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Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Dance to connect with roots

Arts & Theater: It’s a chance for children to connect with their dance roots. Two educators are introducing a workshop for Brooklyn middle school students to show kids the dance styles that influenced the cultures they are from. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Cash-strapped magnate touched by homeless boy

Movies: “Believe” Comment

Series to celebrate Cheryl Byron’s iconic styles

Fashion: An exhibit celebrating Caribbean icon and singer Cheryl Byron, will debut at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, displaying the items she once wore throughout her life and career from Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Small bites of truth, funny bits of created dialogue

Books: Imagine the first person who created a toothbrush. Better yet — imagine life before a toothbrush. Think about it: getting your mouth minty-fresh wasn’t exactly easy with twigs or rags. Same things with clean hair, unspoiled leftovers, unsmelly bathrooms, or cool gamepieces, as you’ll see in “Brief Histories of Everyday Objects” by Andy Warner. Comment

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Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anonymous (Unrated) Fact-based crime thriller revolving around a teenage hacker (Callan McAuliffe) who resorts to online identity theft to help out his cash-strapped parents (Vlada Verevko and Genadijs Dolganovs). With Lorraine Nicholson, Daniel Eric Gold and Clifton Collins, Jr. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Always Shine (Unrated) Suspense thriller about a couple of actress BFFs (Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald) whose friendship is tested when they travel from L.A. to Big Sur for a weekend getaway in the woods. Cast includes Lawrence Michael Levine, Alexander Koch and Khan Baykal. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016

African Film Fest

Movies: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) is back for its 24th edition from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11 with a total of 66 films from 30 countries including 34 United States and New York premieres. Screenings will be held in three venues in Manhattan: Teachers College, Columbia University, Cinepolis Chelsea Cinemas and MIST Harlem. Comment


Music: The Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble is officially launching its debut album “Taguiera” (Homeland) at the Bronx Music Heritage Center, 1303 Louis Nine Blvd., Bronx from 1 pm-4 pm on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. Comment

Dark novel haunt’s author’s ex-wife in thriller

Movies: Susan Morrow (Amy Adams) hears from her estranged, ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal) for the first time in almost 20 years when he mails her an advance copy of his upcoming novel, “Nocturnal Animals.” Comment

Drama everywhere in gay preacher’s life

Books: The flowers were a very nice touch. They greeted you from the kitchen counter just as you got home, and were followed by a romantic dinner, candlelight conversation, and a quiet evening at home. It was a gift from your spouse, who often has many surprises for you. But, as in the new book “The Gay Preacher’s Wife” by Lydia Meredith, some surprises aren’t so welcome. Comment

Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

Aging actor adjusts to diminished prospects in compelling, character-driven dramedy

Arts & Theater: Kam says Gabriel Byrne is excellent in “No Pay, Nudity.” Comment

‘Desperate Witch’ casts spells on unsuspecting suitors in campy horror comedy

Arts & Theater: Elaine Parker (Samantha Robinson) only became a witch after being abandoned by her late husband. An incurable romantic with fairy princess fantasies, the gorgeous widow still harbors hopes of finding Mr. Right. Comment

Find a movie to see this week!

Arts & Theater: “Bleed for This” (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violent images) Inspirational biopic chronicling Junior Middleweight Boxing Champ Vinny Pazienza’s (Miles Teller) incredible comeback after a near-fatal car accident which left him with a broken neck. Cast includes Aaran Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Christine Evangelista, and Ciaran Hinds. (In English and French with subtitles). Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Twin sisters highlight artists of color in new exhibition

Arts & Theater: Twin sisters are currently staging the largest-ever exhibition of art by people of color in the Tri-state region at the Interchurch Center Gallery in Manhattan through Nov. 30. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Ha-ha-Haiti: Comedy show raises money for huricane relief

Event: Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. Comment

Ella Fitzgerald’s life and music offers lessons for kids

Music: “Ella Fitzgerald” by Stéphane Olliver, illustrated by Rémi Courgeon, translated by Penelope Stanley-Baker, narrated by John Chancer Comment

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Anthropologist (Unrated) Climate change documentary assessing the prospects of the planet from the perspective of the 15-year-old daughter of an anthropology professor studying the impact of global warming on indigenous peoples. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016

Peter Tosh Museum opens in Jamaica

Music: On Oct. 19, after much anticipation from the Jamaican community and the world at large, late Reggae Legend Peter Tosh was honored with the opening of a new museum dedicated to his life and impact on the music industry, and a benefit concert which brought out a wide array of reggae acts including Tosh’s original backing band “Word, Sound and Power,” the late star’s son Andrew Tosh and grandson Dre Tosh, granddaughter Jahzarah Tosh, Marcia Griffiths, Chronixx, Luciano, Etana, Kabaka Pyramid, Tarrus Riley, and many more! Comment

Friday, Nov. 4, 2016

Great Women In Music celebrates ‘The Divine One’

Music: Great Women In Music (GWIM) is a New York City based, ongoing celebration of the many contributions women have made to music and the world. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Queens Borough president celebrates Diwali

Arts & Theater: Queens Borough President, the Melinda Katz praised the Asian community, at the third Annual Diwali — festival of lights — celebration, at the municipal building in Kew Gardens, Queens last Friday. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016


Arts & Theater: A dance company is premiering an intercultural series showcasing a connection between two cultures starting Nov. 8. Comment

Brooklyn soca artist lands deal with local network

Music: Starting the early stages of his music career in his cousin’s basement studio, his music is now being listened to by more than one million Tri-state residents on late night show after landing a deal with a major network. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016

Tale of a Jamaican pioneer on two wheels

Books: It’s a great big world out there. So many things to see, so many places to visit. You can find pictures of those spots, but photos aren’t enough. You want more, and you aim to touch as much of the world as you can. It’s a common desire and, as in “Tales of the Talented Tenth: Bessie Stringfield” by Joel Christian Gill, you might make history while you’re doing it. Comment

Battlefield exploits of heroic Army medic

Movies: Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) was born in the Blue Ridge Mountains where he was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist. Devoutly religious, he followed his faith’s literal interpretation of the 10 Commandments, including the 5th’s dictate that “Thou shalt not kill.” Comment

Friday, Oct. 28, 2016

Trinidadian songwriter fights Zika in song

Music: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says Trinidadian singer-songwriter Darryl Gervais has recorded a new song for to raise awareness in the Caribbean about the need to fight Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that carries Zika, chikungunya, dengue, and other arboviruses. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Governments Lie (Unrated) Prestige biopic recounting intrepid investigative journalist I.F. Stone’s (1907-1989) career dedicated to uncovering political corruption and coverups. Comment

Radics releases self-empowerment album

Music: Legendary Jamaican artist Jack Radics is releasing a new album with a much more personal spin. Comment

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

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

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