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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014


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

Williams: ‘Neighborly courtesy’ during carnival

Grenada: As New York prepares for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day, Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams is asking for “neighborly courtesy” during the festivities. Comment.

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.

US Open draws neighborhood kids

Queens: Twenty-three kids from the Elm Cor Youth and Adult Center in Corona, New York, known for its basketball activities, were guests of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) five days prior to the first day of action in the main draw. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014

2014 Mas Bands

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

Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

National Night Out Against Crime

Queens: National Night Out Against Crime in Cambria Heights, NY had all the trappings of a play land mirroring tranquility. The bitterness of Ukraine or discussions of a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip were replaced by escalated calm and waves of felicity with the benefit of local New York Police Department precincts serving the community in every capacity, as grand host. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014


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.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: ZUMBA: Join us for a dance-fitness class that is friendly and fun from 11:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will be taking part in an exercise class. RSVP: 1-866-539-0999. 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


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.

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).

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MEDICARE 101: Emblemhealth invites you to become knowlegeable about medicare from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Learn: What is a donut hole?, What is a copay? and What assistance is available to help with costs? Space is limited, so call to reserve a seat today. A sales person will be present with information and applications. To register for this seminar and for accommodation of persons with special needs at sales meetings, call 1-800-447-9169, seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For those with hearing and speech impairments, call 711, seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. HIP Health Plan of New York (HIP) is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Group Health Incorporated (GHI) is a PPO plan and a standalone PDP with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in HIP and GHI depends on contract renewal. HIP and GHI are EmblemHealth companies. RSVP: 1-866-539-0999. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014

Offensive tackle looks to season

Bahamas: D’Brickashaw Ferguson is in his ninth seasonas a member of the New York Jets, which opens their regular National Football League schedule on the first Sunday of September. Comment.


Trinidad and Tobago: East Zone winner Team St. Vincent and the Grenadines and defending champion Team Jamaica are on a collision course on the road to the 2014 Caribbean Cup. Both former Caribbean Cup champions won their quarterfinal games last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn to move to the semifinal stage on Sunday, Aug. 24 and could well meet at the final juncture on Sunday, Aug. 31. 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.

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

Protest march to demand justice for Garner

Staten Island: Thousands are expected to respond to the call by Rev. Al Sharpton to rally and march across the Verrazano Bridge on Aug. 23 to protest the illegal choke-hold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island by members of the NYPD. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: AUDITION:Co-choreographer of Fiyah Productions Dancehall Theater, Yaminah Legohn is looking for dancers for her company Art of Legohn. Yaminah is seeking both male and female dancers, age 18 and over with experience in Dancehall, Hip-hop, West African and other speacialty dance styles to add to her company roster for local bookings and industry gigs. The two-hour auditions will start at 5:30 p.m. at PMT Dance Studios, located at 69 W 14th St., 3rd Floor NY, NY 10011. For advanced registration to the Art of Legohn audition, e-mail yaminahL@artoflegn.com. 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

Lespierre readies for boxing match

Queens: The time is drawing near for Mikkel Lespierre’s sixth boxing appearance as a professional fighter. It’s going to be Friday night, Aug. 1 at the Amazura Concert Hall at 91-12 144th St. in Jamaica, N.Y. Comment.

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

Sun Kulcha

Queens: SUMMER WORKOUT Join EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care for a cardio workout that can enhance your overall health and improve circulation and endurance from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. We’ll also work on building muscle with strength training. Please let your doctor know that you will be taking part in an exercise class. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling (866) 539-0999. 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, NY 11411. Comment.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

End ‘hypocrisy’ in fighting HIV/AIDS: UN AIDS chief

People: The head of the United Nations agency dealing with HIV and AIDS, Michel Sidibé, has called on world leaders to end the “hypocrisy on sex” and make treatment and reproductive health education universally available. 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.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Bratton’s ‘troubling’ statement

Staten Island: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams says while he applauds Police Commissioner William Bratton’s plans to retrain all police officers on the use of force in light of the ongoing investigation in the Eric Garner case, he is concerned about Bratton’s remarks on the issue of race. Comment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Reggae in the Park

Music: Reggae music fans are in for a treat on July 26 when Central Park Summerstage showcases the only reggae concert of their 2014 season at Rumsey Playfield in Central Park. While the diverse and largest, free festival in New York City is slated to offer 105 performing arts events from June to August this year, Caribbean music gets a singular afternoon to show-off a few of its best. Grammy winning, Jamaican reggae artists Junior “One Blood” Reid and Chonixx are the top billing names for the concert. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: SUMMER WORKOUT Join EmblemHealth Neighborhood Care for a cardio workout that can enhance your overall health and improve circulation and endurance from 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. We’ll also work on building muscle with strength training. Please let your doctor know that you will be taking part in an exercise class. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling (866) 539-0999. 206-20 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights, NY 11411. Comment.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Cannibal (Unrated) Romantic thriller about a serial killer (Antonio de la Torre) who feels no remorse about devouring his victims until he falls in love with the sister (Olimpia Melinte) of his last meal. With Maria Alfonsa Rosso, Florin Fildan and Manolo Solo. (In Romanian and Spanish with subtitles) Comment.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

NY’s Black educators celebrate 39 yrs of service

People: Under the theme of “Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future,” the Association of Black Educators of New York (ABENY) held its 39th Annual Scholarships and Award Luncheon at the Antun’s in Queens Village, on June 21, 2014. Comment.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dynamic Airways grounded until August 8

Guyana: Dynamic Airways has been grounded less than a month after the North Carolina-based charter service began its operations to the Republic of Guyana in partnership with Roraima Airways. Comment.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: FAMILY DAY: SummerStage Kids presented by Disney presents Bronx Family Day, an afternoon filled with fast-paced and funny storytelling packed with audience participation, unconventional music making and Hip-Hop geared specifically for kids. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in interactive drumming and storytelling workshops in addition to face painting and more! The fun will be from 4:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m and is free to the public. St. Mary’s Park between St. Ann’s and Jackson avenues. Comment.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Wingate gets high with Caribbean culture

Music: George Wingate High School in Brooklyn came alive last Friday with a grand celebration of Caribbean culture. The New York Police Department’s (NYPD) Community Affairs Bureau and New Immigrant Outreach Unit partnered with the New York Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Consular Corps and the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) in staging a spectacular show in commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

T&T seeks Comish Bratton’s help

Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago government wants to hire New York Commissioner of Police William Bratton through his private company The Bratton Group to carry out a complete audit of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in an effort to make the service more efficient. Comment.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Consular Corps chair appeals to Carib healthcare professionals

Antigua: Chair of the Caribbean Community Consular Corps in New York, Antigua and Barbuda’s Deputy Consul General, Omyma David, has called on Caribbean American healthcare professionals to help educate nationals about their health. Comment.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Hundreds pay tribute to Vincentians killed in Newark Father’s Day fire

St Vincent: Hundreds of friends and relatives joined the Newark, NJ community last Saturday morning in paying tribute to five Vincentians and an American who were killed in a fast-moving house fire on Father’s Day. Comment.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Juneteenth Celebration at African Burial Ground

Books: Douglas Massenburg of the National Park Service has been wanting to have Illyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, speak as part of the African Burial Ground programming for a long time. This year, June 19, became that day. The date is also called Juneteenth, known as Emancipation Day, and is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Comment.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Measure of A Man

Manhattan: The community Basil Paterson loved and served -- and who loved him in return, came together recently at a memorial service at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan and literally raised the roof of the famous church, during a poignant celebration of a life well lived. Comment.

Heimlich Maneuver A Senate Life Saver

People: A frightening moment in the New York State Senate that could have taken the life of a Brooklyn representative was averted by the heroic actions of a State Assemblyman and a Senate staffer. Comment.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Journey to Excellence Ceremony

Arts & Theater: Looking from the outside, the white stucco building framed with a chrome-gated entrance seems nothing more than a building wedged on a busy street. But looking up to see a cross, it would be clear that the building is a church. Inside, there’s a relatively small, furnished hall with 200 plush, red chairs, and an adjoining room -- separated by a glass-enclosed wall, for additional seating. Comment.

‘So What?’ about the Environment

Arts & Theater: An art exhibit called “So What?” focusing on the environment, which was created entirely by students from two Bedford Stuyvesant schools is sure to make an impact beyond the walls of the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts [MoCADA] where it is on display. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Art: New York audiences are invited to attend the performance of Mutation X062 by video artist Makseans Denis from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Experimental digital and performance artist, Maksaens Denis will perform “Mutation X062″ with dancer Gelan Lambert and discuss his career while sharing insights on his digital media technique. 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Talk Caribbean: A better life for our people NY will host ‘Talk Caribbean’ in celebration of Caribbean Heritage month. The guest speaker of the evening will be Hon. Mia Amor Mottley, Leader of Opposiiton in Barbados at 5:00 p.m. There will be a pre-father’s day ‘Lime and Libation’ immediately after the discussion. Adm: $40 (All inclusive) For more information, please call Jerry (347)786-2973, Jessica (516)376-7779, Mike (646)825-1361, Sam (917)202-6736 St. Leonard’s Church, 765 Putnam Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11221. Comment.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Milestone celebration for B’klyn centenerian

Brooklyn: The Rutland Nursing Home’s Adult Day-Care Center at Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Medical Center held a 100th birthday party for Mrs. Temporah Jones Williams last week. Comment.

Building a Healthier B’klyn

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says he’s committed to building a healthier Brooklyn. Comment.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tribute to The Ancestors of The Middle Passage

Brooklyn: The silver anniversary sojourn to Coney Island will mark a landmark Tribute to the Ancestors ceremony on June 14 when faithful celebrants gather at 16th St. & Ancestor’s Circle at Coney Island Boardwalk gather to mark the treacherous sea voyage Africans made across the Middle Passage to reach this continent. Comment.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Personal financial course: Learn how to manage your money, budgeting, banking, credit, borrowing, idenity thefts, and investments. The classes will be held once a week from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. To register, email charrisse_smith@prattarea.org or call (718)783-3549 ext. 315. Comment.

Thursday, May 29, 2014


Jamaica: A pair of beautifully handcrafted spikes by Puma that was specially created for world sprint prodigy Usain Bolt and used in his training preparation for the 2013 World Championship Games in Moscow, Russia will go on sale at an auction in New York City on Friday, June 6. The auction will be a highlight of Rum & Rhythms, a signature event hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization during the annual Caribbean Week celebration in New York, and the premium event will take place at the posh Tribeca 360 in Lower Manhattan starting at 6:30 p.m. Comment.
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