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Short in Barbados to work, not party

Natanga Smith

Short in Barbados to work, not party

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COLUMBUS SHORT says he is not in Barbados to party and have a good time. He is here for a charity event and it coincides with the Crop Over festival.
The actor said the arrangements were made since last year for him to be a part of a HIV/AIDS event and he could not back out.
“I am a man of my word  . . . and his word is all a man really has. And things are rough back home. But I made a promise to do the event and I am here.”
The actor said he will take part in Grand Kadooment since he was asked by Fantasy bandleader Amanda Reifer and his status is actually a plug for the island.
“I have a meeting with Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley to see how we can show the talent and diversity the island has to offer. I was lucky enough to get an amazing art education. It can be done here too. For the two days I have been on this island I have seen a wealth of talent. Rihanna shouldn’t be the only singer this island can produce. And I am willing to put in the work so Barbados name will be worldwide.”
The actor who posed nonstop for photos with everyone, sang and danced at the meet and greet held at Le Maison Michelle, Lancaster, St James. He said he was upset with media reports, especially on TMZ who twisted things and stated he just wants to enjoy himself until he leaves on August 8.
The actor said he was impressed with the island, the friendly people, the food and culture and he will be looking to purchase a home here by next year.
He said to the small gathering that included Reifer and husband Floyd, Bobbi McKay and Sade Leon that he felt he “was in the right place at the right time for the right reason.” 
“There is work to be done. Let us roll up our sleeves and let the world know what is here.”
The actor came into the island Wednesday with his twin sister Kerisha.