Free May Day Book #10: A Message from Home, by Terence C. Price II

This year’s free May Day book is A Message from Home, by virtuoso Miami street photographer Terence C. Price II. It’s a 6.75 x 8.75 inch, 160-page sewn hardback, with an introduction by Zoé Samudzi entitled “Against the Black Sentimental.” We don’t seek to craft an ode to spectacular greatness or inaccessible performances of “excellence,”…

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