The Black Panther Party Had a Funk Band Called ‘The Lumpen’

And yes, they were good. by  Jamilah King   Band members L to R: James Mott, Bill Calhoun, Michael Torrance, Clark Bailey. Image: Ducho Dennnis/ It’s About Time Archives   Over at  Studio 360, Nishat Kurwa has a great piece up about a new book out called “Party Music” by musicologist Rickey Vincent that explores […]

The Black Pantherz House Funk Band

“All You Need Is a Loaded Gun”: Black Panther Party Funk Play/Pause Listen 11 min The Lumpen performing at Merritt College, 1970. Left to right: James Mott, Michael Torrance, and Clark Bailey. (Ducho Dennis, courtesy of It’s About Time Archives ) i The heyday of soul and classic R&B is full of socially conscious empowerment […]

We who were lulled to sleep by Obama should be jarred awake by Trump

by Adisa Hali Kambon (Eddie Lewis) Greetings, New Afrikan women, men, all peoples … POWER! Looking back over the past couple of years, reflecting, utilizing the materialist method of critiquing self and society, has been very rewarding. One of the many tenets of dialectical materialism, codified by Karl Marx, informs us that nothing is static, […]

A Relentless Will to Win: George Jackson and Afrikan Resistance

In 1960, a skinny 18-year-old African-American named George Jackson walked into a Los Angeles courtroom and pleaded guilty to stealing $70 from a gas station. Though there existed exculpatory evidence, Jackson had already racked up two convictions for petty larceny, and his court-appointed attorney thought it best if he plead guilty in exchange for a […]

Endangered Speciez: The Lynching of the Black and Brown Youth (by Kelvin Khaysi Canada, NABPP-PC, 2016)

“If you can’t believe what they are doing to us today. You have no idea of what they did to us yesterday.”   – Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. There is an old proverb that states: “If you don’t learn from the past, you’ll make the same mistakes in the future.” So, we shouldn’t be so surprised […]

Black August Memorial: an interview with Kasim Gero, Patuxent Prison

On FLEA Days, Tupac Shakur, Baltimore, Kwanzaa, women-comrades and the revolutionary experience of Black August by Emilia A. Ottoo Kasim O. Gero is currently housed as an inmate at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup, Maryland. The unedited answers to these questions are his added consent to this interview and dissemination of information in alignment with […]

Love and Lessonz: In Memory of Komrade Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell (2016)

Comrade Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell was murdered on August 12, 2015, at California’s New Folsom State Prison. He was a veteran and much loved leader of the Prison Movement against oppressive prison and social conditions. On behalf of the New Afrikan Black Panther Party-Prison Chapter (NABPP-PC), I would like to share some thoughts in his […]

Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead

Book review by  ARIC MCBAY Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead Lumpen: The Autobiography of Ed Mead By Ed Mead Kersplebedeb, 2015 Ed Mead’s autobiography, Lumpen, tells a story of a revolutionary life. Mead writes openly and unflinchingly about his days as a social prisoner, his time in the underground George Jackson Brigade, and his […]

WHITEWASHING THE CRIMEZ OF RACIAL REVOLUTIONARIEZ

The media’s timid treatment of the Black Panthers and Black Lives Matter. by  John Perazzo After spending the past 43 years in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State Penitentiary, 69-year-old Albert Woodfox, a former Black Panther, was recently set free as part of a plea deal with state prosecutors. Exhibiting not a shred of remorse […]

The Dragon and the Hydra: A Historical Study of Organizational Methodz

By Russell Maroon Shoatz Maroon’s supporters at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit – 2010 “You have fifteen, twenty, fifty years of civil wars and people’s struggles to go through, not only to change the conditions but in order to change yourselves and make yourselves fit for political rule.” – Karl Marx addressing the IWMA, […]