NYPD Raids in Harlem: “They want to stop this whole generation”

16 June 2014 — Revolution Newspaper | revcom.us

“I woke up, opened my bedroom door and there was a gun in my face. Nobody knocked on my door. My son was not in the apartment. They told me, ‘Shut the fuck up’ and put my hands up, put handcuffs on me, smashed my face into a wall. They never told me what they were there for… They wouldn’t let my seven-year-old grandson come out of the room, who was in there screaming. They told me they will ‘get to him later.’ They tore my house up….”

—A woman resident of a Harlem housing project

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Black Agenda Report for Oct 30, 2013: Wall St. vs Detroit / Military Takeover Chicago / Black Faces for White People

30 October 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Detroit is the battleground chosen by Wall Street to crush the last vestiges of American democracy by creating “the template for direct corporate rule.” Finance capital recognizes that it can no longer coexist with democratic institutions, which are most easily destroyed by attacking Black rule in the cities. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report 16 October 2013: Was the Affordable Care Act Worth It? Did the Hip Hop Mayor Sink Detroit?

16 October 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

By BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Most things have two prices — the price you pay outright, and the opportunity cost, the negative value of what you gave up in order to do what you did. Were the “opportunity costs of the Affordable Care Act, the options we threw away to get it, actually worth more than the Affordable Care Act itself? What if we had pursued single payer instead? Would Republicans be able to block its implementation, and millions remained uncovered, as is happening now? Continue reading

Black Agenda Report 9 October 2013: Wall Street Bets Quadrillions / Real Conspiracies / Racism Vanishes

9 October 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Americans are driven to panic at the prospect of a technical federal default, later this month – an event that could cost the public treasury billions. But Wall Street’s quadrillion dollar gambling obsession actually does threaten to bring down the whole system. “The Lords of Capital are pure gamblers who have transformed the global financial marketplace into a machinery of perpetual uncertainty.” Continue reading

Black Agenda Report for May 8, 2013: Obama Brands Assata Shakur "Most Wanted Terrorist": Support the Movement At Yr Own Risk

8 May 2013 — Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

Not Your Daddy’s COINTELPRO: Obama Brands Assata Shakur “Most Wanted Terrorist”

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Assata Shakur could not have been named “most wanted terrorist” without the explicit approval of the first black president and his attorney general. In doing so, they have declared open war on the black liberation movement, something that J. Edgar Hoover and COINTELPRO were only able to do in secret. Continue reading

Black Agenda Report October 3, 2012 — Occupy the Debates, Int'l Criminal Court on Trial, How Mass Incarceration Changes Everthing

3 October, 2012Black Agenda Report

This week in Black Agenda Report

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

I’ll be watching the debates. Not on CNN or ABC, but online at Occupy the Debates or at Democracy Now or Free Speech TV, where the third party candidates and others have a chance to answer questions and comment in real time.

Black Agenda Report 26 October 2011: Gaddafi Butchered / OWS and Black Misleaders / Occupy Harlem! / Black Is Back

26 October 2011 — Black Agenda ReportNews, commentary and analysis from the black left

The Butchering of Gaddafi Is America’s Crime

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
Moammar Gaddafi’s last minutes gave clarity to NATO’s war in Libya. It is a mission of mass murder and theft of sovereignty through the arming of savages. “The saner sections of America’s psychological operations machinery were doubtless as horrified as anyone at the Libyan jihadis’ insistence on revealing so graphically to the entire planet the barbaric character of the ‘revolution.'” Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton’s “hands and gums ooze blood – a lasting impression on decent world opinion.”

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5 Videos: Black Agenda Video Update — Eyewitness Libya, Confronting the Black Caucus on Libya

8 July 2011 — Black Agenda Report – News, commentary and analysis from the black left

We usually send weekly updates on Wednesday. But events are moving quickly and the tide of corporate media disinformation is rising. The illegal and unjust war in Libya, along with similar adventures in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and Pakistan grind on. A handful of US citizens, among them former GA congresswoman Cynthia McKinney have gone to Libya and returned to bear witness. Their message is important.

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Gil Scott-Heron, Spoken-Word Musician, Dies at 62

29 May, 2011 — Jazz on the Tube

Gil Scott-Heron, Spoken-Word Musician, Dies at 62


NEW YORK (AP) — Musician Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” died Friday at age 62.

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Trance (Langston Hughes: In Translation) by Edgar Nkosi White

31 October, 2009 — MRZine – Monthly Review

(for Hafiz)

The stillest fall of all is the fall from grace.  No louder than a feather falling in a forest, and yet we fall.  There are many ways to kill a man.  Gun and knife will work well but to make a man irrelevant will also do, and what better way to ignore an artist than to place him in a high school or even college textbook for generations of students to ignore?  This can be called death by anthology.  This is when you take a vital and radical giant like Langston Hughes, who was global before there was the word global, and place him in a box marked poetry of the Negro.

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Strangers in a (not so) strange land By William Bowles

1 December 2008

In another life I lived in New York City and for about six of the seventeen years I spent in the Big A I was the designer of the US’s first Hispanic museum, El Museo del Barrio, situated in an enormous building, a block long and half-a-block deep, a former Boys Harbor orphanage. New York’s Hispanic community during and after this period was a powerhouse of creativity in all the artistic fields, music, fine art, photography, fashion, theatre and of course, writing. I was extremely lucky and privileged to have been a part of it.

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