A Letter to My Nephew

by James Baldwin January 1, 1962   James Baldwin’s thoughts on his nephew’s future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are, sadly, more relevant than ever.   Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it […]

PROFESSOR CARNAGE

Dave Grossman teaches police officers to think like “warriors.” But is the rise of a militarized mindset turning black citizens into targets? BY STEVE FEATHERSTONE Early one Friday morning, more than 250 police officers file into a high school auditorium in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Dressed in the uniform of the off-duty cop—polo shirts and khakis accessorized […]

“A Message to My Black People: Stop Being the Nigga in Amerika” – Jamez Whitaker’z New Book

Author James Whitaker’s New Book “A Message to My Black People” is Passionate Address to the African-American Community. Recent release “A Message to My Black People: Stop Being the Nigga in America” from Page Publishing author James Whitaker is a spirited appeal to African-American communities to improve quality of life and gain respect by being […]

James Baldwin’z Archive, Long Hidden, Comez (Mostly) Into View

    By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER  A page from “The Amen Corner,” a three-act play by James Baldwin, part of his personal papers that are now at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. CreditEmon Hassan for The New York Times James Baldwin died in 1987, but his moment is now. His books are flying […]

The illusion of correctional ‘medicine’

By Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal Taken from a March 31 audio recording on prisonradio.org In the netherworld of American prisons one must jettison any medical assumption one brings in from the so-called free world. We’ve been conditioned to see nurses as sweet sources of solace and doctors as people dedicated to healing the sick and […]

How white Amerika haz created a colony of incarceration for people of color

Protesters call attention to police brutality, racial injustice and economic inequality during a July 2015 rally in Newark, N.J. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) By Eric Liu Eric Liu is the author, most recently, of “You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen.” He is founder of Citizen University and executive director of […]

New Claimz Prove the Henrietta Lackz Controversy Iz Far From Over

The family of the woman who changed science forever is seeking compensation   By Erin Blakemore SMITHSONIAN.COM Henrietta Lacks is known as “immortal” for a reason—though she died of cervical cancer in 1951, scientists have used her extraordinary cells countless times since. But the initial cells that started the immortal HeLa cell line were taken from Lacks without her […]

We Are the Amerikan Heartbreak: Langston Hughez on Race in a Rare Recording

Reflection on “the rock on which Freedom stumped its toe.”   BY MARIA POPOVA   The African American poet, essayist, playwright, novelist, and jazz poetry pioneer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902–May 22, 1967) was in a sense the William Blake of his generation — like Blake, he was endowed with a rare poetic genius that incurred merciless ridicule […]

Black People More Likely to Be Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Study Showz

by by Niraj Chokshi This article originally appeared on The New York Times Andre Hatchett, center, next to his lawyer Barry Scheck at a news conference in 2016 after his exoneration in Brooklyn for the killing of Neda Mae Carter. Credit Bebeto Matthews/Associated Press Black people convicted of murder or sexual assault are significantly more likely than their […]

ANTI-BLACKNEZZ IN ASIAN COMMUNITIEZ: HARMING BLACK BODIEZ SEEN AZ NORMAL

On the anniversary of the shooting death of LaTasha Harlins, revisiting the painful history of Black and Korean American cultural relations. This week, the Black community is forced to reconcile with the fact, that as we remember the 26th anniversary of LaTasha Harlins death; a 15-year old girl, who was shot in the back of […]