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My Jamaican-American Roots
My first trip beyond the tri-state area of New York was to the West Indies. At 14 years old, I traveled to Jamaica with my father. It was his first trip ‘home’ in nearly 40 years. Unlike the urban island of Manhattan where I was born, the island of Jamaica boasted white sandy beaches, azure-colored water and clear blue skies. Years later as I researched my family history for my debut novel, Ginga’ Root Tea, the settings were familiar: Jamaica and New York City.
     In my younger days, I attended private school. My immigrant parents wanted their girls to have the best education. My sister, actor Joan Pringle, later studied theater. She’s an NAACP Image Award recipient for her starring role on ‘The White Shadow,’ Joan has appeared on television, stage and in movies.

Meanwhile after graduating from Hunter College, I returned from a trip to Europe and began working at ABC. From an operations assistant, I moved into the newsroom as a reporter and Broadcast Journalist. I honed my writing skills and won awards from the Associated Press, the National Urban League and American Women in Radio and Television. I worked at ABC for 11 years.
     In a move from New York to Los Angeles, I switched careers. Following a love for the Arts, I worked in galleries; beginning in a sales position, I rose to Director of a Melrose Ave. gallery.

Then in 2000, my career and personal life took a turn. My mother, Myrtle, suffered a stroke. We decided to relocate and join family members in Southwest Florida. As I cared for my mother, I began to write again. My life-long dream to be a creative writer began with questions to my mother about coming from Jamaica to New York City during the 1920s. 
     After years of research, Ginga’ Root Tea was published in January 2009 just in time to celebrate mom’s 97th birthday.
—Naomi Pringle
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