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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. Comment.

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.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Luciano Returns to Coney Island Boardwalk

Music: By Kingsley Dougan, 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).

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Double-dose musical treat

Music: Fans of Diana Ross received a double-dose of delightful musical treat recently when the super-star entertainer yielded to her daughter Rhonda to open her one-night concert at the Theater at Madison Garden. Comment.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: America (PG-13 for violent images) Revisionist documentary co-directed by John Sullivan and Dinesh D’Souza speculating about what the country would look like if the Minutemen had lost the Revolutionary War to England. Comment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

‘Impressions’ Dance Recital at JPAC

Arts & Theater: Artistic Director Verna Walcott-White, and founder of Impressions Dance Theatre said she is proud of the incredibly milestone her students have reached over the last year of instruction, and look forward to the company’s 12th Annual Dance Recital set for Sunday, June 29 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC), at Jamaica Avenue and 153rd Street. Comment.

Island Sounds

Music: The Church Avenue Business Improvement District presented “Island Sounds” as part of Caribbean Heritage Weekend on Church Avenue on Saturday June 21, 2014. The free Caribbean Music Festival featured Kompa, Reggae, Soca and Dancehall music. Community members were encouraged to come out, pick up a snack at any one of Church Avenue’s many food stores and enjoy the live music at the BID’s outdoor plaza filled with palm trees, tables and chairs. Comment.

Jazz Forum at 35!

Music: Jazz may have birthed out of slavery but over the years it has taken on many forms. While some say jazz is difficult to define, most agree its key component is improvisation. A music that took shape from the repetitive call and response hollers of African American slaves working on plantations to embody their blues, jazz has grown into a force to be reckoned with. Comment.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

JA’S Inner Circle records ‘All About The Ball’

Music: Jamaican reggae musicians Third World are among the stellar line-up of artists booked for the free summer concert series slated for the BAM R&B Festival at Brooklyn’s Metrotech. Returning to the city for the first time since the passing of lead-singer Bunny Rugs, the group will perform on July 17 during the 20th Anniversary free lunch-time event which runs thru Aug. 7. Comment.

Knightley, Ruffalo co-star in magical NYC musical

Movies: Greta (Keira Knightley) followed her college sweetheart (Adam Levine) to Manhattan when he was signed to a lucrative record deal with a major music label. However, the overnight fame went to Dave’s head and he soon started to stray. This development signaled not only the end of their romantic relationship but the demise of their promising partnership as songwriters, too. Comment.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Juneteenth Celebration at African Burial Ground

Books: Douglas Massenburg of the National Park Service has been wanting to have Illyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, speak as part of the African Burial Ground programming for a long time. This year, June 19, became that day. The date is also called Juneteenth, known as Emancipation Day, and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Comment.

Taste great Caribbean food at 35 restaurants

Food: Caribbean Restaurant Week–June 22 - 28 is happening! A great way of culminating Caribbean Heritage Month and celebrating the diversity and tastiness of Caribbean food boasts its organizer, Jean Alexander of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comments (1).

Friday, June 20, 2014

Caribbean-American Heritage Month at Boro Hall

Movies: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams kicked-off a full Brooklyn day event celebrating Caribbean-American Heritage Month in the community room of Borough Hall. To a contingent from St. Gabrielle Senior Center in Flatbush and other attendees he emphasized that: “This building is yours!” and “I want everyone to feel comfortable using it.” The first event of the day was a program of films on culture followed by conversation. Comment.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

BERES IN THE PARK

Music: Reggae’s hit machine Beres Hammond will join Australian soft pop duo Air Supply as headline acts at the annual Groovin’ In The Park Concert at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 29, 2014. Comment.

Guyanese actor awaits new big role

Movies: Sean Patrick Thomas, the son of Guyanese immigrants, is ready for his next big role after an euphoric performance in “A Raisin In the Sun,” the Tony Winning Best Revival Play that captivated audiences during a sold out, four-month run at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Comment.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Code Black (Unrated) Adrenaline-fueled documentary offering unprecedented observation of the life-and-death situations handled by doctors on a daily basis inside L.A. County Hospital’s C-Booth, America’s busiest Emergency Room. Comment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Clarke launches CAFE in Manhattan

Fashion: Janice Lawrence Clarke, fashion connoisseur and creative director of JLC PRoductions was elated that her 30-year dream to market Caribbean-heritage fashion and accessory designers in the U.S. became a reality when the Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFE) initiative was launched with great fanfare. Comment.

Battle ‘On Broadway’

Music: Hinton Battle stopped into New York’s hottest nightspot for one night and there at 54 Below delivered classic, jazz and blues. Billed for a singular engagement to pay homage to jazz legends the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole and others the three-time Tony winner sampled a track from his stint along the Great White Way to sing “Sophisticated Ladies.” Comment.

ALL SET FOR VINCY MAS

Music: With relatively very good weather – and the temperature in the Dynamite Calypso Tent just right, unlike last year when it was sweltering hot – Vincentian calypsonians in North America last Saturday night/Sunday morning clearly demonstrated that they were quite ready to take VincyMas 2014 by storm. Comment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Journey to Excellence Ceremony

Arts & Theater: Looking from the outside, the white stucco building framed with a chrome-gated entrance seems nothing more than a building wedged on a busy street. But looking up to see a cross, it would be clear that the building is a church. Inside, there’s a relatively small, furnished hall with 200 plush, red chairs, and an adjoining room -- separated by a glass-enclosed wall, for additional seating. Comment.

‘So What?’ about the Environment

Arts & Theater: An art exhibit called “So What?” focusing on the environment, which was created entirely by students from two Bedford Stuyvesant schools is sure to make an impact beyond the walls of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts [MoCADA] where it is on display. Comment.

Tom Cruise rises to the occasion as reluctant hero

Movies: William Cage (Tom Cruise) is lucky to have risen to the rank of Major in the U.S. Army without ever seeing any combat, since he can’t stand the sight of blood, not even a paper cut. So, you can imagine his surprise the day that he’s informed by his superior (Brendan Gleeson) that he’ll be shipping out soon to England to lead a D-Day style invasion of France. Comment.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Messages of Hope for a Brighter Furure

Arts & Theater: Trinidad and Tobago superstars David Rudder and Machel Montano on June 6 joined artists at the UN in a global message of hope for a better future in the year 2015 and beyond. Comment.

Grenada Revolution film at Medgar Evers

Movies: “Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution,” a documentary film that examines the rise and implosion of the Maurice Bishop-led People’s Revolutionary Government (1978-1983) of Grenada will have its New York premiere on Friday, June 20 at the Main Auditorium, Medgar Evers College, CUNY, commencing at 6:00 p.m. Comments (1).

Monday, June 9, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Amazing Catfish (Unrated) Strange bedfellows dramedy about a lonely supermarket clerk (Ximena Ayala) with appendicitis who finds herself befriended by her hospital roommate (Lisa Owen) and family. Support cast includes (Sonia Franco, Wendy Guillen and Andrea Baeza). (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

LICAH Festival

Music: Now in its fifth year, the annual Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival is back as strong as ever to regale attendees with a smorgasbord of Caribbean cultural fair. Comment.

New CARICOM song winner

Music: AGSELECTPR, Roseau, Thursday, May 29, 2014: Dominican, jazz, fusion singer Michele Henderson is the winner of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) song competition, and her winning entry “Celebrating CARICOM” is now the regional body’s official anthem. Henderson beat out 57 semi-finalists and ten finalists to emerge winner in the competition which was announced last year. Comments (1).

Live FIFA World Cup broadcasts at SOBs

Music: Football fans will not have to sacrifice watching delayed games from Brazil the way they were forced to in 2010 when South Africa hosted the FIFA competitions. On this go-round SOBs (Sounds of Brazil) in Manhattan promises live coverage from June 12 until July 13 when the competition ends. Comment.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Three-pronged approach to expand Garifuna arts, culture

Arts & Theater: As we conclude Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City, in honor of UNESCO’s proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, we’d like to share our plan to make New York City the epicenter of the Garifuna Arts & Culture Economy. Comment.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Intellectual property rights

Jamaica literary festival draws top-flight authors

Books: TREASURE BEACH, Jamaica (AP) — Best-selling authors take to a seaside stage, bottles of Red Stripe beer in hand. Budding writers line up to read their works to a big, appreciative audience. Book-loving islanders and tourists mingle with literary luminaries as the sun sets over the Caribbean Sea. Comment.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 2 Autumns, 3 Winters (Unrated) Romantic dramedy about a 33-year-old bachelor (Vincent Macaigne) who divides his time between wooing a cynical woman (Maud Wyler) he meets while jogging in the park and caring for his BFF (Bastion Bouillon) after a stroke. With Thomas Blanchard, Audrey Bastien and Pauline Etienne. (In French with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Guyanese actor achieves Hollywood fame

Arts & Theater: Award winning television and screen actor, Sean Patrick Thomas said a disciplined Guyanese upbringing definitely moulded him into the person he is today. “My family lived in Wilmington, Delaware where we were considered different in our neighborhood because we were the only black people, who were Guyanese,” said Thomas, whose success brought him to the bright lights of Broadway in the role of Asagai in a “Raising in the Sun.” Comments (3).

The presence of Pan at present

Music: The steelpan – or pan, as it is more widely called – is the bedrock of Trinidad Carnival. It is also an instrument that is part and parcel of calypso and soca music. The instrument’s versatility easily lends itself to jazz, R&B, gospel, classical music. Comment.

Celebrate Summer Stages with Luciano, Chronixx

Music: June signals Black Music Month, Caribbean Heritage Month and for a majority – summer. Although the likelihood of daily sunshine, cool afternoons and fruity beverages add to the allure of the season, in New York City the bonus comes with a myriad of free outdoor concerts and big-name talent to sweeten the treats Comment.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WORD! A Caribbean Book Fest

Books: With tales for all ages to ignite the imagination on authors and storytellers along with publishers, bookstore owners, readers and the literary curious will come together in Brooklyn, NY - the world’s largest Caribbean meeting place - for a celebration of the magic of the written word. Comment.

Wolverine travels back in time to save the future

Movies: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” represents the seventh episode in the storied mutant series, and is the third directed by Bryan Singer who also helmed X-Men 1 and 2. This installment is loosely based on the 1981 Marvel Comics (issues #141-142) of the same name, a convoluted tale in which one of the superheroes is sent back in time to prevent an impending disaster threatening the present. Comment.

I&M Pastry Studio

Food: Pastry designer Tiffany Washington and dessert stylist Jo-Laine Duke-Collins are the masterminds behind I&M Pastry Studio (also known as Ilene Miriam Pastry Studio). Creating breathtaking custom artisan pastries and stylish dessert tables, these two young Brooklyn moms have made a lasting impression on New York City! Comment.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Delivery (Unrated) Demon seed horror flick about a couple (Laurel Vail and Danny Barclay) expecting their first child who decide to document the pregnancy for a reality-TV show, only to discover that the newborn’s been possessed by an evil spirit. With Rob Cobuzio, Colter Allison and Rebecca Brooks. Comment.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Buju Banton warns against T&T swindler

Music: Dancehall deejay Buju Banton has not travelled an easy road since 2009 when officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) arrested him in Tampa, Florida with evidence he might have participated in a drug deal. Convicted of conspiracy charges, the Grammy-winning reggae artist is confined to a Florida state facility but controversy has not eluded the popular Jamaican personality. Comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Dance Studio Opens in Flatbush

Arts & Theater: 2014_05_21_Cynthia King Dance Studio.jpg Young Dancers Showcase Photo Courtesy Cynthia King Dance Studio Comment.

MS. BUM-DELICIOUS 2014

Arts & Theater: The main stage at Hedonism 11 in Negril has been home to some of the most provocative pageants on the planet. But Negril’s super-sexy, all-inclusive beach resort has just announced the mother of all pageants- the Ms. Bum-Delicious Pageant 2014 that will take place on property from Aug. 31 to Sept. 7, 2014. Comment.

Black superstars change baseball rules

Books: “1954: The Year Willie Mays and The First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever” by Bill Madden Comment.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chairman Elombe Brath passes

Music: After a long illness Harlem’s Elombe Brath, a well-respected, much admired, historian, Pan-African leader and graphic artist passed. Comments (2).

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Caribean Week Fashion Exchange

Fashion: JLC Productions has announced the upcoming launch of CAFE (Caribbean American Fashion Exchange) on June 5 during Caribbean Week in New York City, at the Wyndham New Yorker’s Crystal Ballroom, 481 Eighth Ave. in Manhattan. Comment.

Legendary sea monster resurfaces as humanity’s ally

Movies: “Godzilla” made its debut in 1954 when the mythical, man-eating monster, inadvertently created by an atomic blast, emerged from the Pacific Ocean to carve a path of death and destruction across Japan, much to the chagrin of the country’s overmatched military. A couple of years later, Raymond Burr narrated a documentary-style, English-language remake which was basically a dubbed version of the original with his lines spliced in. Comment.

READY FOR THE RUNWAY

Fashion: Haitian-born student Tattiana Dorcelian felt the excitement of a famous designer on the runway of New York’s “Seven On Sixth,” after she received loud applause at the Martin Van Buren High School fashion show, for graduating students. Comment.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (R for sexuality and pervasive profanity) Robin Williams plays the title character in this remake of The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum, an Israeli dramedy about an obnoxious jerk who tries to make amends with everyone he’s ever offended after being informed by his doctor (Mila Kunis) that he only has an hour-and-a-half left to live. With Melissa Leo, James Earl Jones and Peter Dinklage. Comment.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Ziggy Marley pens first children’s book

Books: Ziggy Marley said he was in his kitchen one day when his three-year-old daughter Judah looked up to him saying “I love you.” The eldest son of Bob and Rita Marley said he looked down and simply responded saying “I Love You Too.” Comment.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Friends of a B‘klyn Park with a Community Agenda

Arts & Theater: Friends of Wingate Park, a volunteer non-profit organization in Flatbush, Brooklyn formed in 2011 primarily to engage Brooklyn youth in activities aimed at maintaining a healthy physical environment, is today in the vanguard of the citywide effort to stem gun- and gang-violence. Comments (1).

All eyes on The Sparrow

Music: “Long Live The King!” “Mightier than ever, Sparrow is still Mighty” “Slinger Francisco reigns” Comment.

SELEBRASYON!

Music: “We’re celebrating our fifth year anniversary!” Haiti Cultural Exchange Director Regine Roumain proclaims as the six-week series –Selebrasyon! (Celebration!) gets ready to kick-off this weekend–19 separate events showcasing Haitian arts. Comment.

The Fabulous Miss Marie’

Arts & Theater: “The Fabulous Miss Marie,” an Ed Bullins’ play directed by Woodie King, Jr., is being featured at the Castillo Theatre, located at 543 West 42nd Street in Manhattan and will run until May 18. Comment.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Couple confronts rowdy frat in revenge comedy

Movies: When Kelly (Rose Byrne) and Mac Radner (Seth Rogen) decided to settle down in suburbia, they reasonably expected to raise their newborn in a quiet community. But that dream was threatened soon thereafter, when the local chapter of Delta Psi Beta bought the house next-door. Comment.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Long Is. Carib-American Heritage Festival

Music: Get ready for the Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival. Comment.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A KING ONCE MORE

Music: After laboring in the calypso vineyard for almost two decades without a crown, Dennis Bowman has finally won a coveted title, beating back 12 challengers, including defending monarch John Dougan, to capture the Vincy New Song Calypso Competition title at the Matrix Lounge in Brooklyn last Saturday night. Comment.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: App (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller, set in Amsterdam, about a psychology student (Hannah Hoekstra) terrorized by a cell phone app that circulates her secrets, photos and videos over the internet. With Isis Cabolet, Robert de Hoog and Alex Hendrickx. (In Dutch with subtitles) Comment.