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Beauty Tips For The Summer

by Sophia Butler

Take care of your skin! Your skin is the body's largest and most visible organ- so take of it from now. Be sure to pay attention to your delicate facial areas. Drink plenty of water.


Keeping in shape aids in slowing the aging process and rids our body of toxins. Let’s keep those wrinkles at bay! Our bodies will thank us. For just 30-45 minutes of your time 3-5x per A healthy diet is very important week your body will love you.

Water flushes toxins from your system, plumps up the skin and provides that healthy glow. Remember the human body is made up of 50=65% water so keep the water coming! This summer promises to be sizzling hot so please stay hydrated

in a beauty regime.

A healthy intake of vegetables and fruits provides the vital minerals and vitamins necessary to keep your skin radiant and healthy. Nothing is more appealing than healthy glowing skin that doesn’t need a lot of coverage.

Get your intake of Vitamin D

Yes, it’s ok to soak up the sun but always remember your UV protection to protect your skin. Vitamin D wards off depression, which is why Jamaicans are such happy people.

Never go to bed with your makeup on

Your skin needs time to breathe. So remember to take the time for your nightly beauty regime of cleansing, toning and moisturizing the skin.

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Sweat proof your makeup

You can achieve this by adding a primer to your face before applying your makeup. The primer goes on after the moisturizer and before your makeup, are very sheer and keeps the makeup in place. This goes for eye primers too as they minimize creasing of eyeshadows. Definitely the way to go for summer.

Go for makeup that can multitask

BB (blemish or beauty ) creams and CC (colour correcting) creams provide many benefits in one, moisturizer, UV protection, foundation coverage etc.

Leave heavy makeup for special occasion

Keep foundations, blushes, lipsticks and shadows light and sheer as much as possible.

Invest in a bronzer or highlighter

For the summer, highlight the cheeks, center of forehead and shoulders of course. Bronzed skin looks healthy and gives a healthy glow.

Always cleanse, tone and moisturize Cleansing the skin removes all the makeup from the face and pores. This is even more important for women over 30 as makeup left on overnight dries out the skin and dry skin leads to wrinkles! So ensure makeup is removed nightly. Toning the skin replenishes the skin natural PH balance, so ensure you select a toner that is right for your skin. This is an important step as it keeps your skin tone even and prepares your skin for the benefits of moisturizing. Moisturize your skin at nights as our faces are exposed to the harsh elements daily as well as to the makeup we wear on a daily basis. Moisturizing especially during the summer is very important. |P|

Sophia Smith-Butler Managing Director – Makeup Magic Jamaica (876) 886-1774

Owner-Proevents Jamaica Wedding & Event Management Company; FB: ProeventsJamaica Twitter: @proeventsja



Make-Up Meltdown

by Latoya Jones

Whew! Is it just me or has anybody else noticed the swelteration of the heat this summer! Temperatures it seems are at a record high…and in this weather, it’s hard to wrap your mind around wearing one more layer of anything much less keeping up with the overly dramatized, highly contour-ized makeup trend that’s become so popular. Word of advice…quit while you’re ahead! In this heat…heavy layers of makeup is sure to run and the time spent angularizing your face, sculpting your cheekbones and trimming centimeters off your nose is bound to go to waste once the heat hits you and all that drama begins to run…fix spray or not. Try to keep it light this summer and beat the heat with these summer proof, heat-clad makeup tips: Rise and Prime! Primer is that product you apply after moisturizer but before foundation. It keeps your foundation in place with minimal re-touches.

Less is more: On the note of foundation…keep it as light and as sheer as possible. Think of summer as a time to let your skin breathe. Trade in your regular potion for a water based formula or tinted Sweat proof your mascara: moisturizer. If you need the coverage Opt to go the waterproof route. Just of a regular foundation, apply with a make sure to get a good eye-makeup cool damp sponge or apply a silicone remover to tackle it at the end of the based version instead. The silicone acts day. This writer is partial to the Caudalie as a buffer between your skin and the Makeup Remover and the Maybelline humidity in the air. Expert Eyes Makeup Remover.

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Take a load off: Switch to sheerer eye shadows and keep them neutral. Cream shadows are light, cool and more transparent. Don’t forget to blush: Don’t skip blush as this helps to give a healthy glow to the skin. Try a cream blush as these tend to be lighter and give a more natural and dewey finish. Powders can be a bit heavy and may look caked on in the summer sun. Yikes!

Don’t forget your lip balm or lip gloss and do NOT think of stepping out without oil absorbing sheets. The Elf Green Tea shine eraser is my fave! Above all else, don’t forget to hydrate, slather on your SPF moisturizers and cover up to dodge the harmful rays but most importantly, this summer… the glam squad here at Panache challenges you to love the skin you’re in! |P| Peace Out! Latoya J.

Wedding dress designed by Monique Lhuillier.

Congratulations Kaci & Zachary!

Kaci Fennell ties the knot with boyfriend Zachary Shirley on July 2 in Jamaica.



Kyu Melange

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yu Melange by Kesi Gibson is a luxury fashion and lifestyle company. From conception to consumption, Kyu Melange focuses on the artists and artisans who inspire, create and craft Kesi’s designs. The current collection brings to life art and curation from around the globe. With art at the heart of its fashion expression, the brand focuses on: (i) empowering the underpowered, (ii) celebrating global artistic expression and (iii) putting the humanity back into style. Having had a successful investment banking career, designer, Kesi has a strong appreciation for untapped potential and the power of access. She is determined to pave dynamic paths to financial success for artists and artisans around the world, beyond their local street corners, and has a social focus bent on eradicating the celebrated phenomena of the “poor struggling artist.” Our Curation is Global. We currently partner with artists and artisans from: Argentina, Austria,Brazil,Colombia,Ethiopia,India,Jamaica,Mali,Pakistan,Peru,SenegalandTurkey. Our Impact is Local. We make the “Invisible Hands of Fashion” (™) visible, to the world. Our beliefs are Immutable. We celebrate the beauty of the artist as well as the wearer Kyu means Progress. We design and curate with Purpose. Our clients enjoy a wide array of high fashion products with a human touch and a global soul. |P|



aribbean culture will take center stage in Florida this October as 50,000 revellers participate in the Miami Broward One Carnival. This bi-county event continues to grow and attract Carnival lovers from around the world as it celebrates the culture, traditions and art heritage of the Caribbean. The main event is being held at the Miami-Dade County Fairgrounds and other festivities are hosted throughout the city. It’s fun for all ages with celebrations ranging from pageantry to musical performances by world-class entertainers. Carnival Events The Carnival Concert is a showcase of Caribbean talent where acts from the Hispanic and Haitian communities share in the tradition of Carnival and Caribbean music. One of the biggest highlights of Carnival is the food from Caribbean countries, like the Bahamas, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Guyana and Dominican Republic. Revellers also enjoy rum and other traditional Caribbean beverages and dig into delicious jerk, curry and stews—some of the favorite dishes of the tropics. Carnival culminates in the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen, Panorama Champions, as well as the Junior Carnival and the Miss Miami Broward Carnival Pageant.|P|



Di Tings Weh We A Chat Bout!

Tribute to Delus Vybz Kartel released a tribute single for the late dancehall star Delus, who died last month from an apparent suicide. ZJ Liquid played the single for the first time on his ZipFM radio show. The track was produced by TJ Records. “Still give thanks / Because we know you’re in a better place / Yesterday mi hear you gone away / Gone too soon,” Kartel deejay over a dancehall beat.

radcliffe saddler Radcliffe Saddler, born in Kingston, Jamaica, is the oldest of three. When he was 6, he and his family moved to the United States for good, at least in part, because his parents wanted to provide a cheaper and better education for their children. This bright 18-year-old Jamaican has introduced Obama, landed a job at IBM plus got featured on CNN!

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YOHAN “BLESSED” BLAKE Yohan Blake took the sprint double after winning Men’s 200M Championship race in 20.29 in Jamaica at the National Trials. Since then five residents of the Mount Olivet Boys’ Home in Walderston, Manchester, have been awarded a trip of a lifetime to France funded by sprinter, Yohan Blake through his YB Afraid Foundation and his French sponsor and business partner, Richard Mille.

mary seacole The long-awaited memorial statue in honour of Jamaica-born nurse Mary Seacole was unveiled in London on June 30 in the grounds of St Thomas Hospital, Westminster, overlooking the River Thames. It is the first statue of a named black woman in the city and is in honour of her heroine work to save British soldiers during the Crimean War in 1853-56.


Di Tings Weh We A Chat Bout!

#HeForShe Usain Bolt, Jamaica’s Olympic champion and ‘fastest man in the world’, has signed on to the HeForShe Campaign, bringing to the forefront of his global audience, the issue of gender equality and ending violence against women and girls.

buju banton According to sources, incarcerated Jamaican Reggae-Ragga star Buju Banton (whose real name is Mark Anthony Myrie), who is one of the best Reggae artistes of all time, has more reason to smile after he recently graduated with a Masters Degree in Music Business Management from the University of New York.

jamaica Tallawahs The Jamaica Tallawahs completes an impressive quadruple of wins at home in the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL)Twenty20 tournament after defeating Barbados Trident by 36 runs in their final fixture at Sabina Park on Wednesday.

Serena williams All at once, World No.1 Serena Williams was the hunter and the hunted, in search of a 22nd Grand Slam title. She now matches Stefanie Graf’s Open Era record, all while trying to fend off a rising opposition from challengers like Angelique Kerber and Garbiñe Muguruza, who each defeated her at the Australian Open and French Open finals.

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amaican born, New York based fashion designer Camesha ‘POSHE’ Powell unveiled her new swimwear line ‘LAPOSHE Swim’ at the KENEEA LINTON BOUTIQUE. LAPOSHE joins the likes of Meiling, Claudia Pegus and Julan in the Caribbean Collective section of the Keneea Linton Boutique; located at 80 Lady Musgrave Road (Shop 25). LAPOSHE is contemporary resort wear brand that embodies the free-spirit of the beach lifestyle with a sophisticated twist. Inspired by its Caribbean roots and world travels, the line evolves a unique, tropical flair into a globally enticing aesthetic. Camesha Powell’s 2016 LAPOSHE collection was inspired by beauties under the sea - colorful corals, exotic parrot fish, and the unique starfish were the visual references for its exclusive prints and elegant colors. The brand is dedicated to the preservation of the beautiful beaches and coral reefs of the Caribbean and donates 10% of the profit from direct sales to the non-profit organization, Jamaica Environmental Trust, in aid of their environmental protection efforts. |P| | 13




ocated at 1825 Collins Ave in the heart of Miami’s thriving Art Deco District, Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, is a new 250-room oceanfront property. The hotel, which was originally named the Nautilus, was designed in the 1950’s by famed architect Morris Lapidus. SIXTY Hotels has restored the property, instilling contemporary elegance while preserving key elements of Lapidus’ design


Jason Pomeranc, a pioneer in the boutique hotel industry, and his partners, brothers Lawrence and Michael Pomeranc and long-time collaborator Stephen Brandman, launched Nautilus in October 2015 as the first new opening under their hotel brand, SIXTY Hotels. Nautilus captures and reimagines the era’s sophistication, elegance and ease in design, programming and vibe. The complete transformation reflects a vision of luxury lifestyle, drawing design inspiration from the original era by infusing the hotel with mid-century jet-set style furniture layered with art deco and contemporary pieces inspired by global beach culture, thus creating a hospitality experience that resonates with today’s traveler, while preserving the landmark’s inherent charm. Lapidus’ signature neo-Baroque designs that are synonymous with Miami remain, including the lobby’s landmarked “stairway to nowhere.” The expansive hotel grounds stretch from Collins Avenue to the beach, while standing eight stories high. Upon arrival, the hotel’s entrance, with 25-foot ceilings, leads guests from the check-in area to the lobby’s sunken bar, Lobby Bar, which features the restored ”stairway to nowhere.” A corridor with a gallery wall for art activations leads to the Bridge Room, a multifunctional event space designed with cues from Yacht salons, which can divide into two rooms for private functions or a private lounge. Celebrated chef Alex Guarnaschelli helms the signature restaurant, Driftwood Room, operated and managed by China Grill Management. Designed with mid-century roots, the 200-seat restaurant offers a separate private dining room providing natural daylight and views of the pool from the outdoor terrace. Nautilus Cabana Club will feature an outdoor deck, poolside retreat, pool bar and backyard. The salt-water swimming pool with bar is surrounded by cabanas; and a playful lawn setting with Bolivian hammocks overlooks the beach, with private chairs for beach service. The crisp and comfortable 250 guest rooms and suites are draped in neutral colors, and feature 48-inch flat screens, vintage-style mini bar chests, and custom artwork from notable American photographer Sante D’Orazio. Many rooms and suites feature spacious balconies with ocean views, while a Penthouse sits on top of the eighth floor, and includes two bedrooms, a dining area, kitchen, and a stunning garden terrace. Nestled in the heart of South Beach’s most desirable neighborhood, Nautilus, a SIXTY Hotel, is walking distance to some of the area’s best galleries, theaters, boutiques, bars and restaurants. |P|

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Photo courtesy of Nautilus

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Llantrissant Beachcliff Villa


njoy the sun drenched days of Negril Jamaica on a two-acre beachfront estate with uncompromised privacy and breathtaking views of Seven Mile Beach on Long Bay - A stunning location for weddings and receptions. The four-bedroom beachhouse villa and guest cottage can accommodate families and groups of up to twelve persons. The house is flanked by two private beaches, the larger of the two just steps from a 50’ veranda. A grass tennis court provides a unique recreation experience.

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In the tradition of Caribbean villas, our staff will help plan meals, do the shopping, cooking and serving - this is genuine Jamaica at its best. There are also groundskeepers and 24-hour security. Four Malibu 2 Sea Kayaks, two Red Paddle 10’8” Mega boards and snorkeling gear to explore the reefs along the 1000’ sea frontage are included at no extra charge. |P|

Travel SIT BACK, RELAX AND ENJOY THE SPA SUMMER SPECIALS THIS MIAMI SPA MONTH Residents and Visitors Rejoice with up to 50 Percent Savings on Signature Spa Treatments at a Record 41 Premiere Spas in Greater Miami and The Beaches!


he Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau celebrates its ninth annual Miami Spa Month (sponsored by Citibank® and Spafinder Wellness) with over 40 of the destination’s world-renowned luxury spas participating this year. The popular summer promotion will run for two months from July 1 through August 31 offering spa goers up to 50 percent savings on countless treatments – think, hot stone massages, exfoliating body polishes, deep cleaning facials and more. Valued at $200 or more, Miami Spa Month treatments will be exclusively available at two price points: $109 and $139, with select spas offering two treatments for $199. Guests that pay for treatments using a Citibank® card can receive an additional special offer at participating spas. A dedicated website – – serves as an easy to search resource providing information on spa offerings by location and treatment type along with special Miami Spa Month hotel packages. Treatment costs do not include tax and gratuity and reservations are required. |P| | 17

panache Behind The Scenes PUBLISHER

PANACHE` COMMUNICATIONS INC., LLC. FOUNDER/ CEO TRICIA WILLIAMSON ______________________ EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Tricia Williamson PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR Craig Harley ARRC CREATIVE MEDIA COVER DESIGN Tricia Williamson Adrian Creary Latoya Jones | BEAUTY EDITOR Sheri Kae McLeod |LIFESTYLE EDITOR Chrystal Smith |SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR LOVE, SEX & RELATIONSHIPS THERAPIST Dr. Karen Carpenter CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHY & TEXT Sophia Butler, Chrystal Smith, Sheri-Kae McLeod, Oliver Hill, Adrian Creary, Kyu Melange, Nautilus, Latoya Jones, Afrikin Fest, Miami Convention Centre, Really Roots, Ribbiz, Frame of Reference, Quite Perry, LAPOSHE, Cassandra Blake, Ruthlyn Johnson.

Above: Is who dat @quiteperry looking very #GQ on our #PANACHE shoot happening now in @arrcmedia The shoot well #Lit #UpUp #PANACHE #PanacheApproved #magazine #PhotoShootPhresh #ARRC #SummerIssue

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Big up to the #ReallyRoots crew in New York! We loved the shoot for the collection- which is amazing!


4 Beauty Tips For The Summer 6 Makeup Meltdown 7 Congrats Kaci & Zachary 8 Kyu Melange 9 Miami Broward Carnival 10 Tings We A Chat Bout 12 LAPOSHE 14 Nautilus 16 Llantrissant Beachcliff Villa 17 Miami Spa Month 18 Behind The Scenes 20 Afrikin 21 Editor’s Note

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TWill’s Travels PitchIt Caribbean Challenge Really Roots Best Bars of Jamaica Frame of Reference Jason Pomeranc Is Jamaica’s Music Culture [Being] Used & Abused? Quite Perry Take 5 Leading Men of Jamaica A Taste of Strawberry Designer Spotlight: Cassandra Blake | 19


MIAMI TO HOST AFRIKIN FEST IN NOVEMBER Innovation and commerce are focal points for weekend-long festival celebrating Africa and the African diaspora


frikin Fest, an African inspired festival will be held in Miami from November 18-20, 2016. The weekend-long event will feature the ingenuity, economic and social opportunity of the world’s fastest growing region – Africa. In addition to a first-rate culinary experience and top tier musical acts, the festival will celebrate the accomplishments of influencers and innovators from the African diaspora. “Africa and African culture are now a driving force in commerce and the arts,” said Alfonso D’Niscio Brooks, Afrikin Fest founding partner and producer. “The establishment of a gathering that not only fuses the finest in music and food, but also notes the waves being made by Africans in business, technology, and education are components that must be supported. This is the ideal time to leverage the popularity of food and music festivals to amplify the profile of Africa and its descendants.” Afrikin Fest will host talks and workshops over the weekend celebration that will feature a “who’s who” panel of educators, influencers, activists, and business executives. The festival is currently in pre-production and a crowdfunding campaign recently launched and will run through the end of August. In addition, a series of Afrikin networking events leading up to the November festival will be hosted throughout Miami, with the first event on July 2nd receiving accolades and featured artists such as Vaughn “Akae Beka” Benjamin of Midnite and Kevens, as well as talks from influencers and scholars Dr. Carole Boyce-Davies, Professor of Africana Studies at Cornell University, Haitian artist, Philippe Dodard, and OneUnited Bank founder and CEO, Terri Williams. “It’s important to emphasize the potential of the ‘Black Dollar,’” said Julie Mansfield, Afrikin Fest founding partner. “Now more than ever, the limelight is being shed on Africa as a place of innovation and economic potential. Attendees will have fun, of course, but they’ll also leave informed and inspired.” Proceeds from Afrikin Fest will benefit Give Me Dignity, a nonprofit organization with a resounding voice against Childhood Sexual Abuse (CSA). ABOUT AFRIKIN FEST/AFRIKIN LLC Team Afrikin is a dedicated and accomplished collection of entertainment, media, and international relations professionals who together pool their expertise to create cultural events unlike any other. From event management to booking firstrate artists and developing effective press and marketing campaigns, the team’s skill in creating new experiences with a social impact is unparalleled. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter @AfrikinFest. |P|

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Editor’s Note

Thank you for joining us for another issue of PANACHE. Amidst all the tragedies we see happening both at home in Jamaica and abroad we always have to remember our humanity. So whether it is the deep hurt and anger we felt at the senseless and brutal murder of a 3 year old baby girl or the massacre of innocent men, women and children in Nice France; as global citizens should never allow ourselves to stop caring. There is still a lot of good in this world and we should all do our part to be a light that drives out the darkness. In our cover story, Jamaica’s leading online comedian, Quite Perry, shares how he is changing people’s lives and uplifting their spirits through comedy. We all have a calling- each and everyone of us has a purpose to fulfill while we are here. So whether it is holding on to a friend that may going down a wrong path or needing to make a change in your own life to improve your current state of being. Be a force for good today!

Tricia Williamson Editorial Director

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TWill’s Travels


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1. Big Up to my girls: Shenee, Sheryll, Shaneika, Audrey and Ruthlynour Portland escape was fantastic.| 2. Sunkissed and chilling on the sands of Boston Beach.| 3. Shenee and I taking selfies at Geejam.| 4. Boston Bay- Portland’s beaches are the best on the island.| 5. Grab a mango margarita at the Bush Bar at Geejam.| 6. The best jerked chicken sausage on the planet is at Boston Jerk.| 7. The best jerked pork on the island! Yaaaaassss!!!| 8. A wonderful beach to learn to surf is Boston Beach.| 9. Try this amazing Grotto Bread- it is one of the most popular breads. |

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Tech teams from Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, T&T win first PitchIT Caribbean Challenge


obile app developers Wanderscape, of Trinidad; Directory.GY of Guyana; Medi Revu of Barbados, and Jamaica’s SameLogic and Bookfusion, were the five teams of mobile app entrepreneurs that scored big at the PitchIT Caribbean Challenge tech-entrepreneurship competition which ended on Saturday (June 4, 2016) evening. The five winners were selected after two rigorous days of pitching to two panel of judges and an audience of regional and global investors. The top five teams each took home US$5000 in seed funding to develop their businesses and have also been awarded spots in PitchIT Caribbean business accelerators across the region. Chief Judge Dushyant Savadia of Jamaican security technology firm Amber Connect, who announced the five winners, could hardly contain his excitement over what he said were the impressive pitches the initial ten finalists made to the panel of four judges, earlier in the day. “What I saw today was not just Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, it was truly world class,” Savadia said amid the applause. “What I have seen here was truly outstanding, truly tremendous, so congratulations to all 10. “I am also aware you are all learning; you are all at seed stage; you are understanding the business. But to come up on this stage, and stand here in front of five judges who are extremely seasoned, who have been in the business for a long time, and withstand their questions and still be passionate and persuasive about what you are doing, is tremendously commendable,” he added. The Government of Canada’s Counsellor and Head of Cooperation in Jamaica, Walter Bernyck, said he was overjoyed by the success of the project which, only serves to enrich the longstanding relationship between his country and the Caribbean region. “I think that this competition turned out very well. You could see right to the end a very strong feeling of anticipation; a strong readiness to compete in the digital market,” a beaming Bernyck said.

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“The World Bank and UWI Mona School of Business and Business Support Services, have done a really done a great job to coordinate everything; to keep people moving; to keep them focused on the agenda. I think overall I am very satisfied with how the process is going,” he added. The World Bank’s Programme Officer of the Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean, Karlene Francis was just as overjoyed as her fellow donors. “We are very pleased with the quality of the pitches on day one and also on day two; it was exceptional. On day one the pitches were excellent and on day two they were refined even greater; all the teams did an excellent job and I think they were all winners coming into this competition,” Francis said. She added: “Based on my discussions with them, they have certainly learnt a lot from the mentors that we have provided. So overall, the World Bank is very happy with the quality of the presentations, with the quality of the mentors and the quality of judges that were and who participated. We believe the top five teams were indeed the top five. It was a very competitive process but overall they came out on top and we are very happy with the entire event.” A total of 25 groups of mobile app developers from seven countries across the Caribbean, participated in the competition, the aim of which is to enhance the region’s mobile app development ecosystem. The project, which is part of the Entrepreneurship Programme for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), is being executed by the University of the West Indies Consortium, with funding from the Government of Canada and the World Bank. Other entrants were Carib Auto Express and Caribbean Transit Solutions of Barbados; Linkup Group of Dominica; of St. Kitts and Nevis; FARMS of St. Lucia and Kewplus, Software Interactive, Wallet Injurecare Utility, Caribbean Treasure and Drop and Lifeball Technologies of Trinidad and Tobago and ClickPaye, Money Mobile Solutions, MekUp Jamaica, GetThere, Eventah and Pandosoft of Jamaica. |P|

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Best Bars of Jamaica Ribbiz Ultra Lounge


e recently caught up with Kamal Bankay and had a tete-a-tete about Ribbiz Ultra Lounge, our pick this issue as one of the Best Bars In Jamaica. Can you please tell us more about Ribbiz? The history, where it all started, the vision for it… Ribbiz started as a meeting of minds of three businessmen who all have a love for bars, food, beautiful people and entertainment generally. When people hear the name what is the one thing you would want it to be known for? We want to be known as the ultimate place to come and celebrate! From having a great day at work, to celebrating your birthday to the ultimate night out with your best friends. Ribbiz uses a lot of social media effectively. How would you say social media has an impact on your brand and the experience you deliver? Social media is the primary tool of communication for Ribbiz. This is how we communicate who we are and what we do every day and night of the week. We run promotions, say thanks and inspire people to be amazing with every post. From #TacoThursdays to #WingsandBeerWednesdays… what is your most popular themed night of the week and why? Tuesday night... #GirlsNightOut! We love to host and celebrate the ladies, do I need

to say more? there’s 2 for 1 pizza and barefoot wine specials #win Ribbiz has one of the best bar service around town- what’s the secret behind that? We start with great bartenders that have a winning personality then we add a bit of Ribbiz signature culture, our special twist on service and you have a winning recipe. A personal PANACHE favourite is #BigPeopleSundays with amazing DJs like DJ Courtney. Describe for our readers who don’t know – what Big People Sundays is all about and why this series has been so successful in packing the house every Sunday? BIG PEOPLE SUNDAYS -It’s a theme we created to celebrate all the rich music culture we love from years gone by. Nostalgia takes center stage as we get transported to the best times of our past coupled with our award winning food and drinks - you can’t lose!

“Excellent food and dependable entertainment” …. So tell us, what is the best Ribbiz moment a patron has ever shared with you? We have had the honour of being the chosen place where a man decided to propose and make a lucky lady his fiancé. The entire bar came to a standstill and celebrated with the lucky couple (after she said yes of course). What type of people does Ribbiz attract or appeal to? From the prime minister himself to a regular blue collar worker to Usain bolt to Lady Saw. We welcome everyone as long as they adhere to the dress code :) What is the best thing about Ribbiz you wish more people knew? That we are open for lunch everyday with the same award winning food drinks and service that people enjoy at nighttime! In your own words, why are you one of the best bars in Jamaica? The people...the people are our biggest treasure. The regulars- our beloved patrons, the staff of Ribbiz- from our servers to bartenders to kitchen staff and porters and stewards and especially the DJs. They make up our family that creates an atmosphere and an energy in our space that is unlike anywhere else you may ever visit. |P|

Beyond wings and beer, you also do amazing culinary delights from pastas, gourmet pizzas, Char Sui Pigtails to Skewered Shrimp with Johnny Walker Sauce. How do you come to decide what hits the menu? From we opened this establishment our menu has been constantly evolving. We started with 4 items and gradually began experimenting with dishes and our “regulars” guide us with their palette. Our food is constant innovation! On Trip Advisor, you are described as the “Best of the Best” and having

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Frame of Reference

rame of Reference (FoR) is a post-production company that is renowned for delivering exceptional video editing and color grading services  to our clients. We strive to be the best post-production house in the Caribbean and by extension the World. We provide video editing and color grading for television shows, commercials, music videos, documentaries, movies and recently expanded our services into photo editing and grading. Our services are geared for several markets, including television stations, corporate, ad agencies, video production companies, film directors and producers. We are not seasonal based and thus our services are offered throughout the year. With our unique style of editing and our diversity in color grading, we attract clients who choose to entrust FoR to handle all of their affairs.  

The attention span of online users is short and a intriguing video can separate you from your competition and others in your industry.

The Beginning... Frame of Reference is co-founded and operated by Twain Richardson and Fonnique Miller since August 2012. Twain leads the team daily as the head of creative. Fonnique manages the day to day operations and ensures that the building doesn’t fall from beneath our feet. We started out with a laptop and a deposit from our first client. The client was very concerned about giving us the project but we asked for a deposit and used that deposit to purchase some equipment and spent countless hours completing the project. It was very rough starting out but we managed to beat all the odds. Why the choice to focus solely on post production- why not do filming as well? Everyone with a camera is doing production and we realized that no one in the Caribbean is doing solely post production. We believe in applying a laser like focus in anything you do and so we started FoR with the aim of providing solely post production to the caribbean and by extension the world. With video being king and a leading trend in digital media. Where do you see the industry going? Video is here to stay. It’s one of the quickest and easiest mediums to show a demonstration or bring your point across. The attention span of online users is short and a intriguing video can separate you from your competition and others in your industry. More people are on the go as they watch online videos from their smartphone and don’t want to waste time reading text. So It’s safe to say that video marketing will soon be the norm of advertising.

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Where do you see the company going in five (5) years? In five years we see ourselves as the leading post production company in the Caribbean. With video becoming the norm, FoR is positioned at a very central point in the video industry, shooting a video is one thing, but giving it that creative spark is what will set it apart and that’s what we specialize in. Who are some of the major clients you have done work for? We’ve done post production for some of the major Tv Shows out of Jamaica. For the past 5 seasons of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall, Digicel Rising Stars as well as  The Wray and Nephew Contender, we’ve done the post process.  Our clientele has also included The Innovators and The Caribbean’s Next Top Model. We’ve collaborated with Directors/Producers like Ras Kassa, Jay Will, Carleene Samuels, Aldain Reid, Asha Mchail, Tsehai, Tyson Mayhew, Nile Saulter, Brian St Juste, Franklyn St Juste and Tony Fisher. We’ve done work with The Jamaica Tourist Board, ARRC Media, UNICEF, PANACHE, LiquidLight and many others. Name the best directors/producers from Jamaica and the Caribbean and we’ve worked with them before. What is the best and worst thing about your line of work? The best thing about what we do is that it teaches you patience. There’s no worst thing about what we do, we love putting smiles on our clients faces. What is the one thing you wish people knew about video post production? That it’s not as simple as you think it is.  We generally have to educate new clients on the process, we don’t mind doing it but we find that a lot of persons think that you press two buttons and your job is done. To the client it seems that way and that’s partly because of the systems we have in place at FoR, but at times it is a very painstaking process. If it was that easy then everyone would be doing it.|P| For more info, visit:


JASON POMERANC Throughout his distinguished career, entrepreneur Jason Pomeranc has applied his unique vision and innate cultural sensibility to the design and development of unique and Imaginative experiences within the global landscape of lifestyle hotels. Jason’s hospitality career began at The Pomeranc Group, a family-operated real estate development firm, in 1997. A few years later, Jason and his brothers, Lawrence and Michael Pomeranc, debuted their first property in New York, 60 Thompson (rebranded in 2014 as SIXTY SoHo) - a project which pioneered the luxury boutique hotel sector in SoHo when it opened in the Fall of 2001. The opening of this new boutique hotel inspired the creation of Thompson Hotels – a brand which later achieved international, award-wining recognition and acclaim. For more than 12-years Jason served as co- founder and Creative Director, and along with his partners developed, rebranded and renovated over 13 hotels for the brand throughout North America and the UK, opening six hotels within a 24 month period. In October of 2011, Jason and partners co-created Commune Hotels & Resorts, a parent company of Thompson Hotels and Joie de Vivre, which managed 46 hotels in North America and the UK, where he served as co-chairman. Following a sale of his interests in Commune Hotels & Resorts in August 2013, and honoring an insatiable commitment to authenticity and innovation, Jason along with his brothers and longtime collaborator Stephen Brandman, co-founded SIXTY Collective - a new company committed to creating a 360-degree cultural experience in hospitality environments. In 2014, SIXTY Collective launched SIXTY Hotels - a new, innovative brand of five luxury inns based in New York City, Los Angeles and debuting in Miami South Beach early 2015. As co-founder and Creative Director of SIXTY Collective, Jason’s creative vision drives the look, feel and tone across design, publishing, and marketing for the group. Through his selection of world-class collaborators in restaurants, nightlife, art, branding and design, Jason has established himself as the creative force behind intelligent lifestyle brands, and a formidable source of innovation in the hospitality industry. Born in New York, Jason now splits his time between New York and Los Angeles. |P| | 37

Is Jamaica’s

Music Culture being Used and Abused? By Chrystal Smith Social Media Journalist

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ver the years the U.S. Pop Culture has been heavily influenced by Reggae and DanceHall music. While this has been mutually beneficial for both cultures – U.S and Jamaica, it has mostly benefitted the former one. International artistes undoubtedly have an undying love for Jamaica’s music genres producing hits such as “The Jam” featuring Shabba Ranks and KRS-One, “Ghetto Story: Chapter 2” with Cham and Grammy-winning R&B singer Alicia Keys and “Baby Boy” featuring Sean Paul and Beyonce which launched Beyonce’s solo career and landed Sean with a Grammy for his album in 2004. There is just something about our music that leaves artistes across the world with a burning passion, a passion so wild that it has forced local and international artistes to collaborate and produce great hits. However, though there is love for our island’s music some international artistes have foregone employing the assistance of our local artistes and have produced hits with a flavour of reggae and/or dancehall by themselves. Some of which are “Rude” by Magic! which ascended to No. 1 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 music chart, “Controlla” featuring Drake, “Work” by Rihanna featuring Drake, “Gun Shot” by Nicki Minaj and a host of others. While the recognition is excellent for our music industry there have been incidents where international artistes have utilized the crafts of some of our locals and have failed to give them credit on the big screen. The most recent unfortunate incident stemmed between international star, Drake and local artiste, Popcaan. The single “Controlla” which moved up from No. 23 on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart to No. 20 has sparked a controversy in the dancehall industry. Upon the release of Drake’s album, “Views”, fans especially those of the Jamaican artiste noticed that Popcaan’s verse had been erased and replaced with a sample of Beenie Man while keeping the reggae flow. It would be an understatement to say that Drake had been heavily influenced by the Jamaican culture in the creation of this work. With his album doing very well on the music scene, Jamaican artistes may now be hesitant to share their craft with the star or other international artistes even. Some artistes have even openly expressed dissatisfaction at Drake’s actions towards their own. The Jamaican people are very disheartened as this would have definitely been the big break that Popcaan had hoped for. Moreover, what about that “One Dance” dub Drake did for Popcaan at the Red Bull Culture Clash in London? Does this mean that it is now ‘water under the bridge’ for the two? Though Popcaan won the competition he was still dissed by the artiste after his verse was edited from “Controlla”. Will the dub be officially released as a peace offering to Popcaan and by large the Jamaican people? I think not. In the meantime it should be highlighted that this was not the first time the Canadian rapper, had worked with a dancehall artiste. In April 2010 Mavado starred as a gangster in Drake’s single “Find Your Love” still there was no credit given to our local artiste. Should we assume that the rapper has now built for himself an infamous reputation with the Jamaican music industry? Fortunately, dancehall artiste Mavado has made strides in his career. In September of 2011 the artiste signed a deal with DJ Khaled’s record label We the Best Music Group. Mavado since then has produced hits such as “Emergency” and “Survivor” featuring Ace Hood and Akon respectively on the record label. This has put Jamaica’s

craft on the map once more. On the flip side, Drake has made music history in the U.K topping the singles chart with his song “One Dance” featuring Wizkid and Kyla. The single is the longest running No. 1 song in 22 years on the U.K. singles chart surpassing 12 weeks. Prior to this, the last single to spend as many as 12 weeks on the chart was Wet Wet Wet’s 1994 single “Love Is All Around”. Similarly, in the United States “One Dance” is holding the No. 1 position on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for 12 weeks and counting. No hard feelings, but we wish Drake all the best in his endeavours. Thankfully, over the years our island has produced grammy – winning artistes such as Sean Paul, Shaggy, Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley, Ziggy Marley, Morgan Heritage and many others. These artistes have represented Jamaica very well at the international level and serve as reminders as to why the U.S Pop culture is heavily influenced by our music and our culture at large. |P|

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The Quintessential Jamaican Comedian



You have to remain authentic in what you’re doing, also learn when to compromise and relish in the fact that it’s okay sometimes to say “no”.

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ohan Perry, 24 - more popularly known as social media sensation “Quite Perry” with over 242,000 Instagram followers and 146,000 fans on Facebook, Rohan has always had an innate knack for making people laugh. From the days of Meadowbrook High School to Utech, his comedic timing, infectious personality and relatable skits brought laughter and joy to people’s lives! Rohan’s motto has always been “I just want to make people laugh” and now he’s living his dream!

Television 10th anniversary Caribbean Rocks celebrations at BB King Blues Club on 42nd Street in New York! We will say he’s definitely on his way to spreading his wings!

For those who have no idea about what you do and why so many people love it.... how can you best describe it? I get this euphoric feeling; whenever I put out my comedic videos. The love coupled with the support I get from my fans is tremendous! I think the most beautiful thing about the connection I have with my supporters is that I’m just being myself. I genuinely enjoy making people laugh and I think they can sense that through my videos. Its authentic, its real.

Did you ever expect it to be as successful as it has been? In the ever changing arena of digital media how will you stay relevant and ahead of the game? To be honest, I was a bit uncertain as you know things have times and seasons, rhymes and reasons. The entertainment industry is fickle, you’re in today and out tomorrow. But I have to thank all my fans for their unwavering support, the love is real and I do intend on bringing more content to social media & from my lips to God’s ears - possibly bring it to late night television, afternoon radio, fan appreciation tours, or you never know perhaps the cherry on top, carry our flag and brand of humor worldwide!

How did you begin your online career? Was it always a path you dreamt of taking? Actually, one would call it “buck ups” - another would say its destiny. I’ll go with the latter. I actually used to do YouTube videos but in the words of my MOMager, they were a bit longwinded;she said look within so I re-grouped, re-focused and by God’s grace I put out my first 15 second comedy clip and ‘BAM’ there you have it. The video went viral, I started seeing all these followers coming in, people saying they love my work - it was quite the turn of events in my life, moments on could only dream of. In 2008 at just 16 years of age, Rohan’s passion about the entertainment industry and the importance of the youth having a voice began his unwavering affiliation with the Youth View Awards. An avid social media enthusiast, he started blogging and vlogging in 2010 on YouTube in which he transitioned into a stint on CVM TV where he hosted a teen based show called a Teen Link which ran for two seasons. It was is in 2012 when he won the Music Industry Achievers Award for Social Media Personality of the Year that it further solidified to him that not only did he have an online presence, but this is was his calling in life! What is the best thing and worst thing about what you do? I think with anything anybody does, you have pros and cons - but I choose to be grateful, I choose to accept the best and worst things that come with being a social media personality/ comedian; for I could be doing something I didn’t love, in a environment that is toxic. It’s a great feeling waking up with the thought I make people laugh, I lift spirits and change lives through comedy everyday. What more could a brother ask for? What advice would give to someone looking to become am influencer like you? I would tell them the first three simple words, thats on every single social media platform I am on.. “Just Be Yourself”. Rohan later went from PR to Social Media Marketing, to now full-time Online Comedian, Host, and Stand Up Comedian who’s looking to spread his wings to become a household brand as well as carry Jamaican comedy to the international market. Rohan mass market appeal has seen his relationship blossom with respected brands such as Ting (International), Smirnoff, Red Stripe, JPS, The Jamaica Observer, Respect Jamaica and more. Taking his talent even beyond online Rohan is now booked for standup shows both locally and international including Oceanstyle celebrity filled event in Montego Bay, private events including recently at Jamaica’s luxury hotel Moon Place Jamaica Grand, to Tempo

The Evolution of “Quite Perry” is wonderful to watch unfold as he genuinely smiles at every fan, is never too busy to take a picture or sign an autograph. Through all of this he never forgets to stop and reflect how far he’s come and how much further he is focused on going while thanking God every step of the way!

How do you deal with trolls and cyberbullying? I ignore them or introduce them to my very good friend called ‘BLOCKED’. I don’t have the time, nor is it worth it to focus on negative energy... life is too short. Do you have a plan B in case all this fades away? To be honest, its always good to have a plan B - but at this immediate moment I don’t. All my energy is now in plan A, so plan A betta work work work work work. With companies incorporating more influencer marketing in their online do you manage all these corporate brands want to connect with the audience through you? How do keep your authenticity while balancing the needs of companies? I have to credit my management team on this, Karen Clarke is truly amazing as she allows me to express my comedic talents in what is required from any corporate brand, she gives me leeway, she fights for my right to remain true in what I do and ensures that both myself and the client are happy with end result at the end of the day. You have to remain authentic in what you’re doing, also learn when to compromise and relish in the fact that its okay sometimes to say “no”. If you were not doing this...what else would you be into? Well, since we’re keeping it real here - I haven’t told anyone else this really, but I like to sing. I’ve had a suppressed passion for it as long as I can remember. So maybe if I was not doing this, I’d be writing or creating original music. Hey, you never know. Come 2020, where will can we expect to see QP? Well, you can see me touring the world with my stand-up comedy show, you can catch me on TV with my very own late night show and you can see me on the big screen, yes I said it - buy your ticket at Carib from now, I’ll be on that screen and many more. Everything in divine order! |P|

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The entertainment industry is fickle, you’re in today and out tomorrow.

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It’s a great feeling waking up with the thought I make people laugh, I lift spirits and change lives through comedy everyday.

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Love & Sex

Take 5 and Make Your Relationship Sizzle


ake five, a famous jazz tune that many of us know just from listening to it on so many occasions. But today I want us to take a journey through the five senses; sight, smell, taste, hearing and touch. This journey is a way to put sparkle back into your relationships.


Starting with the sense of sight, a great way to pick up the pace is to prepare the traditional candle light dinner for just you and your partner, but for a change get all dressed up and stay in. Yes, dine with your partner with both of you looking your very best. You would be surprised what a treat this could be. Delight in your partner’s well groomed appearance and let him have something to complement in you too.


Smell, is probably the most vibrant of our senses. Use it to create an exciting evening together. Gather up five of your partner’s favourite scents. Ask him or her to shower and lie face down on a towel. Now create a line of dots going down his spine to the base. Each dot should be a different fragrance. Now gently use your fingertips to blend these smells together, starting from the base and moving in semi-circles onto the back. By the time you get to the base of the neck, not only will the room be filled with the most amazing aroma, but your partner should now be both relaxed and aroused. Enjoy the rewards.

by Dr. Karen Carpenter, Relationship & Sex Therapist

her to describe each taste. Make sure the portions are small enough to finish in one bite and select melt-in your- mouth foods. You can repeat flavours, mixing them to add novelty. Add some kisses for full effect.


Sound is another wonderful way of communicating your love. Take some quality time together. Create a playlist of your partner’s favourite love songs and lie in bed together and listen to the songs. Sing along and cuddle as you reminisce about the first time you heard these songs together.


Touch is tantalizing for many people. So here’s the final touch on the journey through the five senses. Prepare a bubble bath for you and your partner. Get out some wine or your favourite drink, served in wine glasses and spend a leisurely half hour sponge bating each other. Just talking to each other uninterrupted can be a wonderful, sensuous gift. This is a perfect moment to bring all five senses together with music in the background and fragrances and bite sized treats waiting to tempt all the other senses. It really doesn’t cost a lot to be romantic. It simply takes a little imagination and time. |P|


Taste can also change our mood from mildly interested to salivating with desire. Prepare a tray of bite-sized portions of foods such as: cheesecake; rum dipped chocolate cherries, mango, cooling ice cream or sorbet. Ask your partner’s permission to blindfold them then feed them delectable treats with your fingers. Ask

Ask your partner’s permission to blindfold them then feed them delectable treats with your fingers... You can repeat flavours, mixing them to add novelty. Add some kisses for full effect.

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A Few

Leading Men of Jamaica

compiled by Sheri-Kae McLeod Lifestyle Editor

Not too long ago we asked our fans online to nominate the Jamaican men they felt were among the most influential and the response was overwhelming- Thank you for your feedback! We have a few clear winners with USAIN BOLT, ANDREW HOLNESS and CHRIS GAYLE leading the way. So from media to sports and business here are a few of Jamaica’s leading men as chosen by you the people... | 47


Age: 29 years old Industry: Sports Title: Track Athlete/ Fastest Man In The World

He is electrifying, entertaining, legendary and charismatic. He is the best. With an ironic name like “Bolt” and a signature lightning bolt pose, Usain has struck a chord in the hearts of sports fans all around the world and has earned that legendary status that he has been hoping for. Bolt was born in Sherwood Content, Trelawny. He was an energetic and active child and displayed a natural ability for sports. Bolt’s journey to stardom started on the dirt tracks of the Waldensia Primary and William Knibb Memorial High Schools. He took a liking to cricket but coaches, on seeing his talent, encouraged him to focus his energy on athletics. Bolt ran at the Inter-Secondary Schools’ Boys and Girls Championships where he became the record holder of Class I in the 200 and 400 metres, with times of 20.25 and 45.35 seconds, respectively. Bolt became the youngest World Junior Champion at age 15, when he won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica in 2002. A year later, he broke the World Junior record in the 200 metres at the World Youth Championships in Canada. He became the first junior to run the 200 metres under 20 seconds at the CARIFTA Games held in Bermuda in 2004. Bolt’s fame heightened in 2008 when he beat Asafa Powell’s record of 9.74 in the 100 metres, setting a new world record of 9.72, at the Reebok Grand Prix Meet in New York. At the 2008 Olympics, Bolt broke new ground, winning the 100m in a shattering 9.69s and the 200m in a new world and Olympic record of 19.30s. Bolt broke another world and Olympic record with the Jamaican 4x100m relay team, a time of 37.10s. He was 22 years old. At the 2012 Olympics, Bolt retained his title in the 100m and 200m event where he won gold and set a new 100m record of 9.63s. Bolt was now, without a doubt, a legend. He has become the greatest track athlete ever. With million dollar endorsement deals with brands like Puma and Gatorade, he is the highest paid track athlete ever and the most marketable athlete in the world. In 2011, Bolt was awarded the honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree by the University of the West Indies. He is also a recipient of the Order of Jamaica and the Order of Distinction awards from the Jamaican government and is now referred to as Dr. the Honourable Ambassador Usain Bolt.

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Leading Men of Jamaica Most Hon., Andrew Holness Age: 43 years old Industry: Politics Title: Prime Minister of Jamaica

Andrew Holness

People consider this Prime Minister to be a breath of fresh air as he is the youngest Prime Minister in Jamaica’s history at 43 years old. The Most Honourable Andrew Michael Holness was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine and attended the St. Catherine High School. He later attended the University of the West Indies and graduated with his Bachelors of Science degree in Management Studies. Being born to working class parents, Holness understood the struggle of having to work for what one wanted and was passionate about helping Jamaicans. He served as Executive Director in the Voluntary Organization for Uplifting Children from 1994 to 1996 and then joined the Premium Group of Companies, as a special assistant to Edward Seaga. In 1997, He was elected as to be the MP of West Central St. Andrew at 25 years old. Holness found his passion in politics when he became cabinet minister of Education for the JLP. Under his watch, Jamaica saw the introduction of the Career Advancement Programme, the start of institutions such as the Jamaica Teaching Council, the National Education Trust, the National Education Inspectorate, National College for Education Leadership, the Centres of Excellence Programme and the Alternative Secondary Transition Education Programme (ASTEP) all designed to help student and teachers in Jamaica’s education system. He succeeded Bruce Golding as leader of the JLP and Prime Minister in October 2011 but lost in the December elections that year. On February 25, 2016, the JLP won the general elections and Andrew Holness became Jamaica’s ninth Prime Minister. | 49

money Age: 36 years old Industry: Sports Title: Cricketer

Chris Gayle

The self-proclaimed “Universe Boss” has made quite an impact on the cricket world. Chris Gayle is no doubt a force and a bit of an entertainer, at times, on the cricket pitch. Gayle made his international cricketing debut at just 19 years old playing for Jamaica. Now at 36 years old, his batting skills, physique, timing along with his charismatic personality has gotten him a barrage of admirers around the world. Gayle had a slow start to his international career, but in 2002, he ended the year with three centuries and became the third West Indian to score over 1,000 runs in a calendar year, along with greats like Sir Vivian Richards and Brian Lara. Since then, he has set numerous records and has signified his name in the cricket world. In 2012, he became the first player to hit a six off the first ball of a Test match. He also scored a 30-ball century, which became the highest individual T20 score. He is one of only four players who have scored two triple centuries at Test level and opened the popular restaurant in Jamaica, appropriately named ‘Triple Century’. Chris Gayle captained the West Indies’ Test side from 2007 to 2010. He plays domestic cricket for Jamaica, and also represents the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League. His impressive career and charm is the reason why people all over the world come out to watch him play. He loves what he does and always remains true to himself whether you like it or not.

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Age: 47 years old Industry: Music Title: Reggae Artiste

Leading Men Shaggy

Shaggy is an international reggae superstar. With songs such as “It Wasn’t Me” and “Mr. Bombastic”, current chart blazer "Don't You Need Somebody". Shaggy has made a name for himself, internationally and is credited as one of the artistes to showcase Jamaican music on the world stage. There is no doubt that this former military personnel and Grammy award winning artist has had a fulfilling music career. Shaggy started the Shaggy ‘Make A Difference’ Foundation to help children in Jamaica and the region. The annual Shaggy and Friends concert also raises money for the Bustamante Hospital for Children.

Damian Crawford Age: 35 years old Industry: Politics Title: Politician

Young, passionate and very outspoken are just some of the words that are used to describe Damion Crawford. He has always been a natural born leader, from his days at UWI School of Hospitality in Bahamas where he was the Guild President. Crawford, who earned his Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Tourism Management, remained passionate about Education. He served two terms as the PNPYO’s President and started numerous tutoring initiatives for high school students in his area and also lectured at UWI Mona. A former Minister of State for Entertainment and Tourism; he is now the host of his own radio programme on NationWideRadio aptly titled "Straight Forward".

Richard Byles

Age: 63 years old Industry: Financial Services Title: Chief Financial Officer/Chairman

Richard Byles is quite a powerful man in the business, financial and insurance sector in Jamaica. Being the President and CEO of Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited, Co-chairman of the Economic Programme Oversight Committee, the Chairman of the Board of Desnoes and Geddes as well as Pan Caribbean Financial services; this man pretty much does it all. He holds great financial responsibility in partnership with the Government of Jamaica, part of with includes the oversight of the current agreement with the IMF. | 51

Influence Abka Fitz-Henley

Age: 27 years old Industry: Media Title: Journalist

When he tweets #WatchThisSpace, his thousands of online viewers clench to their devices waiting for him to break the next big story. Abka has been excelling since age 12. At that time, he was celebrating his success in six GCE and CSEC subjects including Mathematics and English. As a senior reporter at Nationwide Radio in Jamaica, this young journalist has gained popularity and become one of the most credible reporters in Jamaica and the region. He scored the first exclusive interview with the Most Honourable Andrew Holness as Prime Minister of Jamaica. Jamaicans, both local and overseas, look to this Kingston College/ Fortis fanatic for news on what's happening in Jamaica and across the world. Simply, “If Abka didn’t tweet it, it didn’t happen”.

Age: 23 years old Industry: Music Title: Reggae Artiste


Chronixx is the leader of the new school reggae artistes. With his hit song “Behind Curtain”, he gained immense popularity and opened the gates for a flood of young reggae artistes. Chronixx had all Jamaicans and reggae supporters beaming with pride when he made an appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show to promote his album ‘Dread and Terrible’. Since then, Chronixx has toured Jamaica in his “Capture Land” series and has taken his tour to international cities. Chronixx’s most recent achievements include his ‘Roots and Chalice’ mixtape and tour and also, a mind blowing performance at the 2016 Coachella festival in California.

Age: 66 years old Industry: Politics Title: Politician

Peter Phillips

Dr. Peter Phillips is one of Jamaica’s well-known politicians. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science in Economics, and a Master of Science in Government from the University of the West Indies. He then completed doctoral studies in International Political Economy at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Peter Phillips started his political career with the PNP in 1989 and has been the Member of Parliament for East Central St. Andrew for the past 21 years. He was worked in the Ministry of National Security and now currently, the Ministry of Finance and Public Service. He was the PNP’s vice president from 1999 to 2008 and the 2015 Gleaner Man of the Year award.

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Leading Men Vybz Kartel

Age: 40 years old Industry: Music Title: Dancehall Artiste, Record Producer, Entrepreneur

Whether you love him or hate him, you cannot deny this man’s influence- even from behind bars. Adidjah Palmer has been one of the most influential and controversial dancehall artistes ever. The self-proclaimed “dancehall hero” has been deejaying controversial lyrics his entire career and took dancehall by force with his “Gaza Empire”. Since then, he has become the number 1 trendsetter in dancehall culture of this generation. Vybz Kartel considers himself as a voice of Jamaica’s inner city youth with the release of his book “Voice of the Jamaican Ghetto”. Though he is now incarcerated, his presence in music is still felt.

Neville Bell

Age: 63 years old Industry: Media/Sports Title: Journalist/Football Coach

As once a part of the dynamic duo of Simon and Neville on TVJ’s ‘Smile Jamaica’; the ever so charming Neville “Bertis” Bell woke up Jamaicans every morning with his hilarious personality and crazy antics. Still on Smile Jamaica, but now with female counterparts, Neville Bell has a special place in the hearts of Jamaicans. He has had an impressive media career spanning over two decades. Neville Bell is also associated with sports being an expert commentator on football and the head coach of his Alma Mater- St. George’s College’s football team.

Age: 54 years old Industry: Media Title: Journalist

Cliff Hughes

Cliff Hughes is one of the leading men in Journalism in Jamaica. With the long-standing programme ‘Impact’ that has been on local networks for years and being a leading journalist at Nationwide News Network, Cliff Hughes has done a remarkable job at keeping the Jamaican people informed for years and he has been dedicated to doing so over 20 years. In 2004, Cliff Hughes’s TV programme Impact won an Emmy award in the United States for its documentary on sniper Lee Boyd Malvo called ‘The Potter and the Clay’. Cliff Hughes now has his own daytime talk radio show “Cliff Hughes On-Line” where listeners call in. With this, Hughes is keeping with his passion to keep Jamaica informed. | 53

Power Dennis Chung

Age: 50 years old Industry: Financial Services Title: Chief Executive Officer

Dennis Chung is a leader in the financial sector in Jamaica. As CEO of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ), he is one of the most influential persons in the industry. A Chartered Accountant by profession, he earned his Bachelor and Masters in Accounting in the US. Dennis is currently the vice president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica. He has served as a past director of major organizations including the Bank of Jamaica, Jamaica Ultimate Tyre Co, STATIN, Jamaica College, and the Betting, Gaming, and Lotteries commission. Dennis Chung is also a published author.

Adam Stewart

Age: 35 years old Industry: Business/Entrepreneurship Title: Chief Executive Officer

With a father named “Butch Stewart”, it is easy to see why Adam Stewart is well known. This business maven has stepped out of his father’s shadow and made quite a name for himself. Adam was born and raised in Jamaica and graduated Florida International University with a degree in Hospitality Management. Stewart is now the CEO of Sandals Resort International, which has resorts all over the Caribbean region. Stewart is also the CEO of the ATL Group. Adam launched ATL Automotive and they are now master dealers for BMW’s and MINI in Jamaica and across the Caribbean.

Beres Hammond Age: 60 years old Industry: Music Title: Reggae Artsit & Living Legend

When people hear the name “Beres Hammond”, smooth sounding vocals and feel good lyrics come to mind. This Grammy nominated artist is the epitome of true reggae music. Beres’s longstanding career began in the 1970s and since then he has released an astounding 14 albums and a number of music compilations. In 2013, Beres Hammond was awarded with the Order of Jamaica by the Jamaican government for his contribution to Jamaican music.

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Leading Men Age: 27 years old Industry: Music Title: Dancehall Artiste


Dancehall artist Popcaan has always been a star on the rise. From being under Vybz Kartel’s wing in the “Gaza Empire”, every dancehall fan knew he was special. Popcaan is now a certified star. Now running his own camp “Unruly Entertainment” and being a part of Drake’s “OVO Music”, Popcaan has taken dancehall to new heights. Popcaan’s debut album “Where We Come From” put him on the map as one of dancehall’s best new generation artists and with international collabs with Drake and Young Thug under his belt; and recently winning Red Bull’s Culture Clash with MixPak in the UK- he has no intentions of slowing down.

Age: 34 years old Industry: Music Title: Reggae Artiste


Protoje is one of Jamaica’s best new age artists. This contemporary reggae artist has been in the music business since 2005. Protoje’s claim to fame came when he released his first album The Seven Year Itch in 2011 which included the hit single “Rasta Love” featuring Ky-Mani Marley. His second album, The 8 Year Affair, was released in 2013. The most noted single off that album “Kingston Be Wise” was featured in the best-selling video game “Grand Theft Auto V” further increasing his popularity. Protoje’s third album “Ancient Future” was released in March 2015 and topped the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart. In 2016, Protoje gave an amazing performance at the Coachella Festival in California.

Asafa Powell Age: 33 years old Industry: Sports Title: Track Athlete

There is no doubt that Asafa Powell is one of the best track athletes to rise up out of Jamaica. Asafa started his sprint career representing Charlemont High School at the ISSA High School Boys and Girls Championships. Powell continued and in 2004, at the Olympics in Athens, he broke the 100m world record setting a time of 9.77. He then broke his own record in 2007, a time of 9.74. In 2008 at the Beijing Olympics, Powell won gold by being a part of the 4x100m Jamaican relay team. Throughout his career, Powell has had sponsorship deals and won numerous prestigious awards. He is still the reigning "Sub-10 King". | 55

Leadership Age: 66 years old Industry: Athletics Title: Coach

Glen Mills

Glen Mills, O.D., is a sprinting athletics coach from Jamaica. He was the head coach of the Jamaican Olympic athletics team between 1987 and 2009. He is currently head coach of the Racers Track Club which includes world and Olympic record holder Usain Bolt and the 100 metre World Champion Yohan Blake. Other athletes that he has coached in the past included Kim Collins, and Ray Stewart.

Don Wehby

Age: 52 years old Industry: Financial Services Title: Chief Financial Officer

Don Wehby is a former accountant who has worked his way up to becoming the CEO at Grace Kennedy Limited. He holds his Bachelors and Masters of Science in Accounting (a proud graduate of UWI Mona) and has held a number of leadership positions throughout the financial sector in Jamaica. Don Wehby served on the boards of Cable & Wireless Jamaica Limited and Food for the Poor. He was also a member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica’s (PSOJ) Economic Policy Committee. In 2007, Don Wehby was appointed Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.

Age: 59 years old Industry: Media Title: Journalist

Ian Boyne

With a media career that spans over 40 years, this veteran journalist has changed the media game in Jamaica. Ian Boyne has always been on a mission to inspire people and with ‘Profile’; he has done so for over 25 years. When Profile started on the then JBC (now TVJ) network in 1987, programme managers were skeptical about the programme; the first of its kind on the network. Over two decades later and Profile is still on the air. Some of Boyne’s most memorable guests have included Wesley Snipes, Butch Stewart, Usain Bolt and a slew of others. Boyne also hosts a series of other programmes of local networks and received Commander of the Order of Distinction for his work in Journalism. |P|

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Reflections A Taste of Strawberry

by Ruthlyn Johnson

The twin towers rose red and white in the distance Commanding respect from the sea Which was busy kissing the curves of the land Pot pourri, Chirps, music, laughter, wrought iron, food Fleecy clouds, split-level conversation Worthy company.... A precipitous backdrop Yet she falls Helpless, unheeding, A natural pool welcomes her presence She flounders around searching for a grip A reality check But is crushed by the mill grinding her heart, Leaving a feeling so potent, bitter-sweet... And the telling stain of A freshly-plucked strawberry. | 57

Designer Spotlight

Cassandra Blake

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“Hardships in life have refined me into the woman that I am today. I never gave up. My passion is what keeps me alive. My name is Cassandra Blake and I am a final year fashion student at the Montego Bay Community College. My love for designing dates back over 20 years of sketching on pieces of paper. Today, I have amassed over a thousand designs and I'm still counting. As a former Jamaican Athlete, my life has been transformed by the choices I have made, including: to always follow my dreams, to set high standards and work towards them. I know how it feels to be hungry, to have failed after great attempts to achieve success, and I know how it feels to be homeless. I was brought up in a single parent home in the community of Flankers. My father raised me in the best possible way that he was able to. My mother was never around. Her absence during my childhood development affected me negatively. I lacked a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose. Most parents don’t realized that a mother is the root of a child’s upbringing. As a result of being brought up in a house with constant verbal and physical abused I have found it hard to understand the definition of “love”. Sketching was what kept me “zoned out” from my actual reality, it gave me hope. It still keeps me grounded. My inspiration mostly comes from within. The styles I create, evolve from visions of what I see myself wearing. They emulate my personality. I never imagined 7 years ago that I would be pursuing a career in designing. I have followed my instincts, my dreams and my heart believed in ME. I would like to encourage youths of this generation, in the importance of having a skill and an education. I want to give them hope by letting them know that it’s ok to “dream big” and to set high standards, always aiming for the best. Success comes when you refuse to give up....when you find your passion, set a goal and work for it. All you have to do is to believe in your abilities to excel for a better life.”- Cassandra Blake, FASHION DESIGNER |P| | 59

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PANACHE Summer Issue 2016  

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