Short Surinamese horror movies

These short films are such a delight! It’s great to see the spooky stories I grew up with acted out on the screen in such great quality. There’s a whole series on Youtube, but these two are my favorite. Check out the filmmaker’s channel, Little Wolf Imagination, and make sure to subscribe…! Enjoy!

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We preserved…!

In my post They connected…! I posted a list of Surinamese words that have an African origin. Of course Suriname isn’t the only country that has persevered and has managed to preserve Africa in all aspects of life. This post will focus on how Africa was preserved in the languages of the Diaspora. Take for […]

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Before Mississippi Masala there was Wan Pipel

Some of you may be familiar with the movie Mississippi Masala, a romantic drama film which explores the interracial romance between Demetrius, an African American man, and Mina, an Indian American woman and all the societal obstacles they had to overcome to be able to be in a relationship with each other. The movie, which […]

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Horror Nursery Rhymes

Frequent readers of this blog, know that I love to write about my home-country Suriname. About all the ways in which mother Africa is still very much present in the souls of Surinamese people, hundreds of years after their ancestors were snatched away from her bosom. I write about our resilience, our music, our pride. […]

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When the Motherland and the Diaspora meet (2)

Regular readers of my blog would know that I love black history and black culture. I love it when black people come together to create magic, and then in particular magic in the form of music. In the past I blogged about, what I called African Fusion songs, which were songs made out of some […]

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Letter to Cecilia

Dear Cecilia, I will start off by saying that compared to the other letters I’ve written, this letter has been the hardest so far. I’ve started a couple of times but then stopped to post other things, which is something I normally don’t do. I may even end up drastically editing the post after I’ve […]

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Letter to Serafina

Dear Serafina, When I found out that your picture, this picture, existed, I felt several emotions raging through my body.  Surprise, because who would have known that after all this digging around for clues, that there still would be actual imagery of you. Excitement, because I would finally be able to attach a face to […]

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The same old

As an avid genealogist, a lot of my time is spent browsing through old newspapers in search of clues and missing puzzle pieces. I was doing just that today, when I stumbled upon this article in the Surinamese newspaper De West: nieuwsblad uit en voor Suriname, 21-11-1951 about “Negervervolging in Amerika”, translated “Negro-prosecution in America”.

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They connected…!

They connected…! A list of African words in African Suriname languages

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Children of one Father

Suriname is far from a racial utopia. However, it is far better than most countries when it comes to race relationships, and that I know for a fact!

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