Year: 2015

Natural Hair Journey

Virgin Islands native, Shanice Wilson, recounts her journey into the natural hair world. No, it’s not like your typical video about Natural hair journeys with a timeline of growth and such. This was more of a question and answer video relating to natural hair. I’m not changing the title though because as far as I see it still counts. Advertisements

Blurred Vision

I need my glasses to see. But perception happens without them Now that I’m done being deep, these are my recent pair of glasses thanks to Vision Center in the Sunny Isle shopping center on St. Croix. I always wanted to try a big pair of glasses but thought it wouldn’t suit my face. If you check out my Instagram (same name, localladymedia) you can be the judge of if they do or not. P.S I like them very much. My eyesight hasn’t gotten any better but at least it hasn’t gotten worse.

On Island Profile: Rashad Martinez – Forever a King

The afternoon sun was barely visible behind a barrage of bright, white clouds, but the unbearable 3 p.m. warmth was a dreadful reminder of its presence. However, the sweltering heat had no effect on the bustling, prepubescent faces of the “Do-Re-Mi Daycare” after-school students as they marched down the path towards the back entrance. A non-uniformed face stood out amongst the children, herding them safely into the building and out of the persistent blaze. Inside,  he was surrounded by their boisterous voices; some recanting their day and others complaining about their pestering peers. His expression was unreadable. Whether he was bored or entertained could not be discerned, but he met each of their eyes and listened intently to their stories with the same focus he gave his craft. For Virgin Islander, Rashad Martinez, each task given to him is met with diligence, pride and unmitigated focus whether it is photography or managing after-school children. “He’s passionate about whatever he’s into,” said his mother and owner of “Do-Re-Mi,” Patricia Martinez. After a slight laugh, she added, …

College Graduation: the challenging downside

As seen in the both The Virgin Islands Daily News and St. Croix Source: April 26-27 2015 Even though I knew it was coming, I wasn’t prepared for how it would feel. I cried every day during the final semester of my undergraduate year. Between current expectations and the nearing future I realized that I wasn’t ready to graduate. I wasn’t the only one. Often, senior year is romanticized. Seniors are expected to have their lives planned out after graduation. This was what they have been preparing for the moment they left high school and entered institutions of higher learning. These students are expected to be bold and brave, bearing smiles and excitement for the coming of May when it will all be over. Few realize that, while exciting, senior year is overwhelmingly stressful. After several years, their lives are summed up in a month. May doesn’t mean the same thing anymore for graduating seniors. It is a month of changes. Dr. Aletha Baumann, associate professor of psychology at the University of the Virgin Islands, …

I am not Charlie Hedbo…

Originally, I was not going to speak on the situation in Paris concerning Charlie Hebdo. For those who do not know, Charlie Hedbo is a satirical weekly paper in Paris that is most known for its controversial content. On Wednesday, three enraged gunmen opened fired on the office leaving 12 dead. After gaining notoriety in 2006 for their depiction of a sobbing Muhammad, under the headline “Mahomet débordé par les intégristes” (“Muhammad overwhelmed by fundamentalists”), the publication received heated condemnation from the Muslim world. The motive for this massacre goes without saying. Religion wasn’t the only controversial topic targeted. As Jacob Canfield writes in the Hooded Utilitarian, “its cartoons often represent a certain virulently racist brand of French xenophobia. While they generously claim to ‘attack everyone equally’, the cartoons they publish are intentionally ‘anti-Islam’ and frequently sexist and homophobic” (First Post, 2015). Safe to say Charlie Hebdo was not exactly a place brimming with material for the sensitive, light-hearted, and those with strong moral values and ethics. Though, isn’t that the essence of satire? While …