Before he picked up a microphone, legendary Hip-hop MC, Rakim Allah, was a tenor sax player. His sense of phrasing and flow as an MC was clearly shaped by his exposure to and participation in playing jazz. Likewise is true for the 14 year-old MC , The Z.Y.G., who holds Rakim on the mantle among his other influences in MC
Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement are colluding with media to rewrite history – yes, rewrite history. Both entities assert that all of Black activism during the 1960s and 1970s was part of the Civil Rights Movement. They have even coined the period, the Civil Rights Era. There were other movements going on during the same period as the Civil Rights Movement. Just as (some say) the Civil Rights Movement is the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the Black Power Movement is the lega
In April 1960, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, then led by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., established the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Ella Baker, at the suggestion of Dr. King, was the primary organizer (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), 2013). This student movement was one of a few Black Power organizations that changed its philosophy from being a civil rights organization, embracing the strategy of non-violence, to a Black Power organization th
This blog is part of a series of articles to recognize unsung heroes who were active in the Black Power Movement. The Chad School was an independent Black educational institution in Newark, New Jersey that was established and supported by the Black Youth Organization. Following is a summary of the founding organization and an interview with former administrator, Babatu Y. Olubayo.
Summary of the Black Youth Organization (BYO)
The Black Youth Organization was established by college students in 19
I recently saw a documentary of the Black Panther Party that aired at the E Street Cinema in Washington, DC. It was the most compelling and accurate portrayal of the organization that I have seen. Many have sought to demonize the young Black activists and their efforts have gone largely unrecognized. The documentary is a collection of news clips and interviews with authentic voices. It puts to rest the contention that the Black Panther Party was a terrorist organization and/or a hate group. I
I am proud to let you know that as of this morning after months and some long hours of collaboration, Once again a Black Power Salute is given to Sis. Andrea and Ras Marvin for helping to make this project a reality Just read what the President General of the UNIA-ACL has to say about the finished project...
As the President General of the UNIA-ACL government and a consultant to the Collective Black Peoples Movement CBPM, I am both elated and pleased to see this collaboration taki
Michael Blake announced that he was leaving The White House and his latest Public Liaison position of promoting the Obama Administration's efforts to address issues that have positively impacting the Black community. I first met Michael Blake representing Black Wall Street Chicago and The National Black Wall Street USA when I was one of the national community organizers for Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network's "Measuring The Movement" National Convention. I Introduced myself as a veteran
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