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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Morgan Heritage ready to jazz up New York’s ‘Groovin’ in the Park’ festival

Music: The Royal family of reggae Morgan Heritage, whose new album “Strictly Roots” was released on their own siblings imprint label CTBC Music on April 20, are will headline the Groovin In The Park 2015 festival. The mammoth reggae and R&B concert takes place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Comment.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bahia: The Black Side Of Brazil Presents ‘African Rhythm, African Roots’

Arts & Theater: An un-objective, hearty and gracious “thank you” must be extended to the community’s own Baba Charles “Chuck” Davis who, after 38 years of annual DanceAfrica presentations, is passing the torch of artistic director to an heir. Comment.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rock the vote! Calypsonians push candidates with song

Music: Many felt they were on the campaign trail Saturday night, as the election fever in St. Vincent and the Grenadines gripped the Dynamite Calypso Tent in Brooklyn, with a significant number of Vincentian calypsonians quickly and uninhibitedly declaring their preference and essentially telling voters for whom they should cast ballots in the forthcoming poll. Comment.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Jamaican ‘Groovin’ Idol’ to join legends

Music: Groovin’ In The Park is New York City’s premier reggae and R & B summertime event that boasts a solid track record of attracting the best talent that the music industry has to offer. Comment.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

‘Chocolatey Brown’ no matter what

Books: The aesthetic may change but the fact remains that chocolate, in all forms, is undoubtedly sweet. Instilling confidence into every chocolate girl is Stephanie Fleary, an elementary school teacher, entrepreneur, single mother and author. Publishing “Chocolatey Brown” in February this year, Fleary has crafted a book to push girls of darker skin and all shades that they are beautiful no matter what. Comment.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Road warrior rises to the occasion in Sci-Fi flick

Movies: “Fury Road” reboots the legendary Mad Max franchise which has been sitting dormant for several decades. This fourth installment was again produced, written and directed by Oscar-winner George Miller (for Happy Feet) who tapped Tom Hardy to replace disgraced Mel Gibson in the title role as Max Rockatansky, the highway patrol officer-turned-intrepid road warrior given to dispensing a grisly brand of vigilante justice. Comment.

DanceAfrica 2015 at BAM

Arts & Theater: When the weather turns, and we start getting warm sunny days consistently, we know it’s that time again, DanceAfrica time. Dancers in their flowing colorful costumes will be floating across the stage at BAM. The rhythms of the drums are infectious and will get you moving whether you are sitting or standing. The outdoor African style market place you’ve been waiting for all winter will be set up along Ashland Place on the side of BAM and in its parking lot across the street. We get to see and patronize merchants that only come to town for this event, as well as the familiar merchants we see at street fairs and other festivals. DanceAfrica opens the season, as always with swag, and celebration, featuring dance, music, film, and community events. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aloft (R for profanity and sexuality) Tale of redemption about a journalist (Melanie Laurent) who orchestrates the reunion of a renowned artist/healer (Jennifer Connelly) with the son (Cillian Murphy) she’d abandoned 20 years earlier. Support cast includes Oona Chaplin, Ian Tracey and Peter McRobbie. Comment.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Annual Haitian Flag Day celebration

Music: May is a month full of celebrations and aside from high school proms and graduations, it is also Haiti Heritage Month. Comment.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

BECKET WOWS MOTHERS

Music: Legendary Vincentian-born, Caribbean soca artiste / composer Alston “Becket” Cyrus on Saturday night wowed the huge audience and serenaded mothers at a major concert in Brooklyn. Comment.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

JAVAA USA to laud Jamaican vintage artists

Music: Jamaica Association of Vintage Artists & Affiliates (JAVAA) will hail the contributions of pioneering artists — singer Doreen Schaffer, saxophonist Roland Alphonso, dancer Alphanso Castro and singer Prince Buster — during their third annual vintage awards dinner gala in Brooklyn. Comment.

New book armed with lessons in civic education

Books: What does it mean to be a “good citizen?” Comment.

Summer Stages will sizzle with free shows

Music: After the freeze of winter, an uncertain spring; a definitely hot summer line-up has been announced to compensate for the seasonal frost, chill and rain New Yorkers endured since last fall. Comment.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Get into the hype with Majah Hype

Music: All things that are different boil down to expose that they are very much the same. In the Caribbean, there is a celebration of the differences in language, slang, food and even music but there is a thread undeniably connecting the people of Jamaica to Trinidad and beyond. Comment.

Cop and mob widow make unlikely bedfellows

Movies: Vincente Cortez (Joaquin Cosio) has orchestrated over a hundred hits as the notorious kingpin of a drug cartel terrorizing Texas. However, he’s always beaten the rap, because the prime witnesses invariably disappear mysteriously before they have a chance to testify. Comment.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Christopher Martin releases new EP ‘Steppin’ Razor’

Music: Are you well sharp? Music has the ability to help tap into any part of yourself you may want to keep dormant and Christopher Martin exudes confidence and swag in his latest EP “Steppin’ Razor.” Comment.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Absolution (R for profanity, drug use and graphic violence) Steven Seagal stars in this action thriller as a contract killer who comes to the assistance of a woman (Adina Stetcu) on the run from a politically-connected mobster (Vinnie Jones). With Maria Bata, Byron Mann and Josh Barnett. Comment.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Braata fills bankra with cultural folk treats

Music: After delivering a short but sweet sampling of their folkloric capacity and in the process ensuring a delightful early Mother’s Day treat, the Braata singers are now gearing for a full-fledged performance with an inaugural staging of a Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival. Comment.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New York celebrates African cinema

Arts & Theater: A town hall African artist salon at the Greene Performance Space kicked off the upcoming 22nd edition of the African Film Festival New York (NYAFF). Comment.

EVERYBODY’S MOMS

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will spring to life on Mother’s Day Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. when some of the hottest Caribbean artistes and personalities such as Lyrikal, Becket, Delcita and Kaci Fennell, Miss Universe Jamaica entertain moms. Comment.

Rawlston Williams: The Rebel Chef

Food: Praise the Lord — and pass the island bowl! A new dine-and-dash restaurant in Crown Heights has customers’s mouths watering and minds thinking of a higher calling with every dish served. Comment.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Chang-I wins Vincy New Song contest

Music: Chang-I is certainly “feeling good in ah de neighborhood” after dethroning defending champion Dennis Bowman to snatch the Vincy New York New Song Competition Saturday night / Sunday morning at the Sugar Mill Night Club in Brooklyn. Comment.

Computer nerd falls for Fembot with free will

Movies: Caleb Smith (Domnhall Gleeson) works as a computer programmer for Blue Book, the most popular internet search engine in the world. As the winner of a staff lottery, he is summoned to the secluded, hilltop retreat of the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Comment.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

The Artivist Rises

Arts & Theater: The Artivist Rises, a group art exhibition at 1199 SEIU Bread and Roses Gallery, located at 310 West 43rd St., presented by African Voices Magazine, Carolyn A. Butts, founder / publisher and Derick Cross, art director. The exhibition features 18 artists, whose common goal is conscious raising, the thread, which runs through the exhibit and ties the work together. It is a mixed media show with paintings, prints, collages, quilts and photographs. Comment.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Jazz, Arts Festival

Music: An eclectic billing of performers from the Caribbean and the United States combine for 11 nights of revelry during the 24th annual staging of the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival from April 30 to May 10. Comment.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Special recognition for pan veteran

Music: A full house, headed by New York City officials and including well-wishers who traveled from as far away as Canada for the event, was on hand on Sunday, May 26 as special recognition was showered on steel band icon and legendary leader of Trinidad All Stars, Neville Jules. Comment.

Disco Fever reunion

Music: With Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records, sponsoring the 38th Anniversary of the famed Bronx nightclub “Disco Fever” by presenting an Old School Hip Hop Fever Reunion Throw-Back Concert on Saturday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m., this writer had the occasion to talk to one of the original hip hoppers, Kurtis Blow. Comment.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Haiti Film Fest spreads across 3 boroughs

Movies: It is so exciting that the Haiti Film Fest, now in its third edition, is expanding its reach and will be screening a film in Queens, as well as uptown Manhattan (City College and also Maysles Cinema) and downtown, and of course in Brooklyn where the mother ship, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is based. For the full schedule: http://haiticulturalx.org/haitifilmfest. Comment.

Repressed teen vents his carnal urges

Movies: Randy Rousseau (Julian Walker) claims to be straight, even though everybody thinks he’s gay basically because he’s effeminate, sings in the church choir, and is a member of Christian High’s drama club. The repressed 17-year-old has even confessed to his BFFs, Effie (Gary Leroi Gray) and Crystal (Nikki Jane), to waking up “soaked in sin” after nightly wet dreams in which he makes love to other guys. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (R for profanity and violence) Screen adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s novel of the same name about a frisky geezer (Robert Gustafsson) who celebrates his 100th birthday by making a break from his retirement home to embark on a daring adventure of a lifetime. With Iwar Wiklander, Mia Skaringer and David Wiberg. (In Swedish, Spanish, Russian German, English and French.) Comment.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When do you become an American?

Books: I am a Boringuen. I am a West Indian. I am a Barbadian. So said poets El David Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) The Art of Word, and Negus Tehuti Adeyemi (US/Barbados) Soularadiance, and novelist Annette Vendryes Leach (US / Panama / Jamaica) Song of the Shaman at the readings and conversation in the Tellin’ Our Story series of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. Comment.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring gala

Music: As Harlem continues to shift into a new era, plans are slated to renovate a local firehouse on 120 East 125th Street to serve as the new home for the historic East Harlem Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). To celebrate CCCADI’s next chapter in its existence in the community since 1976, the institute will host its First Annual Spring Gala in Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom on April 25, 2015. Comment.

Jazz Day

Music: The genius of trumpeter Miles Davis will be resounded and echoed April 30, when International Jazz Day heralds one of the greatest musicians of the genre. Comment.

Spicy ‘One Night’ is worth two looks

Books: Would you look at that. Actually, probably, you already have. You’re one of the most observant people you know, never missing a thing, always noticing. You make a great witness because you see everything. And in the new book “One Night” by Eric Jerome Dickey, you see two people about to make a mistake. Comment.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Shades of Romeo, Juliet abound in inner-city saga

Movies: Twins Jackie (Keke Palmer) and Sergio Taylor (Eric D. Hill, Jr.) already had it tough enough growing up in the ghetto before the untimely demise of their dad a few years ago. But then their mother (Macy Gray) stopped functioning and started hitting the bottle. Comment.

MUSICAL TREAT

Music: American, R&B pop princess Fantasia lived up to her top billing at the sold out “Voices In Concert” held recently at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Comment.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Johnny Kemp of ‘Just Got Paid’ fame dies

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song “Just Got Paid,” has died in Jamaica. He was 55. Comment.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dynamite Calypso Tent prepares for 2015

Music: The Dynamite Calypso Tent of New York has elected a new executive committee led by President Ainsley Primus during its meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Comment.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Adult Beginners (R for profanity and drug use) Diminished dreams dramedy about a narcissistic entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) who moves from Manhattan to the suburbs to take a job as a nanny for his sister’s (Rose Byrne) children after his latest start-up crashes and burns. With Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan and Joel McHale. Comment.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Vincentian musician releases CD on new airport

Music: Vincentian musician Oscar James, a singer, song writer and player of several musical instruments, has released a new CD on the Argyle International Airport, saying that air accessibility is “vital for Vincentians and foreigners who want to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” Comment.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Children’s Carnival Costume workshop

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will be holding its annual Children’s Carnival Costume Construction & Design Workshops from Saturday May 9 to June 20. Comment.

The Colored Museum

Arts & Theater: Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) Theatre Department presents “The Colored Museum” written by George C. Wolfe directed by Alfred Preisser. “The Colored Museum” takes the audience on a journey through the Black American experience. Comment.

BRAZILIAN RHYTHMS

Arts & Theater: DanceAfrica, the nation’s largest African dance festival, returns to BAM for the 38th year with its traditional Memorial Day weekend extravaganza of dance, music, film, and community events from May 22 - 25. Comment.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Officialdom to honor steel band icon

Music: A commendation from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, a proclamation from the New York City Council and a proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are expected to be among the accolades conferred on legendary steel band pioneer Neville Jules, when tribute is paid to him by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute Sunday evening April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Jamaican queen to serenade ‘Everybody’s Mom’

Music: New Yorkers are in for a mother’s day treat on May 9 when Jamaica’s queen of the universe Kaci Fennell sings, dances and charms audiences at the annual tribute concert slated for Brooklyn Center at Brooklyn College. Comment.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Walker’s Swan song proves well worth the wait

Movies: The late Paul Walker (1973-2013) was best known for playing Brian O’Conner, a charismatic lead character of the Fast and Furious franchise. During a break in the filming of this seventh installment, he perished in a fiery crash away from the set while being driven in a Porsche by his friend and financial advisor, Roger Rodas. Comment.

For the love of fabric with Lisa Shepard Stewart

Arts & Theater: From far and near, quilt lovers and others who love textile arts immersed themselves in the artistry of The Urban Inspirations Quilt Show 2015. Sponsored by the Empire Quilters Guild, one the many NYC area quilters’ organizations, the two-day show was held at FIT in late March. Comment.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Alex of Venice (R for profanity, sexual references and drug use) Midlife crisis drama about a workaholic attorney (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) suddenly forced to reorder her priorities after being unceremoniously dumped by her frustrated, stay-at-home husband (Chris Messina). With Don Johnson, Derek Luke and Troy Garity. Comment.

LATINO DANCE

Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, returns to the Joyce Theater from April 14-26, 2015 with 15 performances featuring five dynamic programs. Comment.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

‘Songbirds’ sing praises

Music: Ask author Heather Augustyn, the name of the world’s first female rappers and you might be surprised at her response. Contrary to popular belief, it is not Queen Latifah. Comment.

Emeline Michel loves to share

Music: As a working musician, Haitian-born Emeline Michel is really busy. During two weeks in late March/early April she performed locally in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn. Comment.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Vintage fashion comes to Crown Heights

Fashion: Vintage Shaun, the collective of affordable vintage fashion for men and women will be coming to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for a Pop up Shop the weekend of April 11 - 12. Founder and Crown Heights native Shaunya Hartley, is excited to kick off a Pop Up Shop in the neighborhood she has called home all her life. Shaunya Hartley’s passion for vintage clothing and encyclopedic knowledge of styles and eras has garnered a dedicated cult like following of a young and influential clientele keeping with the saying “Vintage is the New Black. Comment.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Find your path to success

Books: Where do you go from here? You’ve been looking at your life and everything around you, and that’s the question you’ve been asking: what next? What will you do with the rest of your days? In the new book “Reach,” edited by Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters, foreword by Russell Simmons, you may find some guidance. Comment.

Mercenary-turned-patriot redeems himself

Movies: Up until 1775, cold-blooded assassin William Reynolds (Andrew Cheney) never had a problem with his job as a hit man for the East India Tea Company. But the veteran mercenary finally developed second thoughts about his grisly line of work after being double-crossed by his diabolical boss, the conniving Charles Kemp (John Rhys-Davies). Comment.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Below Dreams (Unrated) Millennial Generation drama highlighting the frustrating job search of three twenty-somethings, an ex-con (Jamaine Johnson), a single-mom (Leanne Miller), and an unemployed college grad (Elliott Ehlers), who are all looking for work in an inhospitable economic climate. Featuring Rebecca Matalon. Comment.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

‘Mighty’ explosive

Music: “Who is that”? As the strong vocal cords burst through the silence in the court room at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, on Thursday, March 26. It was one of the questions asked during the sterling performance of Sheimyrah Mighty. She was singing the American National Anthem and eyes raised and looked across the isles at each other as the slender young woman held everyone’s attention with her strong and beautiful voice singing the anthem. Comment.

Friday, April 3, 2015

‘Dancehall Rising’ at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre

Music: The countdown is on for what promises to be a historical dancehall reggae concert, as some of the Caribbean’s finest award-winning artistes – Mavado, Capleton and Lady Saw -- share the prestigious Kings Theatre stage with America’s finest reggae-dancehall-rapper, Matisyahu. This grand musical encounter, titled “Dancehall Rising”, is scheduled for April 10. Comment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Shailene Woodley radiates chemistry aplenty

Movies: “Insurgent” is the second in the action-oriented series of screen adaptations based on Veronica Roth’s blockbuster Divergent trilogy. This installment represents a rarity for a cinematic sequel in that it’s actually better than the first episode. Comment.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 5 to 7 (R for sexuality) Romantic romp revolving around an aspiring young writer (Anton Yelchin) and a married, middle-aged socialite (Berenice Marlohe) who rendezvous at the same time every day for a passionate affair at a classy, Midtown Manhattan hotel. Featuring Glenn Close, Olivia Thirlby and Frank Langella. Comment.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Trini film to debut at BAM

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy that has been entertaining moviegoers with stirring films by gifted filmmakers from the region since 2012 is proud to debut its series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Rose Cinemas, beginning on Tuesday, April 7. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Take 6 takes center stage

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 60th Anniversary Season with a concert by Grammy-winning a cappella jazz group Take 6 on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” the most awarded vocal group in history (10 Grammy Awards, 10 Dove Awards, a Soul Train Award, and more) celebrates their 25th Anniversary in a soulful concert that fuses gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop. Comment.

AILEY RETURNS TO LINCOLN

Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, beloved as one of the world’s most popular dance companies, will return to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts for a two-week 15-performance engagement at the David H. Koch Theater June 10 – 21, 2015. Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ferrell, Hart co-star in unlikely-buddies comedy

Movies: Thanks to a flourishing career as a hedge fund manager, James King (Will Ferrell) is living in the lap of luxury in a sprawling, Bel Air mansion. Furthermore, the pampered multimillionaire’s stock seems about to skyrocket, given his promotion to partner and his impending marriage to the boss’ (Craig T. Nelson) daughter, Alissa (Alison Brie). Comment.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An oddball’s life after high school

Books: There is life after high school. And were you ever happy to learn that! You couldn’t imagine spending the rest of your days feeling like you did at 13, or enduring a not-cool lifetime of zits, hormones, self-consciousness, bad hair, and Mean Girls. You were only able to endure it then by remembering that you weren’t alone. And in “The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl” by Issa Rae, life got better. Comment.

Neville Jules, steel band icon, to be honored

Music: One of the revered and legendary names of steel band history in Trinidad and Tobago, Neville Jules, the former longtime leader of the popular Trinidad All Stars band, will be honored by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute for his singular devotion to and impact upon steel band culture, at a gala celebration on Sunday evening, April 26 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Apartment Troubles (Unrated) American Dream dramedy about a couple of Bohemian artist roommates (Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger) on the verge of eviction who relocate from Greenwich Village to L.A. to take a shot at fame and fortune. With Megan Mullally, Will Forte, Jeffrey Tambor and Lance Bass. Comment.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Classical Theatre celebrates 15th anniversary

Arts & Theater: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (CTH) (Ty Jones, producing artistic director; David Roberts, managing director) proudly announces plans for its landmark 2015 season. The Harlem-based American theatre company will present its 15th Anniversary Celebration and Benefit Concert this spring, featuring songs from the musical “Witness Uganda,” winner of the American Academy of Arts and Letters 2014 Richard Rodgers Production Award for Musical Theater; a free summer production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest; and the winter holiday world premiere of a new CTH-commissioned musical, “The First Noel.” Comment.

Slave Girl

Arts & Theater: A new stage adaptation of Harriet Jacobs’ 1861 autobiography, “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in the Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus. Comment.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

TALLEST TREE

Arts & Theater: Daniel Beaty gives a tour-de-force performance, playing up to 40 characters in “The Tallest Tree in the Forest,” a solo play, which he also wrote. It tells the life story of Paul Robeson, a towering figure among our nation’s prominent African-Americans. Renowned director Moisés Kaufman returns to BAM (The Laramie Project, 2013 Winter/Spring) to direct this show which has delighted and enlightened audiences from Kansas City, to LA, La Jolla, and Washington, DC. Comment.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Ghanaian ‘game changer’ with a twist

Books: Your father always told you to reach for the stars. Be the best you can be, he said. Never let obstacles get in your way. Strive for success and challenge yourself – all excellent advice, but how can you harness astronomical success in this, or any economy? In the new book “It’s Not Rocket Science” by Mary Spio, you’ll find some stellar ideas. Comment.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Charity quilts go to region’s agencies

Arts & Theater: In an atmosphere of creativity, the energy was infectious in the main hall, also the sanctuary, of Manhattan’s Church of Holy Apostles. While the judging for the Empire Quilters bi-annual group show taking place March 28 and 29 at FIT was going on in a side room, clusters of women positioned themselves around circular tables amiably chatting, yet completely focused. Comment.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amour Fou (Unrated) Costume drama, set in Berlin in the Romantic Era, about a young poet (Christian Friedel) who enters a suicide pact with a terminally-ill socialite (Schnoeink) after failing to convince his kissing cousin (Sandra Hueller) to do so. Supporting cast includes Stephan Crossmann, Barbara Schnitzler and Marc Bischoff. (In German with subtitles) Comment.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Josephine Baker’s many faces

Books: You are a kid with determination. You set your sights on something, and it’s done. You don’t waste any time, don’t mess around — you want it and you’ll have it, one way or another. Comment.

Lady Day induction to Apollo Walk Of Fame

Music: It’s hard to imagine the inimitable Billie Holliday at 100 years of age. Images of a fresh gardenia in her hair, a sassy sway of her hips; smooth, sensuous sounds from her jazzy repertoire and the Diana Ross film “Lady Sings The Blues” makes it difficult to perceive the talented singer a centenarian. Comment.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Back to the subcontinent for pleasant, if pat, sequel

Movies: When we last saw Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel), he had just proposed to his thoroughly-modern girlfriend Sunaina (Tina Desai), much to the chagrin of his meddling, more traditional mother (Lillete Dubey). The ambitious young entrepreneur had also landed the funds to renovate his ramshackle hotel with the help of Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith), one of the residents of the retirement community. Comment.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Angella Ricot pens new story of lust, greed, politics

Books: The new novel “Sahara” (published by AuthorHouse) by author Angella Ricot follows a beautiful heroine through the political intrigues of the 1990s and early 2000s as she finds herself in the center of a political scandal that threatens to consume her. Comment.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3 Hearts (PG-13 for sexuality, brief nudity, mature themes and pervasive smoking) Romantic romp revolving around an incestuous love triangle that arises when sparks fly between a newlywed tax inspector (Benoit Poelvoorde) and his bride’s (Chiara Mastroianni) sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg). With Catherine Deneuve, Andre Marcon and Patrick Mille. (In French and Chinese with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

DANCE TREAT

Arts & Theater: “Kumina” and other island dance favorites are among treats programmed into a two-day repertoire billed for the 60th anniversary season at Brooklyn Center of the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College when the National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica (NDTC) return here. Comment.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Con man matches wits with former protégé

Movies: Good (2 stars) Comment.

Postage stamp to honor ‘Miss Calypso’ Forever

Arts & Theater: It is Women’s History Month and a phenomenal woman is being memorialized when spring breaks — less than a year after her death. First acclaimed as Miss Calypso — prior to becoming the well-known Maya Angelou — she was known by a moniker that lauds the Caribbean and its music. Comment.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Patoranking signs deal with VP Records

Music: Patrick Nnaemeka Okorie, better known by his stage name Patoranking, is a Nigerian reggae-dancehall singer and songwriter. Patoranking started his musical career doing underground collaborations with artists such as XProject, Konga, Slam and Reggae Rockstone. He signed a record deal with K-Solo’s Igberaga Records in 2010, releasing “Up in D Club” under the outfit. Patoranking became a protégé of Dem Mama Records after collaborating with Timaya on his song “Alubarika.” Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015

Steel Pulse to liven Brooklyn book launch

Music: Reggae fans will be nourished mentally, physically and probably in other ways when they stop into the Brooklyn Public Library on March 4 for a book launch. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bad Asses on the Bayou (R for violence, profanity, sexuality and nudity) Danny Trejo and Danny Glover reprise their roles in this sequel to “Bad Ass 2” set in Baton Rouge where the aging tough guys take the law into their own hands to rescue a pal’s (John Amos) daughter kidnapped for ransom (Loni Love). Rob Mello, Sammi Rotibi and Jimmy Bennett. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

Brooklyn actor receives Black History Month award

Movies: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the City Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has presented a New York City Council Proclamation to Brooklyn actor and activist Wendell Pierce (“Selma,” “The Wire,” “Treme”) as part of Black History Month celebrations. Comment.

SOULFUL SPIRIT

Music: “Vilnerab” (Vulnerable), the second studio album from Haitian Roots singer/composer/guitar player Paul Beaubrun, was released on Feb. 19, 2015 on Itunes worldwide. “Vilnerab” is steeped in traditional acoustic instruments, yet wrapped in a modern arrangement with a soulful spirit. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015

‘1965: The Most Revolutionary Year in Music’

Books: You turned up the volume – again. Surely, the guy in the car next to yours must think you’re weird. There you are, groovin’ to your tunes, seat-dancing, singing along like you were in-concert. Really, is there such a thing as having the music too loud? Comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

GraceKennedy brings in more, but earns less profit

Food: The GraceKennedy Group is reporting revenues of $ $21.1 billion, a $2.9 billion — or 16 percent — increase over the same period last year. The Company is however reporting a decline in net profit by 25 percent compared to last year, moving from $941 million to $703 million. Comment.