Women’s Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2017

By Aleks Kajstura October 19, 2017 With growing public attention to the problem of mass incarceration, people want to know about women’s experience with incarceration. How many women are held in prisons, jails, and other correctional facilities in the United States? And why are they there? While these are important questions, finding those answers requires not […]

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Hip Hop: A People’s History of Political Rap (Part 2 of 2) I The Hampton Institute

Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and political content this article intends to explore. Therefore, some of the language appearing below may be offensive […]

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Hip Hop: A People’s History of Political Rap (Part 1 of 2) I The Hampton Institute

  Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and political content this article intends to explore. Therefore, some of the language appearing below may be […]

the “Snow Riot”

In 1835 Washington discovered Francis Scott Key, author of the national anthem, had a thing or two to learn about freedom By Jefferson Morley Sunday, February 6, 2005; Page W14 THE LAMPLIGHTER CAME AROUND AT DUSK. With his long flaming pole poked skyward, he sparked the bowls of oil atop the fluted posts around Lafayette Square. […]

U.S. Prisoners Need Some Love

by Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford  In an essay for Prison Radio, Charles Diggs, an inmate at Pennsylvania’s Graterford state prison, said U.S. leaders “need the courage to imagine something different than 1,500 prisons all over the country.”   source: U.S. Prisoners Need Some Love 

Black Power’s Global Pulse

By Quito Swan   Black Power demonstration and march, Lancaster Road, West London, 1970. Source: British National Archives. This year, the Black Panther Party (BPP), arguably the most influential Black Power organization, celebrated fifty years since its founding. While many remember the Party for its political influence in the United States, the BPP was also one of the key […]

Brazilian Afrofuturism: “Tales of the Orishas” turns historically stigmatized divinities into powerful superheroes

  By Beatriz Miranda In Brazil, comic books have always been a synonym of Marvel, DC, Thor and Superman. Since very long, Western narratives and white heroes are all we have been consuming and understanding as comic culture. Sick of taking such references for granted, the Brazilian comics lover and designer Hugo Canuto created “Tales […]