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l’Only a Seed

The eb and flow
Rise and fall
Of it all

Maintaining the horizon
So the clouds don’t come
Crashing down

Manic
Stagnant
Numbness feels safest

The rage in every tear drop
Suffering in each smile

How can I dance if my feet are rooted
In volcanic mud?

Burning to ash with each step away from soil
Sunken vessels rise again when salt dries
and fish fly from its absence

Lotus blossom if sun is allowed through
When light shelters the rain
Only the ripened fruit rots from within

So remain as a seed
Promising, yet unspoiled
Perfect in all ways fathomable
Without the need to show possibilities beyond imagination

Sometimes it’s safer to not be known
©DaraMonifah 03/21/2017 8:12 a.m.

Ode to Derek Walcott

#Haiku4UYou remember me. I was too young. Saw paintings.Uncle Derek lives.I only remember the paintings you left on…

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Saturday, March 18, 2017


Haiku For Derek Walcott:

YOU remember ME.

I was too young. Saw paintings.

Uncle Derek lives.

I only remember the paintings you left on my wall of my mother. Still they are enough to remember you were there and forever more shall be. Travel well Walcott.


THE CARIBBEAN WRITER MOURNS THE LOSS OF ITS ESTEEMED ADVISORY EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER, POET, PLAYWRITGHT ARTIST NOBEL LAUREATE DEREK WALCOTT

Alscess Lewis-Brown, Editor of The Caribbean Writer shared the following.

The Caribbean Writer mourns the passing of its esteemed founding editorial board member, Nobel Prize Winner, Playwright, Poet and Artist, Derek Walcott, who passed away earlier this morning. Alscess Lewis-Brown, editor of The Caribbean Writer, states that Walcott’s meticulously woven metaphorical poems and plays captured the essence and spirit of Caribbean expressivity across a spectrum of Caribbean political and social consciousness. Walcott’s support and insight helped to shape and guide the Caribbean Writer’s path over the pass thirty years. For this, we are grateful. We will miss his abiding frank and witty manner.”

He was a great advocate for the Caribbean. Lewis-Brown shared that in an interview with Walcott in 2014, from his home in St. Lucia, in response to her question about his thoughts on the possible idealism in the notion of pulling the fragments of the Caribbean together Walcott had this to say:

“Everywhere has division in all countries. I don’t know what the division comes from, but of course there is a difference in things: difference in pronunciation, accent, and stuff like that. Even in little St. Croix there is a division between Christiansted and Frederiksted. Each island has different qualities assigned to it by other islands. However, I think that regionally we are coming together through the products of our creative imagination. The Caribbean Writer is a good example of that effort. So, no. I don’t think we are being idealistic when we talk about pulling the fragments of the Caribbean together. Poets are doing it.


UVI Professor and The Caribbean Writer Editorial Board Member, Dr. Vincent Cooper, fondly recalls that during the 1970s Derek Walcott either directed or provided advice on the staging of several of his plays in the Virgin Islands. Between 1973 and 1978, he directed scenes from Dream on Monkey Mountain, The Charlatan, and Franklyn, on St. Croix, and later that year on St. Thomas. In 1974 he directed Ti Jean and his Brothers on St. Croix, as well as on St. Thomas, as well as on Tortola. In April 1977, he directed Remembrance on both islands. During the Fall of 1978, he directed Pantomime on both islands.

Throughout the Fall of 1979, Walcott taught a seminar on Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville (El Burlador de Sevilla) and Walcott’s adaptation of Molina’s play, The Joker of Seville. Walcott also spent part of the summer of 1979 revising his new play, Marie Laveau, while residing at the University of the Virgin Islands (then known as CVI) campus. Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville and Derek Walcott’s adaptation, the Joker of Seville, as well as Walcott’s musical, Marie Laveau were first produced at the University of the Virgin Islands in St. Thomas, in November 1979.

​ Author and Poet Edgar Lake another TCW editorial board member recalls his presence at a Walcott poetry reading in New York Public Library in a poem entitled, “Walcott Reads to Brodsky’s God Mother” published in Calabash, A JOURNAL OF CARIBBEAN ARTS AND LETTERS in Summer 2007. The following is an excerpt from Lake’s poem:

“ …He reaches for his poems, curled in a coat-pocket – and begins to read, the lady shifts her weight, and clamps her feet about her bags , Walcott caught his breath and leapfrogs to another page He’s accustomed to this silence, pigeons caught in eaves some simile, once winged, and now fretting for the rhyme Walcott, litany-voiced, free-verses about sea-grapes…”

Walcott has a long history with the University of the Virgin Islands and The Caribbean Writer. Our writers and scholars have been enriched by their drinks at his intellectual and artistic font.

University of the Virgin Islands ● RR 1, Box 10,000 ● Kingshill, St. Croix ● U.S. Virgin Islands 00850-9781  Phone: 340-692-4152 ● Fax: 340-692-4026 ● Email: info@thecaribbeanwriter.org Website: www.thecaribbeanwriter.org

Benita Martin honored for Selfless Service

Award Ceremony for the Helen Gjessing Community Service Award happening now at the University of the Virgin Islands

Posted by DaraMonifah Cooper on Thursday, February 23, 2017

Honoring this year’s recipient of the Helen Gjessing Community Service Award, Ms. Benita Martin, the community is invited to a gathering this coming Thursday at UVI’s ACC Building in the 1st floor conference room, between 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

Over the past twenty years Benita helped keep vital elements of local culture alive, collectively working with a number of organizations that promote, preserve, and defend the future and ability of Virgin Islanders to practice self-determination, and to foster the most basic forms of healthy life and living.  Some of those culturally-based organizations include the Pan-African Support Group, Afrikan Liberation Day, Rastafari Improvement Association, Kwanzaa365, Sankofa Saturdays, Per Ankh, Inc., Queens of the Earth, and the African Diaspora Youth Development Foundation. She has also provided eight years of service to the Dollar for Dollar Coal Carrying Annual Commemoration and ten years to The St. John African Slave Revolution Annual Commemoration.

Benita’s tireless efforts to help preserve the land and sea of our delicate islands include work with the Environmental Rangers, Environmental Association of St. Thomas (EAST), Virgin Islands Recycle Partnership (VIRP), Waste Management Authority (WMA) Community Advisor Board, Camp Umoja Academy, and the Virgin Islands Conservation Society (VICS).

Sponsors for this year’s event include: The University of the Virgin Islands, The St. Thomas Restaurant Group, Buddha Sushi, WUVI Student Radio Station, Sankofa Saturdays Youth Initiative, DaraMonifah.com, and Ms. Cheryl Rae.

Read more about Sister Benita and the award below. 

Named in honor of Ms. Helen Gjessing, this award is perhaps one of the more difficult awards to earn. It is about living life with an attitude of service to, and care of the world around us in a way that exemplifies similarities to Helen herself. Throughout her life, Helen Gjessing has been a quiet force. Never one to garner accolades, she simply “showed up” for decades in the Virgin Islands, in her quiet and unassuming way, to do what she could and what was needed, to make a positive difference. That is what this award is about.

A resident of St. Thomas since 1958, Helen is an environmental-activist powerhouse.  She was given the first “Connie” award from the National Wildlife Federation in 2010; has “Emeritus” status at the University of Virgin Islands-St. Thomas Campus, where she retired in 1999 after teaching biology for thirty-four years; and served on and chaired the League of Women Voters’ Planning and Environmental Quality Committee, tirelessly reviewing countless permit applications and reports on behalf of territorial environmental protections. In short, Helen is the type service-minded individual that communities around the world can only hope to call their own. To read more about Helen’s life and activities in the USVI, follow the About Helen link on this website.

The Helen Gjessing Community Service Award is given out annually, if an individual comes to the fore that year who’s observed to live their life in the spirit of the type of service to the community that Helen epitomized, and which is typically unpaid. Someone who quietly, and again and again, shows up and helps encourage and accomplish things toward a better world. There is no monetary gift with this award. It is given by citizens, to citizens, in recognition of and as an opportunity to honor those who selflessly give, and live a life of giving to the world around them. The public is however invited to make donations, if so inclined, to whatever cause(s) or projects are embraced to the recipient of that year’s award. Based on suggestions from the public on persons deserving of the award, each year’s recipient will join with Helen and anonymous founders of the event in the decision for the following year’s recipient of the award (with the number of persons participating in that process increasing by one each year). The public is invited to submit suggestions for the next recipient of the HG Community Service Award using the Submissions link on the above website.

In that spirit of selfless community service, Ms. Benita Diana Martin has been selected to receive this year’s award. 

Benita was born in Detroit, MI (1952), though has long been proud to call the Virgin Islands her home. Benita gave birth to five children — Ayinde, Naima, Ariel, Amad, and Lukata — while providing a mother’s love to numerous youth throughout the world.

Benita’s professional career began in 1979 after graduating with a master’s degree in Blind Rehabilitation.  She has provided orientation and mobility (travel skills) Braille and vision training and other vision services to blind and visually impaired children and adults throughout the United States, Kuwait, Egypt, and in 1994 with the Virgin Islands Department of Education.  Benita continues to provide services to various organizations to address issues of person with a disability in the Virgin Islands including VI Find, Center for Independent Living, and the VI Special Olympic – St. Thomas.

Benita began her studies in alternative organic system farm practice in 1978.  After becoming a vegetarian, she realized that we must grow what we eat and educate our community on how the current fast food system generates too many health issues.  In 1995 she began to put her knowledge of organic farming into practice at Green Thumb Farm (GTF) in the St. Thomas Bordeaux area, building a fully operational 20×80 greenhouse, and assisting with all aspects of the farm, making it one of the most productive sustainable organic farms on the island. Benita joined We Grow Food Inc., noting the importance of providing food for their community. She has since served as a board member and is currently co-chairperson of the Future Development Committee. Benita has greatly aided in the development of projects/activities for the advancement of agriculture in the Virgin Islands to include: Land Agreement between Livestock Association and Bordeaux Crop Farmers Source.

In short, Benita is a caretaker of mother earth, continually involved in projects contributing to improved conditions and resources critical to healthy on-island farming practices. She is a vital member of the Bordeaux Farmers Annual Agriculture and Cultural Fair and the Bordeaux Farmer’s Market, as well as, the 1998, 2004, and 2005 Agriculture & Culture Summer Camp.  Benita has worked with many agriculture organizations and educational programs with goals to promote, develop, preserve and defend agriculture in the Virgin Islands.  They include Farmers In Action, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network – Caribbean Initiative, Virgin Islands Farmers’ Cooperative, Islands Food Security Inc. (The Network), Emerald Thumb Garden and the Gladys Abraham; Ulla F. Muller; and Lockhart elementary school’s garden clubs.

Art Exhibit: It’s a Family Affair


When artists unite, what is created from their combined energies can be nothing less than a work of art… Be it canvas, melodic score or a beautiful young human being…being nurtured.


On Saturday, February 4, 2017 at E’s Tea House in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, a local artist family will share for the first time in public exhibit, Faces of Hope and other works of art. From illustrations to origami & digital art.


Using portraits of local artists, culture bearers and a variety of individuals, the  ‘1 Million Faces of Hope Charcoal Sketch Series’ is his way of bringing out the best attributes of a community through portraits of the people that nurture it to wholeness, as he is doing with his son from a distance.

“I love what I do, and I have experienced the joy it brings others when doing it.”

~Abrahaman Muhammad

In simple words Abrahaman Muhammad is an artist. Born on St. Thomas to two artistic and free thinking parents, who instilled in him the desire and motivation to keep creating.


The illustration presented as the background for his work is one of his son Bilal, which we’ll get back to in a moment.

According to his website, he has never enrolled in an art institution, but instead has taken tips and guidance, from more experienced artists than himself along the way and continues to do so.

“Drawing for me has always been fun, relaxing and mind freeing.”

Abrahaman created the series with his son Bilal in mind. Also an artist, his son will help to curate the exhibit and may even bring some of his own to display.

Abrahaman’s statement of purpose:

“The proceeds go to whatever cause Bilal feels his peers need to help them develop.

There is a reason why in all major perfection and high studies of life, it is call the practice. A humbling word, that tells me that this one lifetime will never be enough to perfect nor master any thing I do. As good as I become at one thing I will alway find someone better then me at it who I can learn from.

I want Bilal to grasp this concept and reality from young and know that the less he opens him self up to knowing is the more he will learn and achieve in his personal life and cast affects on the lives of those dependent on him.

I vision a new educational system that is solely surounded on social skills and focuses primarily on the power of NOW. History is fine but has failed society on so many levels and causes the masses to live in resentment towards each other over a thing that was not done be present circumstances. Bilal, he is representing a social unity, how you beautifully described in your blog. Simplicity is all this is.

My wish is for Bilal to express himself and how he feels about being an artist and how we have inspired him in his own words not mine. All I truly wish to do is help inspire him to his greatest level by providing more art and much less words..”

The family exhibit will showcase charcoal illustrations from Abrahaman, poetry, photography & digital design by DaraMonifah and origami, digital art & one abstract acrylic painting by Bilal Djehuti Karheri Muhammad, their son.


Stay tuned for more from this creative collaboration….. Visit www.symbplisit.com to view portraits and more.

The Art Exchange Dec 18 Gardening Party

On December 18th, I intend to be somewhere that nurtures my soul, and feeds my spirit while setting a foundation for the community in areas of art, agriculture, entrepreneurship, youth and community. All are invited to The Art Exchange’s Gardening Party from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Frydenhoj location at Casa Gracie to join in the gardening, a “potluck” or purchase a paver for making a pathway into the community garden. Listen to the interview for more details as I talk with Chinwe Osaze & Akil Jacobs about Agriculture, Art, Culture, Community and The Art Exchange’s Dec 18th Gardening Party or join the Facebook event. The Art Exchange also has a downtown location which will have a soft launch on Friday, December 16th, 2016 during Miracle on Main Street.

Chinwe Osaze working with students at the Yvonne E. Milliner Bowsky Elementary School in the “From Spawn to Farm Project” 2015/16.

The Art Exchange, Inc., located in the Virgin Islands, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded to support community development and education through experiential, project- based learning in the arts, agriculture and entrepreneurship. It initially started in 1992 with artist and educator Chinwe Osaze and Jacquelyn Amanayea (Sisters’ chant) Abraham on St. Thomas. A few years ago, Chinwe invited in Akil Jacobs, the current Assistant Director. They work with artists, farmers and all creative individuals within the Virgin Islands community.

View from Casa Gracie the eastern location of The Art Exchange’s Community Garden.

The Art Exchange, Inc. would like to invite our community to join us for a beginning of the planting season Gardening Party. If you’ve been meaning to get your hands in the soil–and for a really good cause, are you interested in learning more agriculture and want to develop a Green Thumb. Well join us.

Contribute to the Traditional Pot Luck:
Bring a fresh vegetable, fruit, or natural ingredients
We will communally create;
a main dish/entree (a paella, or “ital”),
2) a green and fruit salad,
3) a drink.
It all develops on-site using what is gathered and a designated Dub Master and assistant(s) will prepare the meal. Items now available in the garden also become a part of the meal.

Picked straight form the community garden at The Art Exchange, Inc.’s Frydenhoj location at Casa Gracie.

I asked What IS The Art Exchange?
Their responses reminded me of the word rEVOLution: “We are bringing the people who want to make this a better place. It’s about art, agriculture, community building, love…”

“We want to be a community based organization. We are the do-ers.” ~Chinwe Osaze, Executive Director

Directions: Coming from Red Hook, heading West, when you get to Nick “Daddy Friday” Drive, keep going until you get to the stop light at the top of the hill pass the Armory where you’re going to turn right, but because of oncoming traffic, it’s safer to first go left onto the neighborhood, turn around and then drive straight across the street back at the stoplight to start coming up the hill. Additional signage will be there near the benches.

Coming from West (Nadir) going East towards the Armory you’d just turn left at the stoplight atop the hill. Use this Google map or call Chinwe for directions.

Objectives of the Art Exchange
1. To build capacity within the community by operating a youth/women’s entrepreneurship training program
2. To harness family and community (local and global) resources to support industrial development.
3. To create and support community development initiatives
4. To establish an economically sustainable enterprise that would help to stimulate the local economy and showcase the viability of the medicinal plant farming, bee rearing and eventually, essential oil production and eco-camp operation.

Artisans’ & Farmers’ Markets will also resume monthly in 2017 on second Sundays in the front parking lot of Buddha Sushi, estate Frydenhoj.

Join me and Sankofa Saturdays in supporting and celebrating all that is The Artists Exchange, Inc.

Healing Women Sister by Sister

When my Crucian sister Emmanuella Perez Cassius contacted me, I was already excited about whatever it was gonna be about… then during the call she said someone named Mothyna was coming with her. I said MOTHYNA! From Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation??? She said, yeah, oh you’ve heard of them? (Insert wicked womanly laugh here.)
Click the play button above, watch the Facebook LIVE video clip or listen here for the interview: WUVI Radio Interview

When asked about how she started on the path of being a “sister-server” or an advocate for all things sisterhood, Emmanuella, as Director of Lady Leaders, LLC., passionately shared that, “NEFF, Never Ever Forget Friends began in 2009 when my friend Nefertiti Obryan was shot and killed by her intimate partner! We knew something had to be done to address self service and sisterhood and in 2015 we launched NEFF.”

neff-conference-2016-flyerWith the theme, “Yet, I am stronger with my sista!,” this year’s N.E.F.F. Conference was held on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at the DC Canegata Recreation Center on St. Croix in loving memory of Nefertiti O’Bryan.

All I know is, the little sisters at the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School are in for a serious treat today between 9am-2pm when Emmanuella, Mothyna James-Brightful AND Monokia Tyson Nance will be in their school library sharing space, time, experiences and the love that they exude ever so naturally. Then later this evening around 5:30 pm right outside of the UVI Dining Pavilion (Café UVI), they’ll be there doing more of the same.

While at WUVI, I showed them the flyer and information shared in an email from Dahlia Stridiron-Felix: “October 1st marked the beginning of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The University community is invited to attend a presentation by Mrs. Mothyna James-Brightful. She is the founder of Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation. Mrs. James-Brightful will make a presentation on consent and respect and the importance of sisterhood. Students, faculty, and staff can decorate ornaments with affirmations for survivors which will be placed on the tree. There will be a symbolic lighting of the tree in recognition of Domestic Violence Month.

When: Thursday, October 6, 2016
Where: Outside of UVI Dining Café
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Domestic Violence Flyer 2016

This event is sponsored by the Counseling and Career Services Office, the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Council, and the UVI Advocates for Mental Health Program.”

Share the full interview with Emmanuella, Mothyna and Monokia hosted by DaraMonifah on #HabariGaniVI: Click the play button above, watch the Facebook LIVE video clip or listen here: WUVI Radio Interview

Inviting all to come out with your royal purpleness and heal with us! #SomethingPurple

There’s something about seeing a large group of men step up and handle business that instantly makes a community stronger, more hopeful and willing to try.

Senator Jean and Jean Forde (his son) pause and humbly allow me a moment at the Back-to-School Barbeque Fun Day. Photo Credit ©DaraMonifah.com

Masses of fathers, mothers, guardians and children showed up to the Emile Griffith Ball Park between 2pm – 6pm on Saturday, August 27, 2016 for the Back-to-School Barbecue Fun Day organized by the VI Mothers Against Guns/Jason Carroll Memorial Fund and other agencies and individuals. Advertised as a family gathering inviting anyone willing to support fathers in better supporting their children and families were there to lend a hand, a heart and a hug.

The village was in full effect. Children took home free backpacks, free uniforms and school supplies as well as books and others things provided by various organizations or agencies that surrounded the basketball court. Free food and drinks, fun and games as well as t-shirts for the fathers all made for a powerful statement in the midst of a time when the tragedies of random senseless violence seems to be right around the corner, or even on a public bench.

Celebrating and Supporting the Fathers #VIFathersMarch

Songs and words of encouragement, as well as plaques and awards were presented to fathers as they socialized and helped to create an environment of security with the children running around carefree between the bounce house and playground, as adults mingled and kept watchful eyes. Another highlight of the event, the fathers came to center court and repeated a pledge lead by Judge James Carroll, one of the lead event organizers.

Next, on the agenda are two days of prayer slated for the weekend before public schools re-open for the fall. Various churches are inviting families, teachers, administrators and staff to attend for a word of prayer on this upcoming school year. Then the real march will be on September 6, 2016, the first day of school, where these same fathers and more will take their children to school on the first day and again pledge to remain in their lives, throughout the school year and beyond.
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A job well done, by the Carroll family and friends who have spear headed this initiative for the past eight years as well as the annual Walk/Run against violence, which also successfully unites the community in efforts of unity, peace and collective productivity.

Partners include the Department of Human Services, My Brothers Workshop, L.A.D.I.E.S., Sankofa Saturdays, Parents Matter, Fathers as Role Models & VIPD Crime Prevention Bureau. For more information call 340-775-9337, visit www.vimothersagainstguns.org or connect with them via social media on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, or TWITTER.

Listen below to a song written and performed acapella for the fathers on this day:

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Tanama Colibri & her Tribute to Sade

Listen as Tanama Colibri introduces herself to those who haven’t yet had the pleasure here int he United Virgin Islands and speaks of her Tribute to Sade coming up on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 7pm in Seven Minus Seven. On the afternoon of, I also reminded of the event while sharing the new info about Reichhold Center’s upcoming concert season. I’ll write a lil more… in a lil bit.



More photos coming soon…

Here is another video of Tanama singing at the Natural Livity lounge.
https://www.facebook.com/daramonifah/videos/10205734753432530/

WUVI Students and the NABJ

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As the current Station/Programming Manager of the WUVI Student Radio Station at the University of the Virgin Islands, under the advisor-ship of Dr. Alexander Randall V, I’ve had a whirlwind of an experience with the students that have come through the program over the years. I’m going to share about some of them in this article… but I’m collecting photos, videos and audio so they can tell the story themselves.

As ambassadors alongside the USVI Department of Tourism, some of the WUVI students that have attended the (NABJ) National Association of Black Journalists conference over the past three years include Elesha Hazel, Branford Marsalis Parker, Charles Martin, Jr., Patrice Renee Harris and Nathalie TrowMcDonald. As their supervisor and a Masters student at Fullsail University studying New Media Journalism, I attended the first year accompanying Elesha. Thanking Tamara Lang-Allen, Director Hospitality & Tourism Management at University of the Virgin Islands, for reaching out to me on behalf of the Department of Tourism to select WUVI students worthy of being awarded the opportunity.

Some of the photos were made available courtesy of Bevan Springer, Marketplace Excellence, the agency that funded the students’ travel and made the experience possible. Other photos were captured by Branford Marsalis Parker, an up and coming videographer, myself and others.

Lord Put a Ring On It Reflections and Review

St. Thomas! Go see the Lord Put A Ring On It movie today through Wednesday night and win an all expense paid trip AND a Walk-on-Role Acting in Part 2 of Lord Put A Ring On It! Last day is Wednesday! ‪#‎LordPutARingOnIt‬

Establishing, mending and healing relationships are the key themes surrounding the film ‘Lord Put a Ring on It’. Tune in today, Monday, May 30, 2016, at 4pm for the live interview on WUVI with Dr. Tikki Collins as I find out the audience and cast perspectives of the film’s world premiere night, or to hear how the island responded and more on WUVI.

According to Dr. Collins, it started out with Netflix being interested in the project, then it turned into a cinema buyer that handles all the Caribbean who saw the trailer and said they were interested in bringing the film to the islands.

St. Thomas, was suggested a the “biggest island” before they even had a mainland date. Somehow, Dr. David Hall, UVI President got wind of it and WUVI started promoting. That’s how I got involved and the rest is Thistory…

13312794_10209734461662736_4675841332393738844_nEverybody’s asking how the new film Lord Put a Ring on It, got to our beautiful little, seemingly insignificant, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. The movie had it’s World premiere this evening on May 26th at Caribbean Cinema St. Thomas. Let me tell you what I’ve learned. The Universe is multi-lingual and one heck of a code switcher. The Creator speaks in whatever way we need to hear our lessons. Sometimes we recognize it, but other times, it simmers a while before we can truly appreciate the flavor, or the favor.

13308555_725069480969081_242243613839747145_oMeeting the director and cast of Lord Put a Ring on It, then seeing the film for myself has become my latest testament to the glory of God. No, I’m not Christian. Those that know me know I’m not even religious, per se, but that I’ve always “fit in” wherever I go as if I belong and have always been present. Whether it’s the cathedral or the mosque, I’ve taught or still teach the basic principles of a variety of religions, spiritual systems and cultural practices mirror each other, thus if we just practice those repeating virtues, no matter the name, language, genre or gender, we would each be of the best in representations of the Christ-like ones, Buddha or Allah, among many others.

I believe that one’s relationship with their higher power is personal and their right to choose, just as we all have many roads to walk, which could eventually lead us in the same direction or in our individual correct directions. In many ways, I also see relationships with each other and ourselves individually are microcosms of that macrocosm.

The film ‘Lord put a Ring on It’ also focused on relationships, from a Christina foundation. Not being Christina in no way affected my ability to gain and grow from the many themes and lessons illustrated through this romantic comedy. Presenting everyday challenges of today’s families, Director Dr. Tikki Collins wonderfully weaved the stories together, making it easier to notice the connection between various types of relationships, potential conflict and life lessons that we each could always use reminders of.

According to Pastor Collins, also the director’s husband, the theme of the film is life changing about how to establish, mend and heal relationships from Christian foundation.

Everyday people, with everyday challenges, learning to solve them and strengthen themselves with extraordinary grace and simplicity using the teachings of the bible. Maybe just a book to some, or a creative work of poetry to others, no matter the perspective, it became immediately obvious, that the message was Universally understood. 13344763_10209757863007755_4816674575572860830_n

If you have anew relationship, or are working on a current one… even if you’re just beginning to mend a seemingly broken one, go check out Lord Put a Ring on It to get a new lease on life, or an old one renewed.

Thanking Dr. Tikki Collins, her husband, Pastor Collins and the cast for their influence over the past week as they blessed the University of the Virgin Islands and St. Thomas with the gift of their creative and healing labor.

Check it out for yourself at Market Square East right here on St. Thomas for the next week. Share these photos from the WORLD PREMIERE of ‘Lord Put A Ring On It’ on St.Thomas, US Virgin Islands with Dr. Tikki Collins, Troy Latham, Tyrone Junior, Jared Malcolm, Trae Summiel, and cast.

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If you missed the premiere, you can still catch it on the following dates/times:
Mon-Fri 7:15 & 9:30
Sat – Sun 2:45, 5:00, 7:15, 9:30
$7.50 for Adults and $4.25 for children

View the trailer here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-0fEk_UBIU
Media contact: Paris Brooks
Telephone: 302-786-1135
Email: lordputaringonit@mail.com
Visit www.lordputaringonit.com
#LordPutARingOnIt

Establishing, mending and healing relationships, stay tuned for the live interview with Dr. Tikki Collins as I find out the cast perspective of the world premiere night, how the island responded and more on WUVI.

Listen in above to this special pre-event interview with Dr. Tikki Collins and the crew of the film ‘Lord Put a Ring on It’ in our WUVI St. Thomas studio. Co-hosted by Dr. Chenzira Davis Kahina of the UVI Center for the Study of Spirituality and Professionalism along with DaraMonifah Cooper of the UVI Cooperative Extension Service office and WUVI’s Station Manager.