Chadwick Boseman: Remember the King

September 08, 2020

Speaking at the funeral of Malcolm X, on February 27, 1965, Ossie Davis, an American actor and civil rights activist, said: “Consigning these mortal remains to earth, the common mother of all, secure in the knowledge that what we place in the ground is no more now a man — but a seed — which,...

How Black Panther Sees the World

April 08, 2018

The film contrasts aloof isolationism with Gates Foundation-style paternalism. It unfairly paints more revolutionary alternatives as narrowly violent. Donald Trump has now assembled a cabinet of men that have elevated violence to a supreme virtue at home and abroad. Men like Mike Pompeo, John...

Black Panthers Don’t Speak Xhosa

April 04, 2018

Black Panther makes sense for black Americans who have never stayed long in Africa, people who want a Marvel Comic of their own. Since 1979, I have wandered and worked all over Africa. That work has been in the slums of great cities, innumerable war zones, universities, amidst spectacular...