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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Haiti president, business leaders open new container port

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haitian President Michel Martelly, business leaders and civic boosters inaugurated an $80 million container port Thursday aimed at giving the hemisphere’s poorest country a much bigger role in global shipping. Comment.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Healthy twists on Caribbean dishes

Food: Can organic, healthy and Caribbean be said all in the same sentence? Words such as rich and heavy are often used to describe Caribbean food with jerk chicken, rice and peas and more leading the charge with hefty portions. Nola Ro is combatting these affiliations with her healthy twists on what Caribbean American food can be from tasty hummus filled cucumber bites to coconut wings. Comment.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

‘Dancing Doctor’ opens new clinic

Brooklyn: The doctor is in! This past Monday on June 29, 2015 Dr. Javid Yadegar and his partners hosted a grand opening event and ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new location of Elite Medical Clinic at 721 Flushing Ave. in Brooklyn, New York. Comment.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Vincentian designer celebrates anniversary

Fashion: With music pumping and patrons reveling in the atmosphere, leading Vincentian fashion designer, Zulema N. George, recently celebrated in style the third anniversary of AK Couture Boutique & Beauty Bar in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in Brooklyn. Comment.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Brooklyn duo ‘nails’ it with Breukelen Polished

Trinidad and Tobago: Ease back into a plush chair and let your mind wander. Your hands are precious, used daily and abused by dish washing soap, turning doorknobs, handshakes with other movers and shakers and much more. Comment.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dine Caribbean in fine style

Food: Throw the word “diet,” “waist trainer” and the phrase “summer body” out the window. The second annual Caribbean Restaurant Week is upon us, from June 22 - 29. Fourteen different locations are prepared to satisfy your taste buds, stomach and most importantly your wallet with discounts prices. Comment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

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.

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.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

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.

Friday, June 19, 2015

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.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

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

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.

Friday, June 12, 2015

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.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

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.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

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.

Friday, June 5, 2015


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.

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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

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.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Western Union expands educational programs

Brooklyn: The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, announced the expansion of its educational programs for Caribbean-born or second generation of Caribbean Americans residing in the United States by pledging US$50,000 through the Western Union Foundation in educational scholarships and extending the program from nine to 19 Caribbean countries. Comment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Clarke welcomes business administrator to Bklyn

Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke last week welcomed Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the federal Small Business Administration to Brooklyn to celebrate National Small Business Week. Comment.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Woman’s work—Birthing Caribbean entrepreneurs

Trinidad and Tobago: You really don’t know what to expect when you put a dozen-plus Caribbean entrepreneurs in one room for a week. But one thing was clear when 15 entrepreneurs — all women — came together in Port of Spain in April. It was the start of something good. Comment.

Friday, May 8, 2015

CaribBeing makes debut at BKLYN DESIGNS

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s creative community bands together for a weekend of presentations and vending at BKLYN DESIGNS. The annual showcase brings together the borough’s most talented artists and designers to share one roof — the Brooklyn Expo Center on 72 Noble St. in Greenpoint from May 8-10. Comment.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

JetBlue expands Caribbean network

Antigua: JetBlue Airways says its continuing to expand its services to the Caribbean as it filed an intent to serve Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) three times weekly from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Comment.

Rawlston Williams: The Rebel Chef

Food: Praise the Lord — and pass the island bowl! A new dine-and-dash restaurant in Crown Heights has customers’s mouths watering and minds thinking of a higher calling with every dish served. Comment.

Review site tips power back into tenant’s hands

Brooklyn: The first major task for anyone moving to a new country, state or city is securing a place with running water and a formidable roof to call home. Comment.

Friday, May 1, 2015


Cuba: Cuba wants greater CARICOM market access but region slow to act. For more than a decade now, Cuba and the 15-nation Caribbean trade group have been trying to refine a system that would govern trade between the two. Comment.

Ex-Im Bank honored during special awards ceremony

Business: Leading online business portal Diversitybusiness.com presented Ex-Im Bank with the Top 25 Government Agencies for Multicultural Business Opportunities Award during their 15th annual National Summit on Thursday, April 30 at the Harvard Club of New York in New York City. Comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Grace Kennedy USA strengthens US partnerships

Jamaica: In keeping with Grace Kennedy’s 2020 campaign map to become a global consumer group and to grow exports significantly, the company has acquired the assets of USA food business, La Fe Foods Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC. La Fe Foods Inc. was established in 1968, and currently has revenues of approximately US$80 million. The company will now have distribution operations in Moonachie, New Jersey; Miami, Florida and Forest Park, Georgia for the Grace Foods line and also the La Fe brand, one of the largest brands in the Hispanic frozen foods and grocery markets. Comment.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Vintage fashion comes to Crown Heights

Fashion: Vintage Shaun, the collective of affordable vintage fashion for men and women will be coming to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for a Pop up Shop the weekend of April 11 - 12. Founder and Crown Heights native Shaunya Hartley, is excited to kick off a Pop Up Shop in the neighborhood she has called home all her life. Shaunya Hartley’s passion for vintage clothing and encyclopedic knowledge of styles and eras has garnered a dedicated cult like following of a young and influential clientele keeping with the saying “Vintage is the New Black. Comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

GraceKennedy brings in more, but earns less profit

Food: The GraceKennedy Group is reporting revenues of $ $21.1 billion, a $2.9 billion — or 16 percent — increase over the same period last year. The Company is however reporting a decline in net profit by 25 percent compared to last year, moving from $941 million to $703 million. Comment.