Thursday, July 28, 2011

An Open Letter to Archbishop Edward Gilbert :

Your Grace, 

First let me compliment you on the fine work that you have done during your time here as the leader of the Catholic Church in Trinidad and Tobago. I remember when you were first appointed, there was a lot of criticism directed at the fact that you were a white American, and many Catholics felt this represented a new kind of ‘colonization’. I hope you understand it wasn’t anything personal Sir. It’s just that, being Catholics we were simply protecting ourselves from being treated like children ,having a stern parental figure from another country and culture dictating our every move.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Divine Shops of Montrose Main Road

 I have never been exactly sure where Montrose begins and ends, but I am pretty sure that ‘Montrose Main Road’ stretches from Montrose gas station from its East end to the ‘Chaguanas Flyover’ at its West end. It takes about 10 minutes to drive from end to end. Growing up in Chaguanas, I always viewed Montrose main road as being the most unremarkable part of what was already an unremarkable town. There was never really anything to see or do along Montrose Main road. Things are changing now though.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Where the streets have no name ..or soul

Rich and successful people are a strange lot. They possess the ability to balance both the creativity and imagination needed to dream big dreams as well as the cold hard ruthless mechanics to turn said dreams into a reality. Eventually though this balancing act, takes a toll on the brain and they go super crazy.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Murray Street and Prostitutes – Your Questions Answered

Ever since I started writing for Outlish, I have been getting tons of fan e-mails from readers across the world.  Most of my fan mail comes from Nigeria, where not only have I developed an especially big following, where I also keep winning the lottery without even entering. Now that’s star power! The bulk of my other fan mail is mostly from people in Trinidad wishing to know “exactly where I work on Murray Street” and “what time can they come see me”

Monday, February 7, 2011

The Chosen Many: Believe it or not you are in a cult

Living in a commune, worshiping the chosen one, kinky group sex, drugs, suicide… Sure cults sound like fun. But in truth they are destructive groups that can cause a lot of psychological harm to its members. Don’t think a sensible, rationale person like you could get mixed up in a cult?
Well… if you were in a cult, would you know? I recently found out that I am not just in one, but several cults. The signs were too obvious, kind of like the rules all cults obey. Read on for a refresher. Please note that if you need to read this to know if you are in a cult, you’re probably in one already.  Check the signs. Cults have:

Friday, January 7, 2011

Q & A with filmmaker Dalton Narine

Dalton Narine

He has written for The Village Voice, been the Features editor at Ebony, as well as The Miami Herald. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran and has won awards for his writing on post-traumatic stress disorder.

Somewhere in between all of this, Dalton Narine has also managed to make an astounding 14 films, all set in Trinidad and Tobago, making him one of the most high-profile filmmakers in the Caribbean. His latest feature ‘Mas Man Peter Minshall’, which chronicles the life and work of Peter Minshall, won Best Documentary at the New York International Film Festival in 2010.
Here is a conversation I recently had with Dalton, in which he talks about what it was like working with Peter Minshall, and why the word ‘documentary’ can be tricky when you are looking for funding.

A Conversation with Noble Douglas

This is a video that was made after the Noble Douglas Dance Company celebrated their 25th anniversary-'DAM 25'. In it Dave Williams , a member of the company conducts a short interview with Noble Douglas.
The young girls seen at the start of the video are not  dance company  members but are in fact members of the Lilliput Dance Company.
The photos   in the film were all taken by Rodell Warner who had exclusive access during the night of the performance. Some of the dances depicted were made by other choreographers as well as Noble Douglas.