Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 7th 2015 Contents My name is Kaleel Yearwood
and I wear an Elmo suit.
I m from Tobago but my family
always told me we originated from
Barbados. We are a very big family.
I m from Scarborough side but
most of the Yearwoods are from
one area in Tobago, Darell Spring.
I went to Scarborough Secondary.
I played indoor and outdoor vol-
leyball and I actually won T&T
over-18 high jump last year. I m
the reigning champ but I m out of
school now so I don t know what s
going on in terms of sports life in
I have parental support for
national level volleyball and plenty
Tobago support, too. A lot of peo-
ple pushing me to go, so a Tobag-
onian could actually be on the
I miss school. Right now I just
have to wake up in the morning
and work. I m out there in society
now and have to deal with life! No
three sets of holidays a year. So I m
thinking about going back to school
and study and become a PE teacher.
I ll take a little drink every now
and again. In the society I grow
up in, nobody want to drink beers
again. Everybody want to drink the
big stuff all the singers drinking:
Ciroc, Hennessey, Moet. And that
is real money. Like $2,000 and up
for a bottle! I now start work and
that s what I m supposed to buy!
But that s the society I come out
of, that s the generation. So you
have to keep up.
I go to the movies a lot---but I
LOVE cartoons. You know what it
is, I carrying out a girl and she ask,
"What movie?" and I say, "Girl,
we going and watch Minions! Either
that or Sponge Bob!" You have to
adapt to me! I not changing my
channel to watch BET! No! I
watching Disney Channel! I am full
cartoon! And is my dad have me
I m part of a promotional group
in Tobago. That s actually the pur-
pose of the Elmo suit. We promote
basically every big event in Tobago.
We ll have the whole Sesame Street.
For events and parties and stuff.
But, for now, we just have Elmo.
kids reaction on their face: Wait!
Elmo come out the TV and he
actually here! Everybody s just
I could promote anything, even
political parties. I could wear (red)
Elmo for PNM and (yellow) Big Bird
Kids like to try to raise up the
Elmo head when they get close.
They s be pulling off the gloves!
They get confused: they know is
Elmo, cause they see it on TV, but
to see it in real, is be terrifying for
them. Especially how big I am!
It is extremely hot inside an
Elmo costume. I have to powder
up before I go below there. And
still all your clothing s be wet! That
is the down side. But the nice side
is seeing how children react.
I m more comfortable in Toba-
go. I know everybody in Tobago.
When I m in Trinidad, I don t know
anybody. Trinidad like a big city
now: is all kind of people who move
to Trinidad; people from America,
from Jamaica, all kind of different
I have an "A" in my ears. That
stand for "Anna," that s my girl-
friend. She bought those earrings
and demanded I put them up here.
So they went up here. Everywhere
I go, she goes with me. I m marked
by an "A"! You can t get a higher
I like dancehall. When I m in
the Elmo costume, I want to hear
music I can dance to. When kids
see Elmo doing routines, they like
Tobago J Ouvert is the moment
when everybody s come out of
their shell and let go. Free up. Is
an enjoyment. You have Scar-
borough J Ouvert and
countryside J Ouvert.
I prefer the country-
because the A in
my ears is from
Roxborough, so I
don t have a choice:
countryside it is!
A Tobagonian is
tomed to we traditions.
If you weren t born here
but grew up here, within a
year, you become a Tobag-
onian. Because you adapt to
our style of living. Like going on
the beach, we pork, we crab-and-
dumplings. Once you from Tobago,
you don t play with crab-and-
dumpling or beach!
Trinidad & Tobago to me is the
place I feel most comfortable.
Where I m among people just like
me: creative; relaxed.
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BEST VILLAGE EXCERPTS
TRINI TO D BONE
As Told to BC Pires
Full cartoon with Elmo
Siparia Police Youth Club performing an African dance during the Best Village Competition
finals of the dance and drumology category held on Friday night at Queen's Hall, St Ann's,
Port-of-Spain. PHOTOS: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
Hidden Dreams takes part in the drumology category at the Best Village competition finals
held at Queens Hall, St Anns on Friday.PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
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