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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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Spreading Planter Propaganda May 21, 2017
I am sorry I am only now getting back to Kamal Persad's response to my article, "Getting It Right" (March 26). I noted: "While Indians were treated in a horrible, inhumane manner..., there is no doubt the Indians were brought to Trinidad to undercut the progress that Africans were making at the economic front." Full Article

Living in a State of No-Whereness May 15, 2017
On August 1, 1849, the Friends of Freedom sponsored a dinner at Juteaux's Building in Port of Spain to celebrate the anniversary of their emancipation. Two hundred and fifty of the most distinguished black and colored citizens attended the dinner. Only three government officials (white) attended: the registrar of the Supreme Court, the clerk of the Petty Civic Court and the police inspector. Full Article

Choisir La France (Choose France) May 10, 2017
"Grâce à Dieu [Thank God!]" many French people cried when it was announced that Emmanuel Macron had trounced Marine Le Pen in Sunday's presidential election. Aware of the great divide in his society (Le Pen received 34 percent of the votes), Macron declared in his victory speech: "My responsibility will be to unite all the women and men ready to take on the tremendous challenges which are waiting for us, and to act." Full Article

En Marche! (On the move!) May 08, 2017
Villers-Cotterets, a small town in France, is about 75 kilometres north of Paris. On Sunday last, after having arrived at Gare du Nord, the main railway station in France, I traveled through the Retz forest and lush fields yellowed by the colza (canola) flowers on my way to Villers-Cotterets. Full Article

The Great Betrayal - Part 4 May 02, 2017
Dr. Williams and Dr. Capildeo were astounded when they heard the news: "The UWI picks T&T's Bermudez as next Chancellor." While they did not agree on many things there was mutual consternation at this news. Full Article

The Great Betrayal - Part 3 April 25, 2017
A wry smile came over Dr. Capildeo's face as Dr Williams bemoaned his party's betrayal in acquiescing to the massive giveway of the Chaguaramas lands. Dr. Capildeo could not help but remember a similar land giveaway that had taken place under Dr. Williams's eyes even though Dr. Capildeo did not live to see the long-term effects of that deal. Full Article

The Great Betrayal - Part 2 April 18, 2017
Dr. Rudranath Capildeo, Dr. Eric Williams's underground companion, tried to console him when he heard about the massive giveaway of the Chaguaramas lands. Dr. Williams informed him it was his party, the United National Congress under the leadership of Kamla Persad-Bissessar that started giving away the land. Full Article

The Great Betrayal - Part 1 April 10, 2017
I don't know where Keith Rowley, Colm Imbert, Stuart Young, Rohan Sinanan, Kazin Hosein, Faris Al-Rawi, Camile Regis-Robinson, Franklin Khan and Fitzgerald Hines were on April 22, 1960, but I was in Woodford Square when Dr. Eric Williams, in the presence of thousands of Trinbagonians, burned "the seven deadly sins of colonialism." Full Article

Views from a Breeze Maxi April 05, 2017
On Monday I attended the funeral services of Rochelle St. Louise, the granddaughter of Ulric "Buggie" Hayes, a districker, as the people of Tacarigua call themselves. The ceremony was held at the Arouca R.C. Church. At about 11:15 am I left the service, traveling in a Breeze Maxi from Arouca to Port of Spain. Full Article

Getting It Right March 27, 2017
Whenever a significant occasion arises, Kamla, in her ethnic enthusiasm, always muddles things up. When she was elected in 2010 she declared that the "hostile recalcitrant minority," an observation that Dr. Williams made, had become the government of the country. Full Article

Brutifying Our Sensibilities March 20, 2017
This is not a criticism against Edmund Dillon, Minister of National Security, or the present government. It is more an attempt to place a finger on what the recent murders are doing to our national psyche, how they are affecting our emotional state and damaging our self-conception. Full Article

Making America Racist Again March 13, 2017
When President Donald Trump promised to make America great again, no one believed he wanted the United States to relive its dark history. To be sure there was a desire to return to a time when things appeared to be less complicated—a kind of white-skinned Utopia—but no one believed the president would hark back to a period when racial bigotry, religious scapegoating and ignorance prevailed. Full Article

An Anarchist Anthem March 06, 2017
Last Wednesday Max Prime's "We Jammin' Still" was declared the Road March of the year. Over the two days of carnival, it was played over 556 times as opposed Machel Montano's "Your Time Now" that was played 77 times. On January 11, Joanne Briggs declared: "Ultimate Rejects' has already been declared the people's anthem for Carnival 2017" (Trinidad Guardian).
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