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Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Quit naysayer talk on Cuban policy

Cuba: This week, our columnist lays it on the line regarding how the Obama Administration is handling Cuba. Comment.

‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ comes to life in art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is an undisputed classic, and artist Imani Shanklin Robert leans on Hill’s timeless work in her latest collection, “Still Miseducated,” 10 original paintings inspired by the lyrics of the album on display at Bushwick’s Studio 301. Comment.

Steelbands difficult search for practice space

Music: If steelpan fans are having trouble finding their favorite bands there are reasons for it. Many steel bands scrambled to find outdoor rehearsal space, particularly in the Flatbush / Crown Heights neighborhoods to prepare for Panorma on Sept. 5 at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

One Killed, three Injured In Flatbush lounge shooting

Brooklyn: There was a murder in Flatbush early Friday mornining. Comment.

Vincy Film Festival hopes to bring new opportunities to Caribbean

Movies: The Caribbean can offer more than pristine beaches, national dishes, and great music — it makes a great location for shooting a movie. Comment.

E. Flatbush teen joins Youth Council

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams (D–Brooklyn), deputy leader and chairman of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has appointed Brooklyn teen Errianna Brown to the inaugural class of The New York City Youth Council from District 45. Comment.

Providing sweet pan music is costly

Music: The sound of the steel drum is captivating. The vibrant sounds emulated from a steel orchestra literally beats the sounds associated with Caribbean carnival into the air. Birthed in Trinidad, the steel pan orchestra is a passion honed by many across the Caribbean and worldwide. Comment.

Fete ‘Like A Boss’

Trinidad and Tobago: Labor Day marks the end of the summer. The last hoorah of hazy days and laughter-filled nights, there is indeed a formula in making the best out of your carnival experience. Comment.

U.S. congratulates T&T on Independence Day

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States has congratulated Trinidad and Tobago on its 53rd year of independence, saying that the two nations are “united in the belief that diversity and social inclusion that make our societies stronger.” Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

Clarke welcomes new Jamaican ambassador to U.S.

Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed the appointment of Ralph Thomas as the new Jamaica ambassador to the United States. Comment.

18 months added to Haiti’s protected status

Haiti: United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status for an additional 18 months, Citizenship and Immigration Services reports. Comment.

Get inspired by ‘Destiny’

Books: Check out this new book by T.D. Jakes. Comment.

Ting names Miss Jamaica Universe spokeswoman

It’s a Jamaican Ting! At least that’s how the saying goes for the tasty blend of sweet citrus and grapefruit flavored drink. On Aug. 21, 2015 the wildly known beverage of Jamaica made a splash at Miss Lily’s in Soho. The grapefruit infused beverage is sporting a new face and spokesperson in beauty queen, Kaci Fennell, Miss Jamaica Universe 2014. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Catholic Charities to welcome Pope to America

New York: A seemingly unending procession of Roman Catholics are already queueing up to meet Pope Franciswhen he visits the United States for the first time. Comment.

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Caribbean Life journalist to be honored Sunday

Brooklyn: Journalists from the Unites States and Guyana will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Second Annual H.U.G.E Guyana Day, to be held at the Amphitheatre of Brooklyn Arts Center, on 8024 Preston Ct.(between Ralph Avenue and E. 83rd Street. Gates open at 11am. Comment.

T&T Film Festival a ticket to the Caribbean

Movies: Trinidad and Tobago will be the “destination of choice” for movie and film enthusiasts in the month of September as the twin-island republic hosts its annual film festival, the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company says. Comment.

200 take in Energie Nouvelle

Haiti: Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkelaba House was abuzz, packed with more than 200 people last Sunday celebrating the month-long exhibition Energie Nouvelle–New Energy. The works of 53 artists-solely of Haitian descent, almost 100 pieces, are on exhibit including traditional, realistic, cubist, and abstract paintings. Watercolors to spray paint, collages, sculptures, and black and white images by four photographers are on display. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Miss Grenada Independence putting animals first

Arts & Theater: The newsest Miss Grenada Independence has a soft spot for furry creatures. Comment.

Guyana gold rush

Guyana: The United States authorities tell Guyana about massive gold scam racket. Comment.

Women’s equality 95 years later

Viewpoints: On Aug. 26, 1920 the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, became part of the United States Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration, and a tremendous “thank you” to those brave women who faced ridicule, beatings, starvation, torture and false imprisonment so that women today could exercise their right to cast a ballot. Yet 95 years later, equality continues to elude many women. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Third World performs in Prospect Park

Music: Jamaicans and reggae fans were special guests at a free, outdoor party in Brooklyn that celebrated two milestone events — the 42nd anniversary of super, reggae group, Third World, and the 53rd anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Comment.

Bob Marley’s sons and grandson will ‘Catch A Fire’ In Central Park

Music: Heirs of Bob Marley claim they intend to “Catch A Fire” in Central Park on Aug. 30 when two generations continue the 13-date tour named from the 1973 release of the iconic album. Comment.

Free screenings at Kingsbrook

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is opening up its main courtyard to the public Saturday, Aug. 29 with a myriad of screenings, health, wellness education, and information stations for specialty services. Comment.

Karma Carnival presents La Chaleur du Moment – Fire, Ice Edition

Fashion: With some of its founders from partially patois-speaking St. Lucia — others are from Trinidad and Tobago — Karma Carnival will this Labor Day present “La Chaleur du Moment — Fire and Ice Edition.” Comment.

Caribbean Cup semifinals set

Brooklyn: The semifinal round in the New York Caribbean Cup, playing at Jefferson Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn, gets under way on Sunday, Aug. 30. Comment.

Fraser-Pryce, Bolt take 100-meter

Jamaica: Jamaica’s sprint dominance continued on Sunday. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

WIADCA partners with Irie Jam Media

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has partnered with Queens, NY based Irie Jam Media to produce and provide live coverage of the 48th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Celebrations from Sept. 3 to 7, 2015. Comment.

Small town slacker marked for death by govt

Movies: At first blush, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) looks like your prototypical slacker with not much of a future. The small town stoner is very content to fritter away his life behind the counter of the local convenience store, so long as he can go home and get high with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), after work every day. Comment.