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COVID -19 to Push Rise in Caribbean Poverty

New York, New York (CB) – Avril Bacchus, a retired teacher in Brooklyn, New York and Valerie Taylor who also lives in a nearby zip code have a lot in common beyond being lifelong educators – Both are Caribbean immigrants. Avril is from Bachelor’s Adventure on the East coast of Demerara, Guyana in South America and Valerie originates from St. Catherine, Jamaica.

A New Caribbean Museum of History is the Flagship Project of South Florida Nonprofit ‘Island SPACE’

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.— A nonprofit organization in South Florida is on a mission to elevate the profile of Caribbean art, history and culture throughout the tri-county area and the broader diaspora. The team behind Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) has spent several years demonstrating their commitment to cultural and creative excellence. Their catalog of work includes Taste the Islands TV show, Pieces of Jamaica photo exhibition and coffee table book, the annual Taste the Islands Experience event series, and the 2019 - 2020 Caribbean Culinary Museum tour. Under the nonprofit, the museum concept has evolved into a full-scale Caribbean museum of history, tentatively named the Island Archives, now the nonprofit's flagship project.

A group of artifacts from the 2019 Caribbean Culinary Museum exhibition at Broward Main Library | Photo: RJ Deed

Audrey Reid Actor by Fate

“I think acting found me. And, it was a pivotal event in my life that got me on that path: I got pregnant quite early, at 15. When you get pregnant so early and live in the ghetto, yuh done! It’s either you get a stall and sell scallion and bag juice, but you done”.

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