The Believer and the Class Struggle

Class struggle is such a universal and constant phenomena that at all times, men act in relation to the necessities of life in relation to their modes of production and in relation to their present and future interests.

After all, hasn’t Religion chosen and taught this form of struggle by setting good against evil, truth against falsehood, justice against injustice, solidarity against selfishness? . . .

African, Not American

Although I was born in America, I am certainly not an American because America defined my African ancestors as three-fifths of a human being in their original Constitution. Also, it has been our experience as an African people of the diaspora living in America that the freedom, justice, and equality promised to its citizens in the U.S. Constitution was never intended for us; but for Whites Only. I am a Pan-Africanist Revolutionary. I labor in a Revolutionary Party (All-African People’s Revolutionary Party) founded by Kwame Nkrumah, Ahmed Sekou Toure, and Amilcar Cabral. Stokely Carmichael (aka Kwame Ture) developed into one . . .

In Defense of Yoko Ono

“Yoko is as important to me as Paul and Dylan rolled into one. I don’t think she will get recognition until she’s dead. There’s me, and maybe I could count the people on one hand that have any conception of what she is or what her mind is like, or what her work means.” John Lennon In the middle of rolling my wheelchair from one room to another, Yoko Ono suddenly entered my brain. Immediately i began to wonder when i first became familiar with her. Similar to Winnie Mandela, Amy Jacques Garvey, Shirley Graham DuBois or Mama Zondeni Sobukwe, . . .

O.J. Simpson and Imperialism, Sudan, and the Congo

Although he was a prolific professional running back in U.S. football during the 1960s and early 70s, most people today will remember African (Black) Orenthal James (O.J.) Simpson as being either the person who was framed for, or got away with, the June 1994 murders of his European (white) ex-wife Nicole Brown-Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. I grew up in the same depressed San Francisco, California, U.S. neighborhood as O.J.  As a nine year old child I remember chasing O.J. down in front of Kezar Stadium 1971 for an autograph only to be quickly dismissed for a couple of . . .

Feeling Invisible At an Incognito Show

Leaving New York City and approaching the Lincoln Tunnel, there is a large mural with the old adage, “Nothing Is Impossible.” As i stared into the slight gaudiness of the font and semi-bright paint job, i silently disagreed, as at the moment, everything feels impossible.. It begins with night 1 of 2. As a person who used to skateboard and was heavily into skate culture (and particularly loved the Bones Brigade and folks like Steve Olson) primarily in my teens to early/mid 20s, i was excited to attend a conversation/presentation/Q&A with Rodney Mullen and Tony Hawk. On the day of . . .