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Islandista Constance White is out at Essence magazine…but why?

Former Essence EIC, Jamaica-born Constance White. The Jamaican born fashion maven is no longer the editor-in-chief of Essence magazine, as she got the axe earlier this month – on the first day of Fashion Week no less! Her termination is being generally painted as a cost-cutting thing, as some other senior editors got let go with […]

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Rihanna admits that she and Chris Brown are back together: “Even if it’s a mistake, it’s my mistake.”

So Rihanna has confirmed to Rolling Stone what the whole world (or at least the segment that’s on Twitter) knew for the longest while – she and Chris Brown are back together, four years after he beat her so badly the night before the Grammy awards in 2009. In a candid interview with Rolling Stone, […]

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Would you?

Well? Would you? Saw this yesterday on the Facebook page of Bajantube – a super popular Barbadian entertainment/video upload site and it definitely gave me pause! I stopped, scrolled back up and my jaw dropped. It’s like a social studies project on Barbados tatted on her back – from the flag to the map to the […]

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Bajan band CoverDrive hit UK No. 1!

  Hurrayyyy!!! for funky, spunky Bajan pop/rock band CoverDrive who achieved their first number one single in the United Kingdom yesterday. The young quartet signed with Sony and Geffen less than a year ago. It has been a rapid rise that has taken a long time – as contradictory as that sounds. The kids have […]

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Some justice at last for Stephen Lawrence

Today, we salute Doreen Lawrence, the Jamaican-born mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was as she herself rightfully put it, not just a murder victim but “a bright, beautiful young man who any parent of whatever background would have been proud of.” After 18 years – just as many years as her son spent on this […]

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The mysterious death of Joyce Carol Vincent

We don’t know much about Joyce Carol Vincent – and that is the central theme of this very sad and strange story. We know that she was British, of Caribbean descent, the youngest of her sisters and the only one born in the U.K. We know that she was beautiful with ambitions of being a […]

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Who is Islandista?

Really, the answer to that is you! The readers of this site – young Caribbean professional women who revel in their Caribbean heritage and culture.So more accurately, I should have said – who is the person behind Islandista? For various reasons I have been sharing with you for years without giving much indication of who […]

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Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’ vid makes us go hmmm… and more

Hmmm… you would have to have been living under a rock if Rihanna’s latest video for her song We Found Love doesn’t leave you with that reaction after watching it. Let’s start with the realllly obvious – the Chris Brown relationship references. The whole video depicts Rihanna in a toxic but passionate relationship with the […]

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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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‘I Am An Islandista’ featuring Shala Monroque

Islandistas, today we introduce a new original series where we feature women who embody what it means to be an islandista – smart, fascinating, proudly Caribbean women who are making waves in the region or the world. We are really excited to be launching this series with a real coup – an interview with someone […]