Taking Freedom: Yes, Black Amerika Fears the Police. Here’s Why

On the historic role of policing in reinforcing racial inequality and how it has led to black Americans’ fear of police.  by NIKOLE HANNAH-JONES   Nearly every so-called race riot in the United States since 1935 has been sparked by a police incident. Police, because they interact in black communities every day, are often seen […]

The marvel of the real Black Panthers

By Mohsin Uppal Photo: rocor @Flickr Possibly what is already the blockbuster of the year is out: Marvel’s Black Panther. It’s a film chronicling comic book hero Black Panther, also known as T’Challa, King of Wakanda. Black Panther was the first black superhero, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966 during the height of the […]

6 Movies About the Real Black Panthers to Watch After ‘Black Panther’

BY KHAL   Image via Getty/Jack Manning Contrary to the belief of some idiots on social media, Marvel’s Black Panther has nothing to do with the Black Panther Party. The first appearance of the Black Panther character in a comic book was in July of 1966, roughly five months before Bobby Seale and Huey Newton founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense. That […]

Black Liberation and the Vietnamese struggle

African Americans reject imperialism, part 1 By Abayomi Azikiwe During the height of the genocidal war waged by the United States against the people of Vietnam during the 1960s and early 1970s, African Americans were involved in a life-and-death campaign in the U.S. aimed at reclaiming their national identity, human rights and racial dignity. January […]

Today’s Date in Afrikan Diasporic History (Our-story): A Must-Read on MLK

As, virtually, everyone knows; today marks the date Martin Luther King was born. A little more than three years before his assassination, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz/Malcolm X had been assassinated. Given the conciliatory tone of his comments about Dr. King, shortly before his death; his public remarks of support for the ‘voting-drive’ efforts that were ongoing in […]

New Exhibit “1968: Civil Rights at 50” Opens Today

Exhibit Tells the Story of Events That Shaped the Civil Rights Movement 50 Years Ago This Year NEWS PROVIDED BY Newseum  Jan 12, 2018, 15:50 ET WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Today, the Newseum opened “1968: Civil Rights at 50,” a new exhibit that explores the tumultuous events that shaped the civil rights movement in 1968, when movement leader the Rev. Martin […]

A Raised Voice

How Nina Simone turned the movement into music. By Claudia Roth Pierpont Simone with James Baldwin in the early sixties. Her intelligence and restless force attracted African-American culture’s finest minds. Courtesy New York Public Library. “My skin is black,” the first woman’s story begins, “my arms are long.” And, to a slow and steady beat, “my […]

Watani Stiner: Tending to historical wounds

by Watani Stiner My life began in the Jim Crow South, in Houston, Texas. I remember the segregated world I was born into …  the separate water fountains, the back of the bus, the going around to the back door of Mr. Fontnoe’s grocery store to buy milk for my mother and grandmother. I recall […]

Civil Rights Legislation did not end Structural Racism

BY HAKEEM MUHAMMAD     The civil rights movement is often romanticized as having been victorious; the mainstream public discourse purports that racism, as a factor impeding black social mobility, is increasingly on the decline. It is claimed that America is coming closer to achieving Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream with each passing day. Such a dangerous […]