a j a n i photography: Caribana 2015

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, more commonly known as Caribana was definitely one of the events that contributed to my definition and experience of Toronto as a youth.

Recently, I attended the Caribana parade for the first time in four years and even though quite a bit had changed within the structure and administration behind the event, I had a great time and felt a sense of pride and gratitude for my caribbean, Haitian and African roots.

I felt a great deal of positive energy and happiness as I walked through the parade, photographing those that played mas as powerful soca music reverberated throughout the Canadian National Exhibition grounds.

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Video: "The Convergence Campaign" By Manifesto Community Projects And The Remix Project

Over the course of the last eight years, I have had the honor of learning from, collaborating with and building with some of  Toronto's most talented artists and community leaders through the Remix Project and also through  Manifesto (which is otherwise known as Manifesto Community Projects).

Collaborating with both organizations has definitely helped me to curtail the fears and daunting existential dilemmas that most creative individuals experience. Furthermore, since 2007, being amongst like-minded members of Manifesto and the Remix Project always reminded me that I was not alone and that I should always dream big and follow through on those dreams. Watching both organizations evolve from their humble beginnings has been impressive and I am grateful for their creative energies and hugely positive impact on Canada's arts community and marginalized youth populations.

With that said, this article is a congratulatory post to my friends Gavin Sheppard and Che Kothari (along with their business partners Ryan Paterson and Drex Jancar along with the rest of their respective organizations).

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Documentary: "Not Afraid: The Shady Records Story" By Complex

Much of the chronology of my life and many of my memories are tied to music that reminds me of certain periods of time.

In terms of my early high school years, many of my memories are intertwined and triggered by Dr. Dre's "Chronic 2001" masterpiece and most of Eminem's seminal work during the late 90s and early 2000s.

In fact, one of my earliest high school memories involves being intrigued and perplexed by my first viewing of Eminem's "My Name Is" music video.

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Restarting My Photography Career

My photography portfolio was recently redesigned and re-launched, so check it out if you’re interested in photography and in my career as a photographer.

A happy coincidence: as I was working on redesigning my portfolio, two well known publications spotlighted my work. Design You Trust recently published a story on my photographic essay on Beijing’s newly destroyed Wonderland amusement park and on the same day, Jay Z’s Life + Times published a 15-page article on my career.

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Video: "Lupe Fiasco Blasts A Dope Freestyle On Sway In The Morning!" By Sway's Universe

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Over the last five years or so, Lupe Fiasco has not been as commercially successful as he once was.

Fortunately, there is absolutely no correlation between record sales and artistic talent. And with that said, Fiasco is still one most talented lyricists in Hip-Hop's relatively short history.

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Music: "0 To 100/The Catch Up" By Drake

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Produced by Boi-1da and co-produced by 40 and Nineteen85, "0 To 100/The Catch Up" is a perfect example of Drake's understanding of his own virality and the concept of supply and demand.

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Video: "The Washington Ballet's Hardest Dance Moves" By The Washington Post

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The Washington Post recently went behind the scenes at the Washington Ballet to get six professional dancers to show off their most difficult moves.

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Illustrations By Sergiy Maidukov

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Known for his commercial work for a variety of publications, Sergiy Maidukov is an amazing artist with a unique style that places a great deal of emphasis on negative space.

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Interview: Chase Jarvis By Tim Ferriss For CreativeLive

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Serial entrepreneur and adventurer Tim Ferriss recently stopped by the CreativeLive studios to chat with his friend and CL co-founder Chase Jarvis.

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Video: "The Battle of The Decades -- 90s Rap Category" By Jeopardy!

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There is almost nothing better than listening to Alex Trebek rap iconic verses from 90s Hip-Hop records on Jeopardy!

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