Black in the Day…The Importance of Black Economic Independence

August 23, 1900: The National Negro Business League was founded in Boston, Massachusetts with Booker T. Washington as its first president. Its membership included the elite of Black business leaders as well as a large number of the upwardly aspiring Black middle class. The purpose of the organization was to “promote the commercial and financial development of the Negro.” Washington established the group because he believed that the key to ending racism in the United States was through economic development. He also believed that economic development would allow African-Americans to become…

I Don’t Know About His NFL Partnership, But Jay-Z Was Wrong about the 4th Amendment

A lot of us have/had opinions on Jay-Z’s partnership with the NFL. Some of us cheered the idea, others despised the move, with some of those people calling him a sell out and others simply didn’t give a damn. Despite the polarizing move, what isn’t polarizing is Jay Z’s rap prowess. Many consider him the GOAT of hip hop, and for good reason. If you include skills, commercial hits and longevity, it’s hard to argue why Jay isn’t the greatest of all time behind a mic. However, what Hov isn’t…

Black in the Day….The Murder of the Revolutionary Huey P. Newton

August 22, 1989: 30 years ago today Black revolutionary icon Huey Newton was killed in the streets of Oakland, California On August 22, 1989, co-founder of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense (BPP) Huey P. Newton was murdered. Newton was fatally shot on Center Street in the Lower Bottoms neighborhood of West Oakland by a 24-year-old Black Guerrilla Family member. His last words to his killer before being shot twice in the head were, You can kill my body, and you can take my life, but you can never kill my soul. My soul…

Black in the Day….Nat Turner’s Rebellion

August 21, 1831: This was the start of Nat Turner’s Slave Revolt that took place in Southampton county, Virginia.  Nathanial “Nat” Turner (1800-1831) was a black American slave who led the only effective, sustained slave rebellion (August 1831) in U.S. history. Spreading terror throughout the white South, his action set off a new wave of oppressive legislation prohibiting the education, movement, and assembly of slaves and stiffened proslavery, antiabolitionist convictions that persisted in that region until the American Civil War (1861–65). Here are 10 things you may not know about…