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Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016

Formerly homeless woman talks overcoming in debut book

People: Facing abuse and teen pregnancy, Christina Richardson left home when she was 17 years old. Being homeless on and off for seven years, she trekked her way out of the New York City shelter system three years ago, and in her debut book titled “The Pleasure in the Pain” — she talks about her life. Comment

Undocumented Haitians face deportation

Haiti: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed deep concern about the resumed deportation of undocumented Haitian immigrants from the United States. Comment

Second annual grant competition awards 3

Haiti: Haitian entrepreneurs received some considerable funds for their start-ups at the second annual PowerUp! Kreyol Business Plan competition in Prospect Heights on Sept. 26. Comment

Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

Urgent care center opens fifth location in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Bushwick is the latest neighborhood to be served by an urgent care center. The new location opened in the underserved area on Sept. 21. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Inaugural ceremony celebrates men of color

Brooklyn: Hardworking men of color were celebrated in high style at a ceremony awarding and honoring men for their achievements on Sept. 17. Comment

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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016

Flatbush Junction carnival counters J’Ouvert violence

Music: Call it a J’ouv-over. Comment

Friday, Sept. 16, 2016

Vox pop: Should the city consider shutting down J’ouvert?

Brooklyn: The shooting deaths of two young parade-goers at this years J’ouvert parade is forcing local pols and community members to think about the possibility of permanently shutting down the parade. Critics of the annual pre-dawn carnival celebration — which starts in Prospect Heights and ends in Prospect Lefferts-Gardens — say the large gathering which is estimated to be 250,000 people, is an attraction for violent crime. Whereas fans of J’ouvert say critics are using the cultural fest as a scapegoat, ignoring the crime that usually occurs in the area. Comment

Guyanese designer debuts eco-friendly designs

Fashion: Pursuing fashion was not on her immediate table but finding a loophole into design whilst having a full time job is what brought this designer to the industry. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016

Consul general not singled out for recall: Gonsalves

St Vincent: Despite agitation in some quarters in New York, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves says ex-New York Consul General Selmon Walters was not singled out for recall. Comment

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016

Artist displays realistic artwork from carnival

Arts & Theater: Florida-based artist Weldon Ryan has painted many pieces of art depicting carnival-partying people for almost three decades. Frequenting carnival events in Miami and Brooklyn, Ryan captures images from these colorful events, and paints them on canvasses. He recently showcased these artworks, some for the first time, and he is ready to paint even more. Comment

Friday, Sept. 9, 2016

Young talent preps for school with concert

Brooklyn: Local kids closed out summer showcasing their talents one last time before school starts. Comment

Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Jamaican pageant winner to debut during Labor Day weekend

Music: Former Miss Universe Jamaica, Kaci Fennell will make her big apple debut this week for two major Caribbean events in New York City — one of the largest Caribbean music events, and the West Indian American Day Carnival on Labor Day. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016

State Department to host panel on Caribbean

Brooklyn: The U.S. Department of State plans to talk Caribbean issues concluding a week of Caribbean celebrations. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016

New netball courts debut in Crown Heights

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and community leaders unveiled the Carlos Lezama Netball Courts at Lincoln Terrace park in Crown Heights on Aug. 27. Comment

Friday, Aug. 26, 2016

Fiancée of Sean Bell speaks at benefit event

Brooklyn: Local artists expressed feelings about police violence at the “Fists Up, Guns Down” benefit show, at the Five Myles Gallery on Aug. 19. Comment

Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016

Local dancer becomes international choreographer

Music: A Brooklyn choreographer is keeping dancehall alive, one move at a time. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016

QUEEN OF THE BAY

Fashion: It is a pageant based in history. A dozen people entered the Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Fort Greene on August 20 for the 48th Queen of the Bay New York pageant. The pageant, which honors Belizean beauties coinciding with the country’s battle to independence from Spain – crowned a winner for 2016-2017 title. Comment

Monday, Aug. 22, 2016

Jerk fest brings staycation to Williamsburg

Food: Wanderlusters rejoice — a 12-day festival has come to Williamsburg to bring the Caribbean to Brooklyn for weeks of music, food, and island vibes. Comment

Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016

Socacize brings a Caribbean style to exercising

Music: Forget the gym and get fit for carnival to soca music. A dance workout that combines soca music and exercise, better known as socacize, gets participants physically active to a sound they know best. That is the concept for the high-and-low aerobic workout instructed to Caribbean music. With the Labor Day parade approaching, dance instructors want you to get ready for carnival and encourage more health-conscious attitudes in the Caribbean community. Comment

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016

West Indian parade seeks new parade goers

Music: Join the West Indian Day Parade before it gets cool. The organizers of the epic Caribbean carnival are trekking around the borough to recruit local hipsters and other newcomers for the annual Labor Day procession down Eastern Parkway, in what they say is an attempt to keep up with Brooklyn’s changing demographics. Comment

Reggae jams at Coney Island boardwalk

Music: These tunes have deep roots! Reggae fans got a history lesson while they rocked to the iconic musical style at Reggae on the Boardwalk on Aug. 14. Disc jockeys spun styles including early “roots” reggae and the drum- and bass-heavy dub — but the best part was learning how they all fit together from iconic record producer Jack Scorpio, according to one fan. Comment

NYC ‘Build It Back’ calls for housing assistance

Brooklyn: Some experiences will always remain vivid in our minds and some folks who experienced the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 are constantly being reminded of those horrific moments as they are still going though the ordeals of not having their homes totally refurbished. Comment

Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

Night at the museum Caribbean style!

Music: It was a Caribbean night at the museum. Thousands of people celebrated Caribbean heritage and culture at the Brooklyn Museum for “caribBEING in Brooklyn” on Aug. 6. Guests danced to music, did cultural workshops, even got to watch a few films. One guest enjoyed the events atmosphere so much, she plans on coming to the museum more often. Comment

Monday, Aug. 8, 2016

Debut Caribbean author among noms for lit award

Books: A local Caribbean-American author up for nomination for the Brooklyn Eagle’s Literary Prize, is thrilled about her very first book being up for the prize, and hopes to make a dent in Caribbean literature. Comment

Friday, Aug. 5, 2016

Parker wants safe staffing bill into law by 2017

Brooklyn: Nurses who work in hospitals could soon find their jobs easier if this new bill aimed to decrease patient ratio passes. Comment

New play tackles foreign investment in Barbados

Arts & Theater: Caribbean theater is tackling foreign investment in the region. A new Barbados-set play will approach the subject of international investors purchasing land in the Caribbean, through the story of a Barbadian family. The story details investment as an ongoing problem in the Caribbean and shows the downsides of investment tears the family apart. Comment

Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016

DOT adds longer parking time for Nostrand Ave

Brooklyn: The Department of Transportation, accompanied by Borough President Eric Adams, business owners, and members of the Nostrand Avenue Merchants Association, will add longer metered parking times for Nostrand Avenue, the departments Brooklyn commissioner announced on Thursday, July 28. Comment

Friday, July 29, 2016

City launches campaign for safer J’ouvert

Brooklyn: J’ouvert celebrations will be a lot safer this year. Finally equipped with a city permit for the first time since it has been active, the pre-dawn parade leading up to the West Indian Day parade on Labor Day, will see major changes this year. Comment

Bringing peace to the parade

Brooklyn: As Brooklyn’s biggest Caribbean events are prepped to take off, one local organization wants to assure that parade goers will embark on it safely with social media. Comment

Monday, July 25, 2016

Fort Hamilton garrison to change commanders

People: Col. Joseph Davidson, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton commander, will relinquish command to Col. Peter Sicoli in a change of command ceremony at the Fort Hamilton Engeldrum Bluff July 27 at 10 am. Comment