André Alexis: the puzzle of “home” | Closeup

Born in Trinidad, brought up in Canada, writer André Alexis is a “Nowherian” — and that complicated identity, along with his passion for exploring big ideas, drives his philosophical and deeply literary novels. A recent string of awards has raised his international profile, but as Donna Yawching learns, it was no overnight success for one of the most original writers in both Caribbean and Canadian literature

Walter Tull — over the line | On this day

A century ago, as the First World War drew to a close, a Barbadian-British man named Walter Tull was killed on the battlefield. He was one of many thousands dead in the “Flanders clay,” but also unique: as James Ferguson writes, Lieutenant Tull was the first officer of colour ever appointed in the British Army, in defiance of race prejudice

Jason Jeffers: stories like ours | Snapshot

His passion for film started when he was growing up in Barbados. It led Jason Jeffers to make the award-winning short documentary Papa Machete, and to found the Third Horizon Caribbean Film Festival in Miami. What these initiatives have in common, he tells Nailah Folami Imoja, is a dedication to telling Caribbean stories and changing the way the world imagines our islands

When London was the place

Sixty years ago, in the aftermath of the Second World War, London Transport faced a labour shortage. The solution? Recruit employees in the Caribbean to run the city’s buses and trains. James Ferguson explains how these migrants survived difficult times, and changed the old imperial capital for ever

When mas was mas: Brooklyn Carnival

Far from the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad Carnival’s tradition of colourful fantasy mas thrives in the midst of Brooklyn’s Labour Day celebrations — and in J’Ouvert, no less. It’s thanks to the vision of masman Roy Pierre and his colleagues, says Ray Funk. Their bands are true to history and to the present moment, all at once

Toronto: summer in the city

Home to one of North America’s biggest Caribbean populations, Toronto comes alive in the summertime, with festivals, street fairs, and — this year — the Pan Am Games. Some of the city’s Caribbean residents give Donna Yawching their advice on the best of Toronto, from music to food to outdoor fun