Soca Feminism? They Call Me Lucy!

A faceless Lucy, a dutty wining Lucy, Lucy “bam bam” with forensic detail of her underwear and what’s under there, a Lucy as an empowering figure, a Lucy dancing by herself on the speaker box, a Lucy on a stage of women dancing, Lucy Lucy…Feminist anthem?   Carnival is a time that elicits diverse responses by …

Subway Customer Complaint: Eating Fresh (and Fly)

This is a blog repost of an e-mail sent to the following address: customerexperience@tellsubway.com Monday 8th September 2014 I write to formally submit a complaint about my experience at Subway Piarco International Airport, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday 7th September 2014. While my order of sandwiches was being prepared, my colleagues and I brought to …

4 Reflections on T&T 52nd Year of Independence

The greatest privilege I grew up with was the quality of conversation in my home. In many ways, my family is more interested in the year we became a Republic and the historical movements that led up to that event; however, Independence, our 52nd year, is a powerful occasion for us to reflect on the …

5 Things About Afro-Trinbagonians You (Never) Knew: Emancipation Blog

Five things people of African heritage confront in Trinidad and Tobago: 1. “African people is one set ah people.” Yes, in songs we are one people but we are not a monolith. There are Africans on the continent, African Americans, Afro-Caribbean Americans, Afro-Brazilians, and Afro-Trinbagonians. Among Afro-Trinbagonians there are middleclass professionals, upper class chocolate folk, …