Today’s International Zine Month suggested activity is to reread your favorite zines and remind yourself why you love them so much. Here’s a favorite from our archive:
In the spirit of #IZM2013, we are excited to announce that the first zine in POC Zine Project’s Legacy Series, FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists (1926), is now available to read online, for free:
POCZP helped to liberate this groundbreaking zine by people of color from 1926 in collaboration with firepress.com.
I’ve been waiting for the online version of Fire !! for so long. Thank you @POCZineProject !— sam white (@sweetsamantics) July 4, 2013
ABOUT FIRE!! Devoted To Younger Negro Artists
In November of 1926, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Wallace Thurman, Aaron Douglas, Richard Bruce Nugent, Gwendolyn Bennett and John P. Davis released FIRE!!.
Excerpt from description on harlemsreflection.tumblr.com:
Fire!! was conceived with the notion of expressing the Black experience during the Harlem Renaissance in a modern and realistic fashion, using literature as a vehicle of enlightenment. The authors of this magazine wanted an arena to express the changing attitudes of younger African Americans and used Fire!! to facilitate the exploration of issues in the Black community that were not in the forefront of mainstream African American society such as homosexuality, bisexuality, interracial relationships, promiscuity, prostitution, and color prejudice within the Black community itself.
The publication was so named, according to Langston Hughes, “to burn up a lot of the old, dead conventional Negro-white ideas of the past … into a realization of the existence of the younger Negro writers and artists, and provide us with an outlet for publication not available in the limited pages of the small Negro magazines then existing.” Ironically, the magazine’s headquarters burned to the ground shortly after releasing its first issue.
We’re kicking off our Legacy Series initiative next week by celebrating and analyzing FIRE!! in a series of multimedia posts (read our original Legacy Series announcement).
Stay tuned for more coverage, but in the meantime, enjoy and share this digital version of FIRE!!
- POC Zine Project
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