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Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Shocker! Marley could become face of weed!

Jamaica: By Vinette K. Pryce Comments (1).

‘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.

Sunday, Nov. 9, 2014

Haitian American makes history

Haiti: Rodneyse Bichotte became the first politician of Haitian descent to win the Democratic Party Primary Election for a seat in the New York State Legislature on Tuesday night. Comment.

Carib-New York Fashion Week hits Midtown

Trinidad and Tobago: The hippest and coolest fashion from the most cutting-edge designers that the Caribbean has to offer were on display during the Caribbean New York Fashion Week 2014 that hit midtown on Sept. 7. Comment.

Arts organization brings film, shows to Brooklyn

Movies: “Be bold. Be beautiful. Be CaribBeing” is the motto for CaribBeing, an organization committed to the uplifting and empowerment of Caribbean culture and heritage through film and art. CaribBeing aims live up to its slogan by bringing the freshest Caribbean-based events to Brooklyn, particularly in the Flatbush community. Comment.

New ice cream scoops ‘Satisfy My Bowl’ in tribute to Marley

Food: There’s a new flavor from Ben and Jerry’s that is sure to satisfy! 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

Williams reflects on his hoops career

New York: Several players, who are still involved in the sport, were recently inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame, during ceremonies at the New York Athletic Cub. In addition, the President of the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame Bob Williams, new members,family, friends and representatives of their school, all gathered in the crowded room at the club. Comment.

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.

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.

Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014

A new home for the African Diaspora

Arts & Theater: If water and rain are a sign that the spirits are looking down kindly, then the spirits were very very happy–there was a deluge–on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at the formal groundbreaking for the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). A former East Harlem firehouse built in 1889 is being transformed, becoming a major cultural hub for the community. Its 8,500 square feet will be a gallery, community performance spaces, and home to educational workshops and programming. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Advance Style (Unrated) Aging gracefully is the focus of this documentary chronicling the fashion sense of some Manhattan socialites over 60 who are challenging the conventional cultural assumption equating beauty and youth. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 19, 2014

Carnival Tabanca

Music: Some highlights of this year’s carnival in Brooklyn. Comment.

Terrier senior looks ahead

Brooklyn: The college cross country season in the metropolitan area got off when Fordham University conducted its annual invitational meet for Division I, Division II, Division III and junior college athletes in order for their coaches to see the capabalities of their athletes. There was one race broken down into scoring for each of the men and one for the women. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MUSIC: New York-based blues favorites Renee & The Derelicts perform classic and original blues, rock and soul tunes featuring the vocals of the multitalented actress/playwright Renee Flemings,the band Sal Carolei (blues harp), Paul Bauman (guitar). Trevor Brown (bass) and Bernard Devlin (drums) will kick things off at 9:00 p.m. No cover, great Mediterranean food and drink available. LURA Restaurant NYC is located on the upper West side (949 Columbus Ave.) between 106th & 107th streets. For more information, call (212) 866-7500. Comment.

Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

‘Emerge’ honors fashion model Beverley Johnson

Fashion: It was a fitting tribute to legendary fashion model, actress and businesswoman, Beverley Johnson who was honored with the Fashion Innovator Award, before the “Emerge” runway show kicked off its Spring Summer 2015 collection during New York Fashion Week. Comment.

Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Health org: Regulation to curb obesity should be ‘stimulated’ in the Caribbean

New York: The Pan American Health Organization has welcomed regulations that seek to inform and protect consumers in the Americas, including the Caribbean, while creating incentives for healthier eating, saying that they are “important advances that should be stimulated throughout the region.” Comment.

Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014

Golden Krust celebrates 25 ‘Golden’ years!

Food: Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill, the nation’s largest and fastest growing Caribbean franchise has been celebrating 25 years in business this year. Comment.

Elkin: Serena is unbelievable

New York: Serena has done it again, and our own Robert Elkin is mighty impressed. Comment.

Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

Elvis impersonator showcases his talent in faith-based musical

Movies: What if Elvis Presley’s stillborn twin had survived his mother’s pregnancy rather than passed away during delivery back in January of 1935? That is the alternate reality contemplated by “The Identical,” a faith-based musical marking the underwhelming directorial debut of Dustin Marcellino. Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Things to do a places to go this week. Comment.

Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Popular Vincentian group holds successful school-supply drive

St Vincent: Bac to School supplies are going back to the Caribbean! Comment.

Caribbean-themed men’s magazine celebrates fashion

Fashion: It’s the Caribbean’s answer to GQ! Comment.

Wright-Phillips, Henry lead Red Bulls

New York: Bradley Wright-Phillips and Thierry Henry are the most in-form scoring tandem in Major League Soccer this season. The pair scored 29 of the New York Red Bulls’ 37 goals in the regular season, with Wright-Phillips carrying much of the load with a league-high 21 goals, just six short of the league record for goals in a season. Comment.

Friday, Sept. 5, 2014

ROCKING CROWD AT BRASS FEST

Music: Hundreds of party goers jamed and rocked to the Brassfest line up at the Brooklyn Musuem on Eastern Parkway on Friday, Aug 29. The event organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Assosiation (WIADCA) featured the finest American, Caribbean and African musicians and acts. Comment.

Pan Champs D’ Radoes

Music: Sweet, sweet, music floated from the 11 steel bands participating in the 2014 Panorama Championship at the Brooklyn Museum on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, with D’ Radoes wining the Champion trophy. Comment.

Laparkan scholarships for Carib American youth

Music: Two lucky Caribbean American youth will have the chance to win scholarships being offered by Laparkan Shipping, one of the biggest Caribbean shipping and money transfer companies in the world. Comments (1).

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.

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.

Movie night at Paedergat Park

Movies: CaribBEING in partnership with NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Sesame Flyers, Citizens Committee for New York City and Brooklyn Free Clinic presented “Caribbean Night” featuring family-friendly films “Mandela:Long Walk to Freedom” and “Cool Runnings” along with a soca dance workshop led by Candace Thompson. The fun-filled night started at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at Paedergat Park on Foster Ave. (between E. 40th Street and Albany Ave.). Comment.

Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014

West Indies batting must improve!

Fashion: The West Indies cricket team under its new coach will have to take positive steps towards improving its batting performance. At the moment the team lacks international commitment and the high batting standards that go parallel with the game. The West Indies lost to New Zealand, which merely ranked number eight in Test cricket, is a disgrace. Too many players have not shown that commitment in Tests and One-day International and that has been the downfall of West Indies cricket. This has been compounded by at one stage and incompetent captain, unqualified selectors and too much interest in the Twenty20 format of the game. Comment.

Husband searches for missing wife in erotic thriller

Movies: “The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears” Comment.

Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014

The vanishing children of Nigeria

Books: More than 300 young girls in Nigeria were allegedly kidnapped for sale by Boko Haram, a terrorist organization. First Lady Michelle Obama intervened requesting justice and the safe return of all females, particularly as this mother of two school-age daughters, carried the sign with the statement, “#Bring Back Our Girls.” Comment.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

BAM receives National Medal of Arts

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) was among 12 individuals and organizations who on Monday received the 2013 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama. Comment.
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