Daily Archives: 02/20/2013

History: American rum and slavery

African History Month – February

American rum and slavery

In today’s selection – the horrors of slavery. – delanceyplace.com 11/9/12 

By the late 1600s, riding the discovery and exploding demand for sugar in Europe, slavery had become the largest economic enterprise on the earth. Horror attended the capture and transport of slaves — it was commonplace for over half the slaves on a given ship to perish, often from heartbreak and despair alone. The horror attended the slavers as well, a large number of whom perished from murder, betrayal or disease.

African slaves were purchased with rum — and so a terrible cycle was established in which slaves were purchased from African chiefs and shipped to the Caribbean to harvest sugar cane, which was turned to molasses and then rum, which was then shipped back to Africa to purchase more slaves.   Continue reading

Ghana’s unique African-Hindu temple – BBC

Ghana’s unique African-Hindu temple

By Rajesh Joshi   BBC Hindi, Ghana

The Hindu temple in GhanaThe temple is located in the capital Accra

The air is filled with the sweet smell of incense burning in a corner of the huge hall.

Wrapped in shiny bright clothes, idols of Hindu gods and goddesses smile benevolently from the elevated platform.

Sitting on the white marble floor a group of more than 50 men, women and children sing devotional Hindi songs.

Nothing extraordinary about this scene, except that the temple is in Ghana and the devotees are all indigenous Africans.          Continue reading

A Burnt Biscuit never hurt anyone – harsh words do

Burnt Biscuit never hurt anyone – harsh words do

biscuit2smWhen I was a kid, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then.
And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.
On that evening, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad.
I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!Yet all my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my mom and ask me how my day was at school.
I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that biscuit and eat every bite!                      Continue reading

Mashramani 2013 – Jomo keeps Soca crown with Fireworks’ – video

Jomo keeps Soca crown with Fireworks’

By Javon Vickerie On February 18, 2013  – Stabroek News

Aided – albeit not of his own doing – by Spongebob, Jumo ‘Rubber Waist’ Primo LED his way amidst the roar of fireworks to yet another Soca Monarch crown on Saturday.

He successfully fended off the popular Adrian Dutchin whose performance was immediately dampened by his inclusion of the cartoon characters Spongebob and Dora dancing in a sexually suggestive manner which failed to impress the crowd or the judges.     Continue reading

Grenada Elections: Dr. Keith Mitchell’s NNP wins all 15 seats

NNP Wins all 15 seats in Grenada Elections

grenadaflag2ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, 19 February 2013 (CMC) – Supporters of the main opposition New National Party (NNP) took to the streets in celebration here on Tuesday night after the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) conceded defeat in the general election.

The NNP, headed by former prime minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, has made a clean sweep of all the 15 seats, a repeat of the 1999 performance.

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas as well as his senior cabinet ministers were swept aside in the general election, four and a half years after their had won the polls by an 11-4 margin.   Continue reading