The Present Day Fight For Black Liberation In Amerika

  By Bashir Akinyele “Too Black, Too Strong” -Malcolm X (the first and former National Spokesman for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) “I won’t let history write out the legacy of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad” -The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (the Spokesman for the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam) “We must put […]

Theory 101: Historical Materialism and the Legacy of Columbus

by  Danny Haiphong  Theory 101: Historical Materialism and the Legacy of Columbus The celebration of Columbus is a product of over five centuries of colonialism and capitalist development. “The capitalist and imperialist systems that Columbus helped birth were met with fierce resistance from Indigenous people, African people, and poor people throughout the course of their […]

BLACK AUGUST, HIP-HOP AND POLITIKAL SYMBOLISM

by Jared Ball  Black August, Hip-Hop and Political Symbolism Jared A. Ball “The reason you call the police is because you’re in a police state.” – Dhoruba bin-Wahad “Before our eyes and ears, a ‘web of business relationships that now defines America’s media and culture’ has one particular business raking in billions of dollars while another defines […]

School history assignment stirs up a storm in Jamaica over how slavery should be taught

Hillel Academy, a private school in an upscale area of Kingston, was at the centre of a recent debate over a history assignment for Grade 9 students which asked students to create a model for the punishment of a slave. The wave of online anger began on Facebook, then graduated swiftly to Twitter, where a […]

What is an Afrikan-Centered Consciousness? 

 “What then is an Afrikan centered consciousness?  An Afrikan-centered consciousness is one that is based on Afrikan-centered content, Afrikan-centered knowledge, Afrikan-centered values, Afrikan-centered consciousness.  To the degree that our consciousness is based on Afrikan-centered values and so forth, we are empowered as Afrikan people.  To the degree those values and consciousness are determined by other […]

u.s. Slavery Was Uniquely Capitalist

by Nellie Bailey and Glen Ford   Even on the left, the capitalist nature of US slavery is not well understood, said historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment. “The commodification and capitalization of Black bodies is pretty unique to the United States,” she said. “Marx himself did not grasp it. Eurocentrism of […]

Black August: Celebrating Marcus Garvey

Marcus Garvey; August 17, 1887 – June 10, 1940   This article is part of a special Black August series on TheBurningSpear.com. We encourage all our readers to help launch Black Power 96.3 FM during their Black August Fund Drive. Support radio in the hands of the African community! Donate today at blackpower96.org. Each August, growing […]

MARTHA PITTS

 REMEMBERING A REVOLUTIONARY By Assata Shakur This is not an easy statement for me to write. Somehow, I thought that Martha would always be here. In my mind she was like Mt. Kilimanjaro, always strong, always solid, always standing tall. I met Martha about 30 years ago. She was a proud intelligent, irreverent black woman. She […]

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’z birthday with a Rally for Self-determination! BLACK IZ BACK!

Thousands of black people will descend on the U.S. capital in Washington, D.C. on January 14, 2017, one day before the anniversary of the birth of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and six days before the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. We will rally for black self-determination and […]

The Black Pantherz’ Lessonz for Jamaikanz on Police Violence

By: Ajamu Nangwaya The Black Panthers’ militant, assertive and courageous pushback against the police’s violent class and race containment practices should be replicated. Amnesty International’s recently released report “Waiting in Vain: Jamaica: Unlawful police killings and relatives’ long struggle for justice” documents the murderous and violent behavior of the police within the island’s African working-class communities. […]