I only saw the album art for Pharell’s new solo record, Girl, today (though it, apparently, dropped last week—-and the Outrage Police have issued a citation on complaining about it now, so laaaate.) And I was pissed.
Maybe “pissed” is too strong a word. I rolled my eyes. I wasn’t surprised….
Our Maafa (African Holocaust)
Husband consoles wife at the auction block.
David Newton’s superb memorial guarantees that these souls will forever be remembered in the universally honored spirit of triumph over adversity.
(David Newton’s Freedmen Memorial Park – Dallas, Texas)
Lupita Nyong’o On Inspiring Young, Dark-skinned People to See Beauty Differently
This is awesome. And a reminder that media is not “just” media.
Follow this link to find a short clip and analysis that considers intersections of privilege and colonialism.
Grace Jones: always necessary.
a glorious past….article about african-american book store scene in the 1990s
Here are some of African-American bookstores in the Chicago area.
African-American Book Centers, 7524 S. Cottage Grove Ave., 312-651-9101.
African-American Book Source, 3490 Village Ct., Gary, Ind. 219-981-2133.
African-American Images, 1909 W. 95th St., 312-445-0322
Africa North, 4629 N. Broadway, 312-907-0005.
Afri-Ware Books, 948 Lake St., Oak Park, 708-524-8398.
Afrocentric Bookstore, 234 S. Wabash Ave., 312-939-1956.
Pride Cultural Books and Apparel, 7601 S. Cicero Ave., 312-767-0477.
Black Expressions Book Source, 9500 S. Western Ave., Evergreen Plaza, Evergreen Park, 708-424-4338.
Black Expressions Book Source, 17735 S. Halsted St., Homewood, 708-922-1223.
Black Titles, 35 S. LaSalle St., Aurora. 708-892-4759.
Blacklight Fellowship, 128 S. Paulina St., 312-563-0081.
Black Underground, 582 S. Gennessee St., Waukegan, 708-244-8466.
Boutique Africa, 209 E. 75th St., 312-723-1544.
Freedom Found, 5206 S. Harper Ave., 312-288-2837.
Frontline International, 751 E. 75th St., 312-651-9888.
Heritage Books, 1135 W. Granville Ave., 312-262-1566.
Images and Reading, 2056 E. 71st St., 312-643-3391.
Respect For Life (no.) 1, 855 E. 79th St., 312-483-6200.
Respect For Life (no.) 2, 723 W. 79th St., 312-488-7122.
The Underground, 1727 E. 87th St., 312-768-8869.
Twenty-First Century Books, 607 E. 43rd St., 312-538-2188.
Wedding in rural Haiti.
1. please notice how this opening paragraph doesn’t even refer to ms. assata shakur as a person—she’s a “fugitive member of a black militant group”
2. notice how they call her by “joanne chesimard” and NOT her REAL name, “assata shakur.”
3. notice how *flaunting her freedom” is positioned as the crime—a liberation centered black woman is “flaunting” her freedom.
4. notice how not one single place in this article does it mention anything at ALL about cointelpro or that white people who made up the weather underground are all free even tho they actually committed terrorists acts that more legally fit the term (ie. bombing buildings with the assumed effect of “terrorizing” people into revolution or complacency)—it makes not a single solitary attempt to contextualize what was going on the 70s or even what the black liberation army was.
oh, but it DOES says she ran to cuba to “espouse her anti-US views”…
sister shakur got them SALTY! Not only did she get out of the torture and the kangaroo court they had her in, she’s still easy, breezy, and beautiful in Cuba? SALTY. Cos was this 40 years ago? and they’re double the reward to $2mil? SALTY!
Stay Free, Sister Shakur.
“horrific crime”?? excuse me while i laugh until i’m out of breath. wow. talk about white supremacist law systems. innocent black boys and girls are gunned down every day by cops in this nation. the jails are stuffed, and many of the black and brown people in our prisons are only there because of a racist cop or racist judge in the first place. that’s all hunky dory. you can have a black kid in cuffs who “shoots himself in the head” while in a cop car and nobody blinks. you can have black men shot to death the night before their wedding, because of trigger happy cops with terror in their hearts. business as usual. cops can fire 40 bullets into a black man for pulling his wallet out, and they are forgiven. a cop can shoot a cuffed black man in the back while sitting astride him and dare to defend his actions.
but let one black woman (possibly) kill a cop (and given how everyone from the president down to the FBI and street cops were murdering Black Panthers just for, well, being Black Panthers, i say she could have taken down 10 more just to begin to approach Fair) and 40 years later, she is still wanted by law, called a terrorist, and has a 2 million dollar bounty on her head! Assata refers to herself as a “20th century escaped slave,” and it’s easy to see why. the racist cops could kill 100 black men and women (and they will by christmas, probably, if it takes them that long), but they cannot rest because they got tagged by one.
that, my friends, is an inferiority complex writ large.