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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

Friday, July 22, 2016

Williams hails Nelson Mandela International Day

Brooklyn: As the world on Monday celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, a Grenadian American legislator here has paid tribute to the late South African president whom he said had an “unwavering devotion for human rights, peace and social justice.” Comment

City Council passes Williams’ Use of Force bill

Brooklyn: New York City Council last Thursday passed Council Member Jumaane Williams’ Use of Force bill that requires that the New York Police Department (NYPD) issue quarterly reports on the use of force and their relationship to quality of life offenses. Comments (6)

Chef Andre talks judging at Jerk Festival and future

Food: The sixth annual Grace Jerk Jamaican Festival transformed Roy Wilkins Park to a feast of jerk flavors last weekend, and aside from all the music and food, a local recognizable face was also at the festival. Comment

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Forum on homelessness among Black gay youth

Manhattan: Inclusive religious leaders are hosting a forum to address homelessness among minority gay youth in New York City. The event will take place on July 27 at the Metropolitan Health Center, located at 1901 1st Ave. in Manhattan at 6:30 pm. Comment

Friday, July 15, 2016

NYC Parks, AT&T expand free public Wi-Fi and solar mobile charging

New York: NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FACIP, recently joined AT&T’s New York President Marissa Shorenstein, Bronx Borough President Rueben Diaz, Jr. and community members to announce a deal to extend free public AT&T Wi-Fi in the Parks for an additional five years. Comment

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Jerk fest promises kid-friendly activities, Rupee

Music: The sixth annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will kick off Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, on Sunday, July 17. The annual culinary and musical festival boasts of the best jerk dishes and musical performances by leading Caribbean artists. The daylong event starts at noon and will continue until 8 pm. Comment

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Historical society honors immigrant New Yorkers

Haiti: New York City Councilmember Mathieu Eugene originally from Haiti along with fellow Councilmember Margaret Chin from Hong Kong and two other outstanding immigrant Americans: Rick Rescorla — from Cornwall, UK and Adrian P Flannelly from Ireland were recognized for their contributions to American society on July 3. Comment

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Local organization to host forum on gentrification

Brooklyn: The Flatbush Tenant Coalition will host a forum for residents of East Flatbush and local politicians on July 17. The forum plans to address tenant rights, gentrification, and the deliberate pricing out of tenants from once affordable homes in the area. Comments (1)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Local Olympian wants gold for Haiti

Haiti: A local Olympian is heading to Rio with his eyes set on gold. Crown Heights teen Richardson ‘Africa’ Hitchins, will represent Haiti at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next month. Comment

Friday, July 8, 2016

Black Girls Code opens first office in New York

Manhattan: Black girls can code in New York City — in the same building as one of the leading technology companies in the world. The Oakland-based technology organization, Black Girls Code, celebrated the opening of their New York City office at Google’s headquarters on June 29 in Manhattan. Comment

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Mayor begins ‘productive conversation’ with Caribbean community

Brooklyn: With his eyes set on his re-election next year, Mayor Bill deBlasio has wasted no time in starting a “productive conversation” with Caribbean community leaders, small business owners and others in Brooklyn. Comment

Friday, July 1, 2016

Rent Justice Coalition, pols hail rent freeze

New York: The Rent Justice Coalition, a group of legal services, organizing, advocacy and tenants, as well as elected officials, have hailed Monday night’s vote by the city’s Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) to freeze rents this year. Comment

New trauma center for East Flatbush

Brooklyn: Members of the East Flatbush community celebrated the grand opening of the Haitian Community Council’s (HCC) new trauma location with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Church Avenue on June 24. Comment

Kings County recognised for its stroke care

Brooklyn: When Purchia Spencer noticed the left side of her body becoming paralyzed she knew something was seriously wrong. As a licensed practical nurse, Purchia was familiar with the signs of stroke and knew she had a limited window of time to get care. She was rushed to NYC Health + Hospitals / Kings County where she was treated by a dedicated stroke team led by Dr. Susan W. Law, director of the hospital’s Stroke Center. Comment

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Political club celebrates male community leaders

St Vincent: Seven community leaders will be honored at Tropical Paradise Ballroom on Utica Avenue in Brooklyn by the Progressive Democratic Political Association (PDPA), headed by former New York Council Member Dr. Una S.T. Clarke. The ceremony will be held on July 10 starting promptly at 4 pm. Comment

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

City Council passes resolutions for Haitian Day

Haiti: New York City Council has unanimously passed resolutions tabled by Haitian-born Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene calling on New York State and the United States to recognize the contributions Haitians have made in the U.S. by establishing a Haitian Day. Comment

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mixer encourages island pride in Flatbush locals

Music: Caribbean creatives networked at a mixer event to celebrate their pride and heritage in East Flatbush on June 17. Comment

Soca, rock artists among acts at music festival

Music: Do you hear the sounds – that’s New York making music. The Make Music New York festival was back for its annual free music festival on June 21 at Ronald McNair park, for a day-long festival of performances from various different artists from all over the world. Guests got to expose themselves to different sounds, and even some of the performers had some fun on the action. Comment

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Film screening highlights black women’s struggles as doctors

Movies: Award-winning filmmaker and author Crystal R. Emery preview-screened her documentary film, “Black Women in Medicine” at the Yale Club in Manhattan on Wednesday, June 8. Comment