black history

Ida B. Wells-Barnett : Iola, Princess of the Press & Feminist Crusader for Equality and Justiceb

By Kiilu Nyasha

Ida B. Wells was the kind of black leader we don't see much of any more. Unlike today's leaders, the heads of nonprofit organizations financed by the self-interested generosity of the one percent, Ida's career was financed by the readers of the black press, from ordinary African American people. This gave Wells the unique ability to tell the truth without fear or favor, which is no more than the duty of every journalist. Ida, or Iola as she called herself in some early dispatches from lynching country has been gone from us longer than she was here by now, but her spirit is still felt, wherever some of us are brave.

Muhammad Ali and the Hypocrites that Pretend They Respected His Political Views

by Solomon Comissiong

These days, everybody claims to love Muhammad Ali – yet another proof that the United States is the ultimate revisionist nation, reshaping the past to fit its national pretenses in the present. Ali stood up to U.S. apartheid and the racist, imperialist war against Vietnam. “They called him a traitor then; yet now pretend as though they respected his political stances as courageous.”

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