The creation of the Internet and the emergence of social media platforms is a mixed blessing. On one hand we applaud how this development broke the corporate hold on news and political expression. Indeed, the vast majority of information we receive via American media (and from which we develop opinions) comes from five corporations: Viacom, Disney, Time Warner, Bertelsmann, and News Corp. By disrupting this old boy media monopoly, the Internet has undoubtedly helped common citizens to realize and broaden their free speech and free press rights. This development has facilitated worldwide unfiltered, on-the-ground news coverage to which we previously had … Continue reading Black Social Media Commentators Should Be Competent & Qualified!
Our enslaved ancestors were ACTIVE agents of their own liberation. Some chose education, escape, revolt, suicide, breaking tools, work slowdowns and other forms of resistance. My Grandparents’ generation boycotted, marched, made legal challenges, wrote and spoke against injustice, created organizations, … Continue reading I Dare You to Read This!
I have found over the years, that the people who make the greatest impact on society are those with passion and vision who are willing to take calculated risks and able to organize others to join them. Movements target … Continue reading Understanding the Dynamite Sticks and the Fuses
Today – on what would have been the 91st birthday of Malcolm X – I am pleased to officially announce our new YouTube channel. It is called “Black Liberation University,” and I will take some time in this article to explain … Continue reading Black Liberation University: A New YouTube Channel
Black people’s concern with the U.S. public education system – it’s intent, policies, curriculum and practices – is longstanding. Our forced entry into the colonial system -later the United States- was anything but fair and democratic. Whites brought us here to exploit our labor and amass their industrial and agricultural wealth- at our expense. Craftily and wickedly, they used laws, propaganda and coercion to solidify our servile and powerless position in the social hierarchy. Education therefore, was an important weapon in their attempt to maintain and expand white supremacy. In other words, education as it related to Black people was hegemonic, not … Continue reading Conscious Black Educators Must Take our Rightful Place in the Movement to Educate our Youth!
Contrary to the stereotypes cultivated by the corporate media and government agencies, authentic and effective community organizers are invaluable to the modern civilization (if you choose to call it that) we occupy. Among other things, organizers develop indigenous leadership in … Continue reading The Community Organizer’s Toolbox: “Rules for Radicals”
Before we can stand up in unity and acquire true power, we must be crystal clear about our condition. This becomes difficult when some of we Black folks enable our dysfunction with inaccurate or self-defeating ideas or beliefs. Let us … Continue reading 4 Ideas I Reject (and maybe you should too)
It is a phrase many Black activists and Hip Hop artists use with almost obsessive regularity. Indeed, the phrase “Knowledge of Self,” joins other terms in the pantheon of Black expressions that have become cliche. But exactly what is knowledge … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal about “Knowledge of Self?”
Those of us who are community organizers, share both blessings and challenges as a result of the life paths we’ve chosen (or that chose us). In terms of blessings, we receive the respect and gratitude of our community members, who appreciate our hard work and noble efforts. In addition, we enjoy the personal satisfaction of knowing that our ideas and work educate and empower those for whom we do what we do in the first place. Lastly, we often establish contacts with business owners, elected officials, philanthropists, and fellow organizers. This gives us access to funding, information, and opportunities which … Continue reading Tips for Becoming More Effective Community Organizers
On February 8, 2016 Harlem Liberation School held its first meeting. Our topic was “The Power and Importance of Black History.” I’ve previously written an article that called for Black people to create Liberation Schools and one that detailed the … Continue reading The Ethos of Harlem Liberation School