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Caribbean National Gets Top Royal Honor

LONDON, England - A Caribbean national has made history, becoming the first Black person in 700 years to be appointed as a member of the Order of the Garter, England’s oldest and most senior order of chivalry.

Baroness Valerie Amos. (Photo: Richard Perry/The New York Times)

Hamilton — “It’s Storytelling With a Mixture of What the Law Says”

It’s not just his 30 years of experience as a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, the success of the law practice, Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP (HM&B), he founded with two colleagues in 2006, or the national and industry accolades he has received. Attorney Jerry D. Hamilton says it all boils down to authenticity and know how.  

Attorney Jerry D. Hamilton

Caribbean-American Legislators Celebrate Black History Month

NEW YORK, New York – In recognition of Black History Month 2022 and its theme of Black health and wellness, Caribbean American legislators in New York are celebrating the “contributions, triumphs and tribulations” of Blacks who have shaped the United States and those who continue to do so.

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Sonshine Communications Receives the National Minority Marketing and Communication Firm of the Year Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Minority Business Development Agency

MIAMI, FL - One of Bernadette Morris’ key mantras adopted for this year is “Reimagining Opportunity and Building Back Better, Together.” The savvy CEO of Sonshine Communications is definitely on the right track, as her firm recently received the National Minority Marketing and Communication Firm of the Year Award by the U.S. Department of Commerce and its Minority Business Development Agency. With a theme of “Reimagining Opportunity,” the award pays tribute to a minority-owned firm who has achieved notable success in the marketing and communications industry by demonstrating creativity and impact.

Caribbean Owned Small Businesses Get Much Needed Boost

Small business entrepreneurs have always had to work doubly hard to survive in an atmosphere that at times seemed stacked against them. Indeed, the past two years, defined by the global pandemic, have created havoc for many enterprises, big and small. But there are those who see opportunity in adversity. Some of these fearless business owners have been lauded and supported by established institutions for their spunk and success-driven products and services.

JFJ Welcomes New Executive Director – Ms. Mickel Jackson

Mickel’s development and philanthropic career span more than a decade. She has performed leadership roles in program areas such as human rights, HIV and AIDS, youth, and education development. Mickel has secured funding from and worked for projects funded by various donor agencies, including Global Fund, Global Affairs Canada (formerly CIDA), USAID and PEPFAR as well as government and private funders. She possesses extensive experience and proven expertise in external relations, strategic analysis and planning, organizational development, curriculum development and assessment, and resource mobilization. Prior to joining JFJ, she was a senior manager with Jamaica AIDS Support for Life and has worked for the Council of Voluntary Social Services/United Way of Jamaica.

JFJ's new Executive Director, Ms. Mickel Jackson

Trinidad and Tobago-born, Acclaimed Architect Mark Raymond Joins the Dialogue for Development at the Museums Association of the Caribbean Conference.

Washington, D.C. - As the world continues to grapple with the effects of Covid-19 and countries and industries attempt to pivot, in a bid to regain some semblance of normalcy, the Caribbean region, too, is effectively and strategically embarking on hosting meaningful dialogue. On November 3, 2021, Trinidad and Tobago-born architect and educator Mark Raymond joins a distinguished group of Caribbean museum professionals to provide the keynote to discuss cultivating resiliency and what it means during a global health crisis. Though virtual, this year's Museums Association of the Caribbean Conference(MAC) will see Raymond connect with intellectuals from over 15 Caribbean countries as they weigh in on MAC's theme of "Cultivating Resilience in Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites." His experience and knowledge in a wide range of areas related to architectural education, in addition to his intellectual capabilities as a lecturer in the field, position Raymond astutely within this meeting of like minds. Raymond is the current Director of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Attendees can register for the conference at https://caribbeanmuseums.com/maccon2021/.

Archbishop Tutu Was a Champion of Racial Justice

Trinidadian Steve Dixon, who met Archbishop Tutu, stated that it was with deep sadness that he learned of the passing of the South African Anglican clergyman and passionate anti-apartheid crusader. Archbishop Tutu died at a care home in Cape Town on 26th December 2021, aged 90. He was laid to rest at a state funeral which was held on New Year’s Day.  

Flashback: Steve Dixon with Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 1994

Nicola Madden-Greig Receives Order of Distinction

KINGSTON, Jamaica  – Nicola Madden-Greig, Group Director of Marketing & Sales at The Courtleigh Hospitality Group, was conferred the Order of Distinction in the Rank of Officer as part of Jamaica’s National Honors and Awards for 2021. The current president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), former president of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA), and the only two-time winner of JHTA’s President’s Award, Mrs. Madden-Greig was honored with an Order of Distinction in recognition of her contributions to the establishment of the Jamaica brand on the world stage.

The Esteemed Group Director of Marketing & Sales at Courtleigh Hospitality Group was honored for her contributions to the establishment of the Jamaica brand on the world stage.
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