El Paso-inspired comic book company highlights borderland, BIPOC characters

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes and Ronnie Dukes create the world they want to see, literally. Their graphic novel company, Dukes Comics combines Elvira’s writing skills and Ronnie’s art skills to share borderland culture with the world. “We’re trying to portray El Paso more as a metropolis with urban people and urban aesthetics. We’re not a sleepy desert town,” Elvira Carrizal-Dukes said. “Fort Bliss here in El Paso brings a lot of diversity and a lot of different worldviews.

A break from college confirms passion and possibilities for dance career

When I took my first ballet class at 11, I never imagined where it would take me. I never would’ve guessed that it would lead me to New York and Chicago. I never imagined that I’d meet historical dance figures like Arthur Mitchell, Debra Austin or Jillana. I never pictured that I could be one of those people who pursue dance professionally. When I took that first step into the studio, I was just curious to see what all the hype was about.