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Lyrikal Gets Real. “We Gotta Find A Way to Live Through This Or We’ll End Up Homeless.”

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Soca artiste Lyrikal is coming as real as it gets. Several new songs released over the pandemic period, Lyrikal admits it hasn’t been easy. Based in New York, where the coronavirus proved to have devastating effects over the past nine months, Lyrical says the potential has been there, for many in the Entertainment industry to go into a deep state of depression.

“It’s been overwhelmingly frustrating,” he says to us in a virtual interview. “The fact that we as human beings can’t function in the manner that we’re used to mentally, emotionally and financially, we tend to do things that may seem inappropriate and irresponsible to some,” he said.

For months, as Trinidad and Tobago remained under heavy restriction as a result of the pandemic, Soca lovers and fans questioned the apparent disregard shown by some artistes for the health epidemic that has plagued the world. In our chat, Lyrikal said, “In all reality people must keep in mind that as much as it is extremely important to practice the safety measures- wearing masks, social distancing and so on, people still have to live.”

The “Freedom” singer who recently released a song called “Magical” on the Fig Leaf riddim, said nobody wants to die from Covid19, but the pandemic has changed the world. “Imagine you had $50,000 before the pandemic hit. You’ve been out of work for about six months. Your rent or mortgage, light bill, water bill, gas bill, phone bill etc hasn’t decreased. As a matter of fact all the utilities increase because you’re at home and using them more. What is your financial position in that six months with that $50,000 now? We have to be real,” he urged.

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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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