Festivalgoers who were anticipating a superb presentation from poetess Elizabeth Alexander (above) at this year’s Calabash Lit Fest will be disappointed to learn that, owing to tragic circumstances, the award-winning writer has pulled out of this year’s festival lineup. “Elizabeth's husband died suddenly last week,” chief festival organizer Justine Henzell tells TALLAWAH via email. “So she can't come sadly.” But the show must go on. Set to replace Alexander is British-Guyanese poet, novelist and playwright Fred D’Aguiar, who joins previously announced names like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Olive Senior among the headline acts. Dubbed Jubilation!, Calabash 2012 will take place May 25-27 in Treasure Beach.
Every so often, local TV viewers get introduced to a set of fresh faces, and this month is no exception. Bright young things Ashley Miller (a first year Chem. major at UTech) and Talia Soares (a 2nd year law undergrad at Mona) are the new co-hosts of the hit entertainment show Intense, which airs Saturday nights on TV J. Soares and Martin – St. Andrew’s and Ardenne High alums respectively – reportedly beat out some 300 other aspirants to land the gig.
It’s official: Oprah Winfrey is heading back to the big screen. Director Lee Daniels (Precious) has confirmed that Oprah will be playing a key role in his next film, The Butler, which starts shooting in New Orleans in July. “It's a true story of a man (Eugene Allen) who served several decades in the White House,” Daniels tells USA Today. “Forest Whitaker plays the butler who serves many presidents and Oprah plays his wife.” In 1986, Winfrey earned a supporting-actress Oscar nod for The Colour Purple. This year, she was bestowed with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by The Academy.