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Three Myths about Mandela Worth Busting

I sometimes feel Nelson Mandela is in need of rescuing, trapped in some pretty bizarre narratives that have nothing to do with his own story or politics. Full disclosure: I…..

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3 mins read

Who will make the great Thomas Sankara biopic?

Twenty-six years ago this month, Thomas Sankara was brutally murdered. His biopic is still waiting to be made. A revolutionary leader possessed of a towering intellect and extraordinary magnetism, Sankara…..

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19 mins read

Marcus Garvey’s Africa

Late last year I had the opportunity to review College of William and Mary History Professor Robert Vinson’s remarkable new book, The Americans Are Coming! Dreams of African American Liberation…..

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"Before you six feet under the ground"

R&B sounds and look very different in the video and song for “Body Down” by singer Novel. (It is actually fitting that the video references Malcolm X and Martin Luther…..

2021
3 mins read

When Malcolm X went to Africa

I am dipping in and out of Manning Marable’s  600 plus-page biography of Malcolm X.  As Tariq Ali, correctly writes in The New Left Review (in a review of the…..

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The Life and Times of Harry Belafonte

Apart from his role in American racial and class struggles from the 1950s onwards, Harry Belafonte (now 83) played a central role in popularizing struggles for justice on the African…..