History of Cartagena, Colombia: Spanish Amerika’z Biggest Slave Port

by Tracy Cartagena, Colombia: Spanish America’s Biggest Slave Port Far too many people are unaware that the Spanish Americas received countless millions of chained African men, women and children during the Maafa. Too often when we think of African slavery in the Americas we are hoodwinked into channeling our focus toward the British North American […]

HISTORY: Thiz iz Toussaint L’Ouverture

AFRODIASPORES This is Toussaint L’Ouverture. 1. The Louisiana Purchase may not have been made had it not been for Toussaint L’Ouverture. 2. L’Ouverture freed the slaves of Haiti in the only permanently successful slave revolt in history. 3. He developed the idea of dominion status for Haiti as part of France. Rejected by Napoleon, the […]

Black Livez Matter: Police Repression, the US, and the Politikal Crisis in Haiti

By Claire Gilbert In the United States we’ve spent months zeroing in on the reality of police brutality against Black people.  We’ve been grateful to see and take part in a growing movement that addresses structural racism—pointing out that Black people are disproportionately more likely to die at the hands of police, face institutional racism, […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

First Haitian slave revolt Date: Sat, 1790-10-23 On this date in 1790, the first slave revolt in Haiti took place. The island was settled in the 1600s by French buccaneers. In 1664, the newly established French West India Company took control ofthe colony, and named it named Saint-Domingue. France formally claimed control of the western […]

Black August: Datez of Importance

August 1619 – Arrival of first African slaves in 13 colonies August 21, 1791 – Haiti slave uprising for independence August 30, 1800 – Gabriel Prosser’s slave revolt discovered August 21, 1831 – Nat Turner’s slave rebellion August 1850 – Underground Railroad August 17, 1887 – Birth of Marcus Garvey August 24, 1943 – Birth […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition 23 August: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Santo Domingo (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a […]


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After the Quake, Luxury Hotelz Rise Above Haiti’z Homeless

(All photography by Andre Lambertson)After the Quake, Luxury Hotels Rise Above Haiti’s Homeless Despite an outpouring of aid after the devastation of Port-au-Prince, it’s the same old story for many of the city’s poor.     By Lisa Armstrong Lisa Armstrong has written for Washington Post, The Daily Beast, and TheAtlantic.com. She teaches at the CUNY […]

Haiti iz not for sale

by Ezili Danto   The people of Île à Vache are organizing, marching and fighting back. They have formed the Organization of Île à Vache Farmers, refusing to accept the presidential decree appropriating their island as a tourism zone and unilaterally annulling their property rights. – Photo: Dady Chery The Washington colonists are back in […]