Politikal prisoner of war, Robert Seth Hayes, paroled after 45 years

Having been incarcerated since 1973, original Black Panther activist Robert Seth Hayes, 69, was released on parole last Tuesday. He joins a short list of revolutionaries from the 1960s and 1970s who are now hitting New York’s streets as elderly men after spending decades in the belly of the beast, simply for fighting for their […]

Assata Shakur – Influential Black Leaders

On May 2, 2013, the FBI placed Assata Shakur, now living in Cuba, on its Most Wanted Terrorists list, which has included the likes of Osama Bin Laden and other Al Quaeda figures, some of whom were executed by drones. This was the day after the State Department was due to release its list of […]

Pan-Afrikanism: The Real Afro-Futurism

Black Panthers and Africa: “I am not African because I was born in Africa but because Africa was born in me.”    Kwame Nkrumah “The fortunes of the African revolution are closely linked with the world-wide struggle against imperialism. It does not matter where the battle erupts, be it in Africa, Asia or Latin America, the master-mind […]

Black Panther: The Revolution will never be televised(Spoiler review)

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Our Fist is Black: Martial Arts, Black Arts, and Black Power in the 1960s and 1970s

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Stokely: A Review of ‘Our Premier Interpreter’ of Black Power Studies

As we gear up for a 2018 year-long commemoration of Black Power (and much more…) it is worth revisiting some of the debate over how that history is being and/or to be defined.  The following review was originally published May 7, 2015. Stokely: A Review Jared A. Ball “Now what if I could have heard Stokely Carmichael yelling […]

Murdering Fred Hampton and Black Power with Bruce Dixon and Todd Steven Burroughs

  Coming on the heels of the 44th anniversary of the assassination of Fred Hampton (December 4, 1969) and the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party Bruce Dixon of BlackAgendaReport.com and Dr. Todd Steven Burroughs of DrumsInTheGlobalVillage.com were on hand for a discussion of the academic erasure of radical politics from The Black Panther Party and Black Power. Beginning with […]

Young, gifted and Black – art’s power for the people

  Outside the door opening up to the Soul of a Nation exhibition at Tate Modern screens offer vintage news footage of Black leaders Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, James Baldwin, Malcolm X and Angela Davis. These men and women – two of whom were assassinated – shaped the political landscape of the 1960s and […]