Posted by: lisaparavisini | October 7, 2015

Buzzing Hemisphere/ Rumor Hemisférico by Urayoán Noel


Noel’s poems are so full of energy and wit that they don’t sit still on the page. Indeed, this dynamic Puerto Rican poet navigates his verse is both English and Spanish, surprising the reader with challenging structures, linguistic leaps and arresting word play. The hemisphere is the Americas, where the voices of the immigrant, the traveler, and the exile (among many others) come together in polyphonic song to celebrate this troubled yet beautiful mass of contradictions we call culture—and home.

Urayoán Noel is originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He earned his BA from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras, his MA from Stanford, and his PhD from New York University. He is the author of a number of collections of poetry, including Los días porosos(2012); Hi-Density Politics(2010); Boringkén (2008);Kool Logic/La lógica kool(2005), named one of the Books of 2006 by the Puerto Rican newspaper El nuevo día.The accompanying spoken word and performance DVD to Kool Logic/La lógica kool,Kool Logic Sessions, was produced in 2005 as a collaboration with composer Monxo López. Noel has also translated the chapbook ILUSOS by Edwin Torres (2010).

Posted by: lisaparavisini | October 7, 2015

Locally Produced Film to be Featured at Caribbean Cinemas


Come next Friday [October 16th], a locally produced film will be featured at Caribbean Cinemas at Buckley’s.

Afes Hilda, a medical student in St. Kitts, is the co-producer. She said the drama film features a great mix of African and Kittitian actors who collaborated to help promote African culture.

“Next week Friday, it actually will be premiering at the cinemas by 7:20. It’s titled Kukoyii. It’s a very exciting African drama. It was shot here, locally produced here in St. Kitts, which is very exciting. We have a cast ranging from locals to students here. We try to make sure to get everyone involved in this project. It’s like a collaboration. It’s an African-Kittitian film, first of its kind,” Hilda stated.

Afes Hilda and her team of actors are making a name for themselves as it relates to film production. She said in addition to promoting African culture here in St. Kitts, they realise that the local community loves African movies and as such, want to fill that entertainment void.

“Last year, we actually did put out a play. It was titled Azara. But this time around, we decided to step it up a notch and take it to the movies and we know that a lot of people are actually fans of the African movies so we’re trying to bring that culture in and incorporate it in the Caribbean culture here to bring some more of that,” she said.

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Posted by: lisaparavisini | October 7, 2015

New Book: The Cruel Country by Judith Ortiz Cofer


The bittersweet homecoming to Puerto Rico after receiving news that her mother was on her deathbed is the impetus behind Ortiz Cofer’s beautifully-rendered memoir. Suddenly, language fails her, and yet it’s also the thread that helps her piece together her roles as daughter and writer in order to make sense of the loss of her mother and of the motherland that inspired so much of her prose and poems. The cruel country of grief is a place we all eventually inhabit, Ortiz Cofer tells us, but it’s a shared experience, which makes it a little less lonely.

Posted by: lisaparavisini | October 7, 2015

New Book: The Island Kingdom by Pablo Medina


Medina’s poetry is always attuned to the nature of beauty and longing, particularly for his native Cuba, and for the wondrous journeys (and emotions) he has experienced or imagined. The burning questions of spirituality and fulfillment weigh heavily on this latest collection as the speaker grapples with the melancholia of doubt, desire and despair: “Panther, panther, let the slaughter come,/ let the truth be learned, let the bullet/ blossom in you like the flower of forgetfulness.”

Cuban-born Medina is the author of four novels, eight poetry collections, three books of translation, and a memoir. His books of poetry include THE ISLAND KINGDOM (Hanging Loose Press, 2015), THE MAN WHO WROTE ON WATER (Hanging Loose Press, 2011), THE FLOATING ISLAND (White Pine Press, 1999), and ARCHING INTO THE AFTERLIFE (Bilingual Review Press, 1991).He directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Emerson College.

Posted by: lisaparavisini | October 7, 2015


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Guest speakers to include the director/producer Susanne Moss, editor/post production supervisor Jim Biffle and Cuban cultural expert Frank Quintero.

la Fiesta del Fuego (the Fire Festival) celebrates Caribbean culture, history and religious traditions.  Native Indians, Santeros and Rastafarians perform sacred rituals passed-down by their ancestors.  The festival concludes with a spectacular burning of an effigy of the devil!  The “fire” symbolizes ridding the world of all its bad influences and evil.

In the documentaries section of this site you will find purchase and rental options for this documentary.


On Thursday, October 15, 2015, from 6:30 to 8:30pm, the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Goldsmiths will hold the first event celebrating its 33rd year: a re-launch when the Centre will become known as the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies (CCDS).

Professor Joan Anim-Addo, Director of the Centre for Caribbean and Diaspora Studies, will give an inaugural lecture entitled, ‘Groundings: Visionaries, Books, Bridges and Feeling the Rain’.

This event will take place at the Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths, University of London.

To attend, please RSVP to

Posted by: ivetteromero | October 7, 2015

The Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche Poetry Prize

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The Board of Directors of the International Poetry Festival in Puerto Rico [Festival Internacional de Poesía en Puerto Rico (FIPPR)] recently decided to rename its Poetry Prize—given in an annual poetry contest for works in Spanish—in honor of Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche—it will now be known as the Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche Poetry Prize [Premio de Poesía Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche].

The Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche Poetry Award will launched on Thursday, October 15, at 7:00pm, at the Puerto Rican Athenaeum in Puerta de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico. For this event, the FIPPR has invited the National Poetry Award winner Mateo Morrison, from the Dominican Republic, to deliver the keynote speech.

Vicente Rodríguez Nietzsche (Puerto Rico, 1942) was the founder of the Guajana poetry group (of the 1960s), which represented a new generation of writers that critiqued the status quo on the island, writing and publishing poetry that broke with the literary trends of the previous generations and promoted social awareness.

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The Caribbean Research Cluster for Population and Sustainable Development at the University of the West Indies-St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, is hosting a three-day conference to be held January 7-9, 2016: “Population Issues in Trinidad and Tobago: Theory, Practice and Policy.” Following is a call for papers and an invitation to attend. Many thanks to Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard (Senior Fellow at the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies) for bringing this item to our attention.

Call for Papers/Invitation: For colleagues, students (including those reading CAPE subjects) and other interested persons, the Caribbean Research Cluster for Population and Sustainable Development is hosting a three-day conference at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago, during January 7-9, 2016.  The Conference is entitled “Population Issues in Trinidad and Tobago: Theory, Practice and Policy”.

You are invited to submit an abstract in order to participate as a panelist presenting a paper or you may opt to participate as a delegate by attending the conference and being part of the audience. This is the first time that a conference of this nature will be hosted in Trinidad and Tobago. The conference will address key issues that have impacted negatively upon the development of Trinidad and Tobago from the perspective of different disciplines that focus on population issues and generate insights that assist in understanding the myriad hitherto uncharted outcomes that characterize contemporary and prospective experiences of the peoples of Trinidad and Tobago. Local, regional and international experts are among the impressive list of speakers that will present papers at this conference.

[Please note that similar conferences are planned for the Windward Islands, the Leeward Islands, Barbados, Jamaica and the Mainland CARICOM States (Belize, Guyana and Suriname).]

For more details on this conference, please visit the conference website at

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Caribbean 360 reports that U.S. actor and civil rights activist Danny Glover is not impressed by UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s call for Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean to move on from slavery, saying that the British leader demonstrated his “ignorance” in making that call.

Glover is in Jamaica at the invitation of chairman of the CARICOM Reparations Commission and vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles who penned an open letter to Cameron ahead of his visit to the island last week, urging him to answer the loud calls for reparations.

Addressing the Jamaica Parliament, Cameron announced a package of over £360 million (US$545.8 million) of bilateral aid for the region, but said that while slavery was and is abhorrent in all its forms and “has no place whatsoever in any civilized society and Britain is proud to have eventually led the way in its abolition”, no reparations would be coming from his country.

“That the Caribbean has emerged from the long, dark shadow it cast is testament to the resilience and spirit of its people. I acknowledge that these wounds run very deep indeed. But I do hope that, as friends who have gone through so much together since those darkest of times, we can move on from this painful legacy and continue to build for the future,” he said at the time.

Glover, addressing a Gleaner Editors’ Forum during a visit to The Gleaner newspaper this week, slammed Cameron’s position.

“To make such an outrageous statement is an insult . . . and it just shows his ignorance,” the actor was quoted as saying.

“If you don’t bring up the issue, the brutality of it, you don’t get a discussion around it . . . As always, you are going to have people who take the most extreme position against it. They only take that position on it because they know it’s a viable discussion, discourse happening.”

In fact, addressing a breakfast forum held in his honour yesterday, Glover urged Jamaicans not to forget their history.

“When we talk about reparations we are taking in our ancestors’ stories,” he said. “To understand what our ancestors had to do to get us to this point; it only encourages us and reinforces what we have to do to take the next step.”

“Let’s move this moment, let’s protect this moment as it redefines us, redefines our passion, redefines our determination, and so redefines our will to make the community a transformative community,” Glover added.

Meantime, while addressing the Gleaner Editors’ Forum, Glover suggested that rather than pump £25 million (US$38 million) into the construction of a new prison, as announced by Cameron, Britain should give schools and infrastructure.

[Photo by Manoj Jayagoda Photography.]

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Posted by: ivetteromero | October 7, 2015

Rihanna in Cuba: The Cover Story


Rihanna (and her photos in Havana) graces the cover of the November 2015 issue of Vanity Fair. The magazine includes a feature article on the Bajan singer’s origins and rise to stardom (with a series of stunning photographs by Annie Leibovitz). Here are excerpts:

Rihanna, born Robyn Rihanna Fenty 27 years ago in Bridgetown, Barbados, grew up in a family so close-knit that her report card had to be taken around to every aunt and uncle, and if she didn’t take it to them, they came over to her house to see it. She says that everybody knew what everyone else did and how well every child did in school—you couldn’t hide your failures; you had to face them. She memorized textbooks (her mother was very strict about grades) and played sports with her two younger brothers, Rorrey and Rajad. But from an early age she was obsessed with music: first reggae artists Barrington Levy and Beres Hammond, then Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston. Rihanna’s career began in 2004 when two American record producers, Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken—both of whom were married to Bajan women and vacationed in Barbados—heard her sing at a local audition, made demos with her, and eventually brought her to the U.S., where she lived in Stamford, Connecticut, with Rogers and his family. They made more demos and tried to get her a record deal. In 2005, at age 16, she auditioned for Def Jam Records’ then group chairman, L. A. Reid, president and C.E.O. Jay Z, and executives Jay Brown and Tyran “Ty Ty” Smith.


[. . .] Rihanna’s rise happened fast. “Pon de Replay,” an island-inspired dancehall tune, became a hit, followed by “SOS,” “Umbrella,” “Rude Boy,” “Only Girl (in the World),” “We Found Love,” “Diamonds,” and many others. She worked nonstop, releasing seven albums in eight years, and today, 10 years after her debut, she’s accumulated 54 million album sales, 13 No. 1 singles, and 210 million downloaded tracks. She’s toured and performed live concerts for millions of people around the world. She’s got 7 billion video views on YouTube, 50.7 million followers on Twitter, 25.4 million on Instagram, and 81.7 million Facebook fans. Even before her acting stint in the 2012 action movie Battleship, her fans called themselves her “navy.” She’s a singer, songwriter, producer, actress (most recently she voiced a character in the animated movieHome), a mentor on this season of The Voice, fashion designer, style setter (she was the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s 2014 Fashion Icon, was named to the International Best-Dressed List for the first time this year, is the creative director for Puma and the face of Dior’s Secret Garden campaign), entrepreneur (seven fragrances, a creative director for the Stance sock company), philanthropist (her foundation helps build cancer-treatment centers in Barbados, among other charitable activities), and eight-time Grammy winner. [. . .]

Full article will be available online on October 8 and on newsstands on October 12. Also see

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