Carib News Ready for Business Conference in Jamaica

International trade and investment; the Diaspora; and the purchasing power of African Americans are among the many topics of discussion at the 17th annual Multi-National Business Conference to be held at the Ritz Carlton Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica, November 8th to the 11th.

 The Honorable Portia Simpson-Miller; the hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony, St. Lucia’s Prime Minister; and the Most Hon. P.J. Patterson will address the conference. The list of speakers and panelists include Ambassador Andrew Young, one of America’s best known civil rights leaders who once headed the U.S. Permanent Mission to the United Nations; Terry McMillan, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist; Randall Robinson, founder of Trans Africa who helped mobilize national and international public opinion behind human development efforts in Africa and the Caribbean and the global campaign to end the racist apartheid system in South Africa; Daymond John founder of FUBU clothing and investor in the Shark Tank Television series; and Billionaire Investor Michael V. Roberts.

Two Jamaican cabinet minister; former New York City Mayor, David Dinkins; the woman who led Essence Magazine to prominence for more than decade, Susan Taylor; screen and stage actress and author, Sheryl Lee Ralph; U.S. Congressional representatives, Yvette Clarke and Ed Towns; and the Caribbean’s leading hotel developer with properties in Jamaica, the Bahamas, Antigua and St. Lucia, Gordon “Butch” Stewart also join the list.

Sheryl Lee Ralph will join a panel of experts during a display by local fashion designers at the Business Conference Everything from the rebuilding of Haiti to the use of science, technology, engineering and math to help pave the way forward for the U.S. and Caribbean communities and its neighborhoods will be covered. Speakers will also talk of ways the U.S. and the Caribbean can succeed in business. Some of these discussions will include the impact and influence of Jamaican Chinese in business; opportunities for Caribbean fashion designers, entrepreneurs and cultural icons. Renewable energy and business finance will also be a complementary focal point in these discussions as well. 

“We have organized the conference across the Caribbean and Panama for 17 years, drawing on the perspectives, experiences and goals of individual countries which have ranged from Jamaica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Grenada, the Bahamas, U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Kitts-Nevis. Our basic goal is to encourage trade and investment and boost economic and social links between the Caribbean and the U.S.,” says Karl B. Rodney, publisher of New York Carib News, the 30 year old weekly newspaper that serves the Caribbean and African-American communities in the U.S.

Aside from discussing business opportunities, the trillion dollar purchasing power of Blacks in America, and social and economic issues; Carib News will also celebrate Jamaica’s 50 years of independence with a tribute to the life and legacy of Harry Belafonte by Harvard University law professor and author, Dr. Charles Olgetree.

“We intend to honor Mr. Belafonte, whose immense international reputation as an entertainer and humanitarian are matched only by his major contributions to the civil rights movement in the U.S. and his involvement in human rights campaign around the world,” added Mr. Rodney. “The fact that he’s going to be presented adds another dimension to our conference.”

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Founders of Carib News honored for 30 years of publishing at Harlem Week Kick-Off

 Last Thursday, July 19th 2012, at the kick-off of Harlem Week at Gracie Mansion, the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce proudly saluted the newspaper founders, Karl and Faye Rodney for Carib News’s 30 years of providing consistent, timely, accurate and reliable information about what’s taking place throughout the Caribbean.

Since it began in 1974 as Harlem Day, the annual celebration, Harlem Week honors the legacy of the various communities in Harlem and pays homage to the local residents, business owners, and politicians to preserve rich tradition of Black history, culture, religion arts and entertainment. This year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg hosted the event.

Some of the first appearances on the stage included a performance from the 2012 Tony award winning cast of Porgy & Bess. Afterward, Lloyd Williams and Assemblyman Keith Wright intercepted Bloomberg’s speech with sad news – Sylvia Woods, the “Queen of Soul Food” and owner of Sylvia’s Restaurant, passed away at the age of 86. She was also set to receive an award that evening for the 50th Anniversary of her restaurant. Tine McRae, the special assistant to U.S. Congressman Charles B. Rangel, accepted the honor on behalf of the Woods family.

Other honors went to Jackie Rowe Adams in honor of her tireless community activism and commitment to anti-violence. In addition, the two Jamaican entrepreneurs, Karl and Faye Rodney, were recognized for filling a tremendous void in the growing Caribbean-American community in New York and beyond by creating the largest circulating publication serving these communities.