‘A Taste of Power': The Woman Who Led The Black Panther Party

  Elaine Brown was the first and only woman to lead the male-dominated Black Panther Party. She looks back on Jean Seberg, COINTELPRO, and internal divisions within the organization. Photo: Platon Elaine Brown | A Taste of Power, Pantheon | 1992 | 30 minutes (7,440 words)   Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, lecturer and singer. In 1968, […]

LAPD Kill Unarmed Mentally Ill Veteran on TV — And Their Defense Won’t Shock You

Brian Beaird never appeared to be a threat to the officers who shot him 21 times. By Shaun King He went for his waistband. Yeah, it’s so strange how much unarmed men, confronted by police with guns drawn, seem to LOVE digging in their waistband. Police claimed that they thought they saw Brian Beaird do […]

Wayne Pharr, former Black Panther who fought the LA Police in 1969, passed away on September 6

Wayne Pharr, former Black Panther who fought the Los Angeles Police in a historic gun battle in 1969, passed away on September 6, 2014 at age 64.After Pharr and his fellow Panthers defended themselves from the long violent attack by the newly formed LAPD SWAT unit, he became a political prisoner who was exonerated of […]

Ferguson Exposez Amerika’z Enduring Legacy of White Bigotry

By Bill Boyarsky Shutterstock At the heart of what’s happening in Ferguson, Mo., is an unbridgeable racial divide that has prevented too many whites from looking at African-Americans as human beings. The racial divide is not exclusively between black and white. As a resident of Los Angeles and a journalist working here, I experience life […]

Knowledge Session: Who Waz George Jackson?

by: Rishma Dhaliwal Tags: George Jackson, knowledge, Knowledge Session In 1960, at the age of eight­een, George Jack­son was accused of steal­ing $70 from a gas sta­tion in Los Angeles. Though there was evid­ence of his inno­cence, his court-appointed law­yer main­tained that because Jack­son had a record (two pre­vi­ous instances of petty crime), he should […]

Wattz Rebellion: Black August

During and before WWII, Watts had a huge population boom. Thousands of Blacks came from the South looking for jobs and a better life. However, they found unemployment and despair. The Watts Riots began on the evening of August 11, 1965. Near Watts, a Black resident flagged down a white officer and told him that […]

Policing Revolution

  How the LAPD’s first use of SWAT—a massive, military-style operation against the Black Panthers—was almost its last byMATTHEW FLEISCHER IT’S OVER: Black Panthers surrender after the SWAT siege of their headquarters. It was early—way too early as far as he was concerned—on December 8, 1969, when Wayne Pharr was abruptly awakened in the gunroom […]

35 Yearz After Minnie Riperton’z Death, New Fanz Still Find Her

   by Shereen Marisol Meraji Celebrated soul singer Minnie Riperton, shown here in March 1976, passed away in 1979 at the age of 31. AP   http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/07/11/330781619/35-years-after-minnie-ripertons-death-new-fans-still-find-her “There are just some songs you just don’t touch because they’re done so well, so like, don’t even try,” says 24-year-old Moses Sumney. “But I’m going to try.” […]

New book tellz tale of Pantherz in L.A.

By Thandisizwe Chimurenga, Where’s the story? It was just a few hours before dawn one winter day when 300 members of the LAPD’s Special Weapons and Tactics unit (SWAT) had their first ever encounter: a clash with 13 members of the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party. At the end of the five-hour […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

  Allensworth, CA., a community of Black self pride Allensworth, CA. Community Moto Date: Tue, 1908-06-30 On this date, we celebrate the founding of Allensworth, California, in 1908. This was the first and only all Black town in California’s history. On this date, Allen Allensworth, a former soldier, and William Payne, a teacher, created the […]