The Power of the Adolescent Girl

by KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS 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 … Continue reading The Power of the Adolescent Girl

The Culture of Sexism & Misogyny in Carnival

BY KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS “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 their Mayor’s words echoed throughout the country. Asami Nagakiya, a 30-year-old Japanese professional pannist … Continue reading The Culture of Sexism & Misogyny in Carnival