Monthly Archives: April 2013

On-Site Tobago: An Afternoon at the Kimme Museum with the Late Luise Kimme | Tobago | Uncommon Caribbean


On-Site Tobago: An Afternoon at the Kimme Museum with the Late Luise Kimme | Tobago | Uncommon Caribbean.


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Frantz Fanon: Focus of “The Black Scholar

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The most recent edition of The Black Scholar is dedicated to Martinique-born scholar and revolutionary Frantz Fanon. This issue was produced by guest editors Daynali Flores Rodríguez (Illinois Wesleyan University) and Joseph Jordan (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

The Black Scholar is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal providing cogent articles that help the understanding of issues of social concern to black Americans and other peoples of African descent across the world. To provide full range for the development of black thought in a climate where fora are still limited, the journal emphasizes writings by black authors. The journal was launched in 1969 with the premise that black authors, scholars, artists and activists could participate in dialogue within its pages, “uniting the academy and the street.” Its editors have been dedicated to finding and developing new talent and continuing to publish established authors. TBS is now a refereed journal. Nonetheless…

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Stamp to honour politician and civil rights campaigner John Archer, first Afro-Caribbean elected to public office in UK

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Mystery face among first class Britons: John Archer, first Afro-Caribbean elected to public office in London, honoured alongside Lloyd George in new set of stamps. He became first of Afro-Caribbean heritage elected to public office in 1906, as ELEANOR HARDING reports in this article for The Voice.

They are meant to celebrate Britain’s most famous characters in history.

But among the instantly-recognisable faces of Royal Mail’s ‘Great Britons’ stamp set is one that may leave you a little lost.

John Archer, former Mayor or Battersea, is one of the characters featured in the set – a choice which is likely to leave some stamp collectors a little confused.

For while his achievements heading up a London borough are indeed admirable, they are not quite as well-known as those of his fellow countrymen.

The set of 10 first class stamps, released today,  also includes David Lloyd George, Benjamin Britten…

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The case for compensating the Caribbean

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This article by SIR RONALD SANDERS appeared in Jamaica’s Observer.

In 1838, British slave owners in the English-speaking Caribbean received £11.6 (US$17.8) billion in today’s value as compensation for the emancipation of their “property” — 655,780 human beings of African descent that they had been enslaved, brutalised and exploited. The freed slaves, by comparison, received nothing in recompense for their dehumanisation, cruel treatment, the abuse of their labour, and the plain injustice of their enslavement.

The monies paid to sláves owners have been studied and assembled by a team of academics from University College London, including Dr Nick Draper, who spent three years pulling together 46,000 records which they have now launched as an Internet database. The website is:

The benefits of those monies still exist in Britain today. For example, they are the foundations of Barclays Bank, Lloyds Bank and the Royal Bank of Scotland. But they…

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CALLING THE YORUBA DEITIES: Orisha Drum, Song, and Dance from Trinidad

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Orisha Drum, Song, and Dance from Trinidad

April 24, 2013, 7 p.m.

The City University Graduate Center, Elebash Hall

365 Fifth Avenue (between 34th and 35th Streets)

Manhattan, New York City

This article by William Farrington appeared in Caribbean Life News.

Master drummer Earl King and an Orisha ensemble will perform at Elebash Hall in Manhattan, as a part of the City of the World Music Series, Wednesday, April 24.

A rare opportunity presents itself this week as Orisha drummers play Manhattan’s Elebash Hall. Outside of Trinidad, Orisha is generally experienced in late-night gatherings in Flatbush churches celebrating feasts, occasions which can last several nights. Earl Noel, a master of this sacred ceremonial tradition, will lead a trio of drummers and an ensemble of dancers in an Orisha religious service. Three drums, the Bo, Bembe, and Umele are at the center of the ceremony. The drummers call to each…

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What is a Carnival Studies Degree?



Carnival in the Caribbean has grown to become more than just a festival (if it was ever “just a festival”). It has become a real and tangible layer of Caribbean society that contributes to industry, art, history and identity. The Cuban poet and scholar Antonio Benitez-Rojo in 1992 said of the Caribbean Carnivals that “Of all possible sociocultural practices, the carnival…is the one that best expresses the strategies that the people of the Caribbean have for speaking at once of themselves and their relation to the world, with history, with tradition, with nature, with God. If we provisionally accept this premise…to the carnival, we are in a position to learn more about the intricacies and complexities of the Caribbean as a sociocultural system”.

On the other end of the spectrum but still supporting the relevance of the Caribbean Carnivals to the region Dr. Jo-anne Tull documented in 2005 that “carnivals…

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