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Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Diwali lights up Queens

Arts & Theater: In spite of the cold temperatures and persistent rainfall, Richmond Hill, Queens, lit up on Oct. 22, with dazzling lights to celebrate Diwali, the Festival of Lights on the Hindu calendar. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016


Music: Organizers of the Brooklyn Transition Lions Club’s inaugural Jazz Show have described as very successful the event that was held Sunday evening, at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Hall, at 2806 Newkirk Ave. in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016

An ocean of hope in these tumultuous times

Books: You had hope that things might be better. We elected a Black man as president, and there was a minute where you could almost see a bit of racial optimism. Comment

Tyler Perry back in drag for another adventure

Movies: No one has ever accused Tyler Perry of being short on ideas. After all, the prolific writer/director has been the brains behind a profusion of plays, movies and television shows Comment

Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: By Sidney Lumet (Unrated) The legendary director reflects upon his life and career in this revealing biopic based on an intimate interview conducted a few years before his death in 2011. Comment

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Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

Guyanese playwright donates audio equipment to folk group

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Cultural Association, NY, organizers of the Annual Folk Festival will now produce quality stage plays and dinner theater events, thanks to state-of-the-art audio equipment donated by legendary playwright and journalist, Derrick John Jeffery, who traveled from Luk Lam Ka, Thailand to make the presentation on Oct. 15. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016


Music: The hush that fell over the Guyana National Cultural Center Recital Hall, in Georgetown, was followed by a skillfully played rendition of the Lord’s Prayer, to open “Piano Improvisations” by Ohio-based pianist Dr. Patricia Cambridge. Comment

Kevin Hart wows hometown crowd

Arts & Theater: Step aside Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, the undisputed reigning “King of Comedy, “ pound-for-pound, is clearly now Kevin Hart. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016

Muse boys captured for the circus

Books: Life these days is a three-ring circus. The clowns at your job dominate Ring Number One. Ring Number Two features The Juggler (you) and your checkbook, schedule, chore list, and family obligations. And in Ring Number Three, there’s a wild combination of the other two. Run away and join the circus? Yeah, that’s already happened but in the new book “Truevine” by Beth Macy, it was far from voluntary. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Pastoral (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and brief violent images) Crime drama, set in 1968, about a successful, suburban couple (Jennifer Connelly and Ewan McGregor) whose idyllic life comes apart at the seams when their radicalized daughter (Dakota Fanning) commits a deadly act of terrorism in protest of the Vietnam War. Comment

Friday, Oct. 14, 2016


Arts & Theater: After a triumphant international tour, Vangeline Theater presents the New York Premiere of Butoh Beethoven: Eclipse (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata), from Oct. 26-31, 2016 at 8 pm at The Producer’s Club, Royal Theater, 358 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016

Jamaican touch to Italian classic

Music: Reggae star Richie Stephens and The Ska Nation band are fusing cultures with their Jamaican-style rendition of an Italian classic. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016

Clockmaker Banneker — a new hero to emulate

Books: Your favorite toy came apart yesterday. That’s okay, though; it snapped right back together. It’s made to come apart, in fact; it’s one of those things you can build with and you like doing that anyhow, which is why it’s your favorite. Comment

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Bad Kids (Unrated) Education documentary chronicling a group of Mojave Desert teachers’ unorthodox approach to helping at-risk high school’s students. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016

Coming of age play tackles current conversations

Arts & Theater: A new theater production called “Sweet,” will be celebrating National Black Theatre’s “Pursuit of Black Joy” theme when it debuts on Oct. 22. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016

Latin legends reunite

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts presents a special concert reuniting two Latin legends on the Lehman Center stage, featuring multi Grammy Award-winning La Princesa de la Salsa, India, and the legendary Eddie Palmieri on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2016 at 8 pm. Comment


Arts & Theater: To some, George W. Bush, is considered a war criminal having plunged the United States into two needless Middle East wars, one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016

An ordinary day with an extraordinary story

Books: Today was an ordinary day. It had its ups and downs; pleasant surprises came between the mundane and the irritating and you’ll look back at it tomorrow with clarity, perhaps, but its details will be sketchy in a decade. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016

Barbadian designer battles Alzheimers with fashion

Fashion: A Brooklyn-based fashion designer is serving up stylish looks with a charitable cause. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Being 17 (Unrated) Homoerotic adventure, set in France, about a teased gay teenager (Kacey Mottet Klein) whose fortunes change dramatically when his mother (Sandrine Kiberlain) invites his bully (Corentin Fila) to move in with them. With Alexis Loret, Jean Fornerod and Jean Corso. (In French and Spanish with subtitles.) Comment

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016

Disaster flick depicts BP oil spill event

Movies: On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, located 41 miles off the coast of Louisiana, exploded when high-pressure methane gas blew out the drill pipe. 11 members of the crew perished in the ensuing fiery inferno which engulfed the platform. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent

Movies: Big sounds and big drums. On formal occasions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands comprising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Black Violin: The UNITY Tour

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 pm with the return of three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winners Black Violin. Comment


Arts & Theater: International tap dance superstar Chloé Arnold is bringing her dynamic dance collective to the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA). Chloé Arnold’s Apartment 33, a dream team of high-energy hoofers, will bring the world premiere of its magnetic tap dance show “Where Dreams Are Made” to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 30 Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016

Denzel reunites with Fuqua in Kurosawa classic

Movies: Directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa in 1954, “Seven Samurai” was a groundbreaking film which had a profound influence on the evolution of cinema for generations to come. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016

Souvenir of slavery and its legacy

Books: There’s so much you wish you’d kept. Of course, you never thought of that when things were thrown out: your grandmother’s favorite skirt, a poster your uncle hung on his wall, an autographed picture of a minor star from the 1920s. Comment

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


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

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 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 (2)

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


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


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

‘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


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

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