Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Professional Writing (MAPW)



Committee Chair/First Advisor

Kurt Milberger


Mack Curry


Vinyle zine, is a Black literary magazine pedagogically driven to increase cultural literacy within the African-American community. In order to do this, this magazine must have the foundation of Pro-Blackness as a driving force towards advancing Black people in the ways this platform can offer its service. Vinyle zine allows Black individuals to practice using writing and any art form as their medium of expression –a tool that has been utilized to extol African American truths and increase cultural knowledge. By encouraging expression in art and provoking cultural knowledge, Vinyle zine will continue to encourage Black artists and writers to use art as a form of truth, thus allowing cultural literacy to be engaged in creating a community of Black literary citizens who circulate knowledge about the world from their eyes expressed through their art forms. Transferring this engagement of self expression in art to a platform built on sharing and supporting local artists in a communal public setting (workshops, magazine publishing, and literary readings) this will then help in Vinyle zine’s own mission of the Pedagogy of Pro-Blackness –supporting the advancement of Black people in a culture-to-business networking style.

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