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Strictly Facts is a podcast and educational platform that aims to educate and celebrate Caribbean history through our art and music.

Strictly Facts is a podcast and educational platform that aims to educate and celebrate Caribbean history through our art and music.

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United States

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Strictly Facts is a podcast and educational platform that aims to educate and celebrate Caribbean history through our art and music.

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English


Episodes

The History of US Immigration Policies & Caribbean Migration with Joy Charles

7/13/2022
US Immigration policies have historically marginalized people of color across the world. In this episode, Joy Charles joins us to discuss how these policies have disproportionately affected immigrants from the Caribbean despite our long history and major contributions in the United States. A proud daughter of Afro-Latino heritage, a New Yorker and practitioner of the Afro-Brazilian tradition Candomblé, Joy Charles graduated from Hunter College, CUNY, with a BA in Political Science and...

Duration:00:28:27

Puerto Rico's Bomba: A Musical Revolution with Dr. Sarah Bruno

6/29/2022
Long before Puerto Rico became known for reggaeton, the island had bomba. A music and dance tradition created by enslaved and self-emancipated Africans to forge community and even incite rebellion, bomba has continued to grow as a space of Black identity, community, and ancestral connection. In this episode, Dr. Sarah Bruno shares with us this history. Sarah Bruno is the 2022-2023 postdoctoral fellow in Latinx Art, Cultures, and Religions in the Humanities Research Center at Rice...

Duration:00:28:09

Strictly Facts' Summer Reading 2022

6/15/2022
What a better time to catch up on some Caribbean history books than during Caribbean American Heritage Month! We're reading Aunty Roachy Seh by Louise Bennett-Coverley, Black Jacobins by C.L.R. James, and Far from Mecca: Globalizing the Muslim Caribbean by Aliyah Khan. Read along with us and let us know what else you're reading this summer! Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Looking to read more about the topics covered in this episode? Subscribe to the...

Duration:00:03:44

Sir Randol Fawkes & Bahamian Labor History

6/1/2022
Happy National Caribbean Heritage Month! In this episode, we celebrate the life and legacy of Sir Randol F. Fawkes, Bahamian "Father of Labor," in honor of Sir Randol Fawkes Labor Day this Friday, June 3rd. Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Looking to read more about the topics covered in this episode? Subscribe to the newsletter at www.strictlyfactspod.com to get the Strictly Facts Syllabus to your email! Produced by Breadfruit Media

Duration:00:07:19

In Solidarity

5/18/2022
In this bonus episode of Strictly Facts, we’re doing an episode swap with Carry On Friends The Caribbean American Podcast featuring the episode "Solidarity". In this episode we discuss the legacy of Caribbean Americans in Civil Rights and the importance of continuing our participation for equal rights. In the words of Black Uhuru's "Solidarity!" Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Looking to read more about the topics covered in this episode? Subscribe to the...

Duration:00:31:44

Who Are Your National Heroes?

5/4/2022
Celebrations of national heroes in the Caribbean pay homage to individuals who have had an immense impact on the region. In this quick chat, we discuss Barbados' national heroes and their impact, and even talk about who we'd like to see as national heroes moving forward. Let us know who you think should be your island's next national hero! Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Looking to read more about the topics covered in this episode? Subscribe to the newsletter...

Duration:00:04:32

Haiti: The Legacy of the First Black Republic with Dr. Yveline Alexis

4/20/2022
Formerly known as Saint Domingue, Haiti is the world's first Black republic and the first independent Caribbean nation. Despite these facts, Haiti has faced a series of postcolonial challenges rooted in the racial threat the Haiti Revolution (1791-1804) posed to the rest of the world. Dr. Yveline Alexis joins our discussion to discuss the legacy of the Haitian Revolution and the numerous examples of neocolonial imposition Haiti faced in the aftermath of independence. Yveline Alexis studies...

Duration:00:42:23

Post-emancipation Migrations in the French Caribbean with Dr. Philippe Zacaïr

4/6/2022
In a similar fashion to other Caribbean islands, Guadeloupe, Martinique, and Haiti remained in close connection throughout France's colonialism. Dr. Philippe Zacaïr joins this episode to discuss how these connections strengthened after Haiti's triumph as the first Black republic in 1804. Philippe Zacaïr was born and raised in Guadeloupe, in the Eastern Caribbean. He received his Ph.D. in history in 1999 from the University of Paris-Sorbonne Nouvelle in France. He has been a faculty member...

Duration:00:40:21

The History of Jewish-Caribbean Connections in the Caribbean with Ainsley Henriques

3/23/2022
Jewish life in the Caribbean extends as far back as the fifteenth century with Jewish-European migration following patterns of trade and colonialism to the region. Ainsley Henriques, Jewish-Jamaican genealogist and Administrator of Kahal Kadosh Sha'are Shalom synagogue in Kingston, Jamaica, joins Strictly Facts to map out this long history and describe how it figures into the Caribbean's ethnic diversity. Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Looking to read more...

Duration:00:28:03

Calypso: The Original Music of the Caribbean with Meagan A. Sylvester - Music Sociologist.Author.Researcher

3/9/2022
Originating in the nineteen century, calypso is a genre of Caribbean music that can be traced since spread across the region and its diaspora through migration. In this episode, we discuss calypso's evolving history, impact, and representation of Caribbean culture and society. Meagan A. Sylvester - Music Sociologist.Author.Researcher is a published author of over fifteen book chapters and journal articles and is a well know public academic in her native Trinidad and Tobago where she...

Duration:00:50:42

The History of the Garifuna: Indigenous Legacies in the Caribbean with Dr. Paul Joseph López Oro

2/23/2022
The Garifuna are an Afro-indigenous community native to Saint Vincent who, in the late eighteenth century, were forcibly exiled to Central America after surrendering to the British during the Second Carib War. Dr. Paul Joseph López Oro joins this episode to discuss this history and the preservation and legacy of Garifuna traditions throughout Central America and the US today. Dr. Paul Joseph López Oro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies at Smith College and the...

Duration:00:43:23

The Aftermath of the Panama Canal with Dr. Khemani Gibson

2/9/2022
Following the completion of the Panama Canal in 1914, some West Indian migrants returned home, but also many stayed and formed new West Indian-Panamanian communities. In this episode Dr. Khemani Gibson shares the challenges and experiences these newly formed communities faced and helps us reconsider the limits of nation and empire in the Caribbean. Khemani Gibson is a historian of the African Diaspora focusing on the Black migration in the Caribbean Basin looking at the West Indian...

Duration:00:28:19

The History of Papiamentu/o in the Dutch Caribbean with Keisha Wiel

1/26/2022
The Caribbean is rich with diversity, including our languages. In this episode, Keisha I. Wiel joins us in sharing about the history of Papiamentu/o, the widely spoken language in the Dutch Caribbean islands, and even official language in Aruba and Curaçao, that combines Dutch, Spanish, and Portuguese. Keisha Wiel is a PhD candidate in the anthropology department at Temple University with a concentration in linguistic anthropology. Her dissertation research examines language socialization,...

Duration:00:49:54

Happy First Birthday Strictly Facts!

1/12/2022
This week we're celebrating Strictly Facts's first birthday! This brief episode is a massive thank you to all our listeners and a note to take the Strictly Facts 2022 Listener Survey. Complete for a chance to win an Amazon gift card and let us know what you'd like to see from us in the new year! Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Looking to read more about the topics covered in this episode? Subscribe to the newsletter at www.strictlyfactspod.com to get the...

Duration:00:03:06

The History of Jamaica's Maroons with Chief Richard Currie

12/22/2021
Maroon populations across Latin America and the Caribbean have a unique history of self-emancipation and, for some, sovereignty. In this episode, His Excellency, Chief Richard Currie, Head of State of Cockpit Country, one of Jamaica's maroon communities, joins us for a necessary discussion on the maroons' origins and their significance in Jamaican history. Follow Chief Currie on Instagram and Twitter and support Cockpit Country's fundraiser. Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram |...

Duration:00:27:16

Celebrating the Holidays in the Caribbean

12/8/2021
It is indeed the most wonderful time of the year with family and traditions bringing us together for the holidays. Our penultimate episode of 2021 discusses just some of the ways we celebrate the holidays in the Caribbean with food, fun, and of course music and culture. Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook | Twitter Looking to read more about the topics covered in this episode? Subscribe to the newsletter at www.strictlyfactspod.com to get the Strictly Facts Syllabus to your...

Duration:00:05:57

The U.S. Virgin Islands: The History of Danish and US Colonialism with Dr. Hadiya Sewer

11/24/2021
Made up of the main islands of Saint Croix, Saint John, and Saint Thomas, the U.S. Virgin Islands has remained under colonial rule since Danish invasion in the latter 1600s. In this episode, Dr. Hadiya Sewer historicizes local revolutions and reception to the USVI's longstanding occupation, also highlighting the effects of American colonialism over last century. Hadiya Sewer is a Research Fellow in the African and African American Studies Program at Stanford University and a Visiting...

Duration:00:44:33

The History of Belizean Culture and Migration with Dr. Nicole Ramsey

11/10/2021
Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize's culture has evolved from a series of Black and indigenous people moving to and from the country. In this episode, Dr. Nicole Ramsey shares how these movements have been critical to Belize's identity formation, as well as the growing diaspora in the U.S west coast. Dr. Nicole Ramsey is an interdisciplinary educator, writer and researcher from Los Angeles, California. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carter G. Woodson Institute for...

Duration:00:29:23

The History of the Panama Canal: Reconsidering Race and Borders with Dr. Kaysha Corinealdi

10/27/2021
The Panama Canal was envisioned as a waterway to connect the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans hundreds of years before its construction. When official building began in the 19th century and continued into the 20th century, thousands of Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean people migrated as laborers to the canal zone. Dr. Kaysha Corinealdi joins us to talk about how their migration transformed Panamanian society and Panama's growing diaspora. Dr. Kaysha Corinealdi is an Assistant Professor of...

Duration:00:32:44

The Life and Legacy of the Steppin' Razor: Peter Tosh

10/13/2021
Rastafari reggae musician and activist Peter Tosh (1944-1987) was born Winston Hubert McIntosh in Westmoreland, Jamaica. Tosh quickly went on to found musical group The Wailers alongside Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. After the group disbanded in 1974, Tosh continued to make music as a solo artist, with hits like "Legalize It" and "Equal Rights," as well as being an advocate for Black freedom in Jamaica and across the world. Connect with Strictly Facts - Instagram | Facebook |...

Duration:00:07:07