Discover a Culture of Creation – The Yello Creators’ Hub
Take one look around Jamaica, and you’ll see that creativity is the cornerstone of the culture. You can taste it in the food, hear it in the streets and find more and more gems every day within these shores. Discovering and sharing the Jamaican experience is the mission of the Yello Creators’ Hub. Building a community of local creatives is the best way to share stories from around the island, that are yet to be heard.
Our creators are our storytellers. They help us explore the Jamaican experience through their content and their respective journeys as creatives. We asked them about their journey and here’s what they had to say.
“As a Jamaican creator, my heart is full knowing that I am helping Jamaicans (and Jamaica lovers) from all corners of the world find joy in the nostalgic visual flavours of home. Local foods, local places & local faces. I just wish I could share the flavours too!”
TIANA CHUNG, aka WongaGyal, is a Jamaican content creator, food blogger, food photographer and podcaster. This culinary content creator has worked with several household brands. Her collaborations span from restaurants to tech brands, but she has made her mark in the social media sphere with her love of food. We collaborated with Tiana to expand the Yello Juice Bar series (created by Yello Content Features Writer, Lou-Ann Jordan) where she prepares delicious drink recipes from locally sourced ingredients.
“Since I started my journey as a creator I’ve met and connected with amazing people from all over the world; but one thing I love about being a Jamaican Travel Content Creator is that I can inspire others by sharing content about my country. I want to share Jamaica with the world; it’s hidden gems, food, people and culture.”
TONI-ANN MCKENZIE is a Jamaican content creator, travel junkie, photographer, and coffee-lover. She’s created a name for herself as a local tourism expert. This year we collaborated to launch the “48 Hours in” video series. This is a series where Toni- Ann documents her adventures through each uniquely beautiful parish of Jamaica. All in 48 hours.
“Being a content creator means not knowing all the answers but being willing to go the distance to find them and then share it with your community. The journey isn’t always clear but always act with the intention and faith that ultimately, you’ll be OK.”
CESAR BUELTO is a content creator, photographer, filmmaker, dancer, co-founder and creative director. Cesar’s creative journey is multifaceted. He credits his creative diversity to the passion he pours into his art and hours of hard work. Cesar a filled with talent across many different disciplines, which has become a key proponent of uniquely creative style of expression. We teamed up with Cesar to create the Discover Jamaica series; to help you #Discover various attractions, chill spots and hidden gems, in and around Jamaica.
“I really love what I do and I’m so grateful for everything that has led me to this stage of my journey. From my first camera to my latest shoot, I’m grateful for it all. Being creative has always been something that came naturally to me but what I appreciate the most about my journey is that my work can now inspire people to see the world in a new way.”
JAYSON TUCKER is a local photographer whose love for creation began with architecture, his previous passion. His first camera was a gift from his mother. A gift that allowed Jayson to start his creative journey by taking pictures of family members, then friends and anything else that caught his attention. His goal for the future is to create work that highlights Jamaica’s creative community in a unique but authentic way and share those highlights on a worldwide stage.
“Being a Jamaican creative is amazing because of how rich our culture is. I get the privilege to capture my island in so many ways, discovering something new in each parish. What makes it even better is being able to share stories through the videos and photos of the people I meet.”
PETER “BWOYPEDRO” THOMAS is a highly motivated, resourceful, and goal-oriented creator. His journey into content creation began with graphic design, but as he refined his creative skills he transitioned to photography and now prides himself as an experienced and passionate cinematographer with extensive industry experience. Once he’s equipped with a camera, you know he’s about to bring a content concept to life. Everything BwoyPedro does is powered by passion and has propelled him to work with both local and international brands, helping them share their stories through his lens.
“Always create and maintain that drive and passion to do what it takes to grow, improve and succeed.”
SHAQUIEL BROOKS is a film director and photographer from Kingston, Jamaica, on a mission to visually tell stories within the Caribbean. He’s worked on projects with Richie Spice, Pageturner Publishing, ‘876 Questions’ on CVM TV and so much more.
His love for filmmaking began in 2012 after he left high school and he’s been working towards growing as a filmmaker/ photographer ever since. Shaquiel, with a bit of help from his friends in the field, he has kept growing and expanding his reach as a creator.
Amplifying Deaf Advocacy Through Arts and Education
As a part of moving towards a more inclusive society, Cristophe Phillips challenges Jamaicans to learn sign language as it “has the potential to enhance communication and service accessibility for the Deaf and lays a foundation for hearing persons to connect more easily.”
Not limited by his inability to hear, Cristophe has devoted himself to being an exceptional advocate for the Deaf community while attaining excellence in art, volunteerism, and education.
Grounded by his time spent at the Lister Mail Gilby High School for the Deaf and at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, Cristophe exemplifies the importance of striving for excellence while being bold and unapologetic about any limitation.
A creative at heart, he co-choreographed a dance performance called ‘Deaf Pride’ aimed at helping hearing people understand what the Deaf community faces daily. In 2018, he joined PAH! – a Deaf dance company, where the name translates to “Finally success” in sign language expression. In addition to performing arts, the movement zones in on professional development, language access, job opportunities and unity among Deaf dancers.
Upon completing his Bachelor of Arts in Choreography and Performance, Cristophe hopes to move on to his Masters while spending more time traveling and amplifying stories and opportunities within the Deaf community.
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