I call myself an artist now. Not that this was never not true. But generally, when the label ‘artist’ is tossed around, it’s usually an attribution given to those who produce drawings and paintings first and foremost — like my father, who is himself, a painter in the fine arts genre. For the past few years when people would ask, I would say to them … Continue reading Identity Matters
The one hundred and thirteenth Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded today. Unlike in previous years, I was particularly nervous about this year’s prize. The last time WE won a Nobel Prize in Literature was almost twenty years ago and WE have only won this prestigious prize twice in its history – Derek Walcott in 1992 and V.S. Naipaul in 2001. Suffice to say, when … Continue reading Waiting for Jamaica Kincaid’s Nobel Prize
Originally published in Compulsive Reader At a time where immigrant trauma and loss permeates the media, Edwidge Danticat’s book of short stories Everything Inside arrives right on time. The themes of loss and grief run through each of these stories. Danticat is a master of identifying and writing about trauma, especially as it relates to immigrants. Loss and grief are rooted in a large part of the … Continue reading A review of Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat
Originally published in Literary Hub. It’s been a year since British-Jamaican author Andrea Levy died, leaving the world short one more literary icon. Learning of her death that day I was thrown into mourning for a woman I’d never met but who truly knew me as a Caribbean immigrant living abroad. Much of Levy’s work reflects the experience of black Jamaican Britons, and the struggles … Continue reading Guiding Me Back to My Caribbean Roots: Remembering Novelist Andrea Levy
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?