The Present Day Fight For Black Liberation In Amerika

  By Bashir Akinyele “Too Black, Too Strong” -Malcolm X (the first and former National Spokesman for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad) “I won’t let history write out the legacy of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad” -The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan (the Spokesman for the Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad and the Nation of Islam) “We must put […]

Not All the Knights of the Round Table Were White

by  Rose Eveleth The storytellers assumed we’d be sharp enough to pick up on their hints that Sir Morien was black. Turns out, we’re not From an illuminated manuscript circa 1350s (Via medieval poc) \ Picture the knights of the round table. They’re probably tall and strong, wearing armor and drinking out of chalices. And they’re probably all […]

Redefining Veteran’s Day

By Jared Ball  Originally published in 2011 with Black Agenda Report. I am officially a veteran. Like many I was conscripted by this country’s “poverty draft” and its associated judicial-military pipeline, the one that encourages military time over jail time, and then immediately pressed into service of this nation’s imperial projects. And while I recognize this […]

Landmark Project Celebrates The Discovery Of More Than 350 Black Classical Composers And Their 900+ Classical Works Hidden In The Shadows

#BlackisClassical: over the last 15 years, violinist Rachel Barton Pine and her RBP Foundation have collected more than 900 works by 350+ Black composers from the 18th-21st centuries, representing Africa, North and South America, Asia, the …   Can you name three Black classical composers?  Violinist Rachel Barton Pine can name 350 who have composed […]

Police stops are still marred by racial discrimination, new data shows.

So why does Trump continue to endorse stop-and-frisk? by Alexi Jones President Trump is again encouraging Chicago police to use stop-and-frisk – a policy that allows police officers to stop citizens without good cause – even as new government data reminds us why such policies can be disastrous for people of color. Just days after Trump endorsed stop-and-frisk […]

How H. Rap Brown Forecast the Future of Black Power

by  Dr. Matthew Quest From 1967-1971, H Rap Brown (now Imam Jamil Al-Amin ), native of Baton Rouge Louisiana, distinguished himself in how he foretold the future of the Black Power movement and clarified the questions we should be asking about where African American politics and anti-racist politics were headed. His deeper contributions to politics are obscure to most perhaps as […]

‘Coming of Age in Mississippi’ still speaks to nation’s racial discord, 50 years late

Anne Moody penned her memoir at the urging of baseball great Jackie Robinson. Most memoirs are soon forgotten. A rare exception is Anne Moody’s “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” which was published in 1968. It spoke to the day’s pressing issues – poverty, race and civil rights – with an urgent timeliness. Instead, 50 years […]

What Real Radicals Think About the FBI Hunting ‘Black Identity Extremists’

A veteran Black Panther and younger activist on a young man being labeled a terrorist threat, and why it’s never been easy to fight racism. Photo by David William Turner/VICE Last October, Foreign Policy leaked a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that examined a novel perceived threat to American security: not white supremacists, not anti-abortion […]

Plausible deniability and sinister bigotry ​inside ​Texas prisons

by Keith ‘Malik’ Washington “The white cop in the ghetto is as ignorant as he is frightened, and his entire concept of police work is to cow the natives. He is not compelled to answer to these natives for anything he does; he knows that he will be protected by his brothers, who will allow […]

Propter Nos

It offers a platform for Black and radical anti-racist theoretical and cultural work — such as poetry, short essays, experimental writing, artwork — and will also increasingly serve as a source of commentary and analysis from imprisoned activists and grassroots abolitionist organizations. For a print copy of PN, please send a request by snail-mail to: True Leap Press, […]