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.


Michael O’Leary: Notes on Joy [Experiments in Joy]

Danielle Sutton November 16, 2017
[1] “Discard anything that does not spark joy.” So says Japanese organizational consultant Marie Kondo. We all know what she means. Get rid of everything that does not carry sentiment or that does not give pleasure. But joy? Do things…

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Myth Two: Only the Young or Brilliant Can Be Creative

Allison Maretti November 7, 2017

Talent is not always discovered early; sometimes it takes time. Mary Shelley and Helen Oyeyemi were discovered before they were thirty, but what about those like Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison? They really became known when they were older, after…

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42 Interesting Facts About the Arts and Authors

Allison Maretti October 31, 2017

1. The first pencil was invented in England in 1565. 2. The Pop Art display of Andy Warhol’s 1962 Campbell’s Soup cans are arranged chronologically in the order Campbell’s introduced the soups in the Museum of Modern…

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Five Black Poets You Should Be Following

Elaine Hocker October 17, 2017

Scrolling through your news feed can be hard these days. In this recurring series, we hope to provide a counter balance—voices of inspiration, hope, and joy. Here are some fast facts about five captivating Black poets who belong in…

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Lynnee Bonner

Lynnée Denise creates multi-dimensional and multi-sensory experiences that require audiences to apply critical thinking to how the arts can hold viable solutions…

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C. Davida Ingram

C. Davida Ingram is a conceptual artist whose work creates counter-narratives about race and gender via social practice projects, performances, and installations. Her art…

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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 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 Video: Processional Upstairs to Roof by C. Davida Ingram


Audio Feature: dj lynnée denise