Spring 2017 | Issue 37
EDITOR’S INTRO BY PATRICIA R. CORBETT
When publisher Leslie Cunningham approached me about relaunching TRIBES Magazine after a five year hiatus, I accepted without hesitation. Working for a re-emerging, but well-established magazine is incredibly exhilarating and challenging. In 2017, artists all over the world and in our own backyard of Durham, North Carolina are challenged to maintain their art practice amid political and social unrest. Having recently graduated with my MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, I too am bound to transcend, witness, and create alongside my sister and brother artists while witnessing chaos at home and abroad.
As the new Editor of TRIBES, my goal is to maintain the original luster of the magazine and to develop content that reaches a wider audience. All original sections remain intact with only a few minor changes to accommodate expansion. We remain committed to highlighting the east coast underground art and culture scene, but readers will notice a seamless shift to covering national and international artists and various mediums that speak to a variety of audiences. I am pleased to be a member of the TRIBES staff. Together we will discover, explore, and share art making from around the globe.
The contents of our upcoming issues represent the struggle, pursuit, and the embrace of identity, language, space, and sound. To begin, we are giving a shout out to four British women breaking ground in hip hop music. You will discover the artistry of poet Dasan Ahanu as he expounds on Everything Worth Fighting For: A Exploration of Being Black in America, the peculiarly masked Chicago duo Dip Diver and their homage to hip hop, Dr. Alexis Gumbs’ brilliant commentary based on her book Spill, the witty shade of UK Hip Hop Queen Lady Leshurr, and trans artist and author Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi’s embrace of art, identity, and ancestry. As Editor, I am honored to sit in the presence of these artists and introduce them to you through the pages of TRIBES. Special thanks to the writers and contributors who went underground and across an ocean to excavate this powerful art.
Welcome to the reimagining of TRIBES Magazine. Whether you hold the magazine in your hands or soak in the vibes through your monitor, may the stories, words, lyrics, poetry, and photographs contained within these issues, inspire the artist in you! Enjoy!