During this discussion, we hope to answer the following questions: How do you get information out to the Jamaican diaspora community? What types of media platforms are available? Is the media reaching 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans?
Xavier Murphy developed the website Jamaicans.com in 1995 and was a pioneer for web based communication for the Jamaican Diaspora. Jamaicans.com was the first and only comprehensive website on Jamaica on the internet. Jamaicans.com is the world’s leading website covering news, travel, culture, and politics in Jamaica and the Caribbean. It is the 3rd largest Jamaican website online. First and second places go to the Jamaica Gleaner and the Jamaica Observer, the two leading daily newspapers on the island. Jamaicans.com has been an oasis online since 1995 for Jamaicans worldwide. It is also an authoritative source for culture, language, current events, and commentary for non-Jamaicans who frequent the website. Jamaicans.com was the 1st Caribbean website to launch an iPhone app. In celebration of Jamaicans.com20th anniversary, the month of December 2015 was declared “Jamaicans.com month” by the city of Miramar per a proclamation from the Mayor Wayne Messam.
Cassandra Campbell is a first-generation American with parents of Jamaican descent. She is a graduate of Virginia State University where she received both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Economics. As a creative and passionate professional, she has an extensive track record executing branding strategies and campaigns across a wide range of industries. From working in the White House under President Obama, managing two political campaigns in Omaha, Nebraska, and now working in Advertising for Facebook HQ in San Francisco, California, nothing excites her more than facing new challenges. Cassandra understands fundamentally the importance of building community through the use of social media and has made it her personal mission to spread awareness on how best to leverage these platforms towards achieving both business and personal goals. In her current role at Facebook, Cassandra works on the Facebook Ads & Business Platform Education team and is part of the core team for the Facebook Elevate Program. Facebook Elevate is a community and learning platform created to accelerate the growth of entities of color and celebrate creators who break barriers and turn dreams into realities. Elevate’s goal is to increase economic success for minority-owned businesses and nonprofits by providing free marketing education, mentorship, and support. Elevate has launched workshops all over the world including one in Jamaica as part of Tech Beach.
Sheron Hamilton-Pearson was born in London to Jamaican parents. Always an activist, she was exposed to injustice in communities of color at an early age. An avid reader, she is realizing her dream of writing and has been published in several journals and newspapers. She is the co-founder of People of Black Heritage, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in New York and a community activist. She is passionate about the youth and is an advocate for Padmore Primary School in Jamaica and an orphanage in St. Thomas, her adopted parish in Jamaica. She is supporter of The Family Unification and Resettlement Initiative (FURI), The Jamaica Progressive League and The Math Club – all organizations whose focus is nation-building. She hosts and produces an internet radio program The Conduit Show which airs on both the Ed Robinson based e2onair and the English Connection Media in addition to being the voice that reads the diaspora news for Jamaicans.com
Gregory Cole “Homegrown with G Cole” The Podcast/Show “Homegrown with G Cole” is a candid, funny, unbiased view of real-life events that affect our communities, through the eyes of Singer/Songwriter/Podcast Host, and music enthusiast G Cole. G Cole who was born in Ocho Rios Jamaica, and now resides in Ft Lauderdale Florida interviews Artists, Entrepreneurs, Music legends, Community Leaders, Members of Government, Health professionals, Public Speakers, and members of the Jamaican, and Caribbean Diaspora. There is no room for boredom, as between conversation he will take you on a sweet Reggae ride with music from yesterday and today. The subscription is free. Take this podcast with you on your road trips, your commute to and from work, or even to your workout at the gym. You will be informed, educated, and entertained. “Keep it moving, keep it grooving, it’s Homegrown”.
Calibe Thompson is a Jamaican-American entrepreneur with titles including TV producer, publisher, director, host, author, columnist, and public speaker. She manages the production of corporate print publications, video production, graphic design and branding for Island Syndicate’s clients. She produced independent national and regional television series “Taste the Islands” and “Island Origins”, which aired in 46 American states, over 20 Caribbean countries, and other international regions, and she is the co-author of 3 best-selling cookbooks. Thompson’s ongoing mission is to develop polished and engaging presence for a variety of brands, and to create high quality Caribbean-inspired media for sophisticated, mainstream audiences.
Andre Jones – Caribbean Community Own Regional Entertainment Television (CCORE TV), Andre Jones was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica. After migrating to Yonkers New York , he realized he had a passion for cinematography . After college Andre has worked with New York News 12 Network, C-span and Pepsi. He currently shoots projects for New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH)and Columbia University. Andre’s newest endeavor is Caribbean Community Own Regional Entertainment Television (CCORE TV), A streaming company that provides various Television and Radio channels from the Diaspora as well as content from the Caribbean that Broadcast News, Sports and Entertainment as well as On-Demand Video and Audio Programming. CCORE in available on 7 streaming platforms which includes Apple TV, Roku, Fire stick and Android to name a few. He is also a streaming Partner with Pure Jamaica. Welcome to CCORENETWORK Caribbean entertainment
Brittany Khaleel is the Chief Content Officer at Jamaicans.com and Founder of Hada Digital, a video production company based in South Florida. Khaleel joined the Jamaicans.com team in 2009 as a video editor. Since then, she has written several articles for the website, captured photos, edited videos, and managed its social media accounts. In 2018, Khaleel became the Chief Content Officer for Jamaicans.com, taking on a larger role managing content on the website. Her video production company, Hada Digital, launched in August 2018. Khaleel’s company has worked with over 20 clients, several of them with Caribbean roots.