Damas!

By E. Ethelbert Miller How can they really dare to call me almost white when every part of me yearns only to be black – Leon Damas The term Pan-Africanism entered my vocabulary when Stokely Carmichael (Kwame Ture) walked across the stage of Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University. The year was 1970. […]

On Barbadoz, the First Black Slave Society

By Sir Hilary Beckles Barbados was the birthplace of British slave society and the most ruthlessly colonized by Britain’s ruling elites. They made their fortunes from sugar produced by an enslaved, “disposable” workforce, and this great wealth secured Britain’s place as an imperial superpower and cause untold suffering. In The First Black Slave Society: Britain’s […]

COMIC SERIEZ FOLLOWZ CHICAGO TEEN POSSESSED BY THE SPIRIT OF SHAKA ZULU

Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a […]

LA-BASED EXPERIMENTAL HIP-HOP ARTIST BUSDRIVER LAUNCHES FREE BLACK PRESS RADIO MIXING SOCIO-POLITICAL COMMENTARY WITH LEFT-FIELD BEATS #SOUNDCHECK

Spanish philosopher George Santayana once quipped “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” but let’s be real, even as a self-admitted history nerd, it’s hard enough keeping up with all the fuckery going on right now. Let alone the past 400 or so years. That’s where indie producer and MC Busdriver […]

BLACK LIVEZ MATTER EVERYWHERE: TRANSNATIONAL BLACK SOLIDARITY IZ KEY

  Do you know the names: Kingsley Chinagorom Echeta, Adama Traoré, Mzee Mohammed, Zyed Benna, Bouna Traoré, Laye Kondé? But, you do know the names: Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Amadou Diallo, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling? solidarity |ˌsäləˈderədē| noun : 1 unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual […]

James Baldwin’z Archive, Long Hidden, Comez (Mostly) Into View

    By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER  A page from “The Amen Corner,” a three-act play by James Baldwin, part of his personal papers that are now at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. CreditEmon Hassan for The New York Times James Baldwin died in 1987, but his moment is now. His books are flying […]

‘Locking Up Our Own,’ What Led to Mass Incarceration of Black Men

By JENNIFER SENIOR  A police captain in Washington hangs a recruiting poster announcing police examinations to be given in predominantly black neighborhoods in 1968. CreditD.C. Public Library LOCKING UP OUR OWN Crime and Punishment in Black America By James Forman Jr. Illustrated. 306 pages. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $27. James Forman Jr. divides his superb […]