“The Bored Friday Project” is an independent journal of original artwork, photographs, poetry and prose collated and edited by Curtis Pink. Volume Five, which came out in July 2020, is dedicated to the Black Lives Matter movement. It contains excellent work by the likes of Heather Steinmann, Matthew Leonard Brown, and Laura Ramnarace, and two pieces of my own work, the short essay “Black and Blue: The Uses of Anger” and the poem “Six Epitaphs for the Jazz Man.”
Some of the content includes memes and sayings, such as Martin Luther King’s “A riot is the language of the unheard,” and Toni Morrison’s “You want to fly, you got to give up the shit that weighs you down.” There are also striking images of George Floyd and the current protests interspersed with older ones – Malcolm X, and the athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos doing the Black Power sign on the Olympic podium in 1968 – which show the historical continuity of the struggle.
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