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Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

MAS2 TV is the Caribbean’s Netflix

Movies: Move over Netflix, there’s a new streaming service in town and it’s just for the Caribbean. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Travelspan is still keeping fares low

Trinidad and Tobago: Vacation. How sweet that three-syllable word sounds. Exploring a new country, state or island or even returning to a place of origin melts the stress of the realities left at home away. In planning any vacation, there is a battle to secure the cheapest rates whether it be in terms of airfare, hotel stay or deals on cruises. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Vinette Pryce - catches you ‘Inside Caribbean Life’

Jamaica: At the helm of all things Caribbean, logging stories from politics to entertainment, is veteran beat reporter Vinette Pryce. Joining Caribbean Life at its inception, Pryce has delivered insightful pieces from her coverage of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Jamaica to interviewing Fidel Castro at Columbia University, to name just a few. Comment.

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Kam Williams - a film critic worth reading

Movies: Churning out 10 to 12 articles a week, boasting an impressive list of celebrities he has held conversations with, and one of the few black reviewers on popular site Rotten Tomatoes, Kam Williams’ career as a film reporter happened seemingly by accident. Comment.

Paul Clement — Grenadian political scientist

Grenada: Paul C. Clement is an associate professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York (SUNY). Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Nelson King: Caribbean Life freelancer since 1990

St Vincent: Nelson King began putting pen to paper for Caribbean Life newspaper while wrapping his senior year at Brooklyn College, pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and Journalism, back in 1990. Comment.

Grenadian group effects change ‘back home’

Grenada: There is a wealth of women’s organizations aiming to pull women together in the name of sisterhood and empowerment. On college campuses, women have many organizations to choose from whether it is within a sorority, student union, faith based or Caribbean based organization. Comment.

Tropical Paradise is a dream personified

Brooklyn: Caribbean restaurants poulate Brooklyn. The mom-and-pop eateries run the streets, opening two to three flagship locations across the borough but none have expanded their resume quite like Tropical Paradise. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

PowerUP Kreyol awards Haitian small businesses

Haiti: Haitian business owners and startups were presented with a unique opportunity through the Brooklyn Public Library’s inaugural PowerUP! Kreyol business plan competition in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Grandchamps Kitchen gives a taste of Haiti

Food: Feed your rumbling bellies with a strong semse of community in Bedstuy’s newest restaurant: Grandchamps. Comment.


Fashion: Runway shows aren’t always so cookie cutter or rest on a surface stitch level. With New York Fashion Week already etched in our minds as a good memory, the Grenadian American Young Women’s Association is inviting us to revel in good fashion for an inspiring cause. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Cuomo eulogizes aide who died after shooting on parade day

Brooklyn: NEW YORK (AP) _ The death of an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was caught in the crossfire between two gangs hours before New York City’s West Indian Day parade, should be a call to action to quell gun violence in the city, the governor told mourners Saturday at the slain aide’s funeral. Comment.

Caribbean film series continues at BAM with ‘Better Mus Come’

Movies: There are more than sultry sounds and delightful bites that come out of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is an overflowing basin of creativity, capturing the creative ability of film and sharing it with the world is the Caribbean Film Academy. Comment.

Victory Assembly opens branch on Utica Avenue

Brooklyn: Guyanese born, Reverend Ellsworth Dorsett Chester of Victory Assembly Church, who started his ministry with 10 followers in the living room of a friend’s house on June 24, 1993, opened the doors of his new 10,000 sq ft. complex at 471 Utica Ave. in Brooklyn, to songs of praise and worship, and a flock of hundreds. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

Zetta Elliott blends history and magic for young readers

Books: As New Yorkers, we often forget to appreciate and consume the vast history, which surrounds us. Immigrants approach our city with eyes wide open, particularly those with a voracious appetite for history, and author Zetta Elliott is no different. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

Insecurity Turned Business

Grenada: Insecurities can be crippling. Comment.

Therapy Wine Bar spreads the love

Food: Bedstuy wasn’t so “do or die” Saturday Sept. 19 during an annual shop local block party that has shrunk in size but has kept a big heart. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

Mitchell, Lama visit Brooklyn’s most diverse co-op

Brooklyn: It’s not often that Americans get to know the people associated with the landmarks named in their honor. Comment.

Corinne Innis explores police brutality through art

Arts & Theater: To say the temperature of relations between police officers and those they protect are lukewarm is an understatement. Recent video coverage of various acts of violence has residents of all shades, sizes, and cultures confused, nervous, and upset. Tackling these various emotions through the style of cartooning is U.S. Virgin Islands artist Corinne Innis. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

Antigua calls for global action to end hunger

People: This week the whole world is watching New York. With the very first visit to the city by the very first Papal leader from the Americas — Argentina-born Pope Francis is attracting the attention of 70 million Roman Catholics who reside in the USA. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015

Kaios International Sounds scores a first

Brooklyn: Someone once said that the satisfaction of winning and regret after losing are both worthy of remembrance. If this is so, then Mark Mclean, band leader of Kaios International Sounds is a very satisfied man who will forever remember his band’s most recent first place win for medium size bands at this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. Comments (1).

Friday, Sept. 18, 2015

Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide pronounced dead

Jamaica: The Cuomo administration lawyer, Carey W. Gabay, who was shot in the head during Jouvert last week died Wednesday evening, according to a family spokesperson. Comments (1).

Comptroller takes issue with assets recovery firm

Trinidad and Tobago: No good deed comes without its challenges. In an effort to connect 1,056 New York City workers to an average owed amount of $3,576, the comptroller’s office discovered another organization attempting to do the same thing. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015

Sir Hilary to receive humanitarian award

Barbados: Vice-Chancellor of The University of The West Indies (UWI), Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles was expected to be specially honored at the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Conference in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, 2015, according to the New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW). Comment.

Mayor hosts post Labor Day reception at BAM

Jamaica: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was full of praise for the Caribbean community when he welcomed nationals to a post Labor Day reception at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sept. 8, stating that the compatriots have proud family values that they believe in, and fought for. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Lambert’s story explored through dance

Arts & Theater: Unveiling a story of spiritual renewal, hope, fearless, and courage in the midst of uncertainty is seasoned dancer Gelan Lambert. Choreographing four distinct performances threaded by these themes, Lambert provides audiences with another chapter in each of his quarterly performances. Comment.

Gay Carib pageant brings community together

Fashion: Recently, we have witnessed the LGBTQ achieve equality that in many respects elude the Caribbean community in terms of tolerance. Creating a safe place for Caribbean born or native homosexuals to be proud of their culture and sexual preference, Hemish Gervis created the Gay Caribbean USA Pageant – now in its seventh year. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Sorrel for sale, internationally

Food: Caribbean people are known for owning mom-and-pop eateries, not so much for owning national businesses. Bottling a famed, cultural drink, Jack Summers – known as Jack from Brooklyn whose parents are from Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis — has turned everyone’s favorite Christmas drink, sorrel, into just that. Comment.

Labor Day continues to boast Caribbean pride

Arts & Theater: It’s a sad end to one of the most highly anticipated weekends. Following a sleepless weekend of activities, Brooklynites and visitors alike pull themselves out of bed following the hype of Labor Day. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

Adams: Jouvert here to say

Brooklyn: Borough President Adams said he wants to form a task force to quell fears about the annual Jouvert fests that occur overnight before the annual Labor Day Parade down Flatbush Avenue. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 11, 2015

Brooklyn BP crowns Patty King

Brooklyn: Thanks to a Jamaican businessman Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams can add another paragraph to his storied listing of accomplishments since becoming the leader of Kings County. Comment.

Hot 97 blasts Reggae, Soca

Music: Labor Day weekend is over but in its wake there are memories worth a lifetime. Kicking off some of the Labor Day festivities, Hot 97 left a Caribbean impression on Governor’s Island with their annual Hot 97 On Da Reggae and Soca Tip music festival. Comment.

Fashion for the career women

Fashion: Women shouldn’t sacrifice good fashion at the cost of their careers. Women’s wear designer Beverley Olivacce is bringing the party to New York Fashion Week with a dual-themed runway show that will be followed by a reception. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015


Music: Thousands of reggae music lovers congregated for the summer’s biggest Reggae Tour “Catch a Fire” (named after Bob Marley and Wailers 1973 album) in Central Park Summerstage, N.Y. on Aug. 30. Many came to bear witness to Reggae royalty Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley kick off the most anticipated tour of the year in what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. Comment.

Keeping the BEAT diverse

Arts & Theater: The diversity of Brooklyn converges across the borough for a 10-day festival celebrating the arts. Organized by Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater, the Brooklyn BEAT Festival informs its artists to inform their artistic pieces with contemporary issues happening within Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015

Picture perfect West Indian American Carnival

Arts & Theater: In picture perfect weather, with temperatures in the low 90s, more than three million people converged on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway on Labor Day Monday for the 48th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment.

Caribbean parade reigns supreme for politians

Brooklyn: Over the years, the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway has been used by New York politicians — prominent and not so prominent — to get the word out to constituents or for photo opportunities ahead of Democratic Primaries, or to better position themselves with the public. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 7, 2015

Jucie couture!: Flatbush natives new shop brings neighbors together

Food: Talk about a main squeeze! Comment.

Dean Maitland: A creative soul

Fashion: A little pressure to do something we don’t like can forge a path to discover a new passion. Comment.

Seniors party at McKinney Center

Arts & Theater: The saying goes, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” Comment.

Creole classes come to Queens Library

New York: Free Haitian Creole classes are being offered at the Central Library at the Queens Library in Jamaica starting Sept. 3. An initiative from the Programming and Outreach Department, its target audience is both for Haitian-heritage New Yorkers and others interesting in learning the main language of Haiti. Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015

Summer’s going, going, gone, so slip into a cooler season

Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015

Tommorrow: IRIE-Radio concert at Roy Wilkins Park!

Music: Labor Day Weekend boasts enough parties to properly bid adieu to Summer fun. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015

King Posse portrays Hatian royalty

Brooklyn: The Haitian-owned mas band King Posse hopes to make a big difference this Labor Day with its portrayal of “Mystical Queen, Princess, and Kings of Majestic Island.” Comment.

‘Reflectionz’ celebrats Neville Hines

Fashion: As Karib Vibrationz Mas sways on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, gyrating masqueraders will also be reflecting on the work of veteran mas producer Neville Hines. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015

A ‘Rising Star’: Lisa Punch heads to China as ‘Miss World’ contestant

Queens: Guyana’s songstress Lisa Punch, who just over a year ago commanded the international stage to become a finalist in the ABC-TV show “Rising Star,” will once again take the world by storm. Comment.

Loobie’s latest: The Snow Kingdom

Brooklyn: For the last 41 years, Port of Spain, Trinidad native Pauleen Loobie has been nothing short of spectacular on Easter Park, taking home accolades one after the other. From Junior King, to Best Band of the Year, Individual Queen, and Band Leader, among others. Comment.

Musical raps ‘Hamilton’ — from Caribbean to Broadway

Arts & Theater: Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation’s founding father, the first secretary of the treasury, the chief aide to George Washington, and — in less flattering terms — a “bastard,” orphan and “immigrant” from the West Indies. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ comes to life in art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is an undisputed classic, and artist Imani Shanklin Robert leans on Hill’s timeless work in her latest collection, “Still Miseducated,” 10 original paintings inspired by the lyrics of the album on display at Bushwick’s Studio 301. Comment.

Monday, Aug. 31, 2015

One Killed, three Injured In Flatbush lounge shooting

Brooklyn: There was a murder in Flatbush early Friday mornining. Comment.

E. Flatbush teen joins Youth Council

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams (D–Brooklyn), deputy leader and chairman of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has appointed Brooklyn teen Errianna Brown to the inaugural class of The New York City Youth Council from District 45. Comment.

Providing sweet pan music is costly

Music: The sound of the steel drum is captivating. The vibrant sounds emulated from a steel orchestra literally beats the sounds associated with Caribbean carnival into the air. Birthed in Trinidad, the steel pan orchestra is a passion honed by many across the Caribbean and worldwide. Comment.

Fete ‘Like A Boss’

Trinidad and Tobago: Labor Day marks the end of the summer. The last hoorah of hazy days and laughter-filled nights, there is indeed a formula in making the best out of your carnival experience. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 28, 2015

Catholic Charities to welcome Pope to America

New York: A seemingly unending procession of Roman Catholics are already queueing up to meet Pope Franciswhen he visits the United States for the first time. Comment.

Caribbean Life journalist to be honored Sunday

Brooklyn: Journalists from the Unites States and Guyana will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Second Annual H.U.G.E Guyana Day, to be held at the Amphitheatre of Brooklyn Arts Center, on 8024 Preston Ct.(between Ralph Avenue and E. 83rd Street. Gates open at 11am. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015

Miss Grenada Independence putting animals first

Arts & Theater: The newsest Miss Grenada Independence has a soft spot for furry creatures. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015

Third World performs in Prospect Park

Music: Jamaicans and reggae fans were special guests at a free, outdoor party in Brooklyn that celebrated two milestone events — the 42nd anniversary of super, reggae group, Third World, and the 53rd anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Comment.

Bob Marley’s sons and grandson will ‘Catch A Fire’ In Central Park

Music: Heirs of Bob Marley claim they intend to “Catch A Fire” in Central Park on Aug. 30 when two generations continue the 13-date tour named from the 1973 release of the iconic album. Comment.

Free screenings at Kingsbrook

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is opening up its main courtyard to the public Saturday, Aug. 29 with a myriad of screenings, health, wellness education, and information stations for specialty services. Comment.

Karma Carnival presents La Chaleur du Moment – Fire, Ice Edition

Fashion: With some of its founders from partially patois-speaking St. Lucia — others are from Trinidad and Tobago — Karma Carnival will this Labor Day present “La Chaleur du Moment — Fire and Ice Edition.” Comment.

Caribbean Cup semifinals set

Brooklyn: The semifinal round in the New York Caribbean Cup, playing at Jefferson Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn, gets under way on Sunday, Aug. 30. Comment.

Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Opportunity for Vincentian voters in NY

St Vincent: In preparation for general elections, constitutionally due by March next year, members of the Vincentian community in New York are being urged to file objections to their names possibly being struck from the electoral list of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment.

City Council passes Williams’ pro-tenant bill

Brooklyn: New York City Council this week passed Intro. 700, a bill sponsored by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), deputy leader and chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, which is part of a Tenant Protection Package that aims to address the poor business practices of unscrupulous tenant relocation specialists, or as they are more commonly known, tenant relocators. Comment.


St Vincent: Organizers have described as a “phenomenal success” the 4th annual Vincy Day U.S.A., a massive picnic last Saturday, primarily comprising Vincentian nationals, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Island. Comment.

Young and gifted among Jamaican honorees

Jamaica: Jamaicans in the diaspora exuded with ethnic pride at the 53rd annual Independence Ball. The premier event held in honor of Jamaica’s Independence in the Northeast U.S.A, inaugurated in fine style at the New York Hilton, New York City, last Saturday. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015

Julian Bond ‘A Man of Courage’: Clarke

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has described Julian Bond as “a man of courage and moral vision who insisted on his right and the right of all African Americans to participate in the politics” of America. Comment.

Kamilah Brock fights City of New York

Jamaica: Approaching a precinct or hospital has just become scarier for one New Yorker. Labeled delusional, pumped with a cocktail of drugs and discharged without explanation — the array of events seems perfectly carved out of some horror movie. Comments (4).

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015

Artist aims to capture Lauryn Hill

Arts & Theater: Inspiration can come from anywhere. A calming breeze, the sound of rustling trees and the lyric of a song can propel an artist to create a striking piece of visual art. Washington, D.C. native and Jamaican descendant, Imani Shanklin Roberts is conveying the powerful messages of Lauryn Hill in an upcoming art exhibit entitled “STILLMiseducated.” Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 16, 2015

Naomi Jackson pens a coming to the Caribbean story

Books: There are an infinite number of coming to America stories. Tales that detail an immigrant’s journey to assimilating, fitting in and their own self-discovery are popular identity topics to write about. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015

Massive Vincy Day U.S.A. on Saturday

Brooklyn: Thousands of Vincentians and friends are expected to trek on Saturday, Aug. 15 to Heckscher State Park in Long Island for what is expected to be a massive Vincy Day unity picnic. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015

Creole manual to better serve Haitian community

Haiti: There is nothing more frustrating than opening up a brand new toy or gadget, finding the instructions to only not understand the language they are written in. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015

Crochet wear designer keeps evolving

Fashion: The fashion design business is cut throat. Much like any artist, designers are often forced to split their attentions onto their passions alongside their 9 to 5’s that provide the bulk of the green paper needed to survive. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015

Tropicalfete to depict ‘Going Green, Loving The Earth’

Brooklyn: Tropicalfete Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on education, and producing meaningful programs towards the growth of society, while spreading the Caribbean culture throughout the world. Comments (2).

Guyanese exhibits eco-garments in High Bridge Park

New York: Inspired by elegantly dressed ladies back in the British Guiana era while growing up in her village of Skeldon, Sarah Bacchus founder of 34-24-36, celebrated her Skeldon Collection to create history at the first Eco-Fashion in the High Bridge Park on Aug. 2, in New York City. Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015

People-powered Windstarz ride debuts at Coney Island

Brooklyn: Brooklyn has another reason to boast the most alluring attractions in New York City. Along with the Barclay Center, the borough is home to the first and only people-powered adventure-filled thrill ride in the world. Comment.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Rhythm Catcher’s ‘Scandalous Bollywood’

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Rhythm Catcher International is stepping out of the box this year in presenting “Scandalous Bollywood” for Labor Day. Comment.

Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015

Ice cream venture to help build community

Food: What can a scoop of ice cream provide past a sweet taste that lingers on the tongue? Ice cream can create jobs. It can create a moment of celebration between neighbors. It can represent a positive meeting space within an underserved community. Comment.

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015

Trench Town education gets new life

Jamaica: Jamaica is emboldened with rich history. A proud people, Jamaica boasts itself as a country where the sweet sounds of reggae were born and much more. Comments (4).

Mas ‘Under The Sea’

Arts & Theater: At the tender age of 24, Trinidad-born costume designer Assata Rodriquez is already making headway as one of the up and coming bandleaders to watch. She is diligent and steadfast in her quest for perfection — qualities revelers will take to the parkway to revel in “Under the Sea.” Comment.

Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015

Steel pan rocks the square

Music: The sun is shining. There is music in the streets. Sounds like the start of a great summer day to me. Comment.

New merchant association revives street festival

Arts & Theater: Summer is simmering down, back-to-school commercials are looming but fun in the sun against the backdrop of your neighborhood is still in full effect. There is still time for face painting, live entertainment and celebration of the local businesses courtesy of the new merchant association, Parkside Empire. Comment.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Global Potential creates leaders for social change

Haiti: Stepping out of the box and away from your comfort zone is often the push you need to accomplish something great. Comment.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Carican plays ‘Musical Instruments’

Brooklyn: As the Brooklyn-based Carican Costumes plays “Musical Instruments” this Labor Day, band leader Trinidadian Pat Nurse says she’s looking forward to making a “stunning impression” on the children, spectators and especially the judges. Comment.

Sherzel wants hattrick with ‘Jewels of an Empire’

Brooklyn: Having won the large band category in the Junior Carnival for the past two years, the Brooklyn-based Sherzel Productions is aiming for the hattrick this year with “Jewels of an Empire.” Comment.

Antoine Int. to portray ‘Reflection Of Our Culture’

Brooklyn: Known as one of the most versatile band leaders and costumes designers whose creations have won numerous trophies for producing other bands, and as an individual leader since 1991, Kenneth Antoine is going back to his culture in this year’s portrayal of “Reflection of Our Culture.” Comment.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Dr. Clarke’s centenary culls celebration in Harlem

Manhattan: The 100th birthday anniversary of Dr. John Henrik Clarke was marked by ceremonial tributes from his students and a plethora of nostalgic recollections of the Pan-African, educator, historian and cultural icon. Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sneakers get a second chance

Fashion: Make your way down Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne Street and Cortelyou Road. What do you notice? On each passing block you might take note of a surplus of nail and hair salons, Chinese American and Caribbean American restaurants and not to mention a plethora of sneaker stores. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013

Jump rope, shed pounds

Brooklyn: Kids these days may never fully understand the joys of playing outside. Trapped in their iPhones, iPads and other gadgets, simple times of hanging outside jumping rope can sometimes get lost in spirited games of Angry Bird. Keeping child-like joy alive and burning up to 700 calories at the same time, husband-wife duo Michelle and Shawn Clark have created “Double Dutch Aerobics.” Comment.