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Historicizing “heroes” has proven to be a tricky business for black folk in America, that is, when we choose to undertake the endeavor at all. Oftentimes, our proclivity to re-imagine our icons is nothing more than a static idolatry that fails to account for the full complexity of the individuals we claim to acknowledge. We […]
Nothing enrages the American injustice system more than an escaped slave. When Harriet Tubman was liberating Black people from institutionalized genocide, rape and servitude, the state offered a reward of $40,000 to any bounty hunter who could bring her to “justice.” And if you think $40,000 goes a long way now, imagine what it did […]
I just listened to a powerful piece Hip-Hop scholarship from Immortal Technique entitled The Poverty of Philosophy. You can find it on YouTube, or just watch the clip at the bottom of this post. In the piece, Immortal Technique eloquently breaks down the elements of neo-liberal capitalism. He really gives it to the establishment, with […]
I Am Virtually Panhandling for Reparations!
National Day of Panhandling for Reparations is a national street performance on October 10, 2007, led by conceptual artist damali ayo.
I am participating in this performance because I believe that a conversation about reparations has been pushed aside for way too long. This country has paid reparations for some […]
Several months ago, Kameelah posted on the controversial topic of the National Day of Pan-Handling for Reparations. Well, the date is upon us. One week from today, on October 10th, people across the country will be hitting the streets to beg for reparations. This is all part of political artivist Damali Ayo’s “Now Art” initiative, […]
The Haitian Revolution is one of the most significant events in world history that nobody ever talks about. When I took history in high school, and later in college, I did study the Revolutionary era where I learned about the American and French Revolutions, but never about Haiti. This silence transcended the classroom, as Haiti […]
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Foster’s execution overturned!!! *see bottom of the post
“Silence struck us,” is how my grandmother, reaching into the vaults of her memory, described the tenor of a Greenwich Village nightclub just moments after a 23-year-old Billie Holiday, in spite of death threats on her young life, sang “Strange Fruit.” The lines—Southern tress bear strange […]
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Racialicious pointed me toward an awesome blog called the North Star which is “an online forum of discussion and debate maintained by black activist and justice-minded students at Yale University. By creating an easily-accessible online library of social and political commentaries, we strive to foster a community voice that calls for […]
No commentary from me, just throwing this out to ya’ll. Tell me what you think. Do you plan to get involved? Let me know what’s up.
from Artist, Author and Speak Damali Ayo’s site:
October 10, 2007
We are taking it to the streets.
Join the First Annual National Day of Panhandling for Reparations
OCTOBER 10, 2007. […]
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I am not sure why I have yet to post something on the strikes in South Africa, especially considering I was at both the big march in Pretoria on May 25th (where I was nearly trampled) and the smaller march in Johannesburg on June 1st. I think part […]