Girard on Women and the Haitian Revolution

Girard, Philippe. “Rebelles with a Cause: Women in the Haitian War of Independence, 1802-04.” Gender & History 21, no. 1 (4, 2009): 60-85. http://blackwell-synergy.com/doi/abs/10.111/j.1468-0424.2009.01535.x. Abstract:  This article studies the role of white, black and mulatto women during the last two years of the Haitian War of Independence, also known as the Haitian Revolution (1802–04). It might be expected that women’s contribution was limited in wartime, … Continue reading Girard on Women and the Haitian Revolution

Ivan van Sertima Dies

via Stabroek News – Ivan van Sertima dies: Well known Guyanese-British literary critic, linguist, poet and anthropologist, Dr Ivan van Sertima, died recently, according to a release from the Guyana Cultural Association New York Inc/Guyana Folk Festival which expressed condolences to his family. According to the release Dr van Sertima was born in January 1935 in Kitty when the country was still a British colony … Continue reading Ivan van Sertima Dies

Gordon-Reed Wins George Washington Book Prize

Along with the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: “Historian and author Annette Gordon-Reed has won a literary Triple Crown with her remarkable “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” her 798-page exploration of Thomas Jefferson and the family of slaves with whom he became intimately involved. The book has won the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize and, yesterday, the $50,000 George Washington … Continue reading Gordon-Reed Wins George Washington Book Prize

“The Genesis of African and Indian Cooperation in Colonial North America: An Interview with Helen Hornbeck Tanner”

The Genesis of African and Indian Cooperation in Colonial North America: An Interview with Helen Hornbeck Tanner — Miller 56 (2): 285 — Ethnohistory. Ivor Miller, cultural historian and author of  <i>Aerosol Kingdom: Subway Painters of New York City</i> interviews Helen Hornbeck Tanner in the most recent issue of <i>Ethnohistory</i>: Dr. Helen Hornbeck Tanner, a senior research fellow at the Newberry Library, studied American Indian … Continue reading “The Genesis of African and Indian Cooperation in Colonial North America: An Interview with Helen Hornbeck Tanner”

Orishas and Saints in Spring 2009 Critical Inquiry

Blanchard, Marc. “From Cuba with Saints.” Critical Inquiry 35, no. 3 (January 1, 2009): 383-416. http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/598813. First paragraph steal: In Christian religions, saints are considered intermediaries between humans and God, and they have often given voice to the needs of communities during hard times, such as natural disasters, invasions, migrations, and other social, economic, and political conflicts. Thus in late fifth‐century Paris, Geneviève is said … Continue reading Orishas and Saints in Spring 2009 Critical Inquiry

2008 & 2007 Wesley-Logan PrizeWinners: Diaspora Religion Among the Black Caribs, “New Negroes” in the Caribbean, and Dreams of Africa in Alabama

2008 Johnson, Paul. Diaspora conversions : Black Carib religion and the recovery of Africa. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2007. From the University of California Press website: By joining a diaspora, a society may begin to change its religious, ethnic, and even racial identifications by rethinking its “pasts.” This pioneering multisite ethnography explores how this phenomenon is affecting the remarkable religion of the Garifuna, historically … Continue reading 2008 & 2007 Wesley-Logan PrizeWinners: Diaspora Religion Among the Black Caribs, “New Negroes” in the Caribbean, and Dreams of Africa in Alabama

EVENT: May 30, Beitos Discuss T. R. M. Howard in Chicago

“Dear friends, Please help us spread the word!  On Saturday, May 30, from 2-4pm at Woodson Regional Library  [9525 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60628], we will celebrate the publication of a long-awaited biography of Dr. T.R.M. Howard, the legendary Mississippi civil rights leader, National Medical Association president, and Chicago political activist. Join us as we welcome David Beito, Professor of History at University of … Continue reading EVENT: May 30, Beitos Discuss T. R. M. Howard in Chicago

Portugal Omits Slave History–Sign the Petition

Image Credit:  Library of Congress, Washington, DC<br> Nègres cangueiros [and] Différentes nations nègres [Slaves carrying a heavy load and Black people from different nations / Cangueiros negros e Negros de diferentes nações], from Voyage pittoresque et historique au Brésil [A picturesque and historical trip to Brazil / Viagem pitoresca e histórica ao Brasil], Jean Baptiste Debret, 1834. Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division. / … Continue reading Portugal Omits Slave History–Sign the Petition

TOC: Canadian Journal of African Studies 43:1

Canadian Journal of African Studies/Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines Volume 43 Number 1 / Numéro 1 2009 Canadian Journal of African Studies Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines Volume 43 Number 1 / Numéro 1 2009 Special Issue / Numéro special New Perspectives on Sexualities in Africa / Les sexualités africaines dans leurs nouvelles perspectives Contents / Sommaire New Perspectives on Sexualities in Africa: Introduction Marc … Continue reading TOC: Canadian Journal of African Studies 43:1

Reggaeton, the Sonic Caribbean

A hybrid of reggae and rap, reggaeton is a music with Spanish-language lyrics and Caribbean aesthetics that has taken Latin America, the United States, and the world by storm. Superstars—including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Ivy Queen—garner international attention, while aspiring performers use digital technologies to create and circulate their own tracks. Reggaeton brings together critical assessments of this wildly popular genre. Journalists, scholars, and … Continue reading Reggaeton, the Sonic Caribbean