Angela Davis Calls For Assata Shakur’s Protection Amid Improved U.S.–Cuba Relations

Assata Shakur has been living in exile in Cuba since 1979 when she escaped from jail while serving a sentence for the death of a New Jersey state trooper she’s long fought against. As a result, she’s been separated from family and has grandchildren she hasn’t yet met. However, Barack Obama becoming the first sitting U.S. President to go to Cuba and address its people has some thinking now is a time for Shakur’s status to change.

Angela Davis, a professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz and a former member of the Black Panther Party, appeared on Democracy Now! to speak about her longtime ally and friend. 

Angela Davis Talks Black Liberation, History and the Contemporary Vision

Fifty years after the founding of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense, the agenda and style of the legendary Black revolutionary organization remains relevant in today’s public discourse. An end to “police brutality and the murder of Black people,” central to the Black Lives Matter movement, was laid out in the Black Panthers’ 10-Point Platform five decades ago. Both acclaim and condemnation erupted when their iconic black berets made an appearance recently in Beyoncé’s half-time show performance during the Super Bowl.

Angela Davis Speaks Out on Addition of Assata Shakur to Most Wanted Terrorist List

In the wake of news that Assata Shakur has been added to the Most Wanted Terrorist List, renowned activist/scholar Angela Davis and Shakur’s longtime attorney Lennox Hinds spoke with Democracy Now about the motivations behind the FBI’s recent actions.

From Democracy Now:

It seems to me that this act incorporates or reflects the very logic of terrorism,” Davis says. “I can’t help but think that it’s designed to frighten people who are involved in struggles today.

Watch FREE ANGELA DAVIS & ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS at UChicago TONIGHT at 6PM

Don’t miss a free screening of the highly anticipated documentary Free Angela Davis & All Political Prisoners at the University of Chicago tonight at 6pm.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring  Joy James, Professor of Humanities & Social Science at Williams College, Mariame Kaba, Founding Director of Project NIA, and attorney Standish Willis.

Jay-Z and Will Smith Team Up to Produce ‘Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners’ Documentary

Actor Will Smith and Hip Hop star Jay-Z are reportedly teaming up to co-produce “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners,” a documentary chronicling the former Black Panther’s incarceration and trial at the height of the Black Power Movement.

The two will support the film through their entertainment companies, Overbook Entertainment and Roc Nation respectively. The film will be shown at the Toronto Film Festival

“Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners” comes on the 40th anniversary of Davis’ acquittal.

What Role Models Mean For People-of-Color

America makes it hard for people of color to have role models. Our leaders not only face systematic murder, but surrender their legacy to our various oppressors. Speaking of my experience, I never learned about Fidel Castro or the Black Panthers in school. When they were briefly mentioned it was their particular stance on violence which kept them from being our heroes. Ironically, we were absorbed in the American identity; we being offspring of those folks who continue to be discriminated against. As young Americans we risk our membership as we consider “terrorist” role models. 

A House Is Not A Home Without A Capitalist Living There

Big Ups to Karl Marx and Angela Davis


The Black family house model has to be the most intimate institution of oppression for Black youth. I’m not being melodramatic with this one; especially, when the house model is regulated by contributions to capital, or money. To speak, to suggest an opinion, to participate in discussion, a young person must invest capital. Chores, labor given value by individual parental capitalist systems, can’t be exchanged for paying light bills. So we see this unfold in the Black family household as the condition by which materials—house ownership, checks and dollar bills—determine consciousness, the existence of a valid perspective. In other words, Black kids get in the attitude of survival and introversion, as opposed to an attitude of construction and communication, due to the house model.