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Issue 175 (March/April 2023)
A new season of festivals and holidays is upon us, and we’ve got you covered in the latest issue of Caribbean Beat (#175) — all new for March/April 2023! You can also pick up a copy on your next Caribbean Airlines flight or via print or digital subscriptions! Inside, meet multi-hyphenate Jamaican powerhouse Dr Terri-Karelle Reid — this issue’s cover story — as well as Wendy Yawching (the first female captain of a jetliner at BWIA). Take a journey through the islands as jazz festivals return! Discover Carriacou and Petite Martinique and explore five more of the region’s World Heritage Sites. Learn about the abiding power of Caribbean soups; Trinidad & Tobago’s special place in the world of cocoa innovation; marine conservation across the region; and how a formerly enslaved Guyana-born taxidermist contributed to Darwin’s theory of evolution … And as always, enjoy our reviews of new Caribbean book and music releases, before testing your mettle with our puzzles and trivia quizzes!
Wendy Yawching — the first female captain of a jetliner at BWIA (Caribbean Airlines’ predecessor) — has released a book not just about her groundbreaking journey, but full of encouragement for anyone to believe in and pursue their dreams. Jeremy Taylor learns more
This month’s listening picks from the Caribbean — featuring new music by Keshav; Dibo D & Randal Corsen; Nailah Blackman; and Popcaan ft Toni-Ann Singh
This month’s reading picks from the Caribbean, with reviews of The Stranger Who Was Myself by Barbara Jenkins; A Scream in the Shadows by Mac Donald Dixon; Pleasantview by Celeste Mohammed; and Cane, Corn & Gully by Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa
We may scarcely appreciate the nostalgia, the comfort, and the utility of Caribbean soups. Vaughn Stafford Gray explores their abiding power to soothe us, ground us, and connect us — both to our past, and to our people
After being hit by pandemic restrictions, beloved jazz festivals across the Caribbean are returning, Nigel A Campbell reports, with a roster of exciting established and emerging jazz artists to keep your eyes on
Host, speaker, author, trained veterinarian and former Miss Jamaica World Terri-Karelle (Griffith) Reid on redefining beauty standards, her journey through her diverse professional roles, and never dimming her light for anyone — as told to Shelly-Ann Inniss
Trinidad & Tobago has long been at the forefront of cocoa research and production globally. Sharda Patasar looks at the critical work being undertaken at the University of the West Indies’ Cocoa Research Centre, the International Cocoa Genebank, and Rio Claro Demonstration Station
In part two of our series on the region’s magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Shelly-Ann Inniss introduces five more gems — full of natural and cultural charm — to add to your bucket list
As he spends three days roaming Carriacou and Petite Martinique — Grenada’s less-visited offshore islands — Paul Crask reflects on the islands’ histories, soaks up their charms, and muses about their futures
The science of taxidermy played an integral part in the formation of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. And it was John Edmonstone — born into slavery in Guyana before establishing himself as a well-respected free man in Scotland — who taught Darwin these critical skills. James Ferguson learns more about his story
James Ellsmoor of Island Innovation looks at the invaluable opportunities Caribbean nations have to become leaders in global marine conservation and build vibrant blue economies
Our trivia column tests your knowledge of Caribbean Easter traditions. See how many of our questions you can answer correctly