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Retail Chatter #10

June Haynes | Posted 10.21.2015 | Business
June Haynes

The common thread for a retailer, hotelier or restaurant is great service and experience; therefore, in the Caribbean, the challenge is keeping the core values consistent with its international counterparts.

Filmmakers Jeremy Whittaker and Roy Anderson Bring Jamaican Culture and History to a New Generation

Anne Thornley-Brown | Posted 10.13.2015 | Black Voices
Anne Thornley-Brown

As more and more Black young people of Jamaican heritage are raised in the USA, Canada, and the UK, it is important for them to have an understanding of their history and culture in order to develop a strong sense of identity.

The 15 Best Adults-Only Resorts in the Caribbean

Oyster | Posted 10.08.2015 | Travel

There are times when getting away with the kids is great, and times when getting away from them sounds even better. For those latter moments, here are this year's 15 best adult-only resorts in the Caribbean.

Caribbean Reparations

Ayana Malaika Crichlow | Posted 10.07.2015 | Black Voices
Ayana Malaika Crichlow

The Prime Minister of Jamaica: The honorable Portia Simpson-Miller. A woman with the strength, gumption and assertiveness to ask for the reparations the Caribbean deserves. YES! Thoughts?

Do You Believe #BlackLivesMatter? Here's How to Save One

Diane A. Thompson, MD | Posted 10.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane A. Thompson, MD

How can we build on such efforts? We might start by educating African-American physicians, who tend to have an easier time overcoming the distrust of patients of color and can pass on good information.

Boot Camps to Kick-Start Public-Private Partnerships in the Caribbean

FOMIN | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business

The concept of public-private partnerships is in vogue in the Caribbean. Some governments mistakenly believe that PPPs allow the private sector to build and maintain infrastructure like roads, and provide public services like wastewater treatment, with little cost to the public sector.

Hilarious Little Kid Must Be The Most Motivational Trainer On Earth

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 09.24.2015 | Sports

Cancel your SoulCycle classes and cancel your gym membership. All you need to get in the best shape of your life is to watch this ...

Chase the Summer, Head to Jamaica Now

Tara Settembre | Posted 09.11.2015 | Travel
Tara Settembre

Sadly, summer is coming to an end here in the states, but fortunately you can experience an endless summer in Jamaica. With weather ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round, it's always a right time to travel to Jamaica.

5 Reasons Why All-Inclusive Resorts Are My Favorite Way to Vacation

Jamie Harrington | Posted 09.01.2015 | Travel
Jamie Harrington

I love traveling so very much, but I also love all the comforts of home. That's why all-inclusive resorts are my favorite way to vacation. My husba...

Fabulous Family-Friendly Resorts in Jamaica for Every Need

MiniTime | Posted 08.31.2015 | Travel

Jamaica is one of the best in the Caribbean for it, with its plethora of family-friendly activities and attractions. And with the best season for Jamaica travel coming up - October to mid-December - now's the time to start planning.

'Rudimental in Jamaica' for We The Generation!

Marlon Regis | Posted 08.28.2015 | Entertainment
Marlon Regis

In 2013, they hit us with Home, which became a #1 debut album in the UK for this global-platinum selling electronic act Rudimental. Since then, we've seen them raising the desert temperature at Coachella and back-to-back statewide sold out shows.

The 10 Prettiest Open-Air Hotel Rooms In The World

Oyster | Posted 07.29.2015 | Travel

It can be particularly nice to find a hotel where open-air rooms benefit from the breeze as well so you can enjoy it around the clock. Numerous hotels have rooms with an al fresco leaning, but here are the 10 prettiest we've ever seen.

11 Places to See the World's Hottest Sunsets

Trippy | Posted 07.24.2015 | Travel

There's nothing better than a not-to-be-believed sunset, so the travel community at shared where they've seen the best ones on their travels. Here's where they go to see the sun go down!

Jennifer Hudson's Body-Positive Mantra: 'Love What Skin You're In'

RaVal Davis | Posted 07.23.2015 | Style
RaVal Davis

"You've got to embrace yourself. Love what skin you're in," says Jennifer Hudson. "It's not about what other people think. It's about what you believe about yourself, so own it."

From Junkanoo to Brukdown: A Booty-Shakin' Tour of the Caribbean

Bob Schulman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Travel
Bob Schulman

Don't get me wrong. I love Jamaican reggae music. Ditto for its two predecessors, rocksteady and ska, and before that mento and old-time calypso. But down in the Caribbean you'll hear all kinds of other booty-shaking rhythms.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica: Sun and Adventure

Dwight Brown | Posted 06.18.2015 | Travel
Dwight Brown

The hilly town of Ocho Rios sits on the north coast of Jamaica, at the base of the St. Ann Mountains. The former fishing village, now a tourist destination, is as noted for its resorts and beaches as its mountainous terrain and natural wonders.

I Am The Real Rachel Dolezal

Amanda Oliver | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices
Amanda Oliver

In college, I was turned away from attending a trip to work with youth in Jamaica because I was told I was "too white" to attend. In law school, different black student groups reached out to me to participate in their activities -- until they realized I was "white."

What Makes Jamaicans So Dominant at Track and Field?

Quora | Posted 06.10.2015 | Sports

I used to coach sprints alongside Donald Quarrie, four-time Olympic medallist for Jamaica -- including a gold medal in the 200 meters in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

The Real 'Gay Heroes'

Katie Sgarro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Katie Sgarro

Tom* is a hopeful LGBTQ asylum seeker from Jamaica. In Jamaica, sexual activity between men is punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment and hard labor. Openly gay people are ostracized, beaten and even murdered. For Tom, coming out would most likely be met with ridicule and death threats.

10 Exotic Places You Can Visit on $10 a Day or Less

GOBankingRates | Posted 05.27.2015 | Travel

Off the beaten tourist path, visitors can immerse themselves in new destinations without spending a fortune. Before planning your next global trek, read on to find out how these travelers saved money while vacationing around the world.

4 Reasons Jamaica Is the Best Caribbean Escape for Summer

MiniTime | Posted 05.22.2015 | Travel

Here are even more reasons for you to stop putting off your Jamaican vacation and scratch it off your family bucket list this summer.

How Having a Bigger Purpose Can Help You Become Debt-Free

Tajci Cameron | Posted 06.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tajci Cameron

In our lives, we almost always have to deal with money. Lack of it, plans for it, worries about how best to use it, negotiations for more of it. It's ...

The Favorite Hotels of the British Royal Family

Oyster | Posted 06.20.2015 | Travel

In honor of the second child of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, we've rounded up up the favorite hotels of the British royal family -- from the spot where Kate spent her wedding eve, to the Queen's go-to Caribbean getaway.

Groups Come Together at "Connect with Nature" Event to Help Restore Historic Miami Area

Michael Sainato | Posted 06.13.2015 | Miami
Michael Sainato

The Virginia Key Beach Park was the only beach open to African Americans in the Miami area during the segregation period. By 1982, the park was closed due to high maintenance costs.

Remembering Coral Gardens: Rastas Wanted Dead or Alive

Suzanne Persard | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Suzanne Persard

In the red, green, and gold posters adorning college dorm rooms and the global image exported about Rastafarianism, a narrative of the horrific incidents of 52 years ago is lost.