TTF Brandi Maxiell July August 2015 Issue

Basketball Wives of LA reality star Brandi Maxiell covers the July/August Issue of Triple the Focus! Get to know more about her battle with cancer and how she’s using the reality TV platform to build her brand. The spring/summer issue is packed with great tips for battling the summer heat with drugstore beauty buys, swimwear by G’Wan and shoe trends. Musically we’ve caught it up reggae family Morgan Heritage, and newcomers Kreesha Turner and Iakopo.

 

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 #CGWBCHAT _ with panelists
Fellow Bloggers Nia of GlamSavvy and Tamara of Baydian Girl have created a movement called Caribbean Girls Who Blog (follow them on Twitter and Instagram). They asked me and few other bloggers, @thePinkLocket, @VeePeeJay1 and @CarryonFriends to host their first chat as we spoke about blogging and collaborating with brands. If you miss the first Caribbean Girls Who Blog Chat (#CGWBChat) on twitter, here’s a recap of the conversation. It was great to speaks with great ladies in the industry.

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Trip to Atlanta copy
Atlanta has become a nice hub for people to move to, you get a good mix of city and suburbs with a booming vibrant culture and southern hospitality. It’s become a Mecca for upcoming businesses and startups in entertainment, film and technology, especially for black businesses; and doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon. Atlanta has many attractions that I often never get to take advantage of whenever I visit my family in Georgia, often because most of my trips there are short. This time I spent a week and got to explore some of the great attractions and spend time with my family.

The main reason for my trip was for my nephews’ graduation from high school. A proud moment for the family to experience as they will soon enter college. We actually attended the graduation at the school they will both be attending in the fall, the University of West Georgia.

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Caribbean American Heritage Month

June is officially Caribbean American Heritage month! I did an older post on 5 Ways to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month, and wanted to update with new events, charities and all things Caribbean you can do to celebrate this month.

For most Caribbean Americans our Caribbean roots are somehow infused into our daily lives, but that doesn’t mean we can’t amp things up in honor of celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Need a few ideas on how you can embrace your culture this month? Here’s a list of things you can do.

1.) Buy Caribbean

The best way see continuous growth of the Caribbean and its Diaspora is through commerce. Music is such a huge part of our culture, however illegal downloading has ravaged much of the industry’s ability to make money off music sales. Buy music from some of your favorite artists right now Morgan Heritage’s Strictly Roots, Machel Montano’s Monk Monte are in heavy rotation on my iPhone.  It’s not just the music, support Caribbean – American fashion and beauty brands  like Signature 78, Scotty Beama, JlehsiekJolie Bloom, Moruka Designs and Tallawa. Buy books like Somerset Grove by Dionne Peart, The Roving Tree by Elsie Augustave and Miss Ivy’s Tea Room by Marlene Rose-Clarke.

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Reggae Concerts to attend this summer

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to summer! Before you know it summer will be here, so if you haven’t already you may want to start planning your summer outings, get togethers, road trips, carnivals, fetes, brunches, day parties and of course festivals! Reggae with a backdrop of a nice summer day go hand in hand. It’s prime season for reggae concerts and festivals here are ten of the hottest concerts and festivals happening this summer!

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Haitian Instagrams

In honor of Haitian Heritage Month, I wanted to share five of my favorite Instagram accounts to follow that share Haitian heritage and showcase the latest and greatest from Haiti’s vibrant culture on the island and throughout the diaspora.  Featuring food, film, travel, Haitian celebrities, charitable work these Instagrammers keep you immersed in Caribbean cultural with a creole twist. [click to continue…]

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TheCurlyKidsColoringBook

My little one loves anything related to art. Painting, crafting, molding shapes with clay and of course coloring. I’m always looking for new ways to feed her creativity and she absolutely loved the Curly Kids Coloring Book !

As a natural curly haired girl myself, I’m always looking for books, games and activities that reinforces how she feels about her own beauty of being a brown girl with curly hair. Over the last year I have had a number of hair conversations with her about hair. She’d comment, “I want my hair straight” or “Kids say my hair is too poofy”. [click to continue…]

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Machel Montano gave an electrifying performance in Brooklyn, NY last weekend and it was featured on Billboard

If you’re familiar with the teachings of Marcus Garvey, you know about his idea of repatriation for Black to return to Africa. I seem to hear stories about this more frequently and here’s an example of Ghana being the new place to be.

HBO has purchased the screen rights to Jamaican author Marlon James’ book “A Brief History of Seven Killings”. I had never heard of the book, but after learning that it was inspired by real life inspired events about the infamous Shower Posse, it definitely makes me want to read the book before whatever movie or series HBO has planned is released. {Jamaica Observer}

Speaking of the film industry, BET’s founder Bob Johnson is investing in a new digital subscription, all urban platform for film makers. Caribbean film makers take note, and get in on the developments as they continue to develop! {The Wrap}

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April 2015 Content Report

So in sticking to my goals for the year I’m trying to get better at being consistent with posting on the blog. So, I’ve decided to do a monthly content report. A lot of bloggers do income reports, but since I’m not bank rolling via the blog, focusing on the content is the best step in that direction. I don’t know how long I’ll do this for, but it will make me more accountable to myself if I’m forced to share with you. [click to continue…]

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UniverSoul Circus Family Fun NYC

The little one and I were invited to the UniverSoul Circus in Queens, NY on #WAHGWAN social media night and we both had so much fun! The UniverSoul Circus had all the elements of a traditional circus, elephants, tiger and acrobats but with a lot more flavor infusing Caribbean, African and Latino cultural elements throughout the show. In between acts the crowd participation was not only inviting, but hilarious! It felt like a big family reunion under one tent. Check out some of our favorite moments

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These ladies were so flexible! Made me want to take up yoga, it’s amazing how far you can stretch your body.

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The dancers put on a great show with fire lit limbo and folk style dancing made me feel like I was at carnival.

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The elephant’s were Cheeks’ favorite. She loved all the tricks they did.

The UniverSoul Circus will be in New York for a few more weeks, so get your tickets via Ticketmaster and enjoy  with the family. For those of you not in NYC check out UniverSoulCircus to see when the show is coming to your area.

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