The Body Count Rises in the U.S. War Against Black People

by Ajamu Baraka Before we can even process the acquittal of the murders of Philado Castile, we hear about another murder of a black person by the police occupation forces.  This time the victim, Charleena Lyles, is a black woman who was also five months pregnant. Again, there is anger, confusion and calls for justice […]

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: On Locking up Our Own

If anyone doubted Black Americans still today suffer unfairly from incarceration rates and other horrific inequities out of all proportion to their numbers in the population, the case was closed by Michelle Alexander in her masterly The New Jim Crow (2010). Comes now James Forman Jr., to argue convincingly that key sections of the black […]

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 […]

ANTI-BLACKNEZZ IN ASIAN COMMUNITIEZ: HARMING BLACK BODIEZ SEEN AZ NORMAL

On the anniversary of the shooting death of LaTasha Harlins, revisiting the painful history of Black and Korean American cultural relations. This week, the Black community is forced to reconcile with the fact, that as we remember the 26th anniversary of LaTasha Harlins death; a 15-year old girl, who was shot in the back of […]

Committed to celebrating a rich and powerful heritage, culture, and community 365 days a year. SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 1, 2017

Committed to celebrating a rich and powerful heritage, culture, and community 365 days a year. SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — For nearly thirty years, African American Expressions has vowed to honor black excellence by creating products for a retail market that is constantly overlooked –The black community. Despite being one of the most influential […]

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR KAYA THOMAZ CREATED AN APP TO FIND BOOKZ BY BLACK AUTHORZ

Black literacy was one of the rallying cries for civil rights and integration in the 50s and 60s and now, the Black community is fighting for resources in schools and school to prison pipeline abolition. One of the ways that Black people have kept on keeping on is through the arts, and our authors and […]

WATCH 45-MINUTE A-TO-Z SAM GREENLEE INTERVIEW ON ‘THE SPOOK WHO SAT BY THE DOOR’ + MORE

The late Sam Greenlee (author of “The Spook Who Sat By The Door”), who died in May 2014, was never one to mince words, especially when it came to dishing on the state of what we call “black cinema,” and the film industry overall. The author and activist was a fearless political firebrand, and elder statesman at 83 years […]

Ain’t Nothing New Under The Sun

“Ain’t nothing new under the sun. In this era, it is not the first time in which the white ruling class has paraded intensely medicated abstract artists around to be the spokespersons for the conditions of the black community. In order to at minimum, result with the community being as confused as the same said […]

What We Don’t Learn About the Black Panther Party—but Should

By Adam Sanchez and Jesse Hagopian Fifty years ago this month, the Black Panther Party was born. Its history holds vital lessons for today’s movement to confront racism and police violence, yet textbooks either misrepresent or minimize the significance of the Black Panthers. The first issue of the Black Panthernewspaper, which at its height had […]

10 Worrying Factz about Eugenicz That Afrikan Amerikanz Should Know

1. Frances  Galton Frances  Galton was an Englishman who came from a family that became very wealthy from slave labor. He is the father of “Eugenics” and coined the term  in 1883. In order to promote the idea of Eugenics, a Eugenics society was  formed. It  galvanized the social movement that began in America with the sole intent of wiping out […]