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Business: Vote for itiba, LLC! WalMart’s Get on the Shelf Competition

How to vote for itiba, LLC for WalMart’s Get On The Shelf competition has been emailed to me! This comes directly from WalMart. Remember, voting officially begins tomorrow, March 7th. The Voting Process The winners of the contest will be determined by public voting, which will begin tomorrow (March 7). Instructions on how to vote via SMS (text message) and through Facebook will be posted on your product page starting tomorrow. (Also see the Voting Terms and Conditions on the site.) The first voting round will finish April 3, and the top 10 entries will proceed to Round 2. So you will be able to vote via SMS (text message) or through FaceBook. There will also be a badge on the website for itiba, LLC site so you can vote there or direct your friends to the site to vote there as well. So don’t forget, tomorrow, March 7th, go to and VOTE! Spread the word and spread the news! Let’s make history with itiba, LLC, St. Croix and WalMart!

-Yoki Hanley, Owner -itiba, LLC.

About itiba, LLC.: The home of Caribbean inspired, uniquely Crucian skin care products for your skin. All products are handmade in small batches to ensure product quality and freshness. Only vegetable oils, essential oils and phthalate free fragrance oils are used in our products.

For more information about itiba, LLC please visit  and also check out their Facebook page. You may also make contact via phone 1.888.551.5775, email, or by mail at P.O. Box 2567, Kingshill, United States 00851.

Coffee More My Thing, says Rohan Marley

After a Business Observer story reporting that Marley Coffee was worth US$235 million, prompted a co-host of a popular morning radio programme to ask what does coffee have to do with Rasta. Rohan Marley, one of the lead investors in the project, was quick to respond.

“That’s because of a lack of knowledge. My father’s first song was One Cup of Coffee,” said the 40-year-old son of Bob Marley. He did not make mention of it, but in the same vein there is another song widely acclaimed as one of his father’s first two recordings that could also provide an answer. That song is called Judge Not.

Historians say that the Ethiopian ancestors of today’s Oromo people were the first to discover and recognise the energising effect of the coffee bean plant. Coffee beans are found in coffee cherries, which grow on trees in over 70 countries, cultivated primarily in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and Africa.

It is from that African-centred perspective that the fourth oldest offspring of the late reggae king remains steadfast to his Rastafari roots, arguing there is no conflict with his faith and his business venture.

“I don’t limit myself to anything,” said Marley. “Ask dem if dem know where coffee come from. You identify Rasta with Ethiopia, right. So nuh Ethiopia coffee come from.”

Marley said he got into coffee farming after his brethren Iqulah introduced him to his (Iqulah’s) property. “When we decided to buy the land we realised that the land had coffee. So I got into coffee,” he said of his foray into and his love affair with the product which led to the establishment of his international coffee brand, Jammin Java.

Rohan Marley was born May 19, 1972 to Janet Hunt and Bob Marley. He is perhaps the only son of the late reggae icon with the least interest in music, even though, he admitted, he flirts with the drum and guitar.

The 1991 graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High School played American football for the University of Miami. He also played pro football in Canada for the now defunct Ottawa Rough Riders.

Now the co-founder of the privately owned coffee company, Marley is a passionate entrepreneur and visionary, combining his creativity and business acumen to create a self-sustainable and certified organic coffee farm which aims to help preserve Earth’s natural balance.

“My thing is more the coffee thing. But I do play instruments, a little bit. I can play the drum a little, and I can play couple songs on the guitar,” he told the Observer in an interview at the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston on Wednesday, May 11, the 30th anniversary of his father’s passing.

Typical of his father, he was in the yard playing football when he was interrupted by this reporter to share some of his reflections on his dad’s passing.

“The only thought I have today is only just a slight remembrance of where I was on this date 30 years ago. That’s the only thought I have today,” he said. “It was same place where I am today, which is 56 Hope Road. Yes, I was right here in the yard doing the same thing that I’m doing now, which is kicking the ball. I was about to be nine years old.

“May 19 is my ‘Earthstrong’ (birthday), and I was just playing ball and when I got the news I kinda just smiled first like they were joking,” he said. “Then of course, it finally hit home. Then later I saw Steve (Stephen Marley) and Steve said Daddy said don’t cry. Steve was in Miami and I was here. He was there with Daddy, so when he came he brought the message — from a father to a son.”


Rihanna: Performs for Nivea in Milan

R&B/Pop diva Rihanna recently jetsetted off to Milan, Italy for a Nivea skincare event. The Barbadian beauty is the current spokeswoman for the skincare brand now in existence for 100 years. Rihanna donned a classy white Dolce & Gabbana dress with a single fishtail braid. The singer performed “California King Bed” who’s video was underwritten by the company. The video is expected to debut later this month.

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Rihanna: Launches Reb’l Fleur Fragrance

R&B/Pop star Rihanna  launched her fragrance Reb’l Fragrance at Macy’s Herald in NYC on April 29th. Fans came out in droves to purchase the singer’s fragrance and to take snapshots. Rihanna wore a beautiful print dress with lace straps and Christian Louboutin heels.

She took to Twitter to comment on the turnout:  “This sh*t looks like a parade… MACY’s.”

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