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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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A Black Race Position January 19, 2021
Last Thursday, in his response to a letter written by 23 Afro-Trinbagonians about the placement of Black students in our secondary schools, Kamal Persad, coordinator of the Indian Review Committee, responded: "It is clear the under-performance of Afro-children in the education system is still at the top of the black agenda. Accordingly, these 23 persons of African descent adopted an unmistakable black race position" (Express, January 14). Full Article

Looking Beneath the Surface January 12, 2021
Viewers around the world were struck by the Trump-inspired mob that stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday. The Boston Globe editorialized: "'When did you form a monster so hideous that even you turned from me in disgust?' That's what the reviled monster asks Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's classic novel, but it's also what the angry mob of thousands who stormed the US Capitol in an insurrection on Wednesday could well ask soon-to-be-former Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and other congressional Republicans who fled the House chamber" (January 7). Full Article

A More Reflective Society January 05, 2021
In 1960 Eric Williams, premier of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T), suggested to VS Naipaul, one of our premier writers, that he write a non-fiction book about the West Indies that the T&T government would support financially. Williams assured Naipaul he "could write about any aspect of the region and visit whatever territories [he] wished" to accomplish his objectives. Full Article

King Imbert's Court December 28, 2020
Trinidad and Tobago became an independent country in 1962 and a republic in 1976, in which the people, through their representatives, were supposed to control their affairs. Full Article

Overcoming Education Inequality December 22, 2020
Last Sunday 19 distinguished citizens (call them endorsees) recommended that the SEA be replaced since it no longer serves the interest of the students it is supposed to serve ("Replacing the SEA." They claim that our school system has not extricated itself from its "colonial inheritances in education." The SEA examination through which we place our students into secondary schools is outmoded. It originated in the UK in 1904, the year Joseph de Suze finished writing Little Folks Trinidad, a pioneering educational work. Full Article

The Potency of the Word December 15, 2020
The savage murder of Ashanti Riley touched many of us. It led us to reflect upon the kind of society we have created and the citizens (social beings) we are cultivating. Ashanti's murder led the prime minister to talk about "the monsters" we are cultivating within our midst. Phyllis Bruce, another mother whose Black son vanished on March 19, sympathized with Ashanti's mother in her grief: "Even from one mother to another, I can't find the words to comfort her. But I would say to her, be strong. Hold on. Keep courage" (Express, December 11). Full Article

An Existentialist Crisis December 09, 2020
It might be providential that Che Lewis's corpse was paraded around the capital city at the same time that we are talking about the goals of our educational system and the Venezuelan crisis. The simultaneity of these events should make us think where our society is (in terms of values) and where we wish to go (in terms of concrete achievements). Full Article

A Macabre Display December 01, 2020
Trinidad and Tobago, a weird place sometimes, is given to extremes. Imagine an embalmed man in a sitting position, placed in the tray of a hearse and given an open-air last ride past the Prime Minister's office on his way to his final resting place: "Dressed in a suit and seated in a chair, Che Lewis's body was placed in the back of a vehicle by the Dennie's Funeral Home and driven around the capital city" (Express, November 26). Full Article

Demonizing Black People November 25, 2020
There is a notion that Trinis are a happy-go-lucky people, a description that may be more applicable to African-descended people than to members of other groups of the population. Such a description may be more illustrative of those of us whose world view has been influenced by African religions and philosophies as put forth by John Mbiti in African Religion and Philosophy, Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, or Chigozie Obioma's An Orchestra of Minorities. Full Article

Reframing the Bone November 23, 2020
It's about 10 pm on Wednesday evening and I am lying down in my room at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, famous for its orthopedic surgery. This is one of the leading orthopedic hospitals in the United States and has gained an enormous reputation for performing surgeries on knees, backs and hips. Although my left knee was not completely gone, I needed surgery if I wanted to walk pain-free again. Full Article

The Racial Divide November 16, 2020
When T&T gained independence in 1962 we reveled in the possibility that we had set ourselves upon a path to deal with the problems of colonialism, particularly the sinful racism, that had disfigured our society. In 1970, disappointed that Black people were still being denied jobs and position because of their color, the Black Power Rebellion added the struggle of anti-blackness to the national agenda. Full Article

Basta Trump; Welcome Biden November 09, 2020
It's 5:15 am on Friday morning. CNN has announced that Joe Biden has taken a lead in Ruby Red Georgia by 917 votes and many of us believe we can begin to exhale. We are about to get a president who will allow us to breathe again. Full Article


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