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Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

Housing for vulnerable communities

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams has called for “deeper affordability” in New York City housing, saying that, over the next few months, the City Council will consider two proposals that could have a real impact on the “severe housing crisis and dramatically affect the lives of millions of New Yorkers.” Comment.

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

Bichotte hails paid family leave bill

New York: Brooklyn Assembly woman Rodneyse Bichotte has hailed the State Assembly’s passage of legislation that would provide a key benefit for New York workers — paid family leave (A.3870A). Comment.

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016

Haitian artists connect during conference

Music: Home is where the heart is. For first and second generation Caribbean Americans, that “home” they long for — that of their parents or grandparent’s home country — is felt through their celebration of their culture whether through playing mas, enjoying the food, and speaking the language. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016

SUNY offers scholarships in memory of Carey Gabay

People: The name Carey Gabay will not soon be forgotten by qualified students seeking aid in order to gain entry into a State University of New York. Comment.

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Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Zika outbreak reaches Caribbean

Puerto Rico: The sweet call of vacation, sun, and crystal blue water beaches is hard to ignore as New York is covered in snow with matching frigid temperatures. Before logging into your favorite cheap flight website, be sure to check on whether your particular destination is battling the Zika virus. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 18, 2016

Caribbean treat in Bedstuy’s Lion’s Den

Food: No need to fear when you enter the Lion’s Den. You will not get bit by a hungry lioness seeking its next meal but you will be able to sink your teeth into internationally infused-Caribbean dishes at this fairly new, community-oriented, Bedstuy bar and restaurant. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Seasonal sangria takes over Bedstuy

Food: It is always five o’clock somewhere, right? Time for a sip at the bar or at the pop up shop. Bedstuy residents had a chance to indulge in a bit of art and delicious sangria courtesy of Cocktail Row Spirits LLC’s pop up shop at the House of Art Gallery on Marcus Garvey Boulevard between Halsey and Macon streets on Saturday, Jan. 9. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 8, 2016

A municipal I.D. for all New Yorkers

New York: You’ve got another year to get your free municipal I.D. The City is extending its sign-up schedule for its City municipal I.D. program–IDNYC– into 2016, a second year. Comment.

Barriers can be broken

Movies: How many times have you had an incredible idea to only forget about it? Artists often jot down notes, create full scripts, or even songs to only forget about them while pursuing another venture. Comment.

Activist poet seeks change

Arts & Theater: Despite a new year emerging with a sense of a clean slate, there are many still feeling upset and unsettled following clashes between African Americans and police across the world. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016

Kelly’s comments on crime ‘a low blow’: Bichotte

New York: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “a low blow” recent comments made by former New York Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Raymond Kelly that the department, now under new leadership, is engaged in falsifying crime statistics. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 1, 2016

Pearl’s Trinidadian flavors now in Williamsburg

Food: Sweet, sweet T and T has found its way to a shocking location, Williamsburg. Known for its hipsters, cute boutiques and plenty of good eats, Fallon Seymour — who also runs popular Williamsburg eateries Sweet Chick and Pop’s with her husband John Seymour — is bringing her culture to the not-so Caribbean neighborhood. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015

Steven Baboun captures ‘Humans of Haiti’

Arts & Theater: What should a Haitian look like? A Jamaican? These types of questions are only reality due to stereotypical references plastered in mainstream media such as movies or television shows. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015

New co-sharing office space

Brooklyn: Entrepreneurs rejoice! All those tired of working in their pajamas now have a space to call their office home in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 25, 2015

A new Tree House in Brooklyn

Food: Bedstuy’s newest hangout spot is celebrating the rich cultures inhabiting the neighborhood. Taking you on a tour of Africa, to Asia, and even making stops in the Caribbean, Tree House BK is mashing together flavors they love and representative of their neighborhood. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

New book blends calypso and noir

Books: Literary genres go far beyond the simple fiction and nonfiction. Every day, an author is experimenting with new ways to combine themes that on the surface level seem worlds apart. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 18, 2015

CHRISTMAS CHEER

Music: The temperatures might not be frightful, but the sounds and sights of Christmas have enveloped New York. From the holiday-themed Macy’s windows to the banners streamed across Flatbush Avenue, Christmas is indeed in the air. Comment.

Kwanzaa Fest appeals to millennials

Music: Throughout the city, communities are coming together to celebrate the holidays — Christmas tree lightings, Hanukah celebrations, and Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation is ensuring Kwanza is also represented. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015

Caribbean cuisine is more than rice and peas

Food: There’s more to Caribbean cuisine than just rice and peas. St. Lucian born Chef Shorne Benjamin is going against the popular rice grains to prove just that with his modern take on Caribbean-infused dishes. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

1400 unclaimed passports at Guyana Consulate

Guyana: Deputy Consul-General of Guyana to New York, Mrs. Jacquelyn Hamer is calling on Guyanese who have not collected their passports dating back to 2009, to contact the consulate’s 308 W 38th Street New York city location, urgently, during the hours of 9 am to 3 pm, Monday to Friday. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

Showcasing Haiti’s creatives

Music: Artists have the ability to maintain a particularly community’s identity and for Haitian artists, one particular photo documentary series is providing them a platform to be celebrated. Comment.

Digital Art Gallery brings artists in one space

Arts & Theater: Art is no longer contained to galleries and museums; we can thank social media for that. Artists now put their art for a display that is never taken down through Instagram, personal websites, and other platforms. Comment.

More than rum, a tale of slavery

Food: Curl up to a tasty rum-based cocktail, feast on classic European bar bites with a Caribbean twist and indulge on a story of resilience and drive at the newly established Solomon & Kuff. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015

Brooklyn College to house Haitian Studies Institute

Haiti: The road to establishing a Haitian Studies Institute housed at Brooklyn College is approaching a successful close. Nearly two years in the works, the proposal to establish the academic-focused institute is being finalized. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015

Holiday bazaar makes shopping easy

Food: The holidays are upon us and thanks to the Stuyvesant Independent Art’s Bazaar, gift-giving is now an easy weekend to-do list. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 4, 2015

RAGING FYAH

Music: ‘Twas a night of firsts Nov. 24. VP Records and Caribbean restaurant Milk River partnered to present yet another night of music, unveiling the new Milk River house band, VP’s latest label imprint Dub Rockers, popular reggae band Raging Fyah’s first New York performance, and — while not her first performance in Brooklyn — a powerful set courtesy of vocal powerhouse Ikaya. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015

Coconut Baby, a tale of two countries

Food: It takes a little change to reach a new height that may have remained unattainable when stagnant. Opting to move “back home” despite being warned that there may be nothing to do there, New York-born Allison Burnham moved to her parent’s island Barbados two years ago. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015

‘Sweet Micky for President’ hits theaters

Movies: Now, more than ever, pop culture and politics cross paths. Politicians are active on Twitter, paying attention to social trends, and appearing on daytime TV such as Hillary Clinton and proving how in tune they are with presentations of the latest dance moves. Comment.

Christmas gets a Cuban twist

Music: Traditional Christmas carol favorites receive a Latin facelift courtesy of the Cuban band, Tiempo Libre. The three-time Grammy-nominated music group will have Santa dancing a salsa and the Little Drummer Boy showing off his rumba in their upcoming holiday concert on Dec. 18 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Comment.

Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Kingsborough gets students ready for workforce

Trinidad and Tobago: Returning to school can be a daunting task but with the support of Kingsborough Community College’s continuing education office, the transition can be smoother than anticipated. Comment.

Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015

YOUNG DEVYN IN COMMAND

Music: Young Devyn might be 13 years old, but this young star is wise beyond her years. With a mature and articulate disposition, Young Devyn — born Devyn Tyson — could lead you to believe that you are talking to a seasoned performer who is at least 20 years old. Comment.

Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015

Bell’s invitation to a ‘smorgasburg art experience’

Fashion: Art is alive and with the holidays approaching, unique gifts are available via pop up shops happening all over New York City. Providing a platform for New York’s innovators to connect with like-minded artists — no matter their artistic avenue — and promote their brands is Brooklyn transplant Trisha Bell. Comment.