In the bewildering variety of things that come over the electronic transom we now have on the internet, there occasionally comes a gem that stops you in your tracks; even more rare is the gem that gives you goose bumps. This weekend from my friend George Jardim came one of the latter. It was a video of an address by Lieutenant General Jay Silveria, Head of the United States Air Force (USAF) Academy who was responding to an incident involving racial slurs being written on a message board in the USAF Prep School there. Speaking to an assembly of hundreds of people, including faculty, staff and workers at the Academy, he began by referring to the racial slurs as “having no place in the USAF” and he went on to talk about responses to the slurs:
“The appropriate response is a better idea, which is why I’m here with all these hundreds of faculty and staff, all aspects of the 10th Air Base Wing. We have a better idea…..
Calypso achieved popularity with the arrival of calypso tents in Port-of-Spain, particularly from the first commercial recordings in the 1930s, and from the spread of the tents after World War Two ended in 1945.
This week, in the aftermath of the Category 5 hurricanes ripping up the Caribbean, some gripping videos and still photos are making the rounds, and a standout in the lot is a BBC documentary on Hurricane Irma titled ‘Apocalypse and the Aftermath’.
As anyone who has seen me perform knows, I frequently go off in some good-natured commentary on various things cultural, and one of them is the effectiveness of our dialect, so that a reaction from Bernard Fernandes, a diaspora Guyanese, lauding a point about dialect I recently made, leads me to shout, as I have before, for the value of our dialect and to consequently object when it is attacked.
Before I went to live in Grand Cayman in 1980, I felt that I had some idea of what a hurricane would be like – high winds, plenty rain, houses boarded up, stores closed, and, in the case of low-lying islands such as Grand Cayman, a few feet of sea-water coming ashore.
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