescent girls and non-binary people. The magazine founders, Nicole Lovett and Emily Kim, are both incoming college freshmen and have recruited a national team of diverse contributors whose work deals with a wide range of topics, including race, gender, and disability. Margins’ first issue debuts this fall, and to celebrate, the magazine is hosting a launch party and open mic reading at E.M. Wolfman General Interest Small Bookstore (410 13th St., Oakland). The open mic portion of the event is open to non-binary and female teen readers, but anyone who wants to support Oakland’s next generation of authors is welcome to attend.