Putting drama first

Pardon me for being repetitive, but with the recently concluded graduation of artists across their respective fields under the newly formed Institute of Creative Arts; and the National Drama Festival’s first set of plays to be staged in less than a month, I feel it is my duty to return to arts and its place in our future.

The Umana Yana

In the month we celebrate the aboriginal people of Guyana the tragic destruction of the Umana Yana by fire on September 9 was an unfortunate blow to the heritage and celebration of Amerindian Heritage Month, Guyanese history and our culture.

Celebrating our first peoples

September is the month when we celebrate the first peoples of this land; their culture, their heritage, their history and remember why special attention needs to be placed on protecting their livelihoods, and their land.

Let the music play

Listening to Rihanna earlier this week (not on the radio) plead with the DJ to put the song “pon de replay” and also to “turn the music up” because “all the gyal on the dance floor wantin’ some more” suddenly reminded me that I had not listened to the radio in a while.

Theatre Workshop

For nearly a month now, as part of my ambition to explore the culture and art of dear old Guyana and dive into vacation season I started attending theatre classes after weeks of consultation and advice from dramatists.

Lisa Punch deserves our votes

Social media in Guyana has been on fire since Sunday with “Lisa Punch” and “Rising Star” trending.

Comedy Night at Upscale

There are some people who will say and absolutely believe that Georgetown is a boring city with nothing to see, nothing to do and nothing to experience but I say experiences can come out of nowhere; it is a journey you make yourself to explore, to live and always try new things.

Maya Angelou

World renowned American poet and author Marguerite Ann Johnson, popularly known by her penname Maya Angelou died on Wednesday morning at the age of 86.

Pageant season (Part 2)

When it comes to local pageants Miss Guyana Universe has always been the most anticipated; there must be a great deal of pressure on the wearer of this crown and to a lesser extent, the Miss Guyana World title holder as well.

Pageant season

It’s that time of the year again when the air grows thick with competition and rivalry as a magnitude of pageants unroll.

JADA

By Mariatha Causway Aka Jennifer Thomas   In my belly The ultra sound Portrayed your sweetness In profile view.

Kaieteur!

So we landed and I exited the plane stretching and appreciating the environment.

My next big adventure

As the Chinese Philosopher Lao-tzu taught “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step” and so a year ago, I made the first step in my commitment to explore this country; its cultures and people, places and things in what I deem would be my ultimate adventure, spiritual even as I try to be in touch with Guyana.

Woman I am

By Mariatha Causway Aka Jennifer Thomas I am woman I am built strongly Specifically To ride on the emotional waves Of my love On the tides of child bearing

Let’s talk tourism

In this little piece of paradise we call Guyana, we hardly depend on the tourism industry yet we have much to offer.

It’s Mashramani! But is the hard work done?

I would love to know why we really celebrate Mashramani. Ask a school child and he or she will say almost robotically, “Mashramani is a celebration after hard work.”  Hard work my –bleep – Is the work done?

Play more local

The clarion call for local music to be given its rightful place on radio, television and live shows is a song whose refrain is very well known.

Soca or Ragga? love it anyway!

I love Soca music! Absolutely love it! The genre defines my phone’s playlist and I have the energy for it.

Battle in my mind

Honestly, no one knows the constant battles in my head. There are three personas: I call them Joy, Sadness and Anger, all speaking at the same time; all telling stories and trying to solve puzzles.

I stand with the ones…

I stand with the ones who are disrespected, who are wronged and simply put, tired of it all.

Shaking My Head

I know I said all of this before, but it really is worth repeating.

Christmas in GT

The way the season started, I just was not feeling it. Murphy’s Law kicked in and everything that could possibly go wrong did.

(Crazy) people make the world go round

To the casual observer, I’m probably just a shy kid, who always has his phone in his hands, or his headphones plugged into his ears as he walks—as my friend describes it—like a peacock, head in the air, synchronised steps and seeming to have not a care in the world.

Sports and potential

Me, I’m not a sports guy. Not that I hate it: I love playing softball; could slam a few tennis balls; I used to cycle; was great at sprinting and long jumping.

Nostalgia

Earlier this week, I sat down with my young cousin helping him study for a literature test.

Christmas is in the air

The glitz and glamour of the commercialised Christmas sparkles everywhere; trees are going up, streets are filled with pedestrian traffic, shops and stalls are springing up all over and police officers are now on almost every city block downtown.

Why not support our own?

There is something awfully sad about the entertainment industry in Guyana. Some people even argue that this industry is non-existent but we do have one; though skewed, it is very present in society.

BB blues

Remember that BlackBerry craze in 2009? Remember it again in 2011? Well you definitely won’t forget 2013’s rush as everyone with a smartphone signed in this week to download BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for the Android and iOS.

Professionalism is the key

There are certain careers where one must display professionalism. No, excuse me, in every career one must display professionalism not just to uphold the goodwill of the company they serve, but because of their own integrity and the need to respect those to whom they provide a service.

50 and counting?

The University of Guyana (UG) is celebrating its golden anniversary this month. Fifty years and still going strong?