King of Soca and Consent: If Machel Montano Was A Feminist

Interviewer: Mr. Montano, this carnival, it was widely published that thiefin’ a wine could be addressed as an offense under the Summary Offenses Act. This has initiated fiery debates on social media about women and feminists’ attack on “Trinbago culture”. Many women have spoken up demanding a culture of consent. What do you say to …

What Mango Thief and Wine Thief Have in Common: Our Culture, Carnival and Consent

First, I would like to make it clear that I am not equating the theft of mangoes with the violation of women’s bodies. For reasoning sake, I am offering an example relevant to “our culture” (a term which has been circulating more frequently these days). “Our culture” is fluid, not fixed. Sadly, when this word …

No Caribs, No Awaraks: Farewell Dr. John Campbell

The repetition of history is pointless if it is taught as something ‘dead’, overly generalised and irrelevant to understanding our current social reality and the way we envision the future of our Caribbean nations. But Dr. John Campbell ensured that history was not a sleeping class or a pointless subject area. The first time I …