The Reigning Queen: Shereena Richardson On Miss Anguilla, Her Start in Music, and Striving for Success
After making a decision to step out on fear, Shereena Richardson wears the crown of Miss Anguilla 2014, but she is more than just a pageant queen. Standing on her platform "The Preservation of the Calypso Art Form," Shereena, affectionately known as Shea Shea, is the 2012 Calypso Monarch title-holder in Anguilla and is also the female vocalist of Pantha Vibes International. Shereena has balanced these roles all while studying Public Health at Georgia Southern University. Learn more about why she entered the Miss Anguilla pageant, her thoughts on the opportunities afforded to her as a queen, and how she balances college with pageantry and music.
Behind His Lens: Jamal Gumbs Discusses Perfecting His Craft, Thoughts on Instagram, and Why Photographers Don't Always Get Respect
When it comes to taking photographs, Jamal Gumbs undeniably prefers to be the man behind the camera. If you take a look at the quality of his work, you may be surprised to learn that his pursuit of photography was nothing more than an interest that spiraled into a profession. Find out how he approaches some of his biggest gigs, his opinion on the respect for the art form, and why you won't be seeing him on Instagram anytime soon.
The Perfect Start: Natalie Richardson Talks Launching Her Career, Growing as an Artist, and Defying Limitations
Natalie Richardson is a small island girl with big dreams, but if you let her tell it, pursuing a music career wasn't always in her life plan. The University of the Virgin Islands graduate not only served as president of the Anguilla Student Association and crossed Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., but she also delivered her class commencement speech in 2014. A few months after graduation, Natalie released her first single "Perfect," a pleasant surprise for her supporters and a leap of faith for the songstress herself. In fact, she's already received an opportunity to grace the same stage as August Alsina and Demarco this early in her career. Learn more about her bold decision to pursue music professionally, what really went on behind the scenes of her first music video, and her thoughts on defying limitations.
For an island that only spans 35 square miles, Anguilla continues to produce immense leaders, talent, ambassadors, and entrepreneurs. I designed The Protégé AXA to highlight young Anguillians who are pursuing careers that may not always be deemed traditional. From singers to dancers, models to fashion designers, DJs to rappers, and bloggers to business owners, this trailblazing generation deserves an outlet all its own. The Protégé AXA fills this void and seeks to generate a positive space for young adults in Anguilla, the Caribbean, and beyond.
Creator, The Protégé AXA
Shanice Davis is the creator of The Protégé AXA. Dedicated to illuminating women of color and Caribbean culture with her pen, the New York-based writer has also written for Vibe magazine and xoNecole.