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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.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Jamaicans angry with British prime minister

Jamaica: The fallout from last week’s visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to Jamaica continued this week with a flaming row over whether Jamaican authorities had in fact agreed to allow Britain to dump hundreds of Jamaican convicts serving time in British jails into a facility to be built on the island specifically for that purpose. Comment.

UN officials ‘shocked’ by ex-Antiguan diplomat arrest

Antigua: Top United Nations officials say they are “shocked” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the “very serious allegations” announced by United States’ federal prosecutors against Dr. John Ashe, a former president of the UN General Assembly and erstwhile Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN. Comment.

Vinette Pryce - catches you ‘Inside Caribbean Life’

Jamaica: At the helm of all things Caribbean, logging stories from politics to entertainment, is veteran beat reporter Vinette Pryce. Joining Caribbean Life at its inception, Pryce has delivered insightful pieces from her coverage of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Jamaica to interviewing Fidel Castro at Columbia University, to name just a few. Comment.

Kam Williams - a film critic worth reading

Movies: Churning out 10 to 12 articles a week, boasting an impressive list of celebrities he has held conversations with, and one of the few black reviewers on popular site Rotten Tomatoes, Kam Williams’ career as a film reporter happened seemingly by accident. Comment.

Paul Clement — Grenadian political scientist

Grenada: Paul C. Clement is an associate professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York (SUNY). Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Nelson King: Caribbean Life freelancer since 1990

St Vincent: Nelson King began putting pen to paper for Caribbean Life newspaper while wrapping his senior year at Brooklyn College, pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and Journalism, back in 1990. Comment.

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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.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Antigua, Malta to advance the interests of SIDS

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda and Malta have pledged to work together in advancing the interests of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York. Comment.

Elderly honored at Yesterday’s Children Tribute

Trinidad and Tobago: A salute to Yesterday’s Children is about love, honor, obedience, gratitude and unity- qualities that were certainly expressed on Sept. 20, when five elderly women were treated to an evening of elegance at the New Hope Empowerment Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

FIFA bans Jack Warner for life

Trinidad and Tobago: FIFA, soccer’s world governing body for the sport has banned its former vice-President Jack Warner for life last Tuesday for “many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official,” FIFA’s ethics committee said. Comment.

Francine Chin is taking over Internet radio

Jamaica: We are spoon-fed that radio, newspapers, magazines and eventually television, are dying. Many pioneers have left their perches in search of either joining the new wave in the digital realm or reminiscing on the good ol’ days. Comment.

George Irish embraces diverse fields

Montserrat: The community work of Montserratian Dr. George Irish, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, embraces diverse fields. Comment.

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Cameron provides Caribbean aid, rejects slavery reparations

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday rejected the Caribbean’s push for slavery reparations during his first official visit to Jamaica, a once-profitable British colony that became independent just over 50 years ago. Comment.

Antigua takes WTO dispute to UN

Antigua: Declaring that rich and powerful nations must help developing countries, such as those in the Caribbean, grow, instead of putting obstacles in their way, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has taken the country’s ongoing dispute with the United States over online gambling to the United Nations. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

Guyanese call for peaceful resolution to border conflict

Venezuela: More that 300 Guyanese held a peaceful demonstration on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, calling for a peaceful resolution to the fight for the South American country’s mineral rich Essequibo Region that Venezuela has laid claim to 116 years ago. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will settle the country’s longstanding debt to the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Guyana wants protection from foreign aggression

Venezuela: Reaffirming his country’s commitment to international law and the primacy of the decisions of the United Nations, the President of Guyana, David Granger, on Tuesday called on the world body to stand by its commitment to protect small states from foreign aggression. Comment.

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.


Fashion: Runway shows aren’t always so cookie cutter or rest on a surface stitch level. With New York Fashion Week already etched in our minds as a good memory, the Grenadian American Young Women’s Association is inviting us to revel in good fashion for an inspiring cause. Comment.

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.

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Guyana nationals can travel to Russia without a visa

Guyana: Russian President Vladimir Putin may not agree with U.S. President Barack Obama on how to handle Syria. Comment.

Guyana’s first lady champions women’s causes

Guyana: Guyana’s First Lady, Her Excellency Sandra Marie Granger, a champion for women’s causes, was the guest speaker at a Women’s Networking Reception on Sept. 26, as part of her first official visit to New York to attend the 70th UN General Assembly with President David Granger. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Antigua, South Africa pledge closer ties

Antigua: The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne and the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma have pledged to establish closer cooperation between the two nations, according to an Antigua and Barbuda Government statement issued in New York. Comment.

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Students from Montserrat have been offered a scholarship to pursue studies at the American International College of Arts and Sciences (AICASA) or the American University of Antigua - College of Medicine (AUA). Comment.

SVG PM urges calm in Guyana-Venezuela border dispute

Venezuela: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has appealed for calm among “agitators” in the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. Comment.

Vincentian PM appeals for another term

St Vincent: As the constitutionally-due date for general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines draws near, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has made an impassioned appeal for voters to return his Unity Labor Party (ULP) administration to office. Comments (1).

Caribbean braces for worsening drought as dry season nears

Environment: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ The most severe drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years is expected to worsen despite rains from tropical storms that have replenished some reservoirs. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

US congratulates St. Kitts, Belize on independence anniversaries

St Kitts and Nevis: The United States has congratulated St. Kitts and Nevis and Belize on their respective independence anniversaries, saying that their partnership and bilateral work in the region “can only serve to strengthen our relationship.” Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Insecurity Turned Business

Grenada: Insecurities can be crippling. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015


Venezuela: Ever since U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil reported a huge oil and gas find off Venezuela in early May, authorities in neighboring Venezuela have turned up the pressure on neighboring Guyana, laying claim to the concession area, ordering the company to quit work and telling other global firms not to bother to begin seismic offshore work. Comment.

Jamaica improving educational system: WB

Jamaica: The World Bank says Jamaica is taking “big steps” in improving its educational system. Comment.

Taylor new Windies Women captain

Caribbean: Jamaican batsman Stafanie Taylor has been appointed the new captain of the West Indies Women, replacing the long-serving Merissa Agulleira. Comment.


Music: It’s hard to believe that the name Noel “Dancemaster” Stevens is still not a household word. Believe it or not, those familiar with the Jamaican performer regard him as the trailblazing Yardie who has been promoting soca music for longer than most. Comment.

Hundreds attend Brooklyn Book Festival

Books: This past Sunday, thousands of New Yorkers who love the written word came out for the 10th anniversary of the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, one of America’s premier book festivals attracting a hip, smart and diverse crowd. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science, Technology and Innovation Committee (CSTIC) team will visit Cuba later this month to explore collaboration and co-operation in the field of science and technology. Comment.

Kaios International Sounds scores a first

Brooklyn: Someone once said that the satisfaction of winning and regret after losing are both worthy of remembrance. If this is so, then Mark Mclean, band leader of Kaios International Sounds is a very satisfied man who will forever remember his band’s most recent first place win for medium size bands at this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. Comments (1).

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Guyanese urge intervention in border conflict

Guyana: Ahead of President David Granger’s presentation to the 70th UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, nationals in the Diaspora are urging the head of state to draft a resolution to discuss Venezuela’s renewed claim of Guyana’s Essequibo region. Comments (1).

Community salute to Dr. Winthrop Holder

Trinidad and Tobago: Several community organizations, along with the National Dental Association, have collaborated to plan a salute to Dr. Winthrop Holder, a dental surgeon who has served residents of Brooklyn and beyond for many years, both in his professional capacity and in his abiding interest and involvement in community affairs. Comment.

Pontiff arrives in Cuba with message of solidarity, reconciliation

Caribbean: Amid tears and cheers, Pope Francis, the architect of the United States-Cuba rapprochement, began his historic trip to Cuba on Saturday with a message of solidarity and reconciliation, according to reports here. Comment.

Dame Janice calls for integrity of judiciary

Grenada: Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Dame Janice M. Pereira, has urged the legal profession to uphold the integrity of the judiciary. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015


Jamaica: Jamaica’s age-old quest to begin legally exporting large amounts of marijuana for medicinal purposes seemed to be closer than ever to reality with reports this week of a major partnership between a U.S. company which wants to use weed from the island as a base for its medical products. Comment.


Arts & Theater: 1st Place – Portrayal: “The Obeah in We” From the Band: Cocorite House 2nd Place – Portrayal: “Trinidad and Tobago” From the Band: Then & Now 3rd Place – Portrayal: “The Seven Deadly Sins” From the Band: Antoine International Comment.

Urgent need for action: UN

Caribbean: As Caribbean leaders and diplomats get ready to address the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in the days ahead, the President of the 193-member body says a major priority for the session is to ensure that all actors move swiftly to deliver on the promises being made for sustainable development. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Sir Hilary to receive humanitarian award

Barbados: Vice-Chancellor of The University of The West Indies (UWI), Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles was expected to be specially honored at the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Conference in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, 2015, according to the New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW). Comment.

Ramdin axed as Test captain

Caribbean: West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been axed as Test captain after just 15 months in the position and was replaced by Barbadian One-Day skipper Jason Holder, for the tour of Sri Lanka next month. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Newly elected T&T PM sworn in

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley, political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) was sworn in as Trinidad and Tobago’s seventh prime minister on Wednesday, Sept. 9 during a ceremony at Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain. Comment.

The CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property; revisiting the idea

Caribbean: In January 2010 this column first proposed the idea of the CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property (IP) matters. In the years following its publication, there has been a little movement in the area of IP in the Caribbean including the common usage of the term Caribbean Intellectual Property which was also introduced through this column. Comment.

Gay Carib pageant brings community together

Fashion: Recently, we have witnessed the LGBTQ achieve equality that in many respects elude the Caribbean community in terms of tolerance. Creating a safe place for Caribbean born or native homosexuals to be proud of their culture and sexual preference, Hemish Gervis created the Gay Caribbean USA Pageant – now in its seventh year. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says while economic growth in the region continues to strengthen, it remains fragile and uneven. Comment.

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.

Labor Day continues to boast Caribbean pride

Arts & Theater: It’s a sad end to one of the most highly anticipated weekends. Following a sleepless weekend of activities, Brooklynites and visitors alike pull themselves out of bed following the hype of Labor Day. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Hot 97 blasts Reggae, Soca

Music: Labor Day weekend is over but in its wake there are memories worth a lifetime. Kicking off some of the Labor Day festivities, Hot 97 left a Caribbean impression on Governor’s Island with their annual Hot 97 On Da Reggae and Soca Tip music festival. Comment.

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.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015


Venezuela: In at least four general elections held in the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc so far this year, the electorate has chosen to vote out all but one government with the latest being a change in administration in Trinidad and Tobago, easily the region’s largest economy. Comment.

Keeping the BEAT diverse

Arts & Theater: The diversity of Brooklyn converges across the borough for a 10-day festival celebrating the arts. Organized by Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater, the Brooklyn BEAT Festival informs its artists to inform their artistic pieces with contemporary issues happening within Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Comment.

Cayman Islands send aid to Dominica

Dominica: There was a time when New York’s only Black-owned radio station focused on the Caribbean community. In times of struggle, pageantry, or political strife, through good times and bad WLIB-AM proved more than a flagship radio station for the Inner Cities Broadcasting Corporation but the source to rely on for news and information. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently held a two-day forum in St. Kitts on “Financing Growth” in the Caribbean. Comment.

Five years later, trouble brewing for Persad-Bissessar in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: When nearly a million eligible voters cast their ballots in Trinidad’s general elections back in May of 2010, they did so with the firm belief that no new government could match the inefficiency levels and stubbornness of the previous Patrick Manning administration, which was running the oil and gas-rich Caribbean trade bloc nation at the time. Comment.

Citizenship granted to Antiquans, Barbudans

Antigua: More than 300 nationals from around the region and internationally on Tuesday became citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, fulfilling a promise made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Picture perfect West Indian American Carnival

Arts & Theater: In picture perfect weather, with temperatures in the low 90s, more than three million people converged on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway on Labor Day Monday for the 48th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Caribbean parade reigns supreme for politians

Brooklyn: Over the years, the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway has been used by New York politicians — prominent and not so prominent — to get the word out to constituents or for photo opportunities ahead of Democratic Primaries, or to better position themselves with the public. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Jucie couture!: Flatbush natives new shop brings neighbors together

Food: Talk about a main squeeze! Comment.

Creole classes come to Queens Library

New York: Free Haitian Creole classes are being offered at the Central Library at the Queens Library in Jamaica starting Sept. 3. An initiative from the Programming and Outreach Department, its target audience is both for Haitian-heritage New Yorkers and others interesting in learning the main language of Haiti. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Marcus Garvey saluted

Jamaica: Two developments since the Aug. 17 celebration of the 128th anniversary birth date of Marcus Mosiah Garvey are worthy of note. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

Brits: Ok if Jamaica nixes Queen rule

Jamaica: The British Government has given Jamaica the green light to go ahead if the country decides to replace the United Kingdom-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final appellate court, and removed the Queen as the country’s head of state. Comment.

DJ comes ‘home’ to Haiti’s hip-hop scene

Movies: Hip-hop is Haiti. There is room for b-boys, cyphers, hot 16s, and breakdancing. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

A case of wrongdoing run amok

Trinidad and Tobago: Our columnist says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar responsible for her administration’s transgressions. Comment.

‘Reflectionz’ celebrats Neville Hines

Fashion: As Karib Vibrationz Mas sways on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, gyrating masqueraders will also be reflecting on the work of veteran mas producer Neville Hines. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Loobie’s latest: The Snow Kingdom

Brooklyn: For the last 41 years, Port of Spain, Trinidad native Pauleen Loobie has been nothing short of spectacular on Easter Park, taking home accolades one after the other. From Junior King, to Best Band of the Year, Individual Queen, and Band Leader, among others. Comment.

Tropical Storm Erika wreaks havoc in Dominica

Environment: Twelve people were killed in Dominica when Tropical storm Erika swept across the Easter Caribbean last week. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Steelbands difficult search for practice space

Music: If steelpan fans are having trouble finding their favorite bands there are reasons for it. Many steel bands scrambled to find outdoor rehearsal space, particularly in the Flatbush / Crown Heights neighborhoods to prepare for Panorma on Sept. 5 at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Vincy Film Festival hopes to bring new opportunities to Caribbean

Movies: The Caribbean can offer more than pristine beaches, national dishes, and great music — it makes a great location for shooting a movie. Comment.

Providing sweet pan music is costly

Music: The sound of the steel drum is captivating. The vibrant sounds emulated from a steel orchestra literally beats the sounds associated with Caribbean carnival into the air. Birthed in Trinidad, the steel pan orchestra is a passion honed by many across the Caribbean and worldwide. Comment.

Fete ‘Like A Boss’

Trinidad and Tobago: Labor Day marks the end of the summer. The last hoorah of hazy days and laughter-filled nights, there is indeed a formula in making the best out of your carnival experience. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

Clarke welcomes new Jamaican ambassador to U.S.

Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed the appointment of Ralph Thomas as the new Jamaica ambassador to the United States. Comment.

18 months added to Haiti’s protected status

Haiti: United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status for an additional 18 months, Citizenship and Immigration Services reports. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

T&T Film Festival a ticket to the Caribbean

Movies: Trinidad and Tobago will be the “destination of choice” for movie and film enthusiasts in the month of September as the twin-island republic hosts its annual film festival, the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company says. Comment.

200 take in Energie Nouvelle

Haiti: Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkelaba House was abuzz, packed with more than 200 people last Sunday celebrating the month-long exhibition Energie Nouvelle–New Energy. The works of 53 artists-solely of Haitian descent, almost 100 pieces, are on exhibit including traditional, realistic, cubist, and abstract paintings. Watercolors to spray paint, collages, sculptures, and black and white images by four photographers are on display. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Miss Grenada Independence putting animals first

Arts & Theater: The newsest Miss Grenada Independence has a soft spot for furry creatures. Comment.

Guyana gold rush

Guyana: The United States authorities tell Guyana about massive gold scam racket. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Karma Carnival presents La Chaleur du Moment – Fire, Ice Edition

Fashion: With some of its founders from partially patois-speaking St. Lucia — others are from Trinidad and Tobago — Karma Carnival will this Labor Day present “La Chaleur du Moment — Fire and Ice Edition.” Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean says the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons pose a grave threat to Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Opportunity for Vincentian voters in NY

St Vincent: In preparation for general elections, constitutionally due by March next year, members of the Vincentian community in New York are being urged to file objections to their names possibly being struck from the electoral list of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.


St Vincent: Organizers have described as a “phenomenal success” the 4th annual Vincy Day U.S.A., a massive picnic last Saturday, primarily comprising Vincentian nationals, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Island. Comment.

Young and gifted among Jamaican honorees

Jamaica: Jamaicans in the diaspora exuded with ethnic pride at the 53rd annual Independence Ball. The premier event held in honor of Jamaica’s Independence in the Northeast U.S.A, inaugurated in fine style at the New York Hilton, New York City, last Saturday. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015


Trinidad and Tobago: The umbrella University of the West Indies and some high officials in the region this week scrambled together academics and tourism industry experts to discuss the seaweed invasion of beaches across the region, to what extent it has disrupted activities in the summer peak season and how best to tackle this unwanted scourge of nature. Comment.

New Yorkers rally against DR deportations

Haiti: The rally began early Friday morning at Grand Army Plaza, held on a weekday so local politicians would attend. There were people of conscience, mainly Haitians, some Dominicans, and other supporters protesting the policies in the Dominican Republic leading to denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry and their deportations. Comments (1).

Windies team fails to qualify

Caribbean: The West Indies team is officially out of the Champions Trophy in 2017 after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was unable to convince any other Test playing nation to provide an opening to allow the regional team to qualify for the tournament. Comment.

Haitian folklorist publishes book

Music: Georges Vilson’s passion is collecting Haiti’s traditional music and also the musical interludes that are part of some Haitian folktales. His passion is dedicated to acquiring the fabric of Haiti’s musical folk culture before it disappears. Comment.

Jamaicans named for Heroes Day Ceremony

Jamaica: One of the anticipated pluses to celebrating Jamaica’s independence is the announcement of distinguished nationals to be acknowledged by the government on Heroes Day in October. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Julian Bond ‘A Man of Courage’: Clarke

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has described Julian Bond as “a man of courage and moral vision who insisted on his right and the right of all African Americans to participate in the politics” of America. Comment.

Caribbean seeks funding for renewable energy mix

St Kitts and Nevis: FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jul 21 2015 (IPS) - A leading geothermal expert warns that the small island states in the Caribbean face “a ticking time bomb” due to the effects of global warming and suggests a shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the only way to defuse it. Comment.

Charlize Horizon kiddies have ‘Mystical Illusions’

Arts & Theater: Charlize Horizon Junior Mas is ready for Kiddies Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 5, as was clear recently, when high spirited youngsters in colorful costumes put on a display reveling to carnival music at the band’s 898 East 95th St. (between D & Foster) camp in Brooklyn. Comment.

Caribbean art educator earns top award

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian born artist and educator Daniela Fifi has been awarded the prestigious Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellowship Award, which she will pursue at the esteemed Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, in New York. Comment.

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.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Mas Productions Unlimited lures ‘International Treasures’

Arts & Theater: There may not be any specific reason, but the Brooklyn-based Mas Productions Unlimited is luring “International Treasures” for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Authorities in the Bahamas recently detained 143 migrants from Haiti on a crowded sailboat at the southern edge of the island chain. The Royal Bahamas Defense Force says a patrol boat stopped the vessel west of Ragged Island. Comment.

Haiti to host 12th edition of CARIFESTA

Haiti: CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, which is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean, will be staged in Haiti from Aug. 21 and Aug. 30, 2015. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

Naomi Jackson pens a coming to the Caribbean story

Books: There are an infinite number of coming to America stories. Tales that detail an immigrant’s journey to assimilating, fitting in and their own self-discovery are popular identity topics to write about. Comment.

Living it up at Iberostar, Jamaica

Jamaica: Sun-filled days, white sand, unlimited food and drinks along with scenic views at Iberostar Rose Hall is definitely the place you want to be. The five-star hotel is located in the upscale community of Rosehall, 20 minutes from the Sangster International airport. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

T&T opposition leader faces death threat

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago police have uncovered a murder plot against Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley as the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election heats up. Comment.

Massive Vincy Day U.S.A. on Saturday

Brooklyn: Thousands of Vincentians and friends are expected to trek on Saturday, Aug. 15 to Heckscher State Park in Long Island for what is expected to be a massive Vincy Day unity picnic. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 14, 2015


Trinidad and Tobago: Americans who believe the region is a safe tax haven to hide money and investments overseas should think twice as Caribbean trade bloc countries are moving to full comply with a new U.S. law designed to catch tax dodgers who stash assets in foreign destinations. Comment.

Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago pursue cooperation

Trinidad and Tobago: Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have agreed to pursue a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the near future. The two countries recently discussed five areas for development: agriculture, education, energy, infrastructure for partnership and business development. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015


Brooklyn: The third and final edition of the ‘Hudson River’ derbies was a duplicate of the first two matches in many ways: it was another eclectic atmosphere, another deliriously enthusiastic sellout crowd and a similar result — the New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC, this time by a 2-0 margin. Comment.

Roy Pierre & Associates present ‘The Jolly Roger’

Arts & Theater: It is early morn. Dawn is just breaking over the warm waters of the Caribbean. A British frigate is sailing through the islands loaded with fine laces and linens and other furnishings meant for the fancy ladies and homes of British plantation owners. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Jamaicans, Trinidadians honored on anniversaries

Trinidad and Tobago: Nine Jamaicans and Trinidadians were honored on Sunday during the 6th annual combined celebration of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago’s 53rd anniversary of independence. Comment.

Jamaica ‘Proud & Free at 53’

Jamaica: Black, green and gold dominated the Queens Boulevard location where nationals and friends assembled to raise the colors decided to best represent the freedom and purpose self-rule imposed on Aug. 6, 1962. Comment.

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.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Bravo sings for his supper

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo further diversified career recently when he signed with Los Angeles international company Venus Music Group. Comment.

Haitians vote in long-delayed legislative elections

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haitians were electing legislators to Parliament Sunday after a yearslong wait, but the vote was plagued with delays, disorder and occasional fistfights. Comment.

Guyanese exhibits eco-garments in High Bridge Park

New York: Inspired by elegantly dressed ladies back in the British Guiana era while growing up in her village of Skeldon, Sarah Bacchus founder of 34-24-36, celebrated her Skeldon Collection to create history at the first Eco-Fashion in the High Bridge Park on Aug. 2, in New York City. Comment.

Carib artists raise their voices for climate justice

St Vincent: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug. 10, 2015 (IPS) - Award-winning St. Lucian poet and playwright Kendel Hippolyte thinks that Caribbean nationals should view the Earth as their mother. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 10, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda’s Acting Chief Immigration Officer Annette Mark has announced that the government will be introducing an e-visa for immigrants who need visas to enter the twin island. Comment.

Fall in love with Jamaica

Jamaica: Stepping out the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay I couldn’t help but smile. I finally returned to Jamaica, the land of reggae / dancehall, good vibes and a rich culture. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

Caribbean carnival takes over Toronto

Caribbean: Soca music, gyration and colorful costumes took center stage last Saturday as Toronto’s Caribbean carnival took over the North American city. Comment.

Brooklyn pols praise Jamaica on 53rd anniversary

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Dr. Mathieu Eugene have joined other officials in extending congratulatory greetings to the government and people of Jamaica on the island’s 53rd anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

WIADCA’S carnival celebrates one Caribbean, one people, one voice!

Arts & Theater: Get ready for New York Caribbean Carnival 2015! On Thursday, Sept 3, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will kick off New York Caribbean Carnival, with a unique Caribbean Freedom Festival, featuring KES the Band, costume competitions and Herbet Holler & the Freedom Party NYC. Comment.

St. Jude’s summer camp celebrates emancipation

Jamaica: The children of St. Jude summer day camp — UN of Caribbean-heritage children — enjoy a packed schedule of dance, sports, academics, field trips and journaling. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015


Guyana: In normal circumstances, Caribbean tourism officials usually worry about problems like high air fares, deals offered by cruise liners, tax incentives for the sector and the general state of the global economy to ensure tourist patronize their destinations not about muck on beaches. Comment.

$12m to overhaul war memorial, parks

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Thursday unveiled plans for near $12 million overhaul of the Brooklyn War Memorial and parks throughout the borough. Comment.

JA PM addresses UN Security Council

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller joined a number of heads of governments at the United Nations recently to discuss the topic of “Peace and Security Challenges Facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)” during an open debate with the Security Council. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Jamaicans are ‘special’ champs of the world games

Jamaica: Undoubtedly, the cadre of young Jamaicans that competed in California during the Special Olympics Summer Games will be recalled for their 19-medal haul back to their Caribbean island after winning in the most unlikely categories. Comment.

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.

Brooklyn Museum celebrates Caribbean culture

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Museum propelled its culture loving public into the Carnival spirit on Aug 1. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Increased flights to the Caribbean

Travel: An influx of new flights to the Caribbean is making airline and tourism industries increasingly busy, according to reports. Comment.

Jamaica’s Emancipendence nears with August calendar

Jamaica: The combined celebrations of Emancipation and Independence by Jamaicans will merge for a weeklong commemoration known as Emancipendence. Providing a cultural calendar during the first days of August it will also highlight achievements of the island and those the people proudly exalt. Comment.

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).

Mas ‘Under The Sea’

Arts & Theater: At the tender age of 24, Trinidad-born costume designer Assata Rodriquez is already making headway as one of the up and coming bandleaders to watch. She is diligent and steadfast in her quest for perfection — qualities revelers will take to the parkway to revel in “Under the Sea.” Comment.

Monday, Aug. 3, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque has called for a “strong collaboration action” to urgently address the criteria for access to concessional financing. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Steel pan rocks the square

Music: The sun is shining. There is music in the streets. Sounds like the start of a great summer day to me. Comment.

Caribbean needs partnerships in battling climate change: UN chief

Environment: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as those in the Caribbean, lamenting that the global challenges facing these islands are the international community’s collective responsibility. Comment.

New merchant association revives street festival

Arts & Theater: Summer is simmering down, back-to-school commercials are looming but fun in the sun against the backdrop of your neighborhood is still in full effect. There is still time for face painting, live entertainment and celebration of the local businesses courtesy of the new merchant association, Parkside Empire. Comment.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Windies Cricket Legends in NY

Caribbean: A team of West Indies Cricket Legends, spearheaded by the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers, will be heading to New York to attend a star-studded reception and play two Twenty20 matches. Comments (1).

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Guyana: In mid August, the first hundred days of the new administration of President David Granger in Guyana would have expired and officials are rushing to ensure that a raft of promises made for this period are honored in compliance rather than in the breach. Comment.

Candidates jostle for Sampson’s seat

Brooklyn: Even before John Sampson, a Caribbean American legislator in Brooklyn, was convicted on Friday for trying to thwart a U.S. federal investigation, a number of candidates had already begun bidding for his Brooklyn seat. Comment.

Global Potential creates leaders for social change

Haiti: Stepping out of the box and away from your comfort zone is often the push you need to accomplish something great. Comment.

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.

Carican plays ‘Musical Instruments’

Brooklyn: As the Brooklyn-based Carican Costumes plays “Musical Instruments” this Labor Day, band leader Trinidadian Pat Nurse says she’s looking forward to making a “stunning impression” on the children, spectators and especially the judges. Comment.

Sherzel wants hattrick with ‘Jewels of an Empire’

Brooklyn: Having won the large band category in the Junior Carnival for the past two years, the Brooklyn-based Sherzel Productions is aiming for the hattrick this year with “Jewels of an Empire.” Comment.

Antoine Int. to portray ‘Reflection Of Our Culture’

Brooklyn: Known as one of the most versatile band leaders and costumes designers whose creations have won numerous trophies for producing other bands, and as an individual leader since 1991, Kenneth Antoine is going back to his culture in this year’s portrayal of “Reflection of Our Culture.” Comment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bichotte says Sampson’s conviction ‘sad’

Brooklyn: Haitian American Democratic legislator Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “sad” and “unfortunate” Friday’s conviction of Caribbean American legislator John L. Sampson. Comment.

Observer team for T&T elections

Trinidad and Tobago: A three-member observer team from the Commonwealth Secretariat has arrived in Trinidad ahead of the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election, the Office of the Prime Minister said last week. Comment.

Caribbean seeks funding for renewable energy mix

Environment: FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jul 21 2015 (IPS) - A leading geothermal expert warns that the small island states in the Caribbean face “a ticking time bomb” due to the effects of global warming and suggests a shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the only way to defuse it. Comment.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

New grant program for sustainable tourism

Caribbean: JetBlue Airways has launched a grant program focused on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. 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.