7 Afrikan Martial Artz You Probably Didn’t Know Existed

by Ricky Riley Dambe According to Slate, “Dambe was historically practiced by the Hausa butchers’ guild around harvest or festival time and was considered to be a test of bravery, a rite of passage for marriage, or preparation for war.” The west African boxing style is extremely popular in Nigeria, southern Niger and Chad, where […]

Greatest Black Emancipation : The Haitian Revolution (1791-1803)

Published on Dec 1, 2013 00:00 = Intro 01:25 = The importance of the Haitian Revolution(1791) 05:44 = Haiti’s noble heritage 07:20 = The growing importance of slave in Haiti 09:23 = Haiti : The Pearl of the Antilles 11:27 = The beginning of the Haitian Revolution 14:25 = Toussaint L’Ouverture 19:26 = The emergence […]

Black August: Beyond 34 yearz of resistance

August 9, 2013 by Shaka At-thinnen When the concept of Black August manifested in 1979, many thought it was simply a focus group protest growing out of the avoidable death of Khatari Gaulden on Aug. 1, 1978, in the San Quentin prison infirmary. Survival for Africans in California’s prison population of 20,000 inmates had to […]

The Public Archive

black history in dark times By THE PUBLIC ARCHIVE  When The Public Archive published Radical Black Cities on September 17, 2012, we wanted to mark the one-year anniversary of Occupy Wall Street while highlighting what we saw as Occupy’s racial limits. In our view, Occupy had a restricted, almost liberal, vision of the havoc that […]

Are Beethoven’z Afrikan Originz Revealed By Hiz Music?

A secluded life devoted to music, powder worn on his face in public and body doubles who sat in for him for portraits – these devices allowed Beethoven to hide his African heritage to all but the Viennese elite. After his death, a Euro-centric vision of “greatness” unwittingly upheld this illusion – originally created by the Master himself. […]

From Mother Afrika To NYC: Hip Hop Culture Across The Middle Passage

Saturday, April 11th, 7:00pm The Universal Zulu Nation and A New Black Arts Movement Present From Mother Afrika To NYC: Hip Hop Culture Across The Middle Passage Reception (with Food) 7:30pm Mama C. Urban Warrior in the African Bush Joanne Hershfield, 2012, 54 min. The film explores Charlotte O’Neal’s, aka Mama C’s, decade’s long project […]

Black Livez Matter: The Evolution of A Movement

by Alisa Robinson At least 778 Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been held worldwide, according to a record being kept at Elephrame.com. How did all of this start? Three names come to mind: Patrisse Cullors, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Cullors planted the seed from which the movement grew in July 2013, after she re-posted a […]

Portrait Of A (BLack) Nu-Afrikan Revolutionary

  Above is a photo of my N’COBRA (National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America) t-shirt from it’s 2002 national convention showing a picture of Ancestor Peter Gordon.  Millions of us have seen this picture, probably millions less know his story.   Peter Gordon was an enslaved Afrikan on the  3,000 acre Louisiana prison-farm (aka […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

The Mardi Gras Indianz Date: Sun, 1732-02-17 *The Mardi Gras Indians are celebrated on this date (Fat Tuesday) in 1732. These African Americans participate as a cultural foundation of New Orleans and Mardi gras history. The Mardi Gras Indians are as much a part of that secret society as any other carnival organization. The heritage […]

Why Prisonerz Need Revolutionary Politikal Education

Guest Editorial for Rock Newsletter I have seen it asked often by prisoner subscribers to Rock and other publications edited or published by Ed Mead. “Why do prisoners need a political education, and why in revolutionary politics in particular?” I’d like to confront the question from several angles. Politics concerns organizing and governing social activity. […]