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Notes on the BET Awards 08 – Islandistas on the red carpet

 Trini-descended islandista Nia Long was absolutely working this plum-coloured dress. I loved everything about it – the rich colour, the daring back with just the two suspender-like straps down to the waist, the draped pockets at the sides, the plunging neckline – it was a winner from every direction. And of course, Nia herself is just fabulous – she really harkens back to the late 90s, early ‘noughties’ heyday of black romantic cinema featuring all those fabulous buppies – Love Jones, The Best Man, Soul Food … what happened to those movies anyhow? There was a good run there in the late 90s.

Another islandista by descent, the half-Nevisian Mel B aka Scary Spice was also at the awards and showed off her fabulous body in this close-fitting champagne-coloured dress. As opposed to Nia’s dress with its complex structure, this dress is deceptively simple but the gorgeous colour and Mel’s great shape is all it needs.

Half-Jamaican and sometime dancehall songstress islandista Alicia Keys had three outfit changes on the night. First was her fuschia dress with the slight origami-like folds on the bodice that she rocked on the red carpet. Didn’t so much like how the skirt of this fell – it wasn’t quite a bubble shape, not quite straight… hmm. But the colour was definitely pretty.

Next was her performance outfit.

And… well!

Ms. Keys was never rail thin or anything but laaaaaawd gaad … she a tek fowl pill or what? Since when she had all that bumper? I know her skinny jeans had to be struggling!

And third was her post-performance, acceptance dress – a beige number that would have been blah-ish were it not for the dramatic silver and gold embellishment running across the bodice and along the shoulder. Not everyone’s cup of tea but I liked it. I like artistes to wear something a little daring and different. 

I wasn’t sure whether to include this last one but I’m feeling generous. Islandista-by-marriage (though maybe not for much longer what with all the scandal facing her hubby, Turks and Caicos Premier Michael Misick) LisaRaye McCoy-Misick wore a great short metallic dress. Quite daring for a red carpet but allowable I think for a music show. And for a woman that is 40-pushing-41, she looks great!

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island ~ ista
From Latin -ista via Portuguese -ista
one who follows a principle; an adept.

As an islandista I live, embody, exude the spirit of the Caribbean islands.

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