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Shelley is on a mission to make Caribbean culture in Flatbush, Brooklyn, an official affair—which, in everything but name, it has been for a long time. Starting in the 60s and 70s, immigrants from all 28 Caribbean countries began to move in large numbers to Flatbush and Crown Heights; to celebrate and showcase these diverse cultures into a single idea, Worrell coined the name (and cultural venture) CaribBEING. Through film series, arts and culture programming, and...
On the homepage of the non-profit caribBEING, a definition of the word follows: “1. Term constructed from ‘Caribbean’ and ‘being’ which means the nature or essence of a person. 2. A 21st century person born in and/or of descent from the Caribbean. 3. Adventure-seeker with a strong desire to travel and explore the Caribbean. 4. An authentic Caribbean brand.” In 1999, first generation Caribbean American and Flatbush resident, Shelley Vidia Worrell, founded the arts non-profit in...

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