Category Archives: black history

From NFL to the US Supreme Court 2 Black Female Lawyers take Centre Stage, Paradoxically

During the past 2 weeks of black history month it has been an interesting period on the legal front for African American women. Last Friday, Ketanji Brown Jackson became the first African American female to be nominated to the US … Continue reading

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James “Mtume” Forman (1946 – 2022): More Than Just “Juicy Fruit”

The recent passing of James “Mtume” Forman brings to a close the life one of the most fascinating, significant and underrated musical figures whose body of work spanned 8 decades. Mtume came from a family rich in jazz with uncles … Continue reading

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Colin Powell 1937 – 2021

It was in the late 1980s when I first came across the name Colin Powell whilst  reading his name in the UK newspapers when he was part of George H Bush’s administration. My first impression of the name was that … Continue reading

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Lee “Scratch” Perry 1936-2021

In the past 18 months Jamaica has witnessed the passing of numerous giants from the golden age of Jamaican music (1960s-1980s). Those that have left us include Bunny Wailer, Bunny Lee, Toots Hibbert, Bob Andy and Dobby Dobson. Yet this … Continue reading

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Barbados Removes Nelson’s Statue

Earlier this week, Barbados removed the statue of the 18th century English soldier, Vice Admiral Horatio Nelson, from its National Heroes’ Square in Bridgetown. From all indications the statue will be placed at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society. But … Continue reading

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McCoy Tyner 1938 – 2020

The late jazz pianist McCoy Tyner was known mainly for being part of the legendary quartet led by saxophonist John Coltrane during the early 1960s. Elvin Jones (drums) and Jimmy Garrision (bass) were the other members of a foursome that … Continue reading

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Pro-Trump Fox News Presenter Calls for Reparations for African Americans

Last Sunday evening I watched a segment on Fox News that blew me away. Yes, that Fox News. Firstly the issue was about race in America and the monologue was read by Steve Hilton. But oddly Hilton’s comments did not … Continue reading

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Cyrille Regis: One of English Football’s True Gentlemen

Yesterday we woke up to the sad news that former England footballer Cyrille Regis had died of a heart attack at just age 59. Cyrille is regarded as one of the trailblazing black footballers in English football from the late … Continue reading

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1968 – Tommie Smith, 2017 – Colin Kaepernick. What’s Changed?

“Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” – Benjamin Franklin As the new NFL season kicks off, quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been denied a chance of playing by team owners and … Continue reading

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Goodbye Mr Bolt – Hopefully We’ll Meet Again

It was 17 years ago in Jamaica when a relative of mine said to me “Reggie Bolt have one relative, him fast you see Gary”. Now the late Reggie Bolt was a childhood friend of my dad who grew up … Continue reading

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