A Huge Caribbean Street Food, Rum and Culture Festival Is Coming To Montreal Next Month

Carifiesta Montreal—Carifête in French—is one of the city's more engaging parades. A July tradition since 1975, it celebrates Montreal's Caribbean community with beautiful costumed carnival dancers, steel drum performances, and vibrant personalities taking part in the procession.Organizers expect up to 500,000 people lining Ste. Catherine Street for the Carifiesta 2019 parade, which kicks off on Saturday, July 6, at noon. Expect the parade to last at least two hours, with plenty of parties around the city happening after the main event. You can also drop by the Montreal Jazz Festival's outdoor perimeter before and after the Carifiesta parade to catch some live shows and free entertainment. C

Gugu Mbatha-Raw Is Set To Play a Noteworthy Jamaican Historical Figure in Period Drama 'Seacole&

The South African-British actress will star as pioneering Jamaican nurse, Mary Seacole, in the film. Gugu Mbatha-Raw continues to take on roles of black women in history we need to know about on the big screen. The South African-British actress is set to play pioneering Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole in a period drama that's in the works under producer Billy Peterson's new production banner, Racing Green Pictures, Variety reports. In Seacole, we follow Seacole who attended to and cared for wounded British soldiers during the Crimean War and found herself in dispute with Florence Nightingale—the English social reformer who's considered to be the founder of modern nursing. "Mary Seacole was an ex

An American Princess Opens Up About What It's Really Like to Marry Royalty

In the fall of 2005, when I was 21, I started a Ph.D. program in English. But within a couple of days, I’d realized that it wasn’t for me. I didn’t have a sure plan, but I knew this wasn’t a part of whatever the future held for me. Having recently completed college and just a year after traveling the world, I was brimming with confidence and feeling adventurous enough to take a big leap. I quit the program and headed home to my parents’ house in Washington, DC to figure things out. Little did I know, that decision would not just change my career and my education, but the direction of my entire life. It led me to meet—and then marry—a prince. I grew up in a close, ethnically mixed, fun-loving

Beauty Of 5: Naomi Campbell Shows Us Her Everyday Beauty Routine

Naomi Campbell’s You Tube channel, ‘Being Naomi’ is one of the greatest things to ever hit the fashion and beauty sphere of the Internet. The insanely gorgeous 49-year-old decided to grace us with her everyday beauty routine and we are thankful. She smiles into the camera and explains, “I’m going to do my quick 5 minute, no it’s more than 5 minutes, my quick few minutes makeup, I never have so much time…” From strutting down runways to her philanthropic work with various countries in Africa, we know that Ms. Campbell stays busy. She starts with NARS Matte Concealer Amande ($30.00, sephora.com) and begins to dab under her eyes. She shares, “I always think it’s important to do the t-zone, a li

Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways

State Senator James Sanders Jr. (D-Far Rockaway) will give a glimpse into the Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways when he hosts a kick-off for the third annual event in collaboration with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), the Rockaway Development Revitalization Corporation (RDRC), the Parks Department, and Midday Medley 93.5 FM. The Senator’s preview will include masqueraders in brightly colored costumes as well as island food and music. We are excited to welcome FITBK / FITQB in collaboration with VP Records as they present Soca Gold Fitness 2019, a Cardio Dance Fitness workout to the hottest Soca Gold 2019 songs to get you ready for the road at Carnival. The

How Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty delivered ‘Beauty for All’ — and a wake-up call to the industry

The first time we showed the Fenty Beauty campaign trailer internally, a room full of business leaders, including myself, got very emotional. It was the first time underrepresented, underserved women and cultures were featured in a global prestige beauty campaign. We knew the brand would touch women’s hearts around the world, but we had no idea of the greater impact our work would ultimately have. There was no precedent to our radical approach to inclusivity. We had to break and disrupt all the traditional marketing rules and carve a new path. The results exceeded all of our expectations. In our first year of business, Fenty Beauty became the biggest beauty brand launch in YouTube history, d

Celebrating Our Caribbeanness

Caribbean identity becomes confusing for the individual that doesn't under the Caribbean diaspora link to its African roots. Our African lineages integrate into our Caribbean identity that we globally and proudly carry with us. Enhance. Explore. Empower.

Why This Mexican Village Celebrates Juneteenth: Descendants of slaves who escaped across the southe

The morning before Juneteenth, Corina Harrington and her sister Miriam Torralba left San Antonio shortly after sunrise and headed south to Mexico, retracing a portion of the same route their African American ancestors followed in 1850 when they escaped slavery in the United States and fled to freedom south of the border. The sisters arrived around midday at their father’s house in the ranching village of Nacimiento de los Negros in Coahuila, about three hours south of Eagle Pass. As afternoon drifted toward evening, the blue silhouettes of the Sierra Madres were all but obscured by clouds, as siblings, cousins, extended family members, and childhood friends kept arriving in twos, threes, or

The 30th Annual Tribute To The Ancestors Of The Middle Passage.

On Saturday, June 7, 2019, began at 12 noon and ended at 6:00 pm, the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective along with Medgar Evers College Student Government Association and Akeem Productions paid tribute during the 30th Annual Tribute to the Ancestors. It was a day of remembrance, reflection, meditation, and celebration in honor of those who died during the voyage of the Atlantic slave trade. The celebration also honor those who dedicate their lives to the struggle of the African people worldwide. The waters of Coney Island witnessed over 1,000 of the Middle Passage survivors. While in 1444, began the opening of the Middle Passage, and did not end until the late 19th century, pa

Jamaican Music Festival: It may have rained but not on this parade

What started out as a beautiful day full of sunshine quickly turned into a downpour, like a tropical storm. Though the weather turned on a dime the mood at the Jamaican music festival in Queens didn’t. The sun was shining from within as the people danced to good music and generated good vibes. Nestled in Roy Wilkins Park in Jamaica, Queens, The Jamaican Music Festival featured Derrick Morgan, Johnny Clarke, Tanya Stephens, D’Angel, Macka Diamond, Coco Tea, Tony Rebel and many more. The festival was full of music lovers who came to listen to the sounds from the island of wood and water. In the middle of the show the rain came down like a monsoon but that didn’t turn people away as two iconic

Reggae Girlz Made History: The First Caribbean Nation to Qualify for a Senior FIFA Women’s World Cup

FIFA Women’s World Cup record Twenty-one years after the men’s side first played at the FIFA World Cup™ in France, Jamaica's women’s team will, coincidentally, also be making their global finals debut in the European country. A spirited side, the Reggae Girlz made history by becoming the first Caribbean nation to qualify for a senior FIFA Women’s World Cup™ after finishing third at the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship. Sixteen-year-old forward Jody Brown, who put in a string of impressive performances, was named best young player of the tournament. The road to France Jamaica had to navigate through the Caribbean zone of qualifying just to get to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship. The Regga

A Timeless Beauty

JoAni Johnson is a first generation American whose parent hailed from the island of water and wood, Jamaica. She was raised in Harlem and hung out at Studio 54 during Warhol’s heyday Now at 67 years young, she’s come out of semi-retirement for a completely unexpected modeling career. Johnson enters an industry unsure of what to do with her story. The odds would typically be stacked against her: She’s in her seventh decade of life and stands tall at 5’4” (and a half). And yet, following a viral 2016 Allure video, walking for contemporary and emerging designers including Caribbean pop star turned fashion designer Robyn Rhianna Fenty. In 2016, while walking down the streets of Chelsea in Manh

Caribbean Professional Mix-n-Mingle Soiree, Tuesday, July 9th, 6-10 pm

Spend an evening to Mix-n-Mingle with Caribbean professionals from all over the New York, Tuesday July 9, 2019, from 6-10 pm. Enjoy the cool vibe of Suite 704 Caribbean Resturant, 704 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, while you enjoy their specialty drinks and Caribbean-centered cruisine. Our guests businesses are Mary Lafayette, Founder/Creative Director for Lafayette Creative Group and Imani Jones, Event Producer at The X Shows, Marketing Consultant at FYID NYC, Fashion & Portrait Photographer. RSVP at caribememag@gmail.com or Eventbrite.

In Chicago, Afro-Latinos carve a space to express their identity

Raquel Dailey and Rebecca Wooley, founders of BoriquaChicks.com.Courtesy of Raquel Dailey and Rebecca Wooley For Edgar Bautista, 25, also known as Jubal, every day in Chicago feels like “living in two different worlds.” “I’m a black Latino and I speak both Spanish and English fluently,” he said. “I would say Spanish is my first language, but if you listen to my English, you can’t tell I’m from somewhere else.” The aspiring hip-hop artist was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Chicago at a young age. “There’s a small community of Dominicans in Chicago, but we all pretty much know each other and it’s all confined to specific neighborhoods,” he said. He grew up in the city's North Side

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