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Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015

Two CAL pilots suspended

Trinidad and Tobago: The two pilots of the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight, which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at JFK International Airport in New York last Saturday night, have been taken off duties, pending the outcome of an investigation. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Cash Poor Essential College Guidance

Queens: “Cash Poor or College? The Essential Guide to College Admissions,” a free and open-to-the public lecture series at Queens Library at Laurelton, Queens is equipping, a predominantly group of teens and families to navigate the college admissions process. Comment.

Cash Poor Essential College Guidance

Queens: “Cash Poor or College? The Essential Guide to College Admissions,” a free and open-to-the public lecture series at Queens Library at Laurelton, Queens is equipping, a predominantly group of teens and families to navigate the college admissions process. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Fashionably Funny Productions (FFP) presents “Fireside Chat” a night of whimsy and humorous tales featuring NYC’s and Westchester County’s best and brightest comics at the Chat American Grill (1 Christie Place) in Scarsdale, N.Y. at 9:30 p.m. Having successfully produced shows at venues in Manhattan, FFP producer / performer Maryssa Smith (The Wendy Williams Show, Westchester Comedy Festival) brings a talented roster of comics for this inaugural Westchester show including: headliner Leighann Lord (Fox News Strategy Room,” ABC-TV’s “The View”); Sydnee Washington (Broadway Comedy Club, The Stand);Tanya Cooper (Gotham Comedy Club, NOMA);Dan Opp (Commuter Comedy, Westchester Comedy Festival);Maryelle Turner (The Comic Strip Live); Regina DeCicco Comedian (Laugh’s on FOX, Westchester Comedy Festival); Jayson Cross (Zanie’s, Nip/Tuck) and Chrissie Mayr (The Wendy Williams Show, Comedy at Stonewall). Seating begins at 9:15 p.m. No cover (suggested donation $5) with a two-item minimum.. The Chat American Grill, which features outstanding food and drinks can be accessed from the Bronx River Parkway and is near the Scarsdale station of the Metro North Railroad’s Harlem line. For directions and reservations (for The Fireplace Room), call (914) 722-4000 or go to: http://chatamericangrill.com/nightlife.htm. Comment.

Caribbean pols remember MLK

Brooklyn: The Caribbean community and elected officials on Monday joined the nation in celebrating the birthday of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment.

Brooklyn BP, community look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio

Brooklyn: There were no backs turned in protest of the appearance of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio when he appeared in Brooklyn to attend the nation’s largest gathering held annually in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment.

Brooklyn BP, community look forward to Mayor Bill de Blasio

Brooklyn: There were no backs turned in protest of the appearance of New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio when he appeared in Brooklyn to attend the nation’s largest gathering held annually in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comment.

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015

New day dawns for Bichotte

Brooklyn: Amid the treacherous weather, over a thousand constituents witnessed the community swearing-in ceremony at Brooklyn College on Sunday of newly-elected Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichote. Bichotte, the first Haitian American to be elected to the State Legislature, was sworn in as the representative for the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn by Mayor Bill deBlasio, replacing the retired Rhoda Jacobs. Comment.

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

UWI fundraiser to laud legacy winners

People: There are those who consider the annual American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI) gala the most-anticipated black-tie event of the year. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015

Feds probe near collision involving Caribbean Airways

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is reportedly probing what has been described as a near collision Saturday night between Caribbean Airways and Jetblue Airline at John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, according to reports. Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

Hundreds attend Perry’s swearing-in ceremony

Brooklyn: Despite the very cold weather, hundreds of community residents and officials on Saturday witnessed the community swearing-in ceremony for New York State Assemblyman Nick Perry. Comment.

Carribbean group welcomes IDNY

New York: At least one Caribbean group has already embraced the recently-launched IDNYC government-issued, identification card. According to Mel Newell, a member of the Jamaica Progressive League Inc., the organization intends to promote application of the free, photo identification now available to more than 500,000 immigrants without legal status who consider New York City home. Comment.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

Sun Kulcha

Queens: low-impact zumba: Join us for a dance-fitness class that’s friendly and fun 11:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m. It uses the Zumba formula, with modified moves and pacing for active older people and those just starting their journey to a fit and healthy lifestyle. Be sure to let your doctor know that you will be participating in an exercise class. RSVP: (866)539-0999 206-20 Linden Blvd Cambria Heights, NY 11411. Comment.

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015

Students pay tribute to fallen officers in Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn: A cold wind swept through the snow-dusted schoolyard at PS 368 in Bedford- Stuyvesant. Teachers working late peered out of the windows on Stockton Street and watched as a block-long of bundled up children in the middle of the street shouted as they walked, “All lives matter! All lives matter! Comment.

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015

US Black group to host reparations summit

New York: A major Black group in the United States says it will host the next summit of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission early this year. Comments (1).

We Remember Haiti: A full day of events, Jan. 12

Haiti: Jan. 12 will be the five-year anniversary of the earthquake that devastated Haiti when hundreds of thousands perished or were injured. This milestone anniversary is not going unnoticed in New York. Comments (1).

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Sun Kulcha

Queens: comedy: No Name Comedy/ Variety Show kicks off another year of comedy, music and fun at Otto’s in Manhattan at 7:00 p.m. Producer Eric Vetter’s talented performers features comedian Liz Miele (Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart”) writer / comedian Bruce Cherry (Marijuana-logues’), comedian / television personality Amanda Seales (Huffpost Live) and a few surprises. Comment.

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015

Bichotte saddened by passing of ex-NY gov

New York: Newly-elected Haitian American legislator New York State Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has expressed sadness over the passing of former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. Comment.

Cuomo pardons 2 former inmates facing deportation

Guyana: ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pardoned two men who completed prison sentences and turned their lives around but faced threats to their U.S. residency from the convictions. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 27, 2014

A toast to Karen Aletha Maybank MD, MPH

Brooklyn: Since 2009, Dr. Karen Aletha Maybank led the Brooklyn District Public as assistant commissioner, and has made an indelible mark on the landscape of health across Brooklyn. On a festive evening in early December, representatives from various community organization, as well as government officials came together to raise a toast to honor her for her work and passion in the borough Comment.

Tosh estate to donate ‘Equal Rights’ revenue

Music: The estate of Jamaican reggae icon and Grammy-winning musician Peter Tosh recently announced that 10 percent of all net income collected throughout 2015, from streaming and downloads of the 1977 mega-hit Tosh released called “Equal Rights” will be donated to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014

Caribbean pols revile killing

Brooklyn: Caribbean legislators in New York have condemned the killing on Saturday afternoon, at point-blank range, of two police officers by a gunman, who, officials said, had traveled to New York from Baltimore vowing to kill officers. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

Former Vincy coach receives lifetime award

St Vincent: For almost two decades, Rudolph “Rudy” Boucher was renowned as an attacking and stout midfielder on the football (soccer) field and an obdurate St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ national coach. Comments (2).

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: COMEDY: Come and see actor / comic Bob Greenberg (“Old Jews Telling Jokes”) comedian/author/ pundit Leighann Lord (“DICT Jokes”) and comedians Dave Lester (TV One’s “Who’s Got Jokes with Bill Bellamy”) & Joe Rocha (Galavisions !”Que Loco !”). Both shows will feature “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez. At the standard NN@ Ottos start time of 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Cross streets: Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: www.ottosshrunkenhead.com/. Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014

Vincentian businesswoman passes

Brooklyn: Just months after fulfilling her life-long dream of opening a bakery in Brooklyn, Cynthia Williams-Bernard passed away. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

World AIDS Day in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: In commemorating World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, Lutheran Family Health Centers’ (LFHC) Caribbean-American site, in conjunction with the Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA), gathered for a special march and event to raise HIV/AIDS awareness and to educate the community on prevention. Comment.

‘I Can’t Breathe!’ protest rages on

Staten Island: The last words stifling through the lungs of Eric Garner, has become the mantra of a nationwide call for policing reform in communities of color. Comment.

Black Friday Protest slated for Wall Street

Brooklyn: Three weeks after the day-after Thanksgiving national sale marathon popularly known as Black Friday, a Day of Outrage protest rally will be held at the headquarters of America’s financial district. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014

Identity theft alert, what you should do

Books: Your credit card was declined. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014

Sun Kulcha

Queens: MUSIC: The multi-talented Alex DeSuze returns to the Indian Road Café to host the “No Name Uptown Cabaret Second Monday” monthly singers showcase. DeSuze, will be joined by a guest musical director. Producer Eric Vetter calls the Cabaret an opportunity to enjoy and share your art with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists in a safe and fun place! Indian Road Café, located at 600 West 218th St., offers an excellent wine, beer and coffee selection as well as great food from paninis to lobster mac and cheese, all amidst a warm and casual atmosphere. The next Uptown Cabaret show will start at 7:00 p.m. with sign up beginning at 6:45 p.m. No cover, no minimum and for additional information, call (212) 942-7451. For more “No Name” information, go to http://www.nonamenyc.com. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014

Witherspoon stars in adaptation of best-selling memoir

Movies: Cheryl Strayed’s (Reese Witherspoon) life went into a tailspin right after the untimely death of her mother (Laura Dern). The grief-stricken 22-year-old subsequently became emotionally estranged from the people closest to her, including her husband, Paul (Thomas Sadowski), and her brother, Leif (Keene McRae). Comment.

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014

Caribbean pols outraged over grand jury decision

Brooklyn: Caribbean American legislators in Brooklyn have expressed outrage over a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in Staten Island in the death of a black man who died when the officer used a chokehold to restrain him. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014

Booters turn to running

New York: From soccer to marathon running! That’s the story of a 39-year-old native of Haiti who now resides in Valley Stream, Long Island. Reggie Hyppolite, who runs unattached, decided to enter into a Turkey Trot of 10K or 6.2 miles in Long Beach, Long Island. The course took the runners from the boardwalk in Long Beach through the city’s streets and finished near the starting line. Hyppolite competed in the event because he had some friends also running the race. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 5, 2014


Trinidad and Tobago: When the New York Red Bulls lost the MLS Eastern Conference two-game finals series to the New England Revolution last Saturday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro (MA), it not only marked the end of the season and the gallant effort to play in the 2014 MLS Cup, but the end of a memorable era in the club’s history - the end of Captain Thierry Henry as a Red Bull. Comment.

Jonkunnu arrives for Ole Time Grand Market

Jamaica: A traditional Jamaican holiday folk treat is due in Jamaica, Queens. From the hot climes of the Caribbean to the brisk and chilly, urban New York community of Queens, BRAATA education and outreach team promises to deliver an Ole Time Grand Market. Slated for Dec. 13 the event will celebrate the island’s traditional holiday practice and perhaps introduce a new generation of revelers and fans. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says its expert missions are supporting Eastern Caribbean countries in preparing for a potential case of the Ebola virus. Comment.

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Barefoot Artist (Unrated) Poignant portrait of 73-year-old Lily Yeh, the Chinese artist-turned-global humanitarian who, based on a belief that access to art is a fundamental human right, created a foundation which transformed abandoned lots and buildings into parks, gardens, theaters, studios and educational facilities for poor kids in Philadelphia, Rwanda, Kenya, Ecuador and elsewhere around the world. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Report: Nearly 50 percent of jobs held by women in the Caribbean are ‘precarious’

Brooklyn: A new report by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean says that nearly half of the women in Latin America and the Caribbean who have paid work — 47.7 percent —are employed in low-productivity jobs that offer little social protection. Comment.

St. V’s prime minister downplays Marshall controversy

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves on Sunday presented embattled, newly-appointed Deputy New York Consul General Sehon Marshall to his compatriots in the Big Apple even after an initial outcry over his would-be appointment. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014

New book spotlights Haitian cuisine

Food: Anticipation percolated. On a pre-Thanksgiving, weekday night, they packed Colors Restaurant. It was the awaited launch of “Haiti: Uncovered,” Nadege Fleurimond’s “regional adventure into the art of Haitian cuisine,” part cookbook, part travel book that should reside on your coffee table. Comment.

Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014

Legendary rapper helps out Laurelton library

Queens: The Laurelton Friends at Queens Library decided not to depend upon a promise to fund employing instructors to teach elementary- to college-age students in the Laurelton Library’s after-school program. Instead of relying upon speculations of public funding to compensate for support staff to enhance the academic needs of students frequenting one of Queens Library’s more than 60 plus active libraries, the Laurelton Friends Board of Directors held a successful fundr-aiser in the public institution’s facility. Comment.

ICC judge is appointed

Jamaica: Renowned Jamaican and international jurist Patrick Robinson has been appointed to serve as a judge of the International Criminal Court of Justice for nine years starting in February 2015. Comments (1).

Friday, Nov. 28, 2014

SVG PM honors Brooklyn Day Care executive with ‘Certificate of Appreciation’

St Vincent: If there is one Vincentian in the United States who has stood out over the years in providing a meeting place for myriad organizations, political parties and individuals free of charge, it’s Vaughan Toney. Comment.

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014

Caribbean Life celebrates ‘40 Under 40’

Brooklyn: There was nothing but sheer ecstasy last Thursday night as Caribbean Life, the nation’s most-widely circulated Caribbean newspaper, honored its “40 Under 40” Caribbean achievers at a gala ceremony at Sirico’s in the Dyker Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. Comments (1).

Dancing Haiti’s history with KaNu Dance Theater

Arts & Theater: On Nov. 15, KaNu Dance Theater’s “Malgré Tout” was presented at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center (JCAL), the 1858 Dutch Reformed Church in Jamaica, Queens. The title means “Despite all, Haiti’s Still Standing.” Comment.

Human rights group reacts to O’s immigration plan

New York: A major human rights group in the United States has described as “laudable but incomplete” President Obama’s executive actions to fix the United States’ “broken immigration system” by halting deportations of certain undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment.

Red Bulls lose to New England 2–1

New York: Last Sunday’s New York Red Bulls–New England Revolution match-up at Red Bull Arena had all the trappings of a first-leg game in the MLS Eastern Conference finals series: it was a very tense, physical, but well-played game in front of an enthusiastic sellout crowd of 25,000 on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The highly technical game lived up to its billing on the field — all was perfect in New York except one thing, the main thing, the win, which was stolen from New York by New England, 2–1. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

Griffith looks to repeat

New York: One of the top scorers and playmakers in the nation, and highly ranked on its basketball team, Kodebe Griffith, is trying to impress professional scouts. This backcourt player’s specialist is setting up for his John Jay College teammates. He did this part of his game in his junior season at John Jay. Comment.