Dr. Mark DaCosta Alleyne, brilliant communications scholar, author, journalist and broadcaster, and former features editor of The Bajan magazine died suddenly on Wednesday, May 20th, in Guatemala City. He was 47.
Mark, associate professor of communications at Georgia State University, died from cardiac arrest at a hospital in Guatemala City, where he had been admitted after apparently developing pneumonia, his long-time friend and former colleague, Reudon Eversley, said. His death was also reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday, May 21st. Mark was overseeing six Georgia State students on a Spanish-language immersion course in Guatemala when he took ill.
He developed pneumonia, was admitted to ICU, then moved to a regular ward on Tuesday May 19th and appeared to be on the mend but went into cardiac arrest during the night and died on Wednesday morning around 9, Reudon said. Funeral services are planned for Atlanta and a memorial service in Barbados.
Barbados' superstar Rihanna - Riri - is now 30. The world remains
enthralled, and rightly so, by the extraordinary, often unparalleled, success of this island
girl's dominance of popular music for a decade, studded not only by
breaking records set by Elvis Presley and the Beatles but by being honoured
in her homeland with the renaming of her home street, Rihanna Drive. It is noteworthy that she grew up in roughly
a square mile of urban Barbados that is the veritable hometown of Barbadian pop
music and star performers - from Jackie Opel and the Opels to Draytons Two and the Mighty Gabby. That she stands on the
shoulders of giants is not in question. But so many of those proverbial
giants remain unknown to the vast majority of Rihanna's fans. They are not as
terribly well known by today's Barbadians themselves, either, as their heyday was from
around 1963 to 1983. Their music-making emerged under the heavy, heady influence of bossa nova, then soul, rhythm and blues, even r…
Derek Walcott's poem, "A city's death by fire", is a poignant and memorable recollection of the Great Fire of 1948 in Central Castries that razed three-quarters of the town. It left 2,000 people homeless, many of them with nothing left but the clothes on their backs.
Accounts from newspapers of the time speak of the gutting of much of St Lucia's history dating back to Amerindian settlement - the destruction of government offices, including the Education Department to the public library, said to contain one of the best reference sections in the West Indies, to private collections of Carib artefacts and papers since settlement.
Walcott, a gangly 18-yea-old on the cusp of literary greatness after meeting the great Frank Collymore that very year, was a stunned witness who all day "walked abroad among the rubbled tales, shocked at each wall that stood on the street like a liar". His chronicle by candlelight of Castries's death by fire &…