Class Struggle at AfroTech

Does gentrification hit differently when it’s a Nupe that pushes you out of your neighborhood? Or do the Somali teenagers dodging hellfire missiles after they’ve been declared terrorists for falling into the wrong gender and age brackets in the wrong country at the wrong time feel the #BlackGirlMagic when the dev-ops engineer that keeps the Pentagon’s drone infrastructure humming on AWS is an African woman? Put another way – are African people who are able to find professional and material success within the genocidal global system of capitalism individual examples of what we as a people should aspire to? Do their contradictions weigh less than their representation? And does that representation count as a real contribution toward our struggle for liberation?  Afrotech is those contradictions made flesh and an interesting jumping-off point for considering those questions. AfroTech is just what it sounds like: a gathering of Africans in the tech . . .

Ellen, Amber and Reclaiming Forgiveness

By: Danielle Butler In response to mounting criticism over being seen at a Dallas Cowboys game sitting alongside former President George W. Bush, daytime talk show juggernaut Ellen DeGeneres defended her friendship with Bush in a 4 minute monologue on her show directed at the wave of disapproval expressed on Twitter. Staring earnestly into the camera, DeGeneres asserted “Here’s the thing. I’m friends with George Bush” she said, “In fact I’m friends with a lot of people who don’t share the same beliefs that I have.” After citing an example of her being able to befriend people who wear fur, while being vegan she continued, “When I say be kind to one another, I don’t mean the people that think the same way that you do. I mean be kind to everyone.” Met with a predictable thunderous applause from her cheering audience, and tweets from approving fans who exclaimed that . . .

Review of “Godfather of Harlem”

Godfather of Harlem (2019) is a television prequel to the events of American Gangster (2007). The series follows a fictionalized version of Harlem racketeer Bumpy Johnson (Forrest Whitaker) as he returns from an 11 year stint in Alcatraz as the result of a heroin deal gone bad. He refused to inform and served his full sentence. Mayme Hatcher (Ilfenesh Hadera) is Whitaker’s wife, a conflicted character who hates junkies and dope (including Johnson’s daughter) while living a luxurious lifestyle as a consequence of her husband’s activities selling it. The series puts Johnson and Hatcher in contact, contradiction, and unity with stalwarts of the early 1960s era in Harlem such as Adam Clayton Powell (Giancarlo Esposito) and Malcolm X (Nigel Thatch, reprising his role from Selma). We see Johnson team up with Malcolm X to run Italian dope pushers led by mobster Vicente “The Chin” Gigante (Vincent D’Onofrio) out of the . . .

Jay Z Got 99 Problems and Selling Out is #1

The Black Upper Class (Petty Bourgeoisie) has no loyalty to the Black Poor and Working Class. Even though without black poor people they wouldn’t have the ability to acquire such wealth. With this understanding I am never shocked at the stunts they pull to get that bread. But this underhanded shit Jay Z’s just done has given me a bit of pause. He has just signed a multi-million dollar deal – exact amount hasn’t been disclosed – with the NFL. You always know the money is extra dirty when the amount isn’t disclosed. The deal is for him to be a Token Negroe so that all black fans and black players can be good obedient cash cows again. Of course that’s not what they said in the press conference. They said he’s gonna be working in the entertainment and social justice field of the NFL… If you think JayZ and . . .