Bob Lee, ‘Mayor of Fifth Ward,’ dead at 74

By Cindy George Bob Lee, a lifelong social worker and older brother of the late Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner El Franco Lee, died Tuesday. He was 74. His various titles included community organizer, writer, storyteller and folk artist. He also was known to some as the “Mayor of Fifth Ward,” an honorary title bestowed on […]

CAT ON FIRE

[col. writ. 10/19/16] ©’16 Mumia Abu-Jamal OVER HALF HIS LIFE, LORENZO “Cat’ Johnson has been held in some of the toughest prisons in Pennsylvania, under some of the worst conditions, often in the hole. For over 20 years, he has been part of one of the biggest lifer populations in America; People sentenced to death […]

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 […]

Politikal Prisoner Jalil Muntaqim Moved to Shawangunk CF

We just got the news that Jalil has been moved to Shawangunk. His new address is: Anthony J. Bottom #77A4283 Shawangunk Correctional Facility P.O. Box 700 Wallkill, New York 12589-0700 (845) 895-2081 (Ulster County) Please take the time to write or send him a card so he knows he is in our hearts and on […]

Robert “Seth” Hayez

Robert Seth Hayes was born in Harlem, New York in October 1947.  His father, John Franklin Hayes, was the child of sharecroppers and came to New York Cityfrom South Carolina; his mother, Francine Washington Hayes, moved to New York from Pittsburgh.  Both of Mr. Hayes’ parents worked for the U.S. Postal Service, trying to provide […]

Do You Really Know The Black Panther Party?

by Melissa Rosman   An unidentified man raises his fist in defiance at a protests against the incarceration of members of the Black Panthers, New York, New York, November 17, 1969. The protesters were demanding the release of 21 Black Panther members suspected of plotting various bombing incidents around the city. (Photo by David Fenton/Getty Images) […]

Subversive: How the Black Pantherz fed kidz for free and set a model for the government

by  Kelly Macias The Black Panther Party was labeled subversive by the U.S. government for feeding more than 20,000 children in the first free breakfast program in the country Last week, I wrote a story about how Republicans in Congress are trying to reform the free breakfast program in schools. This is not new. Republicans have been […]

TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2017: “The Black Pantherz, Then & Now”… Veteran Panther Leader Kathleen Cleaver To Speak @ New York University

From The Desk Of Black Panther Veteran-Zulu Nation King Sadiki “Bro.Shep” Ojore Olugbala     “Settle your quarrels, come together, understand the reality of our situation, understand that fascism is already here,  that people  are dying who could be saved, that generations more will live poor butchered half-lives if you fail to act.  Do what must be done, […]

Futurez Without Wallz: Welcome PP Maliki Shakur Latine Home March 25

Family and Friends of Maliki Shakur Latine Present A Welcome Home Celebration for Maliki Shakur Latine Futures Without Walls Saturday, March 25, 2017, 4-8 pm Mayday Space, 3rd Floor* 176 St. Nicholas Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn Music, Speakers, and DJ and Featuring  Asha Bandele, Amina Baraka, Ngoma, Abiodun of The Last Poets, Nicole Goodwin, Art by […]