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A reparations discourse with all its unfulfilled claims is still an open point of contention for those whose ancestors were used to create the wealth which the British royal family still enjoys. When Meghan Markle married into the royal family, I heard it said half-jokingly that this was not to be considered our reparations. Perhaps a Caribbean GPS is best [...]

By |March 20th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Until America Does Right by Black Women, Indigenous People, the Dispossessed…”

There is a line at the end of Alice Walker’s The Color Purple (1982) when Celie delivers a curse to Mister: “Until you do right by me, everything you think about (everything you touch) will crumble.”  America is seen around the world now, a nation in decline, a failed dream which constantly becomes a nightmare because of its unwillingness to [...]

By |January 7th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Promise of Kamala Harris

We still revel in claiming firsts:  First Black person to be president, senator, congressman.  And this is not just a United States phenomenon.  It occurs across Africa and the African Diaspora.  Following enslavement and European colonialism across the Americas in particular, Black populations are still in the mode of recovery; gaining the kind of political and economic power that would [...]

By |October 22nd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments


The most recent public case of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot in the back on Sunday, August 23, 2020, in the presence of his children, who were sitting in his car which he attempted to enter, demonstrates again how aggressive and corrupt policing can render one dead or permanently damaged in an instant. Jacob Blake, up [...]

By |August 28th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kwame Ture and the Global Black Power Movement*

I still love Frantz Fanon’s opening line from his chapter “On National Culture” in his classic The Wretched of the Earth (Penguin, 1967): “Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfil it, or betray it.” From the time that Stokely Carmichael voiced the term “Black Power” in 1966, there was a shift from an older Civil Rights [...]

By |August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Honoring Kamau Brathwaite (1930-2020)

Citation for and Introduction of Kamau Brathwaite’s W.E.B. Dubois Award at The Tenth National Black Writers’ Conference, with Toni Morrison Nobel Prize Winning Author as Honorary Chair Medgar Evers College, Saturday March 27, 2010 Tidalectics! Nation Language! The African Diaspora in the Caribbean! “The African presence in Caribbean literature”! Migration as a discourse! Theory of Creolization! The relevance of Haiti! [...]

By |June 26th, 2012|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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