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Crop-Over a hit with US queen

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FOR MISS BARBADOS-USA Tashema Wallace, the recently concluded Crop-Over Festival was simply wonderful. Here for the festival as part of her prize, the 20-year-old said “I had a wonderful time;I love Crop-Over.” Wallace who was born in New York to Barbadian parents, Susan Johnson and Michael Wallace, won the 2009/2010 Miss Barbados-USA pageant from a field of six contestants last November at the 30th annual Miss Barbados-USA Independence Queen Show And Ball held in Brooklyn.  Her prize included a trip to Barbados as guest of the Barbados Tourism Authority and Golden Sands Hotel. She also got the chance to jump on Kadooment Day with the band Power X Four.But this queen is no stranger to Barbados or Crop-Over. In fact, she has been visiting the island every summer since she was born and has been jumping with Power X Four for the past three years.  “It was different this time around as it was more business than fun,” she said.  The queen made appearances on CBC-TV’s Festival Stage, at Cohobblopot, Bacchanal Time Calypso Tent, and the Soca Royale show.  Tashema described her experience of growing up in the United States to Barbadian parents as a pleasant one, especially visits to the island every summer with her four siblings, one of whom was born here.The avid dancer is a graduate of the Brooklyn High School of Performing Arts and is a member of the Sesame Flyers Inc., a non-profit cultural organisation. She performs with the group and tutors in the Sesame Flyers’ After School Programme.  Wallace is set to resume her studies at Lehman College in New York, where she will be pursuing a degree in professional dance.Miss Barbados-USA is produced by Kool Bajan Promotions and is the second longest running United States-Caribbean pageant. It is open to those born in Barbados living in the United States or those born in the United States to Barbadian parents.  Pageant coordinator Maureen Brian, a Barbadian living in New York, has been involved with the show, which showcases the music, culture and talent of Barbados, since 1981.This year’s pageant, to be held on November 27, will feature the band Technique Music Mix, which is made up of Barbadians living in New York. The organisers are still in negotiations to see which entertainers will perform.  “We are still in negotiations with the entertainers. We come down for Crop-Over, to see what is happening with the music and which songs are popular for Labour Day before we select who will perform,” Brian explained. (LK)