100 Poems for 100 Voices

Written and published by Lester Mayers
Edited by Charlene V. Martoni

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100 Poems for 100 Voices is not only a burgeoning poet’s first manuscript; it’s a profound offering of untold stories from the Gay Black experience that transcend across place, time, and identity. Mayers’ poetry has a rhythm synonymous with his heartbeat, with his breath. His poetry is textured. His messages are raw. They are honest. When you read them, you will feel them in your bones. Touching upon topics such as slavery, Africa the Homeland, American culture, LGBTQ* freedom, love, relationships, and deep trauma, Mayers’ takes an honest look at all of life’s facets, from the beautiful to the painful. It is clear that Mayers’ masterpiece is not written from a distance: indeed, it is up close and oh so personal.

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The Meaning of Freedom for the Press

Essay by Charlene V. Martoni

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states that no government shall make a law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press.  A free press is essential to a democratic society because it provides a platform for the discussion of ideas and the exchange of information.  However, there have been circumstances throughout history where attempts to limit freedom of the press were made in order to protect other basic rights or to prevent certain harms.  Continue reading “The Meaning of Freedom for the Press”