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A collection of writers, poets, artists, social entrepreneurs and political activists in the Global International African Arts Movement speak about their work in the context of Trump, giving a voice to the voiceless and about the 5th estate of power in this timely and important book.
Scheduled for release at the top of the 2020 US Presidential election, Dispatches from the
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Published August 11th 2020 by Repeater Books

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Jessica Haider
Sep 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Patrick A Howell has interviewed a number of people involved in the Global International African Arts Movement. These people range from artists to poets, musicians and more. In each entry in this book we hear the author and interviewee's thoughts on Black arts. It is always good to read the opinion and views of others in order to be more open minded especially in regards to the diversity in the world. I enjoyed many of the chapters in this book.

Some of the chapters fell a bit flat for me and th
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Rachel Matthews
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Dispatches from the Vanguard is a literary scrapbook pulling together in one place a selection of thoughts, messages, interviews, pieces of art, essays and poetry from dozens of contributors. The book's subtitle "The Global International African Arts Movement vs Donald J Trump' sets out the aim of this work which seeks to demonstrate that out of chaos can come beautiful art and a renewed energy for achieving liberty for all American citizens.

It's an ambitious work, there are many many contribut
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J Earl
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Dispatches from the Vanguard: The Global International African Arts Movement versus Donald J Trump is an amazing collection of interviews and contextualizing information around each that speaks not only to this point in time but to our roles as human beings to engage in whatever ways we can with the powers that be.

The list of interviewees is a virtual who's who (certainly not complete but definitely among the most compelling) of contemporary art (in the broadest sense possible) and thought (they
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Annika (whatannikareads)
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
Thank you to Repeater Books and Net Galley for the ARC!

I struggled to find a central purpose for this book. By the way the book was advertised, I believed that it would be a compilation of works and art that were directly influenced by Trump's presidency. However, a lot of the interviews didn't even mention that at all, and while it is important to highlight these creators, it just felt like a brochure rather than a book.

I'm ranking this neutrally because it did introduce me to some creators I'v
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Nuha
Jul 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Repeater Books and NetGalley for the Advanced Reader's Copy!

Available August 11 2020

Led by an extraordinary leader himself, Patrick Howell's "Dispatches from the Vanguard" builds on a tradition of oral excellence in the Global International African Arts Movement through a series of interviews, works of art and descriptions of artists including poet extraordinaire Nikki Giovanni, science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor, designer Rich Fresh among others. It's conversational and quite se
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Prince Habesha
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Used this book for a class, pulling from the Dr. Harry Edwards, Ishmael Reed, Nikki Giovanni, Jaki Shelton Green, Dr. Imani Perry and Nnedi Okorafor interviews - it was a boon of contemporary perspectives on race, arts, thriving and surviving emotionally amd spiritually in the age of Trump. I learned about being a self starter, independent thinker and entrepreneur. Grateful to the editor Patrick A. Howell and his keen mind pulling together this anthology and asking incisive questions that result ...more
Victory
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
outstanding book that gets in and digs at the causality of racism and discrimination, the twin offspring of America's deplorable slavery. Interviewing some of the top creative forces, Dispatches shows how creatives light a torch for all of us - how the poets, writers, sculptors, painters, entrepreneurs go wide when governments constrict. Dispatches also names the 58 leading minds, spirits and forces in American culture. Love this read... ...more
Heather Gadd
Sep 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
This is a really weird book. It could have been great but it’s badly edited and tenuous to read. Dispatches is a collection of interviews with and essays by prominent black thinkers, which on the surface sounds good but there’s little rhyme or reason to how the content is presented. The book also mixes in way too many religious references. I didn’t enjoy it.
Vanessa
Nov 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Winter Reading - hard to stop, addrsses so many contemporary issues with a fresh perspective. Highly recommend 👌
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Patrick A. Howell is an award-winning banker, business leader, entrepreneur and writer. His first work was published with the UC Berkeley African American Literary Review and Quarterly Black Book Review. At Cal Berkeley, he co-founded Diatribe - a People of Color News Collective.

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