Author Archives: Vanessa James



My Essence Magazine article “Behind the Fete” – an ode to carnival culture.
in Travel, VJMedia

My Essence Magazine article “Behind the Fete” – an ode to carnival culture.

Caribbean Massive, We REACH!! This one is BIG and I’m super proud to finally share it with the world! I was recently penned an article for Essence Magazine’s Summer issue on one of my purest passions; carnival and why the culture runs like electricity through our veins. When I got this assignment, my heart beamed, my cheeks hurt from smiling infectiously on the train in...

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25 Jun 2019
in Music and Lifestyle, Travel

Get ready for Essence Festival 2019!

All around the country this week, girlfriends are on FaceTime, in group texts and on the gram getting their plans together for what’s sure to be an epic week of Black Girl Magic, togetherness and celebration in the Big Easy. Y’all saw the movie Girls Trip, you know what’s up! It’s Essence Festival time in New Orleans and we’re gearing up for what’s sure to...

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19 Jun 2019
in Auto, Brands, Community, Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, VJMedia, VJMedia Mixology

VJMedia Mixology 2019 is coming! Get ready!

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...

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01 Apr 2019
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
Professional grief. Let’s talk about it, so we can get past it and onto living our most successful lives.
in Community, Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Mindfulness

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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06 Apr 2019
The Paparazzi Mas Band experience at Trinidad Carnival. My review.
in Caribbean, Carnival, Community, Travel, VJMedia

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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05 Apr 2019
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 2019
Get your MantraBands, carry your inspo everywhere you go!
in Brands, Entrepreneurs, Fashion and Beauty

Get your MantraBands, carry your inspo everywhere you go!

Hey guys! I’ve partnered with one of my favorite small biz brands, Mantra Bands, a California based company focused on sharing positivity and good vibes with the world in a very fashionable way! After working with them for over five years now, and gifting them to over 100 women, I realize these carry a special place for many who receive them. We’ve created a movement...

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20 Feb 2019
Fresco y Mas – A Caribbean delight opens in the heart of Lauderhill.
in Brands, Caribbean, Community, Foodie, VJMedia

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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12 Dec 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
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 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