LEROY V. GRAHAM
In 1972, Bro. Graham published the first Caribbean-American newspaper within the New York City area, “The Caribbean-American News”. He believed in proactively engaging in the political arena to affect the changes necessary to address the pressing issues concerning Caribbean Nationals living of the African diaspora.
The Skatalites , Music Band
Founder of the Skatalites music group in the United states, Bro. Lester "Ska" Sterling began playing music at the age of 9 and , from then, has had a robust career in reggae music. At the first J.A.M.E (Jamaican Music Experience) he was presented with an award for his invaluable contributions and profound influence in the creation and evolution of Jamaican music and culture.
MILLICENT DOLLY MAY
On May 05, 2020, we lost one of the most forging influence of Jamaican Music and Culture Millie “Millicent Dolly May” Small.She was the first Jamaican to sell over a million records, “My Boy Lollipop,” first Jamaican to top the charts in both the US and UK, first Jamaican Superstar, first Jamaican to have a television program in Finland, just to name a few accomplishments.
Honored by the Government with the Order of Distinction in 1991, the Prime Minister’s Independence Gala in 2002, and the renaming of Brentford Road, in Kingston, Jamaica as Studio One Boulevard, "Sir Coxson" Dodd left a legacy of becoming the most regarded reggae music producer in the history of the genre.
The Original Skatalites Band Members
The original Skatalites Band members were: Don Drummonds, Rolando Alphonso, Lester G. Sterling, Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, John “Johnny Dizzy” Moore, Jerry “Jah Jerry” Haynes, Tony Brevit, and Lloyd Knibbs. These were the most prominent individuals responsible for the creation of Ska Music and its evolution into Rock Steady, which morphed into what is today universally known as Reggae Music.