The Caribbean community is today in uproar after one of its very comedic influencers became the centre of allegations of physical abuse as detailed by his significant other. The community is adamant that no acts of violence against women or children for that matter, will be condoned, this after the female in question broke her silence via social media, explaining that she has been the victim of traumatic attacks and even alleging that her life could have been snuffed out when her attacker allegedly drew a gun against her.
This feature deals specifically with warning signs for women as it relates to the potential of attack by their significant other. We believe it has become necessary- and it really always has been imperative that information be made available to persons should they become victims of domestic violence or any type of abuse.
Breakingthecycle.org, a website platform that aims to break the cycle of violence in relationships specifically for young people, explains that dating abuse encompasses many types of abuse, including physical, emotional, verbal, digital and sexual. “It can be hard to tell when a behaviour crosses the line from healthy to unhealthy or abusive,” the site explains, noting that dating violence is a pattern and as such, women are encouraged to be aware of these early warning signs, and what could become a series of abusive behaviors over time.
CLICK NEXT FOR THE SIGNS.
Explosive Temper: Many people can anger quickly, but this kind of temper should stand out because it is so volatile and unpredictable. One minute, they could be joking around and laughing, and the next they could be screaming in someone’s face.
Intimidation: Does one partner make the other one feel afraid, even with a look or gesture? Do they smash things or destroy property? Do they threaten to hurt their partner? Are they abusing pets, like kicking the dog when it barks? Do they like to show off their weapons? These are all examples of intimidation being used to keep the victim “in line” and show them who’s “in charge” of the relationship. In a healthy relationship, neither partner feels afraid of the other.
Mood Swings: It’s normal to feel the full range of emotions over time. Sometimes you feel angry, happy and sad all in one day. But potential abusers exhibit rapid mood swings to the point where they feel like a different person. This is sometimes referred to as the “Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde” phenomenon, where the abuser acts one way one minute and totally different the next.
Aggression: Dates don’t usually end with a punch, but that kind of abusive behavior can develop over time. Acts of aggression towards children or animals are a major red flag, but other forms of aggression may be more subtle. This could include a severe lack of patience, throwing a fit or using “playful force” during sexual acts.
Physically Hurting: This may seem obvious, but oftentimes physical abuse is not seen as such unless it’s extreme. Even if the incidents of physical abuse seem minor compared to other stories, it’s still abuse. There are no “better” or “worse” forms of abuse. If someone is pushed or their arm is pulled, it’s still physical pain. Even if it’s only happened once or twice, studies show that if a partner intentionally injures their significant other once, they’re likely to continue to do so.
If you are in an abusive relationship- whether marriage, common-law, or a new relationship even, please seek help. Do not stay in a physically abusive relationship for the sake of money, status, children or love. Your life is important. Remove yourself from your attacker’s environment and seek help from a family member, close friend or organisation for abuse victims.
US Based Soca Artist Comes Through for the Caribbean Community.
The dark clouds are slowly rolling away for creatives in the US, among them, Caribbean entertainers who’ve been held up for over a year. For many in the entertainment industry around the world, the pandemic has caused devastation. International reports suggest that other than the aviation industry, the entertainment industry has been hardest hit. There is a glimmer of light now however, and for one Caribbean creative residing in New York city, a year of introspection and silence, has stimulated creativity in the most incredible way.
Many would remember him as a child in the Caribbean, singing alongside Calypsonian David Michael Rudder- a song called, “The Future Belongs To Me.” Now, years later, Julius The Artist is offering his music to Soca lovers around the world at a time when he says he believes they need it most.
A thoughtful artist, Julius who originally hailed from Pioneer Drive, Sealots, Trinidad, has effectively delivered thought provoking songs over the years. In 2018, he released a song called, “Good Morning Trinidad,” invoking emotions for persons on the receiving end of domestic abuse and irrational violations. He followed that track up with “What’s Your Name,” paying homage to the land of his birth. Julius however explained that this time around, as the anxiety surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic eases in the United States, with many now receiving vaccines, he felt a strong desire to give his Caribbean people an anthem that could lift their spirits.
‘No Breather,’ was produced by famed New York based music producer, Brent Toussaint-the Trinidadian producer whose name stood out on Beyonce’s Lemonade album. He was also responsible for Machel Montano and Walker Hornung’s ‘With or Without You,’ and even Bunji Garlin’s ‘Gimme De Brass.’ “This song was held back for a year and a half because of what had been happening in the world,” admitted Julius. “Now, I’ve released the track because I think it’s the right time; people need something to take their mind off things,” he said. With US restrictions now easing, vaccination fetes are a thing. Added to that, bubble carnivals have emerged and Julius, like many artistes, is looking forward to taking the stage again.
As a dietary aid at a New York hospital by profession, Julius saw first-hand, and continues to witness the effects of the pandemic. He explained that his profession is possibly the ‘good news’ aspect of hospital-care these days, highlighting that he’s served patients who’ve gotten back on their feet after being diagnosed with Covid-19. “Over the past year, I’ve kept my focus on the brighter side of life, no matter how things were. I used the time to listen because sometimes you have to be still and go into a state of nothingness and meditate. I was always in my head,” he said.
Despite the daunting reality most felt, Julius got creative. Together with Ian ‘Fojo’ Cobin, he penned ‘No Breather’ and has even been working with Jason ‘Shaft’ Bishop on a major project he’s extremely excited about. Giving kudos to his manager, Tamara George, Julius says there’s a lot happening musically that he is grateful for. “I have a lot of really good conscious material but the people need something to excite them again- get them living again, after the past year so this is it; this is my gift to my Caribbean people and I think they’ll enjoy it,” he said.
Rih’s On It, Allegedly! Who’s Ready for It?
It’s been five years since Rihanna dropped her last body of music. Fans have been patiently waiting for the release of the R9 album, often taking to the Bajan entrepreneur’s social media pages with pleas and virtual prodding tones, much to her exhaustion. Rih has however been very focused on her fashion and beauty lines, delivering Fenty Beauty, Fenty Skin, Savage X Fenty over the time. Now there’s word that Rihanna’s ninth studio album has finally come together.
A source told The Sun that Rihanna’s been working on new music for quite some time. “Rihanna has been secretly working on new music for a long time and her ninth album has finally come together. She has kept fans waiting for a long time — and the pandemic slowed things up even more,” said the source.
According to reports, the ‘Love on the Brain’ singer has tapped director Raja Virdi for a music video set to film in California later this summer. “The project is still tightly under wraps but Rihanna will be filming a new music video in Los Angeles in July. Raja has been brought on board by Rihanna and her team, and he will be flying out to oversee everything,” said the source in The Sun interview.
While the singer has not made an official statement on the subject, fans are eager to learn more about what she has planned for her upcoming project.
Meanwhile, Rihanna has condemned the ongoing violence in the Gaza Strip. In a social media post on Thursday, the philanthropical influencer said her heart is breaking for the children caught in the centre of the ongoing war.
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