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Well Ex-Skews Me

My name is Paolo Kernahan and I’m not sure I’m a Trini to D Bone for the purposes of BC Pires’ Newsday feature.


In my distant lineage there is some Irish influence, along with East Indian and African. An east coast village just before Mayaro bears my last name. Misspelt the same way people mispronounce in in the licensing office, grocery and everywhere really: KernaHAM

I grew up in but don't really consider myself as “coming from” Diego Martin. For better or worse, I'm a product of myself and my experiences, not so much where I grew up. I think of Diego Martin, a nice enough place to live, [not] as a community, mostly as a place where people just live in close proximity. I can't be sure if everyone kept to themselves or if I kept myself apart from everyone else. The latter is likely truer.

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Heartaches & Headaches

My name is Emma Hanna Andrew and I haven’t seen my parents since 30 March 2019.

My parents, Colin & Janine, will see me “in the papers” in Newsday before they see me in person at Piarco. Literally. I hope to be back in Port of Spain on 9 August.

My only sibling my sister Monique, is two years older but there’s no down side of being the second child. But I really wanted to have a younger sibling. Because I think I would be a better older sister than Monique. She’s a good older sister. It’s just I would have been better. No younger sister rivalry in saying that. Really don’t think so.

I spent the first ten years of my life in Petit Valley and the next ten in Maraval. So I say I’m from Port of Spain. I’ve been in Europe, mainly Spain, for the last two-and-a-half years. By myself. Occasionally with Monique in London.

We lived in in a townhouse community in Petit Valley, a bunch of kids all the same age but I’m only close to one now, Alexa Brash. In Maraval, the houses were bigger, and not so close together. I liked the personal space. But I missed being really close to friends.

Monique and I would put on plays. Well, Monique would put on plays. And tell me what to do.

I would say I’m agnostic. I was baptised in Christianity, did first communion but decided not to do confirmation. Everybody was doing confirmation. But not Monique. It was kind of my dad’s influence because we would all be going to church and I would say, “Why does Dad get to stay home?” I didn’t understand what the priest was saying. Like, I mean, at all!

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Spike, Stan & Akkel Family

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Akel Lee Charles and I made Get Free, which BC Pires says is the best horror movie ever shot in Trinidad.

I gave myself the middle name "Lee". After two of my biggest influences, Spike Lee, the filmmaker, and Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics.

I lived three years in Tobago, because my mom is from there, but everything other than that was in the community of Laventille. Morvant, St Paul Street and Upper Wharton Street. I say the “community” of Laventille because people think we’re so disbanded. Laventille has the cuss-outs the bacchanal, the whatever, but we live so close to each other, and everybody know everybody [so] you have to be family-oriented. It easy to know when somebody is NOT from the area.

St Paul Street, where I live, is classified as one of the most dangerous areas in Trinidad. But I could tell people differently. I could leave, go where I want, when I want. I don’t have any involvement or any tie with any gangster that give me or nobody a pass. It’s where I grow, I just appreciate it.

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Trinidad Chose Me

My name is Piero Guerrini and, 28 years ago, I came to Trinidad for ten days. I’m still here.

I come from Grande Riviere but I was born in Italy. My father used to be a coal miner in Belgium and he would talk about how wonderful it was for him, as a young man, to go from Italy to a different country. My father used to go 1,000 metres below ground level to literally pickaxe coal out of the rock. He was paid by the amount of coal he was able fetch out of the mine every day. But he always passed me this idea of travelling. Since I’m 18, 19 years old, I’m saying, “Daddy, I’m not going to live in Italy. I want to travel.”

Finally, my father said to me, “Okay, I would like you to be close to me but you go ahead.” Since 20, I’ve been travelling. I became a photographer, because it combined my lifestyle and my desire very well. I travelled so much. Until I reached Trinidad and Trinidad chose me. From the first day, it was love at first sight.

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Purple Haze: Love or Confusion?

My name is Erline Andrews and I think Jimi Hendrix, the man BC Pires calls the best guitarist of all time, is overrated.

I come from John John, Laventille, where my mom and I lived with my grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. I live now in Millennium Park, Trincity, with my mom. Technically I'm an only child. My father had four daughters after me with other women. My mother had two boys with my stepfather [whom] she married when I was nine. Both father and stepfather died years ago.

I don't feel any great need to have a family. I’m a unique person. This is not a boast. And its not easy for me to get along with people unless I pretend to be what I'm not, which I'm not willing to do.

At Holy Family pre-school with my cousins, they called us The Brady Bunch. At St Christopher's Preparatory [another] private school, I encountered children of all ethnic and class backgrounds. I was considered very bright. Teachers' only complaint was that I was too talkative. At St Francois College, my first all-girls experience, the student body wasn't as diverse. I would hang out with one Indian girl in my form one class and talk about rock music. [After UWI] in my early 30s I went to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

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Well Ex-Skews Me

My name is Paolo Kernahan and I’m not sure I’m a Trini to D Bone for the purposes of BC Pires’ Newsday feature.


In my distant lineage there is some Irish influence, along with East Indian and African. An east coast village just before Mayaro bears my last name. Misspelt the same way people mispronounce in in the licensing office, grocery and everywhere really: KernaHAM

I grew up in but don't really consider myself as “coming from” Diego Martin. For better or worse, I'm a product of myself and my experiences, not so much where I grew up. I think of Diego Martin, a nice enough place to live, [not] as a community, mostly as a place where people just live in close proximity. I can't be sure if everyone kept to themselves or if I kept myself apart from everyone else. The latter is likely truer.

Read more

Heartaches & Headaches

My name is Emma Hanna Andrew and I haven’t seen my parents since 30 March 2019.

My parents, Colin & Janine, will see me “in the papers” in Newsday before they see me in person at Piarco. Literally. I hope to be back in Port of Spain on 9 August.

My only sibling my sister Monique, is two years older but there’s no down side of being the second child. But I really wanted to have a younger sibling. Because I think I would be a better older sister than Monique. She’s a good older sister. It’s just I would have been better. No younger sister rivalry in saying that. Really don’t think so.

I spent the first ten years of my life in Petit Valley and the next ten in Maraval. So I say I’m from Port of Spain. I’ve been in Europe, mainly Spain, for the last two-and-a-half years. By myself. Occasionally with Monique in London.

We lived in in a townhouse community in Petit Valley, a bunch of kids all the same age but I’m only close to one now, Alexa Brash. In Maraval, the houses were bigger, and not so close together. I liked the personal space. But I missed being really close to friends.

Monique and I would put on plays. Well, Monique would put on plays. And tell me what to do.

I would say I’m agnostic. I was baptised in Christianity, did first communion but decided not to do confirmation. Everybody was doing confirmation. But not Monique. It was kind of my dad’s influence because we would all be going to church and I would say, “Why does Dad get to stay home?” I didn’t understand what the priest was saying. Like, I mean, at all!

Read more

Spike, Stan & Akkel Family

Picture courtesy Mark LyndersayMy name is Akel Lee Charles and I made Get Free, which BC Pires says is the best horror movie ever shot in Trinidad.

I gave myself the middle name "Lee". After two of my biggest influences, Spike Lee, the filmmaker, and Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics.

I lived three years in Tobago, because my mom is from there, but everything other than that was in the community of Laventille. Morvant, St Paul Street and Upper Wharton Street. I say the “community” of Laventille because people think we’re so disbanded. Laventille has the cuss-outs the bacchanal, the whatever, but we live so close to each other, and everybody know everybody [so] you have to be family-oriented. It easy to know when somebody is NOT from the area.

St Paul Street, where I live, is classified as one of the most dangerous areas in Trinidad. But I could tell people differently. I could leave, go where I want, when I want. I don’t have any involvement or any tie with any gangster that give me or nobody a pass. It’s where I grow, I just appreciate it.

Read more

Trinidad Chose Me

My name is Piero Guerrini and, 28 years ago, I came to Trinidad for ten days. I’m still here.

I come from Grande Riviere but I was born in Italy. My father used to be a coal miner in Belgium and he would talk about how wonderful it was for him, as a young man, to go from Italy to a different country. My father used to go 1,000 metres below ground level to literally pickaxe coal out of the rock. He was paid by the amount of coal he was able fetch out of the mine every day. But he always passed me this idea of travelling. Since I’m 18, 19 years old, I’m saying, “Daddy, I’m not going to live in Italy. I want to travel.”

Finally, my father said to me, “Okay, I would like you to be close to me but you go ahead.” Since 20, I’ve been travelling. I became a photographer, because it combined my lifestyle and my desire very well. I travelled so much. Until I reached Trinidad and Trinidad chose me. From the first day, it was love at first sight.

Read more

Purple Haze: Love or Confusion?

My name is Erline Andrews and I think Jimi Hendrix, the man BC Pires calls the best guitarist of all time, is overrated.

I come from John John, Laventille, where my mom and I lived with my grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. I live now in Millennium Park, Trincity, with my mom. Technically I'm an only child. My father had four daughters after me with other women. My mother had two boys with my stepfather [whom] she married when I was nine. Both father and stepfather died years ago.

I don't feel any great need to have a family. I’m a unique person. This is not a boast. And its not easy for me to get along with people unless I pretend to be what I'm not, which I'm not willing to do.

At Holy Family pre-school with my cousins, they called us The Brady Bunch. At St Christopher's Preparatory [another] private school, I encountered children of all ethnic and class backgrounds. I was considered very bright. Teachers' only complaint was that I was too talkative. At St Francois College, my first all-girls experience, the student body wasn't as diverse. I would hang out with one Indian girl in my form one class and talk about rock music. [After UWI] in my early 30s I went to Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Read more

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