I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.
Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from February, 2013
Trinidad & Tobago: Tensions High After Fatal Car Crash Sparks Riots
Netizens from Trinidad and Tobago have been keeping an eye on the fallout over a car crash near the Central Market in Port of Spain on Sunday, which killed a mother and her two young children. The car was allegedly driven by an off-duty police officer. Residents of the area rioted following the incident; protests continued yesterday. Online discussion has also been heated.
Trinidad & Tobago's Take on The Harlem Shake
The latest Internet meme craze, the Harlem Shake, in which people dance to the song "Harlem Shake" by Baauer, has now taken Trinidad and Tobago – the other side of the world from where the meme began, in Queensland, Australia – by storm. This post checks out a few of the videos...
Haiti: The Politics of Identity
Tande blogs about “the relationship between cultural identity and belonging” and recommends a Haitian musician whose work goes beyond the identity politics and “offers a compelling example of how some of these tensions play out.”
St. Vincent, Grenada: Silly Electoral System?
The stupidity is the electoral system we operate under that leaves thousands without a political voice in the Parliamentary Halls. A landslide victory for the opposition in Grenada's national elections prompts Abeni to wonder whether the region needs constitutional and electoral reform.
Trinidad & Tobago: Suggestions for Carnival
Mark Lyndersay offers some suggestions to the National Carnival Commission Chair, Allison Demas, after her first Carnival in office.
Barbados: Elections Tomorrow
As Barbados gets ready for its national elections tomorrow, two blogs share their perspectives, here and here.
Jamaica: Reggae, Bleaching and Black History
It's Reggae Month and Black History Month…Jamaica Woman Tongue looks at the bleaching phenomenon against that backdrop.
Haiti: Will Duvalier Pay?
Kevin Edmonds blogs about Duvalier’s impunity in Haiti and what can be done to end it.
Cuba: Reactions to Pope's Resignation
Cuban bloggers, both on-island and from the diaspora, react to the announcement of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation here, here and here.
Trinidad & Tobago: Dr. Kim Mallalieu on ICT
ICT Pulse launches its “Caribbean Tech Movers and Shakers” series by profiling Dr. Kim Mallalieu, an educator who has influenced telecoms regulation, mobile applications development and Open Data initiatives.
Dominica, Curacao: Carnival 2013
Catch a glimpse of what this year's Carnival celebrations were like in Dominica and Curacao.
Trinidad & Tobago: Calypso Music
Calypso dead? Not quite. Calypsonians and calypso shows being lazy and unoriginal? We have plenty of that. The Eternal Pantomime explains.
Caribbean: Valentine's Day is for Bloggers
Think you know what love is all about? A few regional bloggers use Valentine's Day as an opportunity to figure it out…
Trinidad & Tobago: Cyber Security
ICT Pulse wonders how serious the Caribbean really is about cybercrime and online security.
Death Knell for Trinidad and Tobago Carnival?
As Trinidad and Tobago gears up for its 2013 Carnival celebrations, bloggers discuss whether this is the beginning of the end of the national festival.
Don’t mind the IMF. Thanks to Volkswagen of America, Inc., we’ve been reminded yet again that Jamaica is a cultural superpower. Jamaica Woman Tongue reminds us that “the Jamaican presence at the Super Bowl wasn’t just the VW ad. It was Beyoncé doing the dutty wine, to the invigorating beat...
Jamaica: Bob's Birthday
Today is the anniversary of reggae icon Bob Marley's birth; a couple of Jamaican bloggers pay him tribute.
Barbados: I'll Have a Burger
Two Barbadian bloggers discuss the arrival of a fast food franchise on the island.
Bahamas, U.S.A.: Superbowl Hopes
For the American Football fans, Weblog Bahamas makes a prediction about today's Superbowl game.