Top 10 Posts Of 2016 For The Black Lion Journal (What A Year)

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As the year draws to a close, it serves a good purpose to Review, Reflect, and consider things in Retrospect — the “Three R’s” of any positive end-of-year down-time.

2016 has been a year of ____ (fill in the blank). To no surprise, this journal has had one of its most prosperous part (part 6/pt.6) than any other part since its inception. This is all in humble and appreciative thanks to the contributors, submitters, and interviewees that have graced this diverse and inclusive space. I’m truly looking forward to a positive 2017 with much more to show you.

 

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10: UPDATE: IT’S NEAR THE END OF THADDEUS MILES’S 365 FACES PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT — WILL HE KEEP GOING? LET’S HOPE SO! #INSPIRATION #SHIFTYOURPERSPECTIVE

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Photographer, Public Safety Director, Nonprofit Leader, and Father are just a few of Thaddeus Miles’s hats. Through his Faces photography project, Mr. Miles has captured positive and normal images of the black experience. He aims to #ShiftYourPerspective by creating a new narrative — one that surpasses stereotypical images and that shows a side of normal that is typically shunned from the spot light.

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9: “WE THOUGHT—I THOUGHT—WE WERE MAKING PROGRESS. PERHAPS WE ARE. PERHAPS THIS EVENT IS SIMPLY PART OF THE JOURNEY.” AFTER THE ELECTION: LUNCH TICKET’S TEAM CREATES A POLYPHONY OF HOPE

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This past election. What words can possibly describe the disappointment and heartfelt horror that many individuals of these united states has felt (and still do feel)? January 20th, inauguration day, feels like the bright light of a train at the end of a tunnel.

Like many literary responses and op-end letters, individuals have used the power of words, art, and creativity to express a collective turmoil that was felt immediately after the election. Lunch Ticket’s staff was one of those literary magazines who responded with a polyphonic letter.

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8: YEAR OF YES BY SHONDA RHIMES

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Anne Logan’s book reviews are catchy, smile-worthy, and refreshing to read. She’s the President of the Writer’s Guild of Alberta and currently writes for I’ve Read This — a book blog founded by her. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (THE Shonda Rhimes) has been a popular hit on this journal (for good reason).

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7: INAUGURAL SUBMISSION | THE WIRE’S DREAM • ART BY SISSH and THE WIRE’S DREAM | A WORDLESS NARRATIVE BY ROMANY & ELLIS

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This one is a tie because they both came out at the same time. Artists Sissh, Romany, and Ellis were inaugural submissions to The Wire’s Dream. All are brilliant artists and have a strong passion for what they do. Their work has been a popular post since they were published, and I’m more than honored to have them here in this journal.

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6: VIETNAM’S WORLD HERITAGE SITE AT MY SON

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Anything that photographer, blogger, and traveler, Lynn Buckler Walsh does — either creatively or seriously — is a beauty. I have been enjoying her travels across the world by following along in her blog. This year, she took a trip to Vietnam and captured marvelous works of art that are completely stunning and full of culture and tradition.

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5: ST. VINCENT LIVE: A RHETORICAL FEAT

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What can I say that may make you believe how popular this post was? For WEEKS after it was first posted, hundreds of visitors flocked this super-snazzy Journal to take a look at this pretty awesome post. Now, I know St. Vincent is popular, but WOW! This post definitely wins the “Coolest Post” award.

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4: INTERVIEW | TAST CREATOR BINH H. NGUYEN TALKS ABOUT SASSY TAST, EVENTS IN SAN DIEGO, & THE FUTURE OF THE READING SERIES

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Binh H. Nguyen is the founder of TAST (Thru A Soft Tube) reading series and the newly created (along with some cohorts) 8-West Press. Binh is a marvelous event creator and promoter, writer, poet, and overall good person. It was a pleasure interviewing him about TAST and talking a bit about what he has planned for the future.

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3: FOUR STRONG COMICS: SCARLET WITCH #1, DEADPOOL #1, MS. MARVEL #1, ODY-C #1

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I’ve been fortunate to have Rachel McGill, our comic reviewer extraordinaire, join the Black Lion Journal family as a contributor. Rachel’s reviews are spot-on fantastic, enjoyable to read, and super informative on the subject. It’s my pleasure to have her on board!

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2: JAMES MATLACK RANEY’S LORD OF THE WOLVES IS A POWERFUL STORY OF STRENGTH, PURPOSE, AND HEROISM

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I had a BLAST reviewing James’s Lord of the Wolves. It truly is a beautiful story of sacrifice, strength, and love; and I would say that it’s book that all ages would enjoy. Accompanying this review is an interview. I had the pleasure of talking with James about Lord of the Wolves and his journey as a writer. I’m honored to say that this review was very popular when it came out and still is one of the top posts.

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1: INSTAGRAM INSPIRATION WITH CHANGING PAGES: SEEKING COMFORT AFTER AN EMOTIONAL FEW WEEKS and INTERVIEW | CHANGING PAGES FOUNDER ANGELA VINCENT ON BOOKISH LOVE & ON HER PASSION FOR READING AND WRITING

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Wow. The last interview of 2016 ended with a bang. I was honored to have Changing Pages founder Angela Vincent talk about writing, blogging, and reading. If you haven’t already done so, take a look at her Instagram account. Not only are her images inspiration, they’re wonderful to look at. Her interview was extremely popular on Facebook while her Instagram images were popular on the Journal the day they came out and still are one of the posts that is viewed, up to today.

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The Black Lion Journal’s 1st Annual Super-Funky-Snazzy Awards: Awarded To The Top 10 Posts Of The Year | 2016

10. Update to Thaddeus Miles’s Faces project wins the “Inspirational Post” award
9. Lunch Ticket’s Polyphonic wins the “Powerful Post” award
8. Year of Yes book review post wins the “Intriguing Post” award
7. Inaugural submissions by artists Sissh, Romany, & Ellis win the “Artistic Post” award
6. Vietnam’s World Heritage Site wins the “Cultural Post” award
5. I spoke too soon earlier… but St. Vincent Live wins the “Coolest Post” award
4. TAST Interview wins the “Most Sassy & Classy Post” award
3. Four Strong Comics by Rachel McGill wins the “Super-Strength Post” award
2. James Matlack Raney’s Lord of the Wolves book review wins the “Special Post” award
1. Angela Vincent’s interview & Instagram inspiration win the “Lovely Post” award

That’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed the top 10 list; be sure to take a look at each post — I know you’ll enjoy reading them. I’m honored to have these superb individuals grace the pages of the Journal. Thank you all for reading the posts and for your continuous support. You are valued here.

 

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