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I get it from my mama

Sneak preview of my design for Forward Together‘s Strong Families 2015 Mama’s Day card. Strong Families celebrates Mama’s Day by highlighting the real lives and experiences of the mamas in our lives.

This year I decided to create a portrait of my friend Anayvette and her children Lupita and Diego. Lupita is a Radical Brownie and Diego enjoys playing soccer. They are both danzantes.
Anayvette is the co-founder of The Radical Brownies. If you haven’t heard The Radical Brownies empower young girls of color to step into their collective power, brilliance and leadership to make the world a more radical place.
It was awesome to do this project because Anayvette and I have known each other for about 12 years. I was part of a collective of poets and artists called ENDependence. They were the first collective of artists who believed in me…the first group that gave me space and allowed me to tour with them to show my art.
Anayvette’s fierce radical queer mamahood inspires me! 



Radio 2050

Radio 2050

January 19, 2009

DJ Aztec Parrot and Elida Margarita Bautista of Berkeley KPFA’s Radio 2050 invited Jesus Barraza and I (Melanie Cervantes) to do a radio interview about our political artwork. We talked…