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Articles

8 Urban Culture Decoded 12 Pay Yourself First 14 New York Caribbean Carnival Celebrations 16 Football Star A.J. Green

Contents

Vol #13 8th edition

Feature Articles 36-37 Oliver Samuels’ “Divorce Papers”

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38 AT&T Launches Digital You Program

THE HERO’S JOURNEY

40 Delaware Valley Voice 41 Beauty of the Black Woman

17 New Ambassador to Haiti

CHEF W.P. SIMPSON

20 D  o You Want to Be In The Credit Score Game?

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30 Haitian-American Beats Cancer 32 Rebirth of R&B - Tyrese Gibson

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34 Feeding Our Children to Death

FELISHA L.O.U.D. “LIVING OUT YOUR DREAMS”

Chairman & Publisher

Editor-in-Chief

Photo Journalist

Legal Counselor

Photographers

DELAWARE VALLEY

Clive Williams

Adika Butler

Marjorie Flash

Garnett H. Sullivan, Esq

Marjorie Flash of My Flash Ken/Universal

Associate Publisher

art director

New Media Initiatives

Contributing Writers

Media

(PHILADELPHIA, SOUTH JERSEY, DELAWARE)

Christopher C. Williams

CHRISTIAN X. JONES

Rockstone Media Group

Adika Butler - Dr. Clive Williams - MELISSA

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Senior Vice President

MANAGING EDITOR OF ONLINE Controller MAGAZINE Michelle Williams

RAWLINS - Yolanda Candelario - Mariah

WENFORD PATRICK SIMPSON, JIMMY JEAN-LOUIS,

Patterson - Kay-Annie Reid

FELISHA LORD

Annette Gordon

Nakisha duncan

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Clive Williams (917) 749-7613

editors@whereitzatmag.com clive@whereitzatlive.com

VICE PRES., MARKETING AND DISTRIBUTION ANDRE PORTER DIRECTOR OF PUBLICITY AND PROMOTIONS LAVERNE ANDRIES

www.gowhereitzat.com fame@gowhereitzat.com www.facebook.com/whereitzatmagazine twitter.com/gowhereitzat

WhereItzAt Magazine is published monthly by WhereItzAt Media Group Inc. All Rights Reserved. WhereItzAt Magazine is a registered trademark of WhereItzAt Media Group Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part without written consent is prohibited. Views of editorial content do not necessarily reflect the views of WhereItzAt Magazine, WhereItzAt Media Group Inc. or its advertisers. For questoins, comments and concerns address your letters to: WhereItzAt Magazine • 219-10 S. Conduit Avenue • Springfield Gardens, NY 11413 or email:editors@whereitzatmag.com WhereItzAt Media Group Inc. 461 Elmont Rd. Elmont,NY 11003 Phone: (917) 749-7613 4 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE


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PUBLISHER’S VIBE

WHO CARES ABOUT SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS? Clive Williams, CEO/ Publisher _________________________ I’ll start by admitting my bias, I am a small business owner in the Nassau/ Queen’s corridor who spends most of my time with other small business owners whose challenges and problems I get to see firsthand – our collective experiences particularly with government agencies and attendant bureaucracies are alarmingly frustrating and discouraging. So you ask, why the heck would one invest enormous energy, time and hard earned money in doing business in such a discouraging climate? In order to answer that, I will share my own profile and give an insight in those other heroic people I talk to everyday. My parents were Garveyites back in Jamaica where I was born and raised, for that reason they sacrificed to be self-employed so they could enjoy the liberty and freedom many of their peers never experienced. I learned and lived self-sufficiency as a child and served the rich and poor with equal joy. My Mom who was a shop-keeper taught me how to place value on people and how to retain their patronage and respect, my Dad taught me the importance of community by helping those who are not able to help themselves. But most important of all, they taught me, “not to take crap from anyone,” which meant a life of hardwork, self-sufficiency and personal sacrifice to retain my liberty. I knew the expression “give me liberty or give me death.” long before I came to America.

That is my motivation to do business, to serve my community, because they are worthy of the value I provide: information, positive images, education, uplift, cultural awareness and pride.

Many of my peers have different motivations for becoming small business owners, but the one overarching factor is their willingness to provide a service to their community where others are unable or unwilling to do so. Who would have thought it possible even 20 years ago that a young Jamaican could create a successful Jamaican restaurant on Merrick Blvd. across from Roy Wilkins Park - who would dare believe that the old Village Door a former Jazz haven, would now be one of the most successful Jamaican restaurants in New York? Could you have imagined the success of Jamaican Bakeries and Patty makers from Church Avenue to Tappan, in the greatest city in the world? Professional business owners, doctors, lawyers, dentists, realtors, shippers, accountants and engineers, we have all established a business class at great personal sacrifice only to feel threatened by unctuous, overzealous enforcement bureaucrats from city and State agencies who make our lives a living hell. Go figure! Don’t these people know that we have enough problems just keeping our doors open – hiring and staffing problems, impossible rents and overheads, increasing operational costs, theft, robberies, complex tax codes, capital expenses and Health insurance? So now we have to deal with punitive, intimidating enforcement tactics from inconsiderate and rude

Mayor Bill De Blasio Mayor Bill Di Blasio

bureaucrats who have no appreciation of the sacrifices we have made and the services we render to our communities, which all adds up to one big DIS-INCENTIVE! Ok, that’s the bad news, here’s the (pending) good news, earlier this year the De Blasio administration announced a program that by New York standards is truly revolutionary – the program called “Small Business First,” seeks to make our lives easier through reducing/eliminating those barriers that cause many of our stress-related health problems. You MUST Google – ( De Blasio Administration Small Business First Initiative), make sure you download and print the entire program. Now hear this fellow small business owners – lend me your ears, you must, if you want to survive and thrive, you must allow yourselves to be informed constantly about new developments, the first steps I suggest is that Restauranteurs, Shippers, Bakeries form their own Associations, not just for the political leverage and purchasing power but for the INFORMATION. Ignorance is no longer bliss, what you don’t know can kill you. Did I fail to remind you that as small business owners we are responsible (and proudly so) for most of the jobs created in the Cities and Towns in which we live, yet City and State agencies treat us like pariahs. I am hoping that for this Mayor’s sake, he puts Small Business First - he got my vote! Mr. Mayor, we expect you to deliver on this one.

‘Cause, that’s WhereItzAt!

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URBAN CULTURE

The Black Dot Presents...

Urban Culture Decoded

By ADIKA BUTLER

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his afternoon I was in New Jersey with the book, but rather make public ideas personal statement issued to WhereItzAt just enjoying the weather when I saw young man people know will work, but are too afraid hours after my encounter with the youth in a few feet ahead of me walking with a pair of to propose,” explained The Black Dot in a New Jersey. “It takes an unapologetic warrior to step in every few generations and Beats By Dre headphones hugging his change the direction of the country. cranium. However, what he had in his Urban America is under great threat right hand was a one-way ticket Straight from itself, yet we have all we need to Outta the matrix. solve the issues at our disposal.” “That’s a classic you got there,” I said Topics explored in the book include: to the stranger after mildly nudging him using drug proceeds to pay for a college out of his self-induced musical hypnosis. education; the LGBT in the urban He looked at me with a surprised look community; the use of urban Voodoo on his face, not knowing what I was in addressing police brutality, the talking about. I clarified by pointing to divinity of hip hop vs. the corporation his copy of the groundbreaking Hip of rap, and whether or not sex, drugs Hop Decoded, authored by The Black and music lead to spirituality. Dot. The young man smiled. “I’m ultimately attempting to address the elephant in the room that nobody is brave enough to acknowledge. If parents, teachers, policy makers and anyone else in a position of authority can take the time to venture with me into the unconventional, then saving this lost generation will be easier than we expect. But time is pressing; will you give me a chance to have my say?”

“Yeah man, I was a baby when it came out, but it’s right on point for today.” I shook my head and smiled, knowing full well that the young man was just a boy when the book was released in 2005. The brief exchange exemplifies Dot’s importance –not just as an author—but as a teacher. He is adept at translating the knowledge and experience of his yesterdays so that it is eagerly embraced and practically used by the blossoming minds of tomorrow. His latest book, Urban Culture Decoded, boldly address a myriad of issues critical to their new world. “I’m not actually out to create a scene 8 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

Indeed. To order the new book go directly to his website at www.idecodeit.com

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

The Hero’s Journey Jimmy Jean-Louis talks about acting and political activism. By MELISSA RAWLINS

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aitian born Jimmy Jean-Louis is an international actor, model, dancer and a tremendous pro-activist for his native country, Haiti. Louis has lived, traveled, and worked in many countries, in many different mediums. Currently, he can be seen on the NBC hit series, Heroes Reborn, airing September 24, 2015. Louis, who is also the founder of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, a non--profit charitable aid organization that assists underprivileged youth in Haiti, spoke to WhereItzAt about a variety of issues. One of them included the escalating conflict between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

Amidst all of the tensions between The Dominican Republic and Haiti, many people feel the Obama Administration is turning a blind eye to the human rights crisis there. What actions do you think the US can make that would result in positive changes? Should the U.S. even get involved? What’s happening in Haiti right now is no stranger than all the other problems that are happening in the world. In America, especially recently, we have a pretty difficult situation with the behavior of the police force and our Black people. So, is it really a big deal for America, what’s

happening in another country? I’m not so sure. If it is a Haitian problem, I think Haiti will have to find a way to deal with it, more than trying to wait for somebody else to bail them out. I think it’s been too much of that; who’s going to come through and save the day. Especially when you know the beginning of our history, Haiti was the country that saved the day for the entire continent; North America, Central America, South America, Black people in general. Being the first Black Republic to fight and win, to gain its own independence means alot. So, it’s really unfortunate what’s happening in the Dominican Republic, but within the country itself (Haiti) there are many issues as well. I think the color issue is a big deal. There are many shades of Black and I think that’s how they can continue to do what they do. The more light you are the more European you are regarded. One of the things you just mentioned happened to be part of an issue I wanted to raise with you; color racism. As a person of Jamaican descent, I see these tools of colonialism and it’s devastating effects then and now, and its very prevalent place in societies of the Diaspora. Color racism exists within communities with people of color i.e. the Caribbean, South and Central America, our Latin communities, and here in the United States with the first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama being compared to “Planet of the Apes”. How does Color racism affect Haitians in Haiti?

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“How I started from Haiti to where I am now is just hustling.” first Black Republic to fight for its independence, so the message that was sent out to the world was huge. We changed the economical aspect of things from back then, and I don’t think that that was very much appreciated by too many people. So we still live in a society where, the darker you are the more problematic you will be, or the more problems you will end up having. The lighter you are, the easier life will be. It’s just simple fact.

very genuine, and there’s something rewarding about that. Very unexpected. France has the structure but very Artistic, and I like that too, and the Caribbean, that’s me, that’s my roots. You know, I always go back to my roots. So I have different kind of emotions, experience with every single place that I end up shooting. There are different parts of me that has stronger manifestations.

And all that is linked with economical power. So, who has the economic power? The light skinned ones at this point. In life, things shift, and I believe we will get to a situation where things will change.

I came from a family that wasn’t very privileged, that forced them to go out of the country to look for a life. And my mom started the process; she moved to Paris, she worked hard doing all kinds of jobs. And slowly the rest of the family joined. It took them about seven years to reunite in Paris, and when I was 18 and my parents went back to Haiti, I took my destiny into my own hands, and started to travel around. I lived in Spain, Italy, South Africa, England, then I came to New York for a year then LA. I had a chance to meet Nelson Mandela back then, in South Africa. That was for me, one of the greatest meetings because he gave me so much strength! I think we spoke for 5 to 10 minutes but at least we had a chance to communicate with him, and the subject we communicated was on Haiti. He was very open and very happy to actually meet a Haitian person. Really he was.

We know that you are a versatile actor, and your fluency in five languages adds to your international appeal. How does filming in these different international arenas differ? How does the experience differ, from say, the European production style vs. “Nollywood” productions, the film productions of Nigeria? The base of all these is the budget. The American budget vs. the African vs. French or the Caribbean budget. Based on the budget, the structure is completely different. Based on the budget you could have 10 people on the team or you could have 200. So you could see how one side can be extremely well structured and the other side a bit more chaotic. As an actor I’ve just been able to adapt to all different kinds of situations, and as far as the language is concerned, I’m likely able to speak all the languages and understand the cultures, as well. It’s always different but it’s always based on the budget.

to be very close with nature and with ourselves. How I started from Haiti to where I am now is just hustling.

Jimmy Jean-Louis Many of the Caribbean based readers of “Where Itz At” magazine may be very interested to know, for their own processes, how did you get the chance to go from Petion-Ville, Haiti to Paris, and ultimately the bright lights of Hollywood?

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EDITORIAL PAGE

Pay Yourself First V

ery recently I read a Black Enterprise article that reported that African American “Buying Power” is reported to reach $1.1 Trillion by 2015. The findings come from a Nielsen Company study entitled

“African American Consumers: Still Vital, Still Growing.” To me, the title of the study gives the impression that the person who framed it is trying to convince non-Black product manufacturers that Black people will give their collective wealth away to any non-Black person who comes along. It’s more than plausible that the study’s framers stand to benefit financially from this perception of Blacks. Unfortunately, Black America’s refusal to practice economic collectivism makes a lot of Black entrepreneurs feel like they have to go outside of their community to make money. However this should not be the case based on the reported financial projections. The term “Buying Power” is one of the greatest examples of mind control that I can think of in this day and time. I say this because there’s no such thing as “Buying Power.” True Power is not expressed in spending currency, but in desiring it, acquiring it, and then expending it on what is needed (and perhaps a few luxuries; can I live?). This may include capital that enables you to generate even more currency. “Buying” and “Power” are mutually exclusive terms that are falsely made to appear synonymous by people who are out to deceive you. Clever economic opportunists who want Black people to think that they actually wield power in buying things coined the term “Black Buying Power.” You never hear about “White Buying Power,” or “Yellow Buying Power.” As a collective, the aforementioned groups understand that true economic power comes from obtaining currency 12 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

and then conserving it. When you decide to share it, you should do so primarily within your own community because the people in your community are an extension of you. Therefore when you give your money to people who look AND THINK like you then you’re not actually spending your money. You’re conserving it. You are merely transferring your money from your left hand into your right hand, which is the right move. Is there anyone better for you to invest your hard earned money in than yourself ? I honestly can’t think of anyone. The best person for you to invest your money in is yourself. No one’s needs are more important than your own. But who are you, though? You are the man in the mirror. You are the woman in the mirror. However you are also your parents, your

children, your friends, and anyone who looks like you offering goods and services that truly resonate with who you are. Once you understand, and act, on the fact that people who look AND THINK like you are literally an extension of you, then you will realize that a sense of self-centeredness is the greatest attitude that you could ever hope to cultivate within yourself. If you are not self-centered then you are an absolute failure. Self-centeredness is balance, and balance is something that we should all strive for. Adika Butler Editor-In-Chief


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Irie Jam

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Partner for New York Caribbean Carnival Celebrations T

he West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has partnered with Queens, New York-based Irie Jam Media to produce and provide live coverage of the 48th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Celebrations from September 3 to 7, 2015. The five-day extravaganza features an all-star line-up of Caribbean artistes, outdoor dance concerts, Caribbean cuisine, colourful Carnival costumes, and competitions. The festivities culminate in WIADCA’s annual New York Caribbean Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on September 7. The iconic ‘Labour Day Parade’ attracts more than one million spectators and participants to the parkway each year. With strong ties to the Caribbean community in the New York Metro area, Irie Jam will assist WIADCA in expanding its signature event across the Caribbean, as well as mainstream markets. The partnership will provide increased exposure for the event through radio promotion on both Irie Jam 93.5FM and 103.9FM, direct marketing and social media platforms, including a live stream of the parade available at www.iriejamradio.com/wiadca. Irie Jam Media has built a reputation as the premier source for Caribbean entertainment in the Tri-state area and has developed long-standing relationships with advertisers and sponsors seeking to reach Caribbean consumers across a variety of demographic categories. “We are looking forward to working with Irie Jam to identify additional support and sponsors for Caribbean Carnival Week Activities,” said Thomas Bailey, president of WIADCA. Irie Jam Media brings 22 years of experience in radio, live event production and promotion to the annual event and will provide marketing, programming and live production resources to the partnership, including a live stream of the parade available at www.iriejamradio.com/wiadca. “We are excited to partner with WIADCA, once again, to lend our expertise in live event promotion and production, and to raise the bar for coverage of live performances and live streaming of the West Indian Day Parade experience,” said Bobby Clarke, president & CEO of Irie Jam Media. 14 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

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Event Schedule On Thursday, September 3rd New York Caribbean Carnival Week 2015 activities kick off at 8:00pm with a unique Caribbean Freedom Festival, featuring KES the Band, costume competitions and Herbet Holler & the Freedom Party NYC©.

Saturday, September 5th, starts off with the Junior Kiddies Carnival at 11:00am and at 8:00pm attendants will enjoy the sweet sounds of steel pan music at the annual Panorama showcase, where 11 steel orchestras vie for the 2015 Steel Band Champion title.

On that same evening WIADCA will showcase the legends in Caribbean music with performances by the Mighty Sparrow, David Rudder, Swallow (Antigua) and Edwin Yearwood (Barbados 2015 Sweet Soca Monarch), plus the King & Queen of the Bands Competition.

On Friday, September 4th, the annual Stay In School Concert and College Fair begins at 10:00am and the popular Brass Fest concert starts at 8:00pm features Ricardo Drue (2015 Antigua Soca Monarch), Lyrikal (Trinidad), Skinny Fabulous (St. Vincent 2015 Soca & Power Monarch), Pressure Busspipe (Virgin Islands), Ravi B (Trinidad 2015 Chutney Soca Monarch) and headliners Bunji Garlin (2013 Soul Train Award recipient), Soca diva Fay-Ann Lyons & the Asylum Vikings Band, hosted by DJ Redman (107.9FM) and MC Wassy.

On Sunday, September 6th Irie Jam Radio will host its 22nd Anniversary Celebration at Roy Wilkins Park featuring performances by Dexta Daps, Kymani Marley, Christopher Martin, Edwin Yearwood, Assassin, Gully Bop, Bugle, Chi Ching Ching, T.I.F.A., Ding Dong, Kranium, Tiger, Johnny P, Flourgon, the Nomads the Band and more exciting special guests. The daylong anniversary celebration begins at noon and will run until 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased online at www. iriejamradio.com or at participating outlets.

All staged events will occur behind the Brooklyn Museum, with the exception of the Irie Jam Anniversary Celebration, which will take place at Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica Queens. Events will run from Thursday, September 3rd through Monday, September 7th (Labor Day), culminating with the New York Caribbean Carnival, North America’s largest street parade/dance party on Eastern Parkway from 11:00am – 6:00pm. Event tickets are available at www.etix.com/ticket/v/10546/wiadcalabor-day-concert-series-2015 PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE | 15


SPORTS & CULTURE

Green Relies on Rockin’ Refuel for the Protein Needed to Dominate

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ockin’ Refuel® from Shamrock Farms, a complete line of protein-packed milk beverages, announced on August 20, 2015 that All-Pro wide receiver, A.J. Green, is joining Team Rockin’ Refuel. Green will be the new face of the brand’s “Rockin’” national advertising and public relations campaign, and has released a behind-the-scenes video telling fans why he chooses Rockin’ Refuel as part of his healthy nutrition routine. Known for his blow-by speed and sure hands, Green is a matchup nightmare for opposing secondaries. Widely considered one of the best wide receivers in the game, the two-time AllPro has totaled more than 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first four years in the league. His 260 receptions from 2011-2013 are the most ever for a player in his first three seasons. Green was the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft. “Drinking Rockin’ Refuel helps me build and maintain the muscles and strength needed to succeed on the football field,” said Green. “As a professional athlete, I have to pay close attention to my diet, especially when it comes to highquality protein. Rockin’ Refuel not only tastes great, but because it’s made with real milk, I know it’s a healthy protein drink with ingredients I can trust.” Green is the latest addition to Team Rockin’ Refuel, an elite group of sports stars and fitness advocates

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who drink Rockin’ Refuel to achieve their fitness goals. Team Rockin’ Refuel members include country music star Kellie Pickler and professional basketball player Skylar Diggins, and more than 250 high schools, colleges and professional teams.

muscle or help muscles recover after a hard workout. To learn more about the complete line of Rockin’ Refuel products and to find the best one for your fitness goals, visit rockinrefuel. com. All Rockin’ Refuel products are available in 12 oz. bottles at retailers in the dairy case nationwide; select varieties are available in 11 “We’re excited to welcome A.J. Green to Team oz. sizes, online at rockinrefuel.com/whereRockin’ Refuel,” said Shamrock Farms Director to-buy/. of Brand Management, Blake Atkinson. “A.J. is a role model on and off the field; we’re looking Shamrock Farms, one of the largest familyforward to working with him to spread the owned dairies in the country, manufactures message of why Rockin’ Refuel is the natural way the brand’s Rockin’ Refuel, protein-fortified to get the protein athletes need to stay at the top flavored milk and Shamrock Farms mmmmilk, of their game.” which can be found in over 35,000 SUBWAY®, Arby’s and Wendy’s restaurants nationwide. Made with pure, fresh milk, Rockin’ Refuel The Rockin’ Refuel product portfolio includes contains up to 30 grams of high-quality protein Muscle Recovery®, designed to maximize rebuilding muscles after working out and Muscle Builder® and Lean Builder®, designed to build muscle with high protein and low carbohydrates. Headquartered in Phoenix, Shamrock Farms has its own farm hosting a herd of more than 10,000 cows, and was founded in 1922 in Tucson, Arizona. For more information, visit www.rockinrefuel.com or go to Facebook/Rockin Refuel or @ RockinRefuel.

Green active people of all fitness levels need toA.J. build


POLITICS & CULTURE

Meet The New U.S. Ambassador to Haiti

Massachusetts-born career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Peter F. Mulrean, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new ambassador to Haiti. Mulrean was confirmed on August 5, 2015 after being selected in May. He will replace Pamela White, who has been the US Ambassador to Haiti since January 2012. She has been a controversial figure, especially amongst the Haitian opposition. Mulrean served as State Department Director, Interagency Provincial Affairs, U.S. Embassy Kabul, Afghanistan between July 2011 and 2012 and was also Counselor for Refugee and Migration Affairs, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland between August 2008- and June 2011. His past positions also include serving as Deputy Director of the Office for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in the Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor Mulrean has also served in Tunisia and in Brussels, Belgium as well as the Hague in The Netherlands; in New Delhi, India and Yugoslavia. Before that, he was an English teacher at the Language Institute of Japan, Odawara, Japan and the Chengdu University of Science and Technology of Chengdu, China. The new ambassador also served in the Peace Corps Volunteer as an English teacher in Khenifra, Morocco. Ambassador Mulrean has a B.A. from Harvard University and is the recipient of numerous Department of State Senior Foreign Service Performance Awards, Superior Honor Awards and Meritorious Honor Awards. He speaks French, Dutch and Serbo-Croatian. Courtesy of NewsAmericasNow.com

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Launching of D&G WHITE OVERPROOF RUM at The

Door Restaurant August 2015

Joselyn Mendez, Joseph Stamler, Juan Reyes

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Courtesy of Riviera Imports

Clive Williams, Big Joe Henry, Kelly-Ann Daniel, Herman Hall


Juan Reyes, Chris Roberts, Trecia, Clive Williams

Bryan Hartwig, John Hartwig, The Door-Chef, Juan Reyes

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FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT

THE GAME!

Do you want to be in the Credit Score Game? By Yolanda Candelario

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f you want to be in the Game, you’ll have to dispel the perceptions and attitudes that have limited your ability to play the Credit game successfully. Understanding that good credit scores translate to improved buying power, financial respectability and better choices, is the price of admission to the game. That is your admission into the Game! The American Dream is predicated on owning assets; how you obtain the funding necessary to purchase those assets depend on your personal financial circumstances. If you haven’t inherited it, won it or saved it through thrift, then the only other honest option is to borrow it. However be mindful that cash by itself cannot buy you into the credit game, Rule #1 of this game is that you must establish eligibility for that credit, once qualified its now your responsibility to regulate that credit either up or down. So - you must now determine how much of the American dream you want, in other words, how many “toys” do you want? Your concern should be – do you have enough cash flow to support and maintain the assets you desire? This means you must constantly check your passion and desire to own the dream that can so quickly become your worst nightmare. Please remember that it’s your attitudes, habits and behaviors that either keep you in or eject you from the game. How do you play to win? Planning to win the credit score game requires choosing to play by the rules! Credit score complacency or irresponsibility made many including me a spectator in the Game. I, Yolanda Candelario, accepted my admission to the Game without fully understanding the rules of the Game and the risk and results were costly.

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America’s lending institutions thrive primarily through the imposition and collection of interest! The principal is the money borrowed. Interest correlates to the fee or the cost of borrowing money! Business dictionary.com defines interest as “A fee paid for the use of another party’s money.” The interest cost me dearly for borrowing the principal. Awareness is key to knowing how you want to position yourself in moving forward in the Game. Being a natural negotiator, I prefer not to pay premium or standard retail prices for goods. However, my burning desires and wants dictated my actions causing me to pay full price or sometimes-above premium price for goods. “Why?” Because, I wanted, what I wanted, without realizing the implications! If we are going to shift our financial outcomes, an introduction to the rules of the Game must be crystal clear. We must remain vigilant and fully aware of our situation. For millennials in particular who are experiencing a slow economy - to have their money work in the most effective manner, and to stay in the Game, being a spectator is no longer a viable or acceptable option. Place your impulsive wants and desires on hold which gives you control of your financial freedom. A game changer is allocating more of your money towards reducing your principal and less towards interest fees. The music playing in my ears, says “Keep Your Mind on Your Riches.” (Tupac)

Yolanda Candelario Game? For the sake of your Buying Power, which will allow you to purchase and own assets at a fair market price instead of paying above market price. Knowing and learning will also provide strategies to build assets and control your destiny. In the upcoming Money Series, you will be given tips and strategies that will improve your credit score and increase your credit report relationships, essentially, making these subjective improvements and taking action on your credit will significantly change your life. Combating the financial stresses for financial success is MoneyWorks aim is to take your financial life from Good to Exceptional. MoneyWorks is the referee making sure that you play by the rules of the game, while ensuring that you stay in the Game.

The introductory rules to the Game includes, I am your Prosperity Coach, knowing and understanding the Credit Report, Your personal Credit Score, and the Fico Score. Yolanda Candelario Why is it important to know the Rules of the Tel. 516-841-3401


FEATURE

CELEBRATED INTERNATIONAL CHEF

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t’s Friday evening. Chef Wenford Patrick Simpson is rushing around with the kitchen staff, crafting dishes akin to artwork, both for the eyes as well as the palate. A server comes in the kitchen, a little harried by the evening’s rush of customers, and catches the chef ’s eye. “VIP wants to meet you,” she says, and relates the name to him. Chef Patrick gives her an efficient nod and finishes the plate he is creating before he straightens his jacket and heads into the din of music and diners to meet the customer.

By Mariah Patterson

The second internship was with Club Caribbean, and this time, not only did Chef Patrick get the experience he was looking for, the resort offered him a full-time position as soon as he graduated from school. “Graduation was on a Sunday and I began work that Monday,” he remembers. After a tenure with Club Caribbean, he worked for two separate cruise ships for more than a decade before settling in New York City. “By then, all my family was in New York,” he says. “I wanted to come home to my family.”

Despite the fast-paced environment, Chef Patrick is known for his calm demeanor. “He’s such an easygoing chef,” says coworker Shurette Puckerin. “He’s smooth and efficient. Maybe it’s his ‘Caribbean chill’ background.”

Chef Patrick was appointed executive chef at Negril Restaurant NYC, where he began to gain prominence for infusing his Caribbean Wenford Patrick Simpson background with American dishes. He also used his Jamaican-infused talents with the SouthernBorn in Claredon, Jamaica and raised in the style fare during his tenures at at Harlem’s Mo receptive consideration to co-workers, which Parish of St. Ann, Chef Patrick’s first experiences Bay Restaurant and Amy Ruth’s Home-Style turns into a strong motivation for his team. in the kitchen were as a young child. His mother Southern Cuisine. His unique persona and distintive meals have worked two jobs, and he was called upon to “A lot of places you go, the food is bland,” Chef enticed many celebrities to sample his cooking, help take care of his younger sister. With his Patrick states. “I don’t like it when the flavor including Magic Johnson, Stephen Baldwin, first attempts at cooking when he was 9 or 10, Kevin Campbell, Hillary Clinton, Avril Lavigne, evaporates. I like memorable flavors.” he soon learned his way around the kitchen. His Donald Trump, Jamie Foxx, just to name a few. passion for cooking was kindled and then took Chef Patrick was later hired by B.B. King When he is building a plate, though, it is done on a life of its own as his familiarity with flavor Blues Club and Grill on 42nd Street, where he with the same conscientious attitude, regardless combinations and different spices grew. Soon, works while overseeing sister venues Highline of the customer. his sister began bringing her friends home so he Ballroom, Sabrosa and Howard Theatre as could cook for them as well. corporate executive chef, overseeing between Chef Patrick’s panache in the kitchen is primed to escalate as he constantly challenges himself 40 and 50 people at any given time. When he was old enough to begin an internship, with new flavor profiles and infusing his his teacher paired him with a bakery in Jamaica. While customers rave about his cooking, heritage with current trends. “If you’re enjoying Feeling too limited with breads and simple anyone who knows the chef is captivated by his the meal, that’s all I want,” he declares. “It’s foods, he convinced his school to later give him personality. True to his humble Jamaican roots, about the passion and satisfying my customers a second internship. “I was fortunate,” he recalls. he has never forgotten the opportunities he with great and memorable food.” “I ended up with two opportunities to intern, received as a fledgling chef with his Caribbean when some kids didn’t have the opportunity to employer, and extends the same compassionate, have one.” PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE | 21


FEATURE

Felisha L.O.U.D. “Living Out Ur Dreams” Actress, Radio Personality, Author

Felisha Lord Early Life An energetic, talented, driven and motivated young lady was born in Port Royal, Jamaica and given the name Felisha Lord. She lived there with her younger brother and her step father until she was a teen. She attended St. Jude’s Primary School and went on to complete her studies at The Queens High School in St. Andrew. She decided to leave Jamaica because she wanted to be closer to her mom and explore a modeling career. She then started her studies at the New York Film Academy. Early Works in Jamaica Who knew that this skinny little girl, who was so carefree, would go back to Jamaica and become an actress, or even be on TV? Well in fact, she did that and much more. She was casted in 22 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

Royal Palm Estate, Joint Tennant, Claro Cash Cab & Mega Mart Shopping Show. She has also been featured in numerous music videos, television commercials and stage plays. Some of which includes Money Worries & Extortionist. She has also worked on Radio in Jamaica at Nationwide Radio.

forever when her little princes was born with eyes wide open and refusing to cry. Her name was chosen five years before she was even conceived. Her name is Africa, representing strength and beauty. Right before Africa’s first birthday, she took her first steps on her toes and to this day she hasn’t walked on her flat feet consistently.

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Shortly after Africa entered daycare, Felisha was told that she may be autistic. Like many moms, Felisha was unsure what this meant, but she decided to have her evaluated by a psychologist. During her first visit, the psychologist confirmed that Africa had autism but reassured her that it

Felisha made a notable mark in Jamaica then decided to come back to New York just before the birth of her daughter. She wanted to take a break and care for her baby and that she did. Of course, pretty soon she was itching to go back to work. Her plan was to return to Jamaica, but as fate had it, she remained here where she dabbled in commercial modeling amongst other things. She graced the pages of Essence, Girl & YM Magazines. And who knew she appeared on the Dave Chappelle Show. She also became the only on air female personality at Irie Jam Radio here in New York. Her on air persona and loud tone somehow resonates favorably with women who primarily makes up her fan base. Why is this you ask? Maybe its that she gives them a voice; maybe its because her uncensored reasoning emanates an element of girl power that is missing in our Caribbean brand of radio. Whatever it is, women just love her. She is affectionately called Felisha Loud which depicts her personality, tone, vibe and outlook on life. It is an acronym that stands for Live Out Ur Dreams™. A contemporary, edgy and postmodern Louise Bennett on steroids, Felisha lives out her dreams and encourages others to do likewise. Impact of Africa…her princess On August 18, 2011, Felisha’s life changed

The book Autism Awesomeness: The Adventures of Princess Africa is a children’s book for ages 2-5 years old sharing the discovery of Africa’s autism diagnosis. Africa Lord’s personality is displayed in pictures and activities throughout the pages of the book, showing a child who is beating the odds and being happy throughout the process.


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was nothing that she did as a new mother to cause her daughter’s condition. She also learned that children with this diagnosis can often have special gifts and abilities that are unexplainable.

autistic journey. She did so because she knew that autism is something that is not fully understood by parents in the Caribbean. With her book, she hopes to raise funds to bring about awareness and to inspire and encourage children living with autism to be themselves, because they are perfect just the way they are.

Today, Africa is 3 years old and she is more advanced in certain ways than her peers. She can count to 100 and has even memorized the ABC’s. Felisha is so fascinated with her abilities Resulting from this huge undertaking, this as they are truly special gifts from God. October, she will be sponsoring approximately 12 therapists to travel to Jamaica and work with This fascination and appreciation compelled her childcare providers and parents to identify and to share her story by writing a book last year treat children with autism. You can join the entitled Autism Awesomeness: The Adventures movement and contribute to this worthy cause of Princess Africa. It’s about her daughter’s by contacting Felisha Lord at 917-257-4799 or

loudfelisha@gmail.com, email or The Publisher, Whereitzat Magazine at 917-749-7613 or clive@whereitzatlive.com for details. Felisha….moving forward Felisha is constantly working on several projects. Last year, she produced a calendar called the “12 Faces of Loud”, which was distributed to the public and highlights businesses in New York. She hosts her own radio show which streams from FelishaLoud.com and aired throughout the tri-state area. She is also on Caribmixx Radio Program on 93.5FM every Sunday 1- 2pm. This is only the beginning; stay tuned. PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE | 23


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Haitian-American Beats Cancer and Receives Wild Card Entry to U.S. Open Nineteen-year-old Haitian-American tennis star, Vicky Duval has given cancer a slam dunk and is set to return to the 2015 US Open. The Bradenton, Florida teen who was born to Haitian parents received a wild card entry to the Open, USTA officials said Tuesday. Duval is the breakout star of the 2013 US Open who recently returned to competition following a year-long recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. At the 2013 U.S. Open she beat 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round. She has won one singles and one doubles title on the ITF tour in her career after turning pro in 2010. On August 4, 2014, Duval reached her best singles ranking of world number 87. The 2015 US Open will be played from August 31st to September 13th at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be held between August 25th-28th at the King National Tennis Center. Duval is among 16 players whose wild cards for qualifying at Flushing Meadows were announced Tuesday by the U.S. Tennis Association. There are also eight men’s and eight women’s main-draw wild cards, including for 2001 champion Lleyton Hewitt and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $3.3 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money – for a total $4.3 million potential payout – based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series. US Open tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; at all Ticketmaster outlets; and at the box office at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Vicky Duval

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Rebirth Of R&B

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our-time Grammy nominated artist Tyrese Gibson achieved the first Overall #1 for two consecutive weeks in the debut of an R&B album in a year. This occurred on the first-ever global Friday release date, which is a huge win for the R&B genre with Tyrese galvanizing this with his No. 1 debut. Nearly 20 years after Tyrese made his Billboard CONGRATS TO TYRESE ON HIS LIFETIME chart debut, the singer/actor achieves his first No. 1 ACHIEVEMENTS!! album on the Billboard 200 with the arrival of Black No. 1 ALBUM on the Billboard 200 Rose. No. 1 for 2 consecutive weeks R&B ALBUM

Tyrese scores his third No. 1 on Adult R&B Songs with “Shame.” His last single “Stay” spent 11 crowning weeks in 2011 and came 12 years after the singer/actor first led the list, when “How You Gonna Act Like That” had a four-week No. 1 run in 2003. “Shame” was produced by music legend Warryn Campbell, written by DJ Rogers Jr. with WhaWha Watson on guitar, and featuring vocals from the Academy Award-winning and Grammynominated Jennifer Hudson.

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gracefully bow out of the music, I wanted to give my fans that have been rocking with me for 20 years, more than enough content. I hope the fans embrace and enjoy this Black Rose Universe.” Gibson recently reprised his role of Roman Pearce in Universal’s first billion dollar worldwide film, “Furious 7.” To date, “Furious 7” has grossed a staggering $1.5 billion globally. On the heels of the film’s success, the studio has already announced a release date of April 14, 2017 for the release of the eighth installment in the franchise. Gibson’s upcoming movie credits include costarring with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube in “Ride Along 2,” and also recently announced his new primetime show, in collaboration with Rev Run, produced by CBS TV for Oprah Winfrey’s network OWN, slated to air in 2016.

Black Rose will mark Gibson’s last solo album. It is a deluxe release featuring 14 new songs plus The Making of Black Rose documentary. As part of the Black Rose Universe, Gibson penned “Shame,” the musical short film starring Gibson and Jennifer Hudson, directed by Paul Hunter and produced by http://tyreseonline.com/ Denzel Washington. The short film is inspired by www.facebook.com/tyrese the song off Gibson’s No. 1 album “Black Rose,” through his own label. www.instagram.com/tyrese

“I wish I could say that the inspiration behind this was me breaking one heart, but I have broken many hearts from being a man who assumed that because you used the words ‘I LOVE YOU’ that I really knew what love was,” describes Gibson. “I discovered I knew nothing of what love is. You will grow through what you go through. I have put some beautiful hearts and innocent people through hell and I’m ashamed of it. That’s my truth, and my “This is my most intimate, honest and vulnerable truth produced this moment.” album,” Gibson says. “I figured if I was going to 32 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

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Holy Trinity  High  School,  named  after  the  Holy  Trinity  Cathedral,  was  formerly  St.  Anthony's  Senior  School.    It  is  a   Catholic  institution  that  was  established  by  the  Franciscan  Sisters  at  West  Street  in  Kingston  in  the  late  1940's.     The  school  was  later  moved  to  Orange  Street  where  it  operated  under  the  leadership  of  the  Sisters  of  Mercy.      In   1953   the   school   was   relocated   to   properties   owned   by   the   Roman   Catholic   Archdiocese   of   Kingston   at   18   Emerald   Road   (now   George   Headley   Drive).     The   Ministry   of   Education   constructed   what   was   then   one   of   the   most   modern   schools   in   Jamaica.   At   the   time   the   school's   population   was   750.     It   is   historically   one   of   the   schools   located   across   the   street   from   Kingston   College   and   facing   Sabina   Park.     It   was   also   one   of   the   first   schools  done  on  an  experimental  basis  at  a  high  school  level  by  the  Ministry  of  Education  in  the  late  1960’s.   In  1974  the  church  acquired  a  large  area  of  land  for  the  school  and  the  Ministry  of  Education  constructed  three   new  blocks.  The  Grade  10  and  11  Program,  which  included  eleven  vocational  subjects,  were  then  added  to  the   curriculum  and  the  Secondary  School  Certificate  (SSC)  Examination  became  the  school  leaving  examination.    The   school  was  then  promoted  to  secondary  status  and  was  called  Holy  Trinity  Secondary  School.   In  1995  the  school  was  renamed  Holy  Trinity  Comprehensive  High  School,  admitting  its  first  batch  of  Common   Entrance  students.     By  1997  the  school  experienced  a  number  of  name  changes.    Its  former  name  St.  Anthony's   later  became  known  as  the  Holy  Trinity  Senior  School.    In  2000  the  school  was  renamed  Holy  Trinity  High  School   in  keeping  with  the  Ministry  of  Education  policy  to  upgrade  all  Comprehensive  High  Schools.   Coming   from   out   of   this   institution   were   several   notables   such   as   reggae   artists   Bunny   Rugs   (Lead   Singer),   Richard   Daley   (Base   Guitar   Player)   from   Third   World,   Judy   Mowatt   (I   Three   Group),   Gregory   Isaacs,   Alan   Cole   (one   of   Jamaica’s   top   soccer   player),   a   faculty   member   who   taught   English   Literature   and   music,   Mrs.   Pearl   Ashman,  played  the  part  of  Nana  on  the  famous  Life  In  Hopeful  Village  heard  on  RJR  as  well  as  alumni  Winnie   Logan  who  played  the  part  of  Coco  Bola.       Currently,   we’ve   formed   a   past   students   alumni   association,   New   York   Chapter   and   we   are   actively   recruiting     additional   members   to   join   us   as   we   endeavor   to   balance   and   enrich   the   needs   of   the   school.     As   our   motto   stands,   “Only   The   Best   Is   Good   Enough”,   we   deem   it   necessary   to   reach   out   to   other   past   students   to   come   join   our  alumni  and  get  this  group  growing  so  we  can  accomplish  our  goals.  The  alumni  association  meets  bi-­‐monthly   at   Henrica’s   Restaurant.     Next   scheduled   meeting   -­‐   October   4th,   5PM.   Please   call   us   and   come   enjoy   our   hospitality.   CURRENT  MEMBER  CONTACT:   PRESIDENT:     VICE  PRESIDENT:           SECRETARY:           ASST.  SECRETARY/     ASST.  TREASURER:     TREASURER:           EVENT  PLANNER:           ASST.  EVENT  PLANNER:        

                       

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HEALTH & FITNESS

FEEDING OUR CHILDREN TO DEATH By Kay-Annie Reid - Certified Personal Trainer

adults take back the reins and begin managing our homes the way our parents did – or maybe even better than they did. Here’s food for thought (no pun intended) that you can take away. In a world filled with so many quick and easy fixes and places to get grab-andgo meals, oftentimes parents are choosing to lean towards convenient but unhealthy meal choices because they are pressed for time or are exhausted from a long workday.

September is National Child Health Awareness Month and as parents and guardians, we can all do our part to ensure our children are given the best chance at a holistic healthy lifestyle.

Sit-down meals as a family now seem to have become a thing of the past because of the demands on our time in this fast-paced world. The evening routine in many households is: parents work long hours and often get home late, which leads to children being given snacks with little nutritional value – to “hold them over”. Nutritious meals are substituted with whatever is quick, easy and “cost efficient” which often times are nutritionally imbalanced. This unnatural cycle has been partially responsible for the breakdown of quality family time, which is so important to maintain family structure. Unfortunately, it will continue to be so unless 34 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has published disturbing statistics about childhood obesity for the last 30 years, showing that obesity doubled in children between ages six and eleven years old from “7% in 1980 to 18% in 2012.” In that same timeframe, the rate quadrupled in adolescents between ages 12 - 19 years from “5% to 21%.” Over 12.7 million children have been affected, and the rising trend continues at an alarming rate annually. Of these millions, 20% are black children between five and 17 years old, who are at immediate risk for cardiovascular disease factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. They are also pre-diabetic, and at greater risk of developing bone and joint problems, as well as social and psychological challenges. So, what changed when we became parents? Are we overcompensating for what we perceived as deprivation in our childhood by constantly over-providing and over-feeding our children?

As a result, dinner becomes whatever is easiest to buy or microwave... but at what cost? Fast food is not “cheaper” when you consider both the long-term physical and financial costs of having your child treated for health issues that are preventable or when he/she can no longer walk up a flight of stairs, or walk for five (5) minutes without having trouble breathing. If we do not stop to assess and plan our food choices for our children, we are guaranteeing that they will not be around long enough to enjoy their own children. And if they do, they will most likely have a plethora of health related illnesses that will diminish any good quality of life they may have dreamed of having. Or worse yet – we will likely outlive them. Why not do what you can to ensure that our children have a chance of a bright future by helping them make healthier lifestyle choices in the areas of nutrition and daily physical activity. Not sure where to begin? Feel free to email me at bustamovefitnesspt@gmail.com, or visit www.bustamovefitness.com and I will be happy to get you and your family started on the right path for the health of it.


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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Oliver “Divorce Papers,” the most popular play of the 2015 Jamaican theatre season starring Oliver Samuels, Barbara McCalla, Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus, is coming to Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens from September 19-27. Dennis Titus appeared in Denzel Washington’s blockbuster movie, The Mighty Quinn. The New York City and Washington, DC venues and dates: Brooklyn Center at Brooklyn College, Saturday, September 19, 8 pm Howard University, Washington, D.C., Sunday, September 20, 6pm Lehman Center at Lehman College, Bronx, Saturday, September 26, 8pm York Performing Arts Center at York College, Queens, Sunday, September 27, 4:30PM “We can only do two weekends in New York,” says playwright Basil Dawkins “since we are booked in the USVI and England in October thru early November.” Although the famed Oliver Samuels and Barbara McCalla lead the cast in the suspenseful

Oliver Samuels and Maylynne Lowe in a scene from Basil Dawkins’ ‘Divorce Papers.’

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Samuels’ “Divorce Papers” Blockbuster Cast

comedy-play, Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus are sheer fabulous. The late Miss Lou of Jamaica and the aging Saint Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago Nobel Laureate, Derek Walcott, upon seeing the brilliant acting of Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus in “Divorce Papers” may proudly proclaim, “The future of Caribbean theater is in good hands.” Actress Jean White says, “These days Jamaican theater and comedy fans don’t only see Oliver Samuels in an Oliver play, they also see young and brilliant stars … And, the creativity of the award winning playwright, Basil Dawkins.” White is confident that children and adults of all nationalities will enjoy the hilarious roles of Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus in “Divorce Papers.”

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Lead Role for White Witch of Rosehall. Maylynne Lowe other theater and comedy roles include After Mrs. Rochester, Uptown Bangarang, Toy Boy, Which Way Is Out and Uptown Bangarang 2. Barbara McCalla is not only an actress she is a lawyer by profession. In “Divorce Papers” Barbara plays the role of Mrs. Grace Goffe, wife of Augustus Goffe (Oliver Samuels.) Does Barbara allow her legal mind to overshadow her character, Grace, in Grace’s pursuit to seek a divorce from Augustus?

wrote in the Gleaner. “....This play is not only for persons who are divorced or who are contemplating divorce, but for all persons interested in romantic relationships. It is a play for the entire family.” The staging of “Divorce Papers” in New York City is promoted by Herman Hall Communications. Tickets are available online at www.everybodysmag.com; at venues box office and in community outlets or call Herman Hall (718) 941-1879.

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Both Dennis Titus and Maylynne Lowe could have remained in the U.S. and become household names on television, in motion pictures and on Broadway but they chose to return to Jamaica to contribute to theater, the performing arts and nation building. Dennis Titus is a graduate of Edna Manley College, Jamaica. He developed his craft further in theater, film and television in the UK and USA. A friend remarked, “The opportunity of Dennis working alongside Denzel Washington in The Mighty Quinn is an experience which helped him to become a dedicated professional.” Dennis Titus played the role of Percy in The Mighty Quinn. Critics have also applauded Titus for his magnificent roles in Embassy Saga and Dolly House. Maylynne Lowe is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NY and Emerson College in Boston. She appeared in Jamaica’s longest running television soap, Royal Palm Estate. She is a recipient of Best Actress in a

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TECHNOLOGY

AT&T Launches Digital You Program Tips, apps and community events help people of all ages deal with issues like identity theft, cyberbullying, and smartphone security

Digital You is a new, comprehensive AT&T program that offers tools, tips, apps, guidance and community education events for people of all ages and levels of online experience to learn more about how to have a safe and secure online experience. Through Digital You, AT&T has collaborated with prominent national organizations like Common Sense, The OASIS Institute and AARP to increase digital literacy as well as local organizations across the country to assemble and promote expert online safety information in a number of formats. “We live in an exciting digital world, created by the Internet and encompassing new ways of working, studying, shopping and interacting,” said Pamela Lackey, president of AT&T South Carolina. “Digital You was developed to help people be responsible digital citizens. It provides information everyone needs to consider in making wise decisions and being safe and secure online, in addition to helping newcomers increase their digital literacy skills.” Launched at a time when people are posting 38 | PULSE OF THE CARIBBEAN PEOPLE

about their summer activities and getting ready that create learning opportunities; promote to go back to school, Digital You helps teach academic and economic achievement; or beginners of all ages the basics of using a address community needs. In 2014, nearly $127 smartphone or tablet, keeping online information million was contributed or directed through private and secure and activating accessibility corporate-, employee-, social investment- and features to support users with disabilities through AT&T Foundation-giving programs. AT&T Aspire is AT&T’s signature education initiative training resources and tips sheets. that drives innovation in education by bringing Digital You also brings you Digital Compass™, diverse resources to bear on the issue including a free interactive game developed by Common funding, technology, employee volunteerism, Sense to help teach 6th through 9th graders and mentoring. about the real-world impact of their online choices. AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) helps millions of people “The digital world presents enormous potential and businesses around the globe stay connected for our kids,” said Amy Guggenheim Shenkan, through leading wireless, high-speed Internet, President and Chief Operating Officer of voice and cloud-based services. We’re helping Common Sense. “The key to unlocking the people mobilize their worlds with state-of-thepromise is preparing kids to think critically and art communications, entertainment services and behave responsibly, respectfully, and safely. These amazing innovations like connected cars and tangible skills of digital literacy and citizenship devices for homes, offices and points in between. are essential for success in life and learning in the Our U.S. wireless network offers customers the 21st century.” nation’s strongest LTE signal and the nation’s “Online safety is a high priority for our 50+ most reliable 4G LTE network. We offer the best audience, whether they are digital newcomers or global wireless coverage. We’re improving how experienced users,” says Marcia Kerz, president our customers stay entertained and informed of The OASIS Institute. “They want to know with AT&T U-verse® TV and High Speed how to recognize danger signs for scams, protect Internet services. And businesses worldwide are their identities and shield their computers and serving their customers better with AT&T’s mobility mobile devices. This is a dynamic challenge as and highly secure cloud solutions. new threats appear, and we look forward to sharing the latest information on how they can protect themselves.” For more information on the resources available, check out digitalyou.att.com. AT&T Inc. is committed to advancing education, strengthening communities and improving lives. Through its community initiatives, AT&T has a long history of investing in projects


ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

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The Pulse of the Caribbean People

Presents...

The Delaware Valley Voice

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

TheBeauty of theBlack

Woman

World-renowned photographer Damion Reid captures the amazing images of women in the Tri-State area as part of his Beauty of the Black Woman project. The project has evolved into a book collection of heart-stopping photographs that capture the style, grace, and natural beauty exemplified by Black women of all ages. Be sure to check out Reid’s Tumblr page at Damionkare.tumblr.com, and follow him on Instagram at @BOTBW2013.

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Merchants’ Exchange Building Philadelphia, PA

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WhereItzAt Aug.-Sept. 2015  

Special Double Cover Issue featuring Chef W.P. Simpson, prominent actor Jimmy Jean-Louis and actress and radio personality Felisha Lord