Prime Minister Mia Mottley

The University of the West Indies has left a legacy of excellence and has been producing the cream of the crop in the Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere. On the 21st of February 2021 the American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) celebrates persons of Caribbean Heritage whose contributions of excellence help to make the world a better place.  

The distinguished recipients are to receive the awards at the 24th annual “The Legacy Continues” Gala Awards of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI). The stellar virtual event scheduled for February 21, 2021, is the Foundation’s premier annual fund raiser which provides scholarships for students of the five campuses of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) in Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Antigua and the Open Campus.

CEO David Mullings

The list of seven awardees is:

Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley is receiving “The Legacy Award”;

David Mullings, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Blue Mahoe Capital Partners, and business innovator is receiving “The Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Business Leadership”;

Ms. Cedella Marley CEO of Tuff Gong is receiving the “The Chancellor’s Award For Excellence in Global Leadership”;

Amanda Seales, Actress, Activist, Artist and Media Personality is receiving “The Caribbean Luminary Award”;

Arlene Isaacs- Lowe, Global Head of CSR, President, Moody’s Foundation is receiving “The Vice Chancellor’s Achievement Award”;

Dr. Jermaine Omar McCalpin, Chair, African and African American Studies Research Interests, New Jersey City University is receiving “The Pelican Award”;

WBLS and Caribbean Radio Legend Dahved Levy is receiving “The Trailblazer Award For Excellence in Community Engagement”.

The awardees celebrate Caribbean heritage and their individual contributions in varied sectors including politics and nation building, music, acting, media, entrepreneurship, business, academia and education.

Mullings states with appreciation “I have never been focused on recognition of my work but instead was focused on sharing my ideas and executing where I could while inspiring others to think bigger. I did not feel ready to receive such an award but I graciously accept it and hope that it sends a message to other young people that your work will not go unnoticed. Go and have a positive impact.”

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice-Chancellor of The UWI said “each year the AFUWI has the privilege of saying thank you on behalf of the people in the Caribbean and the Diaspora, to a select group of distinguished persons of Caribbean descent or heritage who are blazing a trail of excellence in the United States of America.  We acknowledge and honour them as eminent standard bearers for a region that has contributed much to the development of the USA in a range of spheres.”

“As large as America is, our Caribbean immigrants continuously punch way above the weight of the small island nations of their birth or heritage and we share in the pride of their accomplishments”, Sir Hilary declared.

Cedella Marley


A 501(c) (3) charitable organisation, the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) was established in 1956 to develop an endowment fund in the United States for The University of the West Indies (UWI). Today, its mission is to source and administer private donations, maximise philanthropic efforts, and develop strategic alliances with American corporations, foundations, alumni and other organisations, primarily to provide scholarships, support academic programmes and facilitate development projects at The UWI. The Foundation has more recently intensified its focus on supporting the University’s scholarship programme because of the urgent and increasing demand for financial aid from many in the student population who are talented, ambitious and determined to break the cycle of poverty, but face severe economic hardships. In addition, the Foundation also seeks to facilitate activities which promote the well-being and strengthening of the West Indian society through community service, research programmes and public service endeavours for the preservation/creation of a robust cultural and social legacy. Visit:

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Jamaica 🇯🇲 American VP Kamala sends some love to the Caribbean community

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Movie star Leon Robinson known mainly as Leon of Cool Runnings, Five Heartbeats & Temptations fame supported the Last Lap Rally that Caribbean Georgia Vote partnered with Momentum 21 in hosting.

Leon made a powerful appeal to Caribbean persons and Caribbean Americans to go out and vote in the Georgia Senate Runoff Race. Former Mayor Shirley Franklin, Georgia representative Dewey McClain along with leaders from the Caribbean American and Black American communities also spoke. The video of the full rally will be posted soon after.

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Dr Allan Cuningham, the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council Rep for the 13 southern states in the USA, is convening a presentation on a review of the Jamaica Diaspora in the year 2020. The event will be headlined by major movers and shakers in the past year such as David Mullings, dynamic and charismatic CEO of Blue Mahoe Capital and Oliver Mair the energetic and groundbreaking Consul General for the government of Jamaica. This virtual presentation occurs on Wednesday the 30th of December 2020 at 7:00 pm.

Dr. Rosalea Hamilton will be the guest speaker. Hamilton is an internationally renowned speaker and the founder and CEO of Jamaica’s Institute of Law & Economics at the University of Technology, Jamaica. She is also the Chairman of LASCO Chin Foundation. Others joining the discussion include former Mayor of Broward County, Dale Holness, Bishop Henry Fernandez and noteworthy speakers from the states of Georgia: Tony Gray (President of the Atlanta Jamaica Association), Arizona: Daniel England, South Carolina: Dr. April Taylor, Florida: the aforementioned David Mullings, Texas: Damitri Lyon and Tennessee: Daniel Gordon.

2020, as everyone can attest, has been a uniquely challenging year for the entire world, which includes the Jamaica Diaspora. These great minds will not just reflect on a strange 2020, but will share their vision for the future. Mullings with his initiatives for Blue Mahoe, Consul General Mair with his hyper engagement with the Jamaica Diaspora

community and Gray with his leadership creativities have given us a glimpse as to how we can move forward after the upheaval of 2020.

According to Dr Cunningham this virtual event will be “a platform for broadening Diaspora engagement.” Join the Zoom meeting on Wednesday, December 30th at 7pm, meeting ID: 831 3027 1067 Passcode: 111553.

The virtual event is sponsored by Blue Mahoe Capital, People Profile, Jamaican Men of Florida, Jamaican Women of Florida, Turn Two Electric, Attorney’s Title Partners, Supa Jamz Radio, 103.7, West Palm Beach and the newly launched Jamaica Diaspora Magazine-World!

In response to the ongoing need to provide Jamaican children with electronic devices such as tablets and laptops for distance learning, Consul General Oliver Mair will host a Christmas fundraising initiative.  The event titled “Mek di Pickney Dem Smile” will feature a Virtual Concert and Telethon, to be held on Sunday, December 20th, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This will be streamed on PBCJ-TV;; and  

​Consul General Mair is appealing to patrons, including charitable groups, business community and individuals across the Diaspora to support the ongoing education drive.  Personswishing to donate can visit the American Friends of Jamaica at or  Also, checks can be made payable to the Consulate General of Jamaica and mailed to the Consulate General of Jamaica 44 West Flagler Street – 4thFloor, Miami, FL 3130.

He extended appreciation to the several alumni chapters in the Diaspora who have already responded to the cause through donations of equipment as well as financial to their individual alma mater.” Our goal is to raise US$20,000 to purchase the electronic devices in Jamaica, in order to acquire the specific equipment that works best for the Jamaican virtual learning experience,” said Consul General Mair. “

​Donations will continue through January end, next year.  

The three-hour entertainment package will feature live and recorded performances from both International and locally-based artistes including renowned reggae fame Freddie McGregor, Marcia Griffiths, Junior “One Blood” Reid, Mikey Spice, and Kashief Lindo.   Viewers will also enjoy a Christmas musical specials from Jamaica’s musical giant, Michael Harris; dub poet, Malachi Smith; opera/classical singer, Rory Baugh; tenor Steve Higgins; and the Tallawah Mento Band.  

The support for the educational online learning process in Jamaica themed “A Device for Every Child – Bridging the Digital Divide” was launched in October, by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams. According to the Minister, this initiative is part of Government’s commitment to provide quality education to every student by ensuring that no child is left behind as a result of the unprecedented challenges related to the COVID pandemic.

This programme was to ensure that all our students have access to a laptop or tablet. 

The Consulate has partnered with several organizations including the American Friends of Jamaica (AFJ), the Bob Marley Foundation and the Kiwanis East Pines- Miramar to effectively manage the collection and dissemination of donations. So far, the education drive is being supported by Jamaica alumni associations, corporate entities and philanthropic organizations, and individuals.

For further information contact the Consulate General of Jamaica at 305-374-8431 or 954-559-3955; or visit the website at


Cheryl Wynter (954-559-3955)

Consulate General of Jamaica, Miami.

by Jamarah Amani

Movements in Black MidwiferyThere are a lot of traditional birthing customs that were lost throughout the years. Not only did we lose a part of our culture during slavery, but we lost a lot when our foremothers, grandmothers, and our great grandmothers started having their babies in the hospital. The mother wit that would normally be passed down discontinued because our grandmothers, forced with spinal taps or twilight, no longer had a story to tell.”Iya Sarahn Henderson, Community Midwife

In March of 2020, as the brutality of two pandemics, Covid-19 and police violence, were devastating Black communities across America, I thought about how midwifery models of care offer deep mother wit and wisdom to answer the problems facing society. It occurred to me that if everyone had the opportunity to sit at the feet of those who have dedicated their lives to “catchin’ babies,” how profoundly and beautifully we could begin healing this world. And now, with the development of Legacy, Power, Voice: Movements in Black Midwifery, an upcoming docuseries that will break new ground, everyone will have that chance.
Making a documentary about Black midwives has been a dream of mine for several years. This is a special project to me because I am a midwife and I also had three of my four babies with midwives, including two home births after a traumatic hospital birth. I know from both sides how deeply midwives impact families and communities. With Legacy, Power, Voice, I am producing my first documentary and working with talented director and videographer, Karyl-Lyn Sanderson. The film is the project of National Black Midwives Alliance, which I co-founded with Haguerenesh Tesfa in 2018. 
We have managed to assemble an amazing team of people who are helping to tell the stories of many Black midwives. We have interviewed eight midwives and three client families so far; this is just the beginning. I am excited to grow mentally, professionally, and spiritually with my team in this way and to add my name to the short list of midwives who also make movies. 
Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 7pm EST, National Black Midwives Alliance will showcase a short segment of the forthcoming documentary and feature a panel of grand midwives who will share the wisdom of their experiences with the audience. There will be live entertainment, a tribute to some of the esteemed elders, and a silent auction to raise money for the completion of the project. This is a virtual event that will help us to engage the community, build awareness, and raise funds to support the self-sustainability of the project; all are welcome.
Legacy Power Voice: Movements in Black Midwifery intimately explores the evolution of Black birthing traditions in America by giving voice to the traditional caretakers of the Black community. The film focuses on Georgia and Florida, as states where Black midwives have flourished even while enduring intense legal battles with the state and medical community and repression by their white peers. By highlighting the voices and stories of these powerhouse midwives, viewers witness the racial, political, and cultural contexts that have shaped midwifery movements in the South. This documentary acknowledges the devastation of medical abuse, provokes conversations about bodily autonomy and self-determination and expands our collective understandings of reproductive health and birth justice. 
Centering Black midwives means shifting from a narrative of abuse to focus on the wellness and resilience of Black women and families. Obstetric violence is rooted in the minds and bodies of Black women through the legacies of ancestors like Anarcha, Betsy, and Lucy—the involuntary “mothers of gynecology.” Physicians such as J. Marion Sims used Black bodies for experimentation, in the name of medical advancement and often to the detriment of his patients such as Anarcha, who was subjected to over 30 surgeries with no anesthesia.
In post-slavery America, there were many barriers to accessing medical care and there was also significant distrust of doctors and the medical establishment. Midwives were systematically removed from Black communities by white doctors like Sims and their powerful allies, in favor of reducing the birth experience to a sterile biological event that can only happen in hospitals. Becoming a mother/parent is about more than physiology. Midwives understand the importance of people-centered education, participatory health care, holistic health and nutrition, intergenerational family healing, and autonomy over one’s own body. Traditionally, midwives have represented a safe place for Black families, literally holding the community’s future in their hands.
There are so many untold stories about midwifery in African American communities. Foremothers like Lucrecia Perryman,Biddy Mason, and Gladys Milton served as both conduits for the transmission of cultural practice as well as for innovation in the interest of survival. The practice of Sankofa—reclaiming our story and carrying our ancestors forward with us—is a collective responsibility. In doing this vital work, Legacy, Power, Voice is a grassroots labor of love.
The website for the documentary is Check out the trailers on the homepage: “Behind the Scenes of Legacy” and “Grand Midwives of Georgia.” Your energetic investment is as important as your monetary one to help us bring this film to life. You can purchase tickets for the Saturday, December 12 screening and fundraiser at Tickets are $25 general admission, $100 VIP.

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Kamala Harris becomes the 1st Black, Female, Jamaican🇯🇲 American, Indian American Vice President of the United States #history as Joe Biden becomes the 46th President of the US Congratulations!

Katia Saint Fleur

Katia Saint Fleur, Political Strategist, is working with Florida For All, leading the Caribbean & Black Constituency Voter Outreach. They are leading an unprecedented voter outreach coalition to engage and motivate 1.5 million black voters in Florida. Florida For All Education Fund has built a very deliberate and detailed campaign to engage and motivate Caribbean voters because this year, they will be difference-makers

In the dance to the White House, Black Voters are experiencing a courtship like never before. Afro-Caribbean voters exist in the same constituency space as Black voters, but they are a unique bunch. Caribbean voters are far from monolithic. The languages range from English to Spanish to Haitian-Creole, they love football ⚽️ (soccer) and American football, they’re both fiscally and socially conservative, and Caribbean voters are less dedicated to party affiliation.

Forty-one percent of all Caribbean’s in the United States live in Florida. The sunshine state is notorious for its close elections. The Gore/Bush debacle, the narrow margins in the Hillary/Trump election, and the last gubernatorial election were won by less than .40% of the votes. As in any swing state, campaigns look for advantages and voters in those states who can make the difference. And in Florida, the difference makers in 2020 will Caribbean voters. 

Haitians and Jamaicans make up the majority of 800,000 Afro-Caribbeans in Florida, with half of all persons of Haitian descent in the United States living in Florida(460,000). Both political parties courting Afro-Caribbeans and organizations like Florida For All Education Fund have created ground-breaking voter empowerment and education programs explicitly directed to engage Caribbean voters for this simple reason. Caribbean Americans will decide the next President. 

The pathway to 270 electoral college votes always leads straight to Florida. There are very few scenarios to the presidency that exist without Florida’s 27 electoral college votes. 

In a recent visit to South Florida, Vice President Joe Biden made a special trip to Little Haiti in Miami and met with several community leaders. It very clear that he believed that the Caribbean and Haitian Americans could and will decide who the next President of the United States will be. On the opposite side of the coin, President Trump’s campaign is focused on targeting young Caribbean males, unlike past republicans, knowing they could be the potential bump he’ll need to secure a victory come November 3. 

In her memoir, Becoming, former First Lady Michelle Obama said, “There’s power in allowing yourself to be known and heard, in owning your unique story, in using your authentic voice. And there’s grace in being willing to know and hear others.” This election cycle is the time, the time for Caribbean voters to think about their wants, their needs, as well as their communities, and let their voices be heard.