The Emotional, Uncomfortable Classroom

Public displays of emotion from people of color are unwanted in the national discourse because they cause white discomfort, argues Jasmine Harris, which results in stagnant class discussions that are detrimental to student learning goals. By Jasmine Harris Someone recently told me a story about a white male professor at a top-ranked college crying during a […]

The Death Penalty makes redemption impossible

by Steve Champion – incarcerated on death row San Quentin since 1982 The public, with its hunger for revenge, does not want to hear about personal acts of atonement by people who have been sentenced for a crime. Acts of atonement by the condemned are usually viewed as a ploy to save his or her […]

From Prison to Ph.D.: The Redemption and Rejection of Michelle Jones

Michelle Jones, a Ph.D. candidate at N.Y.U., was released from prison in August after serving 20 years. CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times Michelle Jones was released last month after serving more than two decades in an Indiana prison for the murder of her 4-year-old son. The very next day, she arrived at New York University, a […]


Created and written by Alverne Ball, ‘Zulu’ follows the life of Lazarus Jones, a 16-year-old boy who becomes possessed by the spirit of warrior king Shaka Zulu while visiting South Africa with his father. Back home in Chicago, Lazarus finds himself navigating through the turbulent streets of Chicago with friends when he discovers that a […]

Writing on the Wall: Selected Prison Writingsz of Mumia Abu-Jamal

  Mumia Abu-Jamal’s essential perspectives on black experience, race relations, freedom, justice, social change, and the future of American society. “Revolutionary love, revolutionary memory and revolutionary analysis are at work in every page written by Mumia Abu-Jamal … His writings are a wake-up call. He is a voice from our prophetic tradition, speaking to us […]

My Love for African People Worrill’s World By Dr. Conrad W. Worrill, PhD BC Columnist

The remembrance of our ancestors and their redemption, our continued oppression in America inspires me to re-acknowledge my love for African people. This inspiration and love also causes me to intensify my work in the Black Liberation Movement. The word love is probably one of the most used and overworked words in the English language. […]