Janine Mendes-Franco

Janine Mendes-Francois is a regional editor and blogs about the Caribbean for Global Voices from her home in Trinidad and Tobago. She is also a communications consultant, media producer and writer.

I'm a communications consultant, blogger, mother, writer, gardener, wife and musician, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in the power of words and the importance of kindness.  Oh ... and the occasional raising of the eyebrow that is the trademark of any West Indian Mother worth her salt.  

My most recent project as a film producer was a short, "After Mas", which won the Jury Prize for Best Local Short at the Trinidad + Tobago Film Festival 2013. I am the Caribbean regional editor, based in Trinidad and Tobago, for Global Voices.

Author Marlon James

The judges for this book prize came to a unanimous decision in under two hours

Author Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings" is intricately crafted, with more than 75 characters, and intense. And he's the first Jamaican author to win the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

The judges for this book prize came to a unanimous decision in under two hours
Men hold up marijuana at the house of reggae legend Bob Marley.

Should the Caribbean embrace legal marijuana? Many say yes

Should the Caribbean embrace legal marijuana? Many say yes
Thousands of Jamaicans hold a demonstration against the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Half Way Tree, Kingston.

Jamaica's anti-gay protesters are trying to duck the 'homophobic' label

Jamaica's anti-gay protesters are trying to duck the 'homophobic' label

Fathers in the Caribbean have to fight to see the birth of their kids

Fathers in the Caribbean have to fight to see the birth of their kids