Troy Posted March 11, 2019 Report Share Posted March 11, 2019 10 Years Ago Today: Mosaic Literary Magazine Issue #5 was published. The publisher @Ron Kavanaugh started the magazine over 21 years ago -- before I launched AALBC. Ron graduated with (@Mel Hopkins and I from the same High School). I did not know Ron back then, it was a really big school, but we met about 21 years ago in a local Black owned bookstore (back when those existed). About 5 years ago Ron shut down his book website mosaicbooks.com. In October of last year he announced that he was no longer printing his magazine and was just going to produce an electronic version. With almost 400 million Black folks in this country it is hard to image a magazine dedicated to Black writers, from the diaspora, and there books can't survive in print. The people inclined to produced these types of publications will all be dead soon. It seems to me the people who would read them already are -- if not physically then mentally. I know that sounds harsh, but sheesh, what kind of country do we have if we can not support bookstores, magazines, or websites that focus specifically on Black writers -- you know the people who tell our stories? Don't tell me that social media has picked up the slack -- it has not. It can not and it will not. Recently I've put some effort into promoting Magazines like Mosaic. I'm also working with the Center for Black Literature to sell their Killens Review of Arts and Letters. I previously promoted Black Issues Book Review that efforts was not nearly as efficient because AALBC was not database driven back then, but I did my best. None of this effort generates and revenue, but i do it because the information is important. Unfortunately things that are important to Black folks, like an accurate portrayal our history, are not supported by the marketplace, so the work must be done by volunteers -- and done in an environment that is hostile to the effort. There may come a time when indie sites like AALBC are no longer allowed to exist -- seriously. At that point, the people in charge of relating our stories will be the likes of a Mark Zuckerberg. The reality is that we are close to that point today, and the result is the emergence of the "least woke generation." You can down load a free copy of issue #5 of Mosaic Literary Magazine here. Do it while you still can.... 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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