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Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016

‘GREATEST SHOW’ TAKES A HIT

Music: Recession, crime, the deadly H1N1 (swine flu) and the threat of the Zika virus all combined threw a damper on this year’s Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, dubbed the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Comment.

Pedophile priests repent at secluded retreat

Movies: The critically-acclaimed Spotlight recently addressed the problem of pedophilia in the priesthood from the point of view of the victims. But if you’re looking for a take on the issue more sympathetic to the perpetrators, have I got a movie for you. Comment.

‘College Colors’ tackle race issues

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian-American Ricardo Khan, the co-founder of the Tony-Award company Crossroads Theatre Company tackles many new and brewing issues in his company’s spine-tingling home-coming production, “College Colors.” Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong (Unrated) Romantic comedy revolving around the love which blossoms between an Asian-American (Jamie Chung) visiting Hong Kong for the very first time and the white guy (Bryan Greenberg) giving her a tour of the city. With Sarah Lian, Jaeden Cheng and Richard Ng. Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Haitian artists connect during conference

Music: Home is where the heart is. For first and second generation Caribbean Americans, that “home” they long for — that of their parents or grandparent’s home country — is felt through their celebration of their culture whether through playing mas, enjoying the food, and speaking the language. Comment.

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

‘Selector A’ loves romance!

Music: “Reggae Loves Romance!” leaves no doubt that it is an Alfa male driven album. From its first track to the last, it is all about male ego honing or reeling in, a prospective or particular woman. Once again Eisaku “Selector A” Yamaguchi has done it. Comments (2).

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Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

Young activist collects #1000BlackGirlBooks

Books: At 11-years-old, what was your biggest concern in school? Figuring out what was for lunch or perhaps counting the hours of the day until recess and then dismissal? Comment.

Ajamu performs in Brooklyn

Music: The approximately 100,000 Grenadian-Americans in New York City and the surrounding tri-state area, would be joined by Grenada’s reigning, most-crowned Calypso Monarch, King Ajamu, along with the reigning Road March King, Synnah and former National and Diaspora crown-holders, Inspector, Val Adams and Zingo, at the 42nd Independence Anniversary Cocktail, Show, Dance and Awards Ceremony, to be held at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, at 8 pm on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016. Comment.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016

Father and warrior protect baby monster

Movies: Directed by Raman Hui (Shrek the Third), “Monster Hunt” was released across Asia last summer where it became the highest-grossing Chinese film of all time. The version I watched was dubbed into English, which served to turn the martial arts / comedy mash-up into a decidedly campy affair. Comment.

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Art in DUMBO features First Thursday Gallery Walk

Arts & Theater: Art in DUMBO has announced DUMBO’s its First Thursday Gallery Walk, scheduled to take place Feb. 4, from 6 to 9 p.m., featuring exhibition openings and other special events. Comment.

House of D’Marsh for NY Fashion Week

Fashion: Jamaican-born fashion designer Glenroy Marsh of The House of D’Marsh is adding the finishing touches to his elegant La Vie du Noir Fall 2016 collection for New York Fashion Week in Manhattan. Comment.

‘The Family Tree’ exposes dark secrets

Books: The skeletons in your closet don’t rattle around much anymore. Most of your family has long forgotten the secrets those skeletons represented, while the ones who haven’t forgotten have made sure they’re not discussed. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016

Caribbean creatives among Outsider artists

Arts & Theater: New Yorkers who hadn’t hunkered down last weekend trudged through the storm to the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea, Manhattan where booths of unusual art in the warmest of atmospheres welcomed hardy art lovers to the 24th edition of the Outsider Art Show. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 4th Man Out (Unrated) Out-of-the-closet dramedy, set in upstate New York, about a small-town auto mechanic (Evan Todd) who surprises his straight buddies by announcing he’s gay on his 24th birthday. With Parker Young, Chord Overstreet and Jon Gabrus. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016

Bob Marley’s birthday fetes Reggae for all ages

Music: For many music lovers, Black History Month begins with the Feb. 6 celebration of the birth of reggae icon Robert Nesta Marley. Comment.

Diamond, Morgan release ‘Conqueror’

Music: Juno Award nominee Kirk Diamond has teamed up with legendary reggae icon Derrick Morgan on “Conqueror,” the lead single from Kirk’s upcoming 2016 untitled EP. Comment.

Byngham releases ‘Let Me Love You’

Music: Ricardo Riquey Anthony Bingham Sr., known mononymously as Byngham (previously known as Riquey Bingham) has recently released the lead single “Let Me Love You” off his debut EP “Soul ‘N’ Harmony,” which is slated to be released May 20, 2016. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016

Poem chosen for Guyana’s Golden Jubilee

Arts & Theater: James Richmond’s poem “The Golden Jubilee – One People One Nation One Destiny” was chosen by the Georgetown-based Golden Jubilee Anniversary Committee to a signature poem to honor the yearlong festivities leading up to May 26, the day Guyana became independent in 1966. Comment.

‘REGGAE MEKYAH’

Music: Jamaicans on the island have already shifted into high gear with the staging of the ninth annual Reggae Month celebrations. With one extra day to regale the island’s best-known asset, leap year February promises a month-long array of educational and entertaining programs. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016

How to get out from your rut

Books: For far too long, you’ve been holding back. Opportunities have presented themselves, and you’ve passed on them. Chances have leaped in front of you and you skipped them, but you’re not sure why. Some days, you feel like you’re in a ten-foot-deep rut; in the book “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes, you’ll see how to get out. Comment.

Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Everybody’s Fine (Unrated) Bittersweet character study, set in Beijing, revolving around a recently-widowed retiree (Guoli Zhang) who is agonizing over his four children’s (He Chen, Chen Yao, Shawn Duo and Ye Qianyun) failure to return home for the family’s annual summer reunion. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, Jan. 22, 2016

GLOBALFEST

Music: Last Sunday night, the musical smorgasbord Globalfest packed Webster Hall in the East Village featuring three stages with many musicians performing from 7 pm to well past midnight. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016

The Coasters at Lehman Center

Music: Lead singer of the Coasters, JW Lance, was happy to discuss his upcoming appearance with the Coasters on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 pm, at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd West in the Bronx, N.Y Comment.

Step Afrika! comes to Brooklyn

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2015-16 season on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 at 2 pm with Step Afrika! The dancers of Step Afrika! use their bodies as instruments, combining traditional step choreography with other styles including tap, modern, and hip hop to create an enthralling, high-energy performance. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016

Friendship with strings attached

Books: You’d do almost anything for your best friend. You’d take a bullet, take her in, or take her anywhere she needed to go. You keep her kids and her confidences. And, as in the new novel, “Best Friends Forever” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, she’d do the same for you. Probably. Comment.

Playwright, pensioner forge unlikely friendship

Movies: “The Lady in the Van” Comment.

Newsweek’s tribute to Bob Marley

Music: Thirty-six years after reggae singer Robert Nesta Marley informed the world of his inevitable, perpetual and recurring imagery with the release of a single titled “Bad Card,” Newsweek Magazine proved the lyrics a prophetic prediction of his enduring legacy. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Caribbean treat in Bedstuy’s Lion’s Den

Food: No need to fear when you enter the Lion’s Den. You will not get bit by a hungry lioness seeking its next meal but you will be able to sink your teeth into internationally infused-Caribbean dishes at this fairly new, community-oriented, Bedstuy bar and restaurant. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Exposed (R for profanity, violence and rape) Supernatural thriller about an attractive Latina (Ana de Armas) who witnesses a miracle before being befriended by a cop (Keanu Reeves) investigating his partner’s mysterious death. With Big Daddy Kane, Mira Sorvino and Christopher McDonald. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Son and Rumba at Lehman Center

Music: Music genius Ignacio Piñeiro formed Septeto Nacional in 1927 in Central Havana. He was known for “Echale Salsita,” a recording wherein he put his trumpets in front and added it to percussion, vocals and strings to feature songs with ever-changing counter melody. Comment.

DOING IT HER WAY

Arts & Theater: Staying the course in the theater industry is a challenging and arduous endeavor for actors. For instance, Caribbean actress Cicely L. Tyson whose religious parents hailed from Nevis in the West Indies was harshly criticized for refusing to accept any acting role. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Seasonal sangria takes over Bedstuy

Food: It is always five o’clock somewhere, right? Time for a sip at the bar or at the pop up shop. Bedstuy residents had a chance to indulge in a bit of art and delicious sangria courtesy of Cocktail Row Spirits LLC’s pop up shop at the House of Art Gallery on Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Halsey and Macon streets on Saturday, Jan. 9. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

A blackface variation of ‘Babe’ with street cred

Movies: In 1965, the federal government issued the historic Moynihan Report chronicling the collapse of “The Negro Family” which it blamed on a host of social woes afflicting inner-city African-American communities. A half-century later, blacks and whites still remain substantially separate and unequal. Comment.

Queen Hadassah writes ‘I Want To Live Again’

Books: Six-time author Cheryl Ainsworth-Martin (Queen Hadassah) writes about her life escaping depression, sadness and anger, and overcoming adversity to make it in America. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 11, 2016

Dr. Maya Angelou art collection auctioned

Arts & Theater: Dr. Maya Angelou, nee Marguerite Ann Johnson, was known for her civil-rights activities, her compelling first non-fiction bestseller “I Know Why The Cage Bird Sings” (1969), her famous gracefully-penetrating poem delivered at President William Jefferson Clinton’s 1993 inauguration “On The Pulse Of Morning” and the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2010 bestowed upon her by President Barack Obama, during and emotionally-charged ceremony. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Band of Robbers (Unrated) Present-day reimagining of Mark Twain’s classic tales with adult versions of Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee) and Huck Finn (Kyle Gallner) still searching for the buried treasure that eluded them in childhood. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

Barriers can be broken

Movies: How many times have you had an incredible idea to only forget about it? Artists often jot down notes, create full scripts, or even songs to only forget about them while pursuing another venture. Comment.

Activist poet seeks change

Arts & Theater: Despite a new year emerging with a sense of a clean slate, there are many still feeling upset and unsettled following clashes between African Americans and police across the world. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016

An ‘Unforgettable’ 2015

Music: On the last day of 2015, the song “Unforgettable” played repeatedly on pop, r&b, contemporary and urban radio stations. Perhaps, the best song to sum up the year, the duet performed in 1991 to a virtual reality by a beloved father and daughter collaboration, the voices of Nat and Natalie Cole informed music lovers of the tragic end of the singing Coles. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anomalisa (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) Adult-oriented animated adventure about an author (David Thewlis) who is unable to connect with other people until he hits it off with a stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh) he meets on a business trip. Additional voices supplied by Tom Noonan. Comment.

Michael Moore mounts faux invasion

Movies: Oscar-winner Michael Moore (for Bowling for Columbine) has been challenging the power structure ever since releasing Roger & Me way back in 1989. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 4, 2016

The real deal about author Alex Haley

Books: The gardening catalogs started arriving this week – right on time. In the gray of winter, they represent so much promise, whether you have six acres or six inches of dirt. This time of year, it’s fun to imagine what will come from the soil months from now – but in the meantime, read “Alex Haley and the Books That Changed a Nation” by Robert J. Norrell, and see how a career can grow. Comment.

A vision of audacious political transition, by a future president

Books: I bemoaned the effect of Reagan’s policies toward the Third World: his Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016

Barrington Levy believes less is more

Music: A social media driven society desires more and more content, prompting entertainers to be transparent and feed that incessant need with new projects — seemingly dropping every other week. Comment.

A JAZZY CLASSIC

Arts & Theater: Welcoming in the holiday season last week, the Dance The World Nutcracker Festival performed at The Secret Theatre, an intimate (99-seat) performance space off a loading dock on 23rd Street in Long Island City, offered a most unusual spin on the holiday favorite. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

Pearl’s Trinidadian flavors now in Williamsburg

Food: Sweet, sweet T and T has found its way to a shocking location, Williamsburg. Known for its hipsters, cute boutiques and plenty of good eats, Fallon Seymour — who also runs popular Williamsburg eateries Sweet Chick and Pop’s with her husband John Seymour — is bringing her culture to the not-so Caribbean neighborhood. Comment.

Misty Copeland making history for the little brown girls

Books: “This is for the little brown girls,” says Misty Copeland. On the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House, she became the first black woman to perform “in Igor Stravinsky’s iconic role for the American Ballet Theatre,” a renowned dance company. Comment.

Best of African Diaspora films

Movies: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (AIDFF) wrapped up its screenings of almost 60 films in mid-December but all is not lost for those who missed it. Nine films, the Best of AIDFF will screen Friday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 in Manhattan. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 28, 2015

Vincentian-owned restaurant ranks high

Food: A major publication has rated a Vincentian-owned restaurant in Brooklyn as the “top” place to eat well and cheaply in 2015. The New York Times said that The Food Sermon in Crown Heights, in the epicenter of the Caribbean community in central Brooklyn, is the leading restaurant, among 10 to dine. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anomalisa (R for profanity, graphic sexuality and frontal nudity) Adult-oriented animated adventure about an author (David Thewlis) who is unable to connect with other people until he hits it off with a stranger (Jennifer Jason Leigh) he meets on a business trip. Additional voices supplied by Tom Noonan. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Steven Baboun captures ‘Humans of Haiti’

Arts & Theater: What should a Haitian look like? A Jamaican? These types of questions are only reality due to stereotypical references plastered in mainstream media such as movies or television shows. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015

HAITIAN RHYTHMS

Music: Having a great time was the mood at Haiti Cultural Exchange’s recent year-end party that turned its home base Five Myles Gallery into a “Speak Easy.” Comment.

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

Free Kwanzaa celebration headlines Doug E. Fresh

Music: The 37th annual Kwanzaa cultural festival of African and African-American heritage held annually at the American Museum of Natural History will be held Dec. 27 and headlines rapper Doug E. Fresh. Comment.

J-Love Christmas Fashion wows Brownsville’s Heritage House

Fashion: President of J. Love Fashion School of Etiquette Jackie Love, has a passion for fashion, and she is not only to showcasing cute little models on the runway, she is also focused on enriching the youngsters with knowledge of their cultural heritage. Comment.

Brooklyn church holds Christmas Cantata

Music: With the theme “Unto Us a Child is Born,” the century-odd old Fenimore Street United Methodist Church in East Flatbush, Brooklyn on Sunday celebrated the Christmas season with its annual candlelight cantata. Comment.

A new Tree House in Brooklyn

Food: Bedstuy’s newest hangout spot is celebrating the rich cultures inhabiting the neighborhood. Taking you on a tour of Africa, to Asia, and even making stops in the Caribbean, Tree House BK is mashing together flavors they love and representative of their neighborhood. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015

Grammy 2016 announces Reggae surprises

Music: The anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor was a disaster to many reggae music insiders hoping their names would be among contenders for the 58th annual Grammy awards slated for February. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

New book blends calypso and noir

Books: Literary genres go far beyond the simple fiction and nonfiction. Every day, an author is experimenting with new ways to combine themes that on the surface level seem worlds apart. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 45 Years (R for profanity and brief sexuality) Marital crisis drama about a couple (Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay) whose 45th anniversary party plans are jeopardized by the discovery of the corpse of his girlfriend missing more than a half-century. With Geraldine James, Dolly Wells and Hannah Chalmers. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

CHRISTMAS CHEER

Music: The temperatures might not be frightful, but the sounds and sights of Christmas have enveloped New York. From the holiday-themed Macy’s windows to the banners streamed across Flatbush Avenue, Christmas is indeed in the air. Comment.

Calypso Rose shares Gospel

Music: Organizers have described as very successful a recent gospel concert in Grenada to help raise much-needed funds for the Methodist Church. Comment.

Kwanzaa Fest appeals to millennials

Music: Throughout the city, communities are coming together to celebrate the holidays — Christmas tree lightings, Hanukah celebrations, and Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is ensuring Kwanza is also represented. Comment.

Celebrating Hanukkah, Christmas & Kwanzaa

Arts & Theater: More than any other month, December offers an opportunity to practice three significant rituals that truly display the diversity of this city and the people who drive the annual holiday traditions honoring Hanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. Comment.

TIGA TO KLODE

Arts & Theater: The gallery Rio III is one of three galleries that are part of Broadway Housing Communities in Washington Heights. These galleries integrate opportunities for cultural activities into community housing. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Miss World Guyana wins Talent Competition

Music: The Guyanese community was thrown in a frenzy, when Guyanese contestant Lisa Punch won the talent competition at the Miss World 2015 pageant in Sanya, China, after reaching the top 13 among more than 100 contestants from around the world. Comment.

The struggle of black firefighters in New York

Books: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire seem so cozy. Just humming that tune warms you up, right? Roaring flames on hearth or sand always seem welcoming, even romantic — except when they go out of control. And as for the person who puts out a fire like that, as you’ll see in “Firefight” by Ginger Adams Otis, flames aren’t all they battle. Comment.

Caribbean cuisine is more than rice and peas

Food: There’s more to Caribbean cuisine than just rice and peas. St. Lucian born Chef Shorne Benjamin is going against the popular rice grains to prove just that with his modern take on Caribbean-infused dishes. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Eddie Redmayne delivers Oscar-quality act

Movies: In 2015, Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his poignant portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” While Eddie earned the picture’s only Oscar, he really owed a debt of gratitude to Hawking as well as his nominated co-star Felicity Jones. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 14, 2015

Marcus Garvey biopic coming in 2016

Movies: Marcus Mosiah Garvey, undeniably the Caribbean’s most acclaimed cultural icon will be celebrated cinematically when his life story is featured on the big-screen next year. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Emperor’s New Clothes (Unrated) Russell Brand stars in this class conscious expose examining the wealth gap between the rich and poor exacerbated by the global financial collapse of 2008. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015

A Caribbean emergency rescue mission, reported by Prez Carter

Books: In this Caribbean venue of Haiti in 1994, there was an emergency. In Haiti, the elected leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide had been in exile in 1991. General Raoul Cedras was the replacement leader. Three years later, President Clinton wanted Aristide to return to power. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015

Braata ‘Ole Time Grand Market’ opens for Christmas treats

Music: With just a little more than 12 days of Christmas registering with procrastinators that missed out on bargains promoted for shopping on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday and the various cyber seconds and thirds that followed last week, Braata Productions is offering an exciting and colorful taste of a traditional Caribbean Christmas. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

CHRISTMAS FEELING

Music: The iconic Caribbean-American folk group, Quake USA Cultural Organization (Quake USA), is comprised mainly of seasoned cultural ambassadors, who have been gracing international stages since the early 1980s, when they began performing as the founding members of Spice Island Youthquake (SIY), a premier cultural institution in the Caribbean, of Grenadian origin. Comment.

Showcasing Haiti’s creatives

Music: Artists have the ability to maintain a particularly community’s identity and for Haitian artists, one particular photo documentary series is providing them a platform to be celebrated. Comment.

Digital Art Gallery brings artists in one space

Arts & Theater: Art is no longer contained to galleries and museums; we can thank social media for that. Artists now put their art for a display that is never taken down through Instagram, personal websites, and other platforms. Comment.

More than rum, a tale of slavery

Food: Curl up to a tasty rum-based cocktail, feast on classic European bar bites with a Caribbean twist and indulge on a story of resilience and drive at the newly established Solomon & Kuff. Comment.

Queens College Alumni Christmas Flounce

Music: The rich, colorful traditions of the masquerade band, folklore and Guyanese food will take center stage when the Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association NY, hosts its annual Christmas soiree on Friday, Dec. 18. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

Ritzy holiday party for 100 lucky guests

Music: Caribbean Life Impact Award recipient Andrea Bullens of Bullizii Marketing is on to her next big project Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Book launch of ‘Gypsy in the Moonlight’

Books: “Gypsy in the Moonlight,” a novel set in Trinidad and Tobago during World War II, written by Lawrence Waldron, will be formally launched Tuesday evening Dec. 15 at the Brooklyn Public Library branch at 22 Linden Blvd., Brooklyn. Comment.

Sharing can make your holiday brighter

Books: Mama says you’d better share your toys. But you don’t mind; it’s Christmas and as long as other kids are careful, they can play with your new gifts, too. Sharing is one of the best things about the holidays, as you know, and in the new book “Miracle on 133rd Street ” by Sonia Manzano, illustrated by Marjorie Priceman, it could make your holiday brighter. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Hero (Unrated) Sci-fi comedy about a substance-abusing, womanizing underachiever (Stephen Dorff) who reluctantly turns a new leaf when he puts his telekinetic powers to good use as a crime-fighting superhero. Co-starring Eddie Griffin, Bill Billions and Andrea Cohen. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

Holiday bazaar makes shopping easy

Food: The holidays are upon us and thanks to the Stuyvesant Independent Art’s Bazaar, gift-giving is now an easy weekend to-do list. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

Christmas feeling Vincy style

Music: The Brooklyn-based United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) last Saturday night brought much nostalgia about Christmas to nationals with the staging of the group’s second annual serenading concert. Comment.

RAGING FYAH

Music: ‘Twas a night of firsts Nov. 24. VP Records and Caribbean restaurant Milk River partnered to present yet another night of music, unveiling the new Milk River house band, VP’s latest label imprint Dub Rockers, popular reggae band Raging Fyah’s first New York performance, and — while not her first performance in Brooklyn — a powerful set courtesy of vocal powerhouse Ikaya. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

‘Mas Man’ film continues awards streak

Movies: A 15th award garnered in October for “Mas Man,” a film about the work of artist / designer Peter Minshall, produced and directed by Dalton Narine, has lent added credence to what has been seen as unusual impact this film has made on the international circuit. Comment.

Coconut Baby, a tale of two countries

Food: It takes a little change to reach a new height that may have remained unattainable when stagnant. Opting to move “back home” despite being warned that there may be nothing to do there, New York-born Allison Burnham moved to her parent’s island Barbados two years ago. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

‘Sweet Micky for President’ hits theaters

Movies: Now, more than ever, pop culture and politics cross paths. Politicians are active on Twitter, paying attention to social trends, and appearing on daytime TV such as Hillary Clinton and proving how in tune they are with presentations of the latest dance moves. Comment.

Christmas gets a Cuban twist

Music: Traditional Christmas carol favorites receive a Latin facelift courtesy of the Cuban band, Tiempo Libre. The three-time Grammy-nominated music group will have Santa dancing a salsa and the Little Drummer Boy showing off his rumba in their upcoming holiday concert on Dec. 18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Comment.

Naughty secrets waiting to be told

Books: You have to tell somebody. There’s a secret inside you, one you’ve been keeping far too long and you’re about to burst. You need to talk about it. You need some advice, some perspective. As in the new novel “Naughtier than Nice” by Eric Jerome Dickey, if you don’t talk about this issue soon, it could be the death of you. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 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.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

YOUNG DEVYN IN COMMAND

Music: Young Devyn might be 13 years old, but this young star is wise beyond her years. With a mature and articulate disposition, Young Devyn — born Devyn Tyson — could lead you to believe that you are talking to a seasoned performer who is at least 20 years old. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama: A phenomenal woman

Books: Those from the Caribbean, United States and the African continent came to celebrate the accomplished life work of First Lady Michelle Obama at the Laurelton Literary Society at Queens Library in Laurelton, N.Y., recently. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 27, 2015

Sounds of Reggae

Music: After a roaring encore, Sounds of Reggae returns for Part 2 “Shaggy & Friends” on Sunday, Dec. 13. Live in concert at Kings Theatre, Brooklyn, N.Y. will be Grammy Award Winner Shaggy aka Mr. Bombastic, legendary reggae ambassadors Third World, Ky-Mani Marley and special guest Amber Lee. Comments (1).

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Bell’s invitation to a ‘smorgasburg art experience’

Fashion: Art is alive and with the holidays approaching, unique gifts are available via pop up shops happening all over New York City. Providing a platform for New York’s innovators to connect with like-minded artists — no matter their artistic avenue — and promote their brands is Brooklyn transplant Trisha Bell. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015

Homesick immigrant adjusts to US life

Movies: Eilis (Saoirse Ronan) and Rose Lacey (Fiona Glascott) have stayed home for the sake of their widowed mom (Jane Brennan) who is still grieving the loss of their late father. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bolshoi Babylon (Unrated) Russian gone postal documentary deconstructing the 2013 acid attack on Sergei Filin, the artistic director of Moscow’s most-prestigious ballet company, by a disgruntled employee. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 23, 2015

‘The Jemima Code’: A multi-layered gift

Books: You woke up this morning with a craving. So is breakfast time too early to think about dinner? Is it bad to want to sneak home for lunch, just to make your favorite comfort food? No, because nothing else tastes good when you’re hankering for something specific. Your stomach won’t give up until you’ve satisfied that craving, so you might as well give in a little and read “The Jemima Code” by Toni Tipton-Martin. Comment.