Culinary Genius!

ST. CROIX, US VIRGIN ISLANDS She is an attorney by profession and a culinary genius during her spare time. Her name is Tanisha Bailey-Roka. But, she is affectionately known to many as the Crucian Contessa. CGR: How long have you been cooking or should I say creating dishes? Contessa: I always loved baking—not so good at cooking—when I was growing up.  One of my favorite Christmas gifts was an easy bake oven my parents gave me! That was just a little metal box with a really ti

Quadrille Dancer

ST. CROIX, US VIRGIN ISLANDS "Quadrille dancing is not for the faint of heart." CGR: What is your Caribbean heritage/where are you and generations back of your family from? Marion: Like much of the black people of the Caribbean, my family's heritage includes enslaved Africans.  We can trace my father's family back to the 1800's on the island of St. Croix, Danish West Indies.  Unfortunately, my mother's father is not listed on her birth certificate.  But according to family so

Soca Princess

US VIRGIN ISLANDS CGR: Who was your musical inspiration? Rudy: I started singing at an early age with my father in church. I sang gospel with him in church. My father is my musical inspiration. CGR: How do you feel as a female singing/performing in a predominantly male dominated industry? Rudy: It  can be challenging at times. But I can hold my own as a strong woman. CGR: So you’ve collaborated with major Caribbean artists like Machel Montano. Congrats on a great collabo wi