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40 Under 40

Brooklyn: There was nothing but sheer ecstasy last Thursday night as Caribbean Life, the nation’s most-widely circulated Caribbean newspaper, honored its “40 Under 40” Caribbean achievers at a gala ceremony at Sirico’s in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comment

Natasha Andrews: Key advisor to many musical artistes

Trinidadian-born Natasha Andrews moved to New York in 1995, where she pursued a modeling career and a degree in digital media arts. Comment

Shorne Benzamin: Serves a taste of the Caribbean

From his grandmother’s kitchen in his native St. Lucia to some of New York City’s most celebrated restaurants, chef and culinary ambassador Shorne Benjamin has had plenty of experience with the traditional, and not-so-traditional, techniques and bright flavors of island cuisine. Comment

Tamika Bent: A lawyer with a passion for public service

Tamika Bent was born in Kingston, Jamaica. After migrating to the U.S., the proverbial land of opportunity, she planted her roots in the Bronx and has been a resident of New York since then. Comment

Mateo Bijoux: Passionate jewelry and fashion designer

Mateo Bijoux, the son of a seamstress, grew up in the tropical paradise of Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment

Ruschelle Boone: A dedicated journalist with an eye for details

Ruschell Boone is the Queens Reporter for NY1 News and an award winning journalist. She joined the news channel in 2002. She also works as a fill-in anchor and talk show host. Comment

Gilbert Bramwell: Dedicated to uplifting his culture

Gilbert Bramwell is a Jamaican small business owner. He is currently studying for his B.S in small business and entrepreneurship at Devry University of New York. Comment

Reeshemah Brightley: Shares her passion for youth

Reeshemah Brightley is an entrepreneur, consultant and educator. She recently joined the team at ZenoRadio as the Caribbean regional content administrator. In her role, she is responsible for the English-speaking Caribbean region and the Caribbean Diaspora in the United States and the United Kingdom. This position allows her to connect radio broadcasters in the Caribbean and the U.S. who focus on the Caribbean market. Comment

Donald Brown: Keeps the stock exchange abuzz

Donald Brown currently holds the title of managing director of System Operations at the New York Stock Exchange, a 222-year-old stock trading institution. Comment

Cynthia Carrion: Community and youth development advocate

For over a decade Cynthia Carrion’s career has focused on advancing human rights and community empowerment on the local, national and international levels. Since 2000, Carrion has been involved in community and youth development as an administrator, educator, advocate, filmmaker and organizer. Comment

Keisha L. Clarke Gray: Loves performing and teaching dance

Keisha Laren Clarke Gray is proud to be one of the blessed 40 Under 40 honored this year. She was born and raised in Brooklyn to two lovely Jamaican parents, Lance and Jennifer Clarke. Comment

Samantha Clyne: Extends a helping hand when needed

When Samantha Clyne’s parents got divorced during her sophomore year at in high school, her biggest worry was how her twin sister — who was just entering intermediate school — was going to adjust to the dramatic change in their lives. Comment

Geoff K. Cooper: A conduit for good news & positive energy

Trinidadian-born Geoff K. Cooper is a change agent on a mission to move millions to a higher level of living. Comment

Nadege Fleurimond: Whets your appetite with every taste

Nadege Fleurimond is the owner of Fleurimond Catering Inc. Utilizing her Haitian culinary background, Fleurimond pulls in world flavors from Asian, Latin American and European cuisines. Comment

Trisha Ocona Francis: Your dedicated real estate expert

Trisha Ocona has an intense dedication and commitment to her community, which has her often looked at as the trusted and respected go-to person for when many are in need of real estate and housing questions and honest direction. Comments (1)

VJ and AJ Ghaness: Twin titans in the insurance biz

The first written insurance policy appeared in 1750 BC on a Babylonian obelisk monument carved with the code of King Hammurabi, assuring debtors they didn’t have to repay their loans if catastrophe struck. Comments (1)

Rev. Richard Griffiths: Passionate about music and youth

The Rev. Richard Griffiths was born in Jamaica in 1981. He and his family migrated to the United States in 1985. Comment

Omar Hawthorne: Loves giving to the community

Omar Hawthorne joined the Golden Krust Franchise Department in 2007. Since that time, he has served the Real Estate and Marketing departments and now holds the position of director of Franchise Development & Community Affairs. Comment

Chasen Hollancid: Promoting Caribbean events in the tri-state area

Originally from St. Lucia, Chasen Hollancid’s commitment to success stems from his desire to help others. Comment

Kevin Howell: Trainer and business development consultant

Howell possesses strong international business, financial management, business strategy development and analytical expertise. He has combined these skills with his passion to help businesses grow to form Anchor Strategy Group. Anchor’s mandate is to help private businesses and governments to develop and navigate the nuances of changing and competitive global market places. Comment

Jeremiah Hyacinth: Champions the cause of needy students

Jeremiah Hyacinth is a Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) alumnus from St. Lucia. Comment

Anika Hylton: Answers the call to teach

Anika Hylton carries her entire name for formal and resume occasions because she said here publications are linked to her maiden name. Comment

Alexis James: Special educator and dance enthusiast

Alexis James was born on Sept. 17, 1989 in Mount Vernon, New York. she is the first generation born in America as both of his parents were born in Jamaica. Comment

Katleen Jeanty: An entrepreneur dedicated to helping Haitians

Katleen Jeanty is the founder and chief executive officer of Madan BelFwi Fruit Mixes (BelFwi), Haiti’s first all-natural fruit, juice and smoothie bar. The bar is renowned for selling tasty, refreshingly-cold and yummy concoctions, made with fresh local fruits. Comment

Natasha Lightfoot: An historian who stays close to her roots

Natasha Lightfoot was born on June 21, 1978 to Jocelyn and the late William Lightfoot, both born in Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

Glenroy March: Freelance stylist and fashion designer

House of D’Marsh had its genesis in Spring 2003 when designer Glenroy March launched his Spring collection during Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston. Comment

Paola Mathé: Uniting young Haitians everywhere

Paola Mathé was born and raised in Petion-Ville, Haiti, where she completed her elementary and middle school studies. Comment

Medjine Philis-Volcy: Shares her love with children

Medjine Philis-Volcy was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Aug. 1, 1977, and raised and grew up there. Comment

Nickay Piper: A social media marketing guru

Speaker, instructor and president of New York City-based digital marketing agency, Market Grub Media LLC, Nickay Piper has wowed companies small and large with her already paramount accomplishments and impressive know-how within the social media marketing arenas. Comment

Paul Pryce: An award winning Trinidadian actor

It was in “Twelfth Night” that Shakespeare once wrote “Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” Comment

Nellone Eze Reid: Actively fund-raises for non-profit groups

Born in Georgetown, Guyana to Neville and Orla Reid on Feb. 28, 1986, Nellone Eze Reid migrated with his family to Brooklyn in December of 1988. Comment

Mekalia Reid: Provides legal services to those in need

Mekalia Reid was born in Clarendon, Jamaica and migrated to the United States at an early age. She was raised primarily in Newark, New Jersey and attended an elite private boarding high school in Massachusetts. Comment

Shola K. Roberts: A dancer who gives back to her community

Shola K. Roberts is a professional dancer, fitness instructor and model based in Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Régine M. Roumain: An advocate for the Haitian-American community

Régine M. Roumain is the co-founder and executive director of Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX). Comment

Kerri-Ann M. Smith: Born to teach and influence people

“Our young people deserve a future and I consider it the mandate of my ancestors to be part of the struggle to ensure that they have one.” This statement by Assata Shakur is the foundation of Dr. Kerri-Ann M. Smith’s commitment to serving the youth of the African and Caribbean Diaspora. Comment

Curtis Stephen: An award-winning journalist

Curtis Stephen is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The Daily Beast, Newsday, Newsweek, Am New York and City Limits. Comment

Kimeta Straker: Takes care of at risk students

Kimeta Straker is the current assistant director of advising in the Academic Center for Exploratory Students at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus, where she has been employed for the past 15 years. Comment

Monique Waterman: Takes her civic duties seriously

Waterman is the founder and director of the East Flatbush Village, Inc. She has resided in East Flatbush, Brooklyn for 32 years. Comment

Germane Williams: Walks in his father’s footsteps

Germane Williams was born in New York City; both of his parents are from Jamaica. His mother is from the parish of St. Catherine, and his father is from Mandeville. Comment

Rev. Karian Wright: Dedicated to increasing diversity in academia

The Rev. Karian Wright, who was born in Jamaica, is a minister in the Church of God and currently a program manager in the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE) within the Graduate School at Stony Brook University. Comment

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