The Great Migration: The Afrikan Amerikan Exoduz from The South

by   Dan Kopf  In 1910, 89% of African Americans lived in the South. But by 1970, this was true of only 53% of the African American population. This change, which has come to be know as “The Great Migration”, represents the largest internal movement of any group in American history. In “The Warmth of Other […]

Black people were denied vanilla ice cream in the Jim Crow south – except on Independence Day

One result of legalized racism in America was this strange limit, which helped teach kids the rules of a segregated society It was only 60 years ago that this would have been an unheard of sight in the south. Photograph: My Mundane Life / Flickr By custom rather than by law, black folks were best […]

From Mumia to Peltier, US Politikal Prisonerz Still Locked Up

(fyi – many of these people are state prisoners and are not under federal jurisdiction. Campaigns to free them focus on those states.) Black activist Mumia Abu-Jamal and Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier | Photo: Wikimedia Commons Many members of the Black Panthers and New Afrika party remain behind bars, some under dubious circumstances. In the […]

Triggered By Attackz On Black Residentz By White Soldierz: 1919 Race Riot Of Washington D.C.

Nobody knows precisely how or where it started, but on a steamy Saturday night, July 19, 1919, the word began to spread among the saloons and pool halls of downtown Washington, where crowds of soldiers, sailors and Marines freshly home from the Great War were taking weekend liberty. A black suspect, questioned in an attempted […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“I contend that the cry of “Black Power” iz, at bottom, a reaction to the reluctance of white power to make the kind of changez necessary to make justice a reality for the Negro. I think that we’ve got to see that a riot iz the language of the unheard. And, what iz it that […]

Dixie Be Damned

interview with authors saralee stafford and neal shirley When you study history, one thing that happens is you start to realize how recent and arbitrary everything in society is. How quickly things shift, and how inevitable those changes feel to the people who grow up in their aftermath. Countries, borders, governments, the judicial system, the […]

the White Man’z guilt

  James Baldwin, “Unnameable Objects, Unspeakable Crimes” I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED, AND IT IS NOT A PLEASANT wonder, just what white Americans talk about with one another. I wonder this because they do not, after all, seem to find very much to say to me, and I concluded long ago that they found the color […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

We take all thingz into consideration and we think it iz time the people of the United Statez, the people of Amerika to evaluate their position. It iz time a decision be made az to whose rightz are more important: the rightz of the people or the rightz of the government. It iz time to […]

The World of Piri Thomas | a Film by Gordon Parkz (1968)

1968 documentary portrait directed by GORDON PARKS (Shaft, The Learning Tree) inspired by the work of Nuyorican poet PIRI THOMAS [1928-2011] (Down These Mean Streets) for Public TV. “Of the almost 900,000 Puerto Ricans in United States more than 600,000 live in New York City in the ghetto called “el barrio.” Spanish Harlem. This film […]

The Last Poetz: Amerika in poetry from black power to Black Livez Matter

The Last Poets’ fierce performance poetry inspired generations of musicians, even as they destroyed themselves. Now they’re back – and as relevant as ever   By Christine Otten “The Last Poets are the microcosm of black America,” said Umar Bin Hassan, one of the founding members of the group, when I first met him in Harlem, […]