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Religious Defense of Child Marriage in Trinidad and Tobago Ignites Firestorm

Jessica Joesph | Posted 05.23.2016 | Impact
Jessica Joesph

Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) is ablaze with anger and a sleeping giant has awoken. The Inter Religious Organization (IRO) voted 17 to 24 in favor of keeping an old colonial law allowing child marriage of girls as young as 12 years old.

Nate Dee Art

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 05.13.2016 | Arts
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I heard about Nate Dee from a friend, who insisted I check out his art. I am a lover of art, albeit an amateur in this new found love, but I can cert...

I Thought I Wanted to Date But.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 05.09.2016 | Women
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Life is so funny, isn't it? I finally feel good about myself, and I don't mean just about my physical self. I feel good mentally, in a good headspace...

TOBAGO TO-DO-LIST

Toni Thorne | Posted 05.09.2016 | Travel
Toni Thorne

GOAT AND CRAB RACING Many non- Tobagonians find the notion of goats and crabs racing to be quite hilarious. However, this is an annual tradition. The ...

Friday Food Trucks Invasion Miami

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 05.02.2016 | Miami
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I had been meaning to check out the Friday Food Truck show at the Progressive headquarters on Old Cutler in Miami for a while now, but I was always working and never got a chance to. It's the first Friday of every month and this first Friday in April, I was off from work, and I was in full attendance with only child. She actually wanted to go, can you believe it?

Batman vs Superman

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.28.2016 | Entertainment
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I know I am late. I waited forever to go see the Batman vs Superman movie.

Good Vibes Transfers

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.28.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

My point is good vibes transfer. My mood affected my daughter's mood and hopefully her mood in turn affected someone else and so on, and the world is a better place and all that jazz.

Soca and Steel Pan to the World

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.18.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I make no bones about it, I don't try to hide it; in fact, I am obnoxious about it: I love soca music and steel pan, and I want the world to love it t...

No Skills = No Jobs: Building the Skillsets of Unemployed Youth in the Caribbean

FOMIN | Posted 03.18.2016 | Impact
FOMIN

In Latin America and the Caribbean, youth unemployment hovers around 13%--similar to the global average. This regional average is far less than the 25% in Central Europe and the Baltics, or the 30% in the Middle East and North Africa, the most affected region.

Murder at Trinidad Carnival.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 02.17.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

To the tourists visiting with ill preconceived notions, please know that there are several layers to any culture, and there is always an underbelly that is not seen but can be sinister, even deadly.

Party Done.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 02.17.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Trinidad carnival is over.

The power of behavioral science for emerging economies: MIT explores Cuba and Trinidad & Tobago

Renée Richardson Gosline | Posted 02.16.2016 | Education
Renée Richardson Gosline

Both social scientists and policy makers have long puzzled over a basic question: Why do humans so often refuse to act in their own best interests? Th...

Social Media in a recession, does it make financial sense?

Katyan Roach | Posted 02.05.2016 | Business
Katyan Roach

In December of 2015 the then governor of the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago made a not so startling announcement. Trinidad and Tobago had suffer...

Trinidad Carnival is Coming 2016

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 02.02.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

This year, carnival is whispering my name instead of the usual screaming of my name.

To be or not to be a Woman

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 01.19.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

We do not get to decide if another person self identifies as female or not, or what a female should look like by any means. Not only do we not get to do this for anyone but ourselves, but we do not get to dictate when or how a person claims their own womanhood.

A Day In The Life of Makeda, A Daddy's Daughter Extraordinaire

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 12.29.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I woke up to the smell of sausage frying with onions and ketchup--yummy! My stomach was already grumbling. I stumbled out of my purple and white floral bed sheets and walked through the maze of doorways to the pink tiled bathroom, and began the morning freshening up routine.

5 Reasons Trinidad Has the World's Greatest Carnival

Tara Donaldson | Posted 12.03.2015 | Travel
Tara Donaldson

Don't tell Brazil, but Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is the single greatest festival on earth. There, soca subs for samba, beverages are bottomless and...

A Day at the Perez Art Museum Miami

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 11.19.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Whenever I have time off, I enjoy visiting museums and historic houses with my daughter. It is something that we both share a love for as we both enjoy learning new things and history.

Miami Carnival Review 2015

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 11.02.2015 | Miami
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

It's been over two weeks since Miami Carnival and I am still reliving it in my mind. It was one of my best carnivals to date, and I hesitate to say it was better than Trinidad, but it was almost on par

Night Clubs Behaving Badly.. SMH

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I have great hope for the future and the upcoming generations, that they will not only value the physical looks of an individual, but also the essence, spirit and heart.

Different Points of View on Nicki Minaj's Trini Representation.

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 10.14.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

So, apparently I touched a nerve with the Nicki Minaj article, and many Trinis did not agree with my sentiments. For the sake of fairness, here are some other points of views

Caribbean Reparations

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

The Prime Minister of Jamaica: The honorable Portia Simpson-Miller. A woman with the strength, gumption and assertiveness to ask for the reparations the Caribbean deserves. YES! Thoughts?

Revel Nation Mas

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 10.06.2015 | Miami
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Miami Carnival is fast approaching and the excitement is building for what promises to be a great experience for those of us that miss and crave that home carnival feeling

Boot Camps to Kick-Start Public-Private Partnerships in the Caribbean

FOMIN | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
FOMIN

The concept of public-private partnerships is in vogue in the Caribbean. Some governments mistakenly believe that PPPs allow the private sector to build and maintain infrastructure like roads, and provide public services like wastewater treatment, with little cost to the public sector.

Nicki Minaj Doesn't Represent My Trinidad

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 09.24.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Nicki Minaj has been one celebrity I have not wanted to write anything about because I can't decide how I feel about her. Honestly, I really don't know if I like her or not. The fact that she is Trini always had me reserving my initial opinion of her, waiting to see if there will be some redeeming quality appearing on the many forms of media, and I must say, most times I am disappointed.