The Accuracy of Me


Y. Correa

Look at me.

Y CorreaWhat do you see?

Different people might have different conjectures as to “what I look like” and frankly, I’m sick of it.

When did being black become a bad thing?

Of course, intellectually speaking, I already know the answer to that question and it goes back eons.

But ethnically speaking, particularly within the Hispanic community, being black still seems to be a taboo thing.

If I were to approach any black person from a Spanish speaking country and asked them if they were black, 9 time out of 10 the answer will be, “No, I’m not black, I’m Latino.

shake head noWell, guess what, you’re wrong.

I’ve come to encounter, on numerous accounts throughout my life, where people ask me the wrong question and then are surprised when I give an accurate answer.

But, in order to break this down a bit more, I suppose it’s important…

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Suriname African Slaves – The Controversial Quassie – (Quassia)

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Suriname African Heritage History and Culture

In Suriname Kwasibita is a herbal cure well known for it’s healing properties to cure fever and stomach ailments. In the West it is known as Quassia. This cure and the plant is named after the infamous healer and slave, Quassie.

kwasibita cupThe strength of this herbal medicine is in the wood. Traditionally it was made into a cup, which is filled with water and left to sit for a few days after which you simply drink it. It is very bitter and the local name literally means bitter Quassie.

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Travel and Adventures of a Victorian Troublemaker: Henry Sylvester Williams

Gwiz, keep up


Henry who you say?  His name may have slipped through the annals of history but Henry Sylvestre/Sylvester* Williams was a man whose work back in the day is still echoing over a hundred years after his death.  Hence his life and work merit the number two spot in this series of Five Great, British and Black Moments which is movingblack’s contribution to black history season.

Well, that and it’s in chronological order (number one is here)

The Short Version:

hsw Henry Sylvester Williams

1)  Henry Sylvester Williams  coined the term ‘Pan-African’.

2) When considering the biographies of Sylvestre Williams, WEB DuBois, Marcus Garvey and Edward Wilmott Blyden, a group of final-year students at l’Université des Antilles et de la Guyane voted him the Father of Pan-Africanism last year, so it’s official.

3) He organised the First Pan-African Conference in London in 1900, sowing seeds which would yield extraordinary fruit half…

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“The World is Ours”: La Haine and the New France

Gwiz, think Scarface, the original one. After that, think Nas, the original one

Antiquity and Revenge on Screen

Mathieu Kassovitz’s film shows a France that most Americans would not expect, given that most associations with French films in Parisian settings are more along the lines of cutesy Amelie(which Kassovitz costarred in) than a gritty film that exposes the dark underside of the projects of Paris.  La Haine is a film that shows a France plagued by gangs and police brutality.  Kassovitz, who grew up in Paris, makes several interesting choices that make this film a commentary on life in the projects, and a commentary on French society.

The thesis of this film seems to be the anecdote that is repeated at the beginning and the end; the story is told about a man who is falling from a skyscraper; every time he passes a floor he says to himself, “so far so good.”  “But it’s not how you fall that matters; it’s how you land.”  At the…

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Anatomy of Female Power



I’ve just finished a fantastic, yet not well-known, book about male/female issues called “The Anatomy of Female Power”. The author is the Nigerian philosopher and social critic Chinweizu Ibekwe. The book is available for download here.

Quite generally, the book is a rather detailed analysis of how human civilization has fundamentally always been matriarchal, even though it has worn a patriarchal mask. That is: while men appeared to be the rulers, women, in fact, ruled the rulers, and thereby indirectly the whole civilization. While his general thesis is provactive and well-argued (and rather reminiscent of Esther Vilar’s “The Manipulated Man“, albeit more systematic in nature), my main interest here is to explain Chinweizu’s view of the current situation — one which I find original and incisive, particularly as it encompasses the author’s experiences in the diverse landscapes of North America, Europe, and Africa.

Taken against the…

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Monday Mayhem

Managed to reach both the Patents Courts and the Higher Court (Royal Courts of Justice) today. En route to the RCJ, by chance, I also discovered the Central Family Court near Chancery Lane. Either way, both sides of the vicinity were eventful with a bus disaster occuriing along Kingsway, whilst a miniature assembly was gathered outside the RCJ.

It saddens me that for all the information available to people, there are still claims that knowledge is scarce. This week, for instance, sees the launch of Battersea’s enterprise week, which will be a week to celebrate and promote the entrepreneurial spirits, building up to and concluding with a day of talks that will feature Tim Campbell. In the same week, we have a Dragon’s Den panellist offering up the opportunity to have breakfast with him at Denton’s law firm.


New Directions



From this day forward, we will make this blog much less “personal” and try and use it to give coverage to local news and events, especially those concerning people, particularly those in the Brent area.