The police beating that opened Amerika’z eyez to Jim Crow’z brutality

On the evening of February 12, 1946, Isaac Woodard, a 26-year-old black Army veteran, boarded a bus in Augusta, Georgia. Earlier that day, he’d been honorably discharged, and he was heading to Winnsboro, South Carolina to reunite with his wife. The bus driver made a stop en route. When Woodard asked if he had time […]

Who iz Mutulu Shakur?

Date of Birth: August 8, 1950 Nationality: New Afrikan Dr. Mutulu Shakur is a New Afrikan (Black) man whose primary work has been in the area of health. He is a doctor of acupuncture and was a co-founder and director of two institutions devoted to improving health care in the Black community. Mutulu Shakur was […]

THE CRIMINALIZATION OF THE BLACK PANTHER PARTY AND REWRITING OF HISTORY (Our-story)

By Robert J. Boyle  Introduction  The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA), among others, have called for an anti-Beyoncérally in response to her Super Bowl performance. During it, she and her back-up dancers performed a songand moves that have been labelled as glorifying the Black Panther Party. In its literature the PBA has postedpictures […]

BRITISH SINGER-SONGWRITER VV BROWN WRITEZ FRANK ESSAY ABOUT CULTURAL ASSIMILATION, FRANTZ FANON’Z “BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASKZ”, AND BEING UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK

I started wearing my White Mask towards the end of elementary school when other people’s awareness of my blackness became the source of humor and mystification. The ignorant question about hair texture and care, musical preferences, Africa, comments about my complexion, etc. all served as a reminder of my otherness. That that’s what white people […]

BOOK: REVOLUTIONARY ACTIVIST AND FORMER BLACK PANTHER AND BLACK LIBERATION ARMY MEMBER ASSATA SHAKUR’Z AUTOBIOGRAPHY NOW AVAILABLE WORLD-WIDE AZ AN E-BOOK

  Assata Shakur’s autobiography “Assata” has been made available, for the first time, as a digital e-book for world-wide consumption. In celebration of increased access to Assata’s transformative work, AFROPUNK is giving away five hard copies of her biography! How can you win a copy? Tweet us and leave comments on Facebook about why you’d […]

The Forgotten Pantherz: Omaha Two

  In 1971, Omaha Black Panther leaders Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa were sentenced to life in prison for a bombing that killed a local police officer. In the 45 years since, they’ve been fighting for a quieter type of liberation — their own. On a 100-degree day this past July, Edward Poindexter woke […]

Smithsonian Folkwayz’ Intimate Look at a Legendary Civil Rightz Activist

BY HEARTH MUSIC   Songs My Mother Taught Me, an album of live and private recordings of singing by Civil Rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, was released earlier this year by Smithsonian Folkways to little fanfare. And it is a humble disc in many ways. Hamer was not a professional performer, though she was a natural […]

Bob Marley In Afrika

Bob Marley was a pan-Africanist. His Rastafarian faith influenced a belief in the unity of African people across the globe—a perspective that’s prominent in all of his music. Throughout his years, the reggae legend wrote numerous songs against European imperialism and spoke out in support of the movement for Zimbabwean independence and against South African apartheid. […]