Wayne Pharr, former Black Panther who fought the LA Police in 1969, passed away on September 6

Wayne Pharr, former Black Panther who fought the Los Angeles Police in a historic gun battle in 1969, passed away on September 6, 2014 at age 64.After Pharr and his fellow Panthers defended themselves from the long violent attack by the newly formed LAPD SWAT unit, he became a political prisoner who was exonerated of […]

Ferguson Exposez Amerika’z Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

By Bill Boyarsky Shutterstock At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings. The racial divide is not exclusively between black and white. As a resident of Los Angeles and a journalist working here, I experience life […]

Knowledge Session: Who Waz George Jackson?

by: Rishma Dhaliwal Tags: George Jackson, knowledge, Knowledge Session In 1960, at the age of eight­een, George Jack­son was accused of steal­ing $70 from a gas sta­tion in Los Angeles. Though there was evid­ence of his inno­cence, his court-appointed law­yer main­tained that because Jack­son had a record (two pre­vi­ous instances of petty crime), he should […]

Wattz Rebellion: Black August

During and before WWII, Watts had a huge population boom. Thousands of Blacks came from the South looking for jobs and a better life. However, they found unemployment and despair. The Watts Riots began on the evening of August 11, 1965. Near Watts, a Black resident flagged down a white officer and told him that […]

Policing Revolution

  How the LAPD’s first use of SWAT—a massive, military-style operation against the Black Panthers—was almost its last byMATTHEW FLEISCHER IT’S OVER: Black Panthers surrender after the SWAT siege of their headquarters. It was early—way too early as far as he was concerned—on December 8, 1969, when Wayne Pharr was abruptly awakened in the gunroom […]

35 Yearz After Minnie Riperton’z Death, New Fanz Still Find Her

   by Shereen Marisol Meraji Celebrated soul singer Minnie Riperton, shown here in March 1976, passed away in 1979 at the age of 31. AP   http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/07/11/330781619/35-years-after-minnie-ripertons-death-new-fans-still-find-her “There are just some songs you just don’t touch because they’re done so well, so like, don’t even try,” says 24-year-old Moses Sumney. “But I’m going to try.” […]

New book tellz tale of Pantherz in L.A.

By Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Where’s the story? It was just a few hours before dawn one winter day when 300 members of the LAPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics unit (SWAT) had their first ever encounter: a clash with 13 members of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. At the end of the five-hour […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Allensworth, CA., a community of Black self pride Allensworth, CA. Community Moto Date: Tue, 1908-06-30 On this date, we celebrate the founding of Allensworth, California, in 1908. This was the first and only all Black town in California’s history. On this date, Allen Allensworth, a former soldier, and William Payne, a teacher, created the […]

Hear Magnus Walker’z classic Porsche 911 electrify downtown Los Angeles

The inimitable sound of Turbo By Alex Lloyd  Motoramic   Magnus Walker, an entrepreneurial free-spirit with a love for vintage Porsches, left his hometown of Sheffield, England, in 1967 in search of the American dream. Finding himself culturally at home in Los Angeles, in his spare time, Walker began collecting classic 911s, and as the […]

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