The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called ‘The Lumpen’

And yes, they were good. by  Jamilah King   Band members L to R: James Mott, Bill Calhoun, Michael Torrance, Clark Bailey. Image: Ducho Dennnis/ It’s About Time Archives   Over at  Studio 360, Nishat Kurwa has a great piece up about a new book out called “Party Music” by musicologist Rickey Vincent that explores […]

The Black Pantherz House Funk Band

“All You Need Is a Loaded Gun”: Black Panther Party Funk Play/Pause Listen 11 min The Lumpen performing at Merritt College, 1970. Left to right: James Mott, Michael Torrance, and Clark Bailey. (Ducho Dennis, courtesy of It’s About Time Archives ) i The heyday of soul and classic R&B is full of socially conscious empowerment […]

Here’z What $20 Worth of Marijuana Lookz Like—In Jamaica

Ganja goes for dirt cheap in the land of reggae and Rastas. By Phillip Smith / AlterNet Photo Credit: Jared Shomo / Shutterstock.com   Ah, Jamaica. Just a hop, skip, and jump from Miami, the Caribbean island nation is a prime tourist destination. It’s got gorgeous beaches, breathtaking mountains, throbbing reggae beats, its own delicious […]

Philly, Fri. 3/24: Tribute to Warrior Sisterz of the Revolution

FROM: Philly Activists With just 6 days week to go before the Tribute to Warrior Sisters of the Revolution on March 24, we want to remind everyone that this is a ticketed event.  We need to have an idea of numbers planning to attend prior to the event.   If you have not purchased your ticket or […]