Cop Killer by John Maus

No Ice T, but that’s probably a good thing.

Petit Frère by IAM

Life as a shorty shouldn’t be so rough.


Holding my breath…

I Luv My Life by Nitty Scott MC

 Reagan by Killer Mike

This just reminds us of how much we miss Gil Scott Heron.

It’s so Greek.

There’s nothing new to say about rappers (or capital) appropriating revolutionary imagery to sell products. Rather, what we have to say about this video has more to do with spreading enlightenment.

The director, Romain Gavras, should have caught your attention by now, having directed two stunning M.I.A. videos, and the Stress video by Justice. Moreover, and not to belittle Romain’s achievements, his father should immediately come to mind for his less HD, yet equally gritty films. Costantinos, better known as Costa Gavras, produced the seminal piece about the Greek military dictatorship of the era, titled, Z (1969). His other notable films include, L’Aveu (1970), Etat de Siege (1972), and Missing (1982)—all graced with a distinct aroma of the New Left.

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

Cliché as ever, but we have to say Angela knows how to rock a mock turtleneck.

The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975 (2011)

Directed by Göran Hugo Olsson

Some moments are truly powerful. As a collection of film shot by Swedish journalists, ambitiously titled, and containing old footage juxtaposed with an odd assortment of black figures speaking about the film and its subjects, it’s able to stand on its own. However, no illusions should be drawn about this documentary holding even a cursory narrative about this period in black history. In this light, perhaps the intertitles were misleading—flowing from year to year as if to succinctly summarize 9 years of struggle, rather than contextualize each piece. With that said, being able to witness Stokley Carmichael in public and more intimate settings, hearing the bubbling current of Lewis H. Michaux, and receiving a smattering of lesser known characters during this period is a worthwhile and invaluable resource. And there is, of course, Angela Davis.

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song

You know you love it.

Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song (1971)

Directed by Melvin Van Peebles

If a single frame can capture an affect, then this moment surely speaks not only of the rage within the black community, but a uneasy sense of anticipation for an escalation in tactics. From two shots of a single burning squad car, split to rest on top of each other like a stacked barricade, Van Peebles is reiterating what the preceding moments of this scene were trying to portray: a relatively spontaneous, but organized social sabotage of state repression.

“Since each of us was several, there was already quite a crowd.”

—   Deleuze & Guattari