I AM GARIFUNA Documentary Producer Wes Güity Appears in JET Magazine

February 17th 2014 issue of JET Magazine, with Rap Star Kendrick Lamar on the cover.

February 17th 2014 issue of JET Magazine, with Rap Star Kendrick Lamar on the cover.

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Bronx, New York — The Garifuna American Producer of the I AM GARIFUNA documentary, Wes Güity (short for Wesleen Güity) appeared in JET Magazine recently.

A photo of Mr. Wes Güity and his wife Veronica Buapim at their wedding was featured in the LOVE section of the February 17th 2014 issue of JET magazine.   The LOVE Section of JET Magazine typically features wedding photos of black newlyweds or long married couples renewing their wedding vows.

Rap Star Kendrick Lamar is on the cover of the magazine (see above).  The wedding of Mr. Wes Güity to Ms. Veronica Buapim took place on SATURDAY, December 21st 2013 at Christian Federation Ministries in the Melrose section of the Bronx.  According to the magazine, Veronica Buapim is an events coordinator at Black Enterprise Magazine and Wes Güity is a web designer of the film and video production company Cool Journey Studios, LLC.

Mr. Wes Güity is Garifuna American whose parents are from Honduras and Miss Veronica Buapim is Ghanian American whose parents are from Ghana, Africa. The photo that appears in the issue is shown below.  Click on the photo to see a bigger copy of the photo or to better read the caption underneath the photo.

Wes Güity and Veronica Buapim in the February 17th 2014 issue of JET Magazine.

Wes Güity and Veronica Buapim in the February 17th 2014 issue of JET Magazine.

 

Wikipedia describes JET Magazine as a weekly magazine targeted towards African-American readers.  It is published by Johnson Publishing Company in Chicago, Illinois;   which also publishes EBONY Magazine.

Beinggarifuna.com extends a hearty “Maburigaü!” (“Greetings/Salute!” in the Garifuna Language) to Garifuna American Mr. Wes Güity on his marriage to Mrs. Veronica Buapim (who is from Ghana, Africa).

Buy a copy of the February 17th 2014 issue (with rap star Kendrick Lamar on the cover) of JET Magazine if you have the money and interest.  If it isn’t already on your newsstands, it should be appearing on newsstands in your city soon.

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I AM GARIFUNA is a documentary that follows the journey of Filmmaker Milton Güity Jr (brother of Wes Güity) as he travels to Honduras to investigate, learn and overall experience life as a Garifuna.  While both of his parents and older siblings were born in Honduras, Milton Guity Jr was born in the United States and didn’t overtly learn much about Garifuna culture while growing up.

Milton Guity Jr and Milton Guity Sr at their presentation of select footage of the I AM GARIFUNA documentary in the Bronx headquarters of the Garifuna Coalition in April of 2013.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Milton Guity Jr and Milton Guity Sr at their presentation of select footage of the I AM GARIFUNA documentary in the Bronx headquarters of the Garifuna Coalition in April of 2013. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

I AM GARIFUNA started out as a nine-minute documentary for a school assignment in the Spring of 2006.  It has since evolved into an international tale about the value of culture and an investigation into generational disconnection from ethnic heritage and identity from the perspective of Young Americans.

Milton Guity Jr, unidentified woman, Mother Güity and Wes Güity at The 2013 International Honduran and Central American Parade on SUNDAY, September 8th 2013.  Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr.  All Rights Reserved.

Milton Guity Jr, Grandmother Guity, Mother Güity and Wes Güity at The 2013 International Honduran and Central American Festival at Crotona Park in the Bronx on SUNDAY, September 8th 2013. Photo by Teofilo Colon Jr. All Rights Reserved.

Milton Güity Jr traveled to Honduras in the spring of 2012 but was limited to Honduras.  In 2013, Milton Güity Jr, Wes Güity and Milton Güity Sr traveled to Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua to continue filming their documentary.  Below is a trailer to the I AM GARIFUNA Documentary, which is still in development.

This trailer was first shown at the New York City Screening of the independent film GARIFUNA IN PERIL on October 2nd 2013.  Members of the audience were intrigued and curious to know more about the I AM GARIFUNA documentary.  I should add that Wes Güity’s father, Milton Güity Sr is a Garifuna Language Instructor in the Bronx.  He is one of two people who teach the Garifuna Language on the East Coast of the United States.  Milton Güity Sr. is from Corozal, Honduras.

What do you think about Mr. Wes Güity being featured in JET Magazine?  What do you think about the trailer to the I AM GARIFUNA Documentary?  Please leave a comment below if you have the time.

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2 thoughts on “I AM GARIFUNA Documentary Producer Wes Güity Appears in JET Magazine

    • Seremein luagu aburudahatibu (“Thank You for writing” in the Garifuna Language), Kyra. As far as I know, the I AM GARIFUNA filmmakers have more filming to do. I’ve been told that they hope to do some filming in the ancestral land of the Garifuna people, St. Vincent. As soon as I get more information, I will post it on this Being Garifuna website.

      Maburigaü,
      Teofilo Colon Jr.

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