Wadadli Pen 2018 Has Wrapped

Yes, it has and above are some visual highlights (photos with the winner and the honourable mentions – also pictured team members and patrons) and here are some links you can check out:

Media links – the only ones I’ve come across are Antigua Chronicle (which is published and edited by 2006 Wadadli Pen winner Angelica O’Donoghue) and Antigua Nice (which has donated space on its platform via a permanent page in addition to sharing our notices and releases). Observer Media Group did reach out with an invitation to appear on their Marketplace programme (91.1 FM, also streamed online), so listen in on Saturday 28th April 2018 at 8 a.m.

Site updates – Who Won What in 2018 (i.e. the prize breakdown; shout out to the patrons!), and the Media Release we sent out that …2 (?) ran–>ETA: Well, Actually

Stories – Winning story ‘Creak’ by Kyle Christian, which was supposed to the only story posted but there’s been a demand for the posting of the honourable mentions so I’m putting those up bit by bit as well; starting with A Song to Sing by Chloe Martin (more to come so follow Wadadli Pen or check back)

And for anyone still wondering, Wadadli Pen what’s that? I’ve updated our About page and the 2018 page.

Thanks for reading, thanks for supporting; fingers crossed for growth in the future.


Thanks to Glen Toussaint of the Best of Books (and also a past Wadadli Pen judge who organizes and hosts a Wadadli Pen open mic – a bookstore project) for the pictures.


Another One


A return of the joint workshops I offer with Barbara Arrindell & Associates for individuals here in Antigua and Barbuda; so if you’re in Antigua and Barbuda, there’s still time to register. This is not for creative writers but for people who want to use words better on the job or in life. For my creative writing workshops, check this:

April 2018This one I make accessible for participants from anywhere in the world.

p.s. Barbara Arrindell & Associates is also the latest sponsor of the CREATIVE SPACE series spotlighting Antiguan and Barbudan art and culture here on the blog. Businesses in Antigua and Barbuda are encouraged to sponsor a post, especially with the posts now syndicated across one other platform; more to come. Check out the latest edition which spotlights the launch of Brenda Lee Browne’s book London Rocks at Cedars Pottery.

Lovers Rock4 (the event was also a showcase of Browne’s art work. Photos by Mark Brown)


Book Beginnings

Trying a new meme todaynight. Gotta mix it up, right?

This one is Rose City Reader’s Book Beginnings Meme. #BookBeginnings

So here’s the beginning of one of the books I’m reading.

black rose

“No one had seen a car like it.

Delta was not a rich town, mostly an assemblage of weather-beaten country stores, banks, and feed shops beneath faded, hand-painted signs. Residents sat on barrels in the shade and engaged in their cheapest town entertainment, which was watching the episodes of the day: a hitched horse trying to rear up, the parade of cotton growers’ wagons on their way to market, or a motorcar owner cursing in the middle of the street, working up a sweat as he cranked ferociously, trying to coax the engine of his stalled Tin Lizzie back to life.”

– from The Black Rose by Tananarive Due, who takes on a formidable task of writing the life of first female African American millionaire Madame CJ Walker based on research and writing from another great writer Alex Haley (yes, Roots and Autobiography of Malcolm X Alex Haley). It is, I would say, a hybrid of biography and historical fiction (which incidentally is the genre challenge for this year’s Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Challenge, the award ceremony of which takes place this Saturday 21st April 2018 at the Best of Books Bookstore on St. Mary’s Street, for any interested Antiguans and Barbudans reading this). Madame CJ Walker made her millions off of revolutionizing hair products for black women. I remember first reading about her in Ebony or Essence back in the day; she doesn’t seem to exist in other media.

I was psyched to come across this book on a friend’s bookshelf. It’s well written though the pace feels a bit plodding at times, but the main character’s journey is interesting and I only wish I had time to settle in to it because for the most part it’s good reading. The opener is a perfect example of this as it allows the main character a dramatic entrance, her flashiness contrasting with the sleepy stillness of the town she is about to drive in to. Due does a really good job of setting the scene vis-à-vis the moments, both pivotal and small, in the life of the girl named Sarah who would become the iconic Madame C J Walker. For the millionth time, Hollywood, listen up #tellmorestories #diversitymatters

I’m also cross posting this to The Friday 56, another meme in which you post something from page 56 of the book. #Friday56 So…

‘”See there?” Miss Brown thrust a hand mirror at her, and suddenly Sarah was staring at herself face-to-face. She saw her shame-reddened eyes, her face that looked older than she remembered, and finally, the white bows Miss Brown had tied in her hair. Although her heart was still smarting, Sarah saw herself begin to smile.’



JHOHADLI – That’s What’s Hot

Gotta stay up on those stats to see what’s trending and what’s not, so you can blog better. So here’re my top posts for the past day, week, month, quarter and of all time. You can consider this your in case you missed it post. It’s a good mix of what I offer here on this site – dope! Tell a friend.


Day Week Month Quarter All time
Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge Home Page Home Page Home Page Home Page
Home Page Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge Student Exchange re Amelia at Devil’s Bridge BOOKS
Antigua and Barbuda Page 11 CREATIVE SPACE CREATIVE SPACE Tata and the Big Bad Bull by Juleus Ghunta (Monday Meme-ing) Island Living: a Response
CREATIVE SPACE Antigua and Barbuda Page 11 Speaking Intention BOOKS Writing, Editing, Workshop/Course Facilitation, and Coaching Services
Reviews – Musical Youth Performance Reviews Performance Reviews Queen of Katwe – *spoiler alert* – I loved it! BiO


New series alert!

Covering local (i.e. Antiguan-Barbudan/Caribbean) art and culture. Opportunity for local businesses (and/or businesses servicing the Antiguan-Barbudan/Caribbean market) especially to support local art and culture by sponsoring a post. Contact me to find out more.

Meanwhile, it begins here.

Kanneh Mason
“The Kanneh-Masons, scions of Antigua and Barbuda’s expansive and influential musical Mason family, include siblings ranging in age from 8 to early 20s –  pianist Isata; violinists Braimah, Aminata, and Konya; and cellists Jeneba and Mariatu. Cellist Sheku, the only sibling to perform a solo during the event, is the BBC Young Musician of 2016 and, in January 2018, he released his debut recording, appropriately titled ‘Inspiration’.” – from CREATIVE SPACE 1 – Playing to Inspire 2. Read the full post, sponsored by Dianne’s Brokerage Services, here.

“In the Caribbean, when it comes to history…it’s complicated (sugar’s success forever linked with the enslavement of Africans). But complicated as it is, the excavation of that history is necessary work. Several books – among them Keithlyn Smith’s To Shoot Hard Labour, Joy Lawrence’s series of village folk histories, the late Desmond Nicholson’s considerable work in to branches of that history from pre-Colombian documentation to the history of current place names – have been doing that work. Agnes Meeker’s book with Donald A. Dery, Plantations of Antigua: The Sweet Success of Sugar: A Biography of the Historic Plantations Which Made Antigua a Major Source of the World’s Early Sugar Supply, is the latest addition to this sub-genre of historical works about Antigua and Barbuda. Dery, an American who lives half the year in Antigua, asserts that there has been nothing like it.” – from CREATIVE SPACE 2 – Excavating History. Read the full post, sponsored by Joanne C. Hillhouse, here.

More to come. Want to sponsor a post? Contact me to find out more.



Nice for What

In his new video for “Nice for What,” Drake let the black beauty shine through with a slew of leading ladies commanding the camera for the four-minute visual. The Karena Davis-directed video has appearances by Insecure‘s Issa Rae, Tiffany …

via Drake’s New Video For ‘Nice For What’ Is Dripping In Black Girl Magic — MadameNoire

Olivia Wilde
Misty Copeland
Issa Rae
Rashida Jones
Tracee Ellis Ross
Tiffany Haddish
the daughter from Black-ish and Grown-ish
Zoe Saldana
Sister from Black Panther
Emma Roberts
Michelle Rodriguez
…and some others I can’t name off the top. I like it. Dope as it was though, given the sample used, think how dope this video would have been with a Lauryn Hill cameo right at the end .