Trinidad_+_Tobago+Carnival 2017 in Trinidad and Tobago is rapidly approaching, and with just a few days of festivities left before we say goodbye to the “Merry Monarch” for yet another year, we’re taking in as much “vibes” as we can get.

This Carnival season’s music has been particularly catchy, making Carnival lovers that much more eager to hit the road come February 27 and 28.

angela-hunteAngela Hunte, the singer/songwriter best known for penning the Jay-Z/Alicia Keys mega hit “Empire State of Mind” has every intention of becoming a globally-recognized artist, putting out music that people all over the world can relate to and enjoy.

She is also determined to put Soca music, Trinidad and Tobago’s signature sound, on the world map. 

usain bEven the fastest man alive is getting ready for “The Greatest Show on Earth,” otherwise known as Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival celebrations.

The Olympic Gold Medalist recently posted snippets of himself, accompanied by his friends, en route to the twin island , informing his fans that his plans for the weekend involved spending it participating in the world’s largest and most colorful street party.

rihanna 2017Barbadian superstar Rihanna has been named the 2017 Harvard University Humanitarian of the Year, as recently announced by The Harvard Foundation.

The Work singer is being awarded for her philanthropic efforts and support of education and healthcare in the Caribbean and developing countries.

fantastic fridayIt’s Fantastic Friday in Trinidad and Tobago; the day that kicks off a four-day weekend during which the world’s largest street party (also known as Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival) will take place.

If you’re headed to the twin island today, you’re just in time for a plethora of concerts and activities. Here are a few that you might want to consider checking out.

J. bennett‘”When I was born my mother’s smile was so bright it knocked the air from my lungs, and I haven’t been able to breathe right since.”

-Joshua Bennett

There can be no correct combination of words to truly and accurately describe the black woman. A majestic creature with delicate skin and an iron soul, many a writer, poet, and songwriter have attempted to capture her essence with words and music, but, much like the golden sunrise captured in a photograph, the effort to record and replicate never does the reality justice.

nairobi 3Sarah Waisa is a Ugandan-born, Nairobi-based documentary and portrait photographer. In her work, she makes a point of highlighting not just he beauty of Africa and its residents, but “The New African Identity,” which features the contemporary faces and locations of the African continent.

She describes herself as “The Afrohemian Nomad,” and has a solid fan-base on Instagram.

chandra_harris_before_and_after_weight_lossWhen Chandra Harris saw her health deteriorate right before her eyes due to obesity, she decided that it was time to take a different approach to getting healthy.

“At some point, you get sick and tired of being sick and tired,” she explained.

“Going to visit the doctor was never good. He would always remind me of my blood pressure, diabetes and constant fatigue.”

keven stonewallWhen he was in the fifth grade, Keven Stonewall’s parents gave him a microscope as a Christmas present. At the time, they had no idea that their son’s keen interest in Biology would lead to him discovering an important breakthrough in the cure of a deadly form of cancer.

According to The Cancer Prevention Foundation, Colon cancer is the third most common cancer among African American men and women, and blacks have the highest death rates from the disease. For Stonewall, this harsh reality hit close to home, when, during his freshman year at the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, the uncle of a close friend of his died of the disease. It was at that point that he decided he had to do something about it.

babajide_ipaye_founder_keexs_smart_shoesNigeria continues to be a growing force when it comes to producing entrepreneurs, designers and million-dollar ideas. Now the country is marrying fashion to technology with Keexs, an Africa-inspired unisex footwear brand, and the first of its kind in Africa.

The shoe, created by Nigerian entrepreneur Babajide “Jide” Ipaye, provides a Bluetooth connection to the user’s tablet, smartphone and laptop.