Amílcar Cabral: On Taking Arms, Theory, Poetry, and African Liberation

Yousef Aljamal A boy brandishes a poster of Malam Bacai Sanha of the former single ruling party founded by independence-era hero Amilcar Cabral (PAIGC), 17 June 2005, in front of Bissau’s Palace of the Republic. Photo by Seyllou, AFP via Getty Images When the African struggle for liberation and the fight to end colonialism is…

Fanon Can’t Save You Now

Todd Cronan The 23 essays that appear in The Political Writings were extracted from the collection of recently discovered writings by Frantz Fanon called Alienation and Freedom, first published in French in 2015. Edited by Jean Khalfa and Robert J. C. Young and translated by Steven Corcoran, The Political Writings largely draws from Fanon’s contributions…

Celebrating Revolutionary African Women

Ready for Revolution After Emory Douglas, 1968 © Lázaro Abreu Padrón, OSPAAAL, The Mike Stanfield Collection Like many things with socialist origins, International Working Women’s Day has been repackaged by capitalism and imperialism. Far from how it started, mainstream celebrations of Women’s Day and Women’s History Month now infer that all women’s struggles are the…

Africana Womanism vs. Black Feminism

Solyana Bekele African women gathered in a front of a banner that says “Women’s liberation” “The reclamation of African women via identifying our own collective struggle and acting upon it is a key step toward human harmony and survival.” Clenora Hudson-Weems Africana Womanism and Black Feminism are two different approaches that attempt to redefine and…

Pan-Africanism: The Silver Bullet in the Heart of Empire

Ian Scott Anti-imperialism march on African Liberation Day, in Washington, DC, in a photo taken in May of 1974. (Photo: Risasi Zachariah Dais) The world today is dominated by capitalism and imperialism. Western powers such as the United States, France, and Britain have amassed vast fortunes through mechanisms of violence and terror that have displaced…

The Unknown Relationship between Kwame Nkrumah and Malcolm X

Ahjamu Umi February 21, 2021 marked the 56th commemoration of the assassination of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz aka Malcolm X in Harlem, New York. The 24th marked the 50th commemoration of the CIA (Criminals In Action) sponsored coup that overthrew Kwame Nkrumah’s democratically elected government in Ghana. The close historical proximity of the downfall…