Category: Black History News

Colorism, Racism Play A Role In Health Outcomes, University Study Says

SAN JUAN — Puerto Ricans who self-identify as having very light skin tones have better health outcomes than counterparts who self-identify as having the darkest skin tones, according to a peer-reviewed scientific study that evaluated the impact of racial discrimination on physical and emotional well-being. The investigation conducted by two University of Puerto Rico professors, […]

Actor Michael B. Jordan To Rename Rum After Cultural Appropriation Criticism

PORT OF SPAIN — “Black Panther” U.S. actor Michael B. Jordan said he would rename his recently launched rum, “J’Ouvert,” after nationals in the Caribbean accused him of cultural appropriation. J’Ouvert — which refers in Creole to the crack of dawn — is the name of the first official day of Carnival festivities in Trinidad […]

Government Offices Closed Today In Observance Of Juneteenth Holiday

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Albert Bryan on Thursday declared June 19 a holiday in the U.S. Virgin Islands following the announcement by President Joe Biden establishing the date as a federal holiday. His announcement came after legislation establishing the Juneteenth holiday was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on Thursday afternoon. Governor Bryan announced administrative […]

Celebrating America’s Rich Cultural Diversity With Caribbean Heritage Month

WASHINGTON — America’s diversity is and always has been the defining strength of our Nation — in every generation, our society, spirit, and shared ambitions have been refreshed by wave after wave of immigrants seeking out their American dream.  Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have brought vibrant cultures, languages, traditions, and values that strengthen our […]

18th Century Graveyard Found At Former St. Eustatius Plantation

ORANJESTAD — An 18th century burial ground has been discovered at a former sugar plantation on the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Eustatius, officials said Monday, and archaeologists said it likely contains the remains of slaves and could provide a trove of information on the lives as enslaved people. Government officials said 48 skeletons had […]

Trinidadian Movie HERO Lands On Amazon Prime Video Today

PORT OF SPAIN — HERO, the film inspired by the extraordinary life of Caribbean-born Mr. Ulric Cross, will be available exclusively in Canada on Premium VOD in the Cineplex Store and Prime Video in the United States today. HERO opened to rave reviews at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Canada and played in cinemas across the UK […]

Bryan Proclaims African Heritage Week, African Liberation Day In Territory

CHRISTIANSTED — Governor Albert Bryan has issued a proclamation designating the third week of May as Virgin Islands African Heritage Week and May 22 as African Liberation Day. “Virgin Islands African Heritage Week annually commemorates, observes, memorializes and celebrates that African Liberation Day is rooted in the First Conference of Independent African States convened by eight […]

Native St. Croix Man Sworn In As U.S. Navy’s Aircraft Commander In Virginia

OCEANA, Virginia — St. Croix native Jon F. Megahy was recently sworn in as commander in the U.S. Navy at the Naval Air Station. Megahy is also an Atlanta-based First Officer flying the Airbus A320 with Delta Air Lines. Megahy’s parents are Leonard and Laureen Megahy. After graduation from Country Day School in 2000, he […]

Caribbean Genealogy Library Presentation Features St. Thomas Graphics Collection

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — A collection of printed materials donated by the local printing company as it closed in 2008 is the subject of the Caribbean Genealogy Library’s presentation “St. Thomas Graphics: Documenting Community” to be presented virtually on Saturday at 2 p.m. “St. Thomas Graphics: Documenting Community” will be presented by researcher Susan Lugo, with […]

The Ransom Speaks To The Indigenous Taíno And African Experience In Caribbean

PORT-AU-PRINCE — Award-winning filmmaker, writer, and producer, Jonas Nosile wants the Haitian and Caribbean community to bring to life The Ransom. This new film dramatizes a difficult and tumultuous journey of human suffering and resiliency, throwing light on the brutality faced by Taíno and African slaves in Hispaniola, while ending on a hopeful and positive note. “Society […]