“For those Afro-Caribbean Panamanian who had lived through Panama’s Canal Zone apartheid, Brooklyn segregation probably came as no surprise.”
Tag: Global Black History
In the 1740s, Bordeaux developed some of the first modern theories of racial difference, even as the city profited from the slave trade.
Butler’s work helps us see how time is a spiral, how the present moment is always layered with multiple pasts and underlying alternate futures.
“It feels insensitive or dishonest to not acknowledge the ways in which our work is a part of a greater narrative.”
“Are there ways in which Black North Americans connected to places and things that were outside of the world we thought they were in?”
“At the end of the day, the America project was about an encounter with abundance that was responded to with greed and brutality.”
Exponentially more enslaved Africans were forced to the lands that now make up Latin America rather than the United States. Where is their story?
“Octavia Butler teaches us,” explains Black playwright Ericka Dickerson-Despenza, “…that we have two options in Apocalypse: adapt or die.”
In 1963, a Panamanian assemblywoman took to Cuban radio to condemn the United States and its control of the Americas.
Once, Black women employed textile arts both as a mutual aid network, and as a safe space to envision a Southern Black liberated life.
Few know the film—the first feature-length film by a West African director—was based on a real-life incident, a real tragedy lost in colonial archives.
White supremacy tells us we do not belong, but we do have a place in history.
In both World Wars, France used West African “colonial conscripts.” Deployed on the front lines, they were often the first to be killed.
Historical traces of racism and exclusion remain on the island. It’s just that new residents can’t—or won’t—read them.
Though a new phenomenon, Verzuz isn’t new. Black artistic, scholarly, athletic, and political spaces have always been made into battlegrounds.
“What are the compartments that have been placed around how we understand slavery and genocide and its impact on our lives and the world?”
Throughout its history, residents of Haiti, especially those of African descent, imagined and created their own possibilities for new social worlds.
Even with colonialism and slavery ended, black life remains unfree. What will it take to go from emancipation to liberation?
The transnational struggles of Black women throughout history are different experiments in the practice of freedom.