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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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White Brutality Against Black and Brown People June 07, 2021
I had just left Harvard University as an assistant professor and was doing "Time to Talk," a series of interviews for T&T Television. In 1982 I interviewed Sam Nujomo, the founding father of Namibia, where he had addressed the UN Decolonization Committee about his country's independence. We talked about Namibia's struggle for independence and the stain German genocide had left upon the consciousness of his people. Full Article

Searching for Our Truths May 31, 2021
There is much that is silly about the back and forth between the prime minister and the leader of the opposition about who is to be blamed for the rising death rate the savage pandemic has inflicted upon the people of our country. Rowley says that the candlelight vigils "organized and paid for by the UNC is a major contributory factor in the spike of Covid infections," whereas Persad-Bissessar claims that the 50,000 people who visited Tobago during Easter "on the Prime Minister's invitation resulted in the outbreak" (Express, May 25). Full Article

National heroes and history May 24, 2021
A few weeks ago I listened to young Jamaican student Deane Weatherly talk about the importance of Queen Nanny of the Jamaican Maroons to her and Jamaican national life. Full Article

Palestinian Lives Matter May 17, 2021
In 1963, Martin Luther King was imprisoned in a Birmingham jail for leading a nonviolent demonstration against American segregation. As he sat in that jail, he responded to the concerns of eight white religious leaders who condemned his participation in that struggle for justice. He noted: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly." Full Article

The legacy of Terrence Clarke May 10, 2021
Terrence Clarke was on the cusp of achieving the goal to which he had aspired for the 19 years of his life: a career in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Full Article

The need for self-esteem and self-knowledge May 03, 2021
The headline read: "It was a bloody weekend across Trinidad and Tobago".
The news story announced: "From Friday night into yesterday, eight people were killed, pushing the murder toll for the year so far to 113. Victims were found dead in St James, Arima, La Horquetta, Valencia, Curepe, Embacadere, Tunapuna and Petit Valley." (Express, April 26.) Two more people may have been murdered on that weekend. Full Article

Disliking African Materials April 26, 2021
On the same day Derek Chauvin, a white police officer in the US, was found guilty of murdering George Floyd, a black man, Gerald Ramdeen, attorney for suspended Inspector Mark Hernandez, head of the Special Operations Response Team (SORT), defended the innocence of Hernandez, who was charged with misbehaviour in public office. Full Article

The Gaslighting of America April 19, 2021
This week we will know the fate of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who placed his knee on George Floyd's neck, an act that led to his death. It was a crime that inflamed the sensibilities of many people around the world, especially those people who have fought for racial justice for most of their lives. Chauvin invoked his Fifth Amendment right not to testify for fear that he might incriminate himself. That may have been a smart move. Full Article

Opening the borders April 13, 2021
I left Trinidad and Tobago on March 16, 2020, a few days before the borders were closed to citizens and visitors alike. I was on the verge of departing for a ten-day visit to India, at the invitation of the Indian government as a part of its Academic Visitors Programme for distinguished scholars. Full Article

America's New Jim Crowism April 06, 2021
On March 25, Georgia's Representative Park Cannon, a Black woman and state senator, was arrested for knocking on the door of the private office of Brian Kemp, the governor of Georgia, as he and six white men signed a law that effectively suppressed the right of Black people to vote in local, state and federal elections. Cannon was charged with two felony counts for obstruction of law enforcement and disruption of the General Assembly that is likely to send her to prison for eight years if she is found guilty. Full Article

Don't Let God Stueps on Us March 31, 2021
The UK and the EU have populations of 68 million and 746 million people respectively. On Tuesday the UK tried to make up with the EU over its misunderstanding about the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccines. Boris Johnson, UK's prime minister, sent Lord Eddie Lister, to Brussels, the headquarters of the EU, "as part of an effort to secure millions of doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine vital to UK's fight against coronavirus" (FT, March 23). Full Article

When love ceases March 22, 2021
It must have been in the early 1940s. My father slapped my mother.
She took him to court. Six months later the trial took place. The magistrate asked what had happened. My mother told him. Full Article

The Dangers of Narcissism March 15, 2021
I use to think that the motto of the Trinidad and Tobago Constabulary was "to protect and serve." Unfortunately, it seems that its present mission is "to belittle and berate." Listening to Gary Griffith, the Commissioner of Police, one would think he is at war with the society or anyone who criticize his opinions or performance. Full Article


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