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Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Jamaicans angry with British prime minister

Jamaica: The fallout from last week’s visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to Jamaica continued this week with a flaming row over whether Jamaican authorities had in fact agreed to allow Britain to dump hundreds of Jamaican convicts serving time in British jails into a facility to be built on the island specifically for that purpose. Comment.

UN officials ‘shocked’ by ex-Antiguan diplomat arrest

Antigua: Top United Nations officials say they are “shocked” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the “very serious allegations” announced by United States’ federal prosecutors against Dr. John Ashe, a former president of the UN General Assembly and erstwhile Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN. Comment.

Vinette Pryce - catches you ‘Inside Caribbean Life’

Jamaica: At the helm of all things Caribbean, logging stories from politics to entertainment, is veteran beat reporter Vinette Pryce. Joining Caribbean Life at its inception, Pryce has delivered insightful pieces from her coverage of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Jamaica to interviewing Fidel Castro at Columbia University, to name just a few. Comment.

Clueless Kevin stars in GOP sideshow

Viewpoints: So, the ink wasn’t yet dry on what we had to say last week about the alleged speaker-in-waiting, Kevin McCarthy, and GOP stewardship in the House probably becoming even more dysfunctional than under John Boehner, when…along comes McCarthy unloading a mouthful about the sleaze tactics that constitute top-priority strategizing among the party hierarchy. Comment.


Arts & Theater: The 12th Annual Fall for Dance Festival is in full swing. The first performance of the five program festival was on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The festival runs to Oct. 11 with the final performance of program five, which ends the festival for this year. The programs are rich as always. This year’s festival presents 20 international dance companies and artists. Comment.

Old Master is new to you: Exhibit spotlights the ‘Missing Impressionsit’

It is time for this artist to make an impression! Comment.

Kam Williams - a film critic worth reading

Movies: Churning out 10 to 12 articles a week, boasting an impressive list of celebrities he has held conversations with, and one of the few black reviewers on popular site Rotten Tomatoes, Kam Williams’ career as a film reporter happened seemingly by accident. Comment.

Paul Clement — Grenadian political scientist

Grenada: Paul C. Clement is an associate professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York (SUNY). Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Nelson King: Caribbean Life freelancer since 1990

St Vincent: Nelson King began putting pen to paper for Caribbean Life newspaper while wrapping his senior year at Brooklyn College, pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and Journalism, back in 1990. Comment.

Grenadian group effects change ‘back home’

Grenada: There is a wealth of women’s organizations aiming to pull women together in the name of sisterhood and empowerment. On college campuses, women have many organizations to choose from whether it is within a sorority, student union, faith based or Caribbean based organization. Comment.

Borough Hall celebrates Latino heritage

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, the first borough-wide Latina official, last Tuesday welcomed hundreds of Brooklynites to Brooklyn Borough Hall for a celebration of the borough’s Latino heritage. Comment.

Tropical Paradise is a dream personified

Brooklyn: Caribbean restaurants poulate Brooklyn. The mom-and-pop eateries run the streets, opening two to three flagship locations across the borough but none have expanded their resume quite like Tropical Paradise. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Antigua, Malta to advance the interests of SIDS

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda and Malta have pledged to work together in advancing the interests of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York. Comment.

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Elderly honored at Yesterday’s Children Tribute

Trinidad and Tobago: A salute to Yesterday’s Children is about love, honor, obedience, gratitude and unity- qualities that were certainly expressed on Sept. 20, when five elderly women were treated to an evening of elegance at the New Hope Empowerment Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

FIFA bans Jack Warner for life

Trinidad and Tobago: FIFA, soccer’s world governing body for the sport has banned its former vice-President Jack Warner for life last Tuesday for “many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official,” FIFA’s ethics committee said. Comment.

West Indies head coach awaits his fate

Sports: Suspended West Indies head coach Trinidadian Phil Simmons will know his fate next week after he meets with a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) human resource panel to discuss controversial comments he made about the selection of the West Indies team to tour Sri Lanka later this month. Comment.

The party’s over for U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30, 2015 (IPS) - The Pope has left the U.N. and the traffic in Manhattan is back to normal. The hoard of government delegations, NGOs and civil society representatives are packing up and the press is moving on. The party’s over for the Sustainable Development Goals. Comment.

Grammy-winning rapper’s reunion with long-lost dad

Che “Rhymefest” Smith is among the handful of rappers who have actually managed to make it in the music industry. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that the Grammy-winning artist also overcame a challenging childhood, having been raised on the rough South Side of Chicago by a single-mom who’d given birth to him while still in her early teens. Comment.

Francine Chin is taking over Internet radio

Jamaica: We are spoon-fed that radio, newspapers, magazines and eventually television, are dying. Many pioneers have left their perches in search of either joining the new wave in the digital realm or reminiscing on the good ol’ days. Comment.

George Irish embraces diverse fields

Montserrat: The community work of Montserratian Dr. George Irish, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, embraces diverse fields. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Cameron provides Caribbean aid, rejects slavery reparations

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday rejected the Caribbean’s push for slavery reparations during his first official visit to Jamaica, a once-profitable British colony that became independent just over 50 years ago. Comment.

Antigua takes WTO dispute to UN

Antigua: Declaring that rich and powerful nations must help developing countries, such as those in the Caribbean, grow, instead of putting obstacles in their way, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has taken the country’s ongoing dispute with the United States over online gambling to the United Nations. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

Guyanese call for peaceful resolution to border conflict

Venezuela: More that 300 Guyanese held a peaceful demonstration on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, calling for a peaceful resolution to the fight for the South American country’s mineral rich Essequibo Region that Venezuela has laid claim to 116 years ago. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will settle the country’s longstanding debt to the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. Comment.

A Bartlett ‘Weekend to Remember’

Music: The Bartlett Contemporaries band kicked off their 50th year in music with a “Weekend to Remember.” The festive three-day event co-sponsored by The Thomas White Jr. Foundation, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Great Women In Music and York College was held in Queens, NY and ran Sept. 11-13, 2015. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Big Stone Gap (PG-13 for brief suggestive material) Romantic comedy, set in Appalachia in 1978, revolving around a shy and retiring spinster (Ashley Judd) who finds herself being courted by several suitors when a surprising secret about her long-lost father surfaces. Ensemble cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, John Benjamin Hickey and Jenna Elfman. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

PowerUP Kreyol awards Haitian small businesses

Haiti: Haitian business owners and startups were presented with a unique opportunity through the Brooklyn Public Library’s inaugural PowerUP! Kreyol business plan competition in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Comment.


Music: Roy Hargrove RH Factor headlined the 9th Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba 2015. Roy Hargrove is a two-time Grammy award winner, and the leader of three separate bands, a straight ahead jazz quintet, a big band, and his Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Jazz Fusion Band, RH Factor. Comment.


St Vincent: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, will always be a special day in my life and in the lives of my immediate family, other family members and friends — it was the day that I, this writer, along with my college soccer teammates, was inducted into the SIUE Soccer Hall of Fame. Comment.

Jamaica’s PM praise athletes

Sports: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has hailed the country’s athletes for their performance at the recent IAAF’s World Championships, describing them as inspirations to the entire nation. Comment.

‘Brick’ Ferguson seeks playoffs

Sports: If a football ‘buff’ asks a question who holds the record of second most regular season games started since being drafted by the New York Jets in 2005 the answer would be D’Brickashaw Ferguson In fact, ‘Brick’ is in second place in the National Football League and is runner-up to the New York Giants’ Eli Manning for consecutive starts in the league. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Guyana wants protection from foreign aggression

Venezuela: Reaffirming his country’s commitment to international law and the primacy of the decisions of the United Nations, the President of Guyana, David Granger, on Tuesday called on the world body to stand by its commitment to protect small states from foreign aggression. Comment.


The Caribbean Reparations movement did not lose a moment this week by jumping on the back of visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron demanding that one of the largest Trans Atlantic slave trading nations prepares itself to pay millions in compensation to the region. Comment.

Outrage over ‘racist’ ad on mayor

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “racist” an advertisement by a Charter group attacking Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City public district schools. Comment.

In Boehner-less Congress, same old deal

Viewpoints: As if we lacked for affirmation of what has already been so crystal clear, announcement of the upcoming resignation of House Speaker John Boehner gave us a jumbo-screen projection of the extent of extremist, recklessness-driven control that embodies the Republican Party. Comment.

Grandchamps Kitchen gives a taste of Haiti

Food: Feed your rumbling bellies with a strong semse of community in Bedstuy’s newest restaurant: Grandchamps. Comment.


Fashion: Runway shows aren’t always so cookie cutter or rest on a surface stitch level. With New York Fashion Week already etched in our minds as a good memory, the Grenadian American Young Women’s Association is inviting us to revel in good fashion for an inspiring cause. Comment.

Brooklyn heats up with chile pepper festival

Brooklyn: Brooklyn heats up with chile peppers Brooklynites who like their foods hot and spicy flocked to the 23rd Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Chile Festival and sampled “the spicy” poured or dipped onto corn or plantain chips. Tongues tingled and mouths sometimes burned. Comment.