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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Guyanese student picks Harvard over 19 other Ivy League schools

Guyana: Seventeen-year-old Kelly Hyles is a giggly teenager, but her focus and strong determination to attend an Ivy League school, such as Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, Brown and Columbia is an inspirational journey to which other youth should aspire. Comment

Vincy group receives support at school supplies drive

St Vincent: Hundreds of nationals recently demonstrated their support for VincyCares, Inc. at its first fundraising initiative for the year, as the nine-year-old group continues to raise funds to assist needy school children in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comments (1)

New strategies to improve Caribbean health

Health: The Executive Committee of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is discussing strategies and plans to improve the health of the Americas, including the Caribbean, at its 158th session, which runs through Friday. Comment

Thursday, June 23, 2016

A risky balancing act by Sanders

Viewpoints: It may be that what Bernie Sanders has in mind, strategy-wise, heading to the Democratic convention turns out to be a pullback from the “messy” experience he had promised. Comment

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Brooklyn twins shine at annual recital

Music: Generous applauds and shouts of “bravo” rang out in celebrating 17 years in the community as Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy hosted its Annual Recital at the Caton School Auditorium, 18 Marlborough Rd., Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Borough Prez Adams emphasizes health

Brooklyn: Borough President Eric Adams used a personal health battle to raise health awareness at the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Industry’s brunch on June 8. Comment

CPL Twenty20 set for Miami

Sports: The fourth edition of the Caribbean Premier league (CPL) Twenty20 competition is set to start on June 29, with the Miami, Florida leg to be played from July 28-29 at the Central Broward Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Comment

US IN COPA SEMIS

Sports: By Tim Booth SEATTLE (AP) — Another benchmark for the United States. Another huge goal for Clint Dempsey. As unlikely as it seemed a few weeks ago, the U.S. is in the semifinals of the Copa America. Comment

World’s highest paid athletes

Jamaica: World and Olympic Champion Usain Bolt was ranked 22nd on the Forbes Magazine list of world’s highest-paid athletes, behind football greats, Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona striker Lionel Messi. Comment

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Caribbean A commission charged with creating a human strategy for the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was recently launched in Barbados andhosted by the Caribbean Development Bank. Comment

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Deep concern over political uncertainty in Haiti

Haiti: Deeply concerned that the prevailing uncertainty in Haiti is further compounding the numerous political and socio-economic challenges facing the French-speaking Caribbean country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says that further delays in completing the electoral process can potentially affect stability in the country, as well as international support to it. Comment

Loving tribute to a friendship

Books: Two heads are better than one. Another body can make work lighter, both in mood and in task. A partner can support you, encourage you, inspire you, and sympathize with you. You solve easier with another mind on the problem. Yes, two heads are better than one, and in the new book “Running with the Champ” by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli), so are four feet. Comment

Randal Robinson: Grenada is in crisis

Grenada: Randal Robinson, the recently installed public relations officer of Grenada’s main opposition party, the National Democratic Congress, culminated his five-day visit to New York City, by attending and addressing the crowd gathered at the NDC-NY Chapter’s Annual Pre-Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 12. Comment

Monday, June 20, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Breaking a Monster (Unrated) Rockumentary recounting the rise in 2007 of Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal trio of 13-year-old, African-American boys from Brooklyn: Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins. Comment

Sunday, June 19, 2016

CAFE holds Third Tuesday Fashion & Culture Salon

Fashion: The Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFÉ), a marketing initiative of JLC Productions, invites all to celebrate Caribbean fashion and culture at the Third Tuesday CAFE Fashion & Culture Salon, beginning at 7:30 pm next Tuesday, June 21, at the fresh new workspace, Brooklyn Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, between Empire Boulevard and Lefferts Avenue. Comments (1)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Brooklyn jazz legend honored at book-signing

Music: Legendary jazz musician and composer Randy Weston was honored at his book-signing event where the artist was also praised for his talents and six-decade career, at Medgar Evers College on June 10. Comment

Suave CIA agent enlists help of nerdy accountant

Movies: Back in high school, Calvin (Kevin Hart) was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” while his chubby pal Bob (Dwayne Johnson) was being bullied by classmates because of his weight. But that was a couple of decades ago, and a lot has changed since then. Comment

Friday, June 17, 2016

Haiti to redo both rounds of disputed presidential election

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haitian electoral officials announced Monday that a new presidential election will be held in October with additional safeguards in place to avoid the widespread fraud that marred last year’s voting and led to the imposition of an interim government. Comment

Miss Georgetown wears the crown

Fashion: A 22-year-old Kingsborough Community College graduate Saturday night outshone six other beauties to win the Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant at George Wingate High School Auditorium on Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Tessanne Chin to groove in Queens

Music: With less than two weeks left before New York’s premier reggae and R&B summer festival — Groovin In The Park — unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 26, 2016, event organizers are reporting an uptick in calls about Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin. Comment

CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!

Music: What a great way to start off the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! season in Prospect Park than with performer extraordinaire, electrifying funk and soul singer, the borough’s own Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Comment

Vincy student accepted to Harvard Med School

St Vincent: With thousands of applicants annually to Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Ma, a Vincentian student has been very fortunate to be among the elite group that has been accepted to the prestigious institution, considered to be the top medical school in the world. Comment

Thursday, June 16, 2016

FIGHT TO STAY AFLOAT

Trinidad and Tobago: Unless and until international prices for their key exports increase in the coming months, governments of two of the Caribbean trade group’s larger economies will be forced to continue dipping into special rainy day accounts to keep economies afloat officials said this week. Comment

Other currents swirl around a tragedy

Viewpoints: It’s only natural to wonder what peculiar DNA strain is present in those among us who shrug off, unperturbed, what has just transpired in Orlando, as they have every other gunfire massacre that’s now on the books. Comment

Mayor signs Criminal Justice Act

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed Intro. 639-B into law that requires the New York Police Department (NYPD) to provide quarterly reports to the Mayor’s Office and City Council on criminal and civil summonses issued. Comment

State comptroller celebrates Caribbean-Americans

Brooklyn: State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli hosted a celebratory event to honor Caribbean-Americans at the Brooklyn Law School in Boerum Hill on Tuesday, to commemorate Caribbean Heritage Month. The third annual Caribbean Heritage Celebration honored several individuals of Caribbean descent, including Caribbean Life Newspaper, for contributions to the Caribbean community in New York City. Comment

Thousands march in Guyana Unity Parade

Guyana: The Guyanese Unity Parade on Sunday concluded a weeklong of events celebrating Guyana’s 50 years of independence with a display of pride. Comment

Former Antiguan officials face corruption charges

Antigua: Three former Antigua and Barbuda government ministers have been charged with corruption in connection with three Daewoo buses donated to the former Baldwin Spencer administration. Comment

Governments slow to respond to elder abuse

Viewpoints: Toby Porter is chief executive officer of Health Age International Comment

Marijuana researchers seek government approval

Barbados: The University of the West Indies (UWI) is urging the Barbados government to enact the necessary legislation to allow its scientists to undertake studies on the medicinal use of marijuana. Comment

Brooklyn filmmaker showcases his community

Movies: Let us think deeper beyond the surface. That is what one Jamaican-American filmmaker wants people to do before watching his film that tackles life’s tribulations in a relatable way. Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Williams honors former staffers at Pride party

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and co-chair of the City Council’s Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, honored two former staffers at Brooklyn Pride Party on June 7. Comment

Five Guyanese receive leadership awards

Guyana: The excellent contributions made by five Guyanese to up-lift their country and fellow citizens, were celebrated at the first 21st Century Leadership Now Breakfast & Leadership Awards Event, at the Georgetown Regency Conference Center, as part of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence celebrations. Comment

Caribbean pols celebrate youth services’ victory

New York: Two Caribbean legislators in New York City Council has hailed Tuesday’s budget passage that allocates funding for youth services. Chairman of the Youth Services Committee, Haitian-born Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, and Deputy Leader Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, have declared a victory for young people after the funding allotted for youth services in the budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2017 was announced at City Hall. Comment

Pride Month carnage galvanizes rainbow coalition

People: Americans are again traumatized by the hate and bigotry that frequently pauses after a horrendous tragedy but always replays with intensity, conversation and consternation. Comment

East Orange NJ mayor raises Guyana flag over City Hall

Guyana: Mayor of the City of East Orange, Lester E. Taylor III on June 10, congratulated Guyanese on their 50th Independence Anniversary on the steps on City Hall, and said it was a joy to welcome the nationals to the City of East Orange where ‘our vision is setting the standard for excellence to become a destination city.” Comment

Elusive illusionists resurface for another adventure

Movies: It’s been three years since we last saw the world’s greatest illusionists, aka the Four Horsemen, playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Comment

A search for answers from past lovers

Books: In every love life, there’s always The One That Got Away. He got away because you were both too young, too scared, too broke, or too different. Things were said that couldn’t be unsaid, done that shouldn’t have been done. It just didn’t work out then, but now…? In the new novel, “I Almost Forgot about You” by Terry McMillan, he’ll never get away twice. Comment

India to tour Caribbean

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has released the itinerary for the seven-week tour of India to the Caribbean starting in July. The tour was thrown in jeopardy after the West Indies pulled out of a series on the sub-continent two years ago. Comment

US DEFEATS PARAGUAY

Sports: PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Protecting a lead after Clint Dempsey’s first-half goal, the United States’ Copa America planning was suddenly upended. Comment

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Security forces from the Caribbean recently joined the United States, France and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016. Comment

Potable water campaign in Haiti

Haiti: The United Nations says it is supporting the Haitian government in its potable water campaign, stating that some 30,000 residents of three localities in the French-speaking Caribbean country now have access to potable water. Comment

Windies fail to qualify

Sports: For the first time since the inception of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy, the West Indies’ name is not on the list of teams which the organizers announced for the 2017 edition. Comment

Anderson is ICC number one Test bowler

Sports: James Anderson has reached the top of the ICC Test bowling statistics. This is the first time he has reached to the top since his Test career started in 2003. Comment

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Argentina (Unrated) Folklore documentary exploring the heart of the Argentine culture, including the nation’s dance and musical heritage. (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Friday, June 10, 2016

BANKS TAKE ACTION

Caribbean: Once again, the issue of the large American commercial banks such as J.P Morgan Chase and others cutting relations with those in the Caribbean because of alleged high risks of doing business attracted the attention of heads of governments, this time in Cuba where leaders recently gathered for a summit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS). Comment

Tempo honors the legacy of Caribbean music

Music: TEMPO Networks hosted an amazing line-up of entertainment and talent in the form of Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 5 at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in Times Square, New York. Comment

High-school students saluted for achievements at Borough Hall

Brooklyn: Some 75 Brooklyn high-school students of class of 2016 were honored at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday, June 7 for their outstanding achievements. Comment

Fundraising with rum and rythm

Food: The first Friday of Caribbean Heritage Month kicked off with a blast-filled event to the sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, all for a good cause. Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2016

‘Let the jackass bray,’ the man said

Viewpoints: How Trinidad and Tobago’s first and longest serving prime minister, Dr. Eric Williams, once responded to a particular vexation to the spirit decades ago, it turns out, is a seamless fit with the side show we’re currently forced to endure as politics American style, for which one A-class jerk, above all else, bears responsibility. Comment

New PM in St. Lucia, Anthony defeated

St Lucia: Former St. Lucia Tourism Minister Allen Chastanet and his United Workers Party (UWP) on Monday handed the incumbent St. Lucia Labor Party (SLP) of Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony a heavy defeat in general elections, winning 11 of the 17 Parliamentary seats. Comment

Adams hosts first ‘embrace your hyphen’ citizenship drive

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna on Saturday hosted the inaugural “Embrace Your Hyphen” citizenship drive at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment

Medgar Evers College graduates 87-year-old

Jamaica: Medgar Evers College hosted a congratulatory event for an 87-year-old graduate of class of 2016 on Tuesday. Hubert Evans, a safety officer for Brooklyn College, graduated in January but was unable to walk at his graduation two weeks ago. But Evans was delighted to be awarded and celebrated at a special event on June 7 in the presence of his peers and college officials. Comment

VINCY KAISOS FILL THE AIR

Music: Fifteen Vincentian calypsonians Saturday night / Sunday morning thrilled an appreciative crowd in the preliminary round of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Calypso Competition at Café Omar in Brooklyn. Comment

Pan Jazz for Father’s Day!

Music: DFG Promotions will hold its first Father’s Day concert on, June 19, 2016 at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom which is located at 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

What lies ahead for oceans, seas and marine resources

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, June 5 2016 (IPS) - In September 2015, the international community adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Comment

Redemption dance

Arts & Theater: Get up, stand up! Stand up for gay rights! A Caribbean dance festival springing into Dumbo on June 11 will use the music of Bob Marley to call out anti-gay attacks on the musician’s home island. Comment

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

US charges Grenadian investor with fraud

Grenada: The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has announced fraud charges and an asset freeze against a Grenadian investor and wife, accusing them of misusing two-thirds of the money they raised from investors for the purpose of building and operating a new cancer treatment center that would use proton beam radiation to help oncology patients in Southern California. Comment

Muhammad Ali — World’s greatest evangelist

People: The accolades showered on Muhammad Ali is unprecedented for any poet, magician, social commentator, Olympian, athlete, Muslim, pop culture icon, humanitarian, philanthropist and American. Comment

Costumes parade depicts Guyana’s history, culture

Arts & Theater: The history of Guyana’s journey over the last 50 years, its beauty and multicultural heritage were displayed in a spectacular kaleidoscope of colorful costumes as revelers danced along the streets of Georgetown on May 26, during the country’s Independence celebration. Comment

Street carnival begins Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: Dozens of onlookers gathered around Central Library on Wednesday to watch rhythmic performers dancing to the sounds of Haitian drums to mark the start of Caribbean Heritage Month. Comment

Cultural tribute to Guyana

Caribbean American Repertory Theatre Inc. (CART) in collaboration with the Coalition of Theaters of Color and the Theater of the Living Word, will be celebrating Guyana’s 50th anniversary of Independence with a cultural event titled “O’ Beautiful Guyana” followed by a reception. Comment

Narine and Pollard trigger Windies victory

Sports: The Tri-Nation Series started at The Providence Stadium in Guyana with South Africa facing the West Indies. South African captain Abde Villers won the toss and elected to bat. Comment

Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival in Queens

Music: Keith Williams Park (Formerly Liberty Park) entrance at Liberty Avenue and 173rd Street in Queens comes alive this summer when Braata Productions stages the colorful Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2015. Comment

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

COPA OPENER

Sports: SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ Cristian Zapata scored his first international goal, James Rodriguez added a 42nd-minute penalty kick and Colombia beat the United States 2-0 Friday night in the opener of the Copa America. Comment

Noel to sing ‘Golden Arrowhead’ in Brooklyn

Music: Fresh from a crowd-pleasing performance at Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in Georgetown, singer / songwriter, Courtney Noel is gearing up to take the stage on June 12 at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, to recreate that glorious moment at Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary in New York. Comment

No play for Gayle

People: West Indies star batsman Chris Gayle has been blanked from playing with the Melbourne Renegades for this year’s Big Bash League in Australia. Comment

Tomboy-turned-dancer seeks acceptance

Movies: Toni (Royalty Hightower) is an 11-year-old girl growing up in the rough projects of inner-city Cincinnati. The prepubescent adolescent keeps out of trouble by hanging out at the local recreation center with her big brother, Jermaine (Da’Sean Minor) and his BFF, Donte (Antonio A.B. Grant, Jr.). Comment

Grenada’s PM may step aside

Sports: Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has hinted that he will step down as chairman of CARICOM’s Sub-committee on cricket governance, but he was not prepared “to play games” with the future of West Indies cricket. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Be Somebody (PG for mature themes, suggestive comments and mild epithets) Romance drama about a jaded pop star (Matthew Espinosa) burdened by fame who finds love with an ordinary, small-town girl (Sarah Jeffery) while taking a break from the limelight. With Allison Paige, LaMonica Garrett and Mahaley Patel and Caitlin Keats. Comment

Monday, June 6, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Caribbean The European Commission (EC) is giving $100 million euros to help the Caribbean cope with effects of natural disasters, particularly the region’s most vulnerable states such as Haiti. Comment

Revolutionizing the game of basketball

Books: All air. Is there anything better in basketball? It’s sheer poetry, absolute magic, and your team can’t do it enough — especially when it happens from the three-point line. In the new book “Chasing Perfection” by Andy Glockner, you’ll see how science is trying to ensure that it does, as much as possible. Comment

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Mayor deBlasio hails Hastick on 66th birthday

Grenada: New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio has joined elected officials, dignitaries and community figures in extending congratulations to Dr. Roy Hastick, the Grenadian-born founder and president of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), on his 66th birthday. Comment

NYU Lutheran hosts surgical weight loss open house

Brooklyn: The NYU Lutheran Surgical Weight Loss Institute recently hosted its fifth annual open house, welcoming a lively crowd of Brooklyn residents seeking support from weight loss specialists. Comment

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Mayor remembers slain officer at Guyanese Independence Reception

Guyana: Mayor de Blasio celebrated Guyana’s 50th independence with members of the Guyanese community Thursday, for an event filled with awards, singing, storytelling and food. Comment

Donna Brazile to Brooklyn grads: No Trump!

Brooklyn: Graduates at a Barclay’s Center commencement received a hopeful speech from a veteran Democratic political strategist, who used the stage to take a shot at a 2016 presidential candidate. Comment

Jamaica’s first national hero Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Jamaica: Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jamaica’s first national hero, was a proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, inspiring the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarian movement. Comment

Haiti re-invents its visual heritage

Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Youvensky Despeignes used to spend hours a day at home drawing pencil-and-ink abstractions on cheap notebook paper, his aspirations as a painter frustrated by a lack of opportunities in Haiti where a rich artistic heritage has suffered decades of decline. Comment

Friday, June 3, 2016

Haiti panel recommends throwing out results of disputed vote

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ A special verification commission on Monday recommended throwing out the disputed results of Haiti’s first-round presidential election because it appeared to be tainted by significant fraud. Comment

Jamaica to Harvard: Math major accepted into Harvard program

Jamaica: She came to the United States from Jamaica at 17 years-old for school, and knew her stellar grades is what makes her the standout candidate, which is why she is going to Harvard to study in an exclusive program this summer. Comment

Caribbean Maritime students get foundation support

The New York offices of the international law firm, Milbank, hosted the inaugural board meeting of the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) on May 19, 2016. The ACMF’s mission is to improve and increase opportunities for Caribbean students to study and work in the maritime and logistics fields. Comment

Nuriyyih Gerrard crowned Miss World Guyana 2016

Fashion: Twenty-four year old Psychology student, Nuriyyih Gerrard, Ambassador of Region 8, Patoro-Siparuni, captured the hearts of the judges to become Miss World Guyana 2016 during a dazzling evening coronation at the Parc Ranye Center on Guyana’s East Bank, on May 27. Comment

Charitable group appeals for younger members

St Vincent: Stating that younger souls are needed to work in the vineyard, a Brooklyn-based Vincentian organization is making a fervent appeal for the youth to join the group. Comments (2)

Sir Vivian backs Sir Curtly Ambrose

Outspoken former West Indies captain Sir Vivian Richards has come out “batting” for Sir Curtly Ambrose, who was axed as a bowling consultant for the upcoming Tri-nation series against the West Indies starting next week in the Caribbean. Comment

Windies selectors omit four seniors

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have excluded four senior players in the 14-member squad for this month’s Tri-Nation One-day International (ODI) Series in the Caribbean, Comment

Innovation, intellectual property and the donor industry in CARICOM countries

Viewpoints: The focus on innovation and technology has become synonymous with the narrative on the advancement of so-called developing countries as one of the most important means by which countries can move from low to high levels of economic development, to the extent that some are advocating for the renaming of the world groupings from developed and developing to technology rich and technology poor. This does not however properly take into account the economic dynamics which underlie the categorizations as they have come to be known. Comment

Thursday, June 2, 2016

TOO YOUNG TO WED

Trinidad and Tobago: While authorities in Trinidad are battling to stabilize the petroleum-based economy from low world prices and security officials grapple with runaway gun violence, a new controversy is attracting the attention of the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley. Comment

Targeted hammer blows for hizzoner

Viewpoints: How will it look? Nuts-and-bolts logical as such inquiry is, when occasion demands it, it fails oftentimes to receive the due consideration it should. Comment

Remembering our fallen heroes

Brooklyn: Several Brooklyn politicians on Monday joined Americans all over in celebrating Memorial Day. “It is a somber day in which we remember our fallen heroes — the men and women of our military who loved liberty so much that they made the ultimate sacrifice while defending it for the rest of us,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Comment

Doing the people’s work

Viewpoints: The commitment of assuming office is a commitment to serving New Yorkers with the utmost integrity. Comment

Dr. Ivelaw Griffith appointed 10th UG chancellor

Guyana: Excellence and the pursuit of success were engrained in Dr. Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith from a very early age while growing up in Georgetown, Guyana. Comment

The first Black U.S. shipmaster, Vincentian-born Captain Hugh Mulzac

St Vincent: When the United States entered World War II in December 1941, it faced a shortage of merchant mariners. With supplies in desperate needs overseas a massive sealift would require not only a huge fleet of cargo ships, but the seafarers to sail them. Comment

Sunrisers Hyderbad wins IPL 2016

Sports: Some great captaincy from David Warner leading from the front from almost all the IPL games for Sunrisers Hyderbad came down to the final against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Comment

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Antigua A recent Pan American Health organization (PAHO) report has shown that Antigua and Barbuda lags behind most countries in the Americas when it comes to banning smoking in public places and tobacco control. Comment

June’s in bloom with graduates, Caribbean activities

Jamaica: If you discounted Spring’s mantra of ‘April showers May flowers’ better get ready for June’s blooming calendar of activities. The 30-day period packs a hefty load of significant activities to celebrate, commemorate and at the very least participate. Comment

Sci-Fi flicks explores issue of race in America

Movies: It is 1939, and we find a committee of African-American leaders seeking a solution for the “Negro problem.” The group agrees that blacks seem permanently relegated to second-class status because of lynchings, Jim Crow segregation and racial discrimination. Comment

Least Developed Countries still face significant challenges

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, May 25 2016 (IPS) - Since the establishment of the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) category in 1971, the international community has worked hand in hand to support its most vulnerable members. Comment

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Songwriter Irving Burgie’s huge footprints

Music: There’s no doubt that his outstanding performance skills, as well as other natural gifts, propelled Harry Belafonte to the high-flying success he enjoyed as an entertainer decades ago. Equally is there no question about the immense credit to which singer-songwriter Irving Burgie is entitled for the major contribution he made toward Belafonte’s path to super-stardom. Comment

Gil Noble, proud to tell our story

People: In a sterling example of enterprising utilization of establishment resources to forge a path that would enduringly impact people of color, Gil Noble transitioned from merely another African American given an opportunity to “break into” white-dominated mainstream media in the turbulent 1960s, to a respected black-consciousness advocate. Comment

Change is possible in the South Side

Books: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. Shut the door, and what’s inside is familiar and comfortable. It’s yours, and it’s where you want to be at the end of the day. Or maybe not: in “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation” by Natalie Y. Moore, you’ll see how one city’s housing affects black lives. Comment

Monday, May 30, 2016

Adams begins 2016 school lunchtime concert series

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday kicked off his 2016 School Lunchtime Concert Series, with performances by students from the drumline, majorettes and step team at PS 184 Newport in Brownsville. Comment

Free, Friday, concerts in Central Park

Despite resistance to a Spring Awakening, the 8th annual Good Morning America Summer Concert Series debuted last week with a rousing reception to 14 weeks of free, music and the first pop act to launch the popular televised morning showcase. Comment

Hindu, Indian-formatted music radio stations in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: There are 39 registered local FM radio stations in Trinidad and Tobago which service the diverse needs of the multi-religious, multi-ethnic and multi-racial society. Comment

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Power of broke to power of advantage

Books: When you have been selected by President Barack Obama as presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, you return to your childhood borough library, Queens Library, in this position and as a respected business visionary — encouraging talent beyond the ABC’s Shark Tank show — walking down a path, telling your story is convincing and an opportunity to encourage those willing to take on a similar journey. Comment

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Guyana’s Flag hoisted at historic ceremony

Guyana: More than 30,000 Guyanese packed the stands and parts of the grounds of the newly constructed D’Urban Park in Georgetown before midnight on May 25, to witness the historic hoisting of Guyana’s Golden Arrowhead flag, 50 years after the British Union Jack flag was lowered on May 26, 1966, to make Guyana an independent nation. Comment

Williams responds to shooting incident at Irving Plaza

New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and co-chair of the Council’s Gun Violence Taskforce, issued the following statement in response to the shooting death of Ronald “Edgar” Mcphatter on the night of Wednesday, May 25 at Irving Plaza. Comment

Garvey’s ‘Up! Up, You Mighty Race’ Art Exhibit in Harlem

Arts & Theater: Mira Gandy, a visual artist who lives in Harlem has physically elevated the words of Jamaican immigrant Marcus Mosiah Garvey by displaying a colorful weave of his “Up You Mighty Race,” speech high above the heads of ordinary citizens — on a lamp pole for all to admire and ponder. Comment

Rihanna’s Global Scholarship and grant opportunities for NYC youth, seniors

Queens: Rihanna, the Barbados-born singer has established an international scholarship. Applicants must be accepted in a four-year college. Additionally, the applicant must be a native of: Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Grenada, Guyana or Jamaica. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Approaching the Unknown (R for profanity) Sci-fi thriller about an American astronaut (Mark Strong) on a one-way mission to Mars. With Luke Wilson, Sanaa Lathan and Charles Baker. Comment

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hearing on reparations in Atlanta

Atlanta, Ga will be at the center of the growing national discourse and debate about the issue of reparations for African Americans for slavery and generations of discriminatory policies and practices post-emancipation on June 10-11, according the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW). Comment

West Indies selects weak Tri-Nation squad

Sports: West Indies selectors have named a very weak Tri-Nations Series squad which lacks penetrative bowlers. Wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin must make room for Barbadian wicket keeper and batsman Shane Dowrich. Comment

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Veteran Democratic political strategist to address MEC Commencement

Brooklyn: Donna Brazile, the veteran Democratic political strategist, educator and media commentator will be the keynote speaker on Friday, May 27, when Medgar Evers College (MEC) holds its 45th annual commencement ceremony at Barclays Center, downtown Brooklyn. Comment

Festive welcome for Guyanese expatriates

Guyana: Thousands of Guyanese expatriates from every corner of the world, arrived in Georgetown, Guyana, over the last week to a festive welcome when they disembarked from several carriers at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, to revel in the country’s 50th Jubilee Independence Anniversary celebrations. Comment

All around town celebrating Haitian Flag Day

Haiti: In the mid-nineteen nineties a group of Haitian students felt Haiti only got attention when something negative was happening. At that time, Ruddel Deceus and friends from CUNY and other universities organized the 18 Mai Committee named for the date the Haitian flag was created in 1803. The idea of the committee was cultural awareness and the group was dedicated to Haitian history. Comment

Ex-SVG police group honors outstanding 5

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association USA, Inc. last Friday night honored four outstanding nationals and a business concern during its 36th anniversary banquet fund-raiser and awards ceremony at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Court nominee’s snub will re-surface

Viewpoints: Although it has now receded a bit from the major headlines it generated a couple of months ago, there’s every expectation that the issue of President Obama’s selection of Judge Merrick Garland for the U.S. Supreme Court will again be a huge bone of contention, before this critical election season is history. Comment

Windies face new danger

Sports: West Indies is in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the latest International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test rankings. Comment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jamaica takes lead in regional telecoms talks

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica — A multi billion-dollar telecommunications deal, touted as a significant growth opportunity for the Caribbean information and communication technology sector, has come under the scrutiny of the Jamaican government. Comment