Throwback Thursday: The Man Behind the Hype
Updated: Apr 4, 2019
It's time for another installment of Throwback Thursday, when I feature my never-before-seen clips and elements of stories that previously appeared elsewhere.
THE MAN BEHIND THE HYPE - Lunch with Comedian Majah Hype
Consider him the king of Caribbean Comedy, from Instagram videos that started in jest to amuse his friends, to sold out shows in theaters and cruise ships. Majah Hype has come a long way to solidify his place in the hearts and minds of the Caribbean diaspora. His comedy makes light of serious situations, like deportation and cultural appropriation, but also shows the beauty and diversity of the West Indies, even while poking fun of the different accents.
I sat down with Majah over lunch at Sunrise Caribbean Restaurant in DC ahead of his back-to-back, sold out shows at the famous Howard Theater. Check out my chat with Majah, as we discuss Caribbean representation in media, the future of West Indian entertainment and what he sees as essential to his legacy.
This video was shot, edited, produced and voiced entirely by me. The story first appeared as a text-only piece with PBS NewsHour, but this blog post features the behind-the-scenes video that you didn't see! The awesome songs you hear are soca tunes called Cheers to Life by Voice, Human by Machel Montano and Allez by Teddyson John. Lastly, special thanks to Sunrise Caribbean Restaurant for hosting us and to Soca Sdot Chandler for facilitating our interview!