Not Guilty: The Power of Nullification to Counteract Government Tyranny

By John W. Whitehead The Rutheford Institute “The people have the power, all we have to do is awaken that power in the people. The people are unaware. They’re not educated to realize that they have power. The system is so geared that everyone believes the government will fix everything. We are the government.”—John Lennon […]

STREAM “DEAR MR. SHAKESPEARE,” THE STUNNING BRITISH SHORT FILM USING SPOKEN WORD TO EXPLORE RACISM IN LITERATURE AND OTHELLO

By T. McLendon ”Othello” is one of the most divisive plays in Shakespeare’s canon because its main character is a Black man who marries a white woman, and all of the racism usually hidden by Black peoples’ exclusion from literature is put to the forefront. Because of this, literary scholars and artists alike, have taken […]

Copz are still shooting to kill at Amerika’z largest police-training exercise

  By Mary Noble Over Labor Day weekend, sports players all over the United States knelt to protest police killings of black Americans. Meanwhile, I watched Sgts. Spencer Fomby and Rashawn Cummings, two Berkeley police officers involved in fatal civilian shootings, walk into an abandoned building in Hayward, CA, to practice killing people in a […]

US law haz long seen people of Afrikan descent az fugitivez

by Maisha Sinha An Emancipation Day parade, Richmond VA. c1905. Library of Congress   Occasionally, a mistruth spreads that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution was based on the need for slave patrols. It wasn’t. It grew out of an old republican fear of standing armies as instruments of tyranny. But the surveillance of […]

If All Livez Matter, Act Like It

by Paris Police officers stand near the scene of where three police officers were killed on July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) I’ve looked down the barrel of a cop’s gun on three separate occasions, none of which involved crime. The most recent was in my own home, when […]

Fifty Yearz Ago, the Government Said Black Livez Matter

by Julian E. Zelizer The Radical Conclusions of the 1968 Kerner Report Washington, D.C., April 1968, showing damage from riots that followed the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Photograph: Warren K. Leffler/Library of Congress Adapted from the introduction to the Princeton University Press 2016 edition of The Kerner Report by The National Advisory Commission on Civil […]

NEW MUSIC: OAKLAND-BASED ROCK-N-SOUL/BLUEZ ARTIST FANTASTIK NEGRITO TEASEZ FORTHCOMING DEBUT LP WITH EXUBERANT SINGLE ‘HUMP THRU THE WINTER’

Check out new track ‘Hump Thru the Winter’ by eclectic soul musician Fantastic Negrito. Fantastic Negrito, aka singer/songwriter Xavier Dphrepaulezz, produces an intense re-imagining of classic soul music that’s both exuberant and fresh. In this newest release, Fantastic Negrito brings authentic heat that really only reminds you of the greatest rock-n-soul artists of the mid-20th century. […]

Against All Oddz: Education, Race, and Chezz

by  Adisa Banjoko & Arash Daneshzadeh Teaching students, “The World Is Yours” A few years ago, I was asked to speak at a high school for Black History Month in San Francisco, CA. Their original speaker had bailed on them, at the last minute. Rather than open my talk with a lamentation of US slavery, […]