Category Archives: Press Releases

Parlour: Jackie Mag Editor Eva Hoeke Quits Following Rihanna ‘Niggabitch’ Debacle

Sometimes a joke … is not a joke. Sadly, Eva Hoeke (at left), Editor-In-Chief of Dutch magazine Jackie learned this the hard way in the past 36 hours when she issued the most non-apology-apology for her publication’s decision to refer to Rihanna as a “niggabitch” in their latest issue. After we reported the rundown, Rihanna issued her own response directly to Eva via Twitter that ended with “Fuck You.” Well, it seems that Eva has had it up to here with the mess that her own niggabitchness has created, so she’s decided to quit her job as editor. We got our hands on the press release, here is a translation: Read the rest

Eva Hoeke Quits as Editor-in-Chief of Jackie

Following a recent publication in Jackie magazine, issue 49, a worldwide outcry arose over an article on page 45 entitled “De Niggabitch”, which refers to Rihanna and her style of dress. This word is used in America as slang.

Throughout the various social media there has been an emotional response to this choice of words, as published in Jackie. As a first reaction to this editor-in-chief Eva Hoeke said via Twitter that the choice of words was meant as a joke and offered an apology to anyone who felt offended. This reaction cause further consternation, as Hoeke herself also referred to the term elsewhere in the magazine. In a second reaction through Twitter, Hoeke came to the following conclusion: ‘1. Don’t publish bad jokes in the magazine 2. Don’t pretend as if a bad joke is good. Sorry guys. My bad.’ The response on social media now took on an international character. In a third reaction Hoeke even offered to rectify in the next issue of Jackie. This morning Rihanna response on the article through Twitter. She was furious over the use of the word ‘niggabitch’ and ended her message with ‘Fuck you Eva’. Through social media Hoeke was taunted and threatened in various ways.

Following these events she consulted with publisher Yves Gijrath of GMG. Together they came to the following joint conclusion:  In the interest of Jackie Magazine and all involved she will leave her function as editor-in-chief effective immediately. Hoeke gives the following comment:

“I realize that my first reaction through Twitter, in which I indicated that it was a joke, has been an incomplete description of what me, and also the author of the article, meant. The term ‘niggabitch’ came from America and we solely used it to describe a style of dress. Because of the enormous pressure through social media I was tempted to promise amendment regarding the language in future issues of Jackie. Apart from that I also offered an rectification. I have now come to the conclusion that rectification is not the right solution. I regret that I have taken a stand too quickly regarding an article in Jackie — which moreover had no racial motive at its basis. Through the course of events, me and the publisher have concluded that because my credibility is now affected, it is better for all parties if I quit my function as editor-in-chief effective immediately. After putting my heart and soul into for Jackie for eight years, I realize that these errors  although not intented maliciously  are enough reason for leaving.”

Publisher Yves Gijrath regrets the state of affairs and praises Hoeke’s attitude, who primarily chooses for the credibility of the title, which – as she realizes herself – would have been damaged had she stayed. According to Gijrath there’s no doubt about the intentions and qualities of Eva Hoeke, however he does think this joint decision is the correct one. Hoeke concludes:

“I should have counted to ten before taking unnuanced stands through social media channels. Through this my credibility has been hurt and that neither fits the role of an editor-in-chief, nor Jackie Magazine. Jackie Magazine will invite Rihanna to share her feelings and thoughts on the article in the next issue.”


Well there it is folks. Offensive article runs. Editor in Chief offers a half-apology. Artist responds. Editor in Chief quits. I wonder if the response that this ignited globally will make a difference in how issues like this are handled in the future or if Hoeke’s resignation is simply a temporary solution to a deep-rooted problem.


Press Release: Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee Set To Host “Miami Carnival in the Gardens”

Thousands of Carnival Revelers and Masqueraders Set To Transform Miami Gardens into a Potent Mixture of Caribbean Culture  

Miami, Fl – The Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee (MBOCHC) is pleased to announce one of  South Florida’s signature events, Miami Carnival in the Gardens will be held on Sunday, October 9, 2011, in Miami Gardens, FL. This year’s parade will move this colorful and rhythmic Caribbean party along the streets of Miami Gardens to the festival area at Sun Life Stadium(( 2269 Dan Marino Boulevard, Miami Gardens, FL 33056). Miami Carnival has been an important ingredient within the culture and fabric of the South Florida community. It has been enthusiastically celebrated for the past 26 years on Columbus Day weekend.

The colorful parade of bands will once again feature a kaleidoscope of incredible costumes that are a delicious cocktail of colors and pageantry. With “Generation X” holding the title of “Band of the Year” from 2010, this year’s competition is set to bring on a sea of enchanting costumes designed to represent all the islands of the Caribbean. An early buzz has already been created by a new band called Ascension. They will be portraying “Eau De Vie [Water of Life). Also intensifying the fervor is China Mas Group. With their portrayal of “What Lies Beneath”, depicting some resemblance of what lies deep beneath the water, they have set the tone for some fierce competition this year.

“ Home to a vast Caribbean population, Miami Gardens is proud to be the home of the Miami Carnival is the Gardens for the second consecutive year. The history of Carnival began is the City of Miami Gardens and we are happy to have it come home.  The event is truly the best celebration and representation of Caribbean culture and pride. We look forward to the people from around the world, who will be visiting the City, to participate in this extravagant and exciting affair. The residents and the businesses are equally as enthusiastic and look forward to welcoming and hosting visitors to our City”, says Shirley Gibson, Mayor of the City of Miami Gardens.

“ Miami Carnival in the Gardens” is a unique opportunity for sponsors to reach a global audience of Caribbean Americans who travel annually to South Florida to participate in this one-of-a-kind experience.  There are Carnivals in various cities throughout the year, but Miami Carnival is unique as evidenced by the sold-out airlines, hotels, rental cars and other business establishments throughout the tri-county area in previous years.  With our Caribbean creativity and hospitality in full view, we anticipate that in 2011, we will be breaking records and welcoming even more visitors to the City of Miami Gardens than we have in the past” states Ruthven Williams, Executive Director of MBOCHC.

“One cannot afford to miss this premier Caribbean family-friendly event.  You will be mesmerized by the spectacular display of pageantry and color as the various mas bands showcase their magnificent costumes to the pulsating beats of Caribbean music,” All under one place, Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins in the beautiful City of Miami Gardens,” states Rafiek Mohammed, Director of Broward Caribbean Carnival, and Miami Broward One Carnival Host Committee, Inc.

This evocative Caribbean charged event also features some of the most infectious sounds of the Caribbean by a top all-star royalty artist line up which will be announced at the end of August. Attendees will enjoy a tantalizing selection of Caribbean cuisine provided by local vendors and Caribbean restaurants. Patrons will also enjoy a Caribbean Village sponsored by the Caribbean Consulates General and Tourist Boards.

In true Carnival fashion, this year’s  Miami Carnival in the Gardens will categorically celebrate the spirit and captivating culture and heritage of the Caribbean and its roots.

Media Credentials: Yvette N. Harris, Public Relations Manager at 786.897.8854 or .

Early bird tickets are $15 (Purchase by August 31) at The tickets are $20 on line after August 31. Tickets at the gate are $25. For information about vending and sponsorship, please call 305.653.1877.

U.S. Virgin Islander Promotes Hometown in New York

Sambala Boyd -USVI Tourism

Sambala Boyd (left) alongside Frances-Anne Solomon of CaribbeanTales Worldwide Distribution in Brooklyn during Caribbean Week in New York.

NEW YORK – The diplomatic center of the world New York sees hundreds of ambassadors attending the United Nations headquarters, but last week there was a different type of ambassador in town from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Sambala Boyd was the United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism’s Ambassador and his primary function was to share the warmth of the Caribbean islands with his fellow New York residents.

To make it even more notable “Ambassador” Boyd is actually a New Yorker originally from the USVI. He was appointed by the USVI tourism authorities for an unusual term – one week. But for a very big one – the Caribbean Tourism Organization‘s Caribbean Week in New York.

Boyd responded to a Department of Tourism social media essay contest on Facebook which asked U.S. Virgin Islanders living in New York what makes them great USVI Ambassadors and what it means to represent their hometown in North America.

Boyd, a talented singer, songwriter and model, nailed his ambassadorship with an inspiring essay. “I am obligated to share this extension of my culture – this belief that a smile, good morning, good day or good evening can warm hearts and yes even change lives. These are simple things to display to the world and New York, yet they are the strongest aspects of my Virgin Islands culture,” Boyd penned.

The youth envoy who believes that “a nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people” attended the Rhythms of the Caribbean Ball at The Plaza this month with special guest Dr. Anissa Moody, a New York area-based psychologist and fellow U.S. Virgin Islander.

“It was a night to remember. The elegance, entertainment and education about the state of our Caribbean tourism industry was welcome. I thank the Department of Tourism for this amazing opportunity,” recalled Boyd.

USVI Commissioner of Tourism, Beverly Nicholson-Doty, thanked the young ambassador for his passion and encouraged nationals across the diaspora to continue recommending their homeland for a vacation experience.

“We are thankful to Sambala and to our islanders all over the world – you are true ambassadors and are truly valuable to our tourism product and experience,” she declared.

During the week, Boyd – who is working on his debut album “Faith, Hope and Love”, also attended the inaugural CaribbeanTales New York Film Showcase, which brought the curtain down on the 2011 edition of Caribbean Week in New York.

By: United States Virgin Islands Department of Tourism

Press Release: TriniFly Promotions-Caribbean Summer Concert Series 8.13.2011

The sixth annual Caribbean Summer Concert Series is set for Saturday, August 13, 2011. This year’s event will take place at Six Flags Great Adventure Park in Jackson, New Jersey.  The one day event will be packed with musical performances, park rides,the Special Six Flag Safari attraction, and other event perks. A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the American Foundation for  the University of the West Indies (AFUWI).

The Caribbean Summer Concert Series will feature performances from the legendary Beres Hammond, Ky-Mani Marley, Wayne Wonder, and Anthony B. Also gracing the stage will be Calypsp Rose, a popular chutney soca artist with her electrifying stage presence. TriniFly promotions brings positive music entertainment to summer fun seekers everywhere. Caribbean vacation lovers are guaranteed to save money on expensive island vacations since TriniFly Promotions’ Caribbean Summer Concert Series delivers the perfect island experience.

“TriniFly Promotions is  excited to once  again provide an exclusive summer event experience for all families to enjoy,” said Ryan Elder of TriniFly promotions. “This year we’re proud to partner  with Six Flags Great Adventure, as it’s the perfect venue to combine star studded music events with their exclusive outdoor entertainment complex. We look forward to serving at the “bridge” that connects our unique Caribbean culture to thousands of park goers.”

Interested individuals are encourage to visit  or call 718.926.5926 for additional event information, including how to purchase event tickets, VIP packages, and transportation deals. Official event updates will also be also be posted to TriniFly Promotions Facebook and Twitter @TriniFly.


Offical Paid 4 Ent. Press Release for Virgin Islands Summer Splash 2011

Nationally acclaimed rap artist Young Jeezy aka Jay Jenkins, Smith Entertainment and Caribbean Entertainment.Com failed to appear as contractually agreed with Paid 4 Entertainment at the annual Summer Splash event in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands this past weekend. Young Jeezy was contracted for the main performance at Summer Splash 2011 in March, 2011 with a line up which also featured Bunji Garlin, Fay-Ann Lyons, Cocoa Tea, Bar Gyal Cecile, Hero and many others.

Major sponsors such as Bellows International, Coca Cola, Heineken Beer, Hennessey, Alize, and VI Lottery joined with Paid 4 Entertainment to make this event possible. Days before Summer Splash Jermaine Saunders, founder of Paid 4 was first informed of Young Jeezy’s unwillingness to perform as scheduled on June 18, 2011. After many discussions with Young Jeezy and his agents the contract was modified to allow the artist to appear on June 19, 2011 at 8:00pm at the Lionel Roberts Stadium. Based on the representations of Young Jeezy and his agents, Paid 4 Entertainment chartered and paid for a private jet to bring Young Jeezy and his crew to St. Thomas on the morning of June 19, 2011. Young Jeezy went as far to twitter his receipt of the jet on June 16 on his Twitter account.

On Sunday June 19 at 2:45 P.M. Paid 4 representatives were notified by the by the airline company that the artist did not board the prepaid flight. It was not until 4:30 P.M. that representatives of the artist officially advised Paid 4 Entertainment that the artist was not coming. It was also learned that Young Jeezy in spite of his prepaid contract in the Virgin Islands had also contracted to do performances in the Atlanta area. Paid 4 Entertainment extends it apologies to the fans and sponsors of the Virgin Islands Summer Splash 2011 and requests that you direct any inquiries or claims concerning this matter in writing to Paid 4 Entertainment, LLC, in care of its attorney Robert L. King, at P.O. Box 9768, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00801.

Source: Paid 4 Entertainment Massive