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Guyana: Outside Parliament Buildings – the homeless and garbage

Staking their places early: Vagrants took up their sleeping positions outside Parliament early yesterday afternoon. Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman has said he may not work this Thursday but instead lead a protest to press authorities to clean the area, which apart from vagrants is bordered by stagnant drains and garbage. (Photo by Arian Browne)

Staking their places early

JANUARY 14, 2014 · By Stabroek News · COMMENTS
Staking their places early: Vagrants took up their sleeping positions outside Parliament early yesterday afternoon (January 13, 2014) .  Speaker of the National Assembly Raphael Trotman has said he may not work this Thursday but instead lead a protest to press authorities to clean the area, which apart from vagrants is bordered by stagnant drains and garbage. (Photo by Arian Browne)  –  Note: See more in video below

Real Guyana – #1 – The Dirtiest Parliament Buildings – 2013 – video  Continue reading

Life Of Manchester’s Black Hero Celebrated In New Project

Life Of Manchester’s Black Hero Celebrated In New Project

Beresford Edwards will be featured in a new documentary and exhibition

TRIBUTE: Beresford Edwards  11/01/2014

THE LIFE of one of Manchester’s most celebrated black campaigners is set to be recognised in an exhibition and documentary to be screened next year.

Beresford Edwards, who died in 2003 in his native Guyana, was also known as Chief Nana Bonsu (an honorary title given to him because of his work with the Pan African Congress Movement) and Baba Berry.

He hit the national headlines in the late 1960s when he took one of Britain’s most powerful trades unions to court and won.    Continue reading

In the Shadows of the Jaguar – The Legendary Porknocker – By Dmitri Allicock

Porknocker

In the Shadows of the Jaguar

The Legendary Porknocker

By Dmitri Allicock

New “shouts” of gold deep in wild of 1800s Guyana lured the individual gold prospector and gave birth to the legendary Porknocker. Leathery men left the comforts of their homes in Guyana and around the Caribbean for the inhospitable interior armed with only spade and battel, in search for that golden salvation of hesperides and became an unfathomed reservoir of stories, myths,  legend and incarnation fiction without boundaries.

For thousands of years gold was a part of the history of the native people of the Americas and Guyana and the association of gold attracted the attention of many early explorers of written history. It was even suggested that Guyana was the source of the elusive and legendary city of El Dorado, fabled for its great wealth of gold and precious jewels. Continue reading

History of the Maroons in the Caribbean and South America

History of the Maroons by dopper0189, Black Kos,  Managing Editor

maroons

Maroons – Runaway slaves

When runaway slaves banded together and subsisted independently they were called Maroons. On the Caribbean islands, runaway slaves formed bands and on some islands formed armed camps. Maroon communities faced great odds to survive against white attackers, obtain food for subsistence living, and to reproduce and increase their numbers. As the planters took over more land for crops, the Maroons began to vanish on the small islands.

Only on some of the larger islands were organized Maroon communities able to thrive by growing crops and hunting. Here they grew in number as more slaves escaped from plantations and joined their bands. Seeking to separate themselves from whites, the Maroons gained in power and amid increasing hostilities, they raided and pillaged plantations and harassed planters until the planters began to fear a mass slave revolt.   Continue reading

A Caribbean Connection at the Golden Globes Awards

 A Caribbean Connection at the Golden Globes Awards

Director Steve McQueen was born in West London to Grenadian and Trinidadian parents.

71st Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press RoomPublished on Jan 13 2014 /

(L-R) Actors Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor, director Steve McQueen, actors Sarah Paulson and Michael Fassbender, winners of Best Motion Picture – Drama for ’12 Years a Slave,’ pose in the press room during the 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 12, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Mon. Jan. 13, 2014: A man of Caribbean heritage was front and center at the Golden Globes last night (January 12), taking home the night’s top honor.

Caribbean-Briton director Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” was named best motion picture, drama at the 71st annual Golden Globes awards on Sunday night, beating out “Captain Phillips,” “Gravity,” “Philomena” and “Rush.” It was the lone award for the film at the Golden Globes.  Continue reading