Grandmaster T.C. Izlam’s Murder and Documentary Footage

approximately 2:05 pm on Thursday, June 8, 2017, Grandmaster T.C. Izlam was found unresponsive with a single gun shot wound to the chest on an Atlanta sidewalk. Preliminary police reports say that T.C. Izlam was accosted by two men and subsequently shot by one of them. He was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Grady […]

Revisionist Hip Hop and the Over Glorification of Afrika Bambaataa

mong all the shame and disgrace that Bambaataa has earned for himself, there are the passionate reactions of the public whose shock is compounded by the mythic narrative of Afrika Bambaataa being, “The Father of Hip Hop.” Let me correct that very bluntly: That is pure bullshit. If he is the father of anything, it […]

Afrika Bambaataa: Inside the Mind of a Cult Leader

      You gave me fortune You gave me fame You gave me power in your God’s name I’m every person you need to be I’m the cult of personality Song by “Living Colour”   ip Hop Legend and Pioneer Afrika Bambaataa is facing a litany of child molestation allegations said to have taken […]

Theaster Gates: It takes ordinary people to do extraordinary things

n Monday, May 2nd at the Arts Bank, world renown artist Theaster Gates, founder of the Rebuild Foundation, hosted the second annual Professor Timuel Black Distinguished Guest Lecture and Jazz Concert. Gates is also a professor in the Department of Visual Arts and the Director of Arts and Public Life at the University of Chicago. […]

Kathleen Neal Cleaver: Communications Secretary

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Blankfort he Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) embodied the “pinnacle” of what Kathleen Neal Cleaver wanted to do and their former headquarters at 360 Nelson Street in Atlanta is now a vacant lot. Before joining SNCC in 1966, Kathleen Neal had been keeping up with reports on the unrest taking […]