This month exactly 47 years ago, back in October 1966, the Black Panther Party was founded
in Oakland, CA by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. Consequently during this anniversary month there have been a lot of related Black Panther history events, especially in the Bay Area, including several readings and gatherings surrounding the publication this month by History Of Funk author Rickey Vincent's latest book Party Music: The Inside Story of the Black Panthers' Band and How Black Power Transformed Soul Music. Then tonight, the last event during this anniversary month, the folks at One Fam Culture Center in West Oakland will be screening two related films, Bastards Of The Party and Lords of the Revolution, followed by a panel discussion.
The documentary Bastards of the Party by Cle "Bone" Sloan portrays the birth of the gangs that cropped up in the vacuum left by the the Black Panther Party and shows the rise of the L.A. gangs the Crips and the Bloods as the so-called "bastard children of the Black Panthers." See trailer above. Meanwhile the film Lords of Revolution: The Black Panthers, a VH1 production, traces the history of the Black Panther Party from their beginnings through their tumultuous life including their fiery relationship with the police and the FBI who were determined to bring the Party down. Tonight's program begins at 7pm. Both films have been time edited to accommodate the two hour program that includes a panel discussion. Wednesday, October 30th, 7pm at One Fam Culture Center at 1606 7th Street, West Oakland. No cover charge. PH 510-444-7746