Found this great roundup of the recently concluded Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival (ttff). Great to see the films being appreciated, but even better to hear sound critical advice. Yes, our film-makers need to come from a more critical place, especially when making documentaries. We are presenting positive overviews right now, but I suspect as … Continue reading A Film Festival And A Dance Battle
Yes, Virginia, There Are People Of Colour In Your European Past
Been following this awesome Twitter account called Medievalpoc for a while now. The writer does amazing and important work identifying people of colour in European art history, especially during medieval times. (Source: http://medievalpoc.tumblr.com/) A lot of people have studied history and art and not been taught just how integrated the world was, and continues to be (do yourself a … Continue reading Yes, Virginia, There Are People Of Colour In Your European Past
The Music Industry Needs A Black Box…So Does Publishing
Hey, the music industry operates a lot like the Big Six. A really thoughtful article about the state of the music industry now, and the changes needed to grow it. Chief among them--transparency. Particularly about who pays who for what, and how much. Sounds like the very thing authors--new and old--have been asking for from the … Continue reading The Music Industry Needs A Black Box…So Does Publishing
So You Think You Can Dance – Alien Robots!
I just had to share this. Last night I saw what is one of my favourite routines of this cycle of SYTYCD, and probably one of my faves of all time. Virgil and Hailee are definitely two dancers I'm rooting for, but Hailee came in on the Stage team, while Virgil came in on my … Continue reading So You Think You Can Dance – Alien Robots!
Trinbagonian Words And Phrases For the Expert Tourist
Some of you may have seen this clip of John Oliver calling out Jack Warner over the FIFA bribery scandal: Needless to say, it did not necessarily go over well with all the citizens of my country. Many of us are embarrassed by the whole Warner thing, and some people felt Oliver was using our own … Continue reading Trinbagonian Words And Phrases For the Expert Tourist
Taylor Swift Is Alright With Me
I like Taylor Swift and I'm not ashamed to say it. I don't, in fact, think she writes bad music. I like her tunes, I rock out to them all the time, and her Bad Blood video was everything, dahling, just everything. Does she sometimes come across as the branded version of every good American … Continue reading Taylor Swift Is Alright With Me
Carnival Time Again
It's Carnival time here again in Trinidad and Tobago and if you know me, you know I love to talk about my country's biggest festival. It literally sweeps everything from our mind and gets the body moving to the music. It's just one week away, with this Friday being Fantastic Friday and I'm looking forward … Continue reading Carnival Time Again
Good Quotes– A Brief Guide To Extempo Calypso And Some Epic Insults
I have always been addicted to quotes and a good insult. Must be the Trini in me. We love to end an argument by just shutting it down. We even have a form of improv calypso that we call Extempo. It's two contestants getting on stage with no idea what the topic will be. The only know … Continue reading Good Quotes– A Brief Guide To Extempo Calypso And Some Epic Insults
Soca Music on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’!
Yep. One of the routines on Fox's dance competition, So You Think You Can Dance--which I am a huge, HUGE fan of as a former dancer myself--actually featured a very popular soca tune that played a lot during Trinidad's Carnival season. Although it's not sung by Trinidadians--who actually invented soca--it's definitely very familiar to all of … Continue reading Soca Music on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’!
I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It
Yes, you read that right. I am a die-hard cricket fan. For those of you from North America out there, I can see the puzzled looks on your faces. For those of you from Australia and India, I know you are nodding sagely because you know that anyone from the West Indies is most likely … Continue reading I Don’t Like Cricket…I Love It