What is CARICOM Magazine?
Established a little over a year ago, CARICOM Magazine sprang from a need to see football and fan culture examined through the underexplored lens of the black experience in Great Britain and beyond.
As a result, the publication explores the ways in which contemporary social attitudes, history, race and football intersect and overlap.
CARICOM 2 features interviews with Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid CBE and Hertha Berlin striker Salomon Kalou, alongside writing from broadcaster Musa Okwonga (The New Statesman, The Guardian, The New York Times). We also use Tottenham and England’s Dele as an avatar to discuss universality, attempt to define who the greatest Caribbean players to grace the Premier League were and wrestle with far larger and more complex questions related to idealism, allyship and multiculturalism.
Artwork and photography is provided by Joy Miessi (Gucci, Nike, Tate), Lewis Khan (Time Magazine, British Journal of Photography, BBC One, Dazed), Chester Holme (Twitter, Nike London, Esquire) Milo Belgrove (Mundial Magazine, Soccerbible, Nowness) Joe Gamble (adidas Parley, Soccerbible), Simon Heger Knudsen (BALL, The New York Times) Tripod City and other up and coming creative practitioners.
In addition to all of this, CARICOM 2 will carry a supplementary pamphlet, “The Caricom Guide to Black Male Mental Health”. Written by co-founder of the Over The Bridge Podcast, Kwaku Dapaah-Danquah, the guide outlines the way society uniquely maligns the black male psyche, before offering universal techniques for alleviating feelings of isolation, anxiety and non-clinical depression. While by no means a one-size-fits all solution to the issues that cause ill mental health, we believe the guide will go some way to helping readers develop emotional literacy while demystifying techniques men may wish to build into their daily lives.
Your Support Matters
The football landscape is shifting and continuing to mutate; fearful of limiting their marketing potential, some clubs have removed the word “football” from their crests, others seek to reposition themselves as fashion brands, while chief executives declare, without irony, that the clubs they lead are now “digital content providers, like Disney”. Amidst this, our FA continues to sell the passion and intensity of English football to whoever will pay them the largest amount, irrespective of how much it inconveniences those who matter most: the fans.
However, without our influence and physical presence, their ambitions wouldn’t be feasible. Too often however, we don’t realise our significance or are too divided by self-interest to act on it.
In the face of this, CARICOM Magazine wants to continue to nurture the connection with the community of friends and supporters who made CARICOM 1 a reality. Rather than partner with brands or invite large scale investment, we’re inviting upfront contributions – in the form of pre-orders – to finance the printing of CARICOM 2. Much like a small football team, we understand that supporters are an integral part of all that we achieve. Not only this, we also want the involvement of contributors to influence the way we shape future issues and events while affording us editorial autonomy.
The success of CARICOM 1 saw us work with, or be featured by, the following institutions and brands:
“Caricom is a unique and superbly-curated addition to the field of modern football writing. It is not only a very exciting voice, it is an essential one.” - Musa Okwonga
“Caricom offers a refreshing look at a game too often stuck in its ways, exploring what it means to be black, British, and obsessed with football. It's also just a really good magazine -- beautifully presented and thoughtfully written, always readable and right on matters that mean something -- and offers food for thought on every page, for everyone from the terraces to the boardroom.” - Sam Diss, Editor, Mundial Magazine
“As book and magazine buyer at a large public institution in Central London, I'm often searching for publishers who not only offer well designed and edited content which appeals to our core audience, but something further - marking an individual voice amongst the selection. Caricom is an important project which we are happy to give a platform to here at the gallery.” - Joe Shakespeare, The Photographers' Gallery
“We like great magazines, and we particularly enjoy new titles that challenge received wisdom. For too long the voices unpacking what happens where football and culture meet have sounded the same. Caricom cuts through the white noise and offers a new narrative: the beautiful game through the prism of the black experience. That it carries off the trick with visual elan and editorial flair, too, is to the great credit of its creator. Well played, son” - Tom Edwards, Executive Producer of Monocle Radio 24
To be clear, this Kickstarter has been initiated to help us cover printing costs. We have already paid all of the contributors to Issue 2. As a team, we take £0 from CARICOM Magazine and our long term ambition is to exist as a nonprofit multidisciplinary platform. If you would like to support an independent, fan-led publication please consider donating.
Risks and challenges
While we’ve done this before, in order to launch CARICOM 1, the main challenge is presented by the speed and delivery of the printing. However we’re confident on this front. We will of course keep contributors updated as to the estimated arrival of the magazineLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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