Book Review: Malcolm X: History Is Best Qualified

The Judas Factor: The Life and Death of Malcolm Shabazz Limited 25th Anniversary Edition. Karl Evanzz. Xis Books, 541 pp., $25.99. Reviewed by Todd Steven Burroughs Context can be a witch, to be polite. Yesterday, May 19, Malcolm X would have been 93. The fact that that day is marked solemnly around the country by those […]

Assata Shakur – Influential Black Leaders

On May 2, 2013, the FBI placed Assata Shakur, now living in Cuba, on its Most Wanted Terrorists list, which has included the likes of Osama Bin Laden and other Al Quaeda figures, some of whom were executed by drones. This was the day after the State Department was due to release its list of […]

Today In History (Our-story)

On this day in 1818, American writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass chose to mark his birthday. Born into slavery around this date under the name Frederick Bailey in Tuckahoe, Maryland, Douglass fled to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1836 and went on to establish himself as one of his generation’s leading minds.

Bill Hampton, Activist And Keeper Of Brother Fred’s Legacy, Dies

Thursday, February 8, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews  William Hampton, the Maywood Park District commissioner and brother of famous Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, died early Thursday morning. He was 71 years old. Hampton’s death was confirmed by close friends, his nephew and workers at Symphony at Aria, a nursing home and rehabilitation facility in […]

Dennis Banks, warrior for Indian rights, presénte

by Mumia Abu-Jamal In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, two names emerged from the Native American and Indigenous community that stood for resistance to white repression and assaults on Native life: Russell Means and Dennis Banks. They were men who lived, at times, in urban America, and experienced its impoverishment as well as its […]

Remembering Gwen Patton, Activist and Theorist

By Ashley Farmer  “Ideas are powerful,” Dr. Gwendolyn Patton used to say when she talked to the younger generation about civil rights and political organizing. This simple but powerful notion undergirded Patton’s incredible activist life, one that spanned much of the late 20th century and many different facets of the Black Freedom Struggle. Patton always contended that […]

The Puerto Rican Colony, Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Politics of Parades

Iris Morales, attorney, activist, educator, filmmaker and author recently of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969 – 1976 joined us once again to discuss Puerto Rican colonization, the freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera and the politics of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. See our previous interview with Iris Morales here!

Beloved Poet Nikki Giovanni on Love, Friendship, and Loneliness

“Some people forget that love is tucking you in and kissing you ‘Good night’ no matter how young or old you are.”     BY MARIA POPOVA   In his magnificent meditation on the nature of creativity, the late poet Mark Strand defined poetry as the art of “meaning carried to a high order,” adding: […]

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 […]