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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Jamerican diva backs Off-Broadway musical

Movies: Jamerican actress Sheryl Lee Ralph believes in the message and music of a new Off-Broadway musical. Her name was added with producer credits along with her D.I.V.A (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AIDS Aware) Foundation to promote the show already winning critical acclaim with audiences. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Rock-star farewell to Rock-steady pioneer

Music: Ordinary and extra-ordinary Jamaicans packed the St. Marks United Methodist Church in Brooklyn to bid farewell to beloved friend, colleague and music pioneer Hopeton Lincoln Sinclair Lewis who died of kidney failure on Sept. 4 in Brooklyn. Comment.

Housewife, kids abducted by killer in thriller

Movies: It is usually a bad sign when a movie studio decides not to preview a picture for film critics. In the case of No Good Deed, Screen Gems claimed that it was refraining from doing so in order to prevent the spoiling of a surprising plot twist. Well, the butler did it! (Just kidding.) Comment.

‘Emerge’ honors fashion model Beverley Johnson

Fashion: It was a fitting tribute to legendary fashion model, actress and businesswoman, Beverley Johnson who was honored with the Fashion Innovator Award, before the “Emerge” runway show kicked off its Spring Summer 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Golden Krust celebrates 25 ‘Golden’ years!

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Caribbean franchise has been celebrating 25 years in business this year. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Elvis impersonator showcases his talent in faith-based musical

Movies: What if Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had survived his mother’s pregnancy rather than passed away during delivery back in January of 1935? That is the alternate reality contemplated by “The Identical,” a faith-based musical marking the underwhelming directorial debut of Dustin Marcellino. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Caribbean-themed men’s magazine celebrates fashion

Fashion: It’s the Caribbean’s answer to GQ! Comment.

‘Rising Star finalist’ Lisa Punch comes to Brooklyn

Music: Lisa Punch proved that she is a talented to be reckoned when she brought her vivacious performance to the stage of the recent Guyana Folk Festival. Comment.

Jamaican-born designer lights up Grand Central terminal with flashmob show

Fashion: It was fashion in a flash! Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 108 Stitches (R for profanity and sexual references) Ensemble comedy about a lousy college baseball team that schemes to go out on a high note after learning that the school president (Kate Vernon) plans to disband the program at the end of the season. Cast includes Bruce Davison, Erin Cahill and retired major leaguer Roger Clemens. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

ROCKING CROWD AT BRASS FEST

Music: Hundreds of party goers jamed and rocked to the Brassfest line up at the Brooklyn Musuem on Eastern Parkway on Friday, Aug 29. The event organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Assosiation (WIADCA) featured the finest American, Caribbean and African musicians and acts. Comment.

Laparkan scholarships for Carib American youth

Music: Two lucky Caribbean American youth will have the chance to win scholarships being offered by Laparkan Shipping, one of the biggest Caribbean shipping and money transfer companies in the world. Comments (1).

Pan Champs D’ Radoes

Music: Sweet, sweet, music floated from the 11 steel bands participating in the 2014 Panorama Championship at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, with D’ Radoes wining the Champion trophy. Comment.

Scintillating burlesque

Arts & Theater: Pa-Nash, the home of Euro-Soul cuisine in Queens, is hosting an exciting and entertaining evening of scintillating burlesque on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Comment.

Movie night at Paedergat Park

Movies: CaribBEING in partnership with NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Sesame Flyers, Citizens Committee for New York City and Brooklyn Free Clinic presented “Caribbean Night” featuring family-friendly films “Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom” and “Cool Runnings” along with a soca dance workshop led by Candace Thompson. The fun-filled night started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Paedergat Park on Foster Ave. (between E. 40th Street and Albany Ave.). Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Mas in sweltering heat!

Arts & Theater: Amid the sweltering heat and humidity, tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers and millions more from around the world converged on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day for the largest carnival parade in North America. Comment.

West Indies batting must improve!

Fashion: The West Indies cricket team under its new coach will have to take positive steps towards improving its batting performance. At the moment the team lacks international commitment and the high batting standards that go parallel with the game. The West Indies lost to New Zealand, which merely ranked number eight in Test cricket, is a disgrace. Too many players have not shown that commitment in Tests and One-day International and that has been the downfall of West Indies cricket. This has been compounded by at one stage and incompetent captain, unqualified selectors and too much interest in the Twenty20 format of the game. Comment.

Unpardonable ‘dis’ of the steel band culture

Arts & Theater: The lineup of activities for the 2014 Labor Day weekend West Indian Carnival is history. And, like a couple of years ago when we were constrained to make scathing reference to the appearance in the Eastern Parkway parade of a few female exhibitionists who brought the skimpy-costume fad to levels of gross indecency, so was there this year reason for taking exception, this time to a patently poor-taste move on the part of the organizers. The Steel Band Panorama contest providing backdrop for the off-color display this time around. Comment.

Husband searches for missing wife in erotic thriller

Movies: “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

‘Yardies’ revel on The Parkway as united Jamaica

Arts & Theater: Jamaicans joined legions from the English, Dutch, Spanish and French Caribbean who annually parade pride and culture on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day to distinguish themselves by waving the black, green and gold flag of their nation. They turned out in large numbers to represent the English-speaking island located in the Greater Antilles and the one nation outside of the Eastern Caribbean whose history and tradition apprehensively embraced carnival. Comment.

Whopping $700 media fee creates controversy

Arts & Theater: After 46 years of coverage of the annual West Indian American Day Associations annual festivities in Brooklyn, in an un-precedented action, the organizers required media individuals to pay a whopping $700 in order to report on the activities. Comments (1).

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: But Always (Unrated) Romance drama about childhood sweethearts (Nicholas Tse and Yuanyuan Gao), raised in Beijing, who go their separate ways only to fall in love all over again a decade later when their paths cross in New York City. With Lam Suet, Qin Hao, Du Haitao and Luo Shi. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment.

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment.

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

West Indian American Day Carnival kicks off

Music: Tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers and millions from around the world are expected on Monday to converge on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway for the 47th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Troubling trend on the Parkway

Music: Carnival mas in Brooklyn has always been colorful and flashy, people come from all over the country and the globe to see it. However, there has been a debate raging over recent years as to whether or not the Brooklyn Caribbean Carnival has been losing its value, sense of tradition and culture to skimpy costumes, vulgarity and violent behavior. Mas camp designers: Marlon Smart and Uncle Percie from “Ramajay Mas Inc.,” Pat Nurse from “Carican Costumes” and Toni Barnette from “D’Midas International” all believe that mas has changed. Comment.

‘FLUSHING’ WITH JAZZ

Music: A New York City/Queens gem, Flushing Town Hall bills itself as a venue of “global arts for a global community.” Last Sunday, a summer wrap-up/fall kick-off with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, which fuses jazz and the language and rhythms from traditional Garifuna music, attracted one of the most diverse assemblages seen in a New York audience. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Legends display ‘Rainbow of Colors’

Music: Masqueraders are expected to display a “Rainbow of Colors” as Legends Stars Steel Orchestra bang out Caribbean rhythms in the J’ouvert Competition. Comment.

It’s spy vs. spy in labyrinthine espionage thriller

Movies: Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with “No Way Out,” one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. The accomplished Australian revisits the genre with “The November Man,” though this picture pales in comparison to his ingenious, 1987 classic. Nevertheless, Roger has crafted another labyrinthine, cat-and-mouse caper which miraculously manages to keep you on the edge of your seat despite an often-incoherent plotline, slapdash action sequences, and an inscrutable cast of characters with difficult to discern motivations. Overall, the adventure amounts to a dizzying head-scratcher which takes you on one helluva roller coaster ride, even if it might take a scorecard to keep the profusion of players straight. Comment.

Salute to columnist Vinette K. Pryce

Movies: Tip of the hat to Caribbean journalist and Inside Life columnist Miss Vinette K. Pryce for her perceptive and thoughtful review of the award-winning, independent feature-length fiction film, “Garifuna In Peril” headlined “Indigenous Hondurans Unite to Preserve Culture.” (Inside Life Column by Vinette K. Pryce, Caribbean Life Newspaper, May 16 through May 22 2014 issue). By extension, a hearty Seremein (“Thanks” in the Garifuna Language) goes to the Caribbean Life newspaper for publishing her review. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Kaios International wants ‘Kaios and Orda’

Arts & Theater: Kaios International Mas Band wants nothing but “Kaios and Orda” on the parkway, according to co-bandleaders Mark McLean and Heather Greenidge. Comment.

Saving young ‘Endangered’ Black men

Books: Save the whales! You’ve read a lot of signs like that in your life, online and real-time. Save the whales or the environment, penguins or tigers, fish, trees, or grasses, there’s always something about to disappear, and you know that when it’s gone, it’s gone. But what about people? Aren’t they in trouble, too? In the new book “Endangered” by Jean Love Cush, who’s going to save young Black men? Comment.

2014 Mas Bands

Music: Name of Band: T-Vice/Venus Production Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

The Promise and EP Costumes go to ‘Paradise’

Arts & Theater: After showcasing their mas solo for several years, The Promise and EP (Errol Philip) Costumes are going to “Paradise” this year WI their collaboration. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

MAS KA KLE

Music: One of Guadeloupe’s large carnival bands, “Mas Ka Kle,” is making its first Labor Day appearance. Joining them will be a sensational new group “Zouk and the Gang.” “Mas Ka Kle” draws on Guadeloupean tradition and its African roots. “Zouk and the Gang” is a collaboration of established musicians who revisit the golden age of Zouk. Prior to Labor Day festivities, the groups will be performing in nightclubs in Harlem and downtown Manhattan. Comment.

Buju Banton granted third plea

Music: The third attempt could be a charm for convicted reggae, deejay Buju Banton. Jailed in Florida since he was twice tried for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the Jamaican deejay whose real name is Mark Myrie was granted another opportunity to present oral arguments regarding his efforts to obtain a new trial. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A life hangs in the balance in flashback flick

Movies: Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a bright 17-year-old full of the bloom of youth. Between playing the cello purely for pleasure and dating the doting boy of her dreams (Jamie Blackley), the happy high school senior considers herself truly blessed. Comment.

‘One Destiny’ launches inaugural Guyanese mas

Arts & Theater: In becoming the first Guyanese mas band to hit the Parkway, “One Destiny” says it’s portraying the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state’s Coat of Arms in making a difference. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Here comes ‘Bollywood!’

Fashion: By living in what is considered to be the heart of the Indo-Trinidadian-Guyanese community in Lefferts/Liberty avenues on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, locally referred to as “Bollywood,” Diane Walkes, the band leader of New Horizon, says it was compelling to name her production after the Indian film industry. Comment.

MV Kiddie Town Art Exhibit in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: MV Kiddie Town Daycare and Summer Camp hosted an art exhibit for parents, friends and public at its location on 982 East 43rd St., Brooklyn on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Ramajay designers create ‘Zulu’ warriors

Fashion: Trinidadian Marlon Smart, one of eight talented designers of top mas band, “Ramajay” got into mas at eight years old. Smart would help his great uncle, Leroy Smart make traditional Sailor mas costumes when his uncle returned to Trinidad from the United States of America. At the age of 15, he began working with Peter Minshall’s Callaloo Company in Trinidad. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

ONE LOVE ONE LIFE

Music: World renowned, ever popular and lovers rocker himself, the legendary Beres Hammond alongside Chaka Demus & Pliers, Harmony House musicians and D.J. Inferno will be performing at two shows on Friday, Aug. 22 in New York City at Bestbuy Theater in Time Square and Saturday, Aug. 23 at NJPAC in New Jersey. Doors open in NYC at 8:00 p.m., show time 9:00 p.m. and in NJ doors at 7:00 p.m., show time 8:0 Comment.

Jamaican comedy

Arts & Theater: The newly formed American-Caribbean Theatre Alliance, Inc. (ACTA) will present its inaugural production of “Uncle Joe’s Patty Shop” at the Springfield Gardens Church of Christ (144-04 Farmers Blvd. Springfield Gardens, NY 11434) on Aug. 21, 22, & 23 at 7:00 p.m., and Aug. 24 at 5:00 p.m. All shows are free and open to the public. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 14 Blades (R for graphic violence) Martial arts drama, set during the Ming Dynasty, about a member of the imperial guard (Donnie Yen) on the run from an army of assassins after being betrayed by colleagues. With Wei Zhao, Chun Wu and Kate Tsui. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Freaks Mas wants ‘A Taste of Confectionz’

Fashion: The two-year-old Freaks Mas is only asking for “A Taste of Confectionz” as it seduces masqueraders and onlookers this Labor Day, bringing “a fun experience to Eastern Parkway,” according to band leader Ray Bruce. Comment.

Tropicalfete ready for the road

Fashion: Spectators came out last Saturday in the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn for a sneak-peek of Tropicalfete Incorporated presentation of their adult and kiddie band “Masquerade Ball West Indian Edition.” Comments (1).

Promoting Haiti’s culture to develop the economy

Music: Last month, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) held an after-work conversation on the intersection of arts and development at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, part of summer series of Hotel - sponsored soirées – sharing space with those taking a dip in the rooftop pool in Washington DC. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Streep, Bridges co-star in sci-fi adventure

Movies: Despite being born in the same year and enjoying overlapping enduring careers, Oscar-winners Meryl Streep (for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) never made a movie together prior to “The Giver.” Such a long overdue collaboration proves well worth the wait in this haunting, sci-fi adventure set in a deceptive dystopia masquerading as heaven on Earth. Comment.

Golden Krust opens franchise on Church Avenue

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain with more than 120 restaurants located in nine states opened its newest franchise restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, located at 2223 Church Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. The franchise owners are Stanley and Noveene Dennis. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Stitchie performs for MHHC Health Care Festival

Music: Morris Heights Health Center, a group of health care providers located in the Bronx, NY is hosting an exciting free Health Care Festival and Fun Day on Saturday Aug. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at its newest Bronx facility at 825 East 233 St. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

New Generation looks ‘Through Her Eyes’

Music: In honor of the late producer and band leader of New Generation, Trinidadian-born Kathy-Ann Hernandez, the mas band is looking “Through Her Eyes” this Labor Day. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

Experience the best of the Caribbean in Brooklyn!

Music: You have to add New York Caribbean Carnival Week to your ‘Must Do’ list this summer. You simply must; after-all you have not experienced the best that Brooklyn has to offer unless you are front and center at this legendary cultural event. It’s truly a fun and memorable experience that will leave you craving more of everything Caribbean. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Love, history and honor of carnival

Arts & Theater: On Saturday July 25, 2014, Johanna “Joan” Pierre along with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) went around the borough of Brooklyn to inspect several bands before they go “on de road” for the West Indian Day Carnival Parade. Some see WIADCA as the guardians to insure that this happens. One of the ways that they do that is through inspection of every camp to make sure they meet standard and criteria of what it means to be a mas camp band. Comment.

‘Music Was My First Love’

Music: A closing event for “Music Was My First Love” will feature a live jazz performance with Jonathan Crayford, pianist, composer, and director, and Jay Rodriguez, Grammy-nominated saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, film composer, and producer to benefit Time In Children’s Art Initiative and Music Is My First Language. The duo will preform musical works inspired by the artwork of Brooklyn-based artist Robert Saywitz. Comment.

MLK TRIBUTE

Music: Brooklyn’s annual tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prevails in 2014 with five concerts that exemplify the diversity and make-up of the borough. Rhythm and blues, pop, hip-hop, gospel and Caribbean music are slated each Monday in the month when free concerts kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Presented at Wingate Field, Winthrop Street between Brooklyn and Kingston avenues. Across from Kings’County Hospital, entrances at Winthrop St. and Rutland Rd. will accommodate patrons from 6:00 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Celebration of Jamaica’s home-grown music

Music: It’s been 20 years since JAH (Jamaica Arts Holding) launched an official date to celebrate reggae music. On the anniversary, a global collective marked July 1 by initiating a multiplicity of events, activities and acknowledgements of Jamaica’s home-grown music. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Barbados celebrates Irving Burgie’s 90th birthday

Music: Award-winning artist, and playwright, Irving Burgie whose songs Day’O, Island In the Sun, and Jamaica Farewell- hits by superstar Harry Belafonte, was greeted with loud applause when he arrived at the Barbados Consulate in New York City to celebrate 90 on his exact birth date, July 28. Comment.

Chadwick’s nostalgic jukebox musical

Movies: Just last year, Chadwick Boseman successfully channeled the spirit of Jackie Robinson in 42, a powerful biopic about the Hall of Fame great who made history when he integrated Major League Baseball in 1947. In “Get on Up,” the gifted young actor is already impersonating another legendary African-American, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown (1933-2006). Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: About Alex (R for profanity and drug use) Jason Ritter stars as the title character of this nostalgic drama about a group of college friends’ eventful reunion to care for a suicidal pal over the course of a three-day weekend. Cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Maggie Grace, Max Minghella and Nate Parker. Comment.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BAM receives National Medal of Arts

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was among 12 individuals and organizations who on Monday received the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Comment.

Dances Patrelle presents ‘Romeo & Juliet’

Arts & Theater: Dances Patrelle presents “Romeo & Juliet,” a dazzling 25th Anniversary Performance from Sept. 11-14, 2014 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, E. 68th Street between Park and Lexington avenues, NYC. Performances: Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available beginning Aug. 1, 2014 at www.dancespatrelle.org or in person at The Kaye Playhouse Box Office. Comment.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DRJ Vision In Motion presents ‘Mandela’

Arts & Theater: Trinidad and Tobago born costume designer Donna Bridgeman will introduce a new concept in playing mas on Eastern Parkway with a tribute to one of the greatest individuals that ever lived — former South African President Nelson Mandela. Comments (1).

‘Controversial Carnival Festival’ for Belmont Kids

Arts & Theater: Belmont Kids Connection is hoping to win the Small Bands category for children for the third successive year with a “Controversial Carnival Festival,” according to associate band leader Wendell Jack. Comment.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 4 Minute Mile (PG-13 for mature themes, violence, drinking, drugs, smoking and profanity) Overcoming-the-odds drama about the unlikely friendship forged between an at-risk teen (Kelly Blatz) and the reclusive, retired track coach (Richard Jenkins) who agrees to train him. With Analeigh Tipton, Kim Basinger, Cam Gigandet and Rhys Coiro. Comment.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vengeful parishioner threatens Irish priest

Movies: While hearing confessions in church one day, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) gets the shock of his life. First, a disturbed man recounts in lurid detail how, as a child, he’d been raped by a priest every other day for five years. Then, the anonymous confessor announces that since the pedophile who ruined his life is already deceased, he’s decided to even the score by murdering Father James, and in exactly one week. Comment.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Food lovers feast on Jamaican jerk fare

Food: This year VP records and Grace Foods drew a multi-cultural group of food lovers from beyond the tri–state to as far as Florida to its annual Jerk Festival. With more than 15,000 patrons in attendance, the attraction of food done the old fashioned way were savoring for food lovers. The lines at jerk stations were long as patrons waited to taste their favorite Jerk Pork or Jerk Chicken followed by jerk sea food of fish and lobster. Comment.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Celebrating Haitian Culture, a huge success!

Music: “There is momentum and excitement when you have a festival with an abundance of events,” says a slightly exhausted Regine Roumain, director of Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) that recently wrapped up its six-week 25-event “Selebrasyon!,” a cultural extravaganza celebrating Haitian arts. Comment.

Revelers seek to ‘Raise the Bar’

Music: Detailz Mas Camp is relentlessly working to make its sophomore year of participation on Eastern Parkway for the Labor Day celebration a memorable one for its revelers. At the helm is Trinidadian born Michael “Mr Detailz” Dubois. Comment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reggae in the Park

Music: Reggae music fans are in for a treat on July 26 when Central Park Summerstage showcases the only reggae concert of their 2014 season at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. While the diverse and largest, free festival in New York City is slated to offer 105 performing arts events from June to August this year, Caribbean music gets a singular afternoon to show-off a few of its best. Grammy winning, Jamaican reggae artists Junior “One Blood” Reid and Chonixx are the top billing names for the concert. Comment.

Monday, July 21, 2014

GWOKA’S RHYTHMS

Music: A spirited debate marked opening ceremonies of the 27th annual Gwoka Festival, July 9-14 in Sainte Anne, Guadeloupe. In particular, the news that Gwoka (Creole word for large drum), once the expressions of an oppressed people is now under consideration for an UNESCO world heritage designation. Panelists and members of the public weighed in on the direction of the music, some seeing it as an opportunity for economic development others concerned about its role as independent voice. Comments (1).

Zach Braff stars in dysfunctional family dramedy

Movies: As an actor, Zach Braff is most closely associated with the character J.D. from Scrubs, the Emmy-winning sitcom which enjoyed a nine-year run on network television from 2001 to 2010. As a director, he is best known for “Garden State,” the quirky, semi-autobiographical feature film where he played a struggling actor who returns to his hometown in Jersey for his mother’s funeral. Comments (1).

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kamarley ‘Da Big Show’ left the city talking

Music: Last year, as Caribbean-American Heritage Month approached its sunset with a Caribbean-American open air concert featuring Mighty Sparrow, Lima Calvio of Byron Lee and the Dragonaires, and Val Adams, then Calypso King of Grenada, who had the Borough Hall, Brooklyn crowd rollicking. This year, as the ninth year of the celebration culminated on June 26 at Columbus Park, Borough Hall, it was the six-year-old Kamarley, who held his own among the likes of Antigua’s Soca Queen Claudette “CP” Peters, T&T’s Sherma Andrews and Panama’s Magaly. The six-year-old excited the crowd with the quality of his Reggae and Soca renditions, and artistic synchrony of body language and musical rhythm which belie the tenderness of his age. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cannibal (Unrated) Romantic thriller about a serial killer (Antonio de la Torre) who feels no remorse about devouring his victims until he falls in love with the sister (Olimpia Melinte) of his last meal. With Maria Alfonsa Rosso, Florin Fildan and Manolo Solo. (In Romanian and Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

‘From Gutter to Glory’

Books: It was a long, hard, road to travel but Jamaican author and Professor Dr. Karlene Richardson was able to make it out “From Gutter to Glory” as she reveals her struggles and successes in her autobiography by the same name. Comment.

HOLLER IF YA HEAR ME

Arts & Theater: Nearly 18 years after his violent death, rap icon Tupac Shakur is having a major impact on the lives of inner city youth through the Broadway show based on his lyrics and poetry. The 150-minute show is being staged at the Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway. Comment.

Two hefty servings of Caribbean comedy

Arts & Theater: Two superstars of Caribbean comedy, Trevor Eastmond of Barbados and Sprangalang of Trinidad and Tobago, will share the spotlight Saturday evening, July 19, in a special comedy showcase presentation designed to treat fans to generous helpings of the crackerjack material that has made the two headliners household names on the comedy circuit. Comment.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Dingolay set for an ‘Epic’ day on The Parkway

Arts & Theater: Dingolay costume band unveiled its Mas Camp with an “Epic” array of bedazzling costumes to attract masqueraders to its themed white one-color band, set for Sept. 1 on Eastern Parkway. Comment.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Queens Borough president honors ‘Impressions’

Arts & Theater: Newly elected Queens Borough President Melinda Katz applauded Artistic Director of the Cambria Heights Impressions Dance Theatre Ms. Verna Walcott-White, for motivating and enriching the lives of children by promoting skills that enhance multicultural and creative dance. Comment.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Nicolas Cage stars in a gruesome vigilante flick

Movies: In recent years, Nicholas Cage has made a lot of mediocre movies, and “Rage” is no exception. This B-movie action flick might be best thought of as an unapologetic rip-off of the Liam Neeson vigilante vehicle “Taken.” Comment.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aftermath (Unrated) Post-apocalyptic thriller, set in rural Texas, about nine strangers’ stuck in a farmhouse fallout shelter attempt to survive radiation sickness and a horde of starving refugees in the wake of the devastation wrought by a nuclear holocaust. Co-starring Edward Furlong, William Baldwin, Monica Keena, Andre Royo, C.J. Thomason, Luis Da Silva, Jr., Bo Mitchell, Randall Reeder and Christine Kelly. Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Screwball adventure unfolds in Las Vegas

Movies: The surprise hit “Think Like a Man” was #1 at the box-office over its opening weekend back in April of 2012. Inspired by Steve Harvey’s best-selling, “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man,” the original explored some of the serious issues tackled by the popular, relationship advice book by examining the angst of four couples in relationship crisis. Comment.

‘The bravest man in the universe’ passes

Music: Robert Dwayne (Bobby) Womack was revered as the consummate soul singer. He was inducted to the Rock & Roll hall of Fame. A Grammy-nominated recorder, he sang back-up for Sam Cooke and was also his guitarist. He also was acclaimed for playing the guitar. I was a true fan of his soulful renditions. Whether he sang solo or with Patti LaBelle and others, he held his own as a gospel, blues, r&b and soul champion. That is where he sang from – the soul. Comment.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

‘Demerara Gold’ at Dorothy S. Theatre

Arts & Theater: Classically trained Guyanese born Ingrid Griffith, will bring her satirical act to the stage of the Dorothy Strelsin Theatre in New York City when she debuts her one-woman “Demerara Gold” on July 17, 18, and 19 at 6:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m., respectively. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

COLOMBIA’S ‘HAT TRICK’

Music: FIFA kicked everyone else to the curb by naming Colombian pop star Shakira, the headline closing performer at the July 13 ceremony, which will mark the end of Brazil’s World Cup soccer competition. Comment.

First Black ‘Phantom’ arrives on Broadway

Arts & Theater: History continues to name African-Americans in achieving, first-time positions on Broadway. This time, the honor goes to actor Norm Lewis who is currently starring as the principal character in “The Phantom of the Opera,” Broadway’s longest running show. Lewis stepped into the demanding role after the musical opera’s 26-year run at the Majestic Theater. Comment.

Wingate gets high with Caribbean culture

Music: George Wingate High School in Brooklyn came alive last Friday with a grand celebration of Caribbean culture. The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Community Affairs Bureau and New Immigrant Outreach Unit partnered with the New York Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Consular Corps and the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in staging a spectacular show in commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Affluenza (Unrated) Class conscious drama, set in 2008, about a social-climbing, pot-smoking shutterbug (Ben Rosenfield) who abandons his humdrum life to hang out in the Hamptons with his gorgeous cousin (Nicola Peltz) and her clique of privileged friends. With Steve Guttenberg, Greg Sulkin, Grant Gustin and Samantha Mathis. Comment.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Reggae fans groove at Roy Wilkins Park

Music: Thousands of reggae fans migrated to Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on June 29 to attend the most anticipated event of the summer, the 4th annual Groovin in the Park festival known as New York’s most classy summer music festival of the year. Headlining this year’s event was Reggae hit machine Beres Hammond and Australian pop-rock legends Air Supply. Comments (1).