Miami, FL, USA June 2021

David Mullings the innovative & charismatic CEO of the Miami Based Blue Mahoe Capital (www.bluemahoecapital.com) and Xavier Murphy the outgoing founder of the most popular Jamaican website on the internet http://www.jamaicans.com have been named with others as the champions of the Jamaican Diaspora for 2021. The champions who have been voted by members from the millions of those in the Diaspora, are very deserving of this title

After hundreds of nominations and thousands of votes, the Nominees with the most votes by sector were awarded and twelve have emerged as the Jamaica Diaspora Champions 2021:

  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in Agriculture and Climate Resilience is Yaad Market, founded by Steve Mcdonald.
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in Art and Culture is Miramar Commissioner, Alexandra P. Davis
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in Community Development is Keri-Ann Knight
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion Community Development Organization is the Association of Jamaican Nationals in France, accepted by current President, Oneil Madden
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in Education is Dr. Beverly E Rowe-Mullings
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion Alumni Association is Immaculate Conception High School Alumnae Association – NY Chapter, accepted by current President, Karen Wilson-Robinson
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in Faith Based Leadership is Bishop Michael A. Hutchinson
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in  Health and Mental Health is Sylvanus Thompson
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in  Legal Sector Support and Immigration is Latangie A. William
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in  Media is Xavier Murphy
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in  Technology and Entrepreneurship is David P. A. Mullings
  • The Jamaica Diaspora Champion in  Taskforce Leadership is Dr. Beverly Gordon

It was very competitive, in many cases only a handful of votes separated the winners. Special mention to those who also received the second-highest number of votes:  Trees That Feed Foundation, Susan “Dr Sue” Davis, Dr. Binzie Roy Davidson, Michelle McKenzie-Dolly and Charles Matthews Jr. as well as the remaining 60 final nominees.  The profiles of the winners and all honorably mentioned nominees can be viewed on www.jdafca.org.

The Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards (JDAFCA) is the first global and virtual Jamaica Diaspora peer award with completely open and online nominations and voting. It was created to recognize individuals, organizations, and friends in the Diaspora who make exceptional contributions to the development of Jamaica. JDAFCA was launched in 2017 at the 7th Biennial Diaspora Conference and honors hardworking volunteers, all those unsung heroes, who give freely in service to the growth of Jamaica’s national development, Her culture, economy, people, and communities.

JDAFCA Sponsor, GraceKennedy Group, extended congratulations to the winners. Senator Don Wehby, Group Chief Executive Officer stated “GraceKennedy is a proud supporter of the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network and sponsor of the Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards (JDAFCA). We are happy to know that notwithstanding the challenges which continue to be presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the JDTAN has found new ways to continue its important work to recognize individuals and organizations in the Diaspora and friends of Jamaica who make exceptional contributions to the development of our country. Congratulations to all the JDAFCA nominees for the amazing work you are doing in this regard, and for everything you do for Jamaica, land we love. I encourage all Jamaicans overseas to become Diaspora Champions in their own right, by doing what you can to help our country rebuild coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

JDTAN Chairman, Leo Gilling, added, “Congratulations to all the Champions! JDTAN’s aim was to present an award to the Diaspora, in which no one person or committee but the community, the general public nominates and votes for those candidates based on their accomplishments in Jamaica, their community, and across the Diaspora. I am encouraged by the massive response during the nomination and voting process. Thank you for supporting these Champions and making JDAFCA a success.”

Kimone Gooden, JDAFCA Chair and JDTAN Operations Officer commented: “The 2021 Jamaica Diaspora Champions are a true example of service and commitment to our beloved homeland. I am blown away by the work of all the nominees as well as the winners. They are great models of the extraordinary work that ordinary Jamaicans do in service to Jamaica every day. They are  truly inspiring.”  She also thanked sponsors: Grace Kennedy, Union of Jamaican Alumni Association (UJAA), Fanger Law Firm, Compass Consulting and Training Solutions, and Media Partners:  Dervan Malcolm, host of Diaspora Live Online on Power 106,  South Florida Caribbean News, Jamaicans.com, Caribbean National Weekly News and Carib Press. With special thanks to the JDAFCA Awards Committee for all their hard work behind the scenes: Event Chair, Tashaka Wynter as well as Antonette Brown, Rachel Dolcine, Karlene Largie, Roymane Robinson, and Lesleyann Samuel.

The public can watch the Jamaica Diaspora Champions 2021 accept their awards on Diaspora Day, Wednesday, June 16 at 7 PM US ET on Jamaicans.com’s Facebook page: @onelovejamaica. The virtual awards presentation will include Master of Ceremonies, Professor Neville Ying; a stalwart in the Jamaica Diaspora Movement, and the first Jamaica Diaspora Champion. As well as entertainment by Papa Michigan and Dr. Sue. The replay of the virtual ceremony will also be available on www.jdafaca.org along with the profiles of the Champions and all the final Nominees.

The Jamaica Diaspora and Friends Champion Awards (JDAFCA) is presented by the Jamaica Diaspora Taskforce Action Network (JDTAN.) JDTAN is a network of sectoral focused Taskforces with members across 23 countries. Taskforces have been operating for the past seven years as a collaborative approach to engage and mobilize the Diaspora to join forces and support Jamaica’s national development.

  • Hosted by RealVibez

Miami, FLORIDA – Caribbean content remains one of the most sought after globally yet remains largely untapped. That is the basis by which, RealVibez, the entertainment subsidiary of Blue Mahoe Capital, will launch its inaugural online Film Festival, to take place this August.

A move that can be described as innovative in keeping with its parent company Blue Mahoe Capital; RealVibez in a pioneering move, will hand hold Caribbean filmmakers to create a series of sport/entertainment films geared at bringing additional global attention to the region.

The novelty of placing characters in stories flying/sailing to the Caribbean for a vacation will now have its own real-life imagery and scenes with its own talent showcased to the world.

Already known for globally successful athletes (in several sporting disciplines), artistes and artists; “film can become a source of excellence from Tropical Paradise,” according to Carole Beckford, SVP, Blue Mahoe Capital.

The former Film Commissioner of Jamaica thinks the timing is right as with the current pandemic, creatives have been bursting at the seams with great ideas. “Now is the time to bring the filmmakers out,” she noted.

The online festival will showcase:

  • A reception
  • Film screenings
  • Panel Discussions
  • Awards Ceremony
  • B2B meetings with Film and Content Officials for additional exposure and distribution or even further development of films

The RealVibez team will announce, as part of its planning and implementation

  • An Ambassador for the Festival
  • An Advisory Team
  • An organizing committee
  • And closer to the actual festival, a panel of judges

The festival is slated for the last week in August to close with the Awards ceremony on Friday, August 27.

Early entries are set to be in by Friday, July 30. Application fees start at US$50. Films should not be more than 11 minutes or less than seven minutes. The storyline should be placed in the Caribbean in the areas of sport and/or entertainment to include music, dance, theatre, art or publishing. 

Categories:

  1. Feature
  2. Documentary
  3. Narration
  4. Musical

Stories could be Fiction or Non-Fiction

Films must be produced, directed, edited, or written by a Caribbean national living on any of the islands/countries. The production teams may include ONLY one other Caribbean national based outside of the region. Films submitted, may only have been entered in one other film festival within no further back than August 31, 2019.

If there is a film in another language, they must have English subtitles or dubbed in English. At least one member of the team will be required to participate in an online Festival to be hosted by RealVibez.

More information to be gleaned at https://bluemahoecapital.com/realvibez2021/

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This discussion was curated by Lisa Victoria Fields and the Jude 3 project. More of this video along with other Jude 3 Project & videos https://youtu.be/cFSqFp2wUMg

March 15, 2021 – Kingston, Jamaica Kingston Creative is set to receive $1 million JMD from Blue Mahoe Capital Inc, an impact investment company based in Miami, Florida. The funding is part of Blue Mahoe’s outreach to arts and entertainment businesses in the Caribbean, in which it aims to build capacity.

The first investment goes to Kingston Creative; a Jamaican NGO whose mission is to transform Kingston into the creative capital of the Caribbean. It already has implemented 65 street art murals, created signature art festival events like the Artwalk, trained over 4000 creatives and built two arts spaces including the Creative Hub at 107 Harbour Street.

“Many creatives have expressed to us the devastating effect of lockdown on their businesses, including widespread loss of income and layoffs across the cultural and creative industries, so this funding comes at a critical time. It helps us to keep creatives employed on arts projects like Paint the City and the Artwalk,” said Kingston Creative’s Executive Director, Andrea Dempster Chung.

Prior to the contribution from Blue Mahoe Capital, the non-profit had a target to raise $20 million JMD from the Diaspora, to provide matching financing for 30 more murals in the Downtown Kingston Art District and developmental programmes for creatives like Createch, which is partially funded under a 3-year $1.295 million USD agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

“The creative industries remain a priority for the Blue Mahoe team and we believe that businesses in the Caribbean with this focus should be supported. The products and services are an authentic representation of the people. We support the movement wholeheartedly,” says Vice President of Sport and Entertainment, Carole Beckford.

Blue Mahoe’s CEO David Mullings has provided voluntary service to the organisation and helped to shape their strategy, as he currently sits on the Kingston Creative’s Global Advisory Board.

Blue Mahoe Capital will aid not only Jamaica but the wider Caribbean and African Diaspora, bringing visibility to the many countries in the Caribbean and the value they bring to the world: technologies, innovative thinking, creative ideas and exceptional talents, all waiting on the right opportunities for funding to fulfill its potential to capacity.

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ABOUT KINGSTON CREATIVE

Kingston Creative is a non-profit organisation that believes that Kingston is the Creative Capital of the Caribbean. Kingston Creative has engaged key stakeholders in the community, government, academia and the private sector to support the vision of creating an Art District and hub for creative entrepreneurs in Downtown Kingston over the next five to ten years.

ABOUT BLUE MAHOE CAPITAL INC

Blue Mahoe Capital Partners Inc. is an impact investment company based in the USA, which is focused on providing diverse investors access to the emerging economies and markets of the Caribbean region and serving under-represented founders.

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

ABOUT AFUWI

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: www.afuwi.org.

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

On this historic morning VP Kamala Harris thanks the Caribbean Community for the support.

Leon tells the Caribbean Community to Vote!

Leon asks the Caribbean Community to go out and vote!

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!