It’s been a year since British-Jamaican author Andrea Levy died, leaving the world short one literary icon. When news of her death came to my phone that day, I was left speechless and was immediately thrown into mourning for a woman I’ve never met but who seemed to have truly known me as a Caribbean immigrant living abroad. Levy’s body of work largely reflects black … Continue reading Andrea Levy’s ‘Fruit of the Lemon’ Encouraged me to Retrieve my Lost History
Lewis Carroll would have been 188 years old today. The English fiction writer, whose real name was Charles L. Dodgson, left the world with a body of work to last us many lifetimes. His most famous work derived from his most famous subject – Alice. The literary versatility of Carroll’s work is yet to be matched and has prompted many discussions and analyses over the … Continue reading "And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?" from the mind of Lewis Carroll – Happy Birthday!
Brooklyn Caribbean Literary Festival (BCLF) kicks off this weekend with a packed schedule of established and emerging writers for the inaugural event. The festival will host a number of writers, narrators and other performance artists from the diaspora representing countries including Trinidad and Tobago, Haiti, Jamaica, Barbados and more. “This new festival promises to celebrate through the voice of the poet and the pen of … Continue reading Brooklyn to Host its First Caribbean Literary Festival
In four days, fashion month will start again with NYFW opening the season. There’s much to be expected: Tommy Hilfiger is bringing his collaboration with Zendaya from Paris to New York this season, Georgina Chapman is presenting her first solo Marchesa collection, and Rihanna is taking Savage X Fenty to TV – and squeezing her way into the already compact NYFW calendar. When the CFDA’s … Continue reading Tighter Schedule for NYFW S/S 2020. Here’s What to Expect
Getting onto a notable person’s summer playlist can be the highlight of any new and/or young artiste’s career. Getting onto the indistinguishable former President Barack Obama’s summer playlist is beyond an honor in itself. Obama released his summer 2019 playlist via twitter on Saturday with an eclectic list of artistes and songs. The forty-four songs on the list were made up of old and new … Continue reading Koffee’s “Toast” Made Barack Obama’s summer 2019 playlist…Gratitude is a must!
Originally published on November 25, 2013 in print issue of Metro Magazine. Thinking about Bridal Wear in the Caribbean may often leave one to envision more flowers and sheer fabric than needed. But what if I tell you there’s a Caribbean designer who can soon be hailed as the Vera Wang of the Caribbean? Van der Vlugt (VdV) can soon be a name synonymous with … Continue reading Van der Vlugt “Yes” Collection
Originally published on January 28, 2014 in print issue of Metro Magazine. Without a doubt, Trinidad and Tobago have some of the most talented people in the Caribbean. The festive island produces great entertainers, artists, intellects, and phenomenal people altogether. Therefore, establishing a dynamic threshold for fashion creatives should not be a problem right? When attempting to establish Port-of-Spain as the fashion capital city of … Continue reading Is this the best T&T had to offer Vogue?
Cancel culture, also known as call-out culture, is the term used to call attention to alleged offensive infractions made by a person – usually cultural behemoths – and largely aims to remove them from their positions of fame and stature. Musicians can get canceled. Movie stars can get canceled. TV stars, politicians, activists – almost anyone in the spotlight can get canceled if they say … Continue reading Cancel Culture in Publishing: An Explainer
by KEISHEL WILLIAMS Earlier this week, during an amazing ‘women in leadership’ talk, my long-term mentor said to a group of women leaders at the United Nations: “This is the fourth version of myself.” This declaration of self-realization stuck with me as I rushed back to my workspace after the talk to interview a woman for a story I am working on. With those words … Continue reading Why I Chose to Return to Writing for Passion
Originally published on November 04, 2013 in print issue of Metro Magazine. When promoters Chase Parson and Collin Abraham presented their RedLight Concert Series to the Trinidad and Tobago population, it was met with great anticipation by some and minor apprehension by others. The headliners for the first concert of this series were Ne-Yo and R.Kelly, but Ne-Yo’s reputation for not showing up to previous … Continue reading Review: R. Kelly Fails to Shine at RedLight Concert Series