Yesterday’s Crimes: The Living Martyrdom of Huey Newton

The arrest of Huey Newton for the killing of Oakland policeman John Frey transformed the Black Panthers into a national movement — 50 years ago this month. by Bob Calhoun West Oakland was being squeezed. At the start of the 1960s, Seventh Street was jumping with blues clubs and pool halls. By the middle of the […]

10/28~Celebrate Huey P. Newton’s Life & Legacy

Date: October 28th, 10:30AM-7:00PM Location: “The Underground” in Temple University’s (Philly) Student Center Building on 13th and Montgomery There is no registration and admission is FREE for everyone! In the heart of North Philadelphia, the center of the struggle for Black liberation, community members, students, scholars, and activists will gather to celebrate the life of […]

A New Take On An Old Story: Robyn C. Spencer’s The Revolution Has Come

By Michael Ezra   July 10, 2017 This post is part of our online roundtable on Robyn Spencer’s The Revolution Has Come Chico Neblett and Bobby Seale (back) leading audience with a Black Power salute at the Black Community Survival Conference, March 30, 1972. Photo: Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Stanford University Libraries. The wealth of scholarly inquiry into the […]

Free Em All Radio! w/ Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. & The Lady of Rage! June 7, 2017

Free Em All Radio! w/ Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. & The Lady of Rage! Who We Be?! We Be the Great Grandchildren of Garvey…Offspring of Malcolm..and the Cubs of Panthers!  Marcus Mosiah Garvey…The Black Star to The Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)..to Our Prideful banner of the Symbolic Red, Black and Green! Join Our Host […]

NON-BLACK POC: STOP ASKING “WHERE IS BLACK LIVES MATTER?” EVERY TIME YOUR COMMUNITY IS UNDER ATTACK

Stop asking black folks for anything. At all. But particularly, don’t ask black people to re-focus their liberation “powers” and history of organizing on your community when it’s under attack. After the 2016 election, loads of history of organizing called for Michelle Obama to run for President in 2020. Run to save the white people from […]

Sordid History and Great Crimes of the FBI

In his statement on firing FBI Director James Comey, Trump wrote that “the FBI is one of our nation’s most cherished and respected institutions and today will mark a new beginning for our crown jewel of law enforcement.” But what is the actual history and role of this “cherished and respected” institution that Trump is […]

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 […]