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The ‘House That Will Not Stand’ Sheds Light On A Lesser-Known Period In African-American History

After its award-winning off-Broadway run, Marcus Gardley’s play The House That Will Not Stand is being adapted into a film that recounts the harrowing perils of slavery in early 19th century, according to Deadline. The narrative, which is set in the New Orleans’ historical neighborhood of Treme in the early 1800s, surrounds the largely unknown story of Black Creole women who escaped slavery and became millionaires through the practice of plaçage, or common-law marriages to wealthy white men.

It’s unclear whether or not the film adaptation will follow the stage play exactly. However, The Hollywood Reporter notes that Gardley’s narrative launched an important exploration into a little-known period in African-American history that changed the rules for free people of color as the power of the…

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How a message from the Caribbean will form part of this year’s Brigg Tree of Light

This year’s Brigg Tree of Light is now in place, with the first cards in memory of lost loved ones being placed on it.

And among the messages which will form part of the campaign is one all the way from the Caribbean.

The tree, in Chapel Court, is organised by the Brigg Town Business Partnership and provides an opportunity for people to remember those they have lost by placing a memory card on it and a dedication service was held on Saturday, November 17.

Among those involved this year is William Kunke, who was born and raised in the USA around the Chicago area but moved to Puerto Rico about 30 years ago.

He started following news in Brigg after meeting a man from the area more than 20 years ago.

Mayor of Brigg Donald Campbell and his wife Lisa, pictured with the Tree of Light

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Letter: Shine your light on Trinidad and Tobago

Dear Sir:

As we celebrate Divali, a religious festival, food and family is at its centre. The impact of natural hazards and disasters on agriculture, food and nutrition security, and family life remain in the hearts and minds of many citizens across the country; especially farmers, whose fortunes and livelihood are doubly impacted. Let this auspicious time serve the purpose of intensifying your love for God, fellow men, and our great Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

While many farmers in developing nations are vulnerable to natural disasters and risk losing their livelihoods; reports from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization indicate that they receive the least post-disaster aid, generally. A few years ago, with flooding disasters in agricultural areas of the United…

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Tia Mowry-Hardrict believes that endometriosis is a subject not often broached by the African-American community. The actress hopes to change things by sharing her experience with the disease.

“The diagnosis wasn’t the first time I realized something might be wrong,” Tia reveals to SELF magazine. “I’d been experiencing extreme pelvic pain for years and went to several doctors. Each one would brush me off. ‘Those are just really bad cramps, some women get them more severely.’”

The pain was more than just cramps. “In my…

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Ramaphosa says corruption inquiry shedding light on dark period in South Africa | World news

Cyril Ramaphosa, the president of South Africa, has said he will appear before a judicial anti-corruption inquiry to account for his actions as a senior official during what he described as a “very dark period of our recent history”.

Ramaphosa took power in February, three months after winning a close-run internal party election, but has struggled to overcome the legacy of his predecessor, Jacob Zuma.

Zuma has been accused of presiding over an immense system of corruption and patronage that drained billions from the exchequer and damaged the reputation of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) beyond repair. Ramaphosa served as deputy president under Zuma.

Speaking to a small group of reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday Ramaphosa spoke of a “new dawn” for South Africa and for…

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Film ‘Treasure’ sheds light on how autism affects African-Americans

“Treasure,” a film written and directed by Portland native Kathryn Elise Drexler, premiered in the Portland Film Festival on Oct. 27.

The Los Angeles-based filmmaker and daughter of NBA Hall of Famer and former Portland Trailblazer Clyde Drexler received a MFA in film directing/production from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television.

A quaint “slice of life” story filmed in Hood River, “Treasure” takes a unique look at the challenges facing an African-American family in the 1990s in dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder, an impairing condition where an individual struggles to engage in communication, especially in social situations. “Treasure” tells the story of 13-year old Austin (played by Jesse LaMon) whose determined mother (Deanna…

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