LargeUp Mix Series: Lion Twin’s “Trinidad Roots” Mixtape

Cover Photo by Raya Charles/Raya Media For this month’s installment of the LargeUp Mix Series, we return to Trinidad & Tobago for what is, to our knowledge, the first mix to focus exclusively on the twin-island republic’s roots reggae scene. You know about T&T soca, calypso and pan, but what about T&T reggae? Selectors Asfa and Yakub Charles out of Lion Twin, […]

Kreyol Chronicles: Surf Haiti with the Boys of Kabic Beach

Words by Jesse Serwer Photos by Christopher L. Mitchell Model: Sara Charles Kabic is Haiti’s first and, thus far, only surf community. On a typical afternoon, you might find a dozen or so local boys and young men riding the swells at this picturesque, banana tree-lined beach east of Jacmel, on the country’s southern coast. […]

The history of British slave ownership has been buried

A new BBC documentary tells how a trove of documents lays bare the names of Britain’s 46,000 slave owners, including relatives of Gladstone and Orwell David Olusoga – the Guardian The past has a disconcerting habit of bursting, uninvited and unwelcome, into the present. This year history gate-crashed modern America in the form of a […]

Black Anarchists and Pan-Afrikanists: An Interview with Philip A. Howard

  Dr. Philip A. Howard is a historian who researches the Afro-Cuban and African influence in Latin America and the Caribbean. Chair of the Department of History at the University of Houston, Howard is the author two books: Changing History: The Afro-Cuban Cabildos and Societies of Color in the Nineteenth Century (LSU Press, 1998) and the recently […]

Amerikan slavery: Separating fact from myth

Five generations of a slave family. Shutterstock People think they know everything about slavery in the United States, but they don’t. They think the majority of African slaves came to the American colonies, but they didn’t. They talk about 400 years of slavery, but it wasn’t. They claim all Southerners owned slaves, but they didn’t. […]

The Puerto Rican Colony, Oscar Lopez Rivera and the Politics of Parades

Iris Morales, attorney, activist, educator, filmmaker and author recently of Through the Eyes of Rebel Women: The Young Lords 1969 – 1976 joined us once again to discuss Puerto Rican colonization, the freedom of Oscar Lopez Rivera and the politics of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. See our previous interview with Iris Morales here!

Anacaona: the Woman Chief Who Stood Up to Christopher Columbus

It’s more or less universally acknowledged these days that Christopher Columbus was terrible. Like, the cut peoples’ hands off if they didn’t give him enough gold, pretty much start the transatlantic slave trade kind of terrible. But despite the despicable behavior of Columbus and his cronies, many of the indigenous people they oppressed tried to […]

Heroines of the Haitian Revolution

BY LAURENT DUBOIS What is the role of an artist in the face of political repression? What is the place of culture in the midst of injustice and terror? Haitian writer Marie Vieux-Chauvet (1916–1973), author of powerful novels representing the experience of living under the Duvalier dictatorship, confronted such questions throughout her life. One of […]

On Barbadoz, the First Black Slave Society

By Sir Hilary Beckles Barbados was the birthplace of British slave society and the most ruthlessly colonized by Britain’s ruling elites. They made their fortunes from sugar produced by an enslaved, “disposable” workforce, and this great wealth secured Britain’s place as an imperial superpower and cause untold suffering. In The First Black Slave Society: Britain’s […]

Hubert Harrison: Growing appreciation for thiz giant of Black history (Our-story)

by Jeffrey B. Perry Hubert Harrison (1883-1927), the “father of Harlem radicalism” and founder of the militant “New Negro Movement,” is a giant of our history. He was extremely important in his day and his significant contributions and influence are attracting increased study and discussion today. In this 90th year since his death in 1927, […]