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Prince: The great musician and his connection to Africans worldwide

First Published in (The Burning Spear newspaper January 2016 edition) and Burning Spear Online Published Jan 5, 2016 I am still looking for my platinum or gold awards from Warner Bros. Canada, as I was the first to promote Prince in the great white north (Canada). In the October 19, 1978 edition of Al Hamilton’s African Canadian weekly newspaper … Continue reading

Remembering Fred Hampton and Mark Clark

Norman Otis Richmond, aka Jalali First Published Dec 7, 2015 in Uhuru News  Shortly before his assassination Fred Hampton prophetically pointed out, “I believe I’m going to die doing the things I was born to do. I believe I’m going to die high off the people. I believe I’m going to die a revolutionary in the international revolutionary proletarian struggle.” December 4th … Continue reading

Chicago killing as American as apple pie

By Norman (Otis) Richmond First Published in Caribbean Camera December 2, 2015 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel maintains that the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is a one-off situation. This is an outright lie. Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times. Police killing African men and women are as American as apple pie … Continue reading

The Coup in Canada (November 2006)

  By Norman (Otis) Richmond Toronto– After many years of phone conversations, emails and messages from relatives and friends I finally met Boots Riley. Riley is the face of the hip-hop crew, the Coup, along with Pam “The Funktress,” who was unable to make the trip to Toronto for the Coup’s recent debut performance here … Continue reading

Norman Otis Richmond Interviews Youssou N’Dour 1987

This was the first interview that Youssou N’Dour granted to a Black journalist in the Western Hemisphere.

My vicarious sporting life

First Published in Caribbean Camera October 29th, 2015 By Norman (Otis) Richmond The Major League Baseball playoffs are in full swing. “Thanks” to imperialism Africans in the Western Hemisphere were involved in both baseball and cricket. Africans in the U.S. and Latin America, South America and the Dutch Caribbean played baseball and those from the … Continue reading

Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter” would have rode with Nat Turner

By Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali  First Published in The Nation,Oct 10, 2015 “If Bunchy had been on the same plantation as Nat Turner you can believe he would have rode with Nat Turner. That’s the type of person Bunchy was.” Kumasi NBC television has resurrected Al Prentice “Bunchy” Carter” with a new series called … Continue reading

George Clinton: Brothas Be, Yo Like George: Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard On You?

First Published in September Issue of BurningSpear Newspaper By Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali “George Clinton aka Dr. Funkenstein alias The Long Head Sucker is about sex, drugs and funk & roll.” Clinton is much more, for sure. He is a visionary who, as Nelson George has pointed out, “Happens to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of pop music, … Continue reading

Huey P. Newton (1942-1989): The Canadian Connection

By Norman (Otis) Richmond First Published, Thursday, August 27, 2009 via Pan-African News Wire Huey P. Newton was murdered 20 years ago in Oakland, California during the month of August. Because Black freedom fighters like George and Jonathan Jackson, Khatari Gaulden and others lost their lives during this month, revolutionaries inside the California prison system … Continue reading

Aminata Moseka (Abbey Lincoln): “The Girl Can’t Help It”: She was a freedom fighter

Norman (Otis) Richmond aka Jalali First Published in the Burning Spear Online Newspaper Jul 13, 2015 Published Aug 26, 2010 We have inherited a great music. This music is a holdover. It comes with us like the skin, the texture of our hair. It’s our memory banks.” – Abbey Lincoln. I have been blessed in many … Continue reading