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What a week for Islandista supermodels!

Two of our absolute favourite islandista supermodels, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn are definitely cementing their places at the top of the model pyramid this week. First came the news on Monday that both Jamaican-Brit Dunn and Puerto Rican-Virgin Islander Smalls had been named in Forbes’ Magazine’s model ‘rich list’ of the highest-paid models in […]

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Time to Take Stock

As we close out the old year, this is often the time that we stop to take stock. And as we approach the new year, maybe you’re thinking it’s time to do exactly that in 2014 – take stock and invest in the local and regional businesses listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange. Buying shares […]

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Could a Mutual Fund be the Greatest Gift of All?

For our first annual Islandista Holiday Gifting Guide, we spoke with Fortress Fund Managers’ marketing manager Kim Howard who shared some insights on how investing in a mutual fund can serve as a fantastic and valuable gift for your child. Islandista: For our readers who may not be familiar with how mutual funds work, can […]

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Rihanna + MAC = beautiful makeup?

In a move sure to have islandista approval in her native Bim where the MAC stores are like religion, Rihanna is teaming up with the makeup brand for one of their most high profile and in-depth collaborations ever. The deal, which Rihanna called a “no brainer” was announced late last week. She told Women’s Wear Daily: […]

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Fay-Ann and Bunji out of Soca Monarch contests

It was the come-back that wasn’t. The First Couple of Soca – Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin have pulled out of the International Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch contests, just a few weeks after they had announced that they had returned to the contest which they have dominated over the years. And once again, […]

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Will Notting Hill Carnival die?

…Or so says the carnival’s immediate past co-directors Chris Boothman and Ancil Barclay who resigned last week in frustration at the chronic under-funding and lack of support for the event, which is billed as Europe’s largest street festival. Even though the carnival is such a big deal, bringing out over a million people to London’s streets to […]

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How will Tivoli terror affect JA’s entertainment scene?

That is the question entertainment and cultural promoters and performers must be asking themselves after a quiet week in Kingston, Jamaica entertainment-wise. The ‘terror in Tivoli’ has inflicted wounds not just on the hundreds injured and scores killed, but on Jamaica’s economy and Kingston’s vibrant entertainment scene. The Jamaica Observer reports that a host of entertainment events, […]

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Islandista legal woes: Naomi and Keisha

Oh Naomi, not again? We’re not saying you did it… after all your (beleaguered no doubt) lawyer has urged us all not to rush to judgement about the report that you assaulted a limo driver and then hightailed it out of the van like Usain Bolt in heels when he pulled out his phone … […]

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Islandista music notes – new Livvi Franc vid & Shontelle’s princely pay-day

We’ve got news for you on two of the Barbadian islandista singers who have followed in Rihanna’s wake over the last two years – Livvi Franc and Shontelle. First let’s start with Livvi Franc who brought out the video for her new single Automatik, just last week. Check it out below and then our take on […]

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To Bey or not to Bey?

Ok, ok, that isn’t really the question because there is no way in hell that TSTT, Brian Lara and Dwight Yorke are going to give up the big money bound to come in from the Beyonce concert scheduled for two days after Trini Carnival. Especially not with the US$200 VVIP tickets sold out on the […]