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Carine Fabius
Carine Fabius is the author of five fiction and non-fiction books. She has also been published in African Arts magazine, a Fowler Museum at UCLA publication; and Calabash: A Journal of Caribbean Arts and Letters (an NYU publication).

A native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Carine grew up in New York, moved to Miami at 21, then in 1986 she headed west to Los Angeles, where she lives today. In 1990, Carine and her sculptor husband Pascal Giacomini opened Galerie Lakaye, a contemporary ethnic art gallery with a focus on Haitian art. The gallery has been featured in various television shows and prestigious publications, including Vanity Fair, Bon Appetit Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and many others. Carine is also an independent museum curator for venues throughout southern California.

In 1997, the couple opened Lakaye Studio, the first henna body painting studio in the United States, in the process, helping to jumpstart the global trend of temporary henna tattoos. Today, Carine and her husband run both Galerie Lakaye, which regularly hosts artist salons, and Lakaye Studio, which manufactures a line of body art kits known as EARTH HENNA body painting kits and EARTH JAGUA all-natural black temporary tattoo kits. Their products are sold in stores (Urban Outfitters, Whole Foods, etc.) throughout the United States and Europe.

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Entries by Carine Fabius

I Have Opinions

(1) Comments | Posted May 18, 2016 | 3:55 PM

Remember when having an opinion was no big deal? You would read about something outrageous like, well, just about everything in the news lately. Let's pick a random story from last week:

New Filipino president Rodrigo Duterte won the election even after saying he would have liked to...

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Love Is...

(6) Comments | Posted February 17, 2016 | 7:22 AM

I know Valentine's Day is yesterday's news -- we're past chocolate-covered hearts and onto chocolate-coated Easter eggzz and baby chixx. Wait, what am I thinking? Our next national holiday is the Oscars! But I'm still contemplating love. Everybody wants it, needs it, feels deserving of it, but what is it,...

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Love in the Doghouse

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 12:58 PM

For reasons you may find cloying, last week I experienced renewed love, affection and appreciation for my dog Tulip--not the wonderful movie My Dog Tulip--I'm talking about my actual, real-life dog Tulip.

But precisely because of this overwhelming...

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When Suffering Feels Good

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 9:07 AM

My new favorite word is suffering. I endeavor to use it in my writing and in everyday life as much as possible. This is because I'm reading Elena Ferrante's delicious novel quartet, which recounts the tale of a complex friendship between two women from a very young age into their...

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What Happened to the Blood, Red Cross?

(5) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 2:08 PM

When I was a kid, I remember that the esteemed American Red Cross was the joint for donating and receiving much needed blood that saved lives. When and how did the Red Cross join the transitional shelter and housing construction party? They would probably claim that's part and parcel of...

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When You Don't Recognize Yourself

(5) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 3:23 PM


On a recent trip to France, my husband and I walked along a tiny and adorable bridge in the thousand-year-old town of l'Isle Adam, situated 20 miles north of Paris. Upon stopping to look down at the sun-dappled waterway beneath us, I noticed...

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Who Gives A Sh*t?

(9) Comments | Posted May 19, 2015 | 6:26 PM

A nefarious disease plagues our nation. With devastating efficiency, and in plain sight, it has infiltrated every aspect of our lives, yet we sit around scratching our bewildered heads at the debilitating social ills now unraveling the fabric of this nation, wondering How can this be? No need to call...

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What All Writers (And Human Beings) Should Keep In Mind

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 2:45 PM

It's that time of the year again, when a super-packed schedule of French film premieres reigns at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles, where sold-out crowds of cinemaphiles, Francophones and Frenchies delight in macarons, pissaladière and good champagne (on opening night, anyway!). The annual...

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At The Mercy of Outrage

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2015 | 11:37 PM

New York Times columnist David Brooks recently wrote a very moving and thought-provoking piece about the Brian Williams affair. I don't usually find myself in agreement with Brooks, but there's no reason for everything to be political, is there? He was making the case for compassion, a feeling...

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Playing Polo in Haiti

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2015 | 2:32 PM

In December 2014, Travel + Leisure magazine listed Haiti as one of the "Best Places to Travel in 2015." Wow! That really made my day. I forwarded the link to a bunch of people I know, while trying very hard not to pepper my note with multiple...

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One Less Dictator on the Planet

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 7:35 PM

I hear the Dalai Lama would disagree with me on this, but my husband and I toasted to the death of former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier. I understand we're not supposed to wish anyone ill, or worse, wish that anyone would hurry up and die, even if they...

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Millionaires We Can Love

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 12:14 PM

Back when I was 15 years old, I decided that television shows were insultingly stupid, and turned off the set for good. Maybe one laugh track too many sent me over the edge, I can't really remember. I am in my fifties now and still don't watch TV, even though...

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Anti-Business Practices At Visa

(0) Comments | Posted August 22, 2014 | 6:52 PM

As consumers we take some comfort in knowing that by using a credit card to pay for products and services, should something go wrong, we can always ask the company to reverse the charges. Typically, the credit card company will investigate the dispute and come down on one side or...

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The California Labor Commissioner's Office: Where Employers Go to Die

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 10:49 AM

Fears come in all shapes and sizes--death by drowning, falling from a great height, having a brain fart during a speech; mine is getting caught up in the justice system. You know, wrongfully accused of a crime, debilitating legal bills, prison time with really mean people. Well, I didn't quite...

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Superman, Where Are You?

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2014 | 2:47 PM

While out of town on business, my husband and I recently found ourselves in a movie theater, where the only thing playing within a reasonable time frame was a superhero movie. As a result, we got to sit through trailer after trailer for upcoming superhero movies! Which got me ruminating...

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Moving Art Every Which Way

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 11:36 AM

The New York Times recently reported on the incidence of artists and dealers taking their galleries to the streets in vans, RVs and trucks. Why? For the obvious reasons--sky-piercing rents in New York City; artists sick of waiting for a gallery invitation; renegades wanting to turn convention on...

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Film Festivals: Get Your Daily Dose

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2014 | 5:50 PM

Now hear this! People should attend film festivals whenever they can, even if they are not big movie lovers (like me). Why?

The one film festival I attend every April is the wonderful celebration of French Cinema known as COL COA,* a week of French film premieres in...

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BS, Profanity, America and United Airlines

(2) Comments | Posted March 31, 2014 | 12:26 PM

Here's a fun question for you to consider. Which of these most sets your teeth on edge?

  • the banking industry
  • the insurance industry
  • the pharmaceutical industry

This week my answer is... the airlines industry!

A couple of months ago, NPR's Audie Cornish asked this question of Doug Parker,...

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Her Electric Blue Hair

(1) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 1:27 PM

My artist friend Sylvia Shap stopped by for our once-in-a-while visit, where we each walk away wondering why we don't do this more often. Some of the chitchat we indulged in was the kind that denizens of Hollywood often resort to. She remembered the time a famous singer and actress...

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People, Edit Thyselves

(3) Comments | Posted December 29, 2013 | 5:12 PM

Self-indulgence has reached epidemic proportions in the world of feature films and documentaries. I propose that filmmakers be required to get permission from a special committee for any film over 90 minutes, and that I get a seat on that committee.

Before you start screaming about censorship and artistic freedom,...

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