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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

“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...

Jamaica: Worst Test Cricket Loss in 50 Years

“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...

Guyana: If Wild Animals Could Talk..

“The sound was so lawless…raucous, vulgarhh…even the early morning sun quiver and turn pale.” Guyana-Gyal discovers what all the fracas is about.

Cuba: Today Show

“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...

Barbados: Um-ba-rel-la?

“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...

Bahamas: A Story on Race

“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...

Trinidad & Tobago: Indian Arrival Day

Both CULTURAL LITERACY and HAVEWORLD acknowledge the celebration of Indian Arrival Day.

Jamaica: Thank You, Miss Lou

“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...

Guyana: Monetary Compensation & Sexual Assault

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...

Cuba: US Visit to Spain

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

“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...

Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela: Media & Politics

“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...

Antigua, St. Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis: Caribbean Cooking

“This little gem…is a riot of colour and it’s got some interesting recipes by top chefs from Antigua, St Lucia and St Kitts & Nevis”: Can Cook, Must Cook discovers...

Jamaica: Requests for Proposal

“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...

Guyana: Mother Nature

Guyana-Gyal and her mother discuss what could be ailing Mother Nature…

Cuba: Health Care

Child of the Revolution refers to a New York Times article as he examines the Cuban health care system.

Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica: Caribbean Customer Relations

“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...

Jamaica: Calabash Literary Festival

Both Antilles and Caribbean Free Radio report from the 2007 Calabash Literary Festival in Jamaica.

St. Vincent & the Grenadines: Miss Universe Pick

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...

Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada: Gold at Chelsea

The Life and Times of Michmac applauds both Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada for winning gold at the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show in London.

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