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Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: In Search of the American Dream (PG-13 for profanity, violence and mature themes) Survival saga about six sibling’s attempt to elude the authorities in a race across Texas after their undocumented parents are arrested on the spot and carted away. Co-starring Baldemar Rodriguez, Shaina Sandoval, Kayla Valadez and Jeremy Becerra. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Grenada: Caribbean The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added more Caribbean countries to its growing Zika virus travel alert list. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016

Persaud honors 5 at fundraising reception

Brooklyn: State Sen. Roxanne Persaud on Sunday honored five community figures at a fundraising reception at Trelawni Restaurant on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Thousands flock Vincy Day USA

St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentians on Saturday trekked from as far as Toronto, Canada and Florida for the fifth annual Vincy Day USA at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, L.I. Comment

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

US TAX CHEATS NOTICE

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean American citizens and permanent residents who hold large sums of cash in overseas bank accounts or have investments in trust and related companies as well as hold disposable assets will soon have to report these to the IRS or face stiff penalties in new laws being enforced from the end of September. Comment

Fiancée of Sean Bell speaks at benefit event

Brooklyn: Local artists expressed feelings about police violence at the “Fists Up, Guns Down” benefit show, at the Five Myles Gallery on Aug. 19. Comment

Williams pays tribute to freedom fighters

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has paid tribute on the day set aside by the United Nations to remember slavery and its abolition, saying that the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade and the enslavement of Africans represented “one of the longest and most sustained assaults on the life, integrity and dignity of human beings in our history.” Comment

WIADCA, CTO partner to expand outreach

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are partnering for a union that will encourage multi-organizational efforts between the two organizations that would benefit the Caribbean region, as well as its people in New York. Comment

‘Because We Fly’

Arts & Theater: Giselle Fritz & Associates present “Because We Fly” for this year’s Junior Carnival in Brooklyn. The band’s title was inspired by nature’s beauty. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Brooklyn’s youth get deadly lessons about guns

Brooklyn: He takes a stand against gun violence – by opening death’s door. Brookdale Hospital launched a scare tactic program to teach Brooklyn’s youth some deadly lessons about guns. The brainchild of the program titled “It Starts Here,” is Khari Edwards, head of the hospital’s external affairs. Comment

Haiti’s Feet of Rhythm Puppet / Doll theme

Arts & Theater: Nadia Dieudonné and Cynthia Karaha are cultural sisters, a complementary duo heart and soul of the dance troupe Feet of Rhythm (F.O.R.) kids who will represent the Haitian community in the annual West Indian Day Junior Carnival Parade. Comment

Local dancer becomes international choreographer

Music: A Brooklyn choreographer is keeping dancehall alive, one move at a time. Comment

Waitukubuli on Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: The Dominica mas band, Larry’s Place, is paying tribute to the native Carib Indians with “Waitukubuli” this Labor Day. Comment

ALL SET FOR SEMI-FINALS

Sports: Two great New York Caribbean Cup quarter final games were played at Thomas Jefferson High School field in Brooklyn on Sunday, Aug. 21. Comment

Bolt’s last Olympic sprint

Jamaica: Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness has hailed the achievements of the country’s athletes at the Rio Olympics in Brazil last week. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Almost last hurrah for SVG consul general

St Vincent: The Organizing Committee of the Brooklyn-based Vincy Day USA last Saturday gave New York Consul General Selmon Walters his penultimate last hurrah with a send-off plaque. Comments (1)

Festival marks Crown Heights riot

Brooklyn: Hundreds of people turned out for a controversial festival commemorating the Crown Heights riot on Aug. 21, despite some slamming as a distasteful way to mark such a dark period in the neighborhood’s history. Comment

Homage to the Incas

Arts & Theater: In its children and adult bands this year, the Brooklyn-based Cocoa Diamond Productions is celebrating “a toast to life” and paying homage to the Amerindian group, the Incas. Comment

Crown Heights uprising trivialized to festival

It’s been 25 years since the Caribbean combined Jewish Brooklyn community of Crown Heights erupted with rage after two Guyanese seven-year-olds were struck and fatally injured by Lubavitcher Yosef Lifsch whose station-wagon veered onto the sidewalk hitting the youths. The tragic accident caused the death of the young Gavin Cato. Comment

QUEEN OF THE BAY

Fashion: It is a pageant based in history. A dozen people entered the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene on August 20 for the 48th Queen of the Bay New York pageant. The pageant, which honors Belizean beauties coinciding with the country’s battle to independence from Spain – crowned a winner for 2016-2017 title. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

UN admits it needs to do more after causing Haiti cholera epidemic

Haiti: NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2016 (IPS) - Update: On Thursday, Aug. 18 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the immunity of the UN from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al (the Haiti Cholera case) in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties. Comment

The Jamaican gov’t has forgotten the diaspora!

Jamaica: The compelling evidence of pride displayed during the observation of Jamaica’s 54th independence in the Tri-State area was the paradigm of a people strongly rooted in their culture and history. Culminating the 54th independence also was the overwhelming and strong performance of the Jamaicans at the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Comment

Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park

Brooklyn: Last Thursday, Aug. 18, was a day of fun and games in Canarsie Park, Brooklyn, for summer campers who took full advantage of the hot temperature, entertainment by Tropical Fete stilt dancers, costume making, a Fire Department NY Firehouse demonstration and NYPD ID fingerprinting. Comment

A worthy call to action in ‘Writings on the Wall’

Books: The fix won’t be quick. It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they can be repaired. In his new book “Writings on the Wall” (with Raymond Obstfeld), he explains… Comment

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Antigua A 35-year-old French national was fined EC$4,000 after he pleaded guilty to causing a bomb scare on a LIAT flight at the VC Bird International Airport, Antigua recently. Comment

Vincy PM demands apology for former Windies captain

Sports: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has called on the President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron and the Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, to apologize for the shabby treatment meted out to former West Indies Twenty20 Captain Darren Sammy. Comment

Jerk fest brings staycation to Williamsburg

Food: Wanderlusters rejoice — a 12-day festival has come to Williamsburg to bring the Caribbean to Brooklyn for weeks of music, food, and island vibes. Comment

Roberts condems Sammy’s firing

Sports: Former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts said the firing of Darren Sammy as captain of the Twenty20 team was on the basis of comments he made criticizing the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after his side won a second Twenty20 World Cup title in India earlier this year. Comment