Captains of Industry Gala Hosted By Caribbean American Cultural Arts Foundations Honors Contributors

By: Kailah Trice

On Saturday June 29th, 2019, Caribbean Americans and friends of the Caribbean in different professions and fields gathered to celebrate the “Captains of

Industry” and honor former mayor of Atlanta and ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young. This awards gala hosted by the Caribbean Cultural Arts Foundation was held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Atlanta, and showcased many aspects of Caribbean culture including live performances of steel drums, stilt walkers, dancers, and junkanoo dancers. I had the opportunity to be on the scene at the gala and interview some of the honorees of the event as well as Ambassador Young.

At the gala, the last person I had the opportunity to interview was Ambassador Andrew Young. Because most of his time as an ambassador was spent in the Caribbean, he was being honored for his work there. Out of the three questions I asked, the second “What do you believe is the best thing for young Caribbean Americans to know to encourage them to go vote?” granted the best response. Ambassador young promptly answered, “If you need to be encouraged to vote, you need to be kicked in the ass!” Ambassador Young believes that voting is a voice and people should want to have a voice in politics, especially in a country that may not have been the one you were born into but now live.

The most important thing that I learned from this experience was that many captains of industries are people of color. For people of color trying to get into any of the industries that were represented at the gala, having role models who look like them is very encouraging. However, many of these faces and names are not well known to the general public, which is why events such as this are important for people to know about and to see. Even more encouraging is that these Captains of Industry are Caribbean. Any members of the diaspora who are looking to dive into professions ranging from sports to even US politics already have leaders who they can identify with and learn from.

 

The full interview can be found at {link}.

 

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MISSION: To elevate the brand of Caribbean culture in the fields of MUSIC, BUSINESS and the ARTS by celebrating the work of cultural ambassadors while advocating for upcoming Caribbean talent1.

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