For the inaugural issue (Jan. 2018) of Hold the Line, an international collective of more than two dozen writers and artists, representing diverse backgrounds, contributed articles, essays, and poetry. Bringing with them sensitive topics normally held within the confines of close social circles. Complicated subjects like the dangers of ignoring race and the unique challenges of raising children of color are brought out into the open in hopes of creating tangible change in the way families interact with each other. These honest essays and solution-based articles are partnered with quality design and vibrant images.

Future issues of Hold the Line will have the same commitment to truthful storytelling, actionable steps you can take to be a champion for equity and inclusivity, and even fun activities you can do with your kids to support social change. Plus, our Facebook group keeps the new ideas and conversations flowing between issue releases.

It’s important to note, that while the first issue of our magazine is specifically focused on experiences with race and culture, forthcoming issues will branch out into different areas of social justice. You can look forward to issues that explore parenting at the intersection of LGBTQ rights, gender equality and defiance of norms, food equity, educational equality, and so much more. As we move forward, we will always hold space for conversations about race and culture.

Hold the Line, available by the issue or with an annual subscription for its quarterly content, is a valuable resource for ways to handle uncomfortable situations regarding race, autobiographical accounts that challenge harmful prejudices, and even step-by-step plans to start multicultural community groups.

About Bellamy Shoffner 

Bellamy Shoffner is a seasoned writer and new creator and editor of Hold the Line, a digital magazine committed to exploring the intersection of parenthood and social-justice. Bellamy’s freelance work has been enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of readers through sites like The Establishment, Scary Mommy, elephant journal, For Harriet, Mamalode and other reputable publications. Her work has also been republished by Narratively, Everyday Feminism, and HuffPost.

In addition to writing, Bellamy is partner to a supportive husband and mother to two clever, energetic children. She resides with her family in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Bellamy has been passionate about publishing from an early age. She wrote her first book when she was three and authored and designed two 8-page newspapers as a teen. Bellamy has had work published in a number of publications from a collegiate literary magazine to nationally recognized websites.

After spending years focused on her work with children and families, Bellamy returned to her first love as a writer and soon new ideas began brewing. Having two Black sons of her own, Bellamy realized that the gift of writing gave her an opportunity to examine her own emotions and share experiences with those who can relate.

As valuable as it is to connect with parents who understand the weight of raising children of color in America, Bellamy found the ability to share these truths with others to be worthy of exploration. Months after first questioning how to gather the knowledge of social justice activists with the inquiries of parents who want to influence change but aren’t sure how, Hold the Line was born.

It is at these intersections of parenting, family communication, publishing, and social consciousness that Bellamy has found it possible to affect change in communities throughout the country

You can learn more about Bellamy at www.hellobellamy.co.