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Bajan band CoverDrive hit UK No. 1!

  Hurrayyyy!!! for funky, spunky Bajan pop/rock band CoverDrive who achieved their first number one single in the United Kingdom yesterday. The young quartet signed with Sony and Geffen less than a year ago. It has been a rapid rise that has taken a long time – as contradictory as that sounds. The kids have […]

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Some justice at last for Stephen Lawrence

Today, we salute Doreen Lawrence, the Jamaican-born mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was as she herself rightfully put it, not just a murder victim but “a bright, beautiful young man who any parent of whatever background would have been proud of.” After 18 years – just as many years as her son spent on this […]

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Will Notting Hill Carnival die?

…Or so says the carnival’s immediate past co-directors Chris Boothman and Ancil Barclay who resigned last week in frustration at the chronic under-funding and lack of support for the event, which is billed as Europe’s largest street festival. Even though the carnival is such a big deal, bringing out over a million people to London’s streets to […]

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Jourdan Dunn: ‘learn how to do black hair’

Oooh, talk de ting dem Jourdan! On Monday, Jourdan Dunn tweeted from backstage at a show during Paris Fashion Week: “I swear some people need to learn how to do black hair/skin.” The succint tweet summed up what many black models have been saying for years – everyone from Iman to to Chanel Iman has […]

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Naomi on her discovery: ‘Who me? Model?’

Photo credit: Rex Features Super islandista Naomi Campbell has been in the news a lot recently. First, attention has been on her relationship with Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin. Engagement rumours reached fever pitch during London Fashion Week when she appeared with a none too subtle ginormous ring brekking off her left ring finger. I feel […]

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Your first reaction?

Be honest islandistas. What was your first reaction on seeing this photo? Shock? Derision? Laughter? Then you would be the same as the scores of Bajans who reportedly followed this young lady around the capital city of Bridgetown yesterday, openly laughing, jeering and taking photos with their blackberries. It apparently became such an ugly scene […]

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Island duo in Olympic figure skating!

Just because it’s the Winter Olympics, doesn’t mean that islandistas aren’t still on the scene! Even though we’re from the tropics, we still know how to work the ice and Bermudan ice skater Vanessa James did just that on Monday, “electrifying” the crowd at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum along with her figure-skating partner, Yannick Bonheur as […]

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Sammy Sosa & black denial in the DR

A friend and fellow islandista brought our attention to this article from the Miami Herald from back in 2007. And … wow! It certainly gives a lot of perspective on Sammy Sosa’s little ‘skin rejuvenation’ exercise. We had heard that ‘shadeism’ was bad in the DR but we did not know it was as bad […]

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Sammy Sosa admits to bleaching

Wow, Sammy Sosa is sounding more and more confused by the day. He has finally admitted to what we all knew – that he is bleaching his skin. In an interview on Primer Impacto, a programme on the Spanish-language network Univision, Sammy said: “It’s a bleaching cream that I apply before going to bed and […]

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Now Sammy Sosa’s bleaching too?

Well a whaddis fadda?! Just yesterday we blasted the eediat gal Lisa Hype over her song Proud a mi Bleaching. At least she owned up to it openly. However, Major League batter Sammy Sosa wants us to believe that he is undergoing a “rejuvenation process for his skin” and that is why he was photographed […]