Black History Month Bundle
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In honor of Black History Month, the Oxford American has assembled a collection of issues that showcases the works of African-American artists and writers and honors Southern icons, both past and present.
In Issue 103, Nina Simone, one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, graces the cover in a portrait by Jim Blanchard; Simone is the subject of a feature essay about artistic influence and identity, written by poet Tiana Clark. This issue also includes essays examining the influence of Jodeci, John Coltrane, and George Clinton. This issue comes with a 24-song CD sampler (plus accompanying digital download with four bonus tracks).
The theme of Issue 102 examines history as seen by the oppressed with cover art by Kerry James Marshall. Kelsey Norris reports on a historic-preservation conflict as it plays out in Nashville at the site of a Union fort built by freedmen and slaves. Tess Taylor travels to Virginia to learn about the poet Anne Spencer, an activist and contemporary of Hughes, Hurston, and Du Bois, who is little known despite her accomplishment as the first African-American woman to be featured in The Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry. Will Bostwick visits the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University and ponders the relevance of gospel—a music central to the civil rights movement—in our contemporary age of resistance.
Issue 91 showcases music by Georgia artists such as James Brown, Sandy Gaye, Janelle Monáe, Otis Redding, and OutKast. The issue investigates the state’s rich musical past with articles about Thomas A. Dorsey, Little Richard, and Blind Willie McTell.
Issue 95 (Adia Victoria cover): Our 18th annual Southern Music Issue celebrates the Blues, featuring John Lee Hooker, Rhiannon Giddens, Prince, CeDell Davis, Nikki Giovanni, and many more, including a stellar essay by Zandria F. Robinson. This issue comes with a 23-song CD compilation.
Issue 6 includes a previously unpublished short story Zora Neale Hurston.