Caribbean Americans Celebrated in Atlanta

 

Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta
Puerto Rican native Tina Hart, left, and Dr. Karen Godette from Guyana runs the Oncology department at prestigious Emory University Hospital in Midtown Atlanta

The 2014 Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Networking Series, was hosted at Caribbean-owned Stir It Up Restaurant in Midtown Atlanta, on May 22, 2014. The event, hosted by the Caribbean Media Network , is an annual recognition of Caribbean Americans in metro Atlanta. The event was sponsored by Grace Foods , Modern Dental, and the USVI Department of Tourism. 

The event was attended by  Atlanta’s tastemakers, media hotshots, and Atlanta corporate industry professionals.The night’s festivities was co-hosted by none other than television and film producer Roger Bobb  and Dr. Heavenly Kimes of Bravo TV’s hit reality show “Married to Medicine”.  Dr. Kimes graciously hosted the event on short notice, for cast mate Lisa Nicole Cloud, who was out of town on business. 

Roger Bobb and Dr Heavenly at Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Atlanta
Roger Bobb and Dr Heavenly at Caribbean American Movers and Shakers Atlanta

Bobb and Kimes recognized those from the Caribbean and parts of Latin America who have made indelible marks on the Capital of the New South.

Consul General Bahamas: Randy Rolle
Consul General Bahamas: Randy Rolle

In attendance was the President of the Caribbean Tourism Organization Sylma- Bramble Brown, President of Taste of Atlanta Dale De Sena, Southern Division President of Home Depot Ann Marie Campbell, President of Panton Capital Holdings Dr. David Panton, Atlanta City Council Man CT Martin, VP of the U.S.V.I. Legislature Samuel Sanesand other distinguished guests. 

Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Producer Princess Banton of the Real Housewives of Atlanta.

Atlanta Daily Journal reports: Media maven Princess Dalton-Lofters summed up the sentiments and prestige of the Caribbean Amercicans honorees on hand — a woman who achieved great success in the male-dominated industry by creating and producing the “Real Housewives of Atlanta.”

“I’m a little overwhelmed. I was born in Jamaica and raised in Canada and now living in the U.S. The one thing that I do wanna say is that it is definitely … being born in Jamaica, being West Indian, has made me who I am,” she said. “I was raised with a certain set of values and mores and was built to make it in this industry. Growing up in Jamaica and then Canada and my parents being West Indian, they instilled in me to be who I wanted to be and to do what I wanted to do. And those who know me understand that I do not take ‘no’ for an answer, or that ‘can’t’ is something that I never embraced. I always embraced dreaming big and going after your goals.

“And I got a lot of ‘no’s’ along the way, and it took that drive in me that I attribute to be me being Jamaican and West Indian to make it in this industry. And for someone like me who has made it, I just encourage young women to follow their dreams (and) never, never, never take ‘no’ for an answer and to always go after what you want,” Dalton-Lofters continued. “Because, believe me, if you can dream it, it will happen.”

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