child abductionAccording to a recent academic study which analyzed news coverage of missing children, only 20% of all news stories reported focus on missing black children.

Black teen girls continue to be disproportionately reported missing from their communities and homes. In 2014 alone, a whopping 64,000 black women were missing across the United States of America; however, the number of missing black women did not match the number of publicized missing person reports on black women. 

don't agonizeIf a good writer writes what she knows, then a talented visual artist draws and/or paints what is familiar to her.

Design student/visual artist Vaëll V keeps this in mind, as her work reflects black beauty and every-day situations in the lives of young black people. 

Credit: The Colored Girls Museum/Facebook

Credit: The Colored Girls Museum/Facebook

Vashti Dubois is the brilliant mind behind Colored Girls Museum, a museum dedicated to celebrating the beauty and accomplishments of women and girls of color, located in Germantown, Philadelphia.

The museum was curated by various activists, artists, hairdressers, community thought leaders and neighbors, and collects and preserves artifacts that tell #herstory; that is, seen through the eyes of colored girls. 

diabetes testingWhile Type 2 Diabetes continues to be a disease that is battering the black community, and can potentially be deadly if not kept in check, all is not lost when it comes to the possibilities of making cases of the disease become fewer among blacks.

Taking your prescribed Type 2 Diabetes medication is one way to deal with the disease, but what if we told you there was a way that you could actually reverse it? 

carolyn_howell_founder_events_usaCarolyn Howell wears many hats: she is a visionary, an entrepreneur, and a master event planner. She is also the founder of Events USA, one of the most prosperous black-owned event-planning companies in America.

In the space of two decades, the Washington, DC-based Events USA has planned, organized and hosted over 2,400 corporate events, all of them successful, and Howell has several high-profile clients, some of which include Cox Communications, Time Warner, Accenture, BMW, Microsoft, Samsung, and the American Diabetes Association. 

grub_factory_black_owned_vegan_restaurantBaltimore, Maryland’s The Grub Factory is a black-owned vegan restaurant founded by entrepreneurs Hurani Ame, Heru Mertief, and Imhotep Fatiu.

The restaurant serves up reubens, gyros, pepper steaks, shrimp salads and  curry “chick’n” that are all 100% vegan. 

bunji_garlin11When you pen your own lyrics, you can’t go wrong.

This is the view of soca artist Ian ‘Bunji Garlin’ Alvarez.

In an interview with Loop, Alvarez stressed the importance of artists writing their own lyrics following the controversial revelation of another Caribbean artists being exposed for using the songs  and lyrics of others without permission. He stated

caribbean scholarshipOne very lucky second-year university student will be given the opportunity to win a scholarship to assist in advancing his/her studies courtesy Soca on the Seas.

Soca on the Seas is a yearly-staged Carnival event which is held aboard  Royal Caribbean’s Treasure of the Seas. This year, the event will be held over a five-day period following the Miami Carnival. 

sinclairChristopher  Sinclair-McCalla has two passions: a love for food, and a love for a healthy lifestyle, and he has found a way to combine the two and turn them into a career.

The 23-year-old Jamaican national has started his own catering company right out of his home, dubbed “Chris’ Kitchen.” 

ultra-luxury-hotel-cubaThe island of Cuba has officially opened the doors to its first-ever major luxury hotel.

The  Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana, which contains 246 rooms, will charge guests between US$440 and US$2,485 per night, and is jointly owned by Swiss group Kempinski Hotels and the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Force’s Gaviota Group.