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Caribbean Delite: A Trini Restaurant

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 06.21.2016 | Taste
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I have been living in America for 20 years, and since I have been in this glorious country, Caribbean Delite has been the place I go to if I want food from home: Trini food. Anything from roti, aloo pie, doubles, bake and shark, pepper sauce, and all the Trini sodas (soft drinks) are there and waiting for your pleasure.

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 ...

Second Guessing

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

The fears come in the morning. Early morning around 6am: here comes the second guessing. The fear of not having, the doubts of never succeeding, of living a life I am not in control of. Of having to go back to work at a job I despise to pay the bills.

Wishing the Naysayers Well

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

This free time I now have has been such a blessing. I am experiencing so many understandings and I am able to free my spirit of such heavy burdens; it's amazing.

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...

#TalkToMe: Role Models

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.06.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

What I learned about my daughter doing this feature was that not only is she smart and intelligent, she is funny and aware of the world's current state, and most importantly she is a thinker.

Wynwood Walls

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 04.06.2016 | Arts
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

It was spring break for my daughter and as always, I wanted us to do outings that broadened her mind, so this day we decided on the Wynwood Walls Museum.

Caribbean Winer

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

There are some of us who don't care to wine on everything that moves, be it man or woman. Some of us like to dance with folks we know, or find attractive, or we just like to wild out with our girls and don't necessarily enjoy being jammed by sweaty random dudes.

South Beach Food and Wine Festival Y'All

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 03.03.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

Today, after wanting to attend forever, finally I was able to attend the South Beach Food and Wine Festival, and what a great time it was. The food w...

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.

Where People Don't Have a Lot... But Act Like They Do

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Wandering the streets of Trinidad at night offers a steady stream of memories. Just observing people living well with almost nothing -- like this guy karaoke-singing his heart out all alone -- it occurred to me that in Cuba, people don't have a lot... but they act like they do.

Exploring Trinidad With Julio Muñoz

Rick Steves | Posted 02.16.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

In Trinidad, local guide Julio Muñoz is a huge personality. He has his fingers in many pots, everyone in town seems to know him, and he's written up in all the guidebooks. I'm sure he could be mayor if he wanted.

Colorful Trinidad

Rick Steves | Posted 02.15.2016 | Travel
Rick Steves

Our B&B, in the old center, was a big and breezy house with a huge living room, run by a delightful family.

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...

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.

The Longest Armed Standoff In America May Finally Be Over

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 01.13.2016 | Crime

What is believed to be the longest armed standoff in American history is over -- sort of. While authorities have decided not to pursue the case, the m...

The Challenges With Regime Change in the Caribbean

Dwayne Wong (Omowale) | Posted 01.11.2016 | World
Dwayne Wong (Omowale)

In May 2015, Guyana elected a new government. This was the first government change in 23 years and only the second time in the nation's nearly 50 year...

Liberations and Celebrations

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 01.05.2016 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

I feel so blessed to have come out of 2015 stronger, but I am at peace with seeing it go and letting go of past pains, mistakes and fears. I am looking forward to 2016 with so much excitement and anticipation, I can't contain it.

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.

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

The Barrel and the Bubble

Write for the Future | Posted 10.18.2015 | College
Write for the Future

If Gramps could create a better life after leaving his homeland in a barrel, I could handle smiling in a restaurant twice a week.

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