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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rent freeze a win for tenants

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Councilman Jumaane Williams have welcomed the decision by the rent control board to freeze for one year rent increases, saying it’s a win for tenants. Comment.

Street art inspires August Martin students

Arts & Theater: August Martin High School is known as the “worst school” in New York with a graduation rate of 39 percent. Students attending August Martin often describe their school as a jail or mental institution, however, their description does not apply to a too strict faculty or over-representation of school safety officers. Comment.

Caribbean African Reggae Fest

Music: Music is the international language that transcends culture and state lines. New York is a hub for international acts to reach another edge of their audience as seen in popular music festivals like Prospect Park’s concert series at the Bandshell. Comment.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Celebrate International Reggae Day July 1

Music: At the start of July, the world will be consumed by Reggae music. For 24 hours, International Reggae Day (IRD) Festival – a global media festival – will celebrate the best of Jamaica’s creativity and contributions worldwide. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Brooklyn duo ‘nails’ it with Breukelen Polished

Trinidad and Tobago: Ease back into a plush chair and let your mind wander. Your hands are precious, used daily and abused by dish washing soap, turning doorknobs, handshakes with other movers and shakers and much more. Comment.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dine Caribbean in fine style

Food: Throw the word “diet,” “waist trainer” and the phrase “summer body” out the window. The second annual Caribbean Restaurant Week is upon us, from June 22 - 29. Fourteen different locations are prepared to satisfy your taste buds, stomach and most importantly your wallet with discounts prices. Comment.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Foodies taste the islands

Food: Two words generally make a crowd of people happy: free and food. Brooklyn’s Borough Hall Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations combined the two concepts Friday, June 12 with the annual Taste of the Caribbean event. Comment.

Move to drive Caribbean fashion forward

Fashion: The situation is dire when it is in the red. When it comes to any business, financials dipping into the red zone can signify possible closure due to poor money management, marketing etc. Comment.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

On being a ‘Caribpolitan’ in the Diaspora

People: Living in major cities with thriving pockets of communities maintaining their culture and heritage, diaspora may now be to general a term to adequately represent the modern day Caribbean transplant or descendant. Comment.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

NYC comptroller honors Caribbean Americans

New York: New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said that the city contains a wonderful mix of cultures and traditions, and noted that the Caribbean American community stands out for its energy, vibrancy and strong sense of community. Comment.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Outrage over leadership on rent regulations

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has expressed his outrage over the inability to reach an agreement on rent regulations in the City. Comment.

Caribbean Americans are ready for business

Brooklyn: To run a business in New York City is not a simple feat. For business owners, an extensive network with resources is just as important as the services or goods the new business provides. For Caribbean nationals and Caribbean Americans, working with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) is their network to help them succeed. Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chef Sam makes street food for every island

Food: New Yorkers crave anything fast, easy and most importantly efficient. Show me a New Yorker who is not on-the-go and it is 99.9 percent most likely that they are actually a tourist. Speaking to Caribbean-American New Yorkers, Chef Samuel Branch makes island street food perfect for those New York minutes we are unable to spare. Comment.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Flatbush Fair kicks off the summer

Haiti: Nothing says summer better than a street fair. Face painting, Italian sausage, funnel cake and impromptu dance contests commanded Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road Sunday, June 14. Comment.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

DANCE CARIBBEAN

Arts & Theater: By Alley Olivier Who are you? What are you? Where are you from? These seemingly simple questions turn out to be loaded with layers of complexity to explore through what should be a short answer. Exploring the dimensions of what contributes in shaping our identities while managing the influence of Caribbean heritage – whether native or a descendant – Candace Thompson aims to push those conversations through dance. Comment.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Community supports Bichotte on education tax credit

Brooklyn: Dozens of parents and community members rallied on Monday in showing support for Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, who has continuously stood firm again Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Parental Choice in Education Act.” Comment.

Calypso Musical still relevant

Arts & Theater: It is said that art reflects reality. It is also said that history repeats itself. For “De Roaring 70’s A Calypso Musical,” despite the time period seeming so long ago, the message of struggle and oppression rings true today. Comment.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Elected officials arrested during rent law protest

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte and other city and state elected officials were arrested last Wednesday in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in Albany in their fight for the rights of New York City tenants and stronger rent laws. Comment.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Brooklyn Boro Prez kicks off Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: President Barack Obama declared June as Caribbean Heritage Month on May 29, 2015. Friday June 5, 2015 Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric L. Adams kicked off his office’s month-long celebration featuring an array of Caribbean-fused activities. Comments (1).

Taste of Africa during NY African Restaurant Week

Food: Who’s hungry? New York African Restaurant Week 2015 (NYARW) kicked off May 31 with 23 different restaurants prepared to fill your waiting bellies. The NYARW is an annual cultural event encouraging people of all ethnicities to expose themselves to the spices and tastes of Africa. Comment.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Marching against senseless violence

Brooklyn: Marches and rallies are no longer a concept of the past. In recent months, we have seen marches stop traffic, take over bridges and more across the states and in New York City. Comment.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Comptroller steps in to protect immigrant workers

Guyana: For immigrant workers, it can seem like an uphill battle to secure representation genuinely invested in their interests and concerns. On May 18, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer showed his support for immigrant workers by presenting checks for work completed on various New York City public schools and the Queens Museum. Comment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Celebrate Caribbean Week

New York: Dear New York: get ready for Caribbean Week 2015. Our beloved city will be over run with a week of events from daily chef presentations to the highly anticipated Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction. Comment.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Florence Sarah Thibou celebrates 100 years

Brooklyn: Florence Sarah Thibou turned 100 years old on Friday, May 21, 2015; a remarkable milestone! Ms. Thibou, better known as “Mama,” who resides at the New York Congregational Nursing Home in Brooklyn, New York is not your typical nursing home resident. She is fully cognizant and all of her faculties are intact. Her mind is amazingly sharp. She recollects events and family memories with amazing clarity. Mama also has a very feisty, no nonsense personality. At the blessed age of 100 she has earned the right to say what she wants and doesn’t suffer foolishness from anyone. Comments (2).

Vibrant headwraps

Fashion: Atop every woman’s head is a crown. Whether it is invisible or tangibly catching the rays of the sun, celebrating women’s strength and affluence go beyond one month or day. Paola Mathe, a Haitian native, is leading the celebration of women and their many hues of beauty through her fashionable, statement-making headwraps. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AphroChic fuses culture and interior design

Books: Personal style goes far beyond the clothes on your back. How you style your home after graduating from the cutesy designs of your college dorm room courtesy of Target, says a lot about you, your interests and maybe even your cultural background. For the happily married Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, interior design and culture go hand in hand. Comment.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

St. Vincent Opposition Leader holds town hall meeting in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace will address a town hall meeting in Brooklyn next week as Vincentians gear up for general elections, constitutionally due early next year, Comment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Williams’ bill demands catch basin check-ups

New York: The City Council has unanimously passed Intro. 240-A, a bill sponsored by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D–Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, which would increase inspections and require expedited repairs for clogged or damaged catch basins in New York City. Comment.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Manhattan Borough President opens Harlem  office

Manhattan: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s promise of opening an uptown headquarters came to life on May 18 wit a ribbon cutting for the new Northern Manhattan Office at 431 W. 125th St. between Morningside Heights and Amsterdam, in Harlem. Comment.

Bichotte: New law would protect tenants

Brooklyn: Newly-elected Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte says the Assembly has passed a bill to strengthen New York’s rent-regulation laws and improve New Yorkers’ access to affordable housing (A.7526). Comment.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jeffries introduces student aid bill for families of military heroes

Brooklyn: In advance of the Memorial Day holiday, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) introduced the Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to deliver expanded student aid assistance to the surviving spouses and children of service members who died in the line of duty. Comment.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Bahia: The Black Side Of Brazil Presents ‘African Rhythm, African Roots’

Arts & Theater: An un-objective, hearty and gracious “thank you” must be extended to the community’s own Baba Charles “Chuck” Davis who, after 38 years of annual DanceAfrica presentations, is passing the torch of artistic director to an heir. Comments (1).

Caribbean Cup kicks off in Flatbush

New York: The local Caribbean Cup tournament kicks off its 24th season on Sunday, May 24 at the Thomas Jefferson High School Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. The opening day’s top billing will feature last year’s beaten finalist, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, against a difficult Antigua and Barbuda team, starting at 5 pm. The preceding matchup is a clash between the French and the Spanish, as the always talented Haiti takes on a very promising Panama squad. Comment.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rock the vote! Calypsonians push candidates with song

Music: Many felt they were on the campaign trail Saturday night, as the election fever in St. Vincent and the Grenadines gripped the Dynamite Calypso Tent in Brooklyn, with a significant number of Vincentian calypsonians quickly and uninhibitedly declaring their preference and essentially telling voters for whom they should cast ballots in the forthcoming poll. Comment.

Clarke meets with cyber security experts

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Monday welcomed a panel of cyber security experts to Brooklyn to discuss the best methods for individuals and business owners to protect their private information on the internet. Comment.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Eugene hosts Haitian Flag Day celebration

Haiti: On Sunday night, Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene hosted Haitian Flag Day in the Erasmus Hall High School auditorium in Flatbush, Brooklyn, drawing a highly enthusiastic crowd of more than 400 people. Comment.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bichotte ends hunger strike

Haiti: Newly-elected Haitian American Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte on Tuesday ended a four-day hunger strike as the New York State Assembly finally voted to approve a resolution calling on the United States Congress to adopt House of Representatives Resolution 443 (2013-2014) condemning actions of the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court that strip hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship. Comment.

New York celebrates African cinema

Arts & Theater: A town hall African artist salon at the Greene Performance Space kicked off the upcoming 22nd edition of the African Film Festival New York (NYAFF). Comment.

Review site tips power back into tenant’s hands

Brooklyn: The first major task for anyone moving to a new country, state or city is securing a place with running water and a formidable roof to call home. Comment.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Call to end sexual violence on Denim Day

People: NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer have called for an end to sexual violence during a rally at City Hall on Wednesday, April 29. Comment.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Williams endorses Diana Richardson in special election

Brooklyn: With just days to go before the special election, on May 5, in the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) has joined a broad coalition of labor, community organizations and progressive elected officials in endorsing Diana Richardson, who is running on the Working Families Party line. Comment.

Legislation to outlaw chokeholds

New York: U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) on Monday, joined by the National Action Network (NAN) and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, gathered in front of One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan to announce the introduction of the Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2015. Comment.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Brooklyn pols hail confirmation of Loretta Lynch

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries have welcomed last week’s long-delayed United States Senate’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. Comment.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Haiti Film Fest spreads across 3 boroughs

Movies: It is so exciting that the Haiti Film Fest, now in its third edition, is expanding its reach and will be screening a film in Queens, as well as uptown Manhattan (City College and also Maysles Cinema) and downtown, and of course in Brooklyn where the mother ship, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is based. For the full schedule: http://haiticulturalx.org/haitifilmfest. Comment.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bichcotte to chair business subcommittee

Brooklyn: New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed Haitian American Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte as chair of the Oversight of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Subcommittee. Comments (1).

Friday, April 24, 2015

Protestors march against ‘Murder by Police’

New York: On Tuesday, April 14 over a thousand people participated in the “Stop Murder by Police” march and demonstration sponsored by Stop Mass Incarceration Network, co-founded by Carl Dix and Cornel West. There were two feeder marches coming from uptown, which converge at Union Square around 2:30 p.m. Comment.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Dynamite Calypso Tent prepares for 2015

Music: The Dynamite Calypso Tent of New York has elected a new executive committee led by President Ainsley Primus during its meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Comment.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Clarke celebrates National Small Business Week

Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke last week welcomed Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the federal Small Business Administration to Brooklyn to celebrate National Small Business Week. Comment.