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Peter Telfer, the Trinidadian percussionist who made African drumming a church staple, goes to his Creator

"I remember the first time I heard ‘O Creator’. It woke me up because [...] it was our rhythm, it was our chant, it resonated with us, a Caribbean people."

Could Miami show Trinidad and Tobago how to safely pull off Carnival in a pandemic?

"There were free testing stations, temperature checks. They followed strict protocols [...] My friends who participated are all fully vaccinated. Hoping that it wasn’t a super spreader."

Dark tales from Uruguay: How mothers and grandmothers search for victims of the Cold War

The women who fought for the truth about their children who disappeared during the military dictatorship are “role models of courage,” according to author Tessa Bridal.

Indigenous reporters risk death telling stories of community liberation in Colombia

"The Indigenous put up a fight in Cauca by having their own channels of communication."

Jamaica forced to dump 55,000 doses as COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy persists

"Before [social media] those who were uninformed knew they were uninformed ... now [the] same uninformed listen to two fake news video clips [and] pronounce themselves experts."

Flower power: Rapper Trinidad James irritates compatriots with sneaker brand misnomer

The debut of the rapper's new sneaker brand, marked by a plethora of inaccuracies about the country's national flower, was followed up by an apathetic apology with additional blunders.

Hope amid scarcity and fear: Cuba after July’s historic protests

"Cuba understood that it had the right to have rights."

The activist side of K-pop in Peru

Peruvian kpoppers were responsible for up to 15 K-pop trending topics on Twitter in 30 days.

COVID Couture: Trinidadian creative Sonja Dumas responds to the pandemic with a feel-good dress that has a deeper meaning

"I made [the dress] to cheer up myself at a depressing and challenging moment of our human history."

Jamaica’s rivers and gullies are suffering from abuse

World Rivers Day may not instantly solve all the problems Jamaica's rivers currently face, but it may inspire citizens to be better custodians.

Reviving the Cree and Ojibwe languages of Manitoba with TikTok

Sharissa Neault and Noah Malazdrewicz make fun videos in their languages to help Indigenous youth who think their culture and language are lost to reconnect with them.

Germinda Casupá, a Chiquitania native fighting fire and machismo

In the face of the environmental and humanitarian catastrophe, indigenous women like Germinda Casupá take on the defense of their territory.

France blasts Australia's nuclear-powered submarine deal with US and UK as ‘duplicity’

'I wanted to underline the level of anger that exists here in France at the moment. Your government is an embarrassment, ...the damage regarding the Australian image here is huge'.

A sweeping spate of murders rivals COVID-19's ‘third wave’ in Jamaica

A sudden surge in murders—24 in one week, and 18 over a 48-hour period—has Jamaicans feeling that crime has surpassed COVID-19 as the country's top problem.

Former Surinamese president Dési Bouterse convicted of murder for the second time—but will he go to prison?

If Bouterse is not imprisoned after this second conviction, it will not sit well with many Surinamese who view him first and foremost as a murderer.

What's threatening Tobago's mangroves?

Large deposits of sargassum have been piling up within confined spaces, rotting, emitting noxious gasses, and destabilising the ecosystem.

From vaxxing to doxxing: The social media power of Nicki Minaj

After reporter Sharlene Rampersad pressed Minaj's relatives for an interview by implying their privacy would be more quickly respected by her local news outlet than by CNN, Minaj doxxed her.

Forgotten history: American aeronaut Jeanette Van Tassel lies buried in Dhaka Christian Cemetery

A daredevil aeronaut from the US took part in the first manned balloon flight in present-day Bangladesh in 1892, which ended in a tragedy.

Asking for a cousin's friend: The viral load of Nicki Minaj's vaccine misinformation tweet

The controversial tweet followed others that dealt with COVID-19 vaccination, including Minaj's announcement she would forego the Met Gala because attendance was vaccine contingent and she hadn't done “enough research.”

Jamaican activist filmmaker takes on extractive industries in the Caribbean

"In 2020, there was a very popular narrative that the COVID-19 pandemic was saving Planet Earth [...] I created GEFF 2021 to counter this narrative, because it is simply untrue."

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