Chic, yet practical ‘The Liberators’ travel bag carries names of the Haitian Revolution’s female freedom fighters


The makers of “The Liberators” travel bag are correct when they say their product gives a new meaning to the saying, “I’ve got the power of my ancestors with me.”

The chic-looking travel bag — which bears the names of the female freedom fighters who took part in the successful Haitian Revolution — is a history lesson, travel necessity and fashion statement all rolled into one.

Travel entrepreneur Guerline Emmanuel, co-founder of the Belle Vue Tours travel company with her husband, Hogarth, gave birth to The Liberators concept and design.

Jimmy Cliff holding a microphone

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The bag helps revive the names and vital contributions of Haiti’s female fighters, such as spy and warrior Marie-Jeanne Lamartinière, key organizer Cécile Fatiman, and Agbaraya Tòya, general in Africa’s Dahomey kingdom who brought the African Yoruba language, art and the science of war to Haiti’s battle against the French colonizers.

Keeping with its historical theme, the bag debuted Nov. 18 — the anniversary of the history-making Battle of Vertières when Haiti’s slave army valiantly clinched independence from France.

“I am grateful, humbled, and empowered. This is more than a product, it is a piece of history,” said Emmanuel.

Available in medium and large sizes, the bag can be purchased at For questions, call (800) 418-7940 or send email to

To learn more about the women featured on The Liberators bag, get the book “Sheroes of the Haitian Revolution” by Bayyinah Bello, illustrated by Kervin Andre and published by Thorobred Books. Visit and go to to see Andre’s art.

And visit the Belle Vue Tours historical and cultural outbound tour company at

St. Kitts Music Festival

For the pioneering and successful St. Kitts Music Festival, the beat goes on in 2020 with reggae great Jimmy Cliff, Jamaican songstress-rapper Koffee and Nigerian singer-songwriter Wizkid in the early lineup for the 24th annual event, June 24-28.

Diversity has always been a strong point for the festival, which has showcased musical styles including jazz, reggae, R&B, gospel, calypso and hip hop.

“The St. Kitts Music Festival is known for its diverse range of international and local artists representing a variety of genres that appeal to a wide base of musical tastes,” said St. Kitts Music Festival Chairman Damion Hobson

Last year’s festival — the most successful in the history of the event — had 27,139 attendees and led to soldout flights that added up to the highest number of June air arrivals ever for the island nation.

“In 2019, we had a record-breaking St. Kitts Music Festival and we aim to surpass expectations again in 2020,” said St. Kitts Tourism Minster Lindsay Grant.

For more information about the St. Kitts Music Festival, visit

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‘Best of the Best’ ladies fest

The “Best of the Best Music Fest,” a powerful all-female concert, returns May 24, Memorial Day weekend, in Miami.

The event includes scheduled performers Spice, Koffee, Shenseea, Lady G, Tanya Stephens, Alison Hines and others.

The concert will be held in Miami’s Bayfront Park. Gates open at 2 p.m.

For information, call (305) 438-9488 or (954) 470-7666. Visit to buy tickets.


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