Panelists2016

Natasha Von Castle

Editor-In-Chief, l3 Magazine  |   Natasha Von Castle is based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is the Editor-in-Chief forL3 Magazine.  In her role, Natasha oversees a team of writers and music enthusiasts who interview and showcase the talents of the best musicians in the Caribbean, and around the world.  Natasha is...

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John Vilanova

Journalist  |   John Vilanova is a third-year Ph.D. student at the Annenberg School for Communication. His broad research and writing agenda focuses on the production, reception, and consumption of African American and Afro-diasporic music. His current research examines the contemporary Jamaican music industry, cultural industries development, and the coloniality of...

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Dr. Sonjah Niaah

The Institute Of Caribbean Studies / The University Of The West Indies  |   The inaugural Rhodes Trust Rex Nettleford Fellow in Cultural Studies (2005) and a Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies (UWI) at Mona, Sonjah Stanley Niaah currently heads the UWI’s Institute of...

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Masani Montague

 Rastafest / Upfront Theatre Foundation  |   Masani Montague is a playwright, novelist, journalist and youth worker active in the Rastafari and Black community in Toronto for the past 39 years. She has written, directed and produced several plays, radio plays, documentaries, and the author of the novel, Dread Culture.  She...

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Michie Mee

Hip Hop Recording Artist, Songwriter, Actress  | Michie Mee is known within the music industry for her unique rap style of combining reggae and dancehall with hip-hop. Many successful artists have followed in Michie’s footsteps using this gifted technique. With over two decades in the entertainment industry, the Juno nominated...

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Mannin Marsh

Project Grapevine/The Vinelist  |   Mannin Marsh started out his entrepreneurial career while studying Computer Science at the University of Technology where he designed premium logos for several companies across Jamaica and North America. He was awarded the Certificate of Appreciation for Designing Jamaica’s Geographical Indication by the Jamaica Intellectual Property...

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Dr. Ashley George Hamilton-Taylor

University of the West Indies  |   Dr. Ashley George Hamilton-Taylor is founder of the Web, Animation, Visualisation and E-Learning (WAVE) Research Laboratory, Department of Computing, University of the West Indies at Mona, Jamaica. He has been deeply involved in the development of computing curricula at UWI and other tertiary institutions for over...

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Philip Clarke

Director of arts and culture, university of technology jamaica (UTech)  |   Philip Clarke has been a writer, Actor and Principal choreographer of Eagles Theatre Troupe (Kingston) and of its most recent musical drama “Jamaica Alive!” which just completed a tour in Florida. Mr. Clarke wrote this musical about the discovery...

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Tiffanie Anderson

Founder, Away To Africa   |      Tiffanie Anderson, attorney and founder of Away to Africa, is a graduate from Florida A&M University and St. John’s University School of Law. Ms. Anderson works as a college professor teaching law and is preparing to teach at UWI in January 2017. Between working...

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Allen Johnston

The Music Specialist  | Allen Johnston has More than three decades of progressive experience in all aspects of music product development, licensing, sales, promotion and distribution for national and international markets. Mr. Johnston provides business operations back office services in the areas of publishing administration, licensing, royalty recovery, business affairs,...

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