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Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Start in the name of love! Diana Ross to reopen Kings Theatre

Music: The queen of Motown is going to let the good times roll at the Loew’s Kings Theatre in Flatbush at its grand reopening. Comment.

Pols fete Clarkes on 80/50 gala birthday bash

Brooklyn: An almost virtual Who’s Who in New York City politics on Dec. 7 feted ex-Councilwoman Dr. Una S.T. Clarke and her daughter, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, on their gala birthday bash at Dumbo Loft on Water Street, downtown Brooklyn. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Come and see actor / comic Bob Greenberg (“Old Jews Telling Jokes”) comedian/author/ pundit Leighann Lord (“DICT Jokes”) and comedians Dave Lester (TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes with Bill Bellamy”) & Joe Rocha (Galavisions !”Que Loco !”). Both shows will feature “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. At the standard NN@ Ottos start time of 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Cross streets: Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: www.ottosshrunkenhead.com/. Comment.

FDU athlete captures hurdles

Sports: y Robert Elkin Morquiez Headley came through as expected to lead Fairleigh Dickinson University of New Jersey to a decent performance in the Christmas Classic conducted by the Fordham University Track and Field team at the Lombardi Center Fieldhouse in The Bronx. Comment.

Guyanese beauty wins Miss Caribbean title

Guyana: Congratulations are in order for Rafieya Husain, Miss World Guyana who qualified in the final 10 at the Miss World 2014 pageant at the Aloft London Excel on Dec. 14, and earned the title of Miss Caribbean for being the only national from the region to place in the top 10. Comment.

Good tidings of comfort & joy & to all good cheer

Arts & Theater: For Caribbean diasporans, home is more than where the heart is. And perhaps more than at any other time of the year, the advent of the Christmas season heartily embraces the Biblical miracle of the birth of Jesus Christ and also unites families in a loving way. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Haiti PM resigns amid political discontent

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe announced early Sunday that he was resigning along with several ministers in the wake of violent anti-government protests and a commission’s call for him to step down. Comment.

Annie’ musical provides scenic bragging rights

Arts & Theater: New York City gets a hefty dose of promotion and publicity in the new “Annie” musical slated for a Dec. 19 release. From Harlem to Liberty State Park in New Jersey, the 20/20 view illuminates the Big Apple adding 21st century relevance to the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip character popularized in newspapers in 1924. Comment.

Devon Sheldon Smith is back

Sports: West Indies selectors recalled 33-year-old Devon Sheldon Smith to tour South Africa after Chris Gayle pulled out of the Test series. Smith who was born in Grenada played 33 Tests scoring one century against England at Sabina Park in Jamaica. Smith will be hoping to build on his weak record. It will be testing for Smith returning to Test cricket after his last Test match in 2011 against Pakistan. Comment.

I love loosies and the people who sell them

Viewpoints: The cops who ganged up on Eric Garner, got him into a chokehold, and mashed his face into the sidewalk didn’t intend to kill him. They intended only to show him who’s boss on the streets of Staten Island — and show him in a way he would never forget. Comment.

High-roller spirals out of control in mob saga

Movies: By day, Jim Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) is an English Literature professor whose questionable teaching method involves berating his blasé students by suggesting that none of them will ever amount to anything. He reserves all his praise for the only person in the class exhibiting any promise as a writer, the brilliant and beautiful, but modest, Amy Phillips (Brie Larson). Comment.

Resolve to make your skin more beautiful

Health: (StatePoint) Just by being outside every day, skin suffers from premature aging, an effect known as photo aging. The new year is the perfect time to resolve to keep your skin looking more beautiful. Comment.

All I really want for Christmas

Books: “All I Really Want” by Quinn Caldwell Comment.

Why I am the way I am

Viewpoints: The day after the Millions March in New York City, I was out having dinner with a nice young lady. I was telling her about the march and the protest and the fight for social equality and justice for the marginalized. I guess the way I was speaking was really passionate (I get like that sometimes) because she asked me an interesting question. She asked, “Why are you like this?” At first I didn’t know what to make of the question, so I asked what she meant. She said, “I’m just interested in what makes the way you are or made you this passionate or militant about this. Did something happen to you?” Comment.

Monday, Dec. 15, 2014

Narine named in Windies World Cup squad

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies mystery spinner Sunil Narine has been included in the West Indies 30-man squad for next year’s World Cup in New Zealand and Australia. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Ask Me Anything (Unrated) Bittersweet bildungsroman about a high school grad (Britt Robertson) who chronicles all of her adventures in an anonymous blog, when she takes a year off to find herself before starting college. With Justing Long, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater and Robert Patrick. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Climate finance flowing, but for many, the well remains dry

Environment: LIMA, Dec. 4, 2014 (IPS) - For more than 10 years, Mildred Crawford has been “a voice in the wilderness” crying out on behalf of rural women in agriculture. Comment.

Vincentian businesswoman passes

Brooklyn: Just months after fulfilling her life-long dream of opening a bakery in Brooklyn, Cynthia Williams-Bernard passed away. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Fourth Meeting of National Authorities of the Americas on Trafficking in Persons has called on the Caribbean and all member-countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) to redouble efforts to combat the scourge. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014


Trinidad and Tobago: A race-laced row over the deportations of eleven Ghanians to West Africa this week has sparked a major race controversy in Trinidad just as the ethnically-divided nation is preparing for general elections in the coming months. Comment.

Caribbean urged to break corruption chain

Caribbean: As the world on Tuesday marked International Anti-Corruption Day, the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS) have called on the Caribbean and other countries in the international community to reaffirm their commitment to the fight against corruption. Comment.

Haiti commission seeks new gov’t consensus

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A commission recently appointed by Haitian President Michel Martelly is calling for his prime minister to resign so a new consensus government can be formed, according to a report obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Comment.

Incumbent Dominica Labor Party retains power

Dominica: The incumbent Dominica Labor Party (DLP) of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit regained power in general elections on Monday, winning 15 of the 21 seats in Parliament. Comment.

World AIDS Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: In commemorating World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Lutheran Family Health Centers’ (LFHC) Caribbean-American site, in conjunction with the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA), gathered for a special march and event to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and to educate the community on prevention. Comment.

Grenada economy expected to grow

Grenada: The Grenada economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent this year, higher than the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) average of 1.4 percent. Comment.

Brooklyn group serenades Vincy-style

The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) recently brought the “Spirit of Christmas” Vincy-style to supporters and friends in Brooklyn. Comment.

‘I Can’t Breathe!’ protest rages on

Staten Island: The last words stifling through the lungs of Eric Garner, has become the mantra of a nationwide call for policing reform in communities of color. Comment.

Black Friday Protest slated for Wall Street

Brooklyn: Three weeks after the day-after Thanksgiving national sale marathon popularly known as Black Friday, a Day of Outrage protest rally will be held at the headquarters of America’s financial district. Comment.

Soul Nativity

Arts & Theater: “Soul Nativity” was born and incubated at The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) over 14 years. The musical co-writers, Tracy Jack and Alfred Preisser, met at the school in the late 90’s and since have collaborated on over 30 professional and student projects, including productions of Soul Nativity in various incarnations at The Theatre of St. Clements, The Duke on 42nd Street, and multiple versions at The HSA Theatre. A joyous pageant for all ages and perfect for anyone who loves music, dance and the holiday season, Soul Nativity has garnered rave reviews and sold out houses wherever it has been performed. This year’s featured guest choir is Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir. Comment.


Music: Rising international music sensation, MonChérie, continues her quest for recognition as one of this generation’s most dynamic young music artists. After her music debut earlier this year, which unleashed the major hit single, “No Santa,” the singer has followed up that effort with her heavily awaited and equally energetic new song, “Billy Billy Boom Boom.” Comment.

West Indies face tough task

Sports: West Indies will face some severe competition when they play South Africa in the upcoming series. Cricketers from the Caribbean are not strangers to the ball coming on to the bat, what should be strange is the manner in which South African bowlers will get the ball to swing. Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander are very good at moving the ball around and at great lengths and the technique West Indies batsmen should apply is to learn the wickets quickly. Comment.

An awesome dad and person

It is now five years since you transitioned to a higher place and no longer with us physically, and you are greatly missed. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Identity theft alert, what you should do

Books: Your credit card was declined. Comment.

MLS Cup, a tale of two owners

Sports: The Los Angeles Galaxy became the first MLS team to win five MLS Cups, five championships, when it defeated the New England Revolution, 2-1, last Sunday at StubHub Center in Carson (CA), home of the Galaxy. The game not only added to a long list of statistics between the teams, but mirrored the opposite fortunes of the franchise owners, both founding members of MLS. Comment.

Corbin named co-captain

Sports: Adrian Corbin has been named as co-captain of the varsity basketball team at LaSalle Academy High School, a member of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Comment.

Griffith’s solo-show

Arts & Theater: If fine theatre is magic, then “Demerara Gold,” Ingrid Griffith’s solo-show is pure alchemy... the mythical practice of turning ordinary substance into gold. The show will be held at the Starlite Pavilion, Richmond Hill on Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3:00 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Across the bridge, ‘justice’ frozen in time

Viewpoints: So maybe our scanning mechanism for the city came up short on its reach when we talked last edition about New York’s “cachet” being none too welcoming of cultural traits that just plain reek. In which context we noted the aberrational presence here of two high-flying Republican schmucks who are in no way to be mistaken as representing the classiness we associate with New York chic. Alas, we neglected to consider in the reckoning the most “outer” of the boroughs constituting the New York tapestry, which last week made the loudest discordant noise despoiling of the city’s harmony that we’ve heard in quite a while. Comment.

Guess who’s nominated for Reggae Grammy?

Music: Shaggy, Sean Paul, Sly and Robbie, Ziggy Marley, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, and American band SOJA are nominees for the Best Reggae Album category of the 57th annual Grammy Awards. Shaggy has been nominated for his album (Out of Many, One Music), Sean Paul (Full Frequency), Sly and Robbie (The Reggae Power, featuring Spicy Chocolate), Ziggy Marley (Fly Rasta), and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry (Back on the Controls). Released in April by Tuff Gong, Ziggy Marley’s “Fly Rasta” is the most commercially successful album in the United States by a Jamaican reggae artiste this year, with sales of more than 16,000 copies to date. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MUSIC: The multi-talented Alex DeSuze returns to the Indian Road Café to host the “No Name Uptown Cabaret Second Monday” monthly singers showcase. DeSuze, will be joined by a guest musical director. Producer Eric Vetter calls the Cabaret an opportunity to enjoy and share your art with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists in a safe and fun place! Indian Road Café, located at 600 West 218th St., offers an excellent wine, beer and coffee selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese, all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. The next Uptown Cabaret show will start at 7:00 p.m. with sign up beginning at 6:45 p.m. No cover, no minimum and for additional information, call (212) 942-7451. For more “No Name” information, go to http://www.nonamenyc.com. Comment.

Now is the time for churches to speak up

Viewpoints: “Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?’” (Book of Esther 4:13-14). Comment.

Workshop on drug treatment courts

Barbados: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it has launched the third and final two-day regional training workshop on the Monitoring and Evaluation of Drug Treatment Courts (DTCs) in the Caribbean. Comment.

More violence in 2nd day of Haiti protest marches

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Thousands of anti-government protesters marched Saturday through Haiti’s capital for the second time in two days amid anger over delayed elections and other issues. Comment.

Twenty20 cricket – a money maker

Sports: The 2014 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 cricket pumped a whopping US$166 million into the region’s economy, a new independent economic study has revealed. Comment.
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