Introducing The Creatives And Writers Showcased At Harlem’s Inaugural Black Future Newsstand

June 12, 2023

On Monday, June 19th, 2023, Juneteenth, the Black Thought Project and Media 2070 will spotlight several creatives and writers in the first-ever “Black Future Newsstand.”

This live, in-person custom-built installation is guided by the question, “What does a media that loves Black people look, feel, sound, and taste like in a future where reparations are real?” and will feature magazines, mini-zines, newspapers, art and other forms of media owned and published by Black folx that represent the diversity of the African diaspora.

Some of the nation’s top Black-owned zines and outlets will be showcased in the newsstand, all of which use their editorial space to center the Black experience and tell important stories around social issues. 

Learn more about the outlets featured: 

  • CRWNMAG celebrates natural hair, beauty, culture, and self-expression for Black women.
  • Gumbo highlights the Black artistic expression centered on Black experiences. 
  • Jackson Advocate provides coverage of social, political, and economic issues affecting the Black community in Mississippi.
  • Vinegar Hill Magazine explores art, culture, politics, and entrepreneurship within Central Virginia’s Black community.
  • Maple:Koyo curates Black artifacts through art, poetry, love, and enlightenment. 
  • Slumber Mag is an erotica magazine exploring desire, pleasure, wellness, and art from a BIPOC perspective.
  • Umber centers on the experiences of Black people, Indigenous people, Latinx, and people of color worldwide. 

Joining the roster of outlets are artists Alyssa Bardge, Amtah Naazim, Ingrid Yuzly Mathurin, and Jermel Blu Moody, whose Afrocentric artworks push the national discourse on safety to confront systemic injustices and call for the protection of Black lives. 

“Black artists, writers, and creators are often censored and constrained when expressing ourselves in dominant media outlets,” said Alicia M. Walters, creator of the Black Thought Project. “The Black Future Newsstand provides much-needed distribution and exposure for these artists and publications while inviting Black communities to engage in media-making. 

“Black Future Newsstand is a nourishing departure from how the U.S. media system has always perpetuated anti-Black racism,” said Media 2070 co-creator Collette Watson. “With media reparations, Black creators could have the resources to make this type of newsstand a reality.”

As a Black disabled and neurodivergent artist and designer, Black futures are incomplete without uplifting Black disabled futures,” said disability art activist and educator Jennifer-White Johnson. “An estimated 3.5 million Black women have a disability, and our perspectives must be uplifted in the media. My contribution to Black Future Newsstand aims to ensure that the Black Disabled voice is present!” 

Through its curated display of talented Black artists and magazines, Black Future Newsstand embraces inclusivity, diversity, and a collective vision for a brighter future where the media loves Black people. 

The Black Future Newsstand Project

The Black Future Newsstand Project is made possible with the generous support and collaboration of Free Press, Maven Collaborative, and Borealis Philanthropy’s Racial Equity in Journalism Fund. Harlem-based Institutional partners include The Africa Center and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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