5 Things History Books Won’t Tell You About the Young Lords’ Activism

by Raquel Reichard Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords was a Chicago street gang-turned-national political and social action organization fighting for the liberation, self-determination and justice of Puerto Ricans, Latinxs and Third World people in the late 1960s to the mid-1970s. The members were largely the children of Puerto Rican migrants, a growing population […]

Puerto Rico: 120 Years of Imperialist Exploitation and Oppression

In 1898, U.S. military forces invaded and occupied Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish-American War. The victory over Spain established the U.S. as the unquestioned major power in the Caribbean and much of South America (and its seizure of the Philippines positioned it as a power in the Pacific and Asia). The U.S., the […]

Digital Rhythm: The loopy originz of dembow and the knotty dancehall rootz of reggaeton

How one song created a genre by Wayne Marshall  Ever wonder why Bobby Digital hasn’t sued the pants off Puerto Rico? If, as the story goes, the dembow rhythm that underpins the lion’s share of reggaeton tracks directly derives from Shabba Ranks’s “Dem Bow,” an early 1990s song produced by Digital using a riddim built by […]

Former BPP memberz say, ‘NO! In the name of humanity we refuse to accept a fascist Amerika’

by former members of Black Panther Party Joe Veale and Terry Cotton We former members of the Black Panther Party call upon ALL former members – and ALL people – to sign and ACT on the Call from RefuseFascism.org which appeared in the Jan. 4 edition of the New York Times and the following week […]

The World of Piri Thomas | a Film by Gordon Parkz (1968)

1968 documentary portrait directed by GORDON PARKS (Shaft, The Learning Tree) inspired by the work of Nuyorican poet PIRI THOMAS [1928-2011] (Down These Mean Streets) for Public TV. “Of the almost 900,000 Puerto Ricans in United States more than 600,000 live in New York City in the ghetto called “el barrio.” Spanish Harlem. This film […]

BPP community programz

by Dan Berger (A supplement to the 2008 calendar on the Legacy of the Panthers) At the time and all the more so since, popular perception of the Black Panthers revolves around revolvers. But this violence-laden image misses the group’s substance. The multifaceted community programs made the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense such a success—and […]

Self Determination Iz The Key To Our Struggle

“When African people in America talk about nationalism, we are often charged with being racists or anti-white. However, the historical record demonstrates clearly that nationalism has been the primary method by which every national/ethnic group has achieved and maintains power.” In order for the African Community in America to continue our fight for self-determination and […]