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 […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Joel Augustus Rogers, Renaissance Man Joel A. Rogers Date: Thu, 1883-09-06 Joel Augustus Rogers was born on this date in 1883. He was an African American writer, lecturer, anthropologist, historian, journalist, and publisher. Rogers was from Negril, Jamaica, where his father was a small-town schoolteacher. In 1906, Rogers moved to Chicago but spent most of […]

MORALES-SHAKUR CENTER CAMPAIGN 2014 FALL ACTIVITY & EVENT SCHEDULE: SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER

THE GUILLERMO MORALES-ASSATA SHAKUR COMMUNITY/STUDENT CENTER @ THE CITY COLLEGE IN HARLEM THE MORALES-SHAKUR CENTRAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE Students For Educational Rights @ CCNY The Black Student Union @ CCNY The Healing Drum Collective The Sister Circle Collective The Universal Zulu Nation The Jericho Movement The Black Souljahz  The Safiya Bukhari-Albert Nuh Washington Foundation The Revolutionary […]