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Black Panther: Symbol of Black Power in the Caucasian Paradigm

Submitted by Margaret Brito PhD Let us welcome Margaret Brito to the BU family. Do not ever forget that the BU forum is about a melting pot of ideas, opinions- a forum where academics and ordinary share a single space. – David, blogmaster The image of the black panther is a symbol of Black power […]

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Dancin Africa: Black Lives Matter

“View a video of the award winning dance entitled BLACK LIVES MATTER, choreographed by Aisha Comissiong and performed by Dancin Africa. This was one of the stand out dances at the recently concluded CARIFESTA arts festival in Barbados. It is the ultimate REPARATIONS DANCE!”

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Flashback to Old Barbados

It is important for Barbadians to remember our history. The pictures in the BU gallery were captured from the Facebook Timeline of Dolores Grandison. The pictures vividly demonstrate the progress we have made on many fronts. The struggle is how do we continue to advance change in our little country that is positive and respect […]

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Carifesta to the Rescue?

Submitted by David Comissiong With CARIFESTA a mere week or so away, and with Barbados and most of the Caribbean enmeshed in social and governmental dysfunction and crisis, the fundamental question that arises is as follows:- “Will we use CARIFESTA to launch a powerful cultural and artistic Campaign to regenerate our Barbadian and wider Caribbean […]

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We Culture | DJs Play FOREIGN Oldie Goldies at 2017 Pic O De Crop Finals

Submitted by Hamilton Hill Just last Tuesday I called the Fireworks program on the Voice Of Barbados and had what I thought was a spirited chat with its hosts relative to the scant regard shown to the art form of Calypso in Barbados. I made the point that the nationally owned TV station opted to […]

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UWITV Region Talk: Interview With Veteran Caribbean Entertainer Richard “Dick” Stoute

The UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES has started its own television programming , known as UWI TV. The attached programme is a wide-ranging and in-depth interview with Mr. RICHARD STOUTE of Barbados, a veteran entertainer and youth mentor. The series from which this interview is taken is called “REGION TALK”. Look out for other REGION […]

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A Carifesta Dance of Shame Explanation

Which country that you know of, would host CARIFESTA, and would organize a major international Dance exposition as the central event of the Festival, but would refuse to include a single one of their local or national dance groups in the said Dance exposition? Well, if you guessed that the country is none other than […]

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A Carifesta Dance of Shame!

Which country that you know of, would host CARIFESTA, and would organize a major international Dance exposition as the central event of the Festival, but would refuse to include a single one of their local or national dance groups in the said Dance exposition? Well, if you guessed that the country is none other than […]

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Sir Ruel Has Traditional Traditional Media Running for Cover

Two of the more popular calypsos of the season by Chad ”Sir Ruel” Bowen have been banned by the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)  and Voice of Barbados (VOB). Not a surprise to many is the fact the two social commentary songs deal with political references in Barbados. To be expected the CBC has banned both […]

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Keith Neblett -General Manager of the National Conservation Commission Orders Coral Stone Sculptures @Batts Rock DESTROYED

The following was extracted from Rosemary’s Facebook page. There is rising concern and anger by Creatives at the callous manner Keith Neblett, General Manager of the National Conservation Commission (NCC) has dealt with the matter of coral stone sculptures located at Batts Rock. This is the same Neblett who was a key player in screwing […]

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Valuing Our Own

Read this entry on the famous Barbadian Ken Jone’s Facebook timeline and it resonated. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. It explains the DNA of an ordinary Bajan. Ken Jones 1 hr ·   The Greatest grave 50 years of Independence .I listen to Larry Mayers and hear all the comments etc.. […]

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Law and Public Decency

Wow! What an Editorial the Barbados Advocate posted today (08/12/2016). BU sides with the author of the editorial, tail wagging the dog indeed! Should he find the time to reflect further on it, the Honourable Minister of Culture, Mr Stephen Lashley, will readily concede that his response of “It’s not illegal” was a surprisingly inadequate […]

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The Jeff Cumberbatch Column – Pride and the “other” Industry

It is the Sunday before Kadooment and the minds of most readers, more likely than not, will be concentrated wonderfully on matters such as the various parties, the identity of the Calypso Monarch and likely Tune of the Crop for 2016, with securing a costume for the street parade on Monday, or simply entertaining friends […]

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2016 Crop Over Festival – One Big Party

The 2016 Crop Over Festival is quickly approaching its grand finale (Kadooment).  A key ingredient that helps to make the festival is the music. There are the many genres -calypso, traditional soca, bashment soca.  To support the music are the parties galore: Fyah De Wuk, Jalapeno Sunrise, Caesar’s Army Ambush BIM, Jalapeno Sunrise, Puff of […]

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Conflict of Interest

Today I finally got the opportunity to go and view the NCF Crop Over Visual Arts Festival 2016 held at the Central Bank of Barbados. I was disappointed in the number of pieces on show compared to last year, the quality of some of the pieces, the absence of many of big name artistes. I […]

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EMMERTON, The Anguished Cry of Those CHEATED in the Name of EMANCIPATION

Submitted by Ras Jahaziel This video uses the famous song called “Emmerton” to expose the injustice of Black Emancipation, a sordid act that compensated the owners of slaves to the tune of trillions of dollars, while leaving the X-Slaves in a landless and vulnerable condition where they are forced to live from rent to rent, […]

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The Rise of the Millennials – Generation Sucks …?

Have a look at this 2:17 minute video where a Millennial goes postal on her generation. Members of the older generation will agree with her view. Some will dismiss her ‘rant’ as the usual tension between generations. The flipside is that there is the danger of dismissing legitimate concerns by the millennial by dumping it […]

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Crime and Girls

Submitted by the Mahogany Coconut Group We now seem to be concerned that our young women are active participants in dangerous criminal activity. Societies do not become submerged in deviant behavior over night, this so called new phenomenon, has once more proven that […]

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