A Letter to My Nephew

by James Baldwin January 1, 1962   James Baldwin’s thoughts on his nephew’s future—in a country with a terrible history of racism— first appeared in The Progressive magazine in 1962. Over 50 years later his words are, sadly, more relevant than ever.   Dear James: I have begun this letter five times and torn it […]

Iz There Such a Thing az the Amerikan Ghetto?

by Daniel Geary “Chicago Ghetto on the South Side,” 1974 (John H. White / National Archives) Ghetto: The Invention of a Place, the History of an Idea by Mitchell Duneier Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016, 320 pp. The word “ghetto” landed Bernie Sanders in trouble. During a Democratic primary debate last March he claimed, “When you’re […]

The Last Poetz: Amerika in poetry from black power to Black Livez Matter

The Last Poets’ fierce performance poetry inspired generations of musicians, even as they destroyed themselves. Now they’re back – and as relevant as ever   By Christine Otten “The Last Poets are the microcosm of black America,” said Umar Bin Hassan, one of the founding members of the group, when I first met him in Harlem, […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

Born On The Battlefield! Baptized In Blood “Born on the battlefield! Baptized in blood! ..And grew up in the Ghetto! My prenatal care consisted of a Chicago Pigz Pistol az opposed to a Doctorz stethoscope. My first jail cellie was my Mother to be before I even got out of her pregnant belly. Tangoed with […]

The Forgotten Pantherz: Omaha Two

  In 1971, Omaha Black Panther leaders Edward Poindexter and Mondo we Langa were sentenced to life in prison for a bombing that killed a local police officer. In the 45 years since, they’ve been fighting for a quieter type of liberation — their own. On a 100-degree day this past July, Edward Poindexter woke […]

VIDEO: N.W.A. TALKZ ABOUT WHY SOME BLACKZ SHOULD PUT DOWN AFRO-CENTRIC MEDALLIONZ

NWA appeared on the Arsenio Hall show when they first stepped on the music scene. In this brief clip, the group proved that they were more than just some hood men from the ghetto.  They actually explained why the United States should focus more on domestic problems than international ones.  They also gave some advice […]

Revolutionary Activation

by Prince Capone of Makavelian People’s Party     permalink 1: They got me duckin’ FBI agents and Federal cases/Infiltrated by informants with anonymous faces / One nation under invasion and mass surveillance / They probably got me on a list for assassination / Movin’ through the underground like Angela Davis / Vanish without a […]

Revolutionary Daily Thought

“And because I had been a hustler, I knew better than all whites knew, and better than nearly all of the black ‘leaders’ knew, that actually the most dangerous black man in America was the ghetto hustler. Why do I say this? The hustler, out there in the ghetto jungles, has less respect for the […]