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Robyn Rihanna Fenty is a Barbadian musician, fashion designer, and humanitarian. With over 190 awards to her name and a net worth of $230 million, she is arguably the most commercially successful Caribbean artist in history.

Rihanna’s status as a cutting edge cultural icon has been reinforced by the recent launch of her much anticipated make up line, Fenty Beauty, a collection whose USP is that it boasts forty shades of foundation, explicitly catering to women whose complexions have been long neglected by the beauty industry.

Image courtesy of Fenty Beauty


The announcement of Fenty Beauty was met by much excitement and has already received rave reviews by beauty bloggers and social media pundits alike, leaving most cosmetics brands scrambling to catch up. However, while the release of this line emphasises her entrepreneurial spirit, it, more importantly, demonstrates her commitment to women of colour worldwide.

The Bajan artist has been unwavering in publicly articulating her national and regional belongings. Notably, her Caribbean pride has manifested itself in her humanitarian efforts in the region; she recently built a state-of- the-art centre for oncology and nuclear medicine to diagnose and treat breast cancer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Bridgetown, Barbados and in 2012 founded the non-profit Clara Lionel Foundation Global Scholarship Program for students attending college in the U.S. from Caribbean countries. These contributions led to her receiving Harvard’s Humanitarian of the Year award in 2017.

However, despite these achievements, Rihanna has still been subject to both local and international moral scrutiny. Editors Hilary McD. Beckles and Heather D. Russell look to challenge this with Rihanna: Barbados World Gurl in Popular Culture, published by the University of the West Indies Press. The essays in this pressing collection purposely seek to de-centre the dominance of the Euro-American gaze, focusing instead on considerations of the Caribbean artist and her oeuvre from a Caribbean postcolonial corpus of academic inquiry. To this end, Rihanna: Barbados World Gurl in Global Popular Culture brings together U.S. and Caribbean based scholars to discuss issues of class, gender, sexuality, race, culture, and economy.

New Publisher: River Publishers

12 Jul 2017 12:52:00

We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 June 2017, titles published by River Publishers are now available from Eurospan in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Australasia.

River Publishers publishes research monographs, professional books, handbooks, and edited volumes with a focus on key research areas within the fields of science, technology and medicine (STM), all written by academics and professionals who are experts in their field worldwide. Books are peer-reviewed and indexed in the Web of Science Book Citation Index. Advice provided by series editors who themselves are affiliated at leading international universities, institutes and companies, ensures that all publications are of high quality.

Handbook on ICT in Developing Countries
5G Perspective

Edited by Knud Erik Skouby, Idongesit Williams & Albert Gyamfi
To aid policy makers, researchers and members of the academia make informed decision that will help the advancement of 5G, this handbook provides an insight into the impact of existing mobile cellular networks in developing countries.

Basics of Polymer Chemistry
By Muralisrinivasan Natamai Subramanian
Presents the basic properties of polymers, including diverse fundamental and applied aspects. As well as providing a basis for understanding polymerization, this book offers a comprehensive overview of the scientific research of polymers.

Parkinson's Disease Management through ICT
The REMPARK Approach

Edited by Joan Cabestany & Angels Bayes
Presents the work done, main results and conclusions of the REMPARK project which ran from 2011 to 2015, funded by the European Union. REMPARK was developed as a personal health device for the remote and autonomous management of Parkinson's Disease, composed of different levels of interaction with the patient, clinician, and carers.

We are delighted to announce that, as of 1 February 2017, titles published by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)  are now available worldwide from Eurospan (excluding North and South America).

Since 1920, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) has led and engaged its network of public and private agencies and partners to advance policies, best practices, and collaborative strategies that result in better outcomes for children, youth, and families who are vulnerable. CWLA's vision is that every child will grow up in a safe, loving, and stable family.
Under the imprint CWLA Press, CWLA produces the most respected publications in the areas of adoption, foster care, residential treatment, cultural competence, pregnancy and parenting, independent living, and permanency; the world-renowned foster parent training material PRIDE; and books for children and young people.

Happy Mamas
Kathleen T. Pelley
A lyrical read aloud book for young children that pays tribute to the universal joys of mothering in the animal and human kingdoms. Charming illustrations depict all the activities that bring joy to a mother and her baby over the course of a day.

Working with Traumatized Children
A Handbook for Healing, Third Edition

Kathryn Brohl
This new, revised, third edition provides with insight into how traumatic experiences affect mind and body functioning and what can be done to foster safety and healing in children.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans Foster & Adoptive Parents
Recruiting Assessing, and Supporting Untapped Family Resources for Children and Youth

Gerald P. Mallon
Provides social work practitioners with guidelines for working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans people interested in fostering or adopting.

Wayfaring Stranger on the BBC

12 Apr 2017 09:00:00

We are very pleased to share that the BBC has launched a new three-part series entitled Wayfaring Stranger based on the New York Times Bestseller from the University of North Carolina Press: Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia.

You can catch up on the series here:
Wayfaring Strangers
Praise for the book:

“[Ritchie and Orr] strike all the right chords in this pleasantly tuneful survey of the history of the evolution of Scottish music in Appalachia.”
Publishers Weekly

Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr take a long look at this story using Scottish songs as their compass. It’s a fascinating and often surprising ride.
— Cerys Matthews, Welsh folksinger, author, and broadcaster

Filled with maps, woodcuts, paintings, and photographs of impossibly picturesque Scottish and Irish locales, the book is a treasure trove of imagery and information. Music lovers, prepare to be transported.

Wayfaring Strangers
The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
Fiona Ritchie & Doug Orr
Foreword by Dolly Parton
2014 448pp, Includes CD with 20 tracks,
64 colour plates, 60 halftones, 7 maps
9781469618227 Hardback
Throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a steady stream of Scots migrated to Ulster and eventually onward across the Atlantic to resettle in the US. They brought with them a wealth of traditional ballads and tunes from the British Isles and Ireland. From ancient ballads at the heart of the tradition to instruments that express this dynamic music, Ritchie and Orr chronicle the details of an epic journey.
The University of North Carolina Press

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