Dr. King's Monument in Washington DC

Martin Luther King Jr. and the long walk to freedom.

Earlier this week on January 15, 2019, Martin Luther King Junior would have turned 90 if his life hadn’t been abruptly ended by an assassin on April 4, 1968. In 2019, MLK Jr. day is being observed for the first time by the company I work for and the company is urging employees to engage in a National Day of Service in recognition of MLK’s life and legacy. The company’s acknowledgement for me is both a sign of momentum and anxiety in the comprehensive dialogue about Diversity & Inclusion in America.

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Confusing Stairs

Word of the Week: Vy-kee-vy

  • Vai-ki-vai, vaillequevaille, vai-qui-vai, vie-que-vie, vike-e-vike,vi-ke-vi, vikeyvy, vy-kee-vy, vy-ki-vy (adj):  Lackadaisical; disorderly; unplanned;chaotic; irresponsible; without care or thought. French Creole vai ki vai; French vaille que vaille ‘for better or worse’ 
    • I am a true-true Trini, I do things vy-ki-vy.  I don’t need to answer questions, Like who, when, what, where, why? I live the carefree now-for-now, Worship the nine-day- wonder, I have no future plans or hopes, No scruples to live under. (Wilkes 1994)
Black Pregnant Women Standing in a field

Word of the Week: Carnival Baby

  • Carnival Baby (n):  A child born about nine months after Carnival usually in November. (From being conceived during Carnival fever.)
    • The acceptance of normally disapproved social practices such as the public consumption of alcohol and forms of sexual interaction also relate to this phenomenon, as gang warfare, no less than male/female relationships and the Carnival-baby syndrome, contribute to a societal detumescence even if for certain portions of the society more than others.
Two women kissing and taking a selfie.

Can you do Trinidad Carnival on a budget?

I was recently olë talking with two 🐎 of mine about Carnival. I eh go call no names, because ah recently travelled with them to 🇯🇲 and I eh want to blowup dey spot.

Trinidad and Tobago flag

Word of the Week: Tringlish

  • Tringlish (n):  A humorous name for the local vernacular, considered as a variety or dialect of English, or as an English-related creole language.
    • Yuh see, we in dis country does talk a t’ing we call “Tringlish” – Is a kinda secon‘ language to true, true English and to beside we does talk it fas’, fas’ and put een plenty ah we own local words like: obzokee, mamaguy, mehrazmee, tootoolbay, tobiaxee an’ t’ing. (Elcock 1997)