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Jamaica Farewell, Trinidad Wh'appen?

My name is Kashka Hemans and, after a real love affair with it, I have a real tabanca for Trinidad.

I lived in Trinidad in two stints, 2007-09, at Hugh Wooding Law School, and 2010-16. But my love affair with Trinidad started as a child. I read a lot and loved Trinidad because of I loved it’s literature most. VS Naipaul is my favourite author. I loved Earl Lovelace’s descriptions of landscape, Manzanilla and all kinda places.

My Trinidadian wife Tonni Brodber and I have two sons Eli, three, and Noel, one-and-a-half. My eldest son, Tunde Jamil is in his 20s and lives in Tobago now because I had him, with a Trinidadian woman student at Mona, when I was 19.

Jamaican men love the Trinidad accent. On a woman. They can’t take it seriously on a man. No man should speak in such a flowery way.

Every Trinidadian is a performer. And every Trinidadian is ALWAYS on stage. They’re such storied people, they even naturally tell tragic stories well.

  • There was a time I would not openly admit that I do love soca. Jamaican identity is a heavy burden. You’re not allowed to like everything. In Jamaica, there was a certain seeming frivolity associated with the happiness of soca. At my wedding, I allowed myself to let free with the soca. My Jamaican family looked at me kinda side-eyed. “What the HELL is going on with Kashka?”
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Twin ON TikTok

My name is Zoë Lowden-Blaber and I stayed on TikTok even though I agree with my twin sister, Skye, that it’s toxic.

At my peak, I had nearly 600K followers and 27M likes. But now it’s dropped to 17M.

I tell overseas people I live in Barbados but I’m from Trinidad. Then they tell me, “You don’t sound either Bajan or Trini.” I think it’s because of all the diverse accents I grew up with: Mum’s British; Dad’s Trini; grandparents are Guyanese! So it all kinda mixes in.

I’ve spent most of my 18 years in Barbados but I still feel Trinidadian because most of my family is there. My Trini accent usually comes back when I’m speaking to Trinis.

In Trinidad, we were staying with my dad’s mother. And, after my parents’ divorce, she didn’t really want us anymore. So we stayed with our Granny June. Then my mum met my stepdad Craig, so we moved to Barbados, where he lived.

It was odd going to St Winifred’s primary school because, in Trinidad primary school, everybody was friends. They didn’t have cliques. I would go over to these girls and they would just ignore me. I was seven!

My twin sister is Skye and my half-brother is Elliot Reid. My mom is Jules Raven-Reid.

I’ve had my dog Buddy since I was 13, when I started getting, like, really into life. He’s been my best friend since. Every time I was sad, I would hug him. He’s the one thing that’s always been there, Buddy. I love that dog more than life itself.

My mum had told us we could get anything we wanted if we passed the 11-Plus. My sister said, “A laptop!” Me, being the smarter twin, knew they’d have to invest in a laptop for secondary school! I got into the St Michael School, went to the Ark animal sanctuary and picked out Buddy.


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Twin Off TikTok

My name is Skye Lowden-Blaber and I have come off TikTok because I think it’s toxic. Even if my twin sister and I have had millions of views of our videos.

I had 2.7M “likes” when I was on TikTok. But I like being off social media more.

I moved to Barbados when I was six and I’m 18 now. So I’ve lived most of my life in Barbados.

I didn’t live in Trinidad long enough my Trini accent to [remain]. But I don’t have a Bajan accent, either. That wasn’t deliberate. Bajans say I sound British or American and people who aren’t from Trinidad say I sound Trinidadian.

My dad and most of my family is Trinidadian. We have a lot of connections there, people who raised me, even though not blood-related. Granny June, Uncle Jim, Aunty Coreen, Trudy Craig. Trudy’s Montessori school was the first I went to.

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The Slim Lady Sings

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Glenda Collens and I am a vocal coach.

I didn’t know I was a Trinidadian till I went to high school and met Trinidadians for the first time. I come from a Grenadian village on Lady Young Road, Morvant. I’m first generation Trinidadian, conceived in Grenada. My mother was four months pregnant with me when she came to Trinidad. My entire life before Boston University was up in Morvant. I left home for college. I now live in Cascade with my husband, Shane, my son Christopher Bolandz, my pride and joy, two rescued cats and one rescued dog.

When it was time to settle down, Shane was it. I would see this guy running around the Savannah and had no idea who he was but thought he was hot! Someone suggested him as a guitarist for my musical. I gave him my numbers in the corner store and that was it.

In the village where I grew up, there was only one Trinidadian family. I didn’t know that there was a difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’ until high school, [when] I was made aware of the difference by ‘them’. My mother would remind me to not let anyone know where my family was from for fear of the label of ‘small islander come here to thief native’s jobs’.

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Man of Red, White, Black & Grey

by denise kruffMy name is G Anthony Joseph and I made the movies BC Pires calls the two best cop movies ever made in Trinidad.

It means a lot to me that BC Pires really does think that my films, Men of Grey and Men of Grey II: Flight of the Ibis are the best two local cop movies. Even if he immediately goes on to point out that they’re the only two local cop movies ever made. MoG III is will be produced soon.

My wife Ria and I will be married 34 years on 25 April. And I still chase her around the house! You got to love Trini women. Our daughter Jamie is 25. Our son Justin, 29, is married to Jenna and our grandson Ayden is 22 months!


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Jamaica Farewell, Trinidad Wh'appen?

My name is Kashka Hemans and, after a real love affair with it, I have a real tabanca for Trinidad.

I lived in Trinidad in two stints, 2007-09, at Hugh Wooding Law School, and 2010-16. But my love affair with Trinidad started as a child. I read a lot and loved Trinidad because of I loved it’s literature most. VS Naipaul is my favourite author. I loved Earl Lovelace’s descriptions of landscape, Manzanilla and all kinda places.

My Trinidadian wife Tonni Brodber and I have two sons Eli, three, and Noel, one-and-a-half. My eldest son, Tunde Jamil is in his 20s and lives in Tobago now because I had him, with a Trinidadian woman student at Mona, when I was 19.

Jamaican men love the Trinidad accent. On a woman. They can’t take it seriously on a man. No man should speak in such a flowery way.

Every Trinidadian is a performer. And every Trinidadian is ALWAYS on stage. They’re such storied people, they even naturally tell tragic stories well.

  • There was a time I would not openly admit that I do love soca. Jamaican identity is a heavy burden. You’re not allowed to like everything. In Jamaica, there was a certain seeming frivolity associated with the happiness of soca. At my wedding, I allowed myself to let free with the soca. My Jamaican family looked at me kinda side-eyed. “What the HELL is going on with Kashka?”
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Twin ON TikTok

My name is Zoë Lowden-Blaber and I stayed on TikTok even though I agree with my twin sister, Skye, that it’s toxic.

At my peak, I had nearly 600K followers and 27M likes. But now it’s dropped to 17M.

I tell overseas people I live in Barbados but I’m from Trinidad. Then they tell me, “You don’t sound either Bajan or Trini.” I think it’s because of all the diverse accents I grew up with: Mum’s British; Dad’s Trini; grandparents are Guyanese! So it all kinda mixes in.

I’ve spent most of my 18 years in Barbados but I still feel Trinidadian because most of my family is there. My Trini accent usually comes back when I’m speaking to Trinis.

In Trinidad, we were staying with my dad’s mother. And, after my parents’ divorce, she didn’t really want us anymore. So we stayed with our Granny June. Then my mum met my stepdad Craig, so we moved to Barbados, where he lived.

It was odd going to St Winifred’s primary school because, in Trinidad primary school, everybody was friends. They didn’t have cliques. I would go over to these girls and they would just ignore me. I was seven!

My twin sister is Skye and my half-brother is Elliot Reid. My mom is Jules Raven-Reid.

I’ve had my dog Buddy since I was 13, when I started getting, like, really into life. He’s been my best friend since. Every time I was sad, I would hug him. He’s the one thing that’s always been there, Buddy. I love that dog more than life itself.

My mum had told us we could get anything we wanted if we passed the 11-Plus. My sister said, “A laptop!” Me, being the smarter twin, knew they’d have to invest in a laptop for secondary school! I got into the St Michael School, went to the Ark animal sanctuary and picked out Buddy.


Read more

Twin Off TikTok

My name is Skye Lowden-Blaber and I have come off TikTok because I think it’s toxic. Even if my twin sister and I have had millions of views of our videos.

I had 2.7M “likes” when I was on TikTok. But I like being off social media more.

I moved to Barbados when I was six and I’m 18 now. So I’ve lived most of my life in Barbados.

I didn’t live in Trinidad long enough my Trini accent to [remain]. But I don’t have a Bajan accent, either. That wasn’t deliberate. Bajans say I sound British or American and people who aren’t from Trinidad say I sound Trinidadian.

My dad and most of my family is Trinidadian. We have a lot of connections there, people who raised me, even though not blood-related. Granny June, Uncle Jim, Aunty Coreen, Trudy Craig. Trudy’s Montessori school was the first I went to.

Read more

The Slim Lady Sings

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Glenda Collens and I am a vocal coach.

I didn’t know I was a Trinidadian till I went to high school and met Trinidadians for the first time. I come from a Grenadian village on Lady Young Road, Morvant. I’m first generation Trinidadian, conceived in Grenada. My mother was four months pregnant with me when she came to Trinidad. My entire life before Boston University was up in Morvant. I left home for college. I now live in Cascade with my husband, Shane, my son Christopher Bolandz, my pride and joy, two rescued cats and one rescued dog.

When it was time to settle down, Shane was it. I would see this guy running around the Savannah and had no idea who he was but thought he was hot! Someone suggested him as a guitarist for my musical. I gave him my numbers in the corner store and that was it.

In the village where I grew up, there was only one Trinidadian family. I didn’t know that there was a difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’ until high school, [when] I was made aware of the difference by ‘them’. My mother would remind me to not let anyone know where my family was from for fear of the label of ‘small islander come here to thief native’s jobs’.

Read more

Man of Red, White, Black & Grey

by denise kruffMy name is G Anthony Joseph and I made the movies BC Pires calls the two best cop movies ever made in Trinidad.

It means a lot to me that BC Pires really does think that my films, Men of Grey and Men of Grey II: Flight of the Ibis are the best two local cop movies. Even if he immediately goes on to point out that they’re the only two local cop movies ever made. MoG III is will be produced soon.

My wife Ria and I will be married 34 years on 25 April. And I still chase her around the house! You got to love Trini women. Our daughter Jamie is 25. Our son Justin, 29, is married to Jenna and our grandson Ayden is 22 months!


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