John C. Quicker and Akil S. Batani-Khalfani’s new book, "Before Crips: Fussin’, Cussin’, and Discussin’ among South Los Angeles Juvenile Gangs," exposes mainstream stigmas and half-truths surrounding street groups. It also explores the true history of the South Los Angeles street organizations that predated the Crips and the Bloods. Danny Shaw reviews the book.
July 28 marks the 1-year anniversary of the passing of Glen Ford, founding executive editor of Black Agenda Report. Ford invented phrases to help burn the impact of injustice into people's minds. But he made clear in his writings it was not enough to be against injustice. One had to explain it in a way so people would be inspired to organize a movement. TF editor Julie Varughese reviewed "The Black Agenda."
For those who understand what DaCosta’s “Candyman” is trying to say and why, it may not be scary in the traditional slasher/spine-tingler sense, so it’s hard to say whether or not the movie is “good” as a traditional horror film. However, the real-life nightmares and horrors reflected in this film are what many Black viewers will be all too familiar with.