A Conversation with Jamaican Video Blogger, Russhaine Berry aka DuttyBerry from The Dutty Berry Show
This week have a conversation with popular Jamaican Video blogger Russhaine Berry aka DuttyBerry. Many of you have seen his popular commentary after each Tessanne Chin performance on the NBC The Voice. Dutty Berry's video blogs are funny and always seems to have a pulse on what's happening with Jamaicans. Russhain is an easy going, goal oriented individual who enjoys reading, listening to music and interacting with people. He attended Excelsior High and Meadowbrook High school after which he went to the University of the West Indies to pursue a degree in Language and Communication. Many of you may be surprise to know that he was never involved with with the performing arts until he started vlogging. Here is our conversation with "Dutty Berry".
Conversation with Jamaican fashion designer and entrepreneur Ayanna Dixon
This week we speak to Jamaican fashion designer and entrepreneur Ayanna Dixon. From a very young age Ayanna has maintained an avid interest in the fashion industry. The aspiring designer and entrepreneur began her career as a fashion model, signed to Pulse Model Management, the largest modeling agency in the Caribbean. She shone on the runway, gracing the catwalk for Caribbean Fashion Week alongside top fashion models from around the world. Although she enjoyed a successful run as a Pulse model, she soon left to pursue her real passion, fashion design.
Revitalizing Jamaican Farming - Conversation with Farm Up Jamaica Project founder, Neil Curtis
This week we interview Neil Curtis founder of the "Farm Up" Jamaica project. The "Farm Up" project has a goal of starting a 5 acre non-GMO, organic onion farm to stem the importation of onions in Jamaica. A successful real estate investor and author (“NO GOD? KNOW GOD!”) of New York, with a family history in Jamaican farming, Neil has decided to take the “bull by the horns” and help tackle the current economic problems that Jamaica is facing. Understanding the family tradition of farming-to-live, Neil knows the issues being faced by Jamaica and its farmers.
Interview: Five things you did not know about Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce
We caught up with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the 2013 Hot Trot Jerk 5K Run/Walk in South Florida. She was the Grand Marshall for the Run/Walk. Shelly’s infectious smile and warm personality drew people to her. She signed autographs and playfully interacted with everyone. Here is our conversation with Shelly-Ann.
Conversation with Michael Williams from the Jamaican Ski Team - The road to 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
This week we have a conversation with Michael Williams from the Jamaican Ski Team. Michael is hoping to represent Jamaica in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Michael has been a member of the National Alpine Ski Team since August 2011. He represented Jamaica in the Participated in World Alpine Championships in Schladming, Austria. Michael is former Track & Field star and played American Football player in Europe. Here is our conversation with Michael.
Conversation with Nadine Drummond, Director/Producer of "The Children of Zion" documentary The Children of Zion
is a documentary about the pioneering Jamaicans who built the oldest Rastafari settlement in the world. Located in Shashamane in southern Ethiopia, it’s the religious and spiritual home to about 800 men, women and children. It is unique in Africa in its longevity but in a world where Bob Marley is an instantly recognizable figure, Shashamane the city that Rasta’s built remains largely unknown. Against the odds the Children of Zion have survived but in order to thrive they must overcome multiple threats to their existence.
Conversation with Dr. Delroy Brown - A Son of Jamaica’s Dry Harbour Mountains Returns to the Soil…in Brooklyn!
Dr. Delroy Brown's successful dentistry practice is a few blocks away from the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Central Brooklyn. In our conversation, he discusses his roots in the Dry Harbour Mountains of St. Ann, his transition to the United States, the impact of thoughtful and caring mentors on his life, his responsibilities as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserves, his lens on the practice of dentistry, and lessons he imparts to his children. Over the years, Dr. Brown has contributed countless hours of his expertise to Jamaicans on island via volunteer medical missions. He recently added a new priority to his already diverse portfolio: he is now working with his daughter to support her start-up businesses.
Conversation about the "Reggae Girls" with Lavern Deer, President of the Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD) Lavern Deer
This week we have a conversation with Lavern Deer, President of the Jamaica International Female Football Development (JIFFD). She is an advocate for the Jamaican Women's Football team, the Reggae Girls. JIFFD has held several fundraising events for the "Reggae Girls" as they make a push to qualify for the World Cup. Here is our conversation with Lavern.
A Conversation with "Sex, Drugs and Jerk Chicken" book author, Marcus Bird
Marcus Bird was born in Jamaica and received his degree in Film Production from Howard University in Washington D.C. He has written for Comedy Central in New York, the Jamaica Observer, several online publications and had two short stories "Gaijin Girl" and "Sleep" published in the 2010 and 2012 editions of Japanese literary journal Yomimono. He loves traveling, dabbling in languages and having great conversations.
Conversation with Jamaican actress, Marsha Campbell
Jamaican actress Marsha Campbell plays the role of young wife Donna in Aston Cooke’s latest romantic comedy “Internet Affair”. A graduate of Ardenne High School and the University of the West Indies, Marsha has twice represented the island at the Caribbean Schools’ Drama Festival in Guyana and St. Lucia. Marsha caught the attention of theatre audiences and critics alike when she appeared in Hall Anthony Ellis’ epic drama “1888”. She also appeared in Minnette Shield’s Trapped and played roles in Cooke’s “Concubine” and “Me and mi Chapsie”. Here is our conversation with Marsha Campbell.
Conversation with Andrew Newell Jamaica’s top Lawn bowls player
Meet Andrew Newell Jamaica’s top Lawn bowls player. Born in London to Jamaican parents, Andrew wants to represent Jamaica in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. His dream is to get Jamaica and inspire Jamaicans to take up the sports of Lawn bowls.
Conversation with Judith Falloon-Reid, the co-producer & screenplay writer of Jamaica's first Gospel Movie, "Just Another Friday"
This week we have a conversation with Judith Fallon-Reid, the co-producer and screenplay writer of Jamaica's first Gospel Movie, Just Another Friday. The film recently won the award for Best Jamaican Feature Film at the International Reggae Film Festival. Along with her husband, Michael Brown, they own and operate BarriVision Productions, the company that partnered with Jamaica Youth for Christ to produce the movie. Judith has over 30 years professional writing experience in a wide range of genres, from poetry and plays to news reporting and books. Judith is a marketing consultant, television producer, published author of four books, Time and Seasons, Full Circle, Here's a Hundred Dollars…Buy Yourself a Life! and Are Mirrors Cleaner in Paradise? Here is our conversation with Judith
Conversation with Jamaican singer/songwriter/actress/dancer, Toni "Bella" Blair
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican singer/songwriter/actress/dancer, Toni Blair. Many of you know her as “Bella Blair” whose popular video skits have gone viral. She has been doing music since grade school, singing in the choir and doing individual pieces in the Jamaica Development Cultural Commission (JCDC) festival competitions. She has been a successful entrant in the JCDC festival every year for the past 15 years, winning several medals & trophies in drama, music and dance.
A Conversation with Storm Saulter, Producer/Director of “Ring di Alarm” & Writer/Director “Better Mus’ Come”
This week we ask do 10 questions with Storm Saulter, Producer/Director of “Ring di Alarm” & Writer/Director “Better Mus’ Come”. A graduate of the Los Angeles Film School Storm Saulter is passionate about his work and hopes to see more films being produced regionally and a stronger integrated focus for the success of film making in the Caribbean. Storm Saulter’s “Ring di Alarm” is currently being shown at film festivals around the world and will be premiering in Jamaica soon. The film features seven short stories that show multiple facets of the Jamaican reality. The film is an anthology whereby through communal effort it was produced by six Directors and Writers each bringing their own flair to the project. We caught up with Storm on a very busy day when he was in Jamaica.
Paradise By Design: A Conversation with Negril based designer Sophie Eyssautier
Ever thought about taking a time-out from your everyday life, discarding your fears and embracing your cares to embark on your quest for your perfect little piece of paradise? Could you courageously leave behind the familiar in order to fulfill the desire to experience something a little different than maybe the sometimes spiritually cloistering routine of a 9 to 5?
Conversation with "Born in Trench Town" film director, Greg Pond
This week we have a conversation with "Born in Trench Town" film director Greg Pond. "Born in Trench Town" is a documentary about the interwoven social, political and architectural histories of one of Jamaica’s most famous districts. The documentary traverses the length of the original blocks of Trench Town, the same the course traveled by Natty Dread in Bob Marley’s song. The film take you on a tour from First to Seventh Street through the maze of holes made in the walls that separate the yards, created when it was too dangerous to walk on streets. They stop along the way, interviewing the people in order to consider the conditions that created the Trench Town of today.
Is this the future for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz? - A conversation with Craig Butler co-founder of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy
Is there hope for the Jamaica’s “Reggae Boyz”? This week we have a conversation with Craig Butler co-founder of the Phoenix All Stars Football Academy which many see as the “farm” for future “Reggae Boyz”. The Phoenix All Stars Football Academy’s main goals are to develop football players to make it professionally and secure football scholarships to colleges & universities
Interview with Monica Foderingham and Sharon Robinson, Organizers, Anancy Festival Atlanta
This week we have a conversation with Monica Foderingham and Sharon Robinson, organizers, Anancy Festival Atlanta. The Anancy festival in Atlanta is on June 15th, 2013. Here is our conversation with Monica Foderingham and Sharon Robinson.
Interview with Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith and Trinia McDonald, Organizers, Anancy Festival New York
This week we have a conversation with Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith and Trinia McDonald, Organizers, Anancy Festival New York. The Anancy festival in New York is on June 15th, 2013. Here is our conversation with Dr. Kerri-Ann Smith and Trinia McDonald.
Wanted ”Dread & Alive‘ — A Conversation with Creator, Nicholas Da Silva
An in-depth interview with Nicholas Da Silva. A complex man of many talents. Learn about the man behind the comic book series "Dread & Alive" and find out where the passion to create and to help the Children of Accompong Town comes from. Tink Diffran!
Interview with Ruth Wade Kwakwa, Organizer, Anancy Festival Accra, Ghana
This week we have a conversation with Ruth Wade Kwakwa, Organizer, Anancy Festival Accra, Ghana. The Anancy festival in Accra, Ghana is June 8th, 2013. Here is our conversation with Ruth.
Conversation with upcoming Jamaican sculptor, Dvane Cunningham
This week we have a conversation with a young upcoming Jamaican sculptor, Dvane Cunningham. The past student of Spanish Town High School has won several visual arts awards including from the JCDC and Spanish Town Homecoming. His impress sculptures make him one to watch in the future.
Jamaicans in Business: Rachael McDonald, CEO, Fundaciones El Centro and Fundaciones
Fundaciones started in 2008 as an opportunity for children of all ages to learn Spanish in an after school setting. Conceived and birthed by the dynamic and energetic educator, Rachael McDonald, Fundaciones is Spanish for ‘foundations’ and describes perfectly what students learn at their centres. Here is our conversation with Rachael McDonald, CEO, Fundaciones El Centro and Fundaciones.
Jamaicans in Business: Gordon Swaby, CEO, EduFocal
At 14, Gordon created his first major website, and at 15, he created, perhaps the largest gaming website in the English speaking Caribbean, the now defunct advance-gamers.com. Gordon is the CEO and Founder of EduFocal.com. EduFocal is an interactive learning community. The company is focused on using technology to enrich the learning experience outside of the classroom as well as to help ideate and innovate the way we move forward with technology in education.
Jamaicans in Business: Souad Lawrence, co-owner of the YEBO
Souad Lawrence is co-owner of the YEBO brand which is a signature Jamaican product. Souad and her cousin Natallie Moncrieffe, had mutual passion for handbags started YEBO in 2010. Their focus was on two varieties of bags; Totes and Clutches. Since then they have introduced fashion jewelry. There business is run primarily through their Facebook page.
Jamaicans in Business: Kirk Allen, founder of Slang Teez
This week we speak with Kirk Allen, founder of Slang Teez, a Jamaican bases T-Shirt company. Slang Teez produces custom T-shirts with the latest Jamaican slangs. Kirk came up with the idea to start putting slangs on shirts as Jamaican teenagers were always using them to communicate with each other while texting, tweeting and updating their facebook status. Slang teez has been in existence since Feb 28, 2012 and has grown rapidly over the past year. Here is our conversation with Kirk Allen.
A Conversation with the 2012 International Reggae Poster Contest Winner - Alon Braier
Recently we caught up with Alon Braier a 28 years old freelance illustrator based in Jaffa, Israel. He is the winner of the First International Reggae Poster Contest 2012. Here is our conversation with Alon.
Respec’ Bossman: An Interview with Erik Nicolaisen, the Star of The #GetHappy VW Superbowl Ad. - The Man with the Jamaican Accent
“Don’t be no cloud on a sunny day!” If you have not yet seen the Superbowl #Gethappy commercial featuring a chipper, young corporate guy from the “Gopher State,” you are missing out on your dose of happiness for the week. Actor Erik Nicolaisen, a self-proclaimed “reggae head” took great care to play the role of Dave Johnson a white man from Minnesota whose mission for a day is to spread Jamaican love to his fellow officemates. A commercial, voice over, and stage actor, Erik Nicolaisen’s work extends from lead role in Shakespeare’s Romeo to the voice of a character in a PlayStation game. He is also a seasoned artist who occasionally sketches, doodles, and paints.
Conversation with Jamaican actor, Winston "Ricky" Rowe
This week we interview Jamaican actor, Winston "Ricky" Rowe. He was very popular on the Jamaican Theatre circuit. Ricky starred in productions such as Pasa Pasa, Blazee, Oliver, Ive got your man, Perfect Blackman, Deportee, Sting, Tek Weh Yuhself, Deportee and Dancehall Ting. He is now in the United Kingdom and starting in a new play Samson and De Liar. Here is our conversation with Winston "Ricky" Rowe.
Conversation with Jamaican Award Winning Dub Poet/Spoken Word Performer Randy McLaren
This week we interview Award Winning Dub Poet/Spoken Word Performer, Randy McLaren. He is Jamaica's Youth Ambassador for Culture and Vulnerable Youth, UWI STAT Ambassador. Former Head Boy of Excelsior High School and Deputy Head Boy of Wolmer's Boys' School. In 2012 he was a part of a touring crew to the UK where he performed at events that highlighted Jamaica’s 50th year of independence including Jamaica In the Square at Victoria Park in Birmingham as well as the O2 Arena in London which played home to Jamaica House.
A Conversation with Ingrid D. Johnson - poet, spoken word recording artist, singer-songwriter, producer, social activist
Jamaican-born Ingrid D. Johnson is a Winnipeg-based, published poet, spoken word recording artist, singer-songwriter, producer, social activist, social entrepreneur, and Filmmaker. She is the owner of a socially conscious production and entertainment company called, In The Closet Productions "A Voice for The Voiceless". Here is our conversation with Ingrid D. Johnson.
Conversation with Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Kristine Alicia
This week we have a conversation with Jamaican-born singer/songwriter Kristine Alicia. Her 2008 debut studio album release Get Ready propelled Kristine Alicia into the forefront of the Caribbean gospel community. She garnered an unprecedented eight nominations at the 2009 Marlin Awards and took home both Artist of the Year and Female Reggae Vocal Performance of the Year. Kristine has collaborated with artists of the likes of Papa San, Monty G, Sherwin Gardner and Nigel Lewis.
“Likkle But She Tallawah” An Interview With a Reigning Queen: Miss Canada Petite 2012, Roushelle Green
On August 25, 2012, just a few weeks shy of the anniversary marking Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, a confident and talented young woman, Roushelle Green, was crowned Miss Canada Petite 2012. At only 19 years old, this second-year Graphic Design-Media student at Centennial College, emigrated to Canada only three years ago and has brought with her the tenacity, dedication and focus that is synonymous with her Jamaican roots. This week, we are honored to give you insight into the life of another shining Jamaican star, Miss Canada Petite, Roushelle Green.
Conversation with Lori Quast editor of fashion blog Seed of Style
It took getting a degree in Psychology for Lori Quast to realize that her only chronic illness was her addiction to fashion. “I started suffering from my addiction from an early age; it seduced me into never trying to fit in. At 13 years old I knew I wanted to help people, and I decided then to become a Therapist. Technically, I have kept my promises of helping other people. It is just that now, I believe that Fashion Therapy also plays a great role.
Jamaicans in Business: Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, co-founder of Tea and Honey Blends
This week we speak with Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, co-founder of Tea and Honey Blends, a hair care company that manufactures and retails natural hair care products for women of color. The company launched in December 2009 and has expanded its distribution to include salons, beauty boutiques and Internet sales. Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy also serves as Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Shaw University in NC State. Here is our conversation with Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy.
Interview with Jamaican Filmmaker, Toni-Ann Taylor
This week we interview Jamaican Filmmaker, Toni-Ann Taylor. She is working on her first feature film "A Way Out". The film is about two young men, living on different sides of the track who switch lives with each other. Here is our conversation with Toni-Ann Taylor.
A Conversation with Yohan ‘the Beast’ Blake
The second fastest man in the world, Jamaican sprinter Johan ‘the Beast’ Blake, not only runs for medals, he runs for causes too. The 100 and 200 metre Olympic medalist recently led a Food For The Poor 5K Walk/Run for Hunger held at Quiet Waters Park in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Jamaicans in Business: Omahar Stephenson, BusinessMatcher
This week in our “Jamaicans in Business” interview series we feature Omahar Stephenson, owner of BusinessMatcher. Born in Brooklyn, New York while his Jamaican parents were studying and working in the U.S., Omahar returned to Jamaica in 1977. After attending Wolmer’s Boys’ High School in Kingston, Omahar graduated from Florida International University (FIU) in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. After working in the hotel industry, health & wellness, and sales for almost a decade, in 2005 he decided to take a leap of faith and open an event marketing company with a college friend and new friend and emerging leader in the business networking world. Business Matcher was bor.
Jamaicans in Business: Marcia “Faye” Bent , Statutory Fingerprinting & Notary, Inc.
This week in our “Jamaicans in Business” interview series we feature Marcia “Faye” Bent owner of Statutory Fingerprinting and Notary, Inc. She founded the company in June of 1995. Here is our conversation with Marcia “Faye” Bent.
Conversation with Mike Johns Founder and President of Digital Mind State
This week we interview Mike Johns, the Founder and President of Digital Mind State, the Los Angeles based company that bridged wireless technology and hip-hop culture. A true liaison between urban youth culture and the mobile industry, Johns has been successful at building and maintaining profitable business relationship with some of the biggest company names in mobile industry including T-Mobile, Zed, Fun Mobility, Nokia, Microsoft, amongst others. Motivated by leveling the playing field of the “Digital Divide,” he’s been dubbed “ambassador” of the urban/hip-hop lifestyle segment as well he’s achieved numerous “first” in the mobile entertainment space.