The Public Archive

black history in dark times By THE PUBLIC ARCHIVE  When The Public Archive published Radical Black Cities on September 17, 2012, we wanted to mark the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street while highlighting what we saw as Occupy’s racial limits. In our view, Occupy had a restricted, almost liberal, vision of the havoc that […]

Angola Three’z Robert King lookz back on 30 yearz of solitary confinement

We were caged up,’ says King, who was released in 2001 after a court reversed his conviction, as he closely watches the fate of the last of the three still in prison: Albert Woodfox The ‘Angola Three’: Herman Wallace, Robert King and Albert Woodfox. Photograph: angola3.com Associated Press in New Orleans Robert King says he […]

Malcolm on Lumumba: He was “the Greatest Afrikan”

Had he not been assassinated in 1961, Patrice Lumumba, the first democratically elected prime minister of the Congo, would have been 90 years old on July 2. Maurice Carney, of Friends of the Congo, notes that this year also marks the 90th birthday of Malcolm X, assassinated in 1965. “To a large extent, it was […]

Racism and Afrikan-Amerikan men: Killing without a gun

by Yael Levin Racism has a long history in the United States, from slavery in the 18th and 19th centuries through Jim Crow laws in the 20th century. After these laws were struck down, many Americans believed that racism was no longer a problem. Particularly after President Barack Obama’s election in 2008, it seemed to […]

Message to Black youth

by Kamau M. Askari Primacy should be given to an understanding of the material fact we are all one family. Our relations are consanguineous (related by blood) stemming from our common Afrikan ancestry. Each of you constitutes one link in the great chain that is representative of the whole, i.e., the family, which is also […]

What are U celebrating?

It’z All About That Red, Black & Green. 1776 don’t mean a damn thing to me. Panther Love An open letter to Oakland Fam Bam from the Oakland Maroons Art Collective “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in […]

‘By any meanz necessary, Black Liberation will matter!’

By Erica Mines Philadelphia represents the epitome of state-sanctioned violence at the hands of police: the so-called race riots of 1964, orchestrated by a racist mayor named Frank Rizzo; the bombing of the MOVE family home in 1985 that left 11 men, women and children dead; the current death by medical neglect that threatens the […]

Lisa Simone Kelly tellz the real story of her mother, Nina Simone

Sis. Nina Simone b.k.a. the High Prriestezz of Soul & a tru Revolutionary Woman 4 Nu-Afrikan people’z Upliftment the world over. Respekt Queen a Blacktastik inner-view by The People’s Minister of Information JR Valrey Block Report Radio interviews Lisa Simone Kelly, the only child of the late great protest musician Nina Simone. We talk in […]