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When Black Power Set Racist America On Fire: A Fifty-Year Retrospective

Ibram X. Kendi | Posted 06.21.2016 | Home
Ibram X. Kendi

Fifty years ago, the term "Black power" fired into the American vocabulary. In celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of the call for Black power this week, I present this exclusive excerpt from my new book.

Muhammad Ali Suffered For Our Sins

Tom Allon | Posted 06.06.2016 | Home
Tom Allon

Ali with The Beatles in 1964 If Cassius Clay had excelled as a baseball player instead of as a pro boxer he'd probably have charmed us with h...

This Is What Made Muhammad Ali Unapologetically Black

Reuters | Lilly Workneh | Posted 06.06.2016 | Home

Muhammad Ali’s Black Power activism may not fit neatly into the outpouring of grief, respect and reflection in the coming days and weeks after his d...

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis on a New Kind of Civil Rights Activism

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 03.29.2016 | Home
Sarah van Gelder

"Self-care and healing and attention to the body and the spiritual dimension--all of this is now a part of radical social justice struggles." Angela...

Your Confederate Flag Rally Doesn't Scare Me

Kezia M. Williams | Posted 03.11.2016 | Home
Kezia M. Williams

As my co-worker and I approached, we were not scared when the protesters yelled their misinformed opinions at us. We were emboldened by the blood of my ancestors which fertilized the fields of a nation not yet free for all.

Beyoncé Does Justice to New Orleans's Rich Queer Culture

Irene Monroe | Posted 02.24.2017 | Home
Irene Monroe

"Formation" celebrates identities that once sparked shame but now inspire pride.

Slavery in Recent American Films: 12 Years a Slave

Volney Gay | Posted 02.22.2017 | Home
Volney Gay

Debates about the upcoming Academy Awards focus on the relative lack of African American nominees. A less-examined aspect of this debate is that in some recent movies, African Americans are front and center.

Why Paris Won't Happen in Melbourne

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 12.04.2016 | Home
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

Whether in America or Australia, the availability of a good public education allows children of immigrants to get to a solid middle class standing within a generation. Besides adding to the productivity and richness of these societies, this filial advancement acts as a tonic to the challenges and frustrations of the newly arrived immigrants to either country.

To The End, 'American Revolutionary' Grace Lee Boggs Never Gave Up on Detroit

Tavis Smiley | Posted 10.30.2016 | Detroit
Tavis Smiley

The daughter of Chinese immigrants, Boggs was a seminal figure in the Black Power movement and -- along with her husband, James Boggs -- spent decades tirelessly advocating for fundamental changes in American policy on civil rights, labor relations, feminism, the environment and just about anything else that would shake up the status quo.

47 Years Ago, Olympian John Carlos Raised His Fist For Equality

The Huffington Post | Juliet Spies-Gans | Posted 01.03.2017 | Home

On Oct. 16, 1968, Americans John Carlos and Tommie Smith stepped onto an Olympic podium in the heart of Mexico City, bowed their heads to receive thei...

Taking Down White Supremacy

Alex Cacioppo | Posted 06.29.2016 | Home
Alex Cacioppo

In a pluralistic society like the United States, change happens when groups coalesce around their shared group interest to fight for policies that affect them as a group. It may not sound nice, but given American history it is not at all racist.

Beyond the Charleston 9: A Call to Honor Our Community Leaders More

Ernest Owens | Posted 06.23.2016 | Home
Ernest Owens

Right now there is a young black leader in our neighborhood that embodies their spirit -- let's encourage that before it's too late.

Using MLK's Name in Vain: How Conservatives Twist Dr. King's Words

Torraine Walker | Posted 05.04.2016 | Home
Torraine Walker

In the past year or so, there has been a tendency for white people opposed to any outcry against police brutality and ongoing racial discrimination to invoke MLK's words about the content of character being the yardstick to judge a man instead of skin color.

I Was a Black Power Fugitive

Oral Fixation | Posted 04.15.2015 | Home
Oral Fixation

The summer of 1969 was the hottest of my life. After the call for black power, I and many activists were facing even more intensive attacks as J. Edgar Hoover's strategy for "counterinsurgency" unfolded.

Educating Reformers and Activists: Dr. Howard Fuller's Powerful Example and Lessons

Paul Schmitz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Home
Paul Schmitz

Dr. Howard Fuller's new memoir, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform should be a textbook for how a leader defines and lives by the integrity of such purpose and values.

The James Brown I Remember

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.06.2014 | Home
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Brown was simply his own man who could embrace, identify with, and at times defend black activism. He clearly wanted the world to see and think of him as much more than an entertainer -- and he knew he'd be both praised and vilified for it.

Stokely: A Life

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.05.2014 | Home
Arlene M. Roberts

The material is structured, well edited and devoid of academic jargon. Yet, it took me almost four days to read the book.

The Gift of Amiri Baraka

Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. | Posted 03.19.2014 | Home
Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D.

If you are lucky, or blessed, you will meet someone of such wisdom, courage, creativity and conviction that their influence, the very force of their spirit, will abide with you for the rest of your life. Amiri Baraka was that person for me, as he was for so many others.

Lee Daniels' The Butler

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.14.2013 | Home
Dwight Brown

It's about time. Finally a major-release film about the African American struggle for equality, told from a black man's perspective. Why has it taken Hollywood (aka the film industry) so long to do the right thing?

The Historical Failure of Black Leadership

Pascal Robert | Posted 04.06.2013 | Home
Pascal Robert

What has happened to black leadership? In the face of endless statistics showing the rapid decline of whatever illusory semblance of progress blacks imagined, such signs of progress have almost evaporated in less than a decade.

White Christians: Remember Black Power?

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 04.01.2013 | Home
Jennifer Harvey

What better way to show up this Black History Month, than as allies demonstrating that we understand that black history is white history too? A history we honor by committing to structural change for the long haul.

An Olympic Ban of Nations With Anti-Gay Policies Is a Terrible Idea

Cyd Zeigler | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Cyd Zeigler

No gymnast, swimmer, diver, runner or rower should be held back from the Games because of policies they have no control over. I wish people would stop trying to play politics with the hopes and dreams of these athletes.

Erykah Badu Hosts BBC Radio Series On Black Power Movement

News One | Posted 03.13.2012 | Home

Erykah Badu is hosting a two-part series about the Black Power and Black Arts movement of the late '60s and '70s on BBC Radio 4 called "Black Is A Cou...

Ali, Frazier, Jackson, Stallone: Of Image, Race, Politics, and Myth

William Bradley | Posted 01.16.2012 | Home
William Bradley

Monday's Philadelphia funeral for former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Frazier brought some old but still very salient issues back to the fore. Frazier's sudden death from liver cancer has reminded many of some uncomfortable truths.

Black Power Mixtape -- The Screen Is Burning

Jack Hidary | Posted 12.06.2011 | Home
Jack Hidary

Riveting. This collection of interviews, some never seen before of key figures in the Black Power movement, is a new critical document of our country's history.