Usain Bolt’s Documentary to Headline Houston Caribbean Film Festival (@hcff_festival @usainbolt)

The Caribbean American Heritage Foundation of Texas (CAHFT) announces that I AM BOLT  a documentary about the life of Jamaican Olympic athlete Usain Bolt, will headline its 2nd Annual Houston Caribbean Film Festival (HCFF).  The Festival was conceived to observe and celebrate June, which was designated as National Caribbean American Heritage Month by President George W. Bush in 2006.  An estimated ten Caribbean films will be screened during HCFF, taking place at The Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) June 9-11, 2017.  At press time, confirmed films from Barbados, Cuba, Guadeloupe, Jamaica, Saint Lucia will be screened.  The Festival will feature several full-length films and several short film which are 2-20 minutes in duration. The Jamaican film, Diary of a Badman will also be screened.

Other films scheduled to be screened includes: Barbados, H2O; Cuba, Tengo Talento ; Guadeloupe, Tourments d ’Amour ; and Saint Lucia, Who Are You? .  Animated and several movie shorts will be featured at the HCFF in June. Films will be nominated and receive awards in several categories including: Best Foreign Language Film, Best Film Short, Best Animated Film, Best Documentary, Best Spoken Word.

The HCFF is dedicated to embracing and promoting the rich Caribbean culture through the eye of the director’s lens. The mission is to promote, support, increase and heighten interest and awareness of Caribbean films, filmmakers, screen writers, producers and directors in the Caribbean basin and the Diaspora year-round, focusing particularly in June, National Caribbean American Heritage Month .

For more information about the HCFF, their mission and a complete guide to the Festival’s films, visit their official website:

The Grandson Of Reggae Legend Bob Marley, Heads To The NFL (@Nico2Marley)

Nico and Rohan Marley
Nico & Rohan Marley

Nico Marley (the grandson of Jamaican reggae legend Bob Marley) has been accepted into the NFL; America’s National Football League. Nico was signed by the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent after trying out for the team during its rookie minicamp over the weekend.

It is worth noting that his father, Rohan, was a linebacker at the University of Miami from 1992-1994.


Team Jamaica Bickle

As part of ongoing preparations for the annual Penn Relays, Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) recently launched its 2016 season at a private reception held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston on Monday, March 21. A twenty-member team traveled to the island to the annual ISSA/Grace Boys & Girls Championships, which ran, March 15-19 at the National Stadium, before hosting the launch the following Monday.

Among the guests were: Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon., Ruel Reid; Mr. Ali McNab, representing the Minister of Sports, Culture and Gender Affairs, Hon., Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange; Mr. Ryland Campbell (former CEO, Capital & Credit Merchant Grant); Mr. Christopher Barnes, General Manager, The Gleaner Company; Dave Johnson and wife Jane Bunting, UPENN and from the Inter School Sports Association, (ISSA), Dr. Walton Small and Mrs. Coleen Montaque.

In bringing greetings to the audience, Minister, Ruel Reid, spoke of his admiration for the organization and the work it’s doing and wished for its continued success.

TJB’s Special Guest, Stephen Drummond, Esq., who is based in New York, presented a check for USD $10,000 to the organization. He also announced a major financial boost by his law firm, DRUMMOND & SQUILLACE, PLLC to Herbert Morrison (of which he’s an alum) to provide free lunch for one year to the entire student body.

Now in its 22nd year, TJB has over the years formed numerous strategic partnerships to support not only athletes but the schools from which many of them hail.

Support for athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival, held at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, includes, meals, transportation, booking and coordinating hotel accommodation and chiropractic care.

Having had the distinction of being the first Jamaican/Caribbean sponsor at the Penn Relays, TJB opened the doors and consequently the very lucrative Diaspora and mainstream markets to mega brands such as Grace Foods, (now title sponsor), Jamaica Tourist Board, VMBS, LIME, Digicel, Jamaica National, Western Union/GKRS Money Services, Caribbean Food Delights, Golden Krust, Tower Isles and others who now participate or have participated in the three day carnival, gaining exposure to the over 115,000 spectators on hand and millions more through the NBC Saturday national broadcast. This year the organization welcomes on board,Philadelphia International Medicine (PIM). They will provide two sports medicine physicians to assist with the care of the the Penn Relays, Saturday, April 30,

Dervan Malcom, host of Power 106 FM and the extremely popular “Diaspora Live” Program was presented with the Team Jamaica Bickle Award for using that platform to give the Diaspora a greater voice.

The Penn Relays will be held, April 28-30.

Jamaica Set 4 x 200m Indoor National Record In NYC

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Champion 4 x 200m Jamaican Team: L-R: Coach Dalton Evans, Rushane Scott, Rayon Lawrence, Kevin Thompson and Romel Lewis display their medals after setting a national record at the Armory Track & Field Invitational in New York on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

With the 2016 Olympics just around the corner, the world famous Jamaican sprinters were not available to compete at the Armory Track and Field Invitational in New York on Saturday, February 6, 2016. However, as we say, “Jamaica no problem.”

Four very talented Jamaican born sprinters, who reside in the United States (USA), answered the call, rose to the occasion and carried the black, green and gold proudly by setting a National Record in the 4 X 200m contest with the time of 1 minute and 25.69 seconds. In an atmosphere similar to Penn Relays, a vast crowd celebrated as Jamaica won ahead of USA (2nd), Dominican Republic (DR, 3rd), Guyana (4th), Trinidad & Tobago (5th), and France (6th).

The eclectic Jamaican team is comprised of all college graduates, including, Romel Lewis from Maryland (starter); Kevin Thompson of New Jersey (2nd leg); Rayon Lawrence of Maryland (3rf leg); and Rushane Scott from Las Vegas (anchor). They met just two days prior, practiced less than one day and ran as a team for the first time. Regardless, their baton change was flawlessly executed.

Coach Evans is a former athlete of Jamaica and University of Arkansas, a member of Team Jamaica Bickle and recipient of numerous awards in New York including one from the Union of Jamaican Alumni Associations (UJAA). He has traveled worldwide as one of Jamaica’s national coaches and New York liaison for JAAA.

The 2nd Annual Cricket Legends Weekend Kicks Off On March 6th

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Lawrence Rowe (Jamaica)

On Sunday March 6th, 2016, the highly anticipated Annual Cricket Legends Weekend will take place at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. The Exhibition Cricket Match will feature such Legends as “The Great” Barry Richards (South Africa), Lawrence Rowe (Jamaica), Joel Gardner (Barbados), Augustine Logie (Trinidad), Faoud Bacchus, Lance Gibbs, Ramnaresh Sarwan (Guyana), Desmond Haynes, Rohan Kanhai, Alvin Kallicharran with many more legendary cricketers to be announced.

Since 2011 the Lawrence Rowe Legendary Cricket Foundation’s,  “Mission of the Heart” have been extending a helping hand to W.I Legends across the Caribbean. Also through their “Look Good Do Good” program the foundation has been educating the youths and community about the Caribbean Culture, through the sport of Cricket, creative expression, as well as providing tutoring for children 7-14 years of age.

The foundation has traveled throughout the Caribbean, North America and England educating the youths of tomorrow and teaching the dynamics and makeup of the sport of Cricket.

The exhibition cricket match will feature two games, Game 1 from 10AM to 2PM, and Game 2 from3PM to 7PM. The event will also have a kids zone, batting cage and much more for a family day of fun. Please visit