This year was St. Thomas Carnival's 60th anniversary. I usually don't attend carnival at home (St. Thomas) as often as I do other islands...the vibes are just different. Not better or worst...just different. I was very hopeful this year... I expected BIG tings and they kinda delivered. 

I lost the battery for my camera in  Trinidad so I don't have many pics. Here is how is spent my time at home for our carnival's 60th:

We didn't wasted any time. My first night is a blur. We started at Yatch Haven Grande for a Jazz on the Green type show. It was pretty cool. There was a nice turn out and the music was good! We moved on to Hubbly Bubbly Hookah Lounge for hummus and hookah. From there we ended up in Palm Passage at birthday party for a woman that I didn't not know. Even though we looked like the youngest party goers, we fit right in and it was perfect. You know old folks can party and the old men have lyrics cyan done.  One older man asked me:
                              Old man: " Hi, do you keep the bottom on your feet smooth?'
                              Me: "um..yesss??"
                              Old man: "good, cause they would feel nice and smooth on my shoulders!"

I nearly died with laughter... and threw up a little in my mouth. I think I made him mad. He was sooo confident. Anyway, we danced, ate cake and I meet the birthday girl who I feel in love with. She is an amazing artist who can party.
 Sis, me and Glenda (below) at the bday party

Still on the move, we went to the carnival village to see Burning Flames mash up da place. They never disappoint. Wadadli massive was getting it in and we had a blast. Our last stop was a Santo (Dominican) bar/club. Lawd...these people can party. We left at 4am and they were still going.

The next day we woke up to no electricity so we spent the day on the beach.
Vessup Beach

My daddy made us a real Caribbean (Antiguan) breakfast which consisted of saltfish, boiled dumpling (wheat), sweet potato, boiled plantains, dasheen, spinach and boiled egg which I didn't have. YUMMY!! I couldn't move for an hour after I devoured this plate of food.  LOL!
Glenda, I'm on the second page of my invoice to you. My dear friend had the idea to introduce the all inclusive jouvert band, J'ouvertnation, to St. Thomas' carnival. The next  4 day was consumed with planning promoting and executing J'ouvertnation.  Between doing radio interviews and decorating our Double Decker trolley... I felt like I need a vacation while on vacation. All in all, J'ouvertnaion was a success. St. John carnival is next!

We played mas with Real Mas... much drama, but by the end of parade day, the rum numbed all the burns I got from the glue gun and the fact that the music truck experienced technical difficulties. Sugar Band indirectly saved us. Playing mas with Real Mas started out rough but I ended up having a pretty good time... will definitely play mas with them again.

My sis and I

Tahmin and I

Overall, I had a good time. The best part was making new friends while reconnecting with friends I haven't seen in YEARSSSSSS!
I guess I should start planning my Atlanta Carnival 2012 weekend. I'll be working so what ever I do must be worth my time and my money. Decisions decisions....







SUNDAY MAY 27, 2012

MONDAY MAY 28, 2012

It’s official… DC carnival will be… in BALTIMORE this year, and it won’t happen in June but… in JULY!

This will not affect Virgin Islands Association’s Friday night boat ride or the Sunday picnic.

It's that time of year where I pack up my Georgy bungle and head to NYC for PanJazz. I'm looking forward to Allison Hinds' contribution this year!

Music The Original Social MediaWhat connects us with old friends and new ones alike, we use it to break up to make up and take up. It can start a revolution and yet end wars or just make us feel - No, it's not facebook or twitter we're talking music. This June 16th, Abstract Entertainment presents Pan Jazz 2012's production of Music - the original social media. Music IS indeed the original social media and we once again celebrate it's hypnotic unifying grip that transcends time and borders with the stylings of the simply electrifying Soca Queen Alison Hinds and the thought elevating rebel sounds of Thandiswa Mazwai - backed by an all star Caribbean ensemble led by Etienne Charles, Victor Provost, Leon Foster Thomas, Ronald Boo Hinkson with guest South African bassist, composer, vocalist… Bakithi Kumalo and more will take you on this year’s Journey, “Music The Original Social Media”

Start the experience off right by attending the Complimentary World Pre-Concert Reception. The Pre-Concert Reception will feature tastings from various indigenous restaurants in and around New York City featuring Caribbean and South African delights. Reception Kicks off at 4:30pm in the Jazz at Lincoln Center Atrium on the 5th Floor.

Alison Hinds
ALISON HINDS, a true Caribbean Queen, came to the throne thru SOCA (popular dance music of the Southern Caribbean) that is rapidly gaining popularity among music lovers around the globe. It is a sexy music known for its infectious rhythms and spirited spicy lyrics that inspires jubilant audience participation albeit with waving hands and flags to swaying hips, all in a ritualistic celebration that exemplifies life today in the Caribbean and is synonymous with Caribbean Carnival celebrations worldwide
Thandiswa Mazwai

Following in the footsteps of artists like Miriam Makeba, Dorothy Masuka and Brenda Fassie, singer and songwriter Thandiswa Mazwai is one of the most popular female musicians in South Africa today. Previously the lead vocalist of award-winning group Bongo Maffin, with whom she played a part in the foundation of the Kwaito music scene, Mazwai has enjoyed a great deal of success since she launched her solo career. She received a Metro FM award for Best Female Vocalist in 2004 after the release of her debut solo album, Zabalaza, an achievement that was followed up in 2005 at the South African Music Awards, where she won the Best Female Artist and Best African Adult Contemporary awards.
Ticket Outlets
New York City

Jazz at Lincoln Box Office
Time Warner building
60th Street & Broadway 
 212 721 6500

Negril Village Restaurant 
70 West 3rd street
212 -477-2804


Sugar Cane Restaurant 
238 Flatbush Ave
Brooklyn NY
718 230 3954

Allans Bakery
1109 Nostrand Ave
Brooklyn NY 7

Tropical Paradise Restaurant
1252 Utica Ave
Brooklyn NY 11203

I've had a hard time finding info on the village schedule and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Here it is: Monday April 23rd 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.: One Blood 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Ace Empire 10:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.: Daddy Jones 12:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.: Sugar Band Tuesday April 24th 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Sleepless Knights 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Juan Castillo 10:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.: Carimi 12:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.: Ah We Band Wednesday April 25th 5:30 p.m. to Until: Red Lion Sound 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Top Notch 9:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Nina Nyce 10 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Nadia Batson 12 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.: Tizzy & El A Kru ... I heard they can't make it and will be replaced with Cool Session Brass 2 a.m. - 3:30 a.m.: Red Hot Thursday April 26th 5:30 p.m. to Until: After Dark Sound 8 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.: Volume 10 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Jam Band 2 a.m. - 2 a.m.: Poizon Friday April 27th 5 p.m. to Until: DJ Pete 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Rudy 8:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.: Spectrum 10:30 p.m. - 12 a.m.: Destra 12:30 a.m. - 2 a.m.: Small Ax Saturday April 28th 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.: Full Circle 9 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.: Fireworks 10 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.: Calypso Show 12 a.m. - 2 a.m.: Triple K
I tried to go see this movie while I was in Trinidad for carnival...didn't happen :(  Looks like I'll miss it again cause I'll be at another carnival. Hopefully, you all go see it and they make so much money that they keep it for another couple weeks LOL. Or, an Atlanta showing would be nice *wink wink.*

Words by LargeUp

We’ve been huge fans and supporters of Roger Alexis’ “Santana” shorts so as soon as we found out the badbwoy Trini puppet and viral video sensation was getting his own full-on feature film, we knew we wanted to be involved in some way. We’re excited to announce that Flatbush Film Festival organizers CariBBeing will be bringing I’m Santana to New York for its U.S. debut this month. LargeUp is the official media sponsor for the screenings, which will be held at the Rerun Theater in Dumbo, Brooklyn, on April 17 (9 p.m.) and 18 (6 and 7:45 p.m.); Pulse 48 (formerly CPAC) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, on April 19 (6:30 p.m.) and 20 (7 and 8:45 p.m.); and the Maysles Cinema in Harlem, on Sunday April 22 (3:30 and 5 p.m.). Get your tickets here and stay tuned for more details here on LargeUp, and on CariBBeing’s Facebook. In the meantime, keep yourself occupied with the trailer and our interview with creator Roger Alexis!

SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2012 Paradise Troupe & Mocko Jumbies R Us are... giving you choices for Atlanta Carnival 2012.
They will be at Thomas Bakery (4051 Covington Hwy - Decatur, GA 30032) on Saturday, April 7th from 2PM - 4PM.

Come see our costumes for Atlanta Carnival 2012 and secure your spot!!!

An $80 deposit will be required to join the troupe & a $35 deposit will be required to join the mocko jumbies!

Paradise Troupe & Mocko Jumbies R Us on deh road with Supa Tek of Deathzone Sounds!!

It's going to be mas again!!!!!!
(Canary Yellow/Neon Green)

2 Piece Only:
- Regular Bikini Bottom
- Hot Pants Bottom
- Boy short Bottom
(Canary Yellow/Orange)

This style is available in 2 piece or 1 piece.

... 2 Piece Options are:
- Regular Bikini Bottom
- Hot Pants Bottom
- Boy short Bottom

1 piece options available are:
- 1 Piece w/sides cut out
- 1 piece w/bikini bottom
- 1 Piece w/boy short bottom
Lawd...I need to do more cardio...
Directed by : Machel Montano, Peter C. Lewis & Corwin Thorpe

Last weekend I saw Stick Fly on Broadway. All I knew was that Alicia Keys was one of the producers and the dude from Psych was in it (Juliette is obsessed with him). I had absolutely no expectations but I knew it had to be good if Juliette wanted to see it for a second time (I'm sure DulĂ© Hill was the main reason LOL).

I've seen several plays on Broadway and this is up there close to the top of my list. I will admit that by intermission I was a little worried and felt like I was watching your typical black reality show on Bravo or VH1. By the end...I wanted more! The entire cast was on point and the plot and characters developed so beautifully, that I forgot about my Bravo/VH1 theory. Patience...

They were all sooo good! I would absolutely see it again!!!!

Alicia Keys will lead intimate post-show conversations with the cast and special guests! 
Monday, February 6 at 7pm 
Sunday, February 26 at 7:30pm

Cort Theatre
138 West 48th Street
New York, NY 10036
Learning to contour your face can be life changing. Contouring my cheeks and highlighting under my eyes are a must. It makes a huge difference with out piling on the makeup and looking over done. Here is a good guide to get started:

“This is the infamous contour and highlight guideline made by the amazing Kevyn Aucoin”.

The main idea behind contouring is to use darker shades to recede certain areas of the face and lighter ones to highlight others. When using contours and highlights, the general notion is to transform the face into the “ideal” shapes—almond for the eyes and oval for the face. The reason these are considered ideal is based on their symmetry

This technique is good for people who want more definition to their face. It also has a slimming effect if that is what you are going for. This technique doesn’t have to be only for the well on the cleavage too!


Women beauty
When you contour you will change, accentuate, hide, strengthen and define your face

Think of contouring as painting a blank canvas. You apply foundation to even out your complexion. Then think of creating shape to your face.
The main principle is this:
  • Dark shading will make facial features recede
  • Light shading will make facial features more prominent


  1. Your true foundation color that matches your skin exactly

  2. Your contour color that should be 2 shades darker than your foundation and with the same undertone

  3. Your highlighting color that should be 1 to 2 shades lighter than your foundation and with the same undertone


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Follow the diagram below for your face shape to show you the placement of the contouring shade and the highlighting shade. Make sure you blend really well so the edges completely disappear so you don't end up with foundation lines.




Oval face shape contouring

An oval-shaped face is usually broader at the cheeks, tapering in slightly at both the forehead and the chin. Because of its symmetry, you do not need to contour and highlight your face. An oval face can support most makeup trends - whoohoo!


Diamond face shape contouring

Contour at the cheeks to minimize width.

Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the center of your face.





Rectangle Face Contouring

Contour on the corners of either side of your forehead and across the hairline.

Contour on either side of your jaw blending up to the bottom of your ear.

Highlight your forehead,under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.


Oblong Face Shape Conturing

across the lower section of your chin to shorten your face length

Apply Blush to the apples of your cheek to widen your face.


Heart Face Shape Contouring

The heart-shaped face is wide at the forehead and curves down to a pointed or narrow chin, like an inverted triangle. If you have a heart-shaped face:

Contour at the temples and cheeks to diminish the width of your upper face.

Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.


Contour on the jawline and cheeks to minimize the width.

Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.


Square Face Shape Contouring
A square-shaped face is the same width at the forehead, the cheeks and the jaw. If you have a square-shaped face:

Contour on the corners of either side of your forehead

Contour on either side of your jaw blending up to the bottom  of your ear

Highlight your forehead, under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.


Round Face Shape Contouring

A round-shaped face is fuller, shorter, fairly wide, with full cheeks and a rounded chin.

Contour to your temples, cheeks and jawline to create the illusion of an oval.

Highlight your forehead,under your eyes and your chin to draw attention to the centre of your face.