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Style & Vibes Caribbean Blogger Spotlight: CaribVue


Take a look at our featured spotlight on StyleandVibes.com. Thanks again Mikelah Rose!

Hailing from the U.S. Virgin Islands,  Jozette Walker, affectionately know as Joz, created Carib Vue a digital magazine in July of 2010. The blogazine has given her the opportunity to blend her passion for the Caribbean with career development in Communications (which she is studying at Broward College right now).

CaribVue Magazine, spotlights Caribbean entertainment, music, sports, arts, business, travel, culture, lifestyle features, and so much more. As a daily online portal the site offers current events and multimedia content. Featuring a modern, yet laid back Caribbean style, CaribVue’s imagery and overall creative direction mirrors the contemporary look of its viewers.

When did you start blogging & why?

I started blogging almost a year ago in mid-July. The idea of creating CaribVue came to me after losing my office job at a cosmetics company early last year. I was also in college at the time and decided to put my major (Public Relations & Communications) to use. I was born and reared in the Caribbean and I take great pride in my culture, so I decided to fuse this with my love of words. My goal has always been to have a career in the entertainment world and I decided it was time to create my own opportunities. The rest is history, CaribVue was born out of my motivation!

If you could describe your blog in one sentence, what would it be?

CaribVue, the Quintessential Caribbean…Entertainment, Lifestyle and Travel.

What do you hope to accomplish through your blog?

My goal as a blogger is to bring attention to the Caribbean. CaribVue is a fusion of everything uniquely Caribbean – the blog explores entertainment, culture, lifestyle, and travel. My goal is to bring CaribVue to the level of Essence magazine. Currently, we’re a digital blog and multimedia site but I foresee so many opportunities for the CaribVue brand. I hail from a really small island (St. Croix, Virgin Islands) but my goal is to develop the blog into a major platform not only for entertainers, but also businesses in the hospitality and travel industries. I am seeking recognition as a writer and editor, but I’m also an upcoming media consultant and publicist. I am currently in college for Marketing and Communications so the blog helps me to develop not only my skills but also my network. I look forward to CaribVue generating revenue through advertising and opening the doors to new opportunities for me in the marketing and entertainment industries.

What is the most challenging part of being a blogger?

The most challenging part of being a blogger is keeping the content fresh. Since, I am pretty new to the game leads are hard to come by so I am constantly scouring the internet for stories that my readers may find interesting.

How do you keep content on your blog fresh and interesting?

I have found that the easiest way to stay informed when leads are few is to subscribe to RSS feeds. I follow a large number of news, entertainment, travel, culture, and national news sites that offer stories on Caribbean people, places, and things. By keeping track of RSS feeds, Twitter, Facebook, and newsletters it minimizes the time.

Are you a one person show, how do you balance writing, promoting, coverage etc.?

I am the sole operator of the blog but I’m always on the lookout for contributors. I’m not sure how I pull of this balancing act, but I do. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are my greatest tools. My blog is linked directly to those two platforms and I also use them to promote my business as well, Twaitter (a Twitter platform) is excellent for my automated promotional tweets. I also have friends throughout the Caribbean, U.S., and Canada that supply me with great leads and media (pictures and videos) when I’m at my home base.

Do you feel Caribbean bloggers are taken as seriously as print publications (why or why not)?

I believe that the Caribbean blogging scene is being developed, there are so many topics to cover but I feel at present Caribbean travel blogs receive most of the attention. The main reason for this is that we are known throughout the world as a “tropical paradise” however when it comes to our music, history, and food these are the lesser known things. There are few Caribbean entertainment/culture magazines that make it out of the region as print publications, so there is definitely a viable market for these types bloggers on the internet. I look forward to a time when Caribbean bloggers will be looked as authoritative figures on topics besides travel.

What advice would give someone who wants to get into blogging?

My advice to potential bloggers is to write about topics that you have a passion for. A reader can read an article and easily relate to you without having ever meeting you. Write in a conversational style to connect with your readers and the writing process will come  effortlessly. In real estate its location, location, location…on the internet it’s social media connect with your readers and connect your blog with the social networks that’s your link to the world!

Who are you Vibin’ to right now (Musically Caribbean or non-Caribbean)?

I am a music connoisseur. I listen to everything but currently you can catch me listening to Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Rock City, Chris Brown, Keri Hilson, and Beyoncé. My favorite genres are R&B, Lover’s Rock, Pop, and Bacahata.

How would you describe your personal style?

I like to describe my style as island chic. I consider myself to be a bit of a diva, I absolutely love my heels and hats. My fashion style is fun and sexy but always elegant. I admire fashion icons such as Beyoncé Knowles and LisaRaye McCoy. White is my favorite color but I’ll throw bits of colors together to keep things fresh. I am an island girl after all!

Twitter: CaribVue | Joz

Source: Style & Vibes

“Undisputed” Mixtape by Cal J. “Da General”


I promised y’all music right so here’s the first of many mixtapes. The following tracks are off of the “Undisputed” mixtape by Cal J. “Da General” with feature apperances by B. Dash, Shas, Yung Kapo all stemming from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands and more. The V.I. hip hop movement is in effect!!! Please stay tuned for interviews from the above mentioned artists.

This group of rising V.I. talent goes by the name “The Cabinet.” 

Parental Advisory: This mixtape contains explicit content and other inappropriate reference for children under the age of 18.

Download the complete mixtape at: http://www.mediafire.com/?h5a5esefo5d23x0

Follow the Cabinet:

          Cal J. on Twitter at: @CalJDaGeneral45 

      B. Dash on Twitter at: @BDash_VIP

 Yung Kapo on Twitter at: @YungKapo

    Ruthless on Twitter at: @Ruthless340

            RIP on Twitter at: @Ripstah_VIP

          Abell on Twitter at: @AbellTheBoss

     VI Poetz on Twitter at: @VIPoetz

      

Undisputed
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01_-_March_Out.mp3
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02_-_G_Pace.mp3
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03_-_SDMM.mp3
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04_-_Inkredible.mp3
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05_-_Extravagance.mp3
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06_-_Last_Hope.mp3
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07_-_Children_Of_The_Ghetto.mp3
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08_-_Smoking_That_Killa.mp3
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09_-_They_Looking.mp3
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10_-_Been_Waiting.mp3
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11_-_Flyer_Than_The_Rest_Of_’Em.mp3
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12_-_Won’t_Be_Needing_Those.mp3
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13_-_Undisputed.mp3
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14_-_Fullyz_&_Semiz.mp3
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15_-_Light_Up.mp3
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16_-_All_That_Glitters.mp3
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Sandal Solé® Partners with “The Haitian Alliance”


Sandal Solé® is requesting your assistance in raising funds to build homes in Haiti through the sales of our products and our partnership with “The Haitian Alliance” www.transformhaiti.org.

Please share this PSA video amongst your friends and families everywhere for every little bit counts.  

We have “3” ways for anyone to contribute:

We thank you for taking out your time to review our request. Thank you to all of the teammates who contributed to this video you all know who you are!! Blessings Always 🙂

-Lisa Simone Mosley

www.sandalsole.net

PRESS RELEASE: Using Sport for Social Change USVI


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

“Using Sport For Social Change” in conjunction with the St. John Community Foundation and the St. John Parks and Rec. Department, will host it’s SECOND ANNUAL “JUST PLAY” event on COLUMBUS DAY, October 11, 2010 in Cruz Bay, St. John.

This FREE event will be open to all youth from the ages of  2-18 years of age.
(A parent or legal guardian must accompany all 2-5 year olds.)

June 23, 2010 (St. John, USVI)- The “Using Sport For Social Change” group will be hosting a “Just Play” sports day for the youth and community of St. John.  The main idea of this free event is to introduce kids to different sports that they may not have played before, in a team and individual environment.

The event will consist of sports “stations” that each participant will need to go through in order to compete for prizes, donated by Nike, in a friendly, fun and competitive atmosphere. Individuals will be competing against, and with other youth in their same age range.  There will even be a group of 2-5 year olds (accompanied by their parent) that will be entertained throughout the day with age appropriate games.

This FREE event will be held in Cruz Bay (field to be announced closer to the date), on Monday, October 11 from 9:00am until 3:30pm.  The event will also include a catered lunch by Mathayom Private Chefs, as well as drinks and snacks for all participants and volunteers.

Pre-Registration is required for all participants and volunteers for this event and can be completed online at: www.usingsportforsocialchange.com.

The number of participants will be limited to the first 200 youths that sign up.  The number of Volunteers will be limited to the first 75 that sign up.

Using Sports for Social Change is a St. John-based initiative spearheaded by Dean Doeling, a Senior Design Production Artist with Nike, and a frequent vacationer to St. John.  USFSC’s primary purpose is to support local sporting programs that are already in place, with fundraising, community education and sporting equipment donated by Nike. Furthermore, USFSC is trying to resurrect some failed sporting programs and provide play days where kids from all classes and cultures can come together for and participate in sports-based games and skill challenges.

We are still in need of sponsors for this event. Your tax deductible donation is greatly needed in order to continue our efforts on St. John.  All information can be found at www.usingsportforsocialchange.com.

The motto of “Using Sport For Social Change” is to “Focus Virgin Island youth through sports and fitness, giving them the confidence they need to set personal goals, achieve their aspirations and create opportunity for themselves, their family and their community.”

Dean Doeling
Sr. Production Artist
“Using Sport For Social Change”
www.usingsportforsocialchange.com
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