Greta Martha

Bel a bati, kabi sali skol,
15 anja mesora
bai limpia kas
di un pareha
venezolano.
Esaki no ta
un novela di
Venevision,
pero bida real
di un damita
bayendo Vsbo
i traha den banda
pe por kria su yu.
Bendishon a keda
derama riba dje.
Ela skapa tantu
trampa karnal di
hombunan dobel
su edat.
E redenshon di
un kurason
Madona pretu
ta hanja manchi
gradisimentu.

Ayo problema,
Ayo amargura,
Ayo tristesta i envidia.
Bo ta bon kwida,
Bo ta bon kwida,
Ba yega den reino di felisidat.

Loftier Living, On Top, Dushi ‘magazine’ no ta fria e dolo dje damanan den ghetto.
Lesando revistanan bunita
pero e kontenido di adorashon kapitalista ta pa muhenan luho.
E dama di ghetto no tin nada skibi
pa nan, e paginanan i potretnan
no ta libra nan, e no ta yuda empodera nan ku teps, konseho ekonomiko-finansiero, pa konkista un bida miho yena ku maraviya sosial.

Ayo problema,
Ayo amargura,
Ayo tristesta i envidia.
Bo ta bon kwida,
Bo ta bon kwida
Ba yega den reino di felisidat.

Stichting Vrouwennetwerk Curacao ta parti premio pa empresanan ku ta trata hendemuhe bon.
Pero tur santu dia ta hasi kompras
na supermerkadonan kaminda e hendemuhe ketu bai ta keda abusa.
Donjo di Centrum a muri pero e kaheranan ta stret riba nan pia para of stuhl sin lomba. Goisco, Cost U Less. Ni esei despues di kasi 20 anja di eksistensia boso no por a kambia.
Trahado feminino komiendo den solo pafo riba pida karton. Marriott hotel a keda premia, konta ku e lombanan di tur e kamareranan? Konta ku e penshun, muhenan di klase haltu papia, eduka nan, fortifika nan netwerk of sera lip pa semper.

Ayo problema,
Ayo amargura,
Ayo tristesta i envidia.
Bo ta bon kwida,
Bo ta bon kwida,
Ba yega den reino di felisidat.

Dia di Prensa, Un Karnaval di Komunikashon Sosial Mediokre

Carnaval, John Baselmans

Carnaval, John Baselmans

Normalmente prome di september pa dekadanan kaba ta un fecha kaminda ta selebra dia di prensa. E fishi kaminda bo ta buska, kola, plama informashon. E fishi kaminda periodistanan tin ku skibi, papia, filma e berdat pa su publiko. Un dia speshal ku delastu anjanan su nifikashon i reflekshon pa e distribushon di e berdatnan di nos sosiedat a dirti i bira un aventura komersial kaminda plaka, poder i politika ta determina ki sorto di kalidat di media e pueblo ta hanja.

E anja aki dia di prensa, un novum a mira lus di dia ora ku Curaçao Media Organization (CMO) a disidi pa skuif e selebrashon di 1 di september na 7 di september pa motibu ku net e wikent di 30, 31 di ougustus Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival lo a stroba e miembronan di prensa pa asisti e sigiente djadumingu 1 di september.

Un selebrashon sosial deportivo Vigilante ta meldu: “Miembronan di prensa lo partisipá na diferente enkuentro deportivo manera basketbòl, dominó, vòlibòl, futbòl, Airsoft, bulamentu den saku i landamentu. E parti sosial lo konsistí di entre otro karoake pa premio, kompetensia di ‘cupcake’, zumba, siña makiyahe.
E selebrashon di Dia di Prensa ta sera anochi ku un sena, kontamentu di chiste i animashon musikal. Lo tin diferente premio manera entre otro baiskel, biahe, estadia den hotèl, komementu den restorant. E premio grandi e aña aki tambe ta un outo: un Chevrolet Sonic 2013 ku AutoCity ta pone disponibel.
E dia sosial deportivo pa trahadónan den prensa ta tuma lugá na Rust & Burgh for di 12’or di mèrdia te ku 12’or di anochi.”

Yves Cooper e uniko reportero/periodista ku tabata den media kontinuamente sakando su frustrashon riba e kalidat abou di prensa a demonstra ku for di un legion di miembronan di prensa un persona so tin e fakultat, e moral pa kwestiona, kritika e rol mediokre ku prensa ta hunga na Korsou. E linja kora den su analise konosiendo e aparato mediatiko pa 13 anja tabata ku: “Prensa ta e okashonado di problema mas grandi”. Sensashon ta e plato favorito ku donjonan di media ta sirbi nan publiko. Donjonan di media di kwa mayoria a kuminsa den e ramo aki pa motibunan komersial i no ta interesa pa eleva konsenshi, karakter di un pueblo via nan plataforma di media na prome luga.

Konklushon ku por keda saka –despues di mira niun debate na tv, radio, niun artikulo den korant– ta ku ‘99%’ den e mundu di prensa no ta sinti e nesesidat pa reforma nan area di profeshon na un manera ku lo yuda nan mes i e pueblo en general. Prueba di esaki ta ku karaoke i ganamentu di un outo ta bal mas selebrando nan Dia di Prensa ku diskushonnan riba e nivel di nos media i kon e por keda restruktura via poder popular demokratiko. Probablemente e raisnan di miedu ta duru pega den e trupa di periodistanan, reporteronan ku nan no ta wori ku nan salario ta abou, e chens pa studia no tei, kondishonnan laboral ta laga hopi di desea.

Transparency International ku a hanja e enkargo di e eks gabinete Schotte pa investiga e grado di integridat den nan komunikado di prensa a saka un pida riba prensa tambe ku te dia di awe a bai den e lachi famoso di olvido: “E estudio ta ilustrá hopi prekupashon pa sierto sektor ku lo mester promové integridat. Un ehèmpel di esaki ta e medionan di komunikashon. Miéntras ku e kuadro legal ta suministrá un ambiente favorabel pa desaroyá medionan masha diversifiká, realidat ta ku tin un skarsedat di periodista bon entrená, spesialmente periodistanan pa hasi trabou investigativo. Tin be kontenido di relatonan den medionan di komunikashon ta influensiá pa e echo ku hopi medionan di komunikashon ta dependé grandemente di finansiadó privá i di e merkado di aviso pa nan entradanan. Kondishonnan pa garantisá integridat di e empleadonan di medionan di komunikashon ta skars. Esaki ta mina e posishon independiente i responsabilisashon di e medionan di komunikashon.”
Tanten nos lidernan i donjonan di media no ke debati, diskuti e problematikanan ku ta stroba prensa pa desaroya na un nivel mas haltu e mundu di komunikashon sosial lo keda un kanser ku ta kome mente di hende.

Amigoe i Antilliaans Dagblad ku semper ta respira ku un aire di arogansia periodistiko te ainda no por a asumi e responsabilidat i kuminsa un dialogo kritiko ku nan partnernan den media pa bin ku solushonnan konkreto pa mehora e estado mediokre. Tesei ta e pampel ku media na ulandes mester hunga si nan sigi insisti ku nan si ta praktika periodismo responsabel. E ta konta tambe pa Z86 ku na radio a pretende ku nan te miho den difushon radial pa responsabilisa nan koleganan den media riba FM. Tin un skondementu pa tene bo mes bro ku sisnan responsabel. Komentario riba politika i tur otro sorto di kos den nos komunidat pero nan koleganan i nan mes semper ta hanja un skapatorio.

E fantasia ku por a kuminsa un pais nobo 10-10-10 sin restruktura e prensa putri bjeew ta bibu bibu ainda. Un prensa debil ta krea un pueblo ku ta depende di dje den mesun malchi debil, pensando debil, aktuando debil.

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-> Stanley Ignacio i Lilo Sulvaran ta hanja ku 8 korant, 28 radio no ta di mas. Tin un merkado pa tur hende.
Un vishon di plaka riba prinsipio di periodismo?

-> Nos prensa sa e diferensia entre informashon, notisia i redu?

-> Telecuracao ku su direktor nobo (sr. Oehlers) ku den pasado tabata asina kritiko riba prensa no por organisa un debate riba Dia di Prensa? Podise e Jazz festival a dol kos na tv tambe?

-> CBA ku su direktor Germaine Hart-De Jongh no por a organisa un foro di diskushon riba Dia di prensa ku tur donjonan di media?

-> Kwantu sensura tin na Korsou eherse pa periodistanan mes?

-> Niun editorial di niun korant riba Dia di Prensa?

-> Prensa ta konfirmando nan mes ku interesnan finansiero tin nan choka, difikultando nan trabao pa bisa e berdat pio ku un diktatura gobernamental?

-> Stanley Ignacio presidente di CMO a bisa ku tin entre 4 pa 10 periodista ku karakter koruptivo. Kiko lo bai pasa ku nan? 4 pa 10 periodista korupto por keda traha ganja un pueblo numa?

Visualisando, Kaida di Kapitalismo Krioyo

E prome djadumingu den luna di mei.
Un matansa na Marie Pompoen unda
sanger a sprengu manchando e kapitalismo krioyo. Un boutismo spiritual di Helmin Wiels pa inougura e komienso di un era nobo sin e sistema kapitalista, un ekonomia di wisi-was abusivo i diktadura finansiero kaminda ta ekploita, chupa bo plaka i en kambio bo no tin niun donder di bisa.
Un elite blanku i pretu ku ya pa un siglo i mei a primi, bati den kabes di hende -ku nan ta mira komo katibu ekonomiko- e sonjo di pega pa plaka te kos pa yag riba. E mentalidat di ‘Campo’: “Mi ta chinga ki ora mi ke, ku ken ku mi kier, mi no mester di amor, mi tin sen.” E hipnose di ritmo kombina, comeback, trap, house, bachata, bebiendo, baliando e baila di ‘Chinina Kome Lubida’.

Den e regimen kapitalista no tin espasio pa hende manera Wiels ku ta desea di mira su hende organisa, para pa su derechinan, habri nan boka, i prospera subiendo e trapi sosial den bida. Den edukashon un studiante tin ku keda mitar bobo un zumbi den banki skol sigiendo ordu di su dosentenan i direktiva di skol. E mes no por stur i influensia e direkshon di dunamentu les i kontenido, ki sorto di buki e ke. Kontra su boluntat e ta wordu eduka pa pensa i aktua sumiso, un marioneta ku tin ku obedese ne orden i pedidu di ekonomia enbes di krea i kana un ruta ekonomiko nobo ku ta drei riba dignidat di hende.
Esaki ta e kambionan pa 2013 ku ta nesesario pa Korsou krea otro tipo di hende. Sin un otro malchi di personanan nos ta kai den mesun trampa i sklabisando nos mes.

E kapitalismo krioyo meskla ku un sneif diki di ulandes no ta permiti e klase trahado pa inventa un otro forma di ekonomia ku ta yuda e hende sali for di e sirkulo visioso di salario minimo, hopi trabao pero tiki paga ku violashon di labor na ordu di dia tur santu dia.

E sistema mester di su popchinan e momentu ku e ta keda kwestiona e ta skupi bo afo, herida bo, hasi bofon di bo, laga bo komo un paria dilanti bo komunidat. E ta bube-fika ku perfekshon via korant, televishon, radio, internet ku mayoria bja e pueblo ta keda manzu, e por sulfura den prensa, hasi un protesta aki aya pero e kambionan grandi pa laga e sirkulashon di plaka den ekonomia i finansas traha na benefisio di e pueblo no ta sosode fasil. Kambio ta nifika kaida di nan imperionan. Un adapshon chiki lo a bendishona miles di hende pero e filosfia ku pueblo mester keda pober mane raton di kerki ta ketu bai vigente.

Ta tin periodonan ku bo tabata sintiendo un apertura, un buraku chikitu den e forti di fiserei finansiero a keda bora. E dede di Helmin Wiels a kuminsa primi, pusha buskando maneranan pa remodela e sistema kapitalista. Nan a korta su dede afo. Pero a sobra hopi dedenan mas i despues di un silensio di kwater luna nan tin ku kuminsa mustra riba e abusu i e agonia ku e sistema ta kousa. E dedenan tin ku kinipi e inventornan dje sistema kapitalista krioyo, e dedenan tin ku buta respet i hala e gai ku nan skopet spiritual.

Curaçao North Sea Jazz Festival and The Black Working Class Cleansing Be Bop

The Black bourgeoisie booty don’t lie as their coldheartedness bundled with the white elite towards the working-class and struggling youth pops out the closet while selfishly reaching its musical climax with the fourth edition of Curacao North Sea Jazz festival together with Dutch + Latino wealthy locals and tourists from mostly the Netherlands, Suriname and South America. A festival that boosts our economy with approximately $40 million. A personal investment of +/- $5 million by the creator, offshore czar Gregory Elias. A multi-millionaire with a philantropic sway, wanting to see his island get that tourist money during off-season.

This years roster like all the previous ones has a big U.S. Black artists presence. Names like Prince, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Erykah Badu, The Roots and Raphael Saadiq. The Black and white creole elite just like the Curacao International Film Festival Rotterdam (also organized by Gregory Elias) had no interest in promoting the U.S. Black artists to the Black working-class and youth through radio, tv or social media channels. Its been like that all these four years plus there has never been one marketing campaign aimed at African-American tourists which instantly could make this event a profitable one as it still never ever broke even all these years.

The reason why they prefer not to target the U.S. Black tourism market
is not that clear but it evidently is galvanized in racial motives resembling the whole -mostly white dominated- tourism sector of Curacao that has a gigantic Blackness-phobia tattoed on its Dutch colonized face. They spend millions on Dutch and German tourists but refuse to invest in the Black diaspora living in the United States who with the right tailor made marketing would come to visit and feel home away from home.

Artists based in Holland that were born here or grew up like Kris Berry and Kizzy McHugh should engage with the Black working class and youth from disadvantaged neigbourhoods or at least lace DJ’s with promo songs to start and maintain their tunes buzzing. Make them understand what that Jazz sound is all about expand their love for other sorts of music.
Percy Pinedo the PR-man for the Jazz fest mentioned that people should be educated on different genres of music, if Elias really wants to start seeing revenues stream his way he need to broaden his so-called philantropical horizon and cater to the struggling labor class, introduce them via radio, tv to all types of music that play gigs at festivals like these.

Four years straight consistently the organization has been willfully neglecting the working-class, 95% will not save money to buy a $195 ticket (one evening) even if rough economic times allows them to. Obviously most people never heard of Raphael Saadiq, they dont know who The Roots are and can’t recite any Erykah Badu lyric or hum an Esperanza joint simply because media platforms dont play their music and festival organizers until now never saw the value in schooling Black poor folks to these ‘new’ U.S. Black musical sounds. Thats why they be at ‘TRAP NIGHT’, Facade, Hot and Nasty or a Bubblin party at open air brothel Campo Alegre. No, they wont go to a Jazz fest after party in Renaissance even if Questlove from the Roots will be on the one and two’s spinning wax. Probably that’s the organizers goal too, to keep the class apartheid intact.
Making it worse as it is already is the disappointment that U.S. Black artists like The Roots and Erykah Badu turned out to be. Listening to their music you would seem to feel as if they know whats up with the Black experience in the Caribbean and that we still are going through our decolonial battles. Radical waves of social consciousness via their musical presence during a concert filled with white and Black elite and organizers camp would have a great influence on their creole capitalism characters. They could’ve blessed the audience with just a few powerful songs, raps that could raise Black awareness, solidarity on our voyage of emancipation this complex exodus from Dutch Apartheid, colonialism, class cleansing, homophobia, sexism, anti- Black feminism, anti-Black racism.

Maybe its too early to judge but so far it just look like they came out to play, cash a check and take a plane to go the next show. The rapper from the Roots, Black Thought in Styles P collabo track ‘Cause I’m Black’ rhymed: “I got a mind like Malcolm X, how about yours?” People want to see that state of mind, Erykah Badu also in her music shows off with that Black revolutionary flair. The Black working class and youth of Curacao would have loved to see and hear that particular mental glow but instead you got these artists doing a ‘watered down’ show for middle and upperclass folks without any effort of leaving a mark of social change as ambassadors of Black radical thought.

Harry Belafonte who had to do open the fest with an UNICEF anti-child poverty speech recently reminded U.S. Black artists Jay-Z and Beyonce to get that social activism work in. How much of Belafonte’s words will sow seeds into the Black and white bourgeousie hearts of Curacao? These artists need to stay woke when they cross the U.S. border and stop compromising their integrity, discontinue neglecting the sufferation of the Black diaspora in the Caribbean.

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[?] So after years and years touring the Netherlands and Curacao, these U.S. Black artists never ever commented or made a song about the Dutch racist tradition of Blackface Zwarte Piet.