Brooklyn to Host its First Caribbean Literary Festival

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

Tighter Schedule for NYFW S/S 2020. Here’s What to Expect

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

Koffee’s “Toast” Made Barack Obama’s summer 2019 playlist…Gratitude is a must!

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!

Van der Vlugt “Yes” Collection

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

Is this the best T&T had to offer Vogue?

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 in Publishing: An Explainer

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

Why I Chose to Return to Writing for Passion

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

Review: R. Kelly Fails to Shine at RedLight Concert Series

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

Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress, a Statement of Strong Identity

by KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS The biggest secret in royal history has finally been revealed! She’s wearing Givenchy. Meghan Markle’s wedding dress has been the best-kept secret of 2018, with twists and turns even up to the moment the dress was first revealed as she entered St. George’s Chapel. The simple bateau neckline trumpet dress was designed by British designer Clare Waight Keller for the French fashion house. … Continue reading Meghan Markle’s Wedding Dress, a Statement of Strong Identity

Designer Kansai Yamamoto is Captivating at “David Bowie is” Brooklyn Talks

by KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS Someone like Kansai Yamamoto needs no introduction in the fashion world. This was evident when he walked out on stage at the Brooklyn Talks: Kansai Yamamoto with Vanessa Friedman event last night. The auditorium was filled with adoring fans of the designer and his work with the legendary David Bowie. Many students and aspiring fashion aficionados dressed Kansai style were there to get … Continue reading Designer Kansai Yamamoto is Captivating at “David Bowie is” Brooklyn Talks