Black Internationalism and the Colonial Challenges Facing Haiti and Venezuela

A Haitian man at one of this weeks protests against corruption holds a sign reading “Thank you Commander Chavez for PetroCaribe, Rest in Peace” (Jean Marc Hervé Abelard / EFE)   Protests in Haiti over the misuse and pocketing of copious amounts of Petrocaribe funds stemming from Venezuela have turned violent this week, with a […]

The King of Béisbol

  Roberto Clemente, in full Roberto Clemente Walker, (born August 18, 1934, Carolina, Puerto Rico—died December 31, 1972, San Juan), professional baseball player who was an idol in his native Puerto Rico and one of the first Latin American baseball stars in the United States (see also Sidebar: Latin Americans in Major League Baseball). Clemente was originally signed to a professional contract by the Brooklyn […]

New music video documentary on Puerto Rico

Familia Please check out Resiliencia, a music video documentary I made featuring Yasmin Hernandez. In January 2018, just four months after Hurricane Maria landed in Puerto Rico, I travelled to the island to document the devastation and interview women about what they were experiencing and learning during that time. Today I share with you my new […]

The fascinating history (our-story) and evolution of Afro-Puerto Ricans

Afro-Puerto Rican women at a carnival…photo credit: Grandmother Africa Libertos were Puerto-Ricans of African lineage who were transported to the island via the slave trade. They traveled with Spanish conquerors (Conquistadors) and upon arrival to Puerto Rico, the original inhabitants – The Taino – died due to the introduction of new illnesses and the oppression […]

‘This is human trafficking’: After Maria, Puerto Rico to move 3,200 inmates to Arizona

Oliver Laughland – August 7, 2018 When Maria pounded the concrete walls and rusted iron gates of the Bayamón correctional complex last September, inmates here watched in fear through the reinforced windows and metal bars. “We went without running water for weeks, without electricity for weeks,” says inmate Joseph Villalobos, who sat in the open […]

 The Slow Response to Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico and Completely Neglected U.S. Virgin Islands Reflects Legacy of Racism and Colonialism 

Source: BlackCommentator.com June 21, 2018 – Issue 747: The Slow Response to Hurricane Damage in Puerto Rico and Completely Neglected U.S. Virgin Islands Reflects Legacy of Racism and Colonialism – Color of Law By David A. Love, JD, BC Executive Editor

Puerto Rico: 120 Years of Imperialist Exploitation and Oppression

In 1898, U.S. military forces invaded and occupied Puerto Rico as part of the Spanish-American War. The victory over Spain established the U.S. as the unquestioned major power in the Caribbean and much of South America (and its seizure of the Philippines positioned it as a power in the Pacific and Asia). The U.S., the […]

¡Viva Puerto Rico!

  Digital Album Streaming + Download Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more. Buy Now  $25 USD  or more Send as Gift 1. Taina Asili – Sofrito (DJ Johnny Juice Remix) 05:17 2. Lila Downs – La Llorona 04:35 3. Ana Tijoux – Luchín 05:17 4. Nomadic Massive – Resurección 03:40 5. Chancha […]

To Be Black, Brown and In Between in 2017

by Jessica Floyd and Nina Vázquez Jessica Floyd is the daughter of Gregory Floyd. Jessica Floyd (2018; Politics and Government with minors in Africana Studies, Communications and Sociology) and Nina Vázquez (2019; Criminal Justice and Politics and Government with a focus in Race and Ethnic Inequalities) are students at the University of Hartford.   Many […]

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!