I am a writer and media producer based in Trinidad and Tobago. Follow me on Twitter @JanineMFranco.
Latest posts by Janine Mendes-Franco from September, 2020
COVID-19 causes Trinidad and Tobago to cancel its Carnival for 2021
"Everyone else has already gone ahead and cancelled theirs. I do not [...] see how [anyone] could possibly think to put the country under further threat from Covid-19."
In Trinidad & Tobago, citizens defend sou-sou savings against pyramid scheme comparisons
"It has become popular to bad talk traditional methods of savings [without] a clear understanding of the roles they played in the economic development of historically disenfranchised communities here."
Brutal murders in Guyana seen as ‘continuation of earlier ethnic upheavals’
After a months-long election stalemate, and the opposition party's framing of the murders as the failure of a "fraudulent government" to protect Afro-Guyanese, racial tensions are again on the rise.
Barbados declares intent to recognise same-sex unions and remove British queen as head of state
The Cayman Islands recently made same-sex partnerships legal, but Barbados may become the first CARICOM member to do so. It will also replace the queen as head of state.
The Caribbean's ‘double standard’ on the enforcement of COVID-19 protocols
Some social media users are convinced that when it comes to COVID-19 regulation enforcement, police officers come down harder on residents of disenfranchised communities.
Trinidadian writer Ingrid Persaud talks about her new novel, ‘Love After Love’
"I let the characters lead me and often, I wasn’t too sure where we would find ourselves. It was the only way I could navigate these themes."