BLF stands with the Zama Zamas in Kimberley

By BO Staff Writer The following article was previously published on the BLF website on 14 September 2017 and is now reissued by Black Opinion: Black First Land First (BLF) supports the legitimate demands of the artisanal miners (Zama Zamas) – being members of the Mining Affected Communities United in Action (Macua) and Kimberley Artisanal …

President Zuma bows to Biko – a black moment between delinquents

By Athi Mongezeleli Joja Today, the 12th of September, marks the day the philosopher and leader of the South African chapter of the Black Consciousness Movement, Steve Biko, died at the hands of the apartheid police apparatus. Already, messages and commemorations have been filling social media and other outlets, with open declaratory gestures remembering and …

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: New Frank Talk – In Defence of Biko 40 years later

By Athi Mongezeleli Joja The emergence of the discourse on “decolonisation” from within local struggles has engulfed South Africa. As if scrambling for a new figure to fill in a void, political parties, prestigious institutions and so on, undertook pilgrimages to the grave of Steve Biko, writing papers, holding conferences, and others, holding massive rallies …

How Albert Woodfox survived solitary

By Rachel Aviv This story was originally published on the New Yorker magazine website. Albert Woodfox was one of three of the Angola 3, he was in solitary confinement longer than any American in history. Last summer, five months after being released from prison, Albert Woodfox went to Harlem. It was there, in 1969, during …

Happy Birthday Steve Biko

By BO Staff Writer Today,the father of the Black Consiousness (BC) movement in South Africa, Steve Biko, would have been 70 years old had he not been murdered. We republish this statement released by the BC movement, Black First Land First (BLF), last year. On this 69th anniversary of Steve Biko’s birth BLF finds it …

Queen Nzinga, brilliant legacy of decolonization  

In honour of the revolutionary contributions of Queen Nzinga who died  353 years ago Black Opinion is reissuing the following statement published on the Black First Land First blog on 17 December 2015. December 17, 1663 is the death date of Queen Nzinga (Nzinga Mbande). On this 352nd anniversary of her death BLF takes the …