Romance With Voluptuousness: Caribbean Women and Thick Bodies in the US

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Author: Kamille Gentles-Peart Summary: This book examines how first- and second-generation immigrant black Caribbean women engage with a thick body aesthetic while living in the United States. It highlights how black Caribbean women negotiate body image issues arising from Caribbean and American pressures to maintain a particular body type and how they contend with discourses and practices that […]


Kimbanguism: An African Understanding of the Bible

By Webmaster on Friday, April, 21st, 2017 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author: Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot, Translated by Cécile Coquet-Mokoko Summary: In this volume, Aurélien Mokoko Gampiot, a sociologist and son of a Kimbanguist pastor, provides a fresh and insightful perspective on African Kimbanguism and its traditions. The largest of the African-initiated churches, Kimbanguism claims seventeen million followers worldwide. Like other such churches, it originated out of […]


Uncommodified Blackness The African Male Experience in Australia and New Zealand

By Webmaster on Thursday, March, 30th, 2017 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author: Majavu, Mandisi Summary: This book is a study of the lived experience of African men in Australia and New Zealand. The author employs a relational account of racism which foregrounds how the colonial shaped the contemporary, with the settler states of contemporary Australia and New Zealand having been moulded by their colonial histories. Uncommodified […]


The First Black Slave Society: Britain’s “Barbarity Time “in Barbados, 1636-1876

By Webmaster on Friday, February, 10th, 2017 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author Professor Hilary McD. Beckles Summary In this remarkable exploration of the brutal course of Barbados’s history, Hilary McD. Beckles details the systematic barbarism of the British colonial project. Trade in enslaved Africans was not new in the Americas in the seventeenth century – the Portuguese and Spanish had commercialized chattel slavery in Brazil and […]


The Caribbean Oral Tradition – Literature, Performance, and Practice

By Webmaster on Thursday, January, 12th, 2017 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author Hanétha Vété-Congolo Summary The book uses an innovative prism of interorality that powerfully reevaluates Caribbean orality and innovatively casts light on its overlooked and fundamental epistemological contribution into the formation of Caribbean philosophy. It defines the innovative prism of interorality as the systematic transposition of previously composed storytales into new and distinct tales. The […]


The Boy Who Spat in Sargrenti’s Eye

By Webmaster on Thursday, January, 12th, 2017 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author Manu Herbstein Summary Sargrenti is the name by which Major General Sir Garnet Wolseley, KCMG (1833 – 1913) is still known in the West African state of Ghana. Kofi Gyan, the 15-year old boy who spits in Sargrenti’s eye, is the nephew of the chief of Elmina, a town on the Atlantic coast of Ghana. […]


Brave Music of a Distant Drum: Sequel to the Prize-Winning Novel, Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade

By Webmaster on Thursday, January, 12th, 2017 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author Manu Herbstein Summary Ama is an enslaved African woman. In Brazil, old and ill, she is determined that the story of her life shall survive for future generations. Her story is one of violence and heartache, but also of courage, hope, determination, and ultimately, love. Since Ama is blind, she has to dictate to […]


Ama, a Story of the Atlantic Slave Trade

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Author Manu Herbstein Summary “I am a human being; I am a woman; I am a black woman; I am an African. Once I was free; then I was captured and became a slave; but inside me, here and here, I am still a free woman.”During a period of four hundred years, European slave traders […]


Chocolate Surrealism Music, Movement, Memory, and History in the Circum-Caribbean

By Webmaster on Monday, June, 27th, 2016 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author Njoroge Njoroge Summary A vibrant take on the global connections empowering Caribbean music and its global transferences In Chocolate Surrealism: Music, Movement, Memory, and History in the Circum-Caribbean (University Press of Mississippi, Caribbean Studies Series) Njoroge Njoroge highlights connections among the production, performance, and reception of popular music at critical historical junctures in the […]


The African Burial Ground in New York City: Memory, Spirituality, and Space (2015)

By Webmaster on Sunday, December, 27th, 2015 in Books 2014-Present. No Comments

Author Andrea E. Frohne Summary In 1991, archaeologists in lower Manhattan unearthed a stunning discovery. Buried since 1795 was a cemetery containing remains of up to 20,000 people. Tracing the area from a forgotten site to a contested and negotiated space, Frohne illustrates visually, spiritually, and spatially the historic and contemporary formation of a New […]