The Caribbean Binder

Covers mostly Caribbean but also Latin American issues, contemporary or otherwise.



They say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”

single mother three children
living with her parents to survive.

A girl working two jobs,
seven days a week,
saving to go to school.

Heart-spurned lover,
abuse victim, a decade later;
trying to prove to her mother,
it’s not her fault.

Voluptuous goddess
whose partner is concerned
about blood pressure, diet,
shortness of breath.

Child in a grown body,
with a woman’s years,
trying too grab the attention of men
who look like the picture of her father.

Bag lady, your eyes tell stories
of glory, despair, success, failure
deceit, withdrawn ineptness.

Grandmother falls from her bed in the home.

Daughter does not sue—
tired of the long drives every month.

Life does not make you less beautiful.

Bermuda born  was shortlisted for Scarborough Arts’ Monica Ladell Award in 2013. In 2011, his collection of poems Bending the Continuum (Guernica Editions) was a recommended midsummer read by Open Book Toronto. In February 2014 Dane shall be the monthly Writer-In-Residence for Open Book Toronto. 

Former PR Gov. Luis Fortuño Thinks Statehood for Puerto Rico Should Be Addressed Before Immigration Reform


Last week, Luis Fortuño, the former Republican pro-statehood governor of Puerto Rico, was interviewed by PJ Media in Washington, D.C after an appearance at George Washington University. Fortuño has been living in the DC area since losing his re-election bid in 2012. The question of Puerto Rico’s status question (of course) was discussed, but the context of the issue was little bit different. Here is the full audio of the comments with PJ Media.

According to Fortuño, statehood for Puerto Rico should the priority for the U.S. Congress before immigration reform:

“In the case of the Puerto Rican citizens that reside in Puerto Rico, you are dealing with American citizens, natural-born American citizens, so if you’re ever going to deal with illegal immigrants, which is, I’m not saying you should never deal with the issue, but shouldn’t you first deal with your own?”

You can read the rest of his comments here.

What do you think of Fortuño’s views? Realistic? Divisive? True or out of touch? Let us know below.


Photo of the Day: Iguana Encounter
Photo by Lorenzo Mittiga (Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands); Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands


Photo of the Day: Iguana Encounter

Photo by Lorenzo Mittiga (Kralendijk, Bonaire, Netherlands); Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

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The Cheater's Guide to Love by Junot Díaz


From our post on Kehinde Wiley: The World Stage: JamaicaWiley is known for his paintings which present young black people mimicking poses from historical portraits. In this collection, poses were taken from the 17th and 18th century British portraiture. This series is described as a restaging of Jamaica’s colonial history, which transforms the race and gender of the traditional art-historical hero to reflect the contemporary urban environment. 

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Brianna McCarthy

Top Left: In All (For You and I). 2013

Top Right: So that you may see me. 2013

Bottom Left: TWO. 2009

Bottom Right: Here, I Will Not Forget. 2013


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Brianna McCarthy is a mixed media visual communicator working and living in Trinidad + Tobago.

She is a self-taught artist and aims to create a new discourse examining issues of beauty, stereotypes, representation as well as the documenting the process – particularly poignant in an ever smaller digitally connected world. 
Her form takes shape through masking and performance art, fabric collage, traditional media, and installation pieces.”

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Haitian Vodou is a religion that is very misunderstood. Slaves were brought to the Caribbean against their will and forbidden to practice their traditional African religions as well as forced to convert to the religion of their masters. The Bond movie/Eurocentric/Americanized viewpoint presents Vodou as an evil, primitive version of witchcraft. But it’s a religion like any other, with a moral code, gods and goddesses. Many ceremonies deal with protection from evil spirits.

In addition, the “voodoo doll” itself has been misconstrued. In Haiti, it was traditional to nail small handmade puppets or dolls to trees near graveyards; these small figures were meant to act as messengers to the spirit world, and contact dead loved ones. It’s safe to imagine that European folks didn’t understand this — and assumed an evil intent behind a doll with nails in its body.


Geoffrey Holder and Carmen Lavallade in Trinidad, 1960
by Fritz Henle


Geoffrey Holder and Carmen Lavallade in Trinidad, 1960

  • by Fritz Henle

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Being Black Ain’t So Bad… Dominican Immigrant Women Negotiating Race in Contemporary Italyby Lorgia García-Peña


"This article explores questions of racial identity and national belonging through the experience of Dominican women immigrant in contemporary Italy. By means of empirical examination that includes oral interviews of women living in Italy as well as in the Dominican Republic, the author considers the racialization of Dominican identity in relation to Italian national identity. Through the stories of two high-profile Dominican women immigrants in Italy, Denny Méndez (Miss Italy 1996) and Mercedes Frías (Parliament Representative 2006), this article explores how blackness permits Dominicans to be represented within the Italian nation, allowing them to belong, although in an often-conflicting border. This essay facilitates an original transatlantic and multi-disciplinary dialogue that engages discourse analysis of oral interviews as well as various theories on gender, race, ethnicity and migration. Some of the main questions explored in this article are: (1) Why do Dominican women embrace blackness in Italy? (2) How does this new ethnicity, to borrow Stuart Hall’s term, facilitate (trans) migration and dual citizenship for these women? (3) Can they go back as black to the Dominican Republic or must they negotiate a dual yet separate identity?"

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Cinco Dominicanas en la serie del momento: Orange Is the New Black

"Cinco talentosas Dominicanas que actualmente se encuentran rodando la segunda temporada de "Orange Is The New Black" y que, por cómo terminó la primera, es posible que sus personajes latinos tengan mayor relevancia y profundidad." [x]

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