Category Archives: Entertainment

Beyoncé a Boundary

By Raffique Shah
January 10, 2010
Trinidad and Tobago News Blog

BeyoncéShould readers feel I am making light of a serious subject, I plead guilty. With the coming of artiste Beyoncé taking on proportions of the second coming of Christ, I cannot help but enjoy a sense of detached amusement. First, I had to find out just who the hell Beyoncé was. Upon enquiring, I repeatedly mispronounced the name-Beyonce, Beyond-only to be rudely corrected by my daughter.
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Educate, don’t just legislate

By Raffique Shah
November 22, 2009
Trinidad and Tobago News Blog

The President, Prime Minister Patrick Manning, Hazel Manning and their son toast the official opening of the National Academy for the Performing ArtsON many occasions during my 40 years of driving on the nation’s roads, I’ve witnessed drunk drivers endangering the lives of other motorists. Mostly late nights, although I’m sure it happens during daytime as well, I’ve seen vehicles wobble much the way drunken persons do when they try to walk after consuming litres of alcohol. On occasion, I’ve had to make the risky decision either to overtake the drifting jackasses, or stay far behind them for my safety.
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The Performing Arts Centre -update

Trinidad and Tobago News Blog

The National Academy for the Performing Arts Centre
The National Academy for the Performing Arts Centre

Work is feverishly progressing on the National Academy for the Performing Arts building on Chancery Lane, Port-of-Spain.

On October 8, the Prime Minister was adamant that this art centre would be ready in time for next month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, (CHOGM). The art center is to be used for a gala cultural event during the hosting of the CHOGM.
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If only pan music were the food of love…

By Raffique Shah
August 09, 2009

SteelpanEver so often I wish I can forget the sad state of my country and instead enjoy the luxury my columnist-colleague Keith Smith does. I can see Keith’s eyes “open wide”, blurting out: “Luxury? What luxury? Dis man mad or what?” No, I’m not mad. Over the past week, to use one example, Keith has focused on his community, Laventille, on the tenth anniversary of its pan festival, a feast I enjoyed in its early years, but which, sadly, I have not attended for maybe five years.
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Friends, Fans Mourn the Death of Michael Jackson

Trinidad and Tobago News Blog

Michael Jackson is dead

» The Game, Diddy, Chris Brown Record Michael Jackson Tribute
» Michael Jackson Tribute (YouTube Video)
The Game’s New Song “Better On The Other Side” featuring. Chris Brown, P.Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher & Boyz II Men. A Song Tributing Michael Jackson who died of Cardiac Arrest On 6/25/09.
» Coroner on MJ: ‘No Indication of Foul Play’
» Elizabeth Taylor on Jackson death: ‘My life feels so empty’
» Fans from Sydney to Bogota mourn Michael Jackson
» World reacts to his death
» Jackson music, videos quickly sell out after death
» An era of gravity defying dance comes to a sad end
» World mourns King of Pop
» Friends, Fans Mourn the Death of ‘King of Pop’
» Michael Jackson RIP – he will always be remembered
» Pop critics remember Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’
» For his legions of fans, he was the Peter Pan of pop music
» Paramedics Worked To Resuscitate Star For More Than 40 Minute
» Pop star Michael Jackson dead at 50
» AP Source: Michael Jackson dies in LA hospital
We’ve just learned Michael Jackson has died. He was 50. Michael suffered a cardiac arrest earlier this afternoon at his Holmby Hills home and paramedics were unable to revive him. We’re told when paramedics arrived Jackson had no pulse and they never got a pulse back.
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Soca lyrics & moral decadence revisited

Dr. Kwame Nantambu
Posted: March 04, 2009

Ras Shorty IThis article seeks to clear the air as to my obdurate professional assertion that there is a direct correlation between soca lyrics and moral decadence, public pornography cum simulation of sexual intercourse and sexual promiscuity in T&T.

The stark reality is that when Lord Shortie introduced Soca music via his 1974 LP titled “Endless Vibrations”, his lyrics were conceived/conceptualized within the context of love; hence, the “Love Circle.” Sadly, some of today’s Soca lyrics have completely transformed the original “Love Circle” into today’s Soca public pornographic Sex Circle as patrons “get ready to juk, juk, juk”.
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