‘The Global Imagination of 1968: Revolution and Counterrevolution’

by Shaka Zulu We are struggling with how best to marshal our revolutionary forces – how best to raise the political temperature of cadre and oppressed people alike – in a society as fascist as Mussolini’s Italy was. Organizations, groups and collectives are rightfully confused because they have an incorrect political understanding of the nature […]

The Risky Business of Branding Black Pain

The commodification of civil-rights activism may appear revolutionary, but it can undermine the basic tenets of social movements. Colin Kaepernick’s Nike campaign illustrates this conundrum perfectly. SAIDA GRUNDY SEP 14, 2018 MATT WINKELMEYER / GETTY “It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a […]

The Black Panthers still in prison

Antoinette Russell vividly recalls the first time she was led to believe she would finally meet her father as a free man. He called her up on a prison phone, his voice shaking with excitement, and told her: “I’m coming home!” That was 17 years ago. Since then, every two years, she’s been put through […]

Angela Davis renews call for release of Ed Poindexter, Mumia Abu-Jamal, and Leonard Peltier

Angela Davis was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list (credit: Federal Bureau of Investigation) Speaking to the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression recently, Angela Davis renewed her call to release black prisoners she says were convicted for their political beliefs, not because they were guilty. The event was a rally to welcome home fifty […]

Black Women and International Women’s Day

by Ken Morgan Black Women and International Women’s Day “Alongside Assata and Rosa and Harriet and Sojourner, let’s celebrate Grace Campbell, of the Blood Brotherhood and the Communist Party.” Women’s History Month in the U.S. is rooted in the Socialist and Communist traditions of International Women’s Day, March 8, 1911. Still, two black women Communists, […]

NOW STREAMING —AFROPUNK MIXTAPE #037: Unapologetically Black

Happy New Years, AFROPUNK Family! Another year, more adventures, and importantly, more music. Fresh off the heels of the inaugural AFROPUNK Joburg festival, here is our first mixtape of the new year. AFROPUNK MIXTAPE #037: Unapologetically Black features the music of OSHUN, Benjamin Booker, Ecca Vandal, Nova Twins, Fantastic Negrito, Chaka Kahn, Algiers, Louder Than […]

Review: The House on Coco Road – A New View of Grenada’s Revolution

Food, housing, health—is what the revolution fought for. A drowsy old sugar island whose slaves’ descendants were now mostly farmers and fisher-folk became vibrant with people crowding revolutionary rallies to dance and chant slogans that sounded like reggae songs and were affixed to brightly colored signs around the island: “Forward Ever, Backward Never”; “It takes […]

Resurrecting the Radical Pedagogy of the Black Panther Party

Drawing inspiration from the Highlander Folk School (1932-present), Citizenship Schools (1957-1965), and Freedom Schools (Summer 1964), the founding members of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense (BPP) believed that a learner-driven, politically relevant, and transgressive education that empowers youth to expose the existential contradictions of their own lives creates the conditions necessary for a world […]

Self-love – not bans – will bring an end to Afrika’s bleaching syndrome

Children as young as three internalise a bias against dark skin. Shutterstock To be black in the world today is to be stigmatised for having dark skin. To be light-skinned, on the other hand, is to be celebrated in line with western beauty standards. Black people not only experience this stigma from outside of their […]

The Pedagogy of Hip Hop: Underground Soundtracks for Dissecting & Confronting the Power Structure

Disclaimer: The language expressed in this article is an uncensored reflection of the views of the artists as they so chose to speak and express themselves. Censoring their words would do injustice to the freedom of expression and political content this article intends to explore. Therefore, some of the language appearing below may be offensive […]