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Hillary is dismissive when approached by a young Black woman in March on the campaign trail. – Video: The Young Turks

Are Black folks getting what they need from Hillary?

Over the past week Donald Trump has been giving all sorts of speeches where he’s telling Black and Brown folks what he will be doing for us if he gets elected. Now most of us know Trump is full of shyt, and while his remarks have gotten folks talking and many more laughing, he inadvertently does raise a few questions. For those who are voting for Hillary Clinton, one should ask, “What is she putting on the table?” The answer should be more than “she won’t be as bad as Trump.” What exactly is she promising that folks can hang their hats on?

Behind Enemy Lines

Free Speech Society emergency bulletin

Aug 24, 2016
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It is no secret that CDCr’s counterintelligence units have been plotting revenge on the class members of Ashker v. Brown to have us returned to indefinite solitary confinement. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that it wasn’t a matter of coincidence, as we embark upon the first anniversary of Brotha Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell’s assassination, that the media began leaking fraudulent reports to the public generated by IGI, ISU, OCS and the FBI about the BGF plotting to avenge the death of Hugo Pinell.

Black August, a story of African freedom fighters

Aug 21, 2016
Ruchell Magee, George and Jonathan Jackson – Art: Kiilu Nyasha

On this 37th anniversary of Black August, first organized to honor our fallen freedom fighters, George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden, James McClain, William Christmas and the sole survivor of the Aug. 7, 1970, Courthouse Slave Rebellion, Ruchell Cinque Magee, it is still a time to embrace the principles of unity, self-sacrifice, political education, physical fitness and/or training in martial arts, resistance and spiritual renewal.

The Justice Department is going to stop using private prisons

Aug 18, 2016
'Prison-for-Profit Is Wrong' meme

The Justice Department plans to stop using privately run prisons that typically house undocumented federal inmates following a report finding they are less safe than those that are federally run, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced today. Stock prices of the country’s two biggest private prison companies – Corrections Corporation of America and GEO Group – nosedived by nearly 25 percent this morning.

My first Black August

Aug 17, 2016
My name is Jonelle, and I’m an Afrikan wombman living in amerikkka. I’m an active member of Guerrilla Mainframe, which is a grassroots organization based in Dallas, Texas, and an administrative assistant to George Jackson University.

My name is Jonelle, and I’m an Afrikan wombman living in amerikkka. I’m an active member of Guerrilla Mainframe, which is a grassroots organization based in Dallas, Texas, and an administrative assistant to George Jackson University. Last year was my first year getting involved with Black August, and I learned a lot about the resistance of the prison movement.

Free political prisoners Chip Fitzgerald and Ruchell Magee!

Aug 12, 2016

The Block Report interviews former political prisoner and current All of Us or None organizer Arthur League about his comrades, political prisoners Chip Fitzgerald and Ruchell Magee. We also discussed the history and assassination of political prisoner Hugo Yogi Pinell, last August 12, ’15 in New Folsom. Tune in for more of the Block Report at

Lucasville Rebellion survivor talks about upcoming Sept. 9 Nat’l Prison Strike
Black woman prisoner in Alabama fights for voting rights: Transformation v. modification
Black August 2016
Black August Memorial: an interview with Kasim Gero, Patuxent Prison
Jalil Muntaqim: The 13th Amendment – prison slavery and mass incarceration
Judge refuses to halt force feeding of inmate in solitary confinement protest
Maroon sues DOC and wins! Settlement reached in Shoatz v. Wetzel
Sundiata Acoli: Ride and denied
Announcement of nationally coordinated prisoner work stoppage for Sept. 9, 2016
White House officials and local leaders attend debate, organized by prisoner, between prisoners and Morehouse students
The Black August Slave Rebellion: Every slave has a right to rebel
Governor’s new budget supports more incarceration
Hugo Pinell, aka Dahariki Kambon: Decades of assassination attempts against the man most feared by CDCr
Suicide crisis in California women’s prison: Advocates demand justice for Erika Rocha and Shaylene Graves
SF Bay View banned inside Indiana prisons: Do Black Lives Matter behind the walls?

News & Views

Unworthy victims: Houthis and Hutus

Aug 25, 2016
President Pierre Nkurunziza, the current president of Burundi, is castigated by Western leaders and some members of Burundi’s political elites, but hugely popular with Burundi’s rural peasant majority.

Last week the ‪U.S. helped its ‪‎Saudi pals bomb another hospital and school in Yemen. Don’t imagine that its intentions are any more humanitarian in‪ Burundi just because they’re not selling fighter bomber jets and guided bombs to their pal Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s president for life. Kagame is intent on bringing down President Pierre Nkurunziza’s government in Burundi, as Saudi sheikhs are intent on bringing down the Houthi government in Yemen.

More on the psyche of a sexually abused child

Aug 25, 2016
Celeste Guap, 18, told an ABC7 reporter that more than 30 police officers from four police departments had had sex with her, beginning when she was only 16. Oakland Officer John Hege, right, was a father figure who had a serious relationship with Celeste’s mother that ended on March 21, 2009, when Lovelle Mixon killed Hege and three other cops not long after the police murder of Oscar Grant. It was after losing Hege that Celeste began to let police abuse her. – Photos: ABC7 News

Sexually abused children have to live with the pain and trauma of the abuse forever! With so many new cases of Bay Area police officers involved with the current underage sex scandal, it is important to educate the community on the effects sexual abuse has on the psyche of a minor. We need to protect our children from predators like these officers and any monster who believes it is OK to have sexual relations with a minor.

20 year anniversary of the invasion of the Congo: wit’ Claude Gatebuke

Aug 24, 2016
Hillary interviews Claude Gatebuke of the African Great Lakes Action Network, about the 20th anniversary of the invasion of the Congo by Rwanda and Uganda on behalf of the western world. We talk about genocide, child soldiers, mass rapes, mineral extraction, slavery, and more. We also talked about the role Hillary Clinton, Uganda Pres. Museveni, Rwandan Pres. Kagame, and the African Union have played in this conflict, which has killed more people than any other war except WWII. Please tune in for more at

The decline of western civilization: w/ international journalist Gerald Perriera

Aug 22, 2016
Gavin Long speaks with international journalist Gerald Perriera about the connection between US Pres. Obama’s domestic and foreign policies. We talk about Dallas and Baton Rouge and the similarities between war veterans Micah Johnson and Gavin Long. We also discussed the Obama regime conquering Gaddafi for white power, and the upcoming selection of Hillary or Trump to be president. This is the 2nd official podcast for the Block Report, which drops every Thursday. The music following the interview is “Dem Crazy Baldheads” by dead prez and Stephen Marley.

Katrina Pain Index 2016: Race and class gap widening

Aug 22, 2016
New Orleans’ Black population is well aware and continually resisting the discrimination outlined here by their favorite lawyer, Bill Quigley, who counseled them through the storm and never stopped. Listen to WBOK, Black talk radio, to hear their astute analysis and opinions and what they’re doing about it. – Photo: Lee Celano, Reuters

Hurricane Katrina hit 11 years ago. Population of the City of New Orleans is down by over 95,000 people. Almost all this loss of people is in the African American community. The gap between rich and poor in New Orleans is massive, the largest in the country. Despite receiving $76 billion in assistance after Katrina, it is clear that poor and working people in New Orleans, especially African Americans, got very little of that help. Here are the numbers.

Huey P. Newton’s brother Melvin speaks on their Panther histories
“Blood in My Eye” 45 years later wit’ David Johnson of the San Quentin 6
SNCC Legacy Project endorses the Movement for Black Lives Policy Platform
Booker T. Washington’s work in the African world
Tajai of Hiero speaks on Hiero Day ’16 roster, Golden Era shoes, and raising an MC daughter
Want to stop the violence? Get involved – really involved
Fake ‘Day of Rage’: COINTELPRO action, not ‘Anonymous’ video
The Haitian Revolution and the origin of the Dominican Republic
Treasure Island whistleblower Mitchell Herrington faced retaliation from power broker consortium
OPD falsely accuses East Oaklander of shooting at police
Shujaa Graham speaks on the late George Jackson and Hugo Pinell
Leader of the Black Riders speaks on police terrorism after Dallas
Police run feel-good PR campaign while criminalizing Black August
Big Man: Reflections of my life experiences, today’s conditions
Elder abuse in San Francisco: Owner goes to court to evict 100-year-old Iris Canada

Culture Currents

Upcoming Events

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August 26, 2016
Join us for a FREE movie screening: "Out of Darkness" starring Diana Ross 6:00 pm Rafiki Coalition for Health and Wellness, 601 Cesar Chavez St. near Pier 80, San Francisco Sponsored by the African American Community Health Equity Council of ... more>>
August 26, 2016
Trump is poison, but is Clinton the antidote? 7:00 pm ANSWER, 2969 Mission St., San Francisco Trump is a racist, sexist bigot, but what kind of ... more>>
August 27, 2016
Help Shape the Future of Subways in San Francisco 12:00 pm Bayview Linda Brooks-Burton Library (outside), 5075 3rd St. at Revere, Bayview Hunters Point San Francisco’s transportation network reflects the city’s livability, ... more>>

Celebrating a major milestone: Mary Lee Wilson’s 100th birthday

Aug 25, 2016
Mary Wilson celebrates her birthday over lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

Mary Lee Wilson is a native of Texas, born Sept. 16, 1916, in Refugio, Texas, where her early years were spent. Her family later relocated to Corpus Christi, Texas, where she met and married the love of her life, Curtis L. Wilson Sr., and to that union six children were born. They relocated the family to San Francisco, California, in the late ‘40s, where she was very active in the community in which she lived, reaching out to all in need and known to all as Ms. Mary Lee.

Rapper Beeda Weeda talks “Revolution” remix w/ M1, Killa Mike, and Jay Rock

Aug 23, 2016
Beeda3 interviews Oakland’s lyrical kingpin Beeda Weeda right after BET picked up his song “Revolution”, that is currently the West Coast anthem against police terrorism. We also discuss Beeda’s relationship with Too Short and his camp Pushing the Beat, and his upcoming “Revolution” remix that will feature the frontline revolutionary rapper M1, T.D.E.’s Jay Rock, and one of the biggest political voices in rap music today, Killa Mike. Tune in for more at

Author Sista Souljah speaks on “The Coldest Winter Ever” and “Midnight” book series

Aug 23, 2016

The legendary author, activist, and rapper Sista Souljah spoke with the Block Report about the origin of her name and we go on to discuss her career as an activist and a Hip Hop artist that was a part of Public Enemy. She also talks extensively about her getting the book deal for her debut book “No Disrespect” and what she was trying to convey in the “The Coldest Winter Ever” and “Midnight” series of fiction books that she has been writing for over a decade. We talk about manhood, womanhood, and love. If you want to know anymore, you are going to have to tune in.

In ‘Southside with You,’ we meet Michelle and Barack on their first date

Aug 22, 2016
Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers, as Michelle and Barack, talk following a recent press screening of “Southside with You.” – Photo: Wanda Sabir

In “Southside with You” (2016), which opens nationally Aug. 26, 2016, Richard Tanne makes his feature film directorial debut. “Southside” is the story of youthful love, first love for Michelle LaVaughn Robinson, 25, a sheltered Chi-town daughter who is working hard – pressing against glass ceilings from a philosophical basement at a prestigious law firm, as she supervises the charming, cute intern, 27-year-old Barack Obama.

Coco Peila’s music has a scorching new sound

Aug 21, 2016
Coco Peila CD cover 2015-1, web

Coco Peila is one of Hip Hop musicians in the new class that is creating the new Bay Area sound. After being affiliated with Sandman of the Oakland-based Attik crew back in the day, Coco Peila is standing on her own two feet and spreading her wings. Her summer and fall is filled with an album, a mixtape, a video and multiple collaborations. Check her out in this exclusive interview.

Author Nalo Hopkinson discusses her creative process and the imagination
Brides of Funkenstein and Parliament Funkadelic member Dawn Silva talks about the 70’s
Cuban poet Nancy Marejon speaks on Black culture on the island
West Oakland rapper J. Stalin speaks on his career
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