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    Caribbean food bloggers you should be following today!

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    We are living in an unprecedented era of human history. The creation of the internet has made us more connected than ever before birthing a new digital society: social media. This has changed society as we know with new innovations that schools, businesses and cultural scholars are still trying to understand. However, today we are celebrating the unsung heroes of mankind. I’m speaking of the innovators who fuel our desires and heighten our senses in times of need. They give the people what they want. Ladies and gentlemen I’m talking about food bloggers! Food bloggers are using our shared universal human trait of self indulgence to happily torture us with food porn. I mean just look at this:

    On a serious note, here at IslandTv we pride ourselves in the mission to share our culture,history and heritage with the world so we are sharing 3 eye candy-extreme foodie accounts across the social media landscape. Whether you are in search of dinner inspirations or just enjoy drooling over photos of diri ak sos pwa, there is definitely a food blogger for you. Here are 5 Caribbean bloggers you should be following right now !

    What are your favorite Caribbean food bloggers ? Did we miss someone ? Please be sure to shout us out on Twitter and Instagram! #WeAreTheCaribbean #NouSeKarayib !

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    Lamise O

    Haitian born and North Dakotan resident, Lamise is no beginner in food vlogging. This veteran has been posting cooking tutorials since 2013. She specializes in Haitian cuisine, a gastronomy rooted in West African, French, Spanish and Taino influences. Her videos are of high quality and her personable approach makes them easy to follow. She also has a second YouTube channel titled Lamise O Recette Creole, for her predominately Haitian Creole speaking audience. Our Favorite videos of hers are the Poission Gros Sel and the Haitian Macaroni Au Gratin tutorial. Be sure to follow her on YouTube Channel and Instagram.

    Chris De La Rosa

    Chris is an award winning cookbook author who posts every Tuesday on his YouTube Channel, caribbeanpot. He may have just tackled every Caribbean Island dish known to man. By all means we dare you to dive into his unique renditions of Caribbean cuisine as he shares his rich island flavors, roots and love of scotch bonnets with the world. If you’re looking for a daily laugh be sure to watch his daily Instagram highlights as he goes on his grocery adventures ! His website .CaribbeanPot.com is a companion to his YouTube Chanel where he also posts detailed recipes.

    Cynthia Ramsay

    Do you remember this viral post ? That was Cynthia’s adorable little boy on their family’s recent trip to Haiti feasting on lobster, french fries and fried plantains . But did you know that Cynthia, though Canadian born, is an expert on Haitian food? Her Instagram page is the literally example of #FoodPorn.  Her eye candy aesthetic makes it so easy to lose track of time scrolling down her page.

    She teases her audience with a picture of all the ingredients and like a magician captivates our minds for the grand finale that has as our mouths watering as we wait for the second post.  Her Instagram highlights is were she goes in depth on explanations however, she quite responsive in the comments if you any questions! Did you know that san bèf or fried up cow blood is a thing in certain parts of Haiti? Me either but if Cynthia cooking it I’m gotta try it!

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    Fashion

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    In light of the Gucci and Prada recent controversy, people of color especially those of black descent have become increasingly conscious on the brands they support and are market towards them.

    To refresh, last month Gucci came under fire due to their Winter 2018 Balaclava sweater. It was criticized for being an example of blackface. Blackface is when a non black person darkens their skin to resemble someone of African descent. This was prevalent in minstrel shows during the 19th century during which, Caucasian actors would masquerade as blacks in a derogatory and racist manner. By the turn of the 20th century much of The Western World has come to seen it as an repulsive act–or so we thought.

    After intense backlash on social media, Gucci issued an apology and confirmed that the turtleneck had been “immediately removed from our online store and all physical stores.” The company release a apology on Twitter account stating,“We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make.”

    However, many of the African diaspora are a bit wary of such apology and are searching for black own businesses to support. Due to the lack of support and awareness of many black businesses, especially Caribbean own, we are sharing 4 Haitian-Owned Fashion Houses you should be wearing right now!

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    Stella Jean

    Her unique style is reminiscent of her cultural identity. Jean was to a Haitian mother and Italian father in Rome.

    Her common motifs often include merging classical Italian tailoring with Haitian and African style prints and imagery. Her clothes has grace the likes many A-list celebrities, including Rihanna and Beyonce.

    Davidson Petit-Frère

    This Haitian-American is the guy behind Jay Z, Diddy, Nas and Omari Hardwick iconic looks.

    Originally in a career in real estate, Davidson would often post his outfits on his social media. This soon attract attention and sought a way to brand himself and create a lifestyle he can share with others. This led to him co-founding Musika-Frere in 2013 that has now grown into one of the fastest men luxury brands.

    Jovana Benoit

    Jovana Benoit, the wife of the Haitian Ambassador to Vietnam, opened her first boutique in Vietnam last September, under the brand Jovana Louis.

    Her cuts are Asian inspired, specially Vietnam. However, she brings forth her Haitian culture in her design through the use of warm colors reminiscent of the Caribbean and Parisian sophisticated chic.

    Her work has graced magazines and worn by former Miss Haiti, Raquel Pelissier.

    Prajje Jr. Oscar-Baptiste

    Baptiste is the founder and owner of the emerging fashion powerhouse, Prajje. Base in NYC, he borrows heavily from his native Haitian roots. Base on his motifs, he seems to be inspired by Haitian vodou, mythology and folklore imagery. He makes frequent references to Elizi, the Haitian goddess of love and beauty.

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    Minds Up, Stigmas Down: Live Mental Health Panel

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    Raising awareness of the importance of mental health in Caribbean culture helps to normalize and ends the stigma… Many people suffer in silence because they don’t know how to seek help…We want to dispel the myths and taboo surrounding mental health…

    TUNE IN to @islandtvnetwork or @Lunionsuite IG, Twitter and Facebook (@TheHaitianAmerican) Live streams Wednesday, Feb 20th for a packed discussion on mental health in the Caribbean community, featuring an amazing panel of mental health professionals.

    Moderator:
    Marline Francois-Madden, LCSW @marlinefrancois

    Panelists:
    Mathew Jean, LMFT @matjeanius
    Sara Elysee, LMHC @saraelyseeofficial
    Franchesca Fontus, LMFT @franchescafontus_
    Georgia Bryce, MFT @georgiabatpllc