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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Short film explores both spectrums of colorism

Movies: Beauty is skin deep. A new film documenting the effects of colorism in black women will be shown at ImageNation Raw Space in Harlem on June 25, as part of Crystal Ship Mini Indie Film Festival. Comment

Friday, June 23, 2017

Baby Cham releases new album

Music: He’s back on the scene. Dancehall artist Baby Cham is making his return to the music with the release of his new album “Lawless.” The artist rose to fame in 2004 with his single “Ghetto Story” and soon after came out with an album of the same name. The hit scored him even more popularity with the remixed version of the song. Comment

Thursday, June 22, 2017

ART IMITATES LIFE

Arts & Theater: Call it art imitating life. A Prospect-Lefferts Gardens dance school is reimagining the company’s displacement in their new stage play inspired by the Sister Act films, which will debut at Kings Theatre on June 25. AbunDance Academy of the Arts is presenting their project, “Sister Act, Abundantly.” Comment

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Free boro-wide entertainment in City Parks

Music: One of the best bargains of the year comes every summer when City Parks announces its free, series of music, dance, films and theater. Already in full swing in many of the neighborhood parks in all five boroughs, the biggest and longest announced Brooklyn’s Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in Prospect Park. Comments (1)

Librarian courted by hobo while searching for aunt

Movies: If you’re familiar with the surreal cinematic stylings of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, then you have an idea of what sort of treat’s in store while watching “Lost in Paris.” The talented husband and wife team wrote, directed and co-star in their latest magical escape into the theater of the absurd. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All the Rage (Unrated) Healthcare documentary chronicling Dr. John Sarno’s half-century campaign against the over-prescription of pain medication. Featuring commentary by John Stossel, Howard Stern, Senator Bernie Sanders, Larry David and Dr. Andrew Weil. Comment

Kevin Hart’s life ‘lessons’ and laughter

Books: You can pretend all you want. Hide your head in the sand and say it ain’t so. Cover your ears and yell “LaLaLaLaLa” until everyone thinks you’re five years old. You can deny, deny, deny, but listen up: some things are factual, so read “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart, and you may learn something. Comment

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Vincy calypso judging begins with NY’s Dynamite Calypso Tent

Music: Five judges from the homeland were on hand Saturday night at Café Omar in Brooklyn for the preliminary round of adjudication in the Dynamite Calypso Tent, the sole Vincentian-owned calypso tent in North America. Comment

Friday, June 16, 2017

WIADCA launches ‘Eat Caribbean 2017’

Food: Hundreds of Caribbean and other nationals on Thursday converged on Milk River Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn as the West Indian Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) launched “Eat Caribbean 2017.” Comment

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Drama in the modern church

Arts & Theater: The new off-Broadway musical, “The Church…A Hospital?” received such rave reviews after its Brooklyn preview, the producers have decided to do a second performance. Writer / producer / director John Andrews is pleased to announce that the play will have a reprise showing at the York College Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at 5 pm. Comment

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Former JA consul receives Literary Award for telling immigrant’s tales

Books: Dr. Basil K. Bryan, a former New York consul general from Jamaica has retired from official diplomatic duties but he has not given up on diplomacy. Recently lauded and rewarded in his homeland, he was presented with the coveted Musgrave Award for literature by the Institute of Jamaica for penning a book about immigrants who migrated to Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Comments (1)

SOUND MAKER

Music: He makes the sounds. A young Harlem-based music artist and producer Evan Brown is rising in the hip-hop music industry as a sound maker. He is no newbie to music, having began playing the piano since eight years old. He recently released his downloadable all-instrumental album, “E is for Excellence,” compiling a variety of his sound creations to introduce his work to the world and other artists, he said. Comment

16-year-old crowned Miss Dream Castle 2017

Fashion: Sixteen-year-old New Yorker Jasmine Charlot was crowned Miss Dream Castle 2017 at the coronation on Saturday at the Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers, New York. Comment

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Annual Rum and Rhythm crowns best chef, mixologist

Music: The sixth annual Rum and Rhythm benefit concluded Caribbean week at the Capitale in Manhattan on June 9. Guests sipped rum and dined on foods from different islands in celebration of Caribbean culture. Comment