MIAMI LAKES — For those who find the Caribbean Diaspora grossly underrepresented amidst mainstream media, Calibe Thompson says Island Origins, a new 30-minute lifestyle TV program, aims to provide high-end production and universally appealing content.
Thompson says the show, executive produced and hosted by Blondie Ras Productions, her South Florida based video production outfit, will take a lighthearted look at how Caribbean people and culture have reached beyond the islands to influence the wider world, she says.
“The more I learn about Caribbean people, the prouder I am of our culture,” Thompson said. “Colin Powell, Eric Holder, Jenna Wolfe, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lenny Kravitz – these are some names I never knew had a Caribbean connection, yet they’ve been such a huge influence to so many people.
Working on this show has magnified in my mind just how powerful a force the Caribbean can be. We want to share that knowledge with the world.”
Island Origins, being prepared for debut in the third quarter of 2013, and intended for a broad “lifestyle” audience, irrespective of cultural boundaries, which will be shot in high definition and with vibrant color, she said.
Guests will hail from the worlds of food, fashion, art, dance, sports, politics, business, social activism, hospitality and any other subject matter that may appeal to a broad audience.
Each episode will be formatted in three segments, she said: the first focused on Everyday Extraordinary people and businesses; the second on Island Spice visits with culinarians of Caribbean descent and signature cuisine; and a final segment featuring a conversation with a person or group of status sharing how they got where they are.
Thompson said she recently released a seven-minute promotional demo reel prior to distribution throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Africa, the Caribbean and the Diaspora.