colors introduces itself as a magazine about the rest of the world. on their 20th anniversary, their latest issue, no. 80, celebrates superheroes and is entirely bd-style.
but, as it is colors, you won’t be reading about spiderman or such, but about real life heroes, the ones whose daring achievements bring tears to our jaded eyes.
there are 12 stories and i will cite my favourite real life heroes:
– a re-formed khmer rouge who undertook the life long task of detecting as many as possible from the left over 4-6 million land mines.
– a chilean drag queen who uses his alter ego to raise money for local people in distress
– damas de blanco, the mothers, daughters and relatives of the independent journalists and cuban government opponents jailed under the gag law in march 2003
– julian assange, lone fighter for the freedom of the press
– the amazing columbian who used his two donkeys to create the biblioburro, an itinerant free library for the 413,000 children with no access to public education in his home land
– the south african priest who uses his church in johannesburg to shelter between 1,500 and 3,500 refugees
– the south korean woman who sold fish for as long as she lived and every savings she had she gave away: an estimated 8 million usd worth of land and scholarships and 4 million usd in books to schools across her country
at the end, there is a page where you can get an idea, a contact or a link, in case one of the causes moved you and you want to chip in.
an amazing and moving issue which shows us that even a single person can change things, even it may often seem otherwise
check colors’ website: you can see bits and pieces of their latest issues: 79 was about collectors, an endearing insight into the world of hunters and gatherers and 78 was about dance (unfortunately i missed reading it, but they have articles online among which one about the rockabilly groups one can find in tokyo. i saw them last year and they were insanely entertaining!)
also, issue 81 – transport – still takes your ideas and pictures.
i hope colors made your day better. each issue certainly makes mine.