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Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Travelspan is still keeping fares low

Trinidad and Tobago: Vacation. How sweet that three-syllable word sounds. Exploring a new country, state or island or even returning to a place of origin melts the stress of the realities left at home away. In planning any vacation, there is a battle to secure the cheapest rates whether it be in terms of airfare, hotel stay or deals on cruises. Comment.

George Crooks, international promoter extraordinaire

Jamaica: Jamaican-born George Crooks, founder and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Jammins Entertainment, an arts and cultural promotions event management company, considers himself a promoter of international repute. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Tropical Paradise is a dream personified

Brooklyn: Caribbean restaurants poulate Brooklyn. The mom-and-pop eateries run the streets, opening two to three flagship locations across the borough but none have expanded their resume quite like Tropical Paradise. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

PowerUP Kreyol awards Haitian small businesses

Haiti: Haitian business owners and startups were presented with a unique opportunity through the Brooklyn Public Library’s inaugural PowerUP! Kreyol business plan competition in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Grandchamps Kitchen gives a taste of Haiti

Food: Feed your rumbling bellies with a strong semse of community in Bedstuy’s newest restaurant: Grandchamps. Comment.

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Brooklyn heats up with chile pepper festival

Brooklyn: Brooklyn heats up with chile peppers Brooklynites who like their foods hot and spicy flocked to the 23rd Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Chile Festival and sampled “the spicy” poured or dipped onto corn or plantain chips. Tongues tingled and mouths sometimes burned. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Insecurity Turned Business

Grenada: Insecurities can be crippling. Comment.

Therapy Wine Bar spreads the love

Food: Bedstuy wasn’t so “do or die” Saturday Sept. 19 during an annual shop local block party that has shrunk in size but has kept a big heart. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Sorrel for sale, internationally

Food: Caribbean people are known for owning mom-and-pop eateries, not so much for owning national businesses. Bottling a famed, cultural drink, Jack Summers – known as Jack from Brooklyn whose parents are from Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis — has turned everyone’s favorite Christmas drink, sorrel, into just that. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Fashion for the career women

Fashion: Women shouldn’t sacrifice good fashion at the cost of their careers. Women’s wear designer Beverley Olivacce is bringing the party to New York Fashion Week with a dual-themed runway show that will be followed by a reception. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Jucie couture!: Flatbush natives new shop brings neighbors together

Food: Talk about a main squeeze! Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Jamaican launches Jar of Joy Body Soufflé

Jamaica: The beauty of Heather Elliott-Whitehead runs deep in her Jar of Joy. The Jamaican-born impresario, recently launch her luxurious line of fruit based Body Soufflé at the Annual Beauty conference in New Port Beach, California, to grand fanfare. Comments (5).

Labor Day party for Dragon Stout, D & G Rum

Jamaica: A section of the Door Restaurant in Queens, New York was jam-packed on Thursday, Aug. 13 with supporters of the Caribbean communities in New York who came out to hear about Labor Day plans to promote two popular Jamaican brands — Dragon Stout and the new D & G white over proof rum. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Crochet wear designer keeps evolving

Fashion: The fashion design business is cut throat. Much like any artist, designers are often forced to split their attentions onto their passions alongside their 9 to 5’s that provide the bulk of the green paper needed to survive. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Ice cream venture to help build community

Food: What can a scoop of ice cream provide past a sweet taste that lingers on the tongue? Ice cream can create jobs. It can create a moment of celebration between neighbors. It can represent a positive meeting space within an underserved community. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Trench Town education gets new life

Jamaica: Jamaica is emboldened with rich history. A proud people, Jamaica boasts itself as a country where the sweet sounds of reggae were born and much more. Comments (4).

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hastick appointed Brooklyn Ambassador

Grenada: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has appointed the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Roy Hastick, as a Brooklyn Ambassador. Comment.

On-demand doctor apps bring Uber approach to medicine

Health: WASHINGTON (AP) _ It was 8 o’clock on a weeknight and Brooklyn resident Sarah Sheehan was reeling from a painful earache. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sneakers get a second chance

Fashion: Make your way down Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne Street and Cortelyou Road. What do you notice? On each passing block you might take note of a surplus of nail and hair salons, Chinese American and Caribbean American restaurants and not to mention a plethora of sneaker stores. Comment.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Investment opportunities in the Reggae Island

Jamaica: Jamaica is one the most globally recognized brand in the world. According to the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) the island welcomed 756,463 visitors – 445,105 of which originated from the U.S.; 184,237 from Canada; and 95,177 from Europe. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Jump rope, shed pounds

Brooklyn: Kids these days may never fully understand the joys of playing outside. Trapped in their iPhones, iPads and other gadgets, simple times of hanging outside jumping rope can sometimes get lost in spirited games of Angry Bird. Keeping child-like joy alive and burning up to 700 calories at the same time, husband-wife duo Michelle and Shawn Clark have created “Double Dutch Aerobics.” Comment.