Panther-Power

Get this book y'all! The FBI WAR on Tupac Shakur and Black Leaders. It details how our freedom loving United States government targeted an attacked leaders and activists such as Bob Marley, Fred Hampton, Assata Shakur, Afeni Shakur, Jimi Hendrix, Huey P Newton and many many more who were subject to COINTELPRO and cointelpro style tactics of repression and neutralization. There’s a documentary tied in with the book as well that I have posted up on several occasions.

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“Agnès Varda was living in California when the Black Panthers became everyday headlines after their leader was arrested for allegedly killing a policeman on October 28, 1967. Huey P. Newton’s trial was still ongoing in 1968, which prompted Varda to direct two nonfiction short films about the demonstrations organized in his support. Huey captures the militant atmosphere of the “free Huey” campaign, focusing on the rally organized on February 17th, 1968, to celebrate imprisoned Huey P. Newton’s twenty-second birthday whereas Black Panthers delves into the culture of the Party by investigating into the local dynamics of its Oakland branch. 

Quite interestingly, the two films have generated a confusion which more often than not has passed unnoticed in Agnès Varda’s filmography: Huey and Black Panthers are mistakenly referred to as the French and English versions of the same film although they encompass two distinct projects. 

Huey’s raw black and white footage strives to convey an inside view of the Black Panther Party as Varda attended the 1968 rally in an attempt to better understand the ideological underpinning of the movement whereas Black Panthers’ colored images highlight the Party’s everyday activities, enhancing the role of African American women engaged in the fight for collective rights in the police-targeted communities. While Huey’s film discourse relies on editing only, Black Panthers includes an explanatory voice-over giving informative details and framing the Panthers’ project in a sympathetic light.” (source)

Panther Power
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[Tupac]
My Mother never let me forget my history
Hoping I was set free chains never put on me
Wanted to be more than just free
Had to know the true facts about my history
I couldn’t settle for being a statistic
Couldn’t survive in this capitalistic
Government cause it was meant to hold us back
Using ignorance, drugs and sneak attacks
In my community they killed the unity
But when I charged them, tried to claim immunity
I strike America like a case of heart disease
Panther power is running through my arteries
Try to stop home boy you’ll be clawed to death
Cause I’ll be fighting for my freedom with my dying breath
Do you remember that’s what I’m asking you?
You think you living free don’t make me laugh at you
Open your eyes realize you been locked in chains
Said you wasn’t civilized and stole your name
Cause some time has passed seem to all forget
There ain’t no liberty for you and me we all ain’t free yet

Panther power

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Back in February I dedicated the second installment of my bi-weekly FoodForTheSoul Mix Series to Black History Month, in the midst of curating that mix I had to leave out some of the songs I had originally planned on making the tracklist because those songs did not match the theme of that mix. In result, I took those songs and curated a mixed based of the vibes of those songs that did not make the original mixes “cutlist,” this mix serves as the outcome. This mix is unapologetically black, and it is intended to be. Happy 90th Birthday Malcolm X.

Tracklist:

1.  Fred Hampton Speech (Intro)
2.  Police State - Dead Prez
3.  Fuck The Police - N.W.A.
4.  Fight the Power - Public Enemy
5.  Kwame Ture Speech (Interlude)
6.  Panther Power - Paris
7.  75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction) - The Roots
8.  The Day The Niggaz Took Over - Dr. Dre
9.  50 Niggaz - Nipsey Hu$$le
10.  Hands Up - Vince Staples
11.  Shut ‘Em Down - Public Enemy
12.  Malcolm X Speech (Interlude)
13.  The Nigga Ya Love To Hate - Ice Cube
14.  The Blacker The Berry - Kendrick Lamar
15.  Black Skinhead - Kanye West
16.  Endangered Species - Ice Cube feat. Chuck D
17.  Angela Davis Speech (Interlude)
18.  White Manz World - 2Pac
19.  Project Roach - NaS
20.  Kwame Ture Speech (Interlude)
21.  Black Heroes -Wale
22.  Murder To Excellence - Kanye West & Jay-Z
23.  A Song for Assata - Common
24.  Hood Now (Outro) - Lupe Fiasco

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALCOLM X!

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Always Good To Hear Chairman Fred

My Mother never let me forget my history
Hoping I would set free chains that were put on me
Wanted to be more than just free
Had to know the true facts about my history
I couldn’t settle for being a statistic
Couldn’t survive in this capitalistic
Government cause it was meant to hold us back
Using ignorance and drugs, to sneak attack
In my community they killed the unity
But when I charged them, tried to claim immunity
I strike America like a case of heart disease
Panther power is running through my arteries
Try to stop me homeboy you’ll be clawed to death
‘Cause I’ll be fighting for my freedom with my dying breath
Do you remember that’s what I’m asking you?
You think you’re living free don’t make me laugh at you
Open your eyes realize you’ve been locked in chains
Said you wasn’t civilized and stole your names
Now some time has passed did you all forget
There is no liberty for you and me we ain’t free yet
—  Tupac Amaru Shakur