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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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Lest we forget …

It’s been six months since the horrific events of January 12th. [picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Haiti&iid=9342959″ src=”″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] It has been slow going. Only two per cent of the pledges made in March, when the memories were still fresh, have been fulfilled. [picapp align=”center” wrap=”false” link=”term=Haiti&iid=9342962″ src=”″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] Shamefully (but sadly not […]

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Island folk part of massive Hope for Haiti telethon

And I can’t tell you how…  how moved I am that everybody cares. It means a lot because for so long, no one cared. For so long, no one knew us. And this really means a lot. – Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon Those were the words from a tearful Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon earlier this week on Larry King […]

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UPDATED: Wyclef under attack: doubts raised about Yele Haiti

It  has been less than a week since Haiti, a member of our Caribbean family, was hit by an absolutely devastating earthquake. But already the cynics’ chorus is tuning up. On Thursday (two days after), The Smoking Gun website launched a salvo with an article entitled ‘Wyclef Jean Charity’s Funny Money’, claiming that Jean’s Yele […]

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Oh Ayiti…

There are no words we really have tonight to express the sorrow and dread we feel for our Caribbean sisters and brothers in Haiti after the earthquake which hit hours ago. I’m sure every true Caribbean person felt the same way: “Why Haiti? Of all places, why Haiti?” Is like … oh gawd nah… dey […]