Sonia Grant
Writer and Co-founder of Penstroke Publishing

Entries by Sonia Grant

Review: Chigger Foot Boys

(0) Comments | Posted July 10, 2014 | 7:19 AM

When I heard the title of Pat Cumper's play, Chigger Foot Boys - based on actual events of Jamaicans fighting for the British Empire in WWI - I stifled a nervous giggle. I hadn't heard the expression, 'chigger foot', in years but, more importantly, I felt...

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We Need More Films Like '12 Years a Slave', Not Fewer

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 6:23 AM

The fact that 12 Years a Slave was unearthed and made it to the 'big screen' was remarkable in itself. However, Hollywood's smugness was presumptuous; the awards' season wasn't over, and box office receipts haven't been tallied.

A 'fly in the ointment', though, was disquiet amongst some...

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A Reggae Revolutionary: Remembering Peter Tosh

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 10:38 AM

Before Nelson Mandela had been laid to rest, talk, inevitably, turned to his legacy. How would he be remembered: a benign, saintly figure, or, an unswerving revolutionary? For some, there was no ambiguity: he was one, or the other. But, for others, it wasn't contradictory that he embodied both traits:...

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Downton Abbey in Black and White

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:15 AM

"What is important about him is he is a very positive character... He is not a victim. He is not downtrodden... He is very successful actually, so it is quite a positive resonance... Because I feel that black characters often tend to be downtrodden victims and I think that must...
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March on Washington: John Lewis' Speech - Then and Now

(5) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 12:19 PM

"Where is the political party that will make it unnecessary to march on Washington?" demanded an exasperated John Lewis.

It was 1963, and he stood before a crowd of 250,000 on the Lincoln Memorial for what was to prove to be one of the iconic events of...

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North Carolina: Sterilized by the State

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 5:35 PM

"I went to the doctor who did that to me and I asked him, 'Why?' Why had he done that to me? He didn't have to say nothing -- and he didn't. If he was going to give that sort of operation then he should have told me. I would...

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Rachel Jeantel and 'Race Pride'

(118) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Race pride is a luxury I cannot afford. There are too many implications behind the term. Now, suppose a Negro does something really magnificent, and I glory, not in the benefit of mankind, but in the fact that the doer was a Negro. Must I also go hang my head...
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