Rave Reviews

“Tremendously impressive, . . . Transition contains some of the smartest cultural criticism available anywhere.”—The Nation

“An education on the African Diaspora, a gold mine of good writing, and a lively forum for rappers and Creole novelists, race traitors and griots, Black Panthers and Japanese teenagers in blackface.”—Whole Earth Review

“The only decent forum for black intellectuals.”—The Village Voice

“A high-IQ multicultural Wired.”—The New York Times

“Urgent.”—The Times Literary Supplement


“Important.”—Foreign Policy

“Inspiring.”—Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, Congolese rebel leader

“Striking and thought-provoking.”—Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations


Best American Essays, 2015

The Caine Prize for African Writing, Tope Folarin for his story 'Miracle' in issue #109, 2013

Featured in the Phaidon Compendium of Graphic Design, 2009

Best African American Essays, 2009

Best American Essays, 2008

Best American Nonrequired Reading, 2008

South Asian Journalists Association, Outstanding Story Award, 2002

Alternative Press Award for International Reporting, 2001

National Magazine Award for General Excellence, Finalist, 2001

South Asian Journalists Association, two Outstanding Story Awards, 2001

Beacon Best, Great Writing by Women and Men of All Colors and Cultures, 2001

Best American Essays, 2000

Alternative Press Award for International Reporting, 2000

Alternative Press Award for General Excellence, Nominee, 2000

Council of Editors of Learned Journals Design Award, 2000

Alternative Press Award for International Reporting, 1999

Outstanding Design, American Association of University Publishers, 1997, 1995

Alternative Press Award for International Reporting, 1995

ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award, 1993 (shared with Rolling Stone and Saturday Night Live)

Best New Humanities Journal, Association of American Publishers, 1992

Best American Essays, 1992


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