The Ghosts of the Miller Library: the city of Oakland conspired to keep a historic building blighted and useless. But who paid the price, and who benefitted?

March 26, 2018

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I’ve been involved with the Miller Library building at 15th st. and Miller Ave for about six years. It started with a major spectacle event where I and many community members took over the building in 2012. We filled it with books and created a day long people’s fair around the building. That day, kids […]

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The Killmonger Compromise: How a CIA Agent and a Black Revolutionary Combine Forces to Preserve the Status Quo in Marvel’s Black Panther

February 22, 2018

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There don’t seem to be many spoilers left to give away for Black Panther. Almost everyone in the universe has seen the film who had even a mild interest, and those who haven’t seem happy to throw down in the Killmonger was wrong-right dialectic its spawned. So, spoiler alert, if you are bothered about that […]

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Source File Corrupt: The Left’s Faustian Bargain with the ADL and the SPLC

February 18, 2018

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The Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center were two ancient orgs slumping into the horizon with barnacled hulls and weather-beaten jackets, when antifascist fever took off around 2015. ADL’s rep as a right-wing organization that had spied on left of center organizations and Black political groups for years was common knowledge. Most of the […]

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Re: Your Bad Hot Take on Charles Manson

November 28, 2017

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Many years ago, when people still read whatever was lying around to fight downtime boredom, I picked up and read a discarded copy of the biography of Charles Manson, Manson in His Own Words, by Nuel Emmons. Like almost everyone under 60 today, my knowledge of Manson up to that point came from cultural inheritance […]

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Policing History: Peter Nicks’ Ahistorical The Force Erases Context and Facts about OPD

September 16, 2017

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There’s a scene in Peter Nicks the Force, the much hyped documentary by the director of the Waiting Room about the Oakland Police Department that is illustrative of the film’s foundational failure. Then-Captain Leronne Armstrong addresses an incoming police academy. He represents the intsitutional OPD that the young men and women are poised to enter […]

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Oakland’s City Leaders as Firestarters

August 17, 2017

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On July 7, a massive early morning fire tore through a seven story development in the heart of Oakland’s downtown/uptown neighborhood. It was the second fire this year in a similar construction site–a market rate development in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods–and the third in less than a year. Otis R. Taylor, a San Francisco Chronicle columnist, […]

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Intersectional Feminism: Wonder Woman, Palestinians, Wakanda and Zionism

June 3, 2017

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Though I’m not by any means an expert or anything, I was a historical consultant for one of the better documentaries out there on Wonder Woman, released long before there was even the hint of any hope for a Wonder Woman film—a role I began in 2008 for a film released in 2012. That’s not to […]

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