Swedish audio streaming giant, Spotify recently announced that it was expanding its reach by offering its subscription service to 80+ new markets around the world, including the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Carnival 2021 is making the government show its true colours. Aside from narrow definitions of Carnival and a reticence to allow innovation at the public sector level, we see that once foreign money and status borne by outsiders come to the nation, we good. Money talks, bullshit walks may have been apt had action speaking louder than words been a real thing here. But, this is not a new phenomenon.
What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up
Like a raisin in the sun?
Or fester like a sore —
And then run?
Does it stink like rotten meat?
Or crust and sugar over —
like a syrupy sweet?
Maybe it just sags
like a heavy load.
Or does it explode?
— LANGSTON HUGHES, Harlem (1951)
I wanted to write this tribute to my uncle Ralph Campbell for weeks now, but I just could not get that first sentence to start the journey. I still have not found it, but the inspiration, the catalyst for a beginning was…
Darnella Frazier. Remember that name. History books in the future will record the names of witnesses in this time of the video camera and the cameraphone, much in the same way they will record the names of victims and perpetrators. Darnella “filmed” the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 from an angle to capture the faces of Floyd and his killer and the killer’s abettors.
We live in a time of sousveillance (Google it!) where the cameraphone is our witness and tool of record to capture the harsh realities of life. From school children fighting in Trinidad and…
As we in Trinidad and Tobago map out the economic and social Road to Recovery in a post-COVID-19 world, the idea of all working collaboratively would be a great place to begin. As noted in the recovery plan outlined by the Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, “We are all in this together.” We also read that, “The Government sector must become more agile, removing unnecessary bureaucracy, enhancing its execution capability to directly stimulate and enable development.”
From the perspective of the creative industries under the helm of the Ministry of Trade, a more open collaboration must be forthcoming. The live…
Friday, 13 March, 2020, the first Black Friday of the year, is a “date which will live in infamy.” US President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, used that phrase to speak of the beginning of his World War. Me, not so much of a war, but a decimation of a burgeoning industry. I just can’t wrap my mind around the fact that on this one day, three popular live music events in the Caribbean were all rescheduled or cancelled. The live music sector in the Caribbean, like those globally, was impacted by the ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).