James Arthur Baldwin: word warrior

By Political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal  James Baldwin He was born in Harlem Hospital, New York, on Aug. 2, 1924; oddly enough, the same year that my mother was born in the South. His name, at birth, was James Arthur Jones, to a mother blessed with the gift of fertility; and to a father he would […]

The ‘Father of Black History’ Was Afro-Puerto Rican

By JANICE LLAMOCA  http://n.pr/2usuzSB There’s a building in Harlem that houses, some say, the largest collection of Black history in the world. At the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, you can see and touch original documents like the Malcolm X papers and the Nate King Cole papers. The center also holds specialized exhibits, film […]

I, Too

BY LANGSTON HUGHES I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I’ll be at the table When company comes. Nobody’ll dare Say to me, “Eat in the kitchen,” Then. Besides, They’ll see how […]

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, […]

LATINOPIA BOOK REVIEW “DOWN THESE MEAN STREETZ”

He died an icon, a proverbial legend in his own time. When Mean Streets was published in 1967, Thomas was one of the first modern-day Latinos to publish a book in English. He followed this break-out with two novels, a collection of short stories, and many poems, which he termed “wordsongs” and performed in varied […]

March In Harlem With… “The Freedom Fighterz Contingent”

You Are Invited To March In Harlem With… “The Freedom Fighters Contingent” SAVE THE DATE! COME & MARCH WITH THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS CONTINGENT AT HARLEM’S 47th ANNUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN DAY PARADE (Largest Black Parade In America) THE “FREEDOM FIGHTERS CONTINGENT” WILL ASSEMBLE @ 12 NOON: On 112th Street at the Corner of St. Nicholas Avenue […]

An appreciation: Dr. Ben, legendary Egypt scholar, dean of Harlem Street University

by Todd Steven Burroughs Yosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, known to the African world as “Dr. Ben,” believed that education belonged to any member of his race who wanted it. Perhaps that was because of the 20th century tradition of ad-hoc “street universities,” with step-ladder orators as varied as Malcolm X and “Porkchop” Davis, a tradition […]

In Memory Of A Great Friend & Komrade: The Zulu Nation & Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee Salutez…

In Memory Of A Great Friend, Comrade And Supporter Of Hip Hop Culture, Political Prisoners, Community Activism, Independent Film and Young People Of Harlem. The Universal Zulu Nation & The Black Panther Party Commemoration Committee Salutes… Peace, Power & Light, Sadiki “Bro. Shep” Ojore Olugbala  Universal Zulu NaSadiki “ ~ Black Panther Party Alumni  PS: […]

TOMORROW @ 5:30pm Rebel Diaz Presents An Exclusive Harlem Documentary Film Screening Of “The Mike Brown Rebellion: Resistance in Ferguson”

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 ~ 5:30pm @ The Maysles Cinema ~ 343 Malcolm X Blvd / Lenox Av. (between. 127th & 128th Streets) Take: #2, 3, A, B, C, D stops & 125th St. cross town bus lines map< https://goo.gl/maps/gv4d4&gt; , buses:< http://goo.gl/97dMyW&gt; (212) 582-6050(212) 582-6050 cinema@mayslesinstitute.org < http://mayslesinstitute.org/&gt; Hosted by Rebel Diaz Don’t Stop presents […]