Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States Celebrates the 45th Independence of Jamaica July & August 2007

Jamaican-born Pilot Barrington Irving Makes History in Caribbean-American Heritage Month

Jamaican born pilot Barrington Irving returned to South Florida from his historic solo flight around the world — in making his mark as the youngest and first Black (Jamaica-born) to achieve this accomplishment. He arrived at approximately 10:30am on Wednesday, June 27th at Opa-Locka Airport to thousands of welcoming South Floridans and Jamaicans. To continue support of his efforts to inspire youth to pursue aviation careers, visit or contact www.experienceaviation.org. Stay tuned for details on his Homecoming Gala on September 22nd at Florida Memorial University.

To see a live video of his arrival go to this link:
Barrington, African American, Jamaican-born, Youngest, to Fly Solo around the WORLD!


July, 2007
Consulate of Jamaica/Jamaica Information Service
Annnual Independence Essay Competition
Contest is open to all Jamaican children, first and second generation, and residing in the State of Florida
Deadline for participating entries is Thursday, July 26th.
Students can choose from a selection of topics related to the culture and history of Jamaica, as well as looking at issues affecting the Jamaican Diaspora. Some of these include community leadership, entertainment, education, history and culture, geography and national development.
Applicants must be between five and eighteen years of age and resident here in Florida. There are three age categories for the responses five to eight (5-8); nine to twelve (9-12); and thirteen to eighteen (13-18).
For information on entering the contest, interested persons can contact the local JIS office at the Jamaica Consulate General, (305-374-8431 ext. 112) or email [email protected].

Saturday, July 21, 2007, 7pm —– MIAMI GARDENS
Jamaica Nurses�� Association in collaboration with the Jamaica Folk Revue
Annual Gospel Concert – ��Gimme that Ole Time Religion, Part II��
Sierra Norwood Calvary Baptist Church,
495 NW 191 Street, Miami Gardens
Donation: $20, Children $10 (under 10)
For more information, call (305) 510-7705
Or visit http://www.jamaicanursesflorida.org

Saturday, July 21, 2007, 6:30pm —– SUNRISE, FLORIDA
Wolmer’s Alumni Association of South Florida
10th Anniversary Banquet – Dinner & Dance
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resort
13400 W. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise
Cocktails: 6:30pm , Dinner: 7:30pm
Contribution: $65 per person
Music by: Code Red Band, C-Roy The Entertainer
For more information call: Rupert Rhodd 954-428-3039 or email: [email protected]

Sunday, July 22, 2007, 4:30pm ———- KENDALL/MIAMI
Kendall Community Church of God
45th Anniversary Independence Church Service
8795 SW 112th Street, Miami
For more information, contact (305)274-3072 or email: [email protected]

Thursday, July 26, 2007, 6pm ——– MIRAMAR, FLORIDA
Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States
Community Conversation & Town Hall Meeting
��Elections 2007: Our Vision for Jamaica��s Future��
Miramar Town Center Hall
2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar
A conversational town hall meeting to share, discuss, and identify any and all issues facing the discourse and decisions for upcoming elections in Jamaica
Invited representatives from Jamaica’s two main political parties – People’s National Party and Jamaica Labour Party, media and community leaders, and THE VOICE and INPUT of Jamaicans in the Diaspora
For more information call: 786-349-2584 or [email protected]
Live Online Chat Room during the Forum @ http://www.jamaicans.com (Submit your questions or comment today)

Saturday, July 28-31
The Convent of Mercy Academy “Alpha”
“Summer 2007 Reunion Weekend”

July 28 Dinner/Dance
6:30pm 901 N. 129th Avenue, Pembroke Pines
Dinner Served 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Contribution: $50.00pp (Cash Bar)
Music by: DJ Radcliffe

July 29 Celebration Mass
9am St. Edward Catholic Church
1900 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines

July 29 Emerald Coast Chinese Restaurant
11:30am 12375 Pembroke Road, Pembroke Pines
Farewell Brunch
Contribution $20.00pp Adults, $10 Children

For more information call: Addy Chin-Ogilvie 954-708-0363
or Dahlia Walker-Huntington 954-963-8555

Saturday, July 28, 2007, 8pm ——- MIAMI, FLORIDA
Caribbean Music Festival, Inc.
23rd Annual Grand Independence Ball
Radisson Hotel
1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Admission: $85
Proceeds benefiting the Clint O��Neil Needy Kids Foundation
Entertainment by: Little Mento Band, Errol Lee & The Bare Essentials Band
And Gary Enforcement
RSVP by: July 15
Proceeds to benefit Needy Kids of Jamaica/USA
For more information call: 954-432-6243

Saturday, July 28, 2007, 8pm ——— DAVIE, FLORIDA
Jamaican United Relief Association (JURA)/Members Only of South Florida
Premier Independence Ball
Signature Grand, Davie
6900 State Road 84, Davie
Contribution: $70
Under the distinguished Patronage of:
The Honorable C.P. Ricardo & Mrs. Allicock
Consul General of Jamaica
Guest Speaker: Hon. Aloun N’ dombet Assamba, Jamaica Minister of Industry & Tourism
Music by: The Mighty Vikings and DJ YoYo
For more information call: 954-987-3489

Saturday, July 28, 2007 ———– WEST PALM BEACH
Community Health Fair at Children��s Medical Services,
5101 Greenwood Avenue, West Palm Beach,
hosted by Jamaicans of Palm Beaches
For more information: Contact Damian Bodden, 561-804-9660 or visit http://www.jamaicansofpbc.com/

Saturday, July 28, 2007, 2pm ——- HOLLYWOOD, FLORIDA
Kiwanis Club of Sawgrass Sunrise and Caribbean Women Making a Difference (CWMD)
1st Annual Charity Domino Tournament & Fish Fry
Tavern On The Green
315 S. 62nd Ave., Hollywood
Tournament: 2pm -10pm; Registration: 11am -1:45pm
Tournament Entrance Fee: $25
Prizes include air travel and hotel stay in Jamaica
Fish Fry & Party until 2am
For more information call: Krista Hopwood at (754) 214-0188
or Marimba Milliner at (954) 446-4575

Sunday, July 29, 2007, 4pm
The Consulate General Of Jamaica Annual Ecumenical Service
In recognition of:
Jamaica’s 45th Anniversary Of Independence
First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale
401 Southeast Fifteenth Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
Directions: I-95 to Broward Blvd., East on Broward Blvd. to S.E. 15th Ave., Make right, 5 blocks to Church
Guest Preacher: Rt. Rev. Robert Thompson, Suffragan Bishop of Kingston
Officiating Minister: Rev. Winston Wright, Grace Episcopal Church
For more information call: Cheryl Wynter (305-374-8384)

Friday, August 3, 2007
1pm Interview with Ed Bell, WLRN 91.3FM
Independence celebrations

Sundown Lighting of the Bank of America Building in Jamaican colors

Saturday, August 4, 2007
7pm Jamaican Association of Central Florida
Annual Independence Ball
Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando
Admission: $60 per person
Featuring: 506 Crew Band
For more information & tickets call: Hyacinth: 407-578-8141
or visit: www.jamaicanamericanassoc.com

8 p.m. Culturama Celebration 2007, University of South Florida, Tampa
Jamaica Awareness Inc.
For more information, visit http://www.jamaware.org

8 p.m. Kendall Community Church of God Dinner dance
Palmetto Bay Village, Palmetto Bay/Miami
Proceeds to benefit charities in Jamaica

8 p.m. – Independence Street Dance (Jerk Machine, Downtown Fort Lauderdale)
12 a.m. 111 NW 2nd Street
Hosted by Caribbean Riddims
Featuring: Nubian Players, Marcia Ball, DJ Mark Swaby
Admission: $10.00
For more information, call 305-891-1242

Sunday, August 5, 2007

10am Jamaica’s 45 Independence Celebration Picnic
– 7:30pm NRS International & Master Event Inc.
Markham Park
16001 West State Rd. 84, Sunrise
Free Admission with Jamaica Colors – $10 without
Featuring: Soccer Game – Media vs. Club DJ’s
Games: Jax, Hop-scotch, maypole, marbles, domino. Mento. quadrill
For more information call: 954-443-7981 or 954-394-0758

2:30 p.m. Jamaicans in the Catholic Mission
Independence Mass
Our Lady of the Lourdes Church
11291 SW 142 Avenue, Miami

Sunday, August 12, 2007, 10 a.m.
Jamaicans of Palm Beaches
Independence Service
Grace Episcopal Church, 3600 No. Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach

If your organization is hosting a public event, please forward at your earliest conveniences confirmed details to CONNECT with the community at large.

Please forward the attached to others in your family and community circle.

Marlon A. Hill, Esq.
Advisory Board Member
Jamaican Diaspora Southern United States
786-349-2584; 876-621-0102 (Jamaica) �� Facsimile: 786-551-0785
[email protected]

Andy Adams (TX, NM, AZ) * Janeth Simpson-Brown (TN, OK, AK)
Alan Alberga/Jason Walker (GA) * Wayne Golding (North/Central FL)
Junior Farquharson (Palm Beaches/Treasure Coast, FL)
Dale Holness (Broward County)
Jennifer Hue/Salomie Chung (Miami-Dade County)
Unleashing the Potential


The Mission of the Jamaican Diaspora Southern US is to unite and galvanize all Jamaicans and Jamaican organizations, their talents, resources, and potential throughout the Southern United States for the benefit of their local communities and the future development and support of Jamaica