The story of Takyi, the Ghanaian king who led a slave rebellion in Jamaica in 1760

Before finding himself as a slave, working hours on end and living in hard conditions on the Frontier plantation in Jamaica, Takyi was a Fanti king from Gold Coast, now modern Ghana. There are no records of which group of Fantis he ruled over before becoming a slave but research indicates that he might have […]

The Rise of Incarceration in Los Angeles: An Interview with Kelly Lytle Hernandez

By Erica Sterling In today’s post, Erica Sterling, a PhD student in the Department of History at Harvard University, interviews Kelly Lytle Hernandez about her new book City of Inmates: Conquest, Rebellion, and the Rise of Human Caging in Los Angeles (University of North Carolina Press, 2017). Hernandez is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Ralph J. Bunche […]

Understanding Detroit’s 1967 Upheaval 50 Years Later

For five days in July, the Motor City was under siege from looters and soldiers al Firemen fight to control blazing buildings in Detroit on July 25, 1967. The city was filled with gunfire, looting and police officers for five days that July. (AP Photos ) By Lorraine Boissoneault smithsonian.com   The summer of 1967 was sultry in the United […]

A radical’s oral history of Detroit in 1967

Rebellion By Michael Jackman @michaeljackman The Tony Spina Collection, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University National Guardsmen patrol Detroit during the summer of 1967. This perspective on the events of the summer of 1967 comes from a few Metro Times fellow travelers in the form of John and Leni Sinclair, and Fifth Estate staffers Harvey […]

The Rebellion in Newark

In the summer of 1967, the streets of Newark exploded in violence. Here is a first-hand account of the tragic events that changed the city, and the country forever. Newark’s population is still exceedingly low income. Crime, gang warfare, drugs, joblessness and failing schools are still facts of life in some Newark neighborhoods. But the […]

Support Robert Seth Hayes – Hallmark Doesn’t Make the Birthday Card that I Need

Author: Crystal M. Hayes, MSW – 4/20/2017 I turn 47 years-old in a short couple of weeks and Hallmark doesn’t make the birthday card that I need. I will likely celebrate my birthday the same way I have for most of my life, particularly in recent years. I will wake up — God willing. I […]

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 […]

Dixie Be Damned

interview with authors saralee stafford and neal shirley When you study history, one thing that happens is you start to realize how recent and arbitrary everything in society is. How quickly things shift, and how inevitable those changes feel to the people who grow up in their aftermath. Countries, borders, governments, the judicial system, the […]

‘The rebellion came’: Wattz Prophet Otiz O’Solomon on race, revolution and rap

Fifty years since the Watts riots kickstarted his experimental spoken word group, poet and proto-rapper Otis O’Solomon reflects on the anger that drove thousands to the streets – and whether anything has changed Forged from fire … Otis O’Solomon in the Watts Coffee House, Watts, Los Angeles, 29 November 2015. Photograph: Dan Tuffs for the […]