ESSAY: NINA SIMONE

    NINA SIMONE   Nina is song. Not just a vocalist or singer, but actual song. The physical vibration and the meaning too. A reflection and projection of a certain segment of our mesmerizing ethos. Culturally specific in attitude, in rhythm, in what she harmonizes with and what she clashes against, merges snugly into […]

In LA, 50 Artistz Respond to the Black Pantherz’ Legacy

Iconic: Black Panther, opening this Saturday at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery, illustrates how influential the Black Panthers were, not just politically and socially, but artistically as well. by Matt Stromberg   Keith Walsh, “Black Liberation and Socialism in America” (2017), ink and flashe on paper, 24 x 18 in. (image courtesy  gregorioescalante.com) Numerous progressive and radical […]

The Black Panther Party, Revealed

April 11, VCU’s Department of African-American Studies will host a forum on the Black Panther Party’s 50-year legacy; three former Black Panthers will share their experiences, framing the infamous organization’s reputation for a new generation, with context by Samantha Willis Members of the Black Panther Party in an undated photo (courtesy the Library of Congress) […]

Malcolm X and Human Rightz in the Time of Trumpism: Transcending the Masterz Toolz

by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka Malcolm X understood that “oppressed peoples must commit themselves to radical political struggle in order to advance a dignified approach to human rights.” What’s needed is a bottom-up mass movement for People(s)-Centered Human Rights, a “political project in the service of the oppressed” that “names the enemies of […]

George L. Jackson

George Jackson iz a legendary  figure and a hero. He set the standard for and inspired prisonerz, and politikal prisonerz, for people, to put hiz idea’z into practice. And so hiz spirit became a living thing. Hiz spirit goez on because hiz ideaz live.  – Huey P. Newton 

We Must Survive Until We Can Transform Society

by  Huey P. Newton A Ten-Point Program is not revolutionary in itself, nor is it reformist. It is a survival program. We, the people, are threatened with genocide because racism and fascism are rampant in this country and throughout the world. And the ruling circle in North America is responsible. We intend to change all […]

In Defense of Self-Defense (1967) Huey P. Newton

Hampton Classics Series Men were not created in order to obey laws. Laws are created to obey men. They are established by men and should serve men. The laws and rules which officials inflict upon poor people prevent them from functioning harmoniously in society. There is no disagreement about this function of law in any […]

What Today’z Artist-Activistz Can Learn From the Black Pantherz, 50 Yearz On

By Chloe Veltman, KQED If you want to get a sense of how art goes hand in hand with political activism, spend a little time with Emory Douglas and Ericka Huggins. As “Minister of Culture” and a lead graphic artist for the Panthers, Douglas created striking images for the party’s weekly newspaper, like a famous ink […]

“War against the Pantherz”: The Life and Workz of Huey P. Newton, Founder of the Black Panther Party (BPP)

 By Hugo Turner Dedicated to My Friend and Comrade Marland X aka @CharlieMBrownX Huey P. Newton was a visionary, a poet, a thinker, a writer, a gangster, but above all a revolutionary. Without his brilliance and daring the Black Panther party would never have been created. 50 Years after it’s creation the Black Panther Party […]

10/1: Kick off HANDZ OFF CUBA MONTH with Jose Martí

Saturday, October 1st, 2016 @1pm-3pm The Statue of Jose Marti at Central Park W. 59th St. and  Avenue of the Americas Join us at the Statue of Jose Marti in Central Park as we kick off HANDS OFF CUBA Month with a  flower offering to Jose Marti and a community Speak out! We will be […]