In the early scenes of the Marvel blockbuster Black Panther, supervillain Erik Killmonger is seen surveying the African collection at the Museum of Great Britain. Killmonger corrects the exhibition’s patronizing white female curator about the origin of an axe. He says: “It was taken by British soldiers in Benin, but it’s from Wakanda. Don’t trip […]
The Brutal History of The Mau Mau Uprising
The year was 2005. Caroline Elkins, a Harvard Historian, had just come to prominence with a book titled Britain’s Gulag: The Brutal End of Empire in Kenya. The book chronicled the atrocities that the British colonial empire had committed in pre-independence Kenya. It was a tale of systematic violence involving detention camps, heavily patrolled villages, […]
How Did Philip Hamilton Die?
Chances are you know a little something about the family of one Alexander Hamilton. Regarded as one of America’s “founding fathers”, Hamilton’s life and legacy were brought into the spotlight in 2015 with the opening of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s blockbuster musical Hamilton: An American Musical. Based on historian Ron Chernow’s novel Alexander Hamilton, the much-lauded production […]
Clinton Road, New Jersey: The Scariest Road in America
Mark Moran, co-creator of Weird NJ, once described Clinton Road, New Jersey as a “dark highway into people’s innermost fears”. In the 2019 movie Clinton Road, actor Ice-T said about Clinton Road, “Man, that shit is dark, that place is evil. Do not go there.” What is it about this mysterious stretch of pavement through […]