01 Oct 2019
If you’ve been following me on social media this year (@vanessajamesmedia on IG and FB), I’m sure you’ve noticed an uptick in my travel adventures. This year alone, I dipped my toes in the sands of the Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Vincent, Bequia, Grenada, criss crossed the mainland and even took a whiskey tour through the Kentucky countryside. So it’s only fitting...
Travel / VJMedia
25 Jun 2019
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...
Brands / Entrepreneurs / Entrepreneurship / VJMedia
24 Jun 2019
Can someone tell me how the first half of went by so fast (Cue the slow eye roll emoji). Feels like everybody was just complaining that January was taking so long to get here, ready for the winter break to finished. Not I, I milked every last once out of the first few months of the year that I could and now stealth mode is...
Music and Lifestyle / Travel
19 Jun 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...
Entrepreneurship / VJMedia
10 Apr 2019
I recently gave the keynote speech at the Flourish Media conference where I shared the VJMedia startup story with fellow budding entrepreneurs. As I ended the speech, many asked if those same nuggets of wisdom on my own brand success was written down somewhere that they could reference to for their own business models. I decided to put pen to paper and share my simple...
Auto / Brands / Community / Entrepreneurs / Entrepreneurship / VJMedia / VJMedia Mixology
01 Apr 2019
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...
Entrepreneurship / Voiceover
17 Feb 2018
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...
Brands / Caribbean / Hotel / Reviews / Rum / Travel
13 Jan 2018
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...
Community / Entrepreneurs / Entrepreneurship / VJMedia
14 May 2019
The second half of 2019 is already upon us! Can’t believe we were just putting away holiday decorations and now we’re making summer and fall plans. Time is flying, I feel it, and I know you do too. 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...
Community / Entrepreneurs / Entrepreneurship / Mindfulness
06 Apr 2019
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...
Caribbean / Carnival / Community / Travel / VJMedia
05 Apr 2019
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...
Caribbean / Reviews / Travel
15 Mar 2019
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...