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Seen is a journal of film, art, and visual culture, dedicated to platforming nuanced and rigorous writing by and about Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities globally.


We are published in print, twice per year, and online monthly by BlackStar Projects, home of the annual BlackStar Film Festival.


  • Dessane Lopez Cassell Editor-In-Chief

  • Raquel Hazell Art Director

  • Marielle Ingram Associate Editor

  • Jasmine Weber Reviews & Features Editor

  • Kavita Rajanna Essays Editor

  • Yasmine Espert Interviews & Profiles Editor

  • Shauna Swartz Copyeditor

  • Justin Chance Publishing Consultant

  • Maori Karmael Holmes Founding Editor

BlackStar Projects Staff

  • Sara Zia Ebrahimi Chief Operations Officer

  • Imran Siddiquee Chief Communications Officer

  • Swabreen Bakr Marketing & Engagement Director

  • Leo Brooks Design Manager

  • Mariam Dembele Marketing Associate

  • Pablo Alarcon Jr. Design Associate

  • Akili Davis Program Coordinator (subscriptions & institutional distribution)

  • Autumn Faith Valdez Business Director

  • Akua Maat Operations Associate

  • Nile Shareef-Trudeau Administrative Coordinator

Advisory Board

  • Adam Piron Sundance Institute, COUSIN

  • Akiba Solomon

  • Elizabeth Méndez Berry One World/Random House

  • Gina Duncan Brooklyn Academy of Music

  • Greg Tate In Memoriam

  • Jeff Chang Race Forward

  • John L. Jackson, Jr. Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvani

  • Louis Massiah Scribe Video Center

  • Roya Rastegar American Cinematheque

  • Sally Singer

  • Tarana Burke 'me too.' International

  • Zaheer Ali

Interested in Writing for Us?

Pitch Guidelines

Contact: [email protected]

We’re always looking for new opportunities to work with Black, Brown, and Indigenous writers who are thinking critically about film, art, and visual culture. Please reach out to [email protected] with “Pitch” in the subject line and allow up to two weeks for our response.


Contributors & Guest Editors

Issue 006

Fall/Winter 2023

  • Out Now


Aaron Hunt, Abigail Lucien, Camille Bacon, Charles Gaines, Clarkisha Kent, Colman Domingo, Danielle A. Jackson, Danielle Deadwyler, Dessane Lopez Cassell, Farrah Rahaman, Fatima Jamal, Ifeanyi Awachie, Isabelia Herrera, James Ijames, Jasmin Hernandez, Jenée Strand, Kambole Campbell, Kelli Weston, Lily Gladstone, Marielle Ingram, Simran Hans, Tre Johnson, Yasmina Price, Yume Murphy

Issue 005

The Dreams Issue

  • The Dreams Issue


Anaïs Duplan, Aurella Yussuf, Beandrea July, Cauleen Smith, Clarkisha Kent, Deborah Anzinger, Dessane Lopez Cassell, Flordalis Espinal, Ifeanyi Awachie, Iris Torres-Gatherer, Isabel Ling, Jasmin Hernandez, Kambole Campbell, Kareem Reid, Kenny Rivero, Lakshmi Padmanabhan, Lizania Cruz, Lou Cornum, Rashida Bumbray, Rianna Jade Parker, Rohini Kejriwal, Widline Cadet, Xia Gordon

Issue 004

Guest Staff

  • Darol Olu Kae Guest Editor
  • Caroline Washington Art Director


Alia Swastika, Beandrea July, Bedatri Choudhury, bell hooks, Camae Ayewa, Darol Olu Kae, Deborah Thomas, Elizabeth Mendez-Berry, Jasmine Weber, Jeff Chang, Jenzia Burgos, Mahasen Nasser-Eldin, Poulomi Das, Sky Hopinka, Yume Murphy, Zeba Blay, Zoé Samudzi

Issue 003

Guest Editor

  • Darol Olu Kae


Abby Sun, Akinola Davies Jr, Amir George, Cassie da Costa, Jeff Chang, Jessica Lynne, Jonathan Ali, Kojo Abudu, Leila Weefur, Lynnée Denise, Nuotama Bodomo, Omar Berrada, Philana Payton, ruth gebreyesus, Samia Labidi, and Suzi Analogue.

Issue 002

Guest Editor

  • Dessane Lopez Cassell


Astria Suparak, Beandrea July, Claire Tancons, D’Lo, Dessane Lopez Cassell, Dixa Ramírez D’Oleo, Erin Christovale, Farrah Rahaman, Heitor Augusto, Imran Siddiquee, Janaína Oliveira, Jemma Desai, Jlin, Karas Lamb, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Lakshmi Padmanabhan, Lendl Tellington, Luce Capco Lincoln, Maori Karmael Holmes, Meg Onli, Rachell Morillo, Razan Al-Salah, Terri Francis, Tzutzumatzin Soto

Issue 001

Guest Editors

  • Maori Karmael Holmes Editor-in-Chief
  • Nehad Khader Managing Editor & Essays Section Editor
  • Imran Siddiquee Reviews Section Editor
  • Kavita Rajanna Interviews Section Editor
  • Jelsen Lee Innocent Designer


Amy Sherald, Bing Liu, Darol Olu Kae, Elizabeth Méndez Berry, Emir Lewis, Erin Christovale, Heidi Saman, Heitor Augusto, Imran Siddiquee, Jemma Desai, Jheanelle Brown, Jon-Sesrie Goff, Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Maori Karmael Holmes, Nam Lee, Nehad Khader, Niela Orr, Racquel Gates, Roni Nicole Henderson, Sonya Childress, Susy Zepeda, Suzanne Kite, Xavier Palisades


Ad Guidelines

Connect with our audience.

Seen‘s core audience includes filmmakers, artists, critics, scholars, and tastemakers. To advertise with us, please email [email protected] with “advertising” in the subject line. All ads are subject to approval by our Art Director.