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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

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.

Growing Up a Black Girl in Trinidad

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 09.22.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I grew up in Trinidad in the 80s and 90s as a black girl child. To be black in a country that idealizes the curly hair and mixed ethnicity aesthetic, is rough to say the least. I was black to everyone who saw me, which wouldn't bother me if I wasn't treated as less than because of it.

Caribbean Vogue or Nah

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 09.15.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Hey editors at Vogue, I think the world may be interested in seeing perspectives from these parts of the world, and there is a wealth of art, fashion and culture to fill such an illustrious magazine.

Relaxation Thoughts

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 09.08.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

The feeling of relaxation also enters my being when I slow down and take in my surroundings and environment while doing something I love to do. The weather also used to make a big difference in my mood, but now I find such enjoyment in all types of weather.

If I Don't Learn to Love Myself

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.28.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I wrote this over a year ago and when I read it, it pulls me back there, back to the place of not loving most things about my physical self, because you are not what the world considers beautiful; you are not the standard.

Blue Ivy. Why Aren't Children Off Limits?

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.19.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Why aren't kids off limits? Is it too much to ask to leave kids out of it. Damn, kids don't pick their parents, she didn't sign up for fame, so just leave her out of it for God's sake.

Rihanna Queen of Crop Over

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.07.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Rihanna was the star of Crop Over, and she never disappoints. But it is not just Rihanna's costume or celebrity that makes her a star in my eyes. It's her love of life and her love of family and friends, her ability to live her life by her rules and no one else's that makes her a Caribbean Girl.

A Failed Coup in Trinidad and Tobago

ADST | Posted 08.04.2015 | World

On July 27, 1990, a Muslim organization called Jamaat al Muslimeen instigated a coup against the government of Trinidad & Tobago. Forty-two insurgents...

It's Time to End Violence Against Women

Mandy Moore | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Mandy Moore

This is an issue that affects all of us and the only way we will succeed is by including boys and men in our conversation about how to end gender-based violence. Gender-based violence is a silent epidemic that has male victims, too.

John Oliver Goes On Trinidad TV To Urge Jack Warner To Rat On FIFA

The HUffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.10.2015 | Sports

"You may save your completely tattered reputation."

Influential Caribbean Country Is Leaning Towards LGBT Rights

Jessica Joseph | Posted 12.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Jessica Joseph

According to a recent UNAIDS survey, Trinidad and Tobago's population is having a radical shift in attitudes towards LGBT Rights. It is not the only survey of its kind that reflects this.

The Evolution of Anya: The Fashion Designer, the Mentor, the Winner

Danielle James | Posted 11.15.2014 | Style
Danielle James

Her presence is undeniable -- as all eyes turn to her in intrigue. Dressed in a zebra print jumpsuit (her own) and Gerard Yosca jewelry, a New York born and raised designer, the amalgamation of an island queen with a city chic cool style is here.

Welcome To The Magical World Of International Stilt-Walkers

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 08.11.2014 | Arts

Welcome to the world of the moko jumbies, the guardians of a stilt-walking tradition that originated in West Africa and migrated to the Caribbean hund...

If Perfect Beaches Existed, This Would Be It

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 08.27.2014 | Travel

Crescent-curved bay. Swaying palms. White sand and gentle waves. If there were such thing as a perfect beach, Maracas Bay would be it. The natural ...

Tobago, Jazz and John Legend

Nova Lorraine | Posted 06.27.2014 | Entertainment
Nova Lorraine

What a whirlwind! The Tobago Jazz Experience has celebrated "its biggest festival" to date, according to Tobago's Tourism Board's Events Coordinator John Arnold.

Finally, a Cultural Melting Pot Too Hot for Religious Fundamentalism

Jessica Joseph | Posted 05.28.2014 | Religion
Jessica Joseph

What protects American freedom is exactly the same thing that protects our freedom in sweet T&T-- a brilliantly worded secular constitution, keeping the cultural black hole that is absolutist, supremacist religious/political fundamentalism from swallowing up the rainbow.

The 'Lost' Gilligan Calypso

Geoffrey Dunn | Posted 03.23.2014 | Arts
Geoffrey Dunn

The U.S.-produced sitcom Gilligan's Island was one of the most popular programs in global television history -- but it has long been forgotten that the original theme song for the show was a calypso-styled composition sung by none other than "Sir Lancelot."

Five Things You Should Do in the Caribbean Before You Die

Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon | Posted 11.16.2013 | Travel
Sarah Greaves-Gabbadon

It'd be a real shame if all you brought back from the world's favorite warm-weather destination was a blistering sunburn, a wicked hangover and a cheap souvenir. Instead, choose one (or more) of these singularly Caribbean experiences and come home with memories that'll last a lifetime.

JetBlue Goes To Trinidad!

AP | Posted 09.16.2013 | Travel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- JetBlue plans to start a new nonstop flight service to Port of Spain in Trinidad and Tobago from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood In...

Goodbye Twerking and Good Riddance

Jessica Joseph | Posted 11.05.2013 | Black Voices
Jessica Joseph

I could not say a half-assed goodbye to this meme of gluteus maximus acrobatics which at its best is funny and at its worst, a dizzying cellulite assault on the eyes.

HIGHLIGHTS: Mexico Edges T&T To Reach Semi

Posted 07.21.2013 | Sports

By Zac Lee Rigg, After peppering the Trinidad & Tobago goal for 84 minutes, Mexico finally found a breakthrough from Raul Jimenez, whose g...

PAN! The Universal Call of the African Drum

Jessica Joseph | Posted 07.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jessica Joseph

The film tells the story of the notoriously ingenious, multicultural people of Trinidad and Tobago, who fought to hold on to their African drum and in the process created the steel-pan, the only new instrument to be invented in the 20th century.