Dr. Charles Gourzong: Costa Rica’s visionary medicine man
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Dr. Charles Gourzong: Costa Rica’s visionary medicine man

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - January 31, 2017

Years ago, when I lived in Brooklyn, New York, one of the highlights of the summer´s end was the Annual Caribbean-American Labor Day Parade which was held…

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