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Exploring Jamaica One Story at a Time

Canvas artist edition

Cover Born in Kingston, Jamaica, middle child of Patricia Barrett and Harold Buchanan, Candice defied great odds from her earliest days to become a highly-regarded voice in Caribbean broadcast journalism, tireless advocate for her community, and a capable ambassador for her culture. A life-long performer, Candice began singing solos as a young girl, featuring on the choir at Excelsior Primary School in Kingston, and being compared to Regina Bell before the age of 10. Moving to Excelsior High School, Candice Buchanan realized a gift for dance as well, leading her to graduate at 16, and begin studying Performance Arts at the renowned Exed Community College in Kingston, Jamaica. She would later study broadcasting at the media technology institute. Candice Buchanan started working at 14 years old and hasn't stopped yet. This impeccable work ethic collided with her stubborn determination to exceed expectations when, while working in a television production role, Ms. Buchanan suffered from a minor stroke at the tender age of 18 years old. A harrowing result of 18-hour long work days, Candice was told that she would walk with a limp for the rest of her life. An avid high-heel enthusiast, the media veteran reflects fondly on an experience that would cause most others to quit on their dream altogether, as a source of pride, motivation, and reassurance that there isn't much that can stop her. That grit, self-esteem and fighting spirit, Candice attributes largely to her upbringing in Kingston. As the middle child of the Buchanan family, she learned from an early age the value of responsibility and the value of unselfishness. 2

“Always try to see the spirit of god in people, let this govern your actions,� she recalls her mother instructing her, and feels that the countless nuggets of wisdom gifted to her as a young girl is the secret to the success she has enjoyed later on in life. "I have learned in my time in the industry that a true professional lives for the craft, not the hype or glamorous nature of the job. You have to be in it for the love or you WILL burn out or go down the wrong path and stay there." Candice Buchanan is unique as a media personality and presenter, because of the fact that she had more technical experience as a producer behind the camera than most. Today, Candice Buchanan has dedicated her life, and her wealth of knowledge, to teaching the next generation of creatives, and educating the mainstream about the culture she holds dear. In January of 2015, she launched Island Fever FM as a platform dedicated to educating youth about all aspects of Caribbean culture and addressing miseducation. Island Fever FM is the broadcast media arm of her non-profit organization Caribbean Social Education Foundation. Visit


Editor’s Note Image is everything! This purpose of this publication is to be a reflection of you. For that reason, we give homage to our artist. They recreate a lasting image of our culture free of stereotypes. Let’s give honor to our painters. Please purchase their works to show respect. Be encouraged, for you are not alone. These concepts can be applied in your personal and professional life. This is a process, so you will have to apply them regularly. Remember, repetition will become automatic. The power is within you and you can do it. 1. Understand your self-worth. When you begin to appreciate your uniqueness, you will learn to your value. 2. Know your purpose. God had already given you all that you need, now look within. 3. Do not compare yourself to others. You are an individual; this means your path from another. 4. Stop equating your success to a degree, job, home or clothes. Don’t look down on others for your story is not their story. 5. Know that you are beautiful creation. Beauty standards are not defined by images that are air brushed and heavy laden with makeup. 6. Don’t allow external things to define you. Remind yourself of who you are: a divine creation of God. 7. Take authority over your thoughts. Anyone who spews hatful words to you is coming from a painful part of themselves. Do not allow their pain to impact you. Janice K. Maxwell – editor


Contents Book Club Cinema Scene

Musical Notes - Shenseea Recipe Corner  Coconut Pie Recipe  Benefits of coconut water

Fun things to do in Jamaica Jamaican canvas artist  Scion Derby  Damian Cunningham  Popular Artist Exploring Jamaica One Story at a Time Waking up and claiming your beauty My Fondest Memories of My Island Home Jamaica 5

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Shenseea Lee is a dancehall performer and deejay. Shenseea use to be a promo girl until she was signed by Romeich entertainment. After remixing the well known Vybz Kartel’s song "Loodi" and performing on a side stage at Reggae Sumfest in 2015, Lee’spopularity grew. At the 2016 Youth View Awards, she won Young Hot and Hype Artiste break out Celebrity of 2016. Shenseea teamed up with Sean Paul for the 2017 single "Rolling" and perforemed at his 2017 European tour. Lee has also worked with Tommy Lee and is currently is a brand ambassador for Flow and Pepsi-Cola in Jamaica.


Coconut Pie Recipe Ingredients 1 9-inch Piecrust 3 Eggs 1 cup Corn Syrup ½ cup Brown Sugar ¼ cup Evaporated Milk 1 tsp Vanilla Essence 1 cup Coconut (freshly shredded is best)

Method Preheat oven to 350°F. Fit piecrust into pie pan and crimp edges. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, corn syrup, sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla. With a hand mixer, combine on medium speed. Stir in coconut. Pour mixture into piecrust and very carefully place pan into oven. Bake for about 20 minutes until filling is set. Remove from oven and cool completely. 8 to 10 servings 11

Benefits of coconut water

Rehydrates the Body: Coconut water is an excellent thirst quencher to beat tropical summer thirst. Because of its electrolyte composition, coconut water is also used to rehydrate the body in case of dehydration and fluid loss due to diarrhea, vomiting or excessive sweating. A good source of carbohydrates, it also helps lift your energy level.

Lowers Blood Pressure: Coconut water is considered good for controlling high blood pressure, thanks to its vitamin C, potassium and magnesium content. Potassium, in particular, helps lower blood pressure by balancing out the negative effects of sodium. Heart Tonic: Cholesterol – and fat- free tender coconut water offers cardio protective benefits. It helps lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL or the “bad” cholesterol) levels, thus reducing the risk of heart disease. Relieves Hangovers: Coconut water is also a great natural remedy for hangovers. Alcohol robs your body of hydration and this dehydration causes your morningafter booze blues. Coconut water replenishes the electrolytes in the body and boost hydration, thus making you feel better. Treats Headaches: Most headaches, even migraines, are triggered by dehydration. In such eases, coconut water can be of great help in supplying electrolytes to the body and boosting hydration. 12

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