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Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

Nat Turner’s mental and military motivations

Viewpoints: Nate Parker’s movie “The Birth of a Nation” has revived the question: What caused Nat Turner’s 1831 uprising? Turner, first of all, was not a deranged misfit who acted outside of a historical context of previous African freedom fighter Comment

An ocean of hope in these tumultuous times

Books: You had hope that things might be better. We elected a Black man as president, and there was a minute where you could almost see a bit of racial optimism. Comment

Conference tackles violence towards transgender community

Brooklyn: Domestic violence in the transgender community got the spotlight at the 14th Annual Domestic Violence Conference at St. Francis College on Oct. 21. Comment

Tyler Perry back in drag for another adventure

Movies: No one has ever accused Tyler Perry of being short on ideas. After all, the prolific writer/director has been the brains behind a profusion of plays, movies and television shows Comment

Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

Williams introduces Credit Nondiscrimination Act

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, has introduced the Credit Nondiscrimination Act, which would outlaw the practice of creditors discriminating in the issuance of credit on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, or any of the protected classes. Comment

Privatization the problem, rarely the solution

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 20, 2016 (IPS) - Privatization has been one of the pillars of the counter-revolution against development economics and government activism from the 1980s. Comment

T&T’s United National Congress loses general election appeal

Trinidad and Tobago: The Appeal Court in Trinidad and Tobago has dismissed an appeal by the Opposition United National Congress (UNC) to declare five seats in the marginal constituencies in the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election null and void based on the one-hour extension given by the Election and Boundaries Commission (EBC). Comment

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Pakistan defeats West Indies

Caribbean: Despite a defiant knock of 116 runs by middle order batsman Darren Bravo, West Indies went under to Pakistan by 56 runs in the opening match of the Haier Cup Test series at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Oct. 17. Comment

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Carib economy to contract in 2016, grow in 2017

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has revised its economic growth projections for the region for 2016, predicting an average contraction of -0.9 percent for bean this year. Comment

Windies drop Pollard, Ramdin

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard and wicket-keeper Denesh Ramdin have been dropped from the One-Day International Squad for next month’s Tri-Nation Series in Zimbabwe. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Bolt to retire next year

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has announced that he will run his last race on home soil at the Racers Grand Prix in June next year before retiring from competition two months later. Comment

Uncovering Guillain-Barré Syndrome in the Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean has moved one step closer to uncovering the link between the Zika virus disease and a rare neurological illness. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: By Sidney Lumet (Unrated) The legendary director reflects upon his life and career in this revealing biopic based on an intimate interview conducted a few years before his death in 2011. Comment

Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: Head of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is warning the Barbados government that it needs to deal urgently with the island’s worsening debt situation. Comment

$2m to construct low cost housing

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Monday detailed more than $2 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funds from Brooklyn Borough Hall to construct and preserve hundreds of affordable housing units across Brooklyn. Comment

US, CARICOM co-host Security Cooperation Dialogue

Dominican Republic: The United States Department of State says the United States, the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM), and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday jointly hosted the Sixth Annual Caribbean-United States Security Cooperation Dialogue, part of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) launched by President Obama in 2009. Comment

St. Paul’s Church holds 4th Annual Health Fair

Brooklyn: The Ministry and Community Outreach Committee of St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush, in collaboration with The Haitian Community Coalition(HCC), last Saturday hosted the 4th Annual Community Health Fair in the church’s auditorium. Comment

Get your green card through marriage to a US citizen

Immigration: A foreign national who is married to a United States citizen is eligible to apply immediately for permanent residency (Green Card). The processing time is reasonably fast because the application is processed under the immediate relative category and visas are immediately available. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Brooklyn Borough prez honors heroes

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Friday honored a bakery in Bedford-Stuyvesant operated by formerly incarcerated and homeless men, a number of police officers who saved victims on the brink of death in Fort Greene and Williamsburg, as well as a principal enriching her students with special needs in Sheepshead Bay. Comment

Guyanese playwright donates audio equipment to folk group

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Cultural Association, NY, organizers of the Annual Folk Festival will now produce quality stage plays and dinner theater events, thanks to state-of-the-art audio equipment donated by legendary playwright and journalist, Derrick John Jeffery, who traveled from Luk Lam Ka, Thailand to make the presentation on Oct. 15. Comment

Grenadian kids build confidence with soccer

Grenada: Grenada’s vulnerable children got to learn some sports and vital life lessons playing soccer at a two-day soccer clinic on Oct. 9-10. Comment

Corporations dodge billions in taxes through offshore tax havens

Viewpoints: European regulators’ recent finding that Apple avoided billions of dollars in taxes by stashing its profits in Ireland, a known tax haven, put the tech giant in an unwelcome spotlight. But Apple’s tax dodging is just the tip of a huge iceberg of offshore corporate tax avoidance. Comment

Annual gala honors Kenny Leon and Joe Kennedy III

Manhattan: Donors raised about $600,000 for the 18th Restore Brooklyn Annual Benefit gala in Manhattan on Oct. 17. Comment

We can eliminate hunger and poverty quickly with greater commitment

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 17, 2016 (IPS) - Why do people go hungry? Mainly because they do not have the means to get enough food, whether by producing it themselves or by purchasing it. Comment

October celebrates heroes & history

Jamaica: October is Black History Month in England. October is also the month that the government of Jamaica honors its heroes. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016


Music: The hush that fell over the Guyana National Cultural Center Recital Hall, in Georgetown, was followed by a skillfully played rendition of the Lord’s Prayer, to open “Piano Improvisations” by Ohio-based pianist Dr. Patricia Cambridge. Comment

Kevin Hart wows hometown crowd

Arts & Theater: Step aside Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, the undisputed reigning “King of Comedy, “ pound-for-pound, is clearly now Kevin Hart. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Law enforcement lost one of its ‘brightest lights’

Brooklyn: United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch says law enforcement in the United States has lost one of the “brightest lights” in Brooklyn’s first African American District Attorney, Kenneth Thompson. Comment

Trinidad and Tobago Muslims set free in Venezuela

Trinidad and Tobago: Five Trinidad and Tobago Muslims who were detained in Venezuela for the past two and a half years on suspicion of being terrorists have been freed by a judge in the South American country over the week-end. Comment

UN chief in Haiti gets glimpse of Matthew’s destruction

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited victims of devastating Hurricane Matthew on Saturday, saying the destruction wrought by the storm was heartbreaking,’’ and he renewed a pledge to help the nation cope with a deadly scourge of cholera that was introduced by U.N. peacekeepers. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle donates defibrillators to Jamaican high schools

Jamaica: In the wake of the tragic passing of young footballer, Dominic James, a student of St. George’s College in Jamaica, Team Jamaica Bickle, the New York-headquartered organization that provides hospitality support for Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, has announced an immediate donation of 15 Automated External Devices (AEDS) – defibrillators – to schools across the island. Comment

Order of Black Nuns celebrates 100th anniversary with mass

Manhattan: Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan and parishioners, got to honor sisters of of the Order of Black Nuns at a mass on Oct. 7. Comment

Muse boys captured for the circus

Books: Life these days is a three-ring circus. The clowns at your job dominate Ring Number One. Ring Number Two features The Juggler (you) and your checkbook, schedule, chore list, and family obligations. And in Ring Number Three, there’s a wild combination of the other two. Run away and join the circus? Yeah, that’s already happened but in the new book “Truevine” by Beth Macy, it was far from voluntary. Comment