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Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

Adoptee tracks down birth-mom in bittersweet biopic

Movies: Saroo (Dev Patel) had the misfortune of being born into poverty in India’s Khandwa district. He lived there with his single-mom, Kamla (Priyanka Bose), along with his big brother, Guddu (Abhishek Bharate), and younger sister, Shekila (Khushi Solanki). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Behemoth (Unrated) Eco-documentary illustrating the devastating toll exacted by mining on China’s population and landscape. (In Mandarin with subtitles) The Daughter (Unrated) Adaptation of “The Wild Duck,” Henrik Ibsen’s classic play revolving around a man (Paul Schneider) who uncovers a dark family secret when he returns home to attend his father’s (Geoffrey Rush) wedding. Featuring Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill and Ewen Leslie. Comment

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

REGGAE ROOTS

Music: Nigerian-American Reggae artist T-Kross is connecting the music genre back to its roots. The singer who released his single “Mama,” says he wants to showcase to fans of the genre, where the popular Jamaican sound got its roots. Comment

Mikey General & Karamanti release ‘Back Against The Wall’

Music: Dancehall artist Karamanti has joined forces with Reggae’s living legend, Mikey General, to send a powerful message to Africans at home and in the diaspora. The message is being sent in the form of a song entitled “Back Against The Wall.” Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

A look behind Obama’s presidency

Books: If you can’t say something nice… Sometimes, it’s hard to say nothing at all. There are times when you need to speak out, to confront, share your opinion, rant, or vent. And then there are times, as in the new book “Audacity” by Jonathan Chait, where you must praise. Comment

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Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Detour (R for nudity, sexuality, graphic violence, drug use and pervasive profanity) Revenge thriller revolving around a naive law student (Tye Sheridan) who hires a hitman (Emory Cohen) to kill the scheming stepfather (Stephen Moyer) responsible for the car accident that left his mother in a coma. With Bel Powley, John Lynch and Gbenga Akinnagbe. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

Navy Yard to serve Caribbean food in new facility

Food: Caribbean cuisine is getting a spotlight at the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s forthcoming food manufacturing hub later this year. Comment

CREOLE MUSIC

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2016-17 season on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8 pm with Haitian singer-songwriter and Red Cross Ambassador Emeline Michel. Comment

Portuguese priests search for missionary mentor

Movies: Portuguese traders first landed in Japan in 1543, followed soon thereafter by Francis Xavier and other Jesuits. So many locals started converting to Christianity that, less than a decade later, the emperor issued an edict banning Catholicism and ordering the expulsion of all missionaries. Comment

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

VH1 star talks new music

Music: A newly recognizable face on VH1’s hit reality show “Love and Hip-Hop,” Brooklyn music producer Swift On Demand is making a buzz for his career, but now more so as a rapper. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017

Haitian Revolution captured in new US exhibit

Arts & Theater: The Haitian Revolution is captured in a new exhibit here that features 15 rarely seen silkscreen prints about Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian ex-slave turned general who led a revolution that ultimately wrested the Caribbean island from French control and ended slavery. Comment

Peripatetic bus driver personifies poetry in motion

Movies: Paterson (Adam Driver) is stuck in a rut. By day, the municipal bus driver repeatedly negotiates his way around a boring route around the New Jersey city which shares his name. Comment

Monday, Jan. 9, 2017

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 100 Streets (Unrated) Ensemble drama chronicling the lives of a retired rugby player (Idris Elba), a drug dealer (Franz Drameh) and a struggling actor (Ken Stott) whose paths serendipitously cross. Cast includes Gemma Arterton, Ryan Gage and Tom Cullen. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017

‘Wake Up and Smell the Coffee’

Arts & Theater: Triskelion Arts, in association with Vangeline Theater, presents Wake Up and Smell the Coffee - Butoh for Waste Prevention: Reducing Coffee Trash in New York at Triskelion Arts (106 Calyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222) from April 20-22, 2017 at 8pm. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

SALSA REUNION

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts is proud to present Larry Harlow and Ismael Miranda together for Abran Paso, a special historic reunion of Salsa concert on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 at 8 pm. Comment

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Bedford-Stuyvesant bistro bounces back from newbie woes

Food: Meet the owners of a vibrant bistro based in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Comment

Connors, Carn brought the year in with a bang

Music: There was laughter, tears and lots of “singing a long” on New Year’s Eve 2016 in Harlem, New York as Norman Connors and the regal Jean Carn performed the love sound track of a generation or two Comment

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

WIADCA unveils huge 50th anniversary celebrations

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the extravagant Labor Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, has unveiled several activities to mark its 50th anniversary. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Beleaguered boy befriended by tree

Movies: Conor O’Malley (Lewis MacDougall) is understandably miserable. First of all, the 12-year-old divorced mom (Felicity Jones) is terminally ill. Second, they’re both estranged from his father (Toby Kebbell) who has long since started another family over in America. Comment

Shedding your poundage and keeping it off

Books: Somebody passed you a plate of cookies. It was the holidays so, of course, you had to take one. Or three, because they were good; and when the fudge came around, you had that, too. And some pie, cheesecake, punch, homemade candy, now your pants are tight, you feel lazy, and your bathroom scale is screaming. Yep, it’s time to step back and step toward “Lose Your Final 15” by Rovenia M. Brock, PhD. Comment

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Movies: Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America (Unrated) Racial harmony documentary about a black musician’s efforts to befriend Ku Klux Klansmen. Comment

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

Book of memoirs highlights East Flatbush life

Books: The Caribbean Diaspora is front and center in a memoir detailing stories in one of the city’s predominantly Caribbean neighborhoods. Comment

Maurice White’s musical journey

Books: Your needs are very simple. Food, shelter, water. Those are the essentials, but then there are the things you need for yourself: family, good friends, a warm bed, a good book, and a place of welcome. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016

Jamaica’s global hero

Movies: Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness has labeled Usain Bolt as a “global hero’ saying the sprint star has given Jamaica a new level of international visibility. Comment

AILEY’S REVELATIONS

Arts & Theater: “Revelations” the most important curative and self-healing dance of the 21st century should be the mandatory diagnosis for survivors of the 2016 presidential election in the United States. Comment

The unsung African-American mathematicians

Movies: All of the astronauts picked by NASA to participate in its maiden manned space programs, Mercury and Gemini, were white males. However, behind the scenes, there was a dedicated team of African-American, female mathematicians who played a pivotal role in ensuring that they launched and returned safely, whether from orbiting the Earth or a mission to the moon. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

Young talent shines at TropicalFete Countdown

Music: Young talent were the stars of the night at the TropicalFete Countdown at the Brooklyn School of Music on Dec. 18. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

East Flatbush restaurant offers fresh roti

Food: A local restaurateur is bidding for the top roti in town with his roti-specializing eatery. Roti-R-Us opened its doors to East Flatbush in November 2013 as a walk-in takeout. Now three years into the business and now also an eat-in restaurant, the restaurant’s Guyanese-American owner says his bistro is a staple for many in the Caribbean community because he offers the real deal. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Gold (R for sexuality, nudity and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies drama about a down on his luck businessman (Matthew McConaughey) who joins forces with a geologist (Edgar Ramirez) to search for gold bullion in the jungles of Borneo. With Bryce Dallas Howard, Stacy Keach and Bruce Greenwood. Comment

Seniors bring holiday spirit music to Kings County

Music: The sounds of Christmas music never had this much rhythm. Comments (1)

Tupac makes it to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Music: Tupac Shakur considered a thug when he was alive is now a class act. Comment

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

Caribbean Christmas market brings island flavor to holiday season

Arts & Theater: It is a very Caribbean Christmas! A new Ditmas Park holiday market is selling gifts made by artisans of West Indian heritage, including candles, rubs, foot spas, and lotions. Many people in the community are exhausted after a year of fighting racism and gentrification, said the organizer, and she felt a joyous bazaar full of pampering products was just what Santa ordered. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

Modern take on old tale

Arts & Theater: It’s a funky and modern take of an old tale! The Harlem School of Arts returns this year with it’s back by popular demand Christmas play, “Soul Nativity,” which will run until Dec. 23 at the Harlem School of Arts. The artistic director of the play which opened Dec. 9, says the Christmas-themed play is a youth-inspiring production creating a lot of buzz. Comment

Medgar Evers college honors namesake in new exhibit

Arts & Theater: Medgar Evers finally gets his shine at home. An exhibit highlighting the life and death of civil rights activist Medgar Evers opened at Medgar Evers College library in Crown Heights on Dec. 14. Comment

Caribbean nationals cop Grammys AMA & Billboard’s top nod

Music: Santa Claus arrived early to deliver a sack full of treasures to a few Caribbean nationals he might consider naughty or nice but definitely worthy of distinction for being outstanding achievers in the music industry during 2016. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

A tiny tornado takes a leap of faith

Books: It took a leap of faith. A new job, a big move, a new skill, a major purchase, a ring on your finger and “I Do.” Even if you knew you were on the right path and you could handle whatever came next, you still felt like you were stepping off into the unknown. It definitely took a leap of faith but, as in the new book “Courage to Soar” by Simone Biles (with Michelle Burford), sometimes, you just have to close your eyes and jump. Comment

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Movies: 20th Century Women (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and brief drug use) Tale of female empowerment, set in Santa Barbara during the summer of ‘79, revolving around the exploration of love and freedom by a landlady (Annette Bening), one of her tenants (Greta Gerwig) and her teenage son’s (Lucas Jade Zumann) BFF (Elle Fanning). With Billy Crudup, Alia Shawkat and Alison Elliott. Comment

Denzel, Viola co-star in prize-winning play

Movies: Back in 1987, Fences won both the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play. The August Wilson classic, set in the Pittsburgh in the Fifties, chronicled the day-to-day struggle of a blue-collar, African-American family. Comment

Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

Legend in La La Land!

Movies: Ohio-born John Legend is an award-winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter. His work has garnered him 10 Grammy Awards, an Oscar and a Golden Globe, among others. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied English and African-American literature, John participated in a wide range of musical activities while in college. Comment

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Miss World Guyana vies for 2016 crown

Fashion: The gorgeous Nuriyyih Gerrard, Miss World Guyana 2016, who arrived in the United States via Fly Jamaica Airways, is currently competing in the preliminary phase at the 66th Miss World Pageant, slated for Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington DC. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Barry (Unrated) Devon Terrell plays Barack Obama in this biopic about the future President’s stint as a student at Columbia University during the early Eighties. With Ashley Judd, Jenna Elfman and Famke Janssen. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Guyanese artisans in NY promote their work

Arts & Theater: Entrepreneur Kim Jones said she is not a fashion designer, but she is passionate about promoting Guyanese artisans in the US where she has lived since she immigrated from her ruarl Buxton Village, at a very young age. Comment

Christmas nostalgia

Music: In continuing to bring the Christmas spirit at home to nationals in New York, the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) last Saturday night hosted its third annual Christmas Caroling showcase in the Fellowship Hall at the Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn. Comment

East Flatbush store brings all-pupose natural needs

Food: A herbalist is raising the health consciousness in his community with his one-stop natural food store. Comment

Winter fest aims for healthier eating

Food: A winter festival with a health conscious goal is debuting in Crown Heights to encourage awareness and healthy eating at P.S. 221 on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17. Comment

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

JAMAICA’S ARTBEAT

Arts & Theater: For the love of art, more than 100 artists participated in the twelfth Liguanea Arts Festival held at the Liguanea Plaza, Kingston, Jamaica on Sunday, Dec. 4. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Show brings music education to youth

Music: The sixth annual Tropicalfete Countdown is returning for a music-filled educational event at the Brooklyn Music School on Dec. 18. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

IT’S ALL FOLK

Music: When you think Jamaican folk music one of the first groups that will come to mind is the Jamaican Folk Singers. Comment

Love gurus date despite philosophical differences

Movies: Love guru Matthew Taylor (Shemar Moore) is the author of the new best seller, “The Bounce Back.” Accompanied by his enterprising business manager, Terry (Bill Bellamy), he’s been hawking the self-help book on plenty of TV and radio programs. Comment

Advent of Christmas, Kwanzaa & Hannukah

Music: The last month of the year arrived with the advent of Christmas, Kwanzaa and Hannuka. Comment

Women game changers in sports

Books: You can’t bear to look at the score. Whatever it is, it’s going to be close. Both sides are playing well today, and they’re all very talented. Your team might win. They might lose. Or, as in the new book “Game Changers” by Molly Schiot, they might alter the way the whole thing’s played. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All We Had (Unrated) Dysfunctional family drama about a cash-strapped single-mom (Katie Holmes) living hand-to-mouth with her 13-year-old daughter (Stefania Owen) until they move to a tiny town where she finds a steady job as a waitress only to be victimized by a fast-talking mortgage broker (Mark Consuelos). Featuring Eve Lindley, Richard Kind and Judy Greer. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Dance to connect with roots

Arts & Theater: It’s a chance for children to connect with their dance roots. Two educators are introducing a workshop for Brooklyn middle school students to show kids the dance styles that influenced the cultures they are from. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Cash-strapped magnate touched by homeless boy

Movies: “Believe” Comment

Series to celebrate Cheryl Byron’s iconic styles

Fashion: An exhibit celebrating Caribbean icon and singer Cheryl Byron, will debut at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, displaying the items she once wore throughout her life and career from Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Small bites of truth, funny bits of created dialogue

Books: Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet — imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or cool gamepieces, as you’ll see in “Brief Histories of Everyday Objects” by Andy Warner. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anonymous (Unrated) Fact-based crime thriller revolving around a teenage hacker (Callan McAuliffe) who resorts to online identity theft to help out his cash-strapped parents (Vlada Verevko and Genadijs Dolganovs). With Lorraine Nicholson, Daniel Eric Gold and Clifton Collins, Jr. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Always Shine (Unrated) Suspense thriller about a couple of actress BFFs (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald) whose friendship is tested when they travel from L.A. to Big Sur for a weekend getaway in the woods. Cast includes Lawrence Michael Levine, Alexander Koch and Khan Baykal. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

African Film Fest

Movies: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back for its 24th edition from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11 with a total of 66 films from 30 countries including 34 United States and New York premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. Comment

GARIFUNA RHYTHMS

Music: The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble is officially launching its debut album “Taguiera” (Homeland) at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd., Bronx from 1 pm-4 pm on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Comment

Dark novel haunt’s author’s ex-wife in thriller

Movies: Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) hears from her estranged, ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) for the first time in almost 20 years when he mails her an advance copy of his upcoming novel, “Nocturnal Animals.” Comment

Drama everywhere in gay preacher’s life

Books: The flowers were a very nice touch. They greeted you from the kitchen counter just as you got home, and were followed by a romantic dinner, candlelight conversation, and a quiet evening at home. It was a gift from your spouse, who often has many surprises for you. But, as in the new book “The Gay Preacher’s Wife” by Lydia Meredith, some surprises aren’t so welcome. Comment

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Aging actor adjusts to diminished prospects in compelling, character-driven dramedy

Arts & Theater: Kam says Gabriel Byrne is excellent in “No Pay, Nudity.” Comment

‘Desperate Witch’ casts spells on unsuspecting suitors in campy horror comedy

Arts & Theater: Elaine Parker (Samantha Robinson) only became a witch after being abandoned by her late husband. An incurable romantic with fairy princess fantasies, the gorgeous widow still harbors hopes of finding Mr. Right. Comment

Find a movie to see this week!

Arts & Theater: “Bleed for This” (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violent images) Inspirational biopic chronicling Junior Middleweight Boxing Champ Vinny Pazienza’s (Miles Teller) incredible comeback after a near-fatal car accident which left him with a broken neck. Cast includes Aaran Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Christine Evangelista, and Ciaran Hinds. (In English and French with subtitles). Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Twin sisters highlight artists of color in new exhibition

Arts & Theater: Twin sisters are currently staging the largest-ever exhibition of art by people of color in the Tri-state region at the Interchurch Center Gallery in Manhattan through Nov. 30. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Ha-ha-Haiti: Comedy show raises money for huricane relief

Event: Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. Comment

Ella Fitzgerald’s life and music offers lessons for kids

Music: “Ella Fitzgerald” by Stéphane Olliver, illustrated by Rémi Courgeon, translated by Penelope Stanley-Baker, narrated by John Chancer Comment

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Anthropologist (Unrated) Climate change documentary assessing the prospects of the planet from the perspective of the 15-year-old daughter of an anthropology professor studying the impact of global warming on indigenous peoples. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

Peter Tosh Museum opens in Jamaica

Music: On Oct. 19, after much anticipation from the Jamaican community and the world at large, late Reggae Legend Peter Tosh was honored with the opening of a new museum dedicated to his life and impact on the music industry, and a benefit concert which brought out a wide array of reggae acts including Tosh’s original backing band “Word, Sound and Power,” the late star’s son Andrew Tosh and grandson Dre Tosh, granddaughter Jahzarah Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Luciano, Etana, Kabaka Pyramid, Tarrus Riley, and many more! Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Great Women In Music celebrates ‘The Divine One’

Music: Great Women In Music (GWIM) is a New York City based, ongoing celebration of the many contributions women have made to music and the world. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Queens Borough president celebrates Diwali

Arts & Theater: Queens Borough President, the Melinda Katz praised the Asian community, at the third Annual Diwali — festival of lights — celebration, at the municipal building in Kew Gardens, Queens last Friday. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

TWO CULTURES MEET

Arts & Theater: A dance company is premiering an intercultural series showcasing a connection between two cultures starting Nov. 8. Comment

Brooklyn soca artist lands deal with local network

Music: Starting the early stages of his music career in his cousin’s basement studio, his music is now being listened to by more than one million Tri-state residents on late night show after landing a deal with a major network. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Tale of a Jamaican pioneer on two wheels

Books: It’s a great big world out there. So many things to see, so many places to visit. You can find pictures of those spots, but photos aren’t enough. You want more, and you aim to touch as much of the world as you can. It’s a common desire and, as in “Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bessie Stringfield” by Joel Christian Gill, you might make history while you’re doing it. Comment

Battlefield exploits of heroic Army medic

Movies: Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. Devoutly religious, he followed his faith’s literal interpretation of the 10 Commandments, including the 5th’s dictate that “Thou shalt not kill.” Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Trinidadian songwriter fights Zika in song

Music: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Trinidadian singer-songwriter Darryl Gervais has recorded a new song for to raise awareness in the Caribbean about the need to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and other arboviruses. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Governments Lie (Unrated) Prestige biopic recounting intrepid investigative journalist I.F. Stone’s (1907-1989) career dedicated to uncovering political corruption and coverups. Comment

Radics releases self-empowerment album

Music: Legendary Jamaican artist Jack Radics is releasing a new album with a much more personal spin. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Diwali lights up Queens

Arts & Theater: In spite of the cold temperatures and persistent rainfall, Richmond Hill, Queens, lit up on Oct. 22, with dazzling lights to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on the Hindu calendar. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016

WHAT A NIGHT!

Music: Organizers of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club’s inaugural Jazz Show have described as very successful the event that was held Sunday evening, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Hall, at 2806 Newkirk Ave. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment