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Islandista model with vitiligo Chantelle Brown-Young on America’s Next Top Model

She’s proudly Caribbean, repping her parents’ native island of Jamaica wherever she goes. She’s a pretty darn proud Canadian and Toronto native too, as a glance at her Instagram account will show. But perhaps most importantly, Chantelle Brown Young is a proud spokesperson for those who like her, are living with vitiligo. The 20 year old […]

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Islandista on the rise: Toronto’s DJ Lissa Monet

We’ve been wanting to find out more about lady deejay Lissa Monet ever since we saw her in the September issue of Ebony magazine, rocking the kitschy but fly Minnie Mouse hair bow and repping her Caribbean heritage. Monet, who is a mix of Trini and Grenadian is one of the hottest DJs in Toronto […]

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New Melanie Fiona video – Ay Yo

One of our favourite islandistas on the musical scene, the talented Melanie Fiona, has a new video out for her single Ay Yo – and we are loving it. It’s an inspirational, get up and do what you have to do kind of track and the video has a cool concept and an actual storyline. […]


Melanie Fiona speaks on her Grammy nom!

Big t’ings a gwan for islandista -not-actually from an island, the talented Guyanese-descended Melanie Fiona, who received her first ever Grammy nod on Friday when the award nominations were announced. Just a month after her album The Bridge was released, she has been nominated for Best Female R&B Performance … and of course, she’s thrilled. […]

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Trend alert: Guyanese-Canadian singers

     No seriously!    The old saying is ‘three is a trend’ right? And in the last few months, we have seen three Guyanese-Canadian singers who are definitely on the rise in the international music scene. Shoot, they all hail from in or around Toronto too. It’s a freaky but fabulous coincidence. First up was […]

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Caribbean artistes on BET’s Rising Icons

You don’t have to tell us in the Caribbean that our stars are on the rise. It’s like the world is finally waking up to a Caribbean moment in sports and culture. Between our dominating sports stars like Usain Bolt, Shelly-Ann Fraser and even Lewis Hamilton and our up and coming artistes like Rihanna, Hal […]