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The Beauty of Black Creation

In this special issue - CATALYST - is publishing a special issue on The Beauty of Black Creation. This is a project published by Prevention at the Intersections.

Our purpose is to emblemize the creativity and brilliance of people within the African Diaspora. Our goal is to publish an interdisciplinary collection that shows the contributions of our innovation that is bold, relevant, and rooted in our innate wisdom. We envision having an online publication/site that includes visual arts, poetry, essays, and profiles on what we have and continue to create for the world. 

Tell us your story. 

Share your creative works. 

Be bold, black, and beautiful.

Categories/Themes to Consider

  • Life
  • Justice
  • Economics
  • Family
  • Art
  • Education + Learning
  • Science
  • Philosophy

Quotes that have motivated this Call for Submissions.

“When you know your name, you should hang on to it, for unless it is noted down and remembered, it will die when you do.” -Toni Morrison (Song of Solomon

“I am an invisible man...I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.” -Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man

“For while the tale of how we suffer, and how we are delighted, and how we may triumph is never new, it always must be heard. There isn’t any other tale to tell, it’s the only light we’ve got in all this darkness.” -James Baldwin (Sonny’s Blues)

“As long as we are not ourselves, we will try to be what other people are.” -Malidoma Patrice Somé (Of Water and the Spirit

“But surely to tell these tall tales and others like them would be to spread the myth, the wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect.” -Zadie Smith (White Teeth)

“Misery won’t touch you gently. It always leaves its thumbprints on you; sometimes it leaves them for others to see, sometimes for nobody but you to know of.” -Edwidge Danticat (The Farming of Bones) 

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” -Frederick Douglass (Speech on the twenty-fourth anniversary of emancipation in Washington. D.C.) 

Fall 2020 Special Issue

Submission Deadline - Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (with grace period)

Acceptance Date - Friday, November 27, 2020

Publication Date - Friday, December 18, 2020

Types of submissions we accept.

  • Academic Articles
  • Commentaries
  • Poetry
  • Short stories (fiction/nonfiction)
  • Case Studies
  • Testimonials (inspired by personal experience)
  • Notes from the life of an organizer
  • Photography (with 50-100 word captions @ minimum) (high-resolution photos)
  • Videos (1-8 minutes) (with 50-100 word captions @ minimum) (.mov files only)
  • Audio files (1-8 minutes)  (with 50-100 word captions @ minimum) (prefer mp4 or mp3 files)

Text Requirements  

  • 11-12 point font (Times, Arial, Helvetica)
  • Double spaced
  • MLA or APA citations
  • Hyperlinks also accepted
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