TRIBES Magazine is distributing its content free via a new digital viewer, PDF downloads and iPad. In the streets and online for nearly a decade, TRIBES has traveled the indy scene spotlighting artists generating the next trends in music, visual arts and the printed word. Today, TRIBES is one of the leading publications covering urban music and arts around the globe.“Best Online Zine (BlackWebAwards, 2009) and “Poetry Magazine of the Year” (National Poetry Awards, 2010), every issue is throbbing with the beat of music, politics, visual art, and photography, bursting with writing, articles, poetry, and personal narratives authored by a winning team of entertainment journalists, artists, and social critics. In the archives are greats like Damian and Kymani Marley, India.Arie, Tyler Perry, KRS One, Dead Prez, Ludacris, and so many more who have been featured. Still, the heart of TRIBES is always with the self-sustaining arts and ever-committed to showcasing the countless lessor known (but no less prolific) artists across the globe as they pioneer expression and make essential noise in their communities. View the current issue now!
TRIBES MAGAZINE CELEBRATES 8 YEARS this Fall 2012 with two smoking hot covers!
The leaves have started to change outside of TRIBES headquarters and as we put this eighth anniversary edition of TRIBES Magazine to bed, the quiet beauty and meloncholy birth of this years’ dying season is an unexpected epilogue to an end-of-summer, music festival season vibrant and alive with creative energy here in the Triangle and our sister cities, like Atlanta.
Fall is here and we honor the changing seasons by relishing in all of the fun we had this September at Hopscotch with new music and poetry contributor Jim Mathers (in Music TRIBE Special Feature: Greetings from Hopscotch, pp 28). We had a blast interviewing our cover artist, The Real Laww (pp 21) after he mc’d one of many unique, new serial events at Motorco Music Hall, the exciting and beloved anchor of Durham’s growing fashion and nightlife on Rigsbee Street (illustrated by Emanuel Cole and Larry Dixon Jr. in the photostory, Bull City refashioned, pp 9).
In Award Tour (pp 14), we celebrate our growth over the years with resident hip hop historian and music editorial writer, Dialo Askia. Introducing readers to the most exciting hip hop festival on the East Coast and a slew of up and coming artists that hail from nations around the globe, you will definitely want to check out his recommendations (on the web at TRIBESMagazine.com and in the ATL as part of the 2012 A3C Hip Hop Music Festival’s October showcase).
For our eighth anniversary, we continue to celebrate our roots, showcasing other artists on the independent grind with long-time contributor Gabriel Rich (check out John C. McMahan in Just a Man, pp 34 and Nikeema Lee’s Upscale Desires, pp 40) and contributor, Nichole Martin, in her interview with Marty Johnson, creator and host of the Muzic Lounge (pp 36).
The scene was on fire this past summer and as the nights come earlier and the sun sets on eight years of TRIBES Magazine, the looking back is bittersweet, like Hannah Sawyer’s reflections in “The City” (pp 44). Here at TRIBES Central, we are unsure of what may come in the future. Yet, the looking back on years of TRIBES Magazine and all of the wonderful support we have received from writers, artists and readers, is good. Thank you for joining us on this adventure and enjoy the issue!
Alana A. Jones, TRIBES Editor
TRIBES magazine has been nominated for “Poetry Magazine of the Year” by the National Poetry Awards (NPA) a national poetry arts group which began in Raleigh, NC in 2010. That same year, TRIBES won an award for our continued commitment to showcasing urban poets and spoken word artists nationally. Help TRIBES magazine win the award in 2012!
This year, NPA is preparing to travel to St. Louis, Missouri for the third annual event held August 17-18, 2012. NPA is planning a great weekend of poetry, slam competitions and networking! Visit their website at thenationalpoetryawards.com for more information.
Voting Starts Soon – Visit http://www.thenationalpoetryawards.com
The National Poetry Awards (NPA) is a national poetry arts group which began in Raleigh, NC in 2010. That year, TRIBES Magazine was nominated and won “Poetry Magazine of the Year”. After two successful years, NPA is preparing to travel to St. Louis, Missouri for the third annual event held August 17-18, 2012. NPA is planning a great weekend of poetry, slam competitions and networking! Vote for TRIBES Magazine after June 1. Visit http://www.thenationalpoetryawards.com for more information.
ART SPOTLIGHT: BEVERLY MCIVER
Words by Alana Jones
Beverly McIver’s portraits are haunting. The faces that stare from the canvas and paper are quiet and weighty, layered with emotions and an ongoing internal dialogue that speaks from each stroke of paint or pencil. Filled with the sort of insight into the conflicted heart and chattering mind of the human subject that makes art essential to our existence, McIver’s portraits speak volumes in the most subtle and quiet tones.
Also visit BEVERLYMCIVER.COM