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Contents Issue 12| September 2012
Stacey’s Top 10 Must Haves for Fall
Tensing Pen Resort Negril’s Best Kept Secret
Black Hair Re-Visited
Fall Fashion: drennaLuna
Ms. Legendary, Ishawna
L.A. Lewis: The Quintessential Dancehall Deejay
Fall into Fashion
Rasta Messenger, Warrior King
Labor Day Mashup: Chris Martin Konshens & Mr. Vegas
Living Beyond Your Wildest Dreams Dr. Manning-Fontaine
drennaLuna “We hope you enjoy my take on fall
fashion – with inspirations ranging from a lounge look, to corporate and what I simply can’t resist – evening elegance. ”
COVER PHOTO CREDIT: Marc Evans
Editor’s Note EMBRACING WHAT’S TO COME To quote Denis Waitley, “A dream is your creative visions for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” This couldn’t be more applicable – it rings true at a time when the season will slowly change and we will change with it. Not only will our wardrobe go through a transitional phase, so will we. We will begin to shop for Christmas gifts, make plans for Thanksgiving and try to complete our resolutions made at the beginning of the year, before we ring in the New Year. Change is inevitable and like Waitley suggests, we MUST break out of our current comfort zone and embrace what’s to come. The September issue is our 12th and come October we will be celebrating our 1st Anniversary. How time flies. There are a lot of dynamics at play and though the magazine has taken on a life of its own, there are varying levels of existence that we have to keep abreast of, such as updating the website to keep you – the readers – engaged in between issues, keeping our content fresh and new, keeping you informed and mostly importantly, keep you wanting more. This issue is all about fall fashion and we delved right in to bring you what’s hot for fall. It was fitting to feature drennaLUNA’s design on the cover in keeping with our theme. Not only are the designs fresh and new but also chic and timeless. The pieces can easily be worn for years to come and that’s a smart investment. New York City was buzzing Labor Day weekend with parties leading up to the West Indian Day parade. A cultural celebration of music, arts, crafts, foods – it was truly magnificent. Artists from the Caribbean traveled to the City that never sleeps to headline at some of the most talked about events such at On the Reggae Tip at Hammerstein Ballroom, Brass Fest at Brooklyn Museum, Anything Goes at Pulse 48, Five Alarm Blaze at Webster Hall and Labor Day Shutdown at BB Kings. Partygoers had their pick of events to attend and the decision depended solely on which artist they wanted to see perform. Who dominated Labor Day Weekend in New York? Well we have that and more, all you have to do is read further. Our monthly feature on artists continues with reggae stars Ishawna, Warrior King and L.A. Lewis. Also Dr. Manning-Fontaine has returned from vacation with an inspiring piece entitled, “Living Beyond Your Wildest Dreams.” Whatever you are in the mood for this month, we have it here. So pour yourself a glass of wine and let us transport you through the pages of our publication that is sure to renew your spirit and spark ideas on how to navigate the fall season. See you next month!
Stacey Bethel Your Editor-in-Chief Editor@TripleTheFocus.com
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STACEY’S TOP 10 MUST HAVES FOR FALL
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Let’s face it ladies, Fall is here. And since we cannot do anything about it, why not conquer gracefully. For me, my checklist remains the same year after year - a great sweater, riding boots, a lightweight leather jacket that can easily go from day to night, super fun tights, scarves and the list goes on. Here are a few great finds that will make your fall wardrobe spellbinding.
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MICHAEL KORS JET SET MEDIUM TRAVEL TOTE MICHAELKORS.COM
SPERRY WOMEN’S BAHAMA BOAT SHOE SPERRYTOPSIDER.COM
STEVE MADDEN COLATERL BOOTS STEVEMADDEN.COM
VINCE HORIZONTAL RIBBED HOODED CARDIGAN NEIMANMARCUS.COM
OXFORD BOY SHIRT JCREW.COM
STACEY BETHEL Editor in Chief Creative Director: VICTOR E. LEWIS Art & Content Director: MIKELAH ROSE Public Relations: MICHELLE GAYLE Business Relations: NATASHA P. DUNN Photographers: CHAMPION HAMILTON | AJAMU MYRIE Graphic Designer: RUPTION DESIGN STUDIOS Beauty: RENEE BAPTISTE | KRYSTLE KAREE MAKE-UP Contributing Writers
Shantell “Shanz” Hill Jody-Ann Williams Stephen “Cat” Coore Rev. Dr. M. Frances Manning-Fontaine Raine Martin Malaika Lepine
ABOUT TRIPLE THE FOCUS Triple the Focus is a Music, Entertainment and Lifestyle E-Magazine published monthly. Released October 5, 2011, the goal of the E-zine is to provide a platform for industry insiders that will assist in connecting them with their fans on a more personal level. With behind the scenes photos, exclusive interviews, fashion and lifestyle tidbits, Triple the Focus is the brainchild of Triple 7 Entertainment LLC’s, a PR firm, CEO Stacey Bethel (nee Williams), who serves as Editor in Chief of the Magazine. Creative Director, Victor E. Lewis is the CEO of VicRae, Inc. whose clients include Actor, Leon, Third World Band, Jadine – Soca Diva and more. Art & Content Director, Mikelah Rose has worked for JAMROCK Magazine, VP Records, TEMPO Networks and has her own blog, Style & Vibes. For more information, email info@ triplethefocus.com.
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Art & Content Director’s Note Fashionably Speaking Dear Summer, I miss you already…but boot season is calling. The thing I love most about living on the east coast is that you truly get to experience all seasons, hence more fashion options. I’m a girl who loves options! Fall is my favorite fashion season, boots, blazers, scarves and did I say boots? September is a busy month for New York City. Unofficially ending the summer, Labor Day Weekend with Caribbean Artist bouncing from borough to borough to perform for as many fans as possible for our Carnival weekend, kicking off New York Fashion Week with Fashion’s Night Out, Fashion Week shows and presentations and pop up shops; the events are non-stop for the entire month! Luckily, if you were unable to participate in the fun festivities, Triple the Focus has you covered! It was only fitting that we feature drennaLuna’s designs for the Fall Fashion Issue. Her stunning layouts over the past few months are something our fashion readers enjoy immensely. Stacey’s got her thumb on all the latest trends keeping you well informed on key items to transition you into Fall. Caribbean artist shut down Labor Day Weekend every year, this year’s heavy hitters were Mr. Vegas, Konshens and Chris Martin, check out how they entertained their crowd again and again and again…never ceasing to disappoint. Black hair is always a topic of discussion – natural vs. relaxed vs. extensions; whichever is your preference be sure to check out Lauren’s beauty exclusive on keeping hair healthy. And who is L.A.Lewis? Get to know the eccentric dancehall figure and find out what he really does in the industry. Check out our feature on Warrior King, Ishawna and words of wisdom from Dr. ManningFontaine and more! Next month we celebrate Triple the Focus Anniversary. Please be sure to send us your comments and feedback. As always…stay focused!
Your Art & Content Director ArtDirector@TripleTheFocus.com
NEGRIL, JAMAICA BEST KEPT SECRET: TENSING PEN RESORT
Located on the western tip of Negril, Jamaica, Tensing Pen is the ultimate destination Jamaican resort for the discerning traveler. This Jamaican resort has a unique collection of beautiful wood, thatch and cut stone cottages of a varying sizes and increasing luxuries for the ultimate relaxing vacation. Tensing Pen is nestled in its own private Jamaican cove on the Caribbean Sea, offering a truly secluded and relaxing experience where the Caribbean Sea laps languidly against rocky cliffs. Think of lush tropical foliage and the crystal clear sea. What more could anyone need? At the Tensing Pen Resort in Jamaica - Life is Simple. Tensing Pen is a small, intimate resort in Jamaica directly located on the Caribbean Sea and offers a multitude of spacious and cozy cottages and suites ideal for your Jamaican resort vacation. Whether you want twin beds or king beds; sea breeze or cove cool; the Tensing Pen destination resort will suit your needs. All of our suites and cottages are located on Tensing Pen property and are surrounded by glistening beaches and lush forest vegetation. We can assure you, our resort will make your vacation stellar! There are no telephones or televisions in the rooms, offering a truly restful experience. Rooms are cooled by
ceiling fans and lovely ocean breezes and have small refrigerators. Telephone and WIFI access is available through the office during opening hours. Cold beverages, including beer and wine, are available from our bar or gift shop. In addition to several cut-stone decks around the resort, Tensing Pen also has SeaSong Hut, available for weddings, parties, meetings, and yoga or exercise groups. Breakfast is included daily in the cost of rooms. Breakfast consists of fresh orange juice, assorted fresh tropical fruits, breads with butter and jam, cereal, coffee and tea. Lunch and Dinner is prepared daily and served in the Lodge. Swimming, Snorkeling, boat trips to the reef, scuba diving, automobile, bicycle or scooter rentals can all be arranged through the resort office. We also have trained massage and spa therapists on hand for extra attention. Weddings are all planned and arranged through the resort office. Tensing Pen is a Jamaican Resort known for a friendly, cooperative staff eager to serve. For Pricing and Booking call 1-800-957-0387 | 876957-0387 | Fax 876-957-0161 or visit our website at www.TensingPen.com.
Photo Credit: Tensing Pen
TENSING PEN REVIEWS Rum & Reggae Caribbean: Situated on a rocky bluff on the West End amid several acres of lushly landscaped grounds, Tensing pen is our favorite place to stay in Negril. The accommodations are truly fabulous for their uniqueness, privacy and setting. National Geographic: One of the most peaceful and private places to stay in Negril. A rocky bluff faces sunsets; thatch huts on stilts are simple yet elegant, with rocking chairs on verandas overlooking the water. Caribbean Travel & Life: A Fantasy on the cliffs of the West End, Tensing pen is an intimate hideaway with a loyal following. Brides Magazine: Tensing pen is an eclectic scattering of secluded cottages with beautiful ocean front view panoramas and the two of you can be as alone as you want to be. Yoga Journal: If sleeping inside a thatched hut, dinning in an open kitchen and practicing yoga in a bungalow overlooking the gentle Caribbean Sea is your idea of the ideal vacation, you are in for a treat. Travel and Leisure: At this enchanting little property in Negrilâ€™s hip West and thatched cottages with spotless Rooms feels more Polynesian that Caribbean youâ€™ll find great swimming off the rocks and idyllic sunning. British Vogue: Tensing pen is perfect if you want a frill free, very informal holiday. Vogue: Tensing pen mimics the South Seas with thatched round huts on stilts the whole property is built amid jungly gardens and dramatic cliffs fronting the sea. Guests Sunbathe on rocky legdes on the cliffs with ladders leading down to the water for idyllic swimming.
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Black Hair Re-visted By Lauren Dunn
I am super excited about writing this article because I am a big hair enthusiast and I may not be a professional, but I have tried so many things with my hair over the years that I feel like, I can share what works for me with you. More so than the various looks and styles, the greatest importance is the health of my hair. According to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, African American women have weaker hair. So imagine the struggle our hair goes through after we perm it. I have really thick hair and got my first perm when I was 4 ½ years old. As an adult I have battled with over processing my hair in to make it blend with my weave. Now I am left with getting to the root of my hair woes and taking care of my hair. I have stopped touching up my hairline every two weeks so that it blends better with my weave, I find other alternatives, like mixing gels and oils to make a paste for my hairline, stretching out my perms for at least 6 weeks. For the summer I gave my hair a much needed break with the help of my trendy cornrows. But my quest for healthy hair does not stop there. Recently I spoke to three of my girlfriends who have what I call, “enviable black hair” and asked them to share with us some of their secrets. (For more Beauty tips follow Lauren on Twitter & Instagram @LaurenOLauren)
Brenda, 26 year old student living in Cayman Island - Relaxed Sister Brenda has had processed hair for 16 years and this is the longest it has ever been. She washes her hair once a week with Herbal Essence Shampoo and uses no other products. Her style secret is getting a perm every two months and keeping her hair moisturized so it doesn’t break.
Trudy- Ann Campbell, 28 year old Brand Manager in Jamaica - Natural Sister
Shanine Gilpin, 28 year old Owner of Online Boutique ShopWithShani. Com in Fort Lauderdale – Dreads
Trudy got her first perm at around seven years old. She went natural three and a half years ago. Her hair care regime is much different now than it was when she had a relaxer. Now she rarely uses heat, use more natural products and admits that Aussie Moist Conditioner is one of the best she’s ever used, alongside Shea butter which she admits to being addicted to. “I feel good when I pass random naturals and we give each other knowing smiles and a nod. Sometimes we exchange compliments and even hair tips.”
Shanine has had dreads since 2006 but she went natural right after high school. Being a swimmer, the chlorine and her relaxer caused major breakage to her hair. This sparked her decision to go natural. Shanine admits her hair is very low maintenance. Her go to hair product is “Lock it Up” by Taliah Waajid which she started using just two years ago. She uses their locking gel, Shampoo & Conditioner among other things. Shanine re-twists her hair once a month because doing it too often can break the hair. “I treat my hair like regular hair. I wash it, give it hot oil treatments, oil my scalp and even brush it. Yes I brush my hair...soft bristle of course.”
TRY THESE PRODUCTS TO REVITALIZE AND RESTORE YOUR HAIR It is important to invest in moisturizing conditioners, stay away from excessive heat and if you have a relaxer, limit to 6 – 8 weeks at a time.
HERBAL ESSENCES SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER Available where hair products are sold.
AUSSIE MOIST CONDITIONER Available where hair products are sold.
CANTU SHEA BUTTER LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER Available at Target & Beauty Supply stores.
MORACCAN OIL Available where hair products are sold.
CAROL’S DAUGHTER HAIR PRODUCTS Available at carolsdaughter.com
PANTENE RELAXED AND NATURAL Available where hair products are sold.
OJON RESTORATIVE HAIR TREATMENT Available at Ulta.com
NIOXIN SCALP THERAPY Available at Ulta.com Issue 12 | September 2012 15
Drenna Luna Presents
Autumn Elegance Triple the Focus looks at Fall Fashions in its September issue – and why not? The month of September is all about fashion. We hope you enjoy my take on fall fashion – with inspirations ranging from a lounge look, to corporate and what I simply can’t resist – evening elegance. As I traditionally do not design for this season – but will be soon – some pieces were especially created for the shoot, and others are pulled from existing drennaLUNA collections.
Photographer: Marc Evans, marcevansimages.com Make-up: Angelie Martin-Spencer Stylists: Arlene L. Martin, Angelie Martin-Spencer Clothing: drennaLUNA, drennaLUNA.com
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ISHAWNA You are a part of the Alliance. What does that mean for your career? It means a lot for my career because I am apart of the biggest musical entity in dancehall (which also consist of Bounty Killer, Mavado Elephant Man, Busy Signal and so many other great dancehall artists ) so people expect a lot from me, I have a lot to prove. What is it like to work with Bounty Killer? Working with Bounty Killer is amazing. I just feel really blessed working with a Legend. He motivates me and gives me great advice.
Always polished with an impeccable style, you would think reggae artist Ishawna is a designer or has a career in fashion. Quite the opposite! She is an artist and knows how to rock the mic like none other. Ideal for our fashion issue, Ishawna, like many other female reggae artist, is a fashionista and embraces her femininity on and off the stage. A very tricky task considering this male dominated genre where women have to work three times as hard – being a girly girl seems to have no place on the reggae stage. But Ms. Legendary takes it all in strides. She grew up between Seaview Gardens, Kingston and Brooklyn, New York. The daughter of rub-a-dub crooner Don Angelo, Ishawna penned her first song at six years old and laid down her first recording at eight and today she is still at it. When she returned to Kingston in 2005, Ishawna’s fate was sealed when she met and began working with producer and soundsystem operator, Foota Hype. Performing at various events and shows throughout Jamaica, she caught the attention of veteran artist, Bounty Killer, who invited her to become the first lady of his Alliance crew. In 2008, she appealed to the masses when she recorded “For You” with Demarco and the rest, as they say, is history. Ishawna has worked with heavy hitting producers such as Jam 2 Records, Baby G and Don Corleon and artists such as Wyclef Jean and Busy Signal, among others. Her work ethic coupled with her raw talent and powerful support system is the driving force that keeps propelling her to new heights. Ishawna quips, “It is all about what is in your own mind.” What was it like growing up in Seaview Gardens? Growing up in Seaview Gardens was really fun. My most memorable childhood moments are from there. You moved from Seaview Gardens to Brooklyn, NY. How was the transition? Moving from a small community in Jamaica to a big city such as Brooklyn NY was a huge transition for me. Everything was different. I had to get use to a new school system, that was the most challenging part for me. What were some of your musical experiences living in Brooklyn? Living in brooklyn I was always apart of music. My dad would take me to the studio and I would record dubplates and Intros for different sound systems. I started working on my first demo with Ed Robinson when I was about 14. I was also apart of an R&B singing group at 17. Do you credit Foota Hype for your discovery so to speak? Most definitely! How instrumental has his involvement in your career been? He’s involved in every aspect of my career. He gives me business and creative advice. He gets me on most of the major riddims. He plays my songs and he plays tracks for me at most of my performances as well. He plays a vital role in my career.
What other artists and producers have you worked with? I’ve been blessed to work with a lot of great names in music. I have Collaborated with Elephant Man, Busy Signal, Demarco, Assassin, Wyclef, Serani, Voicemail, Specialist and Bencil just to name a few. I have also worked with some great producers such as Shane Brown, Don Corleon, Baby G, Jam2, Christopher Birch, Downsound Records, Seanizzle and so many others. I can’t begin to explain how grateful I am to have gotten the opportunity to work with these talented individuals. Stacious and Bridgez are also a part of the Alliance. How do you guys get along? I wouldn’t say we are “bffs” or “besties” but we definitely get along great. What’s currently in the pipelines for you? I’m currently working on my mixtape(Beauty on the Beats). I’m also getting ready to release 2 videos for 2 of my most recent singles “Love” on the Soul Acoustic Riddim produced by Jam2 Records and “Do For Love” a collaboration with Specialist produced by Downsound Records. I have a lot of major projects working on, some are music related and some are not but I can’t spill the beans just yet. Just look out for a lot of great things over the next couple of months. You have been lauded for being one of the best dressed female reggae artists. How does that make you feel? I think its flattering. Its a great feeling to be appreciated, especially when you’re just being yourself. I’ve never tried to emulate anybody else’s style. I’ve always wanted to have my own image. People love me for being me and that in itself is a remarkable feeling. What does your personal style consist of? It all depends on my mood. My style is different when I’m doing stage performances and when I’m doing red carpet events. I think its safe to say that I’m somewhat of a chameleon because I’m always changing my look. Describe a typical day? A typical day for me would be Mommy duties, Gym, Studio. Interviews are scheduled somewhere in between. I’m also a Television Host so I have to find time for that as well. My more hectic days would consist of photo shoots and video shoots. When you are not working, what do you do for fun? Sleep!!! I enjoy relaxation, I love resting. At times my schedule can be really hectic so whenever I get free time I make it “Me Time”. COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING: I feel sexy when. . . I’m in heels I can’t live without. . .my son I never leave home without my. . .cell phone Last thing I cooked was. . . Ackee & Saltfish with Roast Breadfruit and Fried Plantain Last gift I gave was. . .a very sentimental birthday video to my mom
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Photo caption: L.A. Lewis (right) autographs some of his ‘conceptional’ art for Diplo.
By Raine Martin Tonight!Tonight! The Seven Star General, LA Lewis live on stage! Free show! Howdy Doo! Bring yuh queen and leave you machine!” Despite the fact that none of his songs or videos have garnered much, if any at all, radio or television play, and very few of his music industry compadres actually take him seriousWikipedia’s definition of L.A. Lewis isn’t wrong - it’s just ly, his shameless self-promotion, over-the-top antics, not totally right. L.A. Lewis isn’t a Jamaican Dance- and feuds with the likes of Beenie Man and Goofy, hall deejay, he is the quintessential Dancehall deejay, manage to keep his name, his image, and his many complete with ‘soboliously’ colorful grammar and ver- outlandish business endeavors in full public view. biage, super-inflated sense of self-importance, ‘creative’ statistics about his music and international ac- I spoke to L.A Lewis for the first time last week - he claim, and ‘remixes’ with A-list American superstars. promised to give me a grand tour of Jamaica. Not the Most Jamaicans and Dancehall fans totally miss the tourist parts, the underground Jamaica that only real Spinal Tap angle and take him at face value, which Jamaicans know about, like the mystical river where makes the satire all the more uproarious. Formally the bees drink that is the source of the magical powannouncing his arrival into the world of conceptual ers that allow him to drink through his nose, hold fire (or conceptional, as he calls it) art this summer, the in his hand, and run under water… ‘Seven Star General’ set the Internet on fire, becoming lucky no. 7 on Twitter’s list of Worldwide trending ...uh…yeah… topics. If there is one thing I can say about L.A. Lewis, it’s that he is an entertainer – one of the best that the “Why the move from street art and tagging to concepisland has to offer. tual art,” I asked. In the early 2000s, the name L.A. Lewis began appearing on walls, buildings, light poles, and various other structures throughout the island – “L.A. Lewis A Big DJ,” “L.A. Lewis Welcomes You,” “DJ L.A. Lewis Your the Best,” “L.A. Lewis Big Up the Police.” According to afflictedyard.com, his guerilla publicity campaign also included him driving through town in a dilapidated auto-esque mechanism with speakers taped to the top loudly announcing his performances. “Howdy Doo!
“Everything I do, even my street art and my music, is conceptional art,” he replied. “I have been previewing some people on the worldwide web, you understand, who are famous and doing conceptional art, and what I am doing is almost the same or more, you understand. Conceptional art is more deeper. It has a more feelings, you understand, a more spirituality.”
(photo credit: Peter Dean Rickards)
“L.A. Lewis (born Horace Lewis on January 14 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican deejay who is better known for his publicity stunts than for his musical output.”
On June 29th, L.A. Lewis debuted some of his ‘conceptional’ pieces at the Redbones Café in Kingston, as part of 2012 Kingston on the Edge Arts Festival. In addition to the famous Face Basin on the Rock of Gibraltar, and his signed briefs (and yes, briefs as in underpants), he displayed a few…interesting…sculptures. In addition, he plans to put his ‘conceptional’ fashion art on display, with plans to curate his own art show and to debut his work in England this fall. “I also have a – wha yuh call it – my legendary clothes, you understand. For instance, I have the jacket I was wearing when I spoke to Prince Charles in 2002, and some other rest of clothes that I have that is famous. The funny thing is, over the years, since I was a teenager – I’ve been famous forever, just go on Google and find out – people always watch what I wear and were like, ‘LA, I need your t-shirt. LA, I need your eyeglass, your watch.’ People just value L.A. Lewis, you understand, everything I do people value as entertainment or art.” Prince Charles?!
I’m the kind of person like that, no one can ever study L.A. Lewis. When I strike, I always come big and with things that are going to blow away your imagination.” Nothing blows away my imagination more than L.A.’s “creative” remixes with mega stars like Michael Jackson (yeah, you read it correctly, M-I-C-H-A-E-L J-A-CK-S-O-N), Adele, and Beyonce. A personal favorite is his “Man Down” ‘duet’ with Rihanna. Even more…mind blowing…than that is his latest music project, the Gaza Federation. With former Portmore Empire soldiers Dosa Medicine, Deva Bratt, Nuclear, and newcomers Renegad and Lackchat at his side, L.A. Lewis has taken over the ‘Gaza’ army while Vybz Kartel remains in police custody (mmm hmmm, you read that correctly as well, he is the new Gaza General). Their first official release, The Gaza Federation 11 Hits album is temporarily on hold due to what L.A. refers to as “unscrupulous people” who have been selling his Gaza Federation riddim without his authorization. L.A. is also trying to lock in some of the former Empire ladies to the new federation.
When asked how he plans to balance his new visual art calling with his music, he maintains that he will not disappoint his ‘millions of fans around the world’ and has no plans to shed his Seven Star General deejay image anytime soon.
I recently saw a ‘picture’ of Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller, Prince Harry, and L.A. Lewis floating around the Internet. He was right; whether he’s ‘singing’ with Michael Jackson, ‘mingling’ with Prince Charles, selling his ‘conceptional’’ briefs to Diplo, proclaiming that he is ‘the most famousest’ Reggae artist next to Bob “L.A. Lewis you know is a contradictional front, Marley, or leading the Gaza, L.A. Lewis kinda, sorta so you never know where my head is going to be. does blow away my imagination.
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FALL INTO THE SEASON by Stacey Bethel
I love Sundays! It is by far my favorite day of the week. That day is reserved for my parents and today, August 26th, I am laying of the sofa with my Pekinese, Cori, curled up beside me and we are both looking out the large bay window of my parent’s house.
Federico’s quote captures my feeling about fashion. While I could sit here and mourn the fact that summer is coming to an end, I instead think about how I can make it last for another month or so. Yes I am rebelling. There is no way I am ready to put away all those vibrant tops, dresses, shorts and pants that I lauded for the past two months. And I am quite sure There isn’t a cloud in the sky and I noticed that the you harbor the same feelings. So why not mix a few leaves are starting to change slightly. Fall is near. “fall darks” with “summer brights” to transition into But I can’t help but bask in the moment, the “sum- the season gracefully. mer breeze that makes me feel fine.” And the only way to accomplish this is with just a It is in this beautiful moment that I think about Fed- few key pieces such as sweaters, tights/leggings erico Fellini’s quote, “I discovered that what’s really and light weights jackets/blazers. Armed with these important for a creator isn’t what we vaguely define pieces, simply layer your sundress with a great as inspiration or even what it is we want to say, re- sweater, tights under your shorts or shirtdress and call, regret, or rebel against. No, what’s important a lightweight jacket with jeans and a camisole for is the way we say it. Art is all about craftsmanship. cool nights. It’s a great way to get more wears out Others can interpret craftsmanship as style if they of your summer pieces and in doing so, continue to wish. Style is what unites memory or recollection, create nostalgic summer moments in the fall. After ideology, sentiment, nostalgia, presentiment, to the all, isn’t fashion all about expressing yourself and way we express all that. It’s not what we say but having fun? how we say it that matters.” Stumped? Here are a few ideas. . .enjoy!
JCREW.COM Black is every woman’s go to. But throw in some print and this season’ must have denim button down and you have got one heck of an outfit.
JCREW.COM I love a great shirtdress, especially in the summer. But this seasons’ denim shirtdress can be easily transitioned into the fall by layering and adding tights. Issue 12 | September 2012
FALL INTO THE SEASON
JCREW.COM Blazers are always great and can be paired with just about everything even a simple pair of shorts. Go for it!
BCBG.COM Jazz up a plain sweater with printed leggings. It adds interest to your outfit and draws the eyes to your legs - which is never a bad idea.
CALYPSOSTBARTH.COM A great knit sweater is a must have. It is great for just about any occasion and can be worn with your favorite camisole or sundress.
BCBG.COM Who doesnâ€™t love a great Caftan dress or top in the summer? Take this look into the fall by adding a pair of leggings for a comfortable and chic look.
ALL THINGS BLUE TO FALL FOR THIS SEASON
The only thing that should be feeling the blues this fall is the color of your dresses and nothing else. The color and texture is sure to bring out your sexy side and it is a great alternative to drab black. Sing away the blues in these great head turners!
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG NEW FLEURETTE PRINTED SILKCHIFFON DRESS Net-a-porter.com
JOSEPH WOOL-JERSEY DRESS Net-a-porter.com
TIBI PRINTED CREPE DRESS Net-a-porter.com
LUCAS SILK SHIRTDRESS Clubmonaco.com
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HIGHS & LOWS OF THE SEASON
If we northerners canâ€™t have summer all year round, then we sure can find ways to heat things up in the fall and winter months. How - scorching hot heels and flats of course!!
BEBE Princess Flat
AEROSOLES Betunia Loafer
L.A.M.B. Harlie II Pump
JEAN-MICHEL CAZABAT Elisa Pump
SIGERSON MORRISON Belle
BADGLEY MISCHKA Kiss Kiss Pump
IVANKA TRUMP Bliss Platform Pump
NINE WEST Onhigh Ballet Flat
DOLCE VITA Laci Ballet Flat
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Issue 12 | September 2012
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THE RASTA MESSENGER,
WARRIOR KING By Jody-Ann Williams
Like so many of Jamaica’s biggest talents, Warrior King has made a huge impact on the music industry with hits that include Virtuous Woman, Hold Da Faith, My Life, Can’t Get Me Down and Wanna Give You Love. Born Mark Dyer, he got his earliest experiences performing in talent shows such as the popular Jamaican ‘Tastee’s Talent Show.’
through a series of name change at first it was Bounty Junior, then Junior Kid, then Junior King and dancehall entertainer Frisco Kid gave me the name Warrior King.
Evolving as an artist, he changed his name from Junior King to Warrior King. About the change he remarks, “It has a more spiritual feel to it. Fighting against oppression, fighting against wrong. I’m Jah warrior, yuh know, fighting a war of rootical love.”
What are the topics you address in your music? The topics that I address in my music has to do mainly with giving thanks to the ruler of all creation, love, social commentary, upliftment of women all around the world, etc.
His 2001 debut single, Virtuous Woman, gained international success due to its righteous lyrics prompting one of Jamaica’s national newspapers, The Jamaica Observer, to declare the singer “one of the artistes who made a difference in 2001.” In 2002 through VP Records, Warrior King released his first album named after his hit single, Virtuous Woman which spent nine weeks on the Billboard.com charts. The album included singles Hold Da Faith and Breath of Fresh Air and was produced by Sizzla Kalonji, Luciano, Junior Kelly, Buju Banton and Beres Hammond.
How would you describe your music? My music is divine, uplifting and all the positive adjectives you can find to describe wholesome music.
Following Virtuous Woman were albums Hold Da Faith, Love is in the Air and Tell Me How Me Sound, all of which not only charted in Jamaica, but also throughout the Caribbean, as well as New York, London, Tokyo and beyond. In 2010 Warrior King was given the Marcus Garvey Award by the United Negro Improvement Association for his contribution to music.
What is your favourite meal to prepare? My favourite meal to prepare is rice and peas and veggie chunks.
Warrior King believes that education is the key to betterment and hopes that his music will serve to convey the teachings of His Imperial Majesty, Hailie Selassie I. “As a Rastafarian you just don’t sing music, you sing music with a purpose and a missv ion to the four corners of the Earth. I carry my music and the message of the King and the message of love, to all people of all races.” How did you get the name ‘Warrior King’?
Who/what inspires you? I’m inspired by the teachings of his Imperial Majesty emperor Haile Selassie the 1st and I’m also inspired by love.
Who have been your musical influences? Bounty Killa ,Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Garnet Silk, Tenna saw and a lot more from my genre and others. Do you have any favourite tracks or albums that you have recorded? No I don’t really have a favourite, I love all my music.
What new projects are you currently working on? I’m currently promoting my new album, “Tell Mi How Mi Sound” and a few new singles and videos also. Where is your favourite destination to travel? I love traveling to Japan. How did you feel when you were dubbed ‘The King of Culture’? It was an overwhelming feeling, I felt very honoured! How have you been celebrating Jamaica 50? By remembering who I am. I am an African/Jamaican. Rastafari!!
CHRISTOPHER MARTIN PROVES WHY HE IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH DURING LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN NEW YORK CITY By Ronnie Tomlinson Landing in New York at approximately 4:00 pm on Friday, August 31st from a six city Japan tour, there was very little time for Christopher Martin to unwind. He was scheduled to perform at one of the biggest Reggae shows in New York, Hot 97’s On the Reggae Tip. But like a true star he rose to the occasion. Prior to his performance, he took time out to take photos with fans and members of the Hot 97 family and was greeted by veteran artists Baby Cham, Mr. Vegas and rising star, Konshens. When it was time for Chris to perform, the fans began screaming as the lights dimmed and then in a soulful voice from backstage he announced his arrival with recently released single, Carpenter. The crowd waved their hands and sang along as he delivered each song but it was his hit single Cheaters Prayer that won over the sold out venue. On Saturday, September 1st, Christopher Martin flew to Atlanta to perform at the annual Reggae Jam concert where he reportedly gave another stellar performance. He quickly returned to New York where he performed on Sunday, September 2nd at the 5th annual Five Alarm Blaze hosted by Mr. Cee. The sold out crowd at Webster Hall was anxious to see Christopher and he was prepared. Changing his set and opening with a more up tempo song Vibes Right, he had the audience swaying in unison. As he continued the crowd became ignited once he sung Paper Loving. As a treat, he invited reggae artist, Red Rat, on stage to perform. After his performance at Five Alarm Blaze, Chris was immediately taken to Massive B’ Labor Day Shutdown at BB Kings where he shared the stage with Beenie Man, Mr. Vegas and Konshens. Another solid performance sealed his place in New York.
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When asked about the past three weeks on the road Christopher said “It’s a job I love and music is my life and the fans make everything possible, so big up to all my fans and my longtime supporters and to the new fans welcome aboard, “Si Martin Yah.”
KONSHENS INVADES NEW YORK LABOR DAY WEEKEND By Ronnie Tomlinson The entertainment community in New York was ignited by the invasion of one of Jamaica’s most prominent dancehall/reggae artist Konshens, this past Labor Day Weekend. Arriving in New York on Friday, August 31, Konshens was scheduled to perform at one of New York’s biggest Reggae shows, Hot 97’ On the Reggae Tip. Performing for the first time on the show, Konshens performed like a seasoned veteran. He opened his set with fans favorite Bad Gyal to a screaming crowd of 4000 patrons and followed up with hit singles Gyal A Bubble, Do Summn and Winner. Then on Saturday, September 1, Konshens next stop was Brooklyn, the heart of the carnival fever where he was the only Jamaican artist on the line up, scheduled to perform at the annual Soca event called Brass and Glow, held at Pulse 48 Nite Club. Kicking off his set with mega dancehall hit Gyal A Bubble, the crowd was electrified from start to finish and sang along word for word. At the request of fans, he returned to the stage for an encore
performance in which he sang single, Simple Song. After his performance Konshens stopped to take a few photos and was immediately whisked away to another event he was scheduled to headline in Bronx, NY at the Garage Nite Club, hosted by Platinum Kids. Upon his arrival at 3:30 am, with no time to waste and eager to give his fans a full performance, Konshens headed to the stage. He would interrupt his set to say a small prayer, “Father, thank you for all the beautiful woman, Amen.” Ten minutes into his set he requested to have a female fan on the stage as he performed another crowd favorite Different, which calls for some role play. The crowd loved it so much that he performed it five times before transitioning into his crowd pleaser Gyal a Bubble. The weekend was not over for Konsh-
ens. On Sunday September 2, he was ready to go again. Konshens would start his night at 11:00 pm with a live interview at Hot 97 alongside Mr. Vegas, Christopher Martin and Beenie Man by Bobby Konders and Jabba. Immediately following the interview he headed to Webster Hall for the 5th Annual Five Alarm Blaze hosted by Hot 97’ Mr.Cee. One of the more memorable performances of the weekend, Konshens came on stage to sold-out crowd of screaming fans and received an encore performance at the end of his set. A fan who traveled from Illinois to New York remarked, “I flew in from Illinois for the weekend and I came to Five Alarm Blaze with eight of my friends to see Konshens perform and he didn’t disappoint us one bit, it was an awesome performance.” Konshens weekend would come to an end at his final performance for the weekend, Massive B Labor Day Shutdown at BB King Live in New York City. Konshens was called on stage by one of the veterans in the business and one of the strongest performers of the entire Labor Day weekend, Mr. Vegas. The crowd went into a frenzy when they heard “we nuh frighten fi nobody” and the rest of the night was history. With a stage filled with women who wanted to dance and get close to the singer, Konshens ignited the historical BB Kings with song after song. When asked about how he felt after his jam packed Labor Day weekend of performances in New York, Konshens replied “I am grateful for the love...Big up all my fans especially the ladies.”
Issue 12 | September 2012
MR VEGAS TAKES A BIG BITE OUT OF THE BIG APPLE COMPLETES SIX SHOWS IN THREE NIGHTS DURING POPULAR LABOR DAY WEEKEND IN NYC PUSHING “BRUK IT DOWN” TO #14 ON HOT97’S MUSIC CHART
Labor Day Weekend might be a popular time for rest and relaxation in the United States but Mr. Vegas demonstrated once again he won’t rest if there’s a party to ‘tun up’ or a chance to ‘bruk it down’. So this past weekend Vegas brought the party to the Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan in six high energy performances over three days assisted by DJ Starr on the ones and twos and the Big Apple’s eye-popping dancer Lickle Bit offering visual inspiration. The result? -- This week Bruk It Down entered the HOT 97 music chart at #14, a major milestone on arguably the most influential radio station on the planet. It all started on Friday the 31st at HOT 97’s annual On Da Reggae Tip stage show held at the famed Hammerstein Ballroom in Manhattan. To a packed house of 3500 appreciative fans Vegas put on a magnificent display of how to celebrate Labor Day Jamaicastyle. From the moment he stepped on stage Vegas got the crowd moving and made sure the “Party Tun Up”. He never looked back. At one point the Caribbean Soca Queen Alison Hinds joined Vegas on stage for their soca remix of Vegas’s dancehall anthem “Bruk It Down”. At the end of the show, everyone was in pieces. Next stop that same night was Brass Fest at the Brooklyn Museum where Vegas headlined with Machel Montano the West Indian Day Carnival Committee’s official party in front of 5000 people. Alongside Soca’s biggest stars (Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts, Edwin Yearwood) Vegas represented for the dancehall reggae nation and blew the crowd away by the experience. On Saturday, September 1st Vegas made an appearance on stage at POWER 105 and DJ Norie’s ‘Anything Goes’ Labor Day Edition at Pulse 48 which confirmed what Vegas knew all along, “You dun know, Labor Day
Weekend in New York City is like crazy vibes day and night,” he says. “People don’t stop party until the weekend done and by Saturday ‘Bruk It Down’ and ‘Party Tun Up’ were like the anthems for the whole weekend.” Vegas could be found sitting down (finally) on Sunday the 2nd with Beenie Man, Konshens and Christopher Martin at HOT 97 for an interview with Bobby Konders and Jabba. Joking and sharing stories, dancehall’s brightest stars showed the unity that dominates at the very top today. Sunday was highlighted by three unforgettable performances on three different stages starting with the Five Alarm Blaze capacity show at Webster Hall hosted by HOT 97’s Mister. Cee. Billed as the ‘Biggest Caribbean Show Ever’, Diplomats Rapper Jim Jones watched from the corner of the stage while Mister Cee was out ‘palancing’ with Vegas. Vegas ignited the vibes in the building with a clutch of gallis hits until the ladies didn’t know which was up from whining so hard. Well fired up, Vegas left Webster Hall to join again with HOT 97’s Bobby Konders and Jabba at their Labor Day Shutdown event inside the legendary BB Kings venue. A free event, the show was at capacity from 12AM and the line out the door went for blocks. Inside, the UK’s #1 Hip Hop personality, Tim Westwood, watched as Vegas orchestrated a hilarious ‘Bruk It Down’
dance competition in which participants went ‘big’ or they went home. To conclude the memorable night, Vegas welcomed Konshens, one of dancehall’s most exciting new voices, on stage putting two of the most creative figures in the music together on stage at the same time. Ready for more, at 4AM Vegas was escorted to a packed Club Mingles in the Bronx. The club was held open after-hours just so Vegas could complete his set. With Dubmaster Chris from IRIE JAM 93.5 FM on deejay duty, the audience sang along with Vegas to “Sweet Jamaica”, the title track of Vegas’s recent double disc album, and let their bodies do the talking on “Bruk It Down”. Before leaving New York Vegas sent a shout to all radio deejays, fellow performers and the fans, “I had a great time in New York,” he said. “It was great to perform along side Machel in the Brooklyn Museum. All the other shows were crazy! God is good!”
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By Joshua Chamberlain
Creative Director’s Note AUTUMN, THE YEAR’S LAST LOVELIEST SMILE William Cullen Bryant said, “Autumn is the year’s last loveliest smile” which I’m inclined to agree. Wow…it is Fall 2012 and we are unveiling of Triple The Focus Issue #12. I really would like to say special congratulations to our Editor in Chief, Stacey Bethel, for her vision, outstanding work and leadership. We know it’s the end of the summer when all of our Caribbean people come together for Labor Day weekend celebration in New York. Over three million people from all nationalities, predominantly Caribbean, attend the parade on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY to celebrate our heritage. If you have never experienced it, I recommend you do at least once in your life. Like the fall season this issue brings the many smiles of the last days of summer and the beginning of autumn. It also brings about fall fashions and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York and Fashion Night Out all over the world. This issue embraces that as drennaLUNA’s design is our featured cover story. In addition to fashion we continue to celebrate artists who bring us amazing music such as WARRIOR KING and ISHAWNA. Dr. Manning-Fontaine is back with words of wisdom and spiritual guidance which we know is the perfect ending for our monthly publications. As we fall into the season and view the glamorous fashions, I’m sure you are now prepared for next quarter. Yes it’s a scary thought, four months to go in 2012. The staff and team of Triple The Focus are busy with excitement as we prepare next month’s landmark Anniversary issue. We are so elated and thankful for all of your support and the many encouraging emails. Please continue to share because it helps us stay true to our vision. To our current advertisers thank you for your business and future clients we welcome the opportunity to share and introduce your brand to our readers. We are looking forward to your continued support and feedback. Please continue to write and share your thoughts firstname.lastname@example.org. Until next month, “T-Focus and think Creative.”
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LIVING BEYOND YOUR WILDEST DREAMS By Dr. M. Frances Manning-Fontaine
Welcome back from summer! As we enjoy the waning rays of the summer sun, welcome back to “politico/ speak” talk, hurricanes, tornadoes, mid-western droughts that threaten to drive food prices beyond our abilities to access them and extensive talk about earth’s resources, their management, their growing scarcity and what we ought to be doing to maintain them. Oh and for sure welcome back to mosquito dodging to the “nth degree” less you catch the West Nile virus. While I do wish us to be cognizant of the fact that we might be in a goods/health crisis, I would hope this would not throw us into a faith crisis and cause us to lose sight of the fact that while challenged, we are still rich and living well according to the standards of so many in the world today. But even more than that I don’t want us to lose sight of the fact that we are extremely blessed and possess wealth/ health that far surpasses what we see. There is an antidote for what I like to call nightmare in the news and that is seeing what we believe rather than believing what we see. It’s called faith - faith that can help us to live beyond our wildest dreams. Everything visible derives from something invisible. When the earth was formed and became visible, it is thought that it came out of that which was yet unseen or Ex nihilo which is a Latin phrase meaning “out of nothing.” Considering the richness of the earth that came Ex nihilo could it be possible that everything we need from the time of our birth to the time of our death to richly enjoy all things is already on deposit somewhere waiting for us to call it forth with the faith that we are given by that which called forth the earth that we now see and enjoy? Simply put, look around us, we are already blessed and need to act on what we already have by withdrawing that which is already deposited. If the abundance of our earth came out of nothing, could it not be that the source of all things is invisible or spiritual? If we then seek first the spiritual, the natural will come that will help us begin to live life far above anything we could ever ask or imagine. I think that our wildest dreams bank account is somewhere waiting for us however we often overlook it by going through the back door of the physical first rather than through the front door of the spiritual. Don’t be threatened by those who would put you down by saying we’re so heavenly minded that we’re no earthly good and shame us into bypassing that which triggers earthly goods. Don’t be misled by the misguided who do not see there is a connection between the unseen and the seen even in the face of the threat of not enough. It’s called faith. It’s been said that faith comes by hearing and sometimes we have to hear ourselves talk faith in order to build faith. It’s been called by some power talk. What is power talk? Power talk is simply speaking words that construct, gen-
erate, create, produce a desired result in/for yourself. Power talk is words that create pictures in your mind that decide what you will believe and what you will do. Your belief/faith decides divine events in your life that can take you to living beyond your wildest dreams. Case in point, I write to you fresh from the experience of eliminating two items from my “bucket list,” (1) shell collecting on Sanibel Island in the gulf of Mexico and (2) visiting the sponge capital of the world in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Being a “creature of the Caribbean,” especially Jamaica with all it’s deliciousness, never did I imagine I would ever come upon and visit these wonders in my own back yard. Yet I talked myself into it after receiving newsy notes about Florida and put these two places on my bucket list. Meandering on the shell laden beach in Sanibel and through the artifact laden streets of Tarpon Springs “Greek town,” it occurred to me that this was indeed beyond my wildest dreams. A two hour cruise on a local cruise ship out of Tarpon Springs sealed the deal. In the background, strains of Bob Marley, with dolphins dancing in our wake almost convinced me that I was at home in the Caribbean. The moral of this story is that sometimes you can live your wildest dreams that you never knew you had by simply allowing yourself to talk yourself into the not yet; that already exists. Okay I’m repeating myself now; but if you stop believing what you see and start seeing/saying what you believe your wildest dreams can be your life’s experience in your own back yard. After all death and life are in the power of the tongue and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21. I must admit though that while two of my beyond dream experiences this summer were close by, I’m still talking myself into my wildest dream yet, sleeping in a Bure over the ocean in the South Pacific. Live by it, love by it, grow by it and dream by it. Call forth those things that are not by it and you will be empowered to live beyond your wildest dreams. Blessings!
Issue 12 | September 2012