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Pain For Those Who, like Selvon and Marcano, ate the Cascadura

The folklore in Trinidad and Tobago about  the  prized member of the catfish family known  as the Cascadura (and in Guyana and Brazil as Hassar), speaks ominously of: “Those who eat the Cascadura will, the native legend says, wheresoever they may wander end in Trinidad their days,” For wanderlust T+T native  sons like Sam Selvon …

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Caribbean stars bringing home Chee$e.

Caribbean film enthusiasts can expect a sumptuous treat of original Caribbean creativity when Chee$e, the movie opens the  Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival at the IMAX Cinema, Roxy Roundabout, St James, from September 21-28 after a two-year hiatus.  He might have been first seen as a 32-year old Caribbean-island novice newly-arrived in California to pursue an acting career.  But  …

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How Indian Music Served as a Good Dose of Medicine for TT’s Positive Development

It wasn’t by chance that Indian music  featured prominently in the recent 60th Anniversary of Independence celebrations here. That’s because the Indians who came here as indentured labourers – which some say was a “milder” form of slavery- brought their music with them as one of the foundation tools for preserving their culture which would …

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T+T Actors Winning and Waiting

Even as Trinidad and Tobago’s Mishael  Morgan was triumphantly brandishing her Emmy Award in LA on  the  night of Saturday June 25, another young talented Trini named Akil Gerard Williams was quietly working a New York stage at  this year’s edition of BAMcinemaFest, a vital annual showcase of independent filmmakers. “The Young and the Restless” …

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Meet an Artist in the Spirit

As the Normandie Hotel prepares to open its sprawling arms to warmly embrace the expected  flow of Art  aficionados to its next exhibition at the St Ann’s grounds on June 9, a quietly tireless, resilient artist named Christopher Ross-Dick is waiting to emerge as part of his own exciting, personal  evolution process. Here’s how Ross-Dick …

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Checking out the Many Hidden Benefits Of the Sleeping Giant Called Carnival

Observing the deluge of exciting  artistic moveable feasts  which have spontaneously erupted on the TT landscape with the opening up of the country after two years of COVID – 19 repression, one is forced to surmise whether the authorities are really abreast with the real benefits gained  from what seems to be a super wealth- …

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STATE OF THE NATION

Come Visit the Land of Contradictions

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News of the tragic  stabbing death of the owner of the popular Dopson’s Roti Shop on Maraval Road, Port of Spain, quickly overshadowed the many wonderful  events which occurred in Sweet T+T this week. These included: A CNC3 News report highlighting five girls of the Morvant Secondary School  feeding the poor; T+T’s hard-working Works and …

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Nobody Listened to the Voices of our Dying Paria Divers

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As the terror-stricken voices of four men who had gone to do another routine day’s work, careened off the slimy oil pipe in desperate hope that someone would hear their  cries, Paria President Newman George was reassuring journalists that the exercise had moved from “Rescue”  of still alive men to the “Recovery’ of their dead …

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Pappa Rowley and our Youthful Murderous Sons Both feeling the Pain from Crime in Bitter T+T

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This is what’s possible  when you realize that the big, bad criminal attacking you from the outside, could very well be – like TT Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and like most of us –  just another frightened little boy screaming  for love and  attention from deep inside. The very fact that the Tobago Ah …

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