All of these celebrities have that red, black and white flowing through their veins, either from their parents or being born in one of the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago. As we celebrate the

IMG_0816This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending one of the most hyped up and talked about festivals of the summer for the kinky-curly community: Curl Fest! This was my first time attending, and I honestly didn’t know what to expect. I underwent a mini heart attack earlier in the summer when the initial fest was canceled due to rain. However, this past Saturday, it was a sunny 86 degrees and afros were flourishing everywhere!

Located at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Curl Fest brought hundreds of women, children, and even men all around together for one cause: to celebrate hair, happiness, and culture. This festival included plenty of vendors such as a fab eyeglass line named Spread LA, a bomb lipstick line called The Lip Bar, and an awesome designer named Pauline Asmah, just to mention a few.

The lines at Curl Fest were never-ending; from waiting to be checked in, to waiting to get your awesome goodie bag, curly-haired women swarmed the premises with nothing but positive vibes. Speaking of the goodie bag, I received an adorable pink tote from Carol’s Daughter that had about over 20 samples and even regularly sized products all for my hair! (I couldn’t believe what I walked home with.)

nicki-minage-27Today marks 53 years since Trinidad and Tobago, the beloved country of my birth, obtained its independence. Dressed in my red, black and white, I feel an intense sense of pride and patriotism.

My country is young yet, and still striving toward first world status. As we do so, we face many challenges. As a people we must first learn to stand with and not against each other, regardless of race or creed, in order to move forward. Even as we celebrate this day, we begin a week that is fraught with uncertainty, as one week from now, we will be starting a new chapter prior to our country’s general elections. Nevertheless, today is a celebratory day for T&T, and in honor of 53 years of labor pains, here are ten ways to identify the typical Trini.

Milan Dixon The Las Vegas-born 5’10 velvet-skinned beauty has graced the covers of Elle South Africa and Ebony Magazine. Look out for big things from her during the rest of 2015 and beyond. Winnie Harlow Chantelle Brown-Young, aka

_DSC1150Afropunk is one of the biggest multi-cultural events to take place in Brooklyn, NY. There is good music, beautiful people and pride for ones culture oozing from every person in attendance. This year was no different. Statements of Black pride, power and perseverance filled the atmosphere. Enjoy our gallery of all the wonderful sights we had the pleasure of capturing during this year’s Afropunk Festival. My favorite part was definitely the Queen, Lauryn Hill, performing some of her hits. Make sure you check out the videos at the end.

RootsmanOn the evening of August 21, 2015, the Caribbean lost one of the pioneers and unsung heroes of soca music. Yafeu Osei, better known by the sobriquet “Rootsman,” passed peacefully at his home after a long struggle with diabetes. He was 64.

The Tobago-born calypsonian’s career dates back to the 1970s, and he is the Godfather of what is now known as “groovy soca.” Among his noteworthy offerings are Rack Meh Rack Meh, Miami Vibes, and Party Rock, all of which stay true to his signature party brand of Calypso.

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Today marks the 14th anniversary of the death of Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the undisputed princess of R&B.

Though it has been many years since her debut on the music scene, I remember it as though it were yesterday. The year was 1994. I was still in elementary school, and when I first saw her and heard her music, I thought she was just about the dopest thing I had ever seen. She had a fresh sense of style and poise that belied her youthful age. Such an influence and impact did her style have on me that to this day I still sometimes wear my hair the way she wore hers, and I still have a preference for black clothing, as did she.

dashikiOkay, so my Friday was shaping up to be a mellow one. Nothing to trigger a rant. Then Satan, like the busy little bee he is, decided to cut the mellow short and bring up something rant-worthy in the form of a tweet from the Canadian wing of pop culture magazine Elle.

Apparently, the folks over at Elle Canada have gone and lost their damn minds, since, in the aforementioned tweet, they claimed that the Dashiki, a garment that originated in West Africa, is fashion’s latest “It” item.

It’s bad enough that they’ve already celebrated surgically enhanced lips, butts and hips on the faces and bodies of women of ethnicities outside of black, while disregarding or ridiculing such features when they are seen on black women. It’s bad enough that they have given the credit of cornrows and braids to the likes of Bo Derek and Kylie Jenner. But this, my friends, is an insult to the African community and by extension, an insult to every person of African descent.

2015 has thus far been a mournful year for the black community, with the loss of so many black lives as a result of ignorance and hate. Like stars shining through the darkest night sky,

Jmonae (2)Classy, soulful, phenomenal songbird Janelle Monáe has been on an ass-kicking tour fighting for our rights as Black Americans. Her eight-city tour is all for the upcoming Wondaland Records album The Eephus which features Janelle as well as the rest of her amazingly afro-futuristic talented artists.

Her secret concerts have been getting a huge buzz. Her daily protests before hitting the stage have been circulating on all forms of social media. Monáe and her crew are here to remind the country that #BlackLivesMatter and we refuse to let you forget about it!