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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 22, 2016

Brooklyn twins shine at annual recital

Music: Generous applauds and shouts of “bravo” rang out in celebrating 17 years in the community as Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy hosted its Annual Recital at the Caton School Auditorium, 18 Marlborough Rd., Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Loving tribute to a friendship

Books: Two heads are better than one. Another body can make work lighter, both in mood and in task. A partner can support you, encourage you, inspire you, and sympathize with you. You solve easier with another mind on the problem. Yes, two heads are better than one, and in the new book “Running with the Champ” by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli), so are four feet. Comment

Monday, June 20, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Breaking a Monster (Unrated) Rockumentary recounting the rise in 2007 of Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal trio of 13-year-old, African-American boys from Brooklyn: Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins. Comment

Sunday, June 19, 2016

CAFE holds Third Tuesday Fashion & Culture Salon

Fashion: The Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFÉ), a marketing initiative of JLC Productions, invites all to celebrate Caribbean fashion and culture at the Third Tuesday CAFE Fashion & Culture Salon, beginning at 7:30 pm next Tuesday, June 21, at the fresh new workspace, Brooklyn Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, between Empire Boulevard and Lefferts Avenue. Comments (1)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Brooklyn jazz legend honored at book-signing

Music: Legendary jazz musician and composer Randy Weston was honored at his book-signing event where the artist was also praised for his talents and six-decade career, at Medgar Evers College on June 10. Comment

Suave CIA agent enlists help of nerdy accountant

Movies: Back in high school, Calvin (Kevin Hart) was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” while his chubby pal Bob (Dwayne Johnson) was being bullied by classmates because of his weight. But that was a couple of decades ago, and a lot has changed since then. Comment

Friday, June 17, 2016

Miss Georgetown wears the crown

Fashion: A 22-year-old Kingsborough Community College graduate Saturday night outshone six other beauties to win the Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant at George Wingate High School Auditorium on Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Tessanne Chin to groove in Queens

Music: With less than two weeks left before New York’s premier reggae and R&B summer festival — Groovin In The Park — unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 26, 2016, event organizers are reporting an uptick in calls about Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin. Comment

CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!

Music: What a great way to start off the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! season in Prospect Park than with performer extraordinaire, electrifying funk and soul singer, the borough’s own Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Comment

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Brooklyn filmmaker showcases his community

Movies: Let us think deeper beyond the surface. That is what one Jamaican-American filmmaker wants people to do before watching his film that tackles life’s tribulations in a relatable way. Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Elusive illusionists resurface for another adventure

Movies: It’s been three years since we last saw the world’s greatest illusionists, aka the Four Horsemen, playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Comment

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

A search for answers from past lovers

Books: In every love life, there’s always The One That Got Away. He got away because you were both too young, too scared, too broke, or too different. Things were said that couldn’t be unsaid, done that shouldn’t have been done. It just didn’t work out then, but now…? In the new novel, “I Almost Forgot about You” by Terry McMillan, he’ll never get away twice. Comment

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Argentina (Unrated) Folklore documentary exploring the heart of the Argentine culture, including the nation’s dance and musical heritage. (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tempo honors the legacy of Caribbean music

Music: TEMPO Networks hosted an amazing line-up of entertainment and talent in the form of Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 5 at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in Times Square, New York. Comment

Fundraising with rum and rythm

Food: The first Friday of Caribbean Heritage Month kicked off with a blast-filled event to the sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, all for a good cause. Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2016

VINCY KAISOS FILL THE AIR

Music: Fifteen Vincentian calypsonians Saturday night / Sunday morning thrilled an appreciative crowd in the preliminary round of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Calypso Competition at Café Omar in Brooklyn. Comment

Pan Jazz for Father’s Day!

Music: DFG Promotions will hold its first Father’s Day concert on, June 19, 2016 at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom which is located at 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Redemption dance

Arts & Theater: Get up, stand up! Stand up for gay rights! A Caribbean dance festival springing into Dumbo on June 11 will use the music of Bob Marley to call out anti-gay attacks on the musician’s home island. Comment

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Costumes parade depicts Guyana’s history, culture

Arts & Theater: The history of Guyana’s journey over the last 50 years, its beauty and multicultural heritage were displayed in a spectacular kaleidoscope of colorful costumes as revelers danced along the streets of Georgetown on May 26, during the country’s Independence celebration. Comment

Street carnival begins Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: Dozens of onlookers gathered around Central Library on Wednesday to watch rhythmic performers dancing to the sounds of Haitian drums to mark the start of Caribbean Heritage Month. Comment

Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival in Queens

Music: Keith Williams Park (Formerly Liberty Park) entrance at Liberty Avenue and 173rd Street in Queens comes alive this summer when Braata Productions stages the colorful Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2015. Comment

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Noel to sing ‘Golden Arrowhead’ in Brooklyn

Music: Fresh from a crowd-pleasing performance at Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in Georgetown, singer / songwriter, Courtney Noel is gearing up to take the stage on June 12 at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, to recreate that glorious moment at Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary in New York. Comment

Tomboy-turned-dancer seeks acceptance

Movies: Toni (Royalty Hightower) is an 11-year-old girl growing up in the rough projects of inner-city Cincinnati. The prepubescent adolescent keeps out of trouble by hanging out at the local recreation center with her big brother, Jermaine (Da’Sean Minor) and his BFF, Donte (Antonio A.B. Grant, Jr.). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Be Somebody (PG for mature themes, suggestive comments and mild epithets) Romance drama about a jaded pop star (Matthew Espinosa) burdened by fame who finds love with an ordinary, small-town girl (Sarah Jeffery) while taking a break from the limelight. With Allison Paige, LaMonica Garrett and Mahaley Patel and Caitlin Keats. Comment

Monday, June 6, 2016

Revolutionizing the game of basketball

Books: All air. Is there anything better in basketball? It’s sheer poetry, absolute magic, and your team can’t do it enough — especially when it happens from the three-point line. In the new book “Chasing Perfection” by Andy Glockner, you’ll see how science is trying to ensure that it does, as much as possible. Comment

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Haiti re-invents its visual heritage

Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Youvensky Despeignes used to spend hours a day at home drawing pencil-and-ink abstractions on cheap notebook paper, his aspirations as a painter frustrated by a lack of opportunities in Haiti where a rich artistic heritage has suffered decades of decline. Comment

Friday, June 3, 2016

Nuriyyih Gerrard crowned Miss World Guyana 2016

Fashion: Twenty-four year old Psychology student, Nuriyyih Gerrard, Ambassador of Region 8, Patoro-Siparuni, captured the hearts of the judges to become Miss World Guyana 2016 during a dazzling evening coronation at the Parc Ranye Center on Guyana’s East Bank, on May 27. Comment

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sci-Fi flicks explores issue of race in America

Movies: It is 1939, and we find a committee of African-American leaders seeking a solution for the “Negro problem.” The group agrees that blacks seem permanently relegated to second-class status because of lynchings, Jim Crow segregation and racial discrimination. Comment

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Songwriter Irving Burgie’s huge footprints

Music: There’s no doubt that his outstanding performance skills, as well as other natural gifts, propelled Harry Belafonte to the high-flying success he enjoyed as an entertainer decades ago. Equally is there no question about the immense credit to which singer-songwriter Irving Burgie is entitled for the major contribution he made toward Belafonte’s path to super-stardom. Comment

Change is possible in the South Side

Books: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. Shut the door, and what’s inside is familiar and comfortable. It’s yours, and it’s where you want to be at the end of the day. Or maybe not: in “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation” by Natalie Y. Moore, you’ll see how one city’s housing affects black lives. Comment

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

Monday, April 25, 2016

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