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Monday, Feb. 8, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is condemning recent violence in Haiti which has delayed the country’s presidential run-off and is calling on all stakeholders to resolve the political crisis. Comment.

Jamaica’s tourism on the upswing

Jamaica: Jamaica is fast becoming one of the elite destinations in the Caribbean as over the past two years there were about 3.5 million visitors — two million stopover visitors and 1.5 million from cruise ships annually, more than the population of 2.5 million. Comment.

Web TV host to receive award for excellence

Guyana: Conversations With Selwyn (CWS) is an inspiring Web TV program that has taken over the Internet with ingenious narration, and a captive audience that has tuned-in for the last four years. Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Political commitment needed in the Caribbean to fight Zika virus: PAHO

Health: The Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Dr. Carissa Etienne has called for political commitment and more resources are urgently fight the spread of Zika in the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment.

Bichotte hails paid family leave bill

New York: Brooklyn Assembly woman Rodneyse Bichotte has hailed the State Assembly’s passage of legislation that would provide a key benefit for New York workers — paid family leave (A.3870A). Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Unrated) Romantic comedy revolving around the love which blossoms between an Asian-American (Jamie Chung) visiting Hong Kong for the very first time and the white guy (Bryan Greenberg) giving her a tour of the city. With Sarah Lian, Jaeden Cheng and Richard Ng. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Haitian artists connect during conference

Music: Home is where the heart is. For first and second generation Caribbean Americans, that “home” they long for — that of their parents or grandparent’s home country — is felt through their celebration of their culture whether through playing mas, enjoying the food, and speaking the language. Comment.

The Saudicka Diaram TV show to debut in the USA

People: The Saudicka Diaram Show (SDS), a weekly entertainment and lifestyle talk show in Jamaica has inked a deal with Caribbean International Network (CIN-TV). CIN TV is a television channel in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut) watched by more than half-a-million Caribbean nationals on channels 73 and Verizon Fios 26. The SDS, will premier in the tri-state on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 1:30 pm and 6 pm. Comment.

Malcolm X – Muslim leader, human rights activist

People: Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Grenadian-born mother, Louise Norton Little, who was a homemaker occupied with the family’s eight children. Comment.

Trinidadian activist Stokely Carmichael

People: Trinidadian-American Black activist, Stokely Carmichael, also known as Kwame Ture, was very active in the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Adams leads coalition for ‘Freedom Ticket’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Friday led a coalition of local elected officials in calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) to initiate a pilot program for the proposed “Freedom Ticket.” Comment.

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Red Force wins Nagico Super 50 title

Sports: The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force cricket team won their second successive Nagico Super 50 title recently when they defeated Barbados Pride by 72 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad. Comment.

‘Selector A’ loves romance!

Music: “Reggae Loves Romance!” leaves no doubt that it is an Alfa male driven album. From its first track to the last, it is all about male ego honing or reeling in, a prospective or particular woman. Once again Eisaku “Selector A” Yamaguchi has done it. Comments (1).

Julian Bond’s commitment to making waves

People: From a youthful age, there resided in Julian Bond such a burning passion for revolutionary change in the socially unjust climate into which he was born, it was perhaps inevitable that activism, protest and controversy would be readily linked to the Bond persona for all of his adult life. Comment.

Brooklyn Libraries boast diverse Black History Month calendar

People: Guess who’s coming to Brooklyn for Black History Month? According to spokespersons for the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), there will be a diverse array of visual artists, novelists, musicians, dancers and scholars headed to the borough and its 60 branches in celebration of Black History Month. Comment.

‘The Iron Lady of the Caribbean’

Dominica: Dame Mary Eugenia Charles: May 15, 1919 – Sept. 6, 2005 For championing the United States’ invasion of Grenada after the assassination of its Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, and for her “strongly opinionated, uncompromising leadership style,” Dame Mary Eugenia Charles was called “The Iron Lady of the Caribbean,” according to the Dominica Academy of Arts and Sciences (DAAS), which honored her posthumously in February 2010 Comment.

Marian Anderson, a voice that broke barriers

People: The flat refusal a young Marian Anderson got from the Philadelphia Music Academy (later becoming University of the Arts) when she tried enrolling there, was presumably not the only time a person of color was rebuffed because the school was segregated. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

A time to reflect on our nation’s history

Viewpoints: For over 35 years, February has served as Black History Month. As a nation, we celebrate the accomplishments of influential people of color such as Harriet Tubman, who worked tirelessly leading slaves to freedom using the Underground Railroad, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought against racial intolerance and segregation. Comment.

Appeals for calm over Haiti’s delayed election

Haiti: Expressing strong concern regarding the indefinite postponement of the final round of elections in Haiti – scheduled for Dec. 27 but postponed, for the second time, to Jan. 24 – the United Nations Security Council has reiterated its condemnation of any attempt to destabilize the electoral process. Comment.

2 billion couples and 10 relationship challenges

Viewpoints: Joseph Chamie is an independent consulting demographer and a former director of the United Nations Population Division. NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 (IPS) - The relationship challenges that the world’s 2 billion couples confront vary considerably by circumstances, including age, sex, education, income, marital status, family size, length of relationship, urban-rural residence, customs, religion and region of the world. Nevertheless, 10 major challenges among married and cohabiting couples may be identified across countries. Comment.

SUNY offers scholarships in memory of Carey Gabay

People: The name Carey Gabay will not soon be forgotten by qualified students seeking aid in order to gain entry into a State University of New York. Comment.

Turkey sets eyes on the Caribbean

Caribbean: Turkey says it wants to broaden its political and trade relationships with Latin America and the Caribbean. Comment.

Young activist collects #1000BlackGirlBooks

Books: At 11-years-old, what was your biggest concern in school? Figuring out what was for lunch or perhaps counting the hours of the day until recess and then dismissal? Comment.

Ajamu performs in Brooklyn

Music: The approximately 100,000 Grenadian-Americans in New York City and the surrounding tri-state area, would be joined by Grenada’s reigning, most-crowned Calypso Monarch, King Ajamu, along with the reigning Road March King, Synnah and former National and Diaspora crown-holders, Inspector, Val Adams and Zingo, at the 42nd Independence Anniversary Cocktail, Show, Dance and Awards Ceremony, to be held at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, at 8 pm on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Comment.

COSTA RICA GETS THE NOD

Sports: The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) today announced that Costa Rica will host the CONCACAF Futsal Championship 2016, to be played May 8-15 in San Jose. In confirming the site of the Championship, CONCACAF also announced the official draw, scheduled for March 16. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Carson’s gambit, another mission impossible

Viewpoints: Those of us given to extremes of cynicism may well have flirted with the premise that some grand Republican scheme has been behind this freakish recurrence in recent presidential election cycles of an African American presence among the party’s so-called serious contenders for the nomination. Comment.

Appeal to aid ailing former SVG soccer star

Sports: Several St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national sports stars, sporting organizations, friends and supporters in New York are appealing for financial support for ailing former national football (soccer) star Keith “Slick” Clark. Comments (1).

Father and warrior protect baby monster

Movies: Directed by Raman Hui (Shrek the Third), “Monster Hunt” was released across Asia last summer where it became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. The version I watched was dubbed into English, which served to turn the martial arts / comedy mash-up into a decidedly campy affair. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Art in DUMBO features First Thursday Gallery Walk

Arts & Theater: Art in DUMBO has announced DUMBO’s its First Thursday Gallery Walk, scheduled to take place Feb. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring exhibition openings and other special events. Comment.

Carnival, there’s an app for that

Trinidad and Tobago: Revelers, are you ready for carnival? One service is making carnival playing simple, right down to providing links to event tickets and where to find costumes. Comment.

Brazil’s Olympic faces Zika V bug challenge

Health: Going forward to May, 3 when the Olympic torch leaves Rio de Janeiro for a nationwide relay race through 26 states in Brazil in promotion of the biggest summer sporting games on the planet, one of the biggest hazards to competition could be the Zika virus. Comment.

House of D’Marsh for NY Fashion Week

Fashion: Jamaican-born fashion designer Glenroy Marsh of The House of D’Marsh is adding the finishing touches to his elegant La Vie du Noir Fall 2016 collection for New York Fashion Week in Manhattan. Comment.

Adams celebrates success of Brooklyn students

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday, Jan. 27 celebrated the victory of local district school students in his Hour of Code challenge with Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Comment.

‘The Family Tree’ exposes dark secrets

Books: The skeletons in your closet don’t rattle around much anymore. Most of your family has long forgotten the secrets those skeletons represented, while the ones who haven’t forgotten have made sure they’re not discussed. Comment.

Free NYC fitness program keeps locals in shape

People: First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray and New York City Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver announced a record expansion of Shape Up NYC programs to 370 weekly free fitness classes at 225 locations throughout New York City. Comment.

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced that effective April 1, 2016 personal income tax will be abolished in its entirety. Comment.

Zika outbreak reaches Caribbean

Puerto Rico: The sweet call of vacation, sun, and crystal blue water beaches is hard to ignore as New York is covered in snow with matching frigid temperatures. Before logging into your favorite cheap flight website, be sure to check on whether your particular destination is battling the Zika virus. Comment.

Nevis has a date with geothermal energy

St Kitts and Nevis: CHARLESTOWN, St. Kitts and Nevis, Jan. 25, 2016 (IPS) - Legislators on the tiny volcanic island of Nevis in the northern region of the Lesser Antilles say they are on a path to going completely green and have now set a date when they will replace diesel-fired electrical generation with 100 per cent renewable energy. Comment.

Darren Sammy to captain T20 team

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have retained Darren Sammy as captain for the upcoming International Cricket Council (ICC) Twenty20 (T20) tournament in India. Comment.