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October, 2016

Guyanese playwright donates audio equipment to folk group

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Cultural Association, NY, organizers of the Annual Folk Festival will now produce quality stage plays and dinner theater events, thanks to state-of-the-art audio equipment donated by legendary playwright and journalist, Derrick John Jeffery, who traveled from Luk Lam Ka, Thailand to make the presentation on Oct. 15. Comment

Kevin Hart wows hometown crowd

Arts & Theater: Step aside Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, the undisputed reigning “King of Comedy, “ pound-for-pound, is clearly now Kevin Hart. Comment


Arts & Theater: After a triumphant international tour, Vangeline Theater presents the New York Premiere of Butoh Beethoven: Eclipse (Admiring Tatsumi Hijikata), from Oct. 26-31, 2016 at 8 pm at The Producer’s Club, Royal Theater, 358 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036. Comment

Coming of age play tackles current conversations

Arts & Theater: A new theater production called “Sweet,” will be celebrating National Black Theatre’s “Pursuit of Black Joy” theme when it debuts on Oct. 22. Comment


Arts & Theater: To some, George W. Bush, is considered a war criminal having plunged the United States into two needless Middle East wars, one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. Comment

September, 2016

New film documents drum culture in St. Vincent

Movies: Big sounds and big drums. On formal occasions, sounds of drums beating might be heard on Union Island — one of the islands comprising the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Black Violin: The UNITY Tour

Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College opens its 2016-17 season on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016 at 8 pm with the return of three-time Amateur Night at the Apollo winners Black Violin. Comment


Arts & Theater: International tap dance superstar Chloé Arnold is bringing her dynamic dance collective to the City College Center for the Arts (CCCA). Chloé Arnold’s Apartment 33, a dream team of high-energy hoofers, will bring the world premiere of its magnetic tap dance show “Where Dreams Are Made” to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 30 Comment

Flatbush Junction carnival counters J’Ouvert violence

Music: Call it a J’ouv-over. Comment

Vincentians should come out and play mas

Arts & Theater: To The Editor: I read the article headlined “Vincentians jump for education” by Nelson A. King in your newspaper and I chuckled a little bit. Why? Because I hear and and have heard for 46 years the same lofty wishing and hoping by Vincentians in USA about the presence of a Vincy band on the parkway. It’s all empty wishing and hoping. Comment

GAC culture to combat gun violence

Arts & Theater: The Guyana Action Committee (GAC), a non-profit will bring together some of Guyana’s artists including the Hooper Sisters, saxophonist, Flantis and Gospel singer Di Nike Amos to raise their musical voices in a cultural presentation against Gun Violence at St. Stephens Church Hall, 2806 Newkirk Ave., (between E 28 and 29th streets) in Brooklyn, on Friday, Sept. 30 from 8 pm. Comment

Cultural icon receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Arts & Theater: The name Claire Ann Goring is synonymous with folk culture in Guyana and is one of the most recognized names in the Guyanese and Caribbean community. Her outstanding creative work has won her many accolades over three decades, putting her in the company of great cultural icons before her. Comment


Music: Vincentian and other Caribbean cultural aficionados got more than their monies’ worth at an electrifying cultural show Saturday night at the Miracle Temple Ministries in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Comment

Artist displays realistic artwork from carnival

Arts & Theater: Florida-based artist Weldon Ryan has painted many pieces of art depicting carnival-partying people for almost three decades. Frequenting carnival events in Miami and Brooklyn, Ryan captures images from these colorful events, and paints them on canvasses. He recently showcased these artworks, some for the first time, and he is ready to paint even more. Comment

De Blasio rules out cancelling Caribbean J’Ouvert

Arts & Theater: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has ruled out cancelling J’Ouvert activities in the Caribbean community in Brooklyn, saying that it is an event that’s “important to the community.” Comment

Another picture perfect carnival

Arts & Theater: For at least the second successive year, revelers, masqueraders and millions of spectators enjoyed the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade in picture perfect weather on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway. Comment

Junior bands set exciting tone for Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian-born, Erica Greenidge hurried along Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn, anxious and excited at the same time to get her costume-clad granddaughter Brooke-Lynn to the starting point of the Junior Carnival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 3. Comment

Vincentians ‘jump for education’

Arts & Theater: It has been years since a Vincentian float participated in the gigantic, annual West Indian American Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

J’Ouvert fun amidst violence

Arts & Theater: This year’s J’Ouvert parade cost the lives of two innocent bystanders and injured four more, but the lively spirit of many parade-goers helped them enjoy the annual pre-dawn celebration. Comment


Arts & Theater: The 49th annual West Indian American day carnival brightened up Eastern Parkway on Monday, celebrating Caribbean heritage. Despite earlier incidents of violence at the pre-dawn parade just hours before, thousands packed the parade route in Crown Heights dancing and waving, even babies said one Flatbush dad. Comment

Young pannists take stage at steel pan contest

Music: Steel bands from all over Brooklyn competed for the title of the best steel pan group at the Panorama Steel Pan competition at the Brooklyn Museum on Sept. 3. Comment

Diversity highlights 2016 Labor Day celebrations

Arts & Theater: Undoubtedly the 2016 West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s presentations reflected unprecedented diversity and perhaps a commitment to integrate a wider pool of participants unseen in 49 years. Comment

‘Bright Africa’ for Carican Costumes

Arts & Theater: The nine-year-old Carican Costumes is looking towards a “Bright Africa” as masqueraders display elegant, miniature and elaborate costumes this Labor Day. Comment

Tourism organization praises new partnership

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) partnered with the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in June, helping build a multiorgazational relationship for Caribbean communities locally and abroad. Because of the joint-partnership, French Guiana will debut at the annual carnival for the first time. Comment

Rhythm Catcher Int’l presents ‘Misterios Del Mar’

Arts & Theater: The three-year-old, Brooklyn-based band Rhythm Catcher International is portraying “Misterios Del Mar,” Spanish for Mysteries of the Sea, this Labor Day. Comment

Jamaican pageant winner to debut during Labor Day weekend

Music: Former Miss Universe Jamaica, Kaci Fennell will make her big apple debut this week for two major Caribbean events in New York City — one of the largest Caribbean music events, and the West Indian American Day Carnival on Labor Day. Comment

Brooklyn rehab center brings carnival to residents

Arts & Theater: They may not all be very mobile, but residents at the Susan G. McKinney Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn last Wednesday were able to “shake a leg,” as the long-term care center hosted its annual carnival. Comment

Poetry and music wrap up the summer

Music: Boulo Valcourt was introduced as a national treasure by the keyboard player of Tabou Combo at the Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) sidewalk soiree outside of Five Myles Gallery on St. John’s Place last weekend. Comment

August, 2016

Trinidadian dancer recipient of prestigious award

Arts & Theater: Dancing all her life, an East New York dancer is going to be awarded with the Princess Grace award this fall. Tamisha Guy will receive the award at a gala ceremony in the presence of the Prince and Princess of Monaco on Oct. 24. Comment

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WIADCA, CTO partner to expand outreach

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) are partnering for a union that will encourage multi-organizational efforts between the two organizations that would benefit the Caribbean region, as well as its people in New York. Comment

‘Because We Fly’

Arts & Theater: Giselle Fritz & Associates present “Because We Fly” for this year’s Junior Carnival in Brooklyn. The band’s title was inspired by nature’s beauty. Comment

Haiti’s Feet of Rhythm Puppet / Doll theme

Arts & Theater: Nadia Dieudonné and Cynthia Karaha are cultural sisters, a complementary duo heart and soul of the dance troupe Feet of Rhythm (F.O.R.) kids who will represent the Haitian community in the annual West Indian Day Junior Carnival Parade. Comment

Local dancer becomes international choreographer

Music: A Brooklyn choreographer is keeping dancehall alive, one move at a time. Comment

Waitukubuli on Eastern Parkway

Arts & Theater: The Dominica mas band, Larry’s Place, is paying tribute to the native Carib Indians with “Waitukubuli” this Labor Day. Comment

Homage to the Incas

Arts & Theater: In its children and adult bands this year, the Brooklyn-based Cocoa Diamond Productions is celebrating “a toast to life” and paying homage to the Amerindian group, the Incas. Comment

Boom Mas LLC ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Arts & Theater: With the Summer Olympic currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Boom Mas LLC is “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival. “This year, we want everyone to come journey with Boom Mas as we venture into Brazil — ‘Escape to Rio,’” Band leader Trinidadian Jevon Douglas told Caribbean Life about this year’s presentation. Comment

Caribbean culture in the spotlight at JAMS at 20

Music: Caribbean cuisine and fresh drinks from islands across the Caribbean took court among the diverse dishes from around the world at the 20th anniversary of the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival. Comment

WIADCA launches 49th carnival

Arts & Theater: With much fanfare, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Thursday, Aug. 11 launched its 49th annual carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, under the theme, “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice.” Comment

‘Wings of Wonder’

Arts & Theater: Last year, the Brooklyn-based Vincentian mas band Mas Productions Unlimited lured “International Treasures” in its West Indian American Day Carnival Parade production, but this year it is flying with the “Wings of Wonder,” said Wesley Millington who hails from Sion Hill, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as he prepares children masqueraders Monday night for a photo-shoot at the mas camp on Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. Comment

Tropicalfete reflects on ‘Carnival Royalty’

Arts & Theater: Tropicalfete is going back into history with its Labor Day presentation of “Carnival Royalty,” according to president and founder Alton Aimable. Comment


Arts & Theater: Costume designer, Kenneth Antoine, will return mas to its glory days where revelers will wear more than just beads and feathers, and nakedness, as he readies Antoine International to celebrates 25 years on Eastern Parkway, this Labor Day. Comment

‘Exotica’ on the Parkway

Arts & Theater: D’Midas International New York mas band is again hoping to place in the top three for medium-sized bands in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Night at the museum Caribbean style!

Music: It was a Caribbean night at the museum. Thousands of people celebrated Caribbean heritage and culture at the Brooklyn Museum for “caribBEING in Brooklyn” on Aug. 6. Guests danced to music, did cultural workshops, even got to watch a few films. One guest enjoyed the events atmosphere so much, she plans on coming to the museum more often. Comment

‘Razzle Dazzle’ for Devine Mas

Arts & Theater: While Devine Mas is participating in the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIDCA) parade “for fun,” band leader Phyllis Wyllie says masqueraders will “Razzle Dazzle” on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Comment

New play tackles foreign investment in Barbados

Arts & Theater: Caribbean theater is tackling foreign investment in the region. A new Barbados-set play will approach the subject of international investors purchasing land in the Caribbean, through the story of a Barbadian family. The story details investment as an ongoing problem in the Caribbean and shows the downsides of investment tears the family apart. Comment

Continuing the tradition — Mas Icons

Arts & Theater: Over a span of some forty-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


Arts & Theater: As Guyana this year celebrates its 50th year of political independence from Great Britain, the Guyanese mas band One Destiny is going “Primal” for Labor Day. Comment

Suga Candy Mas to ‘Portray Whispers’

Arts & Theater: Last year’s second place win on Eastern Parkway for Maxine Magdaleno, was a pleasant surprise for the seasoned costume designer, whose Suga Candy Mas band captured the title in the small-band category, cementing a possible win at this years Labor Day Carnival on Sept. 5. Comment

One million spectators view Toronto’s carnival

Music: About a million people from around the world on Saturday converged on Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard for city’s 49th annual Caribbean Carnival Parade. Comment

July, 2016


Arts & Theater: The sweltering heat that blanketed the City the of New Jersey last Saturday, July 22 did not deter masquerades from their determination to display the beauty of this rhythmic and cultural melting-pot city that sits in the shadow of the New York skyline. Comment

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

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

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

June, 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

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

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

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

May, 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

Oliver Samuels’ ‘Guilt Trip’

Arts & Theater: Everybody’s “Caribbean” Magazine presents the magical and hilarious family play, “Guilt Trip” on May 28–29 in New York City. After more than 350 performances in Kingston during the 2016 Jamaica theater season and nominated for nine Actor Boy Awards (Jamaica equivalent of Broadway’s Tony), Guilt Trip premiered in Toronto, Canada and St. Kitts and Nevis to launch the international tour. Comment

Celebrate Haiti

Music: Community2Community (C2C) will kick off its 6th Annual “Hope and A Future” — A Celebration of Haiti (HAAF) on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at noon. The event, which takes place at BRIC Arts Media House, 647 Fulton St., Brooklyn, NY, will end at 5 pm. Comments (1)

One monkey in a comedy stew

Arts & Theater: The Harlem School of Arts Theatre Department is launching “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” a consistently hilarious, emotionally stirring and beautifully written satirical comedy directed by Artistic Director Alfred Preisser. Comment

Two months of Haitian arts and culture

Music: Haiti Cultural Exchange is hosting its second Biennial Celebration of Haitian Arts & Culture, an inter-disciplinary two-month springtime festival that began May 1 and run until June 30. Comment


Arts & Theater: Jamaicans have always found a place in the cast of the “Lion King,” Broadway’s most profitable musical. From 1994 when the animated film classic starred James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Robert Guillaume, Cheech Marin and others, Jamaican Madge Sinclair voiced the character Sarabi. Comment

Africans, Caribbeans Color The Great White Way

Arts & Theater: It was no surprise that “Hamilton,” — a hip-hop musical about a Caribbean-born, founding father and the first treasury secretary — would sweep top nods for Broadway’s best honors. Tuesday, the enlightening production about Charlestown, Nevis-born Alexander Hamilton won 16 Tony nominations, a feat no other musical has ever accomplished. Comment

ARTs East New York celebrates its new space

Arts & Theater: On Thursday, April 21, ARTs East New York (AENY) celebrated a sparkling and expanded new home. Community activists, electeds including Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and developer Martin Dunn cut the ribbon for the new headquarters, community space and art gallery at Livonia Commons. Comment

April, 2016

Sign painter beautifies Georgetown

Arts & Theater: Sign painter, Andrew Allen was born in Georgetown 50 years ago, the exact year Guyana attained independence from Great Britain in 1966. So in a fitting tribute to the land of his birth and the Golden Jubilee, the painter said he wants to make a contribution and is calling on the Guyana government to commission him to paint murals for the upcoming week of celebration. Comments (1)

Light bites  & art

Arts & Theater: Visual artist Fudd, known for his contemporary abstract paintings with a gritty urban influence and Chef Nina B. are presenting their inaugural event, The House that Art Built a gallery exhibition combining food and art on April 30 at The Living Gallery located in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Comment

Sandy Wills’ story

Arts & Theater: Author, Speaker and Veteran Television Journalist Cheryl Wills from NY1 News is telling the powerful story about her enslaved ancestor who fought for his freedom as a soldier during The Civil War. Her great, great, great grandfather was the amazing Sandy Wills Comment

Caribbean in Motion showcases animators to the world

Arts & Theater: An exhibit that brings to the United States a contemporary sample of animation and animated video art that showcases the potential that Caribbean animators offer to the world is being shown at the headquarters of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Washington, D.C. Comment

Caribbean Playreading Series in NY

Arts & Theater: Award winning Jamaican actress and singer Dianne Dixon has joined a stellar lineup of actors from across the Caribbean for the Braata Productions Caribbean Playreading Series to be held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JPAC) in Queens, New York, from April 22 – 24. Comment

Haiti artists forge reputation with art made of junk

Arts & Theater: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Amid a maze of car repair shops in Haiti’s gritty capital, Andre Eugene pitches a shredded tire he found atop a towering sculpture he built out of rusty engine parts, bed springs and other cast-off junk. Comment

March, 2016

Phagwah brings Spring to Richmond Hill, Queens

Music: The vivid colors of spring were everywhere on the streets of Richmond Hill, Queens last Saturday, when Caribbean nationals celebrated the festival of Phagwah, to welcome the dawn of spring, a season of joy and love, and signifies good over evil. Comment

‘Bacchanal’ re-launches original Jamaica Carnival

Music: Calypso and soca music lovers in Jamaica will go back to the future on April 3 with the re-launching of Jamaica Carnival. Missing from the cultural calendar since Byron Lee, its founder died at age 73 in 2008, it seemed as if his brainchild died with him. Not so said his daughter Julianne Lee. Comment

Dance your way to fitness, Carib style

Arts & Theater: A vision written down with a due date is no longer a dream; instead, it evolves into a goal. Just a year ago, Candace Thompson envisioned a dance collective to support and celebrate Caribbean American dancers in the Diaspora. Today, the Dance Caribbean Collective is still catapulting forward with new elements including fitness dance classes, bigger shows and more. Comment

SVG Garifuna group hosts National Heroes Day

Music: Marsena Ballantyne, the Sandy Bay-born president of the one-year-old, Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Incorporated (GIPSVG, Inc.), has described as very successful last Saturday’s staging of the group’s inaugural National Heroes Day celebration in Brooklyn. Comment

The Robert Glasper Trio

Music: The Robert Glasper Trio will be performing at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8 pm. The group will perform selections from their 2016 GRAMMY Award-nominated album “Covered” along with some of Glasper’s original compositions. Comment

Poet laureate among black writers honorees

Arts & Theater: The Center for Black Literature at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (CUNY) says former U.S. poet laureate Rita Dove and literary pioneer Charles Johnson will be among honorees at the 13th National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) at the college. Comment

Quilting for a charitable cause

Arts & Theater: The multi-purpose sanctuary of Church of the Holy Apostle in Manhattan was humming with activity — it was a modern day quilting bee. Groups of women and one man sat at circular tables in the hall, needles in hand stitching or knotting hand-made quilts of all sizes destined for others. Comment

Walking tour of sculptures of women

Arts & Theater: Artist, historian and activist Lulu Lolo has taken on the mantle of drawing attention to how few New York City statues and monuments are dedicated to women. In New York City, there are 150 public statues of men and five of actual women who are not symbols — Statue of Liberty or fictitious characters — Alice in Wonderland. Comment

Dominicans and Haitians – bridging the gap

Arts & Theater: The Dominicans Love Haitians Movement has joined the ranks of creative Dominicans in artistic collaboration with Haitians reaching across the contentious boundary that separates the two populations of the one island, Hispaniola. Comment

Tackling identity by using art

Arts & Theater: Conversations of identity, culture, and what it means to be an American intersect in private amongst cultural groups. There are those who cling to their roots, ignoring their ties to being an American, and those who navigate the various layers of what comprise their identity. Comment


Arts & Theater: The Dallas Black Dance Theatre returns to New York for its fifth season of self-produced performances on April 22–23, 2016 at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, located at 405 West 55th St., New York, NY 10019. The “Masterworks Redefined – New York” series will showcase the energetic dance artistry of the repertory dance company that is turning 40 in its 2016-2017 season. The National Endowment for the Arts designated Dallas Black Dance Theatre as an “American Masterpiece Touring Artist.” Comment

SVG Garifuna group hosts inaugural National Heroes Day

Arts & Theater: With inordinate national pride and identity, the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Incorporated (GIPSVG, Inc.) is hoping to tap into nostalgic celebrations by hosting, for the very first time, a grand National Heroes Day spectacle in Brooklyn. Comment

February, 2016

More than a myth Belafonte lives his legacy

Music: Depending on the prism an individual looks through to define Harry Belafonte, any number of definitions could apply to his legacy and storied creative and humanitarian career. Comment


Books: Poetry lovers filled to standing room BRIC House’s performance space last week for the Stoop Series event “We Be Darker Than Blue.” Performance poet Mahogany L. Browne guided a full program of word-art which culminating with featured guest Sonia Sanchez. Comment

‘Art Connect’ sheds positive light on Laventille

Movies: No matter where you are in the world, there is always a neighborhood, section, or block in a particular place that carries some sort of bad reputation. Comment

‘Zingay’ navigates spirits and laughter

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean has many stories about spirits and black magic. Those stories take center stage — literally — in the play “Zingay,” manifesting in Fort Greene on Feb. 20. Comment


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

‘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

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

January, 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

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

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


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

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

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


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

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