By Walter Rutledge
By Walter Rutledge
The National Action Network (NAN) on 145th Street in Harlem is considering legal action against the New York Police Department in response to allegations that the department spied on the civil rights group and its leader, Rev. Al Sharpton.
The NYPD allegedly planted a confidential informant in NAN’s Harlem headquarters to report on any large-scale protests planned in response to the acquittal of the officers who massacred Sean Bell, an unarmed Black man whom police riddled with bullets and killed right before his wedding in November 2006, veteran police reporter and author Len Levitt reported on HuffingtonPost.com Feb. 13. Continue reading
At just 30 years old making her Broadway debut, playwright Katori Hall was not around to experience Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in real time, but she became immersed in his legacy growing up in Memphis where he spent the last days of his life.
Her new play Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett pays tribute to Dr. King’s last public appearance at Mason Temple in Memphis where he delivered his historic “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” speech. Continue reading
Jesse Jackson criticized Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert on Sunday, saying Gilbert sees LeBron James (FSY) as a “runaway slave” and that the owner’s comments after the free-agent forward decided to join the Miami Heat put the player in danger. Continue reading
Thousands of mourners filled Riverside Church on Wednesday for the funeral of Percy Sutton, a former Tuskegee Airman, a media mogul, power broker and pioneering civil rights attorney who represented Malcolm X.
Among the dignitaries gathered at the church were Attorney General Eric Holder, Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Charles Schumer. Two of Malcolm X’s daughters also attended. Continue reading
Hot Buttered Soul from Harlem to Watts
Pure funk and soul, Isaac Hayes sings his classic ‘Shaft’ with an introduction by Reverend Jesse Jackson on August 20th, 1972 at WattsStax to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the Watts riots and black power, pride, culture, tradition and heritage struggle at the Los Angeles Coliseum: