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Minister lauds BimROCK team


Minister lauds BimROCK team

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COMPLAINTS AND CRITICISM will not pull Barbados out of the economic doldrums, says Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley.

Instead, he suggested that Barbadians need to put their hands to the plough and pursue ventures that will create jobs and generate wealth.

Lashley made the comments yesterday as he threw his support behind BimROCK Magazine, a new digital publication which will be available from Independence Day.

The Minister said the old rules of economic engagement no longer hold true for many small developing countries like Barbados and citizens had to do their part.

“Rather than talk about the need to get a job in Barbados, I am inspired by young people who have determined they will create avenues for job creation and that they will empower themselves to earn wealth and to take their talents beyond the shores of Barbados,” he said during the media launch at the Spirit Bond Mall in The City.

He lauded young people, like the team behind BimROCK, “who are willing to dream big things and who are willing to put their elbow grease behind their thoughts and their passions”.

In his earlier remarks, magazine publisher Kishmar Shepherd highlighted his desire to focus on the positive things about Barbados.

“BimROCK Magazine came about because I wanted to do something impactful for Barbados. I know we’re going through a tough time and there’s a lot to complain about, there’s a lot to be upset about but I don’t think we should focus on the negative. I think we should embrace the positive  . . .,’ he said.

The monthly video publication celebrates Barbadian lifestyles and it is heavily focused on local music, culture, entertainment, food and fashion.

The core team is made up of fashion blogger and stylist Mikhaila ‘Gigi’ Farrier, chef Leandro Stuart, Carlos Brathwaite of music blog 246 Mixtapes, freelance media professional Victoria Bristol, DJ Puffy and photographer/creative director Rachelle Gray who is also the magazine’s editor-in-chief.

It is produced and published by Nu Visual Media, of which Shepherd is the chief executive officer. (NB)