Marcus Garvey and UNIA Failed Liberia Expedition

By Morgan Files Widespread misconceptions surround the aborted plans for a UNIA settlement program in the Republic of Liberia in the 1920s. Chief among these is that the Liberian upper classes were averse to Garvey’s plans which would have undermined “Americo-Liberian hegemony” over the country. The more complicated truth has less to do with “Americo-Liberian hegemony” than a curious combination of French, British and American interests in Africa, an all-too-human rivalry between Garvey and African-American scholar W.E.B. Du Bois, and Marcus Garvey’s own failure to keep his grandiose plans under…

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Cross Lines Premieres In Philadelphia This weekend

Philadelphia—Smooth Fusion Films will see a special movie premiere of “Crossed Lines” this weekend, June 9th in the United States, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. This Premiere will provide the viewers with a Red Carpet Experience, Question and Answer session and an after party; Food & Beverages will also be on sale. The Movie Premiere is being hosted in an effort to expose the new movie to the public and raise funds in order to continue assisting with world-wide projects, such as: Feed the Hungry in Liberia; Support Ashmon…

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The Rise And Paradoxes Of Pan-Africanism Today

Of the numerous concepts which have influenced Black Africa since the wave of independence in the 1960s, pan-Africanism is, after democracy, probably the most popular. Paradoxically, the continent remains the least integrated in the world and continues to experience outbreaks of xenophobic violence. Historically, the first pan-African movement, founded in the late 19th century, was a search for a common identity: “˜pan-Negrism’. The aim was to unite black people across the world in order to fight slavery and colonialism. Pioneers were Edward Blyden, WEB Dubois, Stokely Carmichael and Kwame Nkrumah….

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Monrovia comes alive with poetry readings this weekend

By Ralph Geeplay Monrovia will come alive his weekend, when the much anticipated and expected poetry reading takes place on the Congo Town Back Road, behind the Ministry of Health, and right opposite the Chinese Restaurant. Liberian writer and poetry enthusiast Forte Otheniel, who is headlining the event, says some of Liberia finest writers will be reading and in attendance, in what is expected to be an eventful night. Recent attempts to make Monrovia and adjacent cities the center of multiple readings is gradually paying off. These efforts are geared…

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Biography of Sirleaf Illustrates Adichie’s ‘Danger of a Single Story’

By Brooks Marmon In an animated interview with The Atlantic, ‘On What Americans Get Wrong About Africa’, the acclaimed Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie observes, “I don’t think stereotypes are problematic because they are false, I think that’s too simple.  I think stereotypes are problematic because they are incomplete, so it is important constantly to question them.” It’s doubtful that Adichie would expect the plethora of positive media coverage surrounding Africa’s first female elected head of state to be problematic, but the publicity for a new biography of Liberian President…

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Africa: prestigious Brunel Poetry Prize name shortlists candidates tomorrow

The 2017 international Brunel poetry prize shortlists will be announced tomorrow March 6th 2017. The Brunel prize for poetry is the African poetry prize that spots new talents every year on the African continent and the diaspora, and is composed of several eminent luminary poets drawn from across the globe. According to the site “The winner,” will be “announced  on May 2nd 2017. The Brunel International African Poetry Prize is a major annual poetry prize of £3000 aimed at the development, celebration and promotion of poetry from Africa. Now in its fourth year, this year the Prize is sponsored by Brunel…

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Caine Prize: For Emergent African Writers, or the Best African Writers

This essay was originally published in the second volume of Oduor Oduku’s KUT Anthology.  It’s hard to tell the story of contemporary African literature without talking about the Caine Prize for African Writing. It’s the biggest and most prominent prize for African Literature—or at least the best publicized—and in the 17 years of its existence, what it means to say “African Literature” has changed quite dramatically, a transformation the Caine Prize has in part reflected, and in part helped to produce. This is easy to see at the level of the individual writers:…

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Romeo Mark A Lifetime of Writing

Born in Antigua, West Indies, Althea Romeo-Mark is an educator and writer who grew up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. She has lived and taught in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, USA, Liberia (1976-1990), London, England (1990-1991), and in Switzerland since 1991. She earned a B.A. in English and Secondary Education from the University of the Virgin Islands and an M.A. in Modern American Literature from Kent State University, U.S.A. She also has a Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CETEFLA). She considers herself a citizen of…

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Land of My Fathers: A Review

By Moco MacCaulay On February 4, 1857, Mary Mickey, a former slave from Charlottesville, Virginia, wrote a letter to her former master about her journey to Liberia and her impression of the new country she would now call home: “It affords me great pleasure to have this opportunity to address a letter to you. In the midst of danger & death, while we could discern nothing above, & around us but the blue canopy of heaven, & under us the deep, deep blue sea, we were Providentially cared for, and…

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Book Review-When The wanderers Come Home

Described by African scholar and literary critic Chielozona Eze as “one of the most prolific African poets of the twenty-first century,” Patricia Jabbeh Wesley composed When the Wanderers Come Home during a four-month visit to her homeland of Liberia in 2013. She gives powerful voice to the pain and inner turmoil of a homeland still reconciling itself in the aftermath of multiple wars and destruction.   Wesley, a native Liberian, calls on deeply rooted African motifs and proverbs, utilizing the poetics of both the West and Africa to convey her grief. Autobiographical in…

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