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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

It’s Time to Appreciate Our Teachers

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The recent move by teachers to rest and reflect on the First day of school last Monday was very disruptive to in which teachers are heavily relied upon for much more than presiding over classes, such as: In addition to their own family responsibilities, teachers perform a  crucial duty as foster parents to children who …

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How We Managed to Achieve Black Power and keep Comfortably squeezed in the White Colonial Noose

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While a massive amount of comfort can be drawn from the display of our nation’s powerful projection as evidenced in the utterances and actions by President Paula-Mae Weeks and others at the recent opening of Parliament, something important was definitely missing. Even as we were celebrating victory over white colonialism, I wish to respectfully proffer, …

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How Police can Arrest a whole Capital City While Tobago’s Duke Removes his Dunce-Cap Crown from Farley’s Fuqued-up Head

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Our new email address is : williamsrudolph72@gmail.com While two major events could have easily made the hit list in this tiny Caribbean twin-island democratic republic’s (1.6 million people on 1,864 square feet of land)  comedy of errors where citizens swear that God is a Trinidadian, observers will pause abruptly on realizing that the stories are …

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