After 13 years, TRIBES magazine has published its final issue – #37.  Born out of necessity in 2004, TRIBES magazine came to life as self-sustaining artists across the Triangle area of North Carolina were calling out for a voice.

Armed with the power to sniff out creative talent and star-making spirit, Leslie Cunningham, the magazine’s creator and editor-in-chief, robbed from the commercial rich and gave to the media-starved with a goal of giving to those determined to share something of themselves and their experience, a platform- a page from which to speak their ideas, an opportunity that for some artists may never come again.

Voted us “Best Online Zine” in 2009, and “Poetry Magazine of the Year” in 2010.

Over time, indie artists, musicians and writers from around the globe came to rely on TRIBES as a platform for showcasing their talent, while TRIBES’ loyal community of readers came to depend on TRIBES for the freshest stories shaping the future of urban entertainment and culture.

For more than a decade, TRIBES stayed ever-committed to showcasing the countless, lessor known (but no less prolific) independent artists across the globe as they pioneered expression and made essential noise in their communities.

Purchase TRIBES issues in print and online.

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Each issue of TRIBES throbbed with the beat of music, hip hop, politics, visual art and photography, and bursted with articles, poetry and personal narratives authored by a winning team of entertainment journalists, artists, and social critics. In the archives of TRIBES, greats like Damian Marley, India.Arie, Tyler Perry, KRS One, Dead Prez, Ludacris, and so many more, have been featured. Still, the heart of TRIBES was, and will always be, with the self-sustaining arts. View past issues. 

A special thank you to the many editors, writers, artists, photographers and poets who have contributed issue after issue, year after year!  

  • Dasan Ahanu, Writer
  • Dialo Askia, Writer and Editor
  • Brett Chambers, Photographer
  • Emanuel Cole, Photographer
  • Patricia R. Corbett, Editor and Writer
  • Keith Davis, Contributor
  • Sandi Freeman, Executive Editor and Writer
  • Alana A. Jones, Executive Editor and Writer
  • Nichole Martin, Senior writer
  • Gabriel Rich, Writer
  • And so many more!

Collect your copies! Visit our store to order past issues in print and digital format.  

Learn more about TRIBES Entertainment. 


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