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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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

WORD! A Caribbean Book Fest

Books: With tales for all ages to ignite the imagination on authors and storytellers along with publishers, bookstore owners, readers and the literary curious will come together in Brooklyn, NY - the world’s largest Caribbean meeting place - for a celebration of the magic of the written word. Comment.

CAMSA to host fundraising golf tournament

St Vincent: The Caribbean American Medical and Scientific Association (CAMSA) says it is hosting an inaugural golf tournament next month aimed at raising funds to support its medical missions in the region. Comment.

I&M Pastry Studio

Food: Pastry designer Tiffany Washington and dessert stylist Jo-Laine Duke-Collins are the masterminds behind I&M Pastry Studio (also known as Ilene Miriam Pastry Studio). Creating breathtaking custom artisan pastries and stylish dessert tables, these two young Brooklyn moms have made a lasting impression on New York City! Comment.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

New Dance Studio Opens in Flatbush

Arts & Theater: 2014_05_21_Cynthia King Dance Studio.jpg Young Dancers Showcase Photo Courtesy Cynthia King Dance Studio Comment.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Chairman Elombe Brath passes

Music: After a long illness Harlem’s Elombe Brath, a well-respected, much admired, historian, Pan-African leader and graphic artist passed. Comments (2).

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Cafe Conversation: Join us for a conversation with Manzè Beaubrun; lead singer and co-founder of Boukman Eksperyans, about her new book Nan Domi: An Initiate’s Journey into Haitian Vodou, followed by a performance with Boukman Eksperyans from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. FiveMyles Gallery, 558 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238. Comment.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Friends of a B‘klyn Park with a Community Agenda

Arts & Theater: Friends of Wingate Park, a volunteer non-profit organization in Flatbush, Brooklyn formed in 2011 primarily to engage Brooklyn youth in activities aimed at maintaining a healthy physical environment, is today in the vanguard of the citywide effort to stem gun- and gang-violence. Comments (1).

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Bike The Branches: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) will host their second annual Bike The Branches event, a one-day bike ride through BPL’s network of 60 neighborhood libraries. Building off of biking’s long history as a central Brooklyn pastime, Bike The Branches will feature 12 unique bike routes, and a range of special events featuring prizes, music, and entertainment. All proceeds from the event will go towards library services, including programming, technology, and collections. A free helmet fitting session will take place on Tuesday, May 13 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at BPL’s Central Branch at 10 Grand Army Plaza. Free helmets will be available while supplies last. To register, visit https://apps.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/btb/. Comment.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Long Is. Carib-American Heritage Festival

Music: Get ready for the Long Island Caribbean American Heritage Festival. Comment.

Black lawyer nominated as ABA president

Brooklyn: The American Bar Association (ABA) has nominated a black lawyer as the first woman of color to be its president. Paulette Brown, a labor and employment law partner and chief diversity officer with the Morristown, N.J., office of Edwards Wildman Palmer, was nominated as the ABA’s president-elect for 2014-15. Comment.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

‘What’s Driving the ‘New Cold War’?’

People: By Chudi Chukwudi Comment.


Music: After laboring in the calypso vineyard for almost two decades without a crown, Dennis Bowman has finally won a coveted title, beating back 12 challengers, including defending monarch John Dougan, to capture the Vincy New Song Calypso Competition title at the Matrix Lounge in Brooklyn last Saturday night. Comment.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

This Week In Albany

New York: This week, the State Assembly returned to Albany following the Easter and Passover Holidays to begin work on important legislative priorities of the 2014 Legislative Session. The legislative session continues in Albany until the end of June. Comment.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Public School Promotion Policy Changes

Staten Island: Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña recently announced changes to the Department of Education’s promotion policy for students in grades 3-8 with standard promotion criteria. The proposed new policy, upon approval of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP), would go into effect this school year in order to comply with recent changes in State law and to allow educators to make decisions about the students they know best while maintaining high standards. The policy will be voted on at the PEP meeting in May. Comment.