Jamaican-American Ann Marie Campbell is on Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Most Powerful Women in Business List for the fifth year, ranking at number 16 (18 last year), and is the only Black woman in the Top 20.
Campbell, 53, is the executive vice-president of Home Depot's 2,000 U.S. stores and oversees about 90% of the company’s $101 billion in revenue. She began her career with The Home Depot in 1985 as a cashier and worked her way up with passion and grit serving in a variety of positions, including store manager, district manager and regional vice president.
Opening in theaters across the United States this week is the movie “Green Book” by Universal Pictures based on the life of Jamaican-American pianist Don Shirley. The comedy-drama is based on Shirley’s tour of America’s segregated South in the 1960s with his Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip, who was also his chauffeur. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the screenplay was written by Lip's son, Nick Vallelonga, as well as Farrelly and Brian Hayes Currie. Actor Mahershala Ali stars as Don Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip.
Green Book had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018, where it won the People's Choice Award.
Applications are now open for the 2019 GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme.
The month-long cultural immersion programme allows university students of Jamaican parentage from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States of America, to participate in a month-long all expenses paid internship in Jamaica. During the internship, the students will be learning about the land of their parents’ or grandparents’ birth while working at a GraceKennedy subsidiary linked to their career interests.
In Florida, Jamaican-Americans Jackie Powell and Maxine Cheesman are now judges. Powell, who gained 255,752 votes (51.71 percent) to defeat Allison Gilman, is the first Jamaican American woman to be elected for judge in Broward County’s history. In Palm Beach County, Maxine Cheesman made history as the first black female Circuit Court Judge elected in the county. In Pensacola, Alex Andrade (Rep.) ran unopposed and took the seat for Florida State House District 2.