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Carine Fabius
Carine Fabius is an author, art dealer, museum curator and temporary body art pioneer.

Her 24-year-old contemporary Haitian and ethnic art gallery based in Hollywood, California is Galerie Lakaye (

The gallery's sister company, Lakaye Studio, which manufactures temporary body art kits, is responsible for the henna tattoo craze that debuted on the west coast in 1997 ( The company recently introduced the jagua fruit, which grows in the Amazon rainforest and stains the skin blue/black to look just like a real tattoo--only it fades in two weeks. Carine's last book, JAGUA, Journey into Body Art from the Amazon was published in December, 2009. Her newest book, Saturday Comes, A Novel of Love and Vodou was published in November, 2011.

To find out more about Carine's books and other projects, please visit

Entries by Carine Fabius

At The Mercy of Outrage

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 12:37 AM

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 | 3:32 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 | 8:35 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 | 1:14 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 | 7:52 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 | 11:49 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 | 3:47 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 | 12:36 PM

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 | 6:50 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 | 1:26 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 | 2:27 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 | 6:12 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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A "Believer" On The Futility of Religion and Spirituality

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 8:53 PM

Since 1977 my spiritual teacher and meditation practice have helped me in ways too numerous and positive to mention; which puts me in the "spiritual person" category. So, why would I declare spirituality to be meaningless?

I've been thinking about this subject since someone forwarded to me an acquaintance's rant...

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Taking Advantage of Low Interest Rates in the Twilight Zone

(1) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 6:37 PM

Between Big Brother running around loose and the Big Banks having their way with us, more and more I feel like I'm living in The Twilight Zone. In the last couple of weeks two very strange pieces of snail mail from American Express arrived at my home. One was addressed...

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How Can You Smile With a Horn in Your Mouth?

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 6:06 PM


That is the question posed by one of the musicians in Judy Chaikin's illuminating and joyful new documentary The Girls in the Band, and one of the best lines in the film because it so perfectly serves the story's...

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No, Real Henna Won't Kill You

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:34 PM

Now hear this! "Black henna" tattoos do not exist. There is no such thing as a black henna plant. If someone offers you a "black henna" tattoo, you should report them to the cops. Repeat after me: Henna, good. Black henna, stupid.

I stopped watching television when I was 15...

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For a Good Time in Los Angeles, COL COA!

(0) Comments | Posted April 16, 2013 | 2:29 PM

Every year in April, the City of Lights (Paris) and the City of Angels (Los Angeles) get together at the Directors Guild of America building on Sunset Boulevard and delight film-loving audiences with a week of French film premieres in Hollywood. The dizzying array of films presented includes new features,...

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Illiterate? Read This!

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2013 | 7:19 PM

Can a lack of basic reading skills make you sick?
I would not have readily made that connection but the answer is yes. According to the NNLM, a U.S. government agency:

"...poor health literacy is a stronger predictor of a person's health than age, income,...

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Hello Dr. Hasty, See You Later!

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 2:02 PM

And the Oscar goes to... drumroll, please... Ego!

There seemed to be a dominant thread weaving itself through all the male gynecologists I had the pleasure of visiting in the last three months, but I was stumped as to what it was. Impatience? Boredom? Self-importance? Repetitive motion syndrome? Lack of...

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When Shame Met Anger

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Shame and Anger were having lunch one day at a restaurant of Shame's choosing. They often hung out together because they had so much in common: feelings of helplessness, despair, guilt, confusion and a belief that true happiness is beyond reach. Acquaintances didn't understand the friendship because Shame seemed so...

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