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Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014

Women-led Carib businesses to be highlighted at Washington summit

Caribbean: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says the catalytic role of women-led small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) in the Caribbean will be highlighted at a major conference in Washington, D.C. next month. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

West Indian American Day Carnival kicks off

Music: Tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers and millions from around the world are expected on Monday to converge on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway for the 47th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Antigua gets $32.5 million aid from China

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Tuesday “successfully negotiated” an assistance package with China to the tune of over 200 million RMB (US$32.5 million), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement. Comment.

Troubling trend on the Parkway

Music: Carnival mas in Brooklyn has always been colorful and flashy, people come from all over the country and the globe to see it. However, there has been a debate raging over recent years as to whether or not the Brooklyn Caribbean Carnival has been losing its value, sense of tradition and culture to skimpy costumes, vulgarity and violent behavior. Mas camp designers: Marlon Smart and Uncle Percie from “Ramajay Mas Inc.,” Pat Nurse from “Carican Costumes” and Toni Barnette from “D’Midas International” all believe that mas has changed. Comment.


Music: A New York City/Queens gem, Flushing Town Hall bills itself as a venue of “global arts for a global community.” Last Sunday, a summer wrap-up/fall kick-off with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, which fuses jazz and the language and rhythms from traditional Garifuna music, attracted one of the most diverse assemblages seen in a New York audience. Comment.

West Indies sweeps Bangladesh 3-0

St Kitts and Nevis: West Indies defeats Bangladesh 3-0 in the just completed One-day International series with West Indies Test captain Denesh Ramdin being named player of the series. West Indies won the first ODI by 3 wickets at the National Stadium in Grenada, then the second at the same venue by 177 runs and finally the third in St. Kitts by 91 runs. Comment.


The 2014 Caribbean Cup title will be contested by Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Team Jamaica after both teams posted semifinal wins last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex. Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines knocked off longtime rival Team Grenada, 2-1, when Anselmo Cox came up with the winner late in the game for the Vincentians, who benefitted from a Grenada own-goal to tie the game after falling behind, 1-0. Kimron Redhead scored for the Grenadians. Comment.

Grisly repercussions from wrong-headed policy

National: Occurrences like that ghastly business the other day when the ISIS marauders executed journalist James Foley serve as reminders of the major wrong turn made by George W. Bush and the warmonger crew he assembled in Washington, when they decided that invading Iraq to dethrone Saddam Hussein was a smart foreign policy move. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Williams: ‘Neighborly courtesy’ during carnival

Grenada: As New York prepares for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams is asking for “neighborly courtesy” during the festivities. Comment.

Legends display ‘Rainbow of Colors’

Music: Masqueraders are expected to display a “Rainbow of Colors” as Legends Stars Steel Orchestra bang out Caribbean rhythms in the J’ouvert Competition. Comment.

Belize centurion, community advocate honored

Belize: A Belizean-born centurion and a popular community advocate were among honorees during the recently-concluded Harlem Week. The Board of Directors of Harlem Week, Inc. and New York City Senior Citizen’s Committee, Inc. bestowed the honor on Caroline Lightburn, 105, and Verna Arthur, Manhattan Community Outreach Director and Senior Advisory Council Liaison with the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA). Comment.

Brooklyn street co-named after Brooklyn soldier

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Democratic Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, on Saturday hosted a ceremony co-naming East 51st Street, between Beverly and Clarendon roads in Brooklyn, as “Private First Class Errol Milliard Way” in honor of the soldier killed in the line of duty. Pvt. Errol “Elijah” Milliard, a Brooklyn native, of Jamaican and Guyanese parentage, was killed in combat in Afghanistan on July 4, 2013. He was 18 years old. Comment.

Jamaican dub poet to get heroes’ honor

Jamaica: The annual list of distinctive nationals from Jamaica has been announced and among them is Linton Kwesi Johnson, the London-based poet who has consistently documented the plight of Caribbean nationals and people of color who suffer injustices in Britain and throughout Europe. Comment.

It’s spy vs. spy in labyrinthine espionage thriller

Movies: Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with “No Way Out,” one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. The accomplished Australian revisits the genre with “The November Man,” though this picture pales in comparison to his ingenious, 1987 classic. Nevertheless, Roger has crafted another labyrinthine, cat-and-mouse caper which miraculously manages to keep you on the edge of your seat despite an often-incoherent plotline, slapdash action sequences, and an inscrutable cast of characters with difficult to discern motivations. Overall, the adventure amounts to a dizzying head-scratcher which takes you on one helluva roller coaster ride, even if it might take a scorecard to keep the profusion of players straight. Comment.

Salute to columnist Vinette K. Pryce

Movies: Tip of the hat to Caribbean journalist and Inside Life columnist Miss Vinette K. Pryce for her perceptive and thoughtful review of the award-winning, independent feature-length fiction film, “Garifuna In Peril” headlined “Indigenous Hondurans Unite to Preserve Culture.” (Inside Life Column by Vinette K. Pryce, Caribbean Life Newspaper, May 16 through May 22 2014 issue). By extension, a hearty Seremein (“Thanks” in the Garifuna Language) goes to the Caribbean Life newspaper for publishing her review. Comment.

US Open draws neighborhood kids

Queens: Twenty-three kids from the Elm Cor Youth and Adult Center in Corona, New York, known for its basketball activities, were guests of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) five days prior to the first day of action in the main draw. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Kaios International wants ‘Kaios and Orda’

Arts & Theater: Kaios International Mas Band wants nothing but “Kaios and Orda” on the parkway, according to co-bandleaders Mark McLean and Heather Greenidge. Comment.

Island States to rally donors at Samoa meet

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Aug 18, 2014 (IPS) - Amid accelerating climate change and other challenges, a major international conference in the South Pacific island nation of Samoa next month represents a key chance for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean to turn the tide. Comment.

Peace prevails, justice due for Garner

Staten Island: Hurricane Sandy stormed Staten Island a few years ago leaving behind strewn homes, boats and homeless residents but on Aug. 23,-- the 25th anniversary of the murder of Yusuf Hawkins in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn -- thousands flooded the island borough to protest the choke-hold killing of Eric Garner and in the aftermath, peace prevailed. Comment.

2014 Mas Bands

Music: Name of Band: T-Vice/Venus Production Comment.

Trinidad & Tobago celebrates 52nd Independence Anniversary

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will celebrate its 52nd political independence from Great Britain on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014. This year will be a historic one for the country as Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is moving to implement constitutional reform for what she said is the People’s Partnership (PP) administration policy agenda for development and progress. Comment.

Saving young ‘Endangered’ Black men

Books: Save the whales! You’ve read a lot of signs like that in your life, online and real-time. Save the whales or the environment, penguins or tigers, fish, trees, or grasses, there’s always something about to disappear, and you know that when it’s gone, it’s gone. But what about people? Aren’t they in trouble, too? In the new book “Endangered” by Jean Love Cush, who’s going to save young Black men? Comment.

Protect your eyes from ‘blue light’

Health: (StatePoint) The Information Age has moved society into a 24/7 electronic environment that exposes us to harmful light pollution every day. New research is illuminating the dangers of “blue light,” a high-energy wavelength of light that can disrupt the sleep cycle and cause damage to the eyes over time. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

The Promise and EP Costumes go to ‘Paradise’

Arts & Theater: After showcasing their mas solo for several years, The Promise and EP (Errol Philip) Costumes are going to “Paradise” this year WI their collaboration. Comment.
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