About a month ago, I spent a jam packed weekend in NYC. I saw Fences with Denzel Washington, Alvin Aliey at BAM, had more passion fruit sangria at Cafe Espanol  and  Panjazz at Lincoln Center. We had an early dinner  at The Stanton Social before going to Panjazz.

Rather than offering individual starters and main courses, The Stanton Social serves dishes that are designed for sharing among friends and are brought to the table steadily and continuously throughout the meal.

Red Snapper Tacos - creamy avocado & spicy mango

Social Mac and Cheese

French Onion Soup Dumplings

Grilled apple & brie Quesadilla

Rhode Island Style Lobster Roll, chips and Kobe Beef Burger

Cucumber-Vanilla Cosmopolitan 
Pineapple 75 Martini 

Blood Orange - Jalapeño Margarita

Guava Cinnamon Margarita
The French Onion Soup Dumplings were amazing. The dumplings popped in your mouth, filling it with french onion soup. DELICIOUS! The Social mac and cheese was also good. My fav cocktail was the Pineapple 75 Martini. The Blood Orange Margarita  with jalapeño-infused Milagro Reposado was not so delicious. We had a few other items we ate before I remembered I was on photographer duty. I had the Strawberry Fields cocktail was just OK. We ate the Grilled Ovendried Tomato Pizzetta which was like flat-bread topped with mozzarella and roasted garlic. The atmosphere: nice, food: good and drinks: yummy. I would definitely visit again.
Here is a list of fetes for Spice Mas 2010 in Grenada for their carnival. There are 3 different Glow/wear white fetes in one night. I guess they  make it easy to do some fete hopping.

via: Party Grenada

Mr. Roots did it again!

Mr. Dale and Tian's are my fav...
After seeing FELA! on Browdway a few months ago, I became obsessed. I found Afro Treats by  Dj Dhundee where he compiled songs that sampled Fela's music from artists like Mos Def, Jay Z, Missy Elliott and The Roots.

AFRO TREATS track-listing

( Intro taken from Fela's "Music Is The Weapon" )
1. I Will Not Appologize (Featuring Porn & Dice Raw) - The Roots
2. Smithzonian Institute Of Rhyme - Blackalicious
3. Colonial Mentality - Fela Kuti
4. Whatcha Gon' Do F. Timbaland - Missy Elliot
5. Roc Boys (Mike Love's Nigerian Gangster remix ft. Fela Kuti) - Jay-Z
6. Water No Get Enemy - D'Angelo, Femi Kuti & Macy Gray Feat. Roy Hargrove, Nile Rodgers
7. This Is Sad - Fela Ransome Kuti & Nigeria 70
8. Fela - Lukid
9. By Your Side (Cottonbelly's Fola Mix) [Edit] - Sade
10. No Agreement - Res, Tony Allen, Ray Lema, Baaba Maal, Positive Black Soul & Archi
11. Heat - Common
12. Let's Start (Fela Kuti Tribute) - J.Period & K'NAAN
13. Fear Not of Man - Fela Kuti
14. Fear Not of Man - Mos Def
15. Upside Down - Fela Kuti
16. Upside Down - The Daktaris
17. Tears + Sorrow - Common, Me'Shell Ndeg�Ocello & Djelimady Tounkara
18. Shuffering And Shmiling - Fela Kuti
19. Pass That Dutch (PTA MIX) - Missy Elliot
20. MAW Expensive (A Tribute To Fela) - Masters At Work Feat. Wunmi
21. Zombie, Pt. 2 - Roy Hargrove & Money Mark Nile Rodgers

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This is the plan...

St. George’s Grenada, July 5, 2010- Monday Night Mas enthusiasts can look forward to an Explosion of Colour as Digicel, Flow and Westerhall Rums brings a Kaleidoscope of colour to the 2010 Monday Night Mas Parade.

The band was launched during a press conference held at Digicel’s Headquarters on Monday 5th July 2010. The Explosion of Colour pack includes a T- shirt, Lighted Multi Coloured top-hat with glowing stings’, Multi functional and  multi coloured lighted baton, Glow party mug from FLOW, assortment of Westerhall Estate Rums including unlimited refills during the parade, and a water bottle, bandana or water proof pouch compliment Digicel.

The band will be powered by the Waggy T Sound Company and patrons can expect performances from the 2010 top Soca Artist throughout the parade.

To add even more glow, lights and fanfare to the night, patrons can look forward to additional giveaways from the sponsors throughout the parade.

Packs will go on sale as early as next week and masqueraders can expect to pay approximately $60 in addition to VAT.

Carnival is Colour! Digicel, Flow and Westerhall Rum promises to bring an Explosion of Colour to Spice Mas 2010.

via: barnaclegrenada.com
Since this will be my first  Spice Mas, I'm trying to get familiar with some of the soca tunes for this carnival season. Sounding good so far...

I'm also excited about playing j'ouvert and Monday night mas.

Many revellers begin their Carnival marathon at the Dimarche Gras Show and continue straight into the J’Ouvert celebrations, where in the early hours of Monday morning,
Blackened with stale molasses, tar, grease, creosote or mud, and wearing little more than their horned helmets, these masqueraders in previous times set out to terrify onlookers with their grotesque appearance and repulsive dances.
In modern times, the traditional Jab-Molassi have mutated into other creatures of colour, with Blue, Yellow and Green Devils joining in the early morning parade. These colourful devils are much more playful in character, wanting only to dab a bit of their body paint onto unsuspecting bystanders, as they dance through the streets to the rhythms of the accompanying drums, steel bands and calypsos from huge DJ trucks. 
The Ole Mas bands are the only other inhabitants in the early morning, bringing international and local events to the fore through their double entendre (or double talk) placards and satirical costumes.
Carnival Monday ends with the Monday Night Mas' street jump-up, where party goers in brightly coloured T-shirt bands, wave fluorescent wands and dance through the streets into the wee hours of the Tuesday morning.

So far, I like Pupa Leendi : Ragging jab jab.

Now, I have to do some research on things to do and places to see while in Grenada...

music via: socafreak.com
via: spicemasgrenada.com
Ok... I had really like Still Jamming.
"I hear di weatherman say... dat no carnival deh cause too much heat dung dey ey ey"
" Mr. Man must be mad nothing stop carnival we still jammin all day"

But I'm loving Dung Dey.
"digi digi dung dey"
"don vex if I wine on your sweet man...me and meh crew getting on BAD BAD BAD"

I need to see the dance for this song. I'm officially hype for Antigua's carnival!

Back in May,  I shared Problem Child's new song, Delinquent. This big chune is produced by fellow Virgin Islander, Kamau Georges. Here's the video.

Problem Child - DELINQUENTS from Jomol James on Vimeo.

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You must see this collection. All of her pieces are amazing. I love the color and the fluidity of the fabrics she uses.

In 1998, Folake Folarin-Coker launched Tiffany Amber revolutionizing the fashion industry in Nigeria. Having spent most of her childhood in Europe, and exploring diverse cultures she has successfully translated her love for different cultures into an  iconic fashion brand in Africa.

Every collection shows the designer’s love for luxurious fabric and intricate embellishment from all over the world whilst at the same time instilling her African heritage to produce timeless , feminine and effortlessly stylish pieces.

Tiffany Amber is an international award winning label - an accolade that was received by designer Folake Folarin-Coker who was awarded Designer of the Year 2009/2010 at the Arise Africa fashion week in South Africa.

Following her success in New York, and as the only African based designer to have shown twice at New York fashion week the brand has been a magnet for the press with numerous features and interviews globally from, CNN, BBC, The New York Post, WWD (Womens Wear Daily), Style.com, Intrend Magazine, Marie Claire, Essence and Arise Magazine.

WOMENS WEAR DAILY New York tagged the Spring /Summer collection 2009 at New York fashion week as the most successful line,” …displaying the best balance of fashion and tradition with elegantly simple basic shapes rendered in beautiful fabric with intricate beading.”

Tiffany amber collection has shown in over 40 fashion events such as the Mnet Face of Africa, Cape town Fashion week, Durban fashion week, New York Fashion week and many more.
 Fall/Winter 2010

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