TIGHT PACKERZ OR LOOSE PACKERZ? A QUESTION OF PROFIT ON THE SLAVE SHIPZ

Tight packers and loose packers Aboard the slave ships the slaves were stowed below deck like pieces of goods. There were two different ways the captain aboard a slave ship could pack the slaves.  The slave ships could either be “tight packers” or “loose packers”, depending upon how many slaves were crammed below deck. Whether […]

What Should Reparationz for Slavery Entail?

In the light of the former British Prime Minister’s dismissal of reparations, activists must push the debate further by detailing what reparations should entail. Fundamental to a reparations program must be the fact that we transform the system of capitalism which slavery gave birth to. We must initiate a “trans-Atlantic dialogue on reparations, as well […]

A Bicentennial Without a Puerto Rikan Kolony

by Piri Thomas (1975)   Published in The Crisis, December 1975. As the United States prepared to celebrate the Bicentennial of the American revolution of 1776, anti-imperialists sought to call the nation back to its anti-colonial routes. A focus of many activists was the continuing U.S. control of the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, which […]

Songz to Remember Fidel and the Cuban Revolution

Ecuadorean artists pay tribute to Fidel Castro outside the Ecuadorean Cultural House in Quito, Ecuador, Nov. 27, 2016. | Photo: Facebook / Casa de la Cultura Ecuatoriana On the first ever anniversary of the Cuban Revolution without Fidel Castro, what better way to mark it than with music? Tributes to Fidel Castro poured in from […]

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 […]

Where iz your voice, Mr. President?

  Wiki Akyaaba Addai-Sebo Where is the Pan-African spirit? The absence of African solidarity with African Americans who are being killed in US cities by state security forces driven by white supremacy is deeply saddening. From all over Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia, Black people must rise up to condemn the killing of our […]

Black Panthers 50 Yearz Later: What They Wanted Iz What We (Still) Need

by Alondra Nelson  Two generations ago, a group of young people stood up and demanded education, housing, food, jobs and health care. It was a transformational move, still worthy of celebrating. Two armed Black Panthers, carrying a shotgun, and a semi-automatic rifle, talking to officer Lt. Ernest Holloway at the State Drafted by founders Huey […]

36 yearz on: Why Walter Rodney waz assassinated

He did not fit into racial/ethnic politics of his day Pambazuka Wazir Mohammed Jun 16, 2016 The renowned radical scholar-activist was murdered 36 years ago because he did not fit into the old political mold, where leaders accepted the colonial structure and wallowed in its fineries, especially the misuse of the machineries of state to […]

Malcolm X’z Internationalism and the Struggle for Liberation in Haiti Today

by Dr. Ajamu Nangwaya “…when you select heroes about which black children ought to be taught, let them be black heroes who have died fighting for the benefit of black people.  We never were taught about Christophe or Dessalines.  It was the slave revolt in Haiti when slaves, black slaves, had the soldiers of Napoleon tied […]