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Friday, March 25, 2016

Six women honored in Shirley Chisholm’s name

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member and Deputy Leader Jumaane D. Williams on Monday hosted the third annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Celebration. Comment

‘The Campus’ gets a financial boost

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Friday made a surprise $500,000 commitment to “the Campus,” an initiative spearheaded by New York State Sen. Jesse Hamilton. Comment

Rally for justice for environmental activist

Manhattan: Hundreds of human rights defenders rallied outside the First Avenue Honduras Mission to the UN last week demanding justice for the murder of 44-year-old environmental activist Berta Cáceres, gunned down on March 3 while she was sleeping in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras. Comment

ABC TV scores first in race to gain diversity

People: There is a new president in America. She is a woman, Black and was named last month to head a major broadcast network. Comment

Nesbeth heads to New York

Music: Reggae’s newest musical sensation Nesbeth has a big date in New York on Memorial Monday, May 30, 2016. Comment

Dance your way to fitness, Carib style

Arts & Theater: A vision written down with a due date is no longer a dream; instead, it evolves into a goal. Just a year ago, Candace Thompson envisioned a dance collective to support and celebrate Caribbean American dancers in the Diaspora. Today, the Dance Caribbean Collective is still catapulting forward with new elements including fitness dance classes, bigger shows and more. Comment

We’ve fought a long time for this...

Viewpoints: To The Editor: Wherever I go in our city, people from all walks of life come up to me, literally grabbing me by the arm, all saying the same thing: “I’ve got to talk to you, because I don’t know if I can afford to stay here. I don’t know if I’m going to be priced out of my own city.” Comment

Steamfitter encourages workers to join union

Jamaica: Working with the strength of a team will always have its benefits. For first generation Jamaican American, Jefferson Williams, this “team” comes in the form of the New York City Steamfitter Local 638. Comment

US GOALIES VIE FOR SPOT

Sports: MIAMI (AP) — Goalkeeper Tim Howard says his decision to leave the English Premier League had nothing to do with being benched at Everton. Comment

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Fast fix needed at Trinidad & Tobago Consulate

Trinidad and Tobago: It would probably be difficult to find a group that was more relieved at the ouster of the regime led by former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar than employees, past and current, at the Trinidad and Tobago Consulate in New York whose employment was, in some instances summarily terminated, in others, compromised to levels more befitting a 19th century workplace Comment

MISS NEW YORK WINS CROWN

Fashion: Shawntay Henry of Brooklyn Miss New York is the winner of the 2016 Miss Caribbean United States Pageant held in New York on March 18 & 19. Miss Henry is originally from the United States Virgin Islands now lives in New York. Comment

Guyana prez to headline Jubilee Week in NY

Guyana: Guyana’s President David Granger will be the Grand Marshall of the 2016 Guyanese American Unity Parade and Mashramani in New York City on June 12, 2016, organizers say. Comment

Guyana Consulate extends outreach program

Guyana: Guyana’s Ambassador to the United States, Bayney Karran praised the staff of the New York Consulate for its third successful outreach initiative during an observation visit in the Bronx, on March 19. Comment

Intelligent performers will decide T20 winners

Sports: England, New Zealand and the West Indies started off their World Cup Ventures in fine style with the combination of bowling and batting in fantastic style. Chris Gayle bomblasted his way to an unbeaten century against England and Andre Fletcher swash-buckled 84 from 64 balls. New Zealand bowled out Australia for 79 runs after scoring 120 runs for 7 wickets. Comment

A trendy variation on ‘The Big Chill’

Movies: Bodhi was a popular guy back in high school several years ago. So, when he passed away unexpectedly from an aneurysm, it’s no surprise that many of his friends might decide to return home to attend the funeral. Comment

Times when losing isn’t a bad thing

Books: You are the best kid… at something. You can run the fastest. You can jump the highest. You’re the best skipper, the best hopper, or the best dancer. But what if there was somebody better than you? See what might happen in “The Quickest Kid in Clarksville” by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison. Comment

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Barbados fingerprinting deferred

Barbados: Facing mounting criticism of its plan to fingerprint Barbadians and visitors entering and leaving Barbados, a red-faced government late Friday issued a retraction of the measure, which was set for an April 1 start date. Comment

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Haiti lawmakers reject acting leader’s pm choice

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A majority of lower house lawmakers rejected the interim president’s pick for prime minister Sunday evening, leaving Haiti’s provisional government in limbo. Comment

Democracy visits Caribbean’s communist Cuba

Cuba: More than ever, Cuba gets bragging rights as the Caribbean’s choice destination for hosting high profile celebrities. Sunday when President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle, daughters Sasha and Malia and Marian Robinson, the leader’s mother-in-law stepped out of Air Force One and onto the Havana tarmac of the Spanish Caribbean island, a beaming international spotlight focused on the communist nation. Comment

Obama’s ‘supreme’ choice not so civil

People: Complaints from several civil rights organization and advocates are adding to the booming Republican resistance to President Barack Obama’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Comment

Monday, March 21, 2016

Antigua and Barbuda to join Carib court

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda is planning to join several other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-states in having the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as its final court of appeal. Comment

Court challenge looms for Barbados fingerprinting

Barbados: Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Photo by George Alleyne The Barbados Government’s plan to fingerprint nationals on entry and departure from the island appears set to be challenged in court before the intended April 01 implementation date. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bleed (Unrated) Horror flick about a couple of newlyweds (Chelsey Crisp and Michael Steger) who come to regret inviting their friends to participate in a ghost hunt on the grounds of an abandoned prison that turns out to be really haunted. With Riley Smith, Elimu Nelson, David Yow and Lyndon Smith. Comment

Presenters named for Sparrow symposium

Music: Four distinguished presenters will bring different perspectives on Mighty Sparrow’s phenomenal career at the symposium focused on the legendary artist, that will take place Friday evening, April 8 at Medgar Evers College, presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute, in collaboration with the Medgar Evers College School of Professional & Community Development. Comment

Sunday, March 20, 2016

CARICOM strengthens ties with Japan, Israel

Guyana: The 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping has strengthened its relations with Japan and Israel. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Inter-American Bank (IDB) says Caribbean countries continue to be affected by the global economic downturn of 2008 and some have still not recorded pre-2008 growth rates. Comment

Saturday, March 19, 2016

T&T PM fires housing minister

Trinidad and Tobago: With just six months into the new Trinidad and Tobago government Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has fired his Housing and Urban Development Minister Marlene McDonald from his Cabinet. Comment

Forum on security and governance

Jamaica: Jamaicans in New York will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing discussions targeted at strengthening bilateral relations between Jamaica and the United States during a public forum scheduled to be held in Manhattan, New York on Thursday, March 24. Comment

Friday, March 18, 2016

Eugene, de Blasio talk affordable housing

Brooklyn: Mayor Bill de Blasio came to Brooklyn on Monday evening to host a town hall meeting with local Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene to discuss with residents the mayor’s affordable housing plan. Comment

Panama’s expanded canal faces challenges

Caribbean: PANAMA CITY, March 4, 2016 (IPS) - When the new locks of the expanded Panama Canal begin operations, they will do so amidst numerous challenges, because of the storm clouds hanging over the global economy, especially China. But local authorities and experts are not worried about the possible impact on the expanded canal. Comment

US MEGA BANKS CUT TIES

Guyana: Caribbean Community nations are preparing to step up a lobbying campaign in the U.S. to prevent the mega American banks from completely severing operating relations with those in the region because of unrelenting pressure from U.S. regulators. Comment

SVG Garifuna group hosts National Heroes Day

Music: Marsena Ballantyne, the Sandy Bay-born president of the one-year-old, Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Incorporated (GIPSVG, Inc.), has described as very successful last Saturday’s staging of the group’s inaugural National Heroes Day celebration in Brooklyn. Comment

West Indies defeat England in Twenty20 match

Caribbean: Hard-hitting Chris Gayle smashed the third fastest 100 in Twenty20 Internationals as West Indies started their Twenty20 World Cup campaign with a decisive six-wicket win over England in India on Wednesday. Comment

Community advocate rips ‘opportunities open for Vincentian athletes’

St Vincent: The Philadelphia-based advocate behind St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ participation in the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia, Pa has taken issue with an un-authored article that appeared in THE VINCENTIAN newspaper on Feb. 26, 2016, describing the matter as “real foolishness.” Comment

The Robert Glasper Trio

Music: The Robert Glasper Trio will be performing at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 pm. The group will perform selections from their 2016 GRAMMY Award-nominated album “Covered” along with some of Glasper’s original compositions. Comment

Fight to end mass incarceration of women

Viewpoints: Black women today yield significant political power as the most reliable Democratic voters. Yet, despite growing political importance, they score at the very bottom when it comes to virtually every economic indicator from education to lifetime earnings to household wealth. Some past history that shapes black women’s lives just aren’t changing fast enough. Comment

Jamaican nurse receives Mentor Award

Jamaica: Merle Fearon Warren of Jamaica, West Indies, a registered nurse at Mount Sinai/ Beth Israel Medical Center as well as Lutheran Medical Center was awarded the 2015 Mentor Award from the International Nurses Society on Addictions (IntNSA) for her continued volunteer work educating the public about addiction. Comments (1)

Darlene Love comes to NY

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 8 pm with Darlene Love. Comment

Jamaican named to run Home Depot

Jamaica: Orange is the new Black? Ann-Marie Campbell might readily agree and with a myriad of good reasons. Comment

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Finding a saving grace, after this

Viewpoints: As it begins to look more or less unavoidable that the GOP will be hoisting Donald Trump as its candidate for the U.S. presidency, the true dimensions of America arriving at such a sorry pass should hopefully be sinking in concurrently on those who’ve maybe gone the escapist route with the freak show narrative. Comment

Guyanese woman campaigns to make a difference

March 18 will be the defining moment for Mia Ritchie-Comacho when voters go to the polls to elect a counselor in Constituency 9 whichencompasses Durban Backlands, Lodge Meadow Brook where the Guyanese-American hopes to win the seat in Local Government Election, which was absent for more than 20 years. Comment

BALLADS FOR LOVERS

Music: Lovers of ballads, romance, R&B and red hot euphony will love the music of Dru Hill who are presently on tour celebrating their 20-year anniversary. Comment

Poet laureate among black writers honorees

Arts & Theater: The Center for Black Literature at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (CUNY) says former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove and literary pioneer Charles Johnson will be among honorees at the 13th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) at the college. Comment

$5.6 million at stake in ICC World Cup finals

Sports: The International Cricket Council Twenty20 World Cup would be played across eight venues between March 8 to April 3, 2016. Comment

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Third party proposes Green New Deal alternatives

National: Despite public opinion that the Green Party primarily and singularly focus on environmental issues while promoting an organic lifestyle — polarizing and controversial statements, violent outbreaks at political rallies and indecisive commentaries from frontrunners representing the two major political parties have now infused interest and optimism in the independent party proposing a Green New Deal. Comment

Quilting for a charitable cause

Arts & Theater: The multi-purpose sanctuary of Church of the Holy Apostle in Manhattan was humming with activity — it was a modern day quilting bee. Groups of women and one man sat at circular tables in the hall, needles in hand stitching or knotting hand-made quilts of all sizes destined for others. Comment

Taking a closer look over anonymous companies

Viewpoints: The threat from the misuse of anonymous shell companies is real, and routine. Criminals use them to scam consumers, defraud the government, and launder money. Comment

Indian businessman buys Barbados Tridents

Barbados: IIndian millionaire Vijay Mallya has bought Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise Barbados Tridents. Comment

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Commission to probe Guyana prison riots

The Guyana government has set up a Commission of Inquiry (CoI) to probe the recent riot at the Camp Street, Georgetown Prisons that claimed the lives of 17 inmates. Comment

12-year-old recovers from incurable illness

Movies: Annabel Beam (Kylie Rogers) was born in Burleson, Texas where she was raised by her parents on a farm surrounded by cats, dogs, goats, cows and a donkey. She enjoyed an idyllic childhood there with her sisters, Abbie (Brighton Sharbino) and Adelynn (Courtney Fansler), until the age of 10 when she started experiencing severe stomach pains. Comment

Senghor’s hard-won redemption and afterlife

You can’t judge a book by its cover. Even so, we do it all the time: we see someone’s outside and think we know what’s inside. We base it on his looks, or his youthful indiscretions — things, as in the new book “Writing My Wrongs” by Shaka Senghor, that he may deeply regret. Comment

Walking tour of sculptures of women

Arts & Theater: Artist, historian and activist Lulu Lolo has taken on the mantle of drawing attention to how few New York City statues and monuments are dedicated to women. In New York City, there are 150 public statues of men and five of actual women who are not symbols — Statue of Liberty or fictitious characters — Alice in Wonderland. Comment

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cook makes a difference at Queens Library

Queens: With correspondence and photographs linked to President Barack Obama, the two-term history-making highest-public official worldwide, is highlighted in the legislative office of Assemblywoman Vivian Cook. Comment

Top 20 money laundering countries

Venezuela: The United States Department of State has listed 20 Caribbean and Latin American countries as “major money laundering” territories. Comment

Grenada to establish Twenty20 tourney

Grenada: Grenada plans to establish its own International Twenty20 cricket tournament because its Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell believes his country will face victimization from the West Indies Cricket (WICB) over CARICOM’s call for the dissolution of the current governing structure and replace it with an interim body — a recommendation made in a special CARICOM report. Comment

Commission hails resolution on slavery reparations

People: The U.S. National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) has applauded and supported a resolution sponsored by Illinois State Rep. LaShawn K. Ford calling on President Obama to set up a commission to study the legacy of slavery. Comment

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Barbados continues to spend more, earn less

Barbados: The Barbados government is set to enter a new financial year showing another gaping difference between its spending and the money it expects to take in, with a projected shortfall of Bds$1.6 billion. Comment

Is American society coming of age?

Viewpoints: Who would have thought that the U.S. political class is now feverishly distancing itself from the Iraq war? After years of a genocidal, unethical and illegal war, everyone is now anxious to claim that he / she voted against it, spoke out against it. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Confirmation (PG-13 for mature themes) Dysfunctional family comedy about a cash-strapped carpenter’s (Clive Owen) attempt to reconcile with his estranged, eight-year-old son (Jaeden Lieberher) who’s been dropped in his lap while his ex-wife (Maria Bello) is away on a weekend retreat with her new husband (Matthew Modine). Support cast includes Robert Forster, Tim Blake Nelson, Patton Oswalt, Spencer Drever and Stephen Tobolowosky. Comment

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The European Union (EU) is providing 400,000 euros to implement a new project on preventing domestic violence in the Caribbean. Comment

Haitian airline accepts delivery of first ATR aircraft

Haiti: Haitian-owned airline Sunrise Airways says it has accepted delivery of its first ATR 42-320 aircraft, saying it is “an important next step in its efforts toward establishing a hub in Port-au-Prince,” the Haitian capital. Comment

Friday, March 11, 2016

TOUGH ROAD AHEAD

Battered by low oil and commodity prices including gold, one of the Caribbean Community’s most resource rich countries is headed to the international capital markets to raise funds to keep its economy afloat. Comment

2016 Garifuna-American Heritage Month

St Vincent: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition, USA, Inc. is cordially inviting the public to join in the celebration of March 11- April 12, 2016 as Garifuna-American Heritage Month 2016 in New York City. Comment

Rally, march on proposed CUNY cuts

Brooklyn: The Professional Staff Congress (PSC / CUNY), the union representing staff and faculty at City University of New York (CUNY) colleges says New Yorkers are mobilizing to defend their university. Comment

KCH gets nearly $5M for expanded medical care

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, a long-time advocate for health, on Friday presented King’s County Hospital (HCH) with a $4,912,000 check for expanded medical treatment. Comment

Dominicans and Haitians – bridging the gap

Arts & Theater: The Dominicans Love Haitians Movement has joined the ranks of creative Dominicans in artistic collaboration with Haitians reaching across the contentious boundary that separates the two populations of the one island, Hispaniola. Comment

Tackling identity by using art

Arts & Theater: Conversations of identity, culture, and what it means to be an American intersect in private amongst cultural groups. There are those who cling to their roots, ignoring their ties to being an American, and those who navigate the various layers of what comprise their identity. Comment

MASTERWORKS REDEFINED

Arts & Theater: The Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to New York for its fifth season of self-produced performances on April 22–23, 2016 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, located at 405 West 55th St., New York, NY 10019. The “Masterworks Redefined – New York” series will showcase the energetic dance artistry of the repertory dance company that is turning 40 in its 2016-2017 season. The National Endowment for the Arts designated Dallas Black Dance Theatre as an “American Masterpiece Touring Artist.” Comment

Thursday, March 10, 2016

NYC comptroller honors Brooklyn trailblazers

Three Brooklyn citizens and one organization were honored and called “Trailblazers” on Thursday, Feb. 25 in the Dining Hall at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Comment

ADI SCORES WINNER

Sports: PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ New season, same result. Fanendo Adi scored in the 79th minute and the defending champion Portland Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday in a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup final. Comment

The Terry Gajraj story

Music: Heart pounding, butterflies out of control, Terry Gajraj paced back and forth nervously backstage at the Brightstar Productions “Indo-Caribbean Show” in Toronto, Canada. Terry was about to share the stage for the very first time with many of his idols to sing in front of 8,000 hungry fans. This moment forever changed his life. Comments (5)

Who is Donald Trump?

Just under one score years ago a core of U.S. fundamentalists got together to plot one of the most egregious and ill-fated crimes of human history. Comment

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Will their standards sink even lower?

Viewpoints: Is this stuff real, that would-be Republican presidents are serving up for public sampling? It’s difficult to resist the conclusion that the mud-wrestling bouts featuring what’s left of the field of GOP seekers of White House occupancy is too bizarre not to be an act – a sick promotional ploy concocted by party operatives. Comment

Grenada’s New Consul General puts community first

Grenada: Grenada’s New York Consulate office has a new face: Rosemarie Welsh. Comment

Chantal Jones shares ‘Words of Wisdom’

Grenada: Honoring women of the past and present, Grenadian American Chantal Jones is dedicating her talents to highlight women who are making history now. Comment

Obama’s heir to address Sharpton’s 25th confab

Two presidential candidates in the race for nomination by the Democratic Party are confirmed to attend the 25th anniversary convention commemorating the beginning of the National Action Network (NAN). Comment

Honoring Brooklyn champions

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Thursday hosted his second annual “A Night Honoring Brooklyn Champions,” which celebrated the success of the borough’s recent academic, artistic and athletic championship teams. Comment

Womanizing playboy finally meets his match

Confirmed bachelor Charlie Mack (Terrence J) is always up-front with women about his dating philosophy, simply, “I don’t do relationships.” Comment

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Seven honored at National Black Nurses Day event

Brooklyn: It was a collegial gathering last Friday of fellowship, inspiration and recognition when more than 200 nurses converged at Kingsbrook Medical Center for the 28th National Black Nurses Celebration. Comment

Vincy track star continues winning ways

St Vincent: Vincentian national track star Brandon Valentine-Parris continues his winning ways in track meets in the United States, tracking up victories in the past two weeks in events in North Carolina and Georgia. Comment

‘Soul Serenade’ takes a spin on vinyl

Books: Vinyl is making a comeback. Those are five words that put a smile on a music aficionado’s face. A CD isn’t the same, they say. An MP3 is nowhere near as good. You don’t get the right sound unless you’re spinning a record, so vinyl is coming back – but, for people like Rashod Ollison in “Soul Serenade,” it never really left. Comment

Monday, March 7, 2016

Symposium to examine Sparrow’s career

Music: The storied career of the artist who has been the most renowned name ever in the field of calypso, Mighty Sparrow, will be examined in a symposium presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute, in collaboration with the Medgar Evers College School of Professional & Community Development, on Friday evening, April 8. Titled “Just Like That, Sparrow Turned 80,” the symposium will be held in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall on the Medgar Evers College campus in Brooklyn, N.Y. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: About Scout (Unrated) Unlikely-buddies drama about a 15-year-old Goth girl (India Enninga) who embarks with a suicidal stranger (James Frecheville) on a road trip across Texas in search of her missing little sister (Onata Aprile). Featuring Danny Glover, Ellen Burstyn, Jane Seymour and Nikki Reed. Comment

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Eugene: Expand Summer Youth Employment Program

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, chairman of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, on Wednesday dispatched a letter signed by 40 of his colleagues asking Mayor Bill de Blasio to expand the funding for the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) and to add more job opportunities for disconnected youth. Comment

Growing concerns over terrorist activity in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: Financial transactions are suspected to be linked to more than l00 persons participating in terrorist activity in Trinidad and Tobago over the past year. Comment

Dr. Una Clarke: Jamaicans should exercise their democratic right

Jamaica: CUNY Board Member, Dr. Una Clarke, a Jamaican-American, called on Jamaican nationals to harness the country’s natural resources by returning to the soil to make their produce marketable, while feeding themselves. Comment

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is advising Caribbean countries to focus on increasing flights from a small pool of airlines to attract more tourists, rather than seeking to attract ever-growing list of carriers. Comment

46 NY state legislators endorse Clinton for prez

People: In a strong showing of support from her home state, Brooklyn Assemblyman N. Nick Perry, chairman of New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus, announced on Tuesday that 46 members of the Caucus, including Assembly Speaker Carl E. Heastie, and Senate Democratic Conference Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, declared their endorsement of Hillary Clinton for president Comment

Cuba announces first case of Zika, imported from Venezuela

Venezuela: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuba announced Wednesday that it had detected the first case of the Zika virus on the island, which had been one of the last nations in the Western Hemisphere free of the disease. Comment

Bessie Coleman: From cotton picker to first Black, female pilot

People: Difficult as it seems for Blacks to achieve equity in the film industry, corporate boardrooms and major media organizations, the prospect of women ever vaulting to the heights men regularly aspire has always been elusive. Comment

Friday, March 4, 2016

Deadly prison riots in Guyana, 17 dead

Guyana: Inmates who rioted at Guyana’s main prison facility for the past three days Friday signed off on a gentleman’s truce with authorities to cease rebellious activities following an unprecedented meeting with cabinet members who have pledged to deal with several decades-old grievances including delays in trials, better food, and officer brutality. Comment

Hearing on Mitchell-Lama housing

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, chair of the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday co-hosted the first City Council oversight hearing in seven years on Mitchell-Lama housing. Comment

Dominica Public Works and Ports minister resigns

Dominica: Dominica Public Works and Ports Minister Ian Pinard has tendered his resignation amid allegations of inappropriate conduct with an underage girl. Comment

Femimoreans celebrate Heritage Sunday

One of the oldest United Methodist Churches in Brooklyn on Sunday culminated Black History Month celebrations with a grand tribute, dubbed “Heritage Sunday.” Comment

Vincy soca star goes big in Europe

Music: In continuing his expansion in Europe, Vincentian-born international soca superstar Kevin Lyttle has partnered with the Dutch entertainment company, Perpetual Motions Entertainment. Comment

Guyana’s Consulate celebrates Republic Anniversary

Guyana: A small group of expatriates celebrated in a big way the 46th Republic Anniversary and Mashramani on Feb. 19 at the Guyana Consulate of New York with spirited drumming, eloquent poetry, memories through the years, and a fine arts exhibition which showcased the pride and talents of the Guyanese people. The event also commemorated the country’s 50th Jubilee. Comment

Ras Slick makes power moves

Music: If the past few months are any indicator of what lies in store, it is clear that 2016 will indisputably be a year of great success for Reggae entertainer Ras Slick, also known as Sylburn Rowe by friends and family. Comment

Egbert Hall celebrates his 102nd birthday

Guyana: Egbert Hall was born in Plaisance East Coast Demerara Guyana, South America on Feb. 26, 1914. He attended Plaisance Wesleyan Primary School. On leaving school, he joined the sugar plantation working as an engineer apprentice where he developed to be a first class engineer. Comment

CPL comes to the US

Sports: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will stage six matches in the United States during the upcoming season. Comment

Thursday, March 3, 2016

JLP WINS BY A THREAD

Jamaica: General elections in Jamaica in the past week have given the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) its unprecedented third government with a razor thin one-seat majority fueling fears that the islanders will soon be asked to go to the polls again. Comment

Rihanna’s whine is not a crime

Music: Dancing is an art in the Caribbean. Men and women form crews, following the instruction of Merital Family or Elephant Man to showcase their dancing shoes, athleticism, and creativity. Comment

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Christie’s mean-spirited parting shot

Viewpoints: I remember MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow concluding another of her typically well-crafted intros with: “And that’s why this man will never be president of the United States.” Comment

SVG Garifuna group hosts inaugural National Heroes Day

Arts & Theater: With inordinate national pride and identity, the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Incorporated (GIPSVG, Inc.) is hoping to tap into nostalgic celebrations by hosting, for the very first time, a grand National Heroes Day spectacle in Brooklyn. Comment

CRC hosts 5th Annual Shirley Chisholm conference

Brooklyn: The Caribbean Research Center (CRC) at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College will on Saturday, March 19 host the 5th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference.” Comment

DRAW

Sports: FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ Honduras overcame a two-goal deficit and tied Colombia 2-2 in an exhibition between under-23 national teams Saturday night. Comment

Cultural clash - Radical Islam and Malian culture

Movies: In 2012, radical jihadists invaded the country of Mali from the north. Even though the population was already 98 percent Muslim, the uncompromising religious zealots declared Sharia the law of the land. Comment

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Jamaica goes green again

Jamaica: In Jamaica colors matter. Regardless of race, religion, class or social standing, among nationals, two from the rainbow hold sway — green and orange Comment

The firebrand’s fight for social justice

Books: You know your own mind. After thinking things through, you have your opinions and while you’re willing to listen to what others say, you’re also willing to defend what you believe in. And, as in the new book “The Firebrand and the First Lady” by Patricia Bell-Scott, your friends don’t necessarily have to agree with you. Comment

D’Marsh’s French inspired styles

Fashion: Manifique! — Says it all for the Fall 2016 La Vie Du Noir French inspired collection by designer Glenroy Marsh. The connoisseur of fashion was on point flooding the runway with a delightful array of black outfits trimmed with just a bit of color to show off his Caribbean roots. Comment

Interim Windies team manager

Sports: West Indies leg-spinner Rawl Lewis has been appointed interim West Indies team manager for the Twenty20 World Cup in India in March. Comment

Monday, Feb. 29, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM member states will be moving to tackle the Zika virus that is affecting the region. Comment

Drought hammers Haiti’s countryside, many go hungry

Haiti: ORIANI, Haiti (AP) _ Only shriveled carrots and potatoes grow in Carole Joseph’s small vegetable plot. The family’s chickens are long gone. She sold her only tools to buy food, then the wooden bed she shared with her children. Comment

Vincentians face higher food prices

St Vincent: Vincentians will have to dig deeper into their pockets to buy several foodstuff items including package rice, chicken, lentil, butter, pigeon peas, yeast and baking powder following new taxes announced by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves in his 2016 budget recently. Comment

CARICOM to scrap cricket board

People: CARICOM leaders have signaled their intention to scrap the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and appoint an interim body to revive the game. Comment

US, Cuba hold technical talks on cybercrime

Cuba: The United States says its working-level representatives and their Cuban counterparts have held a technical meeting in Havana, Cuba to exchange information and best practices related to preventing cybercrime and online fraud. Comment

It’s not just Flint where kids are in danger

Viewpoints: Brown, foul-smelling water spewing out of faucets. Children poisoned by lead and other toxic metals. Families with aching joints, brittle bones, and shocking hair loss. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Chirlane McCray calls on churches to host mental health workshops

Brooklyn: Chirlane McCray, last Sunday, unveiled a comprehensive guide to mental health titled “Thrive NYC – A Mental Health Roadmap for All” to help New Yorkers find a better way of living through 54 programs that include term treatment, mental health in schools, early detection and community partnerships. Comment

Zika data collection aids Caribbean address virus

Health: Directors of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have praised Brazil’s research and actions on the Zika virus, saying that the country’s data collection is helping the Caribbean and other countries better address the virus. Comment

Jamaica brings warm vibes to New Yorkers

Jamaica: On Thursday, the Jamaica Tourist Board engaged commuters at the 33rd Street Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) station in Manhattan, 7 am until 12 noon, offering New York and New Jersey residents a brief escape to the warm island of Jamaica. Comment

UNDP at 50 seeks broad coalition targeting sustainable development

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Feb 22, 2016 (IPS) - Fifty years ago, one in every three people around the world was living in poverty. It was against that backdrop that the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP), was founded in 1966. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Ava’s Possessions (R for profanity, sexuality and graphic images) Louisa Krause plays the title character in this horror flick as a woman who has her demons exorcised by a priest (John Ventimiglia) only to have them try to reenter her body. With Carol Kane, Wiliam Sadler and Jemima Kirke. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016

Fingerprinting coming to Barbados ports

Barbados: In just over a month persons entering and leaving Barbados will have their fingerprints taken as a security measure, but a former attorney general, Dale Marshall, wants Barbadians exempted. Comment

City Council seeks to preserve housing for low-income residents

Brooklyn: The City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings last week heard testimony on a package of bills designed to strengthen the city’s tool-kit for preserving the existing housing in which most low- and moderate-income New Yorkers reside. Comment

More than a myth Belafonte lives his legacy

Music: Depending on the prism an individual looks through to define Harry Belafonte, any number of definitions could apply to his legacy and storied creative and humanitarian career. Comment

EVENING OF POETRY

Books: Poetry lovers filled to standing room BRIC House’s performance space last week for the Stoop Series event “We Be Darker Than Blue.” Performance poet Mahogany L. Browne guided a full program of word-art which culminating with featured guest Sonia Sanchez. Comment

Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

RODNEY KILLED BY STATE

Guyana: Guyana’s government is expected to absorb serious political flak whenever it lays before parliament the findings of a report of a commission of inquiry into the June 1980 bombing death of a world renowned Guyanese historian and fiery opposition politician. Comment

Obama, Raúl Castro to launch new era with historic visit

HAVANA, Feb 23 , 2016 (IPS) - U.S. President Barack Obama and his Cuban counterpart Raúl Castro will go down in history as two statesmen who managed to overcome more than half a century of hostility to bring back together two neighbouring countries with too many shared interests to remain at loggerheads. Comment

Union petitions Cuomo on CUNY funding

New York: District Council 37 (DC 37), the city’s largest municipal union, is circulating a petition urging New Yorkers to force Gov. Andrew Cuomo and State legislators to “properly fund” the City University of New York (CUNY). Comment

Sir Hilary: Reparative justice needed

Caribbean: At a time when Harvard University finds itself debating the ways controversial history is remembered on campus, Caribbean historian Sir Hilary M. Beckles says the best way to deal with a thorny past is confronting it head on, according to reports. Comment

‘Art Connect’ sheds positive light on Laventille

Movies: No matter where you are in the world, there is always a neighborhood, section, or block in a particular place that carries some sort of bad reputation. Comment

Brendon McCullum breaks Sir Vivian’s record

Sports: Brendon McCullum blasted the fastest Test Century in the history of the game surpassing Sir Vivian Richards record of 30 years. In 1986, against England Vivian Richards scored a century in 56 balls. McCullum scored his century in 54 balls at Christ Church New Zealand against Australia. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

‘Die-In’ calls for immediate end to ICE raids

Manhattan: The constant cold rain didn’t dampen the resolve of immigrant rights advocates Tuesday afternoon rallying outside of the Federal Building in Manhattan to protest raids that wreak fear and panic in immigrant communities across the country. Faith leaders and affected immigrants were among those voicing their concerns. Comment

Queens political legend Barbara Clark dies at 76

Queens: A Southeast Queens community mourns the loss of one of its Democratic-political legends, Assemblywoman Barbara Clark, who died at age 76 of natural causes on Feb. 22 at her home in Queens, NY. Comment

Vincy designer wows NY

Fashion: Top Vincentian fashion designer, Kimon Baptiste, says she has received “excellent” response to her “Kimmystic.Clo” label in her maiden “Pop-up Shop” in Brooklyn, New York last Saturday. Comment

President Granger meets with Ban Ki Moon

Guyana: President David Granger met with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Headquarters, on Friday, during the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Geneva agreement to resolve the controversy over the frontier between Guyana and Venezuela – and later stated that he is satisfied with the progress being made at the United Nations to bring an end to the ongoing conflict. Comment

Judge not: Conservatives can be liberal

With politics, not everything is always black or white. For instance, take the cases of Republican conservatives former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and former Republican House Speaker John Boehner. Comment

TOUGH BATTLE AHEAD

NEW YORK (AP) _ The United States will play Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay in what appears to be a difficult first-round group in the Centennial Copa America. Comment

Challenges of an Alzheimer’s caretaker

Books: You can’t remember what you came into the room for. That happens with disturbing frequency. Forgetting your glasses, losing your keys, it really bothers you because you’re not sure if it’s a normal part of aging or something else. And in the new book “Before I Forget” by B. Smith & Dan Gasby with Michael Shnayerson, the worry isn’t yours alone. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016

Unimpressive credentials for presidential duty

Viewpoints: The sorry state in which the Republican Party finds itself this presidential election year, rather than improving as the campaign grinds on, is getting even sorrier. Comment

Building a pipeline to success in central Brooklyn

Viewpoints: Almost 53 years ago, Medgar Evers, the civil rights activist who led the movement to desegregate the University of Mississippi, died at the hands of an assassin as he fought for basic rights, including the right to a fair and equal opportunity at a decent education. Comment

Rosaline October celebrates 92 yrs in fine style

Guyana: Rosaline October is the owner of the oldest run restaurant and liquor bar on Regent Street in Georgetown, Guyana. And despite living in Brooklyn, this senior citizen is not daunted by the thousands of miles she has to travel to take care of business in her homeland. Comment

‘Crimmigration’ and its importance to our society

Viewpoints: “Crimmigration” is the marriage of Criminal and Immigration Law. “Crimmigration” is important to our community because many criminal convictions and certain non-criminal convictions may have serious adverse consequences for aliens (green card holders); non-aliens and individuals in unlawful status in the United States of America. Comment

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM leaders have accepted a proposal from Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to amend the Treaty of Chaguaramas to incorporate the Council for National Security and Law Enforcement (CONSLE) as an organ of CARICOM and the Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) as an institution of CARICOM. Comment

Jesse Owens’ triumphs at 1936 Berlin Olympics

Movies: Jesse Owens (Stephan James) is famous for winning four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics staged in Berlin. The and track and field events events in which he competed included the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 4 x 100-meter relay race. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016

Obama plans historic trip to Cuba to further ties

Cuba: WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Barack Obama will pay a historic visit to Cuba in the coming weeks, senior Obama administration officials said, becoming the first president to set foot on the island in nearly seven decades. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Backtrack (R for profanity, violence and disturbing images) Psychological thriller about a shrink (Adrien Brody) who starts questioning his own sanity after discovering that his patients are ghosts. With Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence and Jenni Baird. Comment

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Oldest Test cricketer dies in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: The world’s oldest Test cricketer, Andy Ganteaume has died at the age of 95. Comment

Port of Spain mayor resigns amid protest

Trinidad and Tobago: Embattled Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Mayor Raymond Tim Kee has resigned his post following condemnation and protests over his comments about women’s “lewd” and “vulgar” carnival behavior. Comment

UN welcomes Haiti’s provisional president

Haiti: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as the UN and its partners in Haiti, have welcomed Sunday’s election by the French-speaking Caribbean country’s National Assembly of Jocelerme Privert as interim president. Comment

Singer of the year

Music: The year has just begun and soulful multi-talented singer Nefatari has been deemed by music fans and insiders as the next “It” face of music. Comment

CARICOM seeks solutions to corresponding banking issues

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called for a coordinated strategy in tackling the region’s corresponding banking issues. Comment

Cricket stars in the dark

Sports: Several West Indies cricket stars maybe overlooked for the Tri-Nation tournament in June following an announcement by the West Indies Cricket Board that only players who participated in the recent Regional Super50 would be eligible for selection. Comment

First Haitian lay person buried at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Manhattan: Haitians more than most nationals in the Caribbean, can claim a myriad of historical trailblazing feats. The first in the region to win independence from their French colonizers in 1803, they are also the proud pioneers and model for every Black nation throughout the entire world to follow. Comment