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Leaders in art, government and culinary worlds being honored at Caribbean Heritage event

June 14, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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FLATBUSH — THE FLATBUSH CENTRAL CARIBBEAN MARKET is the setting this coming Tuesday, June 18, the New York State Comptroller is hosting his 10th Annual Caribbean Heritage Event. In conjunction with the national observance of Caribbean American Heritage Month, DiNapoli will honor Assemblymember Kimberly Jean-Pierre (11th AD/Suffolk County), a graduate of Brooklyn College and proud Haitian-American. Among other accomplishments, Jean-Pierre introduced and helped pass legislation in the 2020-21 state budget to establish New York’s first-ever prescription insulin price cap, according to her Assembly web page. She has also effectively fought against racial discrimination within the real estate industry, passing several bills into law. Several public figures in the community will be honored, including acclaimed singer/songwriter and Jamaican American Renée Neufville, a co-founder of the platinum-selling recording group Zhané, which is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of its debut album Pronounced Jah-Nay. Carifesta Restaurant owners Jasmine Mohamed-Rodrigues and Ryan Rodriguez, who have demonstrated a commitment to culinary excellence, their Guyanese heritage, social responsibility and local empowerment, and District Council 37’s Caribbean Heritage Committee, which works to educate and advocate for Caribbean culture within the labor movement, will also be honored.

Flatbush Caton Market was established in 2000 as an open-air market through the pioneering advocacy of Honorable Dr. Una Clarke, the first Caribbean-born woman elected to the City’s legislature in what was the newly-established 40th Councilmanic district. Advocating for her community, Dr. Clarke, the mother of U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-9), raised $100,000 toward constructing a new building to house the market.

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