Author Archives: Vanessa James



VJMedia Mixology; where creators collaborate. Get ready Miami.
in Auto, Brands, Community, VJMedia, VJMedia Mixology

VJMedia Mixology; where creators collaborate. Get ready Miami.

Miami, my annual event celebrating creators and entrepreneurs is back this November! VJMediaMixology is a carefully curated experience that organically connects brands with bloggers, journalists, content creators, tastemakers and influencers from all walks of media in one amazing interactive experience. Known as the signature event in Miami, where creators collaborate, VJMedia Mixology encapsulates the essence of the #VJMedia brand while celebrating outstanding media pioneers in the South Florida...

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10 Oct 2018
in Auto, Brands, Reviews, Travel, VJMedia

Fresh off the streets of Rio, the Nissan Kicks makes its debut in the US and lives up to the hype!

Last year, I had the awesome honor of hosting the U.S. reveal of Nissan’s latest crossover vehicle; the Nissan Kicks. As the livestream host during the L.A. Auto Show, I gave viewers their first peak at the Kicks, which had its original debut in Brazil at the Rio Olympics in 2016. The vibrant, eccentric style mimics Rio’s carnival culture, vibrant, colorful and chic. The crossover...

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09 Oct 2018
in Auto, Brands, Community, VJMedia, VJMedia Mixology

VJMedia Mixology: A look back at the epic night of connection in Miami.

And it’s a wrap! The fifth annual VJMedia Mixology is in the bag and we showed out for Miami this time around! First off, let me say thank you to each and everyone who attended this year’s soiree. When I created this concept event in 2012, it was with the single goal of connecting the incredible brands that I work with Miami’s most influential entrepreneurs...

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06 Oct 2018
in Music and Lifestyle, Travel

All things Essence Festival 2018- my official recap video.

Above is my official recap video of this year’s Essence Festival, specifically my time at the convention center where a lot of the magic took place. Hope you enjoy and I’ll be sharing more experiences very soon from my time at Essence. Cheers, Vanessa All around the country this week, girlfriends are on FaceTime, in group texts and on the gram getting their plans together...

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19 Jul 2018
in VJMedia

The Lincoln Navigator makes waves with in Miami.

My friends at the Lincoln Motor Company dropped off the new 2018 Navigator, for review last week and I have to say, this is one of the most luxurious SUV’s I’ve ever step foot in. Clearly made for those who love an opulent and elegant lifestyle, this luxury SUV, checks all the boxes. After exploring Miami’s Design District, where might I add, the Navigator fits...

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02 Jul 2018
The United State of Women Summit 2018.
in Conference, VJMedia

The United State of Women Summit 2018.

As an entrepreneur and content creator eight years in, finding inspiration and creativity for me is a must! It’s how I continue to evolve and grow VJMedia every year. As many of you know, when you work for yourself, YOU are your own motivator, your own self-disciplinarian, and YOU are your own self-delegator. It can be hard to stay focused, stay inspired and scale up,...

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16 May 2018
Headed to Jamaica? Check out these “Cool Runnings in Kingston”. The best gems in Jamaica’s capitol city.
in Caribbean, Reviews, Travel

Headed to Jamaica? Check out these “Cool Runnings in Kingston”. The best gems in Jamaica’s capitol city.

When you think about the island of Jamaica a few things immediately come to mind: blue translucent waters, the iconic reggae music of Bob Marley, and well, the islands affinity to ganja. When most people think about traveling to Jamaica their first thought in choosing a location is the North coast because it has so much to offer. From Negril to Montego Bay to Ocho...

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15 Mar 2018
Trinidad Carnival truly is sweet for days!
in Caribbean, Carnival, Community, Travel, VJMedia

Trinidad Carnival truly is sweet for days!

As far back as I can remember, my family has celebrated carnival. Regardless of where we’ve lived, Trinidad & Tobago, our homeland, has always been apart of our lives and carnival culture is at the essence of that existence. Trini’s often say that once the carnival bug hits your veins, it’s virtually impossible to let it go and I couldn’t agree more. Right around late...

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04 Mar 2018
in Entrepreneurship, Voiceover

#VoicedbyVJ: My latest work with ESPN featuring Serena Williams and Simone Manuel.

Smiling from ear to ear as I share this with you. Over the years I’ve had the honor of lending my voice to amazing brands like JetBlue, Palace Resorts, Barbados Tourism Board, IHeartMedia and Cox Media stations. Recently, I expanded my portfolio to include ESPN to which I proudly voiced their Black History Vignettes including highlights of sports trailblazers Serena Williams, Simone Manuel, Lebron James...

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17 Feb 2018
in Brands, Caribbean, Hotel, Reviews, Rum, Travel

JetBlue just made sun, fun and rum in Barbados easier to enjoy!

I’ve heard a lot of people say that when you visit one Caribbean island you’ve seen them all. Well I’ll be the first to tell you that that theory is way off and couldn’t be further from the truth! After exploring the Caribbean for years, I still find each location to be fascinating, unspoiled and largely undiscovered (Like my recent visit to Kingston, Jamaica). As a girl...

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13 Jan 2018
The famous Classic Car row in Downtown. Taxi drivers line their classics up during their lunch breaks. Perfect for photo savvy tourists like me.
in Caribbean, Travel, VJMedia

Cuba is calling- you should answer! Here’s everything you need to know before you visit Havana

The last time I visited Cuba it was in 2014 and although that doesn’t seem like that long ago, so much has changed on the island since then. From President Obama’s visit, the opening of new luxury hotels in downtown Havana (The Ritz Carlton and the St. Regis in 2019) to the the renovation of Cuba’s capitol building, progress is happening in many places on...

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31 Jul 2018
in Brands, Community, Women of Impact

The VJMedia Woman of Impact 2018- Nominations

The VJMedia Women of Impact Dinner here in Miami was created five years ago with the sole intention of bringing together women across the media spectrum who seldom meet and connect. I wanted the event to serve as the collision point for women here in South Florida making noise in the social space, in philanthropy and community who are truly impacting the change they want...

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01 Feb 2018
Going Rogue in Nashville…
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Going Rogue in Nashville…

Earlier this spring I took a trip that changed my life. Yeah I know, I say that about press trips often, but this one will always hold a special place amongst my travels. Nashville of all places took me by surprise and here’s why! I had been invited by Nissan to experience the city while celebrating the launch of their new Nissan Rogue Sport. The...

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19 May 2017
Hispanicize 2017 in Miami..
in Caribbean, Interview, Music and Lifestyle

Hispanicize 2017 in Miami..

Being in the music industry for over 15 years now, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and working with some amazing artists and musicians. My experiences in radio and production have truly molded my path and opened me up to incredible into the real process behind the music and performances that we love and admire.  From Alicia Keys to Usher, Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Sheila E,...

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18 Jan 2017
I’ll be speaking at the Flourish Media Conference in Miami. Join me!
in Conference, Entrepreneurship, Miami

I’ll be speaking at the Flourish Media Conference in Miami. Join me!

Heads up entrepreneurs! I’ll be speaking this February at the first ever Flourish Media conference in Miami. The conference is geared towards budding entrepreneurs who are looking to take both their business and brands to new heights in 2017 and beyond and I couldn’t be happier to be involved. Getting a chance to connect with fellow lady entrepreneurs and aspiring content creators is a VJMedia...

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14 Dec 2016