Barbadian American actress Trina Parks, the first black actress to star in a James Bond film, will host the event.
NEW YORK, NY, Jan. 7, 2021: Trina Parks, the first black actress to star in a James Bond film, will celebrate another historic moment on January 17, 2021 as she hosted the only inauguration event in the Caribbean to honor the first American Vice President of the Black Caribbean in the US to celebrate Kamala Harris.
Parks, whose roots reach Barbados through their mother and Antigua through their grandparents, and who participated in Diamonds Are Forever, will host the virtual event entitled “Celebrating #CaribbeanAmericanKamala”, which will be streamed live worldwide on Facebook. One Caribbean Television’s (OCTV) Twitter and YouTube platforms at facebook.com/onecaribbeantelevision and on Radio 102.9FM in Antigua and Barbuda.
“It is a great honor to have been asked to host the first Caribbean Tribute to Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, presented by Felicia Persaud, Founder and CEO of Invest Caribbean, and Dr. Sheila Newton Moses, President of ICN. “You have put together a wonderful array of animators and speakers in honor of VP-Elect Harris, and I am delighted to be the first Black American, James Bond Woman, to honor the first Vice President, Black / Caribbean / Indian Woman. ”
Harris’ father was born in Jamaica and her mother in India.
The event was launched by Felicia J. Persaud, the Caribbean-born founder and CEO of Invest Caribbean, the global private sector, the Caribbean investment agency and the Caribbean American Action Network (CAAN).
The best entertainers in the Caribbean include Jamaica-born dancehall star Flourgon, who and Miley Cyrus filed a US $ 300 million lawsuit in January for his 1988 Jamaican hit single “We Run Things” and Barbados’ own Soca King has settled Edwin Yearwood of ‘All Aboard’ fame; Antigua & Barbuda’s Soca Diva Claudette Peters; Jamaican Nadine Sutherland; the famous Fab Five Band, also from Jamaica; The Jamaican gospel singer Joan Meyers, known for “Can’t Even Walk”; as well as rising stars from Barbados, Toni Norville, Kirk Brown and 9-year-old Tykairi Sargeant; independent Jamaican artist Janine Jkuhl of ‘Sway’ fame; Owen Dalhouse, who recently published Heal the Soul of America; Guyanese Menes De Griot and Shanto along with St. Vincent and the Grenadines Frankie McIntosh, Maxie Gouveia and Rashid Thorne.
The star-studded Caribbean event will also feature remarks from Caribbean-born US Congressman Adriano Espaillat of NY. Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness; University of the West Indies Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles; Chairman of the CARICOM New York Consular Corps, Barbados General Council, New York, O. St. E. Mackie Holder; Guiana-born Dr. Michelle Chester, the Corporate Director Employee Health Services at Northwell Health, who administered the first COVID-19 vaccine in the US, and Jamaica-born nurse Sandra Lindsay who became one of the most famous nurses in the US after receiving the COVID-19 -Shot in the US and several leaders of the Caribbean diaspora, including Persaud; President of ICN and CAAN co-founder, Dr. Sheila Newton Moses; Founder of Caribbean Immigrant Services, Irwine Clare, Sr., OD; Aubry Padmore of Global Village Book Publishing LLC; Coalition for the Preservation of Carlyle McKetty of Reggae Music and Esther Austin of Esther Austin Global.
The elected Vice President is to close the event with her own message to the Caribbean diaspora and the Caribbean population worldwide.
“This is a historic moment for us as Caribbean in this United States who have been here since slavery, and we hope that Vice President-elect Harris represents the best interests of all Americans, including those who share their Caribbean ancestry.” said the idea of the event, immigrant, journalist, entrepreneur and lawyer from the Caribbean and America, Felicia J. Persaud. “America and the Caribbean have always enjoyed positive labor diplomacy and trust that this will be reinforced once we have the first US Vice President for the Black Caribbean in the White House.”
Speakers include: Invest Caribbean, Caribbean Immigrant Services, Team Jamaica Bickle, Coalition for the Preservation of Reggae Music, Global Village Book Publishing, LLC, Esther Austin Global, One Caribbean Television, News Americas News Network, CaribPR Wire, Hard Beat Communications and Radio 102.9FM.