Founded in 1975, Obsidian supports—through publication and critical inquiry—the contemporary poetry, fiction, drama/performance, visual and media art of Africans globally. Recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts as one of the premier journals dedicated to Africa and African Diaspora Literatures, Obsidian is published biannually in print and online.


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Jean Pierre Bekolo

Filmmaker Jean-Pierre Bekolo was born in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1966. As a filmic artiste, his role has been to subvert the conventions and didacticism…

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Catron Booker

Catron Booker is a video and performance artist originally from Chicago, IL and currently living in Oaxaca, Mexico. Her works have previously screened at Anthology…

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Yolanda Wisher

Yolanda Wisher

Yolanda Wisher is a multidisciplinary poet and educator. Currently the 3rd Poet Laureate of the City of Philadelphia, Wisher is a Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence…

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Jérôme Havre

Jérôme Havre is a Toronto-based artist whose practice concentrates on issues of identity, communities and territories, investigating the political and sociological processes…

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Sharon Norwood

Sharon Norwood is an artist of Jamaican ancestry whose work spans several media including painting and ceramic. Norwood attended the University Of South Florida where…

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Stacey Robinson

Stacey Robinson, an Arthur Schomburg fellow, completed his Masters of Fine Art at the University at Buffalo.  He is originally from Albany, NY, and graduated…

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Mankwe Ndosi

Mankwe Ndosi is celebrated for a sound and practice that spans genres and disciplines: celebrating influences from Jazz and African legacies, Hip Hop and Soul…

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Michèle Pearson Clarke

Michèle Pearson Clarke is a Trinidad-born artist who works in photography, film, video and installation. Using archival, performative and process-oriented strategies, her…

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Bettina Judd

Bettina Judd is an interdisciplinary writer, artist, and performer. She is an alumna of Spelman College and The University of Maryland, College Park where she…

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Featured Content From Our Latest Edition, Volume 41.1, 41.2.


Featured Video: THE ALIEN PROJECT, by Catron Booker


Audio Feature: Mankwe Ndosi


Audio Feature: Yolanda Wisher