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 […]

What Would the Black Panthers Think of Black Lives Matter?

Black Panther Party official Fred Hampton speaking at a Chicago rally for the Chicago 8, activists charged with causing a riot during the 1968 Democratic National Convention. In the background is writer-activist Dr. Benjamin Spock. In 1969, police killed Hampton in a raid on his apartment. (AP) The black revolution is much more than a struggle […]

Black Power’s Global Pulse

By Quito Swan   Black Power demonstration and march, Lancaster Road, West London, 1970. Source: British National Archives. This year, the Black Panther Party (BPP), arguably the most influential Black Power organization, celebrated fifty years since its founding. While many remember the Party for its political influence in the United States, the BPP was also one of the key […]

Black Power in Papua New Guinea

by Quito Swan Chico Neblett and Bobby Seale (back) leading audience with a Black Power salute at the Black Community Survival Conference, March 30, 1972 (Bob Fitch Photography Archive, Stanford University Libraries) The Black Power Movement stretched across the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific ocean worlds in both expected and surprising ways. Scholarship on Black Power in Oceania has largely […]

The Roots of “Malcolmology”

April 10, 2016  By Russell Rickford Malcolm X. Chicago, 1961. Photo by Eve Arnold—Magnum For me, as for many children of the 1980s, the recent death of Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest triggered a wave of nostalgia for the “conscious” hip hop of the 1990s, a genre that blended playful, jazz-inflected lyrics with potent themes […]