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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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Trinidad News

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). Full Article

Guarding Our Laws February 26, 2017
In 2011, shortly after the People's Partnership was installed as a government, the GOPIO asked me to give a lecture on multiculturalism. I emphasized that Trinidad and Tobago will never reach its full potential unless all of us—black, white, Indian and African, protestant and Hindu—accepted our past as our national patrimony. Full Article

The Web We Weave - Part 2 February 21, 2017
As I indicated in Part 1 of my article, Sherma Batson, my second cousin, died of a massive aneurism at Blackpool, England on January 8, 2017. She was buried in Stevenage, England on February 3, 2017. On the same day, the London Guardian ran an obituary by Howard Rooke, her husband. Two days later, the Trinidad Express ran my eulogy on Sherma's life. Full Article

Beware of our Talents February 12, 2017
Last Monday, Dr. Keith Rowley embarked upon a tour to converse with his constituents. Symbolically, he began his conversation in the constituency of his most tone-deaf, most unavailable minister. Full Article

The Web We Weave - Part 1 February 05, 2017
This is an excerpt of a eulogy of my cousin, Sherma Batson, delivered at St. Hugh and St. John's Church, Stevenage, England, on Friday, February 3, 2017. I tried to capture how the lives of families-in this case, my family-starting from humble beginnings, expanded in regions and ways which their ancestors could never have known or understood. Full Article

Kamla's Equivocation January 29, 2017
On Wednesday 18th January the Senate passed the Miscellaneous Provisions (Marriage) or the Child Marriage Bill (2016) that prohibits twelve-year-old girls from getting married. It did so with the notable abstention of the UNC-led Opposition. Put simply, as Jennifer Baptiste Primus suggests, this bill prevents "hard-back men" from clambering over young girls to satisfy their lust.
Full Article

President Trump and the Black Blowback January 22, 2017
Last Friday Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States of America. As in so many other offensive things he has tweeted since November, Trump began this year by trying to besmirch (unfortunately one dictionary defines the meaning of this word as "to blacken") the reputation of John Lewis and his courageous actions... Full Article

Poor Rolph, Brilliant Rolph January 16, 2017
Poor Rolph or should I say brilliant Rolph. I do not wish to denigrate Dr. Rolph Balgobin's name or rush to judgment about any of the charges that have been made against him. I expect justice to run its course since Balgobin has hired the best legal minds to defend his innocence and sustain his reputation. Full Article

Do so eh like so January 08, 2017
It would be hilarious if the issue were not so deadly serious. President Barack Obama accuses the Russians of undermining the US presidential election and the Senate Armed Services Committee holds intelligence hearings to discover why President Vladimir Putin tried to sabotage the will of the American people. Such treachery, President Obama suggests, throws us back into a past from which American citizens have turned their gazes. Full Article


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