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…

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…

On Afro-Caribbean Day, government promises new cruise ship terminal in Limón
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On Afro-Caribbean Day, government promises new cruise ship terminal in Limón

L. Arias - September 1, 2016

The Caribbean province of Limón will have a new cruise ship terminal thanks to a ₡93 million ($166,000) government investment, President Luis Guillermo Solís said. That's one…

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,…

Nicaraguan indigenous, Afro-Caribbeans sue government over pressure for inter-oceanic canal
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Nicaraguan indigenous, Afro-Caribbeans sue government over pressure for inter-oceanic canal

Lindsay Fendt - February 12, 2016

Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean leaders in Nicaragua filed a lawsuit against government officials last week after they were allegedly coerced into signing a document giving consent for a…

La Cruz de Caravaca: A signpost from the past
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Arts and Culture
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La Cruz de Caravaca: A signpost from the past

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - January 18, 2016

I have always wanted to write a travel blog or even a book about my observations in the countless airports I have encountered over the years on…

A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants
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Arts and Culture
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A look back at 1930s Limón and the real legacy of Afro-Caribbean immigrants

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - December 7, 2015

See also: Claiming my Afro-Latinidad On two separate occasions over the last year, I have been asked for information about what life may have been like in…

Claiming my Afro-Latinidad
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Arts and Culture
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Claiming my Afro-Latinidad

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - November 23, 2015

I was born in Brooklyn, New York several moons ago to a Costa Rican mom, newly immigrated, and a Panamanian dad who were sorting their way through…

From a corner: Being Afro-Latina in Costa Rica
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Arts and Culture
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From a corner: Being Afro-Latina in Costa Rica

Natasha Gordon-Chipembere - November 10, 2015

Recently, on a Skype call to my Tica mother in Brooklyn, New York, I was happily surprised to hear a new story about her childhood in Puerto…