Most people didn’t know there was a Caribbean-American community in Los Angeles. Like the Guatemalans and Puerto Ricans who became Latinos, or the Chinese and Filipinos who became Asians when they arrived in America, most Caribbeans are generally perceived as African Americans.
While New York and Miami have well known established enclaves of Caribbean communities, little is known about the Caribbean West. With that realization, Lyndon A. Johnson, a Jamaican native with graphic design background, has decided to create the CaribPress in Los Angeles in 1999 to fill this void. Since then, Johnson has developed a network of writers and citizen journalists to cover many topics of interest to the Caribbean community in Southern California such as immigration, family law, health, travel, sports, politics, the economy, celebrities and newsmakers of Caribbean descent, and the local Caribbean music scene.
The first issue premiered with a cover story on reggae artist Maxi Priest. Since that time, CaribPress continues to highlight the accomplishments of music artists and entertainers, but has also profiled notable figures such as television executive Paula Madison, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and former Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson.
CaribPress often provides a diverse selection of editorial content including political commentary, historical articles and interviews of community leaders and entrepreneurs in Los Angeles. While material usually has a Caribbean focus, CaribPress seeks to inform and enlighten the general reading audience with its unique perspective on world, national and local events.
CaribPress is currently planning our 7th Annual Jamaican Independence Day Celebration and Soccer Tournament, which is to be held on August 8, 2010 in Los Angeles’ Rancho Cienega Park. For the past 6 years, CaribPress has been coordinating this event as a way to give back to the community we serve. With live music, booths, various games and competitions, our Jamaican Independence celebration has been our way of commemorating Jamaica’s Independence, while at the same time creating a forum for our community to gather.
This year’s festivities will include:
• Live performances by Kip Rich, Half Pint, plus special guests
• Men’s soccer tournament
• Women’s soccer tournament
• Vendor booths from the community
• Hot Patty eating contest
• Lime and Spoon contest
• Ludo contest
• Domino contest
• Jamaican trivia competition
• Kid’s dance competition
• Jumper, rides and water games for kids
• Potato sack race
• 50-meter dash race
Friday, August 6h marks an important day in Jamaican history. It is the 48th anniversary of independence from Great Britain. In recognition of this momentous occasion, we are putting together a Jamaican Independence Day celebratio. This promises to be a special event, but we need your help.
Presently, we are in search of sponsorship and donations. Additional resources are needed to make this celebration the kind that Angelinos deserve. Any help you could provide in terms of equipment, or other in-kind support for this event would be greatly appreciated. Please find enclosed a list of our current needs.
For further information, please contact:
Lyndon A. Johnson