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Monday, Oct. 3, 2011

Building green schools will help economy grow

Viewpoints: Despite the political banter of Washington, D.C., President Obama offered a bright solution in his jobs speech: school construction. Comment.

Celebrating Dr. Eric Williams’ 100th b-day

Trinidad and Tobago: The brainchild of J. Lystra Collis, congressional liaison to Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY), the commemoration of the 100th birthday of the late Dr. Eric Eustace Williams came to life in Brooklyn recently under the auspices of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) Alliance NA, Inc. Comment.

Ex-Prez Clinton: Green movement needs money

Caribbean: NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Bill Clinton said Tuesday that the success of the alternative energy movement is hampered by a lack of financing. His comments came as world leaders attending his annual philanthropic conference expressed fears about rising seas. Comment.

Fast ferry coming for Carib  travel

Trinidad and Tobago: A fast service ferry from Trinidad and Tobago to the Eastern Caribbean is coming soon. The T&T government has agreed to the establishment of the inter-island service which could offer fares as low as US$10. Comments (1).

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

National Fire Prevention Week begins Oct. 9

Health: As the country marks National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 9-15, the American Red Cross in Greater New York, is urging everyone to help save lives by making sure their home is protected by smoke alarms. Comment.

GOSPEL SENSATIONS!

Music: The multi-award-winning Gospel group Mary Mary, will make an exclusive NYC appearance at Lehman Center on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 7:00 p.m. Comment.

Medical aspects of the religious fast

Health: Many religions throughout the world include fasting as an important and integral part of the religious observance. One consequence of this is often the fasting headache, which is usually diffuse or located in the frontal region. The pain is non-pulsating and of moderate intensity usually starting after 16 hours of fasting and resolves within 72 hours after resumption of food intake. Comment.

Randy Weston gets a music award

Music: By Tequila Minsky Comment.

Overweight, obese Black women at higher risk of death

Health: Live slimmer, live longer. That is at least according to a new study showing a higher risk of death for Black women who are overweight or obese. The study shows that a larger waist size is also associated with a higher risk of death. Comment.

‘unFRAMED’ tells immigrant’s story

Arts & Theater: While most of us would consider ourselves blessed to possess even one artistic talent, there are those rare individuals who are endowed with such a rich and varied array of talents, it’s mind-boggling. Comments (1).

Jazz and Blues Festival in Jamaica

Music: It is probably too early to announce the line-up for next year’s Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival. However, the organizers believe it is not too early to make travel plans for the Jan. 25 to Jan. 29, 2012 date. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

Cops juggle careers and fatherhood

Movies: When Pastor Alex Kendrick read a report back in 2003 alleging that movies had become more of an influence on impressionable young minds than the church, he decided to do something about it. So, along with his brother, Stephen, and fellow pastors Michael Catt and Jim McBride, he co-founded Sherwood Pictures in order to make their own faith-based films. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas police say the island chain has seen a record number of killings this year. Comment.

Guyana designer to be honored

Music: Governor of the United States Virgin Islands, John. P de Jongh, will present Guyana’s lady of fashion Sonia Noel with the Caribbean Fashion Ambassador Award, during a Fashion Week gala on Oct. 9, before a crowd of professionals and celebrities. Comment.

Flavor up with down home cookin’

Food: What do you get when the tastes of Africa, France, Spain and the Caribbean meet up with Southern hospitality? You get the big flavors of Lowcountry cooking - and they are something to be savored. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 1911 (Unrated) Jackie Chan directed and stars in this historical drama recounting the overthrow of the Qing Dynasty which led to the founding of the Republic of China. Cast includes Joan Chen, Bingbing Li, Winston Chao and Jaycee Chan. (In Cantonese with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

Concerns about last-minute withdrawal of Guuyana telecom bill

Guyana: The government is not saying exactly what happened but all everyone by knows is that the highly heralded and long promised bill to open up Guyana’s telecommunications sector to competition and cheaper calling and Internet rates was withdrawn unceremoniously from the order paper on the very last day last week, just minutes before parliament dissolved itself ahead of general elections expected by yearend. Comment.

Garinagu activist to be honored

Guatemala: Guatemalan activist Carlos Gotay will be honored for his continuous efforts for the preservation of Garifuna spirituality during the Fourth Annual Yellow, White, Black Garifuna Settlement Day 2011 Fundraising Gala, scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 19 at The Eastwood Manor, 3371 Eastchester Rd. in The Bronx. Comments (1).

Real value in today’s changing world

New York: According to FoxNews.com, “the unemployment situation across America is bad, no doubt. But, for African-Americans in some cities, this is not the great recession. It’s the Great Depression.” In a time when many people of color are considering a career change, the global financial and professional services firm, Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL), welcomes seasoned professionals to consider a career in commercial real estate. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011

Guyana no narco state-government

Guyana: Guyana’s government Monday said that the country’s exclusion from a global list of nations classified as narco states by the U.S. means that its fight against the scourge is being recognized -- at least so it thinks. Comment.

Conference on Caribbean Studies at Rutgers

New Jersey: From a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist to the son of a legendary, South African anti-apartheid activist, a diverse group of scholars, activists and writers from around the world are coming to Rutgers this week for a major conference on Caribbean Studies. Comment.

Antigua supports Palestinian statehood

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer on Sept. 21 announced that his government has formally recognized the State of Palestine as an independent sovereign State. Comment.

How neighborhoods may create crime-free, drug-free  programs

Brooklyn: Are you worried about neighborhood crime? It seems like crimes are on the front page of every newspaper almost every day. Whether you live in an urban environment, an isolated rural home, or a new subdivision, crime can happen in your neighborhood. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011

Livery owners oppose new car service bill

Viewpoints: In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that he would seek to bring street-hail car service to borough residents. While we support the mayor’s goal, the resulting bill soon to be before Governor Cuomo will result in discrimination against the minority riding public and higher costs per ride. Therefore, we urge the governor to veto the bill. Comment.

Jamaica’s PM to step down

Sports: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s governing party announced Sunday that Prime Minister Bruce Golding will step down as leader in the coming weeks, possibly averting a rebellion from ruling party members that could have led to his ouster. Comment.

In search of fast bowlers

Sports: West Indies Coach Ottis Gibson says the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will spare no effort in developing a new generation of fast bowlers. Comment.

Red Bulls secures play-off spot

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (8-7-15, 36 pts.) defeated the Portland Timbers, 2-0, at Red Bull Arena last Saturday night. The win gave New York sole possession of the last wild card playoff spot with still four games to play. Both teams were deadlocked on points for this final berth. Comment.

Obama tells Blacks to ‘stop complainin’ and fight

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and “put on your marching shoes” to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity. Comment.

T&T Black Power uprising forum

Trinidad and Tobago: The factors that gave rise to the Black Power unrest in Trinidad and Tobago in 1970, which for months posed a serious threat to the country’s stability, will be examined in a panel discussion to be sponsored by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute, in conjunction with the School of Professional & Community Development of Medgar Evers College, Friday evening, Oct. 14 at the Medgar Evers campus in Brooklyn. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 26, 2011

Brooklyn Book Festival, another success

Books: For people who love the written word, the day was perfection. By 1:00 p.m., on Sunday, Sept. 18, the sun had burned off the morning pre-fall chill as Brooklynites and other booklovers ambled among paths outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.

DJ Lady Ann’s new single

Music: Barbara Smith, aka Lady Ann who rose to prominence in Jamaica in the 80’s with the big dancehall hit “Informer” is back on the hit trail with her new single “Don’t You Burn.” Comment.

A saltute to ‘Yesterday’s Children’

Trinidad and Tobago: A spirited 100-year-old woman was among the three honorees celebrated at a festive community event called: A Salute to Yesterday’s Children. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

New York: CIBS, Council Member Albert Vann & the Brooklyn Community Foundation presents the Bedford-Stuyvesant Food & Family Day offering free workshops on how to cook & eat healthy on a budget, farmers’ markets & green grocers; basic gardening & composting tips & more, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Restoration Plaza. For information, visit www.cibsbedstuy.org/events/food-summit. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011

Tribute to Morehouse

Music: The Maroon & White Fund, a 501(c)(3) support organization, will host a national tribute to the Morehouse College Glee Club’s “100 Years in Song” with a weekend celebration from Oct. 1-2 in New York. Comment.

Florida’s newest top cop a Jamaican

Jamaica: Newly-sworn police chief of Lauderhill, Florida Andrew Smalling may be able to prove that there are at least two sides to every story. Comment.

ALL IN A ‘BOX’

Arts & Theater: On Thursday, Sept. 15, to a standing room only crowd at the Midtown Theater in Manhattan the theatrical production BOX had a magnanimous opening night. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011

Godfather of Rap gets his due

Movies: Clarence Reid is a legendary songwriter who wrote R&B hits back in the Sixties and Seventies for everyone from Sam & Dave to KC & the Sunshine Band. What many people don’t know, however, is that he also donned a flamboyant costume, periodically, to perform raunchy rap tunes as his irreverent alter ego, Blowfly. Comment.

New date for dedication of MLK Memorial

People: The Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation’s leadership announced Friday that the ceremonial dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial will now be held on Sunday, Oct. 16. Comment.

Don’t let Hepatitis C stay hidden

People: Have you seen the yellow Cs in New York City over the past week and wondered what they are all about? Comment.

Friday, Sept. 23, 2011

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The organizers of the world’s marquee tourism awards program have praised Caribbean destinations for attracting higher visitor arrivals despite the economic difficulties in key source markets in Europe and North America. Comment.

Family Taco night with a twist

Food: Nothing brings the family together quite like taco night. So why not make it extra special by putting a taco twist on some other family favorites to make an easy, fun meal the whole family will love? Comment.

Herbal supplements and your health

Health: Herbal remedies have been around for thousands of years and used by people in every country on every continent. As an example, curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, the spice used in curry, so popular in India was reported at a recent meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology to possibly be able to reduce the incidence of diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile in hospitalized patients. Commonly referred to as C. difficile, this germ produces a toxin (poison) that has been shown to be the cause of many cases of severe life-threatening diarrhea. Comment.

Tips to reduce work-related aches, pains

Health: No matter where you work, chances are you’ve come home after a long day with some aches and pains -- even if you spend most of your time at a desk, work station or behind the wheel. Comment.

‘Menthol Effect’ keeps minorities hooked

Health: You try and try, and then try again, but you can’t quit smoking. Well, there may be a good reason for it. Especially if you smoke menthol cigarettes. Comment.

Chinese delegation signs grants with Jamaica

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Chinese vice premier and a 60-member delegation arrived in Jamaica’s capital Monday to sign two grants to boost the island’s development as the Asian economic giant steps up its investments across the Caribbean. Comment.

China promises more aid to Caribbean

Jamaica: China’s Vice-Premier Wang Qishan has unveiled a several measures including a $1 billion loan to regional governments, aimed at deepening cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Caribbean. Comment.

Caribbean American Center of N.Y. invites you!

New York: What: Annual Youth Meet & Greet Comment.

Program to prepare ex-convicts for the work force

Prior to volunteering with the Community Service Society of New York’s (CSS) Record Repair Counseling (RRC) program, Deborah Williams worked for the New York City Department of Social Services. She recalled coming across many people who were denied employment because of their conviction history, even if it included only minor violations. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Belize mourns death its first PM

Belize’s Prime Minister Dean Barrow has declared a week of mourning in honor of George Price, the country’s first prime minister, who died at hospital on Sept. 19 and will be buried on Sept. 26. Comment.

Tournament semis bring out talent

Sports: It was the 4th of July fireworks all over again in Brooklyn on Sept. 10, as the semi-finals of the Tropical Limousine Service Basketball Tournament by Marlon Whatley continued after being delayed for two weeks because of hurricane Irene and the Labor Day Weekend. Comments (1).

TAYLOR WINS ICC TITLE

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Stafanie Taylor has been awarded the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Year title for 2011. Comment.

Jamaica readies for general eleeections

Jamaica: General elections aren’t due in Jamaica until the end of next year but the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is girding its political loins and rallying its bases in a bid to prevent the administration of Prime Minister Bruce Golding riding out one of the toughest first terms a Caribbean government has experienced in recent decades. Comment.

Red Bulls break winless streak

Sports: The New York Red Bulls (7-6-15, 36 pts.) snapped an eight-game winless streak on Saturday night when Luke Rodgers scored to give the New Yorkers a 1-0 win against host FC Dallas at Pizza Hut Park. New York has a chance to slip into the MLS playoffs as it currently holds the last wild-card spot. Comment.

‘Travel and Leisure’ showcases St. Croix

Arts & Theater: St. Croix, a tropical paradise in the United States Virgin Islands, was the featured destination at the first Travel and Leisure Global Bazaar held at the Park Avenue Armory, in NYC, to celebrate the magazine’s 40th anniversary. Comment.

McFarlane continues his distance running

Sports: James McFarlane covered a five-mile road race through the streets of Bay Ridge in a time of 36:06.69, which earned him 38th place overall. The occasion marked the 23rd annual Police Officer Chris Hoban Memorial Run, whose course was not far from the New York City Marathon. Comment.

Enriching lives of older women

Books: Older women were given their due on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona when Elder Betty Dopson lathered them with praise, encouragement and helpful hints for enriching their lives. Comment.

Affordable housing for Richmond Hill

Queens: The Arker Companies, a developer of affordable housing in the New York City metropolitan area, broke ground Sept. 7 on new construction of two adjacent housing complexes in Richmond Hill, Queens. The developments will deliver a 182 units of first-rate, affordable housing for area residents. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011

Obama’s health care cuts spread the pain

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — Health care savings in President Barack Obama’s deficit-reduction plan would squeeze future Medicare recipients, cut payments to drug companies and hospitals, and shift costs to states. Comment.

Historic U.S. charter flights to Cuba

Cuba: The first charter flight to Cuba in decades took off at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 17, after a spray of water christened its 1:00 p.m. departure. Comment.

Jamaican alumni fund needy students

Jamaica: As school gets ready to reopen for the 2011-2012 school year and students and their parents do the back to school juggling act, there is an organization of past students who are committed to providing assistance to those less fortunate from their Kingston-based alma mater, St. Aloysius Primary School located on Duke Street. Comment.

Row over rights continues in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Amidst continuing expressions of concern about the abuse of rights and freedoms during Trinidad’s ongoing state of emergency, the head of the country’s judiciary has found it necessary to remind police and soldiers that rights guaranteed under the island’s constitution are still in force. Comment.

‘The Peacock Elite’

Books: Major Owens does it again with “The Peacock Elite: A Case Study of the Congressional Black Caucus.” Comments (2).

US should ratify the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011

Caribbean artistes showcase their talent

Music: The Caribbean Cultural Conference which began on Sept. 21 ends today with an artist showcase at Webster Hall at 6:30 p.m. Webster Hall is located at 125 East 11th St. in Manhattan. Comment.

Kemar Roach must not be undermined

Sports: West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has proven his qualities as a bowler and his place in the final 11 should not have been undermined. Roach was not chosen to play in the Test series against India in the Caribbean. While Ravi Rampaul and Fidel Edwards were chosen in the Test series and deserved their places in the team, Roach should have been selected. Comment.

A jobs crisis we can solve

National: President Obama is proposing important steps toward doing what Americans have been asking for since the financial collapse of 2008—putting a focus on families and jobs. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz at Lincoln Center announced its Opening Night Concert with Jimmy Heath & Jon Henricks leading their own bands for an evening of swing standards along with many special guest appearances, 8:00 p.m. at the Rose Theater at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St., N.Y. For ticket information, call CenterCharge at (212) 721-6500 or purchase tickets at the Lincoln Center box office. Comment.

LIAT claims unfair competition

Trinidad and Tobago: Regional airline LIAT, headquartered in Antigua is taking its case against the Trinidad and Tobago-owned Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) claiming unfair competition. Comment.

Cosby to address Medgar Evers

Brooklyn: World renowned comedian, author, activist, and actor Dr. Bill Cosby will deliver the keynote address at Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York’s Founders, Visionaries and Alumni Dinner on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 19, 2011

African beauty crowned Miss Universe

Arts & Theater: Who is the most beautiful woman in the universe? Comment.

Reggae’s ‘M’ patriarch busted

Music: One of reggae’s most popular family patriarchs was reportedly nabbed for drug-related crimes recently. Reportedly, on Sept. 14, 66-year-old Denroy Morgan was arrested and charged in the Bronx for criminal possession of marijuana after cops stopped him for running a stop sign. Comment.

Tyler Perry tops Forbes list

Movies: Who knew that a young-man dressed up to look like a female, senior citizen could reap a financial windfall from the public? Tyler Perry must have. The funny, writer who said his mother’s behavior inspired him to portray a character named Madea band actor beat out movie actors Leonardo DiCaprio director Stephen Spielberg, musician Elton John, radio personality Howard Stern, British television producer Simon Cowell and others to be named the highest paid male entertainer in Hollywood by Forbes Magazine. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011

SWEET CREOLE MUSIC

Music: On the heels of their blazing performance in the popular city-wide ¡Sí Cuba! Festival last spring, Symphony Space continues its celebration of Latino culture with this season’s only New York appearance of the Creole Choir of Cuba on Saturday, Oct. 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Peter Jay Sharp Theatre. Comment.

Great family fun for the community

Brooklyn: Citizens for A Better Community celebrated its funfilled 11th annual Family Day on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Paerdegat Park. Great weather, delicious free food and drinks. Sports, rides, clowns, ponies, talent show and live entertainment made the day! Music provided by DJ Madd Fyre and Sweet Sounds Matthew. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 16, 2011

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Teacher (Unrated) Matt Damon narrates this reverential documentary which pays tribute to the country’s 3.2 million teachers by profiling the careers of a quartet of dedicated educators. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: A Bird in the Air (Unrated) Romance drama about a freewheeling librarian (Rachel Nichols) who helps an uptight loner (Jackson Hurst) locate the owner of the loquacious parrot that flew into his trailer home. With Buck Henry, Judith Ivey, Linda Emond and Anjanette Comer. Comment.

Tips for reducing low back pain

Health: Have an aching back? You’re not alone. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida Wifredo Ferrer has announced the creation of a Florida/Caribbean Basin Initiative aimed at combating and deterring the drug trafficking in the region. Comment.

Eyecare helps avoid future health problems

Health: Did you know that everyone needs a regular eye exam—even someone who doesn’t wear glasses? Comment.

Necessity is the mother of invention

Health: History points to Plato, student of Socrates, and teacher of Aristotle as the first written source of the idea that “Necessity is the Mother of Invention”. The more people that suffer with a particular problem, the greater becomes the necessity to find a solution to that problem. Comment.

Soderbergh’s apocalyptic adventure

Movies: A decade ago, Steven Soderbergh won an Academy Award for Traffic, a multi-layered potboiler highlighting the hypocrisy and corruption permeating political bureaucracies entrusted with waging the war on drugs. With “Contagion,” the iconoclastic director has fashioned another international mindbender, although the focus this go-round is on the medical community’s attempt to allay the public’s fears about a fictional outbreak of a deadly virus bubbling into a global pandemic. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011

WIPA files $20M lawsuit against WICB

Sports: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the West Indies Cricket Board and a high court judge has ordered the board to respond within six weeks. Comment.

Guyana Government guilty of encouraging dealers- WikiLeaks

Guyana: As was the case three years ago when his name surfaced as one of the main cabinet links between government and the narco underworld, Guyana Health Minister Leslie Ramsammy has once again felt the need to defend himself against some very damaging information emerging from cables published by the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks in the past week. Comment.

Bloomberg beer summit quip gets a thumbs down

People: It takes more than a pint of beer to resolve the endemic posturing by cops that rile Blacks in New York City when it comes to dealing with certain members of the New York Police Department. Comment.

Carnival head strongly condemns violence

Arts & Theater: The Trinidadian-born president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association, Inc. (WIADCA) has strongly condemned the violence that took place over the Labor Day weekend, marring the carnival parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment.

West Harlem Group Assistance celebrates 40 years 

Bronx: Harlem luminaries will shine on Thursday, Sept. 22, when West Harlem Group Assistance (WHGA), one of Harlem’s first community development corporations, celebrates its 40th anniversary at Aaron Davis Hall. Comment.

Jazz fest features great line-up

Music: Houston Person, the tenor saxophonist, who is best known for his mastery of hard bop, has played every musical genre from gospel to disco and R&B to pop, with even some blues thrown in. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2011

UP THE CHARTS

Music: Soca and Reggae singing sensation Charmaine Blackman is no stranger to the Guyana music scene. For more than 20 years, the music diva has heated up the stage in the Caribbean at sold-out concerts, and topped the charts around the world with her infectious lyrics and tantalizing music videos. Comments (1).

An open letter to Governor Cuomo

Viewpoints: “Give me your tired, your poor, Comment.

Antigua ahead in qualifiers

Sports: The first pair of games among the five matches for each team in the second round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying is completed and El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, Panama, Canada, Guatemala and Antigua and Barbuda all registered maximum six points from their two matches so far in matches on Friday, Sept. 2 and Tuesday, Sept. 6. Comment.

WILLIAMS DEFEATED

Sports: Samantha Stosur made her debut in the women’s singles final of the United States Open Tennis Tournament a tremendous success while Serena Williams’ appearance proved to be quite a disappointment. Comment.

WIPA to sue for loss of earnings

Sports: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) is taking legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), seeking at least US$20 million in damages for players’ loss of earnings as well as compensation due to breaches of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Comment.

Monday, Sept. 12, 2011

Black Revolution of the Sixties revisited

Movies: During the Black Power Movement back in the Sixties and Seventies, most folks only got to know its leaders mostly by way of sound bites disseminated by the mass media. Whether it was Stokely Carmichael’s demand “We want black power!” or H. Rap Brown’s appeal for riots via “Burn baby burn!” or Eldridge Cleaver’s assertion that “You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution,” the icons were mostly reduced to incendiary slogans for the purposes of entertainment masquerading as news. Comment.

S. Korea to revel with JA in 2012

Jamaica: In addition to cheering Jamaica to a fourth place finish at the recent World Athletics Championship games in Daegu, South Korea, Olivia Grange, the island’s parliamentarian charged with youth, sports and culture met with elected officials there to discuss next year’s 50th anniversary of independence celebrations. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011

Back to the past? Hell no, we won’t go!

Viewpoints: Three decades ago when I was arts & entertainment editor at the city’s only Black daily newspaper, I happened onto a front page story that carried a banner I felt unfairly attributed a crime to the West Indian Day carnival festivity on Labor Day. Comments (1).

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3 (Unrated) Midlife crisis drama, set in Berlin, about a philandering husband (Sebastian Schipper) and wife (Sophie Rois) who renew their vows in a ceremony after 20 years of marriage, unaware that they are both carrying on a steamy love affair with the very same man (Devid Striesow). Directed by Tom Twyker (Run Lola Run), and with Angela Winkler, Alexander Horbe and Annedore Kleist. (In German and English with subtitles) Comment.

Trinidad extends state of emergency

Trinidad and Tobago: Parliament has approved the extension of the state of emergency in Trinidad and Tobago for another three months. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

Red blood in the toilet bowl

Health: Of all the things that frighten us, blood in the urine is near the top of the list. There are many possible causes; some serious, others not. Comment.

Strokes increase among younger Americans

Health: More children and young adults may be having strokes according to a new study. The study, conducted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, showed an increase of up to 37 percent for a certain strokes among Americans aged 5 to 44. The research was published in the Annals of Neurology. Comment.

New strains of Gonorrhea difficult to treat

Health: I have read that there is a new kind of gonorrhea which is untreatable. Is this true? Worried Comment.

Guyanese praised for patriotism

Guyana: Ambassador Bayney Karran was full of praise for the Guyana Cultural Association. The diplomat acknowledged the dedication and patriotism of the members of the GCA during the organization’s its 10th Anniversary Awards at Brooklyn Borough Hall, recently. Comments (1).

Friday, Sept. 9, 2011

Bill Richardson seeks release of American in Cuba

Cuba: WASHINGTON (AP) — Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson traveled to Cuba on Wednesday to seek the freedom of an American government subcontractor sentenced to 15 years in prison for bringing communications equipment into the island country. Comment.

City officials protest police treatment

Brooklyn: City and state officials joined City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Kirsten Foy, director of public affairs in the Office of City Advocate, Bill DeBlasio at City Hall to protest their arrest and treatment by police. Comment.

WikiLeaks publiskes expose’ on Guyana crime

Guyana: Guyanese are beginning to switch on to the juicy revelations from WikiLeaks, the international whistle-blowing website that says it will publish all 251,000 cables American diplomats sent from overseas missions back to Washington in recent years including those detailing the reluctance of the Bharrat Jagdeo administration to deal with drugs, reasons why Police Chief Henry Greene lost his visas and threats to assassinate the then American envoy to Guyana. Comments (2).

Martelly still unable to appoint new PM

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Aug. 22 - Almost three months since he was sworn in as the country’s president, Michel J. Martelly has already attempted to appoint two prime ministers to guide his government. Bernard Gousse, a minister of justice under the Gérard Latortue dictatorship (2004-2006) and businessman Daniel Rouzier, were both rejected by Haitian lawmakers. Comment.

Caribbean Round_Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Hurricane Irene has caused nearly US$37 million in government losses, a regional insurance body has estimated. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011

Carnival violence unrelated to WIADCA Parade

Music: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the annual West Indian carnival parade in Brooklyn, says it’s unfair to blame a spate of shootings over the Labor Day weekend on the annual extravaganza on Eastern Parkway. Comments (3).

Ryan pleased with pre-season

Sports: D’Brickashaw Ferguson is set for another season playing on the offensive line for the New York Jets. He has some different teammates than he had last year, including rookies and veterans, alike as the Jets are trying to earn a playoff spot when the regular campaign rolls around this weekend, and goes into the winter. Comment.

Nominees for the Annual ICC awards

Sports: West Indies players Darren Bravo, Devendra Bishoo and Kirk Edwards are among 10 international players nominated for the Emerging Cricketer of the Year at the annual ICC awards ceremony, which will take place in London on Sept. 12. Comment.

Franco, Piazza to pitch at Citi Field

Sports: John Franco will throw out the ceremonial first pitch to Mike Piazza during the Sept. 11 remembrance ceremony at 7:30 p.m. before the Mets host the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Comment.

Raising Wages for a Real Recovery

National: This summer we’ve seen wild swings in the stock market, a last-minute debt deal, and even a rocking east coast earthquake. But one thing we haven’t seen – from Memorial Day to Labor Day – is any improvement in the economy. Comment.

You can’t charge me with rape; I’m a Zimbabwean woman

Toronto -- Have you heard of women raping men? I bet not! Nonetheless it’s the latest trend of indecent assault on Zimbabwean men. Over the past year, Zimbabwean men have been plagued by women kidnapping and raping them, sometimes at gunpoint. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011

Sammy retains captaincy

Sports: Darren Sammy was reappointed captain of the West Indies team until the end of the year, ending speculation over the 27-year-old St. Lucian’s role in the regional team. Comment.

T&T’s Calypso Queen lauded with 3rd highest award

Music: Congratulations are in order for calypsonian Denyse Plummer who was recently awarded Trinidad & Tobago’s third highest national award, The Humming Bird Medal (Gold). Comment.

James Blake tries for a comeback

Sports: After stunning college and junior careers, James Blake competed in his initial United States Open Tennis Tournament in 1999, the season Andre Agassi won the men’s singles championship, and lost an early round match in his first time showing his skills during the U.S. Open. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 5, 2011

Jamaican drug kingpin pleads guilty

Jamaica: Two weeks before his scheduled trial for alleged racketeering, gun and drug trafficking Shower Posse leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke told a judge “I am pleading guilty.” Comment.

Black girls are funny too!

Arts & Theater: “American Candy: Hot Chocolate!!” is the 18th show for this Brooklyn-based, sketch comedy group. Continuing with a strong thematic structure, the latest offering from American Candy is deliciously centered around the world of Black women. Comments (1).

Le’Andria Johnson releases debut CD

Music: Music World Gospel recording artist Le’Andria Johnson will release her debut album, “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson,” on Sept. 6, 2011. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011

Terminally-naive hippie wreaks havoc

Movies: Ned (Paul Rudd) is a good-natured organic farmer who was dumb enough to be duped into selling pot to a uniformed police officer (Bob Stephenson). Not long past the opening credits we find him just being paroled, having paid his debt to society by serving a long stretch behind bars. Comment.

Lifestyle Change Award recipient

Health: The American Heart Association has named Anna Lemay as their 2011 Lifestyle Change Award recipient. Comment.

Tips to keep your lungs in shape

Health: When your lungs are out of shape, your whole body suffers. Simple daily activities like walking can be difficult. And certain lung diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can gradually reduce lung capacity. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 2, 2011

NY gov. says damage from Irene to hit $1B

New York: PRATTSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — Tropical Storm Irene put a $1 billion whipping on New York, most of it upstate where heavy rains spawned flash floods that shredded roads, washed out bridges and knocked buildings from their foundations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. Comment.

Hot homemade savory soup

Food: There’s nothing quite like a bowl of hot, savory soup to warm things up on a chilly day. Comment.

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced that Hurricane Irene resulted in losses in six of its member countries - Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Haiti, St. Kitts & Nevis and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Comment.

Give blood says Mayor Bloomberg

New York: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday, Aug. 30 encouraged New Yorkers to donate blood as part of the City’s Hurricane Irene response and recovery efforts. Comment.

‘Dance, Dance, Dance’ with Pieces,of a Dream

Arts & Theater: It will be “Dance, Dance, Dance” for masqueraders in Pieces of a Dream this Labor Day. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011

Guyana a narco state-WikiLeaks

Guyana: Internal American government cables on the growing drug trade in Guyana sounded alarm bells about the growing power of the narco sector on all levels of society as far back as 2006 and rebuked the Bharrat Jagdeo administration for its tolerance and indifference as well as its lukewarm approach to eliminating the scourge. Comment.

Grenada’s Kirani James gets gold

Grenada: DAEGU, South Korea (AP) — A memorable meeting — marked by a late surge and a stumble — could be the start of a robust rivalry between Grenada’s Kirani James and American LaShawn Merritt. Comment.

US judge issues record ruling against Cuba

Cuba: A United States judge has awarded the largest amount of any U.S. lawsuit filed against the Castro government in Cuba. Comment.

The show begins at DC 1199

Arts & Theater: It’s that time of year again! Mas camps all over Brooklyn are gearing up for the 44th annual West Indian-American Day Carnival. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 27, 2011

What can your prostate do for you?

Health: Mention the word “prostate” to a man or to a woman for that matter and the almost universal reaction is negative. Most people hear that word and immediately think “trouble”; often really serious trouble. Comment.
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