From island to end zone: Caribbean athletes in the NFL

Unknown to most sports fans at home, Caribbean athletes have exuberantly infiltrated the NFL. Here are four of the top stars.

Colourful lifeguard stations dot the white sand along South Beach. Photograph by R.A.R. De Bruijn Holding BV /

Miami is an island

Miami may be the biggest Caribbean city that isn’t actually in the Caribbean. Philip Sander explores Miami’s Caribbean pockets.

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

Word of mouth (September/October 2013)

Discover a new crop of Jamaican artists, experience J’Ouvert Brooklyn style, and jam to Dominica’s World Creole Music Festival.

Illustration by Nikolai Noel

Tituba’s secrets

For over three hundred years, the Salem Witch Trials have lingered in American historical memory. But few people know the woman behind it all.

Costumed as Hindu deities, Phagwah celebrants parade down Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill. Photograph by Evan Sung

Phagwah: Rites of spring

Photographer Evan Chung captures the colours of Phagwah, the Hindu spring festival, as celebrated by Caribbean immigrants in Queens .

Tough Love: Drown by Junot Diaz

Tough Love: Drown by Junot Diaz

James Ferguson on Drown by Junot Diaz, the 1997 collection of short stories praised for its gritty, dispassionate look at the lives of immigrants from the Dominican Republic in the US.

D.C. on my mind

D.C. on my mind

Suzanne Lopez fondly remembers Washington D.C..

Illustration by Darren Cheewah

A tweet in need

Online social media aren’t just for swapping jokes and trivia. When disaster hits, Caroline Taylor explains, they are crucial communication tools.

1920 painting of Marie Laveau (1794-1881) by Frank Schneider, based on an 1835 painting (now lost) by George Catlin. Photograph by Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans (Source Wikipedia)

Who Dat? New Orleans’ Caribbean connections

When Sharon Millar visited New Orleans, she discovered the delta city has a few supernatural connections with the Caribbean as well.

Harry Belafonte in 1954. Photograph by Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, Carl Van Vechten Collection

Calypso genes

Four music experts help Garry Steckles chart its influence, everywhere from Jamaica to Guyana .