‘Black Panther’ inspires Suriname NGO to push education, youth development

The Black Panther movie has inspired a group of concerned people in Suriname to sponsor more than 1, 000 local students to see the blockbuster, news outlet Caribbean News Now has reported.

Caribbean people, from The Bahamas to Guyana, are among the actors in the  highly acclaimed, superhero movie. Produced by Marvel Studios, the movie features actors who were born in Guyana – Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson; Grenada – Sydelle Noel;  The Bahamas – Jason Elwood Hanna; and Trinidad and Tobago – Winston Duke; and a Brazilian of Jamaican heritage – Nabiyah Be. They appear alongside stars such as Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Lupita Nyong’o.

On 21 March, Caribbean News Now quoted former ambassador of Suriname to the United Nations (UN), Henry MacDonald, as saying that “The movie is inspiring, especially that it celebrates high tech education. Children are interested in education.” The former ambassador said that the movie would be an inspiration to all young people in Suriname.

Sponsorship took off after a Facebook post that pointed out that it would be great if people could sponsor children in Suriname to watch Black Panther. Companies, organisations and individuals from the United States, Holland and Suriname contributed, the news outlet reported.

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Festival of Colours being observed today

Celebrate our culture, our diversity! Phagwah is a Hindu religious holiday observed in March to celebrate the triumph of good over evil. The festival of colours is being observed today.

CARICOM Member States recognise and respect the freedom of conscience of the individual to profess and practise his or her religion, belief or persuasion. CARICOM Member States also recognise that each culture has a dignity and a value which shall be respected; that every person has the right to preserve and to develop his or her culture; and that every person has the right to participate in the cultural life of his or her choice. (Source: CARICOM Charter of Civil Society)

Helping musicians in Caribbean cash in on global multi-billion dollar industry

February 28, 2018, BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Streaming services, some with up to 140 million users worldwide, have revolutionised the business of music. Yet despite the earning potential these services present for industry practitioners – writers, publishers, performers and producers—the Caribbean Region has been slow to cash in.

Aiming to better help music industry professionals take advantage of this boom, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in July 2016, commissioned a feasibility study and action plan for the digitalisation of Caribbean music, to enhance understanding of its effect on the music industry.

A team of Regional and international consultants met on February 21 and 22 in Barbados with industry insiders to present the study’s key findings, and discuss how best to develop and expand the Caribbean’s music industry. The two-day session, which also included a training component, focused primarily on digital and live music, and included discussions on mainstreaming participation in the industry by women. Overall, the number of women participating is low, and their roles are often limited to lower earning opportunities, such as performing.

 “We need more women in publishing and producing,” said industry expert Erica Smith, one of the regional consultants who presented at the two-day workshop.

Caribbean Development Bank
The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), is a regional financial institution which was established by an Agreement signed on October 18, 1969, in Kingston, Jamaica, and entered into force on January 26, 1970. The Bank came into existence for the purpose of contributing to the harmonious economic growth and development of the member countries in the Caribbean and promoting economic cooperation and integration among them, having special and urgent regard to the needs of the less developed members of the region (Article 1 of the Agreement establishing CDB). In the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas, the CDB is recognised as an Associate Institution of CARICOM
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Caribbean represented in blockbuster movie, ‘Black Panther’

Caribbean people, from the Bahamas to Guyana, are among the actors in the  highly acclaimed, superhero movie, Black Panther, which premiered in the US over the weekend.

Produced by Marvel Studios, the movie features actors who were born in Guyana – Letitia Wright and Shaunette Renee Wilson; Grenada – Sydelle Noel;  The Bahamas – Jason Elwood Hanna; and Trinidad and Tobago – Winston Duke; and a Brazilian of Jamaican heritage – Nabiyah Be.

They appear alongside stars such as Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Lupita Nyong’o.

The movie, which broke box office records, swelled regional pride with several news outlets reporting over the past few days on the roles the Caribbean actors played.

Read More at: The Karibbean Kollective