Books: Kelly & Kathleen…Want To Help You Change The World!

By Shenee Tabannah

Kelly Tomblin, former President & CEO of JPS believes that the world is calling out for a new style of leadership and she knows how to help you get there in 100 days. Kelly and her best friend, Kathleen Sullivan are the authors of the new provocative leadership book, 100 Days of Doing Power Differently. Change Your Leadership, Change The World.

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The book is a leadership guide book built on the THINKLOVE model for leadership. It provides a mirror for your current leadership influence and helps you to create a new path over 100 days for the leader that you want to become.

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Leadership is a privilege and an honour, and should be treated as such. This book will inspire you to own your power as a Leader, while challenging you to Do Power Differently.

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The book is dedicated to the people of Jamaica and the Jamaica Pubic Service Family. It was while in Jamaica, Kelly was inspired to put this book together as she was blown away by her experience.

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Kelly had served in Leadership roles for over 20 years, however, she was exposed to a rare and superior form of Leadership when she moved to Jamaica in 2012. In just 5 years, Kelly and her Leadership Team were able to do a 360 transformation at JPS and she believes that their style of leadership could be duplicated and will lead to similar extraordinary results in other companies.

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Kelly returned to Jamaica recently to launch her book at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. Jamaica is where it all started, so it was only fitting that Kelly started her book promotion tour here. To purchase 100 Days of Doing Power Differently, visit
http://www.doingpowerdifferently.com.

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Money Lessons For Your Kids

BY Michelle Sinclair-Doyley, JMMB

Are your children learning good money habits from you? “Save up to buy shares in Nike before buying another pair of Nike shoes,” was the life-changing advice that Damon Williams, a teenage entrepreneur got from his mom, April Williams. The result, at 14 years old, her son, Damon, grew his net worth to more than US$50,000. Damon’s story is a hallmark of how parents can teach their children, the invaluable lesson of investing and saving at a young age.

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Financial experts agree that stories like Damon’s demonstrate one of the best ways to begin teaching children about money management and saving techniques. Start teaching your children practical money lessons and even create some new ones with the tips below:

Budgeting Lessons:
Bill payment time is a great time to help your children get a realistic idea of the cost of items and make the connection between using water, light etc. and the corresponding expenditure/cost.

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Involve your children in your monthly budgeting. Make it a game for them to determine the daily expenditure, by dividing the monthly bills by 30 to find an average daily cost, and then the yearly expenditure by multiplying the daily cost by 365. It is amazing how little costs can add up! Appoint your child/ren as “Minister of Conservation,” with the responsibility to suggest and implement conservation ideas and track expenditure before and after their conservation “policies”.

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Cash Purchase vs Loans Lesson:
Loans are not bad, but many children do not grasp that loans cost more and consume future cash that could be used for other purchases or investments. If you are purchasing a big ticket item, for example, furniture or car, ask them to calculate how much more a loan will cost vs. buying it cash, recognizing they may need your help with these calculations. Similarly, ask your child which “big ticket” items he/she wants and then let him/her choose between borrowing from you and repaying interest vs. earning interest as he/she saves towards this purchase.

Be an Owner Not Just a Consumer Lesson:
When walking the supermarket aisle ask your children, to identify products they like and tell you how they can be shareholders of this company by buying shares on the Jamaican Stock Exchange (JSE). For example, if they like Vienna sausage or Frosted Flakes they could save to buy Grace Kennedy shares or Lasco shares.

Appoint your children “Ministers of Investment” and offer them the opportunity to invest the money they have saved in becoming an owner of these companies. The money saved can be used to buy and sell stocks using JMMB’s Moneyline or invested in one of JMMB’s unit trusts such as JMMB Income and Growth Unit Trust, which returned over 13% between March 31, 2017 and March 31, 2018.* Based, on the current price, you can start with less than J$4000.

Do you want your children to be financially successful? Allow your children to see you apply the money lessons to your own life.

*This return is based on no withdrawals being made. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance.

IMARI: Making Authenticity Viral

By Marshelle Haseley

There are Millennial creators gaining YouTube and other subscribers by the millions. People who are attracted by their topical and inspiring content. Bodies of content that bring the attention of viewers from all age groups and backgrounds to issues that matter more than how many Instagram followers, we have- or how many articles of clothing we own from the 50th fashion micro-season for the year. It is more about how we show up in the world and less about what we show up wearing.

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Our chat with Imari Anderson (@freeimari) gave insight into a brand-new wave of creativity and inspiration. A creative of Jamaican descent, who has profoundly impacted online filmography and digital media.

Imari worked as a filmmaker with the team at Jubilee. Jubilee defines itself as a bridge, to connect and inspire love through the sharing of compelling stories. The team uses platforms such as YouTube and Instagram to share the human-centric content they create to create connections, challenge assumptions, and touch the soul.

He spent a year working there- forming part of a team that created content that gathered over 100 million views, and over 800 thousand new subscribers in that one year.

Anderson defines himself as someone who is working on finding out who he is every day. “Let me put it this way, I am working on trying to remember that every day”. He said, “I try not to identify with the things I do or have done, as who I am. I try to release how others would describe me, or labels to which I could subscribe. I wouldn’t say ‘Imari is a filmmaker’. It feels limiting. It feels more natural to say Imari is a joker, leader- Imari is passionate (sometimes to a fault). Imari is the guy who will debate controversial philosophy with you in the car on the way to the club. Imari is Imari.

In an industry that could create an illusion that everything comes from pulling creativity from the wind, Imari said, thinking is what inspires a lot of his creativity. He said that by subscribing to a certain identity we only allow ourselves to create from that identity. But by being ‘free Imari’, he said, “I’m only limited to create based on what happens to be inspiring me at the time. Notice the nod to my Instagram name”, he said, after which he laughed. Imari believes that life holds within it, unlimited potential and experiences, and he does not want anything holding him back from seeing and knowing as much as possible.

Paternal lineage connects him to Jamaica. Imari gave some insight into how the Caribbean culture contributed to who he is as a creative. Even though his father’s principles impacted him, Anderson still sought to take it in and manifest it all in a way that felt more authentic to him. “There are things that informed my upbringing like certain foods (plantain is my go to) or Caribbean culture, like a strong faith-centred upbringing. But besides the obvious, I’d like to think that from an early age I didn’t want to be defined by things like heritage.”

Anderson continued by stating that with a Caribbean parent comes specific ideals and values. A lot of it he said, came through when he was growing up playing soccer (football). “Ideas like always being the best in whatever you do, pushing yourself harder than the next man, I think these are things that came to me from my dad and through him from my grandfather.”

Another trait he thinks may have something to do with the Caribbean influence, is something he saw in his father, who he described as a proud Jamaican. Anderson said his father has always been big on helping people. “Now that I think of it, there’s probably some overlap in how I saw his sacrifice for kids that he was coaching, who didn’t have the resources- and how I’ve really gone above and beyond for certain projects that I thought could really help people. Even if it was to my own detriment.”

From an early age, Imari wanted to show up in the world as an individual. “That’s not to say my background isn’t valuable, the island approach to soccer is what initially gave me confidence. The island rhythm is probably where I get my dance moves. But I’ve always been of the mindset – ‘this is what came before me, what am I doing next? How am I going to build on it and make it my own?”

PANACHE asked a few more questions to get more insight into the process of what forms a rounded millennial creative.

P: What did you see yourself growing up to become?

I: “A soccer player. Definitely. There’s nothing you could’ve told me before the age of like 17 that would have convinced me otherwise.”

P: What attracted you to filmmaking?

I: “Honestly, when I first found it in high school I didn’t take it seriously. I just thought it was fun, and I wasn’t strongly interested in any related subjects. So I picked that up as my college major and studied it at the University of South Carolina. I got passionate about it there, and I found myself working on projects more than classmates. I’d sneak into the editing room after hours just to work on my own projects. Then, as I started to see the correlation between media and how the world is impacted. I made a pretty dramatic shift towards exclusively making content that I thought the world needed more of. I stopped doing skit shows and music videos, and started making videos for non-profits or for people with really relevant messages. What really attracted me is that it felt like the tool of our time. Something that could be used to either push us forward as a species or keep us distracted and divided. I saw the power of it and felt like if I was going to be in the game it came with responsibility. I’m trying to be more balanced about that now, though, I want to bring some of the original artistic motivation back into how I approach my work. I still want it to be art.“

P: Did you study film? And what is one of your favourite pieces of work?

I: “Yes I did, but most of my knowledge came from a production company I started while I was in college. That’s what gave me the initial real life experience. I’d say my favourite series is the Between Worlds Series. It felt like it embodied what I’m going for as a filmmaker. It has a message (we create better when we work outside of our labels) but it was also just fun and creative to shoot.”

P: How did you become part of Jubilee?

I: “I’ve been a filmmaker professionally for about 6 years now, it feels like 16. When I really started taking it seriously I wanted to make work that I felt like added to the culture and made people better human beings rather than stuff that was unoriginal or counterproductive. This led me to connect with Jason who founded Jubilee a couple years ago. We stayed in touch and when I left my job in the Bay Area last year I sent him a film I was working on and he encouraged me to consider working at Jubilee.”

P: What inspires you?

I: “Life. The different ways we all live life and the fact that there’s always so much for us to learn. None of us have the answers. And so, the people who really just live in constant curiosity, and the things they make, really get me going. I think for me to say ‘I want to make a living making videos that inspire people and encourage them to think outside of the box’ sounds like a pipe dream. People know how hard it is to make it. Being a director and 9 times out of ten even if you make it, you’re making content that you probably don’t believe in, or that is really just about how much money it can make. I love the fact that I committed to this idea, and that there are other people out there who see the value media has to change things up and invest in it. We can really change the world. I think Jubilee is founded on this idea.”

P: What would you tell your 10-year-old self?

I: “Believe in yourself dude. There’s no point not to. Everybody you see is just on a constant journey of becoming themselves, of trusting themselves. Don’t convince yourself that you’re less than what you are. You’re amazing and there’s no reason not to be.”

P: What is likely to be your next move?

I: “I want to explore my creativity. I want to do more writing and picking up more experimental projects. I’m feeling like I have a lot more to express artistically so I’m looking at different ways that can come about – whether its photography, writing, or directing new projects. But first, I’m going to live life. See what inspiration I’ve been missing out on after being so focused for the last couple years. Travel, meet new people, have new experiences. See what other neurons I can get spinning in the noggin and then make some magic with them.”

Imari is no longer with team Jubilee but he will be creating work of depth and authenticity. We look forward to seeing more from this powerful creative.

Shinola…The Canfield Pro In-Ear Monitors

Shinola again offers accurate audio performance built into a beautiful design.
First off, they are $495 USD premium earphones for audiophiles. It would make a great gift for Father’s Day or any day for someone you love including yourself. The Shinola Canfield Pro In-Ear Monitors I reviewed are black, wonderfully crafted ear monitors with detachable cords wrapped in quality braided fabric. It’s great because when you need to replace a cable you don’t need to invest in complete new headphones all over again.

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The Shinola box includes six pairs of ear tips made from silicone or foam neatly tucked inside. Great options for you to choose from, allowing you to find the best fit. Though noise-cancelling is not a prominently touted feature of these in-ear monitors. When I’m in bed while on vacation, I like to drown out any unwanted noise. It gives you great comfort for hours while listening to only what you want to hear.

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These monitors were developed in collaboration with Campfire Audio and its evident in the rich soundstage. If you’re an iPhone user, these Canfield Pro In-Ear Monitors are truly designed for you with a multi-functional button and all that jazz.
At the end of the day, the only drawback is the price- at nearly $500USD, it’s a pretty penny and so not for everyone.

The Simple Truth of Sexless Relationships

It just doesn’t add up. On one hand we hear that people who live together have more sex than singles, yet we also know that the statistics on sexless marriages is on the rise. Now it could just be that we know much more about what goes on in marriages. Whatever the reason, the big surprise is that a majority of marriages end up being little more than friendships that had some sex, at some time.

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Shockingly over 60% of all marriages end in divorce and for the 40% that stay together, half of them are just friends. That means they have a commitment to each other and share some essential secrets, but there is simply no passion. This is where duty sex takes place. Sex is so infrequent that when it does happen, it’s simply a process of taking the pulse. These couples are having sex 12 times per year or less…much less.

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So how do these couples manage. For some sex is not as important as staying together to raise children, pay bills and have outings together. For others where one partner wants the sex but the other one is not interested, well the simple truth is that partner is forced to outsource the sex. They find sex outside the primary relationship. That actually explains another statistic, the rate of divorce due to infidelity. About 75% of marriages in the US end in divorce because of infidelity. So it seems cheating may be a major outlet for those people in sexless relationships where one partner still wants some passion.

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The research tells us that people of all ages, all races and all sexual orientations, want good sex and they have similar criteria for what qualifies as earth shattering sex. So if most of us want it, and many of us don’t get it, why do we remain in the sexless relationship? First of all, like we said before a number of sexless partners are getting their satisfaction outside the relationship. Men and women cheat on their partners at about the same rate, women just tend talk less about their sexual adventures, generally.

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Also an interesting little fact about couples and sex was revealed by Evolutionary Psychologist Christopher Ryan. He says that human beings tend to choose two types of partners for long term relationships. A social partner, for raising the kids and paying the bills; and a sexual partner for passion and fun between the sheets. So it makes more sense when we think of Ryan’s explanation, that sexless couples may stay together for practical reasons, but not for passionate reasons. They become what we call in relationship therapy, ‘ companionate lovers’ that is, friends who raise families together but are not sexually aroused by each other.

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And in case you are wondering if this is love, it certainly is, and there are at least three other love relationships that don’t include sex.

Couples who no longer sizzle in the sack are likely to be in one of those. So what can you do about a relationship that’s gone flat? Well, first things first…try to remember if there was a major incident or change in the family structure before the sex died. Next, figure out how long it’s been since you really wanted sex with your partner. Experts say if it’s 5 years or more, you could actually be facing the end of the sex life together. Finally, get expert help in working through the issues that could put the ying back in your yang. |P|

Written by Dr. Karen Carpenter, Relationship & Sex Therapist (Published in PANACHE Magazine April 2016) | Find her on Twitter @loveandsexja  

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St. Lucia Jazz: Soleil Summer of Festivals

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Written by Tevyn Gill

Amidst the infinite Instagram posts, beautiful bouquets and other quintessential Mother’s Day celebrations, the Soleil Summer Festival’s St. Lucia Jazz event gave life to Pigeon Island National Heritage Park on May 13th. The first of four (4) feature events falling under the Soleil Summer of Festivals 2018, Saint Lucia Jazz (May 6th – 13th) kicked off an impressive line-up that also includes Saint Lucia Carnival (June to July), Roots & Soul Reggae concert (Aug. 31st to Sept. 2nd) and culminating with Arts & Heritage Month in October.

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Showcasing a combined display of local, regional and international acts, the final day of a week of diversely styled jazz events proved to be quite the climax to a jive weekend, while simultaneously ushering in the commencement of a crazy carnival season!

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Complete with designated parking areas and a convenient shuttle service upon arrival, the transition from your car to the entrance and finally into the colourfully decorated venue was impressively streamlined. The ambient aesthetic immediately prepared you for an elegant evening of jazz, with the music blaring gently from the grand half dome stage and the subtle buzz of casual conversation combining gracefully at the ear.

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It was almost natural to drift toward the bars as these alluringly decorated platforms that could be seen from anywhere in the venue beckoned all the way from the entrance. The Chairman’s deck was a connoisseur’s dream, with their list of delicious offerings of captivating rum creations. The Heineken deck was a haven for beer lovers at heart, with unbelievable deals on beer all day long.

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Excluding the VIP area, the promotional decks also serving as bars for their respective brands and a lightly covered sitting area near the food court- the layout remained very much park picnic styled.

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The lush lawn was littered with mats, blankets and portable chairs of every kind, with people sitting, laying, and some even standing, swaying to the smooth, soothing music that filled the open air.

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Though mainly patronized by a more mature crowd, the show attracted couples, families and groups of friends of various ages that all came out to enjoy the soulful sounds of The Frantz Laurac Quartet, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson & Friends and R + R = NOW to name a few.

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The initially sparse crowd grew gradually throughout the day as people filed in slowly and steadily until the venue looked mostly filled- but not quite resembling the masses of previous festivals. Still, the audience provided a nice mixture, comprised of people from all over the island and even from all over the world that flew in for the festivities.

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Spaces on the green continued to dwindle as people visibly fell deeper and deeper into a vibe and claimed their own spaces to do so. At this point, conversations also became easier and introductions became effortless as everyone mixed and mingled to the magical melody of jazz.

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If you hadn’t already made at least one new friend from Martinique, the UK, the US or even right here in St. Lucia as a result of one random interaction or the other, were you even there? Chatty socialites dominated the outskirts and bar areas while the jazz enthusiasts could be seen lounging closer to the stage, lost in the balanced blend of bass, piano and sax. When cocktails finally kicked in, a visit to the food court became vital. There was a satisfactory selection of eats available, from snacks like popcorn, nuts and chips, to a variety of fine caribbean cuisine on sale by local vendors. In the VIP section, there were also finger foods available for those fortunate enough, and those who were not inclined to sit outside for a full meal. After sampling a few of the festival foods, it was time to settle into a, now limited, space of your own to enjoy the rest of the acts.

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As night began to fall, we were treated to the delightful talents of Robert Glasper, rapper Terrace Martin, Trumpeter, composer and producer Christian Scott, Derrick Hodge – Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, music producer, keyboardist & beatboxer Taylor McFerrin, as well as Justin Tyson, drummer extraordinaire. However, it would be the headliner, Avery Sunshine, that would finally steal the show and cap it all off with her thunderous, gospel bred pipes and heart-to-heart content. Her powerful presence and heavenly vocals blew all of Pigeon Island away with graceful ease. Her performance ended with an eruption of applause that signified the unfortunate end to St. Lucia Jazz, but a welcomed beginning to St. Lucia Carnival.

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The Soleil Summer Festival also ingeniously held an after party following the Jazz event. It essentially turned the elegant evening into a full-on Carnival Concert, featuring the likes of local artistes Mata & Migos, Ezra D Fun Machine, Shemmy J and Imran Nerdy. Regional superstars Destra Garcia and Shal Marshall also graced the Soca Stage for the after party, creating an infectiously familiar atmosphere with some of their biggest carnival hits, new and old.

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Redbull Thre3style World Champion, DJ Puffy, also made an appearance that turned the vibe all the way up with help from DJ Hollywood HP to give the show a well-rounded and star-studded feel from start to finish. Undeniably a good product overall, the St. Lucia Jazz offering of the Soleil Summer of Festivals is an event that can be enjoyed by music and event enthusiasts alike. And with a seamless transition into the next installment of the Festivals calendar of events, St. Lucia Carnival 2018, we can only expect great things for the upcoming June-July season.

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One-On-One with Jay R. Ellis

Interview by Twain Richardson

PANACHE: Wah a gwaan man, we’re from Jamaica.
JAY R. ELLIS: Yow, wah a gwaan!
(Laughter)

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PANACHE: Today we just want to talk about your experience as a black actor in the industry. What have been some of the roadblocks you have faced.
JAY: Just out the gate being an actor there’s a lot of challenges. There is no one way to do it, nobody gives you a road map. And also it’s the type of profession that it doesn’t matter how good you are, it doesn’t matter how much work you put in as an actor sometimes- you always hope to live out your dreams and live your passion but it doesn’t always work out that way. So out the gate, those are challenges and then you are also constantly being rejected. You will hear ‘no’ far more than you hear ‘yes’, even in success. And that’s a big challenge because I don’t think anyone is built to be rejected that much and so you have to find a way to work around it. You have to find a way to not let it affect you personally and just know for you it’s just apart of the job which at times can be very daunting, heavy and depressing.

Then, following that are the roles you get to audition for… do you get to have storylines? Do you get to have a perspective? Do you get to be a fully fleshed out human being? Do you get to not be a cardboard cut out of a person? So that’s always challenging too. In the last few years when we see the success of shows like Scandal, Empire, How to Get Away With Murder, Atlanta, Insecure, Blackish, Grownish, Dear White People and She’s Gotta Have It. With the success of all these shows, now you get to see more material and see the lives and diversity of people of colour. It’s showing that the diaspora is so different and it’s not just one thing.

PANACHE: As an actor, what films have inspired you?
JAY: Well, I am inspired by a lot of stuff, I love Scorsese films. I love Spike Lee films. Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman in Seven is one of my favourite performances by Brad Pitt. I love Denzel in Malcolm X and most of what Will Smith has ever done- even on the misses I still love Will. So I’m inspired by a lot.

PANACHE: Finally, your Insecure Fans are wondering when are you going to come to Jamaica?
JAY: I will come to Jamaica! Just bring me there… I will be there! I will never turn a trip to Jamaica down.

PANACHE: Awesome, we’re going to make it happen! Thank you Jay!
JAY: Thank you!

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