Economist’s Jail Breaks For Tax Payers But A Little Lite On True Liberation

Earlier today, I found myself reading an article on jail breaks and prison reform in this May 2017’s “The Economist”. Entitled, “Jail break” with this lede,”America’s approach to incarceration is an expensive failure. It does not have to be this way”, I was upset “The Economist” did not include its author’s name.   While reading Read the full article…

Homeless Programming And Robert McChesney’s Digital Disconnect

I believe I became aware of this story sometime last year while scouring Youtube for tutorials and Medium.com for JavaScript framework complaints.     Earlier this week, while waking up to feed my son, on my Youtube home screen, this video appeared:     Let us please be clear. While OWL will move on to Read the full article…

Jelani Cobb’s Dave Chappelle & Dave Chappelle’s Robin Hood Feast

In 2007, Columbia University professor of Journalism and The New Yorker contributor, Jelani Cobb published a set of essays entitled,”The Devil & Dave Chappelle, & Other Essays”. In that collection’s eponymous essay, he writes of Dave Chappelle’s legendary departure from Comedy Central, leaving a highly touted $50 Million bag on that proverbial table. Comparing Dave Read the full article…

Todd Steven Burroughs’s Officious Objectivity And That Case Of Manning Marable’s Fib

Around five years ago, I had that immense pleasure of sitting in on a lecture given by late and great Black Arts Movement parent, Amiri Baraka. Amiri spoke to a number of topics, including but not limited to St. Louis’s penchant for producing insanity. Among that “not limited to” were his thoughts regarding Manning Marable’s Read the full article…

Steve Biko Discusses How Words Create Hierarchy And Dehumanization

Billed as “Biko’s Last Public Statement And Political Testament”, Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness In South Africa is a transcription of Steve Biko’s May 2, 1976 testimony during a trial for nine BCM activist accused of subversion in South Africa. This testimony from Steve Biko represents his first time speaking publicly after three years of being Read the full article…

Mumia Abu Jamal’s Mother’s Day Massacre

Mumia Abu-Jamal is no stranger to police framing and state violence. Philadelphia’s Panther Walking is also no stranger to powerful mother’s and state abuse of Black Mothers. In his collection of essays, “Writing On The Wall”, Mumia details events that occurred after Mother’s Day on May 13, 1985 in an essay entitled,”The Mother’s Day Massacre”: Read the full article…

Marimba Ani On How Objectivity And Logic Is Used To Disenfranchise And Colonize

Objectivity is used to distance observer from observed which not only creates emotional limpness, but also a sense of being better or being in control. Objectivity implies that emotion is weak, and cultures that are deemed emotional or less objective are framed as less than human, inferior. Objectivity can create social conditions whereby groups of Read the full article…

H Rap Brown’s Negro Press, Militant Black Reformists, And Dilution Of Black Power ::: Highlighting Chapter Twelve Of “Die Nigger Die!”

H Rap Brown closes his autobiography, “Die Nigger Die!” with chapter twelve. Much of this chapter seems to be in accord with chapter eleven’s reprinting of his letters from jail. He opens with a list of people he considers to be dedicated revolutionaries.   This is a fitting set of prefatory remarks, as much of Read the full article…

H. Rap Brown’s Black Revolutionaries And US Black Neocolonialism::: Highlighting Chapter Eleven Of “Die Nigger Die!”

H. Rap Brown starts chapter eleven of “Die Nigger Die!” continuing his thoughts on revolutionary leadership. He addresses and defines who he considers true revolutionaries.   Anybody who is projected as a leader generally impedes the revolution anyway. Whether I was out there or not, I knew that the brothers were going to take care Read the full article…

H. Rap Brown’s Black Leadership And Opportunists ::: Highlighting Chapter Ten Of “Die Nigger Die!”

H. Rap Brown opens up Chapter Ten of “Die Nigger Die!” by outlining his thoughts on leadership, in general, and his becoming Chairman of SNCC in particular.   Even though the press began projecting me as a “Black Power leader” and all that kind of mess, I knew that it didn’t matter what position a Read the full article…