An impressive demonstration of talent — and people power — climaxed last week when “The Voice” contestant Tessanne Chin won the finals of the NBC-TV music reality show, Jared McAllister writes in his column for The New York Daily News.
Chin — who hails from Jamaica — won a record deal, $100,000 and immeasurable international and Internet popularity.
Across the U.S., an amazing grassroots, small business and corporate initiative was created in Caribbean diaspora communities to help support Chin through the competion. Tessanne won, but so did the people power movement, which could conceivably be marshaled to aid the Caribbean people in the U.S. and the region.
The inititive pushing for Chin to win highlighted the huge potential — economic, political and otherwise — of Caribbean people working together for a common goal.
Caribbean nationals cheered on Chin throughout the TV season at organized viewing parties. In the New York area, there were regular gatherings in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and on Long Island with T-shirts from the Caribbean Digicel communications firm.
A day before “The Voice” winner was named, longtime Caribbean journalist and Hard Beat Comminications CEO Felcia Persaud sparked a lively discussion with Facebook postings about greater potential of the massive movement to support the singer.
“The campaign in the U.S. Jamaican Diaspora for votes for @tessanne is truly spectacular. One can only hope the same momentum will be used to campaign for votes around real issues that affect our lives here in the U.S. and keep us invisible,” posted Guyanese- American Persaud, who’s also the founder of CaribPR Wire, News Americas Now website and Invest Caribbean Now business forum.
Patrick Beckford of the the influential Jamaican Diaspora, USA, Northeast organization, said immigration reform is one of the many issues which could addressed through a sustained organized effort.
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