Free the Land for Chokwe Lumumba

  Free the Land for Chokwe Lumumba by Ewuare X. Osayande   revolution is the acquisition of power by any means   you were our means necessary   Mississippi bluesman New Afrikan marching out of Michigan with a Motown rhythm in your step repping the one once known as Detroit Red who said “The Ballot …

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The Backlash Against Amiri Baraka and the Repression of the Black Moral Vanguard

Author’s Note: I wrote and published this essay in 2002 as the controversy surrounding Amiri Baraka, his poem “Somebody Blew Up America” and his position as Poet Laureate of the State of New Jersey, erupted. The following year, I invited Baraka to Rutgers – the State University of New Jersey in my capacity as the …

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Fear of a Black Messiah

  by Ewuare X. Osayande White racial anxieties reached a fever pitch in 2013. Three episodes in particular reveal the lengths that white supremacy’s beneficiaries and sycophants are willing to go to defend and protect their white Jesus – even to the point of promoting lies and upholding falsehoods in the name of the one …

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Activist Raises King’s Prophetic Voice for a New Generation in Latest Book

Commemorating King: Speeches Honoring the Civil Rights Movement Ewuare X. Osayande FreedomSeed Press (First Edition, 2014) Paperback (5 x 7 in) 100 pages $10 Available here for purchase. Commemorating King: Speeches Honoring the Civil Rights Movement collects five speeches by social justice activist and organizer Ewuare X. Osayande given in honor of Dr. King Day …

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Word to the Wise: Unpacking the White Privilege of Tim Wise

Author’s Note – The following essay was originally published in December 2010 at peopleofcolororganize.com where it remained among the three most popular posts for the next couple of years until the website discontinued. In the last week, many folks that appreciate the essay have approached me seeking for it to be re-posted in light of …

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Where are the White Folks? Your Sympathy is not Solidarity

by Ewuare X. Osayande Since the Zimmerman trial ended three weeks ago, the cities have erupted in protests as African Americans and Latin@s have taken to the streets in the thousands, shut down traffic and waged sit-ins all across this country. Right now, there is a group of Black and Brown youth calling themselves the …

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Accomplices to Murder: The Sanford Police Dept, The State of Florida and the Failed Prosecution of George Zimmerman

by Ewuare X. Osayande This trial has been a grave lesson on how the justice system consistently fails those of us who are Black. The travesty of justice in this case is not just that Zimmerman was found “not guilty” for the murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenage boy on his way back …

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Stand Our Ground: New Global Poetry Anthology Raising Funds for Justice!

Title: Stand Our Ground:Poems for Trayvon Martin and Marissa Alexander Publisher: FreedomSeed Press (Philadelphia, PA) Paperback, 272 pages Publication Date: April 22, 2013  ORDER NOW! $25.00 All proceeds will be shared with the families of Martin and Alexander to aid in their respective pursuits of justice. READ AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK! For more information …

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Still Chained: Django, Tarantino and the Exploitation of Black History

by Ewuare X. Osayande I am not a fan of Quentin Tarantino or his movies. I find his treatment of race, gender and class issues trivial and demeaning, lacking any depth whatsoever. He is a member of a generation of white men who were weaned on a version of Blackness that was served from the …

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Mary’s Insurgent Song

After all that has been done over the centuries to suppress the revolutionary message and mission of the one known as Jesus, the insurgent song of Mary his mother remains etched in the gospel for all with eyes to see and ears to hear.  Beginning at Luke 1:46 …              …

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