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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
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
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 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 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 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 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 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
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 is a daughter of the Caribbean — St. Thomas to be exact — a woman of letters and an assistant professor of writing. Comment
Vaughan Toney has been a life long advocate for children. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he spent his formative years there. Comment
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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
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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 (nee Small) hails from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Forty years ago, she joined her husband, the late Egerton “Creech” Wood. Comment
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 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
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
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
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-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
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 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)
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 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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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