The Power of the Adolescent Girl

Recently I was rereading Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” and discussing it with a group of college Freshmen.  For those unfamiliar, “Girl” is a powerful prose where the protagonist is listing a series of duties and responsibilities to her daughter, with the understanding that should she be able to do those things adequately, only then she would be considered a woman. The essay was published in The … Continue reading The Power of the Adolescent Girl

Making Your Mark

  Change is constant and this summer in Brooklyn has forced me to reflect on the innumerable changes this borough has undertaken in recent years, much like myself.  As one of the most recognized places in the world, Brooklyn has created a strong imprint culminating from the savory mix of cultures you can find here. Its growth from the crime ridden cautionary tale to the … Continue reading Making Your Mark

Naballah Chi, Muslimah Cover Girl

The proliferation of Muslimah fashion has been a steady trend recently, but Trinidadian fashion blogger Naballah Chi has been at the forefront of this wave for a number of years now, and all of her hard work is paying off. The fashion blogger – who is also Muslim – has been blogging since 2003 and has since been featured in international press such as Cosmopolitan, … Continue reading Naballah Chi, Muslimah Cover Girl

When Your Leaders Help Create Monsters

Over the past two weeks, one thing has been made clear: the authority figures of Trinidad and Tobago add fuel to the fire that is burning down the country. With the steady, almost daily, increase of violence against women, citizens find themselves consistently questioning the direction of the country and what measures can and should be taking place for the safety of women. There has been … Continue reading When Your Leaders Help Create Monsters

The Sexist and Misogynist Dark Side of T&T Carnival

“Women have the responsibility to ensure they are not abused.” – Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, 2016  Trinidad & Tobago After a hectic two days of music and revelry in the streets of Port-of-Spain, Ash Wednesday 2016 was a sobering jolt back to reality for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) as the Mayor’s words echoed throughout the country. It took me awhile to gather my thoughts before I … Continue reading The Sexist and Misogynist Dark Side of T&T Carnival