Author Archives : Natasha Von Castle

Grace Foods USA joins Celebrity Chef Darian Bryan to Fundraise For Families of Buffalo Shooting

On May 14, 2022, a lone gunman killed ten unarmed civilians at a Tops grocery store in Buffalo, NY. The senseless killing has left the Buffalo community and nation in mourning. Feeling the pain of seeing his hometown shattered by the tragic event, one resident of Buffalo, Chef Darian Bryan, immediately resolved to do what he could to assist those impacted. With the help of his wife Jessica, Chef Bryan…

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Peer to Peer with Camille Findley

Camille Findley is an industry go-to in the Miami and Florida market.  Co-founder of Dancehall USA, Camille’s extensive relationships with DJs on key radio stations as well as relationships with industry movers and shakers in the South Florida region makes her an asset and resource for artists and labels who are launching new projects. VP:  How did you get your start in the business? CF:  My start in the business…

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York College Issues First Presidential Medal to Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin O.D.

(Photo Credit:  Leonard McKenzie) York College presents its first Presidential Medal to VP Records co-founder, Patricia ‘Miss Pat’ Chin O.D. The medal was bestowed upon ‘Miss Pat’ on Thursday June 2nd at the UBS stadium in Long Island. President Dr. Berenecea J. Eanes recognized Miss Pat as a pillar / staple of the community in bringing the Reggae culture of music to a diverse community. York College is a senior college…

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Rest In Peace Fil Callendar

  The great Panamanian / Jamaican legend and historical guitarist, drummer, singer and producer Filbero “Fil” Callender has passed. From the late 60s to the early 70s Filberto “Fil” Callender was a house drummer at Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio 1 Records. In that time he motored some of the greatest Jamaican rhythms ever created including Satta Massagana, Real Rock, Hot Milk, Drifter and Queen of the Minstrel. Callender migrated to…

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Comets Club Honors Donald ‘DQ’ Quarrie and Veronica ‘VCB’ Campbell Brown

On May 28th, 2022 the Comets Club International held their anniversary dinner, reunion and awards gala.  This years honorees were Donald ‘DQ’ Quarrie and Veronica ‘VCB’ Campbell Brown. Held in Queens, New York, the formal event honored the outstanding sports achievements of Donald ‘DQ’ Quarrie and Veronica (VCB) Campbell Brown who were both presented with a Lifetime Achievement Awards. Among the many notable attendees in attendance at this years gala,…

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Peer to Peer with Jermaine McCalpin

Jermaine McCalpin is not in entertainment, but he is a major figure at New Jersey City University and a son of Jamaica.  He is currently Chair of the African and African American Studies Program at New Jersey City University.  Dr. McCalpin was previously Associate Director of the Centre for Caribbean Thought and Lecturer of Transitional Justice in the Department of Government, University of the West Indies, Mona (2007-2016).  He attended…

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