“Of all the people I met in the industry, no one ever talked to me, gave me advice, connections, nothing. It’s all cut-throat competition to them. I’m not like that, I felt empowered by helping other people become empowered.”
Contents Issue 24|October 2013
6 Editor’s Note 8 Masthead 45 Creative Director’s Note
15 British Dependency
18 Stacey McKenzie
41 Miami Carnival
25 Shake the Salt
42 Breast Cancer Awareness
10 Welcome to Jamrock Cruise
28 drennaLuna 34 DIY Beauty on a Budget
12 Money Matters: Debt Collection
36 Musical Khaos Issue 24| October 2013 3
MEET THE TEAM JO WHEELER Writer
CHRISTINE CARR Beauty Editor
JODY ANN WILLIAMS Writer
What Caribbean Island are you from? Jamaica
What Caribbean Island are you from? Jamaica
Who is your favorite Soca, Reggae & Dancehall artist? I don’t have a favorite.
Who is your favorite Soca, Reggae & Dancehall artist? Machel Montano, Tarrus Riley & Vybz Kartel
Lyrically, what is your favorite reggae/dancehall song? Three Little Birds - It is a constant reminder to keep calm and take it easy no matter what’s happening. Worrying solves absolutely nothing. What is your favorite travel destination in the Caribbean and why? I don’t have one. How do you relax when not working? It varies: cooking, ready, writing or any myriad of random things. Favorite movie of all time? The Matrix Favorite book? I don’t have one. 5 Must See TV shows: Scandal, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Game of Thrones and Newsroom 5 TV shows you loved growing up: The Cosby Show, Matlock, The X Files Words that you live by? “It’s really not that serious. Get over it.”
Lyrically, what is your favorite reggae/dancehall song? Modern Warfare by Chronixx and Go Hard by Wayne Marshall feat. Damian Marley, Bounty Killer, Assassin, Aidonia and Vybz Kartel What is your favorite travel destination in the Caribbean and why? I have only been to one other Caribbean island so I don’t have a favorite as yet. How do you relax when not working? Listen to music Favorite movie of all time? The Notebook
MALAIKA LEPINE Writer What Caribbean Island are you from? Born in Canada, raised in Europe and Africa.
What Caribbean Island are you from? None that I know of, I was born in Chicago and Who is your favorite Soca, going back 4 generations on Reggae & Dancehall artist? H2O each side all roots end in the Phio, Bob Marley & Vybz Kartel does that count? Who is your favorite Soca, Reggae & Dancehall artist? Sorry I just can’t choose
Lyrically, what is your favorite reggae/dancehall song? Oh gosh, I don’t have a favorite per say, but for this I will say Gyptian “I Can Feel Your Pain” always makes me cry and Vybz Kartel “Cheat Pon Him” always brings out my inner Dancehall Queen.
Lyrically, what is your favorite reggae/dancehall song? Tarrus Riley “Never Leave I” or Damian & Stephen Marley “The Mission” What is your favorite travel destination in the Caribbean What is your favorite travel and why? Antigua, the beaches destination in the Caribbean are amazing and there is about and why? On this one I have one for every day of the month to go with Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica because that’s only because I have been where my heart is. connected to it for almost 10 years now and will be applying How do you relax when not for dual citizenship in 2014. working? A glass of wine and music. How do you relax when not working? Cold beer, good Favorite movie of all time? I am food and great music. a movienista, naming just one is like naming my favorite child. Favorite movie of all time? All the answers to life can be Favorite book? The Coldest found in the ‘Rocky’ Series Winter
Favorite book? The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
Favorite book? I consume books like food. Even if I broke it down into categories, I still couldn’t choose a favorite.
5 Must See TV shows: Big Bang Theory, Project Runway, Top Chef, Law & Order and Criminal Minds
5 Must See TV shows: Breaking Bad, Scandal, Devious Maids, Snapped, Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta
5 Must See TV shows: NFL, Son of Anarchy, Life After, Amazing Race and VH1 Soul Music Videos
5 TV shows you loved growing up: Cosby Show, Three’s Company, Star Trek, Facts Of Life and Martin
5 TV shows you loved growing up: Family Matters, The Cosby Show, Sister Sister, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and In Living Color
5 TV shows you loved growing up: Good Times, The Muppet Show, A Different, World, Living Single and Family Feud
Words that you live by? “All positive thoughts are powerful; all negative thoughts are weak”
Words that you live by? “Say no to drugs, Safe sex is the only sex, & Don’t fry chicken naked”
Words that you live by? “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.” Martin Luther King
STACEY BETHEL Founder and Editor-in-Chief
Tanya Stephens’ “These Streets” and Damian Marley’ “Affairs of the Heart”
What Caribbean Island are you from? Jamaica Who is your favorite Soca, Reggae & Dancehall artist? Bunji Garlin, Beres Hammond and Beenie Man
What is your favorite travel destination in the Caribbean and why? St. Barts and St. John. Both are very small and tranquil. I always feel peaceful and happy when I am there.
Lyrically, what is your favorite reggae/dancehall song?
How do you relax when not working? Hang out with family
and friends or chill at home reading and watching TV. Favorite movie of all time? Dirty Dancing and The Sound of Music Favorite book? Anything by Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler and James Baldwin 5 Must See TV shows: Scandal, Revenge, The Voice, Love
MIKELAH ROSE Art and Content Director
VICTOR E. LEWIS Creative Director
What Caribbean Island are you from? Jamaica
What Caribbean Island are you What Caribbean Island are you from? Montserrat aka Emerald from? Everyone in my family Isles is Jamaican. I’m the token Yankee. Who is your favorite Soca, Reggae & Dancehall artist? The Might Who is your favorite Soca, Arrow, Third World & Beenie Man Reggae & Dancehall artist? Machel Montano, Garnet Lyrically, what is your favorite Silk/Gregory Isaacs reggae/dancehall song? Third (Reggae),Shabba Ranks/ World ‘Jah Glory’ - “I see Jah Supercat/Tenor Saw/Bounty Glory in the rising sun, I see Jah Killer (Dancehall) Glory when the day is done” and Bob Marley ‘Time Will Tell’ - “Jah Lyrically, what is your favorite would never give the power to a reggae/dancehall song? I could baldhead to run come crucify the probably write a dissertation dread.” on Dancehall lyricism from the late 70s – early 2000s. There are What is your favorite travel dozens of ‘favorites’. destination in the Caribbean and why? St. Marteen -- it’s What is your favorite travel the most metropolitan island in destination in the Caribbean the Caribbean. Being centrally and why? Bermuda. I worked located, it is easy to get on and off for an entertainment company the island, for both regional and a few years back as road international travels, which makes manager for a couple of artists the island a perfect Caribbean at a Bermuda Reggae fest. hub. This provides a very diverse, Bermudians showed us so much love! The island was lovely. One activities to engage in while on of the most serene experiences I’ve ever had working with that quiet white sand beach that artists. I’ve traveled back stretches for miles where you can several times – it’s so relaxing. be alone. How do you relax when not How do you relax when not working? Reading, going to working? If not in search for that live shows, playing word games, perfect beach, I enjoy spending traveling and hanging out in down time catching up on parks. movies. Favorite movie of all time? Favorite movie of all time? Image Gosford Park and The Harder Maker with Tony Curtis and 007 They Come. James Bond Collections Favorite book? “The Favorite book? The Third Eye by T. Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Lobsang Rampa Atwood; “White Oleander” by Janet Fitch; “The Bluest Eye” by 5 Must See TV shows: Burn Notice, Toni Morrison Grace Land, Sons Of Anarchy, TALK Soup and For Better Or Worse 5 Must See TV shows: Mad Men, Love & Hip Hop (NY & ATL), Parks 5 TV shows you loved growing & Rec, R&B Divas (ATL & LA) and up: BBC World News, Kung Fu the Boardwalk Empire series, Miami Vice, Desmond’s and I Love Lucy 5 TV shows you loved growing up: Cosby Show, Family Ties, Words you live by? As my great Martin, Golden Girls and grandmother Alicia Tuitt always Different World say, “What deeds does not fall on you, falls on your kids, so always Words that you live by? do right by others.” “Forward Ever and Backward Never” – Jacob Miller
Who is your favorite Soca, Reggae & Dancehall artist? Machel Montano, Dennis Brown & Beenie Man Lyrically, what is your favorite reggae/dancehall song? wear it!” Bob Marley What is your favorite travel destination in the Caribbean and why? Jamaica, what can I say…I’m biased. How do you relax when not working? I’m very outgoing, so it gets no better than hanging/laughing with family and friends. Favorite movie of all time? Coming to America Favorite book? Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston 5 Must See TV shows: Scandal, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Chopped and Property Brothers 5 TV shows you loved growing up: The Cosby Show, New York Undercover, A Different World, Different Strokes and Punky Brewster Words that you live by? “Mean what you say and say what you mean.”
and Hip Hop Atlanta and Real Housewives of Atlanta 5 TV shows you loved growing up: Dynasty, Dallas, The Carol Burnett Show, Golden Girls and I Love Lucy Words that you live by? “To Whom Much is Given, Much is Required.”
RAINE MARTIN Writer
SHANTELL HILL Writer What Caribbean Island are you from? Jamaica Who is your favorite Soca, Reggae & Dancehall artist? Patrice Roberts, Shaggy/Cecile and Konshens Lyrically, what is your favorite reggae/dancehall song? Junior Gong – Affairs of the Heart What is your favorite travel destination in the Caribbean and why? I am sad to say I am yet to experience the Caribbean, but Panama is my home away from Jamaica with its island feel. How do you relax when not working? Relaxation for me involves an hour soaking in hot tub, a bottle of rose and fresh fruits. Favorite movie of all time? Wow. . .this is hard I would say Pretty Woman or Runaway Bride. I‘m a hopeless Julia Roberts and Richard Gear fan. Favorite book? Covers face – Fifty Shades of Gray and Rich Dad Poor Dad. 5 Must See TV shows: The Mentalist, Prison Break, Bones, 5 TV shows you loved growing up: Saved By The Bell, Fresh Prince, Family Matters, Suite Life of Zack & Cody and That So Raven Words that you live by? “Work Hard, Play Hard. Work Smart not Hard.”
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Editor’s Note AS WITH MANY THINGS, LOVE IS TO BLAME! My team (Mikelah, Victor, Shantell, Jo, Arlene, Jody Ann, Malaika, Raine, Kamila, Christene and Natalie) and I spend endless amounts of time each day pouring over the magazine thinking of ways in which we can improve the brand and add content that will add to the lives of our readers - the latter of which being the most important because we want to enrich your lives by keeping you on the pulse of all things Caribbean. Though we are two years old, we still consider ourselves the new kids on the block and we look to publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle Magazine, UPTOWN, Essence, Ebony, Travel and Leisure, among others, to get inspiration on design and layout, what’s going on trend wise in the world of fashion, music, travel and entertainpublication. We put plans in place and often times they don’t pan out the way we’d like them to - “when man plan, God wipe out.” But that’s with amazing stories about athlete, Asafa Powell, Actor, LEON, Disc Jock, Kevin Crown, Model and TV Personality, Yendi Phillipps, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Right Honorable Edward Seaga, Reggae artists, I-Octane, Shaggy, Konshens, Etana, Diana King, Voicemail, Wayne Wonder and the list goes on. Not so bad, right? With page views of over 1.9 million, a reach that extends across the globe and features that now includes Travel, Fitness, Beauty, Finance and Album reviews, we still have not scratched the surface. Our growth is continuous and we are not in a rush to achieve too much all at once. We want to continue on a steady incline because we want to be around for a while. We have an amazing team that is dedicated, amazing, talented and has a great love for the Caribbean. What we do is not easy, it is hard and frustrating at times but we trod on despite the many challenges we face. I think love is to blame. Where we go from here, only the one above knows. But I hope that for as long as he has us here, you will continue to pray for, support and encourage us. The journey is much yours as it is ours and together we can achieve something amazing. I thank you in advance.
Stacey Bethel Your Editor-in-Chief Editor@TripleTheFocus.com
Founder & Editor in Chief STACEY BETHEL
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: VICTOR E. LEWIS ART & CONTENT DIRECTOR: MIKELAH ROSE FASHION FASHION DIRECTOR: Arlene Martin (drennaLUNA) BEAUTY BEAUTY EDITOR: Christine Carr FITNESS Kamila McDonald Alcock FEATURES Jody-Ann Williams Malaika Lepine Shantell “Shanz” Hill LIFESTYLE Jo Wheeler Raine Martin PHOTO Marc Evans, Marc Evans Images Ajamu Myrie, Ajamu Photography
ABOUT TRIPLE THE FOCUS Triple the Focus launched its publication on October 5, 2011 with initial goal of providing a platform for industry insiders that would assist in connecting them with their fans on a more personal level, the Magazine has since grown exponentially to include travel, fashion clude countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and by large the Caribbean, to date, Triple the Focus has over 1,000,000 million page views not inon a monthly basis. In March 2013, Triple the Focus partnered with luxury lifestyle publication, UPTOWN Magazine to integrate more Caribbean content into their print and online publications. This strategic partnership with Triple the Focus will strengthen UPTOWN’s presence as a brand within the Caribbean market and enable them to better serve the Tourist Boards and Hoteliers who represent the core of their business in the region. Currently, UPTOWN’s print publication has more than 1,000,000 readers per issue, while Uptownmagazine.com has over 200,000 unique visitors per month and 2.2 million page views and over 60,000 iPhone App downloads. CONTACT Email: Info@triplethefocus.com Phone: 201-981-6960 (US)
FOCUSED ON | Travel DAMIAN “JR. GONG” MARLEY & NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINES FIRST ANNUAL
WELCOME TO JAMROCK REGGAE CRUISE
2014 from Miami to Jamaica with live performances by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, Julian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Busy Signal, Morgan Heritage, Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Christopher Ellis, Black-Am-I and more. Sound Systems and DJ sets from David Rodigan, Stone Love, Renaissance and Mighty Crown.
vibes day and night throughout the cruise. Many other entertainment events will be planned to satisfy every reggae lover’s appetite. This cruise is all that is reggae, but especially all that is Jamaica. The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), an agency of the Ministry of Tourism for the island, has jumped on board to endorse the world-class Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise and will play an essential role in spreading the word to the masses.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Norwegian Cruise Lines are happy to announce plans for the “As the home of reggae, Jamaica is proud to be a Welcome To Jamrock Reggae Cruise. The 5-night sponsor of the inaugural Jamrock Reggae Cruise. This is a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to The state-of-the-art Norwegian Pearl ship will set get immersed in the rich history of Jamaican music. sail on October 20, 2014 from Miami, Florida with The JTB will be on board to promote the island’s stops in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, Jamaica diverse offerings which are available for visitors before its return on October 25, 2014. to enjoy. The cruise will serve as an opportunity to whet the appetite of reggae music lovers to The world’s top tier reggae artists – including visit and explore the birthplace of reggae,” states Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Stephen “Ragga” John Lynch, Jamaica’s Director of Tourism. Marley, Julian Marley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Etana, Tarrus Riley, Jah Cure, Busy Signal, Morgan To purchase tickets and for more Heritage, Jo Mersa, Wayne Marshall, Christopher information, please visit http://www. Ellis and Black-Am-I – will be performing aboard welcometojamrockreggaecruise.com or call the ship. More acts will be announced at a later 1-800-248.7471. date. In addition to live concerts, there will be numerous sound systems and DJs (David Rodigan, Stone Love, Renaissance and Mighty Crown) blazing
FOCUSED ON | Finance
Money Matters: DEBT COLLECTION If you’re behind in paying your bills, or a creditor’s records mistakenly make it appear that you are, a debt collector may be contacting you. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency, enforces the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), which prohibits debt collectors from using abusive, unfair, or deceptive practices to collect from you. Under the FDCPA, a debt collector is someone who regularly collects debts owed to others. This includes collection agencies, lawyers who collect debts on a regular basis, and companies that buy delinquent debts and then try to collect them. Here are some questions and answers about your rights under the Act.
SOURCE: Source: http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0149-debt-collection
convenient times or places, such as before 8 in the morning or after 9 at night, unless you agree to WHAT TYPES OF DEBTS ARE COVERED? it. And collectors may not contact you at work if they’re told (orally or in writing) that you’re not alThe Act covers personal, family, and household lowed to get calls there. debts, including money you owe on a personal credit card account, an auto loan, a medical bill, HOW CAN I STOP A DEBT COLLECTOR FROM CONand your mortgage. The FDCPA doesn’t cover TACTING ME? debts you incurred to run a business. If a collector contacts you about a debt, you may CAN A DEBT COLLECTOR CONTACT ME ANY TIME want to talk to them at least once to see if you OR ANY PLACE? can resolve the matter – even if you don’t think you owe the debt, can’t repay it immediately, or No. A debt collector may not contact you at in- think that the collector is contacting you by mis-
WHAT PRACTICES ARE OFF LIMITS FOR DEBT COLLECTORS? Harassment. Debt collectors may not harass, oppress, or abuse you or any third parties they contact. False statements. Debt collectors may not lie when they are trying to collect a debt Debt collectors also are prohibited from saying that: You will be arrested if you don’t pay your debt; They’ll seize, garnish, attach, or sell your property or wages unless they are permitted by law to take the action and intend to do so; or Legal action will be taken against you, if doing so would be illegal or if they don’t intend to take the action. Debt collectors may not: Give false credit information about you to anyone, including a credit reporting company; document from a court or government agency if it isn’t; or Use a false company name. Unfair practices. Debt collectors may not engage in unfair practices when they try to collect a debt. CAN A DEBT COLLECTOR GARNISH MY BANK ACCOUNT OR MY WAGES? If you don’t pay a debt, a creditor or its debt collector generally can sue you to collect. If they win, the court will enter a judgment against you. The judgment states the amount of money you owe, and allows the creditor or collector to get a garnishment order against you, directing a third party, like your bank, to turn over funds from your account to pay the debt. Wage garnishment happens when your employer withholds part of your compensation to pay your debts. Your wages usually can be garnished only as the result of a court order. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF A DEBT COLLECTOR SUES ME? take. If you decide after contacting the debt collector that you don’t want the collector to contact you again, tell the collector – in writing – to lect a debt, respond to the lawsuit, either personstop contacting you. in the court papers to preserve your rights. ReWHAT DOES THE DEBT COLLECTOR HAVE TO TELL ME port any problems you have with a debt collecABOUT THE DEBT? org) and the Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov). Every collector must send you a written “valida- Many states have their own debt collection laws tion notice” telling you how much money you that are different from the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Your Attorney General’s ofThis notice also must include the name of the creditor to whom you owe the money, and how state’s law to proceed if you don’t think you owe the money. Issue 23 | September 2013 13
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FOCUSED ON | Music
his generation of Caribbean music makers has given itself the right to make the type of music it wants to make – frequently defying traditional or mainstream mushoulders of all the legends that preceded them regionally and worldwide. This can be an adventure for the music consumer and in the case of emerging Anguillabased group, British Dependency it’s a wonderful journey worth investing in.
to have in the group. Beautiful as well as gifted on the bass, she adds an important visual difference, also adding balance to the dynamic. Caribbean music output and music shows are maledominated, and here comes Joyah: gorgeous, smiling sweetly, dressed fashionably and playing the big bass powerfully. She explains she still loves to bake – especially wedding cakes and she feels fancy, decorative cake frosting is her specialty. Each group member gets a personally baked/ decorated Joyah cake on their birthday! For all these reasons and mostly her skills as a musician, and polish!
The group is managed by Davon Carty – an Anguillan musician who gave up his steady corpoI’ve seen them perform in their hometown, in fact rate position for music, many years ago. Davon at the world-famous venue owned by Anguilla’s also has his friend from Montserrat, respected art- ist/career manager, Victor E. Lewis, to consult with serve’ and recently I was blessed to sit and chat on the many aspects of responsibly presenting British Dependency in the most compelling ways. with them in New York City. It’s exciting to get to know the group who at this point in their growth already have much of the tangible – they make original music - and intangible factors - multiple-creative-skills, looks, intellect - separating them from the pack. As we await later this year. A title that tells you these young the release of their album debut, I feel very hopepeople are ready to work for it! They know you ful this group represents where the music is heading so get on board! active (gerund) form of language in their debut title! They’re doing all they can not to make any stupid decisions and said so plainly. I spoke with each of them and I have to say: Anguilla, be proud. These are ambitious, focused, driven and creative spirits with lots to say! The energy was great as all talk led to excitement about
Ruel Richardson, born in St. Kitts has lived in Anguilla since childhood and is the heart of the group. He has only worked at music and work it is because he is mostly self-taught. Asked to describe their music he hesitates a bit – a good heads nod when he does – that their gae, rock and jazz- their music is their Jaiden Fleming is a graduate of Anguilla’s Ani Art Academies and specializes in charcoal illustrations – I saw a couple – he’s brilliant! He says he does it for fun and has a huge sketchbook he travels with. I’m just saying, he loves creating art in various ways he’s trained in and which are available to him.
CLAIMING MINE By Raine Martin Photos by Saty & Pratha
“What is for me, is for me,” says “Back home in Jamaica, at that time Stacey McKenzie with a blunt modeling wasn’t’ considered a career, from a tried and true Jamaican. What was for that little girl from Allman Town who used to strut around elementary school in her mother’s high-heels was a highmost recognizable supermodel, motivational speaker and television personality. A completely selftaught and self-made superstar, Stacey is empowering a new generation in entertainment through her Walk This Way Workshops, a series of interactive
you know, ‘moggelin’ was just a fun ting, a show off ting,” she says playfully. “The only person I could remember seeing in Jamaica as a model was Grace Jones. All I knew about modeling was I needed to be good-looking, show off clothing and sell clothes. That’s it.” She taught herself how to walk by sneaking her mother’s heels to school and how to pose by pretending to be different characters in front of a mirror. When she moved to Toronto at 13, she took full advantage of the opportunity to entrench herself in the local fashion scene by calling agencies and pretending to be a top agent from Jamaica representing Stacey McKenzie. While her ploy landed her the meetings, it didn’t get her any contracts.
and camps that mentor young men and women and provide them with the keys for success in modeling and acting. Something traveled to New York and was signed by the prestigious Elite Model Management, she herself never had. but soon found that she was unprepared for industry life.
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“I was 16 and basically on my own. Living with other people who were my age with no supervision, no rules, I could basically do what I wanted to,” she says. “My mother raised me in a strict Christian home. I was used to having rules and boundaries. This kind of living was too much for me. I went back to Toronto.” She got her GED, worked three jobs and saved up to move to Paris, where she was signed to a small Gaultier. Ironically, it was a photo of Jean Paul Gaultier and Madonna that she saw in a magazine
“There was this photo of a man and woman in a magazine that totally fascinated me. I asked my sister to read the article to me and since then I’ve lived and breathed fashion,” she reminisces. “The where Madonna walked the runway with a baby carriage, that iconic image. It was unbelievable.” During her early days in Europe, she also connected with another childhood icon, Grace Jones. “She was sitting, practically naked, in like a yoga style pose. I walked into the room and she looked up at me and says, ‘You pretty, eeh?!’ She took my hand and we walked around together and hung out. She is an amazing woman.” While pursuing her career in Europe, Stacey came across many young models who, like herself in the beginning, didn’t have any knowledge of the industry. She’d give them advice, connections at different agencies and help them boost their unheard of in the highly competitive industry. It was from this that Walk This Way Workshops was born. “Of all the people I met in the industry, no one ever talked to me, gave me advice, connections, nothing. It’s all cut-throat competition to them. I’m not like that, I felt empowered by helping other people become empowered. What is for me, is for me. There is no reason for me to feel like I can’t
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help out other models or share information with them. I’ve been so blessed, I wanted to give back to other people, to the community, inspire other people to own who they are and go after their
Since its inception, Walk This Way Workshop has been featured in Teen Vogue Fashion University and highlighted by the Canadian Mental Health Association, Brown University, Kent State University and Queens School of Business. Stacey was recently presented with the 2012 Success, Engagement & Empowerment Award from the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. This summer, Walk This Way Workshop launched
In October, Stacey is preparing for a Walk This Way Workshop Tour. Starting in Calgary and traveling throughout Canada, the tour will spend 2 days in building workshops. She has plans to expand both the regular workshops and the camp to other areas, namely Jamaica and other areas in the Caribbean and the United States. In addition, Stacey is traveling to Cape Town, South Africa, an area that has one of the highest unemployment rates among women, to teach employable skills. Walk This Way Workshops will eventually expand into a school, and according to Stacey, she’s “thinking very hard” about an agency, as well as a clothing line, jewelry line and music career.
It all seems impossible for one lifetime. But young ladies from Toronto sharpened their according to Stacey, any and every one who modeling and entertainment skills with renowned knows her knows that once she puts her mind to something she loves, she goes after it full throttle. Afterall, what is for her, is for her. Can Dance Canada,’ TV hosts Tracy Moor and Dina Puguliese, Designer and Project Runway Canada winner Sunny Fong, actors Gabrielle Miller and Alex Cendese, and photographer Andrea Rees.
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SHAKE THE SALT AND ADD LIFE TO YOUR YEARS! By Kamila McDonald-Alcock
It’s a habit way too many of us can’t seem to shake. A habit many of us don’t realize goes way past the shaker—hidden deep in the depths of our most favorite foods... eating out the very heart of us, SALT! Did you know that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide? And that high blood pressure is a major risk factor? According to the American Heart Association salt/sodium is the culprit! Too much sodium in the diet has other harmful health effects, including increased risk for stroke, heart failure, osteoporosis, stomach cancer and kidney disease.
bloated (caused by water retention due to salt intake), a diet high in salt content is typically associated with weight gain. This is because high levels of salt in our diets poor, processed foods, like those found in fast food and restaurant meals, as well as on supermarket shelves. Most organizations and health experts recommend no more than about 2,300 mg a day and recent studies are showing that keeping our intake to less than 1,500mg a day (which is equivalent to 1/2 tsp salt) will drastically improve our health.
I challenge you to start becoming more conscious of your sodium intake and eliminating salt will get you several steps keeping your daily intake under 1500mg. closer! In addition to looking and feeling
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FOCUSED ON | Health & Fitness
10 WAYS to Reduce Salt 1. Put down the salt shaker- instead use natural foods. You can also use pepper, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar and my all-time favorite. 2. MRS. DASH! - it’s 100% natural, sodium free and 3. Eliminate Fast Food - in a recent study, it was found that 56% of meals purchased at fast food outlets contains more sodium than should be consumed during the ENTIRE DAY! The rest of the meals all averaged 1,108mg of sodium (with condiments) —for just ONE MEAL! 4. Eating out — if you must eat out, cut back on the amount of times for the week you do and while at the restaurant, be bold and ask them to prepare your meal without salt. 5. Read labels - take the time to read the labels of your favorite foods and keep track of how much sodium you are consuming. 6. Canned and processed foods — according to the Harvard School of Public Health, nearly 80 percent of the average Americans salt intake originates from processed foods. 7. Fruits and veggies — fresh fruits and vegetables are the best choices for a low-salt diet. If you buy frozen vegetables, make sure to read the ingredient list just in case any high sodium sauces and spices were added. 8. Potassium — did you know that foods high in potassium reverse the harmful effects of foods high in sodium and especially contribute to the lowering of your blood pressure? For example, broccoli, avocados, Bananas and apricots are all great sources of potassium. 9. Avoid cured meats -bacon, ham, fatbackluncheon meats, wieners and sausage — super high in sodium 10. Snacking — Cut back on prepackaged popcorn (pop your own), nuts (eat raw and unsalted), potato chips, pretzels and salted crackers (buy the low sodium version of these) There you have it! These 10 changes could change your life! See what you can do about incorporating at least most of them.
FOCUSED ON | Fashion
This month we traveled to the hills in the St. Andrew section of the Blue and John Crown mountains to experience autumn just so we could bring you something different. We are calling it,
THE CARIBBEANâ€™S AUTUMN
Photographer: Marc Evans Stylists: Arlene L. Martin, Angelie Martin-Spencer Clothing: drennaLUNA
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Only in these hills will we truly appreciate a fully lined jacket and the comfort of that still absorbs the sun during the day.
This sleek tailored jumpsuit needed some layers for the cool hills, where it rained during the shoot.
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The Mountains can be a perfect place get bothered with the heat.
When surrounded by such beauty itâ€™s only natural to appreciate it.
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FOCUSED ON | Beauty
DIY BEAUTY ON A BUDGET
he holidays are right around the corner, so, you might be tightening your belt a bit to save a little extra cash for gifts, traveling or whatever your heart desires. Saving money doesnâ€™t mean you have to forgo beauty treatments. Sometimes all you need is in your refrigerator or pantry, coupled with a little ingenuity and an adventurous spirit.
By Christene Carr
Lip Scrub Cooler weather often means chapped lips. When lips are chapped, lipstick and lip gloss settles into cracks making lips appear feathered. There are three ingredients in your kitchen that you can use to treat chapped lips. INGREDIENTS 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil (if liquid, place in refrigerator until it hardens) 1/2 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon granulated sugar HOW-TO 1. Combine all ingredients in glass bowl 2. Apply to clean dry lips 3. tion 4. Wipe away excess and follow with your favorite moisturizing lip balm
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay is 100% Calcium Bentonite or Green clay. Green clay is known to absorb oils and fats. When mixed with apple cider vinegar, the clay pulls dirt and oil to the surface of the skin leaving pores cleaner and less visible. INGREDIENTS 1 teaspoon Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay $8.19 1 teaspoon organic apple cider vinegar HOW-TO 1. Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl 2. Apply to clean, dry skin 3. Wait 20 minutes or until mask is dry 4. Wet a paper towel and place over face to soften the mask before wiping away 5. Rinse face with warm water and follow with a calming toner and moisturizer (Not recommended for sensitive skin.)
Hair is made up of about 70% protein known as keratin. The occasional use of a protein treatment can greatly INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup Greek yogurt (bring to room temperature) 1 tablespoon Honey 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil 1/2 tablespoon Lemon Juice HOW-TO 1. Mix all ingredients together and apply to freshly shampooed hair 2. Cover with plastic cap and wait 20 to 30 minutes 3. Rinse and follow with a moisturizing leave-in conditioner and style as usual 4. This is recommended for dry, damaged natural or processed hair
Grape seed oil is one of the lightest natural carrier oils available. It is popular among massage therapists because it is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves a INGREDIENTS 4 ounces Grape Seed Oil 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil such as Rosearray of essential and carrier oils on New Directions Aromatics. Please be sure to read all warning labels before use HOW- TO 1. Combine ingredients in a dark glass or plastic bottle 2. Shake well 3. Use for massage as necessary 4. Store in a cool dry place
Frequent nail polishing can lead to nail discoloration, even if a base coat is used. A mixture of baking soda, lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide can help to remove stains. INGREDIENTS About 2 tablespoons of baking soda Juice of half of a lemon Add about a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide HOW-TO 1. Combine all ingredients 2. Coat each nail and gently massage over nail 3. Leave on for about 10 minutes then rinse 4. Dry hands and apply hand cream and cuticle oil immediately following treatment Your nails will feel ridiculously smooth and they should appear less stained. Repeat this procedure every time you polish and you should start seeing less stained nails over time.
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FOCUSED ON | Music
KHAOS By Jody Ann Williams
gave us, the younger generation, a chance to make something from our culture or have inspired us to be different.
Reggae artist, based in the United States, but Jamaican by birth, has impressed fans and listeners of the genre with his talent, creativity and insight at the young age of 23.
Do you think upcoming artists are being given a fair chance to showcase their talents? Not really. DJs/ZJs are not obligated to play our music. I see this as a challenge for us young musicians. Moreover, we have Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other social networking sites that we can use to expand and showcase our talents. Earn your respect!
stage moniker, Khaos, I knew that there had to be something different about him. I imagined that the name suggests bringing about musical Khaos and that if that was the case he was not only brave
Exposed to music at a young age like most, he grew to appreciate veteran artists such as Brigadier Jerry, Charley Chaplin and Alton Ellis, who would become his musical in“It’s a Party,” followed by “Naturally Different” mixtape, single/video “If God Was Like Man” featuring Toi and his last mixtape “25 Minutes of Fame” that has received over 30,000 downloads in the past 5 months. His projects thus far has proved that his music knows no boundaries and that he is capable of producing thought provoking music. Talent coupled with hard work – Khaos has set a grand stage for himself. Find out how he plans to set himself apart all while causing a little musical khaos. How did you get the name Khaos and what does it represent? I got the name from a friend in 2009 when I visited Jamaica. I told him that I was ready to do music FULL-TIME and he suggested a name change. “KHAand I think it represents my character. Which song(s) would you say opened the door for you in the industry? “If God Was Like Man” feat. Toi. It’s everyone’s favorite and my personal favorite. Other songs such ney Records’ Chill Spot Riddim and “If You Need My Love” on Kimichi Records’ Phoenix Riddim also gave me a buzz. Those three songs will probably ring a bell whenever people hear the name “Khaos.” Brigadier Jerry, Charley Chaplin, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, Denis Brown, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, Bounty Killer, Stephen Marley, Damian “Junior Gong” Marley, Lee Scratch Perry, Don Corleone, Stephen ‘di Genius’, Nas, Lauryn Hill, Ryan Leslie, Maxi Priest are some of the artists/producers that I really look up to. These artists have done a lot for music. They
What projects are you currently working on? I have a new mixtape that I’m working on “The Land Of Khaos” a follow up to my previous mixtape “25 Minutes of Fame” and afIf you could collaborate with 5 artists, who would they be? Damian Marley, Nas, Sizzla, Beres Hammond and Lauryn Hill. What’s the most challenging thing you’ve had to overcome being in this industry so far? After leaving Calibur Ent, the producers of “If God Was Like Man” in late 2011, I thought it was the end of the road for me. I didn’t have anywhere to voice or anyone to voice for. So I used to just write songs on every riddim (hip hop or dancehall) voiced Jah Jah, If You Need My Love plus other tracks because I’m not the kind of person to just get up and voice for any and everybody. After that I started to buy my own equipment and do my own recording. I used to voice for this kid Krisbeatz before I met Calibur. He moved to Florida last year and since that me, him and a few others started our own thing, learning from each other. Recently we hooked up with ZJ Bruce Lee from Zip 103 and we’re now working under his label “Kick Dem Records”... We’ve managed to release a few riddims featuring top Dancehall acts such as: Demarco, Ward 21, Bling Dawg, Macka Diamond, Chan Dizzy, Beenie Man, T.O.K., & we have a new single from the Unruly Boss himself Popcaan that’s gonna run the streets!! So everything is back on track. Give thanks to the Almighty
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DON’T PUT ME IN A BOX
DREZION By Malaika Lepine
Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Andre also known as Drezion was introduced into the world of music by being exposed to a variety of instruments in his father’s church. Music came naturally to Drezion, who was gifted with an ear for music; he could instantly repeat any piece of music presented to him. Learning by ear a variety of instruments beginning Against his father and mother’s wishes, Drezion headed to the prestigious Edna Manley College, and instantly became a top student sought after by worldwide schools and bands. While at College, Drezion was introduced to Anchor Records and began working closely with Gussie Clarke, which was the turning point in his budding career as a professional musician. His raw abilities caught the attention of Father Romie of Exodus Studio/Soundsystem and Vybz Kartel, making him the collaboration produced beats like “Skin Will Burn”, “First Chapter” and “Evil Deeds”. A few months before graduation, he was approached by Morgan Heritage to play keyboard and the rest as they say is history. Five years later, Drezion has toured and recorded with Morgan Heritage and is now the Musical Director for their solo projects. So you play instruments, make beats and sing, but what Well, music is my passion, so me I don’t put one thing over the other. OK, well I see how you started playing music, hooked up with Morgan Heritage and starting making beats, but how did singing come about? I was making riddims and voicing my own voice on the demos, so I can give an artist the idea of the song. Danny Champagne (owner of Champagne Intl Records) heard me and urged me to take it there. I wasn’t sure, still am not too sure lol. But he became my mentor and showed me the business; he pushed me to create my own record label, Tenament Yard Records. So now I was making riddims, voicing people and voicing myself, get a little buzz and it felt good. Drezion boasts a diverse portfolio of artists including legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry, Rum Roy, D’Angel, Bob Andy, Tinga Stewart, Ken Boothe, Lisa Spicer, etc
and has produced notable tracks for internationally renowned artists such as Keyshia Coles and Rihanna. Sizzla, Capleton, I-Wayne, Morgan Heritage, Dennis Brown and Bob Marley. It’s a mix of their actual vocal tones and musical message, that’s me. I’m like all of dem blended in one but still me. Tell me the ups and downs of being a part of such an amazing band such as Morgan Heritage? So many ups, I’ve been to places in this world that I could never imagine going. I am doing what I love, how many people can say dem love dem work and this job helps me take care of my family. I play music alongside my family, Morgan Heritage is my family. Downside, well a lot of time people just see me as Morgan Heritage musician, not as Drezion and a producer. Many times they assume that my music is only like the band’s music. But then I pull out my resume. I’ve done Hip Hop, dancehall, even rock. I say remember “Swag Riddim”? That’s me, remember such and such? That’s me. I don’t want to be put in a box. I’m not just Morgan Heritage lead keyboard, I’m Drezion producer! So then Drezion, what have you been up to this year, what’s in the works for you? I juggle many things in between tours. During the summer I was on tour in Europe with Morgan Heritage but I managed to produce a few riddims and some singles for artists. I even produced a medley video for my “Moonlight Riddim”, but because I’ve been so busy it’s not out yet. And I contributed on Morgan Heritage newest album. I’m debating to do a follow up to release all this music stuck in my head. I need to get it out.
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MIAMI CARNIVAL By Jo Wheeler Photos by Miamibrowardcarnival.com
October is here and it’s the end of the Carnival season. Carnivals, Trinidad & Tobago, carnival celebrations have made their way up the Caribbean Sea, throughout Europe, and all across North America. Now as we take that Last that’s coming to a close while simultaneously preparing to do it all over again next year. In fact, that’s kind of what Miami’s Carnival is all about. If you’re in the Caribbean, Miami Carnival is your last chance to do it big in the US before the holiday season. By the time October comes, the current season’s music has been virtually exhausted. We’ve heard every road mix, club mix, answer back, and remix imaginable, and all have played out so much that DJ’s don’t even bother running them for more than 30 seconds. Yet we still wine, jump, and wave anyway. It may not be with the same enthusiasm as six months ago, but still, a good tune is a good tune right? Think Palance a few seasons back. At the height of it, we were palancing all over the place – hard. But it has nowhere near that original energy. And that’s normal, it happens to all music. The fade out is inevitable. As we usher the current favorites out the door, next year’s music has already started seeping through the cracks. Not only do mid-season releases get to shine, and CropOver start testing out their early releases for the next year’s Carnival season. Sprinkle them in here and there, see how the crowd reacts, then take it back to the lab to perfect it. The lethal combination of these three elements is what keeps the fetes fresh and the energy high in Miami, so it doesn’t suffer from fatigue by being the last major event of the year. On the contrary, Miami actually creates a resurgence of that Carnival energy. As you say goodbye to one Carnival season, Miami gives you a sneak preview into the next. What’s the saying, as one door closes another opens? Miami Carnival basically applies that same principle to become a transition at its best. In essence, Miami’s Carnival is a sweet homage to all things carnival and everything any given season has been about. The years when groovy tunes rule, Miami fetes are all about close wining and easy vibes. The times when its power anthems, the parties in Miami run amuck with coordinating themes, colors, paints, power and anything else that will blaze up the place. I think it’s their way of saying “Yeah yeah yeah, it’s been a good season, but time I think I’m out, they pull me back in’? Yeah, it’s pretty much like that. You reach Miami ready to say goodbye to Carnival but leave anticipating the upcoming season. the best lap, or at least the best of both worlds.
Issue 24 | October 2013
FOCUSED ON | Health & Fitness
Telling Your Boss and Co-Workers About Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis Breastcancer.org
yourself when thinking about talking to your boss or coworkers about your breast cancer diagnosis is “Should I tell?” You don’t have to tell anyone at work, unless it is apparent that your diagnosis or treatment will interfere with your ability to work or your work schedule. Keep in mind that if you decide not to discuss your health at work, some questions may be raised if your productivity level is affected, or if you miss a lot of time at work due to treatment appointments.
Talk to your co-workers in smaller groups of one to three people, to make conversation easier Assure your team of your commitment to your job. Explain that you will do everything in your power to do the best job you can. For example, you can ask someone to handle your duties when you’re not at work and you’ll follow up when you return.
Don’t be afraid to ask your co-workers for help and understanding. Explain that you may You might decide to just tell some people — your supervisor, your closest colleagues, or port in some projects. someone with whom you share responsibilities. Or, you could decide to tell everything Explain that you will keep everyone posted on to everyone, depending on how comfortable your health as needed. Allow coworkers to ask you feel. So how do you tell them, and what some questions about your situation — most do you tell them? Keep in mind that people likely, they care and want to help. At the same may react differently; you may receive great time, if they seem to be asking too many quesamounts of support from some coworkers, tions, let them know that you appreciate their while others might not be as comfortable with concern, but that you’d like to focus on work. the conversation. Discuss a possible change in your appearance. Your comfort is the most important, so do what You may experience hair loss, for example, if feels right for you. Here are some things you you’ll be having chemotherapy treatments. might want to try to make the discussion a little easier: Have the conversation in a comfortable, yet private area.
IN HONOR OF NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH STAYING AWARE:
TALKING WITH CHILDREN ABOUT A BREAST CANCER DIAGNOSIS By Hollye Harrington Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW Breastcancer.org
Having to tell children about a breast cancer diagnosis is rotten. I mean, really, as if having breast cancer isn’t hard enough. However (based on my professional experience as a nurse and my personal experience as a patient), I know that including children in the process — from the time of a diagnosis — is the most important thing that we adults can do for them. Children deserve open lines of truthful communication. Truthfulness is the best (and only!) way to establish and maintain a bond of trust with anyone, but especially with children. Discussing illness honestly and openly will teach children that parents are trustworthy and that honesty is a core family value. As much as I wish that my experience only happened to me and that I could have shielded my husband and children from the pain, the reality is that cancer happens within the ecosystem of family, friends, and community. It just does. The Silver Lining is that there are indeed tools to help parents talk with children. Here are some practical suggestions for how and when to talk with children: Talk with them at the time of the diagnosis.
tions guide you. Base conversation on the child’s age and sense of understanding. Begin with the basics. Practice what you are going to say. Consider having another adult present. derstand. Be honest. If you don’t know the answer, say
When talking with children, it is helpful to become familiar with the typical beliefs that children hold about a cancer diagnosis and how to respond to these beliefs. Children often feel guilty (often silently) because they think they caused cancer in the family — by misbehaving, thinking angry thoughts, etc. Reassure them that no one is to blame for the cancer. Cancer isn’t contagious, but children may think it is. Let them know that this isn’t an illness like a When a parent is ill, children may feel worried about being alone and abandoned. They need to know that they will always be taken care of. Identify the person who will take care of them when you are unable. Children may equate cancer with death, even if the prognosis is good. Be honest about what you know. Do not make false promises, but stress that doctors and nurses will do everything they can to get rid of the cancer. While we cannot protect all of the world’s children from the big and little “lumps” (pun intended) of life, the manner in which the experience is handled lays the foundation for how children will handle the inevitable future “lumps” in the road.
The Silver Lining is that children are wonderfully resilient and can survive a family’s cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. My husband and I had two choices about how we were going to handle this wretched diagnosis: from a position of fear or Look for clues they may be confused, angry, from one of love, from a place of denial or truth. sad, or withdrawn. We chose love and truth. As a result, our children Get support. Inform your child’s teachers/counmirrored our words, actions, and emotions. It was selors/coaches. emotional. It was honest. It was hard, but we were all in it together. Issue 24| October 2013 43
Creative Director’s Note GRATEFUL, HUMBLED AND BLESSED! WE ARE TWO YEARS OLD! Feeling grateful! It seems like only yesterday we were closing out Issue #12. We are two and feeling very thankful as we celebrate another anniversary. We would not be here without the support and encouragement from our readers. To the advertisers who have joined us, embracing our vision and platform to share their respective brands monthly, we thank you all. Also, we say thanks to the many artists and various Caribbean islands that have allowed us Editor-in-Chief for her leadership and our extremely talented team and contributors, thank you. We remain steadfast in our commitment to provide readers content that nourishes their diverse palates and our October 2013 issue is no different. From the Editors’ note to our Team spotlight, we are excited to share who we are and our passions and goals with you. Our plan is that you will see that we all share one commonality, our zest and zeal for life. Our usual insights via MONEY MATTERS and BEAUTY FEATURE we hope will equipt you with the knowlturn a blind eye to the disease we continue to wage war against, Breast Cancer. As it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we share with you two articles that cover how to communicate the news about your diagnosis to your children and your coworkers. It is vital for all of us to stay aware. Described as bold, beautiful and unique, our cover feature is none other than Canadian/ Jamaican Supermodel, STACEY MCKENZIE. Not only does she grace the pages of this month’s issue, this motivational speaker and TV personality will host our celebratory events in New York. Since we are on the topic of fashion, drennaLUNA shows us how to remain chic during the Fall season with her coveted pieces. Like the birds that travel South in the winter, we islanders make our way to MIAMI CARNIVAL. Just as we brought you Labor Day in Brooklyn, Triple The Focus heads to Miami to capture the festivities allowing you to experience all the shenanigans right from your home. Continuing with industry insights, we introduce you to young Kingston producer DREZION and Artist on the rise, KHAOS. Heading further down into Eastern Caribbean Island of Anguilla we encourage you to get familiar with group, BRITISH DEPENDENCY. Their distinctive sound is already making waves, crashing shores worldwide and we have been invited to embark on the journey with them as they storm the globe.
Please continue to write and share your thoughts and feedback: Creativedirector@triplethefocus.com. Until next month “T-Focus and think Creative.
Victor E.Lewis Your Creative Director
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