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The 2016 exhibition Black Pulp at New York’s International Print Center highlights traditions of African-American publishing which partook of the conventions of the pulp magazine, the sensational paperback or the comic book.  In the 1960s, amid a larger wave of weekly or monthly tabloid newspapers, sensational titles were launched offering gossip about black celebrities or exposés of racist actions across the United States and the world.  One of these titles, It’s Happening:  the news others dare not print, was published in Cleveland, by “It’s Happening Publications, 2075 E. 65th St.”, though neither the publishers nor editors are identified in the issues I have.

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