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Time unveils “Black vision of the future”

The next issue of Time magazine features a special cover project, The New American Revolution, created with artist and producer Pharrell Williams.

Time unveils “Black vision of the future”
Pharrell Williams: “To live up to America’s ideals, we must trust in a Black vision of the future.”

For the project, say the publishers, Pharrell curated a series of essays and conversations between Black leaders that explore America’s oppressive past and visions for a more equitable future, with perspectives from Kenya Barris, Angela Davis, Imara Jones, Naomi Osaka, Yara Shahidi, Tyler, the Creator and more.

In his essay for The New American Revolution, Pharrell writes: “In assembling this project, I asked some of the most qualified people I know in every field—from Angela Davis to Tyler, the Creator, to Representative Barbara Lee—to talk with us, and with one another, about the way forward. I wanted to convey a vision of a future filled with the artists, creators and entrepreneurs who can fulfill the promise of this country’s principles.”

He continues: “America’s wealth was built on the slave labour of Black people: This is our past. To live up to America’s ideals, we must trust in a Black vision of the future.”

The issue is on sale from today. Articles from it can be read here.