Positive Explores New Musical Possibilities The star also hints at marriage in the near future Joel Murray
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ibrant Tobagonian gospel artist Joel ‘Positive’ Murray is one of the country’s most promising prospects in the entertainment field. His signature tune from six years ago entitled ‘Never Let Go’ is a modern day classic which propelled him toward the success and fame he achieved thus far. Now in his seventh year as a recording and performing artiste, Positive’s light continues to shine brightly as he continues his artistic growth. Fans of the artiste with the unmistakable voice will soon witness a couple changes as Murray has added to his repertoire by expanding his genres and modifying his live sets. ET&T contacted Positive’s camp for an update on the star and we were met with a few welcome surprises in terms of the information received. Representative Kern Cowan divulged that Positive will soon be releasing new singles; a couple of which are actually Groovy Soca tracks. These songs comprise new material which will be added to a re-re-
lease of last year’s spectacular Forever My King album. The album which was released in October 2012 is Positives’ second album and has received rave reviews by critics worldwide. Positive has enlisted the talents of young hit-making producer KC Phillips of Precision studios for his new singles. He also recently collaborated on material with Supa Dups. The appeal of the album has led to several overseas performances for Murray who has recently returned from Antigua. There will be little rest for the star as Cowan gave us an update on his busy itinerary. Trips to the Bahamas, St. Kitts, a return visit to Antigua and more are lined up. These are part of the 2nd incarnation of the Forever My King tour. Cowan states that a third tour will commence next year upon the re-release of the album. Apart from his Groovy Soca foray, the artiste will also be presenting himself in a new light during performances. Fans can look
out for positive to be backed by his own band when he performs. The band known as the Signature Band will provide live instrumentation to Positive’s sets which would suit the singers’ one-drop heavy style well. No doubt having a live band will help Positive to develop as an entertainer. Locals can witness the early stages of his growth as positive and his Signature Band will hit the stage at the upcoming Glowfest event in Tobago presented by Glow Entertainment. He will share the stage with featured acts Helen Baylor and Papa San at the Buccoo Integrated Facilities venue. Previously, Murray has performed with some of the biggest names in Gospel both locally and internationally. Mary Mary, Israel Houghton, Deitrick Hadden and Vashawn Mitchell are some of the popular members of the gospel fraternity while he also performed with Morgan Heritage, Buju Banton and Jah Cure among others. The singer is most certainly www.etntweekly.com •
blessed. This is a fact he has not neglected as evidenced by a recent facebook post. Positive took to the social media site to show his thanks for lasting seven years in the industry and spoke about his newest release aptly titled Blessing After Blessing. “This year I celebrate 7 years as Positive. There have been many ups and downs but as I take time to reflect, it has been the blessing of the Lord that has kept me going this long. Through music I have traveled to countries I only dreamed of visiting just spreading the goodness of God. For this cause, my next single is entitled "Blessing After Blessing". Everything I have attained it was because God chose to bless me. Thanks to everyone who continues to support me. This is the 7th Chapter of Positive. #JourneyTo3rdAlbum” He also hinted at the possibility of another blessing via facebook when he answered a fan’s question about his marital status. In a September 9th post, the fan asked if there was truth to the rumour he was married and he personally replied by saying: “Lol… I'm not married, never have been but I hope to be soon to my beautiful gf [girlfriend]. Who knows maybe 2014.” In any event ET&T wishes Murray well as he continues to represent Trinidad and Tobago admirably. Look out for his new releases coming soon. SEPTEMBER, 2013 • ET&T
Local Girl Advances In ANTM
an Fernando, Trinidad’s own Renee Bhagwandeen has continued her ascendency in the acclaimed America’s Next Top Model competition having progressed to the next round. The reality TV program which began in 2003 is in its 20th cycle and is aired on cable television’s CW network. Its premise originated with supermodel and television personality Tyra Banks, who additionally serves as its executive producer and presenter. The judging panel consists of Banks, Kelly Cutrone, and Rob Evans. The newest cycle of the show is likely to provide an even sterner test for contestants the number of participants has been increased from the usual number of 14. Also, males have been introduced into the competition for the first time. This speaks volumes for Ms. Bhagwandeen who has been
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consistent with her level of success throughout the first seven
episodes of the program. Now she will need even more sup-
port from fans both domestic and abroad as competition gets stiffer. Bhagwandeen’s prolonged exposure on the show can only bode well for branding Trinidad and Tobago as a hub for potential models while cementing its place as having some of the most beautiful women in the world. Not only will she market herself and her country, but Bhagwandeen is setting herself up for a chance to win some of the show’s premium prizes. The prizes for this cycle are: a modeling contract with NEXT Model Management, a spread in Nylon magazine, and a US$100,000 campaign with Guess. Before her foray into ANTM, Renee was a two-time entrant in the Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe pageant. She fared well in both 2011 and 2012 and copped the Miss Photogenic Award in 2011.
Blue Skies Ahead for Orange Sky’s Nigel Rojas W
ith 17 years, 7 full length albums, and 3 major US tours under his belt as lead vocalist for Caribbean Rock fusion band Orange Sky, Nigel Rojas looks forward to a bright future of unfolding developments while enjoying a 2013 full of amazing musical evolution. Nigel, who is currently enjoying heavy rotation with the infectious, nation-building track “Blue Skies Ahead”, has been having a tremendous year both with his band and as an individual artiste. The Trinidadian singer-songwriter whose influences range from Rock greats Motley Crue and AC/DC to Caribbean music icons Bob Marley, Lord Kitchener and Andre Tanker made major waves with “Differentology” his Carnival collaboration with Bunji Garlin and is showing no signs of musical stagnation as the last quarter of the year approaches. Along with Orange Sky, Nigel recently performed for international music industry executives 2
Nigel Rojas performs at the 'Good Life' Music Festival
at the recent AMMBCON music business conference showcase and also shared the stage with celebrated Reggae stars Sizzla Kalonji, Richie Spice and Anthony B at the Good Life Music Festival. For this event Rojas and band performed a set which comprised of original Reggae and Rapso infused material as well as the single “Love Each Other” which was
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composed by Rojas and featured T&T Reggae acts Marlon Asher, Jah Melody, Prophet Benjamin and Mr. King. Regarding his involvement in the Good Life Music Festival he shared, “I feel really great about participating in this concert; it is always a great honour to share the stage with artistes that I love and admire. In this event there were many such ar-
tiste. However, the local Reggae performers are very close to my heart”. In between gigs with his band, the consummate musician keeps himself occupied with composing and producing radio ads and playing the guitar at weddings, corporate functions, diplomatic events and top local and regional hotels and restaurants. Additionally, later this year the hard-working family man also intends to launch a guitar instrumental CD entitled “Sunset Siesta” along with a supporting instrumental concert. Always one who is poised to take on the next adventure and never one to be creatively complacent, Nigel is constantly experimenting with new sounds and developing new ideas. He admits that musically he has been bitten by the Soca bug since his Differentology experience and hints of upcoming artistic alliances with some of the Soca’s biggest names. Article courtesy Sonique Solutions.
Trinidad Theatre Workshop Resumes Acting Workshops shop. This class will be taught by Afi Ford-Hopson to teenagers between the ages of 13 and 17 and costs $1,800. New Actor’s Workshop starts on Wednesday 11th September and runs for every Wednesday until 14th December from 6pm to 9pm. This class is open to ages 18 and over and will be taught by Timmia Hearn. The fee for this workshop is $1,800. Scholarships and deferred payment plans are available upon request. Interested persons can contact TTW via email at email@example.com. For more information, you can check out the website www.trinidadtheatrworkshop.com or visit their facebook page.
he Trinidad Theatre Workshop will be restarting its acting workshops in September for children, teens and adults. Children Theatre Workshop starts on Saturday 7th September and continues for every Saturday until 14th December. Classes will be between the hours of 10am and 1pm and will be taught by Tyker Phillips. The cost is $1,600 and open to children between the ages of 7 and 12. Teen Theatre Workshop starts the same day, Saturday 7th September and runs for the same period, every Saturday, until 14th December. Classes will be between the hours of 1pm to 4pm, just after the Children’s work-
Ministers Enjoy CPL Lime
Everald Snaggs, left, chairman, TSTT with Attorney General Anand Ramlogan
overnment ministers, diplomats and captains of industry made the Telecommunications Services of T&T (TSTT) hospitality suite at the Queen’s Oval in Port-of-Spain the vantage point of choice to witness Saturday’s exciting conclusion of the inaugural Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 Tournament.
The CPL is the latest franchise in the T20 format of the longstanding sport (cricket) which continues to generate large individual investors as well as private equity firms. Attorney General Anand Ramlogan, National Security Minister Emmanuel George, Ganga Singh, who has responsibility for the Environment and
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Derrick Jones, acting CEO, TSTT, with Randy Ramtahal, director, TSTT and Stacey Roopnarine, Minister in the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
Water Resources, as well as Ministers of State Stacey Roopnarine and Rudy Indarsingh accepted invitations to join TSTT’s board and executive management for another memorable sporting experience. Legendary cricketer Brian Charles Lara, former T&T captain and ambassador for Sport Daren Ganga, as well as T&T
Red Steel cricketer Adrian Barath were also on hand to witness the match between Guyana Amazon Warriors–which comprised T&T athletes Sunil Narine, Lendl Simmons–led by Ramnaresh Sarwan, as they took on Chris Gayle’s Jamaica Tallawahs for top honours. In the end the Tallawahs emerged victorious.
Buju Banton set to release an album summer 2014 Tracii McGregor, a member of Buju’s management is saying that fans can expect a new album from the embattled deejay as soon as next summer. McGregor revealed that most of the tracks on the currently untitled album were recorded while he was out on bail in 2011. Among the producers who
worked on the set are Blacker Dread (who produced the song Innocent from Banton’s last studio album), Stephen Marley and Banton himself. Buju’s last album Before The Dawn, was released in 2010, the same year Banton was arrested by Federal agents in Florida for attempting to sell cocaine. Before The Dawn won the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album in 2011. The pending album will be his 11th studio effort, after several
Russell Brand Kicked out of GQ Party for Hugo Boss Nazi Joke Russell Brand was kicked out of the GQ Men of the Year awards 6
party after making a Nazi joke about the event's sponsor Hugo Boss on stage. The 38-year-old comedian and actor, who picked up the Oracle award at the show, criticized the German fashion brand for de-
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groundbreaking and legendary efforts such as; Too Bad, Mr Mention, Inna Heights, Til Shiloh, Friends For Life and Unchained Spirit. Released in 1995, Til Shiloh has been described as the jewel in the Buju Banton crown. Shiloh marked his conversion to Rastafari and included mega hits like Untold Stories, Not An Easy Road and Til I’m Laid to Rest.
Usain Bolt to retire following 2016 Olympics
it quits from a spotlight that has shone on him since he made waves as a teenager. "So far, it [retirement] is after the Olympics in Rio," Bolt told the Associated Press ahead of his final race of the season in Belgium. "I think if I am in great shape, I'll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top." He continued, "If I want to be among the greats of [Muhammad] Ali and Pele and all these guys, I have to continue dominating until I retire.”
Usain Bolt announced that he is set to retire following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio Di Janeiro, Brazil. The six-time Olympic gold medalist and reigning world champion in the 100m and 200m signaled his intent to win gold at next year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing and the 2016 summer games before calling signing the Nazi uniforms worn during World War II. Brand took to the stage after Mayor of London Boris Johnson picked up the gong for Politician of the Year After Johnson joked about the recent alleged chemical attack in Syria, Brand said: "Glad to grace the stage where Boris Johnson has just made light of the use of chemical weapons in Syria meaning that GQ can now stand for genocide quips. "I mention that only to make the next comment a bit lighter because if any of you know a little bit about history and fashion, you'll know Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. "But they did look f*****g fantastic, let's face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality." Brand was then ejected from the awards ceremony's after-party following the joke about the event's £250,000 sponsor, reportedly shouting "Nazi sympathisers" as he left.
Gwen Stefani Pregnant With Third Child Gwen Stefani is on baby bump watch amid rumours she and husband Gavin Rossdale are
expecting baby number three. A source claimed Gwen and her rocker hubby ‘couldn’t be happier’ with the news that they will add a little girl or boy to their expanding brood. The 43-year-old already has two boys with the 47-year-old Bush rocker, Kingston, seven, and five-year-old Zuma. Stefani, who regularly flaunts her washboard stomach, has been seen covering up in baggy tops and hiding her belly on her last few outings.
Name: Chayanne Preito Age: 26 Height: 6ft. 4” Weight: 180 Career: Professional painter…I work for myself. Briefs or Boxers: Briefs
Favourite Dish: Lasagna and baked chicken. Favourite feature on a girl: A flat stomach. One thing you’d never commit: Hmmm…I’ll never forget God. Favourite music: Soca,
I’m a Carnival man (laughs). Ultimate date: First dinner, then go to the Club. I like to party and take a ‘lil’ drink from time to time. One way to your heart: Just being down-toearth and honest.
Photos by Roger Jackson of Absolutpics
Name: Carina Davis Age: 23 Agency: Tres Belle Hobbies: Art, sewing, styling, cooking, piano. This beauty with brains is an eastside girl. Not only is the parttime model intelligent, but she has the ambition and drive needed to best utilize her knowledge. Carina recently completed a degree programme in International Tourism Management at UWI and she currently seeks to pursue an international internship to improve
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her perspective in the tourism field. She believes this step is vital to realizing her goal of being in a position to truly transform Trinidad and Tobago tourism. “I am very passionate about tourism and culture and I would love if one day I can be the owner of a tourism company where by Trinidad can seek consultation in improving the tourism experiences they offer.” However, as most models do, Ms. Davis has a penchant for fashion. This affinity is more than just a hobby for her. While her field of study is tourism and she plans
to give back to the country in that field, she also has a vested interest in clothing design and production. In fact, go-getting Carina is already the owner of her own female fashion line: Pink Gator Designs. Davis is also the main seamstress for Pink Gator and she plans to launch several original pieces in the near future. Somehow Carina still finds time to maintain her model physique with a combination of exercise and outdoor activities. Look out for this Tres Belle model at a fashion related event near you.
Lather Your Face Ladies Written by Janelle S
our face, the body part we likely spend the most attention on. Rather than spend all that money on a brand name, persuasively advertised jar of cream here’s an idea: wash your face; properly. Washing your face every day is the most crucial process of skin care, regardless of age or skin type. When you wash your face you remove any impurities, makeup residue and oil which if not removed may lead to near all of your skin problems that has sent us to Pennywise, be it clogged pores (root cause of blackheads), whiteheads, pimples, spots and so on. The range of facial cleansers (you might think is the widest in the beauty arena but this is actually easily topped by soap, so now you know this highly important bit of information) is extensive and includes foams, gels, creams designed for every skin type from oily to hypersensitive. Aim for cleansers that gently clean the skin without irritating it, they remove all the impurities like dirt or oil, that have accumulated during the day or during the night, leaving the skin clean, tight and soft. Tie your hair back from your face. Then wash your hands with a good antibacterial soap to clean them, laugh but Protex is forever. Wet your face with warm water or steam to open your pores. Put a small amount of face cleanser on your hands, about the size of a nickel. Rub some on your wet hands. Use a product that is gentle enough for your skin. Something too strong will just dry the skin out and stimulate the oil glands to produce more oil. You are trying to remove oil and retain water (moisture) at the same time. Do not use soap: it is generally too strong, and can't be rinsed easily. Work up a good lather by rubbing both hands together and applying it on your face. Using your fingertips, massage the cleanser all
over your face removing dirt and oil. Take 30 seconds or so, concentrating first on the hairline, then paying special attention to the "T-zone"; forehead, nose, nostril area, then around the mouth and chin, then cheeks. Cleanse the neck using upward strokes. You have oil glands behind your ears, so don't neglect that area; it's messy, but do it anyway. 40 years from now you’ll be glad you went through the trouble. Rinse your face and neck
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with clear, tepid water. If it is too cold, it could break capillaries. Pat your face dry with a clean and soft, absorbent towel; linen is a good choice. Make sure you pat it dry gently, don’t scrub yourself silly - always treat your face with respect. If you have large pores, a toner or astringent, is a good idea to help tighten the pores. It will also clean away the last of the cleanser. Moisturizer is a good thing. Having just washed off
dirt and oil, a moisturizer will help keep the water in the surface cells, which promotes a more youthful look. Don’t forget eye cream. Use one that says it is for eyes only; otherwise it won't be rich enough. The area around your eyes has no sweat or oil glands, and must be treated differently than other skin. Do this every morning and every night for the best result on your route to clean and clear skin flawless.
Krystal Khayne Styling by P. Noire. Vou Ltd, MUA: Rachelle Singh Photographer: Ian Davis
elmont-based beauty Krystal Khayne is as dynamic a personality as one can have the pleasure of meeting. She possesses the looks and talent to back the largest of egos, yet she remains humble in conversation. This is not at all to say that she is shy. The former Imij & Co female lead owns an enviable realness and effervescence that compels you to want to know more about her. It is the stuff true stars are made of; and now that she is back on the solo entertainment circuit Khayne will rely heavily on these qualities. Undoubtedly, her music will also do a fair share of talking for her with her powerful vocals being the base of a couple current radio releases. Yet, the onus was on her to step into the Hot Seat and personally answer a few questions.
Clothes by Bang Bang Location: Studio N Lounge
to think I look at that in that kind of way. ET&T: You project an alluring, sexy image which males would surely appreciate, but have any females inside or outside of the industry ever made any advances toward you? KK: Yes: both in the industry and out of the industry. This happens to me a lot. Especially within the last year. I don’t know if I have something printed on me or what. Personally, I am pro heterosexuality, but I would never judge. I have tons of gay friends and they are wonderful people, but personally I prefer the man/ woman dynamic.
ET&T: Have you ever held a job away from entertainment? KK: My first job was at Scotia Bank. While I was at school I would have summer jobs at Scotia and naturally when school was over the first place I went was Scotia. After that I worked at Sagicor for three years. ET&T: Is it safe to say you would be in Finance if you weren’t an entertainer? KK: I’d be dead. That’s an exaggeration, but I’d be miserable without music. If I had to do something else I’d be writing… songs, poems… I was always a creative person. ET&T: Do you currently write songs for other people? KK: Not yet. Right now I have a ton of songs that I can just give away. There is one song in particular that is just awesome, but I don’t think I will do justice to it. It’s a groovy soca song. I can do a Pop remix to it and sing it myself, but in my head it is made for a
ET&T: Name three things on your bucket list. KK: To meet Mariah Carey (I love her). To be nominated for a Grammy award. I’m not even saying to win, but just to be nominated and just to achieve some level real success in this level that I am in.
particular artiste and I’m actually going to give it to her and see if she’ll want it. ET&T: Are you religious? KK: I’m spiritual. I grew up in church, but I don’t believe we should live by what ‘man’ says. I’m not for all of the rituals. I believe that God exists – whatever you want to call him, Jah, Yahweh, Jehovah – I focus on what he means to me. It doesn’t hurt to believe in something. I’m not religious at all, but I believe in God.
ET&T: Based on your experiences thus far, is there anyone in the industry you would not work with again? KK: There is someone, but I have to remain professional, so I’ll withhold who it is. ET&T: Which two local celebs do you think would make the best sextape? KK: OMG! You are trying to get me in trouble. Pause… There are two people in mind, but they are my friends and I don’t want them www.etntweekly.com •
ET&T: You would be privy to certain backstage experiences. Ever encountered any backstage bacchanal? If so, please share. KK: I am very happy to report that I am a very boring person that not a lot of crap happens around. In my little experience within the industry I have never witnessed any backstage bacchanal. ET&T: What’s next for you? KK: A lot more Pop releases… The name of the game is exposure because I’m reintroducing myself to people. I found I got pigeonSEPTEMBER, 2013 • ET&T 13
holed into the soca thing when I joined Imij. Part of the reason I joined Imij was they weren’t completely “soca.” I’m an artist, not a “soca artist”. I make music I am inspired to make. My new ventures are to show my versatility. I don’t want to get pigeon-holed again. ET&T: Are you saying that you would never join a band again? KK: I’m not seeing it in my immediate future. You never know what the future holds, but right now I don’t see it happening. ET&T: Do you find it difficult making your particular brand of music sustainable in Trinidad?
KK: It can be a little daunting in Trinidad, but we have set our sights elsewhere. Yes, I have to be accepted by my people, but we have links that we are actively pursuing to make it on the outside. It’s a lot of hard work, but nothing comes easy. ET&T: Describe your most embarrassing moment. KK: There are so many. I’m quite clumsy. One time I was on Synergy and apparently the leggings I was wearing was outlining a lot more than I bargained for. People found it very hard to focus on my new soca I went to sing. That outline was the star of the night. The embarrassing part came when a random person on facebook messaged me and said: “I know you don’t know me, but
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my grandmother said to tell you don’t put on clothes that you can’t wear on TV.” I responded and said: “tell your granny that rest assured it would never happen again. I apologize.” ET&T: What’s something you would never do? KK: Hmm… [long pause] I would try anything twice. ET&T: What is the worst rumour you have heard about yourself? KK: That I’m a b*tch! Apparently people think I’m this unapproachable beast, but when they talk to me they’re like… “You’re real cool.”
ET&T: Apart from the music, what else are you doing to brand Krystal Khane? KK: I don’t mind doing endorsements and stuff, but in order to be successful in that regard I have to achieve a certain level of success with my craft. ET&T: Anything else? KK: Look out for my live acoustic shows as well as my full performance shows with my dancers. I’m also on a mall tour where I do a minifull performance with my dancers so you can look out for me there as well. My new release Free is on the airwaves. Plus I already started recording for Carnival
Revisiting Vacation Trends T
he school vacation period usually ushers in a ton of new and trendy styles and concepts. The social scene is at its peak apart from the obvious busy Christmas into Carnival period and everyone wants to look their best in front of their peers. This year we saw several trends on the female fashion circuit and here we will revisit them.
Ruggedly fierce denim looks were a regular feature of 2013 fashion. Skin-baring cut up jeans and mini blazers or waistcoats all added to these denim ensembles.
Prints and patterns stole the show. Whether on tops or bottoms; anything from tribal to comic prints were the way to add colour to your couture.
High waist shorts in a variety of colours and materials were big in summer 2013. The extra short denim version was especially popular on the local boat ride scene.
Graphic t-shirts and vests were popular items all vacation long. Urban wear made a comeback thanks to those cool casual styles.
Island People Present Magic Mystery and Marvel
he Lord Kitchener Calypso Auditorium at The National Academy for The Performing Arts was the T novel venue choice for Island People’s spectacular band launch on August 27th. The indoor launch is somewhat of a rarity for large bands and Island People added awesome visuals and dramatic pieces interspersed throughout for effect. They did not disappoint with their costumes either as they did manage to pull off some magic on the night. Kudos to the team for breaking the monotony and reinventing the band launch platform. Here are some photos. Check our facebook page for more.
A stunning spectator
A dash of drama
Showing their appreciation of the event
They lapped up the atmosphere
They kept patrons refreshed
Some of the entertainment
She seemed pleased
Dr. The Hon Lincoln Douglas gives an address
Showing some swank
Achieving the big stage effect
Something for the strong men
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No better incentive to play mas
Working her costume
Beautiful in blue
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A unique costume
Modeling a full frontline piece
When Narine and Santana show up it’s serious
Red White & Black
alice Entertainment followed up their successful Joyride party cruise with M the 2013 edition of the popular Independ-
ence morning event Red White and Black. The aptly titled boatride took place from 3am aboard the Treasure Queen and once again drew a large number of patrons despite competition from several events which took place that holiday weekend. ET&T was there for the event which featured lots of ladies and a great selection of tunes by some of the nation’s hottest DJ’s.
Doubling up on the drinks
Is that top legal?
Doing it well in denim
An edgy leather outfit
Rocking her Independence motif
Showing off her casual style
That is wine!!
Representing the White
Looking for a mascot wuk
They had a good time
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rinidad and Tobago celebrated its 51st year as T Independent nation on August 31st 2013. Tobago’s As antradition would have it there is an Independ-
Trinidad and 51st Independence Day Parade (Port-of-Spain)
ence Day Parade every year at the Queens Park Savannah followed by fireworks later on in the night. The parade went on as planned as dignitaries and the armed forces came out in their numbers to show true national pride. ET&T and Zoom Photography’s Jamilah Stewart was there to capture the action.
Here come the cops
The Prime Minister greets onlookers
The Defense Force does it all
He’ll get it right
Showing off some high tech equipment
Some of our aerial capabilities
A new fire truck
Introducing the mounted branch
Kids always enjoy this event
These ladies are no joke
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he Hawaiian themed party is one of the EEEmpire’s biggest events each year and T this year it lived up to the hype once again.
Lots of ladies and leis were the order of the night at this food inclusive which featured suckling pig among the culinary items. ET&T did not miss the opportunity to cover it. For more action check the full gallery on facebook.
Darkies holding their own
Getting their promo own
Former La Reine Rive Queen & DJ Mazel
Ramsingh passed through
Vanilla and mocha
It’s a family affair
They came with vibes in tow
I'll drink to that
One happy promoter
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hile it is not quite the regular boat ride event, La Barge is a destination party at sea. It has the feel of a DDI event with a W 360 degree view of the ocean. This event is one of the go-to events
for the upper echelon of partiers. If you are someone who knows someone and you were fortunate enough to get your hands on a ticket then you probably had a blast. For the rest of you, here is some of what you missed. Plus, there’s more on facebook.
Getting ferried to the barge
A vibrant team
He’s in a happy place
Posing with cooler close
Designer Christian Boucaud on board
Ezel was there
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qua Splash Independence A T
he Aqua Fun Splash Water Park at the Hasley Crawford Stadium was a popular destination for teens this vacation period. Main sponsor Blue Waters hooked up with a few like-minded people to host a few party style events at the park. The events were thoroughly enjoyed by attendees who frolicked in the water to entertainment provided by DJ’s such as Rapid Response and some local singers as well. For the Independence event man of the moment Moses (formerly Fadda Moses) took to the stage.
A big team
Not afraid to get wet
Moses and his dancer perform
Dat is smile!
Owning her look
They clearly didn’t come for the water
A firm physique
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The Bmobile’s 4,3,2,1 Caravan Tour
he Aqua Fun Splash Water Park at the Hasley Crawford Stadium was a popular destination for teens T this vacation period. Main sponsor Blue Waters hooked up with a few like-minded people to host a few party style events at the park. The events were thoroughly enjoyed by attendees who frolicked in
the water to entertainment provided by DJ’s such as Rapid Response and some local singers as well. For the Independence event man of the moment Moses (formerly Fadda Moses) took to the stage.
Jehue’s Reception at the Hyatt
ocal athletics sensaL tion Jehue Gordon recently returned home
after an extremely successful stint in the European track circuit. He was showered with praises and gifts at a VIP reception at the Hyatt filled with various government dignitaries, entertainment celebrities and members of the media. Gordon was all smiles at the event in his honour which was held in celebration of his gold medal in the men’s 400 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow and a similar victory at the Belgacom Van Damme Memorial IAAF Diamond League meet a month later. Here are some photos.
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FP Raid Aqua Fun Park
e knew the park was created for the kids, but we are not dumb enough to think that children are innocent. There have been numerous reports of fashion disturbances caused by the youths over the just-concluded vacation peW riod. With that in mind, we decided to storm one of the venues they were most likely to congregate. Lo and Behold… our instincts served us right. Here are some of the face-palm worthy results.
This female perp got all blinged out for her water park run. We won’t fault her for the ratchet accessory choices. However, the powder on her neck is both inexplicable and inexcusable. Imagine the outcome of her chest getting wet (after all, it’s a WATER PARK). Just scrumptious!
This dude is dressed in nothing but his skivvies and sneakers. Swimwear could not be that hard to come by. It’s not like he ran away from work for a quick dip at the beach. He’s in a party. What’s worse… he doesn’t seem that young to begin with. God help us all.
5 Star Akil was spotted at a recent event
Patrice Roberts donned a costume for her appearance at the Island People launch
Former Miss T&T Lee Aann Forbes poses with Swappi at NAPA
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Name: Phillip Jack Brooks Age: 34 (Oct 26th, 1978) Profession: Wrestler/Actor Claim to fame: Phil Brooks had a hard life growing up on the Chicago streets where he was confronted by drugs and alcohol. Instead of giving into them, he turned away from them and decided to join the Straight Edge movement of being Alcohol, Drug and Cigarette free. In his teen years, Brook became a highly disciplined
fighter in kick boxing and karate. Not knowing what to do with his life in his early twenties. Phil Brooks decided to join the Steel Domain Wrestling School and was trained by Ace Steel. Now going by the name CM Punk he rose up the ranks in the Indy wrestling, where he perfected his craft. Punk started using his real life Straight Edge attitude as his wrestling gimmick and quickly became one of the most famous Indy wrestlers. C.M. Punk was offered a WWE try out, where he
fought Val Venis in 2005 on Raw. Later that year Punk was given a World Wrestling Entertainment contract and head off to the WWE. Sent to WWE's development school, C.M. Punk quickly become the top star there, and even won their World Championship. CM Punk debuted in late 2006 on ECW. Where he remained undefeated for months and quickly became the most popular superstar in the land of Extreme. At the 2006 Survivor Series Punk
Get Set For Suspense N othing gets the adrenaline pumping like a good bit of movie suspense. Here are two upcoming films that are likely to leave you on the edge of your seats.
hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? The Help’s Viola Davis also stars in this film.
Prisoners From Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, stars Oscar nominees Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal in a story that poses the question: How far would you go to protect your child? Keller Dover (Jackman) is facing every parent's worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces the
Gravity Directed by Oscar nominee Alfonso Cuaron, stars Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a heart-pounding thriller that pulls you into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone.
only suspect's release. Knowing his child's life is at stake, the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own
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out shined his partners, by being cheered louder than his partners Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy. Eventually he infiltrated WWE’s mainstream and quickly rose up the ranks till becoming champion. He is titled in the company as "the longest-reigning WWE Champion of the modern era": Punk held the title for 434 days from November 20, 2011 to January 27, 2013, and is officially recognized as the sixth-longest reigning champion of all time.
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