Nina Simone In Liberia

Someone who knew Nina Simone well—a Liberian friend of hers, I suppose a mutual friend now—told me a story. Liberia’s past is in pieces, he said, and here’s one of them. Maybe it’s the one you’re looking for. On a September night in 1974, the wet season was closing down and an encore of rain washed the streets of Monrovia, Liberia; a torrent of sky and trash—discarded slippers, supine roaches, maybe a lost crab. The rain stopped as abruptly as it started, as if a conductor had pressed his fingers…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

Rapper Buckey Raw goes off on new release: Temptation

BY LIBSTARSVIEW Trapco sensation Bucky Raw has released a brand new single titled “Temptation” on which he gets candid about corruption in Liberia, rapping about greed. The rapper a couple of weeks ago spoke to LIBSTARSVIEW intimating that a politician had reached out to him to help him, to help his campaign, and he refused, not wanting to get involved with corrupt leaders. Good God, not many will turn down such opportunity. WHO IS BUCKEY RAW?—LINK A native of Liberia, with residence in Philadelphia, Bucky Raw is an up and…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

PHOTO ESSAY: Liberia’s Aletha Campbell ‘Cross Lines’ Premieres

Liberian movie producer Aletha Campbell and her husband, writer/producer hosted the successful premiere of the much awaited CROSS LINES, in Philadelphia to much fanfare. “Crossed Lines” synopsis: McNeil, a DEA Agent with a massive chip on his shoulder has very little respect for law; aside from his own rules. In addition, Billy is an over-aggressive, Alpha male that demonstrates a constant need to feed his endless appetite with money and power. Truth is an aspiring rapper and a low-level dealer; he has a focused drive, doing whatever it takes to…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

Deng and Sarkodie collaborate on Janjay

By: Edwin Mohammed Celebrated across the African continent as Liberia’s music pride and the first Liberian Artiste to receive a nomination in the Listener’s Choice category at the 2016 MTV Africa Music Awards, Deng, whose real name is Daniel George [have] released a continental hit song ‘Janjay’ featuring Africa’s rap god Sarkodie on 9th June, 2017. The hit song was Produced by one of Liberia best music producers Stone Luckshine and Possigee from Ghana. ‘JanJay’ is a Liberian hiplife which talks about a girl’s dream. According to those who had…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

Demonstrating true Liberian Identity

By: Jarwinken Wiah It was nearly 18 years ago that I was among other Liberian reporters and editors at a one-week encampment “Partnership for Media Reconstruction in Liberia” training held in Virginia, outside Monrovia from August 4-9, 1999. At the closing ceremony, one of the trainers from Britain, Phil Champagne, who was serving as a Consultant of the International Alert, urg…ed the participants “To Go Out There as Peace Ambassadors” for post war Liberia. The training was a Rehearsal Training for Senior Reporters and Editors. Looking back, and reflecting on…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

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…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

After Liberia’s Costly Rioting, Great Soul‐Searching

  April 14 1979, is some 38 odd years ago, an important day nonetheless in Liberia’s trajectory and troubled recent history. We bring verbatim a New York Times piece of what actually happen on April 14, 1979   New York Times, MAY 30, 1979 By Carey Winfrey MONROVIA, Liberia, May 26 — The event is remembered here simply as “April 14.” On that day last month, at least 41 demonstrators protesting a proposed increase in the price of rice were shot and killed by army and police forces here, triggering…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

APRIL 12 1980: Remembering a stained legacy

John Weghorst In 1980, Samuel Doe was in charge of a beachfront security patrol near the Executive Mansion. Doe and his army friends grew up in meager conditions, mostly living in huts, with nothing much to eat and attending school when they could. In the army, life was not much better, just more wooden shacks with corrugated zinc rooftops. There was no electricity, no plumbing and no running water. One day, after having a few beers, Doe and his soldiers playfully talked about overthrowing the government. It started out as…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

Honorable Justice Philip Banks Dissenting Opinion: CoC

Today I have, as I believe have most Liberians, shared tears for Liberia, for by the decision of the majority colleagues of this Court, some of the most sacred rights of the people and the most sacred provision of the Liberia Constitution have been shredded and placed into a waste vent, and by the Act the Constitution has been turned upside down on its head. This is the second time that a challenge has been mounted in this Court to certain of the provisions of the “Act of Legislature Prescribing…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }

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…

Read More
span.credit-link { display: yes; }