Andrea Levy’s ‘Fruit of the Lemon’ Encouraged me to Retrieve my Lost History

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

"And what is the use of a book,’ thought Alice, ‘without pictures or conversation?" from the mind of Lewis Carroll – Happy Birthday!

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 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

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!

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

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

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

Oprah’s Entire Inspirational Golden Globes Speech: a powerful Sunday Sermon by Lady O

There were many winners at last night’s 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards. But the people who walked away with the honor of hearing Oprah Winfrey’s speech were the greatest winners of all! Oprah was presented with the Cecil B. DeMille award, for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.”  She was presented this award by another powerful lady, Reese Witherspoon, her  friend and co-star in the upcoming … Continue reading Oprah’s Entire Inspirational Golden Globes Speech: a powerful Sunday Sermon by Lady O

World AIDS Day: Hands Up for HIV Prevention

December 1st is not only the first day of the last month in the year, but it is also a very important day: World AIDS Day.  We’ve all heard the saying: Prevention is better than cure. This year, UNAIDS is looking at more preventative strategies and identifying key groups vulnerable to HIV, which at the present moment are adolescent girls and young women. This year’s theme … Continue reading World AIDS Day: Hands Up for HIV Prevention

From Success to Starting Over with Necole Bitchie

As modern women, we are faced with a plethora of expectations bombarding us on a daily basis. It has become such an issue, whereby it is almost impossible to go a day without seeing an article or post about women burning themselves out trying to be everything to everyone. This is a topic I myself would be exploring as often as possible because it is … Continue reading From Success to Starting Over with Necole Bitchie