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Caribbean American Impact Awards

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Community News Group President and Publisher Jennifer Goodstein thanks the audience for attending.
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The honorees were awarded for their work in the community.
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Community News Group, left, Vice President of Advertising Ralph D’Onofrio and, far right, Publisher Clifford Luster chat with, center, Kings County Democratic Chairman Frank Seddio.
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Caribbean Life featured its Impact Award honorees in its Nov. 13 issue.
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Community News Group’s Michael Babwar chats with honoree Carl Stuart.
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Gala emcee Claudette Powell and Caribbean Life Associate Editor Kevin Williams congratulate honoree Richard David.
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Honoree James Lovell addresses the audience.
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Gala emcee Claudette Powell and Caribbean Life Associate Editor Kevin Williams award honoree Ruby Wood.
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Councilman Mathieu Eugene was on hand to congratulate the Impact Award honorees.
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Caribbean Life reporter Alley Olivier and gala emcee Claudette Powell present honoree Leanna Archer with her award.
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Gala emcee Claudette Powell and Community News Group Classifieds Director Amanda Tarley present honoree Nina Rodriguez with her award.
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Gala emcee Claudette Powell and Caribbean Life Associate Editor Kevin Williams congratulate honoree Juan Reyes.
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Community News Group Chief Executive Officer Les Goodstein and gala emcee Claudette Powell present honoree Judy D. Newton with her award.
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Honoree Ricardo Bryan displays his award.
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Gala emcee Claudette Powell and Caribbean Life Associate Editor Kevin Williams award honoree Alton Aimable.
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Gala emcee Claudette Powell and Caribbean Life Associate Editor Kevin Williams present honoree Joan Bakiriddin-Alexander with her award.
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Caribbean Life reporter Alley Olivier and gala emcee Claudette Powell award honoree Thomas Bailey.
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Community News Group Chief Executive Officer Les Goodstein and gala emcee Claudette Powell congratulate Nicole Robinson-Etienne.
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Honree Roy Hastick takes a moment to say a few words to the audience.
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Caribbean Life reporter Alley Olivier and gala emcee Claudette Powell present honoree Edgar Henry with his award.
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Gala emcee Claudette Powell and Community News Group Classifieds Director Amanda Tarley award honoree Terrence LaPierre.
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Honorees Andrea Bullens and David Rodney celebrate.
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Caribbean Life reporter Alley Olivier and gala emcee Claudette Powell congratulate honoree Vaughan P.A. Toney.
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Honorees Karisma Jay, Kwayera Archer-Cunningham, and Anishka Clark.
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Honoree Dennis Rahiim Watson captures the memorable night.
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Honorees Tiphanie Yanique and Pastor Gilford Monrose display their awards.
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Honorees Annette Hurd-Runcie, Dennis Hawthorne, and Andrea Bullens flank emcee Claudette Powell.
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Honorees Sabrina Clinton and Elijah Knight.

Caribbean Life honors 32 Caribbean Americans

Trinidad and Tobago: There was a lot of honor and respect in the room. It was an august crowd in November. Very impressive. Thirty-two New Yorkers of Caribbean heritage were celebrated on Thursday evening for their contributions to the community at the 2015 Caribbean Life Impact Awards at the Paradise Catering Hall in Brooklyn. Comment

Nina Rodriguez

Puerto Rico: Ninoshka Rodriguez is one of Rapid Realty’s brightest stars. She is a top performing franchisee, who has worked with the company since 2007. Comment

Ricardo Bryan

Jamaica: Jamaican-born, raised and educated, Ricardo Bryan is an international business executive with GraceKennedy Ltd., the Caribbean’s leading distributor of food and non-food consumer products. He is senior vice president, GraceKennedy, Foods USA. Comment

Lowell F. Hawthorne

Jamaica: Lowell F. Hawthorne is a son of the Jamaican soil who emigrated in 1981 and went on to become president and chief executive officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain. Comment

Kwayera Archer-Cunningham

Jamaica: Kwayera Archer-Cunningham is a social venture and non-profit administrator coach, specializing in social transformation and organizational development, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. She has 35 years of experience in the arts. Comment

Karisma Jay

People: Karisma Jay has been dancing and performing since the age of two. Her life is in dance and includes studying at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Junior Division of Ailey School, High School of the Performing Arts and study Performing Arts and Pre-Med at NYU. Comment

Richard David

Guyana: Richard David was born in a rural village in Guyana, the youngest of three brothers, and came to the United States at the age of 10. He is successful in his professional career while being deeply engaged with his immediate New York community as well as the Indo-Caribbean community. Comment

Leanna Archer

Haiti: Leanna Archer is the 20-year-old CEO of Leanna’s Inc., a hair and body care products company that carries 14 different items. She is the youngest person – she was 13 – to ring the NASDEQ opening bell. Comment

Roy A. Hastick, Sr.

Grenada: Born in Grenada, West Indies, Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr. migrated to the United States in 1972 and worked for several years as an administrator, community advocate, entrepreneur and newspaper publisher. Comment

Tiphanie Yanique

People: Tiphanie Yanique is a daughter of the Caribbean — St. Thomas to be exact — a woman of letters and an assistant professor of writing. Comment

Vaughan Toney

Vaughan Toney has been a life long advocate for children. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he spent his formative years there. Comment

Thomas Bailey

Trinidad and Tobago: After some years as an education officer with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Trinidad & Tobago, Thomas Bailey migrated to the United States and found employment with the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith for a career that lasted 27 years. There he rose to a managerial position, retiring in 1999. Comment

Terence Theophilus LaPierre

Trinidad and Tobago: Terrence Theophilus LaPierre is a son of Trinidad and Tobago. He came to the United States in 1969, leaving the Trinidad and Tobago Police Force. Comment

Ruby Wood

St Vincent: Ruby Wood (nee Small) hails from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Forty years ago, she joined her husband, the late Egerton “Creech” Wood. Comment

Sabrina Clinton

People: Sabrina Clinton along with Elijah Knight founded Caribbean Gemz in September 2013, an organization which strives to bring new facets to Caribbean culture including fashion, health awareness and beauty care. The two are life and business partners, both of Barbadian heritage, and are referred to in the fashion world as the “power couple.” Comment

Judy D. Newton

Judy D. Newton was born in an obscure village called Coach Hill, in Barbados, the fifth of eight children. Her parents separated and as a single parent, her mother built a solid foundation by clothing and educating her eight children. Comment

Juan Reyes

At a young age, Juan Reyes, migrated from the Dominican Republic and like most immigrant families, his parents left their homeland for a better future for their three offspring. Comment

Carl Stuart

People: One of eight siblings, Carl Stuart II grew up in Guyana. His parents instilled in him discipline, love for God and respect for all men. Comment

Dave Rodney

Multi-lingual, media-marketing consultant, TV host, author and freelance writer, Dave Rodney is co-president of Images LLC, a media marketing company based in New York. Comment

Annette M. Hurd-Runcie

Jamaica: Annette M. Hurd-Runchie was born in Kingston, Jamaica in a large family of seven, emigrating with her family at the age of 11. She had an early successful career as a computer system analyst and later plant IT manager at Proctor and Gamble, earned an MBA, has a family with two sons but it was not enough. Comment

Anishka Clarke

Jamaica: Having worked a decade in finance, both in Jamaica and on Wall Street, Anishka Clarke quit finance in early 2006 to pursue her real passion, interior design. She has been listed as a Top 20 African-American Interior Designers for four consecutive years. She has cemented her corner of the design market after eight years in the industry. Comment

Alton Aimable

St Lucia: Alton Aimable is the founder and president of Tropicalfete Inc., a cultural arts organization. He was born in St. Lucia but feels more a son of the Caribbean, connected to all the islands when it comes to culture. Comments (1)

Andrea Bullens

It is no easy task to marry business and philanthropy but Andrea Bullens is successful in creating this union. Her passion for promotion started early. As a teen, this British-born Jamaican-raised newcomer to the U.S. started with a partner her first business — a promotion company. Comment

Dennis Hawthorne

Jamaica: Dennis Hawthorne is a native of Jamaica, born in rural Grange Hill, Westmoreland. He migrated to Brooklyn in 1985; his first entrepreneurial and artistic endeavor was a successful photography business. However, Dennis decided to focus his energies on the business of shipping. Comment

Dennis Rahim Watson

People: As a youngster in Bermuda, Dennis Rahim Watson got kicked out of school 37 times for being insubordinate and disruptive. Those same attributes are the ones, now channeled positively. Dennis speaks about 25 times a month; he’s a motivational speaker and has spoken to hundreds of groups all over the world. Comment

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

People: Gilford T. Monrose is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He moved to New York to study theology and marry the “love of his life” Dianne Thomas. Comment

Gordon Berment

People: Gordon Berment was born in Trinidad, one among seven. He describes himself as the son of Indo / Afro French Creole parents, “I grew up in the midst of varied races, culture and religions.” Comment

Joan Bakiriddin-Alexander

Guyana: A resident of the 45th District–East Flatbush, Brooklyn for 30 years, born in Guyana, Joan Alexander-Bakiriddin’s passion is advocacy for her community. Her recent years of tireless involvement reflect this. Comment

Geneive Brown-Metzger

Jamaica: Dr. Geneive Brown-Metzger is an investment / trade and economic development analyst, the “go to” resource for industry leaders and prospective investors in the Caribbean. Comment

Edgar Henry

Guyanese American entrepreneur Edgar Henry has lived in New York for more than 40 years. He had a 12-year association with a Greek shipping company Hellenic Lines Ltd., which served the Red Sea, Middle East, East Africa and Pakistan. Comment

James Lovell

Belize: James Lovell is a cultural ambassador who preserves traditional Garifuna music, dance and language, sharing it with audiences around the world. He is a passionate educator, activist, a storyteller and a multi-instrumentalist — including percussion, guitars, voice, clarinet, sax and euphonium. Comment

Nicole Etienne-Robinson

People: I was born and raised in Brooklyn but my family is from St. Vincent, W.I.,” says Nicolle Etienne-Robinson whose work is pleasantly unusual, particularly for someone with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies and a law degree. Comment

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