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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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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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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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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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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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The famous Classic Car row in Downtown. Taxi drivers line their classics up during their lunch breaks. Perfect for photo savvy tourists like me.

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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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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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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This pic was taken on the fly. Probably one of the most important from my trip.

90 miles off the coast of Miami sits an island that has contributed to an entire culture within the Latino experience. Cuba, the concrete jungle in the middle of the Caribbean, is a country that is simply hungry and ready for change. A place famous for it’s bonita bandera (flag), diverse culture and political instability, Cuba has many treasures that go far beyond the naked eye. Most...

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You may or may not have head the exciting news, BUT I’m taking my love for Carnival and the Carnival Culture global with a new digital project called “Carnival to the World”. It’ an exciting time for VJMedia along with my production partner SteadyImage Multimedia. Carnival to the World will take you inside some of the globes biggest, most colorful and culturally diverse carnivals to explore...

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