Not many people can reach through when your soul is battered, make you feel seen, communicate genuine care, and move you to laughter in those low moments. Thomas Jaye possessed this generosity of spirit. There was gentleness at his core. In an ancient, pre-colonial time, one can imagine him being a great healer, teacher, or wise, benevolent ruler. He was at once dignified, witty and humble, a calming physical presence in that special way the truly great sons of Africa are. Tributes 

Of Grief and Memory: Mourning Big Brother Comrade Thomas Jaye

  By Stephanie C. Horton   “The duiker will not paint ‘duiker’ on his beautiful back to proclaim his duikeritude,” Wole Soyinka wrote, “you’ll know him by his elegant leap.” Not many people can reach through when your soul is battered, make you feel seen, communicate genuine care, and move you to laughter in those low moments. Thomas Jaye possessed this generosity of spirit. There was gentleness at his core. In an ancient, pre-colonial time, one can imagine him being a great healer, teacher, or wise, benevolent ruler. He was…

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Unarguably, there's a very critical few of our gullible generation who sees merit as the sincerest tool to morally fulfill the prophecy of man's indebtedness to transform his understanding and society. We have held sacred those deep Hegelian dialectics the, moral and spiritual decadence, wide-scale violence, economic hardships, complacency, stunning poverty, conflicts, a buckled education system, paralyzed health system, vilified cultural configuration, gullible youths, unprepared menfolk, and the monstrous intransigent vices of capitalism. Tributes 

Tribute: Eulogizing the Revolutionary Journey of H. Boimah Fahnbulleh, Jr.

  We have searched, as well as studied and struggled for the objective conditions of our people and the achievement of an egalitarian society. We have always wanted a better Liberia, where Liberians will live irrespective of their tribe, culture, race, tradition, and creed or political affiliation. We went to the houses of the grandeur political politicos including those who are in the status quo yet we couldn’t get the empirical answer we wanted to march in the people’s struggle. Nonetheless, we remain with the facts to ascertain our acceptance…

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PHOTO ESSAY: HUGH MASEKELA: JAZZ LEGEND, 1939-2018

  April 4th 1939—January 23, 2018 Hugh Masekela, a world-renowned flugelhornist, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer and defiant political voice who remains deeply connected at home, while his international career sparkles. He was born in the town of Witbank, South Africa in 1939. At the age of 14, the deeply respected advocator of equal rights in South Africa, Father Trevor Huddleston, provided Masekela with a trumpet and, soon after, the Huddleston Jazz Band was formed. Masekela began to hone his, now signature, Afro-Jazz sound in the late 1950s during a period…

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Tribute: Amos sawyer a distinguished African Statesman

By Ibrahim Al-bakri Nyei, Today June 15, 2015 marks the seventieth birth anniversary of Prof. Amos Sawyer, a man who has for over forty years played a leading role of a scholar, activist, leader, and mediator in Africa’s most troubling and sometimes complicated political crises. Sawyer was born on June 15, 1945 in Sinoe County in Southeastern Liberia to a lower-middle class family. His parents meant well for the family and wanted to change the social status of the next generation of the family, thus they strove for young Sawyer…

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Benjamin T. K. Blamo: 1935-2014

By Moses Gray When death comes and takes away our loved one, it leaves our homes and community so lonely and places us in a state of misery, thus forcing tears from our eyes; some time it places us in the state of sorrow, pain and uncertainty. This is truly the case of Mr. Benjamin T. K. Blamo, a former Legislator and Deputy Minister in the Government of Liberia. He was 74. He crumbled in the uncompromising cold hands of death on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at in the Ahmadiyya…

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Longtime Presidential Aide Willie Knuckles Is Dead

Hawa Wesseh Willis D. Knuckles Jr., who served President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her first term as Ministers of Public Works and Presidential Affairs, is dead, after a short period of illness. Family members say he died from stroke. The sad event occurred in Accra, Ghana late July 2014.  He was also Chief of Staff in the office Vice President James E. Green. Knuckles graduated from the College of West Africa in 1963, and then proceeded to the elite Cuttington College in Soukoko Bong County in 1967 finishing the four…

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Tribute: Garrett Jasper Cummeh, III 1970-2014

By Norris Tweah As news of Jasper’s death filtered around late Saturday morning on 25 January 2014, I was at a funeral with two people who knew him very well. My brother Samuel D. Tweah Jr., who and Jasper became standard-bearers of their respective student political parties on the campus of the University of Liberia in the 1990s and Thomas Doe Nah. We were in utter disbelief as many others were upon hearing the news. In 2004, Thomas, Jasper and James Thompson founded the Center for Transparency and Accountability in…

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Appreciation: Jlator Nah Gewleh – (April 14, 1958 – December 12, 2013)

      By Tewroh-Wehtoe Sungbeh My heart is bleeding with sorrow and my spirit is wandering endlessly as I write these lines. The fact that my good friend and dear brother, Jlator Nah Gewleh is dead is beyond description, and beyond my imagination. See, Jlator was a good friend. I used the word “good” in the sense of a precious jewel you want to hold on to forever, since it is difficult to find one. So when you find that precious jewel, you want to hold on to it.…

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Tribute To A Fallen Hero, Comrade Theophilus T. Bettie

   By Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan When I entered the University of Liberia, I heard great stories of men and women who had achieved great exploits during their days there, at our dear “ Lux in Tenebrix “ [the university’s motto in Latin for light in darkness]– Bettie’s record of academic and political achievements at the university were legendary and exceptionally inspiring. We met face to face for the first time at a July 26 Celebration at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, DC in 2007. Instantly, both of us experienced an…

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