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Black History Month: The Story of Ella Baker, The Mentor of the People

"Strong people don't need strong leaders." The organizers of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) called Ella Baker "Fundi." It's a Swahili word meaning an artisan who has mastered their craft and shares their knowledge freely with the community. Though she wrote only a few articles in her lifetime, and gave only a handful of major speeches, Ella Baker was one of the core activists working tirelessly behind the scenes in the Civil Rights Movement to…

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Added by The Establishment on February 20, 2015 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Black History Month: Celebrating the Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, the Mother of Voter Equality

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee organizer Bob Moses once noted that during the 1964 Democratic National Convention, President Johnson wasn't "afraid of Martin Luther King's testimony, he's afraid of Fannie Lou Hamer's testimony." Though she lacked the fiery studied oratory style of her peers, Fannie Lou Hamer's horrifying account of the beating she experienced, simply for trying to help register black voters, captivated the national attention. Johnson…

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Added by The Establishment on February 13, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Artist Chris Christion and the blunt and relevant sermons of Dr. Vernon Johns

American social reformer and preacher Dr. Vernon Johns (1892 – 1965), considered by some as the father of the American Civil Rights Movement, was a man known rarely to mince his words. Assertive and unapologetic, he would display blunt and often controversial sermon titles on the exterior signage of his church (Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama) before services began. Now Southern California artist and curator Chris Christion has created a series…

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Added by Eye Candy on February 10, 2015 at 7:51am — No Comments

FEATURE: The Forgotten Story of Bayard Rustin: The Gay Pacifist Socialist Who Organized The March on Washington

There's no national holiday to recognize Bayard Rustin, no conspicuously under-maintained road named for him, and no-one quotes him out of context to make their points, but there are few people as instrumental to the Civil Rights Movement. He's the man who organized the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom at which Martin Luther King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, he introduced King to Ghandian non-violence, he founded the Southern Christian…

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Added by The Establishment on February 6, 2015 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

AFROPUNK Black History Month 2015

Black history is living history. This month, AFROPUNK is featuring the artists, activists, and musicians who are making black history today. Throughout Black History month, we will be rolling out our 3rd mixtape, “Living History,” our collaboration with Faces Of The Movement, the February 9th release of The Triptych, and our slate of original pieces on the past, present, and future of the Civil Rights Movement. History is made every…

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Added by The Establishment on February 4, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

FEATURE: The current members of Congress who voted against making MLK Day a federal holiday

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…

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Added by The Establishment on January 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: 'Minister of Self-Defense', my film project about Huey P. Newton

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on January 14, 2015 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Grassroots and Intersectionality, the foundations of The New Civil Rights Movement

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…

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Added by The Establishment on January 5, 2015 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

EVENT: Join acclaimed artist Wangechi Mutu for the 'Africa's Out' afterparty

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on December 9, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

FILM: Steve McQueen and Harry Belafonte set to join forces for Paul Robeson biopic

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.…

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Added by Eye Candy on November 24, 2014 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: Uganda's first gay parade since overturning of the country's Anti Homosexuality Act

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…

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Added by Gender Bent on August 14, 2014 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

FEATURE: My name is not "Yo Shorty" - Street Harassment is real

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…

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Added by Gender Bent on August 1, 2014 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - How Black Ownership & Public Transit Boycotts Led to Civil Rights Success

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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Added by The Establishment on July 23, 2014 at 12:30am — No Comments

OP-ED: Yes, we need African-American history classes

"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…

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Added by The Race Card on July 15, 2014 at 1:51pm — 6 Comments

Join THIRTEEN and AFROPUNK on July 9 for our online interactive screening of "Freedom Riders"

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.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US AND/OR ADD TO YOUR…

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Added by AFROPUNK on July 7, 2014 at 3:13pm — No Comments

FEATURE: Know Your Black History - The First Petition for Black Suffrage

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.



By Nick Douglas, AFROPUNK Contributor *



In the…

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Added by The Establishment on July 1, 2014 at 1:43pm — 1 Comment

INTERVIEW: 'Reflections Unheard: Black Women In Civil Rights' Director Nevline Nnaji

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…

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Added by Eye Candy on June 4, 2014 at 10:18am — 3 Comments

FEATURE: Ban on affirmative action in Michigan Upheld by U.S. Supreme Court

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…

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Added by The Establishment on April 23, 2014 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

Me and My Dominican Brother

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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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Added by Lamont Jack Pearley Sr. on March 29, 2014 at 11:07am — No Comments

FEATURE: 'Feminist Enough' Web Series Challenges Stereotypes

'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,…

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Added by Gender Bent on March 6, 2014 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

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