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Enjoy this story I was interviewed for along with my friends and colleagues Chuck Reese and Kathleen Purvis. Special thanks to Georgia Public Radio.
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Mariana Candido, An African Slaving Port and the Atlantic World: Benguela and Its Hinterland. Reprint edition. Place of publication not identified: Cambridge University Press, 2015.
This book traces the history and development of the port of Benguela, the third largest port of slave embarkation on the coast of Africa, from the early seventeenth to the mid-nineteenth century. Benguela, located on the central coast of present-day Angola, was founded by the Portuguese in the early seventeenth century. In discussing the impact of the transatlantic slave trade on African societies, Mariana P. Candido explores the formation of new elites, the collapse of old states and the emergence of new states. Placing Benguela in an Atlantic perspective, this study shows how events in the Caribbean and Brazil affected social and political changes on the African coast. This book emphasizes the importance of the South Atlantic as a space for the circulation of people, ideas and crops….”
Filed under: Mariana P. Candido Tagged: african continent, african diaspora, book, slave trade, slavery
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On Wednesday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” Stephen Colbert responded to #FireColbert, a social media movement asking for CBS to fire him following a series on insults against Donald Trump, which some people considered homophobic. “Welcome to ‘The Late Show.’ I’m your host, Stephen Colbert. Still? I am still the host? I’m still the host!” Colbert said at top of his monologue.
“Now, if you saw my monologue Monday, you know that I was a little upset at Donald Trump for insulting a friend of mine,” he said, referring to John Dickerson, who had interviewed Trump for his show, “Face the Nation,” but the president abruptly ended the interview when Dickerson pressed him on his unsubstantiated claims that President Obama had wiretapped his office.
“So at the end of that monologue I had a few choice insults for the president in return. I don’t regret that. I believe he can take care of himself. I have jokes, he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight,” Colbert said.
The host added, “So, while I will do it again, I will change a few words that were cruder than they needed to be. Now, I’m not going to repeat the phrase, but I just want to say for the record, life is short, and anyone who expresses their love for another person, in their own way, is to me, an American hero. I think we can all agree on that. I hope even the president and I can agree on that. Nothing else. But, that.” Watch the complete segment below.
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I love this piece. It was written by a fellow Jew of color and it shows! I felt authentically represented in my full self.
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Thursday, May 4
“Superstore,” 8 p.m., NBC
Episode Title: “Tornado”
Network Synopsis: Everyone in the store is on edge as Glenn (Mark McKinney) tries to figure out which employees to lay off. Jonah (Ben Feldman) struggles with the fallout of an admission he made to Amy (America Ferrera), Garrett (Colton Dunn) and Dina (Lauren Ash) spar, and Mateo (Nico Santos) forms an alliance to keep his job. Meanwhile, a tornado warning goes into effect at the worst possible time, forcing the staff into uncomfortable pairings. Nichole Bloom also stars.
Why You Should Watch: It’s an epic moment for the series, which has evolved nicely into one of broadcast television’s most enjoyable ensemble comedies. While the show leans into serialization more than other sitcoms, that doesn’t mean you can’t jump into “Superstore” for just this one episode and enjoy it. (And you should jump into it. It’s great.)
“Lip Sync Battle” 10 p.m., Spike TV
Episode Title: “Nicole Richie vs. John Michael Higgins”
Network Synopsis: “Based on the pop culture phenomenon of lip sync battling, the Spike original series features celebrities going head to head – lip-syncing the song of their choice – battling for the coolest bragging rights on the planet.”
Why You Should Watch: This is not always a show we recommend, but sometimes, yeah, it is fun to watch the stars play around with pop music (as seen above). And also, Richie and Higgins are lip syncing because they are promoting “Great News,” the new NBC comedy that could use some attention. Check it out, if you get a chance.
“Mythbusters,” 7 p.m./8 p.m., Science Channel
Episode Title: “Revenge of the Myth”/”The Myths Strike Back”
Network Synopsis: “Not very long ago, in a workshop not so far, far away, rebel scientists striking from a hidden base in San Francisco won their first victory. But….’The Myths Strike Back’!.”
Why You Should Watch: Call them reruns or call them vintage, but if you’re looking to celebrate May the Fourth in an unconventional way today, tuning into Adam and Jamie testing the boundaries between science and fiction is undoubtedly enjoyable. Of course, if you’re looking to get even more unconventional…
“May the Firth Be With You,” Streaming, Britbox
Titles available: “Pride and Prejudice,” “Crown Court,” “Lost Empires,” “Born Equal,” “Dutch Girls,” “The Play on One: Out of the Blue”
Network Synopsis: “Fans of Colin Firth around the world unite—May the 4th is about to become May the Firth on BritBox, the new streaming service from BBC and ITV. So don’t worry if your ‘Star Wars’-obsessed spouse just dressed your toddler up in an Ewok costume. It happens. Time to get some popcorn, lock the door to the den, and get your groove on with the ultimate May the Firth be With You Television Marathon.”
Why You Should Watch: Easily one of the most brilliant counter-programming moves in recent memory, the newly launched streaming service BritBox earns additional points for featuring the original BBC “Pride and Prejudice” miniseries amongst this line-up. People, if you have not watched this miniseries, you have no idea how good Jane Austen on screen can be, and I feel bad for you. Please, enjoy.
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