Stacey McKenzie: The Scout, Jean Paul Gaultier, Workshops & Perseverance

 I randomly met up with Stacey McKenzie. Like many I know of Stacey but until now I did not really know her story. Stacey shares her inspiring story of passion as her anchor to accomplish her goal of being a model although everyone told her she did not have the “look”.  Stacey McKenzie (born inContinue reading “Stacey McKenzie: The Scout, Jean Paul Gaultier, Workshops & Perseverance”

The Hotel Specialist@Hotel Bellclaire

 Henry and Daryl are childhood friends from Jamaica. After High School, Henry’s family moved to London and Daryl’s moved to NYC. Over a year ago, they launched The Hotel Specialist in NYC. They are hospitality “headhunters” for celebrities, fashion personalities and executives. Whether the client is 1 person or group, they promise the best serviceContinue reading “The Hotel Specialist@Hotel Bellclaire”

Maxim Magazine’s Top 5 Best Dinners, #2 Spur Tree’s Oxtail Stew

  I was having my usual sorrel & ginger beer at Spur Tree catching up with owner/chef Sean John and I see a Maxim magazine on the bar. The Braised Oxtail is the 2011 #2 Best Dinners in America according to Maxim. And reggae artist  Sean Paul wrote the review  “When I’m in New York,Continue reading “Maxim Magazine’s Top 5 Best Dinners, #2 Spur Tree’s Oxtail Stew”

SPUR TREE’s Sean John prepares Ackee & Cod Bruschetta @ MACY’S

Spur Tree was selected by MACY’s Culinary Council as one of NYC’s hottest restaurants and Owner/Chef Sean John was asked to prepare a dish for Black History Month @ MACY’s department store’s kitchen studio. He is preparing a Jamaican national dish with coco bread: Ackee and Cod Bruschetta. I included the recipe for us allContinue reading “SPUR TREE’s Sean John prepares Ackee & Cod Bruschetta @ MACY’S”

Lady Saw: Queen of Dancehall on Jamaica, “My Way”, Family, Kimora Lee & Farming

New Story: While at NYC’s Spur Tree , I noticed a woman wearing a leopard print with a line of people in line to interview her. Sean (the owner of Spur Tree) said “she would be good for your small stories”. Meet Jamaican-born reggae singer and “Queen of dancehall,” Lady Saw was the first female DJ to win a Grammy Award, and the first female to be certified triple platinum as a result of her work on No Doubt’s Underneath It All

Stacey McKenzie: The Scout, Jean Paul Gaultier, Workshops & Passion

New Story: Stacey McKenzie has worked for Alexander McQueen, Betsey Johnson, Tommy Hilfiger, Todd Oldham, Michiko Koshino and Jean Paul Gaultier. Her magazine covers include Essence, Le Monde and Panache, as well as editorials in Vogue (US, Japan, Korea, Britain, Spain), Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Flare, Fashion, and Vibe. I randomly met up with Stacey over the July 4th NYC weekend. Like many I know of Stacey but until I did not really know her story. Stacey shares her inspiring story of passion as her anchor to accomplish her goal of being a model although everyone told her she did not have the “look”.

Joan Morgan: Poetry, Salsa, Jamaica & 3 Interpretations

A New Story: Meet Joan Morgan. Entrepreneur. Writer. Mother and loved and admired by many including yours truly. Joan was one the first people I met in NYC back in June 1992. This is a story about Joan filmed at her Spur Tree Birthday soire from the interpretation of 3 of her girlfriends. “Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist and author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist and entertainent writer, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice before having her work published by Vibe, Interview, MS, More, Spin, Giant and numerous other publications. Formerly the Executive Editor of Essence and one of the original staff writers at VIBE, Joan Morgan is the author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost — a fresh, witty, and irreverent book that marks the literary debut of one of the most original, perceptive, and engaging young social commentators in America today.

Belinda Becker: Mother, DJ, Dancer & New Yorker

 Before Belinda Becker became Belinda Becker the DJ-dancer-actress, she had noble aspirations of being a journalist. Or rather, thats what her strict Jamaican parents hoped shed become. They wanted me to be something concrete, like a journalist, doctor, lawyer—not something iffy, recalls the 40-year-old triple threat. [Theyd say], Freelance? How are you going to live?Continue reading “Belinda Becker: Mother, DJ, Dancer & New Yorker”

SPUR TREE: Jamaican-Asian cuisine, Chinatown & Micro-credit

A Day In The Life with Spur Tree restaurant/bar owner Sean John. We take a walk thru Chinatown (NYC) shopping for the night’s menu, discussing Jamaican-Asian cuisine and how small businesses are looking out for each other in Chinatown..and his Mother just happen to be in town from Jamaica, thus, last wise words in theContinue reading “SPUR TREE: Jamaican-Asian cuisine, Chinatown & Micro-credit”