The Caribbean: great to visit, but not to live?

Well at least they admit it: “like any list, this one isn’t perfect.” Newsweek has opened a hornets’ nest of inter-island and inter-country rivalry (at least in the Caribbean) alongside scepticism from social scientists, journalists and marketing professionals with the release of its first – and now quite controversial – The World’s Best Countries list, featuring the “world’s top 100 countries”. The biggest problem here, … Continue reading The Caribbean: great to visit, but not to live?

Haiti – How to Help

Image via Wikipedia By now we’ve probably all heard of the devastating earthquake and aftershocks which have ravaged Haiti. And each of us, no matter where we are, can help. According to this article by Global Post, it is also preferable to donate in cash, rather than in kind. We know it’s difficult to choose where to make a donation, and recommend Charity Navigator’s explanation … Continue reading Haiti – How to Help

Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?

Why isn’t there a culture of real feedback, reviewing or criticism in T&T? It’s something I’ve heard artists and (good) journalists & editors complain about for years: that there isn’t a real core of reviewers and “critics” (however infuriating they me be) to actually give feedback on our cultural products. I can’t remember the last time I read a proper review of local art, music, … Continue reading Arts criticism/reviewing in Trinidad & Tobago: is there any?

Saying it, since it should be said…

Image via Wikipedia I am so glad Windies won the cricket. Five years without winning a test series. Nine years since we’d lifted that trophy. Inconsistent performance from players, Stanford 20/20 in shambles, cricket board mired in controversy… Like I said, I am so glad the Windies won the cricket against England today. And as a Trini, I am jealous of everyone who was living … Continue reading Saying it, since it should be said…

Haiti in desperate need

At the MEP website, we posted on this more than a month ago (see More Than Sorry: Helping Haiti Rebuild of September 16), but the United Nations is still pleading with organisations and individuals globally to urgently assist with donations that enable relief and recovery efforts in storm-battered, poverty-afflicted Haiti. I’m actually a little surprised that the response has been inadequate. Yet, not surprised at … Continue reading Haiti in desperate need

It’s about time…

There are quite a few Caribbean people who may want to eviscerate me for this, but I am delighted that international corporations, rights groups, and others are putting pressure on conservative and regressive Caribbean governments (Jamaica and St Kitts for the moment) on human rights and animal abuses. If we want to play the capitalist game, there are capitalist consequences when those who’ve got more … Continue reading It’s about time…

Love after love | Caribbean Beat

Originally written for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 Painting the Spectrum: A Celebration of Love It takes a fair amount of courage to put on a film festival in the Caribbean. Resources are often limited in terms of funding, venues, and sourcing Caribbean-oriented material. Nevertheless, in the last few years, festivals have emerged in several Caribbean nations, including Jamaica, Guyana, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, St … Continue reading Love after love | Caribbean Beat

Staceyann Chin: “I have walked long hard roads to get here” | Caribbean Beat

Originally written as an Own Words piece for and published in Caribbean Beat magazine in 2008 Born on Christmas day/before morning fate or kismet/truth or just dumb luck I have walked long/hard roads to get here… today I am exactly the woman I have always wanted to be (Getting Lucky) I never grew up saying I wanted a public life, or to be a poet, or to be on … Continue reading Staceyann Chin: “I have walked long hard roads to get here” | Caribbean Beat