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I am so excited to announce that I will  the host for 2012 Miss Caribbean Metro USA Pageant! I can honestly tell you from personal experience winning Miss Caribbean Metro USA launched my entertainment career. I would not be the woman that I am today if I did not compete in this pageant. The funny thing is that I never competed in a pageant before. I always wanted too but they are so expensive. When you are attending private university, I had to calculate where every penny was going! However, if you are chosen to be a contestant in the Miss Caribbean Metro USA Pageant, your entire process is sponsored! So there I was, 21 years old, ready to chase my dreams, and represent my homeland Dominica. I used to drive almost an hour to go to practice. I was the only girl coming from Virginia and had full time job as a summer school teacher, college student, and a community leader. Even with a busy schedule I was laser focused! I was usually an hour early and the first girl at practice. Every chance I got, I was determined to master my craft! I used the grocery stores as my runway, I  practicing my talent to everyone who wanted to hear even random strangers, and I was always alert at practice, and I stayed true to myself :)  The point is I did not take this opportunity for granted because I knew this would be one in a lifetime experience.  After I won the pageant my life changed. I was determined to educate others about my rich Caribbean culture.  Naturally a go getter, I made several appearances every month.  I was in my community empowering the youth, visiting schools, attending high profile events, media appearances, hosting events; you name it I was there!  No one had to tell me what to do. I just went out there and ran! When God gives you an opportunity, do not take it for granted! Give it 100% and go fly! Let nothing stop you from your dreams and continue to soar! For all my 2012 contestants, I wish you the best. I can’t wait to see who will capture the crown this year but remember as long as you give it your 100% you are all winners. See you  July 28th! 

-       Chardelle Moore Miss Caribbean Metro USA 2009

Check out my interview on  "Celebrity Health Talk" with Fatmata Koroma on SLBC 1030pm Salone Time and 630pm USA time on www.africanradiosalone.com and www.slfuntvsalone.com

“You must believe in yourself in everything! Life is everything. Don’t make materialism life.” - Junior Reid.

Recently I sat with Junior Reid after he brought a positive vibrations performance at the JAMAICA ME CRAZY event held at the Crossroads Night Club. Junior Reid is a humble individual who continues to uplift reggae music and life!

Reid began his career at the age of 13 and still continues to perform and produce. Born in the heart Of Tower Hill in Kingston, Jamaica, music became his outlet of expression. Inspired by the “Most High”, he channeled his lyrics to express the voice of the people.

“My inspiration always comes from the Most High and the people. By the people, what they go through, what they say, struggles, everything!” said Junior Reid.

In 2006, his international hit “One Blood” signified him as a cross over Reggae artiste, merging the worlds of reggae and hip hop and creating a global sensation.

His eclectic background includes working with artistes from Lil Wayne, Mims, Fat Joe, and even Alicia Keys.

“Some of the challenges that faces reggae music today is the politics, the money, and pressures the artiste face,” said Junior Reid.

Like many reggae artistes, Reid practices the Rastafarian way of life. He wears head wraps as a symbolization of his African heritage.

“You must always uphold your roots. If you don’t know where you are from, you don’t know where you are going” said Reid.

The gifted musician is also a producer. Reid has his own production company called JR Productions. He has produced for artistes like Dennis Brown and Gregory Isaacs. Now Reid is focused on working with his children who continue to uphold the family legacy.

“I have 5 sons in the industry, as well as my daughter. My son is also an engineer and producer. I am working with other artistes as well," said Reid.

One thing is for sure, Junior Reid is a man of sprit and wisdom. Even with the pressures of today, he continues to remain true to himself.

“You must believe in yourself in everything! Life is everything. Don’t make materialism life. Money can’t buy life. If that was the case Princess Diana would still be here today along with Michael Jackson.

President Harry Truman said, "Our debt to the heroic men and valiant women in the service of our country can never be repaid." And while we cannot repay these fine individuals, we can honor their service, which is what the Coast Guard Foundation did Tuesday, June 12, with its Tribute to the Coast Guard in Our Nation's Capital the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The keynote speaker for the evening was Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin E. Dempsey. Attendees were treated to a surprise performance by Gen. Dempsey that delighted the crowd. Gen. Dempsey performed the Frank Sinatra song "My Kind of Town" inflected with some Coast Guard-centric accents. Gen. Dempsey praised the Coast Guard and the service's mission. The Chairman noted the depth and breadth of the Coast Guard's average day: patrolling 95,000 miles of coastline, saving 12 lives, and keeping tons of illegal drugs off our streets.

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