For those who don’t follow along on social media, the May issue dropped last night with one hour left in the month.
No, but really. When the FIFA issue blew up early last week, there was no way we could put out an issue in the same week that did not address the issue. And “Kyle Scoop” (as Alexander calls him) and Rabb did a phenomenal job of covering all the ripples (or at least lots of the ripples) associated with this issue. But that pushed us back a bit, timing-wise.
On a personal note, I am proud of the publication’s growth to this point. I think this issue really gets to the heart of why the publication was created. FIFA could have easily been a cover story in a standalone issue, but the content was so strong in this issue that it didn’t make the front page.
We dedicated a good chunk of this issue (and the cover) to exploring the racial tensions that played out recently in Baltimore in the wake of the Freddie Gray protests, with baseball and the Orioles organization serving as the perfect backdrop to have this conversation. Baltimore historian Edwin Johnson and Chicago social justice activist Bryan Echols did a phenomenal job of painting a comprehensive picture of the tensions of race, class, sport and capitalism as they played out in the city recently.
Speaking of covers, if you know anything about me from previous endeavors, you know what a big deal cover imagery is to me. We not only have an amazing, powerful image on this month’s cover, but if you just scan the archives page of previous issues, we really have done a great job with covers to this point.
As always, looking forward to your feedback on what I think is the best issue yet!