Ashley Serieux celebrates her poem reaching 200,000 views on TikTok

Ashley Serieux is new to the poetic scene but her conscious poem Comment Section, which highlights the comments made by persons when young girls go missing has been shared over 2,439 times and currently has 201.3K views on TikTok.

Ashley upon being told by the PoeTree Barbados Executive on May 13th, 2024, that her poem had amassed 201.3k on PoeTree Barbados’ TikTok page was elated and said she was pleased that such a serious message was able to connect with so many persons, both locally, regionally, and internationally.

“It is surreal as the topic is a very serious topic, some persons don’t take these topics into consideration. But once it was posted a lot of persons all over the region came together and realized that what I discussed in the piece was not just an issue in Barbados but an issue all over the Caribbean and it needs to change,” she said.

Serieux said she is pleased that 349 persons commented on the post commending her for calling out the commenters who comment on posts when young girls run away that ‘she has gone by she-man’.

“When the piece was written by myself and La Shawna Griffith it was a process of reading the comments on missing girls post for years and deciding that I wanted to show that there are other reasons that young girls are missing outside of the comments which have become normalized, ‘she by she man, she force ripe’, and some of the times these young girls have
horrible home environments and are in serious danger. We have had unfortunate situations in the past where young girls were discovered deceased, so this matter is truly one that is serious and needs to be taken as such,” she said.

What is next for Ashley with her newfound fame? She will be working on more poetic content and seeking to establish her brand as a performing artiste.

“ I will be performing a bit more to get my poetry out there and show persons the range of my pen as a poet. I am really excited to perform on PoeTree Barbados’ stage again on May 30th, 2024, my new poem Enough which touches on the issues persons face with their mental health. To find out more information about myself or about PoeTree Barbados’ upcoming event
you can follow us on Instagram @ashesobsessed or poetreebarbados,” she said.

Free Mental Health Community

As the World Celebrates Mental Health Awareness Month during the month of May, one local mental health practice company is assisting Barbadians by launching their free mental health community. Couple and Family Therapist, Jomo Phillips, who is the Clinical Director of The Relational Practices Ltd, said due to the lack of information persons have on mental health his company has decided to launch a free online community on May 6 th , 2024.

“For many people, mental health support is not always easily accessible. Hence, as a leading mental and relationship private practice, it was important to do a lot more public education and make mental health and relationship resources and mental health education freely available to Barbados and across the Caribbean region. Hence, our Let’s Care For Us
community, which was launched on May 6th, 2024. This online community contains mental health and relationship resources, conversations, free virtual workshops, and online courses,” he said.

Phillips who is an ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist said Let’s Care For Us online community seeks to change the narrative surrounding mental health.

“Unfortunately, because of culture and lack of educational resources, mental health becomes an unsafe word. If it is one thing that the COVID-19 pandemic taught us, is how to reshape conversations about mental health as persons are now more open about mental health challenges that they experience in that respect. Of course, that openness is far from universal and that is why it is so important for us as mental health clinicians to lead conversations about mental health and bring people together, so we get the opportunity to learn from each other and by having conversations, normalise mental health,” he said.


His company, The Relational Practices Ltd, is celebrating their 4th business anniversary this year; reflecting on his company’s journey thus far, Phillips said it has been a rewarding journey.


“It has been a rollercoaster, but we are always getting the opportunity to learn. One of the things that has helped is that we have bright clinicians who are interested in making a change not only in the lives of their clients but also see the need to do community-based work to change the attitudes and relationships about mental health. One of the highlights of my career
is that after giving up my office space, I used to see clients from the computer perched on my bed; now, four years later, I have grown a virtual practice that includes three clinicians and a part-time administrator. That growth tells us not only about the competence of the clinicians in the practice but also about the needs of persons living in Barbados as well as in the region. It shows us that many persons in the region are seeing their mental health as a priority and are actively seeking ways to manage it by investing in therapy and healing,” he said.

Phillips invited persons to join the Let’s Care For Us Community by joining the link tinyurl.com/2z3wp6fe (PR)

PoeTree Barbados crowns Malachi Hope as PoeTree Buss Ah Rhyme Battle Winner

Last night Malachi Hope, became the inaugural winner of the PoeTree Barbados Buss Ah Rhyme Battle, which was held on April 26th, 2024, by PoeTree Barbados, at their signal event PoeTree- A Celebration of Spoken Word, at Cricket Legends
of Barbados, Fontabelle, St. Michael.

Around 10:15pm, after a round of deliberation, judge, Akeem Stonedwithcupid Chandler-Prescod announced that Malachi Hope had won the inaugural battle scoring 83.5 points, to The Prophet’s 74.5 points.

In the battle, Barbadian Malachi Hope and his challenger, Antiguan Poet, Jeremiah The Prophet Toussaint had to use the word PoeTree and freestyle for two minutes. They were judged by Founder of the League of Extraordinary Poets (LXP), Katherine
Tafari, Poet of the Year, Akeem Stonedwithcupid Chandler-Prescod, NIFCA Silver Awardee Damani Re and International Freestyle Champion, Ruby Tech.

Performing first The Prophet gave a solid performance of his poem which had the over 100-member audience in awe with his lyricism. Following his performance, Malachi Hope did his presentation and members of the audience, jumped and
screamed as he did his performance.

Upon receiving the award Hope said that “I am pleased to win this trophy. I think this is the first time I have won a trophy. I gave this performance my all and I am pleased to have won. I also could not have gone against a more formidable poet, The
Prophet who also brought his A game tonight,”.

The PoeTree Barbados Buss Ah Rhyme Battle was a new component of their PoeTree Barbados events, Organizer of PoeTree Barbados, La Shawna Griffith said that the goal of PoeTree Barbados is to continue to showcase various formats of
Spoken Word.

“What occurred here tonight, was nothing short of spectacular. The battle was keenly contested and both poets brought their A game. Our goal at PoeTree Barbados is to provide opportunities for poets to flourish and the Buss Ah Rhyme Battle is one such way to do so,” she said.

Inaugural BimRoll Skate Fest

The Inaugural BimRoll Skate Fest is being held April 26-28, 2024 at Eleve Performing Arts Center, Wildey Industrial Park, hosted by Skate Kween Akademy (SKA). The first of its kind in Barbados in over 40 years, the festival will consist of four (4) dynamic roller-skating workshops for all levels of skaters, facilitated by international roller skater and coach, Jedidia Henderson of Rocs World, Florida. The schedule for the workshops is as follows:

  • Friday, April 26, 5-7pm (Beginners)
  • Saturday, April 27, 5-7pm (Intermediate/Advance)
  • Sunday, April 28, 11am-1pm (Beginners)
  • Sunday, April 28, 5-7pm (Intermediate/Advance)

Jedidia has been in teaching roller skating since 2002, when he was 16 years old. His dad put all of his children on skates at 2 years old and Jedidia hasn’t put the skates down since. He started traveling across the 50 states at 19 years old and that’s when he began developing his own style of skating. Jedidia has been part of the new growth of skaters doing TV shows like Disney’s Saturdays, several music videos, commercials, a skate university for all levels and other projects that helped promote the rediscovery of roller skating. He looks forward to helping develop the next generation of roller skating influencers & legends!

The BimRoll Skate Fest is part of the celebrations of the first anniversary of Skate Kween Akademy, a local skating instruction business that was established in 2023 since the resurgence of skating in Barbados after the lock-downs during the pandemic. SKA has been promoting a healthy and active lifestyle while also providing learn-to-skate classes for adults and children and fun-filled workshops, featuring experienced international and local skate coaches, for roller skating enthusiasts.
The festival has attracted local skaters and from around the world – Amsterdam, UK, USA and the region.

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