by KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS Change is constant and this summer in Brooklyn has forced me to reflect on the innumerable changes this borough has undertaken in recent years, much like myself. As one of the most recognized places in the world, Brooklyn has created a strong imprint culminating from the savory mix of cultures you can find here. Its growth from the crime-ridden cautionary tale to … Continue reading Making Your Mark
Another week, another physical challenge for the ladies vying for the title of Caribbean’s Next Model. Last week they felt the burn and ran through the paces like an American footballer, and this week they faced the true model challenge of having to acknowledge the movements of their own bodies. A model needs to understand her body as much as she needs to understand her environment … Continue reading Caribbean’s Next Top Model – Feet off the Ground
BY KEISHEL A. WILLIAMS “Women have the responsibility to ensure they are not abused.” – Mayor Raymond Tim Kee, 2016 Trinidad & Tobago After a hectic two days of music and revelry in the streets of Port-of-Spain, Ash Wednesday 2016 was a sobering jolt back to reality for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) as their Mayor’s words echoed throughout the country. Asami Nagakiya, a 30-year-old Japanese professional pannist … Continue reading The Culture of Sexism & Misogyny in Carnival
Being a Top Model fan from the inception of the America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) franchise in 2003, until it began to lose it’s appeal before even reaching season 16 in 2011, knowing that there’s a Caribbean version of the show out here is enough to make a girl giddy. It was amazing to see model hopefuls vie for a challenging but rewarding career as … Continue reading Caribbean’s Next Top Model -The Athletes
After a couple of months hiatus while on sabbatical in the Caribbean, I am back to face the music during my favorite month of the year – February! It’s New York Fashion Week, Black History (Her-Story) Month, Valentine’s Day and most importantly my birthday this month. So I’m extremely excited to be back as the #BossLady in charge with new ideas, fashion and feminist … Continue reading Hello February, I’m Back!
by Keishel A. Williams At the age of 13, I sat on my grandmother’s steps in front of her house in the small rural village of Toco, Trinidad, talking to my dad, who had returned from NY for a short visit. Under the dull street lights, with bright eyes and convicting words, I told him “My life’s dream is to go to Paris.” At 13, … Continue reading Paris and the Black Creative
The end of July is like Hump Day for the summer. By this time the heat and summer workload has begun to take its toll on our weary bodies. This may be a good time to take a quick weekend break. I usually head down to the Caribbean, but when it’s not permissible consider somewhere close by to get some sea and sand in your … Continue reading July Summer Weekend Getaway Bag
When Actress Raven-Symoné sat down with Oprah for her Where Are They Now interview recently, she made some statements that sent the black community into a frenzy (as usual). “I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American,” Raven said. I accept this statement, and agree with her stance. I applaud her bravery, particularly knowing how vicious and un-accepting … Continue reading Raven-Symoné is Black, not African-American