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TRS 122 Cover Email

Transition magazine has released its hotly awaited Issue 122 and it’s a confrontation with US president Donald Trump. Titled White A$$holes, the issue tackles the xenophobic and human rights-reversing atmosphere ignited by the man, and by so doing extends the magazine’s tradition of politically-charged publications, which include their Issue 114, Gay Nigeria.

The Issue 122 cover bears a depiction of Trump and a hilarious fake tweet by him about the publication. But more than challenging Trump, this issue celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1977 miniseries, Roots.

The issue’s 34-piece content is remarkable in that it has space for only two pieces of fiction and just one for poetry. The rest are letters and opinions, essays, artworks and a talk, a few of which are collaborations. Holding our attention, as well, is that Chika Unigwe and Tope Folarin are featured and their pieces constitute “testimony on the fallout of Trump’s election.”

Read the announcement below.

In an era that many had wished to call postracial, Transition 122 ‘White A$$holes’ responds to the Trump presidency. With a new U.S. Administration empowering xenophobic tendencies and threatening to reverse decades of progress towards civil rights, contributors call for continued vigilance and aggressive dissent if we expect the arc to continue to bend towards justice. Editor Alejandro de la Fuente reflects on the written word as a powerful form of protest. Cornel West offers hope, and summons W. E. B. Du Bois to ask, ‘how shall integrity face oppression?’ in an era of escalating despair.

Issue 122 also celebrates the 40thAnniversary of the Roots miniseries with materials touching on the global influence—from Egypt to Canada to Australia—of Alex Haley’s family saga, guest edited by Erica L. Ball and Kellie Carter Jackson.

A publication of Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Transition has, since its founding in 1961, always taken a lead in facing political questions. It was the major platform for African writers in the ’60s and ’70s, and continues to be a go-to space for African-African American consultation. Tope Folarin’s 2013 Caine Prizewinning “Miracle” was published in the magazine.

Read the full announcement on Harvard’s Website.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is a writer, journalist, & Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. The recipient of the inaugural The Future Awards Prize for Literature in 2019, he sits on the judging panels of The Miles Morland Writing Scholarships and of The Gerald Kraak Prize. He is Nonfiction Editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is Curator at The Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His work in queer equality advocacy in literature has been profiled in Literary Hub. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He has an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies/English & Literary Studies, both from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He taught English in a private Nigerian university. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

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