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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Equity (R for pervasive profanity) High finance drama about an investment banker’s (Anna Gunn) attempt to untangle a web of corruption in order to avoid the scandal that threatens to derail her career. With James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

South Jersey Caribbean fest celebrates 16th anniversary

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) recently celebrated its 16th Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park at the Camden waterfront, across from Philadelphia. Comment

Celebrating Jean-Michel Basquiat’s life and work

Arts & Theater: A non-descript two-story building in NoHo, the area between the East and West Village, is covered with paste and stencil art. An anomaly to a gentrifying East Village, this building at 57 Great Jones Streets, a symbol of a bygone era, was the site where painter, collagist and musician Jean-Michel Basquiat lived and created work for five years until his death in 1988. Comment

Chef Andre talks judging at Jerk Festival and future

Food: The sixth annual Grace Jerk Jamaican Festival transformed Roy Wilkins Park to a feast of jerk flavors last weekend, and aside from all the music and food, a local recognizable face was also at the festival. Comment

Thursday, July 21, 2016

UNITY PICNIC

Music: Thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life on Saturday converged on Brown’s Bay Park in Western Ontario, Canada for the annual Vincy Unity Picnic. Comment

‘True To My Roots’ debuts at #10

Music: Reggae Ambassador, Freddie McGregor, O.D. released his highly anticipated album, “True to My Roots” on his Big Ship Music label on July 1, 2016. Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The see-saw journey of Kevin Powell

Books: You never knew what you didn’t have. There were times in your childhood when cereal was supper because there was nothing else. When birthday toys seemed gently pre-loved, hand-me-downs were new to you, and you were none the wiser. Your family didn’t have much and you never realized it then but in the book “The Education of Kevin Powell” by Kevin Powell, getting schooled later was rough. Comment

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ghost appears only in the dark in horror flick

Movies: When Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) was growing up, she spent many a sleepless night frightened by noises that she only heard after the lights went out. Today, the emancipated 22-year-old has all but forgotten that unfortunate chapter of her childhood. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Absolutely Fabulous (R for profanity, sexuality and drug use) Adaptation of the British TV sitcom revolving around a couple of flamboyant, aging fashionistas (Jennnifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) who flee London for the French Riviera after creating a media storm by accidentally knocking now-missing supermodel Kate Moss off a balcony and into the River Thames. With Rebel Wilson, Joanna Lumley, John Hamm and Alexa Chung, with cameos by Jerry Hall and Joan Collins. Comment

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Jamaicans celebrate country’s independence day with Family Fun Day

Music: The City of New York goes back to basic on the 52nd year of independence for the Caribbean island of Jamaica. JA Jamdown presents ‘The 4th Annual Jamaica Family Fun Day’ on Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016 at Thomas Jefferson High School Field located at 125-08 Flatlands Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11208. Comment

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Dr. Mary Umolu Jazzy Jazz Fest pays tribute to Max Roach

Music: Founded in 1996 by the late Dr. Mary Umolu, the Medgar Evers College Jazzy Jazz Festival, sponsored by the Department of Mass Communications, Creative and Performing Arts and Speech, is celebrating its 20th year of free concerts to the Crown Heights and surrounding communities. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

Grenadians set to celebrate Grenada Day 2016

Music: Grenadians and friends of Grenada from throughout the Diaspora, are converging on Brooklyn, ready to celebrate the 8th Annual Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique Day 2016 event on Sunday, July 17 at the Old Boys and Girls High School Field on Rutland Road in Brooklyn, NYC. Comment

Roy Pierre & Associates return to Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: Over a span of some 40-plus years, Roy Pierre & Associates has participated, in one way or another, in cultural events and activities related to the West Indian Labor Day Parade. Comment

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jerk fest promises kid-friendly activities, Rupee

Music: The sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will kick off Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, on Sunday, July 17. The annual culinary and musical festival boasts of the best jerk dishes and musical performances by leading Caribbean artists. The daylong event starts at noon and will continue until 8 pm. Comment

Empowering artwork exhibit to run at children’s museum

Arts & Theater: Children come out to play and learn about culture and history too. The Sugar Hill Children’s Museum in Harlem will showcase two exhibits on July 14. The exhibit will display artwork from two artists — work meant to empower and instill pride in children, as an escape from today’s climate that is marred by violence they probably do not understand. Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

GOSPEL QUEEN

Music: The former Dancehall queen has an upcoming album, and it is not about taking your man or a feud — because the lyrics vastly differ from what many knew her to sing as a Dancehall queen. Comment

Calypso humor showcase in ‘Kaiso Laugh Riot’

Music: Some of the premier names that have laced the calypso art form with crowd-pleasing comedic offerings over the years will be bringing their combined talents to “Kaiso Laugh Riot,” a blockbuster showcase of wall-to-wall calypso humor to be rolled out Sunday evening, July 17 at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cranston plays crafty undercover agent

Movies: Pablo Escobar (1949-1993) was an infamous mobster who ran Colombia’s Medellin drug cartel with an iron fist. During his reign, Escobar controlled about 80% of the global cocaine market, and raked in about $70 million / day. Comment

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Tale of two Charlestons but forgiveness reigns

Books: The Word is what you crave. It’s where you find your comfort, strength, the peace you need to get through the day. Reading it is like hearing God’s voice; studying it is feeling His power, and in the new book “We Are Charleston” by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., PhD, and Marjory Wentworth, knowing it could mean offering forgiveness. Comment

Dingolay Mas fired up to revel on Parkway

Arts & Theater: Costume designer Rachel Hall said she created her themed “Green” — one-color costume collection of costumes in just one month to dress-up an expected 300 revelers when Dingolay Mas parades on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Comment

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: C Street (R for sexuality and drug use) Freewheeling farce about a U.S. Senate intern (Evan Hall) who pimps out his crib to sex-starved politicians only to catch his boss (Dylan Walsh) in bed with the object of his affection (Shaun Licata). Cast includes Bruce Altman, Carey Lowell and Don Stark. Comment

Friday, July 8, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: At the Fork (Unrated) Agri-business documentary examining the mechanization of the processes involved in the raising and harvesting of farm animals for human consumption. Comment

Alexander Skarsgard stars as King of the Jungle

Movies: “The Legend of Tarzan” Comment

Celebrating seven years of Classic Flavors

Music: The Saturday, July 9, “Classic Flavors,” all white celebration is expected to be the “Party of The Year.” The date boasts a star-studded list of artists such as Jeff Redd doing his new release “Dance, Dance Dance,” Will Traxx performing his smash hit “Footwork,” and Taana Gardner singing her unforgettable tune “Heartbeat” and special spins from DJ Chuck Chillout. Comment

Monday, July 4, 2016

Montano’s Triniwood adds Masala to ‘Bazoodee’ musical

Movies: When it comes to captivating an audience, Trinidad & Tobago soca singer Machel Montano is no slouch. He sings, dances and totally delivers an energizing, fully-loaded infusion of revelry every time he takes the stage. Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Designer Roger Gary for 8th Summer Sizzle in BVI

Fashion: The eclectic swimwear collection by Brooklyn-based Roger Gary has garnered standing ovation over 30 years, since the couturier began his career in Guyana, cutting from colorful fabrics to complete stunning male and female ensembles. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

ROCK STEADY MUSIC

Music: July 1 marks the 22nd anniversary year of a global celebration of Jamaica’s reggae music. Dubbed International Reggae Day by Andrea Davis — its founder and annual orchestrator — in conjunction with Jamaica Arts Holdings (JAH) the date also hails the Caribbean island’s early music forms — mento, ska and rock steady while fully focusing on the most popular and most exported genre. Comment

Brooklyn Boro Prez Coalition hosts first Int. Food & Wine Tasting

Food: The Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition (BNRC) hosted some of the biggest superstar Caribbean eateries in the community, like Suede Restaurant, Silver Crust, The Hills Restaurant, and many others, to celebrate its first International Food and Wine Tasting event on June 22 at the Tropical Paradise ballroom in Brooklyn. Comment

Crowds come out for local food festival

Food: Hundreds of people packed a backyard for the second annual Ground Provisions and Curry Queue Festival in Flatlands on June 25. Comment

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mixer encourages island pride in Flatbush locals

Music: Caribbean creatives networked at a mixer event to celebrate their pride and heritage in East Flatbush on June 17. Comment

Soca, rock artists among acts at music festival

Music: Do you hear the sounds – that’s New York making music. The Make Music New York festival was back for its annual free music festival on June 21 at Ronald McNair park, for a day-long festival of performances from various different artists from all over the world. Guests got to expose themselves to different sounds, and even some of the performers had some fun on the action. Comment

It’s surfer vs. shark in harrowing tale of survival

Movies: Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) was so shaken by her mother’s (Janelle Bailey) untimely death that she’s dropped out of med school. In order to feel closer to her dearly departed mom, she’s decided to vacation at the same exotic Mexican retreat where she was reportedly conceived back in 1991. Comment

Friday, June 24, 2016

Art and social justice on Broadway

Arts & Theater: On a recent Monday when Broadway theaters are “dark,” the Ambassador Theatre at Times Square was packed with lovers of the written and spoken word and social justice activists to hear a conversation between Sonia Sanchez and two other renown writers. Comment

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Brooklyn twins shine at annual recital

Music: Generous applauds and shouts of “bravo” rang out in celebrating 17 years in the community as Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy hosted its Annual Recital at the Caton School Auditorium, 18 Marlborough Rd., Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Loving tribute to a friendship

Books: Two heads are better than one. Another body can make work lighter, both in mood and in task. A partner can support you, encourage you, inspire you, and sympathize with you. You solve easier with another mind on the problem. Yes, two heads are better than one, and in the new book “Running with the Champ” by Tim Shanahan (with Chuck Crisafulli), so are four feet. Comment

Monday, June 20, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Breaking a Monster (Unrated) Rockumentary recounting the rise in 2007 of Unlocking the Truth, a heavy metal trio of 13-year-old, African-American boys from Brooklyn: Malcolm Brickhouse, Jarad Dawkins and Alec Atkins. Comment

Sunday, June 19, 2016

CAFE holds Third Tuesday Fashion & Culture Salon

Fashion: The Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFÉ), a marketing initiative of JLC Productions, invites all to celebrate Caribbean fashion and culture at the Third Tuesday CAFE Fashion & Culture Salon, beginning at 7:30 pm next Tuesday, June 21, at the fresh new workspace, Brooklyn Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, between Empire Boulevard and Lefferts Avenue. Comments (1)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Brooklyn jazz legend honored at book-signing

Music: Legendary jazz musician and composer Randy Weston was honored at his book-signing event where the artist was also praised for his talents and six-decade career, at Medgar Evers College on June 10. Comment

Suave CIA agent enlists help of nerdy accountant

Movies: Back in high school, Calvin (Kevin Hart) was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” while his chubby pal Bob (Dwayne Johnson) was being bullied by classmates because of his weight. But that was a couple of decades ago, and a lot has changed since then. Comment

Friday, June 17, 2016

Miss Georgetown wears the crown

Fashion: A 22-year-old Kingsborough Community College graduate Saturday night outshone six other beauties to win the Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant at George Wingate High School Auditorium on Kingston Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Tessanne Chin to groove in Queens

Music: With less than two weeks left before New York’s premier reggae and R&B summer festival — Groovin In The Park — unfolds at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 26, 2016, event organizers are reporting an uptick in calls about Voice season 5 winner Tessanne Chin. Comment

CELEBRATE BROOKLYN!

Music: What a great way to start off the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! season in Prospect Park than with performer extraordinaire, electrifying funk and soul singer, the borough’s own Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Comment

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Brooklyn filmmaker showcases his community

Movies: Let us think deeper beyond the surface. That is what one Jamaican-American filmmaker wants people to do before watching his film that tackles life’s tribulations in a relatable way. Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Elusive illusionists resurface for another adventure

Movies: It’s been three years since we last saw the world’s greatest illusionists, aka the Four Horsemen, playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the FBI. Comment

Film screening highlights black women’s struggles as doctors

Movies: Award-winning filmmaker and author Crystal R. Emery preview-screened her documentary film, “Black Women in Medicine” at the Yale Club in Manhattan on Wednesday, June 8. Comment

A search for answers from past lovers

Books: In every love life, there’s always The One That Got Away. He got away because you were both too young, too scared, too broke, or too different. Things were said that couldn’t be unsaid, done that shouldn’t have been done. It just didn’t work out then, but now…? In the new novel, “I Almost Forgot about You” by Terry McMillan, he’ll never get away twice. Comment

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Argentina (Unrated) Folklore documentary exploring the heart of the Argentine culture, including the nation’s dance and musical heritage. (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Friday, June 10, 2016

Tempo honors the legacy of Caribbean music

Music: TEMPO Networks hosted an amazing line-up of entertainment and talent in the form of Caribbean Rocks NYC – TEMPO Turns 10 Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, June 5 at the legendary B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill in Times Square, New York. Comment

Fundraising with rum and rythm

Food: The first Friday of Caribbean Heritage Month kicked off with a blast-filled event to the sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, all for a good cause. Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2016

VINCY KAISOS FILL THE AIR

Music: Fifteen Vincentian calypsonians Saturday night / Sunday morning thrilled an appreciative crowd in the preliminary round of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Calypso Competition at Café Omar in Brooklyn. Comment

Pan Jazz for Father’s Day!

Music: DFG Promotions will hold its first Father’s Day concert on, June 19, 2016 at the Tropical Paradise Ballroom which is located at 1367 Utica Ave., Brooklyn. Comment

Redemption dance

Arts & Theater: Get up, stand up! Stand up for gay rights! A Caribbean dance festival springing into Dumbo on June 11 will use the music of Bob Marley to call out anti-gay attacks on the musician’s home island. Comment

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Costumes parade depicts Guyana’s history, culture

Arts & Theater: The history of Guyana’s journey over the last 50 years, its beauty and multicultural heritage were displayed in a spectacular kaleidoscope of colorful costumes as revelers danced along the streets of Georgetown on May 26, during the country’s Independence celebration. Comment

Street carnival begins Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: Dozens of onlookers gathered around Central Library on Wednesday to watch rhythmic performers dancing to the sounds of Haitian drums to mark the start of Caribbean Heritage Month. Comment

Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival in Queens

Music: Keith Williams Park (Formerly Liberty Park) entrance at Liberty Avenue and 173rd Street in Queens comes alive this summer when Braata Productions stages the colorful Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival on Saturday, June 18, 2015. Comment

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Noel to sing ‘Golden Arrowhead’ in Brooklyn

Music: Fresh from a crowd-pleasing performance at Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in Georgetown, singer / songwriter, Courtney Noel is gearing up to take the stage on June 12 at South Shore High School in Brooklyn, to recreate that glorious moment at Guyana’s 50th Independence Anniversary in New York. Comment

Tomboy-turned-dancer seeks acceptance

Movies: Toni (Royalty Hightower) is an 11-year-old girl growing up in the rough projects of inner-city Cincinnati. The prepubescent adolescent keeps out of trouble by hanging out at the local recreation center with her big brother, Jermaine (Da’Sean Minor) and his BFF, Donte (Antonio A.B. Grant, Jr.). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Be Somebody (PG for mature themes, suggestive comments and mild epithets) Romance drama about a jaded pop star (Matthew Espinosa) burdened by fame who finds love with an ordinary, small-town girl (Sarah Jeffery) while taking a break from the limelight. With Allison Paige, LaMonica Garrett and Mahaley Patel and Caitlin Keats. Comment

Monday, June 6, 2016

Revolutionizing the game of basketball

Books: All air. Is there anything better in basketball? It’s sheer poetry, absolute magic, and your team can’t do it enough — especially when it happens from the three-point line. In the new book “Chasing Perfection” by Andy Glockner, you’ll see how science is trying to ensure that it does, as much as possible. Comment

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Haiti re-invents its visual heritage

Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Youvensky Despeignes used to spend hours a day at home drawing pencil-and-ink abstractions on cheap notebook paper, his aspirations as a painter frustrated by a lack of opportunities in Haiti where a rich artistic heritage has suffered decades of decline. Comment

Friday, June 3, 2016

Nuriyyih Gerrard crowned Miss World Guyana 2016

Fashion: Twenty-four year old Psychology student, Nuriyyih Gerrard, Ambassador of Region 8, Patoro-Siparuni, captured the hearts of the judges to become Miss World Guyana 2016 during a dazzling evening coronation at the Parc Ranye Center on Guyana’s East Bank, on May 27. Comment

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Sci-Fi flicks explores issue of race in America

Movies: It is 1939, and we find a committee of African-American leaders seeking a solution for the “Negro problem.” The group agrees that blacks seem permanently relegated to second-class status because of lynchings, Jim Crow segregation and racial discrimination. Comment

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Songwriter Irving Burgie’s huge footprints

Music: There’s no doubt that his outstanding performance skills, as well as other natural gifts, propelled Harry Belafonte to the high-flying success he enjoyed as an entertainer decades ago. Equally is there no question about the immense credit to which singer-songwriter Irving Burgie is entitled for the major contribution he made toward Belafonte’s path to super-stardom. Comment

Change is possible in the South Side

Books: Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. Shut the door, and what’s inside is familiar and comfortable. It’s yours, and it’s where you want to be at the end of the day. Or maybe not: in “The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation” by Natalie Y. Moore, you’ll see how one city’s housing affects black lives. Comment

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Power of broke to power of advantage

Books: When you have been selected by President Barack Obama as presidential ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship, you return to your childhood borough library, Queens Library, in this position and as a respected business visionary — encouraging talent beyond the ABC’s Shark Tank show — walking down a path, telling your story is convincing and an opportunity to encourage those willing to take on a similar journey. Comment

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Garvey’s ‘Up! Up, You Mighty Race’ Art Exhibit in Harlem

Arts & Theater: Mira Gandy, a visual artist who lives in Harlem has physically elevated the words of Jamaican immigrant Marcus Mosiah Garvey by displaying a colorful weave of his “Up You Mighty Race,” speech high above the heads of ordinary citizens — on a lamp pole for all to admire and ponder. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Approaching the Unknown (R for profanity) Sci-fi thriller about an American astronaut (Mark Strong) on a one-way mission to Mars. With Luke Wilson, Sanaa Lathan and Charles Baker. Comment