Summer 2022


We produce a quarterly digital magazine featuring work from our Bridge media students, interns and assistant producers.

Issue contributors

Audio

  • Laly Vasquez | Assistant Producer
  • Luke Thomas | Assistant Producer
  • Ava Maurizia | Intern
  • Sam Schweitzer | Intern
  • Alexandra Covey | Intern
  • Clarissa Castro | Bridge Student
  • Ali Tanoli | Bridge Student
  • Lorenzo Aruajo | Bridge Student

Design

  • Anya Dominique Francisco | Intern
  • Anya Dominique Francisco | Intern
  • Killian Soltero Walker | Intern
  • Aashir Khan | Intern
  • Xayvion Brown | Bridge Student

Journalism

  • Sydney Wanguhu | Production Assistant
  • Ana Valdes | Production Assistant
  • Andrea Garduno | Intern
  • Kami Bataclan | Bridge Student
  • Esther Omolola | Bridge Student
  • Isabella Altamirano | Bridge Student

Video & Photography

  • Onessa Sharufa | Production Assistant
  • Kimi Andre | Intern
  • Vincent Jones | Bridge Student
  • Jarrett Feinstein | Bridge Student

Siren costume concept

Yuki’s process of coming up with a halloween costume: I just decided wanted to be a siren so I found all these images of siren like creatures on Pinterest for reference. (there’s a lot more but I couldn’t fit them on here) I decided I needed a plan so I came up with these weekly […]

Tea Time

This podcast is the fifth installment of Laly’s series on Reddit Stories. You can listen to the fourth episode

Aurelia Ellora

Aurelia Ellora is a Dungeons and Dragons character I’ve been working on for a while which I decided to incorporate into my personal project. I’ve always wanted to get more into drawing people as I usually only doodle faces or creatures and this is what I made. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to add the colours […]

Who Am I?

by Anya Francisco, a short zine of the things i love.

It happened once

By Andrea Garduno (Andrea) A squeeze to the chest. A subtle nudge to the heart that will put your whole body on alert. Tears welling up in your eyes but they fail to fall because the half feeling of shock is deciding whether to explode or implode within your rattling head. There is no correct […]

Child welfare: Problems and solutions

By Esther Omolola For the summer, I’ve been working as an intern in the mental health department at the New York Foundling, a non profit company that specializes in child welfare. NYF is an organization that provides support and extra resources for families that may enter the child welfare system by offering a whole-life and […]

oaktown

by lorenzo araujo oaktown created by lorenzo araujo in garageband

home

by clarissa castro home lyrics my heart falls and i feel butterfliesthe memories of you feel like sunshineand i just don’t wanna fall asleepthoughts of you run on repeat this is the moment i’ve been dreaming ofthat someone like you’d walk into my lifeyour smile is all i can think aboutand i cant get you […]

Vision quilt: Preventing gun violence

By Isabella altamirano 5 years ago, an organization came to my school, Lighthouse Charter High School in Oakland, called Vision Quilt – an art project that raises awareness about gun violence. I worked closely with the executive director, Cathy DeForest. She’s been working in East Oakland with two different coalitions for peace in the street, […]

ali’s beat

by ali tanoli ali’s beat a beat written andproduced by ali tanoli on garageband

5 must-watch Coming of Age Movies Starring BIPOC Actors

by Esther omolola Have you ever looked for a movie to watch and just couldn’t find what you were looking for? As a young black woman in search of a coming-of-age movie that captures the essence of what it feels like to grow up as a BIPOC or in BIPOC communities, it was difficult to […]

Secret Stuffed Story

A Film by Jarrett Feinstein

A close look into the life of stuffed animals in this young person’s home

Andrew tate and spreading misogyny

By Kami Bataclan This podcast discusses influencer Andrew Tate’s dangerous message to young men and what impressionable young minds on social media should do to combat hate-speech and misogyny.

A REFLECTION ON SELF GROWTH & LOVE

“I love myself” That is not a sentence I was able to say a year ago. That’s not a sentence I was able to say six months ago, and I’m realizing for the first time in 17 years, I am able to say “I love myself” and fully mean it. Coming to this realization also […]

Samuel michael’s portfolio

Book Cover I created this book cover for the mystery/detective book The Hound of the Baskervilles. I kept it very straightforward and included only a few elements to give it a clean professional look. This was the assignment that, in my opinion, required the most precision because I had to accurately replicate the design and […]

beethoven’s beat

I spent so many hours and so many drafts trying to find the perfect beat and this is the one I went with so hopefully you enjoy it. :))

A few words from mom

Guidance was something I was missing when I moved away to college, but my mom made sure I never lost my way in navigating my early independence. My appreciation for her is beyond words but by pressing play, you’ll have a better understanding..

Tea TIme

This podcast is the fourth installment of Laly’s series on Reddit Stories. You can listen to the second episode here

Mush

by ava & chaitanya

Aiko Dabu’s Portfolio

Movie Poster Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of the most beautifully filmed movies that came to my mind for this project. One iconic shot that stayed with me the most was before the two lovers’ departure, and I wanted to make the emotion emitting from it the forefront of this poster cover! […]

“Verano” By Adrian Sanyoy0

Verano Is my song that I composed. Verano means Summer in Spanish and is a good name to define the vibe of this song and hope you like what you listen.

Photo Essay: Art and Politics in Europe 

By Emma Schulman The way that the air moved throughout the train station was special. The train was running behind, and maybe that created an opportunity for people to get to know one another at Gare du Nord train station in Paris, France. From city to city I and my family had time to get […]

Breaking Apart the Myths of Justice for Gender-Based Violence

By Emma Schulman She swings her scale as courtroom voices echo. In courtrooms across the country stands a figure of Lady Justice. The lady is a figure of hope to many, but some find her to be the exact opposite. Despite the fact that the scales in a courtroom are supposed to be balanced, many […]

Tea Time

A podcast by Laly Vasquez, cohosted with her friend Kahlea, reading and reacting to anonymously submitted on Reddit. The theme of this podcast is lying.

Magic Mayo

Buy your own Magic Mayo today! Film by Tuesday Bakker

The struggle of alcoholism within a family

BY: Andrea Itza garduno franco

I remember my uncle saying he was fine, and that he can stop drinking at any time. Three  months later and he still didn’t. I could hear my auntie on the phone crying because my uncle had not shown up to work the whole day. He was deemed unsavable by the family the moment he was driven to Mexico to be turned into a rehab. He died on the car ride over there. It all happened within one night, so the news was almost unbelievable. He had lost the battle many still struggle with to this day. The battle that  does not disappear when the fighter dies but rolls onto to its next victim enlisting them forcefully. Attending my uncle’s funeral, my cousin says as he hugs me.

“You have grown so much, how old are you?” 

“I guess I have, I am 15. How old are you?” I replied with a smile on my face. 

“I’m 19, close to 20 in a month, yeah.  One more year so that I can legally drink.” He said with a smirk and a jokish tone of voice. 

When he said that I wasn’t sure how to respond so I replied with only a giggle. I found it insensitive and just unbelievable that he would say such a thing. I came to the realization that my cousin was slowly falling into that deadly cycle. It was as if he was already filling out the paperwork to his enrollment into the never ending battle.  He was the oldest of my uncle’s kids. My cousin has such a kind heart, and was always so welcoming to everyone regardless of the situation. I think, how can someone like my cousin, who is so kind and strong, succumb to such a cruel thing? As I thought that, I realized my uncle was the same. He was the same warmhearted person as his son. Alcoholism seems to take only the good people who do not deserve to fall to such disease and addiction. Growing up and maturing made me realize, alcohol is much bigger than just some addiction. It is a virus constantly seeping into people, and some manage to overcome it, but others like my uncle are unable to and later fall into this deep deep hole. A hole filled with millions of bodies who were unable to fill it as well. 

Studies have shown that one of the most significant influences on an individual’s substance abuse is the environment. Environment being their family upbringing, or the people around them. It starts off with one person in the family, but then it germinates onto the next. Research done by the  American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) shows that one in every five adult Americans have lived with someone with alcohol abuse in their adolescence. And because of this statistic it raises the chances of the one American in the group of five to have more emotional troubles. The AACAP also states that children with parents who abuse alcohol are four times more likely to abuse alcohol themselves.  The AACAP has also said  that children of those who abuse alcohol are unable to realize that because of the alcohol their parents act differently, so this leads them to feel guilt, self-blame, and even anger towards themselves. 

Given the factual evidence of direct family being affected by those who abuse alcohol around them, makes me realize that maybe this whole time my cousin could have felt that his love for his father was not enough for him to stop drinking. He felt as if he himself was a factor for  his father’s excessive drinking. I remember when I found out that my uncle had been drinking too much, and thought that if enough people from the family had talked to him, he would stop. It didn’t work that way, and I didn’t know until now. I thought, if this doesn’t work then what would? Alcoholism doesn’t give the person a choice whether to stop or not. And in this case my uncle didn’t have the will to stop simply because his family told him to. 

One thing I wish I knew sooner was that when your close one drinks, it is not because they love you any less. It is as if the factors you think determine the severity of their drinking is no longer the real reason, but the alcohol looks beyond that. It comes down to the biological side of things. So know that when your loved one drinks, you provide comfort and the right resources so that they are able to beat that viscous disease, and that you are able to break through that cycle.

August’s Storytelling Pod

Adaptation of a medieval fairytale, The Wife of Bath’s Tale from The Canterbury Tales called “The Loathly Lady”

ibrahim’s song

A beat written, edited, produced, and mixed in Ableton Live by Ibrahim Darwish.

PASSOUT

Ana G. Valdes Sometimes when I distance myself from reality, when I isolate myself from everyone and the world, I think about how adults can get away with anything to do with children, make them feel like sh*t and walk away without any consequences, while the child sufferers alone.  As a kid, I was always […]

reddit stories

A podcast created by Laly Vasquez, cohosted with her friend Kahlea, reading and reacting to stories submitted anonymously to popular Subreddits, Am I In the Wrong (aka AITA) and Paranormal. This podcast is the second installment of Laly’s series on Reddit Stories. You can listen to the first episode here. This podcast was recorded, edited, […]

ONESSA SHARUFA

CHARACTER NAME BANK: Main Character – Eiserea Eiserea Friend #1 – Amara Eiserea Friend #2 – Faye Eiserea Friend #3 – Zola Opening Scene (montage) Montage of Eiserea roller skating; song choice (boogie nights – heatwave) Older looking roller rink, wooden walls, red pigmented lights and disco ball, all black people roller skating, DJ of […]

drugs in our society

The goal of my project was to bring awareness to the use of drugs in youth culture and how it is often perceived.

mental health 101

A podcast on how to take a mental getaway, created and produced by Shaniah Wilson.

Q&A with Black Alum of a Predominantly White School

As a senior in high school, my graduation is approaching, and as a black student who has gone to predominantly white schools my whole life, I wondered how this has impacted others like me going forward.  To answer this question I decided to speak with Camille Lafayette, a black alum from my school, Piedmont High’s […]

The Never Ending Cycle

By Andrea Garduno “When your brother is born I am going to need you to do a lot more Andrea” …  It all started with that. That one line changed my life. I had to change diapers, make my siblings eat something when my mom couldn’t, and take care of them when I was the […]

our takes

A podcast responding to viral storytimes by Laly Vasquez Castillo

songs by laly

Two songs written and produced in GarageBand by Laly Vasquez Castillo

The Meditation Station

In episode one of who knows how many, host Mitch Marshall takes listeners on a very thorough guided meditation. You won’t want to miss this!

stephanie’s song

A song written and produced in GarageBand by Stephanie Puerto Muñoz