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Seon Thompson thought it was
a great idea to pay tribute to our
national heroes for the 50th
anniversary of independence. His
celebration was in the form of min-
imalist images -- least characteris-
tics are seen but the objet d art is
still recognisable. He started with
our first Prime Minister Dr Eric
Williams, whose trademark hearing
aid and glasses made it easy to
define. Sprinter Richard Thompson
was next on the list.
Inspired to do 50 icons in all, he
posted five images a week on Face-
book. He went further, producing
two posters with 25 images each.
The project was self-motivated and
self-funded. Fuelled by his desire to
share T&T s heritage with other cit-
izens, he approached the Ministry
of Multiculturalism to fund the
printing of 5,000 posters.
But with the successful run of his
work, Thompson thought it would
be a good opportunity to do a social
experiment -- to find out if the
younger generation knew who these
As an art teacher at Arima North
Secondary (formerly Arima Senior
Comprehensive) school, Thompson
did the test on his students.
"They didn t recognise them,
including the current PM," he said.
"They related the images to foreign
The image they thought was US
actor Will Smith, was actually
medal-winning track and field ath-
lete Ato Boldon. The one they point-
ed out as action star Jackie Chan,
was actually chutney star Sundar
Eventually, the students learned
the lesson but the greater moral of
this story is the need to preserve
history. In the young people s
defence, Dreamer in Chief of the
Growing Leaders Foundation
Sallyann Della Casa said they
couldn t be blamed for not knowing
because as a country, T&T did not
preserve its culture and people. "If
we look at losing our way, we look
at our past and our ancestors," she
said. "We have not protected our
Now, Thompson and the Growing
Leaders Foundation have teamed up
to contribute to the preserving a bit
of T&T through the Pollinator proj-
ect, a subset of the Hive -- a social
enterprise project that ran earlier
this month. And while Thompson
thought he was teaching T&T a les-
son in history, the 27-year-old
teacher realised he was also a stu-
"I had no idea about the Hive until
I was approached," he said.
"Pollinators spread ideas,"
explained Della Casa. So, some of
the images Thompson created were
licensed for a T-shirt project that
aims at recognising those who have
made a pathway in T&T s develop-
ment. Out of Thompson s 50 Proud
collection, artist Carlisle Chang, trade
unionist Uriah "Buzz" Butler, Dr Eric
Williams and parrandera Daisy Voisin
were selected for their respective
milestones in T&T s landscape.
Wearing our icons with pride
Growing Leaders is a not-for-profit organisation, registered in T&T.
GLF addresses the social issue of growing leaders of youth globally
through partnership between classrooms and skilled volunteers.
Volunteers, both independent and company employees (through
company CSR volunteerism programs), are trained to teach
customised lesson plans in the classroom during school hours.
GLF also partners with NGOs, educators, companies and other social
entrepreneurs to enhance their impact by training and giving them the
opportunity to license and teach GLF programmes.
ABOUT GROWING LEADERS FOUNDATION
Some of the images
Thompson created were
licensed for a T-shirt project
that aims at recognising
those who have made a
pathway in T&T's
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Actress Jennifer Lawrence has said she
thinks "it should be illegal to call someone fat
on TV", after red carpet criticism of her own
Speaking to US host Barbara Walters, The
Hunger Games star added: "Because why is
humiliating people funny?"
The 23 year-old actress, who plays Katniss
Everdeen in the teen franchise, said she was
worried about how the media's attitude af-
fected young people.
Lawrence features in Walters' series The
10 Most Fascinating People of 2013.
tress told Walters.
"But the media needs to take responsibil-
ity for the effect that it has on our younger
generation, on these girls who are watching
these television shows, and picking up how
to talk and how to be cool," Lawrence said.
"So all of the sudden being funny is mak-
ing fun of the girl that's wearing an ugly
dress. And the word fat! I just think it should
be illegal to call somebody fat on TV."
Lawrence added: "I mean, if we're regulat-
ing cigarettes and sex and cuss words, be-
cause of the effect they have on our younger
generation, why aren't we regulating things
like calling people fat?"
The film actress, who won an Oscar earlier
this year for her performance in Silver Lin-
ings Playbook, has previously spoken out
against gossip magazines and TV shows
such as E!'s Fashion Police, presented by
Joan Rivers, which criticise the way women
Lawrence attacks weight commentators
Some of the T-shirts designed by Seon
Thompson as part of the Pollinator T-
shirt project led by Growing Leaders
Foundation. The national icons are from
left, Dr Eric Williams, artist Carlisle
Chang, Uriah "Buzz" Butler and Sylvia
Hunt. PHOTO COURTESY GROWING LEADERS
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