About Us

James Factora is from Los Angeles and will never shut up about it. A burgeoning freelance writer currently based in New York, you can find their work in Them, Bustle and more forthcoming. They also occasionally make music under the name Lavender Menace, and primarily perform this music in their partner’s basement.

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Cherie Hu is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn, NY. When not working on Molasses, she’s a full-fledged music-business nerd, writing about the topic for several publications including Billboard, Forbes and Music Business Worldwide. The first-ever Real Pop Concert™ she attended was Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape show in Singapore in 2007.

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Dan is a queer Viet writer, artist and recent journalism graduate originally from Houston, Texas and currently based in New York. Catch them rewatching reruns of ANTM, listening to Japanese dub and creating crap designs in Paint 3D.

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Jorge Ivan Velez is an artist, musician and educator based out of Queens, New York. They write songs about queer and latinx identity under the moniker Fear Not Ourselves Alone. When not caught on camera doing Weezer rock hands or taking on one too many projects, they are thinking of ways to enact healing in their community via art and action. \w/

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Olivia Wood is a writer, musician and podcast apprentice from Los Angeles. Besides music, she likes kimchi, speculative fiction and Netflix stand-up specials. She wants everyone to know that we live in a society.

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Leah is ostensibly a writer, definitely a student and absolutely a Beyoncé historian. Their work can be found on Fake Shore Drive, These Days, and Northwestern University Press’ The End of Chiraq: A Literary Mixtape. All additional nonsense and recommended reading can be found on Twitter @unofficialee.