Archive for August, 2012

August 18, 2012

An Overview of the Tony Awards, By Aziza Kendrick

Every year, the Tony Awards recognize the best achievements in live theater. The Awards are named after Antoinette Perry, an accomplished actress, director, and producer who passed away shortly before the first annual celebration. Though newly introduced, the Tony Awards were eagerly and quickly embraced by the theater community and more than 1,000 people attended the first ceremony in 1947. The Awards are always hosted in New York City, the home of Broadway, and have been held in many of the city’s most prestigious venues, including the Plaza, the Waldorf Astoria, and the Astor.

Any legitimate theatrical production opened before the established annual cutoff date is eligible for recognition by the Tonys, provided it was presented in an eligible Broadway theater. In addition, a show is only eligible for a Tony during its first season.

About the Author:
Aziza Kendrick is a huge fan of Broadway and supports many arts organizations, including the Society for Performing Arts, Da Camera, and the Houston Ballet. In her professional life, Kendrick is a Legal Assistant at Shepherd, Smith, Edwards & Kantas in Houston.

August 15, 2012

The History of the Trinidad Carnival, by Aziza Kendrick

Considered the “mother of all West Indian carnivals,” the celebration known as Trinidad Carnival has inspired imitators all over the world, and is considered one of the greatest festivals on Earth. The origins of this event date back to the 18th century, when French Catholic planters moved to the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. During the Christmas season and prior to Lent, the planters held loud, lavish masquerade balls that came to serve as the progenitor of Carnival.

Following the freeing of slaves in 1838, the British government, which had political control over Trinidad, attempted to ban much of the ribaldry that was a part of Carnival festivities. However, the government was unable to suppress the traditions. Eventually, the British permitted a celebration to take place on the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent. Today, Carnival serves as a reminder of Trinidadian independence because of this history.

About the Author: A student at the University of St. Thomas, Aziza Kendrick currently is completing the school’s Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration dual degree program. Ms. Kendrick, who is of Trinidadian heritage, enjoys visiting Trinidad and witnessing its Carnival celebration.