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Carine Fabius
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Carine Fabius is an author, art dealer, museum curator and temporary body art pioneer. Her 20-year-old contemporary ethnic art gallery based in Hollywood, California is Galerie Lakaye (http://www.galerielakaye.com).

The gallery's sister company, Lakaye Studio, which manufactures body art kits, is responsible for the henna tattoo craze that debuted on the west coast in 1997 (http://www.earthhenna.com). 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 http://www.carinefabius.com and http://www.thinkwaretees.com.

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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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A "Believer" On The Futility of Religion and Spirituality

(5) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:53 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 | 5:37 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 | 5:06 PM

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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 | 11:34 AM

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 | 1:29 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 | 6:19 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 | 1:02 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 | 2:24 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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Haitian Vodou's Bad Boy: The Exhibition

(4) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 2:59 PM

2012-12-11-andreeugenesmallversion.jpgI recently wrote on The Huffington Post about how I was finally able to get some clarity about my younger self's weak immune response to the bad boy syndrome (repeated attraction to bad boys, deleterious effects, included). Judging from the sighs...

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The Attraction to Bad Boys Explained

(10) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 1:00 PM

"Foolish, foolish heart, you've been wrong before, don't be wrong anymore..."

Remember that Steve Perry song? I so related to it in my 20s. Um, actually, I meant my teens! Okay, I admit it. My foolish heart fell prey to the bad boy syndrome far too long, although I was...

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Binders Full of Idiots and Miserable Prostitutes

(47) Comments | Posted October 23, 2012 | 7:20 AM

"... there are occasional prostitutes, and sometimes they're top models who try to make ends meet. They aren't miserable women on the sidewalk."

That's a quote from a guy named Hubert Delarue, a lawyer for one of the men allegedly involved in the prostitution ring that catered to the sex...

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Intolerance, The Movie

(3) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 3:00 PM

I didn't play the lead but was recently given a substantial role in an unfortunate story that might have been part of the film quartet in D.W. Griffiths' film, Intolerance. I won't go into details, but I got to witness intolerance in full swing, and it wasn't pretty....

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Dying and Living All Over Again

(9) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 10:38 AM

2012-03-27-burtonparrots.jpgLast week, my husband and I got the sad news that our friend, artist Burton Chenet, was shot to death in his home by an intruder. His wife, Christine, sustained a serious injury when the gunman shattered her elbow with another shot before...

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Just Call Me Crazy: I Liked John Carter

(11) Comments | Posted March 26, 2012 | 12:57 PM

"What? You and three other people?"

That's what a friend of mine said when I told him I went to see John Carter. And in fact, there were just about three people in the audience. And that's a shame. What a waste. All that crazy money --

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No Thank's, Thats Not Write!!!!!!!

(73) Comments | Posted March 14, 2012 | 6:00 PM

If that title looks perfectly okay to you, you can stop reading right now.

A friend of mine decided to create a line of T-shirts that lament this country's woeful mangling of the English language. I think it's a great idea. As a writer, I'm into words, and punctuation too....

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Natural Beauty Tips for Humans

(1) Comments | Posted March 6, 2012 | 11:31 AM

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Photograph by Hans Silvester from the book, Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa


My new novel,Saturday Comes -- A Novel of Love and Vodou, is out, and I am the reigning queen of book autography. I am sitting behind a stack of...

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When Death Wears Sunglasses: The Positive Aspect of Death in Haiti

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2012 | 2:03 PM

What if Death had style? What if Death wore black sunglasses, liked to dance, smoke cigars and drink rum? What if he loved to indulge in bawdy sexual references (yes, in this case, Death is a he); and what if his presence made people want to party 'til the sun...

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