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Magazines - African-American Interest Magazines and Journals

Below are selected periodicals held by the Pratt Periodicals Department that are of special interest to African-Americans. Pratt holds the G.K. Hall Index to Black Periodicals from 1950 to 2003.  This is an annual, non-retrospective, combined subject/author index that has been variously entitled Index to Periodical Articles By and About Blacks, Index to Periodical Articles By and About NegroesIndex to Selected Periodicals By and About Negroes, and Index to Selected Periodicals.
African American Review
African American Review
Published quarterly, AAR is the official publication of the Division on Black American Literature and Culture of the Modern Language Association.  According to its editors, "AAR promotes a lively exchange among writers and scholars in the arts, humanities, and social sciences who hold diverse perspectives on African American literature and culture."  AAR includes poetry, fiction, interviews, book reviews, and essays on African American literature, theater, film, art, and culture generally. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1992. It is full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases
 
American Legacy: The Magazine of African-American History and Culture
American Legacy: The Magazine of African-American History and Culture
AL is published quarterly. According to its Website, the magazine's audience consists of "intelligent readers who have a keen appreciation for their heritage and self." The issue pictured here (Fall 2007) includes a cover article about the art of Black Panther Emory Douglas, a piece about the first all-black parachute battalion, coverage of recent museum exhibits which demonstrate Britain's interest in examining its slave past, and much more. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1996. It is indexed in the G.K. Hall Index to Black Periodicals.
 
Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise
Published monthly, BE includes business news, forecasts, financial strategies, politics, people profiles, and lifestyle features for black businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and investors. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1971 and on microfilm back to 1970. It is full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Black Hair
Black Hair
Tired of the same old hair style. Black Hair can help you find an exciting new look!  The Pratt Periodicals Deaprtment holds the current 5 years (starting April/May 2007) of this title on its shelves.
 
Black History Bulletin
Black History Bulletin
BHB, formerly The Negro History Bulletin, is published twice a year by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  Its purpose is to improve the teaching of Black History at the secondary school level. Pratt holds this title on microfilm back to 2002. It is full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire
Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire
BR/RN is edited and published three times a year by the Institute of African American Affairs and the Africana Studies Program at New York University.  BR/RN publishes reviews, essays, fiction, poetry, photography, and interviews that address contemporary black concerns.  Pratt holds this title in paper back to 2000. It is also full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Black Scholar (The): Journal of Black Studies and Research
Black Scholar (The): Journal of Black Studies and Research
BS publishes African-American Studies scholars, community activists, and national and international political leaders.  Each quarterly issue focuses on an issue of concern to black America and Africa.  Each issue also includes book reviews, announcements, and classified employment listings aimed at academics. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1970 and holds the title on microfiche from 1969 to 1992 and 1994 to the present.  It is also full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Crisis (The)
Crisis (The)
W.E.B. Du Bois founded The Crisis in 1910 to promote civil rights for African-Americans.  It is the official publication of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).  According to its Website, "The Crisis magazine is dedicated to being an open and honest forum for discussing critical issues confronting people of color, American society and the World in addition to highlighting the historical and cultural achievements of these diverse peoples."  A regular feature called "The NAACP Today" reports on news and events of the NAACP.  Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1934. The Pratt African American Department holds this title on microfilm from 1910 to 1968. It is also full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases. The Crisis changed its name to The New Crisis from 1997 too 2003.
 
Ebony
Ebony
Like Jet, its digest-sized sister magazine, Ebony is published by the Johnson Publishing Company. First published in 1945, Ebony covers celebrity, travel, money, beauty, health, fashion, books, and topics of interest to an African-American mass market. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1948 and on microfilm from 1945 to the present. It is full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Essence
Essence
Published monthly, Essence calls itself "the preeminent lifestyle magazine for today's African-American woman."  It covers health, beauty, fashion, sex, money, and celebrity. Pratt holds current and recent issues of this title in paper and issues back to 1970 on microfilm.  It is also full-text searchable in  Pratt electronic databases . Essence is indexed in the Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature, which is held by the  Periodicals Department .
 
International Review of African American Art
International Review of African American Art
IRAAA is published quarterly by the Hampton University Museum. It publishes artist profiles, exhibit reviews, and commentary on the African-American art scene. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1984. It is indexed in the G.K. Hall Index to Black Periodicals. It is also full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Jet
Jet
Jet is a digest-sized, weekly newsmagazine of special interest to African-Americans. Jet aims its lens at celebrity culture as well as at political newsmakers and events. Pratt holds current and recent issues of this title in paper and issues back to 1951 on microfilm. It is also full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases
 
Journal of African American History (The)
Journal of African American History (The)
J of AAH is published quarterly by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.  According to its Website, "the [J of AAH], formerly The Journal of Negro History, was founded by Dr. Carter G. Woodson on January 1, 1916. Since then, the Journal has evolved into the leading scholarly source on African American life and history.  Now in its 93rd volume, the [J of AAH] has explored many of the unique facets of African American history, including the first major scholarly analysis of the hip hop movement (vol. 90, no. 3)." J of AAH includes book reviews. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1994 and on microfilm back to 2002. It is also full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Journal of Black Psychology (The)
Journal of Black Psychology (The)
J of BP is published quarterly by the Association of Black Psychologists. According to its editors, J of BP publishes "scholarly contributions within the field of psychology toward the understanding of the experience and behavior of black populations."  J of BP publishes both research and theory. It also includes book reviews. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1984.  Each annual volume contains non-cumulative author and title indexes.  Full-text of some years is available in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Journal of Black Studies
Journal of Black Studies
Published six times a year, the J of BS covers society, social issues, afrocentricity, economics, culture, media, literature, language. heritage, & biology. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1976. It is indexed in the G.K. Hall Index to Black Periodicals.
 
Journal of Negro Education (The): A Howard University Quarterly Review of Issues Incident to the Education of Black People
Journal of Negro Education (The): A Howard University Quarterly Review of Issues Incident to the Education of Black People
J of NE collects and disseminates facts about the education of black people, presents critical appraisals of proposals and practices relating to the education of black people, and stimulates and sponsors investigations of issues incident to the education of black people. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1932. It is full-text searchable in Pratt electronic databases.
 
Langston Hughes Review (The)
Langston Hughes Review (The)
LHR is the official publication of the Langston Hughes Society.  Langston Hughes (1902-1967) was a poet, author, and editor -- a major figure in the African American cultural flowering of the 1920s known as the Harlem Renaissance.  LHR publishes poetry and scholarly articles relating to Hughes and/or his cultural milieu. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1982.  Some years of this title are available in Pratt electronic databases
 
Review of Black Political Economy (The)
Review of Black Political Economy (The)
RBPE is published quarterly for the National Economic Association.  According to its editors, "The [RBPE] is a scholarly journal devoted to the examination of issues related to the economic status of black and Third World peoples."  It identifies and analyzes policy prescriptions for the reduction of racial economic inequality. Pratt holds this title in paper back to 1973. It is full-text searchable for some years in Pratt electronic databases.
 
XXL
XXL
Published 9 times a year, XXL covers the hip-hop music scene. The Pratt Periodicals Department holds the current 3 years (starting December/January 2010) of this title on its shelves.
 
Zora Neale Hurston Forum (The)
Zora Neale Hurston Forum (The)
ZNHF is the official publication of the Zora Neale Hurston Society. Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960) was an African American novelist and folklorist.  ZNHF publishes articles about the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston as well as articles about other aspects of Twentieth Century Africana letters. Pratt holds this title back to 1990.
 
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