On this episode, the LMC spends the hour with Joao Costa Vargas about how Brazil’s institutionalized anti-black hatred is more crucial in understanding the rise of right-wing politician Jair Bolsonaro to the presidency than his blatant fascist views. Joao Costa Vargas is the author of “The Denial of Antiblackness: Multiracial Redemption & Black Suffering.”
On our first ever episode on Trinidad & Tobago, the LMC speaks with Andre Bagoo about a landmark victory for the local LGBTQ community on striking down colonial-era anti-gay laws. Andre Bagoo is a Trinidadian poet and journalist. He will also discuss the significance of T&T’s first ever pride parade after the court ruling.
Before last year’s hurricane season struck Puerto Rico, the first US territory to be hit hard was the US Virgin Islands. As the controversy over the failed US response to give relief to Puerto Rico continues to unfold, almost no coverage has been given to the 100,000+ Americans in the USVI. The LMC speaks with poet and novelist Tiphanie Yanique about what we need to know about her home islands. Tiphanie Yanique is also an associate professor in the English department at Wesleyan University.