James Baldwin Debatez William F. Buckley (1965)

Historic debate between James Baldwin v. William F. Buckley Jr. at Cambridge University on the question: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”

7 Factz About Afrikan Women and the Upkeep of Their Hair During Slavery

African women took great pride in their hair, even before being captured and brought to America. Whether long or short the African women found great styles to accentuate their appearance. Here are 7 facts you might not know about enslaved women and the upkeep of their hair during slavery. 1. Hairstyles have always been important to African women. […]

Root or Ruth?

A powerful essay by Shoola Oyindamola (Based on Sojourner Truth’s speech in 1851 — Ain’t I a Woman?) A Black woman should be given the freedom to choose if she wants to fight mainly for racial equality or gender fairness or for both. Although racial discrimination has reduced tremendously in the 21st Century, questions arise on why […]

Even before sanctuary citiez, here’z how Black Amerikanz protected fugitive slavez

Over the past few days, the national climate has grown increasingly tense over the issue of “sanctuary” cities and states. Local communities, including some college and university campuses, have pledged to shield undocumented children and adults from President Donald Trump’s proposals for deportation. Municipalities and campuses remain steadfast even in the face of the president’s […]

Exploiting Black Labor After the Abolition of Slavery

As W.E.B. Du Bois wrote, the “slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.” According to Douglas Blackmon, author of “Slavery by Another Name,” the choices made by Southern white supremacists after abolition, and the rest of the country’s accommodation, “explain more about the current state of […]

Black History Month: Haitian Revolution (1791-1804)

Complex battle: the Haiti Revolution, the most successful slave rebellion in the western hemisphere, was inspired by the French Revolution, which represented a new concept of human rights and universal citizenship. February is Black History Month. Throughout this month The Royal Gazette will feature people, events, places and institutions that have contributed to the shaping […]


  What is known about Yasuke is limited and fraught with the uncertainties that history is often full of, but his legacy is strong nonetheless. As the first non-Japanese samurai, many will call into question the proof, but it’s clear that he was the first and that he was Black! Although there is some contention […]

on blacknezz and data

from slavery to political campaigns, black lives have always been reduced to numbers in the form of commodities, revenue streams, statistical deviations, and vectors of risk. how do we make our escape? During my five months as a field organizer tasked with registering people to vote, I sat behind a computer screen compulsively reviewing spreadsheets […]