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Obsidian's What Tell Freedom Now

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By Kimberly Quiogue Andrews, Khanyisile Mbongwa & Douglas Kearney, Guest Editors. Published by Downstate Legacies.

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Being denied freedom is, in fact, being denied love. And what this reminds me is that the struggle for freedom, liberation, and emancipation is not a theoretical or academic problem but rather a lived experience and a quest for relevance!

–Khanyisile Mbongwa, “What Do We Tell Freedom, Now?”


Obsidian’s What Tell Freedom Now features almost 50 contributions exploring themes of freedom within the African diaspora. The works range from essays to installations, poetry, google forms, photographs, collages, and paintings. The collection details the tension of anticipating a future of freedom which contributor Kopano Maroga describes as “not yet here.”

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