The Speech That Opens All Eyez On Me: Behind The Scenes With Dhoruba Bin-Wahad

Dhoruba bin-Wahad was back with us this time to discuss the context and history of the speech he gave in 1990 on the occasion of Nelson Mandela‘s release and visit to New York City, an excerpt of which is now heard opening the film All Eyez On Me.   source: The Speech That Opens All Eyez On Me: Behind […]

Pantherz’ impact on pop culture more complex than black and white

By Otis R. Taylor Jr. Photo: Guerrilla Funk San Francisco-born rapper Paris re-creates the famous image of Black Panthers co-founder Huey Newton in a wicker chair. Paris’ songs and shows are filled with Panther references. They wore black berets over Afros, and their natural curls bounced as their legs and hips kicked and swiveled in […]

Who Killed Tupac Shakur? Conversationz With Rapperz, Revolutionariez & Reporterz

by Doshon Farad Twenty years ago – September 13, 1996 – we lost our Hip-Hop icon/warrior Tupac Amaru Shakur. His passing still haunts the minds of supporters worldwide. Since that fateful night on September 7, 1996, the Tupac shooting still raises many eyebrows and unanswered questions. Who killed him and why? Was it a rival […]

4 Speechez That Prove Black Panther Fred Hampton Waz the Godfather of Rap

Had he not been assassinated in a police fusilade on a bitterly cold Chicago evening 47 years ago, Fred Hampton would’ve turned 68 years old today. The former head of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense is remembered today primarily for his skills as an organizer, who coined the phrase “Rainbow […]

Happy Birthday, Tupac Shakur 6/16/71

In honor of Tupac Shakur’s birthday, we’ve collected a few of our favorite speeches by the rapper and songwriter who waskilled in 1996. Take the day to let his words on racism and inequality in the US wash over you, listen to his early 90s tracks on your lunch break, toast 2Pac with a tallboy […]

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, June 18th Iz NYC Memorial For Fallen Black Panther Party Leader Afeni Shakur

“You Are Appreciated”: My Memoriez of Afeni Shakur by Akinyele Umoja

In 1973 I attended a meeting at a local church to establish an acupuncture clinic to help poor Blacks and Chicanos in Los Angeles overcome heroin addiction. I was 19 years old and invited to the meeting by one of my movement mentors, Mamadou Lumumba. A similar project had been implemented in the Bronx, New […]

The FBI’z Murderous Targeting of the Shakurz

by  John Potash On May 2, the FBI held a press conference announcing that they were putting the first woman on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist List: Joanne Chesimard, better known as Assata Shakur. Few knew that the rap icon Tupac Shakur maintained a similar social justice agenda as his godmother Assata. Evidence supports that U.S. […]

Travel Blak in Time: VIDEO: TUPAC SHAKUR ASKZ “IZ AMERIkA GOING TO EVER HELP UZ (BLACK PEOPLE)”

Tupac Shakur has been in the news lately. A former police-man on his death bed alleges that he helped Tupac fake his own death. In this rare clip, when he was still alive, Tupac talks about how Blacks were always “a good friend” to America and how Blacks need help.  He said, “Everyone needs a helping hand […]