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‘A story Brazil never wanted to tell’: the podcasts reclaiming the country’s Black history

One of Brazil’s most celebrated Black authors sat on stage and posed a vital question to a nation unaware of its past. Why, asked Conceição Evaristo, were Brazilian schoolchildren taught about the 1835 Ragamuffin war – when separatist forces rebelled against the empire at the behest of white landowners – but not the Malê revolt,

Passage(S) To Saint-Domingue  The ‘Moving Words’ Book Review

The Moving Words Review: “This book is a beautiful homage to the indigenous Taino and the Maroon people, thoroughly researched by Smither and richly illustrated by maps that help to understand the whole universe of the novel. This universe mixes the encyclopedic knowledge about real-life facts of the period with the elaborate penmanship of Jakobe’s

“Black Moses,” Belated Honors… And, the Bold Civil War Assault at the ‘River Jordan’

“I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger.”  Harriet Tubman (a.k.a., “Black Moses”) After my Baptist minister dad had died, when I was five, my maternal grandmother, a tent-preaching Pentecostal evangelist,

UNFORGIVINGLY BLACK: Recollections of “The Greatest,” Muhammad Ali

“Rivers, lakes, ponds, streams, oceans all have different names, but they all contain water. So do religions have different names, and they all contain truth, expressed in different ways forms and times. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a Muslim, a Christian, or a Jew. When you believe in God, you should believe that all people