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.