Caribbean

UniverSoul Comes to Compton, Celebrating Caribbean Night

On Friday April 21st, UniverSoul circus hosted their Caribbean night, a celebration of culture, music, and pure family fun. Featuring Cossack horse acts, trapeze art, traditional Caribbean dance from group Caribbean Fusion, Caribbean stilt walkers, fire limbo dancers, and motocross cyclists from 406FMX, people of all ages enjoyed a thrilling series of acts throughout the night.

Black-Owned Beauty Supply: Black Panther Strong

The making of Black Panther Strong beauty products is inspired by and made for the Black community. There is a rich history behind the origins of this brand and an even stronger story of success in their expansion, as a Black-owned manufacturing company.

COMMENTARY: Black No More 

It is worth noting that recounting the horrors of slavery, remembering heroes of the civil rights movement, along with a few 19th and 20th century inventors, athletes and entertainers, in no way sufficiently pays proper tribute to the totality of our past. Only by passing down our complete stories and sharing the fullness of our heritage do we properly honor our ancestors and history, a history that long predates the 17th century in North, South and Central America and the Caribbean. We were Africans long before becoming New Yorkers, Jamaicans, Brazilians, Haitians, Cubans or Puerto Ricans. 

Dr. Esther Obeng: At home in her lab at St. Jude

Apart from the science and medicine, there’s another reason Esther Obeng, M.D., Ph.D., has found a home at St. Jude. After arriving, she learned about the research hospital’s history as the first fully integrated children’s hospital in the South and about its continuing focus in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.

‘A Near-Perfect Person of Color’ Killed by a Dallas Officer

Botham Jean organized church mission trips. He installed Skype for elderly parents who missed their kids. One time he met a stranger who shared his mom’s birthday, so the bighearted 6-foot-1 choir singer got the woman a cake.

Ex-Dallas Officer Who Killed Neighbor Found Guilty of Murder

A White former Dallas police officer who shot her Black unarmed neighbor to death after, she said, mistaking his apartment for her own was convicted of murder Tuesday in a verdict that prompted tears of relief from his family and chants of “Black lives matter” from a crowd outside the courtroom.

Beyond the Bondage of Plantation Politics: Crafting Our Own Presidential Platform

Thus, we self-consciously called our Movement, the Black Freedom Movementand demanded “FreedomNow,” not civil rights now. We composed and sang freedomsongs, not civil rights songs. And we built freedomschools, not civil rights schools, and we risked our lives on freedomrides, not civil rights rides. You can always say there was indeed a fight for civil rights. But although civil rights were an important concern of the Black Freedom Movement, the Black Freedom struggle was committed to freedom as a more expansive concept, practice and goal. In a word, it was concerned about freedom from oppression and freedom to grow, develop and come into the fullness of ourselves.

Etienne Charles Carnival: The Sound of a People

During Carnival, the island of Trinidad becomes engulfed in a cacophony of sounds – from singing minstrels, to the clash of stick fights, and lively calypso music with its hallmark steel pan cadences. As a Trinidadian raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band, performing at Carnival fetes, and immersing himself in the folklore. Through Etienne’s Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout the festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.

The Broad Stage Presents: True Blues — Corey Harris and Guy Davis

 The Broad Stage presents True Blues– Corey Harris and Guy Davis — on Friday, September 28 at 7:30pm.  Harris and Davis, two leading performers of acoustic blues, will each perform a set of their own before coming together onstage to celebrate the extraordinary music that has shaped their multifaceted careers.

Passing of Celebrated Author Revives Debate Over Postcolonial Views

Naipaul was a lightning rod for criticism, say his critics, particularly by those who read his portrayals of Third World disarray as apologies for colonialism. But others say he was unsparing, both of the arrogance and self-aggrandizement of the colonizers as well as the self-deception and ethical ambiguities of the liberation movements that swept across Africa and the Caribbean in their wake.