Post Tagged with: "Issue 130 (November/December 2014)"

Photograph by Maria Nunes

Arriba, Arriba!

In Trinidad, the traditional sound of Christmas is Spanish-inflected parang.

Photograph courtesy Sun Eaters Organics

Brown gold: Trinidad’s local cocoa renaissance

Trinidad’s cocoa is among the world’s best, but for decades the finest beans have been exported. A new grassroots movement is taking this natural bounty and making extraordinary chocolate products at home. Liana Crooks reports.

Illustration by Rohan Mitchell

Death in the tropics

Fifty years ago, the crime novel A Caribbean Mystery was a hit for popular British writer Agatha Christie — and surprisingly revealing about the Caribbean of that time, says James Ferguson.

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2014)

Caribbean Playlist (November/December 2014)

New releases to get you in the groove — from jazz to roots reggae.

Illustration by Shalini Seereeram

It takes a crowd

“Crowdfunding” is an ubiquitous buzzword among young creative types. But how much do online platforms like Kickstarter really help? Georgia Popplewell talks to Caribbean filmmakers and artists about their crowdfunding experiences.

Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 2014)

Caribbean Bookshelf (November/December 2014)

This month’s reading picks — from new poetry to a graveyard guidebook.

Red Thread’s Karen De Souza. Photograph courtesy the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence

Karen de Souza and (Red) Threads that bind

The Guyanese advocacy group Red Thread began in 1986 to help women at a time of economic problems. Thirty years later, the collective is a major force in the region advocating for the rights of women and young people. Lisa Allen-Agostini talks to co-founder Karen de Souza and learns about the power of grassroots activism.

Preview of Made by Soka’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Photograph by Jonne Johnson

On the edge: Karen De Freitas

Vincentian designer Karen De Freitas combines a dancehall vibe with big-city style.

The green cliffs of Hermaness are home to sheep and seabirds. Photograph by Nicholas Laughlin

Beyond the beyond: the Shetland Islands

The Shetland Islands, northernmost part of the United Kingdom, seem utterly remote on the map. But Nicholas Laughlin finds they have a busy history as a crossroads of the North Atlantic.

Writer Marlon James. Photograph by Jeffrey Skemp

Word of mouth (November/December 2014)

2014’s hottest Caribbean novel, Caribbean artists on show in Santa Fe, and a celebration of food and drink in Barbados.