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Sunday, July 21, 2013

The Zimmerman verdict: Shades of Dred Scott

Viewpoints: “Southern trees bear a strange fruit Comments (1)

Cuban athletes and artists get in on capitalism

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar named for the height of his world record high jump. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky new Italian restaurant, and salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive repair shop. Comment

Saturday, July 20, 2013

What’s the fuss about Cronuts?

Manhattan: The line started in the middle of the block at 189 Spring Street in Soho and wound way around the corner at Thompson Street. Stephanie Hilliard, an employee of the federal government, had ridden her bicycle from Flatbush and Parkside and was the first in line. She arrived at 4:50 a.m. On that lonely street, the next in line showed up at 5:30 a.m. In line for what? Comment

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ opens uptown

Bronx: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, William Shakespeare’s popular story of illusive and abiding love, opened Saturday to cheers and a robust crowd at Harlem’s Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park. The show, produced by the Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) (Producing Artistic Director, Ty Jones), is directed by CTH Artistic Associate and Oberlin College Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Justin Emeka and runs Tuesdays through Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through July 30. The show is made possible by the Ford Foundation. Comment

Friday, July 19, 2013

Another Fisherman’s Cove Opens

Food: Fisherman’s Cove, the well-known Jamaican-style eat-in, take-out restaurant chain, has added another venue to its growing list of Brookyn locations. The new restaurant -- the fifth to be opened in less than two years since the last one on Eastern Parkway, is located at 218 Parkside Avenue. Comment

Volunteer ambulance corp. celebrates 25 yrs

People: The Bedford Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corp. (BSVAC) has served the people of the Bedford Stuyvesant community for the past 25 years and to mark this milestone a fleet of various emergency vehicles cruised through the community on Saturday, July 13, in an exhibition of pride and strength. Comment

Elections chief ousted for cheating in 2011

Guyana: The head of Guyana’s elections commission has been sacked for deliberately trying to fudge the figures to show that the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had won a majority of seats in the late 2011 general elections. Comment

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development across the borough and serves as an advocate for its member businesses. Its mission is to promote a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn. As the foremost resource for doing business in Brooklyn, the Chamber is respected as a leader in advancing public policy, new technologies, products, services and programs that support and promote a vibrant local economy. Comment

All-star 5k road race

All-star week marked not only a major league baseball attraction among the best from the American League against their counterparts from the National. It also marked the bringing to New York people who not only viewed the game at Citi Field on Tuesday night, but also the best and even beginner athletes who can run. Comment

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Dr. Ivlaw Griffith tops GAC honorees

The Guyana Action Committee (GAC) - a greater New York area-based organization, geared towards bringing about social change, and economic empowerment in Guyana and the Diaspora, will recognize the stunning work of recently appointed President of Valley State University in Georgia, Dr. Ivlaw Griffith, and four other Guyanese-Americans, at it Third Annual Black Tie Gala. Comment

Breakfast is essential no matter your age

Health: (StatePoint) Everyone knows it’s important to make sure children have breakfast before school, but college students and busy parents also need a dose of morning nutrition. Comment

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Backpacks for Shelter Children

Books: A drive is on by Volunteers of America (VOA) to help thousands of children in New York City shelters fit in with their peers when they return to school after the sunmmer recess. Comment

Giant Robots battle Subterranean Sea Monsters

Movies: When an undersea earthquake ripped a massive fissure along a fault line beneath the Pacific Ocean, it left a crevice wide enough for a race of subterranean sea monsters to escape and rise to the surface. Dubbed Kaiju, these Godzilla-looking creatures quickly launched a series of assaults on cities all across the planet. Comment

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Exotica Mas loses a leader

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Beneath (Unrated) Harrowing horror flick about a half-dozen high school seniors’ attempt to make it safely back to shore from the middle of a lake after their rowboat is attacked by man-eating fish. Ensemble includes Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison, Chris Conroy, Jonny Orsini, Griffin Newman and Mackenzie Rrosman. Comment

Call to celebrate Juneteenth with greater pomp

Viewpoints: Hello Black America, please allow me this opportunity to ask you to consider some important and relevant principal facts about ourselves as a community and a people. Comment

Everybody schemes his or her way to trouble

Books: “Dirty Rotten Liar” By Noire Comment

Monday, July 8, 2013

The Voting Rights Act and what it means

People: WASHINGTON, D.C. Comment

Sturgis, Brown lead Rapids past Red Bulls, 2-0

Sports: COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — After an ugly first half, the Colorado Rapids broke intensified their pressure after the break and quickly broke through. Comment

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Getting tough on corruption in Cuba

Cuba: HAVANA, July 3, 2013 (IPS) - As two separate trials of foreign businessmen continued amid extreme discretion, the Cuban government passed new anti-corruption measures, apparently indicating the Raúl Castro government’s desire to avoid loose ends with this thorny problem. Comment

Same-sex ruling has employers tweaking benefits

National: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law. Comment

At forty, CARICOM has few laurels to rest on

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July 1, 2013 (IPS) - Four decades after they signed the treaty establishing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), government leaders are gathering in Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of the integration process, as they seek to give greater meaning to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) that encourages the free movement of nationals across the 15-member grouping. Comment

Friday, July 5, 2013

Transparency you can’t believe in - Four years later

Viewpoints: This year’s graduating seniors entered college just before the Obama administration began. But while these successful graduates are now ready to move on to the next stage in their lives, the administration hasn’t achieved the same kind of progress on one of its signature initiatives: creating open government. Comment

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Haiti seeking driver in crash that killed American

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police are searching for the driver of a truck that slammed into the vehicle of a U.S. Embassy employee and killed her. Comment

PM warns Barbados faces serious economic challenges

In delivering the closing address at a one-day national private/public sector consultation on the economy on Jun. 27, Stuart said the most easterly of Caribbean countries was facing “serious problems of debt and deficit.” Comment

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro visits Haiti

Venezuela: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made his first official visit to Haiti on Tuesday as the countries began negotiations to figure out ways to renew a special fund that uses oil money on mostly infrastructure projects. Comment

Joseph places high in 5K road race

People: Ronald Joseph of Rockaway Park finished in sixth placed overall but still went back home with a trophy in the Sean Ryan 5K road race in Long Beach, Long Island. The race was conducted by the City of Long Beach in conjunction with its sponsors. Comment

Grenada to punish offensive online comments

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) - Legislators in Grenada have approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Comment

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Garifuna Magic

Arts & Theater: In the days before and after July 4th every year, visitors to the nation’s capital can immerse themselves in select national and foreign cultures during the multi-faceted Smithsonian Annual Folklife Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Comment

Nets strengthen team in draft

Front court play and rebounding were strengthened by the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association draft in an effort for them to go deep into the playoffs next season. Comment

Celebrating African culture

The 42nd Annual International African Arts Festival (IAAF) comes back to Brooklyn on Thursday, July 4 and runs through Sunday, July 7, and will be held at Commodore Barry Park, located at Park Avenue and Navy Street, downtown Brooklyn. Comment

GOLD CUP KICKS OFF

Trinidad and Tobago: The 2013 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup, the tournament to decide soccer supremacy in the region, kicks off its 12th edition on Sunday, July 7, in Pasadena California when defending champion Mexico takes on Panama in a featured doubleheader that also features Canada going against Martinique, one of four Caribbean teams in the 12-team tournament. The tournament will be played at nine venues throughout the U. S. Comment

Regional leaders briefed on cricket

Caribbean: Newly-elected President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has been meeting with Caribbean prime ministers to discuss the development of the game in the region. Comment

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Transforming a B’klyn Neighborhood

Brooklyn: The planting of bushes, trees and flowers at 470 Ocean Avenue has transformed the once neglected green spaces into a flowering oasis. The building’s tenants association held an intimate ribbon-cutting ceremony June 22, with light breakfast foods in their front courtyard to celebrate Brooklyn’s newest green garden. Comment

Johnson Charles boosts Windies to victory

The Tri-Nation Series with Sri Lanka, West Indies and India developed into an exciting series as the West Indies defeated India by one wicket in a close contest with some competitive cricket. India batted first and after some penetrative bowling by the West Indies, India was restricted to 229 runs for 7 wickets after their 50 overs. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma scored 60 runs from 89 balls, Suresh Raina 44 from 55, Dinesh Karthik 23 from 56 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 27 from 35. Comment

Among Court brethren, but hardly a brother

Viewpoints: My good friend said, “And to think that one of us is among them.” I, of course, would have none of that, “us” being people of color, “them” being the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and the uniformly noxious Justice Clarence Thomas being the one tagged for allegedly letting down the side, so to speak. “Thomas isn’t and never will be one of us,” I corrected. “He is, sadly, the foremost symbol of black self-hate of our time.” Comment

Hottest stand-up comic wows sold-out Garden

Movies: Move over Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Katt Williams, the hottest black comic around right now is Kevin Hart. The diminutive, 5’ 2” funnyman has skyrocketed to the heights of showbiz ladder lately, making myriad memorable performances on both TV and film. Comment

‘Nelson Mandela’ - a story book for kids

Books: “Nelson Mandela” by Kadir Nelson Comment

Medgar Evers College gets new president

The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees has appointed former New York City Schools Chancellor, Dr. Rudolph F. Crew, as the new president of the predominantly Black Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Comment

Monday, July 1, 2013

Caribbean RoundUp

Bahamas: The Bahamas government has described as “a complete falsehood and an outrageous concoction” a video showing Cuban detainees being beaten by officers at a Bahamian detention center. Comment