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I sat down with former FBI agent Wes Swearingen, who explained just how far the FBI went to neutralize the black liberation movement, particularly the Black Panthers on the West Coast. He exposed the murder of Bunchy Carter in his interview, explaining how they not only wanted to neutralize Bunchy but to discredit him. In his own words, he said that the FBI originally planned for Bunchy to die in Watts in a drug-deal-gone-bad scenario, but — and these are his words — sometimes informants don’t do what you tell them to do. Instead, on January 17, 1969, Bunchy Carter was killed in Campbell Hall on the campus of UCLA. That revelation was definitely a smoking gun for me. Blacks in America have always been written off as conspiracy theorists, even though some of these things have manifested before our own eyes. But when we try to point some of these things out, they almost mockingly say that our accusations have no credibility, can’t be proved. The murder was not only a smoking gun, but a confirmation that behind the scenes, strings are definitely being pulled.
—  [Bone, “The Bastard Question”]

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Black Panther confirmed for 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Los Angeles, June 8 (IANS) The character of Black Panther is set to be a part of the superhero film “Avengers: Infinity War”.

Actor Chadwick Boseman has confirmed that his character Wakandan Black Panther a.k.a. T'challa, will make an appearance in the movie, reports aceshowbiz.com.

Boseman posted a short video which features a glimpse of the “Infinity War” set.

The video shows chairs which show the names of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), T'Challa and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). In front of T'Challa’s chair, there is a hand drum which fans assumed to be a part of the properties for his scene.

“Here we go… Black Panther, ‘Infinity War’”, he tweeted.

Boseman will reprise his role as Black Panther in a standalone movie, which is set to be released on February 16, 2018.

After “Captain America: Civil War”, character King T'Challa will return home to the reclusive, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader. However, T'Challa soon finds that he is challenged for the throne from factions within his own country.

When two foes conspire to destroy Wakanda, the hero known as Black Panther must team up with C.I.A. agent Everett K. Ross and members of the Dora Milaje, Wakandan special forces, to prevent Wakanda from being dragged into a world war.

“Avengers: Infinity War” is set to hit theaters in May 4, 2018.

As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six infinity stones, artifacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality.

Other cast members include Robert Downey Jr., Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Holland, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, Dave Bautista, Peter Dinklage and Terry Notary.



Stephen Shames
Kathleen Cleaver, communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s
decision-making Central Committee, talks with Black Panthers from Los Angeles, in West - Stephen Shames
Oakland, California, USA, July 28, 1968
Gelatin silver print, printed 2016

Gang Bangs Anyways: Song Analyzes

           The disbandment of the Black Panther Party, has caused California, more specifically Los Angeles to be one of the biggest gang affiliated cities in the nation. The Game’s song: Gang Bang Anyways paints the perfect picture of what gang activity and violence is like in Los Angeles. The Game uses historic references, the use of internal and external wars, and being the product of the environment.

           Gang violence is something that America has been dealing with for more than 40 years. Even more so African-American gangs such as: The Bloods and Crips. Few people know that these two groups were started after the dismantlement of the Black Panther Party. In Gang Bang Anyways, The Game raps, “Started as Black Panthers, everything power, everything PRO Black/ Started off unified the FBI know that,” (Taylor). The Game reveals with this verse that the Black Panther Party was helping uplift the black community. The government was opposed to this because they were also receiving funding from taxpayers. The FBI set up a secret group called COINTELPRO, which targeted not only the Black Panther Party but many other ethnic and civil rights leaders.

           In addition, the review written by Dabian Witherspoon of Cle “Bone” Sloan’s documentary of: Bastards of the Party. Who is also a well-known member of the Bloods. Discusses many topics that are similar to the Game’s song.  “Gang bangers, like the members of the infamous Bloods and Crips in Los Angeles, live lives defined by violence and violent retribution…” (Witherspoon). This quote plays into the theme of The Game’s lyrics. The Game raps, “From the Hoovers to the Hundreds/From Kelly Park to Bounty Hunters/Same age as the kids in Iraq now/LA Chiraq now, funerals is packed now,” (Taylor). Throughout history, Bloods and Crips have always had a vicious rivalry. The Game reveals that it does not matter what set you claim a bullet does not have a name on it. Wheatear it’s Bounty Hunter Bloods or Hoover Crips is being claimed death is around the corner. The Game also suggest that Los Angeles is just as dangerous as Chicago. That the kids in LA are dying and getting involved in violence just like those in Iraq who are being forced into war. The quote from Witherspoon and The Game’s verse tie into to each other because both are explaining the tit for tat of gang life. If a Crip kills a Blood, then the Bloods are going go after that Crip. Then the Crips are going to go after the Bloods. Neither gang is going to stop until the vengeance is settled.

           Furthermore, The Game uses internal and external war, to further explain the love/hate relationship of gang life. The Game raps, “N***as don’t really like it but we grew up in it/City of the angels, belly of the beast get chewed up in it,” (Taylor). According to The Game Los Angeles, specifically Compton, growing up in gang life is inevitable. Wheatear it’s liked or not. Hints at the theme of internal and external war; the fact that young African-American males know that getting involved with gangs is wrong ultimately they know they have no choice but to get involved. Being surrounded by gangs all day, every day, there is a mentally of kill or be killed.

           The Game also reveals that having such a heavenly name (City of Angels) it is actually closer to hell. Which is another reference to his earlier verse, “Preachers at the pulpit, Jesus is the background/Grandmother get shot walking out the church/How that sound?” (Taylor). Again despite having such a heavenly name it’s still a city of hell. After a day of worship, a grandmother still gets shot. Leaving one to believe no one is really safe.

           The Bastards of the Party continues to discuss themes very relevant throughout The Game’s song. A reference to the earlier paragraph speaking on gang life being a never-ending “cycle of death”. The Cle’s documentary continues to look for the answers of why young black men become a part of gangs. Witherspoon writes, “Few, however, can explain the roots of that cycle, or why they would choose such a life,” (Witherspoon). Cle’s documentary provides insight and meaning by what attracts young black men to gangs. The Game raps, “Now the sh*t is worldwide cause it is what it was/We know the history and we know the sh*t could end any day,” (Taylor). The Game reveals that gang banging is not just between neighborhoods anymore, it is a worldwide situation. The Game again uses the theme of internal and external war and becoming the product of the environment. The line, “We know the history and we know the sh*t could end any day.” Reveals the decision of choosing right and wrong, once the history has been explained and the violence between gangs is seen first-hand. They know that tomorrow is not promised either. Can these young black men be the ones to blame, if all that has been seen and taught is gang life. So, regardless of the consequences gangs will still gang bang anyway.

           Cle opens up his documentary with images of the Antebellum-era, “Negroes for sell” signs and pictures of lynching’s from the early 20th century. According to Witherspoon, “The images highlight the deliberate annihilation of black of black people in America…” (Witherspoon). This plays into the historical references the Game uses. The Game raps, “Picture us chained together, under the boat, that’s a Kodak/Stolen identity, God left us here without low jack,” (Taylor). The reference to being chained together on a slave ship is also The Game asking how did black go from protecting each other and fighting together? Now black on black crime is more prevalent than protecting one another. The next line The Game is alluding to religion. A low jack is a device use to locate a stolen car and to return it to its rightful owner. The Game reveals that after blacks were stolen from their land and identities were taken. That children of slaves have no way of relocating themselves or where they have come from. The Game could also be alluding to the fact that black people rely on a religion that has done nothing but make black dependent and forget their culture.

           The hatred for blacks in Los Angeles dates back to as early as the 1940’s. In that era whites had restricted blacks from certain areas. Along with constantly being harassed by LAPD, there was also a white gang named the Spook Hunters that worked with the LAPD. Their last legal lynching was in 1948 of LA. This connects to one of the Game’s last verses. The Game raps, “Forced to find ourselves, forced to break up outta chains/Got tired of getting hanged so we started our gangs,” (Taylor). With the absences of African culture; blacks were forced to either fit into a culture that did not belong to them or start from scratch and make a new culture and life for themselves and their families. Literally having to break free of the slave chains but also having to break free of the mental chains that had kept black people oppressed for so many years.

           The Game reveals in his next line that blacks were tired of being harassed, attacked and bullied by other races. Black people began forming gangs to protect their communities. This line also has a double meaning; it is first referring to the days of lynching. As well as the violence going on within the neighborhoods. Which forces the children to stand together against outsiders and insiders that threaten harm.

           Throughout The Game’s very analytic verse he rapped about themes such as historic references, internal and external war and becoming the product of one’s environment. This essay explored how the effects of the FBI disbanding the Black Panther Party affected the black community and how it was a more a negative impact. It also examined the love/hate relationship that gang members have with their gangs. This paper is a short conversation, of the larger vision that gang life is more detrimental to that of young black men and black communities than the Black Panther Party ever was. It also opens up that dialogue if gang violence continues to spiral out of control there will be no more Crips or Bloods.  

USA. California. Oakland. July 28, 1968. Kathleen Cleaver, communications secretary and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making Central Committee, talks with Black Panthers from Los Angeles who came to the “Free Huey” rally in DeFremery Park (named by the Panthers Bobby Hutton Park).

Photograph: Stephen Shames/Polaris

Today We Honor Emory Douglas

Born in 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Emory Douglas has been a resident of the Bay Area since 1951. He became the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party in 1967, a role he held until the party disbanded in the early 1980s. During the Party’s active years he served as the art director overseeing the design and layout of the Black Panther, the Party’s weekly newspaper. Douglas was trained as a commercial artist at City College of San Francisco and has been the subject of several solo exhibitions. His work has also been in numerous exhibitions about the history of the Black Panther Party, including shows at the Arts & Culture Conference of the Black Panther Party in Atlanta, GA in 2008 and “The Black Panther Rank and File” at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco in 2006. Most recently his work was the subject of a solo exhibition at Urbis, Manchester, UK in 2008-2009. In 2007, artist Sam Durant curated a solo exhibition of Douglas’ work at the MOCA Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles, “Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas,” which is the inspiration for the presentation at the New Museum. The same year, Rizzoli published a book with the same title that included essays and interviews about Douglas’s work and his relationship to the Black Panther Party. Douglas’s work has also been presented at the 2008 Biennale of Sydney, Australia; the African American Art & Cultural Complex, San Francisco; Richmond Art Center, CA; and the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston. via gclass.org

(photo: Emory Douglas)

- CARTER Magazine

those of us in the first world need to take a good look at the purpose of our organizations. marxist parties here spend their time reading books and debating theory, selling newspapers, fighting for a higher minimum wage, organizing strikes, etc. all of these are worthwhile causes in my opinion, but how much do they help the people? the best model for what we should be doing is that of the maoist and anarchist organizations such as food not bombs, serve the people (los angeles) or the black panther party. nothing helps the people as much (and helps to spread class consciousness among them in the process) as leftists putting in effort to help feed them or clothe them, educate them or defend them from the law, protect their neighborhoods from gentrification, etc. bet they would be more open to your trot newspapers or strike or marxist theory if you’d just helped feed their kids for free or organized to keep their rent affordable or helped them find a job. something to keep in mind everybody. we’re here to serve.

Kwame Ture (Formerly known as Stokely Carmichael) on Unity of Thought, the Los Angeles Rebellion, Political Education, Organization, Discipline and Knowledge

[We] have unity of action; we lack unity of thought. Look at Los Angeles; here you have clear unity of action. If I went to Los Angeles the day before Rodney King was charged, and I said “look here brothers and sisters, they’re going to let these pigs get away free! We gots to organize, we needs to get some guns, we needs to get some Molotov cocktails-” “Oh, he’s just talking.”

But the minute at 3 o'clock in the afternoon when the decision went down, they didn’t even listen to Malcolm who said “after dark for even-steven,” they went in to the streets at 3 o'clock. And an entire people who were fighting each other, cutting each other, disgusted with each other, came together in a unified force and took on the second largest city in the greatest imperialist power in the world, and made them bring in their army to suppress them. We have unity of action. What we lack is unity of though.

Unity of action without guidance of unity of thought leads one into a reactionary position. Our people have unity of action, but this unity of action is usually triggered by an enemy action. For example, it’s only when they have an incident in Howard Beach that everyone jump up like if Howard beach all of a sudden changed; it’s the same thing. And after they jump up and make a little noise, after a while they just sit right back down and say, “oh, Lord, please don’t let them shoot nobody else while I’m alive so I don’t have to go out there and make no protest. Please wait until I die.”

Rodney King gets beat up, what’s new about it? I’ve been dealing with the Los Angeles pigs since I was in the Black Panther Party in the 1960s. And I know the pigs in Los Angeles. They are the most vicious that you can find any place in this country. They have in Los Angeles what they call a choke-hold. The police puts it on you. You go look and see how many been killed by the choke-hold. It’s your history, you’re supposed to know it. The police must bring the people back into being intimidated. They must do it.

But this unity of action which we have can only come to stop the police at certain times for certain periods because it’s spontaneous. A people will never win a war through spontaneous action. You can only win a war through planned action. You give me 100 organized brothers and sisters, and let us face 10,000 disorganized with the same weapons. as Africa is my mother, we’ll whoop them every time, hands down. Kwame Nkrumah said, “it is organization that decides everything.” And the fact that we’re disorganized proves it because we decide absolutely nothing.

In order to have unity of thought we must have collective thinking. One of the biggest problems with our movement is that we got so many individual stars and superstars. They are not disciplined to any organization. Organization disciplines you, and we are an undisciplined people. If you are just a member of the NAACP, it’s a nice Spring afternoon, you want to go out and lollygag but the NAACP has a meeting, if you’re disciplined, you go to the meeting. How many of us can actually say that we on a daily basis, on a weekly basis, go to meetings for organizations, and help to push these organizations forward through collective thinking? It’s not done.

And most cases, most organizations don’t even have political education programs built in the organization. As a member of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee we had none. As a member of the Black Panther Party we had none. Absolutely none. As a matter of fact, when I tried to bring it, “oh you’re just a bourgeois college student!” “That’s right, Jack! And an honor roll student at that! That’s right. Not only that Jack, I took philosophy, and dig this: everything I get I give back to my people.” Does it make sense to you that you are the leader of a movement, you have 1,000 people who are following, and you are the only one who can see better than all these thousand? That’s stupidity. One woman may be more intelligent than one man, that’s a fact. But no one man can have more experiences than two people. And it’s experience that brings knowledge.

Sit down and read a book with a stupid man. Let him read the same book. Come back and discuss it: he will show you stupid things to show you how stupid you were ‘cause you didn’t even see it. These are facts.

As a people, we have no collective reading, no collective study, no collective thinking. This is our greatest error as a people. This is our greatest shortcoming as a people. This is why we can’t even discuss who we are. Because somebody think they Black-American and that’s what they think, and “what I think is what I think!” Like you think you think you can think. Half the time they aren’t thinking, reacting to stimuli, and think they thinking. Unless we do collective reading and collective discussion, we cannot come to unified thought.

Of course, the enemy will confuse you. Capitalist system will tell you, “you can think whatever you think. That’s it!” Man told me that the other day. I said, “you African,” he said “I don’t think that.” I said “you think you’re thinking,” He said “I don’t care what you say. I ain’t no African, and that’s what I think and what I think is right.” I said, “Okay, please. Think that 2 plus 2 equals 5. Think it.”

No man, no woman, is born with the truth inside of them; not one. All of us come to acquire the truth by searching for it. First of all, we must even have a desire to know the truth. Acquisition of knowledge is directly related to the desire for knowledge. If you do not desire knowledge you will never acquire knowledge. Once you understand that your people are oppressed because they lack knowledge, if you love your people, you seek knowledge. If you love your people, you seek knowledge. And we understand this knowledge cannot be individual knowledge, it must be collective knowledge. Unity of thought must come.

We are concluding but we say what we always say. We will never tire of saying it because it’s the truth. If you love your people, join an organization fighting for your people. Where is the problem?

anonymous asked:

So... Did some Twitter stalking and noticed John started following Kevin Feige (Marvel producer) and hes currently in Los Angeles... If he's there for a meeting about Black Panther GOOD LAWD.