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.

16 Years After His Murder, We Remember Tupac Shakur

Today mark’s the 16th anniversary of the death of Tupac Shakur.

It’s been nearly two decades since his tragic passing, but the legendary actor and emcee still lives on through his ideas and incomparable body of work.

From MTV:

“After his death, Tupac’s legacy lives, particularly with the eight posthumous albums that have been released, including a double-disc greatest hits collection. He has been immortalized in film, books and even college courses, as well as through the works of musicians who have come after him. Traces of ‘Pac can be found in nearly almost every rapper from 50 Cent to T.I. Jay-Z, Eminem, Fabolous and Cam’ron have all sampled from Shakur, and non-rap artists like Justin Bieber have claimed to be fans.

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.¬†