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Friday, July 29, 2016

City launches campaign for safer J’ouvert

Brooklyn: J’ouvert celebrations will be a lot safer this year. Finally equipped with a city permit for the first time since it has been active, the pre-dawn parade leading up to the West Indian Day parade on Labor Day, will see major changes this year. Comment

Bringing peace to the parade

Brooklyn: As Brooklyn’s biggest Caribbean events are prepped to take off, one local organization wants to assure that parade goers will embark on it safely with social media. Comment

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fort Hamilton garrison to change commanders

People: Col. Joseph Davidson, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton commander, will relinquish command to Col. Peter Sicoli in a change of command ceremony at the Fort Hamilton Engeldrum Bluff July 27 at 10 am. Comment

Friday, July 22, 2016

Williams hails Nelson Mandela International Day

Brooklyn: As the world on Monday celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, a Grenadian American legislator here has paid tribute to the late South African president whom he said had an “unwavering devotion for human rights, peace and social justice.” Comment

City Council passes Williams’ Use of Force bill

Brooklyn: New York City Council last Thursday passed Council Member Jumaane Williams’ Use of Force bill that requires that the New York Police Department (NYPD) issue quarterly reports on the use of force and their relationship to quality of life offenses. Comments (6)

Chef Andre talks judging at Jerk Festival and future

Food: The sixth annual Grace Jerk Jamaican Festival transformed Roy Wilkins Park to a feast of jerk flavors last weekend, and aside from all the music and food, a local recognizable face was also at the festival. Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Forum on homelessness among Black gay youth

Manhattan: Inclusive religious leaders are hosting a forum to address homelessness among minority gay youth in New York City. The event will take place on July 27 at the Metropolitan Health Center, located at 1901 1st Ave. in Manhattan at 6:30 pm. Comment

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Friday, July 15, 2016

NYC Parks, AT&T expand free public Wi-Fi and solar mobile charging

New York: NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FACIP, recently joined AT&T’s New York President Marissa Shorenstein, Bronx Borough President Rueben Diaz, Jr. and community members to announce a deal to extend free public AT&T Wi-Fi in the Parks for an additional five years. Comment

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jerk fest promises kid-friendly activities, Rupee

Music: The sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will kick off Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, on Sunday, July 17. The annual culinary and musical festival boasts of the best jerk dishes and musical performances by leading Caribbean artists. The daylong event starts at noon and will continue until 8 pm. Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Historical society honors immigrant New Yorkers

Haiti: New York City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene originally from Haiti along with fellow Councilmember Margaret Chin from Hong Kong and two other outstanding immigrant Americans: Rick Rescorla — from Cornwall, UK and Adrian P Flannelly from Ireland were recognized for their contributions to American society on July 3. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Local organization to host forum on gentrification

Brooklyn: The Flatbush Tenant Coalition will host a forum for residents of East Flatbush and local politicians on July 17. The forum plans to address tenant rights, gentrification, and the deliberate pricing out of tenants from once affordable homes in the area. Comments (1)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Local Olympian wants gold for Haiti

Haiti: A local Olympian is heading to Rio with his eyes set on gold. Crown Heights teen Richardson ‘Africa’ Hitchins, will represent Haiti at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. Comment

Friday, July 8, 2016

Black Girls Code opens first office in New York

Manhattan: Black girls can code in New York City — in the same building as one of the leading technology companies in the world. The Oakland-based technology organization, Black Girls Code, celebrated the opening of their New York City office at Google’s headquarters on June 29 in Manhattan. Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Mayor begins ‘productive conversation’ with Caribbean community

Brooklyn: With his eyes set on his re-election next year, Mayor Bill deBlasio has wasted no time in starting a “productive conversation” with Caribbean community leaders, small business owners and others in Brooklyn. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

Rent Justice Coalition, pols hail rent freeze

New York: The Rent Justice Coalition, a group of legal services, organizing, advocacy and tenants, as well as elected officials, have hailed Monday night’s vote by the city’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) to freeze rents this year. Comment

New trauma center for East Flatbush

Brooklyn: Members of the East Flatbush community celebrated the grand opening of the Haitian Community Council’s (HCC) new trauma location with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Church Avenue on June 24. Comment

Kings County recognised for its stroke care

Brooklyn: When Purchia Spencer noticed the left side of her body becoming paralyzed she knew something was seriously wrong. As a licensed practical nurse, Purchia was familiar with the signs of stroke and knew she had a limited window of time to get care. She was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County where she was treated by a dedicated stroke team led by Dr. Susan W. Law, director of the hospital’s Stroke Center. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Political club celebrates male community leaders

St Vincent: Seven community leaders will be honored at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn by the Progressive Democratic Political Association (PDPA), headed by former New York Council Member Dr. Una S.T. Clarke. The ceremony will be held on July 10 starting promptly at 4 pm. Comment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

City Council passes resolutions for Haitian Day

Haiti: New York City Council has unanimously passed resolutions tabled by Haitian-born Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene calling on New York State and the United States to recognize the contributions Haitians have made in the U.S. by establishing a Haitian Day. Comment

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mixer encourages island pride in Flatbush locals

Music: Caribbean creatives networked at a mixer event to celebrate their pride and heritage in East Flatbush on June 17. Comment

Soca, rock artists among acts at music festival

Music: Do you hear the sounds – that’s New York making music. The Make Music New York festival was back for its annual free music festival on June 21 at Ronald McNair park, for a day-long festival of performances from various different artists from all over the world. Guests got to expose themselves to different sounds, and even some of the performers had some fun on the action. Comment

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Borough Prez Adams emphasizes health

Brooklyn: Borough President Eric Adams used a personal health battle to raise health awareness at the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce Industry’s brunch on June 8. Comment

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Brooklyn jazz legend honored at book-signing

Music: Legendary jazz musician and composer Randy Weston was honored at his book-signing event where the artist was also praised for his talents and six-decade career, at Medgar Evers College on June 10. Comment

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Mayor signs Criminal Justice Act

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed Intro. 639-B into law that requires the New York Police Department (NYPD) to provide quarterly reports to the Mayor’s Office and City Council on criminal and civil summonses issued. Comment

State comptroller celebrates Caribbean-Americans

Brooklyn: State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli hosted a celebratory event to honor Caribbean-Americans at the Brooklyn Law School in Boerum Hill on Tuesday, to commemorate Caribbean Heritage Month. The third annual Caribbean Heritage Celebration honored several individuals of Caribbean descent, including Caribbean Life Newspaper, for contributions to the Caribbean community in New York City. Comment

Thousands march in Guyana Unity Parade

Guyana: The Guyanese Unity Parade on Sunday concluded a weeklong of events celebrating Guyana’s 50 years of independence with a display of pride. Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Caribbean pols celebrate youth services’ victory

New York: Two Caribbean legislators in New York City Council has hailed Tuesday’s budget passage that allocates funding for youth services. Chairman of the Youth Services Committee, Haitian-born Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, and Deputy Leader Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, have declared a victory for young people after the funding allotted for youth services in the budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2017 was announced at City Hall. Comment

Film screening highlights black women’s struggles as doctors

Movies: Award-winning filmmaker and author Crystal R. Emery preview-screened her documentary film, “Black Women in Medicine” at the Yale Club in Manhattan on Wednesday, June 8. Comment

Friday, June 10, 2016

High-school students saluted for achievements at Borough Hall

Brooklyn: Some 75 Brooklyn high-school students of class of 2016 were honored at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday, June 7 for their outstanding achievements. Comment

Fundraising with rum and rythm

Food: The first Friday of Caribbean Heritage Month kicked off with a blast-filled event to the sounds and tastes of the Caribbean, all for a good cause. Comment

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Medgar Evers College graduates 87-year-old

Jamaica: Medgar Evers College hosted a congratulatory event for an 87-year-old graduate of class of 2016 on Tuesday. Hubert Evans, a safety officer for Brooklyn College, graduated in January but was unable to walk at his graduation two weeks ago. But Evans was delighted to be awarded and celebrated at a special event on June 7 in the presence of his peers and college officials. Comment