SHE Carribean Magazine - - CONTENTS -

Caribbean art, cul­ture and per­son­al­i­ties.

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce was named as the first UNICEF Na­tional Good­will Am­bas­sador for Ja­maica on 22 Fe­bru­ary 2010. In the same month she was also named Grace Good­will Am­bas­sador for Peace for 2010 in a part­ner­ship with Grace Foods and not-for-profit Or­gan­i­sa­tion PALS (Peace and Love in So­ci­ety).

Harry Be­la­fonte is one of the most suc­cess­ful Caribbean Amer­i­can pop stars in his­tory, dubbed the “King of Ca­lypso” for pop­u­lar­iz­ing the mu­si­cal style with an in­ter­na­tional au­di­ence in the 1950s. His break­through al­bum Ca­lypso (1956) was the first mil­lion sell­ing al­bum by a sin­gle artist but is per­haps best known for singing “The Ba­nana Boat Song”, with its sig­na­ture lyric “Day-O”.

Ac­cord­ing to The Philadel­phia Tri­bune: “For more than seven decades, Harry Be­la­fonte con­tin­ues to stand tall among so­cial vi­sion­ar­ies and ac­tivist-lead­ers who cham­pion the cause of equal­ity and lib­er­a­tion through­out the world.”

Dur­ing his lengthy ca­reer as an ac­tivist, he helped or­ga­nize the Grammy Award-win­ning song “We Are the World” in 1985 and per­formed in the Live Aid con­cert that same year. In 1987 he re­ceived his ap­point­ment to UNICEF as a good­will am­bas­sador and in 1994 he went on a mis­sion to Rwanda and launched a me­dia cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the needs of Rwan­dan chil­dren.

In 2001 Be­la­fonte went to South Africa to support the cam­paign against HIV/AIDS. Two years after Africare awarded him the Bishop John T. Walker Dis­tin­guished Hu­man­i­tar­ian Ser­vice Award in 2002 for his ef­forts to as­sist Africa, Be­la­fonte trav­elled to Kenya to stress the im­por­tance of ed­u­cat­ing chil­dren in the re­gion.

In 2006, Be­la­fonte was the re­cip­i­ent of the BET Hu­man­i­tar­ian Award at the 2006 BET Awards and named one of nine 2006 Im­pact Award re­cip­i­ents by AARP The Mag­a­zine.

Harry Be­la­fonte

Shelly-Anne Fraser-Pryce

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