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Friday, July 24, 2015

‘Life in the Rain Forest’

Arts & Theater: Torrential rains in the Caribbean last year created a damp and dense atmosphere in the forested area where my family and I vacationed. The flora and fauna challenged us. We endured the constant buzz of the various insects. The melodious sounds of the birds, the beautiful flowers and plants were a joy to behold. Comment.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

All day feast on Jamaican Jerk favorites

Food: Queens might still be covered in jerk spices, smoke and proud Jamaican flags. With high praises, full bellies, cooking demos and plenty more, the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival took over the borough’s Roy Wilkins Park for a day of “food, family and fun.” Comment.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

THE TEMPEST TAKES HARLEM

Arts & Theater: What does the Caribbean and William Shakespeare have in common? In many depictions of his famous plays, the characters are often depicted to be white and set in the many countries of Europe. The Cultural Theatre of Harlem, however, is taking Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and infusing an Afro-Caribbean layer to create a universal story. Comment.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Garner anniversary to coincide with Madiba Day

Brooklyn: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela Comment.

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Winning goal for heroines & FIFA

New York: New York City proved the best venue for showcasing a positive aspect to International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) and the athletic women champions who won their third World Cup recently. Comment.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

D’Midas presents ‘Kaleidoscope on Broadway’

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based D’Midas International, N.Y. is hoping to continue doing well in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, as it presents “Kaleidoscope on Broadway.” Comment.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sneakers get a second chance

Fashion: Make your way down Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne Street and Cortelyou Road. What do you notice? On each passing block you might take note of a surplus of nail and hair salons, Chinese American and Caribbean American restaurants and not to mention a plethora of sneaker stores. Comment.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Street vending at the touch of an app

Haiti: Anything can be made available to us with just a push of a button on our favorite smart devices. Now, even grandma is technologically savvy and as we continue to advance it only makes sense to utilize these advancements for something a bit more meaningful than the usual selfie. Comment.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Carib pols welcome appointment of special prosecutor

People: Caribbean legislators in Brooklyn have generally welcomed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s decision to appoint Attorney General Eric Schneiderman as a special prosecutor in cases where an unarmed person dies at the hands of a law enforcement officer. Comment.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Knicks strive to move up

New York: Jerian Grant was known to be a scorer for Notre Dame during his four-year college career. He also can play at other positions on the court and be more of putting the ball in the hoop. Comment.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Apply for Destination>Brooklyn mini-grants: Adams

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) are urging the borough’s small local cultural organizations to apply for the second annual Destination>Brooklyn mini-grants. Comment.

Hot ‘N spicy but clean comedy

Arts & Theater: It is said that laughter is good for your health. A hearty laugh can change the outlook of a bad day, even if only for the few moments a chuckle might last. Comment.

Everyone can’t simply move to the Caribbean

Brooklyn: Living life on an island with beautiful ocean views, breathtaking sunsets, rich in culture, history, food and plenty rum — that is a life envious of anyone. Whether you are of Caribbean descent or not, there is something enticing about leaving the fog and dirty beaches of our beloved New York City for that clear ocean blue found in Trinidad and Tobago or the Bahamas. Comment.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Healthy twists on Caribbean dishes

Food: Can organic, healthy and Caribbean be said all in the same sentence? Words such as rich and heavy are often used to describe Caribbean food with jerk chicken, rice and peas and more leading the charge with hefty portions. Nola Ro is combatting these affiliations with her healthy twists on what Caribbean American food can be from tasty hummus filled cucumber bites to coconut wings. Comments (2).

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rent freeze a win for tenants

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Councilman Jumaane Williams have welcomed the decision by the rent control board to freeze for one year rent increases, saying it’s a win for tenants. Comment.

Street art inspires August Martin students

Arts & Theater: August Martin High School is known as the “worst school” in New York with a graduation rate of 39 percent. Students attending August Martin often describe their school as a jail or mental institution, however, their description does not apply to a too strict faculty or over-representation of school safety officers. Comment.

Caribbean African Reggae Fest

Music: Music is the international language that transcends culture and state lines. New York is a hub for international acts to reach another edge of their audience as seen in popular music festivals like Prospect Park’s concert series at the Bandshell. Comment.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Celebrate International Reggae Day July 1

Music: At the start of July, the world will be consumed by Reggae music. For 24 hours, International Reggae Day (IRD) Festival – a global media festival – will celebrate the best of Jamaica’s creativity and contributions worldwide. Comment.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Brooklyn duo ‘nails’ it with Breukelen Polished

Trinidad and Tobago: Ease back into a plush chair and let your mind wander. Your hands are precious, used daily and abused by dish washing soap, turning doorknobs, handshakes with other movers and shakers and much more. Comment.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Dine Caribbean in fine style

Food: Throw the word “diet,” “waist trainer” and the phrase “summer body” out the window. The second annual Caribbean Restaurant Week is upon us, from June 22 - 29. Fourteen different locations are prepared to satisfy your taste buds, stomach and most importantly your wallet with discounts prices. Comment.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Foodies taste the islands

Food: Two words generally make a crowd of people happy: free and food. Brooklyn’s Borough Hall Caribbean American Heritage Month celebrations combined the two concepts Friday, June 12 with the annual Taste of the Caribbean event. Comment.

Move to drive Caribbean fashion forward

Fashion: The situation is dire when it is in the red. When it comes to any business, financials dipping into the red zone can signify possible closure due to poor money management, marketing etc. Comment.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

On being a ‘Caribpolitan’ in the Diaspora

People: Living in major cities with thriving pockets of communities maintaining their culture and heritage, diaspora may now be to general a term to adequately represent the modern day Caribbean transplant or descendant. Comment.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

NYC comptroller honors Caribbean Americans

New York: New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said that the city contains a wonderful mix of cultures and traditions, and noted that the Caribbean American community stands out for its energy, vibrancy and strong sense of community. Comment.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Outrage over leadership on rent regulations

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has expressed his outrage over the inability to reach an agreement on rent regulations in the City. Comment.

Caribbean Americans are ready for business

Brooklyn: To run a business in New York City is not a simple feat. For business owners, an extensive network with resources is just as important as the services or goods the new business provides. For Caribbean nationals and Caribbean Americans, working with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) is their network to help them succeed. Comment.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Chef Sam makes street food for every island

Food: New Yorkers crave anything fast, easy and most importantly efficient. Show me a New Yorker who is not on-the-go and it is 99.9 percent most likely that they are actually a tourist. Speaking to Caribbean-American New Yorkers, Chef Samuel Branch makes island street food perfect for those New York minutes we are unable to spare. Comment.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Flatbush Fair kicks off the summer

Haiti: Nothing says summer better than a street fair. Face painting, Italian sausage, funnel cake and impromptu dance contests commanded Flatbush Avenue from Parkside Avenue to Cortelyou Road Sunday, June 14. Comment.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

DANCE CARIBBEAN

Arts & Theater: By Alley Olivier Who are you? What are you? Where are you from? These seemingly simple questions turn out to be loaded with layers of complexity to explore through what should be a short answer. Exploring the dimensions of what contributes in shaping our identities while managing the influence of Caribbean heritage – whether native or a descendant – Candace Thompson aims to push those conversations through dance. Comment.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Community supports Bichotte on education tax credit

Brooklyn: Dozens of parents and community members rallied on Monday in showing support for Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte, who has continuously stood firm again Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Parental Choice in Education Act.” Comment.

Calypso Musical still relevant

Arts & Theater: It is said that art reflects reality. It is also said that history repeats itself. For “De Roaring 70’s A Calypso Musical,” despite the time period seeming so long ago, the message of struggle and oppression rings true today. Comment.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Elected officials arrested during rent law protest

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte and other city and state elected officials were arrested last Wednesday in front of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office in Albany in their fight for the rights of New York City tenants and stronger rent laws. Comment.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Brooklyn Boro Prez kicks off Caribbean Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: President Barack Obama declared June as Caribbean Heritage Month on May 29, 2015. Friday June 5, 2015 Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric L. Adams kicked off his office’s month-long celebration featuring an array of Caribbean-fused activities. Comments (1).

Taste of Africa during NY African Restaurant Week

Food: Who’s hungry? New York African Restaurant Week 2015 (NYARW) kicked off May 31 with 23 different restaurants prepared to fill your waiting bellies. The NYARW is an annual cultural event encouraging people of all ethnicities to expose themselves to the spices and tastes of Africa. Comment.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Marching against senseless violence

Brooklyn: Marches and rallies are no longer a concept of the past. In recent months, we have seen marches stop traffic, take over bridges and more across the states and in New York City. Comment.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Comptroller steps in to protect immigrant workers

Guyana: For immigrant workers, it can seem like an uphill battle to secure representation genuinely invested in their interests and concerns. On May 18, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer showed his support for immigrant workers by presenting checks for work completed on various New York City public schools and the Queens Museum. Comment.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Celebrate Caribbean Week

New York: Dear New York: get ready for Caribbean Week 2015. Our beloved city will be over run with a week of events from daily chef presentations to the highly anticipated Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction. Comment.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Florence Sarah Thibou celebrates 100 years

Brooklyn: Florence Sarah Thibou turned 100 years old on Friday, May 21, 2015; a remarkable milestone! Ms. Thibou, better known as “Mama,” who resides at the New York Congregational Nursing Home in Brooklyn, New York is not your typical nursing home resident. She is fully cognizant and all of her faculties are intact. Her mind is amazingly sharp. She recollects events and family memories with amazing clarity. Mama also has a very feisty, no nonsense personality. At the blessed age of 100 she has earned the right to say what she wants and doesn’t suffer foolishness from anyone. Comments (2).

Vibrant headwraps

Fashion: Atop every woman’s head is a crown. Whether it is invisible or tangibly catching the rays of the sun, celebrating women’s strength and affluence go beyond one month or day. Paola Mathe, a Haitian native, is leading the celebration of women and their many hues of beauty through her fashionable, statement-making headwraps. Comment.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

AphroChic fuses culture and interior design

Books: Personal style goes far beyond the clothes on your back. How you style your home after graduating from the cutesy designs of your college dorm room courtesy of Target, says a lot about you, your interests and maybe even your cultural background. For the happily married Jeanine Hays and Bryan Mason, interior design and culture go hand in hand. Comment.