Rosamond S. King, a Brooklyn-based poet, is a TriniGambianAmerican, has been publishing poetry since 1994, and won a Lamda Literary Award in 2018.
John Wilson’s 1952 mural “The Incident,” is a salient meditation on the horrors of lynching and though physically lost, the mural endures in archival images, preliminary sketches, and studies.
For better or worse, words like “proud,” “unapologetic,” and “resilient” have come to define Texans, and these words and this attitude also define a spectrum of Black artists who are from, or have lived in, Texas.
I learned to love Juneteenth long before I became aware of the emancipation of enslaved Black people. I think my father was his happiest on that day; he permitted himself to do whatever he wanted on Freedom Day.
As Juneteenth approaches, I’ve been given reason to consider a confluence of events and ideas: my family’s life-long process of becoming Black and having to police my sons’ consumption of a certain kind of blackface.
The relationship between Black liberation and photography reveals many things about our notions of freedom and the limitations of image making as a form of common truth.
A collection of the complicated and powerful stories that orbit Juneteenth.