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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.

How to survive Labor Day

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.

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Guyana gold rush

Guyana: The United States authorities tell Guyana about massive gold scam racket. Comment.

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.

VINCY SPIRIT

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

SEAWEED INHIBITS TOURISM

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

US TAX DODGERS BEWARE

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

RED BULLS SWEEP NY

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

SEAWEED INVADES REGION

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 OFFICIAL CHARGED

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.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Former murder convict Ashworth Bunche who is facing a life sentence, had his sentence overturned by the Court of Appeal due to “trial judge errors” among other things. 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.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Vincy Unity Picnic in Ontario a blast!

St Vincent: Tens of thousands of Vincentians converged on the massive Brown’s Bay Park in the 1,000 Is. area in Ontario, Canada on Saturday for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment.

HIT MAN FEARS ARREST

Guyana: Just about two months before Guyanese went to the polls in early May to vote out the then governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) after 23 consecutive years in office, the country was startled by the political assassination of prominent opposition activist and former army officer Courtney Crum Ewing as he campaigned in a residential district outside the city. Comment.

Barbados Tridents lead CPL points table

Trinidad and Tobago: With the six participating teams in the Hero Caribbean Premier League, the Barbados Tridents top the points table after 10 games with 12 points. Comment.

Oxygen makes soulful Reggae

Music: Musicians no longer operate in one set genre. New emerging artists and bands are fusing sounds to generate their own new genre that speaks to their uniqueness and aesthetic. Comment.

‘Life in the Rain Forest’

Arts & Theater: Torrential rains in the Caribbean last year created a damp and dense atmosphere in the forested area where my family and I vacationed. The flora and fauna challenged us. We endured the constant buzz of the various insects. The melodious sounds of the birds, the beautiful flowers and plants were a joy to behold. Comment.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Jamaican college nabs major investor partner

Jamaica: The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) located in Jamaica is aggressively advancing its strategic plans to become the first private university college in the Caribbean to go public. Comment.

U.S. restores full diplomatic ties with Cuba

Cuba: There is a new star in Washington, D.C. Along with 50 representing states of the union on the Stars and Stripes flag, another added to the galaxy that comprise the Caribbean and re-establishes Cuba’s severed relations with the United States. Comment.

All day feast on Jamaican Jerk favorites

Food: Queens might still be covered in jerk spices, smoke and proud Jamaican flags. With high praises, full bellies, cooking demos and plenty more, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival took over the borough’s Roy Wilkins Park for a day of “food, family and fun.” Comment.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Grenada Day 2015 — An overall success

Grenada: Marking its seventh anniversary, Grenada Day 2015 held on Sunday, July 19 at the Old Boys and Girls Field on Rutland Road in Brooklyn was largely successful — well-attended, with a plethora of vendors, creators, business professionals and consultants showcasing the best of Grenadian and Caribbean cuisine, arts and crafts, designs, spices, herbal products, etcetera — except for an unplanned, unfortunate altercation at the end, which led to a slightly premature end of the event. Comment.

Gwendolyn O’Neil: Ladder of success

Guyana: At 5 am every day the alarm clock sounds and the five-time Boxing World Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil daily devotion begins. Comment.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Efforts to help Caribbean finance development

Caribbean: As Caribbean and other countries meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to consider ways to ensure adequate financing for sustainable development, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is taking measures to boost access to its resources, help countries better mobilize domestic revenue and focus more of its own work on issues such as equity, inclusion and the environment. Comment.

Monday, July 20, 2015

ECLAC proposes debt relief for Caribbean countries

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has proposed debt relief for Caribbean countries on the part of multilateral credit institutions and the creation of a regional resilience fund. Comment.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Four Caribbean countries, St. Lucia, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti have been identified as countries outside the United States that companies will move to in five to l0 years. Comment.

Venezuela to stop buying rice from Guyana amid dispute

Venezuela: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Venezuela has decided to stop buying much of Guyana’s rice crop amid an escalating border dispute between the South American neighbors, the Guyanese finance minister said Thursday. Comments (1).

Saturday, July 18, 2015

BACKPAY LETTER TO EUROPE

Caribbean: A formal letter of complaint Caribbean trade group governments plan to send to European nations demanding reparations payments for the Trans Atlantic slave trade is ready for signing by leaders and is to be dispatched in the coming weeks. Comment.

Global warming a Carib threat

Caribbean: Subject to double vulnerability, from external economic shocks and natural disasters, the Organization of American States (OAS) says the islands of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) see sustainable development as an “urgent necessity rather than a politically correct slogan for the future.” Comment.

Vincentian group conducts mission to Grenada

St Vincent: Teaming up with a Grenadian-born member, a Vincentian philanthropic group in the Bronx recently conducted what members described as a very successful mission to Grenada. Comment.

THE TEMPEST TAKES HARLEM

Arts & Theater: What does the Caribbean and William Shakespeare have in common? In many depictions of his famous plays, the characters are often depicted to be white and set in the many countries of Europe. The Cultural Theatre of Harlem, however, is taking Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and infusing an Afro-Caribbean layer to create a universal story. Comment.

Windies in tri-series

Caribbean: The West Indies team will participate in a tri-series against Zimbabwe and Pakistan in Zimbabwe in August and September this year. This was confirmed by the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in a media release last week following a board of directors quarterly meeting at the Accra Beach Hotel in Barbados. Comment.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Royal Wine Inc. to distribute XM Rum in NY

Guyana: Guyana’s award-winning billion-dollar XM Rum company has eluded the Guyanese community in New York for way too long due to stringent U.S. laws and regulations. But thanks to persistent requests from consumers for the alcohol, Banks DIH Limited recently partnered with New Jersey Royal Wine Incorporated, to distribute the popular liquor. Comment.

New Generation presents ‘Dream Catcher’

Arts & Theater: In continuing the legacy of her late Trinidadian-born mother Kathyann Hernandez, who went to the Great Beyond two years ago, Patrice Simmons says she is maintaining Hernandez’s high standards in presenting “Dream Catcher” this Labor Day. Comment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

CACCI to pay special tribute on 30th anniversary

Brooklyn: The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI) continues its celebration of 30 years of service to the small business community with a special tribute to its founding members and corporate partners. Comment.

A thickening plot for upcoming T&T election

Trinidad and Tobago: Anyone tuned in to the ebb and flow of current-day politics in Trinidad and Tobago would be aware that for at least three years now, it’s been known that the 2015 general election, now scheduled for Sept. 7, would be a significant marker in the country’s political evolution. Comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

D’Midas presents ‘Kaleidoscope on Broadway’

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based D’Midas International, N.Y. is hoping to continue doing well in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, as it presents “Kaleidoscope on Broadway.” 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.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bahamas gets help in reducing crime

Bahamas: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$20 million loan to help reduce crime and violence in the Bahamas, targeting at risk youths and strengthening institutional capabilities of the justice system, among other actions. Comment.

Venezuela reviews relations with Guyana

Venezuela: President Nicolas Maduro last week recalled Venezuela’s ambassador in neighboring Guyana for consultation amid mounting tensions over their disputed border. Comment.

Street vending at the touch of an app

Haiti: Anything can be made available to us with just a push of a button on our favorite smart devices. Now, even grandma is technologically savvy and as we continue to advance it only makes sense to utilize these advancements for something a bit more meaningful than the usual selfie. Comment.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

St. Lucia to make Caribbean court its final court

Caribbean: The St. Lucia government says it will soon table legislation that will allow for the island to make the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) its final court of appeal, replacing the London-based Privy Council. Comment.

Blue & John Crow Mountains now world heritage site

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Blue and John Crow Mountains has been designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nation’s Educational, Social and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Comment.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A new, larger terminal at the V.C Bird International Airport, the home base for regional airline LIAT, will open shortly in Antigua. Comment.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Dwayne Bravo creates history

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo created history when he became both the first Trinidad and Tobago national and first ever cricketer to be nominated in any category in the prestigious ESPY Awards in the USA. Comment.

South Jersey Carib fest celebrates 15th anniversary

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) last Saturday celebrated its 15th Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park at the Camden waterfront. Comment.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

CARICOM BACKS GUYANA

Venezuela: Guyana’s aggressive courting of international diplomatic partners such as the 15-nation Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the United Nations appeared to have pushed back plans by neighboring Venezuela to successfully lay claim to a large new offshore area that had stretched all the way to the small Eastern island nations but there is every indication that the simmering border controversy will worsen in the coming months. Comment.

Warner hires legal team

Trinidad and Tobago: Former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner has hired a team of attorneys, including British Queen’s Counsel Edward Fitzgerald to fight his extradition to the United States. Comment.

Caribbean states light the renewable path

Caribbean: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says Caribbean states are “lighting the path” towards a sustainable future, as the international community is in the final stretch of preparing a transformative post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. Comment.

Guyanese nationals hailed at Brooklyn Boro Hall

Guyana: President David Granger’s message that states Guyana celebrates the Independence it gained 49 years ago on May 26, 1966 guided by the inspirational national motto “One People One Nation One Destiny,” rang true recently at Brooklyn Borough Hall, where nationals commemorated their autonomy. Comment.

REGGAE SUMFEST

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica – The buzz has begun about Reggae Sumfest, the acclaimed “greatest reggae show on earth.” Slated to begin next week at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay, some of the biggest names in reggae are billed. Comment.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

‘Dingolay’ presents - Rave The Yellow Edition

Arts & Theater: Dingolay’s mas band one-color concept has put them in good standing. With a third place win at the 2014 Labor Day Carnival on Eastern Parkway, the band is now positioning itself to take home first prize when it invades the parade on Monday, Sept. 7. Comment.

Reggaefarians rally ‘Round the Red, Gold & Green

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica – On one day, July One — acclaimed by reggae music lovers as International Reggae Day — a global celebration by more than 23 countries dominated the music industry by hosting events marking 21 years of tribute to the genre birthed in Jamaica. Comment.

Hot ‘N spicy but clean comedy

Arts & Theater: It is said that laughter is good for your health. A hearty laugh can change the outlook of a bad day, even if only for the few moments a chuckle might last. Comment.

The life of a 1960s Harlem kid

Books: Your last family reunion was a big one. It was fun, too, and eye-opening. You hadn’t really stopped to think about how many people are related to you until you saw aunts you hadn’t seen in decades and met cousins you didn’t even know you had. Comment.

Everyone can’t simply move to the Caribbean

Brooklyn: Living life on an island with beautiful ocean views, breathtaking sunsets, rich in culture, history, food and plenty rum — that is a life envious of anyone. Whether you are of Caribbean descent or not, there is something enticing about leaving the fog and dirty beaches of our beloved New York City for that clear ocean blue found in Trinidad and Tobago or the Bahamas. Comment.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

UN leader offers assistance in Guyana-Venezuela dispute

Venezuela: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) _ U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela. Comment.

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.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM says it disagrees with statements that the 15-member regional grouping “has been slow” to deal with the unfolding situation in the Dominican Republic where people of Haitian descent are being deported from the Spanish-speaking country. Comment.

Union Islanders see their beaches disappear

St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, July 1, 2015 (IPS) - Fifteen years ago, Stephanie Browne, a former Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, needed only to look at the beach outside her house to know why her community in Union Island was called “Big Sand.” Comment.

Belizean sustainable fisher receives award

Belize: Since she was seven years old, Anna Ramirez, now 63, has been fishing with her family off the coast of Belize’s southernmost district – Toledo, but her gender has not stopped her from working just as hard as the men do while at sea. Comments (1).

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. Comments (2).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

MADURO FOR CARICOM SUMMIT

Venezuela: At the urgings of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and a few other island nations, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has been invited to discuss his country’s decades-old claim to large swathes of Guyana’s on and offshore territories at the regional leaders summit beginning in Barbados on Thursday. Comment.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Jamaican opposition endorses bid by diasporans

Jamaica: Jamaica’s opposition party leaders are vigorously urging the People’s National Party’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and members of her administration to explore ways to give members of the diaspora a constituent vote in Jamaica. Comment.

Caribbean African Reggae Fest

Music: Music is the international language that transcends culture and state lines. New York is a hub for international acts to reach another edge of their audience as seen in popular music festivals like Prospect Park’s concert series at the Bandshell. Comment.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Caribbean women honored at APCCS celebration

Guyana: The illustrious careers of three phenomenal Caribbean-born women and their commitment to serve the community were highlighted during a Caribbean American Heritage Month celebration and awards presentation, in the Ball Room of Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Successful medical mission to Grenada

Grenada: A major Brooklyn community group has conducted a very successful medical mission to Grenada. Comment.

Grenada rebuilds barrier reefs

Grenada: BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Jun 24 2015 (IPS) - The Eastern Caribbean nation of Grenada is following the example of its bigger neighbours Belize and Jamaica in taking action to restore coral reefs, which serve as frontline barriers against storm waves. Comment.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Community News Group celebrates Caribbean Americans in healthcare

People: Thirty four honorees were feted at the Grand Prospect Hall in Park Slope for their achievments in healthcare. Check out our story and slideshow. Comment.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

City Council cite veteran Jamaican artists

Music: It was a busy Saturday for Councilwoman Laurie A. Cumbo but she carved out enough time from her hectic schedule to present citations to veteran performers whose contribution to Jamaica’s music industry is indelibly imprinted in the nation’s historical archives. Comment.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: An amnesty program in Antigua and Barbuda geared towards giving non-nationals the opportunity to regularize their status has been extended. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amy (R for profanity and drug use) Bittersweet biopic revisiting the rise and fall of Grammy-winner Amy Winehouse who died of alcohol poising in 2011 at the age of 27. Featuring appearances by Tony Bennett, Mark Ronson and Mos Def. Comment.

Celebrate International Reggae Day July 1

Music: At the start of July, the world will be consumed by Reggae music. For 24 hours, International Reggae Day (IRD) Festival – a global media festival – will celebrate the best of Jamaica’s creativity and contributions worldwide. Comment.

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.

Friday, June 26, 2015

CARICOM APPEALS TO THE DR

Haiti: Caribbean Community governments this week appealed to the Dominican Republic to halt the expulsion of people of Haitian descent in the wake of a simmering dispute over the island’s denial of them to have citizenship. Comment.

MUSICAL ODYSSEY

Music: You know Carnival is here when steel pan yards are alive with music in the wee hours of the night. Pan music isn’t constrained to just Carnival season, a rich culture and history is beaten into every oil drum. Comment.

Tent prez happy with semi picks

Music: After being weary of what he had characterized as failure to select, over the years, very deserving calypsonians from his tent, the president of the Brooklyn-based Dynamite Calypso Tent, Ainsley Primus, has expressed delight with the number of selections for this year’s semifinal round in the National Calypso Competition in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Identity Crisis: Navigating my roots

Haiti: I am a first generation Haitian American. I am born to two very proud Haitians who migrated to New York City in their teens in hopes of furthering their education and opportunity. Fluent speakers of Haitian Creole and French, my parents are bi-lingual while my siblings and I struggle to respond in our parent’s native tongue. Unfortunately, like many other Haitian Americans, I can understand the language far better than I can speak it. Comment.

Tridents defeat Amazon Warriors

Caribbean: The Caribbean Premier League started in flying colors with the Tridents defeating the Guyana Amazon Warriors. The Tridents scored 158 runs for 6 wickets in their 20 overs with captain Kieron Pollard scoring 48 runs from 26 balls. 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.

Caribbean flair and fashion

Fashion: Georgetown-based fashion designer Sonia Noel literally turned the rotunda of Brooklyn Borough Hall into a runway on June 12. In just 45 minutes the Guyana Fashion Week CEO was triumphant in hosting 16 designers, presenting more than 40 pieces of garment and accessories, all the while showcasing the multi-cultural identity of the couturiers. Comment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Trinidad readies for General Election

Trinidad and Tobago: The campaign for the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election in Trinidad and Tobago kicked off last week. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, 63, announced the date in a statement at the House of Representatives, Port of Spain that she would advise President Anthony Carmona “to dissolve parliament at midnight on June 17, 2015 — a move which will bring to an end the tenth parliament and clear the way for the eleventh.” Comment.