The YeeHaw Agenda

By Roman Cohen Photos by Claire Nelson

The Yeehaw Agenda

Close your eyes and picture a cowboy.

Did you picture a white man?

Why is that?

There’s an untold narrative of the Black cowboy, one that has been erased from old westerns and history books alike.

Today the resurgence of the Black cowboy can be seen thriving in areas of music, art and fashion. Artists such as Solange Knowles, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter, Lizzo and Lil Nas X are reclaiming the westernized view of the “American” cowboy, and bringing it back to it’s Black roots.

Note: The formatting of this online version is updated from the printed version. Due to an oversight, the word “Black” was printed in the magazine as lowercase. In this edited version, the word “Black” is purposefully capitalized and bolded with the intention of adding to the message and impact of the piece.

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