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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.

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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.

Therapy Wine Bar spreads the love

Food: Bedstuy wasn’t so “do or die” Saturday Sept. 19 during an annual shop local block party that has shrunk in size but has kept a big heart. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Corinne Innis explores police brutality through art

Arts & Theater: To say the temperature of relations between police officers and those they protect are lukewarm is an understatement. Recent video coverage of various acts of violence has residents of all shades, sizes, and cultures confused, nervous, and upset. Tackling these various emotions through the style of cartooning is U.S. Virgin Islands artist Corinne Innis. Comment.

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.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015


Music: It’s hard to believe that the name Noel “Dancemaster” Stevens is still not a household word. Believe it or not, those familiar with the Jamaican performer regard him as the trailblazing Yardie who has been promoting soca music for longer than most. Comment.

Hundreds attend Brooklyn Book Festival

Books: This past Sunday, thousands of New Yorkers who love the written word came out for the 10th anniversary of the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, one of America’s premier book festivals attracting a hip, smart and diverse crowd. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Eight-year-old writes book to inspire her peers

Books: Eight-year-old Anaya Lee Willabus, the youngest published author in the New York area, says it was inspiring to write a children’s book, and to encourage her peers about the importance of reading. Comment.

Brooklyn cultural group holds successful concert

Arts & Theater: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) recently held a very successful cultural show in Brooklyn in its continuing efforts in raising funds to assist, with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

Jamaican producer releases ‘Best of Rootsman’

Music: Jamaican producer Charley Simpson honored the legacy left by calypsonian Rootsman who died on Aug. 21 in Trinidad & Tobago by releasing “The Best of Rootsman” a CD which compiles 11 dance tracks that most identify the style and contribution of the legendary recording artist. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Peripatetic pastor’s near-death experience

Movies: Traveling Pastor Don Piper was thinking about having his own congregation on his way home from a Christian convention when fate intervened in tragic fashion. His car was crushed so badly by a tractor trailer that he was declared dead right on the spot by first responders who couldn’t find a pulse. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 99 Homes (R for profanity, sexual references and brief violence) Diminshed dreams drama, set in Orlando during the housing market collapse of 2008, about a cash-strapped single-dad (Andrew Garfield) who ends up having to take a job with the ruthless realtor (Michael Shannon) who’d foreclosed on his home. With Laura Dern, Noah Lomax and Cynthia Santiago. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015


Arts & Theater: 1st Place – Portrayal: “The Obeah in We” From the Band: Cocorite House 2nd Place – Portrayal: “Trinidad and Tobago” From the Band: Then & Now 3rd Place – Portrayal: “The Seven Deadly Sins” From the Band: Antoine International Comment.

Tea Party with flair at E. Flatbush church

Music: Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals were in their glee and splendor Sunday afternoon in supporting the New Life Center of Truth’s “grand” Tea Party in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment.

Celebrating books, authors at the Book Festival

Books: On Sunday, Sept. 20, Brooklyn celebrates the written and printed word in and around Brooklyn Borough Hall in one of the borough’s year’s best events. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Lambert’s story explored through dance

Arts & Theater: Unveiling a story of spiritual renewal, hope, fearless, and courage in the midst of uncertainty is seasoned dancer Gelan Lambert. Choreographing four distinct performances threaded by these themes, Lambert provides audiences with another chapter in each of his quarterly performances. Comment.

Gay Carib pageant brings community together

Fashion: Recently, we have witnessed the LGBTQ achieve equality that in many respects elude the Caribbean community in terms of tolerance. Creating a safe place for Caribbean born or native homosexuals to be proud of their culture and sexual preference, Hemish Gervis created the Gay Caribbean USA Pageant – now in its seventh year. Comment.

Marvelous Cornelius does it all in ‘Showtime’

Books: Pick up your toys! How boring is that? It’s much more exciting to get things out than it is to put them away, right? But guess what: when someone helps, cleaning your room isn’t a chore. If you make it a game, in fact, it’s actually fun. In the new book “Marvelous Cornelius” by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra, you’ll see how that works. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Sorrel for sale, internationally

Food: Caribbean people are known for owning mom-and-pop eateries, not so much for owning national businesses. Bottling a famed, cultural drink, Jack Summers – known as Jack from Brooklyn whose parents are from Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis — has turned everyone’s favorite Christmas drink, sorrel, into just that. Comment.

Depp delivers as notorious mobster Whitey Bulger

Movies: In the mid-1970s, James “Whitey” Bulger began rising through the ranks of South Boston’s Winter Hill Gang by knocking off all the competition vying for control of his tight-knit, Irish neighborhood. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: About Ray (Unrated) Genderbending dramedy revolving around a troubled teen (Elle Fanning) trapped in a boy’s body seeking the support of her family while transitioning into a female. With Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan. (In English and Spanish with subtitles.) Comment.

Labor Day continues to boast Caribbean pride

Arts & Theater: It’s a sad end to one of the most highly anticipated weekends. Following a sleepless weekend of activities, Brooklynites and visitors alike pull themselves out of bed following the hype of Labor Day. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Adams to convene emergency meeting

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says he will be convening an emergency meeting of key stakeholders, including law enforcement and J’Ouvert organizers, in the wake of the pre-J’ouvert shooting of a legal aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment.

Hot 97 blasts Reggae, Soca

Music: Labor Day weekend is over but in its wake there are memories worth a lifetime. Kicking off some of the Labor Day festivities, Hot 97 left a Caribbean impression on Governor’s Island with their annual Hot 97 On Da Reggae and Soca Tip music festival. Comment.

Fashion for the career women

Fashion: Women shouldn’t sacrifice good fashion at the cost of their careers. Women’s wear designer Beverley Olivacce is bringing the party to New York Fashion Week with a dual-themed runway show that will be followed by a reception. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015


Music: Thousands of reggae music lovers congregated for the summer’s biggest Reggae Tour “Catch a Fire” (named after Bob Marley and Wailers 1973 album) in Central Park Summerstage, N.Y. on Aug. 30. Many came to bear witness to Reggae royalty Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley kick off the most anticipated tour of the year in what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. Comment.

Keeping the BEAT diverse

Arts & Theater: The diversity of Brooklyn converges across the borough for a 10-day festival celebrating the arts. Organized by Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater, the Brooklyn BEAT Festival informs its artists to inform their artistic pieces with contemporary issues happening within Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Comment.

Kam’s round-up of the movie weekend

Movies: He’s done it again! Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015

Parable focuses on Christian couple in crisis

Movies: In 2011, Pastor Alex Kendrick produced, directed, wrote and starred in “Courageous,” a very compelling, action-oriented, faith-based drama. With “War Room,” he’s opted to play only a supporting role in the flick, thereby freeing himself to focus more on his duties behind the camera. Comment.

Young designer unveils ‘Back To School’ fashion trends

Fashion: Fourteen-year-old Tyyan Williams’ collection has already graced the runway of Fashion week’s “Young Fashionistas Stepping out on the Runway Uptown.” Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Picture perfect West Indian American Carnival

Arts & Theater: In picture perfect weather, with temperatures in the low 90s, more than three million people converged on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway on Labor Day Monday for the 48th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Jucie couture!: Flatbush natives new shop brings neighbors together

Food: Talk about a main squeeze! Comment.

Dean Maitland: A creative soul

Fashion: A little pressure to do something we don’t like can forge a path to discover a new passion. Comment.

Seniors party at McKinney Center

Arts & Theater: The saying goes, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Tommorrow: IRIE-Radio concert at Roy Wilkins Park!

Music: Labor Day Weekend boasts enough parties to properly bid adieu to Summer fun. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

There’s no escaping it: You’ll love ‘No Escape.’

Movies: This week, our reiewer checks out the Pierce Brosnan thriller, and likes what he sees. Comment.

DJ comes ‘home’ to Haiti’s hip-hop scene

Movies: Hip-hop is Haiti. There is room for b-boys, cyphers, hot 16s, and breakdancing. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

‘Reflectionz’ celebrats Neville Hines

Fashion: As Karib Vibrationz Mas sways on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, gyrating masqueraders will also be reflecting on the work of veteran mas producer Neville Hines. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

Kam’s movie round-up

Movies: Our critic breaks down the movies of the week. Comment.

Musical raps ‘Hamilton’ — from Caribbean to Broadway

Arts & Theater: Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation’s founding father, the first secretary of the treasury, the chief aide to George Washington, and — in less flattering terms — a “bastard,” orphan and “immigrant” from the West Indies. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ comes to life in art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is an undisputed classic, and artist Imani Shanklin Robert leans on Hill’s timeless work in her latest collection, “Still Miseducated,” 10 original paintings inspired by the lyrics of the album on display at Bushwick’s Studio 301. Comment.

Steelbands difficult search for practice space

Music: If steelpan fans are having trouble finding their favorite bands there are reasons for it. Many steel bands scrambled to find outdoor rehearsal space, particularly in the Flatbush / Crown Heights neighborhoods to prepare for Panorma on Sept. 5 at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

Vincy Film Festival hopes to bring new opportunities to Caribbean

Movies: The Caribbean can offer more than pristine beaches, national dishes, and great music — it makes a great location for shooting a movie. Comment.

Providing sweet pan music is costly

Music: The sound of the steel drum is captivating. The vibrant sounds emulated from a steel orchestra literally beats the sounds associated with Caribbean carnival into the air. Birthed in Trinidad, the steel pan orchestra is a passion honed by many across the Caribbean and worldwide. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015

Get inspired by ‘Destiny’

Books: Check out this new book by T.D. Jakes. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

T&T Film Festival a ticket to the Caribbean

Movies: Trinidad and Tobago will be the “destination of choice” for movie and film enthusiasts in the month of September as the twin-island republic hosts its annual film festival, the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company says. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Miss Grenada Independence putting animals first

Arts & Theater: The newsest Miss Grenada Independence has a soft spot for furry creatures. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Third World performs in Prospect Park

Music: Jamaicans and reggae fans were special guests at a free, outdoor party in Brooklyn that celebrated two milestone events — the 42nd anniversary of super, reggae group, Third World, and the 53rd anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Comment.

Bob Marley’s sons and grandson will ‘Catch A Fire’ In Central Park

Music: Heirs of Bob Marley claim they intend to “Catch A Fire” in Central Park on Aug. 30 when two generations continue the 13-date tour named from the 1973 release of the iconic album. Comment.

Karma Carnival presents La Chaleur du Moment – Fire, Ice Edition

Fashion: With some of its founders from partially patois-speaking St. Lucia — others are from Trinidad and Tobago — Karma Carnival will this Labor Day present “La Chaleur du Moment — Fire and Ice Edition.” Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015

Small town slacker marked for death by govt

Movies: At first blush, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) looks like your prototypical slacker with not much of a future. The small town stoner is very content to fritter away his life behind the counter of the local convenience store, so long as he can go home and get high with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), after work every day. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 24, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: I Touched All Your Stuff (Unrated) Cross-cultural documentary chronicling how Christopher Kirk, a nerdy American, ended up falling head-over-heels for a mysterious woman after moving to Colombia to study hippos. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

‘The Wiz’ wows with anniversary tribute

Arts & Theater: Forty years after winning seven Tony Awards — Broadway’ s highest theater honor — the first Black musical to claim the distinction eased into two New York City parks for three, free, nights of celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its historic trailblazing achievements. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015

Haitian folklorist publishes book

Music: Georges Vilson’s passion is collecting Haiti’s traditional music and also the musical interludes that are part of some Haitian folktales. His passion is dedicated to acquiring the fabric of Haiti’s musical folk culture before it disappears. Comment.

Reggae’s Black Cinderella scores triple treat

Movies: Believe it when you see and hear it. Reggae’s Black Cinderella gets the last word in the latest Meryl Streep flick “Ricki and the Flash.” To end the movie, it is the voice of the popular deejay AKA Sister Carol sounding the lyrics from her 1996 Grammy-nominated “Milk & Honey” single from the 1996 “Lyrically Potent” CD that signals conclusion. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Charlize Horizon kiddies have ‘Mystical Illusions’

Arts & Theater: Charlize Horizon Junior Mas is ready for Kiddies Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 5, as was clear recently, when high spirited youngsters in colorful costumes put on a display reveling to carnival music at the band’s 898 East 95th St. (between D & Foster) camp in Brooklyn. Comment.

Caribbean art educator earns top award

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian born artist and educator Daniela Fifi has been awarded the prestigious Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellowship Award, which she will pursue at the esteemed Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, in New York. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Artist aims to capture Lauryn Hill

Arts & Theater: Inspiration can come from anywhere. A calming breeze, the sound of rustling trees and the lyric of a song can propel an artist to create a striking piece of visual art. Washington, D.C. native and Jamaican descendant, Imani Shanklin Roberts is conveying the powerful messages of Lauryn Hill in an upcoming art exhibit entitled “STILLMiseducated.” Comment.

Rise and demise of legendary gangsta’ group

Movies: Back in the Eighties, the CIA began orchestrating the introduction of crack-cocaine to African-American communities all across America, starting with the South Central L.A. By the middle of the decade, the epidemic had turned Compton into a godforsaken wasteland rife with drug addiction and crime. Comment.

Mas Productions Unlimited lures ‘International Treasures’

Arts & Theater: There may not be any specific reason, but the Brooklyn-based Mas Productions Unlimited is luring “International Treasures” for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Diamond Entertainment & Crew’s ‘Wings of Love’

Arts & Theater: After placing second for the last two years for medium-sized bands in the Junior Carnival, Diamond Entertainment & Crew is hoping to snatch the top prize this Labor Day with “Wings of Love.” Comment.

Monday, Aug. 17, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 6 Years (Unrated) Romance drama about a couple of childhood sweethearts (Ben Rosenfield and Taissa Farmiga) whose long-term relationship is tested when he’s offered a dream job with a record company. With Joshua Leonard, Lindsay Burdge and Peter Vack. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

Naomi Jackson pens a coming to the Caribbean story

Books: There are an infinite number of coming to America stories. Tales that detail an immigrant’s journey to assimilating, fitting in and their own self-discovery are popular identity topics to write about. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Reggae Jazz Fest 2015 gets an ‘A+’

Music: “The future is looking bright for the development and preservation of the cultural links between Caribbean and African-American music and dance in the Diaspora, thanks to the likes of George Crooks (Jamaican-American and Craig Freeman (African-American) of Jammins Events and their associates,” observed Dr. Dexter McKenzie, MD, a private physician and a lecturer at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, who is also a musician and community organizer. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Roy Pierre & Associates present ‘The Jolly Roger’

Arts & Theater: It is early morn. Dawn is just breaking over the warm waters of the Caribbean. A British frigate is sailing through the islands loaded with fine laces and linens and other furnishings meant for the fancy ladies and homes of British plantation owners. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

‘Behold the Throne’ extols Freaks Mas

Arts & Theater: Freaks Mas will “Behold the Throne” as it competes for the fourth successive year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment.

Crochet wear designer keeps evolving

Fashion: The fashion design business is cut throat. Much like any artist, designers are often forced to split their attentions onto their passions alongside their 9 to 5’s that provide the bulk of the green paper needed to survive. Comment.

Earth, Wind and Fire for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: Band leader Pamela Date, who hails from St. Andrew, Grenada, told Caribbean Life that this year’s production is “a representation of our universe.” Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 9, 2015

Change your attitude and find success

Books: We live in microwaveable times. In a world of 140 characters and 15-second videos, it is safe to assume that millenials are simply impatient. Impatience, however, does not allow any great idea reach it’s full potential. A mixture of patience, tenacity, perseverance and a hefty dose of positivity is Bahamian descendant Renny Roker’s secret to achieving success. Comment.

Fox reboots Marvel franchise’s ‘Fantastic Four’

Movies: Marvel Comics’ first brought the “Fantastic Four” to the big screen a decade ago, and followed it up with a sequel a couple years later. Since neither generated much in the way of audience enthusiasm, 20th Century Fox has now seen fit to relaunch the flagging franchise rather than release a third installment. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 7, 2015

WIADCA’S carnival celebrates one Caribbean, one people, one voice!

Arts & Theater: Get ready for New York Caribbean Carnival 2015! On Thursday, Sept 3, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will kick off New York Caribbean Carnival, with a unique Caribbean Freedom Festival, featuring KES the Band, costume competitions and Herbet Holler & the Freedom Party NYC. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Air (PG-13 for violence, profanity and sexual references) Futuristic sci-fi about a couple of engineers (Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) who represent the last hope for humanity after the planet runs out of oxygen. With Sandrine Holt, Paula Lindberg, Peter Benson and David Nykl. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Rock My Soul

Music: Lincoln Center Out of Doors is wrapping up its three weeks of music and dance performances this weekend. There will be six more free outdoor concerts, all devoted to American Roots music. Comment.

‘Welcome to the Motherland of Afrika’

Arts & Theater: This year, New Horizon wants everyone, including masqueraders, to feel “Welcome to the Motherland of Afrika,” as the Brooklyn-based mas band competes in the annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Ice cream venture to help build community

Food: What can a scoop of ice cream provide past a sweet taste that lingers on the tongue? Ice cream can create jobs. It can create a moment of celebration between neighbors. It can represent a positive meeting space within an underserved community. Comment.

Brooklyn Museum celebrates Caribbean culture

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Museum propelled its culture loving public into the Carnival spirit on Aug 1. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

‘Mama’s Boy,’ a run-of-the-mill drama

Books: You think about it all the time. The child making headlines in the news could be yours. He could be the kid wrapped up in trouble he never meant to have, the one whose name is known for the wrong reasons. And what would you do? You’ve thought about it, and in the new novel “Mama’s Boy” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, two mothers act. Comment.

Mas ‘Under The Sea’

Arts & Theater: At the tender age of 24, Trinidad-born costume designer Assata Rodriquez is already making headway as one of the up and coming bandleaders to watch. She is diligent and steadfast in her quest for perfection — qualities revelers will take to the parkway to revel in “Under the Sea.” Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015

Cruise, company reunite to topple terrorist group

Movies: Rogue Nation is the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise featuring Tom Cruise as the dashing and daring Ethan Hunt. This episode has everything you’d expect from an action-oriented espionage thriller: international intrigue, irresistible eye candy and edge-of-your-seat fight and chase sequences. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Assassination (Unrated) Historical drama, set in 1933, revolving around Korean resistance’s plot to kill the military commander of Japan’s occupy forces. Co-starring Ji-hyun Jun, Jung-woo Ha and Jung-jae Hee. (In Korean with subtitles) Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Steel pan rocks the square

Music: The sun is shining. There is music in the streets. Sounds like the start of a great summer day to me. Comment.

New merchant association revives street festival

Arts & Theater: Summer is simmering down, back-to-school commercials are looming but fun in the sun against the backdrop of your neighborhood is still in full effect. There is still time for face painting, live entertainment and celebration of the local businesses courtesy of the new merchant association, Parkside Empire. Comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

‘Amazing Grace’

Arts & Theater: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.” Comment.

Haitian art, architecture at Queens Museum

Arts & Theater: On Sunday, July 25, Haitians from all over the metro area congregated at the Queens Museum to participate in a rich, diverse three-part cultural event that began on the expanded mezzanine, which looks at the Unisphere. The museum reopened last November after major renovations. Comment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Celebration in Brooklyn

Music: It was a celebration to be sure! As Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy held its 16th annual concert recital, students and loyal supporters arrived in droves ready to clap and enjoy celebrating fantastic performances. Comment.

Next group of Griswolds heads for Walley World

Movies: National Lampoon’s Vacation is an enduring film franchise launched back in 1978 by the late John Hughes, the brains behind such Chicago-centric screen classics as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Trains, Planes & Automobiles; Home Alone; Uncle Buck; and Baby’s Day Out, to name a few. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sneakers get a second chance

Fashion: Make your way down Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne Street and Cortelyou Road. What do you notice? On each passing block you might take note of a surplus of nail and hair salons, Chinese American and Caribbean American restaurants and not to mention a plethora of sneaker stores. Comment.