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PANACHE Magazine Wins Big at CTO Travel Media Awards In New York

Best Feature by Caribbean Journalist for a Caribbean Media

June 8, 2018, New York, USA

Kinisha and Tricia
Kinisha Correia (L), award-winning journalist, and Tricia Williamson, CEO & Editorial Director, PANACHE, proudly display their winning award at the recent Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York.

PANACHE Magazine (the flagship travel and lifestyle magazine from the PANACHE Digital Media family), has won the Best Feature Award that appeared in a Caribbean-based media by a Caribbean-based Journalist.  This was announced at the coveted Caribbean Travel Media Awards in New York on Friday, June 8, 2018.

The award-winning feature, “More than Just Beads: Story and Myth,” which was written by Kinisha Correia, was published in the October 2017 issue and showcased the work of Story & Myth, a Jamaican brand which specialises in, “island-inspired handmade jewellery.”   The four-page feature, which included photography by Niesha Brown, was a unique celebration of stunning earthiness behind each Story & Myth bracelet and necklace.  The feature shared details on how each bead is made and highlighted the fact that they are created by local artisans, many of whom are physically disabled.   The creations of these individuals provide them with much-needed income for their families.


Tricia Williamson, CEO and Editorial Director of PANACHE Magazine, said, “We are honoured by this achievement.  This win speaks volumes to our unwavering commitment to being the voice for Jamaican and Caribbean stories that truly connect with our readers. I commend Kinisha on the way she utilised her writing prowess to produce such a well-written story that captured the imagination of the readers and I am forever grateful to Story & Myth for allowing us to share their powerful story through our magazine.”

Award-winning writer, Kinisha Correia, shared, “I’m appreciative and honoured that my work has been recognized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). I’m also proud that the piece selected was on a business creating change by weaving environmental and socially conscious practices into its work. Winning this award strengthens the message that business can be a force for good in the region. I’m grateful to be a part of that cultural shift.”

Kristie Stephenson, owner of Story & Myth, added that she was, “…thrilled and excited that these long time oral mythical stories are getting acknowledged in the mainstream.”

This was PANACHE’s first time participating in the prestigious travel media awards and along with the historic win; the magazine was also a finalist for Best Photograph Accompanying a Feature.  The image by Ikenna Douglas, which was displayed on the PANACHE Magazine Cover of April 2017, was the entry in this Category.

We’re very proud and excited at PANACHE!  This win is a “celebration of excellence” and we are humbled to know that our efforts are seen in that light!  We are also truly grateful for the recognition of our Caribbean talent by the CTO, as we know that this will serve as motivation to other upcoming Caribbean journalists,” shared Tricia Williamson.


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About the CTO Travel Media Awards

The Caribbean tourism industry cherishes its strong relationship with the media and in appreciation for their constant positive coverage of the region, recognizes media for influencing their readers to travel to the Caribbean.  This recognition took place in New York City during Caribbean Week New York.

To honour the media’s exceptional work in promoting the Caribbean, in feature print, broadcast and online, we invite CTO government members, their public relations agencies and journalists to provide us with their top media placements for 2017 on CTO member countries. Awards will be presented to journalists from US and Caribbean-based media.

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PANACHE Charity Bracelets

Our Cause

The PANACHE Charity Collection was inspired years ago by founder Tricia Williamson through her work with creative industries in Jamaica and seeing the need of local charities for support. This collection was created to give back to several causes in Jamaica, theses will include but are not limited to: supporting the fight to end violence against women and children; autism; environmental causes; cancer awareness; education and women’s causes.

All works of art in the Charity Collection are made by Jamaican/Caribbean designers. With a minimum of 10% of all sales being donated to respective charities annually.

PANACHE Charity Bracelets

Every PANACHE Charity bracelet is beautifully handcrafted in Jamaica and made from the highest quality beads sourced from around the world.

The PANACHE Charity Collection will expand into apparel, designer bags, jewellery and more… As the Trusted Voice on Caribbean Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle we are supporting the local creative industry while giving back to our people in ways that impact and serve as a force for good.

The three PANACHE Charity bracelets featured here are in our “Fight Against Violence” collection. Bracelets feature these stones hand selected from Europe and made in Jamaica:

 Tiger’s Eye – This is a stone of protection that is very stabilizing and grounding. It is a powerful stone that aids clarity, harmony, and balance. 

 Black Agate- Grounding and protective crystal that gives inner strength, courage and attracts good fortune. 

Red Jade – This is the most passionate and stimulating of the various jade colors. It is a stone of life-force that brings a sense of peace, wisdom, and love


To order your PANACHE Charity Bracelet shop on our website at or via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @panachejamag today!

PANACHE Charity Bracelet

Meet The Designer- Simone DaCosta

Our PANACHE Charity bracelets were handmade in Jamaica by Simone DaCosta of Happi Beads & Linx, find them on Instagram @happibeads_linx or email at

Simone is a creative and sensitive soul. Her zeal for happiness, success, and love is phenomenal as she exemplifies a passion for living. She describes herself as a hunter for happiness and everything good that the world has to offer. As an artist, she is a complex human being with a result driven personality. Even though she is shy, she allows her designs to speak on her behalf.

Learn more about her To Live, To Love, To Laugh Handmade Bracelets for men and women and her passion for her work online on PANACHE at

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


Read the Digital Edition Here | Order Prints Online via MagCloud Here

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!



Spain Celebrates With Flamenco

The Valencia Suite of the Spanish Court Hotel will come alive on Friday November 4 at 7:30p.m. with the sounds and rhythms of a Flamenco showcase featuring Las Migas, a Spanish female quartet as the Embassy of Spain commemorates the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of  diplomatic relations between Spain and Jamaica as well as the 10th Anniversary of the creation of The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation (SJF). As Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador, Chargée d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of Spain explains “……culture is a strong bond between Jamaica and Spain and we consistently try to bring elements of both countries’ culture together to unite the people and to help in understanding each other.”

The four women of Las Migas – Marta Robles and Alicia Grillo (guitarists), Alba Carmona (vocalist/dancer), Roser Loscos (violinist/vocalist) – will captivate the Jamaican audience with their unique blend of flamenco and Meditaerranean styles comprising classic and contemporary rhythms, and melodies that range from powerful to passionate to playful.

A second performance will be held at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre in Montego Bay on Saturday, November 5 at 7:30p.m.

The two performances, free of cost and open to the public, have been made possible with the kind sponsorship of the Spanish Jamaican Foundation, Humiclima, LASCO Affiliated Companies, Round Hill Hotel and Villas, Spanish Court Hotel and Montego Bay Cultural Centre.

For more information on Spain’s activities in Jamaica, please visit: twitter/facebook/Instagram @embspainjamaica and @spanishjamaican

Pan-Jam’s C.B. Facey Foundation endorses budding eight-y-o artist

It came as a surprise for eight-year-old Aljarno Patric Campbell and his family when his artwork ‘Radiant Earth’ was selected to be used as the graphic for tickets to the second staging of Mount Plenty Organics’ Farm to Table charity event: A Fusion of Food Art and Goodwill.
“I’m just so proud of him,” says his grandmother Pamela Brown. “It’s a shame his mother never got a chance to see how talented he is.”

“Auntie Laura gave me crayons and paint… My favourite colour is green and I used green, red, blue, orange and purple to colour ‘Radiant Earth’,” says Aljarno.

Eight-year-old artist, and student of Exchange Primary School, Aljarno Patric Campbell pauses in one of the spacious barns at the Mount Plenty Organic Farm, which hosted the 2016 Orange Hall summer school focussed on children creating art.
Eight-year-old artist, and student of Exchange Primary School, Aljarno Patric Campbell pauses in one of the spacious barns at the Mount Plenty Organic Farm, which hosted the 2016 Orange Hall summer school focussed on children creating art.

Aljarno’s mother succumbed to her cancer diagnosis less than three years ago. He currently lives with his grandparents in Union – a short distance from Laura Facey-Cooper’s Mount Plenty Farm in Orange Hall, both in St Ann. Facey-Cooper had hosted another of her annual Orange Hall summer schools in summer of 2016, where Aljarno attended for the first time. The third child of four to his mother, the bubbly young boy was excited to express his emotions on paper.

Aljarno used crayons as his medium to represent the earth with spheres of definitive colours framed in red.

“I feel glad”, is what he says when asked how he feels to have his work chosen to be on the tickets to the charity event.
Facey-Cooper explains that: “The summer programme is sponsored by the Cecil Boswell Facey Foundation. It’s about bringing the arts to children who don’t have it in their schools. We engage about 30 to 50 children from the surrounding environment and they do interesting things like tie-dying, drawing with crayons and pastels and paint and making costumes for Junkanoo Dancers. We dream up all sorts of exciting things.”

According to Pamela Brown, she has every intention to send him to Facey-Cooper’s summer school in 2017 and beyond.

“I don’t even think his school, Exchange Primary,knows how talented he is. They do not have an art program. Other people in the family are talented but I will support him,” says Brown.

Aljarno Patric Campbell's Radiant Earth
Aljarno Patric Campbell’s Radiant Earth

On Sunday, November 6, art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to acquire unique works from local artists; including the works of Facey-Cooper who is a renowned sculptor. Food-loving patrons will be treated to rustic, gourmet vegetarian dishes made from organic local produce; exquisite Jamaican offerings from Chef Jacqui Tyson; refined rural fare from Hermosa Cove’s Chef Conroy Arnold; and world-class offerings from Moon Palace Jamaica Grande Executive Chef Dennis McIntosh.

Patrons will also enjoy, for their US$80 or JMD$10,000 contribution, the musical stylings of The Jolly Boys.

The afternoon in Orange Hall, St Ann forms part of the fundraising activities for C.B. Facey Foundation, the charitable arm of Pan-Jamaican Investment Trust Limited. This year, C.B. Facey Foundation hopes to raise $10 million. Last year’s staging of Mount Plenty Organics’ Farm to Table event raised $5.8 million for the institution.

Tickets are available at F&B Swiss Stores, Harbour Street, Kingston; Cannonball, Loshusan; Uncorked; Cellar 8, Upper Manor Park; Tea Tree Creperie as well as from and

A Season of Exclusive Premiers with HBO

Starting this Saturday evening viewers throughout the Caribbean and Latin America will be able to enjoy a variety television movies premiers that will make them laugh, cry, tremble and even believe all on HBO, beginning with the exclusive television premiere of the popular Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
With each movie starting at 10:00pm, here’s a rundown of the premiers, exclusively on HBO:

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – November 5th: Thirty years after the Empire’s defeat, the galaxy faces a new threat.  Nominated for five Oscar® Awards and with over $2 billion dollars in box-office sales around the world, the seventh episode of this saga is a unique cinematic experience that brings together not only the main actors from the first film, but also a great cast including: Harrison Ford; Mark Hamill ; Carrie Fisher and Oscar® winner, Lupita Nyong’o.

Black Mass – November 12th: Starring Johnny Deep, Kevin Bacon, Benedict Cumberbatch and Dakota Johnson, Black Mass is based on the true story of the most infamous and violent criminal in the history of South Boston who became an FBI informant to bring down a mafia family. This biographical drama is directed by Scott Cooper.

Zootopia – November 19th: From the creators of Disney’s Tangled and Wreck It Ralph comes this fun animated film, written and directed by Byron Howard and Rich Moore, about a city inhabited by animals (where humans don’t exist) where a rookie rabbit police officer and a cynical con-artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.  Disney’s Zootopia includes the participation of Shakira voicing Gazelle, in Spanish and English, along with Idris Elba.

The Intern – November 26th: Directed by Nancy Meyers and with performances by Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Rene Russo, The Intern tells the poignant yet funny story of Ben, a 70 year old widower who is bored with his life as a retired man and begins working as an intern at an online fashion company.  His boss, Jules Ostin, a young, demanding and dynamic workaholic, has no intentions on giving him any tasks to complete, however, Ben demonstrates that he is not only very capable, but that he is also a source of support and wisdom for her.

The 5th Wave – December 3rd: After four waves of alien attacks, each deadlier than the last, have destroyed a large part of the Earth, Cassie finds herself in a desperate attempt to flee in order to save her younger brother. Along the way, she meets a man that could become their last hope, if only she could trust him. Starring Chloë Grace Mortez, the film is directed by J Blakeson.

Risen – December 10th: In the year 33 AD, a Roman tribune is assigned to find the body of a Jewish man that is rumored to have risen from the dead.  Written and directed by Kevin Reynolds along with Paul Aiello, Risen tells the biblical story of the Resurrection through the eyes of a non-believer, Clavius, a powerful Roman soldier and his aide, Lucius. Together, they must solve the mystery of what happened after the crucifixion of Jesus and put an end to the rumors of a resurrected messiah. The film stars Joseph Fiennesand Tom Felton.

TheJungle Book – December 17th: Almost 50 years after its first stint on the big screen, Walt Disney Pictures presents the live action remake of the classic film, The Jungle Book. With a one of a kind cast whose voices bring to life these known characters, this film for the entire family chronicles the adventure of Mowgli, the “man cub” who must face the dangers of the forest after the tiger, Shere Khan threatens his village.  Guided by the panther, Bagheera, and the bear, Baloo, Mowgli also sets out on a path of self-discovery.

Krampus – December 24th: A boy who isn’t having a good Christmas accidentally unleashes a demonic spirit.  Krampus is the ancestral evil force that punishes the unbelievers, turning Christmas icons into monsters, and dragging them to Hell.  This comedy horror film is the perfect lesson in why you should keep the Christmas spirit alive.

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – December 31st: Parenting and marriage is becoming tougher and tougher for Toula and her husband Ian, whose daughter is considering attending college away from home. To add, the Portokalos must now plan an even bigger Greek wedding for their parents when they realize that they were never legally married.  The original cast including Nia Vardalos and Josh Corbett return for the second installment of the fun family film.

In addition to enjoying HBO’s latest movie releases at the time they are broadcast, viewers can also watch them anytime, anywhere on HBO GO. The online entertainment platform includes a catalog of over 2,500 titles, also including episodes of the most popular series on HBO and MAX.  HBO GO is available via, downloading the app for your mobile device (with iOS or Android) or on Xbox 360 (for Xbox Live users).

HBO’S 2016 Documentary Season

HBO’s 2016 Documentary Season will begin on Monday, October 3rd, with the premiere of one documentary each Monday until December 5th, concluding with the re-transmission of the successful original HBO Latin America production, Wars of Others.The 11 documentaries that will be presented by HBO this season include the Emmy Nominated Mapplethorpe and Everything is Copy.
The Documentaries

Homegrown: The Counter-Terror Dilemma (premieres on October 3rd )addresses one of today’s most serious and urgent questions, highlighting the real and evident threat of domestic Islamic extremism in the United States, with firsthand accounts from those who are on the front line of this battle.  Directed by Emmy®-winner, Greg Barker.

Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper (premieres on October 10th) shows a mother and son candidly reflecting upon their extraordinary family history, marked by tragedy as equally as success.  Directed by Oscar® nominee, Liz Garbus.

Orphans of Ebola (premieres on October 17th) follows Abu, a 12 year old boy from a village in Sierra Leon who lost eight family members during the Ebola epidemic and whose story shows the incredible bravery of the thousands of children that became orphaned by the virus and who must now reconcile their past and recreate their lives.  Directed by Ben Steele.

San Francisco 2.0 (premieres on October 17th ) visits this famous city, which for a long time was known as the counterculture capital of the United States, and that now with the race for digital gold, must reinvent itself in the face of the prosperity that sees young people from the technological elite coming to build their fortunes here.  Directed by Emmy® Award winner, Alexandra Pelosi.

Everything is Copy – Nora Ephron: Scripted & Unscripted (premieres on October 24th) is an illuminating and candid portrait of Nora Ephron, the writer and screenwriter known for her biting and intelligent humor, written and directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.  The documentary presents intimate interviews with some of those closest to her, including her three sisters, as well as Mike Nichols, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep.

Class Divide (premieres on October 31st) highlights the effects of hyper-gentrification and the growing inequality using the microcosm of New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, focusing on an intersection where an elite private school sits across the street from low-income housing projects.  Directed by Marc Levin.

Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk? (premieres on October 31st) goes into the fundraising circuit and conversation with dozens of mega donors that support the two political parties in the United States. Directed by Emmy® Award winner, Alexandra Pelosi.

Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (premieres on November 14th ) presents an unflinching and unprecedented look at the controversial photos of Robert Mapplethorpe, who tore down taboos with his frank way of portraying nudity, sexuality, and fetishism.  Directed by Emmy®-winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, and produced by Film Manufacturers Inc.

Suited (premieres on November 21st) tells the story of Bindle & Keep, a Brooklyn tailoring company that makes custom suits for gender-nonconforming and transgender clients.  The documentary focuses on the intimate process of assuming a new identity, accepting difference, and facing this in one’s own skin.  Directed by Jason Benjamin, and produced by Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner (HBO’s Girls).

Marathon: The Patriots’ Day Bombing (premieres on November 28th) recounts the dramatic story of the April 2013 terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon through the experiences of people whose lives were affected.  Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg, and produced in association with the Boston Globe.

Guerras Ajenas (rebroadcast on December 5th at 21hrs*) analyzes the practice of aerial spraying in Colombia with glyphosate, an herbicide declared to be potentially carcinogenic by the World Health Organization in 2015.  The aerial spraying has been a key tool in the collaboration between Colombia and the United States in the “War on Drugs”, and specifically against the cultivation of the coca leaf.  An original production from HBO Latin America, directed by Carlos Moreno.

For more information regarding HBO’s 2016 Documentary Season visit .