Black Panther Party poster by Emory Douglas

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Is It Time for a Reassessment of Malcolm X?

A new Smithsonian Channel film, “The Lost Tapes,” challenges misconceptions about the charismatic leader Malcolm X by Copain, c. 1967 (NPG, gift of the Anchor Foundation) By Allison Keyessmithsonian.com The voice of Malcolm X is like a baritone saxophone—powerful, full, and deep with a gravely gravitas that demands your attention. What better instrument for a man whose forceful, fiery […]

I Am Not Your Negro: James Baldwin (Encore)

Image: James Baldwin Master filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished, Remember This House. The result is a radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in America, using Baldwin’s original words and flood of rich archival material. I Am Not Your Negro is a journey into black history that connects the past of the Civil […]

Stewart: AFROFUTURISM GETS A SUPERB FILM, MARVEL FILMS GROW UP–A Review of Black Panther

  By Andrew Stewart    Note: At the outset I would like to acknowledge the profound debt this essay owes the work of Dr. Jared Ball, Dr. Todd Burroughs, and the website ImixWhatILike, all of whom have produced amazing criticism in the lead-up and on the release weekend of this film. I began studying Africa […]

Sights and Sounds from Dimona

The African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem is a vibrate community living in Dimona, Israel. They have sought to redefine themselves outside the vestiges of slavery and the African-american reality. With a Yah-centered mind-set they have created an urban kibbutz style living arrangement  unparalleled in its scope to reshape a people.   source: Sights and Sounds from […]

Is It Illegal To Be Black In Amerika?

By Kevin Cooper Sometime in the early 19th century, former United States President Thomas Jefferson stated: “Unchecked power twisted white men’s characters.”  Since he was a slave owner and an oppressor, he should know what he speaks about! He also stated: “The man must be a prodigy who can retain his manners and morals undepraved […]

The First Black Airmen to Fly Across America

On an early June night at Woodlands High School in Hartsdale, New York, the cafeteria is jammed. A noisy crowd of at least 200 has shown up. They’re here to see a play called Fly With Banning. A Louis Armstrong melody fills the big room, and the crowd falls quiet. Over the music a voice sings […]

MXCC 22nd Annual PP/POW Dinner January 27, 2018

              On Saturday, January 27th, the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee will host its 22nd Annual Dinner Tribute To Our Political Prisoners And Their Families.             This will take place for the first time at All Souls Church Community Room, located at Lexington Avenue and 80th Street in Manhattan.             The event will take place from 3-7pm. Dinner served promptly at 4pm.             This year’s […]

How Langston Hughes Brought His Radical Vision to the Novel

In his famous essay “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” Hughes expresses fondness for “the low-down folks, the so-called common element.” Poor African-Americans made up a majority of the black population but were rarely depicted as fully realized characters in the serious literature of the day. For a writer like Langston Hughes, who made […]