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Gypsy Says No to Virtual Festival But Jaiga’s Got “THE” Anthem Heading into 2021.

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Soca is LIFE and so, in Trinidad and Tobago, amid much shuffling and skepticism over whether a virtual carnival experience should happen, and whether it could even work, there is a powerful hum that billows from the depths of the hearts of true die hard soca fans, appreciative no doubt, of the artistes who, like clockwork, are brining the tunes.

The music is here and while there will be no carnival festival in the usual sense, artistes like Jaiga, Shal Marshall, Bunji Garlin, Nadia Batson, Blaxx, Machel Montano, Farmer Nappy, Lyrikal, MX Prime and others remain committed to the art form.

One of our favourites so far comes from the man who has defended soca music for as long as we can remember. Jaiga’s ‘On De Inside’ is the ultimate limer’s anthem and with no liming permitted in large numbers, this tune on the ‘Backyard Jam’ riddim, is in essence, the epitome of what the real carnival spirit encompasses.

We spoke with Jaiga briefly in the aftermath of confirmation given by Trinidad and Tobago’s National Carnival Commission Chairman, Winston Gypsy Peters that the NCC would not be facilitating any virtual events and is in fact looking toward 2022 for the delivery of its usual carnival festival. Jaiga admitted to being bothered by the chairman’s lacklustre expression but went on to explain that no matter what, the people of T&T will enjoy the music by the artistes and even with that, the artists’ greatest purpose will, in essence, be fulfilled.

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They Passed The Bar Exam. Now These Young, Female Attorneys Are Encouraging Other Women.

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There’s a 26-year-old female attorney who hails from the fishing village of Charlotteville, Tobago, who, having recently achieved her lifelong goal of becoming an attorney at law, says she wants other young women to aspire for greatness.

Jose-Ann Hackett told EBUZZTT she’s wanted to be an attorney since she was just 5-years-old. Now attached to the law chambers of Ingrid Melville and Company in Tobago, Jose-Ann says it’s her personal desire to lead in the industry with integrity, honesty and wisdom “because while there may be many attorneys in our small society, there is always room for good, upstanding attorneys.”

JoseAnn Hackett (left) and Desiree Tommy.

Hackett along with her friend, Desiree Tommy were called to the BAR in December. Tommy is now an attorney at the firm of Hove and Associates Attorneys in Trinidad. She attended UWI, Mona and graduated with honours with a Bachelor of Law degree. She is the eldest of three while Hackett has one younger sibling.

“Be happy to see others win.” This was the expression of the young Trinidad based attorney as we questioned her on the advice she’d offer to other young females like herself. “Stay focused and consistent in pursuing your own goals and you will achieve your own success in time,” she encouraged. Tobago based Hackett told us she sees the profession as an opportunity to help those who are prejudiced, and bring justice for the voiceless. “I want young women to know that they should never allow stereotypical elements to define them. I am a testimony of persistence, determination and manifestation,” she said.

Desiree, who attended the Hugh Wooding Law School, obtaining a Legal Education Certificate before gaining work experience in Jamaica and St. Lucia, emphasised the need for young people to consistently work hard to achieve their goals, while engaging in activities that facilitate and enhance the learning and understanding of their desired professions. “If you happen to stumble or fall along the way, fix your crown and keep pushing,” she said.

Hopes for 2021

The young female attorneys hope to inspire others to follow their dreams and work hard toward it.

“My hope for 2021 is to be the change the society needs in whatever way I can effect change,” said Hackett. Her ambition is to continue working arduously to bring peace and justice for people who are prejudiced and helpless in their situations, within the confines of the law. “I want to make a mark in Trinidad and Tobago, in my own, unique way.”

Tommy says she strives to become the best version of herself possible. “As I continue to learn and grow in the legal profession, I will forever be humbled by the opportunity to vigorously defend and serve others. My hope is to be a role model to young women and a voice for the defenceless in the continued pursuit of justice.”

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Nicki Minaj Shares Pics of ‘Papa Bear’ for the 1st Time.

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Nicki Minaj’s son is now three months old. On Saturday, fans of the entertainer finally got their first look at the baby boy, but still, there remains no confirmation of the child’s legal name, with Minaj simply referring to him as ‘Papa Bear’ in a caption that expressed her thanks to her bundle of joy for choosing her to be his mother.

The Trinidad and Tobago born rapper gave birth to her first baby with husband, Kenneth Petty, in September. Months prior, she had visited Trinidad and Tobago for Carnival 2019, but even while aboard their private flight to the festival, cryptic video posts suggested that Minaj may have already been expecting.

On Thursday, Nicki said becoming a mother to her son was the most fulfilling job she’s ever taken on. She also thanked her fans for their support, writing, “Thank you for your love & support throughout this journey. It’s meant so much to me.”

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