In a recent release by Sudanese womanist poet, Kola Boof, she announced that on Friday, March 3, 2006, she would be launching a new magazine 'Proof',
Here is her release in full:
a new online journal for authentic black people (and those who respect authentic black people).
The debut edition will explain EXACTLY...what is "authentically" black, in detail, from an African perspective. We will no longer accept the U.S. slave master's definition.
After so many generations of blatant exclusion of the darkest among us--and after being disgusted by the niggeris self-hate promoted by BET...I decided to launch PROOF.
There will be a salute to Octavia Butler and a report on today's Black Egyptians.
The legendary Nigerian Scholar Chinweizu just gave a lecture in LAGOS about the future of the black people--it caused quite a stir--and he is allowing me to reprint the entire lecture for my debut edition.
For those who don't realize it, Chinweizu is like the Cornel West of Western Africa.
A very controversial figure whose only peers are his good friend Chinua Achebe...and his faux enemy, Nobel Prize winner Wole Soyinka.
Chinweizu wrote the classic book "The West and the Rest of Us", which was edited by Toni Morrison.
Although I consider Chinweizu to be decadently sexist and outrageously homophobic....I do agree with the Lagos newspaper that claimed: "if we could set Chinweizu as King and Kola Boof as Queen, therein would lie the balance of a perfect mother and father for the African people."
There will be regular articles by myself, poetry, short stories, depictions of black love via photos, love for black children, public commentary....
Black Masculinity, Womanism and all forms of sexuality will converge and be represented...
...and the purpose of "PROOF" will be to provide clarity and messages of self-esteem and set a "new revolution" for authentic blacks (those of us who love all human beings, but don't want to become mulatto or mixed race, which is what America forces upon black people).
Eventually...this will become a print MAGAZINE, very similar to JET...but much more substantial in content and featuring beautiful blackentric people with natural African hair on the covers.
You can now read proof magazine at www.proofmagazine.i8.com