’40 Years a Prisoner’ features survivors of MOVE bombing in Philadelphia

40 Years a Prisoner

“40 Years a Prisoner” is not as much an indictment on Philadelphia policing as it is a love letter and a plea for humanity. Philadelphia police targeted the Black radical group, MOVE, for several years before a devastating attack in 1985. Ultimately police officials launched an attack on the group’s headquarters, which resulted in the […]

Rihanna leaves Def Jam, reportedly signs with Roc Nation

Pop superstar Rihanna has departed her longtime label, Def Jam Recordings. The singer released all seven of her albums on the powerhouse label, but has now reportedly signed with Jay Z’s Roc Nation as an artist. Jay signed Rihanna to Def Jam when he was label president in 2005. Her latest Def Jam release was 2012’s Unapologetic. Jay formed Roc Nation in 2009 and Rihanna split from her former manager, Marc Jordan, and inked a deal with Roc Nation’s management team in 2010.

Ramona Africa sets the record straight in new documentary, ‘Let the Fire Burn’

Ramona Africa On May 13, 1985, Philadelphia police dropped two pounds of military explosives onto a city row house occupied by MOVE, a black liberation group. The resulting fire was allowed to burn for more than an hour although firefighters were on the scene with water cannons in place. Five children and six adults were […]

Celebrated writer Ntozake Shange debuts new work

On the ‘A’ w/Souleo In her private residence, playwright Ntozake Shange is lost in her own world: one made up of words, rhythm and recovery. The writer of the legendary theater piece, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf no longer has the full use of her hands and legs due to […]