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The Paparazzi Mas Band experience at Trinidad Carnival. My review.

Born in Trinidad and raised abroad, my parents would often revere the carnival experience at our family gatherings, hence why I think I’ve always had a great respect and appreciation for the culture and tradition. So many childhood memories over Sunday lunches were centered around ‘playing Mas’ (participating in the costumed masquerade on Carnival Monday and Tuesday). It’s something that I always knew was an...

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Professional grief. Let’s talk about it, so we can get past it and onto living our most successful lives.

Many people who I encounter often congratulate me on the growth of the VJMedia brand since they first met me. I’ve come a long way professionally and I’m proud of that. I often share my entrepreneurial journey about leaving corporate radio full-time to open my own full service multimedia company, Vanessa James Media, but I rarely share the process of how I got here. Let...

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Congrats to Q1’s contest winner…

The New Year is upon us and I’m sure you feel that new energy in the air. I feel it! The time is now to press go on those goals and dreams that have been at the back of your mind for months or even years that you kept putting off. Maybe you didn’t how or where to start, maybe you’ve already crafted your idea...

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Fresco y Mas – A Caribbean delight opens in the heart of Lauderhill.

The Caribbean Diaspora just got an added sweet treat in the heart of Lauderhill dedicated to our vibrant spirit and culture. Fresco y Mas (formally Winn Dixie) is now open for patrons to enjoy and relish in the tastes of their island homelands. Curated with the diaspora in mind, the one a kind store will give patrons access to some of the distinct foods, fruits...

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Miami, the annual event celebrating creators and entrepreneurs just wrapped and it was pure magic! 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...

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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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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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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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My trip to Nashville with Nissan and Habitat for Humanity.

Caution! This is not your regular blog post or auto review. Although I love doing those, this on the other hand is a warm and fuzzy post with all the feels that I’ve been so excited to tell you about. As you know by now, I’ve got a little car obsession and have had the pleasure of working with several auto brands since I launched...

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The Career & Networking Fair at the N.U.L. Experience at the National Urban League Conference in Ft. Lauderdale on Thursday, July 30, 2015. Photo by Mikki K. Harris

How many times have you left an event and felt so inspired by the message that you literally run home to write all about what you learned? How many times have you walked away from an experience and remembered quotes and testimonies that you’ll take with you for a lifetime? This was the case for me at this year’s National Urban League #SaveOurCities conference in...

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