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Promoting revolutionary culture! Salute InPDUM’s cultural workers

Dec 5, 2021
Kalambayi Andenet, President, International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM)


“Hot off the Press! Africans Unite Across the World!" Image by Yaasante

 

InPDUM is building a culture of revolution. We are creating works of music, writing, poetry, illustration and all forms of art that promote the revolution and the liberation of our people. We are calling on all artists to join TODAY at InPDUM.org and help build the culture of revolution.

If you want to write for African Resistance Now! send an email to [email protected] today! We also invite artists to mail your work to The Burning Spear newspaper at 1245 18th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. It might get featured in African Resistance Now!

African People’s Socialist Party honored at 2021 inPUBLIC Festival in Boston

Boston-based artists of various art forms were asked to participate in the inPUBLIC Festival. Comrade Dexter Mlimwengu was requested to submit his photography.

All participating artists were asked to answer the question “what are you tending to?” with their art displays.

Dexter answered “I’m tending to myself, but the only way I can truly tend to myself and better my own living conditions Is through bettering the living conditions of my entire people.

"So, I decided to feature my work featuring Chairman Omali Yeshitela and leaders of the African People's Socialist Party-USA (APSP) and International People's Democratic Uhuru Movement.

"These are the soldiers on the ground fighting tirelessly to elevate the living conditions of our entire people.”

Vibrant images of Chairman Omali Yeshitela, President Kalambayi Andenet, Director Akilé Anai and our late comrade Musa Abantu were displayed on the large “downtown steps” in the heart of downtown crossing.

Attached were brief backgrounds on the comrades featured to add further context to the images.

Onlookers were captivated with the display with one viewer, notably, being brought to tears.

Many were inspired to leave and do further research on Chairman Omali Yeshitela and the Uhuru Movement.

Meet Askia Touré, revolutionary cultural worker

Poet, essayist, artist, editor and new member of the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement (InPDUM) Askia Touré hosted a reading of his recent works at the 2021 inPUBLIC Festival in Boston, Massachusetts on the weekend of November 5-7.

During this event, comrade Askia was, metaphorically and literally, given his flowers and saluted for his decades-long commitment to the promotion of revolutionary culture.

A prolific writer, comrade Askia served on the editorial board of Black America, the news organ of the Philadelphia-based Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM).

He served on the staff of Liberator Magazine, was the associate editor for Black Dialogue and editor for the Black Star Newspaper.

Immediately after the assassination of Malcolm X, he would partner with another well-known participant in the ‘60s Black Arts Movement, Larry Neal, to found the Afro World Newspaper. The first issue was published just a week after Malcolm X’s murder.

He is, however, best known as one of the architects of the Black Arts Movement alongside the likes of Sonia Sanchez, James Baldwin and Amiri Baraka.

One of Askia’s most notable works, Dawnsong!, can be purchased on Amazon, your local book store and wherever books are sold.

Tiger in Junglescape/ Roar

By Askia Touré, InPDUM member based in Boston, Massachusetts

The tiger waits, and heals, in cool, jungle glades, aware that wounds abound in a gang/claw Universe.

Aware that time, once his friend, has become a bold adversary; gaining strength, while his dynamic vitality is waning. The tiger waits: golden, glowing eyes hypnotic and mysterious, predatory, furious when crushing difficult prey. A primordial being, raw with courage, savage charisma: as though God spoke fluently with striped pelt and glistening fangs, an earthquake roar announcing wild divinity. This monarch among carnivores, this champion of death, hunting endless possibilities in his grand junglescape, awaits his final breath.

Yet even in death's grip, he’ll not go quietly, but grapple that pale stranger invading his green realm, as would any ruler magnificent, and proud.

The tiger is a tribune to our joy.

Sankofa

By Yaasante, InPDUM member based in Spanish Town, Jamaica

Never do they use colonialism
To describe our condition
Never do they say genocide

A glaring omission
They call it racism
So anti-racist capitalism
Becomes their one true mission

Racism.
That doesn’t begin
To describe our plight

I went back to Africa
Late last night

Chanting down Babylon
With all my might

Then I was a slave

Then I was a slave
Chained to other slaves

Urging a young boy
To cool down his fright

I held his hand
Strong and firm

Resistance was near
He would learn

What to the slave
Is a flying brick

Hurled at a slaver’s skull
So thick

Hurled at his teeth
Yellow and brittle

If love is a tree
Freedom is whittled

Into an arrow
A burning spear

In through one side
And out the other ear

Of a slave master
Who wouldn’t listen
To the cries of black children
In blood he would christen

That young boy is older now

He was shot in the dark
While his pocket held skittles

He was left on the asphalt
While his skin burned and sizzled

He was killed in the park
For having a toy gun

He was suffocated by the knee
Of a colonizer having fun

From then till now
One thing remains true

The thoughts in their heads
Could never hurt you

It was power in their hands
Not lack of virtues

That made black death
A fact that would urge you

To post black tiles
And sing black songs
And use black hashtags
In a fight that can’t be won

By spontaneous struggle
Tailing tragic events
With an ideology that’s muddled
And no form of defense

Pick a bigger weapon
By now we should learn
Freedom won’t be given
It is something that is earned

Keep The Spear Burning!

 

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