THE LEGEND OF THE 52 BLOCKZ

FIGHTLAND BLOG By Benjamin Nadler Artwork by Grimoire I don’t know how I first heard about the 52 Blocks. Like much of New York City’s urban mythology—such as the Decepticons gang, the tunnels under Alphabet City, or the albino alligators and alligator-sized rats in the sewers—the legendary hand-to-hand combat style seemed to always hover just outside […]

Afrikan Liberation DAy 2016, Black Power 50 & Black Power, Black Livez and Pan-Africanism Comferenck

58 years ago, on April 15, 1958, Kwame Nkrumah, the Convention Peoples Party and the Government of Ghana organized Africa Freedom Day at the conclusion of the First Conference of Independent African States. On May 25, 1963 the Founding Conference of the Organization of African Unity OAU) changed Africa Freedom Day’s name to African Liberation […]

My Africa Iz present Msafiri by Rash Band

My Africa Is: The Documentary Series Rock music in Kenya?!?! Yep. Here’s one band doing it. Meet the Rash Band and a special production we created for their song “Msafiri”. Msafiri is a song that metaphorically symbolizes the journey that addicts undergo only to never come back to sanity and too late to realize they […]

Rastafarianz Worldwide to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Hiz Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie’z visit to Jamaica

Mulugeta Haile wrote: One week from now it will be the 50th anniversary of Emperor Haile Selassie’s visit to Jamaica.   This short article attempts to portray the visit from three different points of view: Ethiopian officials who were in Jamaica with the Emperor, the government of Jamaica which officially invited the Emperor, and Rastafarians who have been […]

Nina Simone’z Face

There is something deeply shameful in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic. ​The new film “Nina” proves that the world still isn’t ready to tell her story. Ta-Nehisi Coates The Atlantic   Nina Simone   When I was a kid, I […]

Lowell Bergman: Covering the Rize and Fall of the Black Panther Party (BPP)

by  Sandhya Dirks The Black Panthers were complicated, says Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lowell Bergman. “The image is never the reality.” The Black Panther Party was founded in Oakland in October 1966. Reflecting on its legacy 50 years later, Bergman says the Panthers’ image — or the pursuit of that image — was part of both their […]

Ghana and the 1966 Coup Against Kwame Nkrumah: The Role of Afrikan Amerikanz in the Afrikan Revolution

By Abayomi Azikiwe Solidarity with Ghana represented over a century of identification with the homeland Five decades ago on Feb. 24, 1966, a coup was carried out against Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, the leader of the Ghana independence movement and the chief architect of the 20th century African revolutionary struggle. Nkrumah, the founder of the Convention Peoples […]

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. […]