On Monday December 17, 2012, the finest cast of Diaspora citizenry, friends and supporters will gather in the Calvin Klein Room at the Barclays Center to join Dahved Levy of Caribbean Fever (107.5 Fm WBLS) in honoring some of the best minds, super achievers and entertainment giants of the community.
Honoring Diaspora achievers is one of the highlights, of what promises to be a magnificent evening of Caribbean culture at the newly minted Barclays Center in Downtown, Brooklyn. The Guiness Caribbean Fever Music Festival will take place in the main arena later that evening.
Event Promoter Dahved Levy is beyond pleased with the Award component of the evening. “We wanted to recognize a wide spectrum of professional contributions to mark this important occasion,” said Levy. “Caribbean Fever has a diverse listener base; it is not just about music. We share information that is pertinent to the lives of our constituents and have vibrant and positive discussions about the issues that affect us. Over the years we have highlighted those among us who have made remarkable strides in many and varied fields. We believe it is only fitting to have them share the stage as ‘rock stars’ of their respective genres.”
Who Are These Rock Stars?
Dr. Velma Skantleberry-White, a talented transplant surgeon who hails from Barbados, now based in Delaware is indeed considered a “rock star!” She is the first African American woman in the field transplantation surgery and has been selected as one of the nation’s top doctors for numerous years running. Dr Scantleberry makes it her life mission to educate the African American population on transplantation. She is a tireless advocate of and has dedicated her service to the minority community who can least afford her services.
Dr. Henry Lowe is one of the Caribbean Region’s leading Scientist and researcher with over 50 years in the field. He has been recognized regionally and internationally for his extensive body of work. Most recently Dr. Lowe’s work received worldwide attention and acclaim for his discovery of several bioactive molecules in Jamaican medicinal plants. His research on the Jamaican Ball Moss produced astonishing results. Found to have cancer therapy, diabetes and HIV/AIDS, treatment properties; he is currently in clinical trials. Dr. Lowe is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland.
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (District 45, Brooklyn) is also being honored alongside his fellow Caribbean nationals, which makes it all the more special. A son of the spice-Island of Grenada, the councilmember has seen his star rise ever since he took office. Williams is proud of his Caribbean heritage, proudly wearing the colors of his homeland Grenada and celebrating the culture of the Island every chance he gets. A tireless advocate of the people, Williams’ voice seems to be the loudest in defense of the voiceless and people across the state whose lives are most impacted by policies less favorable to them. He is proactive, imaginative and leads fearlessly. His approach is to involve his constituents in the decision making process and has created programs to enhance their quality of life. His vast experience as a community organizer before getting into politics has guided the way he leads with tremendous success.
Levy has also tapped some of his industry peers for honor as well. Long time radio husband and wife team and true pioneers, Gil and Pat Bailey, (with an almost unbelievable close to 50 years) on radio, Jeff Barnes, Francine Chin, DJ Roy, Bobby Konders and Jabba, all highly respected radio disc jockeys; Record Stores that have been the backbone of the local community, such as Moodies Records, Charlies Records among others. It will indeed be a night of rock stars—a true representation of the rich and storied culture that is Caribbean.