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Kristie, Kinisha & PANACHE… It’s A Celebration! #NewIssueAlert

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Kinisha, Kristie & PANACHE…We’re celebrating our win for Best Feature at this year’s CTO Travel Media Awards in New York!  If you didn’t know now you know…Story & Myth is More Than Just Beads…

In this issue, we island hop over to St. Lucia for their Jazz Festival and share with you a summer of super savings sure to entice you to make Grenada your next trip! After that you can join us at the American Black Film Festival in Miami for our exclusive interview with HBO Insecure’s Jay R. Ellis.

Other features include JMMB’s “Bold Step towards Financial Independence”; reviews of DodoCool, Shinola, ThinkSound and MIIEGO Headphones; Journeys of Fatherhood by three Jamaican Dads; Wedding Trends for 2018; Great Gifts for Him; and delight in a taste off the beaten path at Stush in the Bush… Plus so much more!

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Davina Bennett graces the cover of PANACHE!

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PANACHE Magazine Issue 1 2018 (Volume 11) features the Afro Queen, Davina Bennett, Miss Universe (2nd Runner-Up) in our breakthrough issue. This wonderful magazine also showcases our review of Fenty Beauty, Shaggy & Friends, The Chronology Tour in Jamaica, The Hugh Wynter Fertility Management Unit, PX Headphones, Joy Spence’s Appleton Cocktails and more!

Davina Bennett… The Afro Queen

Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett might not have won the first place crown at this year’s Miss Universe pageant, but she definitely made a lasting impression. The 21-year-old philanthropist chose to take the pageant stage with her natural hair, an afro, instead of the common blowouts and extensions we see time after time on pageant stages.

Afros and the natural hairstyles of people of colour are still frequently considered unprofessional or deemed inappropriate so Bennett’s act of wearing her true hair is a statement against the norm. Bennett chose to use her platform and provide representation to the countless faces at home watching who share her natural hair texture, but rarely get to see the attribute reflected in beauty pageants.”- Chloe Hall, Elle.com

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A few months now have passed since the Miss Universe Competition where Davina was awarded 2nd Runner-Up and proudly represented Jamaica. Amidst her crazy schedule of appearances and photo shoots and interviews were honoured to get a moment and reflect on all that has transpired and the what the future holds.

A lover of her parish Clarendon, she calls it her “favourite chill spot”. A foodie at heart, like a true island girl she loves her seafood. Davina by any measure is a stunning beauty with a regal air about her when she walks into a space. She is the perfect model in front of a camera lens and needs little or no direction- she loves the camera and it certainly loves her back.

Our Miss Jamaica has a mantra that believes “a positive mind with positive thoughts will bring positive results.” An inspiration to many herself to so many, she recounts, “Yes I am surprised that I have inspired so many people because of what I did on the international stage.” She shares that her greatest inspiration has come from her grandfather.

Read our full interview with Davina Bennett below:

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Creative Direction & Interview by Tricia Williamson | Photography by Craig Harley | Makeup Artist: Rasine Hamilton |Art & Design by Oneil Banton | Photoshoot Assistance by Chantel Bailey | Dress: Uzuri International & Tia Clothes Girl 

PANACHE: Everybody loves your hair, your crowning glory so let’s begin there… What would you say was a turning point in your hair journey- was it ever a love/hate relationship?
Davina Bennett (DB): I’ve always had a love/ hate relationship with my hair because it’s sometimes hard to maintain and handle on my own, but I love it because it inspires others to just be themselves and embrace their natural looks and it plays a significant role in the representation of one’s self-value.

PANACHE: The wearing of your natural hair at the Miss Universe pageant was a redefinition of international beauty standards. What made you decide to wear your hair naturally and free (no ponytails, no flat iron needed)?
DB: I decided to keep the natural hair to break the stigma and perception of how beauty queens should look.

PANACHE: What products do you use in your hair to keep it so lustrous and beautiful?
DB: My favourite products to use are from ORS Olive Oil, from their moisturizers to their shampoo and conditioner. I am also a fan of natural products like castor oil and coconut oil.

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PANACHE: What advice would you give to someone who wants to go natural?
DB: I would advise them to give it a try and embrace their natural beauty.

PANACHE: We love your beautiful skin, what is your beauty regime?
DB: For my skin, there is not one specific regime but I tend to use a lot of natural body oil products mainly from Kihara’s line and drink plenty of water.

PANACHE: Jamaica supported you before, during and after the Miss Universe pageant, what did the outpouring of love mean to you?
DB: The love I’ve received thus far is indescribable; I am humbled and grateful to have been received so well by the public.

PANACHE: From Pop Sugar to Allure to People to Essence to Elle international media have fallen in love with you and your Afro-American, you’ve ignited a fire in natural hair movement. What was your reaction to all that press and attention…even #AfroFriday here in Jamaica?
DB: All the love from the press is still overwhelming and I am filled with such gratification from all the exposure…I’m still pinching myself!

PANACHE: You looked stunning in yellow and red, do you have a favourite colour?
DB: Thank you, my favourite colour is gold.

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PANACHE: When someone says to you “How can you be the physical representation of your country?” What’s your response?
DB: Our motto is out of many one people and that is significant as we are a melting pot of different ethnic backgrounds, cultures and religion and I am a testimony of this. My family line is a mixture of Indians, Africans and even Afro-Latina and the greatest thing is that they all coexist in one love just as the people in Jamaica.

PANACHE: How did your friend Jermaine Dyer motivate you to enter the competition?
DB: Jermaine Dyer motivated me by being positive, by helping me and guiding me along the way and the constant talks about how great I am and how much greater I will become.

PANACHE: What was the reaction of your Mom and Dad when you told them you were going for the crown?
DB: I wasn’t with my parents physically to see their reactions but it was always my dad’s dream so he was over the moon, my mom, on the other hand, was a bit hesitant because she knew I was afraid of speaking in front of a large audience and she was wondering if I was really ready.

PANACHE: People see the glitz and glamour, but tell us about the work that you and the team put in behind the scenes from speech sessions with Paula Ann and more… The hard work and guts begin the glitz…
DB: It was a team effort that involved so many individuals. I had plenty of speech sessions with both Paula-Anne Porter-Jones and Fabian Thomas, Hard-core gym time with Debbie Hall from Spartan Health Club, Dance & Movement with Marlon Simms of NDTC, Stage Presentation & Runway sessions with Yendi Phillipps, Etiquette sessions with Angelie Martin-Spencer, Current & World Affairs Training with National Directors Mark McDermoth and Karl Williams and even makeup classes with Oneil Baugh and Dawn Lindo from D’Marie Institute. Styling was also vital and so we had a few fittings that created the perfect wardrobe. Karl and Mark also did an excellent job in getting local designers and boutiques to contribute to the wardrobe as well as putting the pieces together.

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PANACHE: On August 27, you posted ” I did it” with a portrait of tears of joy… What was that moment like for you…being crowned Miss Universe Jamaica 2017 now that you reflect on it.
DB: It was a wonderful feeling to have won the Miss Universe Jamaica title because I felt like I was always losing and needed that victory to prove to myself that I could do anything once I worked hard and I did just that.

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PANACHE: You once said you knew what it meant to “fail and work twice as hard”. What major challenge(s) have you faced in life and how did you rise above it?
DB: I have faced many challenges, medical problems, a struggling career, robbery et al… I overcame all the adversaries because I had a good support system from both family and friends.

PANACHE: As our queen, you represent Jamaica by being yourself, authentic and bold- how would you like to inspire other young girls?
DB: I would like to inspire other young women to keep fighting for what they believe, never give up on themselves and to know that they are beautiful just the way they are.

PANACHE: Tell us more about your foundation, it’s work and the goals you have for 2018?
DB: The Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf is to spread awareness for the Deaf community and eradicate the barriers of communication. The goals for 2018 would be to continue on that path with new projects and partnerships along the way.

PANACHE: You are very passionate about the work of your Davina Bennett Foundation for the Deaf. Your emotional reaction to your friend and mentee hearing clearly for the first time with an hearing aid was powerful. Please share more about that project of distributing hearing aids to 500 people across Jamaica.
DB: The hearing aids were not distributed by me but by the Starkey Foundation, I was a Patron and witnessed the work they were doing, and I got so emotional when Britney was given the hearing-aid and heard me for the first time.

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PANACHE: What changes would you like to see in Jamaica to better support those who are hearing impaired?
DB: I would like for the Deaf community to be granted equal opportunities as those in society from their educational facilities and system to their social everyday duties. I’d like to see more of them being employed.

PANACHE: As an Ambassador for Ending Bullying, what positive impact do you see yourself having in that capacity?
DB: As an End- bullying Ambassador I can certainly relate to being bullied because I too was a victim and this platform has allowed me to not only share my experiences but how I overcame bullying. My message is to love who you are and embrace yourself.

PANACHE: You are a social influencer, who/ what are some of your favourite accounts to follow?
DB: I love to follow other influencers like Oprah and Rihanna.

PANACHE: Social media has its pros and cons… It has been a great platform for fans to show their support and for you to raise awareness of worthy causes. So as an Ambassador to End Bullying, what advice would you give for youths on social media today?
DB: I would tell the youth to love themselves, to understand that all names are temporary and they are all uniquely made.

PANACHE: Is there any style or dress that you love the most from your collection?
DB: I would have to say my favourite dress would be my yellow final gown worn on the final night of the Miss Universe competition. The first time I saw it and fitted it, it brought tears to my eyes…tears of joy!

PANACHE: Name one fashion trend you hope never comes back?
DB: I am a lover of fashion and appreciate all kinds however I think it’s safe to say (and I know many females will agree) that I hate to see men wearing sagging pants…it’s not sexy at all!

PANACHE: Your current role aside, what would be your dream role?
DB: My dream role was always to be an international model.

PANACHE: How do you deal with negative people?
DB: I don’t focus on negative people so I don’t normally allow their energy to consume me.

PANACHE: Where do you see yourself in three years?
DB: I see myself as a philanthropist and successful entrepreneur.

PANACHE: What would you say to the next young Jamaican girl looking to enter the Miss Universe competition next year?
DB: I would say, give it a try, don’t be afraid of your voice, help make a difference and wow the world. |P

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PANACHE June 2017 Issue Is Here!

The Trusted Voice on Caribbean Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle releases its Fashion Issue featuring beautiful handmade designs by Sabrina Reynolds, our review of Style Week as we launch our PANACHE Charity Bracelet Collection. From the world class Pure Grenada Music Festival to Chillin` at Chilitos this PANACHE issue is a must read!

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Ready To Revel… The PANACHE April 2017 Issue Is Here!

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Inspired by his stunning photography out of Trinidad, we are pleased to have IKenna Douglas’ portfolio grace our pages.
April is Carnival in Jamaica, so for all the travelers and revelers gearing up to jump- we have 7 tips to ensure your experience is memorable.
Our Style section spotlights the work of fashion designer Lisa See Tai as we share a few “Cool Caribbean Brands To Cop!” in our Beauty section.
For the latest in Technology, we explore the new Galaxy S8 as we check out top features from Bixby to a redefined design.
Over to music we have an exclusive tete-a-tete with Grammy nominee, Devin Di Dakta as he shares on life, music and more! PANACHE also reviews one of the best “on-the-go” wireless headphones- the TREBLAB XR500 and more!
From Sean Paul being auctioned for charity to the upcoming release of HBO’s “Becoming Warren Buffet to “Money Matters” with Latoya Jones… this amazing April issue of PANACHE as a little bit of something for everyone!
ENJOY!

 

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Abka Fitz-Henley Covers PANACHE Winter Issue!

Wrapping up his award-winning year in journalism is Abka Fitz-Henley, who graces the cover of our “Inspiration” issue. The ‘breaking news boss’ tells all on his life, career and the ups and downs of doing his style of journalism here in Jamaica. In this latest issue, Abka discusses the successes, controversies and even the death threats that come with it.

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We are happy to introduce to you the hot models of our 2017 PANACHE Calendar titled “The Body Collection”. Last year we focused on cancer awareness, this year we are spotlighting health and wellness with the men of JABBFA!

Meet the Models: PANACHE Body Collection Calendar 2017

So ladies once your eyes have had your fill and you have done enough fantasizing be sure to check out our gift guide on top Valentine’s Day gifts for your man which you are free to pair with our top Tantric Sex Tips on page 39. If you are not feeling so great right now and think life is simply passing you by be sure to pop over to page 11 as we share “5 Things to Remember When You Are Feeling Like A Failure” so we can get you feeling renewed once more!
In this magazine you will find a few of the most inspirational stories coming out of Jamaica. We have a tete-a-tete with Debbie Turner of Turner Innovations as she shares the amazing journey of the Sorrel Harvesting Machine that’s revolutionizing the agricultural industry here in Jamaica and soon the world! To round it out we also take a moment to celebrate with Kelly Tomblin, JPS President and CEO on her amazing accomplishment of being honoured as “CEO of the Year” at the Platts Global Energy Awards.

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Wrapping up his award-winning year in journalism is Abka Fitz-Henley, who graces the cover of our “Inspiration” issue. The ‘breaking news boss’, as dubbed by many who follow him online on Twitter, tells all on his life, career and the ups and downs of doing his style of journalism here in Jamaica. In this latest issue, Abka discusses the successes, controversies and even the death threats that come with it.We are happy to introduce to you the…

Turner Innovations’ Harvesting Possibilities

The world is constantly changing, evolving by the second. We are in an age where the globe’s occupants live fast paced lives and are driven by quick results and everything being done at a faster pace, with greater yields. So it comes as no surprise that this school of thought would exist within all spheres of life and the correlated industries. The agricultural industry, without a doubt has grown with time and technological advancements, resulting in greater yields- as we would anticipate, based on how viable one of the word’s oldest industries has continued to be.
We were pleased to speak with Allison “Debbie” Turner- an innovator and game changer, who teamed up with her husband and business partner , Oral Turner, operators of Turner Innovations Limited to create a Sorrel Harvesting Machine.

The Turners are an award winning dynamic duo
The Turners are an award winning dynamic duo

When asked to briefly tell us something about herself she stated “Debbie is an entrepreneur; she doesn’t believe in taking no for an answer- every no is a chance to get a yes, because no does not exist.  She is creative, determined and innovative- great spirit of will for change and improving life.” The story that followed as she spoke with us made that brief description most validated. It is that creativity, determination and great spirit of will for change, while not taking no for an answer which created a path for Debbie and Oral to changing the face of Sorrel Harvesting worldwide- potentially catalyzing change in agriculture as an industry.
To get a little background information on how her innate passions could have added to a part of her drive to get involved in the engineering/ agriculture industry- we asked Debbie for some insight regarding her childhood aspirations. At about age 7, Debbie recalled wanting to be an ice cream lady in the then future. This was clearly an early indication of her natural inclination to travel uncharted paths as her story resembled that of many Caribbean children, whose parents’ dream was for her to become a Lawyer or Medical Doctor. “Everybody’s kid was supposed to be something great…but I wanted to be an ice cream lady because I loved ice cream and Iwanted to have it all to myself.” By her teenage years, her angle changed a bit, but was still within the food industry; she wanted to be a food critic. “Which foodie wouldn’t want their job to be tasting food?” she said followed by laughter.
Through the years, as she developed as a brilliant young lady, sheexplained that she always had that gut feeling that she was different, that she had something which made her a little different from others.  Debbie didn’t know exactly what she would have done, but she knew when she did it, it would be great.
Fast forward to the year 2010- “It started with me just seeing so many opportunities everywhere.” She illustrated her love for solving problems and where she sees a need and an opportunity, she will confidently take on the project. “I didn’t search for sorrel…it found me”. Her husband owns a farm store, which allowed her to interface with farmers on a regular basis- through these interactions and exchanges she saw a need which involved an opportunity related to sorrel being harvested speedily- a lightbulb came on, and she went drawing board.
Before the project picked up great momentum however, they threw the blanket over it due to hurricanes and the delays and inconveniences that hurricanes and natural disasters take with them and luxuries and comforts they take away. But on a random night Debbie stated that she suddenly woke up in the middle of the night feeling inspired- a strong need to reawaken the project. Herself and her husband later discussed, did more research and realized that no one else was doing it.  These kinds of projects involving inventions do not happen very often within the Caribbean context, and when they do, it rarely happens on a large scale- and definitely expedited by persons and cooperations with massive capital fuel. “There weren’t even any other inventors in Jamaica at the time. In a country like Jamaica, where we love to find easier ways to get everything done…”  And it is in that line of thought that she saw even more reason, opportunity and potential.
By following through with the project, shenow looks back at how she expited what she hoped to have done. Apart from an invention- she wanted to deliver a message, to change the story of modern inventors and creators. “Inventors don’t have to be rich, they don’t have to go to Ivy League schools.” Turner rewrote the story and added toa shelf of inspirational stories of the “average man” believing, working, growing and creating his/ her own wealth and opportunities.
Team Turner continued on their journey of establishing new trends and opening new doors where they may have seemed to have been only walls. “ We were the first private company to be given a grant funding from Development Bank of Jamaica.” She approached the organization and was granted funding in response to a relatable vision which was more than enough reason to believe and get on board. In the face of nay sayers and challenges that came along with being a small entrepreneur, Turner worked relentlessly.  Through the visions and actions of the Turners, which was followed by the growth and success of the project- the Development Bank of Jamaica created a fund called IGNITE where 30 loans are given out specifically to inventors. After speaking of the blessing that was that grant, Debbie exclaimed “…that is how we bring about change, by working and by not listening to no. No does not exist! We had also pitched the idea to      First Angels Jamaica, chaired by Joseph Matalon, and they were interested in investing…” She later found out that the chairman himself had invested, and he is now sitting on their board. Turner reflected on that point, stating that “…the project, at that point had been going for a long time before anyone would hear us out. But after hearing that Joseph Matalon was on board, a lot of persons realized that it had to be a worthwhile venture and wanted to come on board.”
Another interaction that assisted in propelling the project, in perfect timing, like something that was destined, her and her husband met an engineer from Canada. This engineer isGrant Seabrooke,  CEO of Machine Dynamics Limited. He found their project absolutely amazing, and according to Debbie “it was right up his alley and he wanted to discuss further.” Long and short- after visiting Jamaica and spending time with the Turners at their home in St. Elizabeth and sharing their ideas and concepts, Seabrooke was moved to become an investor and mentor- later assisting in the process of reworking the machine.
Today Debbie can speak for herself and her husband and business partner, Oral, in saying ”…we are changing an industry…it is a lot of responsibility- people are watching us as examples”. Turner can proudly say that that have revolutionized the harvesting process for one of Jamaica’s most loved- sorrel, setting a new standard for the harvesting of other crops.  Debbie further indicated that China is the worlds largest consumers of sorrel, so there is a demand for sorrel in large numbers outside Jamaica and the region on a whole- and in that she reiterated the importance of following through on a novel dream. Apart from continuing to grow as a co- business owner and inventor, Debbie has walked a journey so far that now gives her experiences to share that can be of immeasurable value. A journey that has given her messages which now translates as inspirational talks in schools.
In true Debbie Turner fashion, before ending our conversation she had another story. The story starts with her and her husband being in Kingston to carry out business transactions, but then decided to go to the movies before heading home to St. Elizabeth. They decided to go to the movies at Sovereign Centre in Liguanae, wearing what she referred to as “some very chill clothes”. On reaching the cinema,  Debbie and Oral realized that it was a premiere. Everyone was fashionably dressed, so they felt like they may have stood our in the crowd. However, Debbie did not care.  They just moved with the crowd toward the box office to possibly buy tickets. To their dismay, the ticket booth was closed. They had no idea how they would get pass the security, but Debbie remained hopeful. To cut a long story short, Debbie soon after saw her lawyer, who had complementary tickets- so the timing was perfect for her husband to get in.  Debbie and Oral were so lucky, that they had lucky seats and won baskets and tokens.  Turner shared this story, not to advise that it is acceptable to sneak into a movie premiere; but instead as a lesson onthe importance of remaining hopeful and positive,-to believe in endless possibilities, and to trust that doors do exist where we only see walls. At the end of the story she repeated, “hearing no isn’t leading us closer to a yes…No just doesn’t exist.”
Allison “Debbie” Turner is absolutely grateful for what she calls an amazing journey so far. |P|