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Former Miss Jamaica US Diane Johnson is getting ready to embark on a hot new video project that will shine the spotlight on outstanding Caribbean women living in the Diaspora. Her video interviews will air on The Beaute' Book TV (TBBTV). Johnson said, "For this project I am looking for outstanding women of Caribbean descent who have moved to the US or were born here, who have risen to the top of their field or industry. Successful Caribbean women who are doing well, whose stories have never been told. My aim is to create a platform by which their stories will be able to be shared" she said.
These are the Jamaicans you don’t hear enough about — a high-achieving, prosperous community too often eclipsed by Toronto’s preoccupation with gang violence and street punks. Chances are they’re your boss, doctor, banker, caregiver, teacher, lawyer, plumber, university chancellor or the judge you’ll face in court tomorrow. But you could easily forget they, too, are Jamaican, so low is their profile. “Incognegroes, I call them,” says one enterprising Jamaican who himself is a high-stakes Toronto real estate developer, making millions but flying under the radar, out of the spotlight. Over 24 hours on Sept. 19, seven Star journalists tracked 50 GTA residents of Jamaican descent to record their impact on the Toronto region. Designed to mark Jamaica’s 50th year as an independent island nation, the project uncovered a vibrant, productive collective that’s virtually indispensable to the GTA. Taken together, Jamaicans are not a problem for Toronto; they are a boon.
Pastor Jolinda Wade may be the mother of a professional basketball star and Olympic champion, but she has had her share of adversity. Wade, whose son Dwayne plays for the Miami Heat in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and won a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic games for the United States, is not afraid to talk about her troubled past, time in prison, and battle with drugs and alcohol. That life is now behind her. But a recent trip to Haiti helped Wade put what could have been a life condemned to failure into perspective.
A TRINI IN THE DESERT: INVESTING IN LIVES AND LIVELIHOODSDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (September 20, 2012) - The Caribbean can learn a lot from the Gulf states about executing a bold vision for development as well as the benefits of greater tolerance for its citizens regardless of color, class or creed, according to a West Indian living and working in the Middle East. Trinidadian Roger Oxley, who teaches students in the oil-rich United Arab Emirates (UAE), believes democracy as it is understood in the West "ain't all it's cracked up to be", and believes there is room for a "new vision for government" in the Caribbean.
The lights dimmed. The curtains fell. The room grew quiet, before erupting into loud applause and cheers as Norma Jean Martin’s Spring Fashion Extravaganza came to an end. The spring fashion show began in 1996, and it featured the then Miss Jamaica World Terri Karielle, as well as Miss Georgia 2005 and the Ebony Fashion show full figure models.  The show was a huge success and now it is the most highly anticipated social event in the Atlanta, Georgia’s Caribbean community. Yet, before the limelight, Jamaican-born Martin struggled in a big family of nine children. She acknowledges hard times, but remembers that the family shared everything. “Our parents were hard workers and provided, as best they could, a good education,” Martin said. Her parents’ core values of committing to a solid education and working hard are lessons that Martin passed on to her own children. She moved to the United States in 1986 and later earned a degree in retail management and fashion merchandising at the Fashion Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She was one of three students to win a scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City where she continued studies.
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