Are Namez Really That Important? For Black People, the Answer Iz a Resounding ‘Yes!’

The effects of the transatlantic slave trade still resonate within the Black community in America. Slavery was the total dehumanization of Black people through exploitation and brutality. One aspect of this was the stripping away of Black culture and identity. Black people were not only branded physically, we were branded culturally with the insignia of our […]

What Are You? Black, Afrikan-Amerikan, Afro-Amerikan, or Black-Amerikan

Black tells you about skin color and what side of town you live on. African-American evokes discussion of the world. -Rev. Jesse Jackson Blacks, Black-Americans, African-Americans, and  Afro-Americans are terms that are frequently used in magazines, newspapers, and across the internet when referencing black people. So, what brought about the name change from “negro” and […]

James Baldwin Debatez William F. Buckley (1965)

Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

Chicago 1969: When Black Pantherz Aligned With Konfederate-Flag-Wielding, Working-Klazz Whitez

In the 1960s a group of working-class white activists joined forces with the Black Panthers in Chicago to fight systemic class oppression. Could a similar coalition emerge today? Bobby Seale , one of the founders of the black civil rights organization The Black Panthers speaks during a protest concert. Credit: Wikimedia Commons In the 2016 […]

INVISIBLE IN NEW YORK: No Safe Haven for the Old, Black and Poor

Part 4. Read the “Invisible in New York Series” here. EAST NEW YORK–Cynthia Adams (not her real name) started looking for a good job two weeks after she and her husband had their first child. Adams was 28. Two years later she was hired by the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA). “I started out […]

THE PHYSICZ OF MELANIN SCIENCE AND THE CHAOTIK SOCIAL CONSTRUCT OF RACE

by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Illustrations by Aimee Chang It could have been earwax. It turns out that the texture of a person’s earwax is not determined by environment but rather is written into a person’s genetic code. Some of us have hard, dry earwax, some of us have goopy earwax, and some of us have […]

A Global Vision: Ana Livia Cordero And The Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle

BY SANDY PLACIDO *This is the final post in our blog series on Women, Gender and Pan-Africanism edited by Keisha N. Blain. Blog posts in this series examine how women and gender have shaped Pan-Africanist movements and discourses in the United States, Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. In this post, Sandy Placido places Dr. Ana Livia Cordero at the […]