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Friday, May 22, 2015

Bahia: The Black Side Of Brazil Presents ‘African Rhythm, African Roots’

Arts & Theater: An un-objective, hearty and gracious “thank you” must be extended to the community’s own Baba Charles “Chuck” Davis who, after 38 years of annual DanceAfrica presentations, is passing the torch of artistic director to an heir. Comment.

Caribbean Cup kicks off in Flatbush

New York: The local Caribbean Cup tournament kicks off its 24th season on Sunday, May 24 at the Thomas Jefferson High School Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. The opening day’s top billing will feature last year’s beaten finalist, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, against a difficult Antigua and Barbuda team, starting at 5 pm. The preceding matchup is a clash between the French and the Spanish, as the always talented Haiti takes on a very promising Panama squad. Comment.

Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis dies

Caribbean: Guyanese and international superstar boxing champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis, who was on the cusp of making a comeback in the ring, died tragically while riding his motorbike on the East Bank Demerara, in his homeland. Comment.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Ramotar Dethroned

Guyana: Guyana’s National Stadium on the East Bank of Demerara will become a sea of yellow and green when thousands gather to commemorate the country’s 49th year of independence, and witness the historic inauguration ceremony of the Republic’s Eighth Executive President, and the leader of the party, His Excellency Arthur Granger. Comment.

Rock the vote! Calypsonians push candidates with song

Music: Many felt they were on the campaign trail Saturday night, as the election fever in St. Vincent and the Grenadines gripped the Dynamite Calypso Tent in Brooklyn, with a significant number of Vincentian calypsonians quickly and uninhibitedly declaring their preference and essentially telling voters for whom they should cast ballots in the forthcoming poll. Comment.

Clarke meets with cyber security experts

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Monday welcomed a panel of cyber security experts to Brooklyn to discuss the best methods for individuals and business owners to protect their private information on the internet. Comment.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eugene hosts Haitian Flag Day celebration

Haiti: On Sunday night, Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene hosted Haitian Flag Day in the Erasmus Hall High School auditorium in Flatbush, Brooklyn, drawing a highly enthusiastic crowd of more than 400 people. Comment.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Signature fashion in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York-based New York Next Top Model now in its eighth year, will feature a plethora of signature fashion designers to showcase on Sunday, May 24 at Brooklyn’s hot spot Red Wolf, in the heart of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Comment.

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Jamaican ‘Groovin’ Idol’ to join legends

Music: Groovin’ In The Park is New York City’s premier reggae and R & B summertime event that boasts a solid track record of attracting the best talent that the music industry has to offer. Comment.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Brooklyn mourns death of prominent educator

Barbados: Caribbean American legislators have joined the Brooklyn community in mourning the death of a Caribbean American educator who died in Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pa. Comment.

‘Chocolatey Brown’ no matter what

Books: The aesthetic may change but the fact remains that chocolate, in all forms, is undoubtedly sweet. Instilling confidence into every chocolate girl is Stephanie Fleary, an elementary school teacher, entrepreneur, single mother and author. Publishing “Chocolatey Brown” in February this year, Fleary has crafted a book to push girls of darker skin and all shades that they are beautiful no matter what. Comment.

Poor land use worsens climate change in St. Vincent

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, May 14 2015 (IPS) - For 32 years, Joel Poyer, a forest technician, has been tending to the forest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Road warrior rises to the occasion in Sci-Fi flick

Movies: “Fury Road” reboots the legendary Mad Max franchise which has been sitting dormant for several decades. This fourth installment was again produced, written and directed by Oscar-winner George Miller (for Happy Feet) who tapped Tom Hardy to replace disgraced Mel Gibson in the title role as Max Rockatansky, the highway patrol officer-turned-intrepid road warrior given to dispensing a grisly brand of vigilante justice. Comment.

DanceAfrica 2015 at BAM

Arts & Theater: When the weather turns, and we start getting warm sunny days consistently, we know it’s that time again, DanceAfrica time. Dancers in their flowing colorful costumes will be floating across the stage at BAM. The rhythms of the drums are infectious and will get you moving whether you are sitting or standing. The outdoor African style market place you’ve been waiting for all winter will be set up along Ashland Place on the side of BAM and in its parking lot across the street. We get to see and patronize merchants that only come to town for this event, as well as the familiar merchants we see at street fairs and other festivals. DanceAfrica opens the season, as always with swag, and celebration, featuring dance, music, film, and community events. Comment.

More trained nurses needed in the Caribbean

People: As the international community on Tuesday observed International Nurses Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called more nurses in the Caribbean and the Americas to be trained to provide skilled care. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aloft (R for profanity and sexuality) Tale of redemption about a journalist (Melanie Laurent) who orchestrates the reunion of a renowned artist/healer (Jennifer Connelly) with the son (Cillian Murphy) she’d abandoned 20 years earlier. Support cast includes Oona Chaplin, Ian Tracey and Peter McRobbie. Comment.