Black Nationalism and Liberation

by GARRETT FELBER Nation of Islam counter-demonstration at NAACP rally in Harlem, 1961 / Photograph: NAACP collection, Library of Congress In a world where Donald Trump’s presidential nomination speech has been endorsed by a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan—yet Black Lives Matter activists are accused of reverse racism for asking to not be murdered […]

THE LANGUAGE OF SYMBOLZ IN AFRIKA

Symbols are visual keys that have meaning to people with a common heritage around a given symbol. The Gospel of Saint Philip states that “truth did not come into the world naked, but it came in types and images. One will not receive the truth in any other way.” Important iconic symbols arose in many […]

TIGHT PACKERZ OR LOOSE PACKERZ? A QUESTION OF PROFIT ON THE SLAVE SHIPZ

Tight packers and loose packers Aboard the slave ships the slaves were stowed below deck like pieces of goods. There were two different ways the captain aboard a slave ship could pack the slaves.  The slave ships could either be “tight packers” or “loose packers”, depending upon how many slaves were crammed below deck. Whether […]

Mississippi Black Codez

(1865)  The status of Blacks was the focal problem of Reconstruction. Slavery had been abolished by the Thirteenth Amendment, but the white people of the South were determined to keep the Black population in “their place,” socially, politically, and economically. This was done by means of the notorious “Black Codes,” passed by several of the […]

The Last Poetz: Amerika in poetry from black power to Black Livez Matter

The Last Poets’ fierce performance poetry inspired generations of musicians, even as they destroyed themselves. Now they’re back – and as relevant as ever   By Christine Otten “The Last Poets are the microcosm of black America,” said Umar Bin Hassan, one of the founding members of the group, when I first met him in Harlem, […]

Afrika’z naming traditionz: Nine wayz to name your child

By Adelaide Arthur – BBC News Traditional African names often have unique stories behind them. From the day or time a baby is born to the circumstances surrounding the birth, several factors influence the names parents choose for their children. Whichever ethnic group you look at, these local names reveal a wealth of information about the […]

CUISINEZ OF ENSLAVED AFRIKANZ: FOODZ THAT TRAVELED ALONG WITH THE SLAVE SHIPZ

There were many African grown crops that traveled along the slave ship with slaves. Most often foods such as okra, rice and kidney and lima beans accompanied them. The food was to ensure that the slaves were able to eat while traveling to their new way of life. There were also many other crops that […]

Un bouquet de larmez – A bourquet of Tearz

by Par Michel Sanon (In French, here http://bit.ly/eXhaib) Two hundred thousand starsExtinct, evaporatedIn a sunsetWrapped in dustOn this galactic stageClose to the hearts of thoseWho cherish freedomTwo hundred thousand flowersAbruptly chopped awayIn the devastationOf a garden drenched with bloodTwo hundred thousand childrenOf all ages and featuresSnatched away woefullyFrom the trembling armsOf a broken motherWho had already shedAlmost all […]

NOIR READZ’ BOOK SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE DELIVERZ BLACK LITERATURE TO YOUR FRONT DOOR

Noir Reads is a literature subscription service that offers a simple way of accessing and reading books written by black writers. The service was created by Derick Brewer and Zellie Imani with the hopes of exposing readers to authors who aren’t white men. And at the same time, amplify the often overlooked stories and narratives […]

NINE LIVEZ: THE SCOTTSBORO BOYZ AND THE SENSATIONALIZATION OF THE BLACK CRIMINAL

On March 25th, 1931, a fight broke out between white and black boys on a Southern Railroad freight train. The boys were riding as hobos, deep into the chaos of the Great Depression. Nine black boys were subsequently arrested and charged with assault. When two white women named Victoria Price and Ruby Bates were found […]