Barbados Independence Celebrations in LA

Francesca Harewood (right) shares a moment with actor Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter ( 2nd from left) and myKEEtv reporter, Racquel Marshall (left). 

Francesca Harewood, vice president of Business Affairs at NBC Universal was master of ceremony at the Barbados 50th independence celebration in Southern California.  A taste of Barbados – A cultural Extravaganza was the theme of the celebration organized by the Barbados Association of Southern California.

     In an interview with myKEEtv, Harewood said she was thrilled to be celebrating with the  Bajan community.

     Renowned Jamaican-born actor, Jeffrey Anderson-Gunter introduced Harewood prior to her assuming the tasks for the evening.

     Gunter also directed a theatrical production presented at the event.  The play, 50 Years Aren’t 50 Days was written by journalist Wolsley Grannum.

     As part of the celebrations, recognition awards were presented to artist, Romeo Downer as well as longtime community contributors, Neville and Dulcie Harrison.

     The formal part of the evening culminated with an homage to former prime ministers, a champagne toast, a 50th independence cake and a cropover (traditional Bajan festival) style cultural presentation. The event was held in Monterey Park California.

myKEEtv's coverage of Barbados 50th event is sponsored by the Barbados Association of Southern California (BASC).