CARIBBEAT: Caribbean Food Delights’ CEO Sabrina HoSang Jordan picked for Gov. Cuomo’s statewide COVID-19 ‘repoening’ board
Sabrina HoSang Jordan of Caribbean Food Delights is a member of Gov. Cuomo's advisory panel that is planning reopening New York state as COVID-19 restrictions are eased.(Caribbean Food Delights)
Those familiar with the Caribbean Food Delights company are not at all surprised that CEO Sabrina HoSang Jordan, was named to the prestigious, statewide group of businesspersons consulting Gov. Cuomo on the safe resumption of commerce as coronavirus shutdowns and stay-at-home measures subside.
Last Thursday , Cuomo annouced the formation of the New York Forward Re-Opening Advisory Board as one step on the state’s road to recovery from economically-crippling COVID-19 precautionary measures.
“I understand that these are unprecedented times, and our suggestions will have a great impact on businesses and families all over New York State,” said HoSang Jordan. I look forward to upholding this responsibility while bearing all of my fellow New Yorkers in mind."
The Rockland County, New York-based family-owned firm,Caribbean Food Delights is the nation’s leading manufacturer of Caribbean frozen Jamaican style patties and other products.
HoSang Jordan worked in the business — founded in 1978 by her Jamcia-born parents, Vincent and Jeanette HoSang — during school breaks — became joined the company as director of operations in 2001. She was promoted to COO and later CEO. First located on Dyre Ave. in the Bronx, the firm is now located in Tappan, New York. Vincent HoSang is company president.
“We’ve come up with a phased plan to re-open New York so every region in the state has the same opening template as we begin this process,” said Gov. Cuomo last week while announcing the state plan. “We have to be smart about this — emotions can’t drive our re-opening process — and we’ve come up with factual data points that each region must monitor as they begin to re-open,” said the governor, who created the advisory board of “business, academic, community and civic leaders from across the state to help guide this process and ensure businesses are following the necessary guidelines to preserve public health as we work towards a new normal.”
Laptops, tablets needed
To improve the odds for students in the University of the West Indies’ Mona campus in Jamaica who don’t have home computers to access classes remotely, the New York-based American Foundation for the University of the West Indies has launched a campaign to acquire 200 laptops and tablets for those in need.
The AFUWI initiative — done in collaboration with the UWI alumni chapters in New York, Florida and Washington, D.C. — is a reponse to Jamaica's mandatory online learning effort due to COVID-19 crisis.
This initiative is in close collaboration with the Alumni chapters of New York , Florida and Washington DC . Cancelling face-to-face examinations, the university is using online coursework, take-home assignments and projects to gauge students’ progress.
“Unfortunately, some of them simply cannot afford to purchase these items and since they are not able to access the facilities on campus or share with other students due to social distancing strictures, they are at a distinct disadvantage,” said Ann-Marie Grant, executive director of AFUWI, adding that an estimated 2,000 students are in need of assistance.
The university has acquired 500 tablets with help from Jamaican government and the AFUWI project looks to purchase 200 laptops and tablets.
“We are asking for donations of $10 (US) or more during the period April 20-May 20, 2020, to help these students achieve their dreams of a university degree,” she said.
Donations may made online at afuwi.org; through the “Laptops and tablets for students at home” campaign on GoFundMe.com or by calling (864) 402-8943, Keyword: DONATE.
For more information, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the university system at uwi.edu.
Cooking to help cope
Haiti-born chef, caterer and author Nadege Fleurimond is coming to the aid of the New Yorkers and other complying to COVID-19 stay-at-home measures through her “Quarantine Cooking Series” — available on her Facebook and Instagram pages.
"In order to keep myself sane and help you all along in the kitchen with some laughter and yumminess, I’ve taken to my social media pages to cook with you all, said Fleurimond. “I go live pretty much every other day with cooking sessions showing you how to make some of my favorite creations,” she said, noting that last week’s dishes included bread fruit salad, plantain lasagna, and her “Black Djon Djon Mushroom Seafood Paella.”
"I don’t like cooking alone nor do I like dining alone. So, after a couple of days of solitude in my apartment during COVID19, I decided to connect to the people I have always connected in the only way the world was connecting: via social media. Food is not just nourishment. It’s the soundtrack to everything we experience including these dark, yet hopeful, times we find ourselves!”END OPT TRIM FOR PRINT
Jamaica-born fashion designer Glenroy March — who is making fashionable face masks through his D’Marsh Couture brand — when down to the front lines of the coronavirus fight recently to help from healthcare warriors.
March went to Brooklyn Hospital in Fort Greene, Brooklyn to donate masks to staffers and thanks the workers for their service. The desginer is due to make another donation to the hospital in the near future, and then get masks to workers at other frontline medical institutions in the tri-state.
For every mask sold, D’Marsh Couture will produce and distribute a mask and head covering to healthcare workers. Additionally, with your donation, they will produce and distribute head coverings and masks for healthcare workers.
The designer’s has “reusable recommended fabric masks” crafted from handpicked 100% cotton African fabric, and can be purchased at dmarshcouture.com/store.
Women on the move
Live and inspirational, the "Working Women Wednesdays segments — presented on Instagram Live by publicist Marie Driven of Playbook Media Group — highlight “women who are making moves in whatever industry they’re in, dropping gems to encourage and empower women, and to showcases the mass amount of women who are making boss moves.”
Appearances by "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta star Karlie Redd, who is aiding to families struggling in the coronavirus pandemic, and Jade Ashley, the youngest black woman to own a McDonald’s franchise are highlights of recent show episodes.
“I want women to know that we are powerful, amazing, beautiful, and influential," said Driven, who hosts from the show, which aired from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Visit Driven’s Instagram page, instagram.com/mariedriven
‘Akon And Friends’ debuts
Akon is due to release compilation album "Akon And Friends,” his latest project which features contributions by the music star and famous colleagues such as Dababy, Sean Paul, Royce Da 59, Beenie Man, Elephant Man, Don Yute and Wayne Wonder.
The project is a collaboration between Akon, Contractor Music Group, Golden Child Records, Beatbopper Records, and Kohanim Records, that was produced by Sean “Contractor” Edwards.
Music from VP DJs
VP Records has released the May lineup for its “DJ Happy Hour Series,” hour-long sessions of classic and modern reggae, dancehall, soca and Afrobeats music, airing Fridays from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on VP Records YouTube channel.
“Entertainment through virtual and digital avenues are more important then ever and we are proud to keep the reggae culture alive by featuring talented DJs every week for our viewers,” said Randy Chin, president of VP Records.
May’s guest disc jockeys include DJ Kevin Crown (May 8), DJ Puffy (May 15) and DJ President Carter — Carter Van Pelt, VP Records’ director of Catalog Development (May 22).
VP Records is also getting recognition on the Spotify music streaming service — which is presenting the history of the reggae-soca firm in a “Label Story” feature.
Featuring narration by VP Records co-founder Patricia Chin, the Spotify Label story, includes background on the company, individuals and performers that brought it to prominence.