Category Archives: Arts / Culture

CARIBBEAN FUSION 2015 APRIL 26, 2015

 

CARIBBEAN FUSION 2015  APRIL 26, 2015

The Caribbean and Floridian Association, Inc. (CAFA) will be hosting the 21st Annual Caribbean Fusion on Sunday, April 26,2015 and is sponsored by the Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA), The Osceola Tourism Development Council and the City of Kissimmee. Continue reading

Nostalgia 372 – The Fabulous Fifties in Guyana – By Godfrey Chin

Nostalgia 372 – The Fabulous Fifties in Guyana – By Godfrey Chin

Updated in 2008 by the late Godfrey Chin 1937-2012

With Guyana celebrating it’s 42nd Anniversary of Independence, May 26 .. I share this Nostalgia as a ‘stimulant’ to these ‘topsy-turvy times’. Lets meet at LasLapLime, Toronto , Canada where my Pictorial Exhibition – of 1001 Guyana Delights – will be featured. Please introduce yourself. Ya think it easy!………GODc.

Nostalgia 372 – The Fabulous Fifties in Guyana.

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Godfrey Chin – “Nostalgias”

By Godfrey Chin

“It was the Best of Times”. My great Grandfather boasted this at the commencement of the last century, when for $1.50 he bought his family house rations for a week. Now at the dawn of this new Millennium, my three sons with their streaming high tech ‘Blackberry,’ relish their times as ‘the best.’

On the contrary – every generation looks upon their times ‘and wonder what the ‘world is coming to’. Yet every generation survives – for the next – to wring their hands in turn – a few decades later.  Mankind’s ingenuity always overcomes.

For me a Nostalgia Buff, I choose the Fabulous Fifties as the best of times in Guyana – these last hundred years. Isn’t it quite a coincidence that ‘this was the Centerfold Decade’ – a period when most of the Guyanese foremost Icons and Professionals today, were just completing their Public/Secondary education – and  everlasting footprints were already being ‘carved’.   Continue reading

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia – Dinner/Dance 30 May 2015

Guyanese Canadian Cultural Association of British Columbia

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2015 Spring Independence Dinner And Dance
Saturday, May 30th, 2015 – 7:00pm – 1:00am
 Fleetwood Community Centre
15996 – 84 Avenue, Surrey BC. Canada.
Music by Redemption Sounds – Door Prizes
Tickets: $40 for Dinner and Dance
Tickets available from:
Clyde Duncan       604-317-1771
Wayne Jemmott    604-970-6047
Tanuja Lafleur        604-777-1875
Sylvia Jemmott      604-589-1852

“Guyanese or Indo-Caribbean?” – By Aminta Kilawan

“Guyanese or Indo-Caribbean?”

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Aminta Kilawan

By Aminta Kilawan

Hot cross buns-hot cross buns-one a penny-two a penny-hot cross buns,” my dad would sing, with an air of nostalgia reminiscing about Eastertime in Guyana. On Good Friday, an Afro-Guyanese woman would walk down the road singing the tune, with fresh buns in a basket on her head, distributing to her Rose Hall Town neighbors in remembrance of Jesus’ crucifixion.

My dad and his family are Hindu. His weekly chore as a child was to offer prayers and flowers in the murthi-laden mandir built in their backyard. Yet my dad and numerous other Hindus attended Sunday school, where they learned and recited the Psalms in the Bible. When I saw my parents close their eyes and state the “Our Father” at my junior high school graduation Mass, I was taken aback by them, the very individuals who taught me the popular Hindu prayer “Twameva Mata.” Continue reading

Paloma’s Tribute to Courtney: Requiem for the Unknown Soldier

Paloma’s Tribute to Courtney: Requiem for the Unknown Soldier
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Paloma Mohamed Martin (Ph.D)
Communications/Sociology/ Social Psychology
Anthony Sabga Caribbean Laureate ( Excellence in Arts and Letters) 2015
And above all things grant me the wisdom to know love when I see it,
the grace to touch its face in  reverence and the good fortune to see it reflected in myself.
Paloma
February 2003.

Women’s History Month: Women of Substance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Women’s History Month: Women of Substance 

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

‘If your dreams don’t scare you then you are not dreaming big enough,’ says Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the class of 2011 at Harvard. Little did she know that in 2014 her country would have needed all her leadership skills to combat Ebola.

If all goes well Liberia will be declared free from Ebola in Aril 2015. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gwobee and Tawakkol Karman. These three women won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. They are in the forefront in the fi ght for truth, justice and equality in their respective countries. Ellen and Lemyah are from Liberia while Tawakkol is from Yemen. It is the first time in the history of the Nobel Prize Committee that three women have had this honor conferred on them in a single year.  Continue reading

Best Of Bob Marley – Music video

Best Of Bob Marley (1hr 40mins)

Published on Feb 12, 2013  – (over 41 million hits to date)

Bob Marley & The Wailers – 01 – Is This Love.mp3 Bob Marley & The Wailers – 02 – No Woman No Cry.mp3 Bob Marley & The Wailers – 03 – Could You Be Loved.mp3 Bob Marley & The Wailers – 04 – Three Little Birds.mp3 Bob Marley & The Wailers – 05 – Buffalo Soldier.mp3 Bob Marley & The Wailers Continue reading

Rihanna: Breaking through the barriers and creating history

This photo released by DreamWorks Animation shows Oh, left, (voiced by Jim Parsons) and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) in DreamWorks Animation's "Home." The movie releases in the U.S. on March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)This photo released by DreamWorks Animation shows Oh, left, (voiced by Jim Parsons) and Tip (voiced by Rihanna) in DreamWorks Animation’s “Home.” The movie releases in the U.S. on March 27, 2015. (AP Photo/DreamWorks Animation)

News Americas, LOS ANGELES, CA, Fri. Mar. 20, 2015: What glass ceiling? Bajan pop star turned actress Rihanna is breaking through the barriers and creating history.   

Not only is she the first woman to be featured on the cover of a GQ “Men of the Year” issue; the most streamed female artist in the world on Spotify, the first artist to reach 6 billion views of Vevo and potentially the first black woman to be the face of Christian Dior but now she is the first black lead of a 3-D computer-animated buddy comedy film.   Continue reading

Philippines: The country training people to leave – BBC Report

Philippines: The country training people to leave

The Philippines government schools tens of thousands of maids, chauffeurs, mechanics and gardeners every year, with the express purpose of launching them into long-term service abroad.

Trainee maids learning to cook

The Philippines has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia – but there aren’t enough jobs to go around. So every year the government teaches thousands of people the skills they need to get jobs abroad.

When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under way. A squad of uniformed cleaners is poking feather dusters into all corners of the sitting room. In the kitchen trainee cooks are immersed in the finer points of salad preparation.

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Stanley Greaves Art – Caribnation TV interview

Stanley Greaves Art

Uploaded on Nov 9, 2011

Stanley Greaves has been recognized and celebrated as an outstanding Guyanese and Caribbean artist. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited in prestigious exhibitions in Brazil, Columbia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and London. His paintings are in private collections in Guyana, Venezuela, Barbados, Cuba, Jamaica, the United States, and the United Kingdom. His 1993 painting, “The Annunciation” has been used as the cover for Veerle Poupeye’s important book Caribbean Art.

Greaves has received high awards from the people of Guyana and Barbados for his excellence as a painter, sculptor, and teacher. During 2003, the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, recognized him as an Honorary Distinguished Fellow of the Faculty of Humanities and Education.

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