In a collaboration between CaribBEING and LinkNYC, during Caribbean Heritage Month, Caribbean-American icons—including artists, musicians, writers, and politicians—will appear on LinkNYC Digital Displays through the month of June. The goal is to raise awareness of their contributions.
These Caribbean-American icons will be featured on LinkNYC kiosks’ 55-inch digital displays around New York City, including the Notorious B.I.G.; actor, singer, social activist Harry Belafonte; Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz; Shirley Chisholm, the first woman to run for a major party’s nomination for U.S. president; writers Junot Diaz and Edwidge Danticat; and Pan-Africanism champion Marcus Garvey, among others.
“Despite the fact that the Caribbean is so close to the United States, few people are aware of the many American leaders, creators and visionaries who happen to be of Caribbean descent,” said Shelley Worrell, spokesperson for Caribbeing, whose mission is to illuminate the global Caribbean experience through arts and culture. “We’re so excited to partner with LinkNYC to help raise awareness of Caribbean American contributions to our country through a striking ad campaign.”
Caribbeing’s LinkNYC campaign is part of the organization’s next phase of development to leverage digital media technologies to reach wider audiences.
[. . .] “New York is great because of its unparalleled diversity, with so many communities contributing to the fabric of our city,” said Anne Roest, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. “During Caribbean Heritage Month, New Yorkers and visitors passing by a Link kiosk anywhere in the five boroughs will learn more about some iconic Caribbean-Americans. We’re proud that LinkNYC is honoring such an important part of New York City’s cultural mosaic.”
Caribbeing is a thriving cultural organization that stands at the crossroads of film, art, and culture. Based in Brooklyn, AKA the “Little Caribbean,” Caribbeing spans contemporary culture and is a hub for creativity and collaborations with some of the Caribbean’s most visionary talent and innovative brands. Now in its fifth year, Caribbeing has grown into a global movement. Learn more about Caribbeing at www.caribbeing.com. Follow Caribbeing on Facebook at Facebook.com/caribbeing.
LinkNYC is the first-of-its-kind communications network replacing the city’s payphones to build the world’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the public launch of LinkNYC in early 2016, more than 800 Links are active across all five boroughs, with thousands more set to be deployed over the next few years. [. . .]
For more information and to find a Link near you, visit link.nyc.