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Spring/Summer 2015: Our forthcoming issue is dedicated to the tradition of conscious raising art. Issue includes poems by Askia Toure (“The Usual Suspects”), Lauren K. Alleyne (“Grief etches its silver into our days, singing”), and Artress Bethany White (“Shades of Green”). A fiction excerpt from new writer Kleaver Cruz’ “From the Sea to the Mountain” and an excerpt from the forthcoming memoir Climbing Up the Rough Side of the Mountain by Velma and Norman Hill, a couple who sparked the movement to integrate public beaches, are exciting features in our current issue. Exclusive interview with musical genius Toshi Reagon.

Front Cover: Malik Seneferu Back Cover: Abba Yahudah

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Summer/Fall 2014: A special issue honoring the many artists who became ancestors. Dedications were given to writers Albert Murray, John Watusi Branch, Amiri Baraka, Faybine Miranda, Maya Angelou, Zook, Myla Churchill-Barrett, Wanda Coleman, Walter Dean Myers, Tato Laviera and Sam Greenlee. The issue also features tributes to choreographer/dancer Marie Brooks, visual artist Carol Blank, photographer Jim Belfon and actress Ruby Dee. Jessica Care Moore’s poem “Damn Right,” a eulogy to Amiri Baraka sets the tone for our ancestors’ celebration. Contributors include eugene b. redmon, asha bandele, Nancy Mercado, Layding Kaliba and Jesus Papoleto Melendez, among other talented voices. The back cover features an artwork inspired by Chester Higgins’ iconic photograph of Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dancing in the Schomburg Center.

Back Cover: Sheila Prevost Front Cover: Jules Allen



Spring/Summer 2013: The 20th Anniversary issue of the nation’s leading literary magazine devoted to art and literature by people of color. The issue offers an eclectic mix of poetry, artistic profiles and tall tales. Poems by Tai Allen, Tara Betts, Willie Perdomo, Tyrone McDonald, Charleen McClure, Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, JP Howard, Layding Kaliba and Charleen McClure, among other great writers. Fiction by Kiini Ibura Salaam and Adanze Asante. Interviews with Schomburg Director Khalil Muhammad and award-winning poet and children’s author Tony Medina.

Front Cover Art: Mirlande Jean-Gilles
Back Cover Art: Ocean Morisset



Fall/Winter 2007: This issue is dedicated to poet Sekou Sundiata. Fine selection of poems, art and personal tributes to the late great poet/lyricist/storyteller. Special dedications by Louis Reyes Rivera, Henry Grimes, Sandra María Esteves, Marvyn Taylor, Amiri Baraka, Tanya C. Tyler, reg e. gaines and many more great artists. The issue includes an excerpt from late newspaper publisher Andrew Cooper titled City Son by author Wayne Dawkins and “Mama Kwanzaa and Her Seven Children,” a short story by Ibi Aanu Zoboi.

Front Cover art: Otto Neals



Winter/Spring 2002: Historic issue with poems by Danny Simmons (“Grey Boy Rapper” and “Freight Yard Man”), Kevin Powell (“No!”), Amiri Baraka (“How Do We Get Where We Went?” and C. Prudence Arceneaux (“1000 Miles). Feature articles on dance icon Katherine Dunham by Melony McGant with photos by photographer Chester Higgins and institution builders Laurie Cumbo, founder of Brooklyn’s MoCada Museum, and Fred Hudson, the late founder of the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center. This issue includes “Bernie and Me,” an early short story by Emily Raboteau, author of The Professor’s Daughter.

Front and back covers: Faith Ringgold


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