Panelists2015

Hugh Douse

Hugh Douse attended the Mico College and later did a B.A. in Media and Communication at the University of the West Indies, Mona where he is now pursuing postgraduate work in Cultural Studies. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at the UWI in the Institute of Caribbean Studies. Hugh is a...

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Lesley-Ann Welsh

‘Artivist’, Culture Curator and Experience Engineer best depict Lesley-Ann’s engagement with the transformational potential of creative expression in work and life. Lesley-Ann is a founding member and current Executive Director of Manifesto Jamaica; a social enterprise whose mission is to develop and attract opportunities for young people that inspire creativity,...

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Joavan Puran

Joavan Puran better known as ‘Yagga’ has been involved in the growth and development of contemporary art in Jamaica for the past decade. His interests in issues relating to Jamaica’s social landscape are visualized in his work, primarily focusing on te rastafari community. Joavan is a pass student of the...

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Marcus Goffe

Mr. Marcus Goffe is an Attorney-at-Law and intellectual property law consultant. Mr. Goffe’s experience spans fifteen years in several areas of law including intellectual property law, criminal law, human rights law, and entertainment and media law. Mr. Goffe holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of the...

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Masani Montague, BA (Hons), MES

Masani Montague is a playwright, director, journalist, novelist and researcher. She has written, directed and produced several radio plays, stage plays and music videos. Her plays and radio plays include: Up On Eglinton, Breakout, Soundclash, Reasoning With My Sisters, Danger To The Public and To Sheba With Love. She has...

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Kareece Lawrence

Born to parents who have an immense love for music, it’s no surprise that she too has become a lover of music; which she hails as being instrumental in her journey of becoming the True Self. Kareece has garnered a lot of experience in her 9 years in the Music...

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Barbara Blake Hannah

Barbara Blake Hannah, who is affectionately called Mama Makeda, made history and newspaper headlines back in 1968 when she was appointed as an on-camera reporter/interviewer on the Thames Television Daily Evening Show, Today with Eamonn Andrews, making her the first black person to appear on British television screens in a...

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Delroy Thompson

Delroy Thompson a 40 year veteran of the Local / International Reggae music industry started working as Sound Engineer for Audiofon, which was once a major sound company in Jamaica. Working with Audiofon afford him the chance to work on the sound as an engineer for international bands and entertainers....

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Kendall A. Minter

Knights of Malta, O.S.J.  | Kendall A. Minter, a native of New York and graduate and Senior Class President of Flushing High School, participated in the six year combined arts/law program at Cornell University, graduating with a B.A. in 1974, and a J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1976. Kendall...

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Ricky Trooper

Ricardo “Ricky Trooper” Johnson was born in a small town in St. Mary, Jamaica. Before he reached his teen ages, he was introduced to the world of sound system by veteran sound owner, Copey, of Coptic Hi Power Sound System, of Spanish Town, Jamaica. By the time Trooper reached his...

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