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Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Bell’s invitation to a ‘smorgasburg art experience’

Fashion: Art is alive and with the holidays approaching, unique gifts are available via pop up shops happening all over New York City. Providing a platform for New York’s innovators to connect with like-minded artists — no matter their artistic avenue — and promote their brands is Brooklyn transplant Trisha Bell. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Homesick immigrant adjusts to US life

Movies: Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) and Rose Lacey (Fiona Glascott) have stayed home for the sake of their widowed mom (Jane Brennan) who is still grieving the loss of their late father. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bolshoi Babylon (Unrated) Russian gone postal documentary deconstructing the 2013 acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Moscow’s most-prestigious ballet company, by a disgruntled employee. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

‘The Jemima Code’: A multi-layered gift

Books: You woke up this morning with a craving. So is breakfast time too early to think about dinner? Is it bad to want to sneak home for lunch, just to make your favorite comfort food? No, because nothing else tastes good when you’re hankering for something specific. Your stomach won’t give up until you’ve satisfied that craving, so you might as well give in a little and read “The Jemima Code” by Toni Tipton-Martin. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015

Rev Run joins AT&T’s Inspired Mobility

Music: Technology is a key component in any person’s daily life. Whether it be a tablet, cell phone, or laptop, often times individuals can be found scanning various apps for updates in the news, family’s lives, and even to be inspired. Comment.

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Haitian documentary portrays Brooklyn life in ‘80s

Movies: A recent release of “The Haitian Polo Documentary” that chronicles gritty urban streets, discrimination, and a language barrier young Haitian faced when they arrived in Brooklyn with their parents back in the 1980s and 1990s, received rave reviews from a community audience. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Haitian Hip Hop superstar Black Alex shot dead

Music: Haitian Hip Hop Superstar and rap artist Black Alex has died from gunshot wounds, according to Smith Georges, the artist’s New York-based producer. Comment.

Star-studded Steel Pulse doc to aid Haiti

Music: British reggae supergroup Steel Pulse is now ramping up efforts to complete “Dreadtown” a documentary which chronicles their 40-year odyssey to promoting the Caribbean beat. Comment.

Brooklyn Gospel singer releases anti-gun song

Music: Friends of Lady Peachena are giving her an “Amen!” every time she sings her latest recording. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

A tale of forbidden love set in the fifties

Movies: Carol Aird (Cate Blanchett) is a socialite in the midst of a bitter divorce. Her husband, Harge (Kyle Chandler), is making it difficult, since he still loves her and can’t quite understand why she wants out of the marriage. Comment.

Strahan’s inspiration to boost your confidence

Books: Every day, you make countless little choices. Get outta bed or go back to sleep? What’s for breakfast? Blue tie or black shirt? Which project first, what’s for lunch, dinner, after dinner, what to watch, read, discuss? Comment.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Censored Voices (Unrated) Middle East documentary questioning the supposed heroism of Israeli soldiers who fought in ‘67 war won in just six days. Featuring long-suppressed interviews with veterans recorded by kibbutzniks. (In Hebrew with subtitles) Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015

Salute to Reggae pioneers

Music: The Coalition to Preserve Reggae honored three persons during its 11th annual Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center in East Flatbush Brooklyn. The awardees were artistes Warrior King and Ansel Cridland and co-founder of VP Records Pat Chin. Comment.

Baha Men unleashed

Music: Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out” is a battle cry at athletic events, the perfect song to get the body moving, family friendly for all to enjoy, but is not the sum of the Bahamian band. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 13, 2015

Local stars compete for scholarship

Arts & Theater: The Stars of New York Dance competition is not your usual competitive dance show. The stars are celebrities you often rub elbows with on the train and the professional dancers may have witnessed your skills in tights once upon a time. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015

Communities collaborate for youth programs

Music: The call for action to save our communities from senseless gun violence has been answered by Monique Waterman, celebrating the official opening of East Flatbush Village center on Nov. 5 on Clarkson Avenue between Nostrand and New York avenues. Comment.

Buffalo Soldiers keep peace in the West

Books: Your family is filled with people to whom you look up. There’s Grandpa, who served in the war. Grandma, who raised many children with little money. Your uncle, another veteran overseas; and both your parents, who keep you fed and safe. You look up to all of them but imagine how high you’d have to look if they were on horseback, and then read “Buffalo Soldiers: Heroes of the American West” by Brynn Baker. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015

Fusion East offers community new dining option

Food: If long wait times and food chains are your thing, Gateway Mall features endless options for a fine dining experience. To offer a different experience that reflects the community’s tastes, Andrew Walcott – an attorney-at-law and certified public accountant – opened Fusion East, a Caribbean and soul food restaurant, just a short month ago. Comments (3).

Monday, Nov. 9, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Rise (Unrated) Legal argument documentary following the fortunes of seven law students from seven different countries (Palestine, Israel, Uganda, Jamaica, Russia, India and Singapore) as they compete in the world’s largest moot court competition staged in Washington, DC . Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015

Alandon sees growth in his music

Music: It’s been quite the year for Jamaican native Alandon. The reggae artist has increased his visibility, switched up his musical approach, and is working tirelessly to drop his upcoming album at the top of 2016. Comment.

‘Jamaican Mafia’ to stream on web on Black Friday

Movies: Anticipation is growing for the Black Friday release of the action, gangster film “Jamaican Mafia.” Slated to open at Carib 5 Theater in Kingston, the film will simultaneously host a global premiere on the worldwide web on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving when Americans annually swarm into stores in search of bargains. Comment.

All-time biggest Caribbean music seller – Dead or alive

Music: MARLEY RANKS 4TH AMONG AFTER-LIFE TOP SELLERS Bob Marley continues to break records. Thirty-four years after his passing, the legendary reggae singer is selling more records than many living. According to Forbes Magazine, the Rastafarian netted $21 million, and is ranked fourth among top money-earners beyond t Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015


Music: Soaking up some of the last bit of good weather, the Haiti Cultural Exchange hosted its first parade showcasing various forms of traditional Haitian performance art. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015

Drink Lounge is all about the details

Food: Inside the newest lounge in Crown Heights, it’s all about the details. For dual owners Norman Escoffery and Chadon Charles, their bar creation opened in early June is a reflection of a space they would drink in — equipped with amazing cocktails, great music, and no televisions. Comment.

‘Spotlight’ on pedophile priests in Boston

Movies: The Catholic Church has a very checkered past regarding its handling of the rampant molestation of children by the clergy. And Pope Francis recently tarnished that image further by issuing a plenary pardon to any pedophile priests willing to confess their sins. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

Jarrett Neal writes about the gay community

Books: Some days, it seems as though you have SuperPowers. That must be the explanation for being unseen. That’s why there are days when nobody looks at you. There’s no acknowledgment that you exist. You’re suddenly Invisible Man, and in the new book “What Color is Your Hoodie? Essays on Black Gay Identity” by Jarrett Neal, the reason is not so transparent. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

David Hinds, Sister Carol to be feted at Rasta Banquet

Music: Two of reggae music’s most devout proponents will be lauded by Diaspora African Rastafari Congress (DARC) on Nov. 8 when the inaugural Ethiophile banquet hosts a banquet commemorating the crowning of Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie I. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015


Music: With clearly less controversy that had bedeviled the inaugural New York Vincy Independence Calypso Competition last year, Dennis Bowman, perennial finalist in the national calypso competition in Vincy Mas, Friday night re-captured the New York Vincy Independence Calypso crown. Comment.


Music: The Board of Directors of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music, Inc., (CPR) has announced the full lineup of artists to perform at the 11th annual Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 7 at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center, 475 East 57th St., Brooklyn, New York from 8 pm to 1 am. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Armor of Light (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity) Pro-life documentary about an anti-abortion Evangelical minister who comes to question the wisdom of his pro-gun stance in the face of the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws. Comment.

Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire

Books: “Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire” by Shane White Comment.

Media consultants embark on dirty tricks in Bolivia

Movies: In 2002, Gonzalo “Goni” Sanchez de Lozada, a candidate for the presidency of Bolivia, found himself floundering in the polls with just a few months to go to election day. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Healthy plant based food for the community

Food: How many plants find their way onto your dinner plate? We all love a balanced dish of rice and peas, macaroni pie, and some sort of chicken but what about that daily dose of vegetable packed with the nutrients to keep our bodies healthy? Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Guerilla ‘Nanny’ developed art of war

Movies: “Queen Nanny – Legendary Maroon Chieftainess,” the 59-minute document which premiered at the United Nations on Jamaica’s National Heroes Day on Oct. 19, furthered the quest for definitive history about Nanny, a fighter, leader and soldier who led an all-male army through inhospitable terrain in Jamaica and in the end beat the British at their best to emerge the only female among seven heroes of Jamaica. Comment.

Toast of Brooklyn in its seventh year

Food: The annual Toast of Brooklyn Food and Wine festival slated for Nov. 6 & 7 will for the first time include a farmer’s market, approved by the New York Department of Agriculture that would allow vintners to sell their products at the event. Comment.

New author pens book on karma

Books: There is a popular saying, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and many children are taught the value of practicing kindness, especially to those who are weaker than they are. Comment.

Chef Thomas’ unconventional approach to food

Food: Through food, we have the ability to travel to various countries and sample their cultures without ever boarding a plane. Chef Cindy Thomas welcomes cultures to clash through inventive recipes such as Asian inspired spring rolls filled ackee and saltfish. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

Free steelpan classes offered in Brooklyn

Music: The eagerness on the faces of young pan enthusiast was evident, as the children of Caribbean nationals practiced under the watchful eye of 24-year-old instructor Ashley Murray, an arranger and former captain of her Tobago High School Steel Pan group. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Jamaican artist visits New York

Music: Mark-Anthony Abel, a British-born singer, songwriter and composer of Jamaican roots arrived in New York City on Tuesday, Oct 20 for a two-week promotional run. Comments (1).


Arts & Theater: Haitian-American painter Albert Dépas fills the 4th floor gallery of Boricua College, in Washington Heights, with vibrantly colored paintings, some that extend floor to practically the ceiling. His current solo exhibition, “Self: The Quest for a Personal Identity” runs until Oct. 30 at the College, 3755 Broadway, corner of West 156th Street in upper Manhattan. Comment.

Calypso Rose to perform at gospel concert in Grenada

Music: The undisputed Calypso Queen of the World, Calypso Rose, will headline a major gospel concert in Grenada on Saturday, Oct. 24. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Comic Learie Joseph in Queens, Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: Whenever Trinidad and Tobago’s master comic, Learie Joseph, makes a New York appearance, it’s a special event. Comment.

Racial issues come alive in ‘Grant Park’

Books: Open mouth, insert foot. Maybe it doesn’t happen often, but there are times when you have a knack for saying what’s on your mind at precisely the wrong time. You can’t un-say things, though, especially if you mean them but as you’ll see in the new novel “Grant Park” by Leonard Pitts, Jr., at least those words won’t kill you. Comment.

Eye-opening expose’ on prosecution of Muslims

Movies: It’s no surprise that government surveillance of Muslims has intensified since 9/11. That scrutiny has paid off, as it seems like once a month or so, we hear about how another terrorist plot has been thwarted by authorities just before it was about to be hatched. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Jamaican novelist wins prestigious literary prize

Books: The name Marlon James is now and forever etched indelibly in history as the very, first Jamaican novelist to win Britain’s acclaimed Man Booker Prize. Comment.

Oneness unites IRAWMA fans in Florida

Music: Chicago-based concert promoter Ephraim Martin can add another year of honoring achievers in the music industry after recently celebrating the 34th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Mighty Sparrow to receive British honor

Music: The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) has been bestowed the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Vincentians display their culture at expo

Music: The undisputed oldest and largest Vincentian cultural and educational group in the United States on Oct. 3 conducted what organizers say was a very successful biennial exposition at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Seeing ‘Red’ with Trini artist

Arts & Theater: Colors have an uncanny ability to evoke emotions or memories. Drawing upon the complex shade of red, Trinidadian artist Robert Reid is welcoming the masses to see red in all of its forms – indicative of passion, violence, and more. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015


Music: This weekend, beginning Oct. 17 a kick-off concert at Madison Square Garden headlined by r&b singer Chaka Khan, is expected to attract women of color for the 15th annual Circle of Sisters exposition. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

MAS2 TV is the Caribbean’s Netflix

Movies: Move over Netflix, there’s a new streaming service in town and it’s just for the Caribbean. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Things Must Change (Unrated) Music biz documentary revisiting the rise and demise of Tower Records. Featuring commentary by Chris Cornell, Chuck D., Elton John and David Geffen. Comment.

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

UN premiere for Jamaica’s ‘Queen Nanny’

Movies: A very select audience will be privy to a special screening of “Queen Nanny” when the documentary premieres in New York at the United Nations. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Antigua & Barbuda will fund ‘Rebels’

Music: The government of Antigua recently earmarked $20 to $80 million of its budget sealing a deal that will spotlight “Rebels,” a film about Robert Nesta Marley. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015


Arts & Theater: The 12th Annual Fall for Dance Festival is in full swing. The first performance of the five program festival was on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The festival runs to Oct. 11 with the final performance of program five, which ends the festival for this year. The programs are rich as always. This year’s festival presents 20 international dance companies and artists. 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.

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

A Bartlett ‘Weekend to Remember’

Music: The Bartlett Contemporaries band kicked off their 50th year in music with a “Weekend to Remember.” The festive three-day event co-sponsored by The Thomas White Jr. Foundation, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Great Women In Music and York College was held in Queens, NY and ran Sept. 11-13, 2015. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Big Stone Gap (PG-13 for brief suggestive material) Romantic comedy, set in Appalachia in 1978, revolving around a shy and retiring spinster (Ashley Judd) who finds herself being courted by several suitors when a surprising secret about her long-lost father surfaces. Ensemble cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, John Benjamin Hickey and Jenna Elfman. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015


Music: Roy Hargrove RH Factor headlined the 9th Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba 2015. Roy Hargrove is a two-time Grammy award winner, and the leader of three separate bands, a straight ahead jazz quintet, a big band, and his Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Jazz Fusion Band, RH Factor. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Grandchamps Kitchen gives a taste of Haiti

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


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.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Caribbean film series continues at BAM with ‘Better Mus Come’

Movies: There are more than sultry sounds and delightful bites that come out of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is an overflowing basin of creativity, capturing the creative ability of film and sharing it with the world is the Caribbean Film Academy. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

Tyson & Jones return to stage

Arts & Theater: When actress Cicely Tyson returned to the Broadway stage in 2013 after a 30-year absence, she said she was compelled by the role offered to portray the matriarch in a dramatic production called “Trip To Baltimore.” Comment.

Zetta Elliott blends history and magic for young readers

Books: As New Yorkers, we often forget to appreciate and consume the vast history, which surrounds us. Immigrants approach our city with eyes wide open, particularly those with a voracious appetite for history, and author Zetta Elliott is no different. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Addicted to Fresno (Unrated) Dysfunctional siblings comedy revolving around a lesbian (Natasha Lyonne) working as a maid in a hotel where her sex-addicted sister (Judy Greer) just out of rehab accidentally kills a guest during a passionate relapse. With Aubrey Plaza, Clea Duvall, Fred Armisen and Molly Shannon. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga

Books: The animals look a little restless. Maybe they’re hungry, bored, or tired of being watched. They seem angry. Observing these creatures caged, it’s easy to believe that wild animals shouldn’t be penned like this — and in the new book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” by Pamela Newkirk, neither should humans. Comment.