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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Power of broke to power of advantage

Books: When you have been selected by President Barack Obama as presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, you return to your childhood borough library, Queens Library, in this position and as a respected business visionary — encouraging talent beyond the ABC’s Shark Tank show — walking down a path, telling your story is convincing and an opportunity to encourage those willing to take on a similar journey. Comment

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Garvey’s ‘Up! Up, You Mighty Race’ Art Exhibit in Harlem

Arts & Theater: Mira Gandy, a visual artist who lives in Harlem has physically elevated the words of Jamaican immigrant Marcus Mosiah Garvey by displaying a colorful weave of his “Up You Mighty Race,” speech high above the heads of ordinary citizens — on a lamp pole for all to admire and ponder. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Approaching the Unknown (R for profanity) Sci-fi thriller about an American astronaut (Mark Strong) on a one-way mission to Mars. With Luke Wilson, Sanaa Lathan and Charles Baker. Comment

Thursday, May 26, 2016

CULTURE FEST

Music: Marley & friends to launch new Brooklyn venue By Vinette K. Pryce The buzz about Brooklyn’s outdoor, boardwalk showplace is no longer an enigma. The 500-seat, Coney Island Amphitheatre is a reality and is ready to launch its first summer concert series. Comment

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Guilt Trip’

Arts & Theater: Everybody’s “Caribbean” Magazine presents the magical and hilarious family play, “Guilt Trip” on May 28–29 in New York City. After more than 350 performances in Kingston during the 2016 Jamaica theater season and nominated for nine Actor Boy Awards (Jamaica equivalent of Broadway’s Tony), Guilt Trip premiered in Toronto, Canada and St. Kitts and Nevis to launch the international tour. Comment

NY-based designer for Guyana Fashion Week

Fashion: New York-based Guyanese designer, Stacey Angoy received loud applause at a 50th Independence Fundraiser in Rosedale Queens, recently, when she showed off her Stacey A Collection designs, set for the Guyana Fashion Week 2016 to celebrate Guyana’s Jubilee. Comment

MEC to celebrate legendary Jazz pianist Randy Weston

Music: Randy Weston, the legendary jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, will be celebrated at a special free program, from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, June 10, at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (MEC). Comment

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Holy Hell (Unrated) Mind control documentary revisiting The Buddhafield, an ill-fated, religious sect located in L.A. in the Eighties which was run by a charismatic cult leader called Michel. Comment

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Trombone Shorty finds riches in his city’s songs

Books: “Just wait til you’re older!” Oh, how you hate hearing that! Wait til you’re grown. You need to get bigger. You can’t do that now, you’re too little. But why not? Why can’t you start dreaming of someday right now, while you’re still a kid? As you’ll see in the new book “Trombone Shorty” by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier, dreams can come true at any age. Comment

Friday, May 20, 2016

Regina Belle to groove in Queens

Music: Grammy Award winning R&B legend Regina Belle has been added to the powerful lineup for the 2016 ‘Groovin In The Park’ concert which unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York on Sunday, June 26. The news was recently announced on Groovin Radio, WVIP, 93.5 FM in New York City. Comment

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SHE IS A WINNER

Fashion: A young television producer, with a penchant for elegance, has won the Best Dressed Competition at an annual tea party organized by the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB). Comment

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bilked investor blames bombastic TV host

Movies: Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) was a working-class guy from Queens who never had enough cash in the bank to play the market until his mother died and left him $60,000. Against his better judgment, the rough-edged truck driver put every penny of that inheritance into Ibis Clear Capital, a security being promoted by TV money guru Lee Gates as “safer than a savings account.” Comment

Nigel Barker to host fashion event in the BVI

Fashion: Summer Sizzle BVI Fashion and Lifestyle brought the warm weather to New York city on Wednesday, May 11, when the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board, and CEO of Summer Sizzle BVI, Terry Donovan, launched the 8th Annual event in the swanky Yumi Katsura Couture Showroom on Manhattan’s Westside. Comment

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Art Bastard (Unrated) Reverential biopic about maverick artist Robert Cenedella, an inveterate iconoclast who has managed to enjoy an enduring career without compromising his rebellious spirit. Comment

Thursday, May 12, 2016

WINNING ‘RIDDIM’

Music: Clearly out-performing nine other contenders, a female newcomer to calypso / soca Saturday night / Sunday morning won the New Song Competition in New York, as Vincy Mas kicked off in Brooklyn, coinciding with the official launch of the national carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Celebrate Haiti

Music: Community2Community (C2C) will kick off its 6th Annual “Hope and A Future” — A Celebration of Haiti (HAAF) on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at noon. The event, which takes place at BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY, will end at 5 pm. Comments (1)

One monkey in a comedy stew

Arts & Theater: The Harlem School of Arts Theatre Department is launching “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” a consistently hilarious, emotionally stirring and beautifully written satirical comedy directed by Artistic Director Alfred Preisser. Comment

Two months of Haitian arts and culture

Music: Haiti Cultural Exchange is hosting its second Biennial Celebration of Haitian Arts & Culture, an inter-disciplinary two-month springtime festival that began May 1 and run until June 30. Comment

CaFA seeks sponsorship for 50th Jubilee Film Fest

Movies: Founder of New York-based Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), Romola Lucas, will return to her homeland, along with co-founder Justen Blaize to showcase the brilliant work of Caribbean and Guyanese filmmakers, during the first Timehri Film Festival in celebration of Guyana’s 50th Independence Jubilee. Comment

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Don’t let the other guy win: that’s the rule

Books: The rules are very simple: don’t, don’t, and don’t. Don’t swing the bat too late. Don’t hug the ball while running down the court. Don’t get tackled. And whatever you do, don’t let the other guy win. Rules are rules and in sports, you have to follow them. But why are games played like that, with different balls and a field of certain size? “On the Origins of Sports” by Gary Belsky & Neil Fine, explains those head-scratchers. Comment

Monday, May 9, 2016

Muslim apprentice spikes Jewish baker’s dough

Movies: Nat (Jonathan Pryce) is the owner of Dayan and Son, a Kosher bakery located in London. The store’s name is a bit of a misnomer since he’s been the only Dayan working there ever since his father passed away. Comment

Sunday, May 8, 2016

‘The Seawall’ film director scouts locations in Guyana

Movies: Guyanese-born Film Director Mason Richards is scouting Guyana’s Kaieteur Falls, the largest single-drop waterfall in the world, as the possible location to shoot the full-length feature of his award-winning film “The Seawall,” to celebrate Guyana’s 50th Independence Golden Jubilee. Comment

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: I Am Wrath (R for profanity and violence) Revenge thriller about a grieving widower (John Travolta) who takes the law into his own hands after corrupt cops fail to find his wife’s (Rebecca De Mornay) killer. With Amanda Schull, Christopher Meloni and Sam Trammell. Comment

Friday, May 6, 2016

Reggae Sumfest sold and slashed

Music: Jamaica’s longest running summer music festival has been acquired by a new owner who wants to slash Reggae Sumfest from its heyday high of seven days to a mere two-night showcase of entertainment talents. Comment

JAMAICAN LIONESS

Arts & Theater: Jamaicans have always found a place in the cast of the “Lion King,” Broadway’s most profitable musical. From 1994 when the animated film classic starred James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and others, Jamaican Madge Sinclair voiced the character Sarabi. Comment

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Africans, Caribbeans Color The Great White Way

Arts & Theater: It was no surprise that “Hamilton,” — a hip-hop musical about a Caribbean-born, founding father and the first treasury secretary — would sweep top nods for Broadway’s best honors. Tuesday, the enlightening production about Charlestown, Nevis-born Alexander Hamilton won 16 Tony nominations, a feat no other musical has ever accomplished. Comment

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The ‘browning’ of the US demographics

Books: Your vote matters. At least that’s what they tell you, but you have your doubts. You’re ONE of millions of people who’ll go to the polls in November. You’re a raindrop in the sea, a needle in a voting haystack. But as you’ll see in “Brown is the New White” by Steve Phillips, you are more powerful than you think. Comment

Nerds masquerade as hardened gangstas

Movies: Rell (Jordan Peele) was so inconsolable after being dumped by his girlfriend that getting high didn’t help ease the pain. But then, while crying on the shoulder of his cousin Clarence (Keegan-Michael Key), a cute, little kitten appeared on his doorstep. Comments (1)

Monday, May 2, 2016

ARTs East New York celebrates its new space

Arts & Theater: On Thursday, April 21, ARTs East New York (AENY) celebrated a sparkling and expanded new home. Community activists, electeds including Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and developer Martin Dunn cut the ribbon for the new headquarters, community space and art gallery at Livonia Commons. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Beautiful Something (Unrated) Homoerotic ensemble drama following the fates of four gay males (Colman Domingo, Zack Ryan, John Lescault and Brian Sheppard) dealing with relationships over the course of one very eventful evening. With David Melissaratos, Grant Lancaster and Matthew Rios. Comment

Thursday, April 28, 2016

GARIFUNA JAZZ

Music: It was a glorious spring afternoon. The Alexander Avenue stoop in the historic Mott Haven section of the Bronx provided a multi-level staging area for the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble’s music that brought traditional jazz mixed with Garifuna music to this South Bronx neighborhood. Comment

Sign painter beautifies Georgetown

Arts & Theater: Sign painter, Andrew Allen was born in Georgetown 50 years ago, the exact year Guyana attained independence from Great Britain in 1966. So in a fitting tribute to the land of his birth and the Golden Jubilee, the painter said he wants to make a contribution and is calling on the Guyana government to commission him to paint murals for the upcoming week of celebration. Comments (1)

Light bites  & art

Arts & Theater: Visual artist Fudd, known for his contemporary abstract paintings with a gritty urban influence and Chef Nina B. are presenting their inaugural event, The House that Art Built a gallery exhibition combining food and art on April 30 at The Living Gallery located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Comment

Sandy Wills’ story

Arts & Theater: Author, Speaker and Veteran Television Journalist Cheryl Wills from NY1 News is telling the powerful story about her enslaved ancestor who fought for his freedom as a soldier during The Civil War. Her great, great, great grandfather was the amazing Sandy Wills Comment

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

A musical ‘Prince’ has passed away

Music: Purple reigns….and purple rains. The royal color painted a swath across the nation and in England with good and bad news that at age 90 in England, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning British monarch and here Prince Rogers Nelson passed away at age 57. Comment

Trying new things can also be fun

Books: “Here, try this.” Ugh. That’s advice you almost never take because you hate new things. You know what you like, you know what you don’t – and there are plenty of things that fall into the last category. But, as in the new book “Little Shaq Takes a Chance” by Shaquille O’Neal, illustrated by Theodore Taylor III, unless you try something, how do you know for sure? Comment

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3rd Street Blackout (Unrated) Romantic comedy about a tech-addicted couple (Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf) forced by a Huirricane Sandy power outage to face each other sans electronic devices. With Janeane Garofalo, Devin Ratray and Ed Weeks. Comment

Monday, April 25, 2016

Saldana successfully channels Simone in biopic

Movies: Most of the pre-release buzz surrounding this controversial biopic has swirled around the debate about Zoe Saldana’s darkening her skin, donning an afro wig and wearing a prosthetic nose to portray Nina Simone (1933-2003). Comment

Caribbean in Motion showcases animators to the world

Arts & Theater: An exhibit that brings to the United States a contemporary sample of animation and animated video art that showcases the potential that Caribbean animators offer to the world is being shown at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. Comment

Friday, April 22, 2016

‘Fire Fire’ video released

Music: Jamaican dancehall queens Kimiko ‘Versatile’ and Keiva ‘D Diva’ bust a move in the opening salvo of the hot new Ska video “Fire Fire” from award winning crooner Richie Stephens & The Ska Nation Band featuring Rankin Lele and Papa Leu (from Sud Sound System crew — the biggest Italian reggae band) on vocals. Comment

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Mayor cites Caribbean club operator with ‘Larry Gold Day’ proclamation

Music: From now and in perpetuity, April 1, 2016 will be known as Larry Gold Day in New York City. The official proclamation was signed, sealed and delivered by New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio and was celebrated at SOBs where virtually every genre of music has had a showcase. Comment

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Four loyal ‘birds’ stick together

Books: You and your girls are birds of a feather. You flock together, preen together, share your nest when needed and, while you happily sing one another’s praises, you’d never open your beak to spill their secrets. Then again, as in the new book “The Blackbirds” by Eric Jerome Dickey, you’d never crow about all the details of your own life, either. Comment

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Brain-altered convict chases int’l terrorists

Movies: CIA Agent Bill Pope (Ryan Reynolds) was in London on assignment to deliver a ransom to a computer hacker called the “The Dutchman” (Michael Pitt) when he was assassinated en route by a terrorist (Jordi Molla) with a vicious gun moll (Antje Traue). This would ordinarily be a big loss for the Agency, given the veteran spy’s talents and abilities. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Compadres (Unrated) Unlikely-buddies action thriller about a disgraced ex-cop (Omar Chaparro) who joins forces with a young hacker (Joey Morgan) to exact revenge on the mobster (Erick Elias) who kidnapped his girlfriend (Aislinn Derbez) and framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. With Kevin Pollak, Eric Roberts and Hector Jimenez. Comment

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Caribbean Playreading Series in NY

Arts & Theater: Award winning Jamaican actress and singer Dianne Dixon has joined a stellar lineup of actors from across the Caribbean for the Braata Productions Caribbean Playreading Series to be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Queens, New York, from April 22 – 24. Comment

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Tackling race issues head on

Books: Anything’s worth a try. Never done it before? Then give it a whirl, you have nothing to lose. You might actually like it. You might grow to love it. And then again – as in the new book “We Love You, Charlie Freeman” by Kaitlyn Greenidge, the experiment might go horribly awry. Comment

Haiti artists forge reputation with art made of junk

Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Amid a maze of car repair shops in Haiti’s gritty capital, Andre Eugene pitches a shredded tire he found atop a towering sculpture he built out of rusty engine parts, bed springs and other cast-off junk. Comment

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Jamaican chef to compete in food competition

Food: Twenty-seven-year-old Jamaican-born Chef Andre Fowles who served up a mouth-watering dish of Goat Curry with Chick Pea, Buss Up Shut, and Jasmin rice, to clinch the title of Champion on the Food Network TV reality show, Chopped, will compete in the April 19, championship tournament — Chopped Champions Battle 4 Kitchen Storm — that will be aired on Food Network TV at 10 pm E/T. Comment

Shaken fireman faces moment of truth

Movies: Caleb Abrams (Jensen Atwood) is single today only because his former fiancee, Asia (Michelle D. Ivy), broke off their engagement the night before the wedding. During the year since, the buff Baltimore fireman has rededicated himself to his career while pursuing a love of painting in his spare time. Comment

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 13 Cameras (Unrated) Psychological thriller about a couple of newlyweds (PJ McCabe and Brianne Moncrief) whose Peeping Tom landlord (Neville Archambault) invades their privacy by secretly installing surveillance cameras all around their new home. With Sarah Baldwin, Sean Carrigan and Jim Cummings. Comment

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Oracabessa Festival

Music: It is now official! Dancehall star David ‘Mavado’ Brooks, who has a special love affair with music fans in the tri-state area, will be one of the headline performers alongside ‘My Dream’ singer Nesbeth, at the 3rd annual Oracabessa Festival that takes place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Memorial Monday, May 30, 2016. Comment

Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8 pm with Regina Carter’s Southern Comfort. Comment

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Guyana themed Mother’s Day Show

Fashion: Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary will get a big boost on Sunday, May 1 when entrepreneur Pamela McKenzie brings the colors of the Golden Arrowhead flag to her Annual Mother’s Day Fashion Show and dinner. Comment

A granddaughter’s tale of a notorious Nazis

Books: You’ve heard the stories. Great-Grandpa made hooch in the basement during Prohibition. Grandma was arrested for protesting back in the ‘60s. Your great-grandma once chased a man off with a gun. Comment

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Hardcore Henry (R for pervasive profanity, incessant mayhem and graphic violence, sexuality, nudity and drug use) Revenge thriller, set in Moscow, about a vigilante’s attempt to rescue his wife (Haley Bennett) who’s been kidnapped by a Russian warlord (Danila Kozlovsky) with an army of assassins. Cast includes Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth and Will Stewart. (In English and Russian with subtitles) Comment

Friday, April 1, 2016

Recipe Rescue cooking champs

Food: Two ninth-grade students who are members of NYU Lutheran Family Health Centers Project Reach Youth (PRY) Track program at the John Jay High School Campus came out top winners on March 12 in the 2016 Recipe Rescue cooking competition hosted by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD). Taking first place in the final round for high school students was Evelyn Corona Ramirez, 14, and in fourth place was Cheyenne Washington, 15. Comment

Thursday, March 31, 2016

EASTER FASHION

Fashion: The Brooklyn Transition Lions Club brought the best out of some patrons on Saturday when they were asked to strut their stuff before an appreciative audience at the club’s inaugural Easter Fashion Show Luncheon extravaganza at St. Gabriel’s Golden Hall on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Man of Steel against the Caped Crusader

Movies: Let’s face it, Christian Bale’s Batman was going to be a hard act for any actor to follow, especially Ben Affleck who had already proved underwhelming as a superhero when he played Daredevil back in 2003. And the departure from the franchise of Chris Nolan, the legendary director of the critically-acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, only served to lower expectations even further. Comment

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Phagwah brings Spring to Richmond Hill, Queens

Music: The vivid colors of spring were everywhere on the streets of Richmond Hill, Queens last Saturday, when Caribbean nationals celebrated the festival of Phagwah, to welcome the dawn of spring, a season of joy and love, and signifies good over evil. Comment

Making prisons more productive

Books: You do the crime, you do the time. If you’re willing, in other words, to misbehave or break the law, you need to be willing to face consequences. But what if the crime doesn’t match the punishment? What if your sentence doesn’t have a period at the end? Or what if, as you’ll see in “Incarceration Nations” by Baz Dreisinger, you didn’t commit a crime at all? Comment

‘Bacchanal’ re-launches original Jamaica Carnival

Music: Calypso and soca music lovers in Jamaica will go back to the future on April 3 with the re-launching of Jamaica Carnival. Missing from the cultural calendar since Byron Lee, its founder died at age 73 in 2008, it seemed as if his brainchild died with him. Not so said his daughter Julianne Lee. Comment

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Catching the Sun (Unrated) Green economy documentary extolling the efforts of entrepreneurs in the U.S. and China to capitalize on the race to solar energy Comment