I started Bene Caribe in 2015 with the goal to highlight some of the GOOD happenings in our Caribbean islands through fashion.  I am from Trinidad and Tobago and I live in the US, and in my experience, not many people know very much about the Caribbean here. For the few people who actually know of Trinidad and Tobago or who have been to a Caribbean island, their memories or recollections share one of the following in common: 1. Carnival, 2. Cricket  and Brian Lara (usually people of south Asian descent), 3. Rihanna 4. Usain Bolt, 5. A vacation in Jamaica 6. Beaches, 7. Spicy food, 8. A teacher or a nanny from a Caribbean island The Caribbean is so...

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5 Times Rihanna Slayed Being Good for the Globe

Photo Credit: Roc Nation If you aren’t a huge Rihanna fan like us here at Bene Caribe, then you might only know the Caribbean icon as a singer, dancer, designer, entrepreneur, or that celebrity you’ve seen in the media.   What we love most about Rihanna, however, isn’t that she is a MOGUL or how great of a performer she is (she’s amazing we know), but how much she gives back to the community. Here are our top 5 reasons for loving this humanitarian! When Rihanna taught math to students in Rural Malawi Rihanna visited Malawi to learn about the challenges facing the country’s educational system as part of her role as founder of the Clara Lionel Foundation and Global...

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A Caribbean Movement Through Dance

"Dance making is a central and essential part of cultural heritage and retention" Trinidad and Tobago native, Candace Thompson is a dancer, choreographer and entrepreneur. She is the beauty and brains behind CanDanceFit, Artistic Director of ContempoCaribe, Founding Executive Director of Dance Caribbean Collective in Brooklyn, NY, and the powerhouse behind the New Traditions Dance Festival, a 3-night dance festival produced by Dance Caribbean Collective (DCC), in honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the United States. "Our goal is to center dance making as an essential part of cultural heritage and retention and to support dancers, choreographers and practitioners that are leading the charge." - Dance Caribbean Collective As Founding Executive Director of the DCC, Candace is facilitating connections and collaboration between Caribbean artists, creating spaces...

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Giving Back on a Low Budget: Caribbean Edition

How many times have you said no when asked for a donation? If you’re like many, probably almost every time. Understandably giving money after you’ve worked 40 hours in a week can seem daunting. Lucky for you, giving back does not automatically = giving money . In order to explain this, I’m going to use superstar Rihanna as an extreme example. In recent years, Barbados native, Rihanna, has given back to the Caribbean in countless ways. Of course Rihanna is extremely wealthy but even so, she is an example of someone who has utilized all of the resources at her disposal. She threw a ball to raise money, used her influence to ask her fans for donations, and dedicated her...

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