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Black Panther raises tough arguments about liberation

Black Panther raises tough arguments about liberation Marvel’s latest superhero film stands out for its proud portrayal of African people—but it draws some uncomfortable conclusions

Soul of a Nation exhibition paints a bold picture of Black Power

Soul of a Nation exhibition paints a bold picture of Black Power A powerful new exhibition at Tate Modern brings together the work of black artists from across decades of struggle in the US, writes Harold Wilson

New TV drama Guerrilla celebrates a hidden history of united anti-racist struggle

New TV drama Guerrilla celebrates a hidden history of united anti-racist struggle The show portrays the Black Power movement in Britain and the state’s quest to crush it—and it’s well worth watching, writes Moyra Samuels

Fresh footage brings to life the Black Panthers’ struggle

Fresh footage brings to life the Black Panthers’ struggle The Black Panthers—Vanguard of the Revolution documentary captures the party’s sense of revolt but doesn’t duck its problems, writes Ken Olende

International round-up

Former Black Panther's release delayed; Guantanamo bay detainees let out; Israel find itself not guilt of war crimes

The assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton

The assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton Fred Hampton, leader of the Black Panther Party in Illinois, was gunned down by police on 4 December 1969. He was just 21.

Assata Shakur: fighting to end the system, not for a position within it

02 September 2014
The FBI’s most wanted list of terrorists contains two non-Muslims. One is Assata Shakur, originally called Joanne Chesimard, escaped from a US prison in 1979 and has been on the run ever since.

Ex-Black Panther Eddie Conway is free at last

11 March 2014
Former Black Panther Eddie Conway has been released after almost 44 years in prison. 

International round-up

11 March 2014
International Women's Day protests defend abortion rights in Spain | Anger after Nazi knifings in Sweden | Freed ex-Black Panther criticises trial | Clashes continue in Venezuela

Framed Panther freed after 41 years—just in time to die

08 October 2013
Herman Wallace, who served 41 years in solitary confinement as one of the Angola 3, died three days after being released last week.

Black Panthers for unity

01 October 2013
The Black Panthers didn’t stop at fighting racism. Ken Olende looks at their evolving line on sexism, homophobia and class

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: A militant fight against racism brought to life

08 November 2011
Brian Richardson says the film Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 offers a unique look at the Black Panther Party

Geronimo Pratt, former political prisoner and Black Panther, dies

07 June 2011
Former political prisoner and Black Panther Geronimo Pratt died last week aged 63. He is believed to have died of natural causes in Tanzania where he had settled and worked as a human rights activist.

In The Land of the Free exposes the US’s racism and brutality

30 March 2010
This excellent documentary, narrated by Samuel L Jackson, reveals the injustice, racism and brutality at the heart of the US prison system.

The Angola Three: Bound, gagged and jailed in the land of the free

30 March 2010
Former Black Panther Robert King spoke to Ken Olende about his life in prison—the basis for a new film

Justice For All: The legacy of the Black Panthers

09 December 2008
The December edition of the regular news DVD by the activist video collective is out now.

The Black Panthers: defiance in the face of repression

04 November 2008
The Black Panther Party was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in Oakland, California.

Black Panther: Emory Douglas and the Art of Revolution

04 November 2008
The outstanding Emory Douglas exhibition at the Urbis in Manchester is much more than an art show. Visitors can feel the atmosphere the Black Panthers developed in and the outrage that made the party grow.

Emory Douglas interviewed about the Black Panthers in print

04 November 2008
The former Minister of Culture in the Black Panther Party talks to Ken Olende about the fight for black liberation in the United States and a new exhibition of his art work

The Black Panthers

06 January 2007
A new photographic history of the US Black Panther Party brilliantly depicts a high point in the struggle for black liberation. Yuri Prasad looks back at a period of hope and anger

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