Caribbean American Icons Appear on LinkNYC Digital Displays Throughout June
NEW YORK – LinkNYC and the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications (DoITT) are teaming up with the Brooklyn-based cultural organization Caribbeing to celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month for the second straight year. Throughout June, Caribbean American icons will be featured on LinkNYC kiosks’ 55-inch digital displays across New York City to celebrate and raise awareness of their contributions to history and culture, both locally and beyond.
Last year, LinkNYC displayed icons such as artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, the Notorious B.I.G., actor, singer, and social activist Harry Belafonte, the first woman to run for a major party’s nomination for U.S. president Shirley Chisholm, Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz, Pan-Africanism champion Marcus Garvey, and many more. This year, LinkNYC will also include even more Caribbean American icons such as comedian Majah Hype, singer and musician Amara La Negra, singer and songwriter Spice, and author and writer Elizabeth Acevedo.
“This month, New Yorkers will get to see some of the most influential Caribbean American icons of the past century just by walking by a LinkNYC kiosk,” said Samir Saini, Commissioner of the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. “We’re thrilled to collaborate with Caribbeing to showcase the Caribbean culture and heritage while shining a light on the figures who have positively impacted New York City.”
“New York City is home to one of the largest, most diverse Caribbean populations in the world,” said Ruth Fasoldt, Link’s Director of Community Affairs. “We are honored to use the LinkNYC platform to celebrate Caribbean American Heritage Month and recognize the many contributions Caribbean Americans have made throughout history.”
“We are thrilled to again partner with LinkNYC to raise awareness of the many contributions of Caribbean Americans,” said Shelley Worrell, founder of Caribbeing. “This exposure will put the spotlight on some truly inspiring artists, thinkers, writers, performers, and visionaries of Caribbean heritage. We thank LinkNYC for sharing our vision to highlight the ways the Caribbean Diaspora has made a mark on American culture.”
About the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT)
DoITT is the technology core of New York City government, working with over 100 city agencies and entities to deliver the tech they need to serve and empower New Yorkers. DoITT’s technology solutions help keep the five boroughs safe, strong, and vibrant. For more information, visit nyc.gov/DoITT or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.
LinkNYC is the first-of-its-kind communications network replacing the city’s payphones to build the world’s fastest and largest free public Wi-Fi network. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the public launch of LinkNYC in early 2016, more than 1,650 Links are active across all five boroughs, with thousands more set to be deployed over the next few years.
More than 4 million people – more than the populations of the cities of Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Dallas, or San Diego – have used the free gigabit Wi-Fi service, with tens of thousands of new users joining the network each week.
In addition to free Wi-Fi, each Link offers free phone calls, device charging, and a tablet to access maps, 311, the social services platform Aunt Bertha, and access to 911. All of Link’s services are 100% free for users and come at no cost to taxpayers.
For more information and to find a Link near you, visit link.nyc.
Caribbeing is a thriving cultural organization that stands at the crossroads of the film, art, and culture. Based in Brooklyn, AKA the “Little Caribbean,” Caribbeing spans contemporary culture and is a hub for creativity and collaborations with some of the Caribbean’s most visionary talent and innovative brands. Now in its fifth year, Caribbeing has grown into a global movement. Learn more about Caribbeing at www.caribbeing.com. Follow Caribbeing on Facebook at Facebook.com/caribbeing.