After spending the morning doing my soccer mom duties and having breakfast with both of Cheeks’ grandmas, I went the Fashion Standard’sSpring Tea Soirée, a fashion networking event created by Keishel Williams, creator and designer of JLESHIEK. In light of Mother’s Day, many of the attendees, including myself, brought their moms. It was nice because my mom got a glimpse of what I do at events like this, which gave her better understanding and appreciation for my blogging life. [click to continue…]
The latest issue of Triple the Focus features the lovely Kamila McDonald-Alcock, wife of reggae singer Jah Cure. Make no mistake, she may be married to an international superstar, but she holds her own as CEO of JamRock Fitness, providing personal training, fitness and nutrition services to clients, she’s a T.V. host and proudly serves in her most important as mother to bubbly baby girl!
EIC, Stacey gives you an exclusive inside look at U.S. Virgin Island Carnival in St. Thomas through her lens as well as her road experience. Music features include the other DJ Casper, Pat McKay gives you insight on being a woman in the male dominated industry of reggae music and how did a Yankee gyal become a Soca junkie?
Autavia Baily and Tamara Marrow, better known asTavia and Tamara, are well accomplished dancers with a natural edge for Dancehall. The New York City based dancers/choreographers have an extensive resume appearing in commercials, movies and dancing for musical acts such as Faith Evans, Eve, Rihanna, Beyonce, Missy Elliot, Diddy, Mary J. Bilge, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and many more. As Dancehall instructors for well known dance studio Broadway Dance Center in New York City, the dynamic dance duo became acquainted through dance auditions and ended up touring with Dancehall super star Sean Paul before creating their own sexy Dancehall class strictly for the ladies called Brukwine.
After finding a video clip online of the steamy class I had the pleasure of taking Brukwine a few weeks ago. The semi – dark room, boombastic speaker sounds, the heat — from working up a sweat — and scantily clad ladies gave the class a real dancehall session vibe. Did I mention you dance in heels the entire class? The sold out class was not only fun, but I got to see, first hand, the Brukwine movement in full swing as other ladies were decked out in Brukwineshorts, hats and tanks. It was a stress free fun environment that any dancehall lover would enjoy. The synergy between both Tavia and Tamara was evident and they have clearly set themselves apart in introducing Brukwine to the world with a clear vision for expansion, one class at a time. (Videos & Full Interview when you jump to the next page)
Tell me about your background and how you both stared dancing? Tamara (Grandparents are Jamaican): I started dancing at 4 years old. I’ve always wanted to dance and made it my career. Tavia (American): I’ve been dancing all my life, but decided to make it my career after high school I moved to NYC and haven’t looked back since.
How did you meet?
Tamara: We met in the dance industry. We had the same agent, so we would see each other at auditions and we danced together for Sean Paul for years. [click to continue…]
(Pictured – Left to Right: Me, Blondie of Billionaire Ent. Mag, Jo Williams – Freelancer, Pat McKay – Director Music Director for Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Jay Blessed – Jayblessed.com, Keishel Williams Writer/Designer for Jlehsiek, Stacey Bethel PR/EIC of Triple the Focus Magazine, Tanya – National Minority Business Council)
Online digital advancements have (and will continue to) become embedded in our constantly connected lifestyles, not only in the way we communicate with each other, but on how we consume and distribute content. Digital downloads, interactive websites, e-magazines, live streams, blogs and social media have cultivated a substantial shift in entertainment consumption. Caribbean culture is not left behind on the technical advancements and women are playing key roles in distributing content on a daily basis.
Caribbean Digital Divaswas a “no holds bar” round table discussion amongst women in Caribbean media based in New York City with special guest Pat McKay (Music Director for Sirius XM Satellite Radio) lead by me, Miss Mikelah, co-sponsored by Triple The Focus Magazine and the National Minority Business Council (NMBC Inc.) held in honor of Women’s History Month, on March 20.
The event included an intense discussion focused on how the internet has negatively and positively contributed to how people view Caribbean culture, the generational/cultural gaps with using technology to communicate and how digital advancements affects our daily lives from a personal and career perspective.
I’m extremely proud the event, I definitely have more planned in the future, so stay tuned!
There’s a new show call Island Origins making its debut online and on TV soon! Island Origins will feature people of the Caribbean Diaspora from a lifestyle perspective, giving you the inside scoop from new and familiar faces of the Caribbean. There are so many talented Caribbeans across a variety of industries, so I’m sure this [...]
Support Haitian artisans by bidding (starts at $50) on a personalized heart designed by some of your favorite American designers, Diane Von Furstenberg, Betsey Johnson, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch and the list goes on!
The Fashion for Haiti: One Million Hearts campaign is a collaboration among Urban Zen (Founded by Donna Karan), the CFDA (Council of Fashion [...]
Dress: H&M | Shoes: Nine West | Bangles: H&M | Ring: Forever 21 | Bracelet: Lia Sophia.
After a mini and semi-forced hiatus from S&V, I thought it would be good to test out my new camera and tripod (finally!) to take some outfit of the day/night, now that it’s starting to warm up. I scored this dress at [...]
The April Issue of Triple the Focus features one of my favoritie NYC DJs, Kevin Crown! He’s known to rock a crowd everytime he plays (and not the same music set everytime, like many lazy DJs), with a great movement and fan base the Natural Born Club Killer is destined for greatness in music.
EIC, Stacey Bethel announces our [...]
EatExploreLive is a blog I discovered through twitter a few months ago. What I loved about this blog was that it was an adventurous perspective to travel in the Caribbean. Quite often, travel mags cover islands from a tourist perspective, but beyond the gates of the resorts renown to most tourists, there is a rich [...]