As many of you know, my family is from the Caribbean with the majority living in St. Martin and Anguilla.
There have been plenty of articles in the international press, and videos, showing the complete devastation and aftermath. As of today, we’re still waiting to hear about one of our relatives. We are sick with worry but thankful that most of our friends and family are safe. Many have lost their homes, or have sustained major damage, and the non-retired members, their jobs (for now).
It may take up to three years for St. Martin to rebuild. I haven’t heard any estimates yet regarding Anguilla.
I know these are tiny islands so no one really cares what happens to them. I was speaking to a Hollywood exec friend of my mine whose parents are also from the Caribbean and she noted the overall silence from well known African-American celebrities, including the ones who are from the region (seriously?) and the ones have vacationed on the islands.
Perhaps this will change in the coming days.