by Natalie Monique
During his Caribbean cruise vacation with family, Bahamas Prime Minister Ingraham took time out to have casual lunch during the stopover in St Maarten, with Prime Minister, Hon. Sarah Wescott Williams.
According to Bahamas Islands Info sources, St Maarten officials expressed their extreme pleasure to welcome Minister Ingraham, ‘referring to him as the most special of their country’s 3 million cruise visitors.’
Love this! Caribbean unity would love to see more of this….Unity is power:)
Nobel laureates Derek Walcott and VS Naipaul are among the finalists, in different categories, of the new 2011 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean literature. The prize longlist includes books by ten writers representing six different countries. They range from internationally known literary heavyweights to debut authors. In the poetry category, the three contenders are all extended meditations on themes of memory, loss, and hope. Kamau Brathwaite’s elegiac and typographically complex Elegguas joins Kei Miller’s uplifting collection A Light Song of Light and Nobel laureate Derek Walcott’s White Egrets, which muses over age and mortality.
Three novels and a book of short fiction vie in the fiction category. Myriam Chancy’s The Loneliness of Angels, steeped in Haitian history, charts human connections across gulfs of time and space. Karen Lord’s Redemption in Indigo, inspired by a Senegalese folktale, plays with the conventions of traditional storytelling. Rabindranath Maharaj’s The Amazing Absorbing Boy offers a fresh take on the Caribbean migrant experience. And Tiphanie Yanique’s How to Escape a Leper Colony lyrically explores its characters’ emotional intimacy.
The non-fiction category brings together Beauty and Sadness, a collection of literary criticism and memoir by Andre Alexis; Edwidge Danticat’s Create Dangerously, a series of essays on the role of the “immigrant artist”; and Naipaul’s travel narrative The Masque of Africa, which investigates the survival of indigenous religious beliefs on the continent. The judges read approximately 60 books entered for the prize.
The OCM Bocas Prize is open to books by Caribbean writers published in the previous calendar year, and comes with an award of US$10,000. The winners in the three genre categories will be announced on March 28, and the prize will be presented on April 30, during the first annual Bocas Lit Fest in Port-of-Spain. The 2011 judges include a range of distinguished writers and scholars from the Caribbean and its international diaspora. The poetry panel, chaired by Merle Collins, also includes Jane King and Mark McWatt. Publisher Margaret Busby chairs the fiction panel, which also includes David Chariandy and Lorna Goodison. And historian Bridget Brereton chairs the non-fiction panel, joined by Sir Hilary Beckles and Charlotte Williams. The final cross-genre judging panel, headed by Arnold Rampersad, will also include Marjorie Thorpe as representative of the prize administrators.
Hip-hop sensation Nicki Minaj has ruled out the possibility of collaborating with any artists in the near future till she firmly establishes herself in the music industry.
The ‘Your Love’ hitmaker, who has previously worked with Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake and Sean Kingston has vowed to make no more guest appearances on other people’s videos except Britney Spears, E! Online reported.
“I’m done with collabs. No more collabs
Although Britney’s a snatch like me and she’s cute. Yes. We might do something,” said Minaj.
The Trinidad-born rapper has recently picked out her collaboration with Bajan beauty Rihanna entitled ‘Fly’ as one of her favourites due to the strong message it sends.
“I wanted to work with Rihanna for a long time. I’m very proud of her accomplishments; especially since she was born on an island like me. This song is a female empowerment song. But then again, it’s not specific to just women. It speaks about flying, soaring high in the face of every single solitary adversity that comes your way,” she added.
9 year old upcoming Soccer star, Jaffi Alexis has been selected to represent the US in the Mundialito Tournament this month. Sources report that Alexis who is also of Dominican parents, was spotted by Phil Brogan, former popular Manchester United Soccer player and invited to the tryouts for the tournament, which is also known as the ‘Kids World Cup’.
Young Jaffi was born in the US of Dominican parents, and he was highly influenced by them, who happen to be both hardcore soccer fans. His father, Julien ‘Concord’ Alexis, is a former competitive Soccer player.
The young player was personally invited bu Phil Brogan, former coach of Manchester United Youth Academy who saw him during a game in the US. The nine year old budding star began playing soccer at the age of two, creating waves and shock at all who witnessed him in action.
In the Summer, Alexis will travel to Frankfurt, Germany to train with one of Europe’s professional teams there.
by Natalie Monique
Palanceeeeeee!!!! By the way, a little Caribbean lingua for youuuu….
Palance is a word used by Trinidadians to mean Extreme excitement from partying or any other fun-filled gathering
The song was produced by Kernel Roberts. ..the workload too much..we dont care bout the recession….palaaaance..”