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Ten Years, Ten Islandista Moments

Today is a day that I never thought about. When I started Islandista 10 years ago on this day, I didn’t have any long term goals for it. I just wanted to read about women like me whose identity sometimes gets lost when we rely on media from other places to report on their accomplishments. […]

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A funny thing happened on the way back to Islandista

I never thought I’d be away so long. But in 2014-2015, I truly needed to take a break from Islandista. Don’t get me wrong. I still loved it. I still got a buzz when I spotted my favourite islandistas out and shining or when I discovered ‘new’ islandistas excelling and doing it with ineffable island […]

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Bottom Like a Pelau – a Rebuke to Vogue

Oh gawsh gyul, yuh like a good pelau! All de meat in de bottom! Thus spake a Trini man ‎to a colleague of mine during her law school days in the twin island republic, in one of the most hilarious and creative lines I’ve ever heard. His comment is the perfect rebuke to the load […]

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Celebrating sisterhood- let’s hear it for girlfriends!

“My $i$tren!!! My hitta!!! I know I tell you thi$ all the time, but Money cud neva buy what you give me!! Our friend$hip will alway$ be family!” Thus read part of the raunchy, riotous and deeply heartfelt birthday message which Barbadian superstar Rihanna posted on Instagram in tribute to her long-time best friend Melissa […]

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Why Rihanna’s CFDA Awards outfit was brilliant marketing

One t’ing bout that red girl from Westbury Road though – she know how to mek people talk! The Dress has been dominating social media around the world for the past 48 hours and if you think that wasn’t purpose work, well you must be now hear bout Mrs. Fenty girl-child. So Rihanna wore what […]

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Six years of chronicling islandista fabulousness!

a message from Islandista Editor-in-chief Amanda Lynch-Foster Today marks exactly six years since I wrote my first post on Islandista. It was not my first foray into blogging – that had come over a year earlier with some other, earlier experiments where I dabbled in more a somewhat different beast. Islandista was an outlet for […]

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Dear Tiana, your school is wrong: a letter from the islands

I had so many emotions when I saw this news clip circulating online yesterday. It is from Tulsa Oklahoma, where 7 year old Tiana was forced to change schools after being continually harassed by the school’s management over her dreadlocks. Tiana’s father Terrance Parker told Fox 23 that he was forced to make the decision […]

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The Face contest: “I don’t consider myself a black girl model”…Naomi: “WTF?!”

So one thing y’all should know – Ms. Naomi Campbell does not tek back her chat. The Jamaican-brit supermodel is outspoken as all hell, particularly on issues of race in the fashion industry. She has never hesitated to tell it like it is. Which is why it probably was not a good idea for  Devyn […]

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Former Essence EIC Constance White speaks out!

A few weeks after her departure from Essence magazine, islandista Constance White has spoken out very candidly about the problems she experienced there, saying that: “I had a certain point of view about black women being central to this magazine. The boss didn’t agree with me, and the president didn’t agree with me.” “The boss” […]

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Looking forward to Home Again

A distinctly Caribbean film – Home Again is set to hit movie screens in the Caribbean soon – starting in Trinidad on April 2. The film deals with something all too familiar to Caribbean people – deportees. The three main characters have one thing in common – their ‘homeland’ of Jamaica which they all left […]