St Maarten a small island which is split into 2 sides from the French & Dutch and only consist of 75,000 in population seems so small when your read about it but once your there the experience is larger than life.The Divi Little Bay Resort has to be one of the best places I have ever stayed on an island. Not only was the decor beautiful on the outside but the rooms were perfectly designed for comfort. We were welcomed with gifts just about everyday but what really stood out was the staff who were just as pleasant.
The food at the resort was delightful but the amenities is what took the cake. The beach alone was relaxing but the infinity pool and jacuzzi’s were to die for . Now if that wasn’t enough we had access to the Gym, Jet Ski’s and my favorite the Spa. Indulgence by The Sea is a must have if you make your way to their resort , trust me you won’t regret it. Mark my words whenever I do have the chance to come back to the island , I promise you there is nowhere else better to say.
Each day on the island we had the pleasure of dining at different restaurants courtesy of the tourism board which we wee eternally grateful for. Some of my favorite spots to eat included Taloula Mango , Cheri’s Cafe , Hollands House & Rancho Restaurant. Now I can be the pickiest eater in the world but they all had menus which were easy to choose from which included American , Mexican , Italian & Sea Food Dishes prepared to anyone’s liking . Now I must say the two that stood out had to be Taloula Mango because not only was the food great but the ambiance was beautiful with the beach just in walking distance from our table .Cheri Cafe on the other hand had some of the funniest yet entertaining host I have ever come across. That restaurant is a must as soon as you step into the island.
If that wasn’t enough, Janelle of the Tourism board made sure we had a chance to see so much of what the island had to offer and for that I can’t thank her enough. We had a chance to enjoy a visit at the Loterie Farmwhere we not only had lunch but we had the option to go Zip Lining , Hiking or to enjoy the beautiful pool which I most definitely did. The ambiance alone will take your breath away but just being there is an experience in itself. I recommend anyone to go there just to relax or have fun.
Before coming here I never heard of a Water UFO but that didn’t stop me from trying it out . The UFO stands forUnbelievably Fun Object and thats exactly what it was. You can either go alone or with a partner/instructor on the craft which can only be steered by your body motion. Now it might take some work but trust me it’s well worth it. Only in St Maarten is this available , because it the first of its kind so best believe if you make it over there stop in Phillipsburg for an unforgettable experience.
During the trip we were lucky enough to visit the market place where different vendors sold clothing, art, food and other assortments but some of the best places we got to visit were the Guavaberry Emporium , St Maarten Nectar & Toppers Rhum warehouse. The reason why i say this is not only because we were able to take home some freebies (gifts) but we had the chance to see some of the islands more popular companies. The Guavaberry Emporium had an endless amount of product to indulge in from the Rums, Liquors, honey, hot sauces & more. St Maarten Nectar smelled like heaven as soon as you walked in its doors and the natural products which range from soap, oils, lotion, shaving cream , candles & more are a must have for any trip on the island. We had to bring some home especially after getting a chance to speak with the owner and her small team of 6 who make the magic happen. Last but not least was the Toppers Rhum warehouse where we got to see how one of the popular drinks on the island came to be and how the factory works on a day to day bases. We not only got to look around but we got a chance to taste test some possible new flavors that might hit the marker soon. Check out some of my audio clips from talking with the owners about their companies as they shared with us the process of getting their product out onto the market.
I honestly cant express how incredible of a trip this was and how thankful i am to The Tourism board for having me. I think words can only explain but so much of the trip so i had to include pics and video of this experience. Once you watch i guarantee you will want to make your way out here for carnival. i will gladly recommend this trip to anyone in a heartbeat, so until next time heck out what really went down in one of my favorite islands St Maarten below.
St Maarten Nectar
St Maarten Nectar
Toppers Rhum Factor
Dave of Toppers Rhum talks with us about the company
Yesterday i had the pleasure of talking with Robert Ri’chard & Imani Hakim two of the stars of the anticipated film ‘Chocolate City ‘ . Listen to my exclusive interview below with the two as we talk about growing up in Hollywood from a child star ” Everybody Hates Chris ” (Hakim) & ” One On One ” (Ri’Chard) to taking on progressives roles in film like this one , working together as love interest in the film, and why women need to make their way to theaters next week to see the buzzed about flick. Peep the trailer for the Jean-Claude La Marre film which stars Robert Ri’chard ,Vivica A. Fox ,Tyson Beckford , Michael Jai White Deray Davis , Ginuwine & Darren Henson before it hits theaters and on demand on May 22nd.
Last night some of music, tv & fashions biggest stars came out in Hollywood for the first ever Fashion Los Angeles Awards Show (FLAs). Superstars like Rihanna, Kanye West , Kerry Washington, Katy Perry, Ciara, Miley Cyrus, Drew Barrymore & Nicole Richie were some of the few in attendance for the event hosted by The Daily Front Row at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. Check out pics from the big night key which honored creatives making their mark in fashion like Gigi Hadid, Jeremy Scott, Christian Louboutin, Calvin Klein Collection’s Italo Zucchelli, InStyle’s Ariel Foxman, Hervé Leger’s Lubov Azria and more below.
Nicki sat down with Andy Cohen for an interview last night, and first and foremost, let me say that she looked stunning! She spoke about her “big break”, “Dickheads” in the industry, and so much more. Phaedra Parks even showed up to the set!
Yesterday we had the pleasure of talking with rising pop star Eva Universe. The Bay area native who although is new o us, is no stranger to the stage. The upcoming pop diva has already hit the stage opening for major acts such as Nas, Alica Keys, The Wanted & for major shows including Wango Tango & Jingle Ball. Now after talking to her It shouldn’t comes as a surprise that she has had this much success early on in her career. She sites Britney Spears, Lady Gaga & the Spice Girls as some of her inspirations. Eva has already had success on the Dance Billboard charts with her single ” Not My Daddy “ which featured Gucci Mane. & has already worked with rap star Tyga on her single Body On Mine. Now with that being said it make sense that that hit-maker JR Rotem signed on to produce her latest single Trapped which is set to hit ITunes next tues on Dec 9th . This is perfect timing since she just kicked off her run on Nick Cannon’s High School Tour so make sure you get into her single after you Check out our interview below and see why she is def one to watch in 2015.
So we recently got to sit down and talk with the R&B Diva Lil Mo while she was in town for her promo run. We got to talk with the powerhouse songstress about her new album ‘ The Scarlett Letter ‘ and her new autobiography ‘ Taming Lil Mo ‘ which are now both in stores and online. Listen to our interview below as she opens up about doing Reality TV, finding love again, going independent with her new album, opening up about her life in her new memoir and so much more below.
Last night stars came out in NYC for designer Alexander Wang new collection with H&M. The event/show held at the Fort Washington Avenue Armory saw the likes of some big names like Mary J. Blige , Tyson Beckford , Solange Knowles & Missy Elliott in attendance. Check out pics & video footage from the big soirée as the iconic Missy Elliott hit the stage for the big launch which will hit stores on Nov 6th below.
Last week we had the pleasure of sitting down with rising r&b star Adrian Marcel for a one on one interview after his dynamic performance in NYC at SOB’s for Hot 97’s ” Who’s Next ” showcase. We spoke with the Oakland native about his upbringing, who influenced him as an artist, his experience working with Raphael Saadiq, his sound, Touring with Keyshia Cole ,whats to come on his debut album & more. Listen to our exclusive interview below and get to know the Republic Records shining star and see why hes definitely got next.
Earlier this week we had a chance to talk with the publisher of the legendary Source Magazine who is about to make history with this weekends upcoming first annual Source 360 Weekend here in NYC. Normally these kind of festival/events are in held in California, Miami, Atlanta & Texas so it was a surprise to us that such a big event will take place at home in NYC. The Source 360 will combine everything that our favorite genre of music has helped to influence. There will be film , music , blogger & fashion panels and that’s just to name a few. Unsigned artist will be featured in showcases and competitions with tons of industry heavyweights in attendance. The Brunch, Lectures , Digital & Radio Celebrations & Award ceremonies alone will have so many key people in attendance that this alone will be an investment in itself. Now they couldn’t forget Beauty Expo’s, Sneaker Summits & a Fashion Shows which will also show how big the influence of Hip-Hop culture has changed the face of our culture. Now all of this is already too much for me and the ordinary consumer to take in, but the Source had to take things further with a massive concert as well. Saturday night The Barclay’s Center will see some of Hip-Hop’s biggest heavyweights including a legendary Wu-Tang reunion, Lil Kim, Bone Thugs & Harmony, The Diplomats,Remy Ma & more. Brooklyn as you can see will the epicenter for all things this weekend with a host of venues partnering with the Source 360 including BAM ,LIU , Milk River, Roulette, The Barclay Center, MoCADA & more. I’m sorry but this is unheard of for our community and this is one weekend that i know i cant miss and we know you wouldn’t to as well, so it only made sense that we had to speak with the man behind it all to see what made him come up with this huge event. Check out our interview below then head on over to get your passes for a weekend that will be legendary HERE.
We Recently had the chance to talk with superstars Keke Palmer & Sherri Shepherd just days before they made their Broadway debut in Rogers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Watch our exclusive interview as the ladies talk to me about their excitement about their groundbreaking roles as the first two African American woman to play Cinderella and the wicked step mother in this classical story on Broadway, then make sure you pick up your tickets