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Janine Mendes-Franco · May, 2007

I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.

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Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from May, 2007

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: Rex Nettleford & Today's Thinkers

  31 May 2007

“It was undoubtedly a pleasure to hear from one of the few great Caribbean minds–with the recent passing of Lloyd Best, their numbers are even fewer now, and needed no less than ever. Yet it occurred to me…that these minds are almost to a person of an older generation.” Attending...

Jamaica: Worst Test Cricket Loss in 50 Years

  31 May 2007

“Sometimes I wonder if we should just drop cricket like we're dropping the sugar industry. Both are vestiges of colonialism. But I dare not say this aloud…'cause, unlike the sugar industry, cricket swims in our very blood.” Jamaican Leon Robinson is disappointed in the West Indies’ performance against England.

Cuba: Today Show

  31 May 2007

“I'm sorry, but an American news outlet visiting Cuba isn't news. That they're not going to be able to score an interview with Fidel Castro is news.” Lawhawk shares his thoughts on the upcoming Today Show visit to Cuba – as do Uncommon Sense, El Cafe Cubano and Babalu Blog.

Barbados: Um-ba-rel-la?

  31 May 2007

“Where did she get that pronunciation from? I could forgive her if she was speaking bajan and pronounced it ‘am-brella'…but Um-ba-rel-la? Anybody ever look at you and say ‘buddy that rain just hit outta nowhere I could share that um-ba-rel-la with you?'” Jdid has a few issues with fellow Barbadian...

Bahamas: A Story on Race

  31 May 2007

“If you wanted to get ahead, your best bet was finding a way to make your children lighter than you, so maybe one day, their children or grandchildren could be fair enough to matter.” Guest authoring at Bahama Pundit, Nicolette Bethel continues the discussion on why race matters.

Jamaica: Thank You, Miss Lou

  30 May 2007

“Miss Lou in her life and poetry had many things to teach us. And she taught in a way that only the best teachers can—without us knowing.” Geoffrey Philp pays tribute to a Jamaican cultural icon.

Guyana: Monetary Compensation & Sexual Assault

  30 May 2007

Following a case in which when a 39 year-old man was accused of sexual assault against a 17 year-old girl, The Guyana Groove writes: “When a woman is forced to accept monetary compensation from the very person who already violated her, it is as if she is forced to put...

Cuba: US Visit to Spain

  30 May 2007

Child of the Revolution is waiting for the “diplomatic fireworks” that he predicts will ensue over Cuba during the US Secretary of State's visit to Spain this week.

Bermuda: RIP Dame Brown-Evans

  30 May 2007

“That's what I think people liked about her, she knew everyone and had time and respect for everyone whether she figured she'd get their vote or not, whether they agreed with her on not,” writes Politics.bm, which, along with IMHO.bm acknowledges the passing of Dame Lois Brown-Evans – the first...

Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela: Media & Politics

  29 May 2007

“When media become political players themselves, they lose their credibility, and they betray the people who rely on them for truthful, accurate information.” Jeremy Taylor weighs in on the controversy surrounding the closure of RCTV in Venezuela.

Jamaica: Requests for Proposal

  29 May 2007

“Only recently have I come to understand why my stomach churns and I politely demur, when I am told that several companies will be bidding on a solution”: Jamaican Francis Wade reveals why he runs away from Requests For Proposal.

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: Caribbean Customer Relations

  29 May 2007

“We all like to belong, most of us like to be acknowledged, and if we're paying you for a product or service, we most definitely like to be kept in the loop,” writes Karel Mc Intosh as she examines customer relationship management in the Caribbean.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Miss Universe Pick

  28 May 2007

Zahra Redwood will represent Jamaica at tonight's Miss Universe competition as the first Rastafarian Beauty Queen - but Abeni has “taken a liking to Miss Tanzania for being bold enough to enter a beauty pageant sans hair.”

Jamaica: Mergers and Acquisitions

  28 May 2007

“It's a little like a bad version of The Brady Bunch — each parent tells their children that a marriage is about to happen to join two families together, and… ‘by the way… in case you kids were wondering… nothing will change'”: Against the backdrop of several high-profile regional mergers...

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