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Archive for November, 2008

Better Than Coffee

Thriller is the BEST ALBUM ever! Honestly, have you listened to it recently? It’s so amazing. Yesterday I was playing up in my roommates CD collection, having ball. I played tracks 6 and 7 off the Emancipation of Mimi, the signature song off Brandy’s Full Moon album, and couldn’t resist India.Aire’s “Purify Me”. Basically I started my morning off with a bang.

Then I remembered M (my roommate) had the 25th Anniversary re-release of Michael Jackson’s best album. Oh how I’m glad I did. It’s so much better than I remembered.

When the original came out I was six, and I remembered being all excited about it. My father came back from a trip abroad with the vinyl, and I swear to God I thought it was my own personal copy (it wasn’t). This album real mash-up cake and ice-cream parties well into 1984.

From the time you start the first track it’s pressure! Have you read the lyrics to “Wanna Be Startin’ Something”? They’re crazy here’s a sample:

“You’re a vegatable, you’re a vegetable

Still they hate you, you’re a vegetable

You’re just a buffet, you’re a vegetable

They eat off of you, you’re a vegetable.”

Yuh read that madness!?!

Listening to “Human Nature” and “PYT” before work helped brighten what turned out to be a loong day at the office. I’ve been dancing like a mad woman all over the house, it’s so good.

I’m no longer a Michael Jackson fan, but if I ever see him perform “Human Nature” live, I may just cry. If you have a version of this album home, pop it in the record or CD player, or select it on your MP3 player of the moment. You won’t be disappointed I promise.

I haven’t listened to all of the new songs, but Akon’s version of “Wanna Be Startin’ Something” is pretty bad (I mean that in a good way).

Michael Jackson & Akon – Wanna Be Startin\’ Something

For a pick-me-up that’s way better than coffee.

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Hat Attack

Apparently not everyone shares my enthusiasm for hats, and the style opportunities they offer. Over on Jezebel they disagree: writer Sadie described hat wearing as “costume” and affected.

I see her point, there’s a thin line which separates a style choice from the ridiculous with hat-wearers. But I still disagree. I think they offer a challenge: make it work or take it off. So I’m with the New York Times on this one. I’m so glad hats are back!

So there.

Get Your Head Right

sarah-jessica-parker-alexander-mcqueen-sex-and-the-city-london-premiereI don’t know why we stopped wearing hats in the Caribbean. Our weather seems designed for headpieces, especially in this era of global warming. I especially love them as a Sunday outfit; one of these days I’m going to wear one to church.

I think we should bring them back. Not simply for frivolous reasons, but because they are practical.

Here’s why:

  • They keep you comfortable whatever the weather. They keep you cool when it’s hot or warm when it’s cold.
  • They’re gorgeous! OK, it’s really easy to pick a crappy hat, or make one for that matter. But it’s just as easy to pick millinery gold, just don’t make this mistake.
  • I love the idea of the facinator or cocktail hat. Since Sex and the City, every body’s into expensive CFM pumps and party dresses, but a cocktail hat could be thing that sets you apart from the clones. I really love the idea of a mini top-hat or a mini-bowler, and Christmas is coming up so I may get the chance to try it out.
  • What could beat a straw hat at the beach or when watching the kiddies play dey mas, especially if sun-damage isn’t your thing?  A lame baseball cap simply won’t do, but this straw cowboy hat just might.
  • The government has invested in the local fashion industry by setting up a degree at The University of Trinidad and Tobago. Perhaps they should have a course or associate degree in millinery, they already have handbag design (great start). Could you imagine the entrepreneurial potential for Caribbean Milliners? Maybe we could produce our own Philip Treacy (love him, looove his hats).

Speaking of Mr. Treacy, the designer of the headpiece SJP wears in the above pic, people don’t know how to react the hat he designed for her. Reportedly Alexander McQueen who is the designer of the dress she’s wearing disowned it. But I can’t see why, I think they complement each other perfectly. I think McQueen might have been jealous of the competition.

Designer drama aside, I admit they aren’t for the faint hearted, but I’m thinking I need to step-up my fashion game up, and hats might be the flick. I’m not making any promises, just wanted to let you know where my head was at.

I Got That Good Hair!

afro-chickI have statement hair. Conversation starting and ending hair. Hair so thick hairdressers need to brace themselves before they tackle it hair. That’s right! I’ve got that good hair. Full thick healthy strands that can do amazing things. Like when I stand under the shower, my hair traps the water until it drips down my body.

It took a while to embrace it, and it is a challenge to manage and love course thick kinky hair. Especially when the world is telling you creamy crack is it! But I enrolled in Nappy University and learned to love my kinks, curls and thicky thickness.

Studying in Jamaica was a blessing in that regard. I wasn’t accustomed to adult black women wearing their hair natural. But I soon realised that it was the right thing for me, that and I had cut my hair off after my first semester because I couldn’t find a good hairdresser. I know madness, but I was kind of lost and on my own in my first year in school. By the time I got on my feet, I was natural and loving it.

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Yes You Did!

America congratulations. You’ve proven that you can see past colour to get to the message. You’ve proven that you understand what matters and what doesn’t, well done.

But remember; he wuk now start, and it go be rough. Your troops are fighting a losing battle in Iraq, and the economy is in a mess. Right now is a kind of sucky time to be president. I just hope that you give him the chance to do what he needs to do. But more importantly I really hope he can be the change you, and the rest of us, need right now.

Last night DL Hughley and Rev. AL Sharpton discussed the implications of an Obama presidency on America and the rest of the world. It was a great disussion, watch and discuss.

Aap Jaisa Koi…

Is the title of my favourite Bollywood movie song. To me this is the quintessential Bollywood movie song, if only because it reminds me of my childhood. The lyrics are in Hindi, but I found a translation here.

Aren’t they sweet?  Try and sing along with the original.

The song is from the 1980 film Qurbani, it won the Best Playback Singer (Female)  in the Filmfare Awards in 1981.

Sadly, the singer Nazia Hassan died in 2000 of lung cancer, she was only 35.

That same year Soca Star Machel Montano released his album 2000 Too Young to Soca, a re-birth of sorts. The album featured a re-make of the song that introduced us to the genius that is Machel Montano. It also featured a re-make of Aap Jaisa Koi called Real Unity with Soca-Chutney artiste Drupatee Ramgoonai. It’s one of my favourites from Mr. Montano, and you can listen to it here.

I hope you enjoy them both.

Crime and Punishment

We’re trapped in a vicious cycle of crime and violence in T&T. Is seems the police can’t manage the crime situation. Fortunately it seems to be concentrated in specific areas, and within specific groups. But the truth is that’s hallow comfort, because people are still being killed, and the security forces don’t seem to have a clue as to how to arrest the spiral.

Jail in Trinidad & Tobago has been described as a university for criminals. You get arrested for petty theft, you spend some time in jail and come out knowing how to commit fraud. You get arrested for fraud and get schooled in T&T’s drug trade, and so on and so on. Jail is a punishment yes, but shouldn’t we use that opportunity to help those people whose lives made getting the help they needed difficult? The ones whose histories led them to lives that include time in jail?

It’s not surprising that a search of the Golden Grove Prison could reveal all kinds of weapons and drugs. As for the prison officers; when they not threatening your life, they encouraging criminal behaviour.

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