Thursday, March 05, 2009

Okoro's Art in Oxford American Magazine

My work will be in the upcoming issue of Oxford American Magazine, which will hit newsstands this month:

"R A C E : The Past, Present, and Future

A poll conducted by the website The Loop 21 and UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc., and released on Feb. 19, 2009, shows that 92% of American journalists of color believe that, even in the Obama era, 'mainstream media are not effectively covering race relations.'

On the heels of this report, and almost as a challenge to it, The Oxford American boldly releases a special issue devoted to the “Past, Present, and Future” of Race in what may be among the first white-run, mainstream publications to be written by a vast majority (in this case, 88%) of writers of color.

. . . But in truth there is freedom and whether that truth can be found in commentary, fiction, personal history, art, or poetry, the contributors in this issue—ZZ Packer, Arthur Rickydoc Flowers, Juan Williams, Julian Bond, Sarah M. Broom, Jerald Walker, Randa Jarrar, Solon Timothy Woodward, Lolis Eric Elie, Rita Dove, and many, many others—all provide meaningful and honest insights."

Cover art by Hank Willis Thomas

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