Caribbean Women in Media: Re-Imagining Our Caribbean Identity


The New York Public Library in partnership with Caribeme Magazine presented Caribbean Women in Media: Re-Imagining Our Caribbean Identity on March 20 in honor of the late Gwendolyn Ifill, who broke barriers for all women.

Ifill was an American Peabody Award-winning journalist, television newscaster, and author of Caribbean lineage, born and raised in Queens, NY. She was first-generation American of Panamanian and Barbadian parents. In 1999, she became the first woman of African descent to host a nationally televised U.S. public affairs program with Washington Week in Review. She was the moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and co-anchor and co-managing editor, with Judy Woodruff, of PBS NewsHour, both of which air on PBS. Ifill was a political analyst and moderated the 2004 and 2008 vice-presidential debates. She authored the best-selling book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the Age of Obama. (Wikipedia)

“I was drawn to journalism because of the need to be the necessary voice - not to force my opinions on others but to broaden the stage for the debate.”

— GWEN IFILL

Our guest panelists created opportunities to unfold the possibilities of how we might re-imagine our voices, while we reclaim our dignity, through the lens of Gwen Ifill that included:

*Monica Link: Multimedia Journalist, Television Host, Content Creator

*Moya M. O'Connor: Founder & CEO of Caribbean Attorneys Network, Inc.

*N. Patricia Arthur: Event Planning & Support, Project Coordinator

*Melissa Noel: Multimedia Journalist, Television Host, Content Creator

*Meschida Philip: Panel Moderator Caribeme Magazine Production Director, Filmmaker, Photographer, Story Editor - MFA

Full audio of the discussion will be available at the NYPL.

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