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Interview Feature: The Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica (Part I)

Watch the first night of Rebuild Dominica’s Solidarity Weekend with Gordon Henderson and Others!

The above footage shares the reception interview during The Weekend in Solidarity With Dominica, which was a successful weekend lineup presented by Rebuild Dominica Inc in November 2015.

The guest of honor was Gordon Henderson, who is a Dominican-born and award-winning musician based in Paris (France). Henderson performs and is known worldwide as the Godfather of Cadense-Lypso music. Gordon Henderson arrived in Washington DC for the weekend series that included the Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH). His arrival was sponsored by the Law Offices of Gabriel Christian and OmniSystems LLC.

The discussion was lead by Rebuild Dominica leaders and hosted by Dominica’s celebrity reporter and media personality, Tarnia Green. Gordon Henderson gave a splendid exposition of the history of Cadance-Lypso.

Also interviewed were key members and resource persons at Rebuild Dominica. These included Chairman Gabriel Christian, Caribbean Agricultural Network (CAN) Director, Errol Emmanuel, with Rebuild Dominica Logistics Director and CAN CEO Francis Richards. Also interviewed was Rebuild Dominica publicist, LaDàna Drigo, with her daughter, Ta’Tyani Young (a young Rebuild Dominica volunteer). Haitian artist, Jean Claude Vivens, and surveyor, Fitzroy Bertrand, were also featured. Other attendees included Rebuild Dominica members Timothy Dover, Sammy Garraway, Michael Davis, Anelia Bertrand and Whinny Lewis.

Film Producer Koby Maxwell Joins Rebuild Dominica

During the 2016 Planning Meeting on January 16th, Rebuild Dominica gained a new board member. Film producer, Koby Maxwell, who originates from Ghana, attended the meeting, which was hosted at the headquarters of Omni Systems in Arlington, Virginia.

Koby Maxwell comes on board as the nonprofit gears up for a partnership with a global event that will be announced this Spring. Mr. Maxwell will serve as the Director of Film Liaison for Rebuild Dominica. In this new role, the well-known film producer intends to introduce a new project that promotes AfroCarib relations while focusing on new ways to boost Dominica’s tourism industry.

Left to right: Gabriel Christian, Koby Maxwell, & Tarnia Green
Left to right: Gabriel Christian, Koby Maxwell, & Tarnia Green

Targeting the creation of a film industry in Dominica and the Diaspora, this project compliments Rebuild Dominica’s mission to provide creative and sustainable options for reconstruction in The Commonwealth of Dominica. With the popularity of Nollywood films on the island as well as the surrounding Caribbean isles, launching a film industry in Dominica would put focus on an untapped market.

More details will be announced during this summer. Resource persons interested in joining this project should register as a volunteer with Rebuild Dominica and provide details on their areas of expertise.

About Rebuild Dominica, Inc:
The Rebuild Dominica is a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to raise and distribute funds, expertise and material resources in support of the recovery and reconstruction efforts of communities on The Commonwealth of Dominica that were impacted by floods from Tropical Storm Erika.

Rebuild Dominica Inc aims to make a sustainable, long term impact, and focuses on programs that address the unmet needs of communities around Dominica. The organization is inspired by the spirit of volunteerism, team work and cooperative self-help. Dominica has a long heritage of working together for the common good. In Dominica’s French creole language, those values of community self-help have a name; it is called: Koudmen. Rebuild Dominica serves to personify this spirit of Koudmen.

This write-up was prepared by the Media Relations Team at Rebuild Dominica. For more information regarding this post, contact LaDàna Drigo at 202.670.6489 or info@AbovePrestigePR.com.

Gordon Henderson Receives Trailblazer Award in Washington DC

by Tarnia Green

Dominican music pioneer, Gordon Henderson was among (8)eight outstanding Caribbean nationals who were honored at the 22nd Annual Caribbean American Heritage Awards (CARAH) on Friday, Nov. 20 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Gordon Henderson, who is based in Paris, the first Creole Musician to sign a major French label, and known as the Godfather of Cadence-Lypso received the Trailblazer award at the awards gala in the presence of hundreds of Caribbean -American nationals including representatives of the Rebuild Dominica organization based in Washington.
Henderson dedicated his award to his homeland Dominica and the “Rebuild Dominica” post Tropical Storm Erika recovery efforts.
“You may be aware that Dominica was devastated by a tropical storm whose name we will not forget, Erika. I feel very emotional when I think of Dominica these days because we were struck heavily and my wife and I we live in Paris, so you would imagine after Erika in Dominica, you know what happened in Paris recently. I wish to thank an organization based in Washington DC called “Rebuild Dominica”, for doing everything possible for me to be with you tonight to receive this award,”.
The Caribbean American Heritage Awards began in 1994 as the annual signature fundraising event for the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS) honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the US society, promoted Caribbean culture and interests in the United States as well as friends of the Caribbean.
This year’s honorees were recognized for their extraordinary contributions and philanthropic efforts in the Caribbean-American and other communities.
“Each year, ICS is honored to profile and highlight the amazing stories of our Caribbean-American brothers and sisters in the Diaspora. Over the years, we are pleased that CARAH has become the premiere event where Caribbean-Americans’ gather to celebrate and learn about each other,” said ICS President and Founder Dr. Claire Nelson.
“More importantly, CARAH is where the accomplishments of Caribbean-Americans are on display for the wider American community to learn how we are lending our skills to our adopted home.”
The other awardees at Friday’s gala included Barbara Hutchinson for Excellence in Medicine, Lt.Col.Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, the first female African -American fighter Pilot received the Vanguard Award, Magdalah Racine-Silva, walked away with the outstanding Entrepreneurship Award, Miguel Southwell received the Outstanding Public Service Award, Michael Thompson received the outstanding community service award, Beverly East received the Forerunner award while Jamaican Reggae star Max “Maxi Priest” Elliott received the Luminary Award.
Proceeds of the awards gala go towards supporting ICS projects and programs including Caribbean American Heritage Month, LifeSEED, and youth empowerment and entrepreneurship program.
Since its creation in 1993, the CARAH awards have honored more than 100 Caribbean-Americans.
Past honorees include Susan Taylor, former editor-in-chief of Essence magazine; Rita Marley, reggae matriarch and philanthropist; musician Jimmy Cliff, former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; Earl Graves Sr., publisher of Black Enterprise; Congresswoman Barbara Lee and former ambassador the Honorable Andrew Young.
To learn more about CARAH, visit caribbeanheritageawards.org.