Today we celebrate MLK day, remembering the work and sacrifices made not only by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; but all the activists who tirelessly supported him in the fight for equal rights. Today many politicians will make statements on Dr. King and his legacy (for some, merely an opportunity to gain the 'Black' vote), so be aware of the current congressmen who actually voted against making MLK a federal holiday. Find out exactly who, below…Continue
Hello Afropunk community, I have a film campaign at JuntoBox Films for "Minister of Self Defense", my feature film screenplay about Huey P. Newton of The Black Panther Party - the baddest motherfucker in civil rights history. Junto Box Films is Forrest Whitaker's online film production company. The project has reached Level 3 so please follow and star the campaign. You can read a scene, The Mulford Act when Huey is confronted by Representative Mulford on the Black Panther…Continue
Following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, last year, a new civil rights movement has been accelerated in the United States; growing bigger by the day and inspiring planned responses across the world - a movement which has been propelled by social media; and which is concerned with more than just race, addressing LGBTQ issues among its "broader agenda". However with all generations seeking to play a part in this new…Continue
Calling all you brilliant, fly, creative, unique, makers and breakers of interplanetary hearts. Join Wangechi Mutu Studios at Putnam's on Friday, December 12 for a holiday after party honoring their new initiative, Africa's Out! hosted by Wangechi Mutu. Celebrate courage, pride, and sheer "queermazingness" as we work to strengthen, support, and shout out for the rights, lives, and love of our African LGBTI family! Music by DJ Underdog (upper…Continue
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Award winning visual artist Steve McQueen, now noted for his directorial achievements in cinema - '12 Years A Slave', 'Shame' - has now announced that he will collaborate with Harry Belafonte to produce a film about the late American Singer, actor, and civil rights activist, Paul Robeson. During the announcement, McQueen disclosed that he's wanted to make a Robeson biopic for the past six years; but just didn't have the power to do so.…Continue
In a country where men and women are rampantly named and shamed for same sex orientation, where they face frequent harassment and threats of violence, it comes as a pleasant surprise to see the images that have recently surfaced of Ugandan lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people publicly dancing and laughing on the shores of Lake Victoria - close to the country’s Presidential palace - in what is the country’s first gay parade since the overturning of Uganda's…Continue
I remember being a teenager and my sister telling me to make sure I at least smile when men hit on me in the street, even if i didn't want it. Of course I challenged her thought, why should I smile at advances I don’t desire? Then she continued on, telling me a story of a girl in our neighborhood who was hit in the face with a rock because she ignored a man’s advances. It was after that conversation that I assumed that for my safety I would have to appease the egos of men as I…Continue
The decision of “separate but equal” from the landmark 1896 Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson reversed the small progress that was made combating racism after the Civil War. The decision would trigger three distinct waves of boycotts by black American against racial discrimination. It also marked a dramatic surge of black entrepreneurship in the transportation field.
By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *…
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"Why should they have their own classes? I don't understand what the big deal is." Flabbergasted. Shocked. In my head, I resembled Munch's "The Scream", but I am sure I appeared more calm than the inner turmoil I was experiencing. I stared at my high school classmates circa 1988 or so, none of which were African-American—some were Japanese-American, Mexican, Jewish, perhaps Armenian but in that particular class none were black or else the words would not have been…Continue
Save the date! Join THIRTEEN, AFROPUNK and Black Public Media on Wednesday July 9 at 8pm EST as we present our free online interactive screening of 'Freedom Riders'. Post your thoughts and questions during the screenings or anytime on Twitter with #afropunkwnet.Continue
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Fully one hundred years before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, black activists in the South launched a bold campaign for universal black suffrage. It is a stirring part of American history that most Americans were never taught. And the history leading up to it—abolitionist activities and effective black resistance to slavery in the South—has also been obscured.
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Nevline Nnaji is the director of Reflections Unheard: Black Women In Civil Rights. Through a series of interviews and archival footage the film takes a look at the marginalization of black women from the Black Power and Feminist ideologies of the 60s and 70s, up to the present-day.
“When I started the film, I was synthesizing my own experiences as a black woman and reading a lot of ‘black feminist theory.’ I wanted to create a piece that delved deeper into various…
The Supreme Court decided 6-2 to support a ban on affirmative action in college admissions in Michigan. What's the deal Michigan? Is institutional racism suddenly over? Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is the first Latina judge on the Court, was one of only two votes (out of 6) in support of affirmative action. She said: "As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the…Continue
By: Lamont Jack Pearley 2013 (c)
It’s legal to kill black folk in America
And we got ignant niggas killing black folk in America
Whitey we don’t need your help
Seems like we doing a damn…
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'Feminist Enough' is a "video storytelling project that allows women of color to vocalize their views on feminism in their own words—most of which goes against the popular, sensationalized images of feminism in the mainstream", according to its creator Shannon Washington, who's also a creative director for cosmetics and hair products brands. The points of view presented conflict, and that's the point. "The purpose of this project is not to push a certain agenda nor viewpoint,…Continue
"Ruby Nell Bridges Hall (born September 8, 1954) is an American activist known for being the first black child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South", which she entered on November 14, 1960.
"As soon as Bridges entered the school, white parents pulled their own children out; all the teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. Only one person agreed to teach Ruby and that was Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, and for over a year Henry…
50 years after the March on Washington, Bayard Rustin will posthumously receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Rustin, who was openly gay, was the chief organizer of the March on Washington in 1963. The White House announced on Thursday that he will receive the highest civilian award in the United States.…
Singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone would have been 80 this week. The rightly titled High-Priestess of Soul cut an unimpeachable string of 40 records in her career. While musically, her songs fall pretty squarely in line with the vocal jazz sounds of the late 50's, her songs have not aged into elegance and irrelevance the way many of her contemporaries have. Listening to the landmark 1964 live album Nina Simone in Concert, her performance isn't merely electric.…Continue
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today we remember Dr. King on inauguration day of Barack Obama. The crowds today are similar to Dr. Kings 'March on Washington' crowd showing the significance of Dreams coming to pass. How do YOU think we can continue to evolve and develop Dr. Kings dream in current…
While we are by NO MEANS advocates for guns, some of the biggest proponents for the right to carry guns were The Black Panthers and other Black rebels.
An article in The Atlantic reminds us that the Black Panthers' Bobby Seale stated: “The American people in general and the black people in particular” must "take careful note of the racist California…