The New Engagement literature and art journal celebrates the voices of the black community in the United States and those who are touched by the cultural mores generated and spread by the United States. We will continue to publish and champion stories, essays, poems, plays, films, paintings, illustrations, and photography that dissects and meditates on the experiences distinct to African-American society.
With beautiful bafflement and clear-eyed precision, the work of Lola Rainey rails and revolts. "Darkness in The Margins" provides a much needed dose of light in unseen places.
Though the continental context may change, the fixation on stereotypes, archetypes, and harmful assumptions persist.
Incendiary, confrontational, and necessary. The excerpt from a feature film that presents a relevant and challenging moral struggle.
A lyrical lament that gently reaches for the sublime.
A reckoning for the blackface minstrel show-runners.
Dignified curtsies in dark corners, empowering pirouettes atop threatening structures, liberating heel turns through unfriendly places.
On the margins and in darkness, the survivor takes adversity as a necessity for growth.
Like catching breath, surmounting the burdens of anger, of normality, of memory requires great work.
Indignities and exploitation are righted with sharp words and a blunt defense.