SHELLEY V. WORRELL, FOUNDER
Shelley Vidia Worrell is the Founder + Chief Curator of CARIBBEING, a thriving cultural organization that stands at the crossroads of film + art + culture. Since its founding Shelley has produced over 200 public programs in partnership with top cultural institutions, most notably BRIC, Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, MoCADA, Municipal Art Society, Queens Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem. She has also taken CARIBBEING global, with appearances in Poland, France, Barbados, and most recently Haiti to present Brooklyn, Caribbean Capital of the World at the Caribbean Studies Association. For her work as a cultural entrepreneur, Shelley has been featured in domestic and international media including Brooklyn Magazine, Black Enterprise, Caribbean Life, Good Morning America, Guardian Media, and Hyperallergic.
Prior to CARIBBEING Shelley had a career in media and technology working for top brands including Google, The History Channel, A&E, and Time Warner with roles in global partnerships, business development, and spearheading the successful launch of over 100 digital and TV products. A lifetime Brooklyn native, Shelley holds a BA in Cultural Studies from CUNY, Brooklyn College and a MA in Media Studies from New School.
JANLUNK STANISLAS, Co-Founder + Creative Director
Janluk Stanislas, or SLAS, is CARIBBEING’s Artistic/Creative Director. SLAS is known to French West Indian audiences for the many music videos he directed for major artists from the Francophone music scene of the Caribbean including. A founding member of CNOUMENM: a collective of image and sound professionals engaged in artistic production, he participated in the development of a futuristic vision and the experimentation of a visual language specific to this geographic space. Within the collective, he directed Trafik d’Info, the first science fiction short film known in the Caribbean.
In perpetual quest of a cinematic aesthetic that is uniquely Caribbean, he launched the documentary style Fap Fap under which he directed feature-length documentaries On Lanmen ka Lavé Lòt (United We Stand) and Nou Yorkers.
With eyes open on today’s world and turned towards the future, SLAS is an artist definitively rooted in a Caribbean Creole vision, and works with great care in the development of visual aesthetics that he continuously refines.
MELISSA NOEL, CORRESPONDENT
Melissa Noel is an award winning Caribbean American journalist based in the New York City area. She produces video as well as print and online stories for several major news outlets including NBCNews.com, Ebony Magazine and Voices of NY.
Melissa is dedicated to researching, writing, producing, and editing news stories that center on the experiences and critical issues impacting Caribbean and minority communities both domestically and internationally. Her commitment to bringing attention to the often underreported stories of these communities has earned her accolades such as a Global Media Award for excellence in reporting from the International Labour Organization, a Shining Star Award in Journalism from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, and a White House Correspondents’ Association Journalism Award, which was presented to her by former U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Melissa is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Howard University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism and holds a Master of Arts degree in journalism from The City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism.
She will produce original content series for CARIBBEING.com, focusing on telling unique Caribbean stories through people, travel, and culture.