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Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011

14 Habitat families celebrate their new Bronx homes

Bronx: Fourteen Habitat-NYC families received the keys to their new homes just in time for Christmas at The Melody, the newest of Habitat-NYC’s projects of low-income working affordable housing in Longwood, South Bronx, named for the neighborhood’s musical legacy. Comment.

30 yrs of Christmas giving to children

Guyana: New Yorkers Brian and Pauline Clarke put a twinkle in the eyes of more than three hundred children in Lodge Village – a small environ in Guyana, when they shared gifts of educational tools, toys and goody bags to bring laughter to the faces of the little ones during their 30th Christmas party and gift giving. Comment.

Rev. James A. Forbes, Jr. gets new commission

People: NEW YORK (Dec. 20, 2011)—Religious leaders from across New York City joined the administration of Union Theological Seminary (Union) as it welcomed the Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes, Jr. to Union and commissioned him to a national ministry of preaching and spiritual renewal. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011

Portraits for self-determining Haiti

Arts & Theater: Régine Romain photographs and researches Haiti’s shifting yet distinct presence throughout the world in an ongoing visual diaspora project. Her work is grounded in individual and community portraiture. This exhibition bridges two compelling views: Romain, the daughter of Haitian immigrants, as the composer of portraits on Haitian life rarely seen, and the reality of Haiti as a self-determining nation – a principle historically rooted in the people’s DNA as resurgent hope. Comment.

Technology education in inner-city neighborhoods

Manhattan: Moving technology into city neighborhoods Comments (1).

Judy Smith appointed

People: HERNDON, Va.-- Judy Smith, vice president of business development for ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) Information Systems division, has been appointed to the board of directors of Women in Aerospace (WIA). WIA is a Washington, D.C.-based organization dedicated to expanding women’s leadership opportunities and visibility in the global aerospace community. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011

Kwanzaa 2011 regales African-American culture

Arts & Theater: Kwanzaa celebrations go into high gear at the American Museum of Natural History’s Milstein Hall of Ocean Life on Dec. 31. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011

Canada to revoke citizenship of fake Carib applicants

St Vincent: In the wake of what has been described as heightened fraudulent claims for asylum in Canada by Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals, the Canadian government says that it intends to revoke the citizenship of at least 1,800 immigrants who allegedly used fraudulent means to become Canadians. Comment.

Carib expats not contributing enough to their homeland economies

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines U.N. envoy, Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves, says most educated Caribbean migrants are not giving back enough in remittances to the region. Comment.

Teacher pens book of inspiring life lessons

Guyana: Cheryl Ainsworth-Martin came from an education dynasty that started in Victoria Village – a small community on the East Coast of Demerara, Guyana. Her parents who were both principals instilled in their nine children the momentousness of education, and the satisfaction it would bring in sharing it. As such, they all became teachers. Comments (3).

Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011

Happy Christmas at Haitian-American Day Care Centers

Haiti: Fueled by spun sugar cotton candy, snow cones with apple juice and pizza, the children that attend the three Haitian-American Day Care Centers in Brooklyn celebrated Christmas a little early on Monday. Comments (1).

Talented teens, top artistes light Harlem

Bronx: The holiday season in Harlem came to life as Harlem’s own Grammy and Oscar nominated music group Impact Repertory Theatre; youth groups Vy Higgins Gospel for Teens and the Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts’ Voices of Excellence choir took center stage for the 35th Annual Harlem Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Comment.

Haitians mourn activist Sonia Pierre

Haiti: “What a big loss,” writes Mauritia St. Fleur. “Our sister, our voice, our warrior, our fighter, our cover,” mourns Ms. St. Fleur from the Dominican Republic on the sudden and premature passing of human rights activist Sonia Pierre who died of a heart attack there at the age of 48 on Dec. 4. Comment.

Grenadian caregivers get new yoga skills

Grenada: A group of 22 participants, 11 of which were child care workers from five of Grenada’s children’s homes, successfully graduated from a Teen Yoga Teacher Training course held from Dec. 2-4. This training, which was organized and funded by REACH Grenada, took place at the Fountain of Youth Yoga Studio in Grenada and was delivered by Erin Wilson of the New York based Karma Kids Yoga Company. Comment.

Dads confer on children’s education

Queens: The Dads Take Your Child To School Men’s Conference at PS 134 was an outgrowth of the Dads Take Your Child To School for the first day of school, which encourages fathers to be involved in their children’s education. Comment.

Pro and con Cuba bills axed from U.S. budget

Cuba: United States Congressional leaders have dropped both a measure to restrict Cuban-American travel and remittances to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island and another to make it easier for Cuba to buy U.S. goods. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2011

Grenadians graduate from MWSU

Grenada: Grenadian students Emma Gay and Joel Donnell Thomas both earned master’s degrees at Midwestern State University’s December 2011 Commencement exercises on Saturday, Dec. 10. They were part of a group of 20 Caribbean students who also walked the stage. Comment.

Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

Howard Beach tragedy remembered

Brooklyn: The family of Michael Griffith and Cedric Sandifford plan their usual private memorial on Dec. 20. Annually, members take off from work, visit Brooklyn’s Evergreen Cemetery where their loved-ones are buried and accordingly reflect on the joys of the men who died because of the color of their skin. Comment.

Lady English to launch new bath salt

People: Lady English whose Fountain Pimento Oil has won over die-hard holistic practitioners will unveil a new addition to her product line just in time for the holiday season. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011

Magnificent Martinique on the road

Music: Recently the Martinique Magnifique Road Show arrived in mid-town New York. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2011

Vincentian group honors prominent community worker

St Vincent: For the third time in less than a month, prominent community organizer, Verna Arthur, has been honored by a Vincentian group in the United States, prompting remarks that this is her “special year.” Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011

Call for passage of NYS Dream Act

Manhattan: Dozens of young people, community leaders, and elected officials gathered on the steps of City Hall Friday, Dec. 9, to demand greater access to higher education for youth, regardless of status. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011

US hinders Raul Castro at Port of Spain meeting

Trinidad and Tobago: President Raoul Castro flew to the oil- and gas-rich Caribbean trade bloc twin-island of Trinidad and Tobago for a meeting with regional leaders last week only to discover that the extra territorial arm of the United States will seek him out wherever he goes, as the Obama Administration banned the Hilton Hotel chain from allowing the meeting to be held there as planned. Comment.

GK prez wins Business Leader Award for 2010

Jamaica: Lowell Hawthorne president & CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill (GK), the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain was awarded the Jamaica Observer’s Business Leader Award for 2010 at a banquet held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston Jamaica. Comment.

Annual U.N. Student Conference on Human Rights

Manhattan: High school students from the New York Metropolitan area were chaperoned by the New York State NAACP and New York Links, Inc. last week on the final day of the three-day annual United Nations Student Conference on Human Rights. Comment.

Call for high school mentors

Brooklyn: The Metro New York Chapter of National Black MBA Association is calling on mentors to lead a series of academic enrichment and leadership workshops to begin in January. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011

Exiles defy Castro ban on fireworks

Cuba: A Cuban exile flotilla shot bright fireworks into the sky only about 13 miles from the Havana coast on Dec. 9 in a defiant show of support for dissidents on the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island. Comment.

Brooklyn: In the wake of what has been described as racist comments about West Indians on Facebook by some members of the New York Police Department (NYPD), local city, state and federal lawmakers are pushing for residency laws for police officers. Comment.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011

Toys and gifts for Harlem Dowling kids

Manhattan: To help cheer on the holiday, a host of celebrities and fans traveled uptown recently for the 3rd annual Vaughn Harper Toy Drive benefitting Harlem Dowling West Side Center for Children and Family Services. Hosted by NY-1 News’ anchorwoman Cheryl Wills, the event took place at Harlem Bar BQ located on Frederick Douglass Blvd. Harper’s wife Sandra filled in for the radio legend who was slightly under the weather. Comment.

Friday, Dec. 9, 2011

Claim of police Labor Day misconduct

Brooklyn: A major United States publication claims that some police officers in the New York Police Department (N.Y.P.D) have maligned paradegoers at the annual West Indian American Day Carnival parade, calling them “animals” and “savages,” among other things. Comment.

Jabbar aims high & scores again

Trinidad and Tobago: Former all-time leading scorer with the National Basketball Association and Trinidad & Tobago native Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Lincoln Medal by Attorney General Eric Holder. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011

Vigil raises $800 towards HIV/AIDS

Jamaica: Team Carib Connect raised more than $800 during its second Annual Candlelight Vigil in observance of World Aids Day in Queens on Saturday, Dec. 3. 2011. Comment.

Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2011

Belafonte ‘Sing Your Songs’ at Schomburg

Movies: Entertainer and Civil Rights activist Harry Belafonte will once again take the spotlight when his acclaimed film documentary “Sing Your Songs” screens during a one-time showcase at the Schomburg Center for Research on Dec. 8. Comment.

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011

Founder’s Award for Brooklyn-born educator

Brooklyn: Dr. Avis Hinkson, the first African American to hold the position of Dean of College at Barnard College, the prestigious liberal arts college for women in New York City, was honored with the Beacon Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education by the New York Coalition of One Hundred Black Women, Inc. at its recent Annual Founders Day Commemoration. Comment.

BACK WITH A BANG

Music: Richie Stephens is back! And, although still in what he says is “a healing process” the popular Jamaican music maker declared he is not just back, but “back with a bang.” Comment.

Betty White, Marley Brothers up for Grammy

Music: Nominees for the 54th annual Grammy awards were recently announced and among them an eclectic mix of talents reflecting 78 categories and 30 fields of music. Comment.

Garifuna Coalition honors former SVG consular aide

Brooklyn: J. Erlene Williams-King, a former aide to the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ New York Consul General, was honored on Nov. 19 by the New York-based Garifuna Coalition U.S.A, Inc. at the group’s Yellow, White and Black 2011 Gala at the Eastwood Manor, Bronx. Comment.

Volunteers of America’s 109th Annual Sidewalk Santa Campaign feeds the needy

People: Volunteers of America (VOA), one of the nation’s oldest and most effective human service organizations in the nation launched their 109th Annual Sidewalk Santa® Campaign this month. Money collected goes towards their Holiday Food Voucher program. VOA’s Sidewalk Santas® are stationed beside their signature chimneys across Manhattan on Fridays in December, ringing their bells and raising money to help feed those in need. They serve as a reminder to remember our neighbors who struggle to put food on their table during this holiday season. Comment.

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011

Homes for needy Haitians

Haiti: “At first, I really didn’t want to go,” said Rodneyse Bichotte, whose day job in Corporate Development Mergers and Acquisitions at American Express and her other job as Democratic District Leader in the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn, a non-paid elected position, keeps her really busy. Comments (2).

Harlem rallies against plague of violence

Manhattan: A multitude of religious and community-based organizations gathered at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building Plaza Saturday, Nov. 26, to join with the Harlem Transformation Project in a March For Peace, taking a proactive stance to bring about an end to a “plague of violence” in their community. Comment.

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011

ETHNIC SCHISM IN T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: High education officials in Trinidad are to meet with the leaders of a sometimes radical Hindu organization, teachers and the umbrella teaching service commission this week in a bid to temper a simmering row over allegations that the Hindu school is refusing to teach non-Hindu students and fires teachers who ignore orders to enroll students, particularly those of African origin. Comment.

Jamaica: Jamaica’s newly-appointed Prime Minister Andrew Holness made his first official visit to New York recently. Comment.
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