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PUBLISHER AND FOUNDING EDITOR

JANETTE N. BRIN NYC FASHION & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

R. ANTHONY MORRISON BEAUTY EDITOR (S)

BR ANDY GOMEZ-DUPLESSIS

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editor’s #POSHgirl Picks

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CAAFD NYFW SS2020 Maria Sonia

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NYFW SS2020 Korto Momolu FOR WOMEN WHO GROW

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Negris Lebrum SS2020 Black is Still Pretty

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NYFW SS2020 by Amelia Jackson

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Santa’s Sack: Holiday Bags for Every Occasion

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10 Days of Party Dresses

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Your Best Foot Forward: The Trendiest Heels of the Season

CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

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Our Top 5 African Designers

KEVON RICHARDSON RICKI RICHARDSON

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25 Red Lipsticks Every Woman Should Own

ART DESIGN & LAYOUT

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Love of Lashes

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Top Picks for Holiday Make Up Sets

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Celebrities Letting their Natural Curls Loose

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The Latest on Luxury Beauty with “All Things Adrienne” and why we love her

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SHERINA RUSSELL-GARCIA KIMBERLY INGLIS COSMIA COMPTON ALEJANDR A CERBALL GR ACIOUS ROSS

CARMEN VIRGINIA GRISOLÍA JHONATAN MEDINA MARKETING & DISTRIBUTION

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8 Ways to Defeat Negative Feelings

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Martinique Tour

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POSHgirl Cocktails: Mount Gay Rum

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Caribbean Bottled Drinks

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Caribbean Superfoods

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Kerry Washington’s Netflix Movie

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Cicely Tyson

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New Music

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Hey #POSHgirls Who Runs the World?… With every New Year, there are plans and hopes for the better. Like 1919, 1818, 1717, and so on, it is fair to anticipate an extra buzz this New Year. 2019 marked 400 years since Colonialism and throughout the Caribbean we have grasped this freedom and continue to see development and growth as we strive to unify. 2020 is symbolically important for at least one reason, which is it being one century since women achieved freedom of choice by winning the right to vote in 1920. It is just amazing to note how far the world has come. Today women continue to fight for equality and are more bold and brave than ever before. The POSHgirl Movement, like so many other women empowerment movements, is also more relevant than ever before. Our purpose lies in the need to be steadfast in spreading our wings – we believe that women throughout the Caribbean can have a greater impact on the world if we continue to work together to transform into a society that enhances the greatness of us as a people. We are the incubators – with the strength of our spirituality we are poised to be an influential force in the world. Mark your calendars! May 29th – 31st, 2020. Join us at our fifth annual POSHgirl POWER Brunch. We are very excited about this milestone as the event continues to be the leading empowerment event for Caribbean Women. 2020 will not disappoint as Caribbean women gather in Nature’s Little Secret, the British Virgin Islands. The POWER Brunch will be a weekend filled with exceptional speakers and one could only leave inspired. Featuring island eats and drinks over conversations that truly matter; this event will also equip attendees with hard skills needed to master their personal and business goals. As the world continues to advance, our mission is to ensure that we can continue to succeed in it. So as this year winds down, I encourage you to look at yourself in the mirror and say – “what am I going to do differently in 2020 to ensure that I am part of the inside-out cultivation of progress for my Caribbean family and leave my mark on the world?”

Photographed by Recaldo "Ricki" Richardson Location: Tortola, BVI

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By Janette Brin

I first discovered CURLS after attending the Black Enterprise Women of POWER Summit last year. Met some really cool ladies while there, including the creator of CURLS, Mahisha Dellinger. My must have products include the Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave in Conditioner, the Blueberry & Coconut Hair Milk, and the Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment Since wearing my hair natural, I’ve added color so I’m obsessed about my hair health as a result. These products from CURLS Blueberry Line help to keep my hair well moisturized and smelling deliciously yummy.

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Blueberry Bliss Reparative Leave in Conditioner $12 Clinically proven to repair damaged hair, encourage hair growth, and prevent breakage makes this a must!

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Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment - $12 My scalp can get really dry and itchy sometimes. The Blueberry & Mint Tea Scalp Treatment is extremely soothing. Formulated with certified organic blueberry seed oil, corn mint and coconut oil proven to enhance hair growth, soothe and refresh dry, itchy scalp, and relieve itching. This product has no sulfates, silicones, parabens, artificial oils, or fragrances. SHOP Curls: www.curls.biz

Just about every naturalista I know uses an ECO Styling Gel. Let’s face it, this product is just magic when it comes to styling your natural hair. If there is such thing as gel flavours, this product has coconut oil, castor oil, argon oil, olive oil and a few others. My favourite is the olive oil. This non-alcoholic gel helps to moisturize hair and scalp. ECO Styling Gel 16 ounce, $7.92 www. amazon.com

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Blueberry & Coconut Hair Milk $15 The Blueberry & Coconut Hair Milk is formulated with certified organic coconut milk and blueberry extract guaranteed to moisturize the driest curl, condition overworked tresses and encourage hair growth all in one step! Due to the color in my hair my hair is always thirsty making this product a real thirst quencher.

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iPhone 11 Pro u Every POSHgirl should have journals and notebooks that are both stylish and motivational. I absolutely love the Eccolo Dayna Lee Collection. The cute colors and simply yet encouraging statements on them just add to my Caribbean POSH lifestyle. $9.39 - $20.99 on amazon.com Eccolo Dayna Lee Collection

$999 - $1449 at your local Apple Dealer I’m an entrepreneur is a social media age. I need the iPhone 11 Pro! After holding out for a while with my iPhone 7, I guess I sort of new Apple would eventually make all my wishes come true. The iPhone 11 Pro although pricey is a worthily investment if brand image is a propriety. This devise tools you with the means to create amazing video and imagery that is sure to increase social media likes.

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Fashion Designer Maria Sonia of Paraguay presented her collection during NYFW. The show was held at the Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. The collection was vibrant, and full of the spring colors. As one of the six designers featured in the CAAFD group show Sonia Maria was definitely one of the standouts.

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The 15-piece collection was inspired by the designer’s culture and heritage. Among the designs coming down the runway were beautiful flowing gowns and chic cocktail dresses. The models showed of the color and majesty of the gowns as they twirled and let the fabric of their gowns dance in their wake as they walked the runway. The floral headpieces worn by the models complemented the designs. CAAFD continues to bring diverse and innovative designers to the NYFW runways.

The Council of Aspiring American Fashion Designers (CAAFD) is a not-for-profit organization founded through as a collaborative effort by key players in the fashion industry. They are goal was to back designers who aspire to do business in the United States. CAAFD's mission is to educate, promote, empower aspiring designers, and fashion professionals. It is a mission with a focus on helping emerging designers gain a foothold in the fashion business. This is facilitated by giving them every opportunity to become the level of designer they yearn to be. CAAFD is composed of

stylists, designers, professionals and artists. They all share the same goal; to help emerging designers get a foot in the door. Of the many people they have collaborated with, perhaps none are as visible during New York Fashion Week as the stylish gentleman known as Resk 'Que. He has worked in the fashion industry for over a decade. Resk 'Que see's' his role with CAAFD as someone there to support, and encourage aspiring fashion designers. It is his mission also to make their professional career goals a reality. Diversity has been huge topic in fashion over the past few years. Resk 'Que, and CAAFD are proof that things are changing for the better.

RR: I have been in the industry about 14 years now. I have been working with CAAFD for the past five to six years. I grew up in New York, but I was born in Ghana. Since I grew up in New York, New York has always been home. P: There has been a lot of discussion regarding diversity, and inclusion in fashion, what is your take on the issue? RR: It is slowly and surely changing. I would say fashion has been more democratized now more than ever before. P: How do you feel working with CAAFD has contributed to the positive changes in this area?

RR: Part of working with CAAFD, working with my company volunteering, and supporting CAAFD is to give people a chance. It is so that as an emerging designer money is not an issue for you not to participate. P: CAAFD represents a valuable resource and opportunity for emerging designers. How would you describe your role of selecting designers to work with? RR: CAAFD gives that opportunity for a designer, as long as you pass through the process. If you have the talent, and if you have everything to highlight you as a designer. We give you the opportunity and then I come in as an expert to push good designers.

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On September 7, at Manhattan's Pier59 Studios, Korto presented her SS 2020 collection during NYFW. The show this season was a collaborative effort in partnership with cannabis industry organization Women Grow. The Liberia-born designer Korto Momolu (pronounced Cut • Toe – Mo • Mo • Lu) gained international attention when she appeared on season 5 of Project Runway. She was recognized as one of the ‘Top 5 Designers to Watch’ at her debut season at New York Fashion Week SS2009 Season. As a result, Korto's designs have been featured in international and national publications. Korto would eventually return to television for two seasons of Project Runway All-Stars. Her collection during this season of NYFW was all about sustainability, eco-friendly fashion, and Cannabis. The growing legal cannabis market is built around the medical benefits of cannabis as well as the industrial uses of hemp. Raising awareness of the business opportunities for women in the cannabis industry was also an important inspiration for the show. The cannabis industry is composed of legal growers, producers, consumers, products and services.

This also includes those responsible for regulating the industry. Another component is research related to cannabis and the industrial use of hemp. The cannabis industry has traditionally been heavily regulated. As more countries legalize medical use, the legal cannabis market has seen rapid growth. Canada, Uruguay, and United States have all passed legislation allowing for recreational and medical marijuana

use. Studies of the world economic market indicate that the cannabis industry can be considered a multibillion dollar component of a larger pharmaceutical industry. The push towards legalization has resulted in interest from major companies such as Monsanto. The cannabis industry includes a network of related products, and services that are not directly related to cultivation or production. Banking services, security, and research equipment. The cannabis industry is expected to generate upwards of $47 billion by 2021.

Chairwoman of the Board of Managers and, CEO Chandra Macias founded Women Grow in 2014 in Denver. Their mission is to connect, educate, inspire and empower the next generation of cannabis industry leaders. Women Grow gives support by creating programs, community and events for aspiring and current business executives. Women Grow is a for-profit entity that serves as a catalyst for women to influence and succeed in the cannabis industry as the end of marijuana prohibition occurs on a national scale. Company president Gia Moron also joined the project to help coordinate the show.

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With everyone entitled to favourites, we would have to say there was this one of the model looking regal in a shimmering black gown with a long flowing sliver/gray patterned top. Kudos to Korto Momolu, and Women Grow for a glimpse into the future of fashion, and opportunities in business for women, it was an amazing show, very POSH indeed.

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After remarks by CEO Chandra Macias, the show opened with house lights dimming and the voice of Maya Angelou's "I Rise". As the music pulsed, the models walked the runway wearing fabrics made from cork, jute, linen, and hemp. The

collection ranged from the casual, athletic influenced to beautifully embroidered pieces. The palette was composed of warm earthy tones as well as white, gold, and copper hued tones. There was also the subtle use of the hemp leaf motif plus caps and tops with the Women Grow logo. The entire collection is both vibrant and elegant.

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Travis Hamilton's mission is to create designs that convey a woman’s inner beauty and confidence. Once again, he has fulfilled that mission with a chic and elegant collection that embodies his philosophy perfectly.

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Travis Hamilton presented the Negris LeBrum SS 2020 Black Berry Collection during New York Fashion Week. The runway show took place on Sunday, September 8th at a contemporary and versatile gallery space known as the White Space Chelsea. The show was a superb presentation of the chic and elegant designs that the Negris LeBrum brand is definitely known for. In addition to the collection, Negris Lebrum also announced the launch of Negris LeBrum Cosmetics. Travis Hamilton began his entry into this market in 2017 with its lipstick collection. After receiving positive response and feedback, the brand created more products. Included in the cosmetics line is the Southern Liquid Matte, and Molasses Lip Gloss.

The show began as sultry jazz vocals washed over the audience. The models walked the runway in elegant spaghetti strap dress, plaid dresses, plaid shorts. The color black was also used in sheer lace-like pieces that flowed delicately down the runway. Sheer black tops were also paired with black shorts. The elegant eveningwear done in signature black evoked the era that was inspiration for the love story that created the brand. The palette included, white, gray, black bit of soft peace tones. The Black Berry Collection continues the love story that has been the inspiration for the Negris Lebrum brand, and the company slogan; "Lenoir est Joli" (The black is pretty).S Sponsors for the evening; Core Water, MyMymochi ice cream, Ode Paris, Fiber-Seal, and Del 'or Cakery. For more info, please visit: https://www.negrislebrum.com/

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We can’t promise that all of your holiday gifts will magically fit into one of these bags- but they are a good way to start filling yourself with seasonal cheer. Whether you’re looking for an amazing present, or a little self-indulgence, we’ve rounded up the best bags of the season.

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The Loeffler Randall Tani Mini Bag is equal parts classic glamour and structural elegance. Complete the look with a festive glass of red wine. $350.00 at J Crew.

A Bucket Bag that feels fresh: The Fendi “mon Tresor” bag takes the bucket trend to luxe new heights in a monogram Shearling. $2,390 at Net-aporter.com.

t The Ruffled clutch is a major trend right now, and we love the organic shape paired with a neutral print like nude snakeskin. The Jory Ruffled Clutch, $68.00, Anthropologie.

u Kate Spade’s “Dorie” bucket bag is another standout take on the style- featuring interlocking cut-leather spades, the bag is both sculptural and functional. $320 at Nordstrom.

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u A clutch that is Ready to Party: Anthropologie’s Marian Paquette Liette Velvet Clutch is the sugar, spice and everything nice that any holiday party outfit needs. The moss green tone is a welcome vintage twist on Christmas Green- $428.00 at Anthropologie.

u Part party clutch, part readyfor-adventure wristlet, Drevait’s Clutchlet is the perfect piece to go from airport to dinner party and back again. Pieces are handmade to order in Trinidad & Tobago- contact drevait@hotmail.com for pricing

t The Staud Shirley tote combines PVC and croc-embossed leather into a double bag that will get double-takes. $200.00 at Net-aPorter.

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the Willique Piñatex Eco Tote. Available in gold or silver, this sustainably produced purse is sure to put a smile on the face of anyone on your gift list. Price upon request, call 649.247.0515.

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There’s no other season like the holiday season for parties, and whether you’re attending two or ten this year

the question remains- what to wear? If you are attending ten, good news— we have every outfit sorted. Read on

NIGHT SIX: MOLTEN & SMOLDERING

NIGHT ONE: A LEATHER LOOK

Faux Leather Asymmetric Dress by BCBG, $278.

NIGHT SEVEN: BLACK TIE BOUDOIR

NIGHT TEN: BELLE OF THE BALL

Price upon request, Stella Nolasco Boutique +1 787-723-2897.

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Brooklyn-based designer Felicia Noel is often inspired by her Grenadian heritage, evidenced in her gorgeous, colorful prints.

Okay so hear us out— it might not be a party dress, but it certainly is ready to party- the Calypso jumpsuit by Brown Cotton Caribbean.

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A simple, classic midlength red dress becomes a work of art in the hands of Haitian-Italian designer Stella Jean. The meticulously embroidered figures demand the spotlight. EUR 1,420.00 at StellaJean

u NIGHT FIVE: RETRO TWIST The Tea-Length retro inspired Jackie dress by Chen Burkett is made unique with his crimson African print. Works for daytime events too! $169.00 at ChenBurkett.com

A go-to designer of Tracee Ellis Ross, Stella Hues and her blue soles are as glam as ever for the winter. We love a spot of print— made extra haute with haired hide. Contessa Calf Hair Dalmatian Printed Booties $1260 at Stella Hues

Go Bling or Go Home The Alise Embellished Sandal by Jeffrey Campbell is as cute as it is encrusted with jewels- that is to say, extremely. The square heel and toe are right on trend, and the rhinestone straps and heel are the perfect amount of extra. $135 at Nordstrom.

This exclusive Fe Noel wrap dress is available at Bloomingdales, $536.00.

Sold by The Closet Grenada, price upon request. +1 473-405-6790

NIGHT EIGHT: LADIES IN RED

Spotted: You, Looking Great

Did Someone Say Sock Boot? The Tiaa ruched sock boot by Nine West is sophisticated glamour for this year and beyond. With supple leather, a modern ankle-hugging form and pointy toes, this is a black boot that does more. $139.00 at Macy’s.

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All Wrapped Up With a Bow

Spend an evening as an evergreen, while also being green— Reformation is a renowned as a sustainable company. With slightly puffed shoulders and a side slit, this cocktail frock does all the small talk for you.

Green with Holiday Spirit (but also envy)

The ever-gorgeous Bow stiletto by Aminah Abdul Jillil is perfection once again in a new sexy black suede option. You don’t even need to wrap themthey come with their own bow. $315.00 at AminahAbdulJillil.com

$298 at Reformation.com

The subtle tone of the Macy Bottle Green Leather Slip-On Boot by Miista is an easy way to add some color to any look. The croc-embossed leather boots come up mid-calf, with a block heel for elevated comfort. $450 at Miista.

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t NIGHT THREE: SHEER DRAMA For a show-stopping sustainably chic ensemble, look no further than Trinidad based designer Meiling. This sheer evening gown is perfect for the fanciest of fêtes. $2332 at Matches Fashion.

Booties with (atti)tud-e Fire and Water, Darkness and Light, Cheetah and… Zebra? The Animal kingdom collides in these super wearable haired hide boots. The Arolia, $140.00 at Aldo.

Step out with vintage flair in these sunny yellow kitten heels. With slim brown trim and gold buckles, these velvet heels are feminine and timeless. Shae Heels by Chie Mihara, $390.00 at Anthropologie.

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Celebrated Puerto Rican designer Stella Nolasco is known for her stunning gowns, but the blacktie ball gown to top them all has got to be this show stopping feathered lilac dream. If you’re ready to turn heads all evening, this is for you.

A fully retro silhouette made contemporary with black croc embossing, the Lacey Black Croc Chunky Ankle Platform Boot from Simmi is also a winner in price, ringing in at $63.00 at Simmi.com.

The Minnie dress, $325 at Free People.

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Few things say “Va Va Voom” as much as a good slip dress, and this is a good slip dress. The gunmetal grey fabric drapes in all of the right ways, and the mini length is perfect for showing off your dance moves.

The asymmetric flared hem keeps things flattering, the square neck is on trend, and the faux leather gives it a little edge.

Request a consultation at jangelique.com.

Trot through the end of the year with your best foot forward- in a great new pair of shoes. We did the first lap for you, rounding up the chicest heels for any budget to let your feet do the walking and the talking.

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J. Angelique is known for jaw-dropping madeto-order creations, and the Xanti cocktail dress epitomizes the designer’s style. Sensual sculpting with underwire and embroidery pairs with made-to-measure cutouts means this dress will be a knockout.

for our round up of the ten best party dresses of 2019!

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Laviebyck African designers are known for the stunning color, pattern, and texture of the fabrics they use in producing jaw-dropping designs. The continent of rich and diverse cultures is home to many designers that make unique clothing for every occasion.

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Fast forward to her move to the United States, the fashion world now has an improved Claude Kameni. More opportunities have come her way, and she has developed her skills ever since. She creates shirts, dresses, skirts, and gowns for men and women, respectively. For Claude, the process of designing and creating clothing is intimate. The style and environment where her pieces will be worn is a determining factor to what designs she comes up with. Claude is inspired by the new ideas of life and how they can be transfused into her design. At only 25 years of age, Claude’s designs are one of the top prints for A-list celebrities.

Mimmy Yeboah

Mimmy Yeboah is a talented 28-year-old Ghanian fashion designer plying her trade in Brooklyn, New York. She learned how to design at Pearsons, but taught herself how to sew. With designs that are deeply rooted in the vibrant Ghanian culture, her classic brand specializes in evening, day, and bridal wears. Most of Mimmy’s artistic influence comes from the 20s and 50s, and she likes geometric pieces as well as simplicity in her designs. Her breakthrough year was 2016, where she stunned the world with her exquisite designs during the prom season. Mimmy draws inspiration from Hollywood movies and is one designer that never hides her love for African prints. The Mimmy Yeboah brand is for the woman who knows what she wants and wears clothes that fit her personality.

Ena Gancio Ena Attah Udemba is a 34-year-old Nigerian designer that burst into the international scene with her unique designs and prints. Like many African parents would have liked, she was set up for a career in either Medicine or Engineering, before pulling the plug and following her calling in fashion. Nevertheless, she completed her education at Cambridge University London before establishing her brand: EnaGancio. EnaGancio is a brand that has only African-inspired prints in its collection. The jumpsuits and hats are by far the most popular designs, as they show a classic yet African look. The spotlight moment of the brand was when Beyoncé wore one of the pieces to an award show. Ena Attah Udemba is meticulous when designing pieces and also custom prints for women.

Christie Brown is a luxury fashion brand based in Ghana. Its Creative Director Aisha Ayensu founded it in March 2008. Aisha had always had a thing for fashion designing, and from an early age, she would make African print for her favorite dolls. Aisha describes her style as Neo-African. This means that her designs are a mixture of traditional and international trends. She is inspired by the zeal of African women and loves asymmetrical designs. In all her prints, she seeks to promote the vibrant Ghanaian culture and put the spotlight on Africa. Aisha Ayensu has gotten worldwide publicity as celebrities like Alicia Keys and Beyoncé have a couple of her work in their collections. She has been recognized in Vogue Italia and Harpers Bazaar on quite a few occasions.

Source: http://afrikafashionleague.com/meet-enna-udemba-nigeriandesigner-behind-beyonces-ankara-outfit/

Angie H. Coutute Angie H Couture is a brand founded by Angie Hoff and established in 2012 from her love of fashion. Since then, the brand has slowly moved from Liberia (where Angie Hoff is from) to the international scene. In the African continent, Angie H Couture is one of the most successful fashion brands. Angie Hoff makes African-inspired dresses for women and focuses on the needs of her customers excellently. Her designs are known for their daring and elegant concepts, and she achieves the balance well

In conclusion African designers are pushing their work to the international scene and making their brands a household name. One common characteristic of all these designers is that they seek to imbibe the diverse culture of the continent in their work.

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As African fashion is getting into the spotlight, we thought to make our list of the top five African designers. Keep reading to find out their background, inspiration, and style of making prints.

Laviebyck was founded by Claude Kameni, a Cameroonian fashion designer. She was born and bred in Cameroon and had a way around clothing and art right from an early age. Her brand's name, Laviebyck, is coined from the French phrase ‘La Vie' which means life.

Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BnMQ1EZhQCn/

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1. ARMANI Lip Maestro Liquid Lipstick #400 2. ENTITLED BEAUTY All Nighter Liquid Lipstick in Diamonds 3. YVES SAINT LAURENT Zoe Kravitz Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in #122 Wolf’s Red 4. GIVENCHY Le Rouge Deep Velvet Lipstick in #37 Rouge Graine 5. DIOR Rouge Dior Lipstick in #999 Satin Red 6. FENTY BEAUTY BY RIHANNA Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Ma’Damn 7. TOO FACED Melted Gingerbread Girl Liquified Long Wear Matte Lipstick 8. BOBBI BROWN Luxed Up Lipstick Duo in Red My Lips 9. ILIA Color Block High Impact Lipstick in True Red 10. TOM FORD Lip Color Lipstick in Scarlet Rouge 11. PAT MCGRATH LABS MatteTrance Lipstick in Vendetta 12. KAT VON D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Brick Red 13. NARS Velvet Matte Lipstick Pencil in Mysterious Red 14. SEPHORA COLLECTION Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Always Red

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15. STILA Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso 16. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Liquid Lipstick in American Doll 17. URBAN DECAY Vice Lipstick in Gash 18.TOM FORD Extreme Lip Spark Lipstick in Clash 19. LAURA MERCIER Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in Dominate 20. BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love in Cherry 21. NYX Glitter Goals Liquid Lipstick in Bloodstone 22. MORPHE Mega Matte Lipstick in Morphe 23. L’OREAL Paris Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Red Lipcolour in Eva’s Red 24. KYLIE COSMETICS in Red Velvet Velvet Liquid Lipstick 25. WET N WILD Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick in Missy and Fierce

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Holiday shopping can be overwhelming, especially not knowing what to get your makeup obsessed loved one. Here are 10 new beauty sets that will be on their wish list hitting their favourite makeup stores and online. Nevertheless, you should hurry because these fantastic items will not last.

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They make you feel sexy, flirty, and romantic and every glamourous adjective that I can think of. With so many styles and texture, it is hard to have one favourite. Lashes is a MUST HAVE to take your look to a 10.

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1. Lilly Lashes 3D Mink Goddess 2. Velour Lashes WHISP IT REAL GOOD 3. Tarteist PRO cruelty-free vegan lashes 4. Kre At Beauty 0.2 Karat Diamond Half Lashes 5. Kre At Beauty 24K Gold Lashes 6. Lashify False Lashes 7. Baddie B Lashes 8. Ardell Wispies 9. HUDA Beauty Lashes 10. One Two Cosmetics Magnetic Lashes Runway Lash

1. Giorgio Armani EYES TO KILL ORNAMENT SET 2. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Makeup Remover Kit 3. Smashbox Try-Me Face Primer Set 4. e.l.f. Cosmetics e.l.f. xo Nabela Noor Complete Collection 5. BEAUTYBLENDER The Crown Jewels Blender Essentials 6. YVES SAINT LAURENT Lipstick Vault 7. Mario Badescu Spritz. Mist. Glow. Set 8. NARS VIP Room Essentials Set 9. Tarte Chrome for The Holidays Chrome Paint Shadow Pot Quad 10. Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Loose Highlighter Set

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he life of a celebrity should not be quickly envied. It is difficult when you have to most times, live your life to please your screaming millions of fans. Many times, you are unable to do the things you love to do best – like letting your natural curls loose. We have heard women explain the unparalleled euphoria of freedom and liberation that comes with letting your hair free of extensions and whatnots. Letting your hair loose apparently somehow frees your mind, and body too. For this reason, we respect those few female celebrities who, occasionally, decide to boldly step out of the shadows, and rock their natural curly hairs in style.

1. Taraji P. Henson

4. Nicole Richie Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B088xq6Hd7K/

As a young girl, Sanaa was secure and confident in herself. But when she ventured into acting, much of the auditions were looking for people who had ‘acceptable’ looks. Two years later, this 47-year-old got tired of the paradigm and began rocking her natural hair. The standout point no one saw coming was when she went all-natural for a role in Netflix’s ‘Nappily Ever After.’

3. Alicia Keys

Cox was many things before she decided to really embrace her natural look. Her speeches are always inspirational, especially this comment on how she has accepted her natural hair; Source: https://www.instagram.com/gabunion/

6. Lupita Nyong'o Source: https://www.instagram.com/nicolerichie/

Do you ever get so used to something that you can't just accept when it eventually changes? Well, that's how we, and all Nicole Richie's fans, felt when she revealed her natural hair. If we were to take a wild guess, purple might have just been the color of Nicole's hair because of how often she had that color on. However, her sun-kissed curls are the real deal. What’s there not to like? Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1KQp9JngfY/

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There was a time when Alicia Keys could not do without wigs and weaves, but recently she has gone all-natural. Her hair looks lovely, and when she packs them into a bun, you can’t but admire how beautiful she looks. She has also been makeup-free for a while now, earning her the nickname ‘Natural Queen.’

Bold, confident, and beautiful. These are the adjectives to describe Lupita. Her mini afro is all to die for. For someone under so much pressure to conform to her industry’s standard, Lupita flaunts her hair like she doesn’t care.

With Gabrielle Union, you never know what to expect! She launched her hair care line called Flawless back in 2017 and has embraced her natural texture with both arms. This 46-year-old definitely knows how to rock an excellent natural hair-do to match any outfit. When it's not packed with pictures of her daughter, Gabrielle Union Wade's Instagram page reveals how much she loves everything natural. And she's one hell of a beauty too!

‘When we did this shoot, this is the look I was most excited about. I haven't relaxed my hair since 2011. My natural hair journey continues, and I want to celebrate that as much as the other looks we rock.' She doesn't go natural all day long, but when she does, we can't help but stare.

In conclusion It takes a lot to acknowledge your true self frequently when there is so much fame and money around. These celebs own their natural looks, and we have never been more excited.

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There are many things about American black women that single them out from the crowd. One of these is their stunning beauty, and basking in her natural curls, Kerry has never looked more beautiful. Her curls are extremely springy, spiraled, and one hundred percent natural. We love that she wears them almost every time too!

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How Sanaa has embraced her natural hair is just beautiful. It really suits her, we must say.

Taraji is not your everyday 49-year old. Her excellent acting skills will keep you distracted from her natural hair, but not for long. When she isn’t on set playing Cookie on the Empire series, Taraji displays her hair for everyone to see, just after deep-conditioning them. An Instagram post accompanies every new style she does with them, and you can tell that she adores her hair.

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Things Adrienne is a weekly program she hosts every Tuesday, where she talks about anything and everything. These range from her family and children to her work life and our favorite, luxury beauty! Adrienne has such a fantastic body, and we cannot get enough. Her hair is perfect, and her skin glows like it was immersed in molten gold. On the luxury beauty

Brush in style According to Adrienne, it’s not enough to keep your mouth clean by washing in the morning. Do this in grand style! Adrienne uses a Vanity Planet Elements Sonic Toothbrush. It is an electric toothbrush with an ultraviolet sterilizer that keeps it 99% clean. She says that the confidence of having such a clean toothbrush is enough to keep your mouth sparklingly clean. We find that quite amusing.

sessions, she shows her ever attentive viewers the products that keep her skin glowing, hair products, and even teeth products! In this article, we’ll discuss some of the latest beauty tips and secrets from this lovely woman.

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With body lotion, who needs perfume?

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After you have moisturized your body and face, chances are you’ll still require some makeup, albeit very light, before stepping out in style. These are some of the products that Adrienne recommends. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LcDgVLtsdU

Smashbox foundation primer: This is the foundation before the foundation. It helps whatever else you apply to stay on better.

Charlotte Tilbury Dry Sheet Mask: This is used exclusively for essential occasions. $22 for a facemask is on the high side.

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation: It costs a relatively high $42 and is best used with a beauty blender.

Cle De Peau Concealer: This costs a whopping $75. It is a luxury, after all. It hides dark circles and pimples like no other.

Pat Macgrath Eyeshadow: This is your all-in-one palette box. You don’t need any other toolbox. The amazing fact about the box is that the colors in the box appear just the same way on your skin.

Fenty Beauty Highlighter: Adrienne says this is the most fun luxury beauty product in her kit. Rihanna is doing a good job! It gives your eyelids a flush color. It costs $35.

Charlotte Tilbury Blush: Get yourself pink cheeks with these luxury blushes.

Charlotte Tilbury Face Palette: This doubles as both face and eye highlighters. It does not have as many colors as the Pat Macgrath Eyeshadow, though. It has a very classic presentation.

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Adrienne believes that, as a lady, no cost is ever too excessive to spend on your hygiene (teeth) and skin. She explains that with a face cream, your makeup stays better, and you might not even need it anymore. Another Dior product she uses is the Prestige La Crème. It is a whopping $400 ointment used for both your face and neck. It smells as lovely as the body lotion and ensures a smooth, fresh face. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LcDgVLtsdU

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Conclusion Adrienne is amazing, and we love her. We love the relationship she has with her husband, we love her joyful spirit, and we love that she serves as some weird source of inspiration. Her #HiLow glam sessions teach you to slay without breaking the bank! There is so much about Adrienne, and we love every part!

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Highly prone to drying out, the lips must be equally catered for. Sensual lips are hot spots in the body of a lady. Adrienne recommends the Laneige lip sleeping mask, which costs $20.

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After bathing, your skin must remain moist and shiny throughout the day. Adrienne says that the $100 Christian Dior Jasmine Des Anges does the trick best. It has a beautiful, expensive fragrance, and hence, could very well double as a perfume. It probably even lasts longer than your regular perfumes. For the value you get, $100 is not too much to spare.

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I created my company so that our Caribbean people can benefit from this transformational practice as well, and used my passion for mindfulness and background in HR to develop bespoke workplace-mindfulness programmes that are a complementary adjunct to any organisations health and wellness initiatives.

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HR professional with 20+ year’s corporate experience, Makeda is now a committed mindfulness practitioner, coach, and advocate. She founded her company, the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute, in 2017 to promote mindfulness and meditation as an effective, safe, and science-backed means of reducing the effects of chronic stress in our workplaces, schools, and communities. She received her mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) teacher-training from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine (UCSD) - widely considered to be among the preeminent thought and research leaders in the field of Mindfulness Studies; and has gone on to complete further formal international qualifications in mindfulness, happiness and wellbeing, and workplace psychology. She now provides workplace training and public workshops on mindfulness and meditation to help people beat stress and feel their best.

Why Caribbean Mindfulness Institute? Employee stress can cripple an organization’s ability to grow, thrive, and respond in the face of economic and global challenges. Work-related stress affects organisational performance due to the costs associated with increased absenteeism, employee health insurance claims, turnover, unsafe working practices, errors, complaints from clients/customers and so on. It’s not

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surprising then that many Fortune 500 companies like Google, Apple, and Nike just to name a few have all invested in in-house mindfulness programmes to help stem the tide of chronic workplace stress. Even though mindfulness is a billion dollar industry in other parts of the world, I realized that many people here in the Caribbean are unaware of the 30-plus years of neuroscientific research in support of this stressbusting, brain-training, mood-boosting exercise that’s offered in hospitals, clinics, schools, and workplaces all over the world.

The reality is, some people lack the tools and the skills to achieve work-life balance on their own, which can hinder the productivity of an organisation. Workplace mindfulness-based training programmes teach participants how to train their attention and become more aware of their unhelpful habits contributing to stress – and in so doing, they learn how to work in challenging situations in a more creative, skillful, and resourceful way. When the entire organisation get on board, mindfulness has the potential to permeate routines, processes and practices, resulting in the organisation becoming more resilient and performing more sustainably as a whole. Each organisation is different, so I’ve developed a ‘mindful-organisation’ model that gives an organisation the flexibility to choose the level of implementation best suited to their needs and resources.

What is the average cost of the program and how can companies throughout the region get started? I have workshops, seminars, and presentations that are one-hour, half day, full day or two days, and have worked with groups as small as 5 and as large as 100, so the price really depends on your organisation’s specific needs, desired outcomes, and budget. If you think your employees are stressedout, burnt-out, and generally not performing at their best, and you’d like to learn how you could bring more focus, resilience, and engagement to your organisation, you can reach us via email (caribbeanmbsr@ gmail.com), website (www.caribbeanmbsr. com), telephone (1-868-760-7357) or find us popular social media platforms LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.

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I started my company in 2017 after coming to something of a personal and professional crossroads. I turned 40 that year, and lost my job when the State-enterprise I was working for suddenly ceased operations, so I faced the sobering decision of “what next”. From my research I knew that many Fortune 500 companies like Nike, Google, Yahoo! offered in-house mindfulness training to their employees, and by that time I had already seen the huge difference it made in my life personally – both at work and at home - so, I decided to take some time off to undertake formal training in the subject and then put pen to paper to create my dream business.

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their lives in order to work towards improving their mindset and running a successful business. She says, “As women we’ve often been conditioned to have so many limiting beliefs about what is possible for us. My job is to help women see the many ways that they are self-sabotaging their own success, help them push past their comfort zone and take massive action on their dreams.” In the Caribbean landscape, the Girl Boss Empire is unique because it is a female owned digital marketing company whose

a challenge to break through the invisible barriers of judgement and nonchalance. Nonetheless, she opts to face challenges head-on and take actions that are in line with achieving her goals. She firmly believes that a business grows as much as the person running it so for this master team of four, the strategy is to never stop learning. Investing time and money into marketing masterclasses, books and training is of paramount importance. “There are no talents, skills, or special gifts that can outweigh the benefits of putting your head down, getting the job done and having extreme tunnel vision when it comes to your goals.” Kristen added.

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Kristen admits that living her dream isn’t always glamourous and recommends that all entrepreneurs find a mentor to help navigate the difficulties. On the other hand, what

sponsored to be at networking events, paid to be a featured speaker, small companies sponsor products for me to test and review and my favourite part is that I get to work with women all over the world. We even have clients from Atlanta, Dubai and Tokyo.” As much as Kristen loves her job, boss babes need rest too. While it’s hard at times for her to completely ‘switch-off ’ when it comes to work, on weekends she enjoys going for a walk in the Botanical Gardens, doing yoga, reading books on spirituality or binge watching Netflix (#relatable).

Get In Touch If you’d like to join the Girl Boss Empire, gain a wealth of knowledge as well as boost your business and brand be sure to get in touch. From August 2019 onwards, an upgraded class ‘Selling on Social Media’ will be

Girl Boss Empire main clientele comprises of female owned small market economies. Furthermore, it is one of the few businesses in its field that trains clients and their teams to monetize and manage their social media rather than opting to have it done by the company.

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long with her team, Kristen provides the knowledge and tools whether personal or business related for women to master their digital presence and grow their personal brands. In her experience, she has recognized that a holistic approach is necessary as women often need to feel happy with various aspects of

As we know, the digital world is one that changes constantly as technology continues to evolve. So how does a business such as The Girl Boss Empire stay relevant and keep up with the demands of the market? Kristen joked, “Let me paint this picture for you, I’m a young 26 year old female, I’m five feet tall and because of my Asian genes I sometimes look like 18.” She then went on to state that being in the marketing field where most agencies are owned by men presents

Kristen loves most about being an entrepreneur is having time and location freedom to work from anywhere once she has access to her phone and Wi-Fi. As a female entrepreneur, she deeply appreciates the connections and relationships forged with other Girl bosses who continue to be a source of love and support. Speaking of her various opportunities she mentions, “I get

available. Better yet, it’s online and aims to help new entrepreneurs to understand branding, find their ideal clients, launch their products/services online and use social media to monetize their brands. Go follow this Boss Babe to show your support and keep updated on the latest news.

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Kristen Alexis, a personal brand and business coach from Trinidad, is the founder of the Girl Boss Empire. What started as a side hustle has since blossomed into a full time job as the Girl Boss Empire continues to help female entrepreneurs ‘create a life and business that they absolutely love’. For this passionate and goal oriented business owner, the phrase ‘Girl Boss’ always proved to be one of inspiration and empowerment. She describes a true Girl Boss as, “A woman who takes charge of her life and consistently moves in the direction of her dreams, she lives life on her terms and plays by her own rules, she never gives up and she knows that her time is her most important asset so she spends it wisely” Therefore, it was only fitting that the business bear the name, ‘The Girl Boss Empire’.

“Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world” – Marilyn Munroe

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“I SPENT HOURS DRAWING, AND I USED TO DRAW CLOTHING CATALOGUES WITH PRICES, AND THEN HAD MY FAMILY MEMBERS ORDER OUTFITS,” SHE SAID.

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Needless to say, her greatest influence has been her grandmother. “In her spare time she was a seamstress and I loved that she could transform a plain piece of fabric into a fabulous dress. My aunt was also a wonderful painter who ran her own store with art supplies and fabrics. I always admired that she was an artist and a business woman at the same time,” she said. However, even though she knew her life’s destiny was to share her talent with the world, she had some doubts about making the important step to study fashion designing.

Growing up in Eastern Europe in the 1980’s, Lubica showed an early affinity for fashion designing, endorsed by the appreciative encouragement of her mother and grandmother. THEREFORE, TAKING UP THE DESIGNER’S MANTLE TO LIGHT THE DIRECTION OF HER HEART’S DREAMS WOULD HAPPEN EVENTUALLY.

“When I was a child, and when I started school, Slovakia was still a communist country. We did not have many pretty things, toys, clothes etc. Therefore, my mom and my grandmothers made many of my clothes, which was great, because I had really cute outfits that no one else had. Even though we didn’t look at it like that back then, I think it forced us to be little more creative.” – said Lubica

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She went on to say, “from childhood I always had my own ideas about fashion and what I wanted to wear. My mom used to let me pick out my own clothes. She let me wear whatever creation I managed to put together. Then my grandmother was a seamstress, so she always had fabrics all over the house. I used to tie them together and create little outfits and then model them for her.”

YEARS LATER, FATE WOULD HAVE IT THAT SHE WOULD CALL BEAUTIFUL JAMAICA HER SECOND HOME.

“I left Slovakia when I was quite young to live in Toronto, so I kind of became more Canadian than Slovakian. When I went to Jamaica, I remembered many things about Slovakia. I think it is because both are quite small countries, so you get lots of similar things happening…the good and the bad and everybody knows everyone directly or indirectly” she explained. “I had Jamaican friends in Toronto so I first came to Jamaica with one of my friends. I really did not know what to expect, as I did not know much about Jamaica. I fell in love right away. I felt it was home,” she said. The Lubica brand was launched in Jamaica over ten years ago and probably can be attributed to her label’s inspiration. “Even though I have customers from all over the world, the Caribbean has been the main market for me as I have lived in Jamaica for a decade, and has been the biggest influence on my work. I have dressed Caribbean ladies for a long time, and I feel like I understand how they like to dress,” she stressed. “My resort wear or swimwear is very feminine, minimalistic, and whimsical at times. I definitely try to celebrate a woman’s figure with my designs, and I think women of all shapes and sizes can wear my designs, which is important to me. I want women to feel good about themselves and their bodies when they wear Lubica.”

“My designs reflect my moods and growth as a designer. Many women look at my designs and I wish I could wear that if only I had a smaller waist etc. And then they try on one of my swimsuits or dresses and their face lights up and they get all excited because they look amazing in the design” she said. Focused on making her customers very happy she noted, “I am a woman who also feels self-conscious about certain parts of my body. Therefore, when I design I think about what I want to accentuate, hide, cover, show… and I think if I feel, like that other women will as well. No matter what, everyone wants to look and feel sexy in a tasteful way.” “My designs are flattering to my customers’ bodies and make them look and feel good. I design for the woman who is elegant, but not afraid of her sexuality and who understands her power and knows the difference between vulgar and sexy,” Lubica added.

“To this day, I feel anxious before every fashion show I do. I never expect every single person to like and understand my vision and I edit and go through my collections many times before each show. But I always get a little anxious, because my runway collections are largely based on my emotions and what I am going through at the time so it feels very personal to me and letting people into “my world” which can be nerve-wracking.” “I love doing fashion shows in the Caribbean. They feel more intimate. I love that after the show, people come to talk to me about the collection, and I get to interact with them. Seeing them excited to wear the designs always makes me so grateful,” she added. To relax, Lubica has one word…the beach. “I am definitely a beach baby. I am a city girl, but I love spending time in nature. That is definitely very important to me. Being with my family and friends and just talking about life, I just cannot go without that. But at the end of the day, to unwind, I love to just drink some tea, read or watch a good movie.” -END-

Encouraging young and budding designers to get their toes wet and market their designs at global fashion weeks she has a ton of advice: BE WELL PREPARED. DO YOUR RESEARCH PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND DO NOT BE AFRAID TO GO FOR IT. FASHION IS A BUSINESS AND CREATIVITY IS NOT ENOUGH. SHOWING YOUR WORK, IDEAS AND VISION TO AN AUDIENCE IS DEFINITELY NERVE-WRACKING. BUT STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF AND YOUR VISION TRY NOT TO DESIGN WHAT YOU THINK PEOPLE MIGHT WANT TO SEE GET A GOOD STYLIST OR SOMEONE WHO UNDERSTANDS YOUR VISION AND BRAND TO EDIT YOUR COLLECTION.

“While I was at university I did several little fashion shows which taught me so much. In the second year of university, I was chosen to be one of eight young designers to show at Toronto Fashion Week and in my third year, I organised my own fashion show at a very fancy venue. Honestly, I was just determined and was not afraid to try to make my crazy ideas and dreams happen. Looking back now I can’t believe I actually pulled it off without any experience,” she recalled. Having proverbial butterflies in the stomach before fashion events is still normal for Lubica.

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“I had a wonderful childhood. Slovakia was super safe and I used to play with my friends outside all day. My mom had to literally chase me so I would eat something. I am blessed to have had such an amazing childhood. I spent weekends at my grandparent’s farm (often with my cousin) and we hardly spent any time inside, summer or winter” Lubica reminisced.

“I was always a creative person, and I knew I had to do something creative but I did not choose to study fashion at first. I studied Arts Management at University of Toronto for two years. In my spare time, I made swimsuits, and realized that I much prefer that, so I switched majors and universities and went to Ryerson University for Fashion Design,” she confessed.

“When I design I always envision my dresses being worn in the tropics, under a hot sun and sea breeze. I always think sunshine. This is why I only design resort wear and swimwear,” she said.

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caught the person in front of me - I think that was the birth of people realizing that I had potential. Prior to that, I would always race my cousins, other boys and girls, old, young - it didn’t matter - I was up for the challenge. Being an athlete is in my DNA. Both of my parents played sports. How many years have you been competing professionally?

I started competing professionally once I graduated from college in 2012. So roughly 7 Years.

Superb athletic ability in a variety of disciplines including the women’s long jump. 27-year-old Chantel Malone has long proven that her undeniable style and class - is not the only thing that makes her such a rare talent.

Why did you choose your particular sport?

Running came naturally for me. I was tall enough for basketball and volleyball but back then there weren’t any structured teams to develop those sports. Plus I would always close my eyes when the ball was coming towards me lol!

During her college years, Chantel was named All-American at the NCAA Division 1 Championship and was a finalist at the World Junior Championships in 2 events, the long jump and the 400 meters. A female athlete to watch, she placed fourth at the Commonwealth Games, won gold at the CAC Championships and most recently won a silver medal at the NACAC Championships followed by gold at the 2019 Pan American Games where she was the first athlete from the British Virgin Islands to win such a prestigious medal.

Tell us about your fondest memory of growing up in the Virgin Islands?

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Honestly I didn’t really appreciate the beauty of growing up in the Virgin Islands until I got older and realized that I took nature’s little secret for granted, literally. Looking back on my childhood I really enjoyed going down in the yard to pick guineps and mangoes! Going to the beach whenever there was free time. Walking down the hill to see family members. It’s

What are the top three things you look forward to doing when you visit home?

Visiting family that goes without saying. Sailing and eating great food is high on the list. Don’t always have the opportunity to enjoy these things since I am currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. Tell us about your schooling? Perhaps from high school to university.

I attended BVI High school and followed that with attending the University of Texas in Austin at 16 year old since my birthday is December 2nd and began University in January. I graduated with a bachelor’s in Kinesiology pre-med. When did you first know you wanted to be an athlete?

When I was younger I remember telling my dad I wanted to join the cheerleading team in Althea Scatliffe primary school. He said, “People will be cheering you on, not the other way around.” Basically, he said no, and I couldn’t join. I wasn’t really the best during that time, but I always gave my best effort regardless; I worked hard at whatever my coaches gave me to do. Then, I finally got the chance to be on the relay team. We were behind, and I

You recently won a gold medal at the Pan American games. What was that experience like?

Winning Pan was a liberating experience for me. I came to Championships in the past feeling physically ready and always fell short of medaling. Prior to the Pan Am Games I had a lot of personal things going on with my shoe contract and other factors that were affecting my performance. It was to the point where I was having panic attacks and complete meltdowns. So going into Pan Ams, I made the decision to put myself first and to believe in my abilities. I wasn’t worried about anyone or anything; my sole focus

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Her roots are planted deeply in the British Virgin Islands. Blessed with a loving and supportive family gave her such a great start in life. It was with great delight catch up with Chantel for a talk about her career, her family, and where she sees herself in the future –

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If you were not an athlete, what would you be doing?

I always wanted to be a pediatrician. I love kids. I do plan on going back to school to pursue my medical degree.

was to execute what I’ve been practicing. I knew once I did that I would be okay. I was so happy and grateful that I could represent the country and be the first person to win Gold for the BVI at the Championship. I literally lost everything in regards to my contract and financial stability, but winning gold was worth it.

Have you ever dabbled in modelling?

No I’ve always wanted to but never tried. Would you ever run for Miss British Virgin Islands?

What have you been up to since your win?

I would! But I’m so shy!!! I know it doesn’t make sense because I compete in front of thousands of people but being on stage scares me! I think if I practice it I would be great though!

The work never stop once you’re still in season! Even after making history! Since the Pan Ams, I have been overseas in Madrid and Valencia, Spain for a training camp until the World Championships in Doha take place.

What is the one message you would give to anyone stepping into an ambassador role?

What is a typical day for you?

Be true to yourself! Remember to always put your best foot forward and also remember that you are a representation of whatever brand you’re representing. For me it’s my country. When I step on the track I represent the BVI, and I want the world to know that we are resilient people.

A typical day in the life of Chantel the athlete, involves waking up at 8:00 am for 10:00 am practice. I eat breakfast, and then sometimes I will stretch, or just get myself in a good mood for training. Depending on what we have for practice, I will spend 2-3hours on the track. Head home, have lunch, try to squeeze in a power nap. Then I’ll get to my second session at 2:30/3:00. That session normally last for 1.5 hours. After this, I go home for a shower, chill out, watch movies, and have dinner - then repeat the process. Out of season Chantel is different. She’ll sleep in… hang out with my family and friends.

What would be a good theme song for your life?

Hold On by Sean Paul What are the top 5 songs on your music playlist?

What are some of the perks of being a professional athlete?

One of the main perks of being a professional athlete is being able to travel the world doing something that you love. Meeting new people and experiencing different cultures too. What has been your greatest physical challenge as an athlete? Have you overcome this challenge? If so, how?

- I wouldn’t say I’ve had physical challenge per say. If anything, one of the hardest things for me is changing my technique in my flight path. Old habits die hard, but I have been working and really focused at being deliberate with my movements during the jumps - so that has helped a lot!

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My greatest mental challenge has been mastering my mind! Silencing the noise that creeps in at the worst times! Growing up - I’ve always been fearless when it came to competing against others. I never second-guessed myself. I simply went out there and gave it whatever I had and I was content knowing I gave it my best. Even if I was disappointed with not winning, I never went into the competition questioning myself. Was I nervous? OFCOURSE! Somewhere down the road, I think it

Today, I can confidently say that I’m more content and confident in my abilities. There’s no doubt in my mind that I have what it takes to be one of the best in the world, and I owe it to myself to bring that dream/vision to reality. What is your physical training like?

It depends on the different days. It ranges from sprinting, technical work and endurance. Overall the training is mostly event specific, a mixture of high and low intensity training intervals. What is your diet like and do you cook?

I haven’t had a soda since college. During the season I try to stay away from sugars. I eat chicken and fish mostly, and yes, I do cook! I am not a chef yet, but I am working on my skills.

Who is your most admired female athlete and why?

I don’t think I have one specific female athlete that I admire. I admire athletes that have the will and determination to overcome difficult circumstances. Athletes who stand up for what they believe in athletes that learn how to channel their inner beasts and bring them to life. Do you think it’s harder for Caribbean athletes? If so, why?

I do think it’s harder for Caribbean athletes to be marketed compared to other countries. In regards to contracts… A Caribbean athlete can be better than an U.S. athlete, but the U.S. athlete may get paid more simply because of their visibility or marketing opportunities. I think the smaller Caribbean islands including the BVI can do a better job at getting behind their athletes and helping them. Give us the opportunities that sometimes they would quicker give someone outside the country. We deserve the opportunities and support.

- Right now I am LOVING TGIN honey miracle mask, Miss Jessie’s pillow soft curling lotion, and Camille Rose gel What do you do to keep your skin looking its best?

-Facials! I said I would like to conquer the skin game! Being an athlete I struggle with clogged pores but I’m determined to figure it out! The Goal is to have skin that looks like I have on makeup! What is your ultimate career goal?

To become an Olympic medalist, but ultimately I hope that my career inspires the younger generation What keeps you motivated towards your goal?

Reaching my full potential motives me to keep going. What would you like people to remember about you?

I would like to be remembered for my heart, my determination, and my ability to make people laugh. What is one message that you would like to give aspiring athletes?

The road to greatness is never easy! There will be times when you feel like giving up, but always remember why you started. If there’s a dream inside of you that you want - don’t ever give up even if everyone around you can’t see the vision, or if they don’t believe in you. Keep working! What is next for you?

- World Championships in Doha October 5th and 6th and 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Do you have a favorite designer[s] or clothing store[s]?

No not really! I can walk into any store and fall in love with different things! Natural or Relaxed hair?

I was a relaxed hair fan! I big chopped last year so I’m getting into my curls! However, I DO miss my relaxed hair!

“I would like to be remembered for my heart, my determination, and my ability to make people laugh.”

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What has been your greatest mental challenge for you as an athlete? Have you overcome this challenge? If so, how?

was after World Juniors, I went into the meet slated as one of the favorites in both the long jump and 400m. Each round I was doing great - then for the finals - my body said enough! Mentally I was there, physically I just couldn’t go and I fell short of medaling; that planted a seed of doubt in my mind. Since then, I subconsciously question if I could do it.

Believe it or not, for the past couple of months I have been warming up to Feel the vibe rhythm alone (V.I.B.E). Honestly, my favorite songs vary depending on my mood! It can go from MJ Wanna be starting something, to Whitney Houston’s One Moment in Time, to Cardi B.

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During Kwanzaa, the people greet one another with a traditional Swahili greeting, Habari gani, which means “What’s going on?” The response to this greeting is the principle for that day. THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF KWANZAA These principles are: Kinara: Candleholder - It holds seven candles, three green ones on the right, three red candles on the left, and a black one in the middle. One candle is lit every night during Kwanzaa. The black candle is lit first, then a green one, followed by a red one alternatively, until all seven candles are lit.

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Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, a professor at California State University. He introduced the festival as a ritual for African-Americans to welcome the first harvests into their home. The ritual is a combination of different harvest festivals, like those of the Zulu people of South Africa and the Ashanti people of Ghana. The name “Kwanzaa” is gotten from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” which means “first fruits of the harvest.” Swahili is one of the most popular African languages spoken in Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Kenya, and Tanzania. Africans in the diaspora often celebrate this holiday instead of Christmas as some of them view Christmas as a white man’s holiday. They would rather celebrate their roots and culture instead. However, many others celebrate Kwanzaa alongside Christmas. WHEN IS KWANZAA?

Mishumaa saba: Seven candles - They represent the seven principles of Kwanzaa, called Nguzo Saba. Each night the candle is lit, a principle is explained. They provide light and provide an opportunity for people to gather around each night. Kikombe cha umoja: The cup of unity – The people drink from this cup to honor their African ancestors. Each person says harambee (let’s pull together) before drinking. Muhindi: Ears of corn – One ear of corn is put on the mat for each child that is present at the ceremony. It symbolizes fertility and reproduction. Mazao: Fruits, vegetables, and nuts – They symbolize the fruits that nourish Africans. They represent the traditional foundation of Kwanzaa, the work, and reward for labor. Zawadi: Gifts – They are presented to children on the last day of Kwanzaa. They encourage self-development, growth, and success.

Umoja (pronounced oo-MO-jah): Unity – To unite the family, community, nation, and race. Kujichagulia (pronounced koo-gee-chagoo-LEE-yah): Self-determination – To define our identity and be responsible for our actions. Ujima (pronounced oo-gee-mah): Collective work and responsibility – To work together to help one another and the community as a whole. Ujamaa (pronounced oo-JAH-mah): Cooperative Economics – To build businesses and make a profit. Nia (pronounced nee-AH): Purpose – To build and develop the community, restoring Africans to their historical splendor. Kuumba (pronounced koo-OOM-bah): Creativity – To make the world a more beneficial place. Imani (pronounced ee-MAH-nee): Faith - To believe that we can create a better world in this day and in the years to come. WHERE IS KWANZAA CELEBRATED? This festival is celebrated in the United States of America, and other nations of the African diaspora in North and South America. A 2012 study carried out by the Public Policy Polling showed that over 13 million people celebrate Kwanzaa in America each year.

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26 to January 1 every year.

Your whole body tightens up when some perceived “assault” on your sensibilities catapults you into fight-flight mode. In particular, your breathing speeds up and becomes constricted. So as soon as you’re aware that something negative is strongly resonating within you, take several slow, deep breaths—possibly while repeating to yourself the word “calm” or “relax”. When something throws you off balance, it’s critical that you “re-center” yourself. Emotions are best experienced to a moderate degree, so when your upset reaches an 8, 9, or 10, it’s urgent that you lower its intensity. Slowing down your breathing represents an ideal first step. Obviously, whatever else you can do to relax yourself in the face of something experienced as deeply disturbing will also help you regain self-control. So, might you be able to visualize a tranquil scene—say lying peacefully on a private beach, while the sun and warm breeze soothes your whole body. The more successfully you can fantasize yourself in such an idyllic environment, the sooner you can more positively reconceive a situation that immediately left you feeling furious, helpless, or dejected.

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On the 6th day of Kwanzaa, a great feast called Karamu is celebrated. This feast could be celebrated in different places. Traditional African meals are served. The colors of Kwanzaa, red, green, and black, are proudly displayed at the feast. Red symbolizes the blood that was shed during the struggles for independence and freedom. Green symbolizes the fertile African soil and black stands for the color of the African skin. These colors represent the flag of Africa.

IN CONCLUSION Kwanzaa is a remarkable holiday that celebrates the richness and diversity of the various African cultures. It ensures that no matter how far Africans travel, they never forget their heritage and roots. Kwanzaa is a melting pot of different African traditions, and it strengthens the bonds of the people.

(a) Am I reducing this person who so disturbed me to a two-dimensional label? Can I force myself to find some positive traits in them that would help me regard them in a more favorable light—and so mitigate my animosity toward them? (b) Am I mindreading?—that is, am I attributing the worst possible motives to their behavior— maybe because it makes my reaction to them feel that much more righteous and justified? (c) Am I “fortune telling”?—that is, making a prediction that they’ll always and forever disappoint me, ’cause they’re so disappointing me now? And is this deduction really all that reasonable? (d) Am I magnifying or catastrophising the seriousness—or severity—of what just

happened, or what was just said to me, making my so-heated reaction “over the top” as well? 3. DON’T JUDGE YOURSELF ON THE BASIS OF YOUR FEELINGS. You may well be plagued by too many negative self-thoughts as it is. Repeated so many times that it’s become a truism, feelings themselves are neither right nor wrong, they just are. If they’re truly reflexive, they can overtake you in an instant. Further, they can be precipitated by all sorts of past experience—and the “programming” instilled in you from various messages you received from others, especially your family of origin. In fact, the combination of your temperament and everything that’s ever happened to you determines what emotion an event will trigger in you. 4. APPLY SELF-COMPASSION AS NEEDED. If you’re in the habit of beating yourself up, your self-accusations are no better for you than losing your temper with someone else. You need to tell yourself, for instance, that making a mistake doesn’t make you a bad person—or incompetent, unworthy, stupid, etc. A great way of calming yourself down is simply to recognize that old tapes of self-denigration have gotten triggered, and that it’s time to be as considerate, kind, and forgiving of yourself as you’ve shown the ability to be with others. 5. DON’T GET CARRIED AWAY BY THE FEELING. The moment you’re conscious of how strong, or upsetting, your emotional reaction is, do a reality check. Might you be overreacting because—unconsciously—what just happened reminded you of something earlier that’s still negatively charged for you? If so, bring yourself back to the here-and-now and reassess the situation as being less fearful, inflammatory, or hopeless than it initially seemed. You’ll cope much better in the present if you can prevent past sensitivities from undermining your more mature, rational judgment. 6. DON’T GET “LOCKED INTO” THE FEELING. If you can tell yourself that this feeling will pass—unless you keep rehearsing all the reasons you’re “entitled” to feel it—in time it will die down. Of course, it will do so sooner if you make a conscious effort to alter the negative

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thinking that’s feeding the feeling. There’s a paradoxical expression: “You always get what you resist.” So, mindfully, just let the feeling be, while increasingly detaching yourself from it. Eventually, it will leave on its own—hopefully replaced by something much less negative. 7. TAKE FULL “OWNERSHIP” OF THE FEELING. As long as you blame others for what, emotionally, is going on inside you, you’ll render yourself helpless to effect any change in your feeling. Altering this stance isn’t really about giving up your viewpoint toward another’s possible wrong-doing. It’s simply about accepting that whatever they said or did relates to themselves quite as much—or more than—it relates to you. So there’s no need to “hold onto” the words or deeds of another when they’ve made you feel bad. Since your feelings belong exclusively to you, you can change them just by re-evaluating the meaning you gave to what originally provoked you. 8. JOURNAL AWAY THE FEELING. One powerful way of overcoming a distressing feeling is, through journaling, to freely ventilate, or “discharge” it. If you find yourself stewing over something, it can be extremely useful to write it out—partly as a way of clarifying and “integrating” the feeling, and partly to console or comfort yourself. Such an act can enable you to get at least temporary closure on the matter, and maybe even expand your perspective so that you find it less disturbing. You can even write a letter specifically to the person who antagonized you, or made you feel hurt or abandoned. Actually sending the letter, however, is something else. Once you’ve managed to regain some semblance of calm, you have to ask yourself whether, realistically, such direct communication will actually help improve the situation. If you think it might, you’ll no doubt want to edit it—to moderate a tone that may be overbearing, too accusative, or vindictive. Still, the simple act of honouring your feelings by giving “voice” to them can help you make peace with them. Seeing your thoughts and feelings “laid out” on the page may do wonders in helping you come to emotional terms with whatever upset you. For what may not be resolvable with someone else may yet be resolved within yourself.

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1. BREATHE—AND RELAX YOURSELF

Typically, what causes you to emotionally overreact are beliefs that are exaggerated or distorted. So ask yourself:

Kwanzaa is a secular festival, not a religious festival. It was not created as a substitute for Christmas. It is a holiday that celebrates and honors various African cultures while inspiring Africans in the diaspora. Kwanzaa is a celebration of African life.

Mkeka: Mat – It may be made of a piece of African cloth or straw. The other symbols are placed on the mat, and it symbolizes the foundation for self-determination, upon which lives and communities are built.

The 20 tips below, executed as soon after your upset as tenable, will minimise the likelihood that your overwrought reaction will prompt you to say or do something you’ll later regret— whether it’s cussing someone out, pummelling the nearest thing at hand, or keeping all your intense emotions inside and ending up with a bad headache.

2. IDENTIFY AND CHALLENGE THE THOUGHTS UNDERLYING YOUR UPSET

WHY IS KWANZAA CELEBRATED?

There is no particular way to celebrate Kwanzaa. Different families celebrate Kwanzaa in different ways. The celebrations comprise storytelling, African drums, songs, poetry reading, traditional meals, and dance. Kwanzaa is celebrated using seven symbols. They are:

It’s all too easy to get overwhelmed by powerful feelings. But losing control of your emotions is never a good thing. It makes responding effectively to the situation besetting you just about impossible. So it’s crucial to develop a skill set that enables you to loosen the tight grip your emotions may be exerting over you.

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Madinina, the Island of Flowers by CATHERINE CALDWELL

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Nestled in the French West Indies just nor th of Saint Lucia and southwest of Barbados, Mar tinique blends the best of France with the tropics. With sugar cane and banana fields stretching for as far as the eye can see, one visit, and you will understand why many travelers are wanting to get a taste of this distillery-dotted isle. Rich in heritage and experience, here’s what not to miss in Mar tinique.

A POSH insider’s-guide: Where to stay, where to dine and what to discover in Martinique

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Domaine des Fonds Blancs is home to the first luxury, five-star villas on the island. Villa Isabelle accommodates 18 guests, while Villa Coralie enter tains 14. These POSH-approved villas don’t only tout space and an übersecluded locale, but also include a bespoke concierge service and direct access to the sea. Fitted with a charming Creole garden on the Atlantic coast, French Coco is home to 17 elegant suites and 16 private pools, making it an ideal romantic enclave for a weekend retreat.

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If you want to stay close to For t-de-France, the capital city, Hotel Apolline is a Creolemansion-turned-hôtel par ticulier boasting a breathtaking view of the Bay of For t-deFrance with a smorgasbord of personalized amenities

Chef Jean Charles Brédas presents the best of métisse (nickname for those native to Mar tinique) cuisine at Le Brédas in SaintJoseph, and his cozy enclave is guaranteed to warm your hear t as much as his food. Fronting the Bay of For t-de-France, Zandoli at La Suite Villa is an exquisite blend of eyepopping, panoramic views and a rotating menu highlighting fine local fare. Restaurant Le Plein Soleil, the Plein Soleil hotel’s Franco-Caribbean eatery, touts high-class gastronomy on a sweeping, open-air veranda. The menu changes daily,

cocktails ranging the original to the exotic. Try a Ti’Punch (Mar tinique’s national drink) laced with light or dark rum, cane syrup and garnished with a lime. A good spot to try accras de morue (cod fish fritters– –a local favorite!) is Pura Vida. Specializing in comfor t food, Pura Vida’s blanket de lambis au lait de coco (conch stew in a creamy coconut sauce) and upside down pineapple pie served with coconut ice cream are must-dishes! And for your aperitif, Le Cloud rooftop bar’s tasty tapas and 360-degree view have made it a gathering ground for local insiders.

If you prefer land over sea, the Balata botanical gardens merit a stroll. Mar tinique is nicknamed Madinina, or Island of Flowers, after all … If you’re into architecture, you’ll want to check out St-Louis Cathedral in For t-de-France, constructed in the 19th-century Romanesque medieval style, while Sacré-Cœur de Balata is an impressive replica of Sacré Cœur in Paris. While in For t-de-France, check out Biliothèque Schoelcher, an intricately decorated library dedicated to Victor Schoelcher, an overseas governor who helped abolish slavery in Mar tinique. The building was constructed in Paris for the 1889 World Fair, and then moved to Mar tinique. History buffs won’t want to miss La Pagerie museum, dedicated to Marie-Joseph Rose Tascher, or Empress Josephine, wife of Napoleon Bonapar te, who grew up in Mar tinique and used to bathe in crystalwhite sand bars, such as the Baignoire de Josephine, which you can still visit today. You still sail out to have a shot of rum in Josephine’s former bathing ground. (They call this a modern baptism on Mar tinique.) While

in Trois-Îlets, check out Village de la Poterie for boutique shopping, cafés and crafts. And if you like tropical cocktails, you’re in luck: Mar tinique is a rum-lover’s paradise. While rum distilleries are plentiful, Habitation Clément boasts par ticularly rich heritage and well-preserved grounds. Built on the site of a former sugar refinery, Habitation Clément is a modern museum boasting breathtaking gardens, ar t exhibitions, and the founder’s restored colonial home, and, of course, a rumtasting room and well-stocked gift shop. But if you want to experience the absolute best of Mar tinique, there is no finer moment than Carnaval season: a colorful parade of local music, dance and dress that fills the streets of For t-de-France. Festivities star t the Sunday after Epiphany and reach their pinnacle Shrove Tuesday. Drumming, singing and technicolor traditional costumes, it’s time you heard nou ké konten wè zot (welcome) to Mar tinique! Learn more via Le Comité Martiniquais de Tourisme: martinique.org

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Located south of the island in Les TroisÎlets, La Suite Villa is a colorful, five-star hideaway with suites, villas, a spa and gourmet restaurant. Eclectic ar twork sets this boutique hotel apar t, each vivid piece carefully selected by the founder’s wife.

Take a bite out of Mar tinique’s fusion fare of French, African, Creole, and Latin specialties.

If you’re a water baby, Plage du Diamant, or Diamond Beach–named for a rocky isle that resembles a diamond–is optimal, and the Anses d’Arlet–a strip of fishing villages along the southern end of the island–provide scenic spots to spy squid, tropical fish, sea urchin and tur tles. Taking a scenic boat tour from Pont Dupont is also an excellent way to the scenery. While Sainte-Anne, the southernmost village, and the Grande Anse des Salines are often defended as the most beautiful beaches on the island.

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Raise a glass to a glorious afternoon with your girlfriends. 2 oz Mount Gay Black Barrel 1 oz fresh lime juice .5 oz passionfruit syrup .5 oz Cointreau

SUMMER SOLSTICE PUNCH Perfect for your next soirée–because summer never truly ends in the Caribbean.

• 1 bottle of Mount Gay Eclipse or Black Barrel • 6 oz fresh lime juice

TWISTED NEGRONI A traditional Negroni with a taste of Barbados sunshine 1 oz Mount Gay XO 1 oz fino sherry 1 oz apertivo (Capaletti)

• 6 oz fresh grapefruit juice

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A tropical twist on an old favorite • 2 oz Mount Gay XO • .25 oz dark crème de cacao • 2 dashes of orange bitters • 2 dashes of angostura bitters

• 12 oz falernum • 12 dashes of angostura bitters

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1. Add ingredients to tin. 2. Add ice, shake and strain into a chilled coupe. 3.Garnish with a lemon wheel or peel.

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1. Add all of the ingredients into a punch bowl. 2. Add large-format ice. 3. Finish with soda (12 oz). 4. Garnish: Grapefruit wheels, lime wheel, bitters, mint.

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1. Add all of the ingredients into a mixing glass. 2. Stir and strain over a big cube into an Old Fashioned glass. 3. Garnish: Orange and/or lemon peel.

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1. Add all of the ingredients into a mixing glass. 2. Add ice, and stir. 3. Strain over big cube into a rocks glass. 4. Garnish with an expressed lemon peel.

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Caribbean Bottled Drinks The Caribbean is known for its rich culture and quite a number of drinks. Here are some of the most refreshing thirst-quenchers of the region. We have divided them into two categories: Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic drinks.

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2. West Indian Queen Cream Soda Cream sodas have vanilla flavoring in them, and this Caribbean drink is no exception. Traditionally, it is taken with vanilla-flavored ice cream or a sauce. It also goes well with evaporated milk. There is no wrong way of enjoying this delicious drink. The West Indian Queen Cream Soda is the bridge between a beverage and dessert.

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4. Ting Another popular drink in the Caribbean is Ting. It is even more popular among Jamaicans because of its flavored grapefruit juice. Ting is tart and sweet and comes in a green bottle. It is produced in the UK by Cott Beverages. Locals mix this drink with vodka to make a variant called Ving. Ting is the perfect drink to take when eating spicy food. It was introduced in 1976 by Desnoes and Geddes Limited, which was later bought over by Guinness. Ting is one of the most refreshing thirst-quenchers in the region. At first, it starts out sour, but a few more sips reveal the lemon blend that completely removes the bitterness.

The name of this drink translates to ‘delicious coconut' which says all there is to know about it. The Puerto Rican soda was first introduced in 1935 and is made from coconut concentrate and produced in plastic as well as aluminum bottles. The drink comes in different flavors and may be used as an ingredient when cooking. Coco Rico goes well with gin, vodka, and rum. Starting off sweet, the Coco Rico slowly becomes sour like a sweet pea. You’ll definitely taste the coconut here and there in this clean and crisp soda.

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8. Gosling's Black Seal Old Rum One Caribbean drink that you don't often see in stores and supermarkets is the Black Seal Rum made by Goslings. It is produced in Bermuda and was first made in 1806. The name of this alcoholic drink comes from the seal that is used on the bottles. The Black Seal rum has an excellent balance of butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla, and is best mixed with ginger beer. This alcoholic drink is smooth and subtly sweet.

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10. Malibu Lime Our last Caribbean drink is the Malibu Lime Liqueur Rum. The lime-flavored drink made by the rum brand (Malibu) comes in a signature white bottle. It has 21 percent of alcohol and is quite affordable. It’s amazing how coconut combines perfectly with lime to produce the sublime taste in this Caribbean drink. Malibu’s Lime liqueur rum is citrusy and tastes like a glass of lemonade and coconut water.

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11. Mount Gay Rum Mount Gay Rum was first made in 1703 for Sir John Alleyen. Mount Gay, the company that makes the drink, is the oldest rum maker in the world, which is definitely something to be proud of. The first type was simply a combination of bitters, sugars, and rum but the new Mount Gay XO rum brings out the essences of fruit and citrus. With all types, Barbados water is important. The Mount Gay rum can be used in making different cocktails.

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3. Cola Couronne Cola Couronne is a fruit-flavored nonalcoholic Haitian drink with pineapple, banana and orange toppings. Made by Brasserie de la Couronne in 1924, this gold-colored drink contains 120 calories and is very sweetened. Cola Couronne is always served in tall glasses and goes perfectly with spicy meals when chilled. It’s the perfect tropical flavor whenever you need something to cool off with.

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5. Tiger Malt This Caribbean drink originates from Barbados. Don't be fooled by its stout-like appearance and dark, thick look. This beverage is non-alcoholic. It is very sweet and almost syrupy. Tiger malt is made from hops. Bajans take it with evaporated or condensed milk.

7. Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum This alcoholic drink is by far the most popular rum in Jamaica. The rum is made by J. Wray and Nephew, one of the oldest distillers and bottlers of rum in the country. This White Overproof Rum is the brand's flagship. It is produced from both column and pot distillations after several hours of fermentation. The drink goes well with candied walnuts, caramelized bananas, and flavors of clove.

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9. The Kraken Black Spiced Rum The next drink on our list of Caribbean drinks is the Kraken Black Spiced Rum. It is named after the mythical sea monster, Kraken, and originates from Trinidad and Tobago. The black spiced rum contains 47% of alcohol and is made from sugarcane. The Kraken spiced rum contains 11 spices, that includes, clove, cinnamon, and ginger. It has a 94-proof rating and was launched in 2010.

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12. Cruzan Aged Rum Cruzan Rum from St. Croix is perhaps one of the best the world has ever seen. Founded in 1760, the rum producers have made so many excellent types, but the aged barrel leads the line. With an 80 proof rating, you’ll be sure to enjoy the vanilla panilla taste that this clean, light and crisp rum has to offer.

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This soda is as red as a cherry lollipop and has been around before World War 2. It is also called The Solo by locals and recognized by its TTT logo. It is a carbonated beverage that is quite popular in Trinidad and Tobago. Red solo goes excellently with roti, a flatbread with savory fillings. It is the perfect balance to the hot, spicy curry snack with its sweet and refreshing taste.

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Coconut Milk

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Unlike the clear water that comes straight from green coconuts, coconut milk is made by mixing water with grated coconut flesh,

Behold the benefits of the Caribbean’s chief super foods.

and then squeezing out the milk. While a little more leg work, it’s worth it, as coconut milk is chockfull of calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron, and is claimed to be antiviral and antibacterial (similar to breast

milk). Try it in a chicken colombo: a delicious curry and coconut-milk dish hailing from the French West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique, St. Martin and St. Barth).

you’ll find in the mainland U.S. and throughout Europe, as they are typically much larger and have creamier meat and a bright, golden flesh. Bonus: They are bursting with good monounsaturated fats, calcium and a bounty of vitamins, such as vitamin A, B, C, E and K, as well as magnesium. High in dietary fiber and amino acids, avocados are also said to boost nutrients in other

foods, allowing the body to take in more of “that good stuff,” such as beta-carotene. Trendy avocado dishes need not: These babies are so gloriously luscious, you can grab a spoon and scoop like ice cream. And you’ll find them sliced alongside many dishes and salads throughout the Islands.

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Superfood is bit of a beauty buzzword. You’ve seen and heard this word many times before, but what exactly does it mean? Nutritionally speaking, superfoods are foods that contain an especially high concentration of beneficial nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, many of which

help our bodies fight against harmful diseases. The Caribbean’s tropical climate is home to some unusual nutritional plant powerhouses, which you’ll find in open-air markets and mixed into local dishes. While some of these items are less prevalent, others you

will find in a typical supermarket. Regardless, the Caribbean boasts some scrumptious superfoods worth incorporating into your healthy diet and lifestyle. Take a bite out of some of the most delicious (and nutritious) superfoods from the tropics.

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Coconut Water u the Caribbean, you’ll find roadside stands slicing the tops off of green coconuts. Simply stick a straw in, and sip straight from the coconut! It doesn’t get more natural than that. Once you’re finished, slice the coconut open, and enjoy the meat. It’s full of fiber and is shown to benefit heart health, brain functioning, digestion, as well as balance blood sugar.

Once you’ve tasted one of the rich, creamy (and seemingly gigantic!) Caribbean avocados, you’ll have a hard time returning to your runof-the-mill toast-topper. Avocados are often called “pears” in the Caribbean, as they are so tasty and mild, that you can enjoy them as is. They differ from the Hass avocados u

Think of the coconut as the Caribbean’s nutritional kryptonite: Not only is the water extremely good for you, but this vegetable oil that once got such a bad rep for its high saturated fat content that it was shunned from Caribbean household use in the 1970s, has come back with a vengeance, redeeming itself via proven healing properties. Touted to combat heart disease and lower cholesterol, coconut oil is not only excellent in cakes and curries, but can also be applied on your skin and used as a beauty oil. Whether solid or liquid (depending on room temperature), while all coconut oil is beneficial, cold-pressed (not cooked) is said to be best.

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Ideal to combat post-workout dehydration, or simply too many Ti’ punches, coconut water’s high electrolyte and potassium levels provide your body with energy to help it bounce back from over exertion. Coconut water, a natural diuretic, cleanses the body, making it ideal for treating kidney stones, mineral imbalances and urinary infections. Forget over-priced boxed coconut water. Throughout

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This may just be your meat-free Monday best mate. While okra may be an acquired taste to some (it often gets a bad rep for its somewhat soapy texture in gumbos and stews), it is an excellent source of protein, calcium and soluble fiber. In other words, it’s really great for heart health. So, use okra as plant-based protein to beef up your soups, without actual beef.

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Also called West Indian or Barbados cherries, Acerolas contain one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C found in fruit (65 times more than oranges!). You can freeze these babies while in season, and then blend them into a delicious cherry juice full of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and B5, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. t

Breadfruit

While not native to the Caribbean, Polynesian breadfruit trees expanded their presence in the West Indies over the centuries, becoming a staple food. So jampacked in nutrients, bread fruit has been suggested as a solution to help end to world hunger. Breadfruit is loaded with complex carbohydrates, which help your body maintain blood-sugar levels to maintain lose weight–plus, they’re great for overall optimal health. They may be bland … that is until you pan-fry them in some yummy coconut oil and spices, or roast a whole breadfruit in the morning for about an hour and a half. Once cooked, peel it, cut it, and then fry it for a tasty, crispy treat.

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What looks like a big long stick is truly a rich root of a resistant starch that’s really skilled at managing inflammation in the body. Ideal for digestive health, it’s a nutritiondense alternative to other common starches, such as white rice and potatoes. Thinly slice and bake it for a healthy, crunchy snack that comes off as a more innocent version of the potato chip.

Chocolate lovers, read and rejoice! Caribbean cocoa, once harvested, dried and roasted, is often consumed in the form of a delicious cocoa tea. One of Earth’s richest sources of antioxidants (the good stuff that keeps us young and fights

off cancer), cocoa’s high sulfur and magnesium levels boost skin, hair and nail health (i.e., it’s a beauty powerhouse) and balance out brain chemistry. Eating cocoa also helps release serotonin in the brain: that feel-good hormone that keeps

us feeling and looking great. You can consume cocoa nibs raw for optimal benefits: Blend them into smoothies, or sprinkle them on top of an açai smoothie bowl.

Plantains u Fry these green banana boys up: Mash them, grate them, bake them, slice them, fry them into chips, heck, even spiralizer them, no matter how you serve them, plantains aren’t only delicious; they are also an excellent

source of nutrients. Loaded with vitamins C and B6, like chocolate, plantains also help activate the nerve transmitters that surcease serotonin, the “feel-good hormone,” in the brain. t

Sorrel

Did you know that you can actually dry the petals/ leaves of a hibiscus flower and use them in soups and stews? Caribbean hibiscus flowers are typically made into a rich Jamaican red punch, called sorrel, which is consumed around the holidays. Sorrel is full of nutrients–vitamins A, C, calcium, niacin and riboflavin–and is a key agent for enhancing the body’s immune system. Some research has also proven that the flavonoids in sorrel may protect your body against certain cancers, as well as combat canker sores and sinus infections. We’ll raise a glass of red punch to that.

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PERSONAL LIFE Her romantic life dates back to the later years of October 2004. She is currently married to Nnamdi Asomugha, an American Football player. Her marriage was made official on the 24th of June, 2013, but she and her husband had been dating long before then. Before her marriage to David, she was briefly with Common, the rapper.

Kerry Washington is undoubtedly one of Hollywood's finest actors. Her work in countless Hollywood blockbusters is a testament to this fact. It is no surprise, then, that Netflix has prompted a collaboration with the actor.

She has two children with Nnamdi, Isabelle Amarachi and Caleb Kelechi. There are rumors, however, that she adopted a third child in the early months of 2016. Kerry has not denied these rumors. She has mentioned on more than one occasion that her "daughters are beautiful." Some fans see this as a confirmation that she does have two daughters. However, it is all just a rumor. Nothing has been certified.

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The collaboration between the actor and Netflix is titled American Son. The show was previously on Broadway. Netflix has picked it up and wants to make a television series out of it. Most of the actors that worked on it on Broadway will reprise their roles. Although Broadway was not a “great succes”' as expected, Netflix has decided to put faith in the story. The Netflix adaptation will see Steven Pasquale, Jeremy Jordan, Eugene Lee, and of course, Kerry Washington all reprise their Broadway roles.

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Kerry plays the role of Kendra Ellis-Connor. Pasquale plays the role of Kendra Ellis-Connor's estranged husband, while Jordan and Lee play the roles of American Policeman. The TV adaptation follows the story of a couple thrown into turmoil over their son mysteriously going missing. The couple of mixed races face a myriad of issues while trying to find their son. Of course, this problem throws the family off-balance as they begin to wrestle feelings of their parental failure.

EARLY HISTORY Kerry was born on the 31st of January, 1977 to parents of African heritage. It is not out of place, however, that she lived a life more than average. Her father was a real estate broker while her mother is a renowned professor and consultant. She is even related to Colin Powell, former United States Secretary of State.

She studied Anthropology and Sociology at the George Washington University, where she graduated with honors. This would later help her snatch up many roles in Hollywood. She was a member of Michael Howard Studios after her graduation as she began to find work. Interestingly, she didn't attend any major film school. CARIBBEAN POSH

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FORMER ROLES Kerry is best known for her portrayal of Olivia Pope in critically acclaimed series, Scandal. The story revolves around a fictional United States presidency. She runs a firm that manages crisis or scandals involving members of the top echelons of government.

The show received several award nominations and won a few, including the BET awards. Kerry was greatly praised for her acting skills with many fans calling her "phenomenal and legendary." Before her role in Scandal, Kerry starred in several acclaimed movies, the most famous being Django Unchained. The Quentin Tarantino led movie won countless awards as her portrayal of Broomhilda Von Shaft was considered revolutionary. She also starred as Alicia Masters in Marvel's live-action, Fantastic Four, and in the sequel. Her popularity among Hollywood's moviemakers grew tremendously. Her first big break, however, came in Bad Company in 2002 where she played the main character's love interest. This break allowed her to star in a movie with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Surprisingly, Netflix is a little tight-lipped about this series. Almost little has been disclosed about the adaptation and Netflix's view on it. Kerry Washington herself said after her Broadway performance that the show is exciting. Speaking to a crowd of fans, she said, "This show is exciting. It tackles all the issues revolving around race, family, and loss. It's exciting and fresh and relatable". The show is slated to premiere on November 1st. Until then, fans can wait with bated breath and fingers crossed for this promising series. Undoubtedly, with Washington's superb acting skills and growing fan base, it is sure to be a hit everywhere.

IN CONCLUSION Kerry Washington has made a name for herself, and her upcoming movie has all the looks of being a hit around it. After several years of hard work in many movies, she deserves the spotlight that Netflix has put on her and her show.

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Like most prolific actors, her interests in drama began in her early years. Before the age of 13, she had performed with a youth theatre. This performance gave her the much-needed exposure. She graduated high school in flying colors, instantly establishing herself as one of the brightest minds of her age.

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Despite all her successes as an actress, Cicely’s career was not entirely smooth as she experienced difficulty in finding work sometimes. This difficulty was because she was quite picky about her roles. She refused to take on a role just for the pay, as she was committed to portraying black women positively.

Cicely is an actress and former fashion model. She has featured in films like The Help, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, and Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Cicely is one of the oldest American actresses who are a source of inspiration to many black women. As such, we thought it fitting to write about her personal and professional life. Keep reading to find out about her past achievements and her upcoming movie.

Cicely was praised at Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball in 2005. In 2015, she was made an honoree of Kennedy Center. In 2016, former President Barack Obama presented her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 2018, Cicely became a recipient of The Honorary Academy Award, making her the first black woman to receive such an award. She has been honored by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the Congress of Racial Equality, and the National Council of Negro Women.

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Her Upcoming Movie We recently found out that Cicely is to be a part of Ava DuVernay’s OWN anthology series titled Cherish the Day. She is to play the role of Miss Luma Lee Langston, an ex screen and stage star.

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The young Cicely was raised in Harlem, New York, with her family. When she was 18, she quit her job as a typist and began modeling. Even though she was not allowed to go to the movies or watch plays as a kid, she was drawn to acting. When she landed her first job as an actress, her overly religious mother had a fit. She kicked Cicely out for choosing to tread such a sinful path.

Personal Life Cicely married jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis in 1981. However, the marriage was tumultuous because of Davis’ quick temper and infidelity; it ended in 1989, producing no children. Since then, the actress has remained unmarried.

Her Career As An Actress Cicely’s career began when a photographer for Ebony magazine discovered her. Subsequently, she went on to become a famous fashion model. She began acting in 1951, featuring in Frontiers of Faith. She was the first black person to star in a television drama where she played Jane Foster in East Side/West Side. Cicely shot to the limelight as an actress in 1974. She played the lead role in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, portraying a young, black slave. She moved on to Broadway in 1983 where she played the lead role in The Corn is Green.

Achievements She has received many awards for her acting prowess. The Tony Award, Black Reel Awards, a Screen Actor Guild Award, and three Primetime Emmy Awards are all part of her collection of accolades. In 1977, she was inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame. Also, in 1982, she was awarded the Women in Film Crystal Award. The award is presented to exceptional women, who through hard work and excellence, have helped to improve the position of women in the entertainment world. In 1988, she was given a Candace Award for her distinguished service. This award was presented by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByaawT0ANpa/

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Cicely was born on the 19th of December, 1924, in New York City. There have been some speculations about the year of her birth, as some believe she was born in 1933. However, Cicely has not confirmed this date. Although she is an American, her roots can be traced back to the Caribbean. Her parents emigrated from the Caribbean Island, Nevis in the West Indies. Her mother was a house help, and her father was a handyman, picking up odd jobs here and there.

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In 2011, she played the role of Constantine Bates in The Help. She received several awards as a part of the ensemble cast for the movie. She has also featured in many Tyler Perry movies. Cicely returned to Broadway after 30 years off the stage when she took a role in The Trip to Bountiful. Her performance earned her a Tony Award for best performance by a lead stage actress in 2013. In 2017, she appeared in Last Flag Flying which was directed by Richard Linklater.

Cicely is a legendary actress who has contributed in many ways in empowering black women all over the world. Her previous works have distinguished her as an exceptional and talented actress. We can only wait in anticipation for her upcoming movie. Knowing her, the film is bound to be a success.

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Robert heard Davido's "Fall" and wanted to produce something with a similar feel and style. The original concept was supposed to be a club vibe, seeing a girl in a club, approaching her, dancing, letting her know she's beautiful and so on... However, as he further explained, the track progressed and came together, he started humming the melody and the hook - "..now you're gone and I'm missing you".

One of the hottest riddim releases for 2019! The One Way Riddim, produced by VP Records features Dancehall's hottest talents who don't disappoint with their lyrical flow. Named after Vybz Kartel's lead single "One Way," the riddim explores the grittier topics in life such as the hustle that consumes the thoughts of some ghetto youths. Squash's song "Bandit" boasts of his pleasures and his style, which cannot be matched by others. This fully loaded riddim also features performance.

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Artwork by Robert Beatty

Gene Noble is an accomplished Grammy-nominated singersongwriter who has written for some of music’s top artists, including Chris Brown, Jason Derulo and Faith Evans. His 2016 single “Only Love” feat. Pitiful and Shaggy reached Top 40 status and was played on radio stations all over the world. Noble has toured with Sting, Shaggy, Usher, Chris Brown, Jay Z, Alicia Keys, and Lauryn Hill, to name a few. His highly-anticipated debut - Rebirth of Gene, was rated a “Top 20 R&B Album” by Rhapsody and charted the Top 20 on iTunes’ R&B chart.

Anticipation for Chronixx's next studio LP builds with this Free Nationals release, along with his show-stopping remix of Ed Sheeran's & Justin Bieber's "I Don't Care" featuring Koffee. His presence in 2019 has also been felt through his impactful tour of Uganda, Jamaica, the U.S., and Europe during the promotion of Photo by Ivor McCray V

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Chronixx sets a perfectly-balanced mood on "Eternal Light," backed by Free Nationals. The band formed by Anderson. Paak collaborated with the Jamaican reggae heavy-hitter on their latest single that was released last week. The fusion of their sounds: the rippling bass guitar is a floating vehicle driving Chronixx's effortless flow for one of his most soul-stirring tracks to date.

his Dread & Terrible Project - 5th Anniversary (Deluxe Edition) (Soul Circle/Seed Distribution). In recent weeks, songs from the GRAMMY-nominated Chronology (Soul Circle) have made waves in the U.K.: "Skankin' Sweet" scored a scene in the first episode of Top Boy (Season 3), and "I Can" is the soundtrack to Jo Malone's "A London Gent" fragrance campaign.

Christopher Martin's "Dem Vex" from the (One Way Riddim) is sure to become an anthem. Not only are his lyrics witty and soon to be immersed in popular lingo, the concept of his song is relatable. Friends who envy others for their successes are common and their attitude can be described saying "Dem Vex!"

“When that was almost complete I started thinking of who I could ask to sing the song. Several people came to mind but I wanted a specific style, someone who not only sounds great but also has amazing vocal skills. One person came to mind - Gene Noble.”

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Nicki Minaj is known for her animated and unique rapping style. She is a rapper with a gift for comic accents, rhymes, and flows. A rapid evolver with an outstanding personality. Even with her barbie fashion sense, she is still referred to as the Queen of Rap. This article explores the different aspects of Minaj's life, particularly her love life. Is she getting married or not?

Brief background Onika Tanya Mara,j popularly known as Nicki Minajm is a Trinidad and Tobago born rapper, singer, writer, actress and model. She was born in St James, the port of Spain on December 8, 1982. However, she was raised in Queens, New York City. The parents of Nicki Minaj, Robert and Carol Maraj were both gospel singers. She is the third child of five children. Growing up, she lived with her grandmother before moving to New York City. Nicki created an identity due to the issues relating to her past. She created a personality known as Cookie, then Barbie. She later settled for the name Nicki Minaj. CARIBBEAN POSH

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Nicki Minaj’s career Nicki Minaj's love for acting began when she auditioned for admission into Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Performing Arts. Also, the fact that her parents have a history in music propelled her to start

her music career at a young age. After graduating from the school, she wanted to become an actress. She was cast in the off-broadway play In Case You Forget in 2001. Her career as a rapper started when she signed briefly with the Brooklyn group, Full Force. She rapped a quartet called the Hood Stars. This rap song was the hallmark of Minaj's career as a rapper. After a while, she left the group in pursuit of more. Her first mixtape Playtime Is Over, was released in 2007. In 2009, she was discovered by Lil Wayne and signed a contract with Young Money Entertainment. She released a few other songs like Your Love, Check It Out, Right Thru Me. All of these put her in the spotlight. In 2020, she became the first female rap artist to perform at Yankee stadium. So far, she has received numerous awards.

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As an actress, Minaj's first live-action movie was filmed in 2013. She played Lydia, an assistant, in the movie The Other Woman. In 2015, she featured in the Barbershop. Currently, she has released her fourth album titled Queen. Also, she has provided information on her forthcoming fifth album.

Her next relationship was with another rapper, Meek Mill. Back when she was with Safaree Samuels, he made his feelings known that it was going to be Nicki or no one else. She described her relationship with him as a “toxic something” in one of her interviews, even though she claimed that there were a couple of good times as well.

Nicki Minaj has appeared on Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Over the years, her career as a rap artist, actress, and songwriter has grown. Her first solo song titled Megatron is the first solo by a female rapper to hit #1 on US iTunes.

Nicki’s love life Minaj has dated a couple of guys over the years. Contrary to popular belief, she claims to have only hung out with Nas, an American rapper, and they were never a couple. Of all her relationships, the one with Safaree Samuels, a boyfriend of 12 years, has been the longest. Safaree Samuels is a rapper and was a groupmate of Nicki’s in the early 2000s. In 2005, the group, Hood$tars, kicked Safaree out. Nicki Minaj stood by her man and stepped away from the group as well. The relationship appeared rosy to the public eye until an altercation in Dallas 6 years later. So, when engagement rumors to Safaree Samuels sparked in December 2011, everyone was surprised. A few years later, Nicki Minaj released “Bed of Lies” which all but confirmed that there would be no fairytale ending for the couple.

AT THE MOMENT, MINAJ IS DATING KENNETH PETTY. THERE HAVE BEEN RUMORS AS TO WHETHER THEY HAVE TIED THE KNOT OR NOT. THIS WAS DUE TO THE STATEMENT SHE MADE ON AUGUST 12 THAT THEY HAD PLANS TO MARRY IN 80 DAYS.

Nicki has been dating Kenneth since December and recently changed her name to Mrs. Petty on her Twitter page. Nothing is certain yet, but Kenneth Petty was Minaj's childhood boyfriend. It's possible that they might eventually get married. He even got her name largely tattooed on his body. Minaj is always ready to defend the man anywhere. She has also been heard mentioning that she would love a small intimate wedding with him.

In conclusion Nicki Minaj has a dominating and bright appearance. Asides from being a rap artist, she has shown interest in acting. And, she is ready to take on more roles in the future. It isn’t certain whether she is already married to Kenneth Petty or if they have plans to tie the knot soon. However, time will tell if she is really Mrs. Petty or not.


QUESTIONS CARDI B HAD ON CRIME AND POLICE BRUTALITY? Cardi B starts off the conversation by asking, “Don’t you ever feel scared that the people that run drug companies and schools, you know, it’s all business, and it’s like, are you scared that you will get so many powerful people upset?” Sanders laughs it off and replies that he has been doing that his entire life. The next question she had for Sanders was, “What are we going to do about police brutality?” Cardi B asks this question with a straight face and even calls the current president Donald Trump a bully. Sanders agrees and says that all forms of racism in the country, from Donald Trump to the Police departments, must stop. Sanders goes on to answer the question in two ways: how to reduce crime rates, and how to curb police brutality. He brings out the figures that one out of four black men end up in the criminal justice system, which he labels as a disgrace. His solution to this part of the problem is to invest in education and jobs. On police brutality, he says that the government should monitor the activities of the police.

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Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1836kGBTCI/ Bernie Sanders is an American politician and the 2020 presidential candidate for the Democratic party. He had previously declined the nomination for the US Senate in 2006, 2012 and 2018, and now has his eyes on the presidency.

Cardi B moves over to immigration and how the stiff laws of the incumbent president on immigration is a problem. The first question she asks is, “What are we gonna do about the DREAMers in the country?” Sanders goes on to make a promise to Card B that he will re-establish the legal protection that the 1.8 million people had under DACA. He explains that they may extend this program to the parents of dreamers as well, which excites Cardi B.

QUESTIONS ON QUALITY SERVICES Since most of Cardi B’s followers are young people, the question of how it will be possible for people to get free healthcare and education was expected. Sanders uses other countries like Sweden, Germany, and France to answer this question. He says that the system in place now is making money for insurance and drug companies, and he wants to change that. The tables turn at this moment, and Bernie Sanders asks what Cardi B thinks about Franklin D Roosevelt (FDR), the 32nd American president. Cardi B shows her in-depth knowledge of American history by explaining why she has so much love for the former president. The friendly chat ends with the question of how he will end students’ loans, and Sanders says that he will put a little tax on Wall Street speculation.

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became famous. Sanders agrees with her that low wages are an issue in the country, and so many people are earning “starvation wages.”

A couple of weeks before the discussion session, Cardi B asked her over 49 million Instagram followers the type of questions they would like to ask a democratic candidate. According to media outlets, the pair teamed up after that to make a campaign video that targeted young voters who adore Cardi B.

Cardi B then brings up the issue of unemployment and how job opportunities have increased over the years, but are still not paying enough. Sanders agrees with what Cardi B says, and explains that he has drafted legislation that will increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Cardi B has backed Bernie Sanders in his bid to become the 46th President of the United States and kicking Donald Trump out of power. This discussion session showed a glimpse of what he has to offer while answering some of the essential issues in the country. In Cardi’s words, “Let’s feel the Bern!”

HOW DID THE SIT-DOWN COME ABOUT?

Cardi B has openly supported Bernie Sanders in the past, so it wasn’t difficult getting both of them to partner for this short clip. Of all the responses she got on her Instagram page, the question ‘What are we gonna do about wages in America?’ was the most asked from followers.

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Cardi B is a household name in the US and all over the world. The 26-year-old American rapper went back to Bronx, New York (her town of birth) to have a sit down with Bernie Sanders. Such discussion sessions do not often happen between two people in different lines of work, so there must have been something to bridge the gap.

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