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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Clarke announces 2017 Congressional Art Competition

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has announced the 2017 Congressional Art Competition, which allows young Brooklyn artists to share their inspiration with the entire community. Comment

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Poetry, dance and all that jazz celebrating life

Music: What do teachers do in their spare time? Most teachers would say that’s a contradiction in terms! Teachers who are also artists have in fact two vocations — like Brooklyn’s PS 138 middle school teachers Michèle Voltaire Marceline and Alix (Buyu) Ambroise and teaching artist Jessica St. Vil-Ulysse. Comment

Daddy U Roy to perform in NYC after 25 yrs

Music: Jamaican music pioneer Daddy U Roy, who ruled the charts in the 70s with hit singles, ‘Penny For Your Song’ (with Derrick Harriott); ‘Stop that Train;’ ‘Dread in a Babylon;’ ‘Wake The Town;’ ‘Rule The Nation’ and ‘Wear You To The Ball’ (with John Holt) is set to perform in Queens on Sunday, June 25. Comment

REGGAE AND POP

Music: Music runs in the family. Reggae pop singer K’reema is coming out with her first EP, which is set to be released later this month. The daughter of popular reggae musician King Yellowman, the young artist was always exposed to music and even recorded several songs and music videos. But now she is taking her craft to the next level and delving into the field that made her father a household name, she said. Comment

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cutthroat rivalry between New Orleans barbershops

Movies: Will (Martin Bradford) is the proprietor of Kupcakes, a hair salon located in Algiers, the only New Orleans parish on the west side of the Mississippi River. What makes him unique is that he’s also a grassroots activist who periodically stands on the proverbial soap box, preaching to anybody who’ll listen about Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang! The Bert Berns Story (Unrated) Reverential retrospective chronicling the aborted career of songwriter/producer Bert Berns (1929-1967) who wrote such hits in the Sixties as “Twist & Shout,” “Hang on Sloopy” and “Piece of My Heart,” and helped launch the careers of The Drifters, The Isley Brothers, Janis Joplin, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison before passing away prematurely at the age of 38. Comment

Friday, April 21, 2017

‘Finding Gideon’ is an irresistable page-turner

Books: “Finding Gideon” by Eric Jerome Dickey Comment

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

New Kingston wows hometown crowd at New York concert

Music: It was a taste of home cooking, reggae style. Comment

In the vinyl analysis, ‘Record Store Day’ features reggae and dub on platters

Music: These deejays will have the vinyl say. Comment

Monday, April 17, 2017

Life and struggles of Josh Gibson

Arts & Theater: He was the black bambino before the great bambino. A production highlighting Pittsburgh baseball player Josh Gibson is premiering at the Theater for the New City in Manhattan from April 19–May 7. Comments (2)

The ‘13th Amendment’ documentary shown in Queens

Movies: A wide cross-section of the Jamaica, Queens community viewed the gut-wrenching injustices meted out to minorities in the criminal justice system, in a free public screening of the Netflix original documentary film — 13th Amendment, presented by York City Council, Member I. Daneek Miller, 18b Assigned Counsel Association of Queens Family Court Comment

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Behind the White Glasses (Unrated) Musical tribute to Italian filmmaker Lina Wertmuller, the first female to land Oscar nominations for Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Foreign Film. Featuring commentary by Martin Scorcese, Sophia Loren and Harvey Keitel. (In English and Italian with subtitles) Comment