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Caribbean American Impact Awards

Caribbean Life honors the community’s influential

Brooklyn: The brightest and most influential in the Caribbean community were celebrated at the annual Caribbean Life Impact awards at Paradise Caterers in Brooklyn on Nov. 16. Comment

Cyril ‘Scorcher’ Thomas

St Vincent: Calypsonian and Cultural Ambassador Cyril “Scorcher” Thomas was born and raised in Sion Hill, a popular and socially-conscious village overlooking capital city Kingstown in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Thomas said he always had a passion for sports, and played various sports with varying degrees of success in his native land. Comment

Daniela Fifi

Trinidad and Tobago: A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela Fifi’s interest in art, art history and in museums was sparked by her aunt, the late Dr. Claire Broadbridge. A former director of the National Art Gallery and Museum of Trinidad and Tobago, Daniela said it was Dr. Broadbridge who first inculcated in her young and impressionable niece an appreciation for the importance of cultural preservation as a means of understanding human development. Comment

Danny and Shelly Mohabir

Guyana: Guyanese Danny and Shelly Mohabir met in college “and, at first sight, fell in love.” They say that when both families found out that they were both from Guyana, “a beautiful wedding took place.” Comment

Dr. Grace Hackett

Barbados: Dr. Grace Hackett hails from Barbados, where she started singing at an early age, at Calvary Moravian Church and St. Michael’s Secondary School. Dr. Hackett said her singing and musical abilities were molded by Christopher Spencer, the late Dr. John Fletcher and the late Doris Provençal. Comment

Christopher F. Hackett

Barbados: Dr. Christopher F. Hackett received his early education in Barbados at Wesley Hall Boys Primary School and Harrison College. He studied at the University of the West Indies at both the Mona (Jamaica) and St. Augustine (Trinidad and Tobago) campuses, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and a post graduate diploma in international relations. Comment

Carole Delinois

Haiti: Carole Delinois came to New York from Port-au-Prince, the Haitian capital, in 1974. She said she and her sister, as little girls, were compelled to leave the French-speaking Caribbean country, because they were fearful of being forcefully removed from their home, where they lived with their parents. At the time, she said, the military had taken over the country and was “causing mayhem.” Comment

Amarimba L. Charles

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidadian Amarimba L. Charles is the founder and executive director of T.A.L.L.O.M. (This Awesome Little Light Of Mine) Foundation Incorporated, a non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring, educating and empowering youth. Comment

Angela P. Sealy

Trinidad and Tobago: Born in the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Angela P. Sealy, the current chairperson and former treasurer of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), has been involved in carnival activities since the 1970s. Prior to migrating to the United States, Angela lived on Basilion Street, the same in Trinidad where the late Carlos Lezama, former president and co-founder of WIADCA, had resided. Comment

Ashley Murray

Trinidad and Tobago: Being born into a family teeming with singers and musicians, Tobago-born Ashley Murray has been around music her entire life. Suitably, she was introduced to music at a very young age, and exposed to a sundry of instruments, such as the recorder, harmonica, piano and guitar. Having developed her skill on these specific instruments to an intermediate level, none quite captured her attention like the steel pan. Comment

Hon. Bahaati E. Pitt

Guyana: Guyanese-born the Hon. Bahaati E. Pitt, a Bronx resident, was appointed as an interim judge of the Civil Court of the City of New York in June 2016 and as a judge of the Criminal Court of the City of New York in December 2016. Judge Pitt is assigned to the Bronx Criminal Court. Comments (1)

Chanel Adams

Guyana: Chanel Adams, of Guyanese parentage, is the founder of the non-profit, The SlimHeart Campaign. Launched in 2012, the networking and charitable outlet was created to help non-profit organizations raise awareness and strengthen relationships, while emphasizing the importance of youth giving back to their communities. Comment

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