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Suzanne 'Africa' Engo and actress Manie Malone attend the United Nations Celebration of Africa Day and International Year for People of African Descent at United Nations on May 31, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Getty Images for The New African Empower)The mainstream media has largely ignored the year. I have yet to see any serious coverage by US television, radio or print media on IYPAD. The black press in the U.S. has also barely covered any of the issues, events and programs associated with IYPAD. Therefore, the level of the awareness of the Black Diaspora in the U.S. has also been negligible. Main stream media coverage in the Caribbean, Africa and Latin America has been equally minimal.

The United Nations clearly did not promote the year as it should. It made, in my opinion, no serious effort to raise the funds necessary to support the kind of events and programs that would align with their grandiose proclamations. The OHCHR (The Office of the High Commission for Human Rights) at most provided logos for print media. They were no radio or television spots produced. Consequently, the year has gone by quickly without much consequence.

Behind Robert Runcie’s serious demeanor is the spark of a precocious little boy from the parish of Trelawny in Jamaica. Runcie, who was recently named Broward County School Board superintendent, has come a long way from the small village of Perth Town where he was born.

Coming to the United States in 1967 at age six with his two brothers,sister and parents Eulalee and David (now deceased), was indeed the beginning of a fairytale. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Neither one of my parents went beyond second or third grade,” explained Runcie.

President of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce and Attorney-at-Law Milton Samuda has challenged the University of the West Indies (UWI) to foster a stronger nexus between commerce and science and technology.

Addressing the Board retreat of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) at Golden Castle in Montego Bay recently, Mr. Samuda lauded the Foundation for its efforts in garnering the resources to fund not just an institution but by extension the participation of deserving young people in our region.

notting hillThe future of the 46-year-old Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s largest street festival and second only to Brazil’s Rio Carnival, has been thrown into doubt with the resignation of its two volunteer organizers.

Already suffering from a chronic lack of funding, disagreements over the level of policing and internal disputes, the festival, which was created by West Indian immigrants in 1964, has been hit by the resignations of co-directors Anil Barclay and Chris Boothman.