Announcing The Launch Of 1839

Courtesy of 1839
Courtesy of 1839

For the past several months, I've been working with a number of people — including writer Deesha Philyaw, janera solomon of the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, and VSB's own sarah huny young — to create 1839, a Pittsburgh-based magazine that takes a nuanced look at the intersection of race, politics, the arts, community and culture in the city and beyond.

It's a pilot project inspired by the life, work, and legacy of August Wilson’s love of community and financially supported in part by The Heinz Endowments.

This afternoon, 1839 launched, featuring pieces from a dozen contributors (including yours truly). Check it out when you get a chance.


(And add 1839 on Facebook and Twitter. Pretty please.)

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times, and the author of What Doesn't Kill You Makes You Blacker (Ecco/HarperCollins)

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Nice site… just an outsider observation but err uh… do white people live there? Ya'll need some vanilla to make it interesting/balanced. Get a token - they always do it. #You'veBeenBlessed… You're welcome

And don't even THINK about saying balance deez cause I already did sucka