A Costa Rican, a first kiss: Mourning George Michael
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Artists
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A Costa Rican, a first kiss: Mourning George Michael

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - December 28, 2016

Read also: Desamparados, 1984 and Prince – A Tribute My compassionate husband must have sensed by my laughter at 7pm on Christmas Day that I had not…

The Black side of the story: Afro-Costa Rican MC Huba Watson
Artists
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Artists
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The Black side of the story: Afro-Costa Rican MC Huba Watson

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - December 5, 2016

Huba Antonio Watson Webley, Costa Rica’s double platinum lyricist and rapper, took time out of his busy schedule with the release of his first solo EP, called…

A graceful life: Jeannette Boyd Rodríguez and San José’s Afro-Costa Rican history
Costa Rica
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Costa Rica
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A graceful life: Jeannette Boyd Rodríguez and San José’s Afro-Costa Rican history

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - October 3, 2016

I love how history can instantly be rewritten by the insertion of an individual narrative. I have always wondered about Afro-Costa Rican lives that start in San…

The elegance of Quince Duncan: a chat with the celebrated writer
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Arts and Culture
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The elegance of Quince Duncan: a chat with the celebrated writer

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - August 29, 2016

About six years ago, when I was a just novice getting my feet wet in research about slavery in colonial Costa Rica, I managed to get an…

A rare find: African voices in the Costa Rican National Archives
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Costa Rica
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A rare find: African voices in the Costa Rican National Archives

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - July 11, 2016

Though Costa Rica had its own version of slavery from approximately 1502 to 1824, there was never a fully viable cash crop plantation system – that is,…

Desamparados, 1984 and Prince: A Tribute
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Arts and Culture
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Desamparados, 1984 and Prince: A Tribute

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - June 4, 2016

It has been just over a month since the sudden, shocking death of Prince Rogers Nelson, who I believe was one of the greatest musicians of all…

“Me and my people building” – Fire and the future of the Black Star Line building
Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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“Me and my people building” – Fire and the future of the Black Star Line building

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - May 2, 2016

See also: Fire destroys Black Star Line building, a Limón landmark On Friday, April 29, at 6 am, devastating images came rolling into my Facebook and WhatsApp…

Learning English in Costa Rica, then and now
Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Learning English in Costa Rica, then and now

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - April 25, 2016

My two children, born in New York, are English speakers with a fair background in the basics of Spanish. They attend a private international school in Costa…

The power of a mother’s voice: the sinking of the San Pablo in Limón, 1942
Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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The power of a mother’s voice: the sinking of the San Pablo in Limón, 1942

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - March 28, 2016

My mother, Norma, loves telling me the story of how my grandmother saved my aunt’s life one night in 1942 by simply calling her name. As a…

Costa Rica’s La Chola, Beyoncé, Sarah Baartman and representations of black womanhood
Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Musings from an Afro-Costa Rican
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Costa Rica’s La Chola, Beyoncé, Sarah Baartman and representations of black womanhood

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - February 22, 2016

[caption id="attachment_88773" align="alignright" width="450"] Natasha Gordon-Chipembere/The Tico Times[/caption] I love being able to look back on memories of first encounters and document how my perceptions changed with…