If you truly knew what the N-word meant to our ancestors, you’d NEVER use it

BY BRANDO SIMEO STARKEY | The Undefeated A few years ago, I read slave narratives to explore the lives of black agricultural workers after the end of the Civil War. The narratives came from the Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration, a program that employed researchers from 1936 to 1938 to interview former enslaved people, […]

The Body Count Rises in the U.S. War Against Black People

by Ajamu Baraka Before we can even process the acquittal of the murders of Philado Castile, we hear about another murder of a black person by the police occupation forces.  This time the victim, Charleena Lyles, is a black woman who was also five months pregnant. Again, there is anger, confusion and calls for justice […]

Afrikan Liberation Day represents expansion of human freedom

by Strike Thokoane Some 130 years ago, European powers met in Berlin to hatch an agenda of subjecting Africa and its peoples to mere vassals, property to be possessed and exploited for the benefit of white people. African Liberation Day celebrates the African people’s successful resistance to this oppression. The Day is also a proud commemoration […]

NON-BLACK POC: STOP ASKING “WHERE IS BLACK LIVES MATTER?” EVERY TIME YOUR COMMUNITY IS UNDER ATTACK

Stop asking black folks for anything. At all. But particularly, don’t ask black people to re-focus their liberation “powers” and history of organizing on your community when it’s under attack. After the 2016 election, loads of history of organizing called for Michelle Obama to run for President in 2020. Run to save the white people from […]

Who Was Jim Crow?

Fifty years ago, the Voting Rights Act targeted the laws and practices of Jim Crow. Here’s where the name came from.   By Becky Little, National Geographic In 1944, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP held a mock-funeral for him. In 1963, participants in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom symbolically buried him. Racial […]

Living Malcolm’s Liberation Ethics: Remembering, Rising, Raising and Resisting

  by Dr. Maulana Karenga  In this month of heightened homage and increased attention to the life and legacy of Min. Malcolm X, El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, it is important to do so placing rightful and repeated emphasis on his commitment to the liberation of our people and all downtrodden and oppressed peoples of the world, […]

Devil’s Punchbowl — An Amerikan Concentration Camp So Horrific It was Erased from History

Say the words concentration camps, and most will surmise the topic surrounds World War II and the Nazis; but the hard labor, constant threat of death, and barbarism these microcosmic hells presented weren’t unique to Adolf Hitler — in just one year, around 20,000 freed slaves perished in the Devil’s Punchbowl — in Natchez, Mississippi, […]

Police Forces Are Sending A Message To Black Suburban Residents: You’re Not Wanted

Michael M. Santiago for BuzzFeed News Places like Troy used to be lily-white, and most of their police departments still are. That’s a problem for the black and brown people moving from big cities like LA and New York in search of quieter places to raise families. by  Albert Samaha It started with a noise […]

Montford Point Marines

A platoon of Montford Point Marine recruits stand at parade rest in 1943 at New River, NC. The Montford Point Marines fought to be assigned to infantry units and eventually won the right, taking part in some of our nation’s greatest battles. How it Began The history of thousands of brave men who served our […]

The Erasure of People of Afrikan Descent in Nazi Germany

By Jaimee A. Swift  Recently, Donald Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer made some peculiar and offensive comments comparing Syrian leader President Bashar al-Assad’s chemical attacks to those of Nazi Germany leader Adolf Hitler. In attempts to justify Trump’s random missile strikes against Assad, Spicer asserted that what Assad did was completely inhumane—so inhumane that he […]