The Black Kennedy’s: How The Shakur Family Bridged Rap And Politics

“I just cried, as all mother’s cry, for the beautiful boy who said he and Mike Tyson would never be allowed to be free at the same time…” By: Xavier Handy-Hamilton, Contributing Writer (@fnr_zay)   On September 7, 1996, after a Tyson fight that ended so abruptly the crowd was convinced Bruce Sheldon took a […]

TUPAC’S FATHER, MUTULU SHAKUR, FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST THE U.S. GOVERNMENT FOR ILLEGALLY HOLDING HIM IN PRISON

  by   SHA BE ALLAH  MARCH 29, 2018 After serving three decades in a federal penitentiary, freedom fighter and father figure to the late Hip Hop icon Tupac Shakur says that the government is illegally keeping him behind bars. Mutulu Shakur has filed a lawsuit against the government of the United States earlier this week, claiming his Constitutional […]

Assata Speaks From Exile on Tupac, Rap, CointelPro, Social Change

by  newafrikan77   What effect do you think Rap music has on the movement for social justice today? Assata Shakur: Hip Hop can be a very powerful weapon to help expand young people’s political and social consciousness. But just as with any weapon, if you don’t know how to use it, if you don’t know where […]

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 […]