As my friend Jason and I joined the Labour Day procession in Fyzabad, South Trinidad last week, there was a lone car with a PA system driving slowly alongside those marching. Labour Day was made a Trinidad & Tobago public holiday in 1973 and every year since, trade unions march in Fyzabad to commemorate the … Continue reading Labour Day’s lost message.
A sleepless night recently found me binge-watching the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) original series, Queen Sugar. Queen Sugar follows the Louisiana-based Bordelon siblings - Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel - who’ve recently lost their father and inherited his failing sugarcane farm. The show has gotten rave reviews from critics and fans alike and after watching … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why OWN’s Queen Sugar is EVERYTHING.
The Internet can sometimes be a sunken place; to say we get a lot of bad news online is an understatetment when the terror of death can be streamed and put on constant replay. But today, I'm thanking the Black God who created the Internet for allowing me to discover Lady Essence's Fluffy Gal Anthem. … Continue reading The Fluffy Gal Anthem has restored my faith in FAT.
Last weekend, I was lucky to attend a trinidad + tobago film festival screening of Miles Ahead - the impressionistic biopic of music icon Miles Davis written, directed and co-produced by Don Cheadle. Though he didn’t need anymore credits, Cheadle also starred in the film giving a stellar performance as Davis while juggling his many … Continue reading Review| Miles Ahead: Wild, but works!
The latest issue of The City University of New York's (CUNY) online journal Theory, Research & Action in Urban Education focused on #BlackLivesMatter and I'm happy to have my poem, "Immigrant Sings the Blues," included in this special issue. As the editors point out in their letter to readers, "#BlackLivesMatter is this generation’s social justice call-to-action" … Continue reading Poetry: TRAUE’s Special Issue #BlackLivesMatter
Since my uncle, Raf Robertson, died in December 2015, I have not publicly shared any tributes to him. My grief surrounding his death has been personal. In honor of World Poetry Day, I decided to share a poem from my notebook and as I was reading through it, remembered that I had written many poems in … Continue reading Poem: Voyage to India: Thanks, Raf
I started 2017 reading Walter Mosley’s decade-old publication, Fortunate Son. Mosley is a mystery writer of note having authored the famous Easy Rawlins series. While prolific, Mosley’s experiments outside of mystery have achieved “mixed success” as Diane Scharper noted in her Baltimore Sun review of the novel. Admittedly, the first few chapters filled me with … Continue reading Mosley & the Crime of Color