Malakai Wade is a multimedia journalist, editor, designer, and producer. She co-hosts The Happy Hour: A Palate-cleansing Podcast, a news show about solutions journalism. (Check it out on the Multimedia tab!)
Malakai recently participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio at CapRadio in Sacramento. She produced a story on a biracial artist and activist living in Santa Cruz, CA. Malakai graduated with a degree in journalism and a minor in international relations from San Francisco State University. She was the editor-in-chief of her college magazine, Xpress Magazine, where she spearheaded its transition into fully online during the pandemic. She loved cooking, her cats, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.
Abi Mustapha paints people who look like her — curly hair, dark skin, rich colors and joyful faces. For her, drawing portraits of other biracial people make up for the lack of representation she saw growing up.
“The more I paint people who look like me and see other people appreciating it, the more I appreciate myself,” she said.