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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

Top 5 Things to Do in Cuba While You Still Can

Halle Eavelyn | Posted 10.03.2015 | Travel
Halle Eavelyn

That thing called progress is finally coming to an island that has barely changed in the last fifty years, and there are some things you want to do in Cuba while you still can.

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.

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.

My Hair Is Not Your Concern

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 08.11.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

"Is that your hair?" This was not, by any means, the first time I had been asked this. I get it quite often. I always answer truthfully, although it always baffles me why people don't think of this as a rude question to ask someone.

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...

From Junkanoo to Brukdown: A Booty-Shakin' Tour of the Caribbean

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Don't get me wrong. I love Jamaican reggae music. Ditto for its two predecessors, rocksteady and ska, and before that mento and old-time calypso. But down in the Caribbean you'll hear all kinds of other booty-shaking rhythms.

New York Closes Caribbean-American Heritage Month at the Brooklyn Museum with PAN!

Jessica Joseph | Posted 06.23.2015 | Arts
Jessica Joseph

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting the CaribBEING's Heritage Film Series produced by Shelley Worrell as part of New York's observation of Caribbean Heritage Month. On closing night, on Sunday, June 28 2015, the critically claimed musical documentary, PAN! Our Music Odyssey will make its grand premiere, at 2 pm.

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."

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.

A Tour of Hemingway's Cuba

J. Michael Welton | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

Anyone with a serious desire for an intimate look at Cuba would do well to sign up for a tour sponsored by the intrepid Finca Vigia Foundation in earl...

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 ...

Actress Mishael Morgan of The Young and the Restless Had a Near Death Experience Which Changed Her Life

Ilana Rapp | Posted 08.17.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

When you have determination like Mishael Morgan, nothing can stop you. Her near death experience completely altered the way she views things and put a 180 degree spin on her career path.

Not For Everyday Use

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 05.29.2014 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

Ask any parent and they hasten to tell you about the vision or aspirations they harbor for their children. The method adopted for realizing the dream...

Oil Spills Leave Trinidad's Beaches Covered In Crude

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

At least 11 oil spills have crippled parts of Trinidad and Tobago, coating miles of beach with crude as the state-owned energy company scrambles to co...

Book Review: If I Never Went Home

Arlene M. Roberts | Posted 02.12.2014 | Books
Arlene M. Roberts

What if someone never quite felt at home -- at home? This quest for a sense of place is the dominant theme in If I Never Go Home, the debut novel by author Ingrid Persaud.

4 Gay Women, 8 Jews and the Pope Walk into a Midlife Crisis...

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Good News
Zachary Dominitz

We're eating Manischewitz-brined turkey with latkes, 11 of us, lighting candles for Hannukah in a mishmash of celebration. There's my father and mother, friends for more than 50 years. My mom's two ex-girlfriends are also here, these women who have known me, and loved me, for decades.