Submit to MelaNation’s Third Issue!

Today, MelaNation launches the call for submissions for our THIRD issue! We hope issue 2’s summer love playlist got you through the wait for another round of dope creative pieces from Black artists in the DMV.

This time around we’re focusing on that thing called family. You know, the people you love, but sometimes need a breather from. But seriously, for 400 years, Black Americans have imploded the idea of white America’s nuclear family and exchanged it to encompass not only those we’re related to, but those we can count on. Which brings us to our prompt for issue 3:

How does your family history connect to Black liberation, or how does your family shape your ideas about Black liberation?

Got something to say about what family means to you? Want us to amplify your work? Submit a creative piece! Published artists will be compensated for their contribution.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, November 15. Please see our Submissions page to learn more about how to submit. Good things come in threes!


– post written by Darya Nicol


Further reading:
Gutman, Herbert G., The Black Family in Slavery and Freedom, 1750-1925
Blassingame, John W., The Slave Community: Plantation Life in the Antebellum South
Deborah Gray White, Ar’n’t I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South, [1995 edition]
Carol Stack, All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community
Sue Jewell, Survival of the African American Family: The Institutional Impact of U.S. Social Policy


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