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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017

Bichotte continues fight to protect women’s reproductive freedom

New York: Brooklyn Democratic Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte says she has helped pass two critical pieces of legislation to strengthen and protect women’s reproductive rights. Comment

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

REGGAE ROOTS

Music: Nigerian-American Reggae artist T-Kross is connecting the music genre back to its roots. The singer who released his single “Mama,” says he wants to showcase to fans of the genre, where the popular Jamaican sound got its roots. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Writers Resist rally: Standing up for Freedom of Speech

New York: Brooklyn resident Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner for her young adult masterpiece “Brown Girl Dreaming,” was one of a cadre of recognized and lesser known poets and book authors who rallied Sunday at the main New York Public Library (NYPL) on Martin Luther King’s birthday. Comment

Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017

Boro Prez, Caribbean leaders celebrate MLK

Brooklyn: Borough President Adams, the Caribbean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), and members of the Caribbean community celebrated Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Jan 13. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

NYC first lady launches mental health programs for seniors

People: New York City’s First Lady, Chirlane McCray, Deputy Mayor Richard Buery and Department for the Aging Commissioner Donna Corrado earlier this month launched ThriveNYC’s Geriatric Mental Health Initiative, a package of mental health services that will be offered at 15 senior centers this year and at an additional 10 centers in 2017. Comment

IDNYC remains free in third year

New York: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito on Tuesday announced that IDNYC will remain free in 2017. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

Newborns debut on New Years

Brooklyn: The new year made its debut after midnight on Jan. 1, and so did some Brooklyn newborns at New York City Health and Hospitals/Kings County. Comment

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

New hours at Trinidad & Tobago Consulate from Jan. 3

Trinidad and Tobago: Starting Jan. 3, 2017, the Trinidad & Tobago Consulate in New York, which serves about 250,000 nationals in the Tri-State area, will open to the public from 8 am to 2 pm for immigration and administrative services from Monday to Friday, and from 8 am to 4 pm for telephone inquiries, to accommodate the many needs of the diaspora. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016

Calls on US to stop Haitian deportations

Haiti: As the Obama administration in the United States has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the country, there is a growing chorus of calls for Washington to reverse course. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

Young talent shines at TropicalFete Countdown

Music: Young talent were the stars of the night at the TropicalFete Countdown at the Brooklyn School of Music on Dec. 18. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016

East Flatbush restaurant offers fresh roti

Food: A local restaurateur is bidding for the top roti in town with his roti-specializing eatery. Roti-R-Us opened its doors to East Flatbush in November 2013 as a walk-in takeout. Now three years into the business and now also an eat-in restaurant, the restaurant’s Guyanese-American owner says his bistro is a staple for many in the Caribbean community because he offers the real deal. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016

Seniors bring holiday spirit music to Kings County

Music: The sounds of Christmas music never had this much rhythm. Comments (1)

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

Home goods store serves Caribbean community locally and back home

Queens: Instead of sending remittances to buy products to furnish a home, you can send the furniture directly. Comment

Caribbean Christmas market brings island flavor to holiday season

Arts & Theater: It is a very Caribbean Christmas! A new Ditmas Park holiday market is selling gifts made by artisans of West Indian heritage, including candles, rubs, foot spas, and lotions. Many people in the community are exhausted after a year of fighting racism and gentrification, said the organizer, and she felt a joyous bazaar full of pampering products was just what Santa ordered. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2016

Thousands march on International Migrants Day

New York: Sunday was International Migrants Day. Amidst the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations, thousands of New Yorkers braved the on-again off-again rain to rally near the United Nations and join the March for Immigrant New York, organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. Comment

Annual kids Christmas party gives gifts, and dance off

Brooklyn: Hundreds of children came to see Santa and get gifts at the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s (WIADCA) children’s Christmas party at Tropical Paradise on Dec. 18. Comment

CARICOM Consular Corps share Chirstmas cheer

Trinidad and Tobago: The Barbados Consulate in New York City was alive with merriment last Friday, Dec. 16, when Caribbean rhythms, festive dressed nationals, and food from around the Caribbean, celebrated the CARICOM Consular Corps annual Christmas party. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016

City officials advise Brooklyn’s immigrants

New York: In the aftermath of the United States presidential election there has been streams of attacks and threats against several immigrants in the City of New York. In the midst of these frightening experiences against individuals, New York City and State political and civil leaders are strategizing and implementing methods to protect local immigrants. Comment

Hundreds support fund-raising prayer breakfast to aid St. Vincent

Brooklyn: Hundreds of Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Dec. 3 supported a fund-raising Prayer Breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn to assist the healthcare sector and the needy in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

Queens College alumni’s first woman president moving group into 21st century

Queens: Karen Wharton, the first woman to be unanimously voted in as President of the Queen’s College Alumni Association, NY, is focused on mobilizing the talents of former students and friends of the prestigious school, to ensure the institution receives the appropriate resources to advance into the 21st century. Comment

Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016

Girts, entertainment, delight kids at Sen. Parker’s annual party

Brooklyn: The cheerful atmosphere of Christmas was felt by the little merry makers of District 21 in Brooklyn, who showed off their dance moves, sang carols, and enjoyed festive fare at the Flatbush YMCA. Comments (1)

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Williams rallies for increased temperatures in residential buildings

Staten Island: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D–Flatbush) on Monday held a rally on the steps of City Hall calling on the Administration to move forward with Intro 0722, a bill that would amend the minimum temperature to be maintained in residential dwellings overnight. Comment

Guyana consulate to address gun violence

Queens: Guyana Consul General, Barbara Atherly said her 2017 planed programs would include gun violence and domestic abuse education in light of the recent tragic murder of 25-year old Alastasia Bryan, one of the youngest correction officers to serve at the Rikers Island Correctional facility. Comment

Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

City Council passes Temporary Protected Status resolution

Haiti: Even as the Obama administration has resumed deportation of Haitians living illegally in the country, the New York City Council has passed a resolution requesting that the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) grant renewed Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to undocumented Haitian nationals. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2016

Guyanese artisans in NY promote their work

Arts & Theater: Entrepreneur Kim Jones said she is not a fashion designer, but she is passionate about promoting Guyanese artisans in the US where she has lived since she immigrated from her ruarl Buxton Village, at a very young age. Comment

East Flatbush store brings all-pupose natural needs

Food: A herbalist is raising the health consciousness in his community with his one-stop natural food store. Comment

Winter fest aims for healthier eating

Food: A winter festival with a health conscious goal is debuting in Crown Heights to encourage awareness and healthy eating at P.S. 221 on Dec. 15 and Dec. 17. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016

Fighting crime requires community support

New York: New York City is now a different and better place when compared to the nineties said the New York City Commissioner of Police, James P. O’Neil recently. Comment

Candle light vigil, $50,000 reward for Guyanese correction officer’s murder

Guyana: Hundreds turned out last Monday night for a candlelight vigil, and called for justice for Guyanese-American Alastasia Bryan, a 25-year-old correction officer of the Anna M. Kross Center on Rikers Island, who was brutally murder in her car at the corner of 73rd Street and Avenue L, in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Show brings music education to youth

Music: The sixth annual Tropicalfete Countdown is returning for a music-filled educational event at the Brooklyn Music School on Dec. 18. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Fund-raiser for diabtetic former Yo! MTV Raps co-host

Brooklyn: A local meet and greet fund-raiser for famed former Yo! MTV Raps co-host Doctor Dre will be held in Brooklyn at the Atlas Steakhouse on Dec. 17 to raise money for diabetes. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016

Dance to connect with roots

Arts & Theater: It’s a chance for children to connect with their dance roots. Two educators are introducing a workshop for Brooklyn middle school students to show kids the dance styles that influenced the cultures they are from. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Series to celebrate Cheryl Byron’s iconic styles

Fashion: An exhibit celebrating Caribbean icon and singer Cheryl Byron, will debut at the Caribbean Literary and Cultural Center, displaying the items she once wore throughout her life and career from Dec. 6–Jan. 1. Comment

Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Eugene advocates for rent freeze

New York: By Nelson A. King Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene on Nov. 17 joined Borough President Eric Adams, Department of Finance Assistant Commissioner Pierre DeJean, community advocates and elderly residents at Brooklyn Public Library in promoting enrollment in Rent Freeze NYC. Comment

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Williams’ bills on gas safety passes muster

Brooklyn: On Nov. 16, Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader and chair of the Committee on Housings and Buildings, passed a package of 10 bills designed to increase the safety of gas infrastructure in New York. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016

Twin sisters highlight artists of color in new exhibition

Arts & Theater: Twin sisters are currently staging the largest-ever exhibition of art by people of color in the Tri-state region at the Interchurch Center Gallery in Manhattan through Nov. 30. Comment

Persaud joins pols stunned by Donald Trump’s triumph

New York: A Guyanese-born legislator in Brooklyn has joined the ranks of Caribbean American politicians in expressing consternation over Donald Trump’s unexpected triumph in the US Presidential Election last Tuesday. Comment

40th Anniversary of Vincy Mas launched

St Vincent: A full cast of soca and calypso artists entertained an exuberant crowd Sunday evening, as officials from the Carnival Development Committee and the Ministry of Sports and Culture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines launched the 40th Anniversary of Vincy Mas in Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Assemblywoman arrested for child abuse

New York: Police say Diana Richrdson beat her 13-year-old son with a broomstick. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Clarke wants Caribbean nationals to ‘demonstrate the power of the vote’

New York: As Americans voted in Presidential Elections on Tuesday, a prominent Caribbean American Congresswoman wants Caribbean nationals to “demonstrate the power of the vote.” Comment

Ha-ha-Haiti: Comedy show raises money for huricane relief

Event: Sometimes you have to laugh to keep from crying. Comment

Monday, Nov. 7, 2016

First town hall on police relationship with Crown Heights

Brooklyn: Members of Bethany United Methodist Church are introducing their first town hall at their church on their community relationship with the police in Crown Heights on Nov. 10. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016

TWO CULTURES MEET

Arts & Theater: A dance company is premiering an intercultural series showcasing a connection between two cultures starting Nov. 8. Comment

Brooklyn soca artist lands deal with local network

Music: Starting the early stages of his music career in his cousin’s basement studio, his music is now being listened to by more than one million Tri-state residents on late night show after landing a deal with a major network. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016

Stylist remembers shooting at salon six years later

Brooklyn: Coming face to face with death six years ago when a crook tried to rob her hair salon, Haitian-American hair stylist Sabine Bellevue, did not think she would be celebrating the 10-year anniversary of her natural hair salon, Sabine’s Hallway. Comment

Schumer ready for leadership debate

New York: With completion of both the presidential and vice presidential debates, voters might now be decided about which of the two presidential candidates might pose a clear and present danger to their future after the Nov. 8 election. Comment

Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013

Trump victory stuns Brooklyn’s Caribbean community

Brooklyn: President-elect Donald Trump’s huge victory on Nov. 9 stunned many voters of Caribbean descent who said they did not expect the real-estate mogul to pull out a victory. Comment