Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco
7 December 2016
Trinidad and Tobago lies along a major earthquake fault line, so the tremor wasn't all that surprising -- but netizens still saw humour in the midst of an unnerving experience.
2 December 2016
Caribbean Women Take Their Power Back by Sharing Stories of Sexual Abuse Via the #LifeinLeggings Hashtag
"#LifeinLeggings is the story of women AND girl children [...] A large number of the stories are of childhood events. [...] Measure the country's level of civilization against that."
30 November 2016
Trinidad and Tobago's longstanding commitments to universal education are juxtaposed with the harsh reality of society's marginalised.
27 November 2016
16 November 2016
A recent Auditor General's report flagged concerns about state bodies, including the Office of the President. While one social media user pushes for an investigation, civil society is more cautious.
10 November 2016
"If you thought Trump was more dangerous than Hillary you know little to nothing about world events. Hillary lost because [...] people were tired of the status quo [...]"
26 October 2016
"Our history is complicated and troubling and painful and horrendous.... Asking that those complications be acknowledged is not censorship. It is a cry against continued erasure."
25 October 2016
"He's glamorizing a part of our colonial history where racism and socioeconomic disparity were rampant. And carnival now, with its overpriced parties and parades, continues that tradition."
14 October 2016
Trinidad & Tobago Opposition Member Slammed for Using Photos of Minors With Guns to Score Political Points
Were laws broken? Was the whole thing a red herring? Have politics sunk to a new low? After photos of children brandishing guns were shown in parliament, netizens have questions...
11 October 2016
Rhoda Bharath's Facebook Live videos continue to garner an eager audience as the Trinidad and Tobago political commentator takes the country's president to task.
29 September 2016
Trinidad and Tobago's President Anthony Carmona held a press conference on September 28 to respond to claims against his office, but many questions remain unanswered.
27 September 2016
20 September 2016
"Ian Alleyne represents a collection of unfortunate truths about Trinidad and Tobago; we don’t trust our justice system, [...] but have all-too-much faith in those who pander to us."
18 September 2016
"What's the point of outrage now if you didn't actually give any thought to the deterioration of this historical building over the years?"
18 August 2016
Exposing Discrimination or Unfair Trial by Social Media? The Case of a Workplace Hairdo in Trinidad & Tobago
"Sometimes we have to shatter the status-quo to make fundamental changes. its how things have happened for centuries. There is always a spark that ignites the change."
15 August 2016
"How a person wears his/her hair is not an internal matter Colfire. Soon you will want to dictate weight, hair colour and lightness of complexion. Poor form."
10 August 2016
Makandal Daaga, Leader of Trinidad & Tobago's Black Power Revolution, Remembered As ‘A Man Out for Change’
Netizens discuss the life and legacy of Makandal Daaga, who led the country's 1970 Black Power movement and became actively involved in the political landscape of Trinidad and Tobago.
5 August 2016
"He was one of those people that you think would always be there — and then he's suddenly gone and this hole is created that can't be easily filled."
A self-taught musical genius, Fitzroy Coleman is remembered for his amazing chord innovation and superior musicianship.
4 August 2016
Standing up for women's rights is tough enough without being poor, black, or marginalised. One blog will speak out for Caribbean women at the upcoming Black Feminisms Forum in Brazil.