Why I Won’t Do Kwaanza

by Bruce A. Dixon I don’t do Kwaanza, I just don’t. I never have, and the very thought of it evokes some difficult memories and feelings for me. It’s not the holiday’s religious trappings or its Afro-syncretic fusion of Jewish menorahs, Swahili words, Kemetic, Christian and other rituals. I understand people do have a perfect […]

Transition of Goldii, daughter of Wadiya and Mumia

                                                  It is with deep sadness that we share in the news about the transition of Goldii.  We extend our condolences and love to her mother, Wadiya, her father, Mumia, her two young daughters, her sisters and everyone else who was close to her and loved her.  Goldii showed tremendous creativity as an artist, seriousness as […]

Protesterz shut down Oakland Police Department for almost 4.5 hourz today, demand end to police aggression against Black people

by Samantha Liapes, Chinyere Tutashinda and Alex Tom Oakland, Dec. 15, 2014 – At approximately 7:30 this morning, the Oakland Police Department Headquarters was blockaded by protesters demanding an end to racist violence against the Black community. One person climbed the flagpole directly in front of the OPD Headquarters to fly a banner in honor […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Harpers Ferry conspirators hanged (L t R) Green, Copland, Leary, Anderson, & Newby Date: Fri, 1859-12-16 On this date in 1859, two of the five Black abolitionist in the raid on Harpers Ferry, Shields Green and John Anthony Copeland, were hanged. The conspirators were put to death for their participation in John Brown’s revolt against […]

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2015 celebration

Sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coordinating Committee For more information: call 561-832-4682 Visit us online: http://www.mlkcc-1444.org Friday January 9, 6 p.m. Kick-off Reception Dr. MLK Jr. Landmark Memorial Sponsored by In Time Church of God in Christ Saturday January 10, 9 a.m. MLK—Urban League Basketball Salvation Army, Northwest Center 600 N. Rosemary Avenue […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Ella Baker was a tireless worker for Civil Rights Ella Baker Date: Sun, 1903-12-13 Ella Baker was born on this date in 1903. She was an African American social justice activist who was instrumental in founding the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. She was born in Norfolk, VA, the granddaughter of slaves, and began her career […]

5 Reasonz People Are So Wrong About ‘Black-on-Black Crime’

The Nation / By Gary Younge We don’t hear much about white-on-white crime or Asian-on-Asian crime Shortly after Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, a local pizzeria owner, Jim Marshall, flashed a gun at black protesters after an argument. Some branded Marshall a racist and called for a boycott. A few weeks later, […]

The global scourge of police killing Blackz

Lisa Tomlinson 2014-12-11, Issue 706 http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/93572 cc STLA The issue of Black people being victims of systemic brutality, oppression and murder at the hands of the police is not limited to the United States. It is a global problem. If we are ever going to stop this barbaric use of authority to trample the civil […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

The Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society founded Declaration portion (copy) Date: Mon, 1833-12-09 The Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society was founded on this date in 1833. This was an abolitionist group that also championed racial and sexual equity. The society’s first meeting took place in Catherine McDermot’s schoolroom in Philadelphia. The constitution they adopted set forth their firm belief […]

Four Hundred Yearz: Slavery to Ferguson

“The tragedy of Ferguson and the thousands of other untold stories of today’s era ring eerily similar to the tragedies of yesteryear America.” When I read Daina Ramey Berry’s piece entitled, Slavery in America, it reminded me of one of the  first sensitive conversations on race that I had with the man who would become my […]