Jamaican-born truck driver David “Dave” Johnson, 56, is the winner of $298.3 million, the second-largest Powerball jackpot in New York state history. The winning numbers 05, 25, 38, 52 and 67, with Powerball 24 were quick-picked by the computer inside the minimart at a gas station in Brooklyn.
Johnson has chosen to take the lump sum of $180 million which amounts to approximately $114 million after taxes. He plans to quit his job, buy his family a new home, and treat himself to a red Porsche.
Senator Kamala Harris has announced she is running for president in 2020. Born in California on October 20, 1964, she is the daughter of Jamaican-born economics professor Donald Harris and Shyamala Gopalan, who is of Indian descent. She is the first Jamaican-American to run for president.
In 2010, she made history as the first female and first African-American to serve as California’s attorney general. She ran again in 2014 and was re-elected. From 2004 to 2011, she was the 27th district attorney of San Francisco. Senator Harris graduated from Howard University and received her law degree from the University of California, Hastings. She is married to Doug Emhoff. Her sister, Maya Harris, is a public policy advocate.
Jamaican-American Ann Marie Campbell is on Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Most Powerful Women in Business List for the fifth year, ranking at number 16 (18 last year), and is the only Black woman in the Top 20.
Campbell, 53, is the executive vice-president of Home Depot's 2,000 U.S. stores and oversees about 90% of the company’s $101 billion in revenue. She began her career with The Home Depot in 1985 as a cashier and worked her way up with passion and grit serving in a variety of positions, including store manager, district manager and regional vice president.
Opening in theaters across the United States this week is the movie “Green Book” by Universal Pictures based on the life of Jamaican-American pianist Don Shirley. The comedy-drama is based on Shirley’s tour of America’s segregated South in the 1960s with his Italian-American bouncer, Tony Lip, who was also his chauffeur. Directed by Peter Farrelly, the screenplay was written by Lip's son, Nick Vallelonga, as well as Farrelly and Brian Hayes Currie. Actor Mahershala Ali stars as Don Shirley and Viggo Mortensen as Tony Lip.
Green Book had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2018, where it won the People's Choice Award.