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Gift Guide

Top Valentine's Day Gifts For Him

Ladies, it's a little over a month away from Valentine's Day and your first pay cheque since Christmas will soon arrive. Congrats on survivng the money drought! Now it's time to get ready for the next gift giving- VDay! Here's a list of amazing gifts for your leading man that you definitely order and deliver through ShipMe from today!

POWER RESERVE X1 A compact and reliable mobile power solution for any smartphone. Precharged right out of the box, this 1X battery delivers a full charge to your device when you need it most.

FIELD NOTES Inside, you’ll find “Bright White” Finch Fine Smooth 70# text paper, a brighterwhite version of the paper found (and beloved) in the “America the Beautiful” limited edition. It’s ruled in “Frost Gray” with a doublerule of “DDC Orange” up top.

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'BLACK' DELUXE BEARD BOX - AMBER BOURBON Tones of Vetiver, Amber & Cedarwood gently blended to create a rugged, yet sweet bourbon scent.

BLACK WALNUT TABLET STAND These black walnut saw mill ends that are re-purposed as a handsome home accessory are all sustainably harvested, then crafted into shape in Oregon. The result: a simple and smart stand for your iPad.

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AUKEY BLACK SPARROW DRONE The AUKEY Black Sparrow Drone is designed for pilots who want easy control over their quadcopter without sacrificing speed and maneuverability. Take to the skies and easily spot the Black Sparrow on night flights with bright LED lights.

CORKCICLE WHISKEY EDGE Take the edge off with Whiskey Wedge, the artful way to perfectly chill, but not water down your favorite spirits. Designed to melt much slower than smaller traditional ice cubes, Whiskey Wedge helps retain your drink’s full flavor.

TILE Tile is a tiny Bluetooth tracker and easy-to-use app that helps you find everyday items in seconds.

JBL FLIP 3 Full-featured splashproof portable speaker with surprisingly powerful sound in a compact form.


THE CARRY ON COCKTAIL The Carry On Cocktail Kit includes everything you need to mix up two delicious cocktails at 30,000 feet. Whether you’re in the mood for a proper Old Fashioned, the perfect Gin & Tonic or a spicy Moscow Mule, the Carry On Cocktail Kit is the ultimate traveler’s companion. The Carry On Cocktail Kit is the result of a unique collaboration between W&P Design and PUNCH. wandpdesign.com

TIMBALAND BNY Sole Series:"6-Inch" Boots. Timberland's dark grey textured suede "6-Inch" lace-up boots are detailed with a dark brown grained leather collar. Part of our 2016 BNY Sole Series, this specially designed, limited-edition shoe is an exclusive collaboration between Barneys New York and Timberland. www.barneys.com

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3 PIECE SHAVING SET WITH MACH 3 HANDLE When using this set, you will instantly see the improvement to your daily routine. Instead of picking up that crappy plastic handle and just shaving because it has to be done, you will now look forward to lathering up your face with the 100% premium badger hair brush and getting an amazing smooth shave with the Mach 3 heavyweight handle that glides down your face with little effort. www.bossrazors.com

THE LAND CLASSIC WALLET There's a reason we've kept selling this wallet style for so long - it's a proven champ! Six credit card slots, 2 currency note pockets and 4 hidden compartments. The beautiful two tone contrast will always make this wallet stand out. landleather.com

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Behind The Scenes PUBLISHER PANACHE` COMMUNICATIONS INC., LLC. FOUNDER/ CEO TRICIA WILLIAMSON ______________________ Tricia Williamson |EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Craig Harley | PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR Adrian Creary | DESIGN DIRECTOR ARRC Creative Media | STUDIO Marshelle Haseley| MANAGING EDITOR Latoya Jones | BEAUTY EDITOR CONTRIBUTING PHOTOS & TEXT Tricia Williamson, Craig Harley, Adrian Creary, Marshelle Haseley, DeOmar Manning, Abka Fitz-Henley, Natasha Parkins, Gabrielle Moss/ Bustle.com, Amitabh Sharma, VisitJamaica.com, Trend Media, Yendi Phillips, Really Roots/ Yuko Ogawa, Daisuke Yoshida, Debbie Turner/ Turner Innovations, Bresheh/ Randy McLaren, Singer, Platts Global Energy Awards, Kelly Tomblin, DJC, Ayanna Dixon, Melanie Schwapp, Latoya Jones, Sea Cliff Resort & Restaurant, Buchanan's Whiskey, Ziggy Marley, Rubis Energy, HBO Insecure, Variety.com, Ryan Mattis.

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Our Editorial Director, Tricia Williamson poses for the lens with coverboy Abka Fitz-Henley.


Contents

WINTER ISSUE 2016/2017

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10 | Di Tings We Ah Chat Bout 13 | Editor's Note 16 | Things To Do In Jamaica 38 | The DJ's Review 58 | PANACHE's Pick 59 | Beauty of the Issue

04 | Top Valentine's Day Gifts For Him 08 | Natasha Parkins' Top Picks 11 | Feeling Like A Failure? 14 | Godaido- Dignity Personified 18 | Top 10 Apps of 2016 20 | Inspiration Icon 21 | Ever Stylin` with Really Roots 24 | Celebrating with the Obamas

25 | Abka Fitz-Henley 30 | Managing Your Money in 2017 32 | Harvesting Possibilities with Turner Innovations 34 | Bresheh 36 | Singer Gives Lifeline To Ebenezer Home 37 | Kelly Tomblin- CEO of the Year 39 | Tantric Sex Tips 41 | Wine Down For Charity

44 | HUM 47 | Sea Cliff Resort & Restaurant 50 | Cocktails with Buchanan's Whiskey 51 | Inside the Marley Kitchen 52 | InPulse Art Project 53 | PANACHE Calendar 2017 Models 59 | A Mere Gambol

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Style

Natasha Parkins' Top Picks! PHOTOS & WORDS BY NATASHA PARKINS

Natasha Parkins is a freelance photographer who has a love for micro objects, landscapes and seascapes. Since she was 10 years old, she has owned a camera- whether it was a Polaroid or a disposable camera, she was always snapping away at various subjects. Natasha has been shooting for "haute people" for close to a year, covering various top events. Her portfolio is diverse as she does not believe in sticking to just a few things. She is always open to the challenge of shooting just about anything that passes by her lens. Follow her work on Instagram: @ncpphotography

GALAVANT JEWELLERY

Simple, elegant and can be worn day or night. It is so eye catching that people will stop and stare.

BAUGHAUS

Wonderfully crafted ceramic kitchenware, dishes and even earrings.

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REVE JEWELLERY

Reve meticulously crafts detailed pieces. Very unusual pieces that require a bold personality to make a statement.

KIRKLAND FARMS JAMAICA

Nice to see someone persevere with honey as it is not an easy trade. Loved that she paired it with various teas.

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RAE MARIE FINE SOAPS

So well crafted and refined using local natural products.

PURPLE JADE OFFICIAL

This jewelry is detailed, unique and a lot of thought goes into each piece.

THOSE CREATIVE PEOPLE

These folks did not have hands to sell their uniquely "Juhmaican" tags and cards.Each tag card is filled with a little local humour.


KRISTINA BRODERICK

LAURA ALEXI CANDLES

PURPLE JADE OFFICIAL

Loved how detailed her pieces were. Her line is definitely unique.

Fragrant candles with a Jamaican Twist.

This jewelry is detailed, unique and a lot of thought goes into each piece.

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D NEX STEP SANDALS

STORY AND MYTH

Beautiful Ceramics!

Handcrafted Sandals using beautiful eye popping colors and textures.

Love the use of "bush beads" to create unique pieces.

A TASTE OF THE CARIBBEAN

Delicious sauces and has the potential to take the market my storm. I sampled some salad dressings and jerk sauce and it was off the hook.

AYANNA.ASD

Her use of watercolors will make any room pop.

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The cards are personalized and makes you feel as if it created "just for you". |P|


@PANACHEJAMAG Di Tings Weh We A Chat Bout!

BOLT IS THE G.O.A.T When Usain Bolt won the “Triple Triple” at the 31st Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and cemented himself as the Greatest of All Time. Bolt took gold medals in the men’s 100-meter and 200-meter competitions to become a triple Olympian, solidifying his legacy as the world’s fastest man. Bolt and his teammates Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake and Nickel Ashmeade also won gold in the Men’s 4 x 100-meter Relay in Rio.|P|

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Reflections

5 Things To Remember When You're Feeling Like A Failure

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By GABRIELLE MOSS

o matter who you are, what you do for a living, how many graduate degrees you've earned, or how often you successfully guess the answer to those trivia thingies that they play before the trailers at the movies, there are going to be times when you feel like a failure. The good news is that feeling like you're falling behind in your career isn't a sign that you actually are. And even if you are not where you want to be professionally right now, you're not doomed to be stuck there forever. The bad news, of course, is that when you're in that "I'm a loser/failure/general drain on society who should go accept my fate and live in cave where my crappiness won't rub off on anyone else" headspace, it's extraordinarily hard to believe that there's any better future on the horizon. I should know. For the better part of the decade, I had a very YOU'RE NOT HELPLESS Think It Instead Of: "Only people with well-connected parents/prestigious degrees/ extroverted personalities/ the money to take unpaid internships can have the jobs they want." When you start feeling like a professional failure, it can become extraordinarily easy to fixate on the idea that your career fate is totally out of your control, decided by forces far outside your own power. This kind of thinking is seductive because it provides a narrative that indulges all your darkest thoughts: not only does your life suck, but it was predestined to suck long before you were ever in a position to do anything about it, and so there is literally nothing you can do now. Luckily for you, it is also totally not true. While I'm not going to lie to you and claim that people from wealthy families or

high-profile colleges don't get a leg up when it comes to careers, that advantage often feels most pronounced in the years right after college, before anyone has real work experience. But after a few years in the workforce, employers are more interested in what you can do, not where you went to school. As Michael Bernick, the former director of the California department of labor, wrote in Time, the college one attends has much less impact on what kinds of jobs you end up with than the skills you develop there and afterwards — and developing and refining your skills is something you're in complete control of. Your professional life is a marathon, not a sprint, and just because someone got a few seconds head start on you, doesn't mean you're never gonna catch up.

stable, boring office job where I spent most of my day unfavorably comparing myself to other people my age. You'll be shocked to find that, yes, most people are more successful than someone whose full-time job is Being Jealous And Then Not Doing Anything. This helped me develop a sideline career in Drinking Heavily And Yelling About How Life Is Unfair, which, shockingly, also did little to change my professional fortunes. Eventually, I turned things around, developing a career that I am actually proud of — but I've never forgotten how it felt to think that I was a permanent loser. In this spirit, I present the five thoughts below: consider them counter-programming for the next time you read your alumni newsletter and decide that you are obviously the world's biggest failure. YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY PERSON WHO FEELS THIS WAY Think It Instead Of: "I'm the only person I know who is a big enough loser to feel unhappy about my career." If all your friends seem to have landed dream jobs, while you are only able to drag yourself into your hated workplace by promising yourself unlimited jalapeno poppers and Netflix 'til your eyeballs dry up in the evening, it's easy to think you're all alone your frustration. But guess what? You are not the only person who feels miserable and anxious about work — in fact, plenty of your friends who look to all the world like they are hauling ass up the corporate ladder may feel this way, as well.

For this and more articles, visit: www.bustle.com of them, despite being in a glamour job, just don't enjoy their work. Not all jobs that look great on the outside actually are great. The important thing to remember is that your fears and worries about being behind or on the wrong path in your career don't isolate you; if anything, they'll probably give you something to talk to strangers about at parties (if you are going to parties where no one will admit to worrying about their career and future, I suggest finding some different parties — the ones you're going to sound very boring).

Some of them may have a fun psychological problem called "imposter syndrome," where they don't feel like they've earned their success; some

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NO ONE'S CAREER IS A STRAIGHT RIDE TO THE TOP Think It Instead Of: "I made one bad decision and now my career is ruined." I've always loved the above drawing by comedian Demetri Martin, not just because it's funny, but because it's true. Most people change careers multiple times in their lives; and even folks who stick it out with one career don't just go straight to the top. People are fallible; even the sharpest of us make some bad calls or experience setbacks outside of our control. Eventually, most of us figure out how to bounce back — but getting where we want to be is nowhere near as easy as most of us were raised to believe. Look into the life story of anyone you really admire, from a star in your field to a relative you've always looked up to; if you really dig into the details of how their career trajectory played out, you'll find that it has way more ups and downs than you probably thought. No one's entire future is decided by the fact that they weren't a mindblowing professional success right out of the gate. YOU'RE NOT TOO OLD Think It Instead Of: "Sure, I could have changed things last year; but now that I'm 23/28/38/48/whatever, it is too damn late to change anything." No matter how old you are, it's easy to think that all the important opportunities have passed you by. As someone who started having these thoughts around age 20, I can assure you that if you're truly motivated, there's always a way to convince yourself that you're a has-been (even if you can't legally buy a beer yet). And as we get older and constantly have to deal with articles about which arbitrary

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milestones we're supposed to have achieved this year, it can become easier and easier to convince yourself that you've missed your shot.

somehow keep forgetting to post those pictures of that day the toilet kept overflowing). But the truth is, you don't know what other people's lives are like inside, no matter how perfect things look outside. This applies to lots of things beyond career success — from love lives to personal finances.

to grad school for social work. Wasn't she living the dream? How could she walk away from all of that?It turned out that, as shiny and cool as her achievements looked to me, they just didn't make her happy. Your dream job is someone else's nightmare job — crazy to think about, but true.

But it can be easy to think that our career lives are all on the surface — that someone whose Twitter bio lists an insanely impressive job title, or whose name ends up on one of those"30 under 30" lists, is blissfully happy about their job and has everything figured out. (I think "30 under 30" lists Unless you're looking to become should pretty much be banned an Olympic athlete, age under the Geneva Convention, restrictions probably won't keep personally, but that's a thought you out of your desired field. for another article). But just This is especially worth keeping as you've seen perfect couples in mind if you're in your early suddenly explode in ugly break20s, and feel like everyone's ups, you should know that a already made all the decisions lot of people's perfect jobs are that shape their entire lives. anything but. In reality, you're a few years away from seeing many of your Years ago, I was shocked to find friends go through the infamous that a certain successful peer quarter life crisis and quit jobs, of mine quit what seemed like change careers, go back to a plum gig in our field to go school, move across the country to become an organic beet farmer — you name it. Your future is far from set in stone; in fact, you're likely only just learning enough about yourself to figure out what kind of career would really make you happy.

In my years as a professional Person Who Whines About My Job, I'm not sure if I would have believed all of this stuff I just said; but as someone who's come out the other side, I can tell you that it's true. After being depressed about my career, working to change it, and coming to accept that that hard work still doesn't mean that everything will go well for me forever, I feel confident saying that feeling bitter about your life is the only true career failure out there — and that's one thing you're in total control of. |P|

I'll skip going too far into the lists of people who started their professional careers late, though that always soothed me during my days of career failure obsession (OK, just a few: writers Judy Blume, Haruki Murakami, Raymond Chandler and, of course, one Joanna "J.K." Rowling; film directors Lynn Shelton and Claire Denis; and fashion designer Vera Wang all got their careers going later in life).

The truth is, you don't know what other people's lives are like inside, no matter how perfect things look outside. This applies to lots of things beyond career success — from love lives to personal finances.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT OTHER PEOPLE'S LIVES ARE REALLY LIKE Think It Instead Of: "Everyone loves their job except me." Social media can make us feel like we understand what other people's lives are really like — even though we know that our own curated Instagram feeds comprised exclusively of picturesque beach vacations and mimosa-soaked brunches only tell the story of, like, 1/200 of our own lives (we

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Editor’s Note

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appy New Year everyone! On behalf of all the team we want to wish you all the best for 2017! This is the fourth and final issue for our 2016 editorial calendar and this Winter release is themed "Inspiration!" Every issue we do becomes my new favourite and this is no different. On these pages you will find a little bit of something for everyone! Leading the way is our exclusive interview with the award-winning Abka Fitz-Henley, who opens up to us on life, career and the rough side of the news business including from controversies to death threats.

MARSHELLE AND I AT THE I AM BOLT PREMIERE

We are happy to introduce to you the hot models of our 2017 PANACHE Calendar titled "The Body Collection". Last year we focused on cancer awareness, this year we are spotlighting health and wellness with the men of JABBFA! So ladies once your eyes have had your fill and you have done enough fantasizing be sure to check out our gift guide on top Valentine's Day gifts for your man which you are free to pair with our top Tantric Sex Tips on page 39. If you are not feeling so great right now and think life is simply passing you by be sure to pop over to page 11 as we share "5 Things to Remember When You Are Feeling Like A Failure" so we can get you feeling renewed once more! In this magazine you will find a few of the most inspirational stories coming out of Jamaica. We have a tete-a-tete with Debbie Turner of Turner Innovations as she shares the amazing journey of the Sorrel Harvesting Machine that's revolutionizing the agricultural industry here in Jamaica and soon the world! To round it out we also take a moment to celebrate with Kelly Tomblin, JPS President and CEO on her amazing accomplishment of being honoured as "CEO of the Year" at the Platts Global Energy Award. Lastly, but never least, I want to give a big shout out to the PANACHE team. There are over 15 people who come together in small and large parts to make each issue possible and doing amazing work with each release. Thank you all! I especially wish to recognize our Director of Photography, Craig Harley; our Design Director, Adrian Creary; and our new Managing Editor, Marshelle Haseley. You can see all their handy work throughout the mag but be sure to have a read of Marshelle's HUM on page 45- it's a must read! Nuff Love!

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Travel

GODAIDO – DIVINITY PERSONIFIED MATSUSHIMA, JAPAN

by Amitabh Sharma

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he land of the rising sun has distinct nuances that permeates in the air and meets the eye – humility, meticulousness, precision and spirituality. Each intertwined by threads of unequivocal faith, woven by the invisible hands of the Supreme Being. Godiado, an icon of that city, sits on a small island off the coast of Matsushima in north Japan. It is one of the country’s most scenic spots and also famous for cultivation of oysters.

There is something magnetic about this temple, which attracts scores of visitors, who cross a wooden bridge that connects the island where Godiado stands with the mainland. Walking on this bright red painted, arched channel, one can see the sea waters splashing on the rocky edifice. The wooden building has distinct architecture, arched roof, lattice façade, the work is intricate yet simple and minimalist – incorporating the inherent Japanese characteristics. The present building, which was built by local ruler Date (pronounced Da –Tay) Masamune in 1604, has aged over the centuries. The surface of the building bearing the distinct hues etched by Mother Nature – saline water, sunshine, rain and snow. Visitors make a beeline to the shrine, their steps crackling on the gravel surface, as the waves splash on the island’s rocky surface, and the sounds of the seagulls in the distant permeates in the air. The sanctum sanctorum is abode to five Nyorai statues (derived from Sanskrit, ancient language of

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India, and used in reference to Buddha, the enlightened and the omnipresent one), installed in 828 AD. These statues are opened for viewing by the public once every 33 years, the last time it was in 2006. Devotees light incense sticks, fold their hands and say their solemn prayers before bowing and placing the incense sticks on a wooden container before taking a walk around the temple. The wooden container bears small carvings of the twelve creatures of the zodiac. Godiado is a living example of the influence of Buddhism in Japanese culture and society. Nothing ostentatious, devoid of any flamboyant rituals, the recognition of the divine forces of the universe is in the fabric of life and being in Japan. Through this harmony, the country has withstood natural calamities that have struck, with Zen as their saviour and guiding light. (Zen is a derivative from ancient India, Dhyan, which means deep in meditation, abject concentration and synergies of one’s positive energies). The date March 11, 2011, is etched in living memory, when the world sat transfixed as video feed of the devastating Tsunami, which engulfed the region, hit. In Matsushima, mother nature’s fury was minimal, Matsushima locals attributed it to the divine presence and intervention, that looked upon the people, which saved them from the catastrophic waves. “It is the power of Jizo (Buddhist deity, who is protector of the vulnerable, especially children, travellers, and expectant mothers) and the god of Shiyogama that saved us,” Yuasa Tsunoda, a tour guide, said. Godiado was unscathed; the power of Zen, the serenity it exudes, perhaps calmed the fury of the Tsunami waves that stopped at the gate of Zuigan-ji temple, which is walking distance away.

Godiado was unscathed; the power of Zen, the serenity it exudes, perhaps calmed the fury of the Tsunami waves that stopped at the gate of Zuigan-ji temple, which is walking distance away.

Mystery of the unexplained for many, perhaps, but the presence of the forces of divinity reaffirmed faith of the people of Matsushima, and God’s abundant blessings. As one walks away from this shrine, one is blessed by the calm, soothing, serene energies; feelings that are hard to explain, but resonate in one’s mind, body and spirit. |P|

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Travel

THINGS TO DO IN JAMAICA! 1-6/2

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THE INSPIRATION GUIDE

6/1 ACCOMPONG MAROON FESTIVAL Annual celebration of Maroons of Western Jamaica, with traditional singing and dancing, feasts, ceremonies, blowing of the abeng (cow's horn), and playing of Maroon drums. Tel. 1-876-952-4546

13-14 /1 REBEL SALUTE 2017 Come see 'Singy Singy' Tarrus Riley perform live on Friday, January 13th inside of Grizzlys Plantation Cove for #rebelsalute2017 #seeyouthere

29/1 HIGH MTN COFFEE 10K Join us on Sunday, January 29th 2017 for the 34th Staging of the High Mountain Coffee 10K Road Race - Jamaica’s longest running and most challenging 10K event.

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FEBRUARY 1-27/2 REGGAE MONTH Reggae Month is a celebration of Jamaica’s reggae music for the entire month of February. The format of the celebration usually includes live weekly concerts, lectures, a reggae village at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, an awards ceremony and so much more.

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BOB MARLEY BIRTHDAY BASH This annual event gives you a taste of authentic Jamaican culture through music, food and creative art expsression. The Bob Marley Birthday Bash in Negril, Jamaica features popular international reggae artistes performing live in honour of one of the island's music legends.

26/2 28/5 JAMAICA BIENNIAL 2017 The Jamaica Biennial, previously known as the National Biennial, is the National Gallery’s flagship biennial exhibition. Designed to encourage the development of art in Jamaica and its local and international exposure, the Jamaica Biennial includes works of art in all media and genres from a wide variety of artists who enter the exhibition through the jury system or by special invitation.


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WOMEN IN ENERGY will be held March 9-10, 2017 at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston with over 400 attendees from Jamaica, the Caribbean and North America expected to attend- to learn, connect and inspire.

ISSA/GRACE BOYS & GIRLS CHAMP The greatest high school track and field event in the world. No way to describe it- you have to experience it for yourself.

DEVON HOUSE Reggae Month is a celebration of Jamaica’s reggae music for the entire month of February. The format of the celebration usually includes live weekly concerts, lectures, a reggae village at Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, an awards ceremony and so much more.

CELLAR 8 The Cellar 8 Wine, Bistro and Lounge is located in Upper Manor Park Plaza. We have it on good authority that the pork belly sliders are to die for! Pair it with a an amazing bottle of wine and you and friends are good to go! Opening hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays: 4 p.m.-12 a.m., and Sundays: 4 p.m.-11 p.m

CAFE` BLUE Cafe Blue serves up 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, Freshly Roasted & Freshly Made everyday. Come in and enjoy breakfast at anytime of the day, or stop by and enjoy a delicious panini or wrap with our signature Blueccino or Cool Blue. Which Blue Are You? Sovereign : Mon- Thursday 7am-8pm/ Fridays 7am8pm/Sat. 7am- 9pm/Sun. 8am-6pm

USAIN BOLT TRACKS & RECORDS Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records is the first of its kind in the Caribbean region and has already started to break the barriers of a casual eatery and sports bar & lounge. Its goal is to deliver a memorable experience to all customers… each and every time!

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Tech

Top 10 Apps of 2016 2016 was quite an app-filled year. From the introduction of new apps to the vast improvement of existing ones, mobiles app have truly taken form. Of all the apps we used this year, our digitally led team at Trend Media Group managed to compile a list of the 10 most impressive applications - whether it be solely for the purposes of socializing, news/ information sources, utility or relevant to education.

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LOOP NEWS- Loop is the Caribbean’s #1 news app with well over 900,000 downloads. This year, the Loop app instituted some updates, which included: customized notifications for each reader, a more stable version of the app that crashes less, and access to the app’s content directly from Facebook, which made the user experience much easier. A complete bonus to the app is that we can access it free, i.e. without using our mobile data or needing to access Wi-Fi!

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STAY ALERT- The Ministry of National Security debuted a useful app early in 2016 and should be recognized for their efforts in not only keeping citizens safe, but also informed. The Android app comes with Jamaica’s full database of laws for users to peruse for quick fact-checking. In addition, the app’s iReport feature allows users to anonymously upload suspicious activity via phone, video or text message. Finally, the app comes with a panic button which uses GPS to contact the nearest police station in the case of an emergency.

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FACEBOOK- Can we talk about the constantly innovative team at Facebook? The app underwent so many changes this year alone, to talk about them all we would need an entire article solely dedicated to that! However, to give the summary- the app updates included: Facebook reactions, changes to the News feed algorithm allowing users to see more of what interests them, rather than what brands want them to see, and the most noteworthy (in our humble opinion) Live streaming. Facebook Live was introduced to general Facebook users back in April and has been a great tool for marketers so far and will be interesting to see its growth in 2017.

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INSTAGRAM- While we are on the topic of Facebook, let’s just talk about Instagram- as it seems Facebook gave all its owned-apps a facelift in 2016. With all the updates to Instagram this year, we believe it has positioned itself as much more than a photo/ video sharing platform. Here’s a timeline of its most noteworthy updates: In February, the app started allowing users to log in with multiple accounts; in April the new app icon and design were released…admittedly this took some getting used to but we vaguely remember what the old app icon and design looked like. In August the platform released “Stories”, a feature with some very blatant Snapchat-like qualities, which quickly caught on and has become very popular. In November the app announced Instagram LIVE! Instagram will definitely be one to watch in 2017.

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SNAPCHAT-Facebook and Instagram really gave Snapchat some competition this year, with many thinking that Snapchat would be dead by December upon the introduction of Instagram Stories in August. But alas, Snapchat refuses to go down without a fight. The app has had its fair share of updates this year and we think Snapchat has matured quite nicely this year into a post- pubescence powerhouse. The new additions to the app allow it to be more ad-friendly with sponsored geo-filters, new discovery features, and snap ads. In case these improved features did not prove themselves in the early parts of 2016- the US elections in November gave them credibility with reports of both presidential candidates using Snap ads on Election Day.

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FACEBOOK MESSENGERYes, Facebook has emancipated its messenger…in some ways. The Facebook messenger app is still very much tied to the main Facebook platform, but we love that you can easily chat without getting distracted by your news feed (don’t you just hate that?). From a business standpoint, one thing we really loved about messenger this year was the introduction of messenger bots- our little virtual assistant that responds to messages on our behalf. How convenient!


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WHATSAPP - Now a staple on most phones, Whatsapp also underwent updates this year that makes our communications that much easier. In addition to the already popular voice note feature, WhatsApp started allowing users to voice call, and later this year they added video calling capabilities.

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MY DIGICEL- When it comes to utility apps, convenience is of utmost importance and that is not lost on the My Digicel app. The app allows you to check your account balance, activate data plans, send credit to friends and family. Postpaid customers now have the convenience of paying their phone bills directly from the app. Best of all, you aren’t charged credit, or data to access the app! Did we already state how convenient this is?

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MY JPS MOBILE- Electricity…we all use it, and we all know how essential it is to our daily lives, but somehow some of us just can’t remember to pay those bills, or find it very inconvenient to stand in long lines making bill payments. JPS realized this frustration and moved to texting and emailing bills to their customers, while also facilitating online bill payments. This year the energy company took it further and introduced a mobile app (thank you!). The convenience that this app offers is why we love it so muchwe can view our electricity bill, pay our bills, and even see where a power outage is. Nicely done JPS!

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DUO LINGO- Apps have been helping us to do a lot this yearconnect with friends, pay bills, and keep up on current affairs- so it was only natural that we would turn to an app to learn a new language. Duo lingo is a language learning app that has the capability of teaching over 10 languages including, French, Spanish, and Russian, all while playing a game. In addition to the theoretic concepts of grasping a language, the app allows you to listen to and also practice speaking the language. 2016 was a great year for apps, which is tied to the increase in demand and usage of mobile phones. We are excited to see the updates to these apps on our list as well as the new ones that will come in 2017. Merry Christmas and a very ‘Appy’ New Year from Trend Media!|P|

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o mark the political ascent and enduring legacy of President Barack H. Obama, EBONY has published a special commemorative edition, “Hail to the Chief: Saluting Eight Years of Excellence.” This stylish, thought-provoking issue (83 pages; $10.99) is a unique collection of exclusive photographs, archival EBONY articles and hardhitting analyses from leading African-American writers including award-winning poet, author and civil rights activist, Nikki Giovanni; MSNBC awardwinning journalist Joy-Ann Reid; culturally astute critic Eric Deggans; pop culture pundit Touré; and New York Times best-selling author Baratunde Thurston.

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ichelle Obama has indisputably captured the admiration of so many in the last eight years. For African Americans, especially, she is #goals—our most brilliant, poised, grounded, funny and patently put-together. Veronica Chambers, who sprinkles literary jewels in conversation like Biggie drops bars, has edited and compiled a series of essays on the first lady entitled, The Meaning of Michelle: 16 Writers on the Iconic First Lady and How Her Journey Inspires Our Own (St. Martin’s Press; on-sale January 10, 2017). The book features essays from 16 of our most celebrated writers, essayists, artists and cultural shape shifters including Ava DuVernay, Benilde Little, Damon Young, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran, Brittney Cooper, Ylonda Gault Caviness, Chirlane McCray, Cathi Hanauer, Tiffany Dufu, Tanisha Forde, Marcus Samuelsson, Sarah Lewis, Phillipa Soo, Rebecca Carroll, and Roxane Gay.|P|

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BREAKING NEWS BOSS Abka Fitz-Henley

INTERVIEWED BY TRICIA WILLIAMSON PHOTOS BY CRAIG HARLEY

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n January 17, some of Jamaica and the world’s most influential people, Muhammad Ali, Michelle Obama, Stephen Vasciannie, Shabba Ranx and the notorious Al Capone all celebrate their birthday. Little did the world know that in 1989 in St. Ann on a little island in the Caribbean Sea, some would welcome or regret the arrival of another Capricorn - Abka Fitz-Henley. Abka is well known in online and electronic media circles as the "Breaking NewsBoss". The 27 year old is the senior journalist at Nationwide News Network. During his approximately 5 and a 1/2 years at Nationwide he has on several occasions served as acting Editor.

the 'outlaw' of the family, most of whom are quiet, church going people who hail from the renown Fitz-Henley clan. With a big grin Abka mused - “I party, drink, am pretty loud at the domino table or when I have had a few rum on the rocks. I don’t know what got a hold of me but they tolerate me and I love them dearly.” An avid sports fan he considers Brian Lara as the greatest. He had aspirations to be a better batsman than Lara one day but alas such pursuits took a backseat to his true calling in journalism.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

In 2011, he was in the legal and investigative department at the Office of the Public Defender when He is the current holder of he received a call from his bonafide Jamaican Journalism's two most coveted friend and brother Dennis Brooks. prizes. Abka is the reigning Press Head honcho at Nationwide, Cliff Association of Jamaica (PAJ) Journalist Hughes, wanted somebody who did of the Year. A few weeks before that not necessarily have a background award he was given the prestigious in Journalism but had an astute Jamaica Broilers Fair Play Awards first knowledge of current affairs and could place 2016 trophy. bring something different to the table. Acting on Mr. Brooks’ recommendation, During his first year in the Cliff 's interview methodology was a profession Abka claimed the Young languid discussion on world affairs. The Journalist of the Year award. The 2013 conversation flowed. Hughes offered a Caribbean Blog Awards trophy for outstanding coverage of the Vybz Kartel contract and he accepted; the rest was history. murder trial is among his accolades. “I give a lot of credit to Cliff. He Loyal, ambitious, fearless, practical gave me a chance in the profession and determined - his stone faced when I am certain many other media demeanor could make him a great manager’s would not have elected to professional power player one day. have given me a similar opportunity.” That said, Abka describes himself as The penchant for harnessing talent "a contradiction perhaps", shy, bold, is part of his legacy. In my case, my aloof, engaging and carefree. He was professional educational pursuits was home schooled until age 12, a phase in the legal field, here was a 20+ year which he lists as the most important old with no experience in media and he and influential phase of his education. made a call in my favour. I don't think he A bright spark he passes six (6) CXCs regrets it, hope not.” Abka reflected. at age 12 and a year later had thirteen passes under his name. “I never had PANACHE: How do you get so much a TV growing up, mainly because my highly ‘classified’ information? What is father seems to have thought that a live your process? What’s your secret? We streaming of the BBC World Service don’t expect a confession but we’re still via his shortwave radio was good going to ask… enough. I didn’t watch cartoons. Can't Abka Fitz-Henley: By never answering make sense of them to this day. From questions like these. Folks regularly age 7 perhaps I really looked forward ask me similar questions over a drink. to the newspapers coming home” he Most recently “How you know say recounted. Ellington did ago resign, who sent Family life was straddled between St. you Warmington’s swearing in photo Andrew and St. Ann. A brother to seven ..how you know Audley tax package siblings, he recounts that he is perhaps before him announce it”. The questions

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sometimes come over drinks. I suppose when I am relaxed in order to see whether I will spill. Never. Pretty serious about that, the answer to the above is between my God and me. Good try though. You have a track record of delivering credible news, being the ‘breaking news boss’ and being trusted by your listeners. Is that a hard standard to live by? AFH: No. Once prior to confirmation you abide by certain principles and processes and treat all information as highly suspect but potentially true - you will be fine. How do you feel about winning the prestigious Fairplay Awards first place and the PAJ Journalist of the Year Award? AFH: Honoured. I tell you I never start out in search of awards & it doesn't weigh on my mind when pursuing a story but seeing as they've come, I am grateful. In the case of the Fairplay Awards, the Carimac Director, Professor Hopeton Dunn led that panel which found favour with my work. Former PAJ President and media veteran Patrick Harley led a panel which included another former President Byron Buckley. In their wisdom they chose to give me the Journalist of the Year award. Very distinguished gentlemen, both former Gleaner Journalists, who cannot be accused of not knowing what good journalism is. It is a nice feeling that they considered my work worthy. Why didn't you smile when you received both awards ? Some people found that odd. AFH: Well part of it is, though feeling honoured and appreciative, I don't get excited over a lot of things. From my childhood I was encouraged to remain

I give a lot of credit to Cliff. He gave me a chance in the profession when I am certain many other media manager’s would not have elected to have given me a similar opportunity.”


calm and keep cool in situations where folks are excited. I am very much programmed that way. I suppose it hasn't left me. I think Emz (Emily Shields) made me grin alot on the occasion of the Fairplay Award. She's hilarious. So hey, there were some smiles there. What was the highlight of 2016 for you? AFH: When my youngest sister got all distinctions in CSEC. She is among the top performers in the Caribbean. Still doing very well and I am so proud of her. She makes my days. You’ve had your online squabbles and near legal battles with persons online and offline. What are your thoughts or the lessons learnt when you reflect on those experiences? AFH: Take criticisms and praise in stride and I get both. When you say legal battles I suppose you mean the Khia Duncan episode. I pursued that for two reasons. Her allegation about being hacked was unfounded. She apologized and admitted that she blundered. The second reason is when I had told her to retract she said never mess with a Duncan. That did it for me. I thought that comment reflected classism and a sense of entitlement. I resent classism. So I decided I would send her a message for all those people in Jamaica who face classism but have to suck it up. We are fine now though. I met her once while covering Imani Duncan’s nomination. We took a few photos. I have nothing against her and I hear she is a nice person. Passionate about her politics and that is her right.

Michael Jackson and Prince's autopsy but I thought to myself that in this case all we'd be disclosing that was not already known is cause of death. I hoped it would stir discussion and lead folks to demand that processes be put in place where never again would a student have a serious condition over time and it not be detected & they lose their life while engaging in sports. But that was not the reaction I got from some people. Even some very well thinking persons felt it insensitive. So after listening to feedback from those people, I issued an unequivocal apology via twitter because the intention is never to offend well thinking people and I understood why some folks were offended. Some felt it was okay. Were you taking one for the team? AFH: Whether it was my taking one for the team or not, I won't get into that, I stand by my unequivocal apology. How do your sources know they can trust you? What assurances do you give?

AFH: That comes over time. People can tell if you are trustworthy or not you know. In my case I think it is known that I am zero tolerant regarding issues concerning the identity of my source. Between me and God. On one occasion It hasn't been all smooth sailing in 2016. You this year, on the despicable public prompting of a senior broadcaster, the Police received flak on social media for tweeting visited Nationwide and questioned me about my source. I declined to say one word a section of former St. George's Captain to them in that regard. The Police left and said they suspected they'd have gotten Dominic James' autopsy results which no where with their line of questioning and to be frank if they asked me the same showed cause of death. What happened question a trillion times I would not answer. Waste of my time. Waste of their time. there? Did the criticisms surprise you? In your line of work, you have interviewed a wide cross section of Jamaica’s leaders over AFH: Well much of the country was the years. How do you define great leadership? wondering what caused Dominic, AFH: The courage to do what is right even when it is unpopular. That an outstanding young man, to die so distinguishes the bad from the good and the good from the great. suddenly. Prior to my tweet which showed cause of death, management What advice would you give to young journalists? instructed me to write the story and AFH: Don’t wake up wanting to be liked. It is fine to be despised by power brokers gave the directive that it must be the or sycophants. Also there is actually honest money to be made in media once you lead story at 5:00pm and it was. I saw how reputed international media in the apply yourself and produce consistently. UK and the US leaked gory details of

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There are pros and cons in every field… what is the ugly side of the work you do that people do not know about or see? If there is one thing you would like for them to know and understand what would it be? AFH: Not really. The part of the work some people consider ugly is the part I enjoy the most. That is heading into tough inner city communities and reasoning with the people. Whether Jungle, Tivoli, Waterhouse, Mountain View, Mocho or Bedward Gardens. I respect their survival. When a few of the politicians or private sector people are being difficult about availing of their time I sometimes quip, "Hey there are some poor people out there who will be glad to talk to me and I happy to speak to them. Have a good day!" When you are covering a story, do you feel that your role is just to tell the story? AFH: For news, you tell the story and give appropriate context regardless of your views. You have to be unemotive and disconnected enough to do that. However, part of what I do is commentary though - because I do cohosting from time to time and analysis is very key to that aspect of my work. In particular, around election time, we did hear of death threats reaching you--- even an alleged ‘stoning’ incident at Parliament. What is it like working under that cloud that people out there want to hurt you? AFH: That was a pebble that hit me really. Didn’t hurt and I didn’t want to make a big deal of it but Cliff and the team felt very strongly that an end should be put to the stream of vitriol that was coming my way from one particular camp, if even to prevent another Journalist in this country from going through that. People would message me and say do not come to this event they are planning to attack you. Once a man turned up at PNP HQ and told my colleague Rohan Powell he is here to "box Abka down". Also after leaving the press conference I saw my name written in what appeared to be bloodstains on my car. It could have been ketchup. I haven’t said much of this publicly because I hate being the news and

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negative attention. Anyway, Cliff wrote to the PNP President about the series of incidents. To this day she has not said a word in response. I really like her as a person, she oozes charm and charisma and when I met her a few years ago she would remember even the most minor detail of a previous conversation. I respect that she has reached one of the highest office in the land, especially so in a sometimes sexist and classist society, but I am disappointed she didn’t say a word to get the folks who were after me to stop. You were in the news after being threatened following Vybz Kartel's trial ? Tell us about that AFH: One weekend Security at Nationwide reported receiving calls from folks who had some not so nice things to say about what they would do with me. I think those may have been his supporters. He communicated with me via Tom Tavares-Finson though and we were cool. I do listen to his music and I am sure he listens to my reports at 5:00pm if prisoners are allowed radio. We are okay. During the trial while he was being led out of the dock he quipped to me 'Fitz yu nu si everybody in ya tun prosecutor'. I think he felt he got a raw deal, Prosecutors I am sure feel he got what he deserved. We'll see how it plays out.

Don’t wake up wanting to be liked. It is fine to be despised by power brokers or sycophants.


Some in government (JLP or PNP) may have a view of you being a ‘red flag’ or ‘unruly member of the press’ or an ‘antagonist’ even to go as far as a ‘pitbull journalist’. Others may view your reporting as either biased or unfair. Do you consider how you report the news to be editorializing? What are your views on that? AFH: That is propoganda. I have never done the chase down a person and shove a mic in their face thing. I prefer being dignified. Yeah, some folks will forget that Dudus scandal was first disclosed on Nationwide, or that stories I worked on led to Robertson being under pressure, also Henry and Wint’s resignation. If you ask those guys they probably say I am PNP. Also on the other side rabid supporters may soon forget we were instrumental in holding Ferguson and Azan accountable leading to them being separated from their Ministry due to questionable performance. Those people will say I am a Labourite But it is the nature of the work and the country we live in. Too much work is there to be done for me to be preoccupied with who thinks what though. Which politicians have been your most challenging interviewees? AFH: Edward Seaga, Omar Davies, Ronald Thwaites and Bruce Golding. They are on point. Shrewd and their use of the language is precise and skillful. I usually prepare when I am going to interview them because if you are not on form you will be quickly embarrassed.

"SOMEWHERE ON A SHOP DOOR IN PORT ANTONIO @ ABKAFITZHENLEY SERVES AS A MOTIVATION TO THE YOUNG PEOPLE." -@JAVIERRLEWIS

had nothing to eat. He or she gets assistance and turns Prime Minister or Private Sector Organization of Jamaica President or something big ...someday or he or she breaks Usain’s records or betters one of Shelly-Ann’s performances. I could retire after that. Do you have any regrets in life? AFH: No. Life is there to be lived. Regret is a waste of time. Has there been any event/story in Jamaica that you would consider a badge of shame for the country? Or where our journalists as a group failed their profession? AFH: I think the handling, by the powers that be, of the Dudus affair, especially with the lives lost, was a tremendous low point in our history; FINSAC, Green Bay, Street People scandal. Those are a few more. What reporting have you done that makes you the proudest?

AFH: Ha ha sometimes, sometimes not. For example in the case of the outgoing Commissioner of Police sometimes I am surprised he reacts on air so sensitively to questions not intended to get under his skin but he is a good man. His is a job that comes with pressure and I am sure he is trying his best.

AFH: Disclosing the dead babies scandal because I am of the view that significant effort was put into hiding it. I can’t bring back the children to the affected families or erase their deep pain, wish I could, but at least the story gave mothers who were suffering quietly a voice and have given them a shot at compensation. The then PM addressed the Nation and said the deaths could have been prevented. There was improvement to neo natal facilities in Jamaica and the then PM Simpson Miller apologized.

Do you find it hard to know who to trust?

What makes you happy Abka?

AFH: I trust 2 persons and God. That is it. So it is not too hard.

AFH: When I go into the streets and a taximan or a vendor says "yute don’t stop fight fi wi. Wi like weh yu a do". In that moment I remember ...it’s worth it and that is what it is all about. Effecting positive change and being accurate and fair in the process.

Do you enjoy getting under people’s skin?

How do you define loyalty? AFH: Prepared to take what Cham refers to as ‘a dozen’ for the other person or the cause at any given time. What are the top 3 values you hold dearest in your relationships? AFH: Professional: Courage, Integrity, Accuracy. Personal: Compassion, Integrity, Loyalty. What is your mission in life Mr. Fitz-Henley? AFH: To do a story which gets assistance for a homeless kid who was contemplating suicide and

Do you sleep? AFH: Definition of that word please ..what is that? Haha Any final words? AFH: No. Silence cannot be misquoted and I have already said a lot.|P| The views expressed here are solely those of Abka Fitz-Henley in his private capacity and do not in any way represent the views of PANACHE Magazine.

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Wealth

Managing Your Money In 2017

GETTING RID OF YOUR CREDIT CARD DEBT

START BY SETTING A GOAL

CREATE A MONTHLY SPENDING PLAN

It’s important to establish realistic goals for paying off your high interest credit cards as well as other consumer debt (lines of credit, vehicle loans). While it is easy to run balances up in a short period of time, it will take time and self discipline to pay them off. Monitor your progress regularly to help you stay on track and motivated to reach your goals.

To learn how to get out of debt and to stop borrowing from your credit cards again and again, you will need to create a monthly spending plan for your money. Not only will this ensure you are living within your means (and not above your income, which is where credit card debt comes from), but it will also give you a set timeline on when you can expect to get debt free.

PUT YOUR CARDS ON ICE Sorry to say, but getting out of debt requires taking those credit cards out of your wallet so you’re not tempted to use them. Put them away, or freeze them into a bucket of ice, until you have completely paid off the outstanding balances. Paying for your purchases with cash instead of credit will help you separate needs from wants, stay conscious about your spending, and make you think twice.

PRIORITIZE YOUR DEBTS – CREDIT CARDS, LOANS, MORTGAGES AND SO ON... Make a complete list of all of your debts (outstanding balances, interest rates and charges) and prioritize them in order of importance. Mortgage payments and vehicle payments are typically at the top of most lists as these provide your shelter and transportation to get to and from your job. Priorities will be different for everyone. Many people want to get rid of the highest interest rate debts first, and others have specific debts like payday loans they want to eliminate first. You should decide the order in which you will pay off your debts.

TRIM YOUR EXPENSES TO FREE UP SOME CASH One way to speed up your debt repayment and get out of debt fast is by reviewing your monthly expenses and looking for opportunities to cut your costs. Start by tracking your spending for a two-week period to become aware of where your money is going.

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USE THE MOST POPULAR WAY TO GET OUT OF CREDIT CARD DEBT - SOME CLAIM IT'S THE BEST People have found that the best way to get out of credit card debt is to do so strategically. After paying debts that are on fixed monthly payments (mortgages, vehicle and term loans), make the minimum payments required on your credit cards with the lowest interest rates and maximize your payments on the credit cards with the highest interest rates. Once a debt is paid, use this extra money to pay down the credit card with next highest interest rate. This will save you money and help you pay down all of your debts faster.


ANOTHER POPULAR DEBT REDUCTION STRATEGY THAT'S HIGHLY MOTIVATING Another popular method people use to get out debt is to pay off small balances first. This can have a powerful psychological effect on many people because it can feel like you are making progress sooner. This can be very encouraging and provide a lot of people with motivation to keep paying down their debt. Here's how it works:

1. Use any extra money you can come up with to pay off your

credit card with the smallest balance first (ignore the interest rates and just focus on the card with the smallest balance). Paying off this card will give you a quick win and a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Some people like to debate which debt payoff methods is best. The correct answer is whichever method works for you. Some people are motivated by numbers and some are motivated by feeling that they accomplished something and seeing that they are actually making progress. You know yourself. Go with the method that works for the way you tick. Once you've paid off a card, cut it up, and cancel the account. Most people only need one or two credit cards.

USE SAVINGS TO PAY DEBT DOWN FASTER

Many people regularly contribute to a savings plan, which is great, but consider that this is money that could help you pay down what you owe faster. Once you have established an 2. Don't pocket the minimum monthly payment that you used emergency fund and are saving for irregular expenses, you to pay every month on your smallest credit card. Instead, may want to consider suspending extra payments to Canada start paying down your next smallest credit card balance with Savings Bonds or other savings accounts until you have paid that money. Of course, throw all the extra money you can at off what you owe. This is especially beneficial for those who this debt to get it paid off as quickly as possible, but the key aren’t saving for something specific like vehicle repairs. here is to free up money as you pay off your smallest credit The money you save by paying down your debts faster will card balances first. The monthly payments you free up will be substantially higher than the interest you will earn in a help you pay down the next larger credit card even faster. savings account. Also consider using income tax refunds, pay You're essentially creating a snowball effect. increases or other unexpected funds to pay down your debts. 3. Repeat the process of focusing on paying off your next |P| smallest credit card balance using the money freed up from the smaller cards you paid off earlier. With the snowballing For more tips and iinfo, visit: www.nomoredebts.org monthly payment this method creates, your debts will get paid down faster and faster as you go, and you'll get more and more motivated as you pay off one card after another.

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Entrepreneur

Turner Innovations' Harvesting Possibilities

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he world is constantly changing, evolving by the second. We are in an age where the globe’s occupants live fast paced lives and are driven by quick results and everything being done at a faster pace, with greater yields. So it comes as no surprise that this school of thought would exist within all spheres of life and the correlated industries. The agricultural industry, without a doubt has grown with time and technological advancements, resulting in greater yields- as we would anticipate, based on how viable one of the word’s oldest industries has continued to be. We were pleased to speak with Allison “Debbie” Turneran innovator and game changer, who teamed up with her husband and business partner , Oral Turner, operators of Turner Innovations Limited to create a Sorrel Harvesting Machine. When asked to briefly tell us something about herself she stated “Debbie is an entrepreneur; she doesn't believe in taking no for an answer- every no is a chance to get a yes, because no does not exist. She is creative, determined and innovative- great spirit of will for change and improving life.” The story that followed as she spoke with us made that brief description most validated. It is that creativity, determination

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and great spirit of will for change, while not taking no for an answer which created a path for Debbie and Oral to change the face of sorrel harvesting worldwide- potentially catalyzing change in agriculture as an industry. To get a little background information on how her innate passions could have added to a part of her drive to get involved in the engineering/ agriculture industry- we asked Debbie for some insight regarding her childhood aspirations. At about age 7, Debbie recalled wanting to be an ice cream lady in the then future. This was clearly an early indication of her natural inclination to travel uncharted paths as her story resembled that of many Caribbean children, whose parents’ dream was for her to become a Lawyer or Medical Doctor. “Everybody's kid was supposed to be something great…but I wanted to be an ice cream lady because I loved ice cream and I wanted to have it all to myself.” By her teenage years, her angle changed a bit, but was still within the food industry; she wanted to be a food critic. “Which foodie wouldn’t want their job to be tasting food?” she said followed by laughter. Through the years, as she developed as a brilliant young lady, she explained that she always had that gut feeling that she was different, that she had something which made her a little different from others. Debbie didn’t know exactly what she


would have done, but she knew when she did it, it would be great. Fast forward to the year 2010- “It started with me just seeing so many opportunities everywhere.” She illustrated her love for solving problems and where she sees a need and an opportunity, she will confidently take on the project. "I didn't search for sorrel...it found me". Her husband owns a farm store, which allowed her to interface with farmers on a regular basis- through these interactions and exchanges she saw a need which involved an opportunity related to sorrel being harvested speedily- a lightbulb came on, and she went drawing board. Before the project picked up great momentum however, they threw the blanket over it due to hurricanes and the delays and inconveniences that hurricanes and natural disasters take with them and luxuries and comforts they take away. But on a random night Debbie stated that she suddenly woke up in the middle of the night feeling inspired- a strong need to reawaken the project. Herself and her husband later discussed, did more research and realized that no one else was doing it. These kinds of projects involving inventions do not happen very often within the Caribbean context, and when they do, it rarely happens on a large scale- and definitely expedited by persons and cooperations with massive capital fuel. “There weren't even any other inventors in Jamaica at the time. In a country like Jamaica, where we love to find easier ways to get everything done..." And it is in that line of thought that she saw even more reason, opportunity and potential. By following through with the project, she now looks back at how she expited what she hoped to have done. Apart from an invention- she wanted to deliver a message, to change the story of modern inventors and creators. “Inventors don't have to be rich, they don’t have to go to Ivy League schools.” Turner rewrote the story and added to a shelf of inspirational stories of the “average man” believing, working, growing and creating his/ her own wealth and opportunities. Team Turner continued on their journey of establishing new trends and opening new doors where they may have seemed to have been only walls. “ We were the first private company to be given a grant funding from Development Bank of Jamaica." She approached the organization and was granted funding in response to a relatable vision which was more than enough reason to believe and get on board. In the face of nay sayers and challenges that came along with being a small entrepreneur, Turner worked relentlessly. Through the visions and actions of the Turners, which was followed by the growth and success of the project- the Development Bank of Jamaica created a fund called IGNITE where 30 loans are given out specifically to inventors. After speaking of the blessing that was that grant, Debbie exclaimed “… that is how we bring about change, by working and by not listening to no. No does not exist! We had also pitched the idea to First Angels Jamaica, chaired by Joseph Matalon, and they were interested in investing..." She later found out that the chairman himself had invested, and he is now sitting on their board. Turner reflected on that point, stating that “… the project, at that point had been going for a long time before

anyone would hear us out. But after hearing that Joseph Matalon was on board, a lot of persons realized that it had to be a worthwhile venture and wanted to come on board.” Another interaction that assisted in propelling the project, in perfect timing, like something that was destined, her and her husband met an engineer from Canada. This engineer is Grant Seabrooke, CEO of Machine Dynamics Limited. He found their project absolutely amazing, and according to Debbie “it was right up his alley and he wanted to discuss further.” Long and short- after visiting Jamaica and spending time with the Turners at their home in St. Elizabeth and sharing their ideas and concepts, Seabrooke was moved to become an investor and mentor- later assisting in the process of reworking the machine. Today Debbie can speak for herself and her husband and business partner, Oral, in saying ”…we are changing an industry...it is a lot of responsibility- people are watching us as examples”. Turner can proudly say that that have revolutionized the harvesting process for one of Jamaica’s most loved- sorrel, setting a new standard for the harvesting of other crops. Debbie further indicated that China is the worlds largest consumers of sorrel, so there is a demand for sorrel in large numbers outside Jamaica and the region on a whole- and in that she reiterated the importance of following through on a novel dream. Apart from continuing to grow as a co- business owner and inventor, Debbie has walked a journey so far that now gives her experiences to share that can be of immeasurable value. A journey that has given her messages which now translates as inspirational talks in schools. In true Debbie Turner fashion, before ending our conversation she had another story. The story starts with her and her husband being in Kingston to carry out business transactions, but then decided to go to the movies before heading home to St. Elizabeth. They decided to go to the movies at Sovereign Centre in Liguanae, wearing what she referred to as “some very chill clothes”. On reaching the cinema, Debbie and Oral realized that it was a premiere. Everyone was fashionably dressed, so they felt like they may have stood our in the crowd. However, Debbie did not care. They just moved with the crowd toward the box office to possibly buy tickets. To their dismay, the ticket booth was closed. They had no idea how they would get pass the security, but Debbie remained hopeful. To cut a long story short, Debbie soon after saw her lawyer, who had complementary tickets- so the timing was perfect for her husband to get in. Debbie and Oral were so lucky, that they had lucky seats and won baskets and tokens. Turner shared this story, not to advise that it is acceptable to sneak into a movie premiere; but instead as a lesson on the importance of remaining hopeful and positive,-to believe in endless possibilities, and to trust that doors do exist where we only see walls. At the end of the story she repeated, “hearing no isn't leading us closer to a yes...No just doesn't exist.” Allison “Debbie” Turner is absolutely grateful for what she calls an amazing journey so far. |P|

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Bresheh

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n July 2015, Davian and Randy McLaren started Bresheh Enterprises on their verandah, with one machine and big dreams. In just over a year, they have made and sold some 2,000 bags. Together, the brothers are pursuing their joint dream of using their talents and enterprise as a force for good.

Bresheh designs and manufactures a range of high-quality products, beginning with bags. Bresheh bags are locally made and 100% customizable, allowing customers to choose the design, size, colours and materials used, add names as well as logos. Bresheh products are a platform to share positive messages. Additionally, Bresheh offers after sales support to guarantee their customers’ ongoing satisfaction, this includes refurbishing, repairs and trade in. Bresheh is an enterprise with a social mission. Apart from providing jobs for the youth and others, swing tags will be included in each bag sold, giving information on different key sustainable development areas. They have also given back in the form of scholarships as well as via donations to students in need of proper bags for school. As an environmentally friendly organization, they use off cuts to make smaller products as well as recycled denim to make bags.|P|

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EBENEZER HOME GIVEN LIFELINE THANKS TO SINGER'S ENRICHING LIVES THROUGH GIVING PROGRAMME

with medication to help them stabilize their various mental conditions. The home has sought to boost their resources through a farming programme which generates some income as well as provides food and gives the men of the home jobs and recreation which aids in their condition. General Manager for Singer Jamaica Ltd, Sharon Spence-Gibbs noted that Singer is aware of the daily struggles charities, such as the Ebenezer Home, experience in financing their operations and the role of Corporate Companies to assist in this area as part of good corporate social responsibility.

"For 2016 we are assisting charities which offer care and give support to our citizens. We commend you all for your dedication, passion and commitment in caring for the most vulnerable members of our society and today we want to showcase our own dedication. We are proud to be able to make this contribution to assist your operations in some way and we implore others to step forward and assist in he Ebenezer Home for the Mentally Challenged and any way they can, be it monetary or volunteering Homeless received a major boost on Friday, December 9 at their time to a more than worthy cause," said Spencethe Terra Nova Hotel, as Singer Jamaica Ltd presented them Gibbs. with a cheque for $300,000 towards their operations. The donation is part of Singer's 'Enriching Lives Through Giving' The Ebenezer Home for the Mentally Challenged Programme which has given $5,000,000 to 16 local charities including and Homeless was one of 16 charities to receive the Mandeville based Ebenezer Home, which according to Operations monetary support from Singer as the company, Manager, Paulette Wheeler, would have been forced to close their doors in through their 'Enriching Lives Through Giving' initiative, donated a total of JMD$5,000,000. The March of 2017 due to lack of funding. other recipients were: The Golden Age Home; "We generally do not get much support from corporate Jamaica, but the Missionaries of the Poor; Danny Williams School past year in particular has not been good in terms of the aid we receive, for the Deaf; Pringle Home for Children; SOS so we would have been looking to close next March (2017)," explained Children's Village; Widow's Mate; West Haven; Wheeler. "The issues that we face are that we provide medication to the Homestead Place of Safety; Strathmore Gardens men who come in and the costs of the medication along with maintaining Place of Safety; Sunshine Child Care Facility; Teen a 24/7 staff, as mental health patients cannot be left unattended, has been Challenge Jamaica; St. Augustine Place of Safety; a challenge. That, along with, utility and food bills have exhausted the little Sunbeam Children's Home; Jamaica Society for the resources of the home," Wheeler concluded. Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA) and the The Ebenezer Home provides a safe haven, shelter, food and clothing for Islamic Centre Medical Outreach Programme. |P| homeless men across central Jamaica, Mandeville and May Pen, along

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Singer Jamaica Ltd's Marketing Manager, Simone Mahabeer (left-front row), Chief Financial Controller, Merrick Brown (second-left, front row) and General Manager, Sharon Spence-Gibbs (right-front row) mirrored the smiles of the representatives from 16 local charities who benefited from a share of a $5,000,000 donation through Singer's "Enriching Lives Through Giving" programme.

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Kelly Tomblin

CEO OF THE YEAR

"So honoured to represent the 1700 Jamaicans that I am proud to lead. Thank you Platts! Thank you to my #TeamJPS!" -Kelly Tomblin

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nergy companies from eight countries and three continents, on December 8, 2016 received honours for leadership, innovation and exemplary performance at the 18th annual Platts Global Energy Awards. The event is often described as the “Oscars” of energy and emceed this year by CNBC Television Energy Correspondent Jackie DeAngelis. Nineteen awards were bestowed upon companies and individuals at Cipriani Wall Street in lower Manhattan before an audience of nearly 400 energy and finance executives hailing from 18 countries.

CEO OF THE YEAR “Thrives amidst challenge,” is how judges described Kelly Tomblin, Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), who was named this year’s “CEO of the Year,” one of the more hotly contested award categories including 12 finalists from six countries. With 20 years of experience in the energy industry, in both deregulated and vertically integrated markets in the U.S., The U.K. and Latin America, judges said Tomblin has earned a reputation for organizational transformation. Tomblin took the helm of JPS in 2012, facing headwinds of stagnant growth, poor customer satisfaction and high electricity prices, and judges paid particular attention to her ability to turn the company around “very quickly in a difficult environment.” Tomblin was the sole female among 12 finalists in the “CEO of the Year” category. |P|

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Music I n this issue of PANACHE, our columnist, a leading DJ here in Jamaica specializing in the 70s, 80s and 90s music genres, reviewed the Major II Black from Marshall Headphones.

Retailing for $119USD, Marshall describes this latest release as having an "updated sound, looks and durability, as well as improved ergonomics, give way to a whole new level of listening." For more info, visit: www.marshallheadphones.com

THE REVIEW After using the Marshall Major II Black for a couple days, I would recommend them for general purposes such as running, casually listening to music, connecting to your iPod or mobile phone, etc. However, from a DJ's standpoint these are pretty basic. The sound is extremely good, in terms of midrange for vocals & the clarity is good. They fit extremely well & it has good noise cancelling. Being a DJ I like to hear bass in a headphone, however this is where the Marshall Major II Black falls short, but they aren't bad, they would make a great back up for a DJ. That said, I do recommend them as a great option for general purposes as mentioned above, and I would purchase these for personal use. |P|

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Love TIP #1: Give and receive with kisses "To take this a step further, people tend to interact sexually based on a set of tacit understandings: Basically, I'll do you for a while, and then you can do me, and if we're lucky, we'll both have a good experience," Michaels and Johnson say. "We encourage people to separate giving and receiving in a very methodical way. For example, it's great to experiment with giving and receiving kisses. Take a couple of minutes and allow your partner to kiss you and explore your mouth with his tongue. Then reverse roles. When you're kissing, see how fully you can give yourself over to the active role. When you're receiving, surrender to the experience completely."

Tantric Sex Tips

TIP #2: Take 60 minutes and give each other a massage but no sex yet! "Set aside an hour or so to give and receive full body massages (culminating with genital stimulation but not intercourse). Do this on different days. As with the kissing exercise, the role of the giver is to give as fully as possible, and the role of the receiver is simply to receive. Taking this activity out of the realm of foreplay and keeping the roles clearly defined may help you discover new sources of pleasure, and may also give you new insights into the way you interact with your partner both in and out of bed."

TIP #3: Break a taboo by just TIP #4: Explore a personal talking about sex sexual taboo together "Many traditional tantric practices involved breaking cultural taboos, and there were many in medieval India," the couple says. "This was true both in the context of sexual ritual and more generally. In the simplest terms, the violation of these cultural norms had a liberating effect. Of course, we don't live in a society that has such clearly defined social rules, but we all have our own self-imposed limitations and our habitual ways of being, in lovemaking and more generally in life. If you can shed some of your inhibitions, you're likely to experience more pleasure. Talking frankly about sex is a big taboo for many, so for many, having frequent and explicit conversations about sex is a great first step."

"If you want to get a little bolder, you can identify a couple of personal taboos (you can also do this as a couple by identifying shared taboos), and then decide on one that you might be interested in breaking," Michaels and Johnson say. "Don't pick anything huge at first; it might just mean making love with the lights on or experimenting with light bondage, sensory deprivation or role-play. The purpose is to become more flexible and aware and to be less limited by preconceived ideas about yourself. Sometimes we deprive ourselves of a lot of pleasure by thinking, 'I'm not the kind of person who would enjoy that.'"

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Wine Down for Charity

friday night, post work get together to purchase and share bottles of wine and unwind with your pals, for a cause- a great way to end the week. Shauna Fuller Clarke’s B.A.S.E. Foundation teamed up with organiser, Sabrina Webster to deliver a clean and classic affair to enhance Endometriosis awareness- a widespread , yet sadly insufficiently discussed disease. A crippling affliction that impacts every fibre of what it means to be a woman, affecting millions of women worldwide. Research has indicated that one in every ten women is being affected by this condition in this moment, while you read this article. The event, hosted by the stunning world class ATL Audi Showroom on Oxford Road, Kingston, had at its crux, the intention of calling attention to Endometriosis and the impact it has on women of all ages, from all walks of life. The patronage was a clear indication that this disease cares not to whom you were born, how young you may be, or what responsibilities you must carry out in your professional life; forming a diverse family of “Endo Sisters” here in Jamaica. The depth of the experiences shared would not be readily seen in the showroom amidst patrons and servers waltzing to and from the bar with purchased of bottles of wine; enjoying fashion displays, movement inducing music and live performances. These were the powerful conversations revolving around the character- building encounter with Endometriosis endured by so many women in the showroom. It was stunning how these amazing women were able to gleam through the pain a lot of them experienced, even while they spoke with

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Panache Magazine. Women willingly disclosed not only how Endometriosis shifted their life experience, but also how it shook the worlds of their loved ones who journey with them day by day. It was an eye- opening and humbling experience, speaking with this wide cross-section of persons impacted so deeply by Endometriosis. The debilitating pain caused by this condition is defined by medicalnewstoday. com in their July 13, 2015 article, Endometriosis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment as “…a painful medical condition in which endometrial implants, comprised of tissue normally found within the uterus, are present in other areas of the body.” The technicalities were further indicated as being “…problematic as the tissue continues to as as though it is within the uterine cavity and counties to thicken, break down and bleed during a woman’s menstrual cycle and becomes trapped within the area of the body affected… scar tissue and adhesions form when irritation of the surrounding tissues occur causing organ fusion and anatomical changes.” Based on that brief exploration of the nature of Endometriosis, it is evident why the debilitating pain that many women described would cause them to contort and move from foetal position to some never before seen. Shauna Fuller- Clarke, founder of B.A.S.E. Foundation described the attack the disease launched on your body. Fuller- Clarke, who has been fighting Endometriosis for eight (8) years, elaborated on her experience of having one of her lungs collapse as a result of tissues constricting her organ. She passionately tries to spread hope and advice for women facing Endo- indicating that through exercise and dietary modifications such as cutting back on gluten intake, the self identified foodie has

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been able to manage the symptoms. It was in response to hearing of the suffering endured by Shauna and other friends that Sabrina Webster, organiser of the event began the process a year ago. She envisioned an event that would bring awareness to a disease that seems overlooked, even though it is just as debilitating and harrowing as cancers. Webster mentioned how deeply impacted she was by the stories she heard and felt like it was necessary for her to give back; and this was a wonderful way for her to give of herself for a cause that could help to change lives and save young women from having to get to the point of a lung collapse before doing thorough medical exams. According to Sara Stanford, coowner of Bliss Bridal Boutique, who has been coping with Endo for over seven (7) years “..if your periods push you over the edge every time, its not normal, and it should be checked out.” Looking at Sara, one would not imagine her suffering at the hand of Endometriosis. Sara’s vibrant spirit, like so many of the women who fight this disease are exemplary of regal resilience. Reigning Miss Jamaica World, Ashlie Barrett, younger sister of Sara Stanford, shared that endometriosis has shown evidence of being hereditary. Ashlie was diagnosed at the age of sixteen after having felt sick for an extended period of time. She spoke of how her sister’s journey helped her in her process of coping with Endometriosis. When asked how she managed to win the Miss Jamaica World Pageant, bearing pain, Ashlie explained that in spite of the pain and discomfort she was ironically empowered by the pain she had to withstrand- a condition she sees as an unfortunate thing that happened to her, but has had the positive effect of allowing her to feel as if there isn’t anything in life that she would not be able to fight through. Ashlie further

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stated that by no means did she feel at a disadvantage in competing for the crown of Miss Jamaica World 2016, despite the pain she bore throughout the competition. Like diamonds, these women seem to become even stronger and more beautiful from the conditions they exist within. Panache got to speak with the host of the event, another Endo Sister, Roxene Nickel. Roxane has been fighting and coping now for eight year. The depth at which the condition has built tissue on every fibre of what allows her to identify with being a normal woman was tear kindling. She spoke of her difficulties in forming a family of her own. Even while speaking with us, she indicated that she was experiencing some discomfort. Pain has become a part of her daily experience, it is just a matter of the degree to which the pain grabs. An experience described also by Sara, Shauna and other women with whom I spoke. In spite of this unfortunate affliction, Roxene finds a positive in her suffering; seeing these experiences as the first hand hit that allows her to most effectively deliver a message on the importance of Endo awareness and coping mechanisms and advice for other women affected. Among the interesting interactions, was meeting Kamoy Douglas- Clarke. A discussion surrounding her journeyfrom being told she would never be able to have children, to continuing to battle nine years later. Kamoy was granted the miracle of giving birth to her three sons. While counting her blessings, she spoke of her reality, which ties into her inability to participate as practically as she would like in the activities of her young sons. She recalls being asked by her eldest son, who is now nine year old, why it is that she’s always in bed, and why she is not able to play with them; all of which is also painful on a level beyond the physiological suffering. Kamoy smiled gracefully as we

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spoke, her warm presence and gentle demeanour reflected someone who lived a life of pure bliss, and not a woman who experiences debilitating pain on such a regular basis. Brian Stanford, co-owner of Bliss Bridal Boutique makes reference to the pain that would seem to make a contortionist out of his wife, Sara. When discussing the condition he asked “You know ben’ up? That’s what this thing does to Sara.” Brian undoubtedly carries out, not only the function of husband, but he has been a doctor of sorts, having to understand the condition as well as any patient would have to; and has to be there for his wife who he refers to as his soulmate, every step of the way. The impact of Endo on his wife, has a deep impact on his life, from the emotional strain of seeing his wife in pain, and feeling helpless, to sometimes leaving social gatherings to tend to the needs of his wife- Brian would do it no other way. The event raised a total of…. and through live social media posts from attendees, without a doubt, further awareness would have been brought to this rampant and aggressive disease. The endeavour and event was graciously facilitated by ATL Automotive. Matthew Cripps General Manager of ATL Automotive asserted that “… one in every ten woman is affected by Endometriosiss, and sixty percent of Audi customers are women- there is no way we could not have supported this cause.” We look forward to witnessing expanding initiatives that will help to educate our population on these diseases which remain understated- but have the potential to impact the deepest fibres of our humanity. |P|


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HÜM BY MARSHELLE HASELEY

The word HÜM (Hoo-m, with the letter U bearing umlaut is a phonetic play on the words Hum and Home, Who and Whom). HÜM is the Hum in your Home that shapes Who a person is in a holistic way. It was inspired by The Hum discussed by The Queen of Thursday Night, Shonda Rhimes. A hum is defined by the Camrbidge dictionary as “…a continuous low sound”, “to sing without opening your mouth.” Most suitably for this discussion, a hum is also defined by the dictionary as a state of being “…busy and full of activity, excitement, sounds or voices.”

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anache magazine is intrigued by what takes place in one’s spaces of HÜM- and so, we have decided to embark on a journey of delving into the HÜM of creatives and professional game changers. We seek to gain some insight into their processes of their spaces of silence and internal voices- the spaces where these individuals dream, find inspiration, recover, work behind the scenes and experience universal love. It was a pleasant experience to meet with Melanie Schwapp and Ayanna Dixon to explore their HÜM. Two of Jamaica’s most beautiful, expressive and absolutely talented creatives. The work, style and expressions of these women emit so much more than what meets the eye. Their striking beauty is coupled with positive energies and classic personality, grace and regal posture. Designer, and founder of ASD Clothing and Illustrations, Ayanna Dixon, an Antillean pearl, ushered us into her space of HÜM. Jamaica’s first introduction to her would have been on the 2011 season of Mission Catwalk. It was this platform that may have added even greater momentum to the manifestation of her clothing line. ASD was born and is still operated from Ayanna’s at-home studio. She admits that her work spaces span throughout most of the lower level of her one bedroom loft- predominantly between her studio and a specific corner of her living area. Upon entering her work spaces, you can immediately feel the sources of her inspiration - photographs of her family and closest friends. Moments documented from childhood to present day, painting a cubist acrylic summary of her persona. A vintage sewing machine grabs the eye, with a backdrop of original sketches, oceanic themes and vibrant Caribbean colour blocking. “The beach is my happy place...” exclaimed Dixon, and these aesthetics and energies - the Caribbean vibe infused with regal overtones are vibrantly reflected in the body of her work. These spaces began as her space of HÜM before she completely dove into work as a full time artist. There was a point when Ayanna balanced her personal art with working

in a corporate setting. She explained that even though she enjoyed the work she was able to do in corporate; it was somewhat limited due to resources available. In contrast, working in a personal space, on ASD projects allowed her to use her imagination in new ways, expressing herself in a way that was most authentic to her- flexing creative muscles. This at- home studio became her post work outlet, an oasis for creativity. “I would work from nine to five in corporate, sometimes longer- then I would come home and do ASD work until 2:00 am in the morning.” She further explained that apart from working in the comfort and convenience of her own home, which is as “at-home” as your workspace can get, she emphasized the importance of having a specific space, that being her studio, designated for work

When looking for a home in Kingston, it was a wish to have her children experience that priceless amount of bliss and magic that comes with growing up in a yard with space and vegetation.


and only work. The space seems inviolable- especially after getting a greater understanding of the articles in the space. Books on her shelf, references for concepts and techniques learnt and practiced from design school. To the left of those, her very first sewing machine, which for her is more than just a machine- but the beginning of her dream actualizing. On the walls are photographs of her past work, which she gazed at, explaining that they gently help her to remain grounded in her journey- reminding her of how far she has come, while still remains true to herself and her expressions. Among her most sentimental possessions in her studio are her dress forms. “They are not mere mannequins…” Ayanna explained. She unravelled the back-story of the day she received them from her father and step-mom and how much it meant to her- “I cried, because acquiring them felt like a huge symbol of growth and progress.” Throughout Ayanna’s home- it is evident why her HÜM is so colourful. Melanie Schwapp, is best known for her novel, Dew Angelsoriginally published in 2011 and winner of the “Literary Classics Seal of Approval”. It is a story set in rural Jamaica, and explores the experiences of Nola Chambers- a black girl in a space where emphasis is placed on color, and the inner beauty she unveiled in her journey of self discovery. The creator of this enchanting tale set in Jamaica, Melanie, welcomed us into her home to share with us some of the spaces that allow her to feel a sense of ease, refuge, reinvigoration and solace. Spaces where she is inspired by themes from her childhood, and articles representing her journey with the loves of her life- her husband and three children. Melanie started by expressing that there is not a single part of her home that she would consider her specific spaces for feeling her hum. All the paintings, antique furniture, her farmer’s kitchen sink, country styled cupboards bearing traditional Jamaican jars are of great sentimental value- a value that energizes her every morning, and comforts her as she turns in at night. The conversation began at a bench under a tree in the front of her yard. Perfectly nestled under a tree and cushioned by ferns and other plants. Schwapp expressed that as a child of Montego Bay, a childhood spiced with moments of venturing her grandparents’ property impacted the deepest fibre of her beingmoments of her formative years which greatly helped to sculpt who she is today. When looking for a home in Kingston, it was a wish to have her children experience that priceless amount of bliss and magic that comes with growing up in a yard with space and vegetation. The bench was a bench she saved from being dumped- cleaned up, and painted it in what would appear to be a vibrant mix of dodger and duke blue. Melanie is quite the DIY kind of lady! It is now one of her favourite spots at home, where she is usually greeted by the soft kiss of the early- morning sun while drinking coffee. Themes from her journey continued as we entered the house. Within moments of entering the warm living area, we were greeted by the magnificent “One Love Fish”- an amazing painting done by Jamaican artist, Laura Facey, the creator of the “Redemption Song” statue at Emancipation Park . Menlanie explained that the painting was done with the intention of being hung at the Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, where she would have spent so many years of her life. Somehow, as if a conspiracy of destiny, the painting now hangs in her living room. “My husband is a huge Bob Marley fan, and it was meant for Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay. It has the red, gold and green in the fish scales- it is just a wonderful mix of pieces of my husband and I…” explained Schwapp with a tender smile. She explained that right under that painting, in the couch is where she reads her Bible

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Food SEA CLIFF

RESORT & RESTAURANT BY LATOYA JONES

PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEA CLIFF

Perched on a cliffside in Portland is the most picturesque little restaurant and hotel you probably have ever seen this side of the island, aptly called “Sea Cliff Restaurant and Resort.” It is about 10 minutes outside of Portland Town and both the scenery to get there and the view once you have gotten there are to die for. Truthfully, from the street, it doesn’t look like much, but a walk around to the back of the property that houses the restaurant is where the magic happens. www.panachejamagazine.com

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A HIDDEN GEM IN PORTLAND There are these little wooden benches and tables that allows the weary wanderer the simple pleasure of just gazing off into the horizon as they overlook the sea. After a few minutes of just sitting there, and allowing myself to be still, I toyed with the idea of quitting my job back in busy Kingston and moving to Portland to become a writer. If J.K Rowling could drum up the Harry Potter books whilst on a delayed train, the possibilities of what I could produce sitting at this sweet little spot with a bar, less than 5 feet away were endless. It was quite by chance that I happened upon this locale. I was in Portland for a work trip as a part of a very large group and we were in need of a pocket friendly eatery that could satisfy the cravings of a highly diverse team. Seacliff came to our rescue. In one word, the menu is eclectic. On it, one can find something for even the pickiest eater. The food ranges from Jamaican, to Mediterranean to Japanese, with its Sushi offerings. The food was tasty and overall, to our liking. The oohs and aahs came when dessert was served-a mixture of cake and ice cream that turned the composed party of adults into giddy children upon sight. After dinner, we got a tour of the Seacliff Resort, which has a farm to table concept and is a complex (of sorts) with a set of about 15 rooms per building. The rooms are tastefully

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designed and decorated and have balconies that overlook the sea. It is the kind of place you go to to unplug and recharge so you can return to the world a better person. All in all, the food and the service is good, the proprietorMr. Brett Hannah was very accommodating of our large and sometimes demanding party. I would definitely recommend this spot to anyone passing through Portland or looking for something different to do. They are located at Ross Craig, Long Bay P.O, Portland and may be contacted at 876.860-1394-5 |P|


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HÜM

PERCHED ON A CLIFFSIDE IN PORTLAND IS THE MOST PICTURESQUE RESORT.

THE ROOMS ARE TASTEFULLY DESIGNED AND DECORATED AND HAVE BALCONIES THAT OVERLOOK THE SEA.

and does a lot of her introspection. We finally headed to the back patio and pool-side of her home. A very chill outdoor space with modern poolside furniture resting on smoothly finished dark wood floors. This outdoor area is where she spends a lot of quality time with her family- lots of laughter, stories, games and glasses of wine. As a result of these deeply impactful moments, Melanie’s family, and to a greater degree, her children have greatly inspired her body of work. Dew Angels would explain to her children the realities of the real world- a world where prejudices exist without valid human being to human being reason; while LallyMay’s Farm Suss, was inspired by the adventures that may begin as a result of the realities, myths and awakened imaginings of a child living in many rural Jamaican settings. Throughout Melanie’s home- it is evident why her HÜM is so symphonic. After exploring the HÜM of these two creatives, you may feel the need to assess your own spaces. What do you have in these spaces? Do they inspire you or do they keep you in a less than favourable state of mind? Are there things that would be great to add to your decor that would lead to greater inspiration, relaxation and rejuvenation? Or are you in need of a cleaner to remove some of your clutter?|P|

BE PREPARED, YOU'LL TOY WITH THE IDEA OF QUITTING YOUR 9 TO 5 AND LIVING HERE FOREVER.

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BUCHANAN’S Miami Mora

1.5oz Buchanan’s Deluxe Blended Scotch Whisky 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice 0.75 oz simple syrup 6 blackberries Sprig of mint for garnish Mix 4 blackberries, simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add Buchanan’s and Ice and shake well. Pour into a rocks glass with ice and garnish with blackberries and mint.

BUCHANAN’S Fresa Fresca 1.5 oz Buchanan's Deluxe .75 oz Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice .75 oz Simple Syrup 2 Strawberries 2 dashes Angostura Bitters Top off with Ginger Beer Muddle strawberry with simple syrup, add remaining ingredients except ginger beer. Shake with ice, add ginger beer and strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.

BUCHANAN’S Old Fashioned BUCHANAN’S Coconut Water 1.5 oz. Buchanan’s® DeLuxe™ Blended Scotch Whisky 5 oz. coconut water Add BUCHANAN’S DeLuxe and coconut water to a tall glass with ice.

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1 oz. Buchanan’s Master® Blended Scotch Whisky 0.25 oz. bitters 1 tsp sugar 1 splash water 1 twist lemon peel 1 slice orange peel In a rocks glass, muddle sugar and bitters. Add BUCHANAN’S® MASTER™ Blended Scotch Whisky and a large ice cube. Twist slices of lemon and orange peels over the drink and drop slices into the glass.


Books

We pieced together wonderful excerpts from interviews with Ziggy for an interesting perspective on his latest cookbook.

Inside The Marley Kitchen GothamMagazine: What is an unexpected but really tasty ingredient that you use in your cookbook? Ziggy Marley: Tumeric is something that people don’t think of, but there is stuff in the cookbook that uses turmeric because my mother-in-law is Persian and uses turmeric. So there’s turmeric in it, and turmeric has benefits. There are things in the cookbook that add not only flavor but they have [health] benefits. GothamMagazine: And what is your earliest memory surrounding food? Ziggy Marley: My earliest memory was growing up in Jamaica, bringing fresh eggs from our chickens every morning. Then, my great auntie would cook them for us, me in particular. I don’t know why this lady kind of liked me; I was the first-born son, so I think they gave me a little privilege because of that. GothamMagazine: Congrats on your cookbook! What was the inspiration? Did your father, Bob Marley, inspire any recipes, or did you include any recipes from him in particular?

CleanEatingMag: What is your philosophy on food and cooking? Ziggy Marley: My philosophy is cooking with our culture is just introducing people to – not just my culture – but how I interpret my culture with food. My culture is what it is, but my interpretation of what it is in food is not exact in any sort of stereotypical Jamaican thing. It has my own independent feel and ingredients to it…. So, it’s a hybrid of Jamaican, but with how I like it. It was fun for the family and the kids to be involved in all of this. This is life, we enjoy it and this book was an enjoyable thing to make. CleanEatingMag: What is your all time favorite meal? Ziggy Marley: My favorite meal is the thing I make in the morning most of the time. It’s oatmeal, done my way. I use oatmeal, add some almond milk, sometimes it’s water. And then when I cook I just add some fresh berries and walnuts, some almond butter, flaxseed, pumpkin seeds and maybe some coconut. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day actually.

Ziggy Marley: My father never really cooked, I cook though. Mostly the recipes are influenced by when I grew up in Jamaica and what I used to eat there, but it is informed by the evolution of my palate. So, I made healthier choices with some of the stuff than what I would have had in Jamaica, probably. I think like, ‘doing it this way is healthier,’ like maybe I wouldn’t fry it, I’d steam it instead. The foundation is Jamaican cuisine but with my own take on it. My friends and family [are] of course, Middle Eastern, some [are] Persian. I’ve got a lot of friends and family around; everything is in there that influences what we eat. |P| ZIGGY MARLEY AND HIS FAMILY.


Arts Kirk Cockburn (left) explains the details of his mirror portrait to (L-R) fellow student artiste, Rameesh Ramsay, Alain Carreau, CEO RUBiS Energy Jamaica and Shawn Aarons, Principal Dunoon Technical High School during the InPulse Art Project open studio exhibit on Friday, November 25.

InPulse Art PROJECT

The InPulse Art Project is a long term creative arts and skills development programme that offers students between the ages of 15 - 25 studio-practice workshops to build on artistic skills, along with remedial educational courses to improve competency in core academic disciplines at the Dunoon Technical High School. The Project had an open studio exhibit on Friday, November 25 organized by project manager and visual artiste Camille Chedda and attended by Lorraine Gobin, Managing Director of Rubis Mécénat cultural fund at the Dunoon Technical High School Art Room to showcase the works in progress of the students. The InPulse Art Project was established in 2015 as a community based socio-educational initiative by Rubis Mécénat cultural fund and RUBiS Energy Jamaica. Twenty-five students, secondary level and out of school community members, were enrolled to the project for 2016 following the successful launch year of the project which culminated in scholarship awards to two students, Akelia Satchell and Jordan Harrison. Both were awarded with the opportunity to continue their studies at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, a long term objective of the project for the students who wished to further their studies in the arts. Furthermore, the InPulse Art Project serves as a platform to connect students with key players in the art industry and contacts in the art market locally and internationally. The programme's workshops are conducted by a team of local artistes including project manager Camille Chedda who tutors in art history, drawing and painting along with Stanford Watson, drawing, painting and stills and Oneika Russell who conducts workshops in animation. Other notable visual arts professionals are also invited as guest presenters at different workshops during the programme.

Alain Carreau (second-right), CEO RUBiS Energy Jamaica, stopped to share a photo with the student artistes (L-R) Rameesh Ramsay, Davaska McDonald, Kirk Cockburn and Sheldon Green during the InPulse Art Project open studio exhibit at the Dunoon Technical High School Art Room on Friday, November 25.

CEO of RUBiS Energy Jamaica had high praises for the project and especially the potential long term impact of the skills developed and how it will improve the lives of the students who are involved. "InPulse aims to use the visual arts to positively impact young Jamaicans growing up in tough urban communities, while helping to develop and mould emerging talents in Jamaica." explained Carreau. The InPulse Art Project was initiated by Lorraine Gobin, Managing Director Rubis Mécénat cultural fund, the endowment fund of the Rubis Group. The fund's main focus is to give birth and develop socio-cultural projects in selected countries, such as Jamaica, where the RUBiS Group operates. Along with the development of youths involved in the project, Rubis Mécénatwill support the new generation of artists nurtured, by organizing exhibitions as well as commissioning works of art. The InPulse Art Project is the fund's second social art initiative following the Of Soul and Joy Photography Project in Thokoza, South Africa, launched in 2012. |P|

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THE BODY COLLECTION CALEN DA R 2017 M ODELS

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The hottest calendar in Jamaica, the PANACHE Body Collection builds on last year's inaugural release. This year we focus health and fitness and in this feature happily introduce you to our calendar models... 11 beautifully sculpted Jamaican men! Photography by Craig Harley Interviews by DeOmar Manning

THE BODY COLLECTION CALEN DAR 2017 M ODELS DAMION MOODIE, Businessman Why do you think your boyfriend material? “I believe I’m boyfriend

material because I’m educated, good looking and know how to treat a lady.”

What traits do you look for in a woman? A girl who is a bit on the short side, who Is intelligent with a great sense of humor, and not too sensitive. What is the one thing you can’t live without? “I can’t live without the

Gym!”

Who do you think should make the first move? “I always make the

first move once I see a girl I like, I always go for”

DAMION MOODIE, 37 @MOODIEDAMION

SHAMIR JOHNSON, Supervisor Why are you boyfriend material? "I believe I’m boyfriend material

because of my moral standards. I’m selfless, I like to have fun and I’m very romantic."

What traits do you love in a woman? "A woman who is healthy and

loves the gym, also has moral standards, a bit shorter than I am as I am 5ft 8inches, and must be a friend." What was the best compliment you ever got? "Best smile ever.” What is the one thing you could not live without? "I could not live

SHAMIR JOHNSON, 33 @DARKSKIN876NUBIANPRINCE PHOTOS COURTESY OF ZEST

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without keeping fit."


DWIGHT JAMES, Gym Instructor What traits do you love in a woman? “I love when a woman is loving,

quiet and clean”

What is the one thing you could no live without? "Women, food,

water, gym and money."

Who do you think should make the first move? "Ladies should always

make the first move."

At what point do you know a relationship is right? "Once you know

that she is willing to forgive."

DWIGHT JAMES, 34 @DARK_PLEASURE69

ORAN CARBY, Attendant Describe yourself in your own words? "Athletic, love to watch movies

(action and comedy). I like to bake and cook, lift weights and also a family person." What special date would you do for your lady on Valentine’s Day?

"Cook something special for her, and then a lap dance later." Name three things you plan to do before you die? "I plan to travel

Jamaica, go sky diving and visit Egypt."

What was the best compliment you ever got? "Is all that yours?” What are the main things you think makes a relationship work? "Trust

and Love."

ORAN CARBY, 29 @ORAN_.C

BRUCE CHIN, Personal Trainer Describe yourself in your own words? "Driven young individual-

owner of several business, one being a gym sponsored by Spryvelocity nutrition; a regional competitor in the Jamaica Amateur Body Building and Fitness Association."

What traits do you love in a woman? "I like a woman who can be a

conversationalist, who is independent and has a lot of pride and one who is not shallow."

BRUCE CHIN, 23 @BRUCELORDAWESOME

What do you do in your spare time? "Workout, travel, parties,

"youtuber" (check out 'awesomewhey'), video editing, playing the guitar and singing." What was the best compliment you ever got? "You look like Greek

PHOTOS BY CRAIG HARLEY

god sculpture.”

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PHILLIP GROVES, Personal Trainer / Massage therapist Describe yourself in your own words? "I’m a hardworking person

who considers himself a go-getter. I like to cook, sing and have fun whenever I can." Tell us something some persons don’t know about you? "I was in the

military for thirteen years."

Name three things you plan to do before you die? "Sky diving, visiting

the Great Wall of China and also Mount Everest."

What was the best compliment you ever got? "Are all Jamaican men

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this fine?”

@FITNOTFAT30DAYSCHALLENGE

What are the main things you think make a relationship work?

"Communication, honesty and commitment."

LENROY MORRISON, Air Traffic Controller Why are you boyfriend material? "I am boyfriend material because I

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have brains, brawn, and good looks."

What traits do you love in a woman? "Healthy, caring and image

@DJIMON4EVER

conscious."

Who do you think should make the first move? "The person who wants

something to happen."

Name two things you would like to do before you die? "1. Build my

dream house and 2. travel to places on my bucket list."

At what point do you know a relationship is right? "When you both are

able to tolerate the little things that use to annoy you."

CHRISTOPHER CHUNG, Trainer/Mortician Describe yourself in your own words? "I’m Self-motivated,

ambitious, and down to earth. I also love to work smart."

What special date would you do for your lady on Valentine’s Day? "First

surprise her with jewelry and chocolate, then take her on a date. Probably go to the movies then go out to dinner." Who do you think should make the first move? "I believe ladies

should always make the first move."

Name three things you plan to do before you die? "Open five gyms,

CHRISTOPHER CHUNG, 31 @KRYSCHUNGUNIVERSE

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Tour the world, and go skiing."

What is the one superpower do you wish you had? "The power to

teleport."


LEO FOSTER, Banker & Personal Trainer Describe yourself in your own words? "I am a single father of

one with a passion for helping people. Loving God and all His creations." What traits do you look for in a woman? "Beauty and brains with

an incredible sense of humor."

What do you do in your spare time? "Travelling, playing football,

creating meals plans, workout programs and drinking rum." What is the best compliment you ever gotten? "You are the

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kindness person I have ever met."

What super power do you wish you had? "I wish I could read

minds."

@LEOOMAR333

ANDRE BROWN, Fitness Instructor What is one thing you wish woman knew about men? "That some men

can be emotional beings."

Describe yourself in your own words? "I’m pretty outspoken. I love

motivating people around me. I consider myself strong, loving, caring and emotional."

What do you do in your spare time? "Love spending time with my son,

I invest time in my relationships, and also time in the gym."

At what point do you know a relationship is right? "Again it comes down to trust, especially when someone can be open about who they are with, publicly let the world know this is who I am with."

ANDRE BROWN, 27 @ SUPREME_FITNESSJA_

JONHOI VAUGHN, Banker What’s the one thing you wish more women knew about men? “I

wish more women knew how sensitive men are”.

How would you describe yourself in your own words? "I’m a

minimalist, I believe simplicity is best, I’m adventurous, and will always be a student of life." What do you like to do for fun? "I like to solve problems for fun,

draw, write poems and also try to learn something new each day."

JONHOI VAUGHN, 28 @BODY_METRIX

What was the best compliment you ever got? “You’re a beautiful

man”

What are the main things you think make a relationship work? "The

ability to accept flaws and the beauty beyond the flaws."

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PANACHE PICK! O

ne of the chief joys of “Insecure” — HBO’s new half-hour comedy from the mind of co-creator, executive producer, and star Issa Rae — is listening to its characters talk. The dialogue of the show is a combination of cadence, vocabulary, and implication that is both brilliant and not-safe-for-work. In one scene, when Issa (Rae, playing a version of herself) insists that she didn’t sleep with an old flame, her best friend Molly (Yvonne Orji) shoots back: “All that drama for zero dick? Bitch, you buggin’.” Upon discovering that an acquaintance is engaged to an AsianAmerican woman, Issa observes of black men: “They wife others up with a quickness.” Molly explains, cryptically and hilariously, that the main drawback of a dating app is “hotep n-ggas,” while Issa reminisces that her attitude from the night before was confident and bold: “no-fucksy.” As “Insecure” unfolds, the striking quality of the language serves to punctuate not just conversation but context: Issa and Molly slide through verbal costume changes with hard-earned fluidity, learning to put on and discard identity cloaks for different situations. At work, Issa’s colleagues ask her to explain the meaning of “on fleek.” She demurs. A middle-schooler demands of her, “Why you talk like a white girl?” And Molly’s white supervisor shows up in her office to ask her, euphemistically, to tone down the expressiveness of a new black employee. She doesn’t say “because you’re the other one,” but the sentiment hangs in the scene. Rae, who created and starred in the web series “Awkward Black Girl” in 2011, came to HBO after Lena Dunham’s “Girls” sparked a series of at times heated conversations about minority representation on premium television. “Insecure,” co-created with veteran comedian Larry Wilmore, is the result — a show that cannot help but carry with it the burden of being a standard-bearer for diverse voices on television, even as it attempts to be, you know, funny.

In a moment of panic about her love life during a totally unrelated work presentation, Issa imagines that a co-worker reciting statistics about disadvantaged middleschoolers is turning to her and saying, with all the compassion of a product recall: “Educated black women are highly unlikely to get married, the more education they have.” It’s a funny and tragic feverdream, an embodiment of the self-doubt in Issa’s head. It’s also a smart, universalizing moment, recalling every moment where any of us has felt judged by their coworkers.

“Insecure” proves to be ably up to the challenge. The show marries specific issues with universal questions to create situations that are both precise and affecting. Issa herself is a profane, brilliant lead character — a bathroom rapper who punctuates everything, including the show’s episode titles, with “f-ck.” In the first few lines of the pilot, which takes place on her 29th birthday, she describes herself as “aggressively passive,” asking: “How different would my life be if I actually went after what I wanted?” Her nonprofit job is enervating; her boyfriend of four years boring. It’s time for Issa to make a change, but as she quickly discovers in the excellent pilot, elegant transformation-montages don’t happen in real life. With “Insecure,” Rae joins a cadre of performers who have created prestige comedies from the vicissitudes of their own lives, starring themselves in the lead roles. Donald Glover, Pamela Adlon, Tig Notaro, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge have all debuted half hours in the past few weeks. But more than any of its contemporaries, or even “Girls,” “Insecure” feels like 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” which brought viewers into the messy world of its lead character’s unacknowledged dysfunction and colorful vernacular, punctuated by her own nervous tics and the foibles of her friends. Like Bridget, Issa has decided to make some life changes. Like Bridget, she is torn between two men who represent two very different things. (Like Issa, Bridget’s BFF Shazzer “likes to say f-ck. A lot.”) And as in “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” the relationship comedy in “Insecure” belies the profound social commentary lurking just beneath the surface. The indelible trace of disenfranchised identity is omnipresent, without needing to be discussed; it’s palpable in Issa’s inability to take decisive action, and in her self-conscious confusion. As in Glover’s “Atlanta,” a sensibility of loss and disorientation pervades “Insecure” without being picked over. Instead, the silence is filled with hip-hop: Junglepussy’s “Bling Bling” closes out the first episode, with fierce, aggressive, no-f-cksy rhymes. (Beyoncé’s younger sister, Solange Knowles, is the show’s music consultant.) With rap music, self-deprecation, and a hundred different ways to inflect “boy, bye,” “Insecure” and Issa Rae have worked to create a symphony of one character’s attempt to avoid her own problems for as long as possible. Despite all the conversation, the audience’s focus snaps to what’s left unsaid.|P|

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A MERE GAMBOL

by Ruthlyn Johnson

A mere glance from behind artificial enhancers I drown within this looking pool Intentions are clear yet as subdued As the masked gleam on the wall Spirits molded on ice Trace a watery path to a bloody base healthy conversation promising laughter illusive attraction quizzical stares... searching, probing, examining the ticker to this enigma A brief moment in time Suspended on the threads of expectations Temporal and illusionary The posibilities are endless but complicated Like a drone submerged within a pollen factory, I wrestle with the thought And quiver with excitement But... Can I handle A mere gambol?

Beauty of The Issue Photo by Ryan Mattis

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