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 […]

Crime “Prediction”: The Algorithmz of Racist Injustice

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford Mass Black incarceration wound up ensnaring too many white people in the gulags, bringing forth calls from within the establishment for “reform” to spare those undeserving of imprisonment.  Digital science came to the rescue. “The U.S. criminal justice system now deploys algorithm-based technology to predict who will be criminalized […]

Radical Politikal Action Reading List

Derecka Purnell Boston Review   Editors’ Note: In the Black Study, Black Struggle forum, Robin D. G. Kelley advocates for a rebirth of grassroots political education. A forum contributor, Derecka Purnell, informed us that some groups of student-activists are already doing exactly that. At Harvard Law School, a group called Reclaim Harvard Law has occupied one of […]

Mission Statement of the Free Speech Society

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur, Mutope Duguma and Heshima Denham The Free Speech Society is a movement that is dedicated towards protecting and defending the First Amendment rights of imprisoned activists. As imprisoned activists, we are embedded reporters for the people. We are the eyes and ears for the people – for the taxpayers – articulating […]

5 Reasonz Young Black Men Resort To Violence

The latest figures from the FBI, Bureau of Justice Statistics and public health agencies show that among black youth, rates of robbery and serious property offenses are the lowest in more than 40 years. Rates of murder and rape are now lower than when nationwide crime statistics first appeared in 1965—and those were far less […]

Struggling together for racial justice in prison and society

by Abdul Olugbala Shakur   Abdul Olugbala Shakur in a photo taken Dec. 14, 2012 For the past 23 years, a pattern of racial discrimination has reared its ugly head. Its presence is vividly clear, a procedural manifestation within the protocols of official sanctioned practice here at Pelikkkan Bay, which simply means the inherent propensity […]

The South’s Shocking Hidden History: Thousands of Blacks Forced Into Slavery Until WW2

The Washington Monthly / By Douglas A. Blackmon The horrifying, little-known story of how hundreds of thousands of blacks worked in brutal bondage right up to the middle of the 20th century.   January 15, 2013  |         On July 31, 1903, a letter addressed to President Theodore Roosevelt arrived at the […]