That ship was en route to the Spanish colony of Veracruz when two English privateer ships, the White Lion and the Treasurer, intercepted it and seized some of the Angolans on board. According to James Horn, President and Chief Officer of Jamestown Rediscovery, both ships were owned by a powerful English nobleman, the Earl of Warwick Robert Rich. Rich was anti-Spanish and anti-Catholic, and profited from thwarting Spanish shipping in the Caribbean. The White Lion — which flew under the flag of a Dutch port known for its pirates — came to Virginia first in late August 1619, followed four days later by theTreasurer. Public Policy 

400 years of slaver, First Africans landed Virginia in August 1619

The First Africans in Virginia Landed in 1619. It Was a Turning Point for Slavery in American History—But Not the Beginning It was 400 years ago, “about the latter end of August,” that an English privateer ship reached Point Comfort on the Virginia peninsula. There, Governor George Yeardley and his head of trade, Cape Merchant Abraham Piersey, bought the “20. and odd Negroes” aboard in exchange for “victuals” — meaning, they traded food for slaves. Such a trade, as described five months after the fact in a letter to the…

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“We made rescue calls all over to no avail since they blocked the road. Besides the few men who were trying to defend us, we were stuck inside for over an hour and a half,” the candidate explained. Ms. Urey said she and her team made several attempts to leave the office but it was just impossible, although she laments that the police were standing right there. She explained that one of the attackers even got in the building with a knife and almost stabbed her. “They completely damaged the roof of the building. At the end, they even brought gas to burn the place down. When I smelled the gas, I didn’t think we were going to make it.” News 

Opposition politician Urey attacked, escapes death in Monrovia

    Monrovia – Ms. Telia Urey, candidate in the disputed District No. 15 Representatives elections is speaking out for the first time since a bloody attack Saturday which led to the damage of her bullet-proof Toyota Land Cruiser and injuries to she and several of her supporters who had gone to visit the headquarters of another candidate in the recently held elections. Speaking to FrontPageAfrica Saturday, Ms. Urey explained she and some members of her campaign team were in a meeting with Kelvin Bayoh’s team when the attack commenced….

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Young writers awarded certificates in Monrovia

    Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (sitting) and Mr. Kenneth Y. Best (fourth from left) poses with participants after the closing. The Young Scholars of Liberia (YLS) on July 23, 2019, certificated over 20 young writers, who successfully completed training during several weeks of a master series workshop organized by acclaimed poet, professor of creative writing and founder of YLS, Dr. Patricia Jabbeh Wesley. The ceremony, held in the Blue Room of the Stella Maris Polytechnic campus, welcomed outstanding Liberian educators and writers, Sister Mary Laurene Browne, President of the…

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Coates grew up in a home and a world where consciousness in thought and deed was the ultimate reflection of what it means to be a human being, where books and papers surrounded him and reflected him. He sought other stories in comic books and novels. Baltimore in the ’80s demanded a different education of him, one where he was bored by teachers, fell asleep in class, walked through the streets assessing the landscape and the people incessantly, wary and aware that at any moment, at any time, he could be jumped and beaten for any number of imagined offenses by boys who looked like him. That world trained Coates to navigate violence with his body and his mind, pressured his inner self to become the man he is today, a man with a baby face and easy bearing whose looks belie the weapon within, a self honed to a scythe’s sharpness. Artists & Reviews 

The Beautiful Power of Ta-Nehisi Coates

With his groundbreaking nonfiction works, Ta-Nehisi Coates emerged as our most vital public intellectual. Now, his debut novel, The Water Dancer, takes him to uncharted depths. BY  JESMYN WARD PHOTOGRAPHY BY  ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AUGUST 6, 2019 Coates, photographed in Brooklyn.PHOTOGRAPH BY ANNIE LEIBOVITZ. When I meet Ta-Nehisi Coates, I am surprised. All of the photos I’ve seen of him are somber and inscrutable, but when I walk into the café where he’s suggested we meet, he’s not like that at all. He’s one of those people who looks young at any age:…

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In fulfillment of the objectives of the Coalition to form and forge a common sense of identity utilizing the experiences, strengths and resources of Liberians in the Diaspora, to support NDC initiatives on the ground in Liberia, the NDC-USA chapter was established. Hence, the primary undertaking of the new corps of officers is to begin building the NDC roster in the Diaspora; undertaking initiatives that will provide needed support for NDC initiatives in Liberia; as well as enhancing the capacity of the party in Liberia and the Diaspora toward its ultimate goal of providing leadership and real change to Liberia and Liberians in general. Politics 

National Democratic Coalition USA elect officers

    NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC COALITION (NDC)   PRESS RELEASE   One of Liberia’s major opposition political institutions, The National Democratic Coalition (NDC), has elected Samuel P. Ajavon, Jr., as Chairman on a white ballot for its USA Chapter, until the USA Diaspora based group goes to a convention at which time the NDC will formally elect its corps of officials, a release issued by the political party over the weekend said. Others chosen to serve in acting capacities include Dr. Emmanuel Daykeay – Vice Chairman; Dr. C. Dougbeh Nyan –…

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Romeo's first volume of poetry, The Silent Dancing Spirit was published in 1974. She taught for a year at Kent State in the Department of Pan-African Studies, but then decided to move to Africa and began working as an assistant English professor at the University of Liberia. In 1977, she married and continued teaching and writing, publishing three additional volumes of poetry: Palaver: West Indian Poems in 1978, Two Faces, Two Phases in 1984, and Beyond Dream: The Ritual Dancer in 1989. In 1984, Romeo-Mark, along with C. William Allen, Keith Neville Asumuyaya Best, Henry Gensang, Thomas Johnson and Ruth Wuor founded the Liberian Association of Writers (LAW). Artists & Reviews 

Two Poems: Crossing Frontiers and Crossing the Road

    Romeo’s first volume of poetry, The Silent Dancing Spirit was published in 1974.  She taught for a year at Kent State in the Department of Pan-African Studies, but then decided to move to Africa and began working as an assistant English professor at the University of Liberia. In 1977, she married and continued teaching and writing, publishing three additional volumes of poetry: Palaver: West Indian Poems in 1978, Two Faces, Two Phases in 1984, and Beyond Dream: The Ritual Dancer in 1989. In 1984, Romeo-Mark, along with C….

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Philis Wheatly was a young African slave woman with incredible amount of talent and creativity. When she had the manuscript of her first collection of poems, “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious, and Moral,” it was not published in America because the publishers or printers could not believe that a “negro” could write those poems. The book was first published in London in the fall of 1773. This singular effort by Phillis Wheatly is considered as the foundation of African American literature. It would take 86 years from 1773 for the first African American novel to be published. This was written by Harriet E. Wilson in 1859. Artists & Reviews 

Common Themes in African and African American Literatures

    By Nvasekie N. Konneh   To fully understand and appreciate African and African American literatures or fictions for that matter, it’s imperative to understand the historical backgrounds of their experiences. First it was the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, which brought millions of Africans to Europe and America as slaves to plantations in America and elsewhere. European colonization of Africa subsequently, followed the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Both of these were very dehumanizing for the Africans. They experienced degradation as they were considered less human than others. The main justification of…

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Ingabire herself is no stranger to such tactics, she says. In 2010 she returned to Rwanda from the Netherlands, where she was living in exile, to contest the presidential election. But shortly after that she was arrested following comments she made in relation to the country's 1994 genocide, and accused of collaborating with a "terrorist organization." In October, Ingabire was released from jail after serving eight years of her 15-year sentence as part of a presidential pardon News 

Opposition members keep going ‘missing’ in Rwanda. Few expect them to return

    When Eugene Ndereyimana woke up last week, he didn’t tell his wife where he was going, and she didn’t ask. The less she knew, the better, she thought. The 29-year-old father of two was traveling from his home in Rwanda’s southeastern Ngoma district to the northeastern town of Nyagatare for a political meeting on July 15. But the people waiting for Ndereyimana to arrive lost contact with him when he was just five kilometers (3.1 miles) from the venue. He hasn’t been seen or heard from since. Eugene…

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Nkrumah arrived in the Gold Coast on 14 November 1947. He immediately assumed his secretarial duties, offering to work without pay after he realised that the party had no funds to pay his monthly salary. Eventually, the leadership prevailed on him to accept a fraction of the salary. Nkrumah immediately drew up a detailed, radical plan which he presented to the leadership of the United Gold Coast Convention. He suggested that the party set up branches in every corner of the country and embarks on demonstrations, strikes and boycotts to press for independence. Op-ed 

Kwame Nkrumah’s contested legacy

    Kwame Nkrumah led Ghana to independence in 1957 – the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve this feat. He’s still remembered for his unrepentant anti-colonial stance and strident Pan-Africanism. Above all, he is regarded as one of Africa’s ablest statesmen of the 20th century. Nkrumah has been ranked among leaders such as Vladimir Lenin, Mahatma Gandhi and Mao Tse-Tsung. All contributed significantly in shaping the course of history during the last five decades of the 20th century. Nkrumah’s rise in the anti-colonial movement in Ghana, then called the Gold Coast, began in the late…

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Paye-Layleh’s calls for clarity from the Liberian leader stems from an open accusation made by the President on Thursday, March 23, during a press stakeout with visiting Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations Ms. Amina J. Mohammed. Op-ed 

BBC Reporter Paye-Layleh Wants President Weah to hold Press Conference

    OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT AND LEADERSHIP OF THE PRESS UNION OF LIBERIA     Press Union of Liberia Dear Mr. President Thank you for accepting my courtesy visit three days ago. During that brief visit, I expressed to you the frustration that I and many media practitioners in Liberia are having because of the unexplained unwillingness of President George Weah and his media team to create a situation where he (the President) would from time to time speak to and hear from the Liberian people through organized…

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