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INSIDE THE MAG Accessorize THIS! Model Citizen Battle of the Leaders City Life Cloud 10 What 2 Gear? Its Whateva Kicks La Femme Le Modele Love Lust & Lunch Speak Spirit & Music

COVER STORY Name Brand ft Latoya Moxey

Spring Cleaning The B-Side The Gentlemen’s Way The Joy’s of Sex Transforming Spaces

BONUS VIDEOS Love Lust & Lunch Cover Story Video

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EDITORSLETTER VOLUME 8. APRIL 2012

Be your own Brand! In most recent times the word ‘Brand’ is almost used as loosely as the word ‘LOVE’ . A brand is not a feeling or your own self gratification, it is the reputation of a being or product that you stand behind. Your reputation is built by doing hard things well and gaining support and respect one person at a time. Our cover story exemplifies this. I introduce to you Ms Latoya Moxey. This issue was inspired by the surge of young business professionals that aim to take their originality and become the leaders of tomorrow. Start from the foundation and build your skyscraper block by block. In 2012 continue to explore, experiment and inspire.

Nik Barnes Editor In Chief editor@stylezinemagazine.com

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Editor in Chief Nik Barnes Art Director Scharad Lightbourne Staff Writers James McKinney Gavvin Strachan Kedar Klarke Tia Williams Sherron Young Alex Missick LaVaughn Adderley D’Angelo Charlton Jamal Smith MKhel Hanna TK GLover Photographers ScharadL S. Louis Photography Photo Editor Melissa Staggs Contributors Dawn Demeritte Gail Lindsey Macarra Fowler Tamara Delaney Vuitton D’Arrington Ty Cox Mardi Cunningham

Photographer: ScharadL Assisted by: Bonnett Johnson Model: Latoya Moxey Hair: Devon Hanna (D-Factor) Make-up: Lola (Makare Gaia) Styling: Kedar Clarke

BONUS VIDEO

Sales Team Kendra Wilkinson Danielle Bodie of Sage Eden BuffBoo Music Group Public Relations Colette Hanna Design Team Mecko Gibson Kai Sweeting Katie Storr Keisha Oliver

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NAME BRAND - “The Making Of…” Behind the Scenes Video feat. Latoya Moxey

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We travel through life with two inevitable champions pumping adrenalin through our veins, our inner strength and that of the almighty himself yet we second-guess our ability to thrive. We reach for the goals we imagine are the highest achievable for us and then hit the relax button. We set limits we know we can reach reluctant to push ourselves beyond our limit and enjoy the thrill of finding in the end that ‘you had it after all!’ People never deliberately set out to be losers. It takes a little determination even to get there. For the most part all it really takes is shifting gears and embracing the power within you to steer your vessel into the opposite direction. Meet the ambitious and noteworthy LaToya Hanna Moxey. Beautiful? Yes. But is that all you see?

w o rds : : Sherro n Yo ung imag e s : : Sc h a rad L ig h t bour n e

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styling :: Kedar Clarke

makeup :: Lola hair :: D.Factor

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“I performed in church plays, and became quite the comedian at family functions and occasionally at work during small breaks. I’ve always wanted to be in “SHOWBIZ”

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Stylezine has dug a little deeper and found that there are layers to this beauty that knocks her clean out of the ballpark and into a league of her own. There is an unspoken limit to how much one person can realistically juggle. LaToya has effortlessly yet diligently extended that limit. Born here in Nassau and at just 31, LaToya finds herself the proud and involved mother of two. She is a Marketing Executive and Leisyre Sales Manager at an International Resort here in Nassau Bahamas. She is a passionately dedicated wife, The Owner and Creative Designer of the ubiquitous Minka Swimwear Line and is also The founder of “Chandler” a successful local Candle Manufacturing Company. This animated, pacesetter graduated Temple Christian School in 1998 but not before digesting a cup full of that that “Sacker juice” (St Augustine’s College) so highly spoken of between 1993 to 1995. She offers; “I have deep respect for both schools.” LaToya attended the Florida Metropolitan University in 2000 and achieved her Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business with a focus in Marketing. She also attended Troy State University in Alabama in the year 2002 with the same focus. For someone with such an elaborate education in Business the shift to Fashion and Art is a bit spontaneous, so we got right in there and asked LaToya why the sudden shift. She recalls always being very creative and placing her best foot forward when creating ideas and fulfilling them. She’s satisfied that not many are aware that her passion resides within the arts as she grew up singing in various choirs and having played a legion of different instruments. She offers; “I performed in church plays, and became quite the comedian at family functions and occasionally at work during small breaks. I’ve always wanted to be in “showbiz” be it acting, singing, writing or comedy. I’m an expressive person filled with so much charisma and character and who knows one day I may just get that opportunity. But for now my focus is Maven Brands and all

that’s current in my life.” According to LaToya, she always knew fashion would find her again adding; “Fashion and the arts are just now finding their place in the world. They are just now being respected; considered.” It’s easy to understand how my parents couldn’t see Fashion and Art being a beneficial part of my future.” In brining Minka to life she offers, “It wasn’t hard to find the right people to guide me. I already had many friends who were designers who assisted me with conducting the proper research and I followed through on much of my findings.” She formed a tiny support team but wanted to remain the captain of her ship and so she has. LaToya describes her personal style as eclectic, a fusion of traditional and modern vintage styles to be precise. Fashion Pit Stop with LaToya: Diamonds, Pearls or Platinum? Anyone who REALLY knows me is probably laughing right now because they know this answer with their eyes closed. I grew up wearing pearls, at the food store, on the park even in my sleep and I now do the same to my daughter. Pearls make me feel regal and beautiful. :) LaToya admits to being a hand full growing up but confirms that she was still very much a good kid. “When it was time to dress me up and behave in public my parents didn’t have a problem at all, but whenever my brothers and I got together I would somehow be the one to get the cut hip!” Family is of the utmost importance to LaToya. She offers homage to her family insisting that if she didn’t have the support system she has in them it would have been a lot harder to reach success. Not once during the entire interview with Moxey did she indicate that she would have not done as much or done things differently. Most persons are regretful of one or two things and or patting themselves on the back for a job well done. LaToya seems fulfilled, she knows what she wants, has done much of those things and is excited about her push forward from here. Awesome attitude Latoya!

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Fashion Pit Stop with LaToya: Lipstick or Lip-gloss? Well thinking back to when I was still in high school I would have said lip-gloss. You know the greasy kind that looked like you could fry chicken from the tips of your lips that came in fruity flavors amplified by the 2 inch dark lip liner around the mouth lol YES! “We thought that was so hot back then” she laughs, “but of course now that’s not really that cute as an adult. I would have to say lipstick not to be confused with lip glass, which is kind of nice to look at, but is to gooey after a while and annoying to take off.”

Providing that although it is genetic she has OCD and gets bored very easily.” I am a dreaming realist” as she put’s it. LaToya remembers watching a lot of Oprah and Martha Stewart growing up instead of the Buggs Bunny and Sesame Street that most folks did. She admits to doing more of her work in the wee hours of the morning instead of trying to squeeze it in between hubby time and kiddy time!

Women have definitely come a long way. Even in today’s business world you will still find men and women alike who feel women still don’t and will never fit the bill for business. It’s sad to look back, but to look forward having persons like LaToya prove these opinions completely wrong ahead of us, catching up is that much more inspiring.

LaToya jots down a to do list that she relentlessly sticks to careful not to be hard on herself when she is unable to complete one or two of the tasks listed.

Stylezine Asks: LaToya, What do you think is the biggest misconception about the possibility of Strong Black Bahamian women achieving anything more than the average managerial or supervisory post? LaToya Responds: People underestimate our power. Women are powerful, we exude power in the words we speak and in everything we do. In just this fact we have shaken the misconception from its roots but still it is insufficient to sway the minds of many who’s opinions are fixed that women are incapable of balancing personal and professional life while having a life and staying in control because we are too “emotional.” To the contrary, it is exactly our emotions that are needed to enhance an experience, appreciate a journey and helps us push harder! Some Stylezine Love from your Peeps: You are simply a trendsetter and well on your way to becoming a mogul - Margaret Glynatsis So how does she juggle? Inquiring minds want to know! LaToya describes herself as quite the perfectionist, a very organized person.

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“I have the gift of persistence and a sincere drive to achieve. I don’t like to give up nor to have people tell me I can’t.”

She remembers always being an individualist and doing things that make her happy without the consent of others and is confident that as long as she maintains this mindset she will always be moving forward. “I can’t help it. lol. It’s in my blood!” Business Pit Stop with LaToya: Learn how to strike a balance and maintain it. It makes what you do that much easier to do. Be observant of the people around you and careful not to abandon the people you love and who love you most. If you are serious about accomplishing tangible things, when you finally do accomplish them you will have no one to celebrate and share them with. - LaToya Hanna-Moxey

“In high school, I loved lip gloss, the greasy kind that looked like you could fry chicken with... amplified by the 2 inch dark lip liner, YES!”

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“Flat ironing is my life. Lol! I have a slight bob that’s growing out now, and I wear ponytails when I ride my bike but flat ironing makes my hair move, flow and shine.”

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Fashion Pit Stop with LaToya: Pony-tail, Flat ironed ends or Short Cut? Flat ironing is my life. Lol! I have a slight bob that’s growing out now, and I wear ponytails when I ride my bike but flat ironing makes my hair move, flow and shine. It also provides pronounced manageability. God bless the man that made the titanium plate flat iron! It is easy for anyone to conclude with this many accomplishments and tasks that LaToya is quite the disciplinarian to keep things in order at home so Stlyezine got under the nails and asked: Stylezine Asks: Do you find that you are an abnormally stern parent to keep on top of everything you have to do? Is it ok if they never meet the bar you’ve set for your own life? LaToya Responds: Well thank goodness there are two of us. My husband is more of the stern parent, that’s his role. He gives you the look and you just cease like Simon Says! If I give the look, the kids think I’m playing charades and begin to provide words that sounds like or rhymes with... lol and I can’t keep a straight face! When they are totally off their rockers then I get tough and pull out my MUMMY’S VOICE . I begin to talk fast, get high pitched and pop a made up sentence that sounds painful like “hush ya teeth fore I clip ya lip” and then they calm down quick! ... Woahh! That’s frightening LaToya…you don’t look it at all! I guess with all the cleaning of the scratched knees and the kissing of the foreheads that we do I can see how it can get pretty blurry who’s “the boss” until we pull out that ‘Mummy Voice’. You really seem to be blessed and to have a life that is worth a smile at the end of the day. Do you press pause at any point in your life and completely unwind? LaToya Responds: Of course I do. I make a point to enjoy the life that God has blessed me with and instead I press pause on the people that try to stop

that from happening. My family do island vacations every Easter, a summer vacation and I take birthdays trip which usually entails shopping, a concert, a football game or another hopping to another continent. I work hard and I deserve it! LaToya confirms that her children & music make her happiest. “My kids are so animated and fun, they say the craziest things.” She reveals that after a long hard day at work there are times when she and hubby would simply sit and listen to the kids reenact characters and dialogues from their favorite television shows with their favorite being George Lopez. “Its like they are fifty-year-old people trapped in the bodies of children. It’s so entertaining and heart warming.” Music she adds sets the tone for my day and often times makes her happiest. Fashion Pit Stop with LaToya: Dress Skirt or Pants? Dresses make me comfortable, confident and lady like which I kinda grew up being so It’s a no brainer for me Dresses Easy breezy flowing and sexy! Growing up on an island surrounded by water it’s not hard to understand why LaToya would have chosen to design swimwear instead of shoes or clothes. Minka Swimwear is a women’s swimwear line mostly for women 21 and older focusing on more shapes than age. Minka prides itself on their ability to canvas most shapes and sizes. As for her fabulous candles: “We mainly manufacture wholesale candles and do lots of private labeling, but our audience encompass boutique hotels, spas, salons and direct consumers.” When asked where her ideas are derived for her swimsuit line; “I’m inspired by everything around me. It could be a color of a lace in a pair of tennis, the cute dress my daughter wore or a look at wardrobes while channel surfing. I get ideas from everywhere and I jot them down as soon as I think of them.

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Fashion Pit Stop with LaToya: Fucia, Baby Pink or Mauve? Definitely Mauve. “Its softer, more feminine and is in season all year round.” She laughs. Stylezine Asks: Based on your answer is it ok to conclude then that you’re more reserved, and conservative? LaToya Responds: “I am reserved for the most part, but I know how to let loose and stretch my limits a bit when I need to. Stylezine Asks: There are many successful persons whom we may consider successful but we all know real success comes when you’ve crossed those international borders; and so it seems you have. Can you speak to that experience? LaToya Responds: You make it sound illegal almost, lol. I’m just trying to assist in breaking the mold that we’ve set here. The myth that insists that one can’t achieve success from home or at home. I don’t think you have to literally move to the United States to garner success. There are some challenges to living home and traveling back and forth in order to remain relevant and on top of your game because of the infancy that exists within some industries outside of banking and tourism. I feel that we have to be innovative, change our way of thinking to constantly say to ourselves and to others WHY NOT ME. I can do what I see on television or in the magazines. If you’ve seen it, then chances are it’s not impossible to do it. Make the calls, send the emails, check Google, search the companies, places and people you want to be involved with and reach out to them, you’ll be surprised who answers back. That’s how I began. Before you know it, doors will begin to swing open and Bahamian talent will begin to penetrate the “international market” further.

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still remaining Suzzie Home Maker. A true Maven indeed. - Villiere Stylezine Asks: Humble has a way of being given an expiry date when fame peeks it’s gorgeous head. I’ve seen it in so many “non factors” but I sit here with you and find that humility is your backbone. Can you provide some tact for the tact less? LaToya Responds: I’m surrounded by people who will check me in a minute and although I am confident in what I do, there is still a part of me that doesn’t understand or perceive things the way people do of me. I get a bit timid with my “aura” and what I put out there that isn’t relevant to what I want to achieve. I stay focused on the job and the satisfaction of getting it done as opposed to the getting caught up in the praises and parade that could be thrown at me and I guess that helps keeps me “normal”. I embrace kind words, compliments and words of wisdom but I am always reminded that this is sometimes an arduous lifestyle and career. Nasty attitudes and egos simply won’t pay the bills!:) They say leaders are born, the skill cannot be taught. You can try all day and some people will always be just followers. I believe it’s really about your attitude. The way you perceive yourself. The ideas you allow to get in and pollute your way of thinking and the way you respond. Habits will make you or break you. Although it’s more than simply making up your mind to be successful it begins here. Look the part. Don’t drag yourself to work looking like you’re going to the beach or the grocery store. Demand the professional eyes of your boss. Always be ready for a meeting with the President. Look the part; act the part and getting the role will be that much easier! Fashion Pit Stop with LaToya: The Beach, The Laptop or The Beauty Salon Geesh, that’s tuff, how about the laptop at the beauty salon. It’s hard to choose between the two considering the current state of my hair and the need for me to do work on my laptop at all hours of the day.

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“I’m surrounded by people who will check me in a minute and although I am confident in what I do, there is still a part of me that doesn’t understand or perceive things the way people do of me.”

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Stylezine: You always seem to be well put together. Is there a lot of thought that goes into what you wear daily? LaToya: Not really. Most times I have no clue what I’m wearing in the morning or at a random event. I throw whatever catches my eye first and usually the people at work would laugh and shake their heads at me and say “only you could do this and get away with it on a Tuesday”. I just pick out whatever would make me feel comfortable and pretty for the whole day and fits my mood or changes and its usually a dress and its picked out in maybe 10 minutes.
 There is an obvious but thin line between married sexy and single professional sexy. With sexy the operative word can you define these two ladies. LaToya Responds: In my opinion the married sexy dresses for herself, her comfort level and seems more definitive and aware of her limits regarding her style, where as the single sexy dresses to impress, is flirtier, more risky and dresses to express her independence. She is also very confident about her style. Although I find that their are some women, who if you see them dressed, you don’t know whether they are married or single based on their version of sexy. Most people from the very moment they meet you have stamped you as they see you. In most cases their opinions are wrong but fact aside you are who they say you are! Why then do we pour out so much of ourselves trying to convince them that we are who we say we are. Be who you are without explanation or reason. Use them as your footstool to get to the top and from the top give them a good brisk wave! Stylezine: I am certain your success has brought you some revolving eyes or “haterade” as we call it here at Stylezine. How do you cope? LaToya: I am oblivious to haterade. I know its out

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“In my opinion the married sexy dresses for herself, her comfort level and seems more definitive and aware of her limits regarding her style, where as the single sexy dresses to impress, is flirtier, more risky and dresses to express her indepnedence.”

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there, but I try not to listen to the noise in the market or focus on the persons who aren’t bold enough to take risks in making their own dreams come true or much too afraid to awaken their inner passions. If I happen to hear something negative said about my accomplishments or me by someone that knows or doesn’t know me, I’ll admit it hurts as is expected, but I tap into the words my father always said to me growing up, He’d say, “Critics are very seldom the ones that leave imprints in the path of history. Don’t worry yourself about what their tongues can only achieve instead, focus on what your hands will allow you to achieve”. I try to instill the same values and beliefs in my children and hope that their gifts will make room for them they have for me! Some Stylezine Love from your Peeps: I’ve known Toya since high school and she’s always had a real sense of style and sophistication. Congrats Maven!!! - “Tada” aka Terneille Burrows Stylezine Asks: Have you ever reached a point in your career where you wanted to pull back or come to an abrupt stop? LaToya Responds: I think everyone has had that feeling at some point or another. Anyone who says otherwise is not being real. Its not easy dealing with everyday challenges or personalities and some days even dealing with yourself. I love everything that I do whole-heartedly and I’ve always believed that if you truly love something and it’s worth your while then fight for it. You shouldn’t let anyone or anything rob you of it, especially your doubts. I give myself occasional pep talks and eventually snap out of it and keep it moving. It may be an hour, a day or a week, depends on the circumstance but the one thing I feel is the key to handling thoughts like that is to never express your frustrations of this nature in public. Practice self-affirmation; determine just how important you are to yourself and making efforts to feel confident and capable is so important. When you share your struggles

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with “the world”, it complicates your feelings. It causes negative energy to enter and linger and you leave yourself open for criticism by others often fostering doubts within yourself bringing with it each time sure failure! Stylezine Asks: I am almost afraid to ask but does Latoya have any more goals that she would like to press play on? LaToya Responds: I am always brainstorming and dreaming up what “could” be next for me and figuring out how to make it happen. As a matter of fact I do have more up my sleeve in the near future, many goals and plans , but of course everything in it’s time as they say! Just stay tuned. :) A Tip from Toya: Plan properly, don’t underestimate situation and cease to procrastinate.

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As young Bahamians, we marinate in the successes made by our seniors, people who have left this earth and have left their legacy behind. This is fine, but in this we are forced to forget that within us churn the same juices that made them as famous and successful as they were and while we are eternally grateful for the Hallmarks they left behind, we must create our own memories, fulfill our own dreams and create true stories for our children to brag about! In ten years or more our kids will be flipping through the headlines as we do now. They will read about the LaToya’s who shook all odds and rose to the occasion, breaking all barriers and living her dreams to their fullest. Will you be in the column beside her? Force yourselves to be more than you are. Take bits and pieces from lives like LaToya’s and create your own Name Brand. Sing a song of her possibilities and let her be born.

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Have we as a society created an army of players and pimps out of our young boys? So it’s a slow and easy Saturday morning and I’m browsing Facebook along with the other 3 billion people on that network. Ok so I’m lying, its 4:30 pm I’m on the man’s job and ready to go home stuck in happy hour mode lets be real here. Now back to the story so I’m surfing Facebook and I casually go onto my nephew’s page just to check on him and make sure he’s keeping it clean. I scroll up a bit okay some rappers, a little cussing from some other kids and then I stumble on a picture. What first caught my eye was that he’s a bit cuddly with some little girl and she’s pretty cute I smile and think to myself “that’s my boy” not bad kid. I then go to the comments and observe a little scuffle going on. One comment starts off “Let go my man”; another follows “he mine boo-boo” and goes on and on getting nasty talking about one’s weave and face. At this time I go into responsible uncle mode and say to myself let me see who these rude young girls are. I click on more pictures and again the smile of pride I feel cannot be wiped from my face they are all cute little girls. I then call him and congratulate him and say to him “yea my nephew is real smooth must be in the blood”. At this point I’m ecstatic yes I’ve done well he is a ladies’ man just like his uncle then it hits me. I’ve heard this before in fact I think most of us young guys have lets look at scenario #1: Your sitting around a table at a family function with your uncles and your dad feeling like a pack of lions. All the manly grunts and beer flowing (except for you who has a bottle of Coca-Cola being underage) your first uncle turns to you and says “how the girls doing”. Ok maybe you guys just missed that first point look at it closely. He said girls in a plural sense not girlfriend or gal alluding to the fact that it is normal to have more than one. All the other uncles and men shake there head and agree in unison “how the ladies I know you got them all nephew”. So of course at this point I’m like yea uncle I got plenty of girls with a little sheepish laugh oh the pressure. Ok so at this point you are thinking to yourself so what you’re really exaggerating but think about it for minute let me run another one by you. Scenario #2: You attend church with your mother on a nice Sunday morning (YES I SAID CHURCH AS IN THE SANCTUARY). You and your mother are walking

into the parking lot when a nice innocent church lady approaches and belts out to the top of her lungs, “Hey sister this your handsome boy I know you handling all the little girls aren’t you”. Now I am dumbfounded how do I respond this nice church lady is telling me to handle a bunch of girls at one time and the pastor was just talking about adultery and having multiple women is wrong. Now we go to the non-human external influence the music. Outline your average music video whether it is Rap, R&B, Rock, Reggae, and Alternative. You got your nice venue check, in some instance a club, a house, a romantic spot. You have your fresh jewelry, clothes, and nice style check. Then you have one of the most important factors THE WOMEN. Notice I didn’t say woman I said “Women” plural again. I’ll be fair and say you may have a leading lady but there will be one woman your singing about while your thinking about the other. There usually is in a rap video a half-naked chick bouncing her gluteus maximus in the camera and another pouting her lips and making you want to drink a nice cold bottle of water cause she is HOTTTT. But whatever the case may be there is multiple women and what does this attribute to? What message is this portraying? Well I’ll tell you its portraying success. The pinnacle of success is to have the most beautiful women. You will hardly see a video with a guy sitting in the kitchen eating breakfast with his wife two kids getting ready for a hard day of work… NO SIR! So what’s my main point with these scenarios? Well it’s pretty simple we are subconsciously programming as we have been programmed to be players. Get all the girls man then you will be cool. Your success comes with the elements of money and women. The more you have the higher up the ladder you have climbed. We have such a poor rate of marriage and a high rate of divorce due to a man trying to quench his appetite of women. Is it really his fault though the club element taking home a woman all his teen life into your adult hood then suddenly the breaks hit BOOM? Marriage to 1 woman and then chill? After years of programming you must shut off the switch? How feasible is that? Ask yourself are we programming our sons, nephews, and god-sons with the message that more is better?

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KEDAR CLARKE Some people are fond of fashion, while some of us live for it! I have to disagree with Evelyn Lozoda (Basketball Wives), “I AM about this life!” Fashion goes beyond just clothes and the latest trends. It’s all about creativity and revolutionizing basic perception. On the local scene, I’ve seen some awesome talents people come up and have shocked me by what they’ve produced. Unfortunately, most people don’t know about them outside of their “circles”. Consider me Beyoncé, cause’ it’s time to make these folks shine like Kelly and Michelle!

Go Get You Some! - I love great and unique finds! Sonia Rolle of Sonique Couture, Nadine Ramphal, Rukenya Nash of Orisha Bath & Body and Sosefina Christie of BA`NESIAN; all ladies I’ve met and had the opportunity to fall in love with their “one-of-a-kind” products. I got a major fashion-gasm when I learned that they’d soon be under one roof! The Craft Cottage is now up and running on the grounds of Doongalik Studios, Village Road. My mom and I visited just to “check it out”, but it didn’t work out that way… we bought half the store! From jewelry, to bags, natural skin care products and creative home décor items…they’ve got it all! I’m a big supporter of handcraft designers for multiple reasons. The biggest one is simply because once you shop with them, you know it’s a product you won’t see mass produced and worn! Fashionista…go get you some! Style in the City My top fashionable Facebook friends!

The Last Swimsuit! - If you’re still one of those women that wear shorts and an oversized t-shirt on the beach, burn them now! Last year I attended Minka Swimwear’s debut collection show and was flawed. Here it was; a swimwear show with pieces that could go from the ocean to the club. As a stylist, I was able to work with the collection and I definitely made great use of its versatility. I’m so proud to say that this year, the creator behind this awesome line, Mrs. LaToya Hanna-Moxey, debuted her 2012 collection at one of my favorite fashion shows; Miami Fashion Week! I’m still waiting on the male collection to be debuted, especially since I had a sneak-peek already!

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RIUSUKE FUKAHORI While perusing for art I have two prerequisites, 1) To have my breath stolen 2) To feel inspired. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori (say that fast) has achieved both of my prerequisites with flying colors. You see an artist has to draw in his audience, he should make you want to find out who he is. What exactly inspires him? Why he chose to utilize the medium he did? Riusuke Fukahori’s unique pieces make me seriously question my creativity, which is often limited to bad MS Paint sketches and photography. I usually consider myself to be a pretty creative guy even if I splatter paint on canvas and call it art but this dude right here. Boss status! Riusuke Fukahori takes his passion for artistic expression to a whole new level by merging the art of painting with an almost sculpture like focus to create the beautiful pieces you see. He meticulously uses resin to paint 3-dimensional goldfish layer by layer. What fascinates me most is how life like the goldfish appears. Who even conceptualizes this concept? To paint 3D version of a myriad of goldfishes layer by careful layer? Its almost like he has surgical precision while painting and a dance like motion as he applies the resin. In the video below Riusuke allows us to get a brief glimpse at his work of art in process. Remember how goldfish held the title for years as THE Most Boring Pet? Yeah this kind of made me change my mind a bit.

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Transforming Spaces is a popular Art Tour by bus which takes place in Nassau every year. Over the space of two days a total of 300+ persons are given the opportunity to experience the galleries, studios, artwork and lives of the best visual art organizations and practitioners in the country. Patrons purchase a day ticket which allows them to be comfortably driven, along with a professional tour guide, to the various venues where they can view and purchase art, meet many of the artists and indulge in a variety of food and drink at each stop. 2012 marked the eighth year of the tour which featured eight Art Spaces: The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, New Providence Art & Antiques, the Pink ‘Un Gallery, Popop International Centre for the Visual Arts, Hillside House Gallery, The Harry Moore Library at The College of The Bahamas and The Hub. This year the Tour introduced a new component to the event by examining a single theme – FIBRE. An Open Call was placed to artists from all disciplines challenging them to look at the history of local fibrous materials and re-imagine their original purposes, characteristics and contexts in producing their submissions. Over 60 artists were accepted, including participants from the Family Islands as well as another first: four international artists from Jamaica, Cuba, Canada and the United Kingdom! Over half of this year’s artists were new to the event so patrons were treated to an amazing array of artwork ranging from sculpture, installations, fashion, jewelry, quilts, to furniture, paintings, photographs, ceramics and much more. The Committee was also pleased to host Holly Bynoe, founding editor of ARC Caribbean art magazine (www.arcthemagazine. com) who will ensure dissemination of information about the event throughout the Caribbean.

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“Transforming Spaces has continued to improve over the years. This is important not only because it is a wonderful way to spend the day, but because it exposes the public to the enormous talent that exists in the country which in turn increases their knowledge of and appreciation for Art, and that is always a good thing. The Bahamian art scene is flourishing but most people, particularly visitors, are not aware of this because unfortunately art and creativity is not promoted nor considered a marketable asset. My late husband, Jackson and I have been involved in this field for close to forty years and have watched it grow from strength to strength. It is our firm belief that ‘by the year 2020 more persons will be attracted to our shores because of our Art, Culture and Heritage than by our sun, sand and sea.’ Transforming Spaces is definitely an effective way of achieving this!” For further information on Transforming Spaces you can find them on Facebook or log on to their website at www.transformingspacesbahamas.com

Photo caption: Transforming Spaces Committee members from left to right sitting: Margot Bethel, The Hub; John Cox, Popop and NAGB; Sonia Farmer, The Hub. Standing Neko Meicholas, Pink ‘Un; Sue Bennett-Williams, PRO Gallery; Jay Koment New Providence Art & Antiques; Pam Burnside, Doongalik Studios. Not shown: Heino Schmid, Popop; Antonius Roberts, Hillside House; and Amanda Coulson, NAGB. fashion . art. entertainment

Here’s what we think are the next hot gadgets on the market. This will satisfy any tech’s tastes buds and keep you “in” on what’s hip.

LIQUIPEL

PROTECTION FOR THE iPHONE

A relatively new company established last year (2011) by the name of “Liquipel” have been hard at work to do away with one of the most troubling rivalries of the new age. Water & Electronics. Most of us have had that accident with a phone or laptop or some type of electronic somehow coming into contact with water. Some people jump into pools (or are pushed in) forgetting cellphones and mp3 players in their pockets and some people even happen to have that horrible toilet drop happen to them but, the good people over at Liquipel have been youtubing and trying to get the word out that you no longer have to be faced with your fears of water and electronics, or at least not so much anymore. The Liquipel company gives its customers any of two options. You can either have your current phone shipped to them or you can purchase any phone from an iPhone to newer HTC models and ipods and have your order shipped to you direct for around $60. Check out the “Liquipel” website www.liquipel.com I’ll just throw this in, but even if you do happen to send these guys your phone or you order a pre-treated phone from them, I still wouldn’t advise you let your electronics spend any quality time with any type of liquids #JustSayin’.

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Apple is getting ready to release the 6th model in its line of the smart phone that has changed the world. If you are not on #teamiPhone, you are missing out on life.

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>HEAVY ROTATION

4Eva N A Day K.R.I.T.

On March 5th 2012, the “King Remembered In Time” released a 17 track prequel to his highly anticipated “Live From The Underground” debut album called “4Eva N A Day”, though alot of us were waiting for it, it’s positively a fact that we did not know what K.R.I.T. had in store for us and my was it a surprise and a shocker. The tape is reminiscent of K.R.I.T.’s seventh tape “Return Of 4Eva” and can be seen as in the same vein, but much more expressive and detailed. There are definitely some stand out tracks on this mixtape. A top three would probably be the back-to-back tracks “Yesterday”, “4EvaNaDay (Theme)” & “Boobie Miles” for which KRIT shot a visually hypnotizing video. Each track on the tape stands out in its own way though with energetic tracks like “4EvaNaDay” and the more soulful tracks like “Yesterday”, and you can almost see it all happening if you close your eyes and listen. Wiz Khalifa’s “Taylor Allderdice” does get an honorable mention for getting some of us to stop listening to this new K.R.I.T. tape to check it out, but lord knows even though it dropped about a week later and had more promo we went right back to listening to this “4Eva N A Day” tape, because “Taylor Allderdice” just couldn’t compare. So if you haven’t checked the tape out yet, do something progressive and cop it before the week is out. Also Here is a video of KRIT himself showing the fans how the tape is meant to be listened to. I hoped you enjoyed this article. Let me know what you thought and it might end up in the next issue. Tweet me @tkdadon and let me know your opinion!

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>ARTISTWATCH THE TRUTH

Since before it’s independence The Bahamas and Nassau in particular has had many live bands come up through the ranks with statements to be made and yet another one has emerged on the scene, ready to spread love, hope and truth. The Truth or The Truth 242 is a relatively new local group of talented young Bahamians who plan to make wave in the small island nation of The Bahamas. Consisting of five main band members and a few occasion assisting performers know as “The Trees of Truth”, the Truth already boasts an impressive catalogue of originals, while also performing hits and classics by greats like Bob Marley & Sizzla Kolanji. The band does a lot of reggae music but cannot be simply bound to that genre. They prefer to be seen as more of a reggae fusion band and are capable of pulling of music rangin from hip-hop to more of a soulful R&B type vibe with no problems. JudahThaLion, the bands front man and lead vocalist is one of the most if not the most diverse vocalists on the island with talents ranging from rapping, chatting, singing and even a little guitar here and there. His talents far surpass what most have heard from Bahamian musicians. Other memebers in the group includde Ashley Algreen on

the bass, Jah Billy on the guitar and with backing vocals, Quelly C on the drums & Zee doing her thing on purcussion. Each member brings the band’s sound together like puzzle pieces that fit in just the right way. The Truth band performs every Wednesday night at Hammerheads bar & grill on west bay street, never ceasing to put on a good show for those who make their way to the free venue to enjoy the vibes each week. You can find the truth on facebook at the truth242 and on twitter @TheTruth242 and also on reverb nation where you can take a listen to their demo tape featuring crowd favorites like “Today”, “YHWH Highway”, the bands “anthem”, “Good Over All” and more. Check out the video of their live performance, hit them up on facebook, make your way out to a show any Wednesday night and be enlightened by an awesome band that’s definitly on their way to doing big things not just here in The Bahamas but globally. Enjoy the music

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>ANTICIPATED Here goes another list of albums that should be out sometime within the next two to three (2-3) months. Some really highly anticipated ones one the list again so keep your eyes out for any changes in release dates because as you may have noticed from the last list, Rick Ross’ “God Forgives, I don’t” still hasn’t been released. But anyway take a good look at the list and hit me up on twitter, @TKDadon to let me know which albums you’re waiting on. Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” (April 3) - Almost exactly two years ago now, Nicki Minaj released her first “Pink Friday” project and it was sought after by “Barbies” and music lovers alike. The album did amazing numbers for a debut or for any album as a matter of fact. Nicki dropped off a few singles from the album and made a killing with hits like “Roman’s Revenge”, “Moment 4 Life” &”Super Bass”. This go around there doesn’t seem to be as much hype behind Nicki and the promo and lead singles she’s released like “Stupid Hoe” “Roman Holiday” & “Roman In Moscow” have gotten a lot of mediocre reviews, but we can’t forget her lead single for the first “Pink Friday” was suppose to be “Massive Attack”, which was a total fail and regardless her fans have stuck with her so we’ll see what the numbers look like when it’s all said and done. B.o.B’s “Strange Clouds” (May 1) - Mr. Bobby Ray is back at it again, with plans to bring the fans a sophomore album. Bob has been steadily providing the fans with music since the release of his bomb album “B.o.B Presents: The Adventures Of Bobby Ray”, on awesome mixtapes like his “B.o.B Presents: EPIC: Every Play Is Crucial” (If you missed this, it’s definitely worth a listen so check it out.), which

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gave fans album quality tracks in mixtape format. So far the new album titled as above “Strange Clouds” has had about four singles including “Play The Guitar” an awesome track featuring one of the few André 3000 features for the year so far, “So Good”, “Where Are You (B.o.B vs Bobby Ray)” & the title track “Strange Clouds”, which features a Lil Wayne verse. When the singles started being released I began trying to compare Bob’s two projects to see which would be better and got stuck before realizing that though there probably won’t be any tracks like “Airplanes” or “Nothing On You” both albums would have awesome music, but there are two totally different B.o.B’s on these two albums. Watch for the drop. Chris Borwn’s “Fortune” (May 4) - We’ve been listening to leaks off of Chris Brown’s followup to his “F.A.M.E.” album for quite some time now but though we’ve been waiting for so long the music we do have is good enough to hold most of us over until that May release date. Chris even got his former girlfriend Riri to feature on the remix to one of the albums singles “Turn Up The Music” in exchange for a spot on her remix to her song “Birthday Cake”. The Album is slated to feature guest like Kevin McCall & Seven along with Rih and is looking like its going to be an awesome project. Get ready for fortune and if you haven’t already “Strip”, “Open Road (I Love Her)” & “Matrix” are some tracks from the album to check out while you wait for the whole album. Enjoy. OTHER RELEASES K’Naan’s “Country, God Or The Girl” (May 1) Slaughterhouse’s “Welcome To: OUR House” (May 15) Big K.R.I.T.’s “Live From The Underground” (June 5) Kendrick Lamar’s “Good Kid In A Mad City” (June)

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Spring

Clean

{your life} MARDI CUNNINGHAM The essence of the season of Spring brings with it a multitude of changes that you can feel it in the air: the sun is a little warmer, the days a little brighter, the flowers are in full bloom and there’s a sense of optimism and hope that you don’t notice so much during the winter months. The optimism and hope that comes with spring also bring with them a chance for new beginnings. Just like the plants and trees grow new leaves and flowers in the spring, we can use this time to create new growth and change for ourselves. Spring cleaning is a perfect example of that. In a physical sense, it’s all about clearing out the old to make room for the new, but what about cleaning out the old and ushering in the new you? Here are a few things you can do to Spring Clean Your Life!

Knowing what and how to Spring Clean Your Life is not always easy but, get back on the track of growth and be ready to face each day anew!

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{Fix up your Finances} Do you have unopened bills? A folder of receipts? Sit down, sort out bills that need to be paid monthly from bills that you pay quarterly or yearly. Get organized with a color coded spreadsheet that shows your income as well as your expenses and find new ways to save. Even if you don’t account for every penny, look at the broad strokes of what you need to do in order to accomplish your goals like your owning car or home. {Declutter your home} Try going room-by-room over the next couple of weeks, and getting rid of the items that you no longer need, are broken, and/or haven’t been used in years. Be honest with yourself too. Is the busted CPU Unit that’s been sitting in the back of your storage room for years going to spontaneously fix itself? No! Get rid of the items you don’t want and will never need once and for all and if it is an item that can be reused, why not gift it to the local Salvation Army or a children’s home. {Drink Lots of Water} As in every other season, hydrating your body is important. As April showers bring May flowers, which is the natural hydration for the earth, you should take advantage of the nice weather with a new outdoor exercise regimen, drink water to moisturize the air in your lungs and to give your skin that healthy glow. {Wake up your Makeup with a Shakeup} Ladies, like food in your cupboards & fridges, so the makeup in your purses have an expiration date. Using makeup that has gone bad is bad news for your skin and eyes and can cause breakouts, rashes or worse. Throw out mascaras, foundations, eyeliners and lipsticks that not only don’t look fresh, but the ones that you have had since last summer! When it doubt – Throw It Out! {Eat Better NOW!} There’s never a better time to start eating better than now. RIGHT NOW! No waiting ’til tomorrow, the weekend, or next month – start incorporating healthy, fresh foods into your diet, and stop unhealthy eating habits today, skip the lines at the local fast food joints and indulge in a salad of fresh greens. Spring is about detoxing your body too!

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GYM DAYS

{best body in the gym} BY GAVVIN STRACHAN

The resume {Crystal Strachan}

Take one look at the body of Crystal Strachan and any women would want to know . How did she get so toned? In this month’s article we will get into one of Crystal’s favourite workout routines that helps her to have the best body in the gym !!

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The routine {four easy steps} Split Jumps 1) Start in the lunge position. Extend the right leg behind your body with the heel off the floor. Bend the right leg to the front of your body with the knee aligned over the toes of the left foot 2) Have about  three ft between the front and the back foot. Keep the feet pointed forward at all times 3) Lower  your body by bringing the knee of the right back of leg to the floor while bending the left knee. Raise the body upward and straighten the legs. Land so that  the left leg is in back of the right leg. 4) Continue to repeat exercise by lowering the body then jumping up . Reverse the legs every time.

Bonus! {abs}

Toe Touches 1. Lie flat on back with knees bent and feet placed flat on mat. Arms are placed by your side. 2. Straighten your knees until your thighs are vertical to the mat. 3. Use your abdominals  to bring your shoulders and head off of the floor 4. Keep head aligned with upper spine 5. Curl upwards until your shoulder blades are completely of mat 6. Hold for 5 -10 secs 7. Slowly return to starting position and repeat.

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