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Stories about Trinidad & Tobago

31 October 2018

For Calypso History Month in Trinidad & Tobago, #metoo does a double-take on empowering tunes

Readers offer a few suggestions for calypsos that make female empowerment their priority.

23 October 2018

Trinidad & Tobago loses ‘The Mighty Shadow’, the “bassman” of calypso

"When all other calypsonians in the early 1970s had six sheets of music, Shadow had seven, the additional one for the bass guitar."

18 October 2018

For Calypso History Month in Trinidad and Tobago, six tunes for the #metoo era

In a genre that has often painted women in a negative light, the tunes that broke the mould are etched forever in the national consciousness.

1 October 2018

Ken ‘Professor’ Philmore, Trinidadian musician who took steel pan music ‘by storm’, dies

"This is the equivalent of a Brahms, Bach or Beethoven passing. This is huge. This is a loss."

12 August 2018

His world was what it was: the enigma of V.S. Naipaul

The Bridge

"There are books of Naipaul’s I hope never to read again, and books of his without which I can’t understand the world I was born into."

5 August 2018

In the Caribbean's carnival capital, a Pride parade makes its debut

The Bridge

"What really upsets religious leaders is the fact that there are gay people in this country and we are not ashamed."

13 July 2018

‘In a lot of the post-colonial world, so much of what really drives us is suppressed’

"The majority of students are black. It’s not so much a colour as the fact that they come with emotional relationships to the rest of the world that are different."

9 July 2018

‘Apartheid couldn’t have happened without that spatial carving up of the landscape’

"In South Africa, certainly, architecture was always complicit in oppression. Apartheid might have been a political and social structure, but it was also a physical one," says architect Lesley Lokko.

27 June 2018

Will Trinidad and Tobago's cybercrime bill stifle media freedom?

Journalists and users of social media networks are concerned about sections of the recently amended bill which could negatively impact press freedom and online speech.

14 June 2018

Trinidad and Tobago's religious leaders ‘unite to divide’ people around the issue of gay rights

"Doing what you can to reduce murder, child abuse, domestic violence...nah, more important to use your leadership position to say who should or shouldn't be allowed to love each other"

15 May 2018

Trinidadian photographer Maria Nunes pays tribute to ‘Carnival dreamers and makers’ in new book

"For me it’s about immersion. It’s about going all out, no half way business. Also, as a photographer I see myself as a participant too, not a spectator."

20 April 2018

‘Compromising journalism. Compromising a young woman's right to be herself. Compromising the nation.’

A Trinidad & Tobago newspaper is slammed for its "homophobic" coverage of history-making sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye.

17 April 2018

Though opposition remains, Trinidad & Tobago takes a historic legal step towards LGBT equality

"We are all humans. We are all the same. When are you going to realize you’re on the wrong side of history?"

14 April 2018

Jamaican Dancehall Star Buju Banton's Impending Release from Prison Sparks Renewed Controversy

"If Banton[...]retracted his hideous views on homosexuality and sought to amend the damage he has done to men and women across the Caribbean, he would be worthy of a platform."

12 April 2018

PHOTOS: Celebration as High Court Deems Trinidad & Tobago ‘Buggery’ Law ‘Unconstitutional’

"In the end, whether or not the court's ruling managed to change anyone's mind, LBGT+ and religious activists stood side by side on the steps of the Hall of Justice..."

11 April 2018

Trinidad & Tobago's LGBT Community Speaks Out as Court Decision on ‘Buggery’ Law Approaches

"Religion must not trump reason when it comes to basic human rights."

4 April 2018

Diplomatic Storm Strikes When Trinidad and Tobago Refuses Hurricane-Hit Dominica an Ease on OAS Contributions

"I hope the people of Dominica know that not all Trinbagonians are as graceless as this official position might indicate, and this objection makes many of us feel deeply ashamed."

21 March 2018

Encounters with Caribbean Genius: Derek Walcott, Wilson Harris, Aubrey Williams

The Bridge

"So much to praise and cherish forever as long as forever ever lasts." A celebrated Caribbean writer on three of his contemporaries.

20 March 2018

Trinidad and Tobago’s First Female President Claims Her Role as ‘Humble First Servant’

"It finally feels like the narrow vision of the past has broadened to include people on their merits, yet what a heavy burden of expectations the first one [...] carries."

28 February 2018

‘Ready to Reckon With the Colonizing World, Daring It to Try’ — What the ‘Black Panther’ Film Means to Trinidad & Tobago

"Black Panther is sublime. Not because it's a perfect narrative. No such thing exists. [...] It's sublime because it's an ardent vehicle for black joy."

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