They have to be magical and otherworldly to survive racist abuse

Bukayo Saka, 19 year-old Unicorn

On a school ski trip to #Austria my headmaster said to me, “Just because a #dog is born in a barn does not make it a #horse.”

I have learned over the years that dogs 🐕‍🦺 are just as valuable as horses 🐎 and that it doesn’t matter where you are born.

I also realised that I wasn’t a dog but a #unicorn🦄. In order to thrive in a stable of horses, I had to be so much more! l was a wonderous mythical beast.

As are the #Black


Viral meme highlights British racism and reinforces Black and White resistance against it

I do not know who the creator of this meme is!

England has never been in the European Championship final (think regional World Cup) and the country is literally in a tailspin. It’s just like a Miami Dolphins fan wondering if they’ll ever win a Super Bowl! England beat #Denmark 2–1 and will face #Italy on Sunday, 11, July.

I don’t know who the originator of this meme is but it is likely they are a person of British Jamaican descent. It speaks to Black and Caribbean people directly and those who understand our language and our struggles…


ACROSS THE POND

Renaming J’Ouvert rum doesn’t change the fact that Killmonger woulda beat his ass

Michael B. Jordan at the 2020 NAACP Image Awards in Hollywood. He is working to rename a rum brand that he purchased. Image: Getty Images

The popular African American phrase coined by Zora Neale Hurston “All my skinfolk ain’t kinfolk” was dramatically expressed in the behavior of actor Micheal B. Jordan when he launched his Caribbean rum brand J’Ouvert. Yes, he did an about-turn and apologized when Trinidad-and-Tobago-born Nicki Minaj suggested he change the name of the rum, but the revelation of Jordan’s mindset is clear.

Jordan is a Black capitalist, and for millions of Caribbean people in the islands and the diaspora, he’s the worst kind — a colonizer.

Jordan wanted to bottle and gift-wrap African Caribbean culture characterized by exclusion, enslavement, rebellion, extermination…


ACROSS THE POND

Angry White Brits need to suck it up. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet is in a class of her own.

Meghan Markle holds hands with Prince Harry at a 2019 event while she is pregnant with Baby Archie. Photo: Getty Images

When I heard the name of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s newest addition to their family, like most White British people, I fell all the way out.

Lilibet Diana Mountbatten-Windsor.

I was giddy. In contrast, many White Britons were seething and considered it audacious of the duke and duchess of Sussex to name their daughter after Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana, and his grandmother, Her Majesty the Queen.

This is in part based on British White supremacy and its byproduct of anti-Black racism. In the U.K., it manifests itself in the idea that baby Lilibet’s Black heritage delegitimizes…


The ‘Underground’ director tells Momentum how his Amazon Prime series tells a different slavery story.

Barry Jenkins on set in a cotton field for his new Amazon Prime series. Jenkins talks to Momentum exclusively. Image: Courtesy Amazon Prime.

Barry Jenkins’ 10-part adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Underground Railroad had me drinking wine, burning candles, chanting psalms, and asking for guidance on ancestral wound healing. Jenkins won an Academy Award in 2017 for the film Moonlight. In his new Amazon Prime series, he explores the impact and violence of slavery on the human soul.

Underground takes us on the journey of protagonist Cora (Thuso Mbedu) and her escape from the brutality of chattel slavery using a literal underground railway line. …


We all live in societies where our leadership undermines the value of Black lives

Selinah Mnguni, Sharpeville Massacre Survivor — courtesy OHCHR

Imagine being the majority in your own African country and colonizers come in and rig the social, economic, and political systems in their favor. This was the legal structure of apartheid South Africa. It was actively racist and like all white supremacist systems, was criminal as it robbed Black people of their lives and futures.

Where there is oppression there is always resistance and the anti-apartheid struggles in South Africa were bloody and created the blueprint for all other global anti-racist efforts including the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sixty-nine unarmed non-violent protesters were gunned down by South African police and…


The Takeaway

Plus: It literally took a Black American — Tyler Perry — to help keep baby Archie safe after his blood family removed aid

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and their baby son Archie during their royal tour of South Africa on September 25, 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo: Toby Melville/Pool/Getty Images

I caught all my Rastaman vibrations after watching Meghan and Harry sit down with Oprah. I actively started to “Chant Down Babylon” reciting the classic Bob Marley song and calling out for lightning and thunder to cast Meghan and Harry’s enemies asunder. I even joined my mum in citing Psalms 109 to provide divine protection for Meghan and their son Archie and smite their enemies.

Despite my desire to protect them, what the interview did was underscore the horrors of White supremacy and anti-Black racism and reinforced the hard lessons I learned long ago.

  1. “Your silence will not protect you.”…

Across the Pond

British racism is more sophisticated than the American brand. It’s insidious. it’s like death by a million microaggressions.

Meghan Markle on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage/Getty Images

Meghan Markle has left Britain, paid back taxpayer’s money, conceded all of her titles and privileges, but she is still vilified by much of the British media. Her resistance to anti-Black racist aggression challenges their efforts to preserve White supremacy. Meghan’s resistance doesn’t allow the White ignorance and dominance needed to maintain the wider structures of White privilege.

I never thought Meghan Markle joining the royal family represented a changing institution in a changing British society. …


Across the Pond

The Black Eagle challenged racism all over the world

Hubert Julian stands next to a biplane at Roosevelt Field, Long Island. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images

My heroes have always fought colonizers or, in this case, have at least tried to.

Hubert Julian is one of them and is my Black history hero because his courage, commitment, and determination power my ability to resist anti-Black racist oppression.

Julian was born in Trinidad’s capital in 1897 and migrated to New York in 1921. The following year, he began flying his own airplane over parades in New York City supporting Marcus Garvey, the father of Pan-Africanism and founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League.

Called the “Black Eagle of Harlem,” Julian was one of…


Depression Hits New Low on Last Day of Canceled Festivities

Nadine Drummond, Trinidad Carnival 2013

The Greatest Show on Earth, Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is supposed to be happening now! The Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Ordinarily, thousands of Caribbean people would travel from all corners of the globe to feel their love of life unfold.

The annual event was canceled back in September 2019 and globally Caribbean people have been reeling in despair.

With the almost two and a half million deaths Covid-19 has claimed globally, Carnival was postponed as a result of the pandemic which continues to take and mash-up life everywhere.

Nadine Drummond

Bacchanalist🧨, Journalist🥇, Filmmaker 🎬, aspiring vegan 🌱 with 👸🏾Feminist politics who praises Rastafari🔥 & studies no Evil💕.

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