James Baldwin

Amiri Baraka: Class Struggle and Cultural Revolution

Submitted by Anthony Monteiro on Wed, 01/22/2014 - 09:31

by Anthony Monteiro

Amiri Baraka, the poet/activist who was laid to rest in his native Newark, New Jersey, last Saturday, came to understand 40 years ago that all art is ideological. “It is the courageous move from cultural nationalism to Cultural Revolution that liberated Baraka, and ultimately us, to understand the democratic and revolutionary possibilities inherent in our artistic and cultural traditions.”

Amiri Baraka Has Died: Long Live Baraka

Submitted by Anthony Monteiro on Wed, 01/15/2014 - 01:32

by Anthony Monteiro

To truly honor Amiri Baraka, one must examine his travels, the political journeys he undertook in search of paths to self-determination for his people and all humanity. He sought a liberatory synthesis of culture and politics. “We need a Cultural Revolution in the US and internationally, to reorient the world and ultimately transform it where we and everybody else is self-determining.”

From Paul Robeson to Dwayne Carter, Jr. “Lil’ Wayne”

Submitted by Wilmer J. Leon III on Tue, 02/19/2013 - 17:14

by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon III

Lil' Wayne may be a big name in hip hop music, but he's a moral and intellectual lilliputian who trivialized the murder of Emmett Till “ by using it to make sick, caviler, sexist, and misogynistic references to women.” If you are in need of a strong Black male role model, Paul Robeson is your man.

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