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Black Lens News celebrates 1 year anniversary

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The Black Lens is the only African American newspaper in Eastern Washington. It is a local, community publication that is focused on the news, events, people, issues and information of importance to Spokane’s African American community. Published on the first of each month (with weekly news highlights for subscribers), the Black Lens is available free of charge at targeted pick-up locations around Spokane, online, and by mail with a paid subscription.

The Black Lens has quickly become the go to source of information and news for Spokane’s African American community. The first 12 page issue was published in January of 2015, with an initial distribution of 500 issues delivered to targeted pick-up locations within Spokane’s African American community (ie Black Churches, businesses and community organizations). Over the past ten months, The Black Lens has grown to 16-20 pages with a distribution of 700 issues per month, and pick-up locations have expanded to include community centers, college multi-cultural centers and the downtown public library, with an additional 80+ mail delivery subscribers. Black Lens distribution is expected to increase to 1,000 issues per month by early 2016.

The goal of The Black Lens is to be a positive influence and to uplift Spokane’s African American community by accomplishing the following: a) offering a source of news and information that is relevant to Spokane’s African American community through an alternate lens; b) highlighting the accomplishments of the people in Spokane’s African American community; c) raising awareness about issues of importance; d) encouraging critical thinking and discussion; e) offering a source of education and knowledge; and f) offering an easy means of communication about African American focused events and activities taking place in Spokane.

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