James Baldwin and the Meaning of Whitenezz

By Chris Hedges   The work of James Baldwin, pictured here in 1969, is as relevant today as in his time. The essayist, novelist, poet and social critic died in 1987. (Allan Warren / Wikimedia Commons)(CC-BY-SA) Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” is one of the finest documentaries I have ever seen—I would have […]

Why are some black Afrikanz considered white Amerikanz?

Sudanese Americans do not fit neatly into the existing racial classifications of the American society. I always knew I was black. My childhood was the scent of coconut oil hair cream and the taste of bean pie after Friday prayers in a Bilalian mosque on Chicago’s south side. I knew the words to Nkosi Sikelel’ […]

Philly’z shame: City ignorez thousandz of poisoned kidz

By Barbara Laker, Wendy Ruderman, and Dylan Purcell / Staff Writers Photos and video by Jessica Griffin / Staff Photographer When Aisha Stafford picked up her cell phone, the pediatrician sounded panicked. “Whatever you’re doing,” he told her, “you have to stop.” Take your son to the emergency room immediately, he insisted. Her son had […]

7 Factz About Afrikan Women and the Upkeep of Their Hair During Slavery

African women took great pride in their hair, even before being captured and brought to America. Whether long or short the African women found great styles to accentuate their appearance. Here are 7 facts you might not know about enslaved women and the upkeep of their hair during slavery. 1. Hairstyles have always been important to African women. […]

How We Got Here: Essential Reading to Understand the History of Racism

By LISA ROSMAN Black History Month is always vital, but this year it’s especially important. There’s a disturbing United States trend on the rise in the United States, in which past and present oppression is being denied and occluded. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, the White House garnered great controversy when it failed to recognize the suffering […]

Report: US Police Twice as Likely to Kill Unarmed Black Civilianz

Activists hold signs during a silent protest against police brutality. | Photo: Reuters The police are conditioned to view minorities with added suspicion, according to the authors of the study. A new study published Wednesday in Criminology & Public Policy found that among the 990 fatal shootings that occurred that year, police were twice as […]

Inauguration Amnesia: The Context of Obama’z Failure to Pardon US Politikal Prisonerz

by Danny Haiphong “The struggle to free political prisoners must be raised in the era of Trump with as much vigor as it should have been given in the era of Obama.” Just before Trump assumed office on January 20th, Barack Obama gave the left a fleeting moment of excitement. Obama commuted the sentences of Puerto Rican […]

Announcing Millionz for Prisonerz March for Human Rightz

by Jailhouse Lawyers Speak The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: “Section 1. Slavery prohibited. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” Salamu! Greetings of solidarity from […]

The Black Panther Party and Black anti-fascism in the United Statez (united snakez)

by Robyn C. Spencer Fascism has been thrust into the mainstream political vocabulary of the United States since the election of President Donald Trump on a platform grounded in xenophobia, corporate dominance and right wing white nationalism. After the election, search engines and online dictionaries reported a dramatic increase in users seeking to define the […]

HIDDEN FIGUREZ: BESSIE STRINGFIELD, FIRST AFRIKAN-AMERIKAN WOMAN TO RIDE ACROZZ THE UNITED STATEZ SOLO

This Black History Month, we’re featuring unsung Black men and women who changed history as we know it. Today we’re featuring Bessie Stringfield, the first African-American woman to ride across the United States solo. At the tender age of 19, she got her mother’s permission to purchase motorcycle and the rest is history. To support […]