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
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
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, 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
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
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
by KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS Recently I was rereading Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl” and discussing it with a group of college Freshmen. For those unfamiliar, “Girl” is a powerful prose where the protagonist is listing a series of duties and responsibilities to her daughter, with the understanding that should she be able to do those things adequately, only then she would be considered a woman. The essay was … Continue reading The Power of the Adolescent Girl
by KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS Over the past two weeks, one thing has been made clear: the authority figures of Trinidad and Tobago consistently add fuel to the fire that is burning down their country. With the steady, almost daily increase of violence against women, citizens find themselves habitually questioning the direction of the country and what measures can and should be taking place for the safety … Continue reading Trinidad and Tobago, the Sinking Ship for Women