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Samina Parveen

Samina is a young poet, blogger, graphic designer, and YouTuber. She is the Founder & Editor In Chief at Inertia Teens. Inertia teens is a mental health initiative by teenagers for educating youth through vivid discussions, literary magazines, YouTube videos, and much more. She works as a Graphic Designer at Star-Gazette Magazine. And with Novel minority towards BIPOC encouragement in the writing industry.

She would love to make a change in this world. She is known for her spoken words poetry and short films. In her free time, she liked to code websites, learn about social entrepreneurship and experiment with graphic design. 

She has been born and brought up in the Middle East, her roots belonging to Asian Culture. India, a land famous for its diversity. She learned to narrate stories influenced by her culture. Storytelling is an art

she grew up with.

She has published her pieces in various magazines like Vaine magazine, Honeyfire lit, Overachiever’s magazine, Intersection Lit, Potted Purple, etc. 

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What type of art do you produce? What message does your art portray?

I am a writer, I write poetry, nonfiction and short stories. I am also a graphic designer as well as a YouTuber. My art usually revolves around themes of mental health, feminism, and minority representation. I like to tell the stories which aren’t usually expressed in the world and stories that I can tell in the best way possible. 

What is BIPOC? What can you tell us about BIPOC representation in the art world?

BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous Peoples Of Color. I think that the mainstream media lacks a lot of representation for these peoples, especially accurate stories. For years, accurate representation in the mainstream media has been very restricted and instead which should be more free and not limited. The experiences of a BIPOC person can vary per person, and we should be willing to understand and encourage everyone to speak out. 

What difficulties do teen BIPOC writers face?

It’s very difficult, and if you want to survive in the industry, BIPOC writers are expected to be very perfect and if someone makes a small mistake, it’s often glorified. I think that many people have niche expectations for BIPOC people, like writing about problems just to win contests. This is like a phenomenon called Teen Writing Complex, which is where teens write about their problems and then people only expect this type of writing from us. These types of expectations should be removed and instead should welcome authentic, original stories. This is why I’m helping to combat this problem by allowing more voices to be heard. Even the new hashtags, like #OurOwnVoices help empower BIPOC voices in this digital world. 

What is your brand Inertia Teens? 

Inertia Teens is a mental health initiative made by teenagers and educates through YouTube discussions, literary magazines and other platforms. The aim is to provide a safe space for teenagers and to allow for their voices to be heard. One way people can do this through our literary magazine, where they can submit their writing and be seen by the world. We also have an educational project coming up soon aiming to help teens, especially those who have been impacted by the heavy schooling expectations during online school during Covid-19. In one of our recent surveys, we had over 500 responses detailing personal responses about the difficulties of life during this pandemic as well as the emotions that people felt. Teens are often expected to adapt quickly in new environments, but the Covid situation has truly made it hard for everyone to do so. That is why Inertia Teens is here to help provide a safe space for all. 

What services do you provide? 

With Inertia Teens, there are so many new opportunities for teenagers like our literary magazines or upcoming projects. Alongside this, we also have a lot of challenges or competitions that we have on our instagram pages as well as spoken poetry and short films on my YouTube channel. I also occasionally host writing workshops, like the one that I hosted with Culturally in which I can provide critiques and encourage you to become a better writer. 

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