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PUBLISHER AND FOUNDING EDITOR

Janette N. Brin

NYC FASHION & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

R. Anthony Morrison BEAUTY EDITOR

Brandy Gomez-Duplessis HAIR & NATURAL BEAUTY EDITOR

Zahra Spencer

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

Carlie Ester, Meade Malone, Kaletha Patterson, Linette Baa, Nadia Ali, Sowande Uhuru PHOTOGRAPHY

Creative Director: Ricky Joseph Ricky Joseph Photography CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS

Kevon Richardson, Norman Allan

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Quick Tips: Holiday Home Décor

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Exploring the Virgin Island Economy

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The Fresh Prince of Reggae

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Caribbean Son: Pressure

NEWS & CULTURE

Shopping Inspirations, Tips...

BVI Restaurant Week & Anegada Lobster Festival

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The 2013 Summer Sizzle BVI

What the Caribbean is Talking About

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Cesar Galindo Brings the VI to Fashion Week

Home Schooling in the Caribbean

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St Thomas Carnival

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What’s Treading in Barbados

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Beautiful

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Beauty Happy Hour

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A Day in the Life of a Senior Vice President in the Fashion World

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Posh Girl

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LOVE & RELATIONSHIPS 61

OPINION ON: Dating and Relationships

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Mother-Daughter Duo Battles Breast Cancer in Barbados

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Overcoming Relationship Challenges/Difficulties


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Photographed by Kevon Richardson Location: Tortola, British Virgin Islands


Editor’s Page

A Bright Future Ahead!

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t’s been about 4 years since our last print version of Caribbean POSH. I can’t thank our readers enough. The last couple of days as we worked tirelessly to pull this very important issue together – I’m motivated by the countless words of support. Whether it via email, Facebook, or just persons coming up to me in passing, I love hearing your stories of how much POSH has inspired you. Those who know me best would know that it hasn’t been an easy road. In life its not always clear but God always has his purpose for each of us. My purpose through POSH is to celebrate and inspire Caribbean women to define their own sense of POSH.

I can’t wait for the world to see more of what you guys can do in terms of delivering valuable content. Keano, mom, Lin, Al, Nic, Mateo, and Neville, my family whom I love dearly, thank you for your unconditional love and support. Here’s to a bright future ahead! Janette N. Brin Publisher and Founding Editor

In this inaugural issue we recognize 6 “POSH Girls” from around the Virgin Islands. Plus a Son of the Caribbean, the Virgin Island’s own Pressure graces our cover. All of this would not be possible without the dedicated, enthusiastic, extremely creative and hardworking editors, writers, designers, and photographers who put this publication together. I thank you for believing in this project as much as I do. We are a small team but we pack a big punch with the amazing work that we do. I would especially like to thank Roy Morrison and Jehu Pierre who have been a part of the POSH team for several years. Collectively with our newest members, Kevon Richardson of Tortola, Ricky Joseph of St. Thomas, and Zahra Spencer of St. Croix --your creative input into this magazine is only bursting at the seams. CARIBBEAN POSH

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The Rise of NexCyx NexCyx, a five member pop-hip-hop-island mashup band from Barbados, noticed more alerts from their Twitter account in March this year. To their pleasant surprise, the alerts came from a member of the team at RyanSeacrest.com, host of favourite American reality singing show, American Idol, letting them know that their cover of Moves Like Jagger had made it into the second round of their Favourite Maroon 5 Cover competition. Log on to www.caribbeanposh.com to read more.

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A time when a considerable amount of rappers try to climb to the top, Cameron Frazer aka Remlavoe, rapper, songwriter, and producer from Queens, NY clearly distinguishes himself apart from the norm. Remlavoe’s lyrical storytelling combined with his satirical wordplay and food for thought leaves people wondering…”What is a North star?” Born and raised in what he affectionately calls “Constellation Queens”, to a Tortolian father and Panamanian mother, he was influenced by a variety of music and multitude of people in the melting pot of New York City. Being from Farmers Blvd, blocks away from where A Tribe Called Quest and LL Cool J once called home, he pays tribute to the legends by carrying on the Queens tradition of lyrics and conceptual song formats.

POSH: When did you first realize that you wanted to be more than a DJ but rather an Entertainer and perhaps one of the most active VI Ambassadors? Benny: I realized I wanted to be more than just a DJ about 4yrs into my career with Akon. I started to notice my other talents were going unnoticed the bigger I became as a Tour DJ and that started to really wear on me. I use my other talents as my balance. So I decided to start taking an acting class to become a better actor, I started making more beats for other artists, I started putting out my own rap albums and so on. It worked out because it showed other people from the Virgin Islands that you don't have to be one thing to make a name for yourself. U can actually be good at other things and showcase them.

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Quick Tip:

HOLIDAY HOME DÉCOR An elegant modern arrangement of pine, acorns, and Christmas ornaments can bring the holiday cheer into your home. By October you can usually find these items in your local craft supply store or at Kmart. Fill your favorite vase with your holiday assortments for an instant picture perfect dÊcor piece. Place on your kitchen island, entryway, or any focal point in your home for everyone to enjoy. For professional assistance in decorating your home or office for the holidays contact Bella Blooms. Contact Linette Baa at 284 495 3100 for a free consultation.

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inSpirationS, tipS, and thingS for the holidayS Whether you’re traveling near or far this holiday season, one thing is for sure: you must do it in style. From donning handbags and accessories that line up with the season’s hottest trends to styling yourself up like celebrities straight from the red carpet, this holiday season is all about looking and feeling your best at all times. For a peak inside handbags and accessories that prove themselves to be more than eye-catching, celebrity fashion inspiration, and fashion tips for holiday parties, read on to catch our favorites. Plus, find out our insider tips on how to score great deals for fashion pieces online (hey, getting a bang for your buck never hurt anyone!)

HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES TRENDS Heavy Metal

Fringe

True Caribbean fashion involves one fashion trend that seems to never go out of style: fringe. While this Bohemian-inspired trend is something you can wear year-round, this season is all about letting the fringe be the focal point of your outfit. This Suede Fringe Shoulder Bag is perfect for achieving that laidback vibe. Featuring a slouchy silhouette and a suede material, this bag is comfortable and undeniably stylish. CARIBBEAN POSH FALL 2013

Runways everywhere were covered with silver and gold jewelry. Minimal yet statement-worthy, heavy metal jewelry is perfect for transforming a daytime outfit to night or for simply adding a bit of edge to your favorite Little Black Dress. This season is all about bringing out your sexy side with metal, chains, and heavy detailing, and this Chain Cuff Bracelet fits the bill perfectly. With its chunky chain design and silver-tone finish, this beauty has edgy written all over it.

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CELEBRITY FASHION INSPIRATION

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A Caribbean princess who is filled with both talent and style, Rihanna is the ultimate fashion inspiration when it comes to looking stylish at all times. We love that she can look daring in some outfits and feminine in others without compromising her personality. Whether she’s strutting her stuff on the red carpet or she’s busy singing the next chart-topping single, Rihanna’s outfits are always inspiring us to push the envelope in the name of fashion. Here are some of our favorite looks from the Barbados-born artist herself.

Sophisticated Totes

Totes get an upgrade this season with boxy shapes and chic styles. From simplistic two-tone shaded totes that can be worn as an everyday handbag to colorful beach totes that are playful yet sophisticated, this style of handbags is a true winner this season. Looking to combine two handbag trends in one? Try American Eagle’s Heavy Metal Handbag, a handbag must-have that combines the elegant look of a tote with the edginess of heavy metal. While living in the Caribbean has no shortage of advantages, finding online retailers that offer international shipping to your specific island can be a daunting task. Because we believe nothing should stand in between you and that handbag you’ve had your eye on for quite some time, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite online shops that offer high-quality fashion pieces and ship them straight to your Caribbean door: » Asos.com » Ae.com » UrbanOutfitters.com » OldNavy.com » Endless.com

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It’s a leggy situation when it comes to the details of this perfectly put together outfit. Complete with a turquoise skater skirt, nude pumps, and an eye-catching, colorful patterned top, it’s no secret that Riri’s legs steal the show in this ensemble, and we can’t blame ‘em! The leg-elongating nude pumps add the perfect amount of sophistication to the outfit while still letting the mintcolored flowy skirt keep things light and playful. There’s no denying that Rihanna is shining bright like a diamond in this ensemble. What seems like an over-sized cardigan gets instantly glammed with layered pearls and a boxy Chanel handbag. Paired with pointed contrast pumps and accessories galore, this outfit is perfection at its best. When Riri decides to go bold with her outfits, there’s no turning back, and this ensemble is undoubtedly a head-turner. Featuring knee-high gladiator heeled sandals, black shorts, and a colorful printed top that plays tricks on the eyes, the pop artist looks bold and beautiful as she shows off her keen eye for style. And who can forget the stacked bracelets and metal-chained necklace? Adding yet another layer of daring style, Rihanna’s accessories are essential to any outfit.

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If you’re looking for some celebrity inspiration from an actress who looks good in it all, look to Caribbean diva Meagan Good. Whether she’s starring in NBC’s Deception or posing for the paparazzi on the red carpet, Meagan sure knows how to rock whatever she’s wearing with confidence, from casual cut-offs and a plaid button-down to a formal red-carpet worthy dress. Check out a few of what we think are Meagan’s best outfits. Casual has never looked as good as this! With fringe suede boots, jean cut-off shorts, and a plaid red button-down, it seems like Meagan can conquer the fashion world with an outfit as simple as this cowboy-inspired ensemble. We love the look of this work-chic outfit, as it looks prim and proper yet still keeps the sexy factor in check. Donning sky-high stilettos, black trousers, and a light-colored half button-down, Meagan rocks this outfit with confidence. Minimal in accessories but high on style, this look is perfect for wearing to a meeting or even out for a night with the girls. Whoever said wearing an all black outfit is a fashion no-no was clearly mistaken. Meagan rocks this effortlessly chic outfit that consists of a crop top and a sheer black maxi skirt. Perfect for showing off those toned arms and bare midriff, this outfit is sexiness at its best.

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Fashion Tips for Holiday Parties The holidays are almost near, and while for some of us that means scrambling for last-minute gifts for loved ones, most of us are thinking about what to wear to the next big holiday part. If you’re anything like us, you’ve been waiting for this time of year to show off your true party style. Need a little fashion inspiration to get you in the holiday spirit? Look no further than the below outfit ideas.

Sheer Lace Bodycon Dress Look fierce and sexy this holiday season with this Sheer Lace Bodycon Dress from Bebe. Featuring sheer lace sleeves and an ultra-bold sheer back, all eyes will be on you as you sip on holiday cocktails and get ready to ring in the new year. Pair this with your favorite black pumps and a colorful clutch to add a pop of color and you’ll look like you just walked off the runway!

Linden Double-Layered Jacket For a more sophisticated look, opt for a piece of clothing you can never go wrong with: a blazer. Giving off an elegant, chic vibe, this sleek Linden Double-Layered Jacket from BCBG is the perfect piece to wear over top of your favorite holiday party dress or with slacks and pumps.

Textured Crepe A-Line Dress Looking to incorporate a bit of color into your holiday party ensemble? This Textured Crepe A-Line Dress is the perfect option. Featuring a striking blue shade, a flattering keyhold at the neck, and gold hardware that cinches the waist, this flawless dress will make any holiday party complete.

Double V-Neck Tunic If you’re going to a more causal holiday party, wearing a sweater is a foolproof way to look stylish and feel comfortable. This Double V-Neck Tunic from Victoria’s Secret features a soft, light cashmere texture that feels luxuriously smooth to the touch and a striped pattern to add some more personality to it. Wear it with a pair of colored jeans and flats and you’ll be swimming in compliments!

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ercedes Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 featured some pretty amazing collections. While much of the pageantry is confined to the runways, we should not overlook the amazing presentations that are offered in some of the smaller tent spaces. Designer Cesar Galindo brought the flavor and colors of global travel to the tents with his 2014 collection "Czar". Inspired by the concept of virtual and global travel. Galindo's presentation also featured models from both the British and United States Virgin Islands. His travel based inspiration is even reflected in his inclusion of the VI models which made this presentation even that more exciting. This was perhaps the first time in history the Virgin Islands were so well represented in the at the prestigious fashion week. The presentation was a joy for the eyes! Bold, brilliant color, metallic infused make up, and exotic hairstyles gave the presentation a futuristic element. The designs seemed to have the balmy climates of the islands in mind as the gowns with there brilliant colors seemed to be waiting for a nice breeze to make the fabrics dance. One could easily envision the models riding off in to the island sunset of the bicycle that served as a prop. POSH was able to get a few insights from the designer as we all took in splendor of "Czar". POSH: Cesar, what was the inspiration for this collection? Galindo: A lot of the inspiration comes from virtual travel, in the sense of being accessible to the world through your work. Before it took time for it to be exposed, and now we have technology to expose our work all over the world. So it's all about the future and living that now. POSH: You have presented collections in the Virgin Islands before, where did you show most recently? Galindo: Actually it was in Tortola POSH: What do you like most about the Virgin Islands?

Galindo: I love the people; in addition to the landscape the people are just as beautiful. I find it to be a very warming situation when you're going there to relax.

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POSH: What led to your decision to have so many models from the British and U.S. Virgin Islands in your presentation? Galindo: Terry Donovan, who produces the shows I've been involved with, talked to me about having some girls in my show. So I said why don't we have more than just a couple of girls. POSH: Did you feel that you were giving a boost to models from the region? Galindo: There are so many beautiful girls there they just need the opportunity to expand their horizons of their island and travel around the world. Once they get beyond that they are able to have a bigger career, and to grow. What better place to do that, than the platform of New York City, and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. POSH: What are some of the differences in producing shows in the islands in comparison to presenting at MBFW? Galindo: Well we're at the pinnacle of show production here, in the islands the power might go out. If that happens then you just figure it out and it's okay. POSH: Any plans to do more shows in the V.I.? Galindo: Sure anytime I'm invited to go I'm always happy to be there. POSH: Thank you Cesar for making the tie do this interview for our readers.

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is an eighteen year old college student currently studying architecture. On September 6th 1995 she was born on the island paradise of Saint Kitts. At a tender age she noticed her exceptional talent in art, design and craft. Although her talent was evident to her, she shifted her focus to sciences and business subjects as a way to suppress her talent. Although maintaining passing grades she knew it was not something that she enjoyed so she returned to what she knew and loved. With more time, effort and focus placed in moulding her artistic skills she further gained interest in other arts like performing arts and modelling. With this burning interest for the world of art at the tender age of 12, Teshiera enquired about the modeling industry. Being the bold and optimistic person that she is, she enquired about being offered the opportunity to model but she was turned down and was considered being too skinny. However in 2009 Teshiera met Ms. Winnielle Pereira and shared her growing interest for modelling with Ms. Winnielle and without hesitation this woman embraced Teshiera with love and the opportunity to be a Model. Unsure of the outcome Teshiera held strong and allowed for Winnielle to mould her Teshiera has grown and is developing very well. Today Jacynthia is a young lady who enjoys drawing, reading and designing. Apart from many hours spent in school she enjoys modelling very much. Every opportunity offered to her to display her love for modelling is greatly appreciated and taken seriously. Teshiera believes that modelling is four dimensional; beauty, personality, discipline and grace and that each dimension is nothing without the other. Her goals as a model is to continue a legacy that has been paved by many past and present models including Ms Winnielle. On this journey Teshiera hopes to not take from the industry but to add and further help in its positive development. She wishes to be further empowered and to continually portray the true essence of a model. Teshiera states that whatever she is trying to accomplish, whenever she losses any measure of hope or faith in herself ...she always remembers that whatever she does not have in natural talent... she can make up for in discipline. 30

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eing a Senior Vice President of Global Sales at Donna Karan, Felita Harris’s lifestyle is as much about appearance as it is sales. She represents an iconic brand and in turn has to maintain an effortless, flawless, and “iconic” hair and makeup look all day. Her days blur the lines of typical styling etiquette, so she her styling has to be versatile and on trend 24/7. Felita travels the world, attends meetings, talks to buyers and attends fashion shows. So how does an innovative cognoscente like Felita Harris keep her makeup smudge proof with her busy corporate lifestyle? On any average day, Felita is usually traveling, whether locally, nationally or internationally, she is always in motion. When traveling, she has to keep her makeup natural but polished. Being well groomed with an easy hairstyle and quick makeup techniques is very important because spare time is an absent commodity and with what she has goes to being a mom. Therefore, Felita’s hair & makeup is always a planned strategy as with her wardrobe (I am sure working at Donna Karan helps). She starts with using strong hold & long wearing products. Felita usually opts for wearing her hair short because it’s easier to maintain when she travels. There is never enough time to find a hairstylist/makeup artist on the road. And because she never knows what the weather is like when traveling, she needs hair products and a hairstyle she can rely on. A product that is humidity resistant and gives a reassuringly firm hold like Percy & Reed Session Hold Hairspray keeps you moving without a hair out of place. Skin and makeup are equally as important. You have to look fresh and alert despite 18-hour days. For flawless skin no matter time zone or time of day, she preps her face before doing her foundation with Erno Laszlo Shake It Tinted Treatment, it’s oil-free and offers a translucent, matte finish. Then before any appearance whether it is a global meeting or fashion show in Milan, a quick spray of Caudalie Beauty Elixir provides an instant burst of radiance. The part toner part serum mist smooth’s the skin, tightens the pores, and stimulates microcirculation. Straight from a meeting/ or from the airport, Felita hits the office where she speaks with her 2 assistants about today’s schedule, upcoming meetings and international dates as well as events and fashion shows. She squeezes in a few Skype meetings, responds to emails and makes phone calls before she changes for her buyer’s meeting. Because Felita is wearing Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer from Stila Cosmetics, she only needs to touch up her lip-gloss and blot with Nicka K Absolute Oil Blotting Tissue. What’s great about their blotting tissue is that they offer 4 types (rose, grapefruit, green tea, & lavender) to choose from depending on your need. Their blotting tissue is made from natural pulp and flax; their luxuriously soft, gentle and lightly scented with natural green tea extracts, making skin feel clean and refreshed.

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After 8 hours of face-to-face meetings, her day doesn’t end at the office on Fifth Ave. Her last stop of the day is dinner with clients. Being a fashionista, Felita quickly changes her clothes and makeup. Being muted all day, she enjoys wearing a pop of color in her clothes and makeup. She chooses a purple liner, with a yummy high glossed pink lip. Try L’OREAL Paris HIP Color Chrome Eyeliner in Violet Volt, it gives a bold, intense, liquid liner metallic finish. She ends the night looking fresh, flirty, flawless and always fashionable.

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Janeisha John Mogul in the Making From St. Croix


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How do you define who you are? Honestly, the answer to this question changes as the years go by and the more I learn, grow and involve myself in different activities. but at this current moment I would describe myself as a Caribbean Model, Television Host and Former Beauty Queen, based on what others recognize me most for. How would you define your personal sense of style? My personal sense of style I would define as Caribbean Chic! On one hand I love bright colors, flowing fabrics, elaborate prints, and clothing that accentuate curves (that’s the island girl in me lol), and on the other hand I love structured, edgy and classic

looks, like black/white with a pop of red on the lips. It just depends what I feel like that day, I’m not afraid to mix it up and I usually know when an outfit is right for me the second I put it on. What is your most beloved beauty secret to looking and feeling your best? Lol, do I really have to tell? It won’t be a secret anymore! Lol no I’m joking, in all honesty, my secret to looking and feeling my best comes from my mom who uses Olive Oil and Aloes for everything. From putting it on the face as moisturizers and to prevent aging, to removing make up, or using it in your hair. There are so many uses and they’re all natural, so it’s good for you.

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Define who you are: C.E.O. // Manager // Booking Agent // Photographer // Makeup Artist // Chef // Filmmaker // Multimedia Artist // Musician // Model // Writer // PR & Marketing // Miss BVI Universe 2010-2011 & More Define my personal style: “Retro Chic” (pronounced sheek). I’m a big fan of vintage looks, especially from the 60’s, 80’s and 90’s. A must have for me is denim jeans. Most beloved beauty secret: “Garlic”. I try to put garlic in everything that I eat. One of the many hats I wear is Makeup Artist and thus I feel it is imperative to have a clean, beautiful canvas on which to start. Amongst its many medical and other uses, garlic works as a blood cleanser and cleans your system internally. You can even apply crushed garlic cloves to the skin itself to help remove blemishes and to keep skin glowing. CARIBBEAN POSH FALL 2013

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The Driven

Vanessa Wall from Tortola/St.Thomas

How do you define who you are?

I like to consider myself a walking paradox. I’m an RN by trade and a fashionista all day!! While I love being a nurse, I feel and know that I have much more to achieve and offer in this lifetime. I have a 7- year plan which entails entrepreneurial endeavors such as real estate sales and investing, and owning my own Med-spa. How would you define your personal sense of style? I don’t think it’s possible to categorize my style! I step to the beat of my own drum and I think my style and lifestyle are reflections of that. I guess it’s safe to call it “bohemian-chic/cosmohippie with an urban flair.” What is your most beloved beauty secret to looking and feeling your best? I’m all about looking and feeling good. I think the best beauty secret any woman can do is respect her body as the sacred the temple it is. I strongly believe in detoxing- mind, body and spirit.


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Sandra Goomansingh From St.Thomas

How do you define who you are?

My name is Sandra Goomansingh; I am the News Director, Main Anchor and Producer of News2, WMNS CBSTV2. I am a mother of two: Tazmin D’or Magras, 15 and YazmeenTaja Magras, 12. How would you define your personal sense of style? My personal sense of style changes according to my moods. I dress comfortably when I am not on the set. This means cut-off jeans, leather pants, baby doll dresses and even sweat pants. I must admit, I do not try to mimic anyone’s style; I like my own. After dressing up all week, I like to dress down on the weekends. As an on air TV personality, I have to pay attention to my daily wardrobe. I wear as much bright colors as possible to brighten up a gloomy Newsday and try not to wear the same things too often. I don’t like to stick to any look for too long, so I change it up every now and then. I believe accessories can make all the difference in standing out. You can have the same exact outfit as someone else, but it is how you accessorize and personalize your style that separates you. If you wear what you are comfortable in, you send off a confident vibe, no matter what the outfit. What is your most beloved beauty secret to looking and feeling your best? My beauty secret would have to be….keep smiling. Nothing is more attractive than a smile. But yes, I try to take care of myself. Like most women, we tend to take care of everything and everyone else...but I always try to squeeze in “me” time, as difficult as it may be at times. Sometimes I have no choice than to get up and run on the waterfront at 6:45a even if I am tired, because there is no time to make it to a gym. I try to schedule regular facials, salon trips to condition and color my hair, manicures and pedicures. I also try to make time to enjoy spending time with my boy and girl doing anything fun. Music is my love, anything related to music, I enjoy… so I take advantage of concerts, dancing and yes even karaoke. I am happiest when I am around people who are sincere, loving, inspirational, fun, and supportive.

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The Young and Aspiring

Randilla Knight From St. Croix

How do you define who you are? I define who I am in three ways. Of course based on my background and heritage as well as my relationship to my family, and my relationship to the public. I am Randallia Knight and I was born on the beautiful tropical island of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on June 16, 1994 to two native Crucian parents. My heritage has traces of Danish, Irish and Puerto Rican from both my maternal and paternal sides. I am also, one of 13 children so I am a sister, aunt, niece and most importantly a role model. Lastly, I am Miss Caribbean Maryland 2013-2014. Your current career goals are? My first career goal is to complete my Associate’s degree in Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA). Upon completion of that degree I have further aspirations to obtain a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) graduate degree. I discovered my genuine interest in providing child and adult care in high school and that guided me to select the Physical Therapy profession. As a Therapist, I will be able to make a meaningful contribution to restoring patient’s wellness and helping them get back to having active lives within their home and community. I believe there is a great need for more Physical Therapists to be focused on the delivery of care to enhance the quality and service within the health system of the Virgin Islands. I want to use my training and compassion to increase public awareness and bring forth positive changes in this issue, which is vital to the future of our territory.

says that I am easy going, yet sophisticated and sweet and is the perfect complement to my personality and a reflection of my background and culture. What is your most beloved beauty secret to looking and feeling your best? My most beloved beauty secret to looking and feeling my best is a simple one. I believe in always getting 8 hours of sleep, because when I am well rested I am prepared for whatever challenges and obstacles the day may present. I recently read an article that listed surprising health benefits of sleep. These included; improved memory, improved grades, sharpened attention, and lowered stress. I was happy to learn that sleep has so many benefits because I do love my sleep!

How would you define your personal sense of style? My personal sense of style can be described as comfortable, simple and classic, but often with touches of originality. I enjoy wearing clothing that flatters my body and that are very feminine. Being from the Caribbean I also enjoy wearing light and durable fabrics like cotton and silks. My favorite pieces of clothing are a black and a white dress. I often dress them up with heels, or dress down with a pair of flats or sandals. I use accessories to display my boldness and confidence, often choosing earrings and necklaces that are very creative and artistic. I understand that my sense of style affects what others think about me and that clothing can make or break a person in certain circumstances. I often ask myself, does my clothing show that I value my personality, my intentions and myself for this day. If my answer is yes, I know that my clothing reflects who I truly am. My sense of style says to the world that I am consistent, patient and calm. I am not loud and I may not be the first person you notice in the room, but when I am noticed it will be in a way that no one will forget. My sense of style also

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The Fashionista

E. Tishell Callwood-Warren From St. Thomas

How do you define who you are?

I am wife to the most wonderfully supportive husband, stepmom to a beautiful daughter and an entrepreneur to the core. No goal is greater than my ability and desire to visualize, conceptualize and put forth the effort to achieve it. Discovering your true passion and pursuing it relentlessly Is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. Life is too short to settle for anything less. My motivation behind creating What I Wear Boutique was to share my clothes love with others. There’s something incredibly attractive about a well, dressed, polished woman. She stands out in a crowd and incites curiosity. Over the years, I’ve been approached and complimented about my clothing choices on so many occasions that opening a boutique seemed like a natural progression. Hence, the name “What I Wear Boutique.” I strive to provide my customers with an exceptional shopping experience.I know what makes me feel special when I go shopping and my goal is to create that same reality for others. One of the cornerstones of providing exemplary service is attention to detail - from the initial customer contact to the final receipt of merchandise. It’s not just about clothing – it’s about the way you’re treated and the way you feel along the way. Women want to feel special and I’m here to make sure that they do. How would you define your personal sense of style? My sense of style is sexy and sophisticated with just a little edge. I wear what works best for my body and what makes me feel confident and empowered as a woman. I was raised by an incredibly fashionable, beautiful mother who always knew what to wear, how and when. I credit her with much of

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my fashion sense and understanding of what works for different body types today. I also believe in the beauty of simplicity. Clothing should enhance who you are - not completely overpower you.

This same sensibility is what appeals most to my customers. They want to look beautiful, but not overdone. Most women just need someone willing to take the time to work with them and help determine what works best for their body type as well as their personality. Every trend isn’t for everybody. It’s important to identify what works for best for you. Clothes shopping is very personal and oftentimes quite stressful to many women. So many of us have insecurities where our bodies are concerned. We either think we’re too short, too tall, too thin, too heavy, too any number of things.I encourage women to focus and accentuate theirpositive attributes while minimizing their perceived flaws. There’s no greater satisfaction than knowing that I’ve awakened a sense of confidence in one of my customers. Feeling beautiful is a very beautiful thing. What is your most beloved beauty secret to looking and feeling your best? I have several beloved beauty secrets: drink lots of water, take good care of your skin and nurture your body by maintaining a healthy weight. I grew up in a household where eating healthy was a way of life. We drank lots of water and consumed fruits and vegetables long before the push for healthy eating we’re experiencing today. Although I’ll readily admit that I deviate from what’s best every now and again, my body knows and responds better when I eat well. I also learned the value of protecting my skin early on. Daily cleansing and nourishing have been a part of my routine since childhood. This skin has to see me through my entire life. Why not take good care of it? Most importantly, my greatest beauty secret is to keep your heart and intentions pure and live a life of honor and integrity. Without the latter, none of the others matter.

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Exploring the Virgin Island Economy By Sowande Uhuru

t one point in our recent history, the British Virgin Islands boasted of full employment. Its relatively small population, combined with the twin pillars of tourism and financial services, created an economy with plenty of opportunities for work and wealth. Currently, the Virgin Islands economy no longer holds the same promise for those searching for new opportunities. The current economic model seems to have reached its limit, a reality further compounded by global threats to tourism and financial services. This spells bad news for the hundreds of students graduating from local secondary schools and tertiary institutions near and far. There is an increasing list of first time job seekers and even highly educated and skilled individuals who find themselves unemployed, and this troubling trend shows no evidence of reversing anytime soon. A number of factors have led to this sad reality, but answers to the vexing questions of continued economic development do exist. Are we brave enough to explore them? The Public Sector The Government of the Virgin Islands is the biggest employer in the Virgin Islands; it is also the biggest employer of Virgin Islanders in the Virgin Islands. As a graduate of secondary school in the Virgin Islands, I recognized that many of my peers found security in the belief that the government could always provide them with employment. Government would employ Virgin Islanders out of high school immediately; it would employ Virgin Islanders who came home from foreign universities and colleges for the summer; it would employ Virgin Islanders who left the private sector. This growth in the public sector could not be sustained, however; a rising recurrent expenditure, made largely of salaries and pensions, has brought this unmitigated growth to a halt. And no one would be surprised to learn that the public sector has not operated at a peak level of efficiency and

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productivity, begging the question as to whether the public is getting good value in return for the huge public investment in salaries. The resulting situation is that a government job is much more difficult to come by, reflected in the blank stares of young people congregating the street corners of unemployment. The Private Sector For years, politicians, talk show hosts, and other concerned individuals have voiced the need for Virgin Islanders in the private sector to be able to access jobs in mid to upper level management, for it seemed that there was a glass ceiling for locals. Accounting firms, banks, trust companies, law firms, and other companies that have reaped benefits from this prospering economy have been encouraged to give more opportunities to a greater number of Virgin Islanders, but despite these efforts, it would seem as though Virgin Islanders are lucky to hold on to their jobs in these companies. Now more than ever, companies seem resistant to the pressures for mid to upper level jobs for Virgin Islanders. The common argument is that companies want to draw from a much larger pool of talent, education, skills, and experience than the Virgin Islands has to offer. Also, competition is fierce, and companies, being concerned with their bottom lines, want a smaller payroll. This has led to downsizing, the shifting of certain jobs to cheaper labour markets, mergers, and other attempts to increase profitability, which, in turn, has led to redundancies and reduced opportunities. Generally speaking, the government has not condemned such aggressive behavior, agreeing that companies must do what they have to in order to survive. The economic growth experienced in the Virgin Islands over the last thirty to forty years, spurred by the growth of tourism and financial services, has resulted in a decrease in local tradesmen and an increase in tradesmen from neighboring Caribbean islands. Unfortunately, the social and education

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systems have not provided the encouragement or opportunities for locals to become masons, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and the like. As a consequence, the young people who are not desirous or well suited for administrative jobs congregate daily in our communities from west to east, pressuring politicians for some form of work. There has been much talk of properly developing a technical school to better equip young people to capture the jobs that have been filled by migrants in recent history, but the talk has yet to produce a substantial shift in the status quo. The same can be said of the retail sector. Migrants have filled most of the positions in this area of the economy, but now, with the scarcity of opportunities in government, banks, accounting firms, and trust companies, young high school and college graduates are looking for opportunities in retail stores. It would seem as though the mentality that Virgin Islanders can only work “big jobs” is fading, in light of the current grim job prospects. However, it remains to be seen whether the retail sector will continue to be able to provide employment as it did in the past with the fierce competition from internet shopping, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and Miami. The survival of local businesses takes on a critical importance when considering the employment landscape. Many Virgin Islanders have an entrepreneurial spirit and would even prefer owning their own business, but a business that does not perform well will necessitate the business owner seeking a 9-5 job while running their business on the side. Ideally, one would want business to be so successful that the 9-5 job is no longer necessary. Many small business owners are struggling to make this a reality. The Way Forward What is the solution to the reduced opportunities for employment in the Virgin Islands economy? Firstly, we must have proper planning. The government has a very important department named the Development Planning Unit. This is the primary government institution responsible for the collection and analysis of information by which government can make informed decisions. However, this unit has been unable to fulfill its mandate due to a lack of human resources and appropriate processes in place to capture data. Therefore, decisions seem to be made whimsically as a consequence of scarce information. This trend must be put to an end by arming the Development Planning Unit with all it needs to gather, process, and interpret data so that proper planning can take place. Once statistical data has been analyzed, opportunities in the economy can be identified, and our education system can ensure that our young people are equipped to seize these opportunities. This would involve an assessment of the labour needs of the Virgin Islands while developing courses, programs, and offering scholarships for further study in the required areas. Our education system must produce the quality of human resources necessary for functioning in the modern Virgin Islands economy. Our schools must generate hard working, intelligent, creative, critical thinking individuals that add value wherever they are positioned. In addition to better planning and an improved education system, a rational immigration and labour policy must be ad-

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“Firstly, we must have Proper Planning. The government has a very important department named the Development Planning Unit.” opted. The labour needs of today are different from the labour needs of forty years ago. Our immigration and labour policies must reflect that. In order to ensure that young Virgin Islanders graduating from secondary and tertiary institutions have sufficient opportunities, the pool of labour in the territory must not be too large. Businesses must be able to draw on the labour that is available locally. For this to happen not only must Virgin Islanders be educated and skilled, they must also be motivated, meaning that the social system must not stigmatize certain forms of employment. A strong business bureau, which can support the efforts of locals in forming businesses, is an absolute necessity. The recent news that the National Business Bureau has partnered with the National Bank of the Virgin Islands to help provide credit for small businesses is welcome. In addition to easier access to credit, locals can assist themselves by partnering in investment groups to improve their chances of success in business. The BVI investment club has provided a model that can be followed. We must also accept that a growing population with growing needs requires a growing economy. Financial services and Tourism must be supported by other industries to sustain the prosperity experienced in recent years. Food production is a logical place to look. Our vast waters can certainly facilitate the territory’s demand for fish, and I believe that poultry and other forms of meat can be produced locally, thereby reducing the import bill while circulating money and providing employment. There are many opportunities out there, but one thing is certain: we must be proactive in searching for solutions. We cannot simply rest on our laurels and expect the model that has served us up until this point to continue to provide comfort in the future. We must embrace change, and strong leadership is required in ushering in change, but the question remains, “are we ready?” Let us hope that we all answer yes because our future depends on it.

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The Fresh Prince

OF REGGAE

aribbean Posh turns to Barbados, an island with a booming music scene, to talk to Simon Pipe, a musician, songwriter, producer and lover of all things reggae. Sizzla. Tarrus Riley. Barrington Levy. Shabba Ranks. The list reads like the credits to the greatest reggae show ever written, but it’s coming from the most unexpected of faces. Simon Pipe is a blonde dude covered in impressive tattoos and piercings, but he started his career as the lead guitarist for Barbados’ biggest reggae act. Simon is a Barbadian pop singer and music producer. He’s an independent artist, but his music has stretched from his home country, to Trinidad, across the Caribbean, to New York and the UK. He’s performed for thousands of people at the biggest shows in Barbados and beyond (like Hennessy Artistry, Reggae on the Hill, The Bequia Music Festival), but he’s soft spoken in a one on one interview in his studio. And at my request, he’s listing off the reggae kings and queens he’s performed alongside. “Third World, Kymani Marley, Queen Ifrica, Anthony B, Morgan Heritage, Beres Hammond, Freddie McGregor.” He pauses… “I mean, you choose how many you want to put down.” – and continues before I gingerly cut him off. “Shabba Ranks -” “Did you have a chance to work with any of them directly?” “I had the pleasure of meeting, recording and working with Jimmy Haynes - Steel Pulse’s producer for the album Babylon The Bandit.” He responds. Jimmy Haynes may not be a name you’d recognize, but if you like reggae, Steel Pulse will definitely ring a bell. Jimmy Haynes was the first Barbadian ever to win a Grammy Award, Rihanna being the only one ever to follow. Simon may not have had his brush with the Grammy fame, but his love for music is apparent. “I love reggae music. Reggae music is very hypnotic. And I like the effect of hypnosis.” He says mysteriously. Simon performed with Buggy Nhakente and the FullyLoaded band at clubs, dubs and venues, jamming ‘til the wee hours of the morning in the popular St Lawrence Gap strip. When he was 11 years old, Simon begged his parents for a guitar, and the instrument has never left his side since. 48

In his later teenage years, he studied audio engineering in London and worked for a small record label there for a brief stint before returning home to the sun and sea. Simon was in high demand as a guitarist, performing with gospel acts, rock acts, jazz acts and more. His first performance was as a fresh faced 16 year old, and the show was none other than Easter Reggae Sun Splash which draws massive crowds from all over the region. It’s no surprise that by 26, he would have cemented his stronghold in the Caribbean music scene. In 2011, after playing with the FullyLoaded band for two years, he decided it was time he stepped out from the side stage and into the spotlight. That move was a checkmate. In March of this year, he released his debut 18 track album titled Ya Probably Shouldn’ta. His solo music is a fresh, uplifting sound fused with pop melodies and a subversive splash of reggae. In recording Ya Probably Shouldn’ta Simon wrote every song and played every instrument including guitars, bass and drums. In his studio, he has an impressive collection of about 8 guitars both acoustic and electric, a bass, a mandolin, a drumset and an African Rainmaker. “That album is basically very much a beach boy album, a very optimistic outlook on Caribbean life and just enjoying the Barbadian lifestyle. Its doesn’t dig into anything too deep, it’s lighthearted, fun and jovial.” The album has been selling throughout Barbados, but it’s only one side of Simon’s coin. He has a second album slated to be released in October 2013, and this one is a collaborative effort between him and Damian Marvay. Simon describes this record, simply titled Blue, as the “the other end of the spectrum which is more of a contemplative look at topics that generally aren’t really touched on by the average Caribbean artist.” Accompanied by Marvay’s rich, soulful vocals, this album will showcase a darker, heavier side of Caribbean music. Both records will be available online. I wonder out loud if releasing two albums in one year isn’t a bit ambitious, especially for an independent artist, to which Simon shrugs and responds, “You have to make the most of the time you have here.” And Simon seems to make the most of his time in the studio. The sheer number of projects he has been involved in is staggering. “There’s no such thing as a normal day, the only constants are that I will definitely be making music.” While his workload is a mixture of corporate ad production and music production, he works in quite a variety of genres of music. Most of it is with his first love, reggae, but lately he’s been writing with acts like Cover Drive (whose song Twilight went to #1 on UK itunes), Livvi Franc (who writes CARIBBEANPOSH.COM


for Barbados’ star girl Rihanna and Ciara among others), iNDRANi (writer of Mr. Vegas’ “Sweet Jamaica” – which was #1 MTV Africa) and Debbie Reifer, a Barbadian who is currently living and performing in Jamaica. Though Simon has worked with a number of enviable names in the local music industry, he says he’s still figuring out who he is. “What I am is a musician, a producer, an artist, a body piercer and a lover of all things strange.” Dare I ask? Body piercer? Simon laughs. “I decided that body art is something that I’ve liked for a long time and its something that I’ve been more of a fan of, whereas I’m more involved in the production of music and making music. I’ve been more on the outside looking in when it came to body art – I decided to make the step to start a new business and I saw that there was a need for good, trained body piercers in Barbados so I went and trained in Manchester. I’m working with Barbados’ best tattoo artist Jonathon Foster at Soul Touch Tattoo.” Simon is currently working on producing an album for fellow FullyLoaded bandmate Daniel Medford, as well as singles and EPs for a number of other artists, completing Blue with Damian Marvay, and just enjoying life. He can be contacted at simonpipemusic@gmail.com for bookings…or just to chat about music.

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Caribbean Son Words by Zahra

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Pressure

aribbean Son, Pressure is an Artist, Musician, Songwriter and Philanthropist. The product of humble beginnings and big dreams, this distinguished musical force describes his career as a journey. His life journey has allowed him to evolve, reaching new platforms and positively changing lives. I met up with Pressure on the biggest of the three U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix. We sat beachside on the veranda of the venue, as Pressure unwind from a day of studio life and recording. Our conversation went as follows. Who is Pressure? Pressure is a youth, a humble son, born and raised in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. I grew up in PMP Gardens housing community. I am a Musician, Artist, Songwriter, and Performer. I am a Rasta Man. How have you evolved over the years? I was always into music. I use to play instruments. I grew up playing the steel pan, drums, and trumpet. Later on in life, during my teenage years, I would say when I was sixteen; seventeen years old I began to chant and really got into singing. What are you most looking forward to in your music career? I am looking forward to setting a pattern, leaving a message behind for the people; being recognized as a positive person in the community. I want to do what is best, and contribute something conscious to reggae music.

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What are the “Pressures� of being an Artist? Well it is just hard work. There is no pressure once you love what you are doing. When you know your craft, and know what you are doing, it is about pleasing the people, so there is really no pressure. It is simply creating good music for the people and that takes dedication and hard work. Just create good music and Let Jah Bless. Who where your inspirations? Who influenced you at the age of sixteen to start chanting? Well there were lots of artists, from Shabba Ranks, Bounty Killer, Capleton, Sizzler, Jah Cure, and Jah Mason. Artists like those really started a fire that burned within me. Those artist help me embraced what was inside of me and allow me to embrace it.

What do you feel are the differences in music then and now? Well, you know times are different; the times are getting rougher, so people tend to say things in music where the lyrics become very harsh. Music is an expression; it is a way to express yourself, so in times like these; the way people would express themselves fifty years ago is a different to way people would express themselves today. But there is a similar feel and vibe to music in every generation. For me, Root Records are where my strong points are, and for others it is different. You as an individual have to know one self, keep the movement of good music going; where people can live and learn from your sound and deliver a strong positive message in the music. Delivering a strong message is most important to me.

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So you were born and raised in St. Thomas, have you spent any time in other areas of the Caribbean? Yes, I lived in Jamaica, for short periods at a time. I moved back and forth to the islands often. The move was a part of my musical journey. I am still on that journey because I am still quite often in Jamaica. Moving to Jamaica was a good feeling a good experience to keep my music going. Coming from a smaller island, doing reggae music, representing, and to see the people grasp my music, it made me feel good inside. That was a great achievement for me, to have my music recognized throughout the world, through that channel was great for me. Whose shoulders did you rub against during your visits to Jamaica? What areas of Jamaica did you stay? For the most part, during my visits to Jamaica I would stay up in Cherry Gardens, but I venture on different ends. I would stay in a place called Queen’s Borough. Sometimes I would stay in hotels, just depends on how the vibe set but Jamaica is Jamaica. It is like another home to me. On your journey, you have come full circle, returning to the U.S. Virgin Islands, what motivated you to return home? Coming back to the Virgin Islands, the whole movement was to just take care of home. I came back to help deal with the situations in the community, and get things sorted with my family and stuff like that. I have a lot of investments in the Virgin Islands and I needed to take care of those ventures. My mother and father aren’t getting younger and I just found the need to be home. I wanted to be amongst the people who really raised me, from the streets that I came from and be where it all started for Pressure. No matter where I rest my head work still is going on, I am still traveling, still touring, performing, and working with different producers, I am still active and doing the things that I need to do. I can say the move was more of a personal journey. As a role model, you spare heading the Peace Concert held on St.

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Thomas in August of 2013. Tell us what motivated you to develop such an aweinspiring event? That was a great idea; it was a group of us who came together. My Friend Jah Seed came to me and told me he had this idea to put together something for the people. When he told me that, I said I had the same feeling for a long time. So if you coming to me with that idea, and I have the same mediation, this is something we must do, and now is the time to make this happen. So we joined forced, I called a couple people, my friend Country, Jay Rob, and my cousin Demani; and we all came together with one mission, to take a stand against crime and violence. The only way that I know to bring people together is through music. So we all decided we would reach out our hands to the community, to all artists, to all musicians, to all people who could render their services to the community for one night. Everyone just came forward and said “Yes”. I did not and could not do this event by myself. I was heading the event, but really it was a community effort. If it wasn’t for the community that event would not be possible. The community took a stand and shouted “Yes” we are tired of the crime and violence, and we are ready to take a stand, there is power in numbers, and just like that the event was a success. So I give thanks. Has the crime and violence affected you personally, either through your music or movement? Yes definitely, because I have been a victim of crime and violence. Violence is not something I portray or promote. Even though I come from a place filled with badness and wickedness and things of that nature, I never wanted that lifestyle to take over my demeanor. So I always tried to stay positive, and not allow that incident that happen to me, to alter my mental, and influence me to be negative. I took that positive power that was always within me and took that incident and turn it into something positive. I didn’t allow it to change the elements of who Pressure is. If you know Pressure, if you have encounter me from school and growing up from a youth you know Pressure is not no Bad man and I don’t portray any negative energy. I am always about a positive energy, fun, joy, I am comical. We are all just human beings, but at no time have I ever allow the negative to infiltrate my life, nor do I direct any negative energy against a person, unless I have to defend myself. I believe in the laws of the land and the laws of nature. Jah set it, and that’s how we have to live. What words of advice would give to the upcoming Youths, the Caribbean Communities, and the Conscious Souls? The greatest thing is to know yourself; know where you want to go, and where you came from. No matter what people say or do, once you know what is for you, it is yours; no one can take your blessing. No one can take anything Jah has for you. Be yourself, be unique, and do not try to follow any one. Take a message from a man or a messenger, but do not follow the messenger, because the messenger is just a human being. The messenger is made from the same flesh, the messenger can also sin. So if the message goes on a wrong route and you follow the messenger, you will become angry with the messenger, because you had so much faith in him. The Lord said to put your trust in Him and not man; So put your trust in the Most High God at all times. Put your trust in the Most High Word, because the Most High God works through us. He is the highest power. God works through us so that we can send the message out to the people. Give thanks for Love and Life at all times. Honor your Mother and Father so you days on Earth will be long. Jah Rastafari What should we look forward to from Pressure in the Future? Brand new Albums, I have brand New Albums coming out. Right now the people have been anticipating something brand new from Pressure, and you know I always give the people what they want. We have a new album coming from Tippy Igrade Records and another album coming from Baby G from Yard Vibes Productions in Jamaica. Yard Vibes Entertainment, Bus Pipe Records, to the World. Virgin Islands for Life. The multi-faceted artist ended our time together by blessing our ears with his voice. He sang his hit record “I Am Feeling Fine”. He strives to be a positive beckon in the community and tries to live well leaving his mark for generations to come.

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News & Culture THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS PRESENTS

Bvi Restaurant Week & Anegada Lobster Festival


NEWS & CULTURE The British Virgin Islands, 10 days and 2 events are all you need to satisfy your every culinary desire! Set in Nature's Little Secrets, the BVI Tourist Board presents…"BVI Restaurant Week & the Anegada Lobster Festival"! This is your chance to dine and enjoy 5-star meals and entertainment for a mere fraction of the usual cost, and also an opportunity to explore the beautiful island of Anegada while enjoying the world famous Anegadian spiny lobster…all prepared by some of the world's most renowned Chefs and Mixologists! Food tourism has grown exponentially over the years, where persons worldwide travel to various destinations, based on culinary events and enticing cuisines. The BVI Tourist Board has noted this vast growing market and has coined two fantastic events that will further highlight the BVI on an international stage for food tourism. BVI Restaurant Week BVI Restaurant Week 2013 will provide a unique opportunity for the BVI community, and tourists alike, to experience the variety of dining that exists along our shores. From November 22nd to December 1st, 2013 persons will be able to dine at any of the more than 25 participating restaurant for a special discounted rate. In its second year, BVI Restaurant Week has built on the success of the first year’s event and has drummed up great anticipation for BVI Restaurant Week 2013. This year’s event promises to be even bigger than the last with celebrity chefs, two launch events, VIP dinners, great giveaways, fantastic dishes and lively entertainment. Throughout the 10 days, various restaurants throughout the Territory will feature discounted prices of $20-$45 for dinner, $10-$15 for lunch and $6-$9 for breakfast. This event affords everyone the opportunity to sample the wide array of foods offered from restaurant to restaurant and makes dining affordable for patrons no matter if they choose to dine at one of our boutique restaurants or at one of our five-star resorts. Anegada Lobster Festival Where do you go for the best lobster in the Caribbean? The British Virgin Islands of course! Nature’s Little Secrets is where globetrotters and international food lovers have found the most tasty, succulent catch of the sea: the Anegada spiny lobster! A plentiful number of these brightly coloured crustaceans can be found directly in the waters surrounding Anegada. The 56

British Virgin Islands beckons all travellers to visit the unique island of Anegada to indulge in this exotic fare at the first annual Anegada Lobster Festival. The Anegada Lobster Festival, drawing locals and travellers to the shores of Anegada for a weekend of dining, entertainment, sun, sand and sea; will feature our local chefs who will be on hand to prepare, cook and serve a bevy of flavourful lobster dishes to please all palates. The newly created event takes place on November 30th and December 1st 2013 and will reintroduce the island of Anegada to the BVI’s local population, while familiarizing new and repeat visitors to another dimension of our versatile tourism product. A Culinary Showcase The islands’ food and culture are key ingredients for the BVIs’ niche tourism product. BVI Restaurant Week coupled with the Anegada Lobster Festival serves as a means of highlighting the islands’ local talent and the succulent dishes that are prepared with unique Caribbean flare, in the breathtaking backdrop of the BVI. What to expect? t t t t t t t t t t t

A VIP dinner Live entertainment Free food samplings Wine tasting Celebrity chefs A cook-off competitions Vibrant BVI culture Welcoming friendly people Succulent Anegada lobster Discounted prices Delectable cuisine

What more can you ask for to satisfy your every culinary desire? 10 days 2 events that offers an exclusive culinary opportunity in the niche, tropical paradise of the British Virgin Islands! Plan to be in the British Virgin Islands this Holiday Season, as these events take place from November 22 – December 1, 2013! It’s the one…well TWO events that you absolutely do not want to miss!" For more information on these two spectacular events please visit www.bvitourism.com/restaurantweek and www.bvitourism.com/anegadalobsterfestival

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What the is Talking About

Maxi Priest preaches aggressive business plan for reggae

In a recent interview with Hazelann Williams of UK-based The Voice newspaper, the 52-year-old lovers’ rock singer spoke out on the negative impact of ineffective management on the reggae scene in contrast with the successful model of the US hip-hop industry.

Rihanna tipped to play risque Jazz Age star Josephine Baker in new film …if film producer W Lance Reynolds gets his way, the “Talk That Talk” star has only just begun a journey that will follow in the footsteps of iconic Jazz Age star Josephine Baker, who became a legend in her time for performing naked save for a few token props. The six-time Grammy award-winner is reportedly first choice to play the late American-French performer in a forthcoming film biopic of the trailblazing sex symbol who danced nude except for a tutu of fake bananas in the 1920s.

Barbados government asks Facebook for data on specific users Facebook has for the first time published data on how often governments around the world request data on its users, and according to the social network, Barbados made three quests on three individual users in the last six months.

Lightning Bolt reclaims World 100m sprint title in Moscow Bolt, one of four Jamaicans in the much anticipated men’s 100m final, the event he false-started in Daegu two years ago, ran a season’s best 9.77seconds to take his second world 100m title.

Jamaica government urged to legalise marijuana to improve economy This is according to the Executive Director of the US base Drug Policy Alliance, Ethan Nadelmann who believes that although a study has not been carried out surrounding the benefits of marijuana legalisation, anecdotal evidence suggests it could be the next big crop for the island.

Caribbean academic presents compelling case why Britain should pay reparations Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has presented a compelling argument of why Britain should pay to former colonies in the region reparations for slavery and native genocide. CARIBBEAN POSH FALL 2013

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders at their summit in Trinidad and Tobago in July agreed to the formation of the Commission that will be chaired by Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and include St Vincent and the Grenadines, Haiti, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago.

Danish scientists moving closer to HIV cure

Despite the unflagging efforts of dedicated professionals, the Caribbean still has the world’s second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS behind Sub-Saharan Africa, with the disease remaining among the top five causes of death for the region in the 20-49-year age group. Fifty new HIV infections are said to take place in the Caribbean daily and 33 deaths are recorded, and while infection rates are stabilised and decreasing in some countries, increasing patterns have been observed in others including Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Belize.

Dominica prime minister takes a bride Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit married Melissa Poponne “his sweetheart for many years” on Saturday, according to an official statement issued here. The statement from the Office of the Prime Minister said that Skerrit, 40, and Melissa were married at the Bourne Roman Catholic Chapel, followed by a private reception at the prime minister’s private residence in Vieille Case, east of the capital.

LIAT LIAT advised its customers of affected operations due to the modernizing of its fleet. The Caribbean based airline is replacing all of its Dash 8 Aircraft with ATR Aircraft.

Surprise Move: France Blacklists BVI In what is being described as a surprise move, G5 member France has blacklisted the Virgin Islands along with other financial centres, Bermuda and Jersey. According to the Financial Times, the three offshore centres have been added to a list of "non-co-operative jurisdictions", triggering withholding taxes of up to 75% on payments from France.

UVI student body shrinks 10 percent in 2 years University of the Virgin Islands President David Hall asked faculty and staff to put their heads together during a town hall meeting Thursday to address the problem of declining enrollment. The university's student body has shrunk from 2,733 in 2010 to 2,455 in 2013, according to Hall. Source: CaribbeanNews360, BVI Platinum News, Virgin Island Daily News 57


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Homeschooling in the Caribbean by Shakirah Bourne

“You have ruined your child’s life!” “She will grow up to hate and resent you!” “What makes you think you are a teacher?!” These are the common reactions encountered by Carla Franco, mother of twelve year old, Bella, when others heard that she was homeschooling her daughter. “They were disgusted, and acted as though I had intentionally offended them!” Carla remarked. So why would Carla embrace the apparent taboo of homeschooling? She commented that it was out of necessity and desperation. “ We’d moved back home to Trinidad and I could not get her into a school - the reason being that she was at a difficult age for placement because she should have been going in the SEA prep year, and no spaces are ever open for that year. No parents want to take their kids out of school and put them in a new environment at such a crucial stage in their primary school education.”

Carla focused on the Barbados curriculum since they only planned to stay in Trinidad for the summer. She combated Bella’s short attention span by keeping things interesting, and finding subjects that were thought provoking. However, the main challenge was Bella’s attitude towards homeschooling. “It’s hard to go from parent to teacher back to parent in the same day. There is a respect shown to teachers that simply isn’t there for parents who teach. They’ll push all your buttons and no matter how many times you say ‘would you be behaving like this with a teacher at school?’ you will always be their parent first.” Carla stopped homeschooling Bella when they moved back to Barbados. She comments that there was great from pressure from people who gave unwanted parenting advice. “I understand their concerns. Homeschooling is a new concept to the Caribbean, but just as I was not trying to tell them how they should be parenting, I wish they’d showed me the same respect.”

However, since she has taken on homeschooling education, Carla believes that it is a thing of wonder and an opportunity to be in control of how broad your child’s education could be. Carla watched a documentary about school days that start early (between 8.00am and 9.00am) and progressive schools that start later in the day, and compared the functionality of children at both types of schools. She then decided to start later than a typical school day to accommodate the biological make up of a growing child and their body’s needs.

Carla’s preference is for private school, and laments that in her opinion, the public school system is not satisfactory. “I find it sad that a service any government provides for the enrichment of our children’s future could be so poor! And I do not blame the teachers! There is only so long a person can face something with enthusiasm on a daily basis, with almost no support from a government body in charge of their field, before they start to become apathetic! There are excellent teachers out there who are fighting daily to make school work for children who do not have access to a private education.”

One of the most difficult things for her to learn was the length of time to focus on one subject, and the school day in general. “In the beginning I tried to enforce the whole school day that I grew up with but you have to understand that teaching a concept or a topic to one person is a million times faster than teaching it to 20 kids in a classroom!”

She advises other parents who are considering homeschooling to be brave amidst the negativity that they will most likely encounter. According to Carla, “know that you have made this decision for your family and that pleasing everyone else is not your agenda. This is about you, not them!”

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VP Record Pool DUB ROCKERS VOLUME 1 VP Records and Vans release Dub Rockers Volume 1, a new compilation series that combines Jamaica’s top artists with popular U.S. and Euro-based reggae acts. The 10-track collection on VP Records’ newly founded imprint Dub Rockers, will feature collaborations between Slightly Stoopid, Inner Circle and Capleton, Bad Brains and Angelo Moore of Fishbone, SOJA and Gentleman, Rebelution and I-Wayne, John Brown's Body and Peetah Morgan plus much more.

MAXI PRIEST International reggae star Maxi Priest is back with the first single from his forthcoming album "Title TBD". "Easy To Love" (on the "In My Arms" riddim) produced by Colin 'Bulby' Yorke is released commercially on July 16th.

GYPTIAN, VIXEN Gyptian is breaking out with the hot new song "Vixen" featuring Angela Hunte (co-writer on Empire State of Mind) and produced by Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis (Fugees, Mary J Blige, Miguel). Vixen is the lead single form the forthcoming album Sex, Love & Reggae (in stores October 2013). CHRISTOPHER MARTIN Over the summer VP Records announced the addition of singer Christopher Martin to their artist roster. The superb reggae singer will release multiple albums and partner with label on touring and publishing efforts. The Jamaican native, who is currently in the studio recording, is slated to unleash his debut album on VP Records at the top of 2014.

REGGAE GOLD & SOCA GOLD 2013 VP’s highly anticipated compilations’ albums never cease to please.

HIRIE Young, talented and ambitious define HIRIE as an individual and as an artist. Stirring up island-inspired vibes with sounds of roots, reggae and pop while also applying her smooth, sweet and naturally pop-sounding voice to blend it all together. HIRIE will undoubtedly be a driving force in new-age music. Born in the Philippines, raised in Italy and living the biggest and most influential portion of her life in Hawaii, HIRIE considers herself an island girl at heart. The experiences she's had living on Oahu have taken her on a musical journey worth listening to by all who appreciate her genuine take on love and life. 2013 is the year HIRIE enters the music industry. With sheer determination she aims to deliver music that entertains both reggae and pop lovers alike. Charm, passion for people, positive and uplifting messages, and memorable hooks and melodies are offered for all in her upcoming, self-titled album: HIRIE. CARIBBEAN POSH FALL 2013

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St.Thomas Carnival It was February 14, 1912 when the first Carnival in St. Thomas, USVI took place. The second happened in 1914 and the island didn’t see another Carnival celebration until some 38 years later. Today celebrations take place the last week in April. St. Thomas now boasts one of the most beautiful Carnivals this side of the Caribbean.


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What is Treading in Barbados

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By Jacqueline Jones

esides the quick changes in weather from scorching sun to unpredictable rain, there's lots more going on in the island of Barbados. Residents are still abuzz with excitement following the recently concluded Animekon 2013: The Living Legends, which was the fourth installment of the region's only pop culture convention. With celebrated guests like cosplayers Yaya Han and JayEm Sison and science fiction author Tobias Buckell, the show continues to be one of the major events for the summer on the island and draws fans from Barbados and the Caribbean region, Malaysia, the USA, India, UK and Portugal. Also making waves on the island is the show Porgie & Murda, featuring the comedic stylings of Ozzie "Leadpipe" Reid and Reshawn "Saddis" Ince respectively. The series follows the two friends as they get themselves into all kinds of trouble with a very specific Bajan flair. The series is written by Most Wanted Entertainment and features a supporting cast including: Charles "Daddy" Ince, Shanstarr "Star" Warner and Irwin "Milla" Redman. Fans of the show get their fixes via YouTube and thousands have viewed these ongoing episodes since their inception. Additionally, Reid and Ince also have a hit song called Condense, which was released for Crop Over 2013. On a more sombre note, many Barbadians are definitely not happy with some of what has transpired after the country's recent 2013 Budget. Not only will funding be cut from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but the majority of local students of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, will now have to pay

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if they wish to attend. Add that to the layoffs of some Government workers, including some of those in the Barbados Postal Service (BPS), and you have a recipe for 'disaster'. Call-in programs like Down to Brass Tacks, aired daily on Voice of Barbados (92.9 FM), have been alive with irate callers wanting change, even if that change means a different government. The upcoming Barbadian comedy-drama movie Payday is another subject on the tip of many tongues, as Bajans await the September release of the highly anticipated film. Produced by Lets Do This Filmz, written by Shakirah Bourne and directed by Selwyne Browne, the movie gives viewers a unique taste of Barbadian life as seen through the eyes of stars Damien "Pack" Gibson and Andrew "Romie" Franklin. These two best friends want nothing more than to own a mechanic shop so they can leave their security guard jobs, but soon after they invest their entire salaries into a down payment for this endeavour, they realise that this is the least of their worries. What ensues is a hilarious ride, as their crazy personal issues constantly get in the way of their end goal. Superstar Rihanna touches down in Barbados as part of her Diamonds World Tour and ticket sales are already high, as fans gear up for the November 2, 2013 event. This will be her second concert on the island and is expected to draw crowds not only from Barbados, but around the world. This is Rihanna's fifth ongoing tour and is in support of her latest album Unapologetic. From budget cuts to a superstar gracing the stage, there's always something happening in Barbados.

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Members of the Porgie & Murda cast. Source: www.seegingertea.com

Romie and Pack share a laugh on set Source: www.getwrite.com

One of the stops on Rihanna's Diamonds World Tour will be Barbados. Source: www.voanews.com

Cosplayers at Animekon 2013. Source: www.barbadostoday.bb

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Love & Relationships OPINION ON: Dating and Relationships

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e live in a society today where everything is twisted. Everyone has a story about a significant other but never a moral behind the story. What's a story without a moral?

Have we forgotten the necessary steps in truly finding that special someone? Dating is an imperial process when it comes to having that significant other. The way I see it, today we either skip this step or we never acknowledge it period. This causes us to forfeit knowing who we are or who the other person is. There is a difference between dating someone and dating in general. If we are dating someone we are focused on building the qualities and bond in being in a relationship with that someone. Where as dating in general is finding someone who is worthy of simply starting the process of getting to know the person. From what I’ve been seeing, we tend to forget how much a friend we are suppose to be with someone before even vowing to be a couple. We have to realize having a friend is the key to a relationship. Friendship breathes longevity; if you are committed to being a friend you have a relationship for life. The thing is though, if you aren't ready to be in a relationship, be honest and say you aren't ready. When we aren’t honest about this, we tend to cheat love, cheat the relationship but most of all cheat ourselves. I don't think anyone should go through that sort heartache or stress where they are giving all but the other person isn't. I think with that we are setting our selves up for some serious trouble where life and love is concerned. Love is patient, love is kind, and love is a beautiful thing depending on how patient and kind you are. Make it beautiful. B'More

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Mother-Daughter Duo Battles Breast Cancer in Barbados By Shakirah Bourne

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hilst growing up, young Caribbean women face plenty of emotional and physical obstacles; menstruation, understanding sexual desires, sexual awareness and discovering self-identity, just to name a few. With all these challenges, the concept of testing for breast cancer may be near the bottom of the list, but the mother/daughter tag team of Lynda Lewis and Carol-Ann Gollop hope to someday change this perception through the Little Pink Gift Foundation. Thanks to “an amazingly understandable husband”, despite having a full-time job and the mother of two kids, Carol-Ann serves as the President of the Foundation, responsible for its operations and fundraising events. Although there are other breast cancer support groups formed by churches and groups for other types of cancer, the foundation is the dominant support group for persons diagnosed with breast cancer But questions lingered in their minds. What do people who in Barbados with its monthly Support Circle and Bosom Pal can’t afford this treatment do? What about persons who Programme. don’t have familial support? The birth of the Little Pink Gift Lynda, a breast cancer survivor, intimately deals with the can- Foundation was their eventual answer to these questions. cer patients, and not only organises speakers for the meet- They bring together newly diagnosed women with survivors ings, but personally handles the applications for financial aid. who have been there; they can be a comforting ear throughout “I could get two to three applications per month, or sometimes the entire process. Lynda proudly states that they have women during a high period, I can get five per month.” These applica- going to the hospital together to get chemo treatments. tions, once completed correctly, are passed onto a committee Carol-Ann would love to be able to carry out public awareness of medical persons who make the final decision. campaigns in schools. Lynda is in full agreement, stating that The charity, established in 2010, mainly gets its support from issues are different for young women; women who are now companies and private donations, and since it is still very starting to date, who want to get married and have children. young, there is a limit to the financial aid they can give to one “Your hormone levels change. Are you willing to subject your person. According to Lynda, “right now I have an application body to this? Do you freeze your eggs?” She stresses that it which has to be denied because we just can’t afford the treat- is important for public communication channels to get a perment for that type of cancer”. Ironically, Lynda was diagnosed sonalised view of breast cancer from different persons, so that with the same type of breast cancer; an event that became the all audiences can empathize and relate. No one ever includes themselves in a generalised statistic. driving force behind the creation of the initiative. In 2005, when Lynda felt a thickening of the skin in the shower, she knew something was wrong and immediately went to the doctor. Fifteen months later, which included three to four months of chemotherapy, drug and radiation treatment, she can now boast that she is cancer free. It was a tough journey. The cost of treatment was high; BDS $5000 per month for particular drugs with good rates of chance of survival. Lynda’s diagnosis had a profound effect on Carol-Ann, who while listening to her mom share her experience, tearfully joked that she “was hoping to get through one interview without crying”. The experience has brought Lynda, Carol-Ann and younger sister, Michelle, closer together, and has changed the dynamics of their mother/daughter relationship to one of three women, more importantly, three friends, battling this illness.

One common factor however, is the loss of hair as the result of drug treatments for cancer patients. Everyone has self-image issues. Lynda fondly recalls a time she was jogging, feeling self-conscious with a cap on her bald head, and a gentleman at a bus top called out, “Don’t mind mistress, the legs still look good!” Carol-Ann’s involvement in the Little Pink Gift Foundation has caused her to be more appreciative of life, and she learnt the hard way that “mothers are not invincible”. Lynda also states that she is more patient, and little things don’t bother her anymore, as they are nothing in the grand scheme of life. She leaves anyone currently suffering from breast cancer with this bit of advice. “Emotionally it is difficult, and you will have your depressed moments, feeling sorry for yourself. But even if you only have six months, enjoy those six months, because you could be depressed, miserable and still die, and not enjoy yourself. Get out there and do the best you can.”


Overcoming Relationship Challenges/Difficulties

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elationships can be complex and at times overwhelming. Intimate relationships can pose challenges for the individuals who attempt to co-exist peacefully and maintain a moderate level of happiness. As a marriage and family therapist, I counsel couples for relationship difficulties and challenges in their relationships. Over the course of my career, I have helped couples to overcome their relationship challenges to be better able to have a happy relationship and lives. Yes, each couple is unique, however, I will share with you three key elements that I am confident will allow for resolution in the relationship. It should be noted that other elements may be necessary given the specificity and attributing variables of the said challenges. Overcoming Relationship Challenges/Difficulties Trust- To trust is to believe and have faith that your partner has your best interest at heart. Sometimes, this may not be that easy to do, but, it should be considered as a possibility and overall attitude, or way of thinking and being. It requires you to simply put your heart in your partner’s hands. Vulnerability- Being vulnerable is allowing your partner to see you for who and what you really are—the good and the not so good. Show your strengths and weaknesses, and be willing to experience a range of emotions and associated behaviours with your partner as you learn about each other, and experience life together as a couple. Remember, sexual vulnerability is just as important as emotional vulnerability---- making the connection. Communication- Communicate, communicate, communicate. A. Talk to and with your partner, after all, this is the person whom you want to share your life with. B. Listen to your partner, you may not know what he/she will say until it is said. Hear each other’s point of view and respect it. C. Your partner cannot read your thoughts; perhaps they have associated certain behaviours with certain emotions over the course of the relationship. However, it is important to share your thoughts and feelings with your partner, not just about the relationship, but also about you as an individual, your fears, hopes, and dreams.

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