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[caption id="attachment_14274" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Christopher Creese[/caption] Culture. Comedy. Creativity. Those are the three words that come to mind when I think about the show for the latest

u-boltLike any other track and field enthusiast, I’m a huge fan of Usain Bolt. While I greatly admire his talent on the track, I’m not so sure if I’m a fan of the man off the track.

In a recent interview with GQ, the sprint star attempted to explain away allegations that he was unfaithful to girlfriend Kasi Bennett by stating that womanizing was “part of Jamaican culture.”

 

green-beansOne of the most outstanding things about Caribbean culture is that it carries its own lingo; a lingo that can fill an entire dictionary/guide to the approach to language in the Caribbean.

Every-day words and phrases that are similar in many nations are often replaced by words and phrases that originated among Caribbean people; the same is true for what some foods and dishes are called.

 

Jazz_and_Creole-crop-box.jpg.750x464_q85_crop-smart_upscaleYou may have heard of the St. Lucia Jazz Festival and the Tobago Jazz Festival, but did you know that Dominica has a jazz festival of its own?

The Dominica Jazz N’ Creole Festival is an annual event first launched in 2010; and is described as “a fusion of jazz music, creole music, food and culture.”

 

karissa 9Traditional Disney characters, as we already know, seldom include people of African descent. It’s hard enough to get Disney to create more than one black fairy-tale princess, let alone a black fairy-tale princess of Caribbean heritage. One young artist from the West Indies grew tired of waiting around to see it happen, so she created the characters herself.

Artist Karissa Clarke, who hails from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, has created the “My Creole Fairy-Tale Series, in which she features traditional Disney princesses with a Caribbean twist, in celebration of her African-Caribbean culture. The reimagined princesses are all brown-skinned, some of them sporting locks, bantu knots and even dashikis.

 

Pinneys_Beach_Nevis_West_IndiesEaster is a time of year that West Indians, particularly those from Trinidad and Tobago like yours truly, hold dear to their hearts.

You won’t find any Easter Bunnies here, nor will you see any Easter egg hunting going on. We don’t have any Easter parades, but we sure do enjoy ourselves as only West Indians can. Here are seven Easter weekend must-haves and must-dos that every Trinidadian/Tobagonian (and by extension, West Indian) can relate to.

 

Stop-violence-against-women-logoFollowing the murder of Japanese musician Asami Nagakiya during the recent Carnival 2016 season in Trinidad and Tobago, several women’s rights groups and victims of abuse in the Caribbean have begun to speak out on violence against women, and the timing couldn’t be better.

For many years, the subject of gender-related violence has been a taboo one in the West Indies; people residing in the region know it exists, but many turned a blind eye to it. Nagakiya’s death, though untimely and unfortunate, was not in vain, since, as a result of the uproar that came prior to it, many abuse victims have now found the courage to speak out. The most recent of these is the wife of a prominent businessman in Trinidad and Tobago, who chose to expose her husband’s abusiveness via Facebook, sending the population into collective anger and resulting in the said-businessman’s arrest. 

carnival-2016Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Monday and Tuesday 2016, to be staged on February 8 and 9 respectively, is less than a week away, and the collective excitement among Trinbagonians and visitors to the island is building.

Whether you’re a regular or just about to experience your first taste of the “Greatest Show On Earth,” you probably can’t wait to hit the road and revel in the festivities. While you prepare to do so, however, it’s important to remember to take precautionary measures so as to ensure that you and your entire crew are safe. Here are some effective ways of staying safe while you party hard.

trinidadWith the commencing of the new year came news of gloomy prospects for my country of birth. Our Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, addressed the nation just days before January 1, informing us that there was much that needed to be done to bring the twin islands’ economy back to a healthy state.

On top of that, there has been news of bloodshed staining the first three days of January, including that of a six year old boy and a 79 year old man, and horror stories of patients at local hospitals succumbing to H1N1.

Amidst the news of doom and gloom, I have still found a way to look for the silver lining. Seven is the number of completion, so here are seven of my heartfelt wishes for Trinidad and Tobago in 2016.