ebony: “how black america can survive, thrive in the trump era”

January 20, 2017

Breaking from the normal celebrity cover, Ebony Magazine’s Febuarary cover story image is an ‘American Gothic’-inspired illustration of a hopeful black family looking into the future of Trump’s America asking us,: how and if black American can survive and thrive in what’s sure to be a turbulent time? Speculatively? Through intersectional leadership and goals and radical black love. “It’s time to build LGBTQ, feminist coalitions led by people of color—Black, Latinx, First Nations, Asian and working-class—that address entrenched discrimination,” writes Kirsten West Savali. “We dig deep for that flickering, sacred joy and reignite the bold Black flame that is our birthright. We come back home to ourselves. We dance because our ancestors are watching, because our children are watching, because our enemies are watching[…]Then we tear them down.”

Read the full excerpt from Kirsten West Savali’s essay over here and read how 9 other black thinkers had to say inside the issue.

By Erin White*, AFROPUNK contributor

Artwork by Kadir Nelson

*Erin White is an Atlanta-based writer and AFROPUNK’s editorial and social media assistant. You can follow her on Tumblr or friend her on Facebook. Have a pitch or an inquiry? Shoot her an email at erin@afropunk.com.