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Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: ABCs of Death 2 (Unrated) Horror sequel featuring another 26 short comedies by 26 different directors, each titled for a different letter of the alphabet, from A is for Amateur to Z is for Zygote. Cast includes Martina Garcia, Tristan Risk, Beatrice Dalle and Andy Nyman. (In English, Hebrew, Japanese, French and Portuguese) Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Four Caribbean talents vie for Soul Train Awards

Music: Three Jamaicans and Trinidad & Tobago’s Machel Montano will represent the Caribbean when the 27th annual Soul Train Awards are held next month in Las Vegas. Comment.

Freedom Riders: Remembering the brave

Arts & Theater: Actress Vinnie Burrows as Aunt Flora is bringing Drama Desk Award winning playwright J.E. Franklin’s play “Freedom Rider” to life and to memory. The play showcased at the Dwyer Cultural Center, located at 258 St. Nicholas Ave. in Harlem, revisits the 1960s when interracial activists challenged the segregation laws and harsh treatment African Americans had to endure under the harsh Jim Crow Laws of the south. It was a time when young college students and brave individuals who fought for civil rights, boarded buses and traveled south to segregated areas. This became known as the Freedom Rides. Comment.

STORY OF CARMEN

Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the nation’s leading Latino dance organization since 1970, makes its annual return to the Apollo stage to present the New York Premiere of its first evening-length narrative work, CARMEN.maquia, choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, in a one-night-only engagement on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Paragon of Reggae John Holt  passes

Music: Jamaican reggae singer John Holt was booked to perform in Florida next month. Although rumors of his death had been rampant on social media outlets, since he became ill at the “One Love” Festival on Aug. 16, the reality of an absent 1000-volt entertainer seemed unfathomable. However, on Oct. 19, the 70th birthday anniversary of Peter Tosh and the eve of Jamaica’s National Heroes Day celebrations, the 69-year-old Holt died at the Wellington Hospital in London. Comments (2).

Dinkins stresses need for educated population

Books: Former mayor David Dinkins is quite the raconteur–storyteller. And, he has decades of living behind him to engagingly share. At Medgar Evers College, last week, Honorable David Dinkins meandered through the storyline of his life with Dr. Brenda M. Greene, chair of the Medgar Evers English Department and the executive director of the Center for Black Literature. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Grenadian American teaches dance diversity classes in Grenada

Arts & Theater: Award-winning professional dancer, Shola K. Roberts, is now in Grenada teaching traditional West African dance to emerging dancers on the island. Comment.

Festival of Lights celebrated in Richmond Hill

Arts & Theater: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights was celebrated with a spectacular motorcade, which lit up the night skies over Richmond Hill. Now in its 11th year, the motorcade adorned with lights, flowers and streamers wound its way along Liberty Avenue to loud cheers from spectators. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014

Downey, Duvall square-off courtroom drama

Movies: Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) is a very successful, criminal defense attorney with a good reason to hide his humble roots. After all, he was a rebellious kid who frequently landed in trouble with the law while growing up in tiny Carlinville, Indiana. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 23 Blast (PG-13 for underage alcohol consumption) Fact-based, overcoming-the-odds drama about a high school football star (Mark Hapka) who didn’t let sudden blindness due to a sinus infection derail his dream of gridiron greatness. With Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang and Max Adler. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Vincy Gospel diva sings for a cause

Music: Award-winning, Vincentian-born, Caribbean gospel diva, Evangelist Bridget Blucher, two Saturdays ago brought the House of the Lord down in a major gospel concert drive aimed at installing an air conditioning system at one of the larger United Methodist churches in Brooklyn. For the second year, Blucher flew from her residence in Port St. Lucie, Florida to render her mellifluous, enthralling voice to a worthy cause, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Algorithms (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting exploring India’s little-known world of competitive chess for the blind. America the Beautiful 3 (Unrated) Latest installment in Darryl Roberts’s series of incendiary documentaries indicts pop culture’s sexualization of today’s youth. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Classy look at race relations in the Ivy League

Movies: The academics are tough enough at Winchester University, a mythical Ivy League institution. It’s too bad that black students there also have to worry about making themselves comfortable socially. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

CaribBEING celebrates fall

Arts & Theater: ¡Viva Brooklyn! caribBEING held its fourth partnership event with leading cultural institution, Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The organization was excited about kicking off the fall, celebrating and highlighting the cultural contributions of communities from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The event was filled with a vibrant collection of music, dance, interactive performances and films throughout the museum. Comment.

‘I RISE’ WITH ETANA

Music: Etana releases her new album “I Rise,” which will be available from Oct. 28, 2014 on VP Records. The beautifully-orchestrated set is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, whose credits include Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff and many more. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Geoffrey Holder, multitalented artist, dies at 84

Arts & Theater: Geoffrey Holder, the dancer, choreographer, actor, composer, designer and painter who used his manifold talents to infuse the arts with the flavor of his native West Indies and to put a singular stamp on the American cultural scene, not least with his outsize personality, died on Sunday in Manhattan. He was 84. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014

Caribbean Film Academy-Anansi Studios unveil website

Movies: Fans of Caribbean film will have a new option to view the innovative works of moviemakers in the region, on a new website that was launched recently in Brooklyn, by the Caribbean Film Academy (CaFA), and Anansi Studios, headed by Guyanese-American Romola O. Lucas. Comment.

Boyers’ bees in Brooklyn

Food: In a Ditmas Park front yard, under a towering evergreen, a lot of buzzing is going on. That’s where the Boyers’ two beehives reside, soaking up morning sun. In the hot afternoon, the pine shades them. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead (R for profanity, sexual references, graphic violence and pervasive gore) Horror sequel finds Norway invaded by another battalion of nasty Nazi zombies. Co-starring Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Ingrid Haas, Jocelyn DeBoer and Martin Starr. (In Norwegian, English and German with subtitles) Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Apollo slates One Love! Bob Marley Tribute Concert

Music: One year before the untimely May 11, 1981 passing of reggae superstar Bob Marley, on Sept. 19, 1980 the Rastafarian musician opened for the first of a two-night concert with rhythm & blues legends The Commodores at Madison Square Garden and many of his fans have not stopped talking about what transpired that evening. Comment.

Vegas launches ‘Reggae Euphoria’

Music: Not everything that happens with Vegas stays with Vegas. Unlike the west coast gambling capital, with the dancehall, reggae deejay -- whose moniker introduced him as Mr. Vegas -- everything he writes, produces, rhymes or releases should be blazed in neon lights for all to see and hear. Comment.

From the kitchen to stores it’s lip-smacking good

Food: Lorna’s Lip Smacking Pepper Sauce — Guyanese style received rave reviews from customers who lined her kiosk at the recent Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, to purchase the delicacy. “The relish is a must have, on cook-up rice, or any dish from back home,” said entrepreneur, Lorna Welshman-Neblett who is excited about her cottage industry. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014

Documentary focuses on ageless fashion plates

Movies: We live in a culture which unfortunately equates beauty with youth. Why else are so many women to make a joke of their own faces so long as the skin remains as tight as a 10-year old’s? As the late Joan Rivers, a big fan of cosmetic surgery, might ask: Can we talk? Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang Bang! (Unrated) Bollywood remake of Knight and Day (2010), the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy about a woman (Katrina Kaif) headed to a wedding who ends up on the run from a team of assassins after unwittingly befriending the handsome spy (Hrithik Roshan) she meets at the airport. Support cast includes Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey and Jimmy Shergill. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bang Bang! (Unrated) Bollywood remake of Knight and Day (2010), the Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz action comedy about a woman (Katrina Kaif) headed to a wedding who ends up on the run from a team of assassins after unwittingly befriending the handsome spy (Hrithik Roshan) she meets at the airport. Support cast includes Danny Denzongpa, Jaaved Jaffrey and Jimmy Shergill. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment.

Friday, Sept. 26, 2014

East Flatbush church gets more than the blues

Music: Patrons at the basket ball court-turned-auditorium at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church (VPUMC) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn got more than the blues on Saturday night at the staging of the seventh annual production, “Evening in Blue.” Comment.

East Flatbush church gets more than the blues

Music: Patrons at the basket ball court-turned-auditorium at Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church (VPUMC) in East Flatbush, Brooklyn got more than the blues on Saturday night at the staging of the seventh annual production, “Evening in Blue.” Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014

Kaiso’s Stalin hospitalised in Trinidad

Music: Prayers are in order for revered kaiso composer Leroy Calliste. Better known as the Black Stalin, the calypso singer was taken to a hospital Monday after suffering a stroke in Trinidad. Comment.

Marley’s Musical

Music: Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died in 1981 at age 36 but every decade since his passing, his music gets bigger, louder, and for the 70th anniversary of his birth a musical based on his life could be headed to Broadway. Comments (1).

Marley’s Musical

Music: Robert Nesta “Bob” Marley died in 1981 at age 36 but every decade since his passing, his music gets bigger, louder, and for the 70th anniversary of his birth a musical based on his life could be headed to Broadway. Comment.

EDDIE’S PEREJIL

Arts & Theater: If ever one word in the Americas typifies genocide, it’s the Spanish word for parsley: perejil, with its trilled “r”. Seventy-seven years ago, Dominican soldiers carried out a massacre of Haitians at the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti under the orders of President Trujillo. Comment.

EDDIE’S PEREJIL

Arts & Theater: If ever one word in the Americas typifies genocide, it’s the Spanish word for parsley: perejil, with its trilled “r”. Seventy-seven years ago, Dominican soldiers carried out a massacre of Haitians at the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti under the orders of President Trujillo. Comment.

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Dolly House’

Arts & Theater: Oliver Samuels latest play, Dolly House, starring Oliver Samuels, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Ruth Ho Shing will be presented at Wingate Campus, Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and York College, Queens, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. Comment.

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Dolly House’

Arts & Theater: Oliver Samuels latest play, Dolly House, starring Oliver Samuels, Audrey Reid, Dennis Titus and Ruth Ho Shing will be presented at Wingate Campus, Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 4 beginning at 7:30 p.m. and York College, Queens, Sunday, Oct. 5 at 4:00 p.m. Comment.

Charles M. Blow tells his tale of growing up

Books: Take a deep breath. Sometimes, nothing is sweeter: a newborn’s first lungful of air. The headiness of roses, new-mown grass, or familiar perfume. A gasp at the surface of water. The sigh that accompanies a good hug. Comment.

Charles M. Blow tells his tale of growing up

Books: Take a deep breath. Sometimes, nothing is sweeter: a newborn’s first lungful of air. The headiness of roses, new-mown grass, or familiar perfume. A gasp at the surface of water. The sigh that accompanies a good hug. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

Denzel does vigilante in adaptation of ’80s TV series

Movies: On the surface, Robert McCall (Denzel Washington) is a perfectly-pleasant, hail fellow well met. By day, the affable widower is employed as a sales associate at a hardware superstore where he jokes with co-workers who call him “Pops.” Evenings, he retires to a modest apartment in a working-class, Boston community, although bouts of insomnia often have him descending to a nearby diner to read a book into the wee hours of the morning. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

A new home for the African Diaspora

Arts & Theater: If water and rain are a sign that the spirits are looking down kindly, then the spirits were very very happy–there was a deluge–on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the formal groundbreaking for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). A former East Harlem firehouse built in 1889 is being transformed, becoming a major cultural hub for the community. Its 8,500 square feet will be a gallery, community performance spaces, and home to educational workshops and programming. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Advance Style (Unrated) Aging gracefully is the focus of this documentary chronicling the fashion sense of some Manhattan socialites over 60 who are challenging the conventional cultural assumption equating beauty and youth. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Carnival Tabanca

Music: Some highlights of this year’s carnival in Brooklyn. Comment.

CARIB SHOWCASE

Arts & Theater: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) recently held its massive audience in stitches and spell-bound, as it mesmerized diverse patrons during its 10th annual cultural show at Meyer Levin Intermediate School at the corner of Ralph Avenue and Beverley Road in Brooklyn. Comment.

‘Miss Tropical Paradise’ semifinals set for Queens

Fashion: Plans for the Miss Tropical Paradise Beauty Pageant 2014 are moving full steam ahead and on schedule, according to event founder Marcia Deans. The semifinals will be held this year on Saturday, Sept. 27 at Clipper 11 in Queens, N.Y. Comment.

Southern tragedy changes race relations

Books: What can you say about tragedy? When it’s imminent, you brace yourself and hope to come out unscathed. In its aftermath, you mourn and, eventually, you move on, healed… but not quite ever the same. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Jamerican diva backs Off-Broadway musical

Movies: Jamerican actress Sheryl Lee Ralph believes in the message and music of a new Off-Broadway musical. Her name was added with producer credits along with her D.I.V.A (Divinely Inspired Victoriously AIDS Aware) Foundation to promote the show already winning critical acclaim with audiences. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

Rock-star farewell to Rock-steady pioneer

Music: Ordinary and extra-ordinary Jamaicans packed the St. Marks United Methodist Church in Brooklyn to bid farewell to beloved friend, colleague and music pioneer Hopeton Lincoln Sinclair Lewis who died of kidney failure on Sept. 4 in Brooklyn. Comment.

‘Emerge’ honors fashion model Beverley Johnson

Fashion: It was a fitting tribute to legendary fashion model, actress and businesswoman, Beverley Johnson who was honored with the Fashion Innovator Award, before the “Emerge” runway show kicked off its Spring Summer 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week. Comment.

Housewife, kids abducted by killer in thriller

Movies: It is usually a bad sign when a movie studio decides not to preview a picture for film critics. In the case of No Good Deed, Screen Gems claimed that it was refraining from doing so in order to prevent the spoiling of a surprising plot twist. Well, the butler did it! (Just kidding.) Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Golden Krust celebrates 25 ‘Golden’ years!

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Caribbean franchise has been celebrating 25 years in business this year. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Elvis impersonator showcases his talent in faith-based musical

Movies: What if Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had survived his mother’s pregnancy rather than passed away during delivery back in January of 1935? That is the alternate reality contemplated by “The Identical,” a faith-based musical marking the underwhelming directorial debut of Dustin Marcellino. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Caribbean-themed men’s magazine celebrates fashion

Fashion: It’s the Caribbean’s answer to GQ! Comment.

‘Rising Star finalist’ Lisa Punch comes to Brooklyn

Music: Lisa Punch proved that she is a talented to be reckoned when she brought her vivacious performance to the stage of the recent Guyana Folk Festival. Comments (1).

Jamaican-born designer lights up Grand Central terminal with flashmob show

Fashion: It was fashion in a flash! Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 108 Stitches (R for profanity and sexual references) Ensemble comedy about a lousy college baseball team that schemes to go out on a high note after learning that the school president (Kate Vernon) plans to disband the program at the end of the season. Cast includes Bruce Davison, Erin Cahill and retired major leaguer Roger Clemens. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

ROCKING CROWD AT BRASS FEST

Music: Hundreds of party goers jamed and rocked to the Brassfest line up at the Brooklyn Musuem on Eastern Parkway on Friday, Aug 29. The event organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Assosiation (WIADCA) featured the finest American, Caribbean and African musicians and acts. Comment.

Pan Champs D’ Radoes

Music: Sweet, sweet, music floated from the 11 steel bands participating in the 2014 Panorama Championship at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, with D’ Radoes wining the Champion trophy. Comment.

Laparkan scholarships for Carib American youth

Music: Two lucky Caribbean American youth will have the chance to win scholarships being offered by Laparkan Shipping, one of the biggest Caribbean shipping and money transfer companies in the world. Comments (1).

Scintillating burlesque

Arts & Theater: Pa-Nash, the home of Euro-Soul cuisine in Queens, is hosting an exciting and entertaining evening of scintillating burlesque on Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. Comment.

Movie night at Paedergat Park

Movies: CaribBEING in partnership with NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Sesame Flyers, Citizens Committee for New York City and Brooklyn Free Clinic presented “Caribbean Night” featuring family-friendly films “Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom” and “Cool Runnings” along with a soca dance workshop led by Candace Thompson. The fun-filled night started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Paedergat Park on Foster Ave. (between E. 40th Street and Albany Ave.). Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

Mas in sweltering heat!

Arts & Theater: Amid the sweltering heat and humidity, tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers and millions more from around the world converged on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day for the largest carnival parade in North America. Comment.

Unpardonable ‘dis’ of the steel band culture

Arts & Theater: The lineup of activities for the 2014 Labor Day weekend West Indian Carnival is history. And, like a couple of years ago when we were constrained to make scathing reference to the appearance in the Eastern Parkway parade of a few female exhibitionists who brought the skimpy-costume fad to levels of gross indecency, so was there this year reason for taking exception, this time to a patently poor-taste move on the part of the organizers. The Steel Band Panorama contest providing backdrop for the off-color display this time around. Comment.

West Indies batting must improve!

Fashion: The West Indies cricket team under its new coach will have to take positive steps towards improving its batting performance. At the moment the team lacks international commitment and the high batting standards that go parallel with the game. The West Indies lost to New Zealand, which merely ranked number eight in Test cricket, is a disgrace. Too many players have not shown that commitment in Tests and One-day International and that has been the downfall of West Indies cricket. This has been compounded by at one stage and incompetent captain, unqualified selectors and too much interest in the Twenty20 format of the game. Comment.

Husband searches for missing wife in erotic thriller

Movies: “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

‘Yardies’ revel on The Parkway as united Jamaica

Arts & Theater: Jamaicans joined legions from the English, Dutch, Spanish and French Caribbean who annually parade pride and culture on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day to distinguish themselves by waving the black, green and gold flag of their nation. They turned out in large numbers to represent the English-speaking island located in the Greater Antilles and the one nation outside of the Eastern Caribbean whose history and tradition apprehensively embraced carnival. Comment.

Whopping $700 media fee creates controversy

Arts & Theater: After 46 years of coverage of the annual West Indian American Day Associations annual festivities in Brooklyn, in an un-precedented action, the organizers required media individuals to pay a whopping $700 in order to report on the activities. Comments (1).

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: But Always (Unrated) Romance drama about childhood sweethearts (Nicholas Tse and Yuanyuan Gao), raised in Beijing, who go their separate ways only to fall in love all over again a decade later when their paths cross in New York City. With Lam Suet, Qin Hao, Du Haitao and Luo Shi. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment.

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment.

Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

West Indian American Day Carnival kicks off

Music: Tens of thousands of masqueraders and revelers and millions from around the world are expected on Monday to converge on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway for the 47th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Troubling trend on the Parkway

Music: Carnival mas in Brooklyn has always been colorful and flashy, people come from all over the country and the globe to see it. However, there has been a debate raging over recent years as to whether or not the Brooklyn Caribbean Carnival has been losing its value, sense of tradition and culture to skimpy costumes, vulgarity and violent behavior. Mas camp designers: Marlon Smart and Uncle Percie from “Ramajay Mas Inc.,” Pat Nurse from “Carican Costumes” and Toni Barnette from “D’Midas International” all believe that mas has changed. Comment.

‘FLUSHING’ WITH JAZZ

Music: A New York City/Queens gem, Flushing Town Hall bills itself as a venue of “global arts for a global community.” Last Sunday, a summer wrap-up/fall kick-off with the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble, which fuses jazz and the language and rhythms from traditional Garifuna music, attracted one of the most diverse assemblages seen in a New York audience. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014

Legends display ‘Rainbow of Colors’

Music: Masqueraders are expected to display a “Rainbow of Colors” as Legends Stars Steel Orchestra bang out Caribbean rhythms in the J’ouvert Competition. Comment.

It’s spy vs. spy in labyrinthine espionage thriller

Movies: Director Roger Donaldson is probably most closely associated with “No Way Out,” one of the best espionage thrillers ever made. The accomplished Australian revisits the genre with “The November Man,” though this picture pales in comparison to his ingenious, 1987 classic. Nevertheless, Roger has crafted another labyrinthine, cat-and-mouse caper which miraculously manages to keep you on the edge of your seat despite an often-incoherent plotline, slapdash action sequences, and an inscrutable cast of characters with difficult to discern motivations. Overall, the adventure amounts to a dizzying head-scratcher which takes you on one helluva roller coaster ride, even if it might take a scorecard to keep the profusion of players straight. Comment.

Salute to columnist Vinette K. Pryce

Movies: Tip of the hat to Caribbean journalist and Inside Life columnist Miss Vinette K. Pryce for her perceptive and thoughtful review of the award-winning, independent feature-length fiction film, “Garifuna In Peril” headlined “Indigenous Hondurans Unite to Preserve Culture.” (Inside Life Column by Vinette K. Pryce, Caribbean Life Newspaper, May 16 through May 22 2014 issue). By extension, a hearty Seremein (“Thanks” in the Garifuna Language) goes to the Caribbean Life newspaper for publishing her review. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

Kaios International wants ‘Kaios and Orda’

Arts & Theater: Kaios International Mas Band wants nothing but “Kaios and Orda” on the parkway, according to co-bandleaders Mark McLean and Heather Greenidge. Comment.

2014 Mas Bands

Music: Name of Band: T-Vice/Venus Production Comment.

Saving young ‘Endangered’ Black men

Books: Save the whales! You’ve read a lot of signs like that in your life, online and real-time. Save the whales or the environment, penguins or tigers, fish, trees, or grasses, there’s always something about to disappear, and you know that when it’s gone, it’s gone. But what about people? Aren’t they in trouble, too? In the new book “Endangered” by Jean Love Cush, who’s going to save young Black men? Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014

The Promise and EP Costumes go to ‘Paradise’

Arts & Theater: After showcasing their mas solo for several years, The Promise and EP (Errol Philip) Costumes are going to “Paradise” this year WI their collaboration. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

MAS KA KLE

Music: One of Guadeloupe’s large carnival bands, “Mas Ka Kle,” is making its first Labor Day appearance. Joining them will be a sensational new group “Zouk and the Gang.” “Mas Ka Kle” draws on Guadeloupean tradition and its African roots. “Zouk and the Gang” is a collaboration of established musicians who revisit the golden age of Zouk. Prior to Labor Day festivities, the groups will be performing in nightclubs in Harlem and downtown Manhattan. Comment.

Buju Banton granted third plea

Music: The third attempt could be a charm for convicted reggae, deejay Buju Banton. Jailed in Florida since he was twice tried for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, the Jamaican deejay whose real name is Mark Myrie was granted another opportunity to present oral arguments regarding his efforts to obtain a new trial. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

A life hangs in the balance in flashback flick

Movies: Mia Hall (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a bright 17-year-old full of the bloom of youth. Between playing the cello purely for pleasure and dating the doting boy of her dreams (Jamie Blackley), the happy high school senior considers herself truly blessed. Comment.

‘One Destiny’ launches inaugural Guyanese mas

Arts & Theater: In becoming the first Guyanese mas band to hit the Parkway, “One Destiny” says it’s portraying the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state’s Coat of Arms in making a difference. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014

Here comes ‘Bollywood!’

Fashion: By living in what is considered to be the heart of the Indo-Trinidadian-Guyanese community in Lefferts/Liberty avenues on the border of Brooklyn and Queens, locally referred to as “Bollywood,” Diane Walkes, the band leader of New Horizon, says it was compelling to name her production after the Indian film industry. Comment.

MV Kiddie Town Art Exhibit in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: MV Kiddie Town Daycare and Summer Camp hosted an art exhibit for parents, friends and public at its location on 982 East 43rd St., Brooklyn on Wednesday Aug. 13, 2014. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014

Ramajay designers create ‘Zulu’ warriors

Fashion: Trinidadian Marlon Smart, one of eight talented designers of top mas band, “Ramajay” got into mas at eight years old. Smart would help his great uncle, Leroy Smart make traditional Sailor mas costumes when his uncle returned to Trinidad from the United States of America. At the age of 15, he began working with Peter Minshall’s Callaloo Company in Trinidad. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

ONE LOVE ONE LIFE

Music: World renowned, ever popular and lovers rocker himself, the legendary Beres Hammond alongside Chaka Demus & Pliers, Harmony House musicians and D.J. Inferno will be performing at two shows on Friday, Aug. 22 in New York City at Bestbuy Theater in Time Square and Saturday, Aug. 23 at NJPAC in New Jersey. Doors open in NYC at 8:00 p.m., show time 9:00 p.m. and in NJ doors at 7:00 p.m., show time 8:0 Comment.

Jamaican comedy

Arts & Theater: The newly formed American-Caribbean Theatre Alliance, Inc. (ACTA) will present its inaugural production of “Uncle Joe’s Patty Shop” at the Springfield Gardens Church of Christ (144-04 Farmers Blvd. Springfield Gardens, NY 11434) on Aug. 21, 22, & 23 at 7:00 p.m., and Aug. 24 at 5:00 p.m. All shows are free and open to the public. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 14 Blades (R for graphic violence) Martial arts drama, set during the Ming Dynasty, about a member of the imperial guard (Donnie Yen) on the run from an army of assassins after being betrayed by colleagues. With Wei Zhao, Chun Wu and Kate Tsui. (In Mandarin with subtitles) Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

Freaks Mas wants ‘A Taste of Confectionz’

Fashion: The two-year-old Freaks Mas is only asking for “A Taste of Confectionz” as it seduces masqueraders and onlookers this Labor Day, bringing “a fun experience to Eastern Parkway,” according to band leader Ray Bruce. Comment.

Tropicalfete ready for the road

Fashion: Spectators came out last Saturday in the Lincoln Terrace Park, Brooklyn for a sneak-peek of Tropicalfete Incorporated presentation of their adult and kiddie band “Masquerade Ball West Indian Edition.” Comments (1).

Promoting Haiti’s culture to develop the economy

Music: Last month, Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) held an after-work conversation on the intersection of arts and development at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel, part of summer series of Hotel - sponsored soirées – sharing space with those taking a dip in the rooftop pool in Washington DC. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Streep, Bridges co-star in sci-fi adventure

Movies: Despite being born in the same year and enjoying overlapping enduring careers, Oscar-winners Meryl Streep (for Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice and The Iron Lady) and Jeff Bridges (for Crazy Heart) never made a movie together prior to “The Giver.” Such a long overdue collaboration proves well worth the wait in this haunting, sci-fi adventure set in a deceptive dystopia masquerading as heaven on Earth. Comment.

Golden Krust opens franchise on Church Avenue

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain with more than 120 restaurants located in nine states opened its newest franchise restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, located at 2223 Church Ave. on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. The franchise owners are Stanley and Noveene Dennis. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014

Stitchie performs for MHHC Health Care Festival

Music: Morris Heights Health Center, a group of health care providers located in the Bronx, NY is hosting an exciting free Health Care Festival and Fun Day on Saturday Aug. 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at its newest Bronx facility at 825 East 233 St. Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014

New Generation looks ‘Through Her Eyes’

Music: In honor of the late producer and band leader of New Generation, Trinidadian-born Kathy-Ann Hernandez, the mas band is looking “Through Her Eyes” this Labor Day. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

Experience the best of the Caribbean in Brooklyn!

Music: You have to add New York Caribbean Carnival Week to your ‘Must Do’ list this summer. You simply must; after-all you have not experienced the best that Brooklyn has to offer unless you are front and center at this legendary cultural event. It’s truly a fun and memorable experience that will leave you craving more of everything Caribbean. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014

Love, history and honor of carnival

Arts & Theater: On Saturday July 25, 2014, Johanna “Joan” Pierre along with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) went around the borough of Brooklyn to inspect several bands before they go “on de road” for the West Indian Day Carnival Parade. Some see WIADCA as the guardians to insure that this happens. One of the ways that they do that is through inspection of every camp to make sure they meet standard and criteria of what it means to be a mas camp band. Comment.

‘Music Was My First Love’

Music: A closing event for “Music Was My First Love” will feature a live jazz performance with Jonathan Crayford, pianist, composer, and director, and Jay Rodriguez, Grammy-nominated saxophonist, flautist, clarinetist, film composer, and producer to benefit Time In Children’s Art Initiative and Music Is My First Language. The duo will preform musical works inspired by the artwork of Brooklyn-based artist Robert Saywitz. Comment.

MLK TRIBUTE

Music: Brooklyn’s annual tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. prevails in 2014 with five concerts that exemplify the diversity and make-up of the borough. Rhythm and blues, pop, hip-hop, gospel and Caribbean music are slated each Monday in the month when free concerts kick-off at 7:30 p.m. Presented at Wingate Field, Winthrop Street between Brooklyn and Kingston avenues. Across from Kings’County Hospital, entrances at Winthrop St. and Rutland Rd. will accommodate patrons from 6:00 p.m. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Celebration of Jamaica’s home-grown music

Music: It’s been 20 years since JAH (Jamaica Arts Holding) launched an official date to celebrate reggae music. On the anniversary, a global collective marked July 1 by initiating a multiplicity of events, activities and acknowledgements of Jamaica’s home-grown music. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Barbados celebrates Irving Burgie’s 90th birthday

Music: Award-winning artist, and playwright, Irving Burgie whose songs Day’O, Island In the Sun, and Jamaica Farewell- hits by superstar Harry Belafonte, was greeted with loud applause when he arrived at the Barbados Consulate in New York City to celebrate 90 on his exact birth date, July 28. Comment.

Chadwick’s nostalgic jukebox musical

Movies: Just last year, Chadwick Boseman successfully channeled the spirit of Jackie Robinson in 42, a powerful biopic about the Hall of Fame great who made history when he integrated Major League Baseball in 1947. In “Get on Up,” the gifted young actor is already impersonating another legendary African-American, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown (1933-2006). Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: About Alex (R for profanity and drug use) Jason Ritter stars as the title character of this nostalgic drama about a group of college friends’ eventful reunion to care for a suicidal pal over the course of a three-day weekend. Cast includes Aubrey Plaza, Maggie Grace, Max Minghella and Nate Parker. Comment.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BAM receives National Medal of Arts

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was among 12 individuals and organizations who on Monday received the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Comment.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

DRJ Vision In Motion presents ‘Mandela’

Arts & Theater: Trinidad and Tobago born costume designer Donna Bridgeman will introduce a new concept in playing mas on Eastern Parkway with a tribute to one of the greatest individuals that ever lived — former South African President Nelson Mandela. Comments (1).

‘Controversial Carnival Festival’ for Belmont Kids

Arts & Theater: Belmont Kids Connection is hoping to win the Small Bands category for children for the third successive year with a “Controversial Carnival Festival,” according to associate band leader Wendell Jack. Comment.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Vengeful parishioner threatens Irish priest

Movies: While hearing confessions in church one day, Father James Lavelle (Brendan Gleeson) gets the shock of his life. First, a disturbed man recounts in lurid detail how, as a child, he’d been raped by a priest every other day for five years. Then, the anonymous confessor announces that since the pedophile who ruined his life is already deceased, he’s decided to even the score by murdering Father James, and in exactly one week. Comment.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Food lovers feast on Jamaican jerk fare

Food: This year VP records and Grace Foods drew a multi-cultural group of food lovers from beyond the tri–state to as far as Florida to its annual Jerk Festival. With more than 15,000 patrons in attendance, the attraction of food done the old fashioned way were savoring for food lovers. The lines at jerk stations were long as patrons waited to taste their favorite Jerk Pork or Jerk Chicken followed by jerk sea food of fish and lobster. Comment.
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