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New guild aims to honour cultural ambassadors

Published:Saturday | April 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Curtis Campbell, Gleaner Writer

Cultural Entertainment and Affairs Chairperson (CEAC) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Ruel Reid, is aiming to host an event geared at honouring persons who have contributed to Jamaican culture. The event will be called Melting Pot, and Dr Donna Hope, Dr Carolyn Cooper, and Minister Damian Crawford are among those expected to receive honours.

According to Reid, a resident of Taylor Hall, the place he calls home has been popular because of the high-profile nature of the parties held there.

That being said, Reid believes it is high time the hall of residence gives back to the entertainment community.

"I realise that Taylor Hall has been popular where culture and entertainment is concerned, and as university students, we tend to be on the receiving end more than we should, and now it is time for us to give back," he said.

This is the first staging of the event and according to Reid, he intends to start from the ground up by honouring persons affiliated with the UWI.

Eventually, Reid explained, Melting Pot will move outside of the UWI and begin honouring those directly involved in the music industry such as producers, artistes, promoters, and other players.

"Culture is important to Jamaicans. It is what sets us apart from everybody else. It has helped to keep us relevant. The sad thing is our entertainment culture is often placed on the back burner by those who have the power to affect real change. I want to play my role in the facilitation of the development. This event is just the first step," Reid said.

Reid was recently elected the CEAC.

The honourees were chosen by Reid's CEAC committee along with other influential members of the student body.

Melting Pot will be hosted at the UWI's Taylor Hall this year at a date to be announced.