"We Negro writers, just by being black, have been on the blacklist all our lives. Censorship for us begins at the color line." - Langston Hughes...
In this issue, I wanted to get back to the "basics" of Livid's core principles of cultural diversity and the multiplicity in lifestyle within cultures of the world. I can say that since the beginning of the presidential campaign we have enough just to vent on. Presidential candidates that provoke scare tactics and hatred towards the very people whom they are sworn in to lead.
I feel that so many people are "lost" and trying to figure out their purpose but get caught in the turmoil of confusion. Exposed to the War on Drugs to senseless police brutality amongst our youth, no wonder you see more protests and outreach than we have ever seen.
But then we have the other side of social media, what happened to reading with the thirst for knowledge, not just a "thirst" for a hot bod?
Yeah... Just going to move along from that topic as most people do not read at all anymore, driven by photos and videos.
Within this issue, we met with and interviewed a few professionals that faced the snares social injustice, waiting online for love to protecting yourself as you "interact" online. Oh and, of course, we have some censor..ish editorials you will love. I enjoyed putting together this issue with my team as they put a part of themselves within the pages. Please, take a look, read and enjoy but mostly let us know what you think about this issue. You will have the opportunity to be a guest writer and win LIVID swag.