The SPOILER’S RETURN Derek WALCOTT

‘Tell Desperadoes when you reach that hill
I decompose, but I composing still.’ ”
Derek Walcott
A statement so timely on the rot that pervades Trinidad that I had to double check the year it was written because I thought he was talking about our current state. We’ve been doing this nonsense for years.

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Derek Walcott, “The Spoiler’s Return” (1981)

(for Earl Lovelace)

I sit high on this bridge in Laventille,
watching that city where I left no will
but my own conscience and rum-eaten wit,
and limers passing see me where I sit,
ghost in brown gabardine, bones in a sack,
and bawl: “Ay, Spoiler, boy! When you come back?”
And those who bold don’t feel they out of place
to peel my limeskin back, and see a face
with eyes as cold as a dead macajuel,
and if they still can talk, I answer: “Hell.”
I have a room there where I keep a crown,
and Satan send me to check out this town.
Down there, that Hot Boy have a stereo
where, whole day, he does blast my caiso:
I beg him two weeks’ leave and he send me
back up, not as no bedbug or no flea,
but in this…

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Why I Would Have Shaken A Tambourine

Because when people can address an issue so clearly, you let them, and encourage others to read their thoughts.

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On the Eve Of the Battle

Right on the eve of battle, there was dissent. While the Tambourine Army, a band of fierce Jamaican feminists, were getting ready to blow the abeng and stage their Women’s Empowerment March, the British/Jamaican Blogger and activist, Emma Caroline Lewis, took to her keyboard and blogged ‘Why I won’t be Shaking A Tambourine’. Shit got real very quickly. In the contentious Social Media back and forth that ensued, lines were drawn, names were called, people were trolled and people were blocked.

I say that lines were drawn, and they were, and yet it is not easy to make sense of the complexity of sides that people took. Many who read Emma’s blog – many women in fact – felt that she had bravely expressed their own misgivings – misgivings they had either been too afraid to say or had felt without having the…

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PROF. MERVYN ALLEYNE HAS PASSED AWAY — Repeating Islands

A message from the Department of English at the University of Puerto Rico. We offer the Department at his family our condolences. I (Lisa) want to personally acknowledge my gratitude for his great kindness and warmth, which I valued immensely: Mervyn Coleridge Alleyne (1933-2016) Mervyn was a renowned sociolinguist and dialectologist whose ground-breaking work on […]

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VIDEO: CONVERSATIONS with C News – 28 October 2016 — iRADIO.tt Blog + Journal: Appraisal, Opinion, Information

Television journalist Soyini Grey of C Television sits with Nigel Campbell to discuss the 2016/2017 budget with reference to the creative industries in light of his recent blogpost which analyses the government’s diminishing response—both financial and conversational—to the idea a creative industry. Video courtesy CNMG Programme Air Date: Tuesday, 28 October, 2016 Programme Length: 0:25:28 © […]

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Help Haitians, not the Disaster Capitalists — Tillah Willah

Disaster time again, for our sisters and brothers in Haiti. Already the vultures circle, using this tragedy as another opportunity to take advantage or worse, to engage in the pornography of suffering black bodies. Now is not the time for tears, hand-wringing, there are lots of organisations that are quietly doing good work in Haiti that […]

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Ian Fleming’s James Bond Based on Dominican Playboy Porfirio Rubirosa

Rubi makes so much sense as the true inspiration for Bond. James Bond.

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Ian Fleming’s James Bond Based on Porfirio Rubirosa According to New Research by Forensic Historian Daniel J. Voelker.

 Through a series of connections that include Noel Coward, Errol Flynn, Doris Duke, Rita Hayworth and a host of Caribbean locations, litigator and forensic historian Daniel J. Voelker has made a compelling case establishing mid-19th century playboy Porfirio Rubirosa as the primary model for Ian Fleming’s James Bond. Voelker is known for his groundbreaking findings that rewrote the history of the 1919 Chicago Black Sox scandal. The research has been gathered into an article: “Will the Real James Bond, Please Stand Up.”
Although Rubirosa’s name has been floated for years as a potential role model for Bond, Voelker traced the intersections of multiple early to mid-20th century personalities to add factual validation to the case. The reason Fleming may have never publicly admitted this is because he feared a racial…

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Call for Papers—“Reckoning With Slavery”

This is quite an interesting call for papers. I’ll try to monitor it.

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The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library is issuing a call for papers for its inaugural conference, “Reckoning With Slavery: New Directions in the History, Memory, Legacy, and Popular Representations of Enslavement.” The conference will be held at the Schomburg Center in New York City, New York, on November 17 and 18, 2017. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2017. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.]

Description: The Lapidus Center seeks proposals from scholars whose work may throw new light on the history of slavery, the slave trade, and abolition and opposition to slavery, as well as engage with contemporary debates over the legacies of enslavement, reparations, and the significance of popular depictions of slavery in film, television, and digital platforms.

Papers that address current…

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The Colour of Shadows

This imaginative book throws new light on the closing years of Caribbean slavery and the lives of enslaved people of African descent before emancipation in Trinidad in 1834. The book centres on the drawings of plantation life by Richard Bridgens, an English-born artist who became a planter and slaveholder in Trinidad, and examines these in […]

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Raymond’s book was launched earlier this year during the Bocas Lit Fest, I missed her launched and readings then. Then the Carnival Institute hosted it’s Emancipation Lecture which featured Raymond talking about Bridgens work as an artist whose drawings of Pre-Emancipation Trinidad are used to illustrate Caribbean Slavery, but how he isn’t respected as an artist, and his work is often used without acknowledging his ownership.

I missed the Carnival Studies lecture, but I sent my cameraman to cover, and was able to watch it after and write a story based on her talk.
I was really taken with Raymond’s belief that we might be able to identify the people in Bridgens drawings, despite his limited skill. He wasn’t drawing imaginary beings, or representations. He was doing portraiture, and a detailed examination of the records may help us identify some of his subjects.

I find that very exciting.

My report on Raymond’s lecture is here.

 

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Basically Bazodee: A Review

What’s to be said about Bazodee? The Machel Montano headlined film opened in his native land last week, and I happened to catch it on opening night. The film is entertaining, but far from exc…

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Once a ‘has-been,’ de Goeas continues another act | Monday Night Theatre Forum

Theatre practitioner Mervyn de Goeas said he does not think of himself as just a director or a mas-man or an actor or a writer, but as an artist. He told an appreciative audience at the Monday Night Theatre Forum he has been a has-been on many occasions and come back each time.

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