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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The 11th Hour (Unrated) Psychological drama about a successful businesswoman (Kim Basinger) who resorts to desperate measures to become a mother after being informed by her doctor that she’s barren. Supporting cast includes Jordan Prentice, Sebastian Schipper and Peter Stormare. Comment.

Healthy twists on Caribbean dishes

Food: Can organic, healthy and Caribbean be said all in the same sentence? Words such as rich and heavy are often used to describe Caribbean food with jerk chicken, rice and peas and more leading the charge with hefty portions. Nola Ro is combatting these affiliations with her healthy twists on what Caribbean American food can be from tasty hummus filled cucumber bites to coconut wings. Comment.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Loads of fun at Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival

Music: A cultural extravaganza to dial up the fun is what organizers have planned for the 5th Annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival NY on Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Roy Wilkins Park, Queens, New York. The popular Western Union Cultural Stage, with the multi-talented MC Sherry Morgan, promise loads of fun for adults and kids alike as fans feast on their favorite jerk cuisine. Comment.

Friday, July 3, 2015

Carib music in Central Park

Music: Reggae and soca fans reveled in Central Park to some of their favorite recording artists Saturday despite heavy showers and threatened thunderstorms in order to help celebrate the 35th anniversary of VP Records, an independent label reputed for its consistent dedication to the distribution of Caribbean music. Comment.

Stricter chemical rules good for the industry

Viewpoints: Most people probably don’t check the labels of chemical products they use, or go online to do research about how dangerous certain chemicals are. That’s understandable, but it’s also a shame, because there are a lot of scary chemicals out there. Comment.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MADURO FOR CARICOM SUMMIT

Venezuela: At the urgings of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and a few other island nations, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been invited to discuss his country’s decades-old claim to large swathes of Guyana’s on and offshore territories at the regional leaders summit beginning in Barbados on Thursday. Comment.

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Fair chance for New Yorkers

Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed the New York City Fair Chance Act into law, ensuring that all New Yorkers, even those with a criminal record, have an equal opportunity to compete for a job. Comment.

‘Dancing Doctor’ opens new clinic

Brooklyn: The doctor is in! This past Monday on June 29, 2015 Dr. Javid Yadegar and his partners hosted a grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new location of Elite Medical Clinic at 721 Flushing Ave. in Brooklyn, New York. Comment.

DERBY DAY

Sports: Last Sunday, June 28, 2015, marks a remarkable day for soccer in the USA. The only two games played on this day – one on the Atlantic Coast and the other on the Pacific Coast – reflect the heights of popularity the game has achieved from coast to coast, from New York to Portland. It is further evidence of soccer’s rapidly growing staying power. Comment.

West Indies in need of a quality Test captain

Sports: Denesh Ramdin’s captaincy may be soon coming to an end after so many ill decisions that caused the team havoc in almost every aspect of captaincy. Former West Indies Test Captain Darren Sammy was not the best of captains either but he had a clever manner in which he created team unity in pursuit of one common goal. Comment.

Nets seek help up front

Sports: In a sense, the sport of basketball is an all-year round activity. With now being summer, the teams belonging to the National Basketball Association already completed its draft of college players. The coaches are already talking about the free agency market to improve their teams. Comment.

Caribbean Airlines ticket sale

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Airlines on July 1 announced a 4th of July sale of 10 percent off all fares from Port of Spain to destinations in the Caribbean, North America and the UK. Tickets must be purchased between July 1 and July 4, 2015 and are valid for travel between Sept. 15 and Oct. 31, 2015. Comment.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A mission to make ‘insulting’ acceptable

Viewpoints: As he jumps into the crammed boxcar of GOP presidential hopefuls, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s handlers have evidently come up with strategy that is a flat-out head scratcher. Comment.

Rent freeze a win for tenants

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Councilman Jumaane Williams have welcomed the decision by the rent control board to freeze for one year rent increases, saying it’s a win for tenants. Comment.

Street art inspires August Martin students

Arts & Theater: August Martin High School is known as the “worst school” in New York with a graduation rate of 39 percent. Students attending August Martin often describe their school as a jail or mental institution, however, their description does not apply to a too strict faculty or over-representation of school safety officers. Comment.

Vincentian designer celebrates anniversary

Fashion: With music pumping and patrons reveling in the atmosphere, leading Vincentian fashion designer, Zulema N. George, recently celebrated in style the third anniversary of AK Couture Boutique & Beauty Bar in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn. Comment.

An ‘Invincible’ thriller for the king of pop

Music: On Friday, June 19, “Invincible”… A Glorious Tribute To The King of Pop made its New York premiere at the Apollo Theater in NYC. This totally fabulous production was adorned with precision lighting, timely bursts of fog and of course a collection of MJ’s most memorable outfits. Comment.

Jamaican opposition endorses bid by diasporans

Jamaica: Jamaica’s opposition party leaders are vigorously urging the People’s National Party’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and members of her administration to explore ways to give members of the diaspora a constituent vote in Jamaica. Comment.

Caribbean African Reggae Fest

Music: Music is the international language that transcends culture and state lines. New York is a hub for international acts to reach another edge of their audience as seen in popular music festivals like Prospect Park’s concert series at the Bandshell. Comment.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Caribbean women honored at APCCS celebration

Guyana: The illustrious careers of three phenomenal Caribbean-born women and their commitment to serve the community were highlighted during a Caribbean American Heritage Month celebration and awards presentation, in the Ball Room of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

The ACP at 40 – Repositioning as a global player

BRUSSELS, June 28, 2015 (IPS) - In his memoirs, Glimpses of a Global Life, Sir Shridath Ramphal, then-Foreign Minister of the Republic of Guyana, who played a leading role in the evolution of the Lomé negotiations that lead to the birth of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States, pointed to the significant lessons of that engagement of developed and developing countries some 40 years ago and had this to say: Comment.

Self-reverential sequel revives horror franchise

Movies: How do you revive an expiring film franchise that was ostensibly put out of its misery over a dozen years ago after audiences became jaded with over-saturated visual effects they no longer found spellbinding? Comment.

Successful medical mission to Grenada

Grenada: A major Brooklyn community group has conducted a very successful medical mission to Grenada. Comment.

Guyanese march for unity on Church Avenue

Energy and excitements were felt in Brooklyn on Sunday, June 14, when Guyanese took over the streets to spread unity, and called on each other to uphold Guyana’s motto of “One People, One Nation One Destiny,” during a parade that kicked off at 11:30 am from the corner of Bedford and Church avenues. Comment.

Grenada rebuilds barrier reefs

Grenada: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves. Comment.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Community News Group celebrates Caribbean Americans in healthcare

People: Thirty four honorees were feted at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope for their achievments in healthcare. Check out our story and slideshow. Comment.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

City Council cite veteran Jamaican artists

Music: It was a busy Saturday for Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo but she carved out enough time from her hectic schedule to present citations to veteran performers whose contribution to Jamaica’s music industry is indelibly imprinted in the nation’s historical archives. Comment.