Culture Box


Another Emancipation Day has come and gone. This year’s celebration marked 177 years since our enslaved forebears were set free. The day, August 1, is marked by a celebration held in the National Park under the auspices of the African Cultural Development Association (ACDA) which seems to set itself forward as the national authority on African culture.

Tragic lives

A mere 22, the age at which many young women are starting their careers, Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of legendary singer Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown has died and will likely be laid to rest on Monday although a funeral service is reportedly set for today.

Who are you?

Often, when people are asked ‘Who are you?’ they respond by giving their names. Sometimes they also give their addresses and depending on the situation in which the question is asked, they might give their job title, or they might refer to their lineage.

Disaster barely avoided

“Let we in nuh officer.” “Is me president swearing and I gaffo see it.” These were some of the pleas made to the junior police ranks who were at times assisted by fire officers in manning the gate at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence on May 26.

Making a study of it

Die-hard fans of some musicians and actors make it their duty to learn everything they possibly can about them and then retain what they would have learned so that they are able to rattle off all of the statistics whenever they need to make a point.


So the talk of the town, or rather the globe for the past week has been the Met Gala. Never mind the lack of relevance to Guyana; everyone who is connected to social media in any form or fashion would have been able to see the ‘gowns’ that were worn and the commentary that followed.

Bad publicity


Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, long seen as one of the darlings of Bollywood and India for that matter, found herself in some hot water this past week after an advertisement she did for a huge Indian jewellery chain was slammed for being racist and promoting child slavery.

Thinking out loud

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Ed Sheeran’s new song “Thinking Out Loud” from his album ‘x’ seems to be all the rage these days. It’s on the radio; it’s on the internet; it’s on the charts and Sheeran has been nominated for a few Billboard Music Awards, although those are for the album and for him as the singer as opposed to the song itself.

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