Crystal BynoeYoung women face an immense amount of pressure when it comes to being “liked” and “accepted,” by their peers, by the opposite sex, and by society in general.

The young woman who chooses to dress modestly is called a “prude” and “boring,” while the young woman who dares to wear makeup or show some skin is called a “thot” or regarded as “easy.”


calypso music pioneersOctober is Calypso Music Month in the Caribbean; a 31-day celebration of the musical genre known as Calypso.

Calypso music is a style of Afro-Caribbean music which originated in Trinidad and Tobago and dates back to the 19th century.

Influenced by the African and the French population on the island, it became known as “the voice of the people,” giving them a chance to express themselves through song.


Caffery-Vanhorne-888x500Two nicknames given to him during childhood-one by his grandmother, the other by his friends-are largely responsible for the flair for fashion that Caffery Van Horne possesses today.

His grandmother called him “Clive,” and his friends called him “Jet Setter.” As Van Horne grew older, the nicknames developed into an alter ego, and a stylish one at that.


yona-knight-wisdomIt’s a beautiful thing when Caribbean islands come together to celebrate milestone achievements and history-making.

As the twin island of Trinidad and Tobago recently opened the doors to  its new National Aquatic Centre, a son of Jamaican soil was there to celebrate right along with his Caribbean neighbours.


gaston browneThe twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is setting its sights on “becoming the economic powerhouse of the Caribbean” by pushing for a lucrative film industry.

Film producer Rudy Langlais (his work includes The Hurricane and Sugar Hill) along with his business partners, entrepreneur Valmiki Kempadoo, veteran film executive Neil Sacker and veteran film producer Don Allan have closed an equity financing agreement with the government of Antigua and Barbuda.


steven willisWhen America isn’t murdering black men, it is wrongfully incarcerating them.

This is the view of Steven Willis, spoken word poet and truth-teller. Willis explores the other dark side of being a black man, targeted, and often robbed of his life, if not by guns, by handcuffs and prison bars. With poetic verse, he pays homage to his “county cousins;” to young men who, at 18, before they even have the chance to taste life, have lost their freedom. With poetic verse, he calls out the warped criminal justice system, framing black men for crimes that they did not commit.


zianna oA video featuring the speech of 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant at a recent Charlotte City Council meeting has been circulating on the web for the past few days, moving some to anger and others to tears.

The meeting took place in the wake of the shooting death of Charlotte Resident Keith Lamont Scott, who was unarmed and reading a book at the time that he was killed by police.


ava dAva DuVernay is certainly a busy body, what with serving as director and executive producer of OWN’s Queen Sugar and and directing A Wrinkle in Time for Disney. Add the debut of her new Netflix documentary to that growing list of projects, and you’ve got one unstoppable black woman in Hollywood.

Fans are awaiting with bated breath the documentary that highlights the negative effects of mass incarceration.


JenellBStewart2Many of our readers may already know the name Jenell B. Stewart, particularly the naturalistas. If the name doesn’t sound familiar to some of you, we’re about to tell you all about this phenomenal woman and what she does.

Stewart is the founder of KinkyCurlyCoilyMe, a website that provides a forum for black women with all hair types to come together and share their hair experiences.


hammer and nailsMichael Elliot has already gained recognition and respectability as a Hollywood screenwriter, having worked on films such as Like Mike, Just Wright and Brown Sugar. What many do not know, however, is that he is fast becoming one of the leading names in men’s grooming.

Elliot is the owner of Hammer and Nails, a spa for men located on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. When he first came up with the idea, he presented it on ABC’s Shark Tank, but was told by industry titans on the show that “the idea wouldn’t fly,” and was turned down.