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The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
The Slave Master of Trinidad by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Indian Time Ah Come by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe
Caribbean Visionary: A. R. F. Webber and the Making of the Guyanese Nation by Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe


RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY
The new edition of the novel published by Calaloux Publications RUPERTA Tale in Black and White GRAY by Stephen Nathaniel Cobham [PDF]
The Cudjoe Collection of Trinidad and Tobago Literature With an Introduction by Selwyn R. Cudjoe

Dr. Selwyn R. Cudjoe is a professor of Literature at
Wellesley College


Identity and Caribbean Literature
A lecture delivered to the Japanese Black Studies
Association at Nara Women's College, Nara, Japan.


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Black Betrayal, Or God Don't Like Ugly March 31, 2020
In response to my column of three weeks ago, "Black Betrayal," a critic attacked me in a slanderous manner. Mercifully, the Express deleted the more vitriolic aspects of his original letter. He claimed I invented Aaron St. John to carry on my nefarious agenda. Full Article

Surrendering ME for the WE March 24, 2020
I am not a particularly religious man (spiritual is a better adjective to describe my theological persuasion), so I do not believe that God sent the coronavirus to teach us a lesson. However, we can learn a lot from our present challenges.
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The Hot Prison March 16, 2020
It was a polite letter. It was sent to me after my article appeared in last Sunday's Express. It read: "My name is Denise Brathwaite. I am the Vice President of the South East Port of Spain Secondary Teachers' Association. I came across your article last night. It was quite an interesting read. But I am eager to discuss it with you further." Full Article

Black betrayal March 09, 2020
After my article appeared in the Express last Sunday I received the following note: "Gd Mr Cudjoe. I have been reading your articles in the newspapers for a while and I want to invite to come and take a look at East Port of Spain where we live. My name is Aaron St John. I am 41 years old and was born in this city. It has not changed for all my life. It remains the same dirty, nasty undeveloped, unprotected and it's only getting worse and more dangerous. Our lives are not improving and a deep sadness covers every home and everyone in and around the city. Full Article

American Icons: 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' [AUDIO]
February 20, 2020 - Studio 360 - Contributor Sonya Green
Just 51 years ago, an autobiography from a contemporary African American woman was rare, verging on non-existent. But that changed in 1969, when Maya Angelou, age 40, published her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Rethinking Our Approach to Education February 24, 2020
Education has an important role to play in getting us out of the degenerating situation in which we find ourselves. By education I do not mean the mere acquisition of mathematical and scientific knowledge and reading skills. I also mean the cultivation of an inner faculty that allows us, individually and collectively, to act purposefully within the social whole. Full Article

Puttin' Yo Self in People Mouth February 18, 2020
Judith Reyes is my neighbor. Our parents lived in the same spot for over eighty years. Neighbors thought our mothers were sisters. Judith's brother Giles and I live like brothers. We have never quarreled with each other. Full Article

Biden's Dilemma February 10, 2020
On Monday night I tuned into CNN to listen to the results of the Democratic caucus that had taken place in Iowa earlier in the day. By one am on Tuesday morning the Iowa Democratic Party (I.D.P.) had issued no results although some of the candidates made their speeches and headed off to New Hampshire to continue their quest to become the Democratic presidential nominee for the 2020 election. Full Article

Blessed Are They Who Hunger after Righteousness
February 04, 2020
A few weeks ago I wrote about the presence of money in our churches. Rev. Henry Richards of St. Mary's Anglican Church, Tacarigua, absconded with over $1,000,000 in the 1880s whereas Pastor Vinworth Anthony Dayal, pastor of the Third Exodus Assembly Church in Longdenville, accumulated about $31 million, the product of 19 years of tithes. As we contemplate these excesses, we must remember there are better exemplars of God's words and how His blessing manifests itself to believers. Full Article

Who is without blame? January 27, 2020
IF one ever believed the PNM Government could solve the present crime epidemic in the country, one had better think again. It is unlikely to do so for the simple reason that neither our Prime Minister nor Minister of National Security seems to understand the magnitude of the challenges that face our civilisation or way of life. Full Article

A Foolish Dog January 21, 2020
Last Sunday Jeralean John, one of the most dynamic persons to enter the political arena in the last year, invited me to visit Savannah Park, Waller Field, or what is known as "Gaza." I eagerly accepted the invitation, excited at the possibility of hearing what ordinary people—although people are never ordinary—had to say about the conditions under which they live. Full Article

Tithes & Thefts — Part 2 January 14, 2020
Archbishop Henry Richards was one of the most respected members of the Tacarigua community. His brother, S. L. B. Richards, the rector of Trinity Cathedral, was considered the "embodiment of Christian charity and was never so happy as when engaged in the relief of distress or suffering." His well-attended funeral in 1877 demonstrated the esteem in which he was held by the community. Full Article

Tithes & Thefts — Part 1 January 08, 2020
After it was reported that Pastor Vinworth Antony Dayal, leader of the Third Exodus Assembly Church, had assembled $29 million in assets over 19 years, Dr. Knolly Clarke, head of the IRO, declared: "Each church has their own way of doing things but in the Anglican Church and I think in the Roman Catholic, we have trustees. We audit our accounts every year. Our church is very strict with funds. It is not a one-man show" (Express, January 3, 2002). Full Article


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