intrepid eyes ... The only game in many, many towns ... this is a venture
that sees nothing wrong with the concept that peoples of African descent
should be interested in subjects that are undeniably African (and the punch
line: everyone on Earth is of African descent). Denial about such a
"strange" interest is implied constantly. It is the current American trend —
an America that used to call rock-n-roll "animalistic nigger bop" has built
a multibillion dollar business empire on Black graves of people they
ultimately hate. Every time a white kid in Nebraska says the word "cool" she
is dipping in the Black pool. This white kid does not have to bow down to
every person of color she sees — you would think that
eventually she would get tired of being called "white" and start to
question for something else (and not some hippie colorblind bullshit, but
something else). This American trend has a Roman heritage. The Imperial
Roman traditionally despised the weak — this is what the coliseum gladiator
represents. Because traditional Africa was collectively unable to
independently conceive of nuclear weapons — and other technical systems of
"high" civilization — Africa is "weak" by the Roman standard. Why bother to
waste precious fossil-fuel energy on showing "politically correct" respect
to the weak? Too many African young people — properly assimilated to the
"real world" of white empire — know this
Roman romance very well. So when they ... ask for funding for a symbol
of non-Roman liberation, I'm sure they know how much popularity is
opposed to them ... THE LIBERATOR MAGAZINE continues to make Black history by
"Over the years THE LIBERATOR has branched out nationwide and has also transformed itself into a divine cyber version, for all to enjoy. You would do well to read you some and stay connected."
— Saucy Dame Delux
"The memory-keeping and extending work of THE LIBERATOR is needed now
more than ever ... the finest collection of young Africans publishing a
"THE LIBERATOR looks back to the revolutionary spirit that inspired
the Black Arts Movement, while at the same time embracing a contemporary
aesthetic with its foundations in a pan-African consciousness. Defiantly
collective it seeks to erase boundaries between divergent art forms and
explore the intersections between the personal and the political in a
heartfelt, serious way. This position places it in direct opposition to
mainstream urban culture, which Askia Toure describes as having "lost
its national consciousness, in its rush to assimilate materialism, bling
bling, capitalism and misogyny." ... Its content veers dizzyingly from
arts and culture, to war, immigration, homelessness and crack cocaine at
home; from broad-brush assertion to the laser-focused insights of
previously unheard voices ... At the same time it sidesteps
ghettoization by situating its debate within the complex web of creative
expression which binds black artists from around the world. The fiery
voice of a new black self-consciousness and social consciousness
reclaiming its freedom in the complex contemporary world."
"Pick up ... THE LIBERATOR and you'll experience the raw spirit of ... publishing: cultural theory on gangster rap, a piece on lust next to a short guide to an ancient Indian spiritual and dietary tradition, a letter-to-the editor from the vice president of a Police Federation, an interview with a former crack cocaine dealer, historical analysis of American exploitation in the Congo, and a review of a recent Grand Master Flash show... Despite the journal's pan-African spirit ... they bristle at being labeled community activists..."
— Spokesman Recorder
"THE LIBERATOR asserts that younger leadership in communities of color is critical, and [they] challenge the corporate values that destroy communities... LIBERATOR writers say college-educated people of color are encouraged to focus on individual careers, recognizing that the collective spirit of the Civil Rights Movement was lost."
"Best Culture Blog: THE LIBERATOR MAGAZINE."
— Black Weblog Awards
"A bunch of racist f***ing niggers... the downfall of this country... stupid
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