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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. Comment.

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.

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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

NY’s Cuomo become 1st US governor to visit Cuba post-detente

Cuba: HAVANA (AP) _ Cuban officials and New York business executives are exploring ways for companies to do business on the communist-run island despite the longstanding U.S. embargo that makes most trade and investment illegal, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Comment.

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.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Spring Spectacular boasts alluring NYC attractions

New York: Hats off to the new ‘Spectacular’ currently presented for a limited engagement until May 7 at Radio City Music Hall. With all the seasonable spectacles staged since 1932 when the venue first opened followed by the “Glory of Easter” the following year, the annual ‘Magnificent Christmas Spectacular, this year the New York Spring Spectacular” boasts a live and alluring 21st century salute to the city that never sleeps. Comments (1).

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moves to bolster reparations movements

St Vincent: Participants at a major reparations summit in New York have agreed to consolidate the growing African global reparations movement and to call on all civil society organizations and governments in countries around the world with Afro-descendant populations to establish national reparations commissions or committees. Comment.

Equal Pay Day at City Hall

People: New York State Assembly women colleagues with women from New York City Council rallied at City Hall on Equal Pay Day, April 14, to remind the public of the income gap between men and women and the importance of wage equality. Comment.

Caribbean program to spotlight Immigrant Heritage Week

Brooklyn: It is unlikely there will be a parade, dancing in the streets or even a ceremonial proclamation presentation to mark the 11th annual weeklong celebration of Immigrant Heritage Week but from April 17 to April 24 New York City will record another milestone anniversary of the historic period the most immigrants crossed Ellis Island. Comment.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Outrage over shooting death of unarmed Black man

Brooklyn: At least two City legislators have expressed outrage over the shooting death of an unarmed Black man in the back, as he ran away, by a white police officer in North Charleston, S.C. Comment.

Garifuna celebrates heritage at Boro Hall

Honduras: From 2010 on, the New York State (NYS) Assembly and later the NYS Senate began to recognize through proclamations the Garifuna community in the metro-New York area. The Bronx and Brooklyn have the greatest concentration of Garifuna outside of Central America (Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua). Comment.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Walker’s human trafficking bills become law

Brooklyn: A series of bills co-sponsored by newly-elected State Assemblywoman Latrice Walker that would help prevent human trafficking, strengthen protections for victims and increase penalties on traffickers have become law. Comment.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Mayor de Blasio extends rent stabilization law

New York: Mayor Bill de Blasio has signed into law a bill extending the rent stabilization laws in New York City until April 1, 2018. The bill was sponsored by Council Member Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan); Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee; Council Member Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), and others. Comment.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Budget hearing for youth services

New York: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, chair of the Committee on Youth Services, said his committee on Friday jointly hosted a preliminary budget hearing with the Committee on Community Development in the Council Chambers at City Hall in lower Manhattan. Comment.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Reparations summit to be held in NYC

People: The Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), a leading research, policy and advocacy group with offices in New York and Baltimore, says it is holding an International Reparations Summit at various sites across New York City from April 9-12, 2015. Comments (3).

Bichotte votes yes on abortion

Haiti: Newly-elected State Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte has voted in favor of a woman’s right to choose, as the New York State Assembly last week passed stand-alone abortion expansion legislation (A.6221 - Glick/S.4432 - Stewart-Cousins) that would require the state to “not deny a woman’s right to obtain abortion.” Comment.

Mayors of NY & Newark will convene here

People: Four days of serious talk will unite an amalgam of inspiring speakers from April 8 to 11 when the National Action Network holds their national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel. Comment.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Vincentian priests mourn ‘caring’ bishop

Long Island: Two Vincentian Anglican priests who were beneficiaries of an American bishop’s goodwill are mourning his passing, saying he was a “great servant of God” and a “caring” shepherd. Comment.

Honoring slavery’s victims with The Ark of Return

New York: March winds blew through the UN Visitors Plaza. Enduring bone-chilling conditions, dignitaries, VIPs and the public alike braved the blustery weather, shivering during the remarks. Comment.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

CACCI honors women history makers

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) on Thursday, March 26 honored several leading women during its “2015 Women History Makers” celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Politicians honored at women’s conference

Brooklyn: Several elected officials were recognized with congressional citations at the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Comment.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Coast Guard honors Dr. Olivia Hooker

People: The United States Coast Guard says a ceremony was held at Coast Guard Sector New York in Staten Island last Thursday to officially rename the Sector New York Galley in honor of centenarian Dr. Olivia Hooker, who holds the distinction of being the first African-American woman admitted into the U.S. Coast Guard. Comment.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NY State Assembly passes Paid Family Leave Act

New York: New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan and Assemblymember Michele Titus on Tuesday, March 17 announced the passage of the Paid Family Leave Act that will enable all workers to maintain employment and still receive some income while on leave to care for an elderly relative, manage an unexpected medical emergency, or bond with a newborn or adopted child (A.3870, Nolan). Comment.

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Yorkers march in solidarity with Selma

New York: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, civil rights activist Norman Siegel, Karen Daughtry and State Senator Jesse Hamilton walked arm in arm over the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday along with hundreds of others. Those who couldn’t make it to Selma, Alabama to mark the historic 50th anniversary of “Sunday Bloody Sunday” marched symbolically on Saturday. Comment.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

McCray calls for women’s equality at Int. Women’s Day March

New York: First Lady of New York Chirlane McCray fired up thousands at a demonstration rally in the shadow of the United Nations in New York City, calling for women’s equality on International Woman’s Day, Sunday, March 8. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

EmblemHealth brings SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to NY

New York: EmblemHealth, New York’s leading health benefits and wellness company, announced today that it has brought the successful Hartford-based SisterTalk Healthy Lifestyle Program to New York. 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.