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Kathy and Henderson Nicholls – still happy and working hard

Barbados Mixed Marriage

A little over four years ago, Marcus did a story about Kathy Rockel, a white girl from Colorado USA who came to Barbados as part of a medical-transcription business. The business eventually went bust because Barbados just couldn’t compete competitively in the world market against places like India where people work for money that wouldn’t even buy food here.

Kathy and Henderson in 2010

Kathy and Henderson in 2010

But the focus of BFP’s story about Kathy is that while in Barbados she met and fell in love with Henderson Nicholls – a Bajan who follows the Rastafarian faith. They married and off they went to the USA.

I wondered how they were doing these years later. After all, about 50% of marriages fail anyway, nevermind the different races, religions and cultures between Kathy and Henderson.

So how are they doing?

Fine. Ever so fine!

Good for them. There is hope in the world.

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Oprah Winfrey to interview Rihanna in Barbados. Which Barbados will Oprah portray?

Which agendas are at work? What will the end product be?

A friend of mine was once interviewed by a television reporter about a problem in the community. When he saw the broadcast he was both astonished and angry because the message he communicated had been corrupted and spoiled by an editor, he believes deliberately, to make him less convincing and less credible with the audience. The tv station didn’t just leave out parts of his answers, they inserted his answer from one question to appear as if he was answering another question. The whole interview, the whole news report, became an agenda-driven lie and was my friend’s first-hand education in television fakery.

That was an extreme example of the power of editing visual images to mislead, but it reminds us that everything we see on television is carefully crafted, and selectively pieced together to suit a purpose, and at best only conveys the journalist’s perspective on the subject. When we see something on television we can easily allow ourselves to think that we’ve seen the truth, when we’ve only seen little pieces selected by someone else.

Oprah is coming to Barbados to interview Rihanna – or perhaps she’s already been. You can bet that Oprah’s staff have already decided the big messages of the show – and Rihanna hasn’t even opened her mouth yet. The preview above gives a clue that Oprah’s intent is to feature some of Barbados ‘where it all began’ for Rihanna. I guess that means the audience won’t just be seeing the Platinum Coast. (Come on up to Grape Hall, Oprah, and we’ll put on some grill fish that can’t be beat.)

No doubt the Barbados Tourism Authority is involved somehow, and if they aren’t already they should be working overtime to make sure that Oprah and her staff get the best of the best service and support we can manage. Is the government springing for staff rooms at the Hilton? We own the place, don’t we?

Subjects that interest Oprah Continue reading

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We’re getting married! (And we’re doing it in front of thousands at Grand Central Terminal)

Congratulations to John and Tricialouise.

What a romance… and without the internet, it never would have happened.

Bajan Reporter has the feel good story to start your day.

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The Bajan Hitler: Racist… or anti-racist sarcasm?

Truth is where you find it. Did the racist creator of this Hitler meme video deliver a message that was quite different from what they intended?

Or… was the creator trying to expose Bajan racism?

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Barbados Underground propagating debilitating, self-defeating trash

Latest from Barbados Underground: “Truth’s time-bombs scientifically scheduled to EXPLODE in the African mind”

“Psychological Race Desertion and the Mental Anatomy of Negro Domestication”

My friends, it’s been a long time since we linked to any article at Barbados Underground blog. Our readers know that this is because of Barbados Underground’s policy of allowing the most racist and violent comments and articles to be posted.

At Barbados Underground, fifth-generation Barbadians of Indian ancestry are called “curry boy rat catchers” or variations of that theme. Continue reading

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Email protest against Barbados Hilton making the rounds

Online Protest over cancellation of the Show Time Band at the Barbados Hilton

There were rumours flying that the Show Time Band was canceled by the Hilton because too many locals were coming in and enjoying themselves while making the place too lively for the hotel guests and travelers. That might sound improbable to some non-Bajans, but you have to put this into historical context. We’ve been down this road before many years ago.

Today we received the following email that is obviously part of a protest campaign being circulated. Continue reading

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