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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The 11th Hour (Unrated) Psychological drama about a successful businesswoman (Kim Basinger) who resorts to desperate measures to become a mother after being informed by her doctor that she’s barren. Supporting cast includes Jordan Prentice, Sebastian Schipper and Peter Stormare. Comment

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Caribbean nationals salute heritage with honors

Jamaica: Los Angeles, California — Caribbean-Americans in California marked the 30-day presidential proclamation (since 2006) that declares June, National Caribbean-American Heritage Month by hosting a gala awards dinner and launching a film festival dedicated to the diasporan tribute. Comment

Drug deportations tearing families apart

People: A major United States human rights group says thousands of families in the United States have been torn apart in recent years by detention and deportation for drug offenses. Comment

A regional foodbasket plans for the worst

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, June 10, 2015 (IPS) - Despite its highly variable climate, Guyana is the only Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country that enjoys food security. But rapid climate change could pose a challenge not only for Guyana, but for its Caribbean neigbours who depend on the South American country for much of their produce. Comment

Political club honors nine deserving fathers

St Vincent: A major political club in New York on Sunday conveyed Father’s Day honors on nine community and business advocates at a gala ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Sex abuse survivor copes with trauma

Movies: Amy (Amy Everson) has been left so haunted by demons after years of unspecified sexual abuse that today she dreams of crushing a rapist to death with her thighs. She also fantasizes about gouging out his eyes and sticking a pin in a penis. Comment

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Petition to stop mass deportation of Haitians

Haiti: As the deadline nears for the deportation of Haitian Dominicans in the Dominican Republic, a New York City legislator has created and circulated a petition calling on the Dominican Republic government to stop what he describes as “this unjust plan that will displace hundreds of thousands of people who call the Dominican Republic home.” Comments (2)

Pope Francis’ timely call to action on climate change

BOSTON, June 22, 2015 (IPS) - On June 18, Pope Francis issued Laudato Si, the first ever encyclical about ecology, which promises to be a highly influential document for years to come. Comment

One location, so much Jamaican history

Jamaica: The former Montego Bay court house has received a major renovation and is now the Montego Bay Cultural Center. The cultural center is located in Sam Sharpe Square, downtown Montego Bay where one of Jamaica’s national heroes Sam Sharpe was hung for his role as an instigator of the 1831 slave rebellion. Comment

Foodies taste the islands

Food: Two words generally make a crowd of people happy: free and food. Brooklyn’s Borough Hall Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations combined the two concepts Friday, June 12 with the annual Taste of the Caribbean event. Comment

T&T police probe marijuana find at PM’s home

Trinidad and Tobago: The acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams has announced that the police will launch a probe into the discovery of “five grams of a plant-like substance resembling that of marijuana” at the Phillipine, South Trinidad residence of Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar about two years ago. Comment

Move to drive Caribbean fashion forward

Fashion: The situation is dire when it is in the red. When it comes to any business, financials dipping into the red zone can signify possible closure due to poor money management, marketing etc. Comment

Monday, June 22, 2015

Guyana seeks UN help in border dispute

Venezuela: The government of Guyana plans to ask the United Nations to intervene and settle the border dispute with Venezuela.’ Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge, said the only alternative to settle the controversy with its Spanish-speaking neighbor is that of a judicial settlement that the 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award of the border with Venezuela is final. Comment

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The European Union recently signed a 346 million (euro) new regional funding program with the Caribbean region until 2020. Comment

On being a ‘Caribpolitan’ in the Diaspora

People: Living in major cities with thriving pockets of communities maintaining their culture and heritage, diaspora may now be to general a term to adequately represent the modern day Caribbean transplant or descendant. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Batkid Begins (PG for mature themes) Make-a-wish documentary recounting how the citizens of San Francisco collaborated to make five- year-old, cancer patient Miles Scott’s dream of becoming Batman a reality. Comment

Saturday, June 20, 2015

SVG envoy to attend Vienna energy forum

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, I Rhonda King, who also serves as interim chair of the SIDS DOCK Island Women Open Network (IWON), will lead a delegation at the Vienna Energy Forum 2015 (VEF 2015). Comment

NYC comptroller honors Caribbean Americans

New York: New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said that the city contains a wonderful mix of cultures and traditions, and noted that the Caribbean American community stands out for its energy, vibrancy and strong sense of community. Comment

New Caribbean restaurant in town

St Vincent: Yet another Caribbean restaurant has opened its doors in the epicenter of the Caribbean Community in Brooklyn. Leading Vincentian-born graphic designer and community figure, Franklyn “Supadex” Richards, and his Trinidadian-born fiancée, Marge Durant, a professional hairdresser and owner of Discover Beauty Unisex Salon in Brooklyn, opened Caribbean Spot early last month. Comment

Mowatt returns for another ‘groove’

Music: Veteran reggae singer Judy Mowatt, who thrilled fans as part of the Marcia Griffiths & friends package at last summer’s Groovin’ In The Park concert in New York, has been invited to perform at the festival for the second consecutive year. Beres Hammond is the only artiste who has performed at the annual festival twice. Comment

Friday, June 19, 2015

Outrage over leadership on rent regulations

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has expressed his outrage over the inability to reach an agreement on rent regulations in the City. Comment

BANDSHELL COMES ALIVE

Music: Some of the best things in life are free and when it comes to this year’s Prospect Park Bandshell concert, it was no exception! Barbados’ legendary Krosfyah played speedy, exhilarating soca at the June 11, 2015 Prospect Park’s Bandshell. Comment

Hot like the sun

Music: Dancehall / gospel DJ Stitchie is scorching hot these days. The release of his new song titled ‘Letter to Dad’ has got everyone talking. Comment

Jamaican PM thanks Diaspora for contribution to homeland

Jamaica: Jamaican pride was high as June 14 marked the official opening ceremony of the 6th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference 2015 which took place at Hilton Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment

Caribbean Americans are ready for business

Brooklyn: To run a business in New York City is not a simple feat. For business owners, an extensive network with resources is just as important as the services or goods the new business provides. For Caribbean nationals and Caribbean Americans, working with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) is their network to help them succeed. Comment

Bolt wins but unhappy

Sports: Despite being victorious, Jamaican Usain Bolt was disappointed with his New York appearance this time around. All eyes were centered on him to see if he would make a successful come back. Remember, Bolt holds the world record of 19.19 in the 200 meters set in 2009. He wanted to break it, if he could. Comment

FIFA’S GOOD MOVE

Sports: It’s not all bad news from FIFA, soccer world governing body, embroiled in recent corruption scandals. FIFA’s decision to expand the 2015 Women’s World Cup, presently playing in Canada, from 18 to 24 teams was a good move and proved historical. Comment

West Indies Cricket in turmoil

Sports: The multiple problems that surround West Indies Cricket continue to expand thus creating a damaging image for the region and the West Indies Cricket Board. Comments (4)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Ex-army officer appeal denied in Grenada

Grenada: ROSEAU, Dominica (AP) _ A Caribbean appeals court on Monday dismissed an attempt to become a lawyer by one of 17 men convicted of murder in a bloody 1983 coup in Grenada that triggered a U.S. invasion. Comment

DR READY TO DEPORT ILLEGALS

Haiti: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) _ Authorities are prepared to resume deporting non-citizens without legal residency in the Dominican Republic after largely putting the practice on hold for a year, the head of the country’s immigration agency said Tuesday. Comment

‘Curiouser and curiouser,’ ballooning GOP roster

Viewpoints: The stubborn refusal on the Republican / Tea Party side to ascribe validity to the Obama presidency is one area we might want to check (cynically, some would say) to try making sense of this tidal flow of contenders vying to be the 2016 GOP presidential nominee, the twisted logic among them being, if an Obama could be elected, surely so could any of them. Comment

Warner responds to TV6 critic using the F-Word

Trinidad and Tobago: Jack Warner, Trinidad & Tobago former politician and former FIFA vice president had harsh words for a U.S.-based television, comedian who bought time on the Caribbean island’s TV6 to plead with him for a tell-all about the scandal which continues to topple highly-placed decision-makers of the sport. Comment

Retail panel discusses racial profiling

People: The Retail Council of New York State joined forces with key retailers on Thursday, June 11 to open a dialogue on race and retail. Comments (1)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Paid family leave insurance, a benefit for NY business

Viewpoints: For so many people, there’s no happier moment than the day you welcome a child into the world. And one of the scariest moments can be when that child - or a parent, or spouse, or sibling - becomes sick. With so many emotions to deal with, and so many things to deal with at once, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not you’ll be getting paid. Comment

Clarke opposes trade agreement

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke said she opposed a bill before the United States House of Representatives because it threatened jobs for Americans. Comment

The president is right on trade

Viewpoints: In January, I was asked to sign a letter to President Barack Obama expressing deep concern with the prospect of fast-track trade authority. Comment

Windies’ Player of the Year

Caribbean: Barbadian off-spinner Sulieman Benn was named West Indies’ Player of the Year for the 2013-2014 season in the West Indies Cricket Board’s annual awards function in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday night, June 10, 2015. Comment

Chef Sam makes street food for every island

Food: New Yorkers crave anything fast, easy and most importantly efficient. Show me a New Yorker who is not on-the-go and it is 99.9 percent most likely that they are actually a tourist. Speaking to Caribbean-American New Yorkers, Chef Samuel Branch makes island street food perfect for those New York minutes we are unable to spare. Comment

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Caribbean The education ministries in Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica have announced a ban on the controversial “Charlie Charlie Challenge” in schools, following reported displays of “paranormal behavior” by students. Comment

Flatbush Fair kicks off the summer

Haiti: Nothing says summer better than a street fair. Face painting, Italian sausage, funnel cake and impromptu dance contests commanded Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road Sunday, June 14. Comment

JetBlue adds Grenada to Caribbean route

Grenada: JetBlue Airways on Thursday added Grenada to its Caribbean network by launching twice-weekly service to the “Spice Isle.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (Unrated) Black Lives Matter documentary about the trial of a middle-aged white man for the murder at a Florida gas station of Jordan Davis, an unarmed black teenager sitting in the back seat of a car playing loud music. Comment

The boys are back for a bawdy adventure

Movies: “Entourage” went off the air in 2011, after enjoying a phenomenal, eight-year run on the HBO Network, thanks to its refreshingly-authentic take on cutthroat world of Hollywood. That semi-autobiographical TV-series revolving around the irreverent alpha-male antics of a fictional movie star and his posse was inspired by the life of its executive producer, Mark Wahlberg. Comment

Monday, June 15, 2015

Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary

Guyana: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, along with New York Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, will welcome the Guyanese community to the renowned Brooklyn Borough Hall on Friday, June 26, at 5:30 pm, to celebration Guyana’s 49th Independence Anniversary, and salute the accomplishments, service and philanthropic endeavors of Guyanese in the Diaspora. Comments (2)

Friday, June 12, 2015

Why are threats to civil society growing around the world?

Viewpoints: JOHANNESBURG, June 10, 2015 (IPS) - Whistle-blowers like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange are hounded – not by autocratic but by democratic governments – for revealing the truth about grave human rights violations. Comment

CTO: ‘Bring home the business’

Manhattan: There is not time like the present to take on a new business venture. Knowing your market is half the battle and for Caribbean nationals living in New York City, bringing those ideas to contribute to the economy is in high demand. Comment

Thursday, June 11, 2015

BORDER DISPUTE SPIRALS

Venezuela: No one is quite sure why Venezuela which has maintained a decades-old claim to large swaths of Guyana’s land and marine boundaries now would find it necessary to this week draw up a new offshore line off Guyana’s east coast that will virtually render the country as a landlocked state if it is allowed to have its way. Comments (1)

Emboldened rogues: sign of the times

Viewpoints: The fact that these episodes of rogue behavior by law enforcement types, in treating with persons of color, continue to mock our “civil” society pretensions, is bedeviling, more so for the message of seemingly unrelenting defiance it delivers than even the rogue displays themselves, appalling though they be. Comment

USA DEFEATS AUSTRALIA

Sports: The CONCACAF teams at the 2015 Women’s World Cup presently being played in cities throughout Canada turned in good results so far with the USA and Canada getting wins in their opening games. Mexico was unfortunate not to get a win versus Colombia; ditto Costa Rica against Spain. Both had to settle for draws. Comment

Chanderpaul’s mistreatment

Guyana: Guyana’s new Minister of Sport Dr. Rupert Roopnarine, has described as “distressing” the axing of veteran Guyana and West Indies middle order batsman Shivanarine Chanderpaul from the regional squad for the tour against Australia, which started in Dominica last Wednesday. Comment

Windies Test captaincy needs an overhaul

Caribbean: West Indies Test Captain Denesh Ramdin is not a decisive and skillfull leader. He falls short on taking important actions when they are needed. Apart from the lousy batting display from the West Indies, the captaincy was so bad in the first Test match in Dominica that it did not help the team. Comment

Jamaicans return home to stake their claim

Jamaica: A majority of Jamaicans returning home from Canada, England, the USA and other parts of the world next week share a common interest, they want to have a voice in the decision-making process that ultimately affects their investments in the island. Comment

Modest heads to state meet

Sports: Uniondale High School’s junior Cleveland Modest qualified to compete in the annual New York State track and field Championships this weekend in upstate Albany. Comment

DANCE CARIBBEAN

Arts & Theater: By Alley Olivier Who are you? What are you? Where are you from? These seemingly simple questions turn out to be loaded with layers of complexity to explore through what should be a short answer. Exploring the dimensions of what contributes in shaping our identities while managing the influence of Caribbean heritage – whether native or a descendant – Candace Thompson aims to push those conversations through dance. Comment

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Community supports Bichotte on education tax credit

Brooklyn: Dozens of parents and community members rallied on Monday in showing support for Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, who has continuously stood firm again Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Parental Choice in Education Act.” Comment

Jamaica’s poor still awaits IMF benefits

Jamaica: KINGSTON, June 2, 2015 (IPS) - For Jamaicans like Roxan Brown, the Caribbean nation’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) successes don’t mean a thing. Seven consecutive tests have been passed but still, the mother of two can’t find work and relies instead on the kindness of friends and family. Comment

Calypso Musical still relevant

Arts & Theater: It is said that art reflects reality. It is also said that history repeats itself. For “De Roaring 70’s A Calypso Musical,” despite the time period seeming so long ago, the message of struggle and oppression rings true today. Comment

Adams, Siegel take on tenant harassment

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and civil rights attorney Norman Siegel on Monday announced a series of upcoming town halls to investigate cases of tenant harassment throughout Brooklyn. Comment

Dread publishes ‘Half’ Told memoir

Books: In a memoir published by Akashik Books, Doctor Dread reveals “The Half That’s Never Been Told,” a 256-page account about his encounters and travels promoting Jamaica’s reggae music and in addition tells another story that advances his own investments in the genre. Comment

Crumbling infrastructure threat to business

Business: Our country’s once-robust infrastructure has played a vital role in the success of our economy. Roads, bridges, and transportation systems are the heart and blood of commerce and give consumers easy access to goods and services. Our public schools produce the next generation of workers. Comment

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Dynamites ready for Vincy calypso semi

Though many of them are declining to predict the number of calypsonians who will be selected from the Dynamite Calypso Tent in Brooklyn for the semifinal round in the National Calypso Competition in Vincy Mas 2015, most calypsonians from the tent have expressed confidence that they will be selected. Comment

Ida Owens, artist and educator

Arts & Theater: There is an extraordinary artist teaching art to school children in grades K through eight at the Gordon Parks School for Inquisitive Minds in Rosedale, New York. Her name is Ida Owens. She has been teaching art at The Gordon Parks School since 2007, when she also started a tradition, which has become a mainstay for the school, the student body, and the community, The Annual Arts Gala. Comment

National Bakery caters to bread lovers

Food: Nothing better than the food that reminds you of home - whether that is in the states or the islands. Bread happens to be one of those foods you cannot avoid. Comment

Bridging The Gap Fashion Show

Fashion: A bevy of designers will celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month on June 12, with a multi-ethnic fashion show titled “Bridging The Gap -Connecting Caribbean Style” set to take place at Brooklyn Borough Hall from 6 pm. Comment

Chronicle Atlantic Symphony celebrates 49 years

Music: The pristine sound of the Chronicle Atlantic Symphony Steel Orchestra is still as sweet to the ear as it was 49 years ago, when musical visionary, conductor, composer, Rudy Bishop entertained the Guyanese community, and pan lovers around the world. Comment

Elected officials arrested during rent law protest

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte and other city and state elected officials were arrested last Wednesday in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in Albany in their fight for the rights of New York City tenants and stronger rent laws. Comment

Monday, June 8, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda has appointed Peter Benjamin, who presented his letters of credence to Gladys Bejerano Portela, vice-president of Cuba’s state council, in Havana recently as Cuba’s ambassador. Comment

Prolonged drought leaves Carib farmers broke, worried

St Vincent: CASTRIES, June 2, 2015 (IPS) - St. Lucian farmer Anthony Herman was hoping that next year he’d manage to recoup some of the losses he sustained after 70 per cent of his cashew crop withered and died in the heat of the scorching southern Caribbean sun. Comment

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Lin Shaye reprises role as psychic

Movies: The good news about “Insidious 3” is that you don’t have to be cognizant of the develoments in the first two episodes to follow this one’s plotline. That’s because it’s a stand-alone prequel which doesn’t revolve around the Lamberts, the family haunted by ghosts in the franchise’s previous installments. Comment

Brooklyn group honors stalwart officials

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Progressive Organization of New York (SPOONY), an arm of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), on Sunday, May 31 bestowed special honors on two stalwart officials during a town hall meeting in Brooklyn. Comment

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Brooklyn Boro Prez kicks off Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: President Barack Obama declared June as Caribbean Heritage Month on May 29, 2015. Friday June 5, 2015 Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric L. Adams kicked off his office’s month-long celebration featuring an array of Caribbean-fused activities. Comments (1)

Celebrating the best of Caribbean cuisine, culture

Food: Foodies across New York City and beyond can look forward to sumptuous food and beverage offerings with the return of Caribbean Restaurant Week New York, which will run from June 22 – 29! Comment

Taste of Africa during NY African Restaurant Week

Food: Who’s hungry? New York African Restaurant Week 2015 (NYARW) kicked off May 31 with 23 different restaurants prepared to fill your waiting bellies. The NYARW is an annual cultural event encouraging people of all ethnicities to expose themselves to the spices and tastes of Africa. Comment

Dancer’s spirit

Arts & Theater: Put on your dancing shoes. Whether you’re two or 102, there is a dancer’s spirit itching to burst out to the right chord of music. Comment

Four pacers must be in final eleven

Caribbean: It is quite fitting for the West Indies selectors to include four pacers for the first Test match starting June 3 against Australia at Windsor Park in Dominica. West Indies selectors should take this opportunity and put on show four fast bowlers and assess their performances playing in one team. Comments (1)

Friday, June 5, 2015

CANADA DESERTS CARICOM

Caribbean: Saying it is fed up of the protracted nature of the talks, the Canadian government has not only walked away from free trade negotiation discussions with the Caribbean trading bloc but has also asked the World Trade Organization (WTO) to allow it to revert to an old mechanism governing trade between the two because the future for a deal looks quite bleak. Comment

Marching against senseless violence

Brooklyn: Marches and rallies are no longer a concept of the past. In recent months, we have seen marches stop traffic, take over bridges and more across the states and in New York City. Comment

USA justice unravels FIFA

Sports: The USA to the rescue — again! It’s ironic that the USA, with its men’s team still trying to find its footing in the world game and which has little influence in the administration of world soccer, is the country that many believe may have just saved the game. Comment

IRD 21: Celebrates Global Reggae Culture

Music: Big plans are now in motion to mark the 21st anniversary celebration of International Reggae Day. Comment

Garifuna to become honorary Vincentian citizens

St Vincent: Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace says, if his New Democratic Party (NDP) wins the next general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, his administration would honor the Garifuna people by making them “Honorary Citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadi Comments (1)

BAM R&B Festival at MetroTech

Music: Events producer, Danny Kapilian promises that this 21st year of the R&B Festival at MetroTech will be fantastic. The festival opened on Thursday, June 4 with Bobby Rush a known show stopper and R&B legend. The festival which features 10 noon-time Thursday concerts will end on Aug. 6. Comment

Junior league in full swing

Sports: This is the time of the year when the youngsters are on the outdoor tennis courts and for the beginers to learn the sport. They try to move up the ladder. Comment

Jamaican College prepares for a public offering

Jamaica: The University College of the Caribbean (UCC), Jamaica’s largest privately held tertiary education institution and one of the ranking top four recognized universities with accredited programmes in the island, is preparing to launch the first ever IPO by a college or university in Jamaica. Comment

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bankra Carib Folk Festival

Jamaica: The Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens comes alive this summer when Braata Productions hosts the inaugural Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The event, which promises to be a day of fun and entertainment for the entire family, begins at 12 noon. Comment

Cicely Tyson’s insistence on quality roles

Movies: Cicely L. Tyson’s parents, both of them immigrants from the island of Nevis, were apparently so deeply religious that their daughter’s desiring to be involved in movies and such was the kind of pursuit deemed forbidden in the household. Comment

Community Health Festival

Brooklyn: Brookdale Hospital is hosting their annual Community Health and Street Festival on Saturday, June 13 from 11:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. on Rockaway Parkway, between Linden Boulevard and Church Avenue. The event is free and open to the public. Comment

Jamaican Patriot scores touchdown in Super-Bowl

People: Without apologies, Jamaicans are known to toot their own horn. And on Super-Bowl Sunday earlier this year, Jamaicans on the island huddled in clubs, sports bars and private homes to whistle, cheer and applaud throughout the National Football League’s showdown between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Comment

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Washington removes Cuba from US list of terrorism sponsors

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ The Obama administration formally removed Cuba from the U.S. terrorism blacklist Friday, a decision hailed in Cuba as the healing of a decades-old wound and an important step toward normalizing relations between the Cold War foes. Comment

Comptroller steps in to protect immigrant workers

Guyana: For immigrant workers, it can seem like an uphill battle to secure representation genuinely invested in their interests and concerns. On May 18, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer showed his support for immigrant workers by presenting checks for work completed on various New York City public schools and the Queens Museum. Comment

Grenadian trailblazer for ‘Schure’

Music: A Hollywood spotlight will focus on Grenadian Yvette Noel-Schure on June 19 when she receives Caribbean Heritage Organization’s Trailblazer Award. Comments (2)

Broke college student moonlights as stripper

Movies: Cash-strapped Katherine McCoy (Vivica A. Fox) is holding down a couple of jobs to make ends meet while praying that her sons stay on the straight and narrow path until they can make it out of the ghetto. Though grown, both boys still live at home; yet neither is helping their struggling single-mom much, financially. Comment

Bronx through the eyes of a Jamaican artist

Bronx: What does the borough really have to offer beside the Yankee stadium and a ridiculously long commute? For residents of the borough, these are common misconceptions tossed by members from the surrounding boroughs creating a negative stigma that the “Boogie Down Bronx” simply has nothing to offer. Comment

Congress rewards corporations, punishes the American people

Viewpoints: Congress keeps feeding big corporations huge tax cuts they don’t deserve, even as it starves average Americans of the services and investments they need. The latest example of this indefensible policy is a $182 billion corporate tax giveaway the U.S. House of Representatives recently approved. Comment

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

PREFONTAINE CLASSIC

Grenada: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ Kirani James won the 400 meters Saturday in the Prefontaine Classic, pulling away from a strong field at Hayward Field. Comment

Celebrate Caribbean Week

New York: Dear New York: get ready for Caribbean Week 2015. Our beloved city will be over run with a week of events from daily chef presentations to the highly anticipated Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction. Comment

Rihanna in Cuba’s capital to record music video

Music: HAVANA (AP) _ Pop star Rihanna drew a crowd Friday while cruising down Havana’s Malecon shore boulevard in a classic American convertible from the 1950s. Comment

Enforcing Belize rights to its territorial waters

Belize: According to international law many countries claim their 12 miles of territorial waters and enforce their jurisdiction over it. There is also a 20-mile and the Exclusive Economic Zone for drilling and other rights that Belize can control in their southern border with Guatemala and Honduras. Comment

Father of West Indies Federation

Grenada: Grenadian Theophilus Albert Marryshow was known throughout the Caribbean as the “Father of West Indies Federation.” He was regarded as an ardent advocate of closer association of the islands of the region all his life, leading campaigns in all West Indian colonies with that object in view, according to CARICOM (Caribbean Community) Perspective. Comment

Geoffrey Holder, the quintessential multi-tasker

People: In a New York Times review in 2009 of the documentary film “Carmen & Geoffrey,” about multifaceted Geoffrey Holder and his wife, the dancer/choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, Stephen Holden wrote that given Holder’s awesome accumulation of talents, along with de Lavallade’s impressive resume, you wonder why they were not more widely recognized as “national treasures.” Comment

Monday, June 1, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Doomsdays (Unrated) Pre-apocalyptic comedy following the misadventures of a couple of slackers (Justin Rice and Leo Fitzpatrick) with a penchant for squatting in unoccupied summer homes in the Catskill Mountains. Supporting cast features Brian Charles Johnson, Jenny Bradley and Laura Campbell. Comment

Relationship advice from the guys

Books: Relationship advice from the guys! On Thursday, May 20, Dr. Jean Alerte along with Frank Gateau held a book signing in Brooklyn, N.Y. for the newly released relationship book, “Single Man, Married Man.” Comment

Caribbean faces trade challenges

Caribbean: A new World Bank report says that Latin American and the Caribbean face many challenges, with the region remaining “narrow and dominated by the United States” in trade, “followed at a very distant second by Brazil.” Comment

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Celebrate Brooklyn 2015 opens with Chaka Khan

Music: The 37th Annual Celebrate Brooklyn Performing Arts Festival for 2015 opens with a concert by Grammy Award winning icon, Chaka Khan on Wednesday, June 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Prospect Park Bandshell located at Prospect Park West and 9th Street, Brooklyn. Gate will open at 6:30 p.m. Comment

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Warner released on TT$2.5 million bail

Trinidad and Tobago: Embattled Trinidad and Tobago Member of Parliament Jack Warner, political leader of the Independent Liberal Party and publisher of the weekly Sunshine newspaper, was released on TT$2.5 million or US$395,000 bail on 12 bribery and racketeering charges on Thursday, May 28 2015. Comment

St. Vincent campaign fundraisers intensify in NY

St Vincent: As the countdown intensifies in anticipation of fresh general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, constitutionally due by early next year, supporters in New York of the two main political parties have begun hosting a series of fundraising events in helping to finance what is expected to be a hard-fought, bruising campaign. Comment

Eugene introduces legislation for Haitian Day

Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene has introduced two resolutions in the City Council calling for the establishment of a day in recognition of the historic contributions of Haitians to the United States and to the City of New York, respectively. Comment

Florence Sarah Thibou celebrates 100 years

Brooklyn: Florence Sarah Thibou turned 100 years old on Friday, May 21, 2015; a remarkable milestone! Ms. Thibou, better known as “Mama,” who resides at the New York Congregational Nursing Home in Brooklyn, New York is not your typical nursing home resident. She is fully cognizant and all of her faculties are intact. Her mind is amazingly sharp. She recollects events and family memories with amazing clarity. Mama also has a very feisty, no nonsense personality. At the blessed age of 100 she has earned the right to say what she wants and doesn’t suffer foolishness from anyone. Comments (2)

‘Fried Chicken & Latkes’

Arts & Theater: Rain Pryor’s one-woman autobiographical play will have its World Premiere at Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) in Harlem, running Tuesday, June 2, through Sunday, June 28. “Fried Chicken & Latkes” is the actress-writer-comedian’s funny take on her mixed-race heritage and growing up the daughter of one of the world’s most beloved and iconic funny men, comic genius Richard Pryor. Comment

Vibrant headwraps

Fashion: Atop every woman’s head is a crown. Whether it is invisible or tangibly catching the rays of the sun, celebrating women’s strength and affluence go beyond one month or day. Paola Mathe, a Haitian native, is leading the celebration of women and their many hues of beauty through her fashionable, statement-making headwraps. Comment

Friday, May 29, 2015

LEGACY OF ‘ROCKERS’

Music: It takes more than good lyrics and a nice sound to stay relevant in the music business. In an indsutry dominated by one-hit wonders, passing fads and an audience with a by-the-minute attention span, artists have challenges of rising and staying at the top. The only direction to go is down. Comment

‘Unity and country first’ - President Granger

Guyana: Guyana’s eighth Executive President David A. Granger told thousands of Guyanese who braved a heavy downpour in Georgetown, that they have a duty to actualize the vision of the nation’s founding fathers who fought to create a new state, adding, “we have a duty to continue the work they started.” Comments (1)

Harrowing earthquake adventure in San Francisco

Movies: If you were afraid to swim in the ocean after watching “Jaws,” you might be just as reluctant to visit San Francisco after seeing this spectacular disaster flick. Directed by Brad Peyton (Journey 2), “San Andreas” features a character-driven plot as riveting as its dizzying special f/x. Comment

WICB engages in public outreach

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will stage a series of town-hall meetings over the next three months across the region as it seeks to engage the public regarding challenges facing the regional game. Comment

NY CITY AWAITS LAMPARD

New York City FC, with just one win in 12 MLS games, anxiously awaits the arrival of former England international and Chelsea (England Premier League) midfielder, Frank Lampard, to its rescue. Lampard played his last Premier League game on Sunday, with Manchester City, and is now New York bound. His much anticipated arrival date or first game for NYCFC (1-7-4, 7 pts.) was not announced by the club, but the NYCFC fans are anxious, and are hoping for a Frank Lampard Rescue Act. Comment

Thursday, May 28, 2015

FIFA officials,corporate execs indicted

Trinidad and Tobago: A 47-count indictment was unsealed on Wednesday, May 27 in federal court in Brooklyn charging 14 defendants with racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, among other offenses, in connection with the defendants’ participation in a 24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer. The guilty pleas of four individual defendants and two corporate defendants were also unsealed on Wednesday. Comment

FORMER TYRANT TRIUMPHS

Suriname: A former strongman who formed and ran a political party while still head of the country’s military was this week elected as the civilian president of Suriname for the second time in a decade. Comment

Global soccer figures indicted

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Member of Parliament (MP) and Leader of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner, has been named among several powerful global soccer figures facing charges of corruption, racketeering and money laundering. Comment

Effects of restricting an already safe procedure

Viewpoints: Tanya came to me for an abortion. She has two children and despite working two jobs, has the means to raise one and is pregnant with a third. She is a resilient woman, but this additional pregnancy is one too many. She feels stigma and shame walking into the abortion clinic, but this is actually more a commentary on our ethics and morality as society than on the “immorality” and shame of Tanya and thousands of American women like her who need abortions. Comments (1)

Already spoiling good-looking democratic practice

Guyana: So, wouldn’t it be something else again if, following this squeaker of a win that ushered him into the presidency of Guyana in the May 11 elections, David Granger ultimately has himself a good, substantive run as the country’s leader? Ascending to office on the strength of the few thousand votes and one-seat plurality that separated the Granger-led coalition from the once seemingly invincible People’s Progressive Party (PPP), is hardly what one might call a solid mandate. Still, for Granger and his colleagues to have been declared victors by any margin was no small accomplishment. For inspiration, the new president might look at the arc (if not necessarily the political ideology) of Angela Merkel who, when she first became German chancellor in 2005, could do so only after protracted maneuvering across party lines, but is today considered one of the world’s most powerful leaders. Comment

Caribbean health ministers examine challenges

Health: Caribbean health ministers have joined health authorities of the Americas in discussing the creation of resilient health systems, while examining health challenges and achievements. Comment

AphroChic fuses culture and interior design

Books: Personal style goes far beyond the clothes on your back. How you style your home after graduating from the cutesy designs of your college dorm room courtesy of Target, says a lot about you, your interests and maybe even your cultural background. For the happily married Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, interior design and culture go hand in hand. Comment

‘Marley’ makes relevant music when Maryland mourn

People: Violence that followed the police-shooting death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore affected the lives of police, civilians, students, teachers, businesses and in fact every resident of Maryland. Comment

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

New president restores Guyana’s heritage sites

Guyana: Retired Col. Larry London recently restored the Independence Arch in Georgetown, shortly after newly elected president David A. Granger, appointed him head coordinator to restore heritage sites in the garden city. Comment

Dave Cameron overrides Lloyd’s decision

Sports: The veteran Guyanese cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul apparently was not chosen to join the camp in Barbados in preparation for the Test Series against Australia starting Wednesday, June 3 in Dominica. Chanderpaul was not in the camp and indications were that he was not going to be in the squad for the first Test match. Comment

Caribbean looks to France for climate financing

St Vincent: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, May 22, 2015 (IPS) - By the time leaders of the international community sit down in Paris later this year to discuss climate change, at least two Caribbean leaders are hoping that France can demonstrate its commitment to assisting their adaptation efforts by re-joining the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Comment

Finance like a cancer grows

Viewpoints: ROME, May 26, 2015 (IPS) - It is astonishing that every week we see action being taken in various part of the world against the financial sector, without any noticeable reaction of public opinion. Comment

Monday, May 11, 2015

Get into the hype with Majah Hype

Music: All things that are different boil down to expose that they are very much the same. In the Caribbean, there is a celebration of the differences in language, slang, food and even music but there is a thread undeniably connecting the people of Jamaica to Trinidad and beyond. Comment