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Jamaican Women of Florida Turns Ten

Ten years ago, several Jamaican-born women in South Florida started a non-profit organization to celebrate their accomplishments, laud the mentors who helped them, and provide a platform for the next generation of female leaders. Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) was borne out of that desire to acknowledge and give back. And, since their official launch in October 2012, JWOF has played a significant role in the development of the young women they have nurtured.

Janice McIntosh

Angela Davis on Capitalism and Slavery

It was exactly 20 years ago that Dr. Angela Davis addressed a rapt audience at the 5th Annual Eric Williams Memorial Lecture held at Florida International University in Miami where the series began. Her talk then? An indictment on ‘Slavery and the Prison Industrial Complex’.

“Iron Man” – Losing a Great Black Man My Father at 93

In the hymnbook and from the pastor, they tell us we know not the hour. My siblings and I never expected we would be preparing for my father’s home going service on 2-10-23. Homer Eugene Caldwell was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 21, 1929, with seven siblings in a four-room house with no running water and no bathroom. He was taught to honor God, his family, education, and hard work.

Da-Venya Armstrong — A Passion for Community

Truly an inspirational community advocate, Da-Venya Armstrong has always allowed her passion for the collective to guide her. This Carol City (now Miami Gardens) native loves the city she was born in, and from early on knew she would always live and work among her people, “proudly serving this community in which I was born and raised,” she declared.

Consul General Mair to serve as Dean of South Florida Caribbean Consular Corp

Jamaica’s Consul General Oliver Mair will serve as the Dean of the Caribbean Consular Corp in South Florida. Making the announcement recently, Ambassador Gilbert Boustany, Consul General of Antigua and Barbuda, and Dean of the Consular Corp of Miami, proudly recognized CG Mair as the first Dean of the Caribbean Consular in over seven years. He added that Mair’s inspirational, engaging and dynamic leadership has been well recognized across the Diaspora community.

Consul General Oliver Mair

From Gingy Fly to Entomology

Aah, for the love of mangos… a nice big yellow one filled with juice that drips down your chin when you bite into it! Well, you might not be the only one enjoying it. The worm inside it, some of which you may have eaten, is also living and thriving on its nutrients. This worm, or maggot, comes from the fruit fly, what Jamaicans call gingy fly. This is where Dr. Pauline O. Lawrence’s curiosity comes in, where her career in entomology began.

Dr. Pauline O. Lawrence

A Conversation With Jamaican-American Mayor Elsie Foster

“It feels good to have accomplished this feat. Not just to be the first African American or the first black person to fill these shoes, but also to know that you have a town that is supportive,” remarked Elsie Foster, the newly elected Mayor of Highland Park, New Jersey.

Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association names new CEO

When Barbados hosts the 41st annual Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Caribbean Travel Marketplace this May, the first time in CHTA’s history, the island’s local hotel and tourism association will introduce to the global travel community one of its newly minted leaders.

Ryan Forde, incoming CEO of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association.
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