Monthly Archives: November 2010

Caribbean Education Initiative: 3rd Annual Hood Hoops League



November 5, 2010 (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) The Caribbean Education Initiative with the assistance of the Department of Housing Parks & Recreation and the Virgin Islands Police Department will commence the THIRD ANNUAL 13-15 “Hood Hoops League” between the St. Croix and the St. Thomas/St. John districts. The league is scheduled to tip off on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 on the island of St. Thomas. Sponsorship for the league is provided by NBA star and Virgin Islands native Tim Duncan.

The St. Thomas division will play on a Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday schedule.  Participating teams in the St. Thomas/St.John division include: Nadir-Blazers, Bordeaux-48ers, Kirwin Terrace-Bust It, Hidden Valley-Magic, Hospital Ground-Da Nx Thing, Paul M. Pearson Gardens-Da Heat Is On, and out of St. John-Umoja. The St. Croix division will play on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday schedule. Participants in the St. Croix Division include: Frederiksted-Boyz Dem, Sion Farm-Zion, Candido Guadalupe (Friedensborg)-Hoyas, John F. Kennedy-Working Together, and Barren Spot-Mo Fire.

Division champs will compete in a Best-of-3 Series with the assistance of the VI Sea Trans. The league has confirmed the participation of six teams on St. Thomas, five teams on St. Croix, and one on St. John. There are currently two spots available within the St. Croix division interested teams should immediately contact Rashidi at the Caribbean Education Initiative (340)277.9552.

About the Caribbean Education Initiative:

The Caribbean Education Initiative is a registered tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization aimed at establishing and enhancing educational opportunities while supporting progress in our community. CEI not only values the importance of education, we value the importance of well-rounded young people. For that reason, we contribute to and support organizations that promote athletics, cultural preservation, art, music, and enrichment programs for our young adults.

CEI is a non-political organization that focuses on the development of education in the Caribbean regardless of age, race, religious beliefs or ethnic background. This organization’s goal is to restore hope, reduce fear, and increase pride in our Caribbean community, using the Virgin Islands as a model. CEI is establishing and assisting with programs that promote educational, enrichment, sports, arts and cultural programs. We are here to enhance the lives of the children of the Virgin Islands. 


Rashidi M. Clenance

Vice President, Caribbean Education Initiative



Gyptian: Nah Let Go (Official Music Video)

The follow up single to his smash hit “Hold Yuh” Gyptian chants “Nah Let Go” to a melodic groovy dancehall beat. The video was directed by Ras Kassa and chronicles a Jamaican love story. This is definitely another lady’s tune as Gyptian plays “Lover Boy” once again. Gyptian’s third album entitled “Hold You” is currently available in stores.


Nicki Minaj: Right Thru Me (Official Music Video)

Currently one of the biggest names in Hip Hop Trinidad’s Nicki Minaj shows us her vulnerable side in “Right Thru Me.” The track was produced by Drew Money. When asked about NIcki’s star potential Drew is quoted as saying, “She just has the ‘it’ factor. Not only does she have that star quality and is very talented with her lyrics, her songwriting and her singing even, but she’s very pretty, she’s business savvy and she’s extremely smart…There’s a lot of pressure on her, but when they hear this album, they’ll be in shock at how amazing it is. She covers a lot of bases.” 

Nicki tones it down in this video both in antics and her appearance.  The video takes us through the ups and downs of a relationship and shows us the potential that Nicki has to evolve as an artist. The track itself has a laid back Pop feel and Nicki laces it with her rapping as well as singing skills. Nicki’s debut album “Pink Friday” drops November 22, 2010.

Trinidad: Nicki Minaj Goes Home

Nicki Minaj recently returned to Trinidad and spoke with members of the T&T media on Oct 30th, hours before she was set to perform at the Localize It Concert in the Hasley Crawford Stadium. The rapper performed a medley of her hits including: “Up All Night”, “Hold Yuh”, “Dutty Love”, “Monsta”, & “Your Love”

Nicki was born on the island of Trinidad and left at age 5 relocating to New York City where she grew up. Her parents are of Afro and East Indian Trinidadian hertiage. Nicki was treated to the Presidential Suite by her people and enjoyed a Trini curried chicken roti upon arrival. Nicki reunited with family in Trinidad and was followed by fans and media alike during her stay. 

At a press conference Nicki spoke about Trinidad culture and music and her desire to work with local artists such as Machel Montano and Destra Garcia in the future. Nicki would like to promote Trini culture to the world and act as an ambassador and mentor to fellow Trimidadians. She is quoted as follows:

“I want to eventually bring Trinidadian music and culture to the world. If any of you have anything you want me to promote get it to me. What I know about Trinidadian culture and fashion is Carnival. I have never been to a Trinidadian Carnival but I know it is better than the rest.”

Check out a piece of Nicki’s performance below:


Rihanna: Only Girl (In the World) Official Music Video

The first single off of Barbadian Pop Princess Rihanna’s Loud album is entitled “Only Girl(In the World).” The track produced by Stargate and written by Cristyle brings back the Rihanna of dance pop fame. With an infectious chorus this song is sure to be another hit for the pop star. The video was shot outside of L.A. Loud is set for release on November 12th. We’re happy to see the smiling, fun-loving Rihanna back in her groove once again!