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Mehndi stories | Portfolio

Through a special collaborative project, Dr Gabrielle Hosein explores how the Indian art of mehndi uniquely commemorates the legacies of Indian indentured labourers who arrived on Caribbean shores some 186 years ago

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History, People

The great Chevalier | On this day

Born in Guadeloupe to a white plantation owner and an enslaved Senegalese mother, the life of Joseph Bologne — better known as “Chevalier” and the “Black Mozart” — was nothing short of extraordinary. On the 225th anniversary of his death, James Ferguson revisits the story of this remarkable conductor, composer, violinist, fencer, and soldier that history almost forgot

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Film and Television, History, People, Trinidad and Tobago

Michael Cherrie: when destiny beckons | Snapshot

This March, Netflix premieres a film on the trailblazing Shirley Chisholm (who was of Barbadian and Guyanese heritage). Playing Chisholm’s Jamaican husband is Trinidad & Tobago’s own Michael Cherrie. Caroline Taylor reports

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History, United Kingdom

“One family, the wide world o’er” | On this day

A century ago, the United Kingdom staged a massive colonial exhibition, aimed at being a lavish demonstration of imperial grandeur, might, and “family unity”. But, writes James Ferguson, none of it would turn out quite as organisers hoped

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History, People, Haiti

For the ancestors | On this day

Some 100 years after becoming the world’s first free Black republic, Haiti remained without a national anthem. James Ferguson looks at the creation of “La Dessalinienne”

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History, Saba

The road that couldn’t be built | On this day

Daunted by Saba’s dramatic topography, Dutch colonial authorities deemed it impossible to build a road on the island. But, writes James Ferguson, islanders took matters into their own hands …

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Arts and Architecture, History, Trinidad and Tobago

A Cazabon mystery solved | On this day

James Ferguson uncovers the story behind an intriguing work by Michel-Jean Cazabon, Trinidad’s first great painter — with a little unexpected help from Caribbean Beat

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History, Haiti

The king of the republic | On this day

James Ferguson looks at the fascinating story of Sans Souci Palace — the pride of Haiti’s (short-lived) King Henry Christophe, inaugurated 210 years ago at the peak of his colourful, tragic reign

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