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CONTENT Celebrate Mom This Mother’s Day drennaLuna: Spring Florals The Versatile Fruit Dancehall’s Darling Ce’Cile 10 Brown Girl Approved Sunscreen Products Spring’s Perfect Pastel Polish Fall in Love with Kim Kelly Everything You Need to Know About Sugar Pastel Perfection Under 100 NMBC Global Business Center Jamaica Bacchanal Island Style: Montseratt



ST. MAARTEN 21st–22nd

Oneness Reggae Festival Jamaica

17th-18th Rebel Salute Jamaica

13th – 16th

Moonsplash Anguilla


28th – 30th

3rd - 4th

St. Croix Food and Wine Experience

9 Mile Music Festival Miami, FL

United Nations of Dub UK

30th-Feb. 1st

Jamaica Jazz & Blues


6th – 12th

Raggamuffin New Zealand

Dominica Mas Domnik

30th–Feb. 4th

3rd - 4th

Grenada Carriacou Regatta

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

6th – 9th

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta Carnival


Guyana Music Festival

7th – April 27th

Jamaica Carnival


Reggae on the Hill Barbados

26th – May 2nd Sailing Week Antigua

30th - May 11th

St. Lucia Jazz Festival



8th - 14th 1st – 3rd

VI Carnival St. Thomas



Grenada Carriacou Maroon Music Festival

9th – 11th

Sunshine Reggae Festival on the Beach France

23rd – 25th


California Roots California

Jamaica Reggae Sumfest

13th – 15th

15th – 17th

20th – 22nd

26th - August 5th

Reggae in the Hills California

Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, California


Best of the Best Florida

27th – July 5th

29th – Jun 1st 6th – 8th

Riddim Festival Aalborg Denmark


1st – 3rd

Grenada Spicemas Carnival

Reggae Jam Bersenbruk, Germany

3rd – 6th 4th – 5th

12th – 14th

Unity Festival Guernville, CA

Lakesplash Festival Switzerland

4th – 6th

Summer Jam Germany

8th – 10th

6th – 12th

9th – 13th

St. Croix Food and Wine Experience



6th – 8th

City of Trees Music Festival ,California

Antigua Carnival

St. Vincent & The Grenadines Six Flags Reggae Concert Series Vincy Festival New Jersey

International Festival of Life Chicago

Ruhr Reggae Summr Germany

One Love Festival Leighton Buzzard, UK

26th - 28th

St. Kitts & Nevis Music Festival

23rd – 26th

Kentucky Reggae Festival Kentuck

13th - 19th

Ocho Rios Jazz Festival

20th – 25th

Welcome to Jamrock Cruise Miami, FL

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Creative Director’s Note LET’S BE CLEAR! Being a strong woman is very important but you don’t have to act masculine to be a strong woman. Let’s be clear, the extent of your work, the comfort of your softer side and the number of different roles you play, establishes your resilience as a woman of strength and purpose. Thanks to all of our wonderful mothers. Our Mother’s Day issue challenges us to do more, reminding us that our lives are gifts that offer us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give back. So we at Triple the Focus are committed to doing just that. We’ve provided you with simple ways to celebrate mom and in doing so, the intention is for you to focus on the time and not necessarily what you do or the amount of money you spend. This month’s cover story features “Jamaican diva,” reggae/dancehall artist and mother Ce’Cile. This powerful woman has been described as being stylish, witty, intelligent and creative with a controversial edge. These components magnify her talent, allowing her to hold her own in this competitive, male dominated industry. With all of life’ celebrations, drennaLUNA presents a few wardrobe options that will keep you current and looking your very best. This month, stylist Angelie Spencer for drennaLUNA feature teases the taste buds with a spotlight on a Caribbean dish that is a staple, plantains. This versatile fruit is the perfect appetizer, side dish and main course with a few preparation ideas sure to make your mouth water. But as with anything, moderation is key and this Pastels have re-emerged in a big way. From clothing to nail polish to accessories, our beauty editor, Christene Carr and fashion editor, Camesha Powell shows you how to take this eye catching trend in strides. While pastels are making a comeback, they have never left the tropical isle of Montserrat, this month’s travel feature. Whatever shade of pastel greenery of the forest and the bright orange of the sun. But be careful of the harmful rays. Don’t leave home without your sunscreen and expecting that you might have a hard time

how to pay for it all. Well not to worry, we have it covered in our Money Matters feature every penny. This however is just the tip of the iceberg. We have so much more in this issue so I won’t keep you much longer. As always, we hope that what we offer every month is not only entertaining but adds nourishment to your mind, body and spirit. Until next month, remain focused!

Victor E. Lewis Your Creative Director /bartenurablue @bartenurablue

Editor's Note WHO IS YOUR ROLE MODEL? The other day I sat and watched my Mom, much in the same way I did when I was a little girl as she got dressed for work. This time, however, she was giving counsel to one of the many women that call her ‘Mom.’ I marveled at how gracefully she has aged and how beautiful she is now as she was in her late twenties and early thirties. She has been my rock and I am grateful to her for being the ultimate role model. I grew up in a time when there was no social media, no smartphones, no 24 hour programming, no tablets, no laptops and no reality television. My source of entertainment was very limited and when I did watch television, it was either the Sunday afternoon Western or the 2am Kung Fu movie every week with my Dad. My Mom didn’t allow me to watch Dynasty, Dallas, Falcon Crest or Knox Landing because she said, “it was not suitable for little girls.” It is funny how times have changed. In the wake of the media frenzy surrounding the release of Mimi Faust’, Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, sex tape, I can’t help but think about the young ladies today. Growing up in an age where social media and reality television has taken precedence in young girl’s lives, I wonder if gone are the days where Moms, Grandmothers and Aunts are considered role models. Ms. Faust, just one example, is but a small part bad parent, however, the stain that she has left on the mind of her daughter and example of what we are exposing our children to. And I say “we” because we are all responsible. So what do we do? How do we remedy this epidemic? I battle with the idea that we may have lost control, that the term ‘role model’ no longer embodies someone who is “a shining example, a heroine, of good character . . .” and then I listened to my interns talk about their Moms and that was enough to give me hope - hope that despite the negative images, the things that Mom instills rains supreme. Take a look at how these young adults have gone against the grain, choosing to live exemplary lives and thanking Mom along the way. Happy Mothers Day!

Stacey Bethel Your Editor-in-Chief

Triple the Focus Interns Honor Their Moms! TANITA NEIMANN | MOTHER: NICOLE NEIMANN My mother is one of the most important persons in my life. I can talk to her anytime and she supports me a lot, especially now that I am here in New York. We have some of the same interests like horseback riding and have a lot of fun together. I appreciate that and I would like to be with her on Mother’s Day but since I can’t, I look forward to seeing her in June. FERNANDA MARTINEz| AUNT: PEPITA CIRILLO I’m very fortunate to say I have a strong, intelligent, beautiful and loving role model. It is impossible to fully express how much my aunt Pepita means to me. She has guided me through tough times and has always showed me the positive side

NIKAURY LIRIANO | SISTER: LESLIE LIRIANO & FATHER: JESUS LIRIANO When you are down or don’t know what to do only one person will be there for you - the one person to make sure your dreams are not destroyed or broken. This one person is your mother because no matter what she or he will always be there for you. For me I have two people in my life that play the role of Mom and they are my older sister, Leslie, and my father. They always make sure I follow my path and are there when I need them most. Love the person who gives you their time and energy to make sure you are always happy.





means to me in just a few sentences. She gives me unconditional love and I know that from experience. but she is the best in the world, I couldn’t ask for anyone better. She has shown me how to be kind, how to stay calm in chaos and uncertainty and to listen without being judgmental. My mom is my biggest fan and she encourages me to go the distance and not to settle for second best. My mom means the world to me, without her who knows where I’d be. RONNIE BROWN | MOTHER: SONIA BROWN I am the only son of Sonia Brown better known to me as “Ma.” Being raised by my mother has been like living with a superhero. She’s the strongest woman I’ve ever known. When we didn’t have it, my mother would always make magic happen and save the day just like a superhero would. I am more than blessed to have her for a mother and this Mother’s Day I want her to know it.

ANANSSIA | AUNT: JANEAR FORD aunt Meme. Someone who has been supportive in everything I do, from karate to my career. She inspires me to do better and she makes me know right from wrong. I love her with all my heart and one day in the future I hope to return the care she has given me. RAQUEL MARCHENKO | MOTHER: MARLITA BIRCO On August 20, 1984, a very nice, kind-hearted woman gave birth to me. I love my mother so much. I remembered those days when my mother would pick me up from school. I used to be the last my notes all the time. She always told a n d then you socialize.” I remembered that and up to this day, I always make else. I love her so much that I try to be the best I can be so I can make her happy. Far or not, my mother will always live here in my heart.

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FEATURES Neka Williams Malaika Lepine Shantell “SHANZ” Hill

LIFESTYLE Jo Wheeler Raine Martin




Caribbean E-Magazine, Triple the Focus launched its publication on October 5, 2011. With features that run the gamut from Music, Entertainment, Fitness, Beauty, Travel, Lifestyle and Finance, the Magazine has a reach that extends across the globe and includes countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South and Central America and by large the Caribbean. To date, the magazine has over 2,300,000 million page views not including other high traffic websites that hosts the link of the magazine on a monthly basis.

On July 23, 2013, Triple the Focus was featured on the homepage of Digital Publishing website, Issue. Out of 11 million publications, Triple the Focus’ February 2013 issue featuring athlete, Asafa Powell, June 2013 issue featuring Grammy Award winning reggae artist, Shaggy and July 2013 issue featuring 2010’ Miss Universe runner-up Yendi Phillips, were prominently featured on the site exposing the magazine to 72 million readers.

CONTACT EMAIL: PHONE: 201-981-6960 (US)


CELEBRATE By nelena Jackson

Mother’s Day is one of the most popular holidays in the U.S. and around the world. Don’t believe me, check out these stats: $671 million: Total amount of money spent on Mother’s Day Cards annually $126.90: Average amount of money persons will spend on gifts for mom $1.9 billion: Total amount of money spent on $14.6 billion: Total amount of money that will be spent for mothers 96%: Total amount of consumers that will take part in mother’s day

With these staggering numbers, there is no denying that the mother centric holiday is of great everyone. And while the day is not just for birth mothers but anyone, such as an aunt, grandmother, cousin or godmother, who has played the role Mother, celebrating the amazing woman in your life doesn’t are a few cost effective options that will not only be easy on your wallets but will make mom feel like the


Celebrate Mom in style by planning a day at the spa.


Spend the day with her by taking her on a stroll at a botanical garden to view tropi-


Show off your culinary skills by cooking Mom’s favorites.


Not too savvy in the kitchen, treat Mom to a wonderful dinner but be sure to make reservations in advance.

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a family fun day at the park and get 5 Plan the entire family involved.


Take her on an evening cruise around the city.

the saying goes, laughter does the 7 As heart good so why not take her to a comedy show.


Take her to the movies. Remember, time well spent is what she’ll remember.


Nothing says “I love and appreciate you”

of ideas, get her an AMEX gift card or 10 Out a gift card to her favorite store. You can never go wrong with this option.

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Spring Floral Photographer: Mark Evans Stylist: Arlene L. Martin Make-up: Angelie Martin-Spencer Clothing: drennaLUNA

INSPIRATION: Makeup this spring is all about colors. Our makeup looks were inspired by the Pantone/Sephora “Color of the Year� palette, Radiant Orchid. And incorporated blues, teals, pinks and orange.

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Rompers are especially in this baby blue

This cape is great for many occasions but in perfect for spring.

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A wrap dress is an essential staple for every woman’s wardrobe and in this beautiful is both sexy and sophisticated.

This sexy jumpsuit in a perfect for an evening out.

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THE VERSATILE FRUIT When you think of plantains, you might think you cannot do much with them. This can be true if the only way you have eaten them is the traditional way—sliced or pressed then fried, boiled, or as chips. If you like to be creative with food and have

some extra time on your hands, turn that straight plantain into a cup. Plantain cups are also known as tostone cups, which are associated with the Spanish Caribbean island, Dominican Republic. But don’t stop there add your own Caribbean twist by jazzing it up

Tostone Cups

Create your plantain cup by following this simple recipe: Total Time: 45 mins Prep: 5 mins Ingredients (1 serving): 1 large green plantain (makes 6-8 cups) Oil (your preference) Salt Water Tostonera Directions: Fill large bowl with warm salted water to cover plantains Peel plantains and cut into 2 inch chunks Place chunks into salt water for about


30 mins Remove plantains from water, pat dry with paper towels Fry plantain pieces for 5 -6 mins Remove plantains and let stand Using the tostonera designed to make cups, place fried plantains in the mold. Carefully remove the cup and re-fry the plantain cup until golden brown Remove cups and drain on paper towels

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Shrimp & Mango Salsa

When the plantain cups are cool enough, arrange will that be? How about some grilled shrimp with mango salsa, which is perfect for the summer? Ingredients 2 large ripe mangoes, peeled, pitted, and diced ¼ cup minced red onion ¼ chopped cilantro leaves 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice 1 tsp. minced fresh ginger ½ tsp. salt to taste ¼ tsp. ground black pepper 1 ½ lbs. large shrimp, peeled, and deveined 2 Tbsp. soy sauce 2 Tbsp. fresh orange juice 2 Tbsp. olive oil for grilling

Shrimp Directions: Rinse shrimp and pat dry with paper towels In a bowl, combine shrimp, soy sauce, and orange juice Let sit for 10 mins Meanwhile, prepare grill by oiling the grill rack. Thread shrimp onto metal or wooden skewers. Brush with oil and grill over medium heat, regularly brushing soy mixture, 3 to 4 mins per side, until shrimp are cooked. Remove from skewers and mix in with salsa Salsa Directions: Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl.

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C Dancehall’s Darling C

Affectionately known as Ce’cile has been a constant staple in Dancehall/Reggae music since 2001. The sassy siren has had a slew of hits, is known for her bold fashion sense, humbling personality with an ability to tell it like it is on and off the stage. Her versatile singjay style lends well to groovy Reggae as well as hardcore Dancehall and she has successfully maintained her consistency over the years.

motherhood, her career and launching her own music label YGMG ( ), she makes it look easy, which she attributes to passion for the music, drive to succeed and hard core work ethic. While prepping for her new release we caught up with Dancehall’s darling to get the scoop on what she’s up to, how she balances it all and her opinion on the latest “happenings” in Dancehall. What’s currently going on in the world of Cecile?

Bursting onto the scene challenging many of her male counterparts with songs like What’s in the pipelines for 2014? and featuring Sean Paul, she has proven that lyrically she can hold her own, consciously remaining sassy and classy, while delivering great music and stage presence. Ce’cile has released a number of albums including Bad gyal, Waiting and Jamaicanization and a variety of singles Will you be touring in Europe this summer? that has garnered her success with a global female fanbase and men that enjoy her charismatic charm on stage. Her international fan base has allowed her to tour in the US, Europe, Dubai, Africa and Australia and as such the demand for the remains high. Even in today’s Dancehall scene, where the young women are getting their rightful shine, out-working their male counterparts; Ce’cile is renowned for helping pave the way for the next generation. Balancing soon. Issue 31|May 2014 25

Tessanne Chin won season 5 of The Voice. Do you think her win will open doors for other female reggae artists?

Which artist(s), male or female, do you think could enter The Voice and win? being on tour and being a ‘hands on’ Mom?

What’s currently in rotation on your iPod?

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What advice from other Moms did you receive when you broke the news of your pregnancy?

catalog. What advice would you give to your daughter if she decides she would like a career in music?

Has your approach to your music changed now that you are a Mom?

Mimi Faust’ sex tape was recently leaked. Do you think she is a bad mother for doing a sex tape or do you think it was just bad judgment on her part? Well

Would you do a sex tape? No I wouldn’t, LOL! How does Ce’cile “the Artist” differ from Cecile “the Mom” and Cecile “the person”?

Beyonce is “Sasha Fierce” when she is on stage. Do you become someone else when you perform and if so, does she have a name?

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Are you currently in a relationship? What do you look for in a mate?

What’s your idea of a romantic night?

Share something with our readers that they might not already know?

What’s next for you. . . personally


10 Brown Girl Approved Sunscreen Products The number one complaint among women-of-color, regarding sunscreen, is that it leaves a gray to whitish cast on the skin. That might have been a valid complaint and a reason to skip sunscreen 10 to 15 years ago but in today’s beauty world, that excuse is completely invalid. Talk to any dermatologist and they will tell

you sun damage is the leading cause lines and dark spots) and skin cancer. We understand that if you don’t like your sunscreen, you won’t wear it, so, we’re making it easy for you with this list of brown girl approved sunscreen products.

All Skin Types

1. Eucerin Daily Protection SPF 30 Face Lotion A lightweight fragrance free formula that protects against UVA/UVB rays.

2. Dermalogica 3. Supergoop Solar Defense Beauty Daily Antioxidant Boost Hydrating Lotion Infused SPF 30 This can be used Sunscreen Mist alone or added to your favorite moisturizer or foundation to provide SPF protection

A daily antioxidant Provides broad rich moisturizing spectrum sun SPF that provides protection while broad spectrum nourishing and coverage. Emblica moisturizing skin. It can be applied to fruit extract, licorice wet or dry skin and it and niacinamide work together is water resistant for to help prevent up to 80 minutes. hyperpigmentation and balance the skin. Issue 30|April 2014 39

Oily Skin

5. Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55-Formulated to provide broad spectrum sun

protection to oily acne prone skin. It is a lightweight lotion that absorbs into skin leaving a matte to

6. Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30

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contains Caffeine, Niacinamide, Biotin and Yeast extract to help regulate oil production and soothe

Sensitive Skin 7. Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer SPF 15 Sensitive Skin

- is a broad spectrum lightweight, oil and fragrance free daily moisturizer that contains vitamin E and aloe.

8. Neutrogena Pure & Free Liquid Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 broad-spectrum protection against the sun’s harmful rays. It is formulated without oils or fragrance to work on its own or under moisturizers and makeup.

Dry Skin

9. Murad Essential C Sun Balm Braod Spectrum SPF 35 Pa+++ - is an easy to

use balm stick that provides broad spectrum SPF protection as well as antioxidant protection through the use of vitamins A, C and E. Broccoli extract helps to boost the skin’s natural defense against UV damage and tangerine butter helps to lock in moisture and smooth skin.

10. Mario Badescu Moisturizer with SPF 30 - contains green tea extract, a natural

antioxidant as well as aloe vera to hydrate and soothe skin and St John’s Wort to help repair delicate skin. It is a light weight lotion that provides superior moisture and protection to all skin types but we like it for mature/dry skin. Issue 31|May 2014 31

Spring’s Perfect Pastel Polishes


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me-ups available is a manicure. Perfectly polished nails remind us that life is actually pretty good. A change from deep, rich jewel tones to soft pastels signals the changing of the season and days. Here are some of spring’s hottest hues to wear right this minute.


Jinsoon - Dolly Pink China glaze - Petal to the Metal


Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer - Pretty in Peach Essie - Resort Fling


Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nail Polish - Barracuda Deborah Lippmann - Flowers in Her Hair


Maybelline - Green with Envy L’Oreal - New Money


Clinique - Yellow Genius Orly - Melodious Utopia

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KIM KELLY By Malaika Lepine

Like many others in the Caribbean diaspora, Kim Kelly migrated from Portmore, Jamaica to Canada at the age of 13. Moving to a new country, having to adapt to a new school and make new friends can take a toll on any teenager but Kim took it in strides, found solace in music, and took advantage of every opportunity that was made available. Blessed with a natural beauty, at 18 years old she entered the ‘Toronto Dimes’ modeling competition. Serendipity best describes what followed at the event when she met David Reid of Styles International who asked her if she could sing, and as Kim tapped into her raw talent, she sang on the spot and immediately a star was born! She was Reid’s company who worked with her on her modeling career as well as several R&B projects. Developing a strong work ethic and a new dream to pursue her love of music, Kim developed her producing, song writing skills and focused on her Reggae and Dancehall roots. Issue 31|May 2014 35

Having had the pleasure and opportunity to work with some of the biggest producers, Kim gained international recognition when she worked with the Jamaican production team, Pay Day Music Group headed by Grammy award winning producer, Austin “Payday” Green. PDMG went on to produce Kim’s next two releases which received international airplay.

How is it for a female artist in Reggae music based in Canada? For any artist

as artists What sets you apart from other artists? I

Appreciative of her modest success, Kim is aware of the hard work in store, and as she is hard on the promotional trail of her latest release, a Reggae Love song “Fall In Love” co-produced by Jamaica’s DJ Goffe Productions, Kim What is your musical message? admits that she is just eager to share her music with world,


“I always stay true to myself no matter what the prize. My voice also sets me apart – I feel like there’s a power in my voice.” How does your family feel about you doing music? can listen

If you could only use 3 words to describe yourself, what would they be?

As a new artist, what have you found was the hardest obstacle?

If you didn’t do music, what would be Who would you like to do collaboration your other career path? with?

Everything You Need to Know About Sugar

end products, or AGEs,” says David E. Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY and SHAPE every other type of sugar so you can live a sweet advisory board member. As AGEs collect in your and healthy life. cells, they start to destroy skin’s support system, a.k.a., collagen and elastin. “As a result the skin is We’re inundated with sugar everywhere we turn— both in the news, telling us to cut back on how much we at, and in so many of the foods and Why Is the Research on Sugar Spotty? drinks we consume daily. And this sugar paradox certainly isn’t sweet, as it leaves us uncertain about on humans since our diets consist of a variety of sweeteners are safe, and what the heck you ingredients and nutrients, so a lot of the research can actually eat. Instead of tossing in the towel has been done on animals using large, isolated on healthy living—or, worse, turning to cookies to amounts of sugar that do not represent our typical relieve your stress—straighten out the facts about consumption (60 percent of diet rather than 15 all types of sugar so you can treat your body (and percent), says Andrea Giancoli, M.P.H., R.D., a your sweet tooth) right. spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Some concern has also been expressed Why Should I Be Concerned About How Much over the fact that those animal studies have used Sugar I Consume? What Kind of Damage Are We pure fructose rather than a combination of fructose Really Talking About? and glucose as we normally consume, adds Johnson, who has personally been performing First, the obvious: Sugar adds empty calories to research on sugar (funded by the National your diet, and if you’re not careful, that can add Institutes of Health) for decades. inches to your waist. Keep that up, and it could lead to obesity, which brings a host of other What’s the Difference Between Fructose, glucose, health problems such as heart disease, says Laura galactose, and Sucrose? Schmidt, Ph.D., a professor of health policy in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Each of these molecules is used to create various San Francisco. types of carbohydrates. Fructose is naturally found in many plants, honey, tree and vine fruits, berries, But many of the issues brought about by excess and most root vegetables. It is also what makes sugar consumption are believed to be completely sugar sweet. Glucose is in starch and burned to unrelated to obesity and more about how the create energy, and galactose is found in milk substance is metabolized in your body. “Studies sugar. Sucrose, or table sugar, is glucose and in animals show that fructose intake in particular fructose bound together. can alter your ability to control appetite, reduce your ability to burn fat, and induce features Most carbohydrates are converted to glucose of metabolic syndrome, such as raising blood and used for energy or stored as fat. But unlike pressure, increasing fat, and causing fatty liver other sugars, which are metabolized in your and insulin resistance,” says Richard Johnson, M.D., blood stream, fructose goes to your liver to be professor of medicine at the University of Colorado metabolized. When consumed in excess, the in Denver and author of The Fat Switch. liver can no longer process fructose as energy and instead turns it into fat, which ultimately One other not-so-sweet side effect of sugar: exacerbates metabolic syndrome. Fatty liver can wrinkles. “When your body digests sugar molecules also be caused by alcohol and in serious cases such as fructose or glucose, they bind onto proteins turns into liver disease. and fats and form new molecules called glycation

FOCUSED ON | Health How Much Sugar Should I Consume Every Day?

can be any type, including honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, dextrose, fructose, high-fructose corn According to the American Heart Association (the syrup, granulated sugar, raw sugar, and sucrose, to name a few. For a complete list, visit the USDA amount), women should consume no more than 6 MyPlate website. teaspoons of added sugar each day (the limit for men is 9 teaspoons). This does not include sugar Why Is Sugar Added to So Many Things? from natural sources such as fruit. One theory is that about 20 to 30 years ago, fat To put this in perspective, a teaspoon of sugar became enemy No. 1, so manufacturers began cutting fat out of packaged foods and replacing it sweetened beverage (soda, sports drink, or juice) with more sugar (often in the form of high-fructose usually contains 15 to 17 teaspoons of the sweet corn syrup) in the hopes that consumers wouldn’t stuff. Currently the average American takes in notice a change in taste. “The sweetness of sugar more than 22 teaspoons—352-plus calories—of pleases our palates,” says Kathy McManus, R.D., added sugar daily. That’s 16 teaspoons and 256 director of the department of nutrition at Brigham calories more than recommended. and Women’s Hospital in Boston. What About Sugar from Natural Sources, Like Fruit— As a result, we’ve grown accustomed to our foods Is That Bad Too? being sweeter than what they’re naturally supposed to be. According to the USDA, Americans’ annual Nope, there’s nothing wrong with including fresh per-capita consumption of caloric sweeteners produce in your diet. “Fruit does contain fructose, increased 39 percent—a whopping 43 pounds— but the amount is relatively low (4 to 9 grams per between 1950 and 2000. serving), and it also has healthy nutrients, such as Sugar also helps increase the shelf life of certain help slow sugar absorption and counter some of products. its effects,” Johnson says. Are There Any Unsuspecting Foods That Typically But, like anything else, fruits should be consumed Contain a Lot of Sugar That I Should Be Aware of in moderation, which means two to four servings and Possibly Stay Away From? a day—especially if you’re diabetic—and in their most natural form. Read: not candied (with added “Sugar is added to about 80 percent of the sugar), dried (in which sugar is more concentrated products stocked on our supermarket shelves,” and sometimes sugar is added), or juiced. “Juicing Schmidt says. Ketchup, bottled sauces, and salad dressings are some of the biggest culprits, and it’s concentrated form of fructose. This makes it very also found in things like bread and crackers. One easy to consume a ton of sugar in one small plain bagel, for example, can contain about six glass and causes your blood sugar to spike more grams of sugar. triggers the liver to store fat and become insulin “Sugar is hidden in all kinds of foods that you resistant, potentially upping your risk for diabetes. wouldn’t think of because you consider them savory and not sweet, so learning how to identify You should also note that certain fruits are higher those sugars on ingredient labels is important,” in sugar than others. Ones that most people think Schmidt adds. In addition to those you can identify of include bananas (14 grams in one medium, (sugar, honey, syrups), look for words ending in which actually isn’t that bad), mangoes (46g), and “-ose.” And remember, the higher it is on the list, pomegranates (39g). More sugar means more the more sugar that product contains. calories, so if you are watching your total sugar consumption for either weight-loss or diabetic Raw Sugar Really Better for Me Than Regular purposes, you should probably limit the number of granulated Sugar (Sucrose)? these high-sugar fruits you eat. No. Both sugars are extracted from sugar cane, What Exactly Is Added Sugar? granulated sugar and retains some of the “Unlike lactose in milk and fructose in fruit, added molasses,” Rachel Johnson says. While that means sugars do not occur naturally. They are literally it contains a little iron and calcium, there is no added to foods and beverages during their meaningful nutritional value, and both contain processing or preparation,” says Rachel Johnson, roughly the same number of calories. Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D., a nutrition professor at the University of Vermont in Burlington. The sugar added Issue 31|May 2014 39


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Spring has sprung and pastels are brightening the streets like the we’ve long awaited. These colors make you look classy, delicate and sophisticated and can be worn with neutral, bright or dark colors. They are the perfect enhancers for an airy, breezy and happy mood. Check out our budget friendly picks of the season’s sweetest trend. boohoo $32

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NMBC Infuses New Energy With The Launch Of Its

Entrepreneurial Global Business Center

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The National Minority Business Council, stability in the communities where they operate.” (501)(c)(3) corporation founded in 1972, has been helping small, minority and The NMBC Global Entrepreneurship women-owned businesses succeed for Center, administered by NMBC Global, the council’s international arm, complements the council’s advocacy and business development services and contribution to a host of minority- programs geared to the U.S. market with operated companies, but with the new programs, professional services, shift to a more global platform. The mentorship, operating space and perceptions of “minority businesses” access to relationships geared toward have shifted as more ethnic business entrepreneurs in the United States and leaders join the ranks of successful global worldwide. Targeted industries include entrepreneurs. These opportunities has media and entertainment, IT, energy and environment, construction, food Entrepreneurship Business Center at its and agriculture, education, creativity and youth. sustainable relationships between U.S. business owners and their counterparts The center has attracted not just overseas. seasoned businesses but a new generation of young and budding Fritz-Earle McLymont, a co-founder of entrepreneurs that considers this a smart the NMBC and managing director of and natural evolution for NMBC. NMBC Global states, “the new center Kenrick Sutherland, CEO of BrainPower landscape. So much has changed Technology, an IT-solution company locally and globally in the four decades believes, since NMBC was established. Much of sustain our operations in an affordable the world now accepts and recognizes but effective manner by providing what is called “minority” leadership not only a world class facility and in business and politics, and with all infrastructure but the expertise of high this progress comes unprecedented level professionals that help enhance opportunities.” business strategies and execution. It’s like having an A team without the “Thanks to technology, the business expense of one!” world has leveled out considerably, with new and exciting relationships NMBC urges its members to “claim being forged, especially in the these opportunities for a 21st century emerging markets of Africa, Asia and that is shaping up to be quite different South America,” says Benjamin Jones, in terms of how business is conducted,” chairman of NMBC’s Board of Directors and considers this undertaking “a bold and President of Lightning Supply Inc., distributors of electrical supplies and organization in the 21st century.” “At our Global Entrepreneurship Center, entrepreneurs from many parts of the world can share resources and relationships to create jobs, wealth and social and economic Issue 31|May 2014 45

Jamaica Bacchanal Excellent By Jo Wheeler


his year’s bacchanal in Jamaica had been upgraded to include an proved why it has become one of the top carnivals of the VIP section. Add the festive décor season. With a two month long and killer performances by some of Soca’s best - Destra, Roy Cape All rides and fetes leading up to its Road Stars & Blaxx, Bunji & FayAnn, Kes the Band, and Kerwin DuBois - it’s easy to made sure there were plenty of ways understand why every event at the to enjoy this year’s carnival. The Mas Mas Camp was sold out. Camp, which was home to most of the carnival’s premiere parties and Issue 31|May 2014 47 one of the coolest places to lime, Issue 28|February 2014 15


It’s no secret that Jamaica has perfected the ‘All-Inclusive’ Environment, so of course Bacchanal Jamaica may very well be ‘The Powder Capital of Soca.’ If it’s not, ‘All-Inclusive’ parties you could ever have I’m making that declaration right here the pleasure of attending. The bars housed and now because I’m telling you it was truly madness. food options and both were never ending. Every fete was well stocked, security was Speaking of fogging up di place, Soca always on point and the DJ’s were some King, Machel Montano and Reggae of the island’ best - yeah Bacchanal Superstar, Shaggy staged an all-inclusive Jamaica is doing carnival right. fete ‘Pandemonium.’ Machel and Shaggy started rocking the stage together and Outside of the Mas Camp, several had patrons eating out of their hands. The other parties held their own as well. The duo was in sync as they breezed through Frenchmen Parties have a long history their collaborations and backed each of hosting top notch events that are well other up on several popular tunes amid worth the exclusivity. ‘I Love Soca,’ a fairly inside jokes and gestures. a stable carnival event. ‘Caesar’s Army AMBUSH’ is too much to put into words, just go. Sunrise Breakfast Party easily maintained its title as the best Soca fete in Jamaica. All these parties, the many beach fetes and daily activities made it clear that Jamaica is not just a Reggae Nation anymore. But the pièce de résistance was the powder. When it comes to Carnivals, each one has its own thing, its own, shall we say ‘turn up’ element. Trinidad and Tobago has paint and mud, Grenada has oil and apparently, Jamaica has powder.

Also enjoying his time in Jamaica was Kees Dieffenthaller, lead singer of Kes The Band. Not only did they perform at the Mas Camp’s pre-J’ouvert party, he was also seen having a ball on the road along with Machel Montano and Kerwin DuBois. But the icing on the cake was after the Road March, Kees launched into an impromptu concert at the mas camp. Kees shut it down, awesomely. Bottom line, Bacchanal Jamaica gets better every year. So do yourself a favor, add it to your Carnival schedule, you’ll be glad you did.

Montserrat Welcome to the Emerald Isle


elcome to ‘the Other Emerald Isle” for what will surely be a experience and stay on Montserrat. Throughout the island you will always be surrounded by verdant sceneries and spectacular coastal vistas. For the more active, you can hike one of our nine world-class trails, or maybe dive, snorkel and kayak our volcanoinspired waters, or simply relax on our secluded black sand beaches or “Lime” with our friendly residents. We invite you to marvel at our worldfamous active Soufrière Hills Volcano, which rendered two-thirds of our island an Exclusion Zone, and created a modernday Pompeii - the buried capital city, Plymouth.

ATTRACTIONS RUNAWAY gHUAT : Montserrat’s ghauts (pronounced guts) are deep ravines that carry rainwater down from the mountains to the sea. Runaway Ghaut is one of Montserrat’s more famous ones and is a popular tourist stop. Legend has it ing to the drinking fountain at Runaway Ghaut will be drawn to return to Montserrat again and again. The exact wording of the legend is


fort, with the dire a mode Tower th


Weddings BAY SITE: In the Carr’s Bay area in the

h several canons pointing out at sea in ection of Redonda. Here you will also see el version of the War Memorial and Clock hat were destroyed in Plymouth.

Love is the place where two hearts meet and Montserrat is the perfect location et beach and feel the soft glow of the setting sun. Become one surrounded by with the majestic Soufrière Hills framing the background. Montserrat is truly an island paradise, where you can walk alone and unhurried amidst nature and enjoy secluded beaches. The island’s service providers have become involved in assisting in the organization of tropical weddings, and with their help you can easily organize all the little details that will make your wedding or honeymoon in Montserrat the memory of a lifetime.

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Beaches Montserrat’s beaches, with their soft pearl-grey volcanic sand, are special. The only non-volcanic white sand beach is Rendezvous Beach, the furthest north, which is only accessible by boat or a stiff hike.

LITTLE BAY: Located in the north is popular for swimming, and you can watch boats coming in and out of the Port at the northern end. Beach bars are nearby, as well as the Good Life Restaurant, for a drink or snack. RENDEzVOUS BEACH: Montserrat’s only nondark sand beach. Its pearly white sand is accessible by hiking from Little Bay or a very short kayak or boat ride. The reef off this secluded beach offers some of the best snorkeling in Montserrat

BUNKUM BAY: A real treasure spot at the bottom of St Peters’ lower road (and now boasts a beach bar); and the attractive Woodlands Beach, with a covered picnic area on the cliff above the beach. Watch out for rough waves - inexperienced swimmers and children should be closely supervised.

KAYAKINg: adventure in one of the best unspoiled coastal areas in the Caribbean. Experienced guides will ensure ing adventure on the beautiful east coast of Montserrat. SNORKELINg: You can dive with our

LIME KILN BEACH: A secluded and out snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, of the way spot, and Old Road Bay, for years a favorite bathing beach. YACHTINg: Montserrat is an ideal moved the shoreline downwards so stop for yachts and other small craft, that what was once a jetty, sticking which can anchor safely at Little Bay out into the water, is now landlocked in the North of the island. A number on the beach. You can also take a of yachts currently call into Montserwalk across to the isolated Isles Bay rat, especially following Sailing Week in Antigua, which is held at the end of Beach. April/early May. DIVINg: Montserrat’s beauty extends below the surface as well and there are a number of dives sites around the island both for novice as well as for experienced divers. The coral reefs on Montserrat’s coast offer a variety dersea life, such as spotted rays, sea turtles and sponges.

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THE MEMORIES WILL LAST LONG AFTER THE TRIP DOES. You’ll find paradise in the U.S. Virgin Islands. You’ll also find a delicious buffet of savory flavors that’ll make your lips smile. A rich culture of music and tradition that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. A living history where you can walk the same roads as your ancestors. And the extraordinary chance to be moved by these moments—a thrill that doesn’t always happen on vacation. Lucky for you, the USVI isn’t just a vacation.

You, unscripted. Lasting memories begin at /visitusvi


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