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T&T’s DJ Charlotte, Others Join Campaign to End “Period” Stigma.



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U by Kotex will launch a campaign aimed at addressing period stigma on International Women’s Day, Wednesday 8th March 2023. 

This latest public awareness initiative includes a powerful cast and crew that includes well-known Trinidad and Tobago personalities, including music aficionado DJ Charlotte, former beauty queen and media personality Yia-Loren Gomez, marketing professional Laura Narain, radio personality Virmala ‘Shala’ Balkaran and regional culinary consultant, Chef Brigette Joseph

The national campaign is in line with the brand’s goal to provide products that meet women’s health needs and ensure that all women have access to period products across Trinidad and Tobago.

Designed to call out Period Stigma, the campaign tackles the social taboo and gender stereotypes that stigmatize menstruation as ‘unclean’ and ‘dirty’, something that has caused several women to experience menstruation under a cloak of secrecy and shame. The stigma has leaving many without access to the resources needed to manage their menstrual health safely. “Being a part of this campaign lets me highlight both the stigma of having a period and period poverty – both topics being very important to me, all while working with a women-led team; from photographer and videographer to content creators and other accomplished women in their fields was nothing short of fulfilling,” said Chef Brigette Joseph.

This influencer marketing campaign, developed and managed by award-winning advertising agency 10 Caribbean Marketing, will encourage people to engage in open discussions about women’s menstrual cycle, while advocating for improved access to sanitation products through its critical messaging on period perceptions. 

Together with its brand ambassadors, U by Kotex is working to bring awareness to challenges faced in menstrual health, by sharing messages that encourage conversations among adolescents to normalize menstruation and to view women as the capable, competent period-having people they are. As the founding sponsor of the Alliance for Period Supplies, the company has already donated more than 53.1 million period products globally to help women in need.

U by Kotex’s Brand Manager, Samantha Chandool said, “U by Kotex created the feminine category 100 years ago and believes nothing should get in the way of a woman’s progress – not her period or the negative perception around periods.”

The launch date of the campaign, International Women’s Day, is in direct alignment with this year’s global theme of #EmbraceEquity. U by Kotex’s mission is clear: nothing should get in the way of a woman’s progress, especially not her period or the negative perceptions around periods. 

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Sizzla Kalonji Is Ready to Take The Stage, At Redemption 9. Promoters Conscious of Social Responsibility.



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Organisers, Tropix Entertainment, Java Nation and Johnny Q Limited, have made a major commitment to presenting the people of T&T with an elevated level of entertainment, the likes of which will see Steel Pulse, Collie Buddz, Christopher Martin, SuperCat, Jamelody and Mr. King, hit the stage, alongside Kalonji. 

SuperCat is ready to deliver.

This year’s concert follows a 2023 show, which was headlined by Buju Banton. “Reggae music is powerful and resolute in its affirmations of positivity,” said Java Nation’s Ian Pantin. The team’s unwavering effort to bring Trinidad and Tobago back to a place of peace, comes from a place of personal compassion for country. “There is no denying the fact that society’s moral compass has shifted somewhat and we see this in the news headlines daily. As partners in the entertainment business, we believe it is our social responsibility to direct our people onto a more positive path,” said Pantin. 

Each year, the tone for the show is depicted in the artistes chosen. Over the years, Tarrus Riley, Anthony B, Jah Cure, Sanchez, Luciano, Glen Washington, Beres Hammond, Morgan Heritage and countless others, have brought a variation of sweet reggae music. It is anticipated that this year, the addition of Super Cat will add some momentum – the artiste well known for hit dancehall tracks like, ‘Dolly My Baby’, ‘GirlsTown,’ ‘Cry Fuh De Youth,’ ‘My Girl Josephine’ and many others. 

Collie Buddz

Patrons, confident in the Redemption brand, have already expressed excitement for ‘The Way Forward,’ indicating their loyal support for the concert that has certainly stood the test of time. “We are truly pleased and humbled by the support shown to Redemption over the years- by both patrons and sponsors who we consider partners. Executing a show of this magnitude annually, is no easy or simple feat. We work dedicatedly behind the scenes, trying our best to accommodate every partner, while presenting live entertainment that is purposeful and enjoyable. It’s never easy,” said Pantin. 

Together with the team, Pantin says each year, patrons’ views are taken into consideration and efforts made to return one year later, with a show that is better than previously experienced. This year, one lucky patron will be the winner of a signature, gold and ruby encrusted, Redemption pendant, worth approximately $20,000TTD. 

Christopher Martin will be there.

For further details, persons can follow Redemption the Concert on Facebook and Instagram or call 780-SHOW (7469). 

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A Powerful Journey. Calypso Rose Fought All Odds. Queen of the Road Musical, A Necessary Reminder.



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Technology, social media and the ease of life we’ve all become so used to in this 21st century, is a far cry from the odds faced and overcome by so many who paved the way. This past weekend in Trinidad and Tobago, the delivery of ‘The Queen of The Road’ musical reminded patrons of this fact, and much more in its walk down memory lane which highlighted the life and times of the incomparable, Calypso Rose.

Queen of the Road, written and directed by Rhoma Spencer, was presented by Yes Productions on both Saturday and Sunday in Trinidad. It was first presented as a workshop in Canada in 2019 before premiering in Tobago in October 2023. The musical begins with Rose’s acceptance of the The Victoire de la Musiq Award- the French equivalent of the Grammy. She won the award in 2017 after releasing the album, ‘Far From Home.’ In her production, Spencer rewinds the life of the 84-year-old, taking the audience on a whirlwind- sometimes harsh, often humor filled, consistently thought-provoking adventure through the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of Calypso Rose.

Thara Howe (centre) plays young Calypso Rose.
Photo: Carlyle Morris

Her story, a remarkable testament of each human being’s purpose from birth, is unraveled bit by bit in the musical, with a young Rose played by 11-year-old, Thara Howe- a student of St.Patricks Newtown Girls Primary School. Throughout her on-stage performance, members of the audience could be heard gushing at the effortless ease by which Howe executed her part of the matriarch calypsonian, in her childhood years. “She has a big future ahead,” said one person in the audience.

The adult Rose, played by 2018 Calypso Queen, Stacey Sobers was undeniably the perfect casting. An almost too-close- to- understand re-enactment of the Bethel, Tobago entertainer hears Sobers deliver with ease, songs like, ‘Tempo’, ‘Fire in Me Wire’, ‘Her Majesty’, ‘Leh We Punta, ‘ Young Boy’, and many of the artistes other memorable hit singles. Supporting cast members included, Kearn Samuel as The Mighty Sparrow, Karen Francisco as Rose’s aunt Edith, Theresa Hope who played the very important role of Calypso Rose’s grandmother and Fabrice Barker who played the role of her father – a preacher who went on to leave Rose’s mother and their family for another woman.

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