Black Power movement
The light-hearted portrayal of the police in the film is dangerous messaging at a time like this.
While in the middle of festival season, flea markets, outdoor food parties, and every other kind of big thing that outside in the summer, I find myself in an ocean of Ankara and dashikis -- and it isn't exclusive to one group of people anymore. This trend has gone mainstream.
Fifty years ago, the term "Black power" fired into the American vocabulary. In celebration of the fifty-year anniversary of the call for Black power this week, I present this exclusive excerpt from my new book.
Although many commentators have drawn parallels between former Spokane NAACP head Rachel Dolezal's passing-in-reverse minstrelsy and white pop culture icons, the historical example of Jim Jones and his Peoples Temple church is more germane.
The classic stereotypes that have blanketed black people for centuries are no longer the default setting and black buying power is being recognized and legitimized by the beauty industry.
Some declared that we had turned a page and entered a post-racial society with the election of the nation's first African-American president in 2008. Yet cases of racism, violence and overt discrimination in schools, housing, the workplace and penal institutions persist.
The material is structured, well edited and devoid of academic jargon. Yet, it took me almost four days to read the book.
When I lived in Jackson, Mississippi, Lumumba was my city councilman. Rather than simply mourning Chokwe Lumumba's passing, this column will celebrate his contributions.
Thomas infuses his passion for the music, poetry, and recorded rhetoric with a weighty reverence for the events and attitudes that shaped a generation. His mission started out quite innocently.