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Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Former Vincy coach receives lifetime award

St Vincent: For almost two decades, Rudolph “Rudy” Boucher was renowned as an attacking and stout midfielder on the football (soccer) field and an obdurate St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national coach. Comments (1).

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Come and see actor / comic Bob Greenberg (“Old Jews Telling Jokes”) comedian/author/ pundit Leighann Lord (“DICT Jokes”) and comedians Dave Lester (TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes with Bill Bellamy”) & Joe Rocha (Galavisions !”Que Loco !”). Both shows will feature “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. At the standard NN@ Ottos start time of 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Cross streets: Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: www.ottosshrunkenhead.com/. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Vincentian businesswoman passes

Brooklyn: Just months after fulfilling her life-long dream of opening a bakery in Brooklyn, Cynthia Williams-Bernard passed away. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

World AIDS Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: In commemorating World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Lutheran Family Health Centers’ (LFHC) Caribbean-American site, in conjunction with the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA), gathered for a special march and event to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and to educate the community on prevention. Comment.

‘I Can’t Breathe!’ protest rages on

Staten Island: The last words stifling through the lungs of Eric Garner, has become the mantra of a nationwide call for policing reform in communities of color. Comment.

Black Friday Protest slated for Wall Street

Brooklyn: Three weeks after the day-after Thanksgiving national sale marathon popularly known as Black Friday, a Day of Outrage protest rally will be held at the headquarters of America’s financial district. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Identity theft alert, what you should do

Books: Your credit card was declined. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MUSIC: The multi-talented Alex DeSuze returns to the Indian Road Café to host the “No Name Uptown Cabaret Second Monday” monthly singers showcase. DeSuze, will be joined by a guest musical director. Producer Eric Vetter calls the Cabaret an opportunity to enjoy and share your art with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists in a safe and fun place! Indian Road Café, located at 600 West 218th St., offers an excellent wine, beer and coffee selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese, all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. The next Uptown Cabaret show will start at 7:00 p.m. with sign up beginning at 6:45 p.m. No cover, no minimum and for additional information, call (212) 942-7451. For more “No Name” information, go to http://www.nonamenyc.com. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Witherspoon stars in adaptation of best-selling memoir

Movies: Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) life went into a tailspin right after the untimely death of her mother (Laura Dern). The grief-stricken 22-year-old subsequently became emotionally estranged from the people closest to her, including her husband, Paul (Thomas Sadowski), and her brother, Leif (Keene McRae). Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Caribbean pols outraged over grand jury decision

Brooklyn: Caribbean American legislators in Brooklyn have expressed outrage over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in Staten Island in the death of a black man who died when the officer used a chokehold to restrain him. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Booters turn to running

New York: From soccer to marathon running! That’s the story of a 39-year-old native of Haiti who now resides in Valley Stream, Long Island. Reggie Hyppolite, who runs unattached, decided to enter into a Turkey Trot of 10K or 6.2 miles in Long Beach, Long Island. The course took the runners from the boardwalk in Long Beach through the city’s streets and finished near the starting line. Hyppolite competed in the event because he had some friends also running the race. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014


Trinidad and Tobago: When the New York Red Bulls lost the MLS Eastern Conference two-game finals series to the New England Revolution last Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (MA), it not only marked the end of the season and the gallant effort to play in the 2014 MLS Cup, but the end of a memorable era in the club’s history - the end of Captain Thierry Henry as a Red Bull. Comment.

Jonkunnu arrives for Ole Time Grand Market

Jamaica: A traditional Jamaican holiday folk treat is due in Jamaica, Queens. From the hot climes of the Caribbean to the brisk and chilly, urban New York community of Queens, BRAATA education and outreach team promises to deliver an Ole Time Grand Market. Slated for Dec. 13 the event will celebrate the island’s traditional holiday practice and perhaps introduce a new generation of revelers and fans. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says its expert missions are supporting Eastern Caribbean countries in preparing for a potential case of the Ebola virus. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Barefoot Artist (Unrated) Poignant portrait of 73-year-old Lily Yeh, the Chinese artist-turned-global humanitarian who, based on a belief that access to art is a fundamental human right, created a foundation which transformed abandoned lots and buildings into parks, gardens, theaters, studios and educational facilities for poor kids in Philadelphia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ecuador and elsewhere around the world. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Report: Nearly 50 percent of jobs held by women in the Caribbean are ‘precarious’

Brooklyn: A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean says that nearly half of the women in Latin America and the Caribbean who have paid work — 47.7 percent —are employed in low-productivity jobs that offer little social protection. Comment.

St. V’s prime minister downplays Marshall controversy

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves on Sunday presented embattled, newly-appointed Deputy New York Consul General Sehon Marshall to his compatriots in the Big Apple even after an initial outcry over his would-be appointment. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

New book spotlights Haitian cuisine

Food: Anticipation percolated. On a pre-Thanksgiving, weekday night, they packed Colors Restaurant. It was the awaited launch of “Haiti: Uncovered,” Nadege Fleurimond’s “regional adventure into the art of Haitian cuisine,” part cookbook, part travel book that should reside on your coffee table. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Legendary rapper helps out Laurelton library

Queens: The Laurelton Friends at Queens Library decided not to depend upon a promise to fund employing instructors to teach elementary- to college-age students in the Laurelton Library’s after-school program. Instead of relying upon speculations of public funding to compensate for support staff to enhance the academic needs of students frequenting one of Queens Library’s more than 60 plus active libraries, the Laurelton Friends Board of Directors held a successful fundr-aiser in the public institution’s facility. Comment.

ICC judge is appointed

Jamaica: Renowned Jamaican and international jurist Patrick Robinson has been appointed to serve as a judge of the International Criminal Court of Justice for nine years starting in February 2015. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

SVG PM honors Brooklyn Day Care executive with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’

St Vincent: If there is one Vincentian in the United States who has stood out over the years in providing a meeting place for myriad organizations, political parties and individuals free of charge, it’s Vaughan Toney. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Caribbean Life celebrates ‘40 Under 40’

Brooklyn: There was nothing but sheer ecstasy last Thursday night as Caribbean Life, the nation’s most-widely circulated Caribbean newspaper, honored its “40 Under 40” Caribbean achievers at a gala ceremony at Sirico’s in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comment.

Caribbean Life celebrates ‘40 Under 40’

Brooklyn: There was nothing but sheer ecstasy last Thursday night as Caribbean Life, the nation’s most-widely circulated Caribbean newspaper, honored its “40 Under 40” Caribbean achievers at a gala ceremony at Sirico’s in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Dancing Haiti’s history with KaNu Dance Theater

Arts & Theater: On Nov. 15, KaNu Dance Theater’s “Malgré Tout” was presented at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JCAL), the 1858 Dutch Reformed Church in Jamaica, Queens. The title means “Despite all, Haiti’s Still Standing.” Comment.

Human rights group reacts to O’s immigration plan

New York: A major human rights group in the United States has described as “laudable but incomplete” President Obama’s executive actions to fix the United States’ “broken immigration system” by halting deportations of certain undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment.

Red Bulls lose to New England 2–1

New York: Last Sunday’s New York Red Bulls–New England Revolution match-up at Red Bull Arena had all the trappings of a first-leg game in the MLS Eastern Conference finals series: it was a very tense, physical, but well-played game in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd of 25,000 on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The highly technical game lived up to its billing on the field — all was perfect in New York except one thing, the main thing, the win, which was stolen from New York by New England, 2–1. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Griffith looks to repeat

New York: One of the top scorers and playmakers in the nation, and highly ranked on its basketball team, Kodebe Griffith, is trying to impress professional scouts. This backcourt player’s specialist is setting up for his John Jay College teammates. He did this part of his game in his junior season at John Jay. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Senior Congressman wants greater U.S. presence in the  Caribbean

New York: A senior member of the United States Congress has called for greater U.S. presence in the Caribbean. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Shocker! Marley could become face of weed!

Jamaica: By Vinette K. Pryce Comments (2).

‘Dumb and Dumber To’ is just plain dumb

Movies: Two decades later, Harry and Lloyd are back, but they should have just stayed away, according to our critic. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014

Dynamic Airways returns with seasonal flights to Guyana

Grenada: Guyanese travelers are breathing a sigh of relief from high airfares this holiday season, with the return of North Carolina charter service Dynamic Airway that will recommence flights from JFK to Cheddi Jagan International Airport starting on Nov. 22. Comment.

Friday, Nov. 14, 2014

Williams salutes vets

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams has joined elected officials in saluting the nation’s veterans, saying that “we are in debt to their bravery and service, more than lip service.” Comment.

Reggae Culture Salute celebrates female singers

Jamaica: Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) in association with UJAA, JAHJAH Foundation and DARC Foundation commemorated the Coronation of Emperor Haile Selassie I and Empress Mennen of Ethiopia with their co-presentation of the 10th Annual Reggae Culture Salute on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Many reggae lovers graced Nazareth Regional High School’s Performance Center in Brooklyn to see and hear the fabulous artists. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Drug Lord: The Legend of Shorty (Unrated) Ten Most Wanted documentary recounting the international manhunt for the ruthless, Mexican cartel kingpin known as El Chapo. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: PERFORMANCE: HCX presents Daniel Bernard Roumain and Dj Jephte Guillaume. Doors open at 6:00 p.m, followed by a conversation and performance with Daniel Bernard Roumain. From 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight. DJ Jephté Guillaume - Tet Kale Records/Spiritual Life Music. $35 in advance / $40 at door Purchase tickets here! http://bit.ly/1xugorX. Hors d’Oeuvres & Cash Bar The Carlton Hotel 88 Madison Ave, New York NY, 10016. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: PERFORMANCE: HCX presents Daniel Bernard Roumain and Dj Jephte Guillaume. Doors open at 6:00 p.m, followed by a conversation and performance with Daniel Bernard Roumain. From 9:00 p.m. - 12:00 midnight. DJ Jephté Guillaume - Tet Kale Records/Spiritual Life Music. $35 in advance / $40 at door Purchase tickets here! http://bit.ly/1xugorX. Hors d’Oeuvres & Cash Bar The Carlton Hotel 88 Madison Ave, New York NY, 10016. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Haitian American scores landslide victory

Brooklyn: After handsomely defeating Jamaican-born economist and accountant Rickie Tullock by 20 percentage points to win the New York State Democratic Primary in the 42nd State Assembly District in Brooklyn in September, Haitian American Rodneyse Bichotte won the general elections on Tuesday night by a massive landslide. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014

Outrage over Chief Banks resignation

Grenada: Not everyone is convinced that NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks III — the top Black crime fighter in the police department — willingly decided to retire after three decades of stellar service and a recent promotion. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: film: In celebration of The Andy Warhol Museum’s 20th anniversary, this multimedia performance event comprises 15 never-before-seen films captured by Andy Warhol between 1963 and 1966 with his original 16mm camera. Five songwriter-composers representing a musical trajectory from the 1970s until today perform scores to these rare Warhol selections — a combination of portraits and actualités (non-fiction films using footage from real life, but without a documentary’s narrative arc). Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014

Gyllenhaal makes, covers grisly side of news

Movies: Petty thief Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) was eking out a living selling stolen scrap metal to junkyards until the day he stumbled upon a legitimate line of work when he pulled over to assist a driver trapped in a fiery car crash. There, he was surprised to find ghoulish freelance journalists flocking to the scene with the hope of shooting graphic video footage to sell to network television stations. Comment.

Peter Phillips’ principle for ‘prosperity’

Jamaica: While visiting here on a three-day visit Peter David Phillips, Jamaica’s finance and planning minister became the 10th speaker to keynote the 10th anniversary Caribbean International Network (CIN) Lecture Series and for the significant milestone achievement, the parliamentarian talked about “Jamaica’s Path To Prosperity.” Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Ex-baby sitter receives independence honor

Brooklyn: Joanne Legair rose from her early baby-sitting job, when she first migrated to the United States in 1991, to become the sole honoree last Sunday at the gala Independence Luncheon and Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn, commemorating St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 35th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment.

SVG PM lauds nationals in nation-building

St Vincent: As Vincentians in New York on Sunday climaxed their celebration of the nation’s 35th year of political independence, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has commended them for their efforts in nation-building. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: HALLOWEEN FUN: Enjoy light refreshments, Frannie the clown, face painting and trick or treating from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP by calling (868) 539-0999. Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014

Twenty years of spiritual cleansing, herbal healing

Trinidad and Tobago: Menes de Groit and his wife Mama Nyaah proudly stated that over the last 20 years, Cosmic Enterprise - Healing Village has helped to transform parts of the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood from a drug-nest, to what it is today, “Healed, thought cleansing, music, and education.” Comment.

Misanthrope rises to role model in character portrait

Movies: Almost nothing is right in Vincent MacKenna’s (Bill Murray) life. The aging, Vietnam War vet is still suffering from PTSD. Plus, he’s fighting a losing battle against booze, cigarettes and gambling, which has left him deeply indebted to a vicious loan shark (Terrence Howard). Comment.

Friday, Oct. 24, 2014

Jamaican opposition discusses future

Jamaica: Riding on a high from recent polls which put him primed for leadership, Andrew Holness, the youngest leader of a Jamaican government addressed nationals with a forecast to future prosperity. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014

Guyana’s Queens College to mark 170th anniversary

Guyana: “Faithful and Useful Everywhere” is the motto of the Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association and that will be on the minds of members of the New York Chapter, when they join other past students in commemorating the institution’s 170th Anniversary. Comments (1).

Brothers could face each other

Brooklyn: With 19-year-veteran K.G., better known as Kevin Garnett, heading the roster in the front court, and some new players on the 2014-2015 team, the Brooklyn Nets feel confident that they can make a good run during regular season and maybe even go deep into the playoffs. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Bed Aerobics: This powerful workout routine combines deep stretches and muscle-toning calisthenics to improve flexibility, build strength and burn fat — all from bed from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m., 2 Flr. Also included is an invigorating set of facial/eye muscle exercises, concluding with a brief meditation for total body, mind and spirit rejuvenation. Be sure to let your doctor know that you’ll be taking part in an exercise class. Monifa Maat, affectionately known as “The Healthy Motivator,” is a certified personal trainer for Equinox, a nutrition advocate and founder of Healthy Roots Fitness & Nutrition Camp. 215 W 125th St., New York, NY 10027. RSVP: 1-866-469-0999 (Space is limited. Must call to reserve.) Comment.

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014

Festival of Lights celebrated in Richmond Hill

Arts & Theater: Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights was celebrated with a spectacular motorcade, which lit up the night skies over Richmond Hill. Now in its 11th year, the motorcade adorned with lights, flowers and streamers wound its way along Liberty Avenue to loud cheers from spectators. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 17, 2014

Caribbean countries implement travel ban

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines has placed a ban on nationals from Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Guinea from entering the island, as Caribbean countries continue to put in place measures to prevent a possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the region. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the measure was taken given the lack of infrastructure on the island to deal with the Ebola virus for there is no known cure. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 23 Blast (PG-13 for underage alcohol consumption) Fact-based, overcoming-the-odds drama about a high school football star (Mark Hapka) who didn’t let sudden blindness due to a sinus infection derail his dream of gridiron greatness. With Bram Hoover, Stephen Lang and Max Adler. Comment.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014

Guyana - Jamaica group raises funds for schools

Jamaica: The warm greetings that were exchanged by nationals at the First Annual Fundraising Dinner and Dance of the Guyana Jamaica Friendship Association Inc. (New York), was a clear indication that benefactors were committed to working together with the board for the betterment of students back home. Comments (5).

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Algorithms (Unrated) Inspirational documentary highlighting exploring India’s little-known world of competitive chess for the blind. America the Beautiful 3 (Unrated) Latest installment in Darryl Roberts’s series of incendiary documentaries indicts pop culture’s sexualization of today’s youth. Comment.

Sun Kulcha

Queens: FREE SHREDDING:This program makes it easy and convenient for residents to shred their confidential financial documents, an important step in preventing identity theft. The bank will also provide helpful information on other ways to enhance security awareness and avoid becoming a victim of fraud. Documents can be brought to the Jerome Avenue branch from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (reservations not required); there is a two-carton per household limit. USA Shred will shred the documents, compliments of Ridgewood Savings Bank. Ridgewood Savings Bank will be providing a “Protect Privacy” booklet. Jerome Avenue branch, 3445 Jerome Ave., Bronx, N.Y.; (718) 881-3430 Comment.

Monday, Oct. 13, 2014

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

New York: Council Members, volunteers, staff of advocacy organizations and survivors wore purple shirts, scarves and ties in solidarity for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, outside of City Hall, Oct. 6. They were drawing attention to the epidemic proportion of domestic violence episodes and their support of initiatives to fight domestic violence and women who suffer from or survive from it. Comment.

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014

CaribBEING celebrates fall

Arts & Theater: ¡Viva Brooklyn! caribBEING held its fourth partnership event with leading cultural institution, Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The organization was excited about kicking off the fall, celebrating and highlighting the cultural contributions of communities from Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. The event was filled with a vibrant collection of music, dance, interactive performances and films throughout the museum. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY Haitian-American comedian/actor/writer Mackenson Louis kicks off a monthly comedy. Louis - the creator and executive producer of the “Comedy Joy Ride” sketch/standup comedy tour and television pilot will appear at the Kinanm Lounge (856 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn). He will be joined by performers whose credits include television appearances on network and cable stations including NBC-TV, BET and Comedy Central. Admission is $10 in advance by calling (646) 397-5721; $20 at the door with a two-drink minimum. Pre-show at 7:30 p.m. with showtime at 8:00 p.m. Comment.

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014

Hamid focuses on running

Guyana: While David Rothman defended his title in the 23rd annual race conducted by the South Nassau Communities Hospital through the streets of Oceanside, Philip Hamid placed 19th in a time of 22:10. Comment.

Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: CLOTHING DRIVE: The North Carolina Ministry of the First Baptist Church of Crown Heights will host a community clothing event to offer free clothing to those in need from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Sis. Sandra Black (646) 637-8037. Comment.

From the kitchen to stores it’s lip-smacking good

Food: Lorna’s Lip Smacking Pepper Sauce — Guyanese style received rave reviews from customers who lined her kiosk at the recent Guyana Folk Festival in Brooklyn, to purchase the delicacy. “The relish is a must have, on cook-up rice, or any dish from back home,” said entrepreneur, Lorna Welshman-Neblett who is excited about her cottage industry. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014

Caribbean businesses seek to expand operations

Brooklyn: Several Caribbean businesses converged at the Brooklyn Restoration Plaza for GO-CARIBBEAN!’s first inaugural International Business and Investment Expo from Sept. 22 - 23. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Free CREDIT SCORE AND ANALYSIS PROGRAMS: Ridgewood Savings Bank is deeply committed to the Bronx community’s financial health and security and is hosting a free credit score program from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. This program provides information which is critical in planning a successful financial future, including possible home ownership and business investment. 3824 White Plains Road, Bronx, NY. Please RSVP by calling (718) 882-0440. Comment.
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