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Dr. Maulana Karenga
Reaffirming the Essential Message of Kwanzaa: Placing the Nguzo Saba at the Center 
December 1, 2022
As we move once again into the month of December and the season of celebration of the good at the year’s end, Kwanzaa will again assume its rightful role as a distinct, definitive and defining African cultural presence at the table of these times.    ... read more »
Rethinking Thanksgiving:  Beyond Big Turkeys and Small Talk 
November 24, 2022
The histories and holidays of the oppressed, colonized and enslaved are, of necessity, different from the history and holidays of the oppressor, the colonizer and the enslaver. Likewise, their interpretations of those histories and holidays also differ, for they are lived and learned from different standpoints.   ... read more »
Democratic Blue and Peoplehood Black: Necessary Distinctions Between People and Party 
November 17, 2022
 It is said that the defeat of Donald Trump signals that the country is ready for a change, but we have not been given on the nightly news, on social media or by mail, anything that resembles a comprehensive view of what the change might look like. Nor have we heard from the academy, Congress, or the corporate world anything beyond convenient confessions that Black lives do indeed matter.   ... read more »
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Voting and Struggling to Remake America: Improving the Conditions and Capacities for Life 
November 3, 2022
By any sane and serious reasoning, measure and meaning, these are bleak, unBlack, challenging and taxing times for this country and especially for us as a people. America, the beautiful, has revealed its ugly monster side, a defining part of its multiple personalities since its framing and founding.   ... read more »
Reimagining and Reordering L.A. City Governance: An Ethics of Shared Power and Shared Good 
October 27, 2022
In the wake of the revelation of the scathing and scandalous racist sentiments and proposals harbored and hawked by three Latino city council members and a labor leader, there has been a virtually unanimous call and demand for them to do the right thing and resign.   ... read more »
Confronting the Shifting Color of Racism: Resisting the Tyranny of Another Majority 
October 20, 2022
The recent revelation of the racist rant, irrational reasoning and inequitable reordering of the political map of Los Angeles by a group of Latina/o city council and labor leaders offers useful insights and lessons in racial, racialized and racist sentiments, thought and practice in American politics, regardless of the local and Latino context in which it occurred.   ... read more »
In Remembrance, Celebration and Pan-African Solidarity: Marking October Black History Month in England 
October 13, 2022
    In 1987, Tiamoyo and I traveled to London where on October 1st , I gave the inaugural lecture at County Hall for the establishment of Black History Month in England. ... read more »
The Urgency and Rightfulness of Reparations: Cash Money, Its Immediate and Larger Meaning 
October 6, 2022
It is no accident of history, or inscrutable reason to be discovered, nor the result of an organized effort that Black people in overwhelming numbers understand and engage reparations first and foremost as the just and urgent receipt of direct cash money payments for damages done and justice due.  ... read more »
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Simba Wachanga and the Constant Soldier: Lessons from Young and Ageless Lions 
September 29, 2022
This column, on this our 57th anniversary and in this the 228th exacting season of our organization Us’ righteous and relentless struggle, is dedicated to Ngao (Shield of the Nation) Damu, ... read more »
The Righteously Royal Women of Us: No Hereditary King or Queen Among Them 
September 22, 2022
On this the 57th year and 228th season of our coming into being as an organization, it is morally imperative and historically necessary to pay rightful homage to the righteously royal women of Us who have made Us and all we have dared and done possible.   ... read more »
The Seven-Fold Path of Blackness: Color, Culture and Self-Conscious Practice 
September 15, 2022
Since the Sixties, we of Us have understood, engaged and embraced Blackness as a very serious and sacred way of being and becoming in the world, an African way, a unique and equally valid and valuable way of being human with all its rich and varied possibilities and worthy of the highest respect.   ... read more »
Out of the Fires of August: Then, the Exacting Seasons of Constant Struggle 
September 8, 2022
It is a beautiful memory and uplifting thought to realize our organization Us was conceived in the fiery and formative womb of the August 1965 Revolt of our people and emerges and comes into being in the aftermath of our people’s continuing efforts and struggles to end police brutality and violence, economic and other exploitation, and the White supremacy and systemic racism that produce, sanction and foster these and other forms of anti-Black and anti-other oppression.   ... read more »
Tambiko for Three Simba/Saidi of Us: Lions of August and All-Seasons Soldiers 
August 25, 2022
This is tambiko, sacred words and water offered in remembrance and rightful honor of three Simba/Saidi of Us, three Lions of August and all-seasons soldiers: Nana Sebati Wasifu Tangulifu, Nana Omowale Tambuzi and Nana Robert Tambuzi.   ... read more »
Revolution and Continuing Resistance in Hayti: A Radical Refusal To Be Defeated 
August 18, 2022
 As we celebrate and commemorate this month of revolution and resistance, we call Black August, we of necessity pay rightful and special homage to the people of Haiti who mark on August 14th their 231st anniversary of the Bwa Kayiman Liberation Gathering of men and women to plan their world historical struggle which would result in a victorious revolution that has deep and enduring meaning for the quest, concept and practice of freedom throughout world.   ... read more »
Again, A Message From Watts:   Liberation Is Coming From A Black Thing 
August 11, 2022
The year 1965 began on an ominous and unsettling note — the assassination and martyrdom of Nana Malcolm X, the Fire Prophet. Even in the white and winter cold of February, it was a sign of the coming fire. Indeed, it pointed toward the fiery fulfillment of prophecy, which Nana Malcolm, himself, had predicted.   ... read more »
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