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Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Honey (R for graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, pervasive profanity and teen drug and alcohol abuse) Raunchy road saga revolving around a troubled runaway (Sasha Lane) who joins a team of door-to-door salesmen who party when not hawking magazine subscriptions while driving across the American Midwest. With Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough and Arielle Holmes. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016

CLASSIQUE D’MARSH

Fashion: Jamaican-born New York based designer Glenroy March continues to make a name for himself in the fashion capital and his latest collection Classique D’Marsh did not disappoint. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Flatbush Junction carnival counters J’Ouvert violence

Music: Call it a J’ouv-over. Comment

Vincentians should come out and play mas

Arts & Theater: To The Editor: I read the article headlined “Vincentians jump for education” by Nelson A. King in your newspaper and I chuckled a little bit. Why? Because I hear and and have heard for 46 years the same lofty wishing and hoping by Vincentians in USA about the presence of a Vincy band on the parkway. It’s all empty wishing and hoping. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016

GAC culture to combat gun violence

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Action Committee (GAC), a non-profit will bring together some of Guyana’s artists including the Hooper Sisters, saxophonist, Flantis and Gospel singer Di Nike Amos to raise their musical voices in a cultural presentation against Gun Violence at St. Stephens Church Hall, 2806 Newkirk Ave., (between E 28 and 29th streets) in Brooklyn, on Friday, Sept. 30 from 8 pm. Comment

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Workplace diversity ‘sparks creativity’

Books: Your business is doing well. It could do better. Just like every other business in America, you have good weeks and bad. Sales go up and they flatten. You have financial feast-or-famine and you’d like more of the former than the latter. Author Lauren Leader-Chivée says she knows how you can achieve that and in “Crossing the Thinnest Line,” she explains. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Chronic (R for nudity and profanity) Poignant character study starring Tim Roth in the title role as a caregiver for the terminally-ill who apparently needs his patients as much as they need him. Support cast includes Michael Cristofer, Elizabeth Tulloch and Tate Ellington. Comment

Monday, Sept. 19, 2016

Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays infamous whistleblower

Movies: Earlier this year, the film Citizenfour won the Academy Award in the Best Documentary category. But given how the movie made less than $4 million worldwide, one might reasonably conclude that the details of Edward Snowden’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) dump of National Security Agency documents remains substantially unknown. Comment

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Cultural icon receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Arts & Theater: The name Claire Ann Goring is synonymous with folk culture in Guyana and is one of the most recognized names in the Guyanese and Caribbean community. Her outstanding creative work has won her many accolades over three decades, putting her in the company of great cultural icons before her. Comment

Guyanese designer debuts eco-friendly designs

Fashion: Pursuing fashion was not on her immediate table but finding a loophole into design whilst having a full time job is what brought this designer to the industry. Comments (1)

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Ziggy Marley shares family recipes in debut cookbook

Food: Let’s get together and...eat alright. Coming from a large musical family and the oldest son of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley — Ziggy Marley naturally explored his musical talents and thrives in it. But now he is delving into a different industry and branching his talents into the kitchen with the release of his debut cookbook. Comments (1)

Montano debuts in ‘Bazodee’

Movies: Soca Monarch Machel Montano could now add film star to his incredible career, after a compelling acting début in the role as Lee de Leon — a struggling musician who falls in love with the daughter of an Indian businessman — in the blockbuster “Bazodee.” Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

VINCY CULTURE

Music: Vincentian and other Caribbean cultural aficionados got more than their monies’ worth at an electrifying cultural show Saturday night at the Miracle Temple Ministries in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (Unrated) Ron Howard directed this reverential retrospective featuring found footage from interviews and concert performances by the Fab Four recorded between 1963 and 1966. Including commentary by Whoopi Goldberg, Sigourney Weaver and Elvis Costello. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

Jamaica’s pioneering king of ska dies in Miami

Music: The coronation of Jamaican royalty has always been multi-dimensional. A majority of the monarchs obtained their high regard and scepters after defying indomitable odds and due to their perseverance, talent and unique abilities emerged victors, champions and rulers of their realm. Comment

Shedding light on a Darktown murder

Books: Someone always has to be first. That can be a good thing, or a bad one. Good, if it’s a cafeteria, supermarket queue, electronics store, or conga line; better, if free samples are involved. Bad, in experiments, taste-testing, first-on-last-off and, as in the new novel “Darktown” by Thomas Mullen, first in a dangerous new job. Comment

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Artist displays realistic artwork from carnival

Arts & Theater: Florida-based artist Weldon Ryan has painted many pieces of art depicting carnival-partying people for almost three decades. Frequenting carnival events in Miami and Brooklyn, Ryan captures images from these colorful events, and paints them on canvasses. He recently showcased these artworks, some for the first time, and he is ready to paint even more. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016

Hanks plays hero pilot in miracle on the Hudson

Movies: US Airways Flight 1549 had barely taken off from New York’s LaGuardia Airport on the afternoon of Jan. 15, 2009 when it sighted Canada geese flying in its path at about 2,800 feet. The Airbus 320 was unable to avoid the flock and the ensuing strike disabled both of its engines. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016

De Blasio rules out cancelling Caribbean J’Ouvert

Arts & Theater: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruled out cancelling J’Ouvert activities in the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, saying that it is an event that’s “important to the community.” Comment

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Miss World Guyana takes NY by storm

Fashion: Miss World Guyana 2016, Nuriyyih Girrard said she is still savoring the experience of flying First Class for the first time, and thanked Fly Jamaica Airways, for her safe voyage to the Big Apple, for a weekend of meet and greet, before preparing for the Dec. 20, Miss World Pageant in Washington, DC. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

Another picture perfect carnival

Arts & Theater: For at least the second successive year, revelers, masqueraders and millions of spectators enjoyed the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in picture perfect weather on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway. Comment

Junior bands set exciting tone for Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian-born, Erica Greenidge hurried along Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn, anxious and excited at the same time to get her costume-clad granddaughter Brooke-Lynn to the starting point of the Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 3. Comment

Vincentians ‘jump for education’

Arts & Theater: It has been years since a Vincentian float participated in the gigantic, annual West Indian American Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

J’Ouvert fun amidst violence

Arts & Theater: This year’s J’Ouvert parade cost the lives of two innocent bystanders and injured four more, but the lively spirit of many parade-goers helped them enjoy the annual pre-dawn celebration. Comment

PLAY MAS

Arts & Theater: The 49th annual West Indian American day carnival brightened up Eastern Parkway on Monday, celebrating Caribbean heritage. Despite earlier incidents of violence at the pre-dawn parade just hours before, thousands packed the parade route in Crown Heights dancing and waving, even babies said one Flatbush dad. Comment

Young pannists take stage at steel pan contest

Music: Steel bands from all over Brooklyn competed for the title of the best steel pan group at the Panorama Steel Pan competition at the Brooklyn Museum on Sept. 3. Comment

When the lives of two stars intersect

Books: Your closest friend really gets you. You never have to explain yourself when you’re together; everything said (and unsaid) is understood. There may be many years between you, but it doesn’t matter. There may be differences in background, but no worries. Nothing keeps you apart, and in the new book “Elizabeth and Michael” by Donald Bogle, that might be because you have everything in common. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016

Diversity highlights 2016 Labor Day celebrations

Arts & Theater: Undoubtedly the 2016 West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s presentations reflected unprecedented diversity and perhaps a commitment to integrate a wider pool of participants unseen in 49 years. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Author: The JT Leroy Story (R for sexuality, drug use, violent images and pervasive profanity) Out-of-the-closet documentary revealing that fiction writer Laura Albert is the real person behind the pen name JT Leroy . Comment

Teen tries to retrieve stolen sneakers in inner-city saga

Movies: Brandon (Jahking Guillory) saved up for a pricey pair of Air Jordan, only to suffer the utter humiliation of having them stolen right off his feet at gunpoint by a gang of ghetto predators. Comment

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

‘Bright Africa’ for Carican Costumes

Arts & Theater: The nine-year-old Carican Costumes is looking towards a “Bright Africa” as masqueraders display elegant, miniature and elaborate costumes this Labor Day. Comment

Tourism organization praises new partnership

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) partnered with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in June, helping build a multiorgazational relationship for Caribbean communities locally and abroad. Because of the joint-partnership, French Guiana will debut at the annual carnival for the first time. Comment

Rhythm Catcher Int’l presents ‘Misterios Del Mar’

Arts & Theater: The three-year-old, Brooklyn-based band Rhythm Catcher International is portraying “Misterios Del Mar,” Spanish for Mysteries of the Sea, this Labor Day. Comment

Jamaican pageant winner to debut during Labor Day weekend

Music: Former Miss Universe Jamaica, Kaci Fennell will make her big apple debut this week for two major Caribbean events in New York City — one of the largest Caribbean music events, and the West Indian American Day Carnival on Labor Day. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

Brooklyn rehab center brings carnival to residents

Arts & Theater: They may not all be very mobile, but residents at the Susan G. McKinney Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn last Wednesday were able to “shake a leg,” as the long-term care center hosted its annual carnival. Comment

Poetry and music wrap up the summer

Music: Boulo Valcourt was introduced as a national treasure by the keyboard player of Tabou Combo at the Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) sidewalk soiree outside of Five Myles Gallery on St. John’s Place last weekend. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

Reggae revelry at the Brooklyn Museum

Music: Reggae rarely gets the attention from publications invested in Eastern Caribbean carnival and Labor Day revelry. Comment

Boost your inner fuel to find your destiny

Books: At the end of the day, you’re out of gas. There’s nothing left in your reserves, not a drop. You’re done, wondering if this is as far as you’ll ever go but somehow open to new suggestions. So read “The Full Tank Life” by Ben Tankard. It might just rev your engine again. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016

Trinidadian dancer recipient of prestigious award

Arts & Theater: Dancing all her life, an East New York dancer is going to be awarded with the Princess Grace award this fall. Tamisha Guy will receive the award at a gala ceremony in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Monaco on Oct. 24. Comment

Chan, Knoxville in unlikely-buddies flick

Movies: Jackie Chan made dozens of martial arts movies in his native Hong Kong prior to finding phenomenal success stateside in 1998 co-starring with Chris Tucker in the buddy-comedy “Rush Hour.” Their pairing as unlikely-partners proved so popular that they returned to the well to shoot a couple of sequels in “Rush Hour 2” and “Rush Hour 3.” And Jackie further milked the familiar formula in outings opposite Owen Wilson in “Shanghai Noon” and “Shanghai Knights.” Comment

Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: In Search of the American Dream (PG-13 for profanity, violence and mature themes) Survival saga about six sibling’s attempt to elude the authorities in a race across Texas after their undocumented parents are arrested on the spot and carted away. Co-starring Baldemar Rodriguez, Shaina Sandoval, Kayla Valadez and Jeremy Becerra. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

WIADCA, CTO partner to expand outreach

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are partnering for a union that will encourage multi-organizational efforts between the two organizations that would benefit the Caribbean region, as well as its people in New York. Comment

‘Because We Fly’

Arts & Theater: Giselle Fritz & Associates present “Because We Fly” for this year’s Junior Carnival in Brooklyn. The band’s title was inspired by nature’s beauty. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Haiti’s Feet of Rhythm Puppet / Doll theme

Arts & Theater: Nadia Dieudonné and Cynthia Karaha are cultural sisters, a complementary duo heart and soul of the dance troupe Feet of Rhythm (F.O.R.) kids who will represent the Haitian community in the annual West Indian Day Junior Carnival Parade. Comment

Local dancer becomes international choreographer

Music: A Brooklyn choreographer is keeping dancehall alive, one move at a time. Comment

Waitukubuli on Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: The Dominica mas band, Larry’s Place, is paying tribute to the native Carib Indians with “Waitukubuli” this Labor Day. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

Homage to the Incas

Arts & Theater: In its children and adult bands this year, the Brooklyn-based Cocoa Diamond Productions is celebrating “a toast to life” and paying homage to the Amerindian group, the Incas. Comment

QUEEN OF THE BAY

Fashion: It is a pageant based in history. A dozen people entered the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene on August 20 for the 48th Queen of the Bay New York pageant. The pageant, which honors Belizean beauties coinciding with the country’s battle to independence from Spain – crowned a winner for 2016-2017 title. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016

A worthy call to action in ‘Writings on the Wall’

Books: The fix won’t be quick. It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they can be repaired. In his new book “Writings on the Wall” (with Raymond Obstfeld), he explains… Comment

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Jerk fest brings staycation to Williamsburg

Food: Wanderlusters rejoice — a 12-day festival has come to Williamsburg to bring the Caribbean to Brooklyn for weeks of music, food, and island vibes. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Socacize brings a Caribbean style to exercising

Music: Forget the gym and get fit for carnival to soca music. A dance workout that combines soca music and exercise, better known as socacize, gets participants physically active to a sound they know best. That is the concept for the high-and-low aerobic workout instructed to Caribbean music. With the Labor Day parade approaching, dance instructors want you to get ready for carnival and encourage more health-conscious attitudes in the Caribbean community. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Faithful remake of Oscar-winning classic

Movies: It takes a lot of chutzpah to remake the Hollywood epic that won the most Academy Awards in history. But that’s just what we have in Ben-Hur, a fairly-faithful version of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Black Songbird (Unrated) Revenge thriller revolving around a rookie journalist (Jenique Bennett) recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a nightclub run by the mobsters who murdered her childhood friends. Support cast includes Felicia White, Brynn Mosley and Antwan Mclaurin. Comment

Friday, Aug. 19, 2016

Boom Mas LLC ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Arts & Theater: With the Summer Olympic currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Boom Mas LLC is “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival. “This year, we want everyone to come journey with Boom Mas as we venture into Brazil — ‘Escape to Rio,’” Band leader Trinidadian Jevon Douglas told Caribbean Life about this year’s presentation. Comment

Caribbean culture in the spotlight at JAMS at 20

Music: Caribbean cuisine and fresh drinks from islands across the Caribbean took court among the diverse dishes from around the world at the 20th anniversary of the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

WIADCA launches 49th carnival

Arts & Theater: With much fanfare, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Thursday, Aug. 11 launched its 49th annual carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, under the theme, “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice.” Comment

‘Wings of Wonder’

Arts & Theater: Last year, the Brooklyn-based Vincentian mas band Mas Productions Unlimited lured “International Treasures” in its West Indian American Day Carnival Parade production, but this year it is flying with the “Wings of Wonder,” said Wesley Millington who hails from Sion Hill, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as he prepares children masqueraders Monday night for a photo-shoot at the mas camp on Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

West Indian parade seeks new parade goers

Music: Join the West Indian Day Parade before it gets cool. The organizers of the epic Caribbean carnival are trekking around the borough to recruit local hipsters and other newcomers for the annual Labor Day procession down Eastern Parkway, in what they say is an attempt to keep up with Brooklyn’s changing demographics. Comment

Reggae jams at Coney Island boardwalk

Music: These tunes have deep roots! Reggae fans got a history lesson while they rocked to the iconic musical style at Reggae on the Boardwalk on Aug. 14. Disc jockeys spun styles including early “roots” reggae and the drum- and bass-heavy dub — but the best part was learning how they all fit together from iconic record producer Jack Scorpio, according to one fan. Comment

Benna Boys, Spice Boys in semi-finals

Music: The 2016 New York Caribbean Cup soccer championship continued last Sunday with Team Antigua and Barbuda defeating Team St. Kitts and Nevis 4-1 and Spice Boys defeating Team St. Kitts and Nevis 5-4. Comment

Carib born to compete in Mrs. America Pageant

Fashion: Mrs. Georgia America 2016, Onica Blaize, is the first Caribbean American to win the title in the history of the Peach state, and the first Guyanese-born who will compete among fifty-two equally beautiful and talented women at the national pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 27. Comment

It’s more than a steamy love triangle

Books: Mine, mine, mine. When you were two years old, that was your favorite word. Everything you saw belonged to you, somehow, one way or another. If you liked it, it was yours. If you didn’t like it, it was yours, too. And as you’ll see in the new novel “You’re the One I Want” by Shane Allison, some people never outgrow that. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016

Tropicalfete reflects on ‘Carnival Royalty’

Arts & Theater: Tropicalfete is going back into history with its Labor Day presentation of “Carnival Royalty,” according to president and founder Alton Aimable. Comment

‘MAMA THIS IS MAS’

Arts & Theater: Costume designer, Kenneth Antoine, will return mas to its glory days where revelers will wear more than just beads and feathers, and nakedness, as he readies Antoine International to celebrates 25 years on Eastern Parkway, this Labor Day. Comment

Wily Texas Ranger tracks sibling bank robbers

Movies: Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby Howard (Chris Pine) are siblings but about as different as night and day. The former is impulsive, reckless and sociopathic, a combination which helps explain why he’s spent a long stretch in prison for a violent crime. By comparison, his younger brother is a relatively stable, sensitive and chivalrous soul. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Billionaire Ransom (Unrated) Survival saga set on a remote island where a boot camp for spoiled-rotten rich kids is taken hostage by a gang of kidnappers. With Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Sebastian Koch and Ashley Walters. Comment

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Johnny Osbourne celebrates Jamaica’s Independence

Music: A concert honoring Jamaica’s independence day had some guests literally at a loss for words. Comment

‘Exotica’ on the Parkway

Arts & Theater: D’Midas International New York mas band is again hoping to place in the top three for medium-sized bands in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Night at the museum Caribbean style!

Music: It was a Caribbean night at the museum. Thousands of people celebrated Caribbean heritage and culture at the Brooklyn Museum for “caribBEING in Brooklyn” on Aug. 6. Guests danced to music, did cultural workshops, even got to watch a few films. One guest enjoyed the events atmosphere so much, she plans on coming to the museum more often. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

‘Razzle Dazzle’ for Devine Mas

Arts & Theater: While Devine Mas is participating in the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIDCA) parade “for fun,” band leader Phyllis Wyllie says masqueraders will “Razzle Dazzle” on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Comment

REGGAE IN THE PARK

Music: Grammy award-winning reggae band, Morgan Heritage returned to its native Brooklyn for a historic free concert at the Prospect Park Band shell last Friday, attracting thousands of excited fans who danced and waved their hands in the air to some of the group’s popular songs, and selections from their new album, “Strictly Roots.” Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016

Standing up for others in a segregated society

Books: Your parents always taught you to stand up for yourself. Form your own opinions, they say, and don’t follow the crowd. If so-and-so wanted to jump off a cliff, be brave enough to not go, too. Speak up when something’s not right, and hold your head high. Stand up for yourself and, in the new book “She Stood for Freedom” by Loki Mulholland, stand up for others, too. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016

Born again boxer torn between God and ring

Movies: Logan (John Major Davis) and Mason (Mike H. Taylor) have been doing their best to move on with their lives since the death of their father (Dan Severn) a couple years ago from a heart attack. But that has proved easier said than done, since their dad, Rich “The Destroyer,” had been the Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion. Comment

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

Debut Caribbean author among noms for lit award

Books: A local Caribbean-American author up for nomination for the Brooklyn Eagle’s Literary Prize, is thrilled about her very first book being up for the prize, and hopes to make a dent in Caribbean literature. Comment

Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anthropoid (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based World War II saga recounting the top secret mission to assassinate Nazi General Reinhard Heydrich (Detlef Bothe), the architect of Hitler’s Final Solution. With Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe and Karel Hermanek, Jr. (In English and German with subtitles) Comment

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

New play tackles foreign investment in Barbados

Arts & Theater: Caribbean theater is tackling foreign investment in the region. A new Barbados-set play will approach the subject of international investors purchasing land in the Caribbean, through the story of a Barbadian family. The story details investment as an ongoing problem in the Caribbean and shows the downsides of investment tears the family apart. Comment

Yacht Party Wednesdays with DJ Reggie Wells

Music: It is one of the best yacht parties in New York City and the only one that sets sail from Harlem. On Wednesdays at sun down people from everywhere gather to dance and sing along to the Reggie Wells’ soulful beat. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016

Continuing the tradition — Mas Icons

Arts & Theater: Over a span of some forty-plus years, Roy Pierre & Associates has participated, in one way or another, in cultural events and activities related to the West Indian Labor Day Parade. Comment

‘PRIMAL’

Arts & Theater: As Guyana this year celebrates its 50th year of political independence from Great Britain, the Guyanese mas band One Destiny is going “Primal” for Labor Day. Comment

Bringing the Caribbean beat to the Olympics

Music: Put your own spin on music! With the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics, the Caribbean sound hopes to take a significant spotlight with the launch of a new Digicel digital platform designed to remix music, with some of the biggest Caribbean names as the face of the campaign. Comment

Suga Candy Mas to ‘Portray Whispers’

Arts & Theater: Last year’s second place win on Eastern Parkway for Maxine Magdaleno, was a pleasant surprise for the seasoned costume designer, whose Suga Candy Mas band captured the title in the small-band category, cementing a possible win at this years Labor Day Carnival on Sept. 5. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016

Hill’s real solutions to current problems

Books: Charges dropped. You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that’s sometimes based on all the wrong things, and in the new book “Nobody” by Marc Lamont Hill, you’ll see how we’ve come to this. Comment

Matt Damon stars as dashing rogue assassin

Movies: A Jason Bourne movie just isn’t the same without Jason Bourne, as the producers found out the hard way in 2012 when they made “The Bourne Legacy” without the iconic title character. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

One million spectators view Toronto’s carnival

Music: About a million people from around the world on Saturday converged on Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard for city’s 49th annual Caribbean Carnival Parade. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amateur Night (Unrated) A day in the life comedy about a cash-strapped architecture student (Jason Biggs) who reluctantly takes a gig chauffeuring call girls around town after learning that his wife (Jenny Mollen) is expecting a baby. With Ashley Tisdale, Janert Montgomery and Steven Woo. Comment

Monday, Aug. 1, 2016

Rita Marley celebrates her 70th in Nassau

Music: Rita Marley celebrated her 70th birthday anniversary in Nassau, Bahamas by combining a family reunion with a Pan-African event dubbed a “Soul Shakedown Party” that featured African traditions, Bahamian fire-eating skills and Jamaica’s best export, reggae as the main ingredient. Comments (2)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

MAS IN JERSEY CITY

Arts & Theater: The sweltering heat that blanketed the City the of New Jersey last Saturday, July 22 did not deter masquerades from their determination to display the beauty of this rhythmic and cultural melting-pot city that sits in the shadow of the New York skyline. Comment

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lyrikal talks debut album

Music: Soca music is an international genre, and you do not have to live in Trinidad to start a career in it. That is what a Brooklyn musician is doing. Comment

Sharing your courage with your military kids

Books: Never be afraid of…. Your mommy and daddy have taught you that. Never be afraid of spiders, big animals, lightning, or loud noises. Always be brave, they say, and so you are — and in the new book “Brave Like Me” by Barbara Kerley, you’ll see how that courage you’ve got helps them, too. Comment

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Mighty Gabby: A legend indeed!

Music: Translate or interpret the music and the lyrics of the “Mighty Gabby” also known as Dr. Anthony Carter, anyway you want to and the impact of his messages remain the same, as impressive and lasting on you as he intended them to be. Carter is a Barbadian calypsonian, noted also for his 50 plus years of contribution to the Caribbean music industry. His indelible impact especially on his fellow Barbadians has triggered recognition and gave birth to the slogan “50 + 1.” Comment

Mental health patients share camaraderie in Philly

Movies: The Hollywood Beauty Salon is located in Germantown, PA, an area of Northwest Philly founded by settlers from Germany back in 1683. Today, the town is predominantly African-American as are most of the folks you’d meet at this unique establishment. Comment

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Equity (R for pervasive profanity) High finance drama about an investment banker’s (Anna Gunn) attempt to untangle a web of corruption in order to avoid the scandal that threatens to derail her career. With James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

South Jersey Caribbean fest celebrates 16th anniversary

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) recently celebrated its 16th Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park at the Camden waterfront, across from Philadelphia. Comment

Celebrating Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life and work

Arts & Theater: A non-descript two-story building in NoHo, the area between the East and West Village, is covered with paste and stencil art. An anomaly to a gentrifying East Village, this building at 57 Great Jones Streets, a symbol of a bygone era, was the site where painter, collagist and musician Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and created work for five years until his death in 1988. Comment

Chef Andre talks judging at Jerk Festival and future

Food: The sixth annual Grace Jerk Jamaican Festival transformed Roy Wilkins Park to a feast of jerk flavors last weekend, and aside from all the music and food, a local recognizable face was also at the festival. Comment

Thursday, July 21, 2016

UNITY PICNIC

Music: Thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life on Saturday converged on Brown’s Bay Park in Western Ontario, Canada for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment

‘True To My Roots’ debuts at #10

Music: Reggae Ambassador, Freddie McGregor, O.D. released his highly anticipated album, “True to My Roots” on his Big Ship Music label on July 1, 2016. Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The see-saw journey of Kevin Powell

Books: You never knew what you didn’t have. There were times in your childhood when cereal was supper because there was nothing else. When birthday toys seemed gently pre-loved, hand-me-downs were new to you, and you were none the wiser. Your family didn’t have much and you never realized it then but in the book “The Education of Kevin Powell” by Kevin Powell, getting schooled later was rough. Comment

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ghost appears only in the dark in horror flick

Movies: When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) was growing up, she spent many a sleepless night frightened by noises that she only heard after the lights went out. Today, the emancipated 22-year-old has all but forgotten that unfortunate chapter of her childhood. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Absolutely Fabulous (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Adaptation of the British TV sitcom revolving around a couple of flamboyant, aging fashionistas (Jennnifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) who flee London for the French Riviera after creating a media storm by accidentally knocking now-missing supermodel Kate Moss off a balcony and into the River Thames. With Rebel Wilson, Joanna Lumley, John Hamm and Alexa Chung, with cameos by Jerry Hall and Joan Collins. Comment

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jamaicans celebrate country’s independence day with Family Fun Day

Music: The City of New York goes back to basic on the 52nd year of independence for the Caribbean island of Jamaica. JA Jamdown presents ‘The 4th Annual Jamaica Family Fun Day’ on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson High School Field located at 125-08 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11208. Comment

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Fest pays tribute to Max Roach

Music: Founded in 1996 by the late Dr. Mary Umolu, the Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications, Creative and Performing Arts and Speech, is celebrating its 20th year of free concerts to the Crown Heights and surrounding communities. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

Grenadians set to celebrate Grenada Day 2016

Music: Grenadians and friends of Grenada from throughout the Diaspora, are converging on Brooklyn, ready to celebrate the 8th Annual Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day 2016 event on Sunday, July 17 at the Old Boys and Girls High School Field on Rutland Road in Brooklyn, NYC. Comment

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jerk fest promises kid-friendly activities, Rupee

Music: The sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will kick off Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, on Sunday, July 17. The annual culinary and musical festival boasts of the best jerk dishes and musical performances by leading Caribbean artists. The daylong event starts at noon and will continue until 8 pm. Comment

Empowering artwork exhibit to run at children’s museum

Arts & Theater: Children come out to play and learn about culture and history too. The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem will showcase two exhibits on July 14. The exhibit will display artwork from two artists — work meant to empower and instill pride in children, as an escape from today’s climate that is marred by violence they probably do not understand. Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

GOSPEL QUEEN

Music: The former Dancehall queen has an upcoming album, and it is not about taking your man or a feud — because the lyrics vastly differ from what many knew her to sing as a Dancehall queen. Comment

Calypso humor showcase in ‘Kaiso Laugh Riot’

Music: Some of the premier names that have laced the calypso art form with crowd-pleasing comedic offerings over the years will be bringing their combined talents to “Kaiso Laugh Riot,” a blockbuster showcase of wall-to-wall calypso humor to be rolled out Sunday evening, July 17 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cranston plays crafty undercover agent

Movies: Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) was an infamous mobster who ran Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel with an iron fist. During his reign, Escobar controlled about 80% of the global cocaine market, and raked in about $70 million / day. Comment

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tale of two Charlestons but forgiveness reigns

Books: The Word is what you crave. It’s where you find your comfort, strength, the peace you need to get through the day. Reading it is like hearing God’s voice; studying it is feeling His power, and in the new book “We Are Charleston” by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, and Marjory Wentworth, knowing it could mean offering forgiveness. Comment

Dingolay Mas fired up to revel on Parkway

Arts & Theater: Costume designer Rachel Hall said she created her themed “Green” — one-color costume collection of costumes in just one month to dress-up an expected 300 revelers when Dingolay Mas parades on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Comment

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: C Street (R for sexuality and drug use) Freewheeling farce about a U.S. Senate intern (Evan Hall) who pimps out his crib to sex-starved politicians only to catch his boss (Dylan Walsh) in bed with the object of his affection (Shaun Licata). Cast includes Bruce Altman, Carey Lowell and Don Stark. Comment

Friday, July 8, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: At the Fork (Unrated) Agri-business documentary examining the mechanization of the processes involved in the raising and harvesting of farm animals for human consumption. Comment

Alexander Skarsgard stars as King of the Jungle

Movies: “The Legend of Tarzan” Comment

Celebrating seven years of Classic Flavors

Music: The Saturday, July 9, “Classic Flavors,” all white celebration is expected to be the “Party of The Year.” The date boasts a star-studded list of artists such as Jeff Redd doing his new release “Dance, Dance Dance,” Will Traxx performing his smash hit “Footwork,” and Taana Gardner singing her unforgettable tune “Heartbeat” and special spins from DJ Chuck Chillout. Comment

Monday, July 4, 2016

Montano’s Triniwood adds Masala to ‘Bazoodee’ musical

Movies: When it comes to captivating an audience, Trinidad & Tobago soca singer Machel Montano is no slouch. He sings, dances and totally delivers an energizing, fully-loaded infusion of revelry every time he takes the stage. Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Designer Roger Gary for 8th Summer Sizzle in BVI

Fashion: The eclectic swimwear collection by Brooklyn-based Roger Gary has garnered standing ovation over 30 years, since the couturier began his career in Guyana, cutting from colorful fabrics to complete stunning male and female ensembles. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

ROCK STEADY MUSIC

Music: July 1 marks the 22nd anniversary year of a global celebration of Jamaica’s reggae music. Dubbed International Reggae Day by Andrea Davis — its founder and annual orchestrator — in conjunction with Jamaica Arts Holdings (JAH) the date also hails the Caribbean island’s early music forms — mento, ska and rock steady while fully focusing on the most popular and most exported genre. Comment

Brooklyn Boro Prez Coalition hosts first Int. Food & Wine Tasting

Food: The Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition (BNRC) hosted some of the biggest superstar Caribbean eateries in the community, like Suede Restaurant, Silver Crust, The Hills Restaurant, and many others, to celebrate its first International Food and Wine Tasting event on June 22 at the Tropical Paradise ballroom in Brooklyn. Comment

Crowds come out for local food festival

Food: Hundreds of people packed a backyard for the second annual Ground Provisions and Curry Queue Festival in Flatlands on June 25. Comment

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mixer encourages island pride in Flatbush locals

Music: Caribbean creatives networked at a mixer event to celebrate their pride and heritage in East Flatbush on June 17. Comment

Soca, rock artists among acts at music festival

Music: Do you hear the sounds – that’s New York making music. The Make Music New York festival was back for its annual free music festival on June 21 at Ronald McNair park, for a day-long festival of performances from various different artists from all over the world. Guests got to expose themselves to different sounds, and even some of the performers had some fun on the action. Comment

It’s surfer vs. shark in harrowing tale of survival

Movies: Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) was so shaken by her mother’s (Janelle Bailey) untimely death that she’s dropped out of med school. In order to feel closer to her dearly departed mom, she’s decided to vacation at the same exotic Mexican retreat where she was reportedly conceived back in 1991. Comment

Friday, June 24, 2016

Art and social justice on Broadway

Arts & Theater: On a recent Monday when Broadway theaters are “dark,” the Ambassador Theatre at Times Square was packed with lovers of the written and spoken word and social justice activists to hear a conversation between Sonia Sanchez and two other renown writers. Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Film screening highlights black women’s struggles as doctors

Movies: Award-winning filmmaker and author Crystal R. Emery preview-screened her documentary film, “Black Women in Medicine” at the Yale Club in Manhattan on Wednesday, June 8. Comment