The Black Panther is an African Cat
"Out of Darkness" documentary is now available at the Aframerican Book Store! Out of Darkness tells the untold history of African people and the African cultural contributions to the world. Features Dr. Joy Degruy, Sabir Bey, Professor James Small, Taj Tarik Bey, Kaba Kamene, Dr. Claud Anderson, Dr. Umar Johnson, Anthony & Atlantis Browder,Tim Wise and others. Also "Hidden Colors " 1, 2, 3, and 4 films are now available.
"We Ain't No Niggas!", by N. Quamere Cincere. Exposing the deception of your world history education. A must read for every African American! (2008), 179 pages.
"Slaves with Swag", by Daryl T. Himmon. Learn about the Negroes your history teacher forgot to mention. Discover the 1790 U.S. Census shows there were almost
a half million Free Negroes in the United States of America before the Emancipation Proclamation and the ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
(2012), 150 pages.
"When We Ruled", by Robin Walker. A landmark publication superbly illustrated while examining the nature of what we call "Black history". Probably the broadest single
survey of early African humanity and civilizations yet compiled by a scholar of African descent!
The second edition (March 2012) of "The Black Panther is an African Cat" is now available from the Aframerican Bookstore. This is a collection of poems of exploration and testimony written by Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa (formerly David Rice) and published by the House of August Press.
Read about Mondo here on this website! The Aframerican Book Store now stocks titles First Word (knowledge wisdom/mental liberation) by Kwaku Person-Lynn, Distorted Truths (the bastardization of Afrikan cosmology) by Damani Agyekum, and When We Ruled by Robin Walker.
THE BLACK PANTHER IS AN AFRICAN CAT, Wopashitwe Mondo Eyen we Langa's volume of poems and raps, not only contains Mondo's insights through the printed page but through the assemblages /collages that serve the function of helping the reader to see what he sees..
In the preface to his collection of poems and raps, Mondo speaks of Pete and Charlotte O'Neal, former Panthers from Kansas City who are living in exile in Tanzania, and says that, like them, he has "journeyed to the Motherland." However, his journey has not been a physical one but a journey made via "books and other printed materials, filmed/taped documentaries, conversations, my own contemplations, etc." As to the poems and raps he selected for this book, Mondo states: "[They] express what it means to me to be an African and how the meaning of this influences how i see and interpret things. At the same time, though, i'm an African who was born and brought up in the U.S. and continues to be influenced by its institutions, and i'm an African who's been locked up for nearly 35 years. These poems and raps are expressive of and generated by all of this."
Professor Julius Thompson, Chair of the University of Missouri-Columbia Black Studies Program, has reviewed this volume by the long-time advocate for the dignity and rights of African people, writer, and political prisoner. Thompson characterizes THE BLACK PANTHER IS AN AFRICAN CAT as "one guide for black people everywhere--as indeed, the black struggle continues..." He also shares with us his take on "Mondo's poetic voice and life's struggle" as a reminder of "the dues that African peoples have paid on the journey of life."
In her review in the Lincoln Star Journal, Fran Kaye [who teaches English and Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. and also volunteers in several local and international peace and justice organizations] notes that the author of the poems in The Black Panther is an African Cat ” . . . uses voices ranging from rap to an African demotic to a highly polished American Standard English reminiscent of Langston Hughes. The poems focus on building and educating all Americans to the need for social justice in a society where Mondo’s 36 years of imprisonment for a crime he insists he did not commit is ongoing evidence of the continuation of racism."