‘Breaking’ Presents: Juliana ‘Jewels’ Smith, Educator-Turned-Comic Writer | Colorlines The Bay Area resident, inspired by how comics connected with her community college students, developed “(H)afrocentric” to address structural and economic racism in a funny and accessible way.

This “Breaking” installment features Juliana “Jewels” Smith, the creator of the comic “(H)afrocentric.” She keeps an Instagram account frequently updated with new comics. She also released a paperback compilation of the comic books, “(H)afrocentric Vol. 1-4,” last November.

Hometown: Bay Area, California

Project: “(H)afrocentric,” a comic book series and strip based on the exploits of Naima and Miles Pepper, two Black siblings, and their friends of color at the fictional Ronald Reagan University. The comics tackle racism, gentrification, activist culture and more with levity and humor.

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Why You Should Care: After spending several years teaching community college students about social injustice and activism, Smith is using “(H)afrocentric,” to go beyond classrooms.