Janelle Chanona is Oceana’s country representative in the Caribbean nation of Belize. Oceana is the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization. Oceana works to protect and restore the world’s oceans through targeted policy campaigns. Janelle joined Oceana in January 2014. She has a master’s degree in Investigative Journalism. For more than 10 years, she worked in Belize as a broadcast journalist, anchor and news editor.
Kalilah Enriquez is a Belizean journalist, writer and poet. She now resides in Kingston, Jamaica where she is a specialist reporter at Nationwide News Network, and cohost of the popular news and current affairs programme, Nationwide This Morning. Kalilah has previously worked as news anchor and senior reporter for CEEN Caribbean News and CVM TV in Kingston, as well as news editor and cohost of the popular morning talk show “Wake Up Belize” on Krem Radio and TV in her native Belize.
Kalilah is known as a journalist for her coverage of the 2010 incursion by the Jamaican security forces into Tivoli Gardens in search of then-fugitive, Christopher “Dudus” Coke, and more recently for her investigative work in exposing the Jamaican government’s lack of due diligence into two shady companies proposing a US$5billion investment project. She is also producer and writer of the critically-acclaimed documentaries, “Street Boys of Jamaica” (2011), “Man a Gallis: Jamaican Dancehall and HIV/AIDS” (2012) and the radio docu-series, “Road to the CCJ: A Caribbean Journey”. In Belize, her best known work includes the hard-hitting radio commentary, “My Perspective” on Krem Radio.
Most recently, Kalilah was named the winner of the inaugural Belize Literary Prize, announced in May 2014. The short story Barrel Reach garnered the top prize from the Belize Book Industry Association, and was featured in a special publication by Cubola Books in late 2014.
In addition to her work as a journalist, Kalilah is passionate about the development of Caribbean literature, and as such, was instrumental in the formation of the Jamaican Writers’ Society (JaWS), where she sits as vice chair, as well as the Belizean Writers Guild (BWG), for whom she is special advisor. She has also served as Director of Operations of the now-defunct Belizean Writers and Poets Society.
Kalilah has an M.A in Communications Studies from the University of the West Indies Mona (2010), and B.A. in Journalism from Fordham University in New York (2005). Her master’s thesis, Jamaican Cultural Imperialism: Examining Dominance of Jamaican Music and Language on Belizean Radio is featured at the University of the West Indies Mona Campus library.
Lisa M. Shoman is a Jewelizean, Advocate, Human Rights Defender and Lawyer. She is also a former Foreign Minister of Belize, Senator and a Feminist. She loves a challenge, rice and beans, and jazz. She is bi-lingual and sometimes tri-lingual and a “bembe” in the finest Belizean tradition.
Tony Rath is a well published editorial and commercial photographer based along the shore of the Caribbean Sea in the picturesque village of Dangriga, Belize.
He was born somewhere, and then grew up. Along the way he canoed the Quetico, flew gliders in the USAF, became a marine biologist; worked as a technician, diver and underwater photographer for the Smithsonian Institution; worked underwater on oil rigs, missile launch sites and submersibles off the California Coast; captained a sailboat across the Atlantic Ocean (twice) and through the Mediterranean and North Seas, commercial fished north of the Arctic Circle, lived in different cities and worked with different famous and important people.
Then he ended up in Belize in 1988. Since then he has explored and photographed most of Belize by land, sea and air. He has also photographed the countries in Central America and Mexico. He has won a bunch of important and impressive awards/contests for some of his work, and his clients include an eclectic group of discerning and talented editors, art directors, publications and companies.
Yasser Musa was born in 1970 in Belizy City. He is married and has 2 children.
Yasser is an artist, activist, promoter, poet, publisher and teacher.
His visual art beginning came in August 1992 with Minus 8 a multi-media collaboration with Ivan Duran. Held at the then Bliss Institute Minus 8 directly questioned the traditional consensus of art pressing for a new understanding of the media and technological visual landscape. Musa founded the Image Factory Art Foundation in June 1995, an artist based institution dedicated to the documentation, promotion, publication, and exhibition of art and culture in Belize.
In 2000 Musa was part of a team of young Belizean artists organized by Joan Duran to present for the first time a collective approach to the internationalization of Belizean visual art. The exhibit Zero – new Belizean art opened in Merida, Yucatan in March 2000 and saw a massive 17,000 visitors. Starting in 2004 Musa was a leading participant in the landings contemporary art project involving artists from Central America, the Caribbean and South Eastern Mexico. The exhibit side of the project ended in 2010 and recorded the participation of over 70 artists, writers and cultural workers from 12 nations.
In September 2015 the book BINOMIUM was released, a collaboration with artist Michael Gordon and members of the CONTAINER TEAM.
He currently teaches art and history at St. John’s College in Belize City.
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