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A Marxist and a Satirist Walks into a Bar…

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Angelo Hart and I’m the creator of the satirical Late O’Clock News.

It's hard to feel as if I come from or belong anywhere else but where I’ve lived all my life: Arima, a "cultural crossroads". We talk a lot about Trinidad being a melting pot of cultures but it’s most prevalent in East T&T.

My parents both come from two very different backgrounds. My mother's Indo-Guyanese so you can probably interpret what that means. I didn't really know my father's side. You can probably interpret what THAT means, too.

I have never been keen on either marriage or children.

In Arima, I was exposed to all kinds of cultural influences. [As] my father is a calypso aficionado, calypso is a major influence on my writing. Late O'Clock News isn't really new to Trinidad when you look at it that way. Calypsonians were the original satirists. I hope we don’t let that art form die.

I was unfortunate enough to experience our education system. Even as a child at Arima Boys RC, I opposed the sheer repetitiveness. School seemed to be more of a place of obedience than learning. So much effort was put into making sure we said our Hail Marys, sang the anthem, recited the pledge! I didn’t get in trouble frequently, but I witnessed many [punishments] that should have been illegal. I couldn't articulate these thoughts at that age.

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A Marxist and a Satirist Walks into a Bar…

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Angelo Hart and I’m the creator of the satirical Late O’Clock News.

It's hard to feel as if I come from or belong anywhere else but where I’ve lived all my life: Arima, a "cultural crossroads". We talk a lot about Trinidad being a melting pot of cultures but it’s most prevalent in East T&T.

My parents both come from two very different backgrounds. My mother's Indo-Guyanese so you can probably interpret what that means. I didn't really know my father's side. You can probably interpret what THAT means, too.

I have never been keen on either marriage or children.

In Arima, I was exposed to all kinds of cultural influences. [As] my father is a calypso aficionado, calypso is a major influence on my writing. Late O'Clock News isn't really new to Trinidad when you look at it that way. Calypsonians were the original satirists. I hope we don’t let that art form die.

I was unfortunate enough to experience our education system. Even as a child at Arima Boys RC, I opposed the sheer repetitiveness. School seemed to be more of a place of obedience than learning. So much effort was put into making sure we said our Hail Marys, sang the anthem, recited the pledge! I didn’t get in trouble frequently, but I witnessed many [punishments] that should have been illegal. I couldn't articulate these thoughts at that age.

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