Jared Ball’s Hip Hop Nation ::: Readings Of A Mixtape Manifesto

It is difficult for me to enjoy US media. Especially US media that has been highly touted as representing US Blacks. In fact, I enjoy a predominantly Whyte productions more. This could be a factor of 1930s popular psychology frameworks like “self-hate”. I personally sum it up as being tired of watching other Blacks worship Read the full article…

John Carlos & Tommie Smith: Black Power Salute At Olympic Victory Rostrum[Full Video]

John Carlos & Tommie Smith joined history’s most iconic protests after staging their Black Power Salute at 1968’s Olympic Victory Rostrum. John Carlos–a Harlem native and lifelong social protester and observer– opens his biography, “The John Carlos Story” with these words: Harlem. Born and raised. I came to this earth on June 5, 1945. I Read the full article…

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…

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…