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Friday, Nov. 27, 2015


People: While the Caribbean trading group nation of Suriname celebrated its 40th independence anniversary from The Netherlands on Wednesday, Nov. 25 there are fears of political disquiet in the country after authorities quietly devalued the local dollar. Comment.

Sounds of Reggae

Music: After a roaring encore, Sounds of Reggae returns for Part 2 “Shaggy & Friends” on Sunday, Dec. 13. Live in concert at Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, N.Y. will be Grammy Award Winner Shaggy aka Mr. Bombastic, legendary reggae ambassadors Third World, Ky-Mani Marley and special guest Amber Lee. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Adams distributes turkeys to needy Brooklynites

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams distributed more than 1,500 turkeys and 7,000 pounds of trimmings, including fresh apples, collard greens, potatoes and yams, to more than 100 churches and community-based organizations that are serving Brooklynites in need this Thanksgiving. Comment.

Indiscriminate Muslim bashing fits GOP brand

Viewpoints: So we begin with the premise that no one with all faculties intact would disagree that those abnormal life forms stoutly affirming a commitment to the mindless slaughter of innocent victims, such as we recently saw in Paris, forfeit the right to share our civilized space Comment.

Pope Francis receives Antigua’s GG

Antigua: The Holy Father, Pope Francis, on Monday received Governor-General of Antigua and Barbuda, Sir Rodney Williams, at the Vatican, according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York. Comment.

Bell’s invitation to a ‘smorgasburg art experience’

Fashion: Art is alive and with the holidays approaching, unique gifts are available via pop up shops happening all over New York City. Providing a platform for New York’s innovators to connect with like-minded artists — no matter their artistic avenue — and promote their brands is Brooklyn transplant Trisha Bell. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015


Sports: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ The Portland Timbers aim for aggressiveness against FC Dallas, just not to the point of recklessness. The Timbers host Dallas on Sunday in the first of a two-legged playoff for the Western Conference championship. The New York Red Bulls visit the Columbus Crew in the early game Sunday for the Eastern title. Comment.

Carib countries eligible to participate in visa programs

Jamaica: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in consultation with the Department of State, have added five Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries among others worldwide that are eligible to participate in visa programs. Comment.

WICB to be renamed

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will soon be renamed “Cricket West Indies” as the organization looks to restructure its operations and create a distinct commercial arm. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Adams holds counterterrorism security meetings

People: In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Mali, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Friday held the first of what he said will be a series of ongoing counterterrorism security meetings. Comment.

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Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) recently launched its first-ever Caribbean Tourism and Hospitality Investment Guide in Puerto Rico to target investors. Comment.

France declares state of emergency in its territories

Caribbean: Following terror strikes in Europe and Africa, France extended a state of state of emergency to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Mayotte, Reunion Island, and St. Martin and St. Barths. Comment.

‘Getting To Zero’ amplifies World Aids Day’s theme

People: Amidst fear, panic and threat of a pandemic in 1987, two action-oriented individuals — James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter – perceived a day to conscientiously focus on HIV / AIDS. Comment.

Natasha Chang races on Guyana’s circuit

Jamaica: Racecar driver Natasha Chang may not have captured the top spot at the Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship at South Dakota Circuit, in Guyana. But the 28-year-old Jamaican athlete certainly created a buzz during her first meet on the South American circuit on Nov. 15. Comment.

Homesick immigrant adjusts to US life

Movies: Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) and Rose Lacey (Fiona Glascott) have stayed home for the sake of their widowed mom (Jane Brennan) who is still grieving the loss of their late father. Comment.

Proud Vincies hail team despite heavy defeat

Despite Vincy Heat’s heavy trouncing recently by the United States in a World Cup qualifier in St. Louis, Mo, Vincentians in the United States are sticking with their national football (soccer) team, saying that the players have made them extremely proud in their special moment in history. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bolshoi Babylon (Unrated) Russian gone postal documentary deconstructing the 2013 acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Moscow’s most-prestigious ballet company, by a disgruntled employee. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

Many in Haiti suspect fraud in recent election, poll finds

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) _ A poll by an independent research group has found deep public suspicion of the first round of the presidential election in Haiti, a finding that is likely to fuel calls by opposition parties for a recount of the disputed results. Comment.

Progress against undernutrition, but uneven

ROME, Nov. 19, 2015 (IPS) - At the end of 2014, an estimated 795 million people — one in nine people worldwide — were estimated to be chronically hungry. Comment.

‘The Jemima Code’: A multi-layered gift

Books: You woke up this morning with a craving. So is breakfast time too early to think about dinner? Is it bad to want to sneak home for lunch, just to make your favorite comfort food? No, because nothing else tastes good when you’re hankering for something specific. Your stomach won’t give up until you’ve satisfied that craving, so you might as well give in a little and read “The Jemima Code” by Toni Tipton-Martin. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Clarke urges restoration of funds for crime victims

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has announced her effort to restore $1.5 billion from the Crime Victims Fund – about 10 percent of the fund – that was removed in the bipartisan budget agreement passed in Congress to prevent a default on the federal debt and to keep the federal government in operation. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

Rev Run joins AT&T’s Inspired Mobility

Music: Technology is a key component in any person’s daily life. Whether it be a tablet, cell phone, or laptop, often times individuals can be found scanning various apps for updates in the news, family’s lives, and even to be inspired. Comment.

Haitian documentary portrays Brooklyn life in ‘80s

Movies: A recent release of “The Haitian Polo Documentary” that chronicles gritty urban streets, discrimination, and a language barrier young Haitian faced when they arrived in Brooklyn with their parents back in the 1980s and 1990s, received rave reviews from a community audience. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Caribbean Life honors 32 Caribbean Americans

Caribbean Impact Awards: There was a lot of honor and respect in the room. It was an august crowd in November. Very impressive. Thirty-two New Yorkers of Caribbean heritage were celebrated on Thursday evening for their contributions to the community at the 2015 Caribbean Life Impact Awards at the Paradise Catering Hall in Brooklyn. Comment.

Medgar Evers hails retired geography professor

Africa: Professors at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn last Wednesday hailed recently retired Geography Prof. Levi Uzozie, Ph.D for his significant contribution to the college and the City University of New York (CUNY) on a whole. Comment.

Adams unveils ‘Growing Brooklyn’s future’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Sunday unveiled “Growing Brooklyn’s Future,” an initiative with over $2 million in initial investment from his Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) to create hydroponic classrooms to a dozen schools across Brooklyn. Comment.

Carver Bank contributes $50K to Junior Scholars Program

Bronx: Carver Federal Saving Bank President and CEO Michael T. Pugh has awarded a $50,000 gift to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on behalf of the Carver Scholarship Fund last month. Comment.

Narine’s bowling action suspect

Sports: West Indies mystery off-spinner Sunil Narine has again been reported with a suspect bowling action during the third One-Day International (ODI) against Sri Lanka in Pallekele earlier this month. Comment.

Jamaica’s aging water systems falter

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov. 18, 2015 (IPS) - This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts. Comment.

Vaughan Toney

Caribbean Impact Awards: Vaughan Toney has been a life long advocate for children. Born in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, he spent his formative years there. Comment.

Tiphanie Yanique

Caribbean Impact Awards: Tiphanie Yanique is a daughter of the Caribbean — St. Thomas to be exact — a woman of letters and an assistant professor of writing. Comment.

Thomas Bailey

Caribbean Impact Awards: After some years as an education officer with the Ministry of Education and Culture in Trinidad & Tobago, Thomas Bailey migrated to the United States and found employment with the brokerage firm Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith for a career that lasted 27 years. There he rose to a managerial position, retiring in 1999. Comment.

Terence Theophilus LaPierre

Caribbean Impact Awards: Terrence Theophilus LaPierre is a son of Trinidad and Tobago. He came to the United States in 1969, leaving the Trinidad and Tobago Police Force. Comment.

Sabrina Clinton

Caribbean Impact Awards: Sabrina Clinton along with Elijah Knight founded Caribbean Gemz in September 2013, an organization which strives to bring new facets to Caribbean culture including fashion, health awareness and beauty care. The two are life and business partners, both of Barbadian heritage, and are referred to in the fashion world as the “power couple.” Comment.

Ruby Wood

Caribbean Impact Awards: Ruby Wood (nee Small) hails from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Forty years ago, she joined her husband, the late Egerton “Creech” Wood. Comment.

Roy A. Hastick, Sr.

Caribbean Impact Awards: Born in Grenada, West Indies, Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr. migrated to the United States in 1972 and worked for several years as an administrator, community advocate, entrepreneur and newspaper publisher. Comment.

Richard David

Caribbean Impact Awards: Richard David was born in a rural village in Guyana, the youngest of three brothers, and came to the United States at the age of 10. He is successful in his professional career while being deeply engaged with his immediate New York community as well as the Indo-Caribbean community. Comment.

Ricardo Bryan

Caribbean Impact Awards: Jamaican-born, raised and educated, Ricardo Bryan is an international business executive with GraceKennedy Ltd., the Caribbean’s leading distributor of food and non-food consumer products. He is senior vice president, GraceKennedy, Foods USA. Comment.

Nina Rodriguez

Caribbean Impact Awards: Ninoshka Rodriguez is one of Rapid Realty’s brightest stars. She is a top performing franchisee, who has worked with the company since 2007. Comment.

Nicole Etienne-Robinson

Caribbean Impact Awards: I was born and raised in Brooklyn but my family is from St. Vincent, W.I.,” says Nicolle Etienne-Robinson whose work is pleasantly unusual, particularly for someone with a B.A. in Political Science and Urban Studies and a law degree. Comment.

Lowell F. Hawthorne

Caribbean Impact Awards: Lowell F. Hawthorne is a son of the Jamaican soil who emigrated in 1981 and went on to become president and chief executive officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain. Comment.

Leanna Archer

Caribbean Impact Awards: Leanna Archer is the 20-year-old CEO of Leanna’s Inc., a hair and body care products company that carries 14 different items. She is the youngest person – she was 13 – to ring the NASDEQ opening bell. Comment.

Kwayera Archer-Cunningham

Caribbean Impact Awards: Kwayera Archer-Cunningham is a social venture and non-profit administrator coach, specializing in social transformation and organizational development, philanthropy, and social entrepreneurship. She has 35 years of experience in the arts. Comment.

Karisma Jay

Caribbean Impact Awards: Karisma Jay has been dancing and performing since the age of two. Her life is in dance and includes studying at the Dance Theatre of Harlem, the Junior Division of Ailey School, High School of the Performing Arts and study Performing Arts and Pre-Med at NYU. Comment.

Judy D. Newton

Caribbean Impact Awards: Judy D. Newton was born in an obscure village called Coach Hill, in Barbados, the fifth of eight children. Her parents separated and as a single parent, her mother built a solid foundation by clothing and educating her eight children. Comment.

Juan Reyes

Caribbean Impact Awards: At a young age, Juan Reyes, migrated from the Dominican Republic and like most immigrant families, his parents left their homeland for a better future for their three offspring. Comment.

Joan Bakiriddin-Alexander

Caribbean Impact Awards: A resident of the 45th District–East Flatbush, Brooklyn for 30 years, born in Guyana, Joan Alexander-Bakiriddin’s passion is advocacy for her community. Her recent years of tireless involvement reflect this. Comment.

James Lovell

Caribbean Impact Awards: James Lovell is a cultural ambassador who preserves traditional Garifuna music, dance and language, sharing it with audiences around the world. He is a passionate educator, activist, a storyteller and a multi-instrumentalist — including percussion, guitars, voice, clarinet, sax and euphonium. Comment.

Gordon Berment

Caribbean Impact Awards: Gordon Berment was born in Trinidad, one among seven. He describes himself as the son of Indo / Afro French Creole parents, “I grew up in the midst of varied races, culture and religions.” Comment.

Pastor Gilford T. Monrose

Caribbean Impact Awards: Gilford T. Monrose is a native of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He moved to New York to study theology and marry the “love of his life” Dianne Thomas. Comment.

Geneive Brown-Metzger

Caribbean Impact Awards: Dr. Geneive Brown-Metzger is an investment / trade and economic development analyst, the “go to” resource for industry leaders and prospective investors in the Caribbean. Comment.

Edgar Henry

Caribbean Impact Awards: Guyanese American entrepreneur Edgar Henry has lived in New York for more than 40 years. He had a 12-year association with a Greek shipping company Hellenic Lines Ltd., which served the Red Sea, Middle East, East Africa and Pakistan. Comment.

Dennis Rahim Watson

Caribbean Impact Awards: As a youngster in Bermuda, Dennis Rahim Watson got kicked out of school 37 times for being insubordinate and disruptive. Those same attributes are the ones, now channeled positively. Dennis speaks about 25 times a month; he’s a motivational speaker and has spoken to hundreds of groups all over the world. Comment.

Dennis Hawthorne

Caribbean Impact Awards: Dennis Hawthorne is a native of Jamaica, born in rural Grange Hill, Westmoreland. He migrated to Brooklyn in 1985; his first entrepreneurial and artistic endeavor was a successful photography business. However, Dennis decided to focus his energies on the business of shipping. Comment.

Dave Rodney

Caribbean Impact Awards: Multi-lingual, media-marketing consultant, TV host, author and freelance writer, Dave Rodney is co-president of Images LLC, a media marketing company based in New York. Comment.

Carl Stuart

Caribbean Impact Awards: One of eight siblings, Carl Stuart II grew up in Guyana. His parents instilled in him discipline, love for God and respect for all men. Comment.

Annette M. Hurd-Runcie

Caribbean Impact Awards: Annette M. Hurd-Runchie was born in Kingston, Jamaica in a large family of seven, emigrating with her family at the age of 11. She had an early successful career as a computer system analyst and later plant IT manager at Proctor and Gamble, earned an MBA, has a family with two sons but it was not enough. Comment.

Anishka Clarke

Caribbean Impact Awards: Having worked a decade in finance, both in Jamaica and on Wall Street, Anishka Clarke quit finance in early 2006 to pursue her real passion, interior design. She has been listed as a Top 20 African-American Interior Designers for four consecutive years. She has cemented her corner of the design market after eight years in the industry. Comment.

Andrea Bullens

Caribbean Impact Awards: It is no easy task to marry business and philanthropy but Andrea Bullens is successful in creating this union. Her passion for promotion started early. As a teen, this British-born Jamaican-raised newcomer to the U.S. started with a partner her first business — a promotion company. Comment.

Alton Aimable

Caribbean Impact Awards: Alton Aimable is the founder and president of Tropicalfete Inc., a cultural arts organization. He was born in St. Lucia but feels more a son of the Caribbean, connected to all the islands when it comes to culture. Comment.