On “Black Marxism” and the Black Radical Tradition

By Frank Chapman Black liberation is a not a state of mind that can be characterized as “Black Marxism” or the “Black Radical Tradition.” Nonetheless, there is an ideological need to settle accounts on this question of the identity between the “Black Radical Tradition” and Marxism. My initial response to the formulation “Black Marxism” is […]

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 […]

Jihad Abdulmumit: Black Radical Movement Needs Infrastructure

    There is some continuity between today’s Black movement and the Sixties, however, “today’s struggle lacks the infrastructure in-the-hood-building” of the Panther era, said Jihad Abdulmumit, chairman of the Jericho Movement, which defends political prisoners. “Now, there’s demonstrations here and there, and newspaper articles and seminars — which is not gonna get it — but […]

‘Intoxicating freedom, gripping fear’: Mumia Abu-Jamal on life as a Black Panther

 Former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal. Photograph: April Saul/Philadelphia Inquirer The letter was dated 30 August 2016. Written in black ink in spidery, meticulous handwriting, it proclaimed at the top of the page: “On a Move!”, the mantra of the Move group of black liberationists from Philadelphia who clashed violently with the city’s police force 40 […]

The 19 black radicals who are still in prison after four decades

Some African American rebels, including Mumia Abu-Jamal and members of Move, are still incarcerated for their actions during the 1970s black liberation struggle by   Ed Pilkington  Members of Move show defiance to the police as they stand in front of their barricaded house in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Photograph: Leif Skoogfors/Corbis via Getty Images Mumia Abu-Jamal, AKA […]

A siege. A bomb. 48 dogs. And the black commune that would not surrender

Black power behind bars Forty years ago, Philadelphia erupted in one of the most dramatic shoot-outs of the black liberation struggle. Ed Pilkington tells the surreal story of the Move 9 – and what happened to them next Tue 31 Jul 2018  The photograph is one of the standout images of the 1970s black liberation struggle. An […]

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 […]

How cornrows were used as an escape map from slavery across South America

Cornrows have become a crowd favorite for women of every culture in the last 10 years. Whereas it used to be worn by children, especially young African and African American girls, the style has become widely popular across women of all ages. But many do not know the deep and rich history of the hairstyle […]

First, dry your tears and give a loving salute to our newest ancestor, KIILU NYASHA

  For all of us, a teacher who breathed vibrant life into Black history and inspired us to keep making it, for me, a little sister, just two months younger, the guide I leaned on to light the way through dark times, Kiilu Nyasha was a Black Panther from the moment she joined the party […]

Shedding new light on the (real) Black Panthers

by By James Jeffrey Huey Newton (center), one of the founders of the Black Panther Party Most people watching the new Black Panther movie know little about the radical political party with the same name as the film’s hero, beyond its reputation for militancy. But the photos of Stephen Shames reveal a far more humane side. […]