Blog: 2015 Might be the Luckiest Year for Hip-Hop

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The Writer's Bloc

(Photo courtesy of gozamos) (Photo courtesy of gozamos)

It’s already been a breakthrough year for hip-hop. From Canada to Chile, to California and South Dakota, rappers have changed the fabric of the genre. To the early release of To Pimp A Butterfly to the tours of Lakota and Chilean-French rappers, hip-hop has never looked this way before.

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar broke Pandora’s box when To Pimp a Butterfly  dropped a week before its initial release date on iTunes and Spotify a week. Dubbed “The Great American Hip-Hop Album,” the Compton native brought a kaleidoscope of genres such as jazz, funk and soul. But, the album is incredibly profound, dissecting the essence of black America and dropping lyrics such as “you hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture” in “The Blacker the Berry.”

In the album, Lamar plunges into a whirlpool of dark intimate experiences, his conscience spitting…

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International Women’s Day in Zapatista Territory

InterNational Womxn’s Day, Indigenous Womxn on the front lines of the struggle

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Zapatista women at the “Comandanta Ramona” Women’s Gathering in La Garrucha, Chiapas, December 31, 2007 | Photo: Tim Russo Zapatista women at the “Comandanta Ramona” Women’s Gathering in La Garrucha, Chiapas, December 31, 2007 | Photo: Tim Russo

By: Hilary Klein | teleSUR

Women have played an important role in the EZLN, as insurgents in the rebel army, political leaders, health and education promoters, and as members of economic collectives in the development of the local and regional economy.

Before the Zapatista uprising, women in the indigenous villages of Chiapas were often forced into arranged marriages, had little access to birth control, and domestic violence was generally considered normal and acceptable. A woman could not leave the house without her husband’s permission, and women’s confinement to the private sphere translated into very limited participation in public life. This history of marginalization serves as a backdrop for the striking changes that have taken place in Zapatista territory.

Women have played an important role in the Zapatista Army of National Liberation…

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10 Books about Prison Abolition to Read in 2014

Must Read and Learn, for Prison Abolition

Prison Justice

Here are 10 amazing, insight-filled, compassionate, revolutionary books about prison abolition that I read in 2013, listed in descending order of how much I loved them. Please check them out and leave comments on this blog, or email us your reactions at uoprisonjustice@gmail.com!

10 MUST-READ PRISON ABOLITION BOOKS

10. Stories of Transformative Justice by Ruth Morris

9. The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

8. Soledad Brother by George Jackson

7. Prisons Will Not Protect You edited by Against Equality and Ryan Conrad

6. The Prisoner’s Wife by asha bandele

5. Assata by Assata Shakur

4. Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison-Industrial Complex edited by Nat Smith and Eric Stanley

3. If they come in the morning: Voices of Resistance edited by Angela Davis and US political prisoners

2. Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States by Joey Mogul, Andrea Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock

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