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THE 2020 ZINE



THE BLACKLIST MAGAZINE’S first ever limited edition zine in collaboration with CONVERSE LDN.

It will look back at black cultural moments that have taken place in the UK over the last 12 months.



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THE 2020 ZINE PLAYLIST


WE WANT TO SPOTLIGHT OUR 2020 UP AND COMING FAVOURITE ARTIST.


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THE BLACKLIST X CONVERSE LDN


We partnered with Converse LDN to create out frist ever limited edition zine.

To mark the end of the year, we're releasing a limited-edition zine which will look back at black cultural moments that have taken place in the UK over the year.



“THERE’S ART IN THE MISERY AND LIGHT IN PAIN”


A CHAT WITH SHANIA FOSTER

Narrating a personal story of falling from happiness but learning to grow from pain, 20-year-old, Shania Foster’s debut EP Bloom, dropped on Monday.





LOVE IN THE TIME OF CORONA


LOCKED IN LOCK DOWN

Lockdown has felt like an endless spiral of Netflix binging and overeating. What seems like a never-ending broadcast of half-hearted government speeches saying lockdown could be over soon .... 

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MAN UP!


EXPLORING MAN HOOD AND MENTAL HEALTH 

The emotional indifference of Black men is something that is continuously ignored widely within the black community. Hundreds of young black men all across the world are constantly told to ‘man up’, and ‘act tough” or “don’t be a wasteman’.

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RUDEBOYS & ROLLUPS


RUDEBOYS X THE BLACKLIST

This isn’t just a nostalgic feed doing it as a trend and it’s more than just a history lesson for the younger generation - it is a platform representing some of the OG trendsetters in British streetwear culture, Phillips has managed to capture the essence of how street style started and evolved over the years.

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OUR TEAM


MEET THE BLACKLIST ISSUE 1 TEAM


In the WELCOME ISSUE of THE BLACKLIST we have had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing creatives. Meet our first group of talented contributors.

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THE BLOG



Welcome to THE BLACKLIST BLOG - this weeks theme, ‘Letters to the Closet’.


We asked our readers to write a letter to their younger selves about their experience coming out.


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Dear Me,

Soon you’ll find that fitting in isn’t always possible, it isn’t easy but some people aren’t meant to. Your friends will change, opinions will develop as will your judgment on who you should surround yourself with. Hold your softness and feminity close to you, you’ll find that it gives you something most men are too arrogant to give a second thought to and when you’re branded as too gay or limp wristed show them how your lack of fragility only makes you stronger.

Realising you’re a person of colour carries a gravity of pride and power but the moment you realise this is also the moment you’ll understand why the world sees you the way it does. Recognise your light-skinned privilege and how fortunate you’ve been to not regularly get overlooked but how in the most part that benefit was superficial to start with. You’ll find yourself in castings lost in a sea of thin white faces and ask why you’re really there, or why you’ve never been able to experience the same feeling of community your black friends do. You’ll never forget that you lost a connection to your heritage but you won’t be able to tell if that was because your mum was never really there, or because she was told how your background would dictate your level of success. More than often you will get lost in racial conversations that your white peers will only include you in because you’re ‘not too black’ for them to share their hubris without shame, know that you don’t ever owe anyone an explanation and use aggression as an educator. You’ll understand ‘those’ family disagreements and find yourself feeling as uncomfortable as your mother did when her alienation was gaslighted even by those related to you.

To some men, you’ll only be a fetish and to others a fantasy. There will always be the men who only look skin deep because you’re ‘exotic’ but not too different to intimidate them completely, the ones who long for your features and out of jealousy reduce you to just those, while somehow you’ve never been able to fully embrace them yourself. Be aware that the mould of a gay man is based on a superiority complex. The perfect, tanned, tall, blonde only comes from white heteronormative ideals that the majority of the queer community were made to long for by their fathers.

When you walk into castings as unconfident as you feel, you’re doing it for the boy who never saw a man like him anywhere else but the mirror, the best representation is the kind that doesn’t fall to acceptance but holds themselves up with authenticity. Be proud that you never subdued your feminity for the sake of fragile white men, and you carry two minorities with boldness on your shoulders. Your experiences and struggles are one of the most important things about you but you should never let them define you, fate is a myth and you have to take control. Look within yourself for answers, you’ll find that it’s a lot more reliable than those around you at times, the ones who deserve you aren’t always who you’d expect. Above all else, love yourself more.


- Ashley Burr

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