EMPIRE STAR LINKS WITH PATRICE ROBERTS AND KERWIN DU BOIS TO REMIX HIT SONG
nless you are living under a sizeable slab of stone, you would have heard about the hit television series Empire. Those of you without a rock covering their heads would be familiar with major label US recording artiste V. Bozeman who acted on the show. The Mosley Group artiste released the Timbaland-produced track What Is Love to rave reviews and two of our very own soca artistes grabbed the opportunity to appear on the soca infused remix to the jam. Regularly considered to be two of the most vocally passionate artistes in the country, former Groovy Soca Monarch Kerwin Dubois and leading female star Patrice Roberts added some Caribbean flair to the joint as they melodiously opined on what love meant to them. The production on the track was also altered a bit by Trinidad and Tobago’s own Kernal Roberts and Jean Mark “Pastor” Gittens
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who were undoubtedly honoured and happy to work on a Timbo beat. Jim Beanz also collaborated on the track. This song is the latest in a re-
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cent string of international collaborations with the potential to put Trinidad and Tobago on the map. Patrice Roberts spoke of the experience saying “I am always excited to
release new songs and even more excited to explore different types of music and genres. The possibilities are endless when you take risks.” We look forward to the growth of this groundbreaking collaboration on the airwaves as we continue to support local artistes as they achieve and surpass expectations.
LEGENDS COMING TOGETHER FOR GOSPEL IN THE CITY I
f you’re looking for an event that is both uplifting and spiritual in nature, you may want to consider attending Gospel in the City. The event is expected to take place on the 29th August 2015 at the Jean Pierre Complex and will feature performances by Papa Sun, Jermaine Edwards, Sherwin Gardner & Positive. Though the performers differ in musical style, each adding their own flair to the event, one thing is constant, their love and dedication for God. As such, this sets the foundation of each of the artiste songs. Since turning to Christianity in 1977 Papa San has continued to produce his roots reggae sound, but with the message of Christ to the beat instead of his previously popular secular music. Similarly, Jermaine Edwards is an award winning gospel artiste
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with songs such as Hallelujah and Fight describes his music as Soulful Gospel and has an active following of 15,000 + fans on Facebook and 4000 + on his YouTube channel. Trinidadian born Sherwin Gardner, has shared the stage with many of today’s gospel greats including Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Kirk Franklin, Bishop
T.D. Jakes, Donnie McClurkin, Stitchie, DA T.R.U.T.H, BeBe and CeCe Winans and Lecrea. As a producer, he has stamped his mark on an impressive list of artists including Vanessa Briggs, Sean Simmonds, Jason Mighty, Monte G., Jonathan Nelson, Keron Ramsey and J Prince. Positive, also a Trinidadian gospel reggae singer is riding a wave of success following his sweep of the 2012 Marlin Awards. His second album “Forever My King” which was in the Top 20 of iTunes Reggae Albums Chart on its debut and he has several singles currently in heavy rotation on the Gospel circuit. Patrons can expect a night filled with not only the sweet sounds of gospel music from these performers, but also from Dj Christchild and Jahzy who will also be attending the event. Jamie Thomas and Junior Lett will be
the hosts for the night. Event coordinator Rebekah Fuentes beamed about the cast and hinted it would be a real treat. “These performers were chosen because the intention was to have a nice wide range of gospel legends perform. Also there is closeness amongst the performers and thought it would be a great idea to have that energy at the event.” She also shared some of her expectations based on the cast chosen. “Upon leaving the event persons would have achieved a full blown experience with each of the 4 performers since there are no supporting acts. It will also be a night of fellowship, dance and worship in which the whole family can attend. In addition to this, there will be fun activities and games around the event for the entire family to participate and enjoy.” Persons interested in purchasing the tickets for the event can do so by visiting any one of several locations across the country.
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DARIUS’ SMALL BUSINESS SOLUTIONS CAN CHANGE L A C O L THE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT LANDSCAPE S W E N F
or many small businesses, turning their ideas into reality can prove to be challenging in more ways than one. The ability to connect with their target audiences is often one of the biggest challenges some of these small businesses face, as the cost to advertise can be quite expensive. Based on this, a burning desire and passion to make a creative difference to the corporate image and advertising needs of smaller businesses, DariUS Creative Services was conceived. DariUS Creative Services is a full service creative company that provides advertising & design, photography (Aerial and Land), web development and print solutions to business, entrepreneurs and persons in need of such services. Though it is much more feasible for small business to approach DariUS Creative Services for their advertising needs, the Managing Director, Darius Dolly assures persons that the company still maintains the highest levels of creativity, technique, customer service and best practices, which are usually associated with larger Ad Agencies. Dolly has worked his way up the ranks over the past 11 years in those said agencies, where he gained significant experience within the creative and advertising industry; and it is this wealth of knowledge and expertise he can now share with those in need at a much lower price. However, according to Dolly, pricing is not the only thing which sets DariUS Creative Services apart from other agencies. He said “It is mainly because we are one of the very few creative agencies, which provides aerial photography, web design, print and advertising all under one roof and yet is still able to meet all our deadlines; delivering a quality product that's second to none in every category.” In addition to this, he believes that their strong and unique con2
ceptual approach to advertising and brilliant use of colours is also a signature of their brand. While their unorthodox customer service approach, hinged particularly on the printing arm of the business, meets the needs of the most urgent, unrealistic and last minute print job requests. So what is the secret behind
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good design? Dolly stated, “Good design is subjective and there is no one formula fit all. Design is that piece that makes you stop, stare, read, stare a little more and leaves a lasting impression. That's the type of work that we do at DariUS Creative.” When asked what advice would he give to aspiring entre-
preneurs he said, “The worst thing you can do is to wait to start your business. The best thing that any prospective Entrepreneur can do is to start learning what it takes to own their business and begin by taking those steps. One day you will realize that you have what it takes and muster the courage to finally take that first flight.”
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SERIES OF STAR-STUDDED EVENTS FOR SANDBOX GREAT FETE WEEKEND
and, sea and feting are just some of the things you can except at Sandbox Great Fete weekend happening on 5th-9th August 2015. For those of you who are unaware of what this event offers, according to their Facebook page it is a huge annual beach party at Pigeon Point Beach Resort as well as other popular locations on the isle of Tobago. Top DJs, as well as Soca, Hip Hop and Dancehall stars from Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, USA and other Caribbean countries, make this an un-missable 'weekend'. Though it is referred to as great fete weekend, the partying officially starts on Wednesday with Welcome Wednesday, followed by Reggae Thursday
Young Thug will headline the international acts
(Thursday), Soca Glow (Friday), Wet Fete (Saturday), and Family Day and jump up (Sunday). Some of this year’s attractions include performances by: Richie Spice and Louie Culture, who will be performing on Thursday, Chucky, 5 Star Akil, Shal Marshal and Olatunji on Friday and Alkaline, RDX and Young Thug on Thursday. Sunday’s event is referred to as ‘Sunday Callaloo’, and will include a street parade which is free to anyone wishing to participate. According to the event’s public relations officer Adanna Asson, the events are structured in such a way that there is something to offer everyone; from families to partygoers and everyone in between. “It is a celebration of Life, Love, Fun, Friends
and Happiness, all elements which are present at Great Fete weekend” she further stated. Asson also revealed that since persons have been requesting the return of water at one of the main nights, Wet fete was added back to the list of scheduled events with a surprise water feature that has never been seen in Tobago. Paint and other elements can also be expected to be present on the various nights. Anyone interested in attending the event can purchase tickets at the following locations: Cache Stores Nationwide and Lollabee Cellular Nationwide. For Tobago purchasing options are: Urban Fashion, Renmars and Waterholics, East Bay Fashion, Bace Flix and Barcode, Dress Mode and Pablos.
ROSIE RIDES HIGH WITH LATEST AUTISM ADVOCACY BOOK
ollowing the successful release of her book "Situation Zane - Autism who knew?", Caribbean-American Autism advocate Rosanne Small-Morgan known affectionately as 'Rosie' is making major impact on the masses. She has been in high demand for speaking engagements on the topic of Autism and has even received prestigious accolades from political figures for her work with the cause. 'Situation Zane' explores Rosie's 12 year time-span of experiences and overcoming challenges with her autistic son, Zane and offers readers substantial information and insight into the Morgans' lives in trying to cope with getting Zane the best possible services and care. The success of the book has been a phenomenal and humbling experience for the St. Vincent-born author, newspaper columnist, blogger, comedienne, wife and mother as it has introduced her to hundreds of parents who are going through 4
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this very similar and unpredictable journey. According to Rosie, "I am truly so shocked at how many parents are reaching out to me via my Facebook page, and the number of individuals and organizations which are contacting me to collaborate. My family and I have been able to meet other children on the spectrum, network for support and services for these families as well as garner understanding and empathy from people who are not living in the life of autism for the families going through this daily struggle." With its "coffee table" for-
mat and at times humorous approach 'Situation Zane' has intrigued readers globally with its diverse topics, promoted a serious message about Autism and has been a helpful tool to start the conversation with some parents who would have been resistant to speaking about their children and their struggles. The book has also raised Rosie's profile as an already in demand public speaker on Autism. She has recently had speaking engagements in New York and Florida and has some upcoming opportunities in her homeland, the Caribbean. Most notably,
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she was a featured speaker at the Footprints Foundations Literary Jazz Brunch at the Ritz Carlton, Florida and was a featured presenter at the NYC Department of Health's forum for Children with Special Needs 2015. Along with Situation Zane's success and numerous requests for speaking appearances, Rosie has also received several prestigious honours for the book and her unparalleled work with Autism. These include a citation from the Mayor of Hempstead Village, a certificate of Award from the Public Advocates Office of the City of New York and a citation from Senator Leroy Comrie's' Office (Queens, New York) for her work. As an author and proud Caribbean woman and mother Rosie aspires to get 'Situation Zane' into Caribbean bookstores as well as primary and secondary school classrooms, where it would help and become a resource for so many other impacted families.
LOCAL T+T FILM FESTIVAL CELEBRATES NEWS TEN YEARS WITH TEN CARIBBEAN CLASSICS ttff15 Classic Film Sugar Cane Alley
he trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) recently unveiled its first selections for this year’s edition of the Festival with the announcement that ten classic Caribbean films will form part of the 2015 lineup. These ten films will screen in a special sidebar to the main programme in honour of the ttff’s tenth anniversary. The Festival takes place from September 15–29. “Many people are unaware that there has been a Caribbean film industry for quite some time, or that almost every country in the region has produced feature films,” said Bruce Paddington, ttff Founder and Festival Director. “We are therefore very proud to present ten of the very best classic films from the Caribbean that will help one to appreciate and enjoy the rich diversity of the region.” Comprising films from nine different countries, the sidebar ranges across the English-, Spanish-, French- and Dutch-speaking sections of the region. The lineup includes the Jamaican classic, The Harder They Come, and Bim, from T&T.
Memories of Underdevelopment, the oldest film in the lineup, is from 1968, while the most recent, Strawberry and Chocolate, was released in 1993. Both films hail from Cuba. The full slate of films is as follows: Memories of Underdevelopment (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Cuba, 1968) The Harder They Come (Perry Henzell, Jamaica, 1972) Bim (Hugh A. Robertson, Trinidad and Tobago, 1974) One People (Pim de la Parra, Suriname, 1976) Man By the Shore (Raoul Peck, Haiti, 1983)
Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy, Martinique, 1983) One Way Ticket (Agliberto Meléndez, Dominican Republic, 1988) What Happened to Santiago (Jacobo Morales, Puerto Rico, 1989) Ava and Gabriel: A Love Story (Felix de Rooy, Curaçao, 1990) Strawberry and Chocolate (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea and Juan Carlos Tabío, Cuba, 1993) In addition to screening in honour of the Festival’s tenth anniversary, the classics also screen in recognition of the launch of the Caribbean Film Database, an online resource
which, in the first instance, will present information on over 600 independent feature-length films made in and about the Caribbean. The database is cofinanced by the ACP Cultures+ Programme (ACP Group of States), funded by the European Union (European Development Fund) and implemented by the ACP Group of States. The rest of the lineup for the ttff/15 will be unveiled over the upcoming months. For more information about the Festival, visit ttfilmfestival. com. The trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) celebrates films from and about the Caribbean and its diaspora, as well as from world cinema, through an annual festival and year-round screenings. In addition, the ttff seeks to facilitate the growth of Caribbean cinema by offering a wideranging industry programme and networking opportunities. The ttff is presented by Flow and given leading sponsorship by bpTT, and supporting sponsorship by the Embassy of the United States of America.
PARTICIPATING PROJECTS ANNOUNCED FOR FIRST CARIBBEAN FILM MART
ifteen feature-film projects from ten countries will participate in the inaugural Caribbean Film Mart (CFM), which takes place at the 2015 trinidad+tobago film festival (ttff) in September. The CFM will give the 15 selected filmmakers with Caribbean films in development and pre-production the opportunity to meet with 30 international film producers, sales agents and film funds, with the aim of creating professional relationships and partnerships that will enable the production and distribution of the participating projects. Over 100 projects were submitted to the CFM, from which the participating 15 were chosen. Eleven are fiction projects, while 6
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four are documentaries. “We are pleased that a number of the projects are from ttff alumni, some of whom have gone through our RBC Focus: Filmmakers’ Immersion, and
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others the EAVE Producers’ training initiative which took place at ttff/14,” said Emilie Upczak, ttff Creative Director. The selected projects were adjudicated by the ttff, the
Global Foundation of Democracy and Development from the Dominican Republic, the Association for the Development of Art Cinema and Practice from Guadeloupe, the Foundation of New Latin American Cinema in Cuba, and the Regional and International Festival of Cinema of Guadeloupe. The project is co-financed by the ACP Cultures+ Programme (ACP Group of States), funded by the European Union (European Development Fund), and implemented by the ACP Group of States. The CFM will be held from 24-27 September at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The ttff/15 takes place from 15-29 September.
REGIONAL NEWS QUEEN IFRICA: GAYS LOVE MY MUSIC
GREGORY ISAACS GETS “COOL RULER” SPRING WATER AND PLAQUE AT 65 Iconic reggae crooner Gregory Isaacs continues to live on even in death. On the 65th anniversary of late bard’s birthday, several industry players including Copeland Forbes and Bongo Herman gathered to pay homage to him. The celebrations took place at the corner of Charles Street and Orange Street in Isaac’s hometown and saw the unveiling of a commemorative plaque in the legend’s name. The singers’ widow June Isaacs was present to launch ‘Cool Ruler’ the veteran singer’s spring water which was named after an album by Isaacs.
Queen Ifrica is often controversial about the topics she sings about and has in the past received some bashing for her anti-gay lyrics. But now the reggae songstress is saying that the gay community loves her music despite the touchy lyrical content. “I have worked extensively with people from the gay community since I did Daddy Don’t Touch Me There,” she said. “Some of them, their fathers were the ones responsible for breaking them into that lifestyle.” Ifrica also said that she is proud of herself for being bold for tackling those touchy topics in her music. “I feel proud of myself that I am able to stand in a time where it is taboo and cliché to speak the truth about anything that has to do with self-development and self- awareness,” she added. Queen Ifrica got some backlash from the gay community and some corporate companies during her performance at the 2013 Independence Grand Gala in Kingston. But she is saying that was a moment of spirituality for her. “What happened at the Grand Gala was something that was supposed to happen at that moment of spirituality and spiritual awareness, so that people
WORLD NEWS announced today through Apple Music's Beats 1 "Chart" show. And it looks like Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and Beyoncé are leading the pack with the most nods for one of music's biggest nights, which will air live from Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 9 p.m. Swift comes out on top with nine nods, including Video of the Year for "Bad Blood," Best Female Video and Best Pop Video for "Blank Space." Sheeran comes in second with six nominations, including Best Male Video and Best Pop Video for "Thinking Out Loud," and Best Choreography for "Don't." Meanwhile, Bey is up for five awards, including Video of the Year, Female Video and Best Pop Video for "7/11." But they're not the only stars up for an honor. Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Ellie Goulding and so many more are also hoping for your vote!
TAYLOR SWIFT, BET RELEASES ED SHEERAN AND STATEMENT DENYING BEYONCÉ LEAD MTV VMA’S NOMINATIONS PACK "BET UNCUT" REVIVAL Just after finding out that Miley Cyrus will be hosting the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, the nominations for the awards show were 8
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Despite news circulating from Black Sports Online and others that BET's late-night program BET Uncut will be returning this year,
could understand that we don’t live in a world where we can just go about and do what you want anymore,” Ifrica said. “We are censored, we are under scrutiny, there are elements among us who want to be gods and think that they are the ones who raise the sun in the morning and fall the rain so people are being more and more afraid.” BET has since released a statement refuting those claims. "During a taping of the first annual [NBA] Players Awards on Sunday in Las Vegas, The Game’s Pooch Hall spoke to Black Sports Online and confirmed the return of BET’s late night show," a statement from BET says. "Contrary to Hall’s quote on the Red Carpet and numerous reports from Hip Hop outlets, this is untrue. BET.com's email to Black Sports Online was not returned." BET Uncut was known for airing such sexually explicit videos after 3 AM as Nelly's "Tip Drill" and 50 Cent's "Disco Inferno." The show drew protests from many Historically Black Colleges & Universities, including Spelman College, which led to the program's cancelation in 2006. Jermaine Dupri hosted the final episode of BET Uncut in 2006.
NAME: Michaelo Richardson AGE: 22 HEIGHT: 6 flat WEIGHT: 175 CAREER: Mechanical Engineer/ Athlete. BRIEFS OR BOXERS: Boxers. FAVOURITE SCENT: Old
spice FAVOURITE THING: Family. YOUR DREAM GIRL: Loyal, open, crazy, funny, caring, pretty and one of a kind. Also, must be able to cook. YOU WERE HEARTBROKEN: Yes… Who hasn’t? (lol) But say what… that’s life! YOUR HERO: Superman. FAVOURITE FOOD: Spanish rice and stewed chicken. THE WAY TO YOUR HEART IS: By being like me. My heart is stronger than most. it is very large. I always place others before myself. YOU’D NEVER: I’d never hurt
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someone I really care about or travel to Mexico (lol) WHAT ABOUT PETS: I love dogs. I have two of them. THE ONE THING HE WANTS TO DO BEFORE HE DIES: Have a family of my own hopefully. Be happy! FAVOURITE ARTIST: Double M… Hey HAA!!! FAVOURITE MUSIC: All genres. FAVOURITE PLACE FOR A MEAL: Dream Restaurant (Sando) HAVE YOU EVER CHEATED: NEVER!!!
THE FREAKIEST THING YOU HAVE EVER DONE: Striptease at Tzar on their dance pole. WHERE’S YOUR WEAK SPOT: My heart. It can be my greatest strength at times, but also my greatest weakness. WHAT'S YOUR MOTIVATION: My family and what I want for my own family in the near future. YOUR WORKOUT REGIME: I do my own bodyweight workouts at home and also at the oval with close friends during the week. Plus, lots of running.
Name: Tamara Malcolm Age: 25 years old Hometown: Petit Bourg, San Juan Hobbies: Learning foreign languages, Garment designing and Hiking Career: Remedial Tutor Tamara Malcolm seems to be taking modeling as seriously as any of our local success stories in the past and as a result the future of this dark-skinned beauty looks exceedingly bright. Her short-term goal is to conquer the local pageant
world, but she also has eyes on creating new business avenues in the fashion industry. Tamara is an astute learner who looks up to designers such as Meiling, Sally’s Signature Designs, The Cloth, Adrian Foster and Zadd and Eastman. She also appreciates the works of internationally renowned Balmain and Louis Vuitton. With seven years in modeling (3 professionally) it is no secret that Malcolm would have worked with a large number of photogra-
phers. A few that come to mind are Cameron Wilson, Sio’s Photography, Sherwyn Williams, Stephen Doobal, Richard Munro, Gregory Reyes, Gary Jordan and Eustace Dyer. She says she maintains her photographic physique with a clean diet, lots of water and exercise at least four times per week. Where beauty is concerned, her regime is a ritual of cleanse, tone and moisturize in the morning with the use of Ponds cold cream to remove excess makeup.
Photographer – Cameron-James Wilson • MUA – Mario Francis
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CUTE CASUAL FASHION
chool is out and a lot of the working population is spending the ‘Jaugust’ period on vacation. It’s time to let your fashion represent your stress-free side. We know there will be events that require glamming up, but this is dedicated to those care-free casual couture moments. These looks will take you from your house to the corner and beyond without leaving you looking and feeling frumpy.
Use heels to dress up a simple white vest with jeans.
This all-white outfit with plunging neckline is a cute choice for a casual evening. This jeans shorts and basic black vest combo can take you to more places than you think.
This is how you do denim in the Caribbean. A breezy jeans vest with exposed midriff is both sexy and comfortable.
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FASHION This patterned dress reflects the colour and feel of the Caribbean.
A cute casual shirt/shorts combo that can even get you into the club.
Simple and stylish is this casual vest/skirt combo.
Exposed shoulders with a hint of leg beneath a flowing skirt equals cute, casual elegance.
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aving run the gamut of training options from modern dance with Carol La Chapelle, to ballet at the Caribbean School of Dance and stints with Joyfour Dance Company, Trinity Dance Theatre, Astor Johnson Repertory Dance Theatre, Metamorphosis and Second Avenue Dance Company in New York, it is no Surprise La Shaun Prescott became one of the most talked about dancers in T&T. Sadly, she is most well-known for her role as dance backup to Machel Montano, but she has used every opportunity as a stepping stone, launching her own school and more. ET&T caught up with this beautiful and amazing talent for an interview. However, you can get more of La Shaun and her work by checking her websites, www. LaShaunPrescott.com and www. ElleNYTT.com. She also, recently started a YouTube channel. www. Youtube.com/LaShaunPrescottOfficial.
ET&T: Having put in work for years, what was your “GT” moment? LSP: I think one of my biggest breakthrough moments would have been when I taught the open house class at the Mark Morris Dance Center in New York. It was my very first class as an official faculty member. I had 2 of my fellow Elle NYTT members there with me – Kate and Zulema, and as people just kept coming into the room, we just looked at each other. There were no words. At the end of the day, their admin staff messaged me to say I had the biggest class for the day with over 90 persons. Who would have thought people would be interested in taking a Soca class! ET&T: Was starting Elle as easy as you made it look? What were some of the challenges? LSP: Oh does it look easy? Ha! There have always been challenges. From my very first class, when there
LA SHAUN PRESCOTT to be stressed in the morning rush hour traffic. I might head to the studio from around 3, against the traffic, and depending on the time of year, we could be in the studio till maybe midnight, but these are now my “work hours.” The pay really comes when you see the look on the parents’ faces watching their child perform on stage.
were just 2 students. It was Zulema again who was there telling me – well La Shaun it might take some time to build you know. Here we are some years later and we have 31 dance classes a week from 3 ½ years go straight up to that lovely 60 year old who was in my class. We’re now operating out of three branches in Trinidad and one in New York. For me, one of the biggest challenges has always been managing personalities. Let me tell you… creative people are not the easiest to work with. This is where my sister and co-Director Halcyon Prescott Alexander comes in. ET&T: Do you think anyone can learn to dance or is it not for everybody? LSP: I think anyone can learn to dance. I’ve seen some people come to Elle NYTT dance classes starting with three (not two) left feet, no rhythm until you’re thinking “but aren’t you hearing the music?” These are some truly special moments when you see their progression and it makes everything all worth it. ET&T: Would you say that dance as an artform pays well? LSP: Well it’s not the best-paying when you stack it up against all the careers out there, but our remuneration in the field of dance is not monetary. There are so many other factors to consider when choosing a career path. Yes money may be one of them, but you cannot put a price on doing what you love. It took a while for me to start referring to what I do as work. I don’t have
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ET&T: Many would consider you to be a master of dance, but are there still routines that you have trouble learning? LSP: Well I am indeed humbled by this question. I don’t think there will ever be a time in life when anyone can say they have learnt everything. I have never done tap dance. This is one style that evaded me. During rehearsals for our last company show, I did a routine with Hamid Abdul Rahman and Adrian Daniel – World Hip Hop Championship Medalists. Almost every rehearsal I would ask myself “but who really send me boy?’ Added to which, my memory is not the best so in learning routines sometimes, I might forget the sequence but with enough practice, when it sticks, I don’t forget. ET&T: What are some of the projects you are working on? LSP: I’m heading back to New York in August and I’ll be teaching our Soca Classes at the Mark Morris Dance Center. I’m also planning a Caribbean Contemporary Dance Workshop while there – a genre that I recently decided I want to start pushing internationally, fusing the mainstream modern and contemporary styles that people are familiar with worldwide, with our Caribbean nuances. We’re also in discussions for the second edition of the Soca Master Classes in Guadeloupe. Finding new ways to expand Elle NYTT is an ongoing project through additional classes and new ideas. The dancers are preparing to go to this year’s World Hip Hop Championships in August under a collaborative Mega Crew. The other things that I have in the pipeline internationally I
can’t reveal as yet.
ET&T: Share a little bit about how you ended up with JC Management. LSP: I’ve been putting a lot of thought into making a distinction between the brand that is Elle NYTT and the brand La Shaun Prescott. Elle takes a lot of work and a lot of time, so I felt that having someone to focus specifically on La Shaun Prescott might be a novel approach. I needed someone who would be able to understand my values, my work ethic, and who would not be focusing on any of their clients so much that I would feel disadvantaged. I had been following their (JC Management’s) work with Patrice Roberts and I had personal interaction with them for an event that I was assisting with coordination in Tobago. In our initial discussions, Jelan admitted that he had never worked with a dancer/ choreographer and it would be new territory for him, but with his skill set, we felt we would be willing to give it a try. ET&T: Describe your dream gig. LSP: My dream gig would be to choreograph a Soca routine for So You Think You Can Dance. They have done Dancehall before so I don’t see it as a far stretch. I have also dreamt about taking a full musical production on an international tour completely produced by Elle NYTT. I would love to be able to give my dancers and choreographers that experience. ET&T: What is the biggest misconception about LaShaun Prescott? LSP: People tell me that they felt like they couldn’t approach me. I’ve also been told I appear to be unemotional. Furthest from the truth! ET&T: Who is LaShaun Prescott away from Dance? LSP: Umm… what? Away from dance? Excuse? What you talking about Willis? Seriously, my mind is not allowing me to come up with an answer…
MAKE IT YOUR DUTY TO MOISTURIZE
n the quest to stay young forever, men and women try all sorts of quirky methods. From heavily priced facials with weird names and equally weird ingredients to morning rituals that involve skin shaving, the market has also become bombarded with moisturizers that promise a youthful glow. Apart from the cheapest secret known to radiant skin, which is water, careful moisturizing can help keep skin looking young and soft to the touch. Facial cleansing is probably the most important of them all as the first thing that people are drawn to is your face. The skin type helps decide the type of moisturizer that is needed from oil-free to hydrating to non-comedogenic. See below for reasons why one should moisturize.
Persons with an oily skin type have questioned the use of moisturizers on their face. But even if your skin-type is oily, you should moisturize as this helps retain moisture that would have been washed away when cleansing or toning. Lack of moisture on the face can cause the face to produce its own oil, adding to an already existing situation.
Your skin’s constant exposure to the sunlight and other factors such as dust and climate changes can cause it to look dull, therefore losing its radiance. Moisturizer helps keep the skin free of blemishes and can cause the luster and brightness of the skin to return.
Make-up can dry out the skin and if it is not removed by cleansing at the end of the day, it can clog pores, leaving room for the appearance of blackheads and pimples. Moisturizing can replenish the skin’s surface and fight off the early signs of aging, that dead skin cells are known for causing.
Moisturizer with SPF (Sun protection factor) is the ideal moisturizer especially for those who live in tropical countries that have sun year-round. That does
not mean that persons who experience hot climates for certain periods of the year should not wear sunscreen also. Moisturizers with SPF do just that: protect the skin from the sun. Sun has been known to dry skin and create rough patches which can flake, peel or leave a white, kind of ‘chalky’ appearance on skin.
Moisturizer can also rejuvenate the skin at night. Although one school of thought suggests that moisturizing at nights is bad, while sleeping your skin tends to get dehydrated. As a precautionary method, moisturize your face. This provides the hydration your face needs to pump up your skin cells. www.amgtt.com • JULY, 2015 • ET&T 17
ith a name like De Luxe, one would expect a certain air of sophisticaW tion and elegance aboard the Harbour
Master to celebrate a celebrity birthday. However, the celebrity in question - Ian ‘Bunji Garlin’ Alvarez- encouraged his specially invited patrons to let loose and leave their stushness on land. They all obliged and his fellow celebrity guests as well as some lucky fans had bubbled the day away to great music on the high seas.
Showing their style sensibilities
Getting her pic on
This trio had fun
Getting some solo shine
Yes bai !!!
A whole bottle Ding Dong?
Rocking cool casual couture
The girls dem darling indeed
Three is glee
All black everything
Comfortable In her skin
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Photos makers and takers
Couples were welcomed
Simple, but sexy
Doing what crews do
Showing some skin
Banging in blue
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This hottie had no chill
The birthday boy chilling with Sunny Bling
Half and half
MK CURRY DUCK, CAR SHOW AND SOUND OFF C
urry Duck cook offs have become a big part of Trini culture while car/audio shows are generally well received by males across the country as well. Put them together and you have a massive event that the entire family can enjoy. Nobody does car shows better than MK Promotions and they were the ones responsible for this event at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. The participants in the cook-off went all out with presentation and technique and it is obvious that Trinbago has some top talent when it comes to vehicular detailing and audio installation as well. ET&T couln’t pass up on the vibes, sights and of course… FOOD!!!
This is just so wrong
A proud team
Now that’s a creative cooler
Chameleon paintjob on display
Prepping his ingredients
Standing by their creations
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Adding the finishing touches to his dish
Even the toys are kitted
Teaching sound boys a lesson
Bass Monsters inside…
ASK PHONICS MEET AND GREET
merging literary discourse entity Ask Phonics hosted a meet and greet recently where memE bers had a chance to share views, opinions and advice while getting to know one another. It took place at the Ask home base in Diego Martin and saw an active crowd converge to enjoy the goings on.
Personalized cupcakes means it’s serious
Networking via networks
A very expressive individual
Posing with the founder
The suave pose
Proper mic holding technique
Using technology to his advantage
Exposing her inner model
Even the kids came out
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TRIBE PRESENTS: THE FORBIDDEN A
rguably the largest Carnival band operating out of Trinidad and Tobago, its not secret that Tribe would have one of the most highly anticipated band launches of the season. Dean Akin and crew revamped the way Tribe does mas by including a lot more fashion and traditional mas flair to the costumes revealed at the launch. There was a beautiful mix of bikini mas and cloth-centric carnival road couture. The drinks inclusive events which saw a large turnout to witness the festivities, took place at the Queens Park Savannah and also featured costumes from the 10 sections of Bliss. Here’s a sneak peek at the evolution of Tribe’s mas.
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THE LITTLE THINGS
he good, hardworking members of the Fashion Police are not T out to embarrass or hurt anyone. Even the worst fashion offender needs the benefit of the doubt. Sometimes, the offences themselves are not that bad, but we think these are the offences that need to be highlighted. The two offenders highlighted here, weren’t incredibly bad. However, they made some little mistakes.
It you aren’t playing tennis or netball there really isn’t any reason to rock high cut sneakers with your short skirt. The outfit shows the promise of class, but then ends at the feet in an overly casual manner.
We are not criticizing the fact she is also wearing J’s. Her choice of a romper makes it a little more acceptable. However, she should have chosen the appropriate bra to be worn with that top. Those visible straps are a fashion crime.
PAPARAZZI BOOM CHAMPIONS CO-WORKERS JAHMOUN AND JADE CAMPBELL BUBBLE ON BUNJI’S BIRTHDAY BOATRIDE.
FIRST KLASE AND SHADE MISCHIF ROCK OUT IN WEIRD FASHION ON A BOATRIDE.
KERNAL ROBERTS IS ALL SMILES AS HE POSES WITH AN UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE.
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Name: Amy Beth Schumer Age: 34 (June 1, 1981) Profession: Comedienne/ Actress Claim to Fame: Like Sarah Silverman before her, comedian Amy Schumer has turned shock value into an art form. Combining cute, unassuming looks with the darkest of black comedy, Schumer gets audiences to let down their guards before hitting them with outrageous one-liners and material that goes well beyond the
limits of accepted "good taste." She gets away with it, too, because she knows how to write a really good joke. The Long Island native first began performing standup comedy in New York in 2004. Schumer’s growth continued with her placing fourth on Season Five of the NBC reality competition Last Comic Standing. In 2011, she released her first stand-up album, Cutting,
on Comedy Central Records. Her first hour-long stand-up special, Mostly Sex Stuff, premiered on Comedy Central in 2012. This spawned Schumer's Comedy Central series, Inside Amy Schumer, which premiered in spring of 2013. She is now riding a new wave of success as the Judd Apatow directed Trainwreck (a movie she wrote and starred in) is currently the number one comedy movie worldwide.
DO YOU PREFER BLOCKBUSTERS OR AWARDS FARE? S
ome people love action-packed entertainment to get the adrenal glands working. Others like movies that are a little more thought-provoking (even if they have action in them). Here are good choices to satisfy either type of person and they’re coming soon.
team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. Look forward
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation A fairly simple premise considering the show’s content, but one that should be effective nonetheless. This is how the new MI3 movie is being billed after the earliest of screenings. In the film, Ethan and 28 ET&T • JULY, 2015 • www.amgtt.com
to Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg and more returning to their famous roles in this potential blockbuster.
The Revenant This movie lacks the blockbuster potential of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, but it could very well be a favourite during awards season. Tom Hardy and Leonardo DiCaprio lead this film inspired by a legendary true story. The story is set in the 1820s when frontiersman, Hugh Glass, set out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
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In this issue: The Essence of Ebony beauty Explored Cute Casual Couture Legends Carded for Gospel in the City The Band Launches Have Begun
Published on Aug 4, 2015
In this issue: The Essence of Ebony beauty Explored Cute Casual Couture Legends Carded for Gospel in the City The Band Launches Have Begun