Survivorz of Black Wall Street race riot still haven’t received any reparationz

by Yvette Carnell, BreakingBrown Some financial observers attribute the Black community’s economic woes to our unwillingness to financially support Black businesses. Well, back in 1921, in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, community named Black Wall Street, a dollar circulated 19 times before leaving the community. That was before a white mob destroyed the town. Given the ferocity […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Slave Fort in Florida attacked, Seminole Wars begin Col. Edmund Gaines Date: Thu, 1815-07-27 On this date in 1815, the Seminole Wars began when a U.S. government, under pressure from Georgia slaveholders, ordered Colonel Edmund Gaines to attack and destroy a Negro Fort on the banks of the Apalachicola River in Florida. The government planned […]

52 Hand Blockz, Jailhouse Rock (JHR)

There is a lot of mystery surrounding the term “52 Blocks”, (a.k.a. 52 Hand Blocks, Jailhouse Rock (JHR), Jailhouse Boxing and the Bumrush) and for good reason. Its origins are not exactly mainstream and it still resides primarily in a sub-culture within a sub-culture.  Ever heard of Mother Dear, Fat Cat, Glass Man or True-God?  The […]

Inside a CCA private prison: Two slavez for the price of one, Part Two

by Anthony Robinson Jr. “The slave went free, stood a brief moment in the sun, then moved back again towards slavery.” – W.E.B. Du Bois, “Black Reconstruction” In 1973, the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice Standards and Goals issued a report which stated in part: “The prison, the reformatory and the jail have achieved […]

Racism in San Francisco County Jail

by D’jaun Barrow In regards to the prison censorship issue, I am just chiming in to let it be known that it isn’t a “nudity” thing (the California Department of Corrections’ new censorship regulations are disguised under the title “Obscene Material” – ed.); it’s a Black-Latino thing, period! I’m not in prison, I’m in County […]

Three-fifthz of an Attorney General Declarez POWs “Non-Personz”

by JOHN LAFORGE   Hand it to President Obama for appointing Eric Holder the first African American Attorney General in US history. Then try to fathom that after generations of civil and human rights work by African Americans — whom the US Constitution once called “3/5 of a person” — it is Holder who declared […]

Today In Black History (our story)

Motor City race unrest errupts! National Guard in 1967 Date: Sun, 1967-07-23 On this date in 1967, the Detroit rebellion occurred. The summer of that year was a turbulent time in American history, “the worst year for riots in the United States,” with 165 uprisings taking place. The Detroit uprising began near 12th Street and […]

Today’z activistz should heed the story of Assata Shakur

  State surveillance is justified by saying ‘the innocent have nothing to fear’, but renewed attempts to capture Shakur show we cannot be complacent by   Kwesi Shaddai ‘Assata Shakur was convicted in 1977 by a jury filled with relatives, partners and friends of state troopers, and sentenced to life imprisonment.’ Photograph: NY Daily News via […]

Interview with Huey P. Newton (1968)

  THE MOVEMENT: The question of nationalism is a vital one in the black movement today. Some have made a distinction between cultural nationalism and revolutionary nationalism. Would you comment on the differences and give us your views? HUEY P. NEWTON: There are two kinds of nationalism, revolutionary nationalism and reactionary nationalism. Revolutionary nationalism is […]