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Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018

St Vincent: The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is continuing its long battle to overturn the results in the Dec. 9, 2015 general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Muted Barbados public sector strike

Barbados: Barbados’ National Union of Public Workers remains defiant in the face of media reports that the two-day strike by public sector workers last week was ineffective, stating that there is more to come if its demands are not met. Comment

Rev. Dr. Evelyn Rose John remembered

Guyana: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke honored the late Rev. Dr. Evelyn Rose John, with a citation posthumously, which chronicled the life of this remarkable woman, and read by Patricia Jordan Langford, president of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance during a home going service on Friday, Jan. 19. Comment

Reverential biopic of South African singer, activist

Movies: Zenzile Miriam Makeba had the misfortune of being born black in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1932, which relegated her to second-class citizenship. In fact, she spent the first six months of her life behind bars with her mother, a sangoma (witch doctor), sent to prison days just after her birth. Comment

Women demonstrate principles set by founding fathers

National: Instead of a national celebration for accomplishments made during the first year of the Donald Trump administration, on the first anniversary of the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, women demonstrated in record numbers in protest of the sexist, misogynistic and crude leadership also plagued by federal scrutiny and investigation. Comment

Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018

Trump’s reported racist comments infuriate ex-SVG teachers

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York was, clearly, not oblivious Sunday of reported racist remarks attributed to President Donald J. Trump against Haiti and African nations. Comment

Preventing cancer

Preventing cancer

If you could prevent cancer in yourself and your children, would you? Several cancers—including cervical cancer, the fifth most common cancer among women—are highly preventable. What these cancers have in common is their cause—the human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. Comment

Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018

Steps to preserve our Garifuna language

Steps to preserve our Garifuna language

Viewpoints: We the Garifuna people are among the 400 million people on this earth who speak one of the 6,000 indigenous languages that exist. Most of us are struggling to preserve our languages that we have been speaking for centuries before the Europeans came to our lands and established their colonial rule. Comment

Caribbean art discussion

Caribbean art discussion

Caribbean art will be the focus of a lecture at the American Folk Art Museum on Jan 21. The museum’s annual Anne Hill Blanchard lecture will host, “New Research on Self-Taught Art in the Caribbean.” The series presents scholars to discuss the work of three Caribbean artists and their impacts. The Caribbean is home to some of the world’s finest art and this event will allow that work to be celebrated, said the museum’s director of education. Comment

Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Haiti President Jovenel Moise will become the next chairman of the 15-member regional integration movement next month. Comment

Another blow to Haiti: Trump ends participation in guest worker program

Haiti: As if Haiti has not endured enough at the hands of the Trump administration in the United States, the French-speaking Caribbean country has been slapped again with the ending of Washington’s guest worker program for Haitian nationals. Comments (1)


Music: A new season is in session. The Harlem Stage performing arts theater has announced their lineup for their spring season, which started on Jan. 16 and kicked off with “Ella! A Centennial Celebration.” The new season has several shows and even some free forthcoming performances and workshops. Comment

Harlem lounge partners with Broadway show

Food: They’re going more Caribbean! A Harlem eatery is introducing a new menu inspired by Caribbean cuisine. The owners of Cove Lounge joined a partnership with the Broadway revival of the musical “Once on This Island.” As an official partner for the show, starting Feb. 1 the restaurant is adding new Caribbean dishes and drinks to their menu, said the co-owner. Comment

Safaree to receive ‘Blue & Bougie Impact Award’

Music: Hard work, a will to succeed and not being afraid of taking chances is helping Brooklyn based, Jamaican rapper Safaree succeed in the entertainment business. On Sunday, Feb. 18, Safaree will be presented with the “Blue & Bougie Impact Award” at Mingles Cafe, in the Bronx, New York for the fascinating year he had in 2017. Comment

Fellowships for East Brooklyn artists

Arts & Theater: An East New York-based art organization has announced a $16,000 fellowship for Brooklyn artists. ART’s East New York (AENY) is introducing the The Van Lier [re]Activate Fellowship as part of their ReNew Lots project for artists and artisans living in eastern Brooklyn. Comment

US, led by an erratic Trump, seeks to undermine UN

UNITED NATIONS, Jan .18, 2018 (IPS) - The continued erratic and outrageous comments by President Donald Trump – and his attempts to undermine the United Nations – are threatening to cause irreparable damage to the world body. Comment

Revival of “Once on this Island” on Broadway

Arts & Theater: The revival of the 1990’s musical “Once on this Island,” is the sole Caribbean-based show currently on Broadway. It returned to the stage in December, close to three decades after its first run. It is a one of a kind production and its rebooted comeback is even more exciting, said the show’s marketing partner. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

American Folk (PG for mild epithets and mature themes) Romance drama revolving around two strangers (Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth) who fall in love and make beautiful music together after being stranded in an airport on the West Coast in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. With David Fine, Bruce Beatty and Krisha Fairchild. Comment

Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018

Civil servants in Barbados go on strike; demanding higher wages

Barbados: Barbados’ 10,000-member National Union of Public Workers were set to stage a two-day strike, after the island’s government failed to meet a deadline to agree to wage increases the union has been demanding since 2009. Comment


Immigration: In the past week, Caribbean community governments have been forced to grapple with two major issues of international concern and of course one had to do with the outrageous remarks by President Trump about Haiti, African immigrants and a preference for the lily white people from Norway settling in the United States. Comment

Barbados blacklist ease coming

Grenada: Barbados and Grenada have reason to celebrate as they are getting off the European Union so-called blacklist of non-cooperating countries on taxation but that leaves behind, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago in immediate peril of sanctions. Comment

Guyanese mother celebrated at vigil in Mandir

Guyana: Newly elected City Council District 28 member, Adrianne Adams, the first woman to represent the district, expressed sadness at the death of Guyanese-born, Stacy Singh, formally of Richmond Hill, who became the first homicide victim of 2018 in New York. Comment

Vincy body-builder’s death unexpected : Daughter

St Vincent: The daughter of Vincentian body-building legend, Winston “Winty” Roberts, says her father’s death was “unexpected.” Comment

Kings of Kings County cautions Trumpfoolery

Brooklyn: When a woman in the third row at the Brooklyn Academy of Music took a knee during the singing of the national anthem on the day honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. it clued the audience that the 32nd annual tribute was going to be significant and memorable. Comments (1)

Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018

Immigrant rights leader Ragbir to be returned to New York area

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad-born immigrants’ rights activist Ravi Ragbir — who was arrested by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials amid peaceful demonstrations in lower Manhattan on Jan. 11 and taken that same day to Krome Detention Facility in Miami, Fla. — will be returned to the New York area, where he will be held pending the outcome of his legal case, Immigration officials announced Wednesday, Jan. 17. Comment
Haiti: Hundreds of demonstrators rallied at Times Square to protest against President Trump’s derogatory comments on Jan. 15. Last week the president allegedly made derogatory remarks disapproving immigration from El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa and referenced those nations and the continent as “shithole.” Comments (1)
Brooklyn: More than 100 Haitian-Americans marked the eighth anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake at Borough Hall on Jan. 12. Guests at the eighth annual Interfaith Memorial for Haiti’s Earthquake Victims, observed a moment of silence at 4:53 pm — the exact time a devastating 7.0 magnitude quake rocked the island nation, and many had some words for President Trump in light of his comments deriding immigrants from Haiti and the African continent, said one organizer. Comment

Williams may challenge Cuomo’s No. 2: Report

People: Potential rivals may have backed away from running against New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo in 2018, but a new primary challenger emerged on Monday to his running mate, Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, according to reports. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Teachers Association of New York on Sunday, Jan. 14 honored one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers. Comment

JA repatriate starts retreat series for working parents

Jamaica: It’s a refuge for the working professional. A Jamaican repatriate and former Flatbush resident is launching a multi-city retreat series this year. Author and consultant Kwayera Archer created ‘Immersion Retreat,’ which kicked off in Ochos Rios, Jamaica on Jan. 11 Comment

Nominate a woman for New York Lifestyle Change Award

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Caribbean Pan-African leaders to Trump: ‘Persona non-grata’

People: About 90 Pan-African organizations and leaders in the Caribbean have declared United States President Donald J. Trump “persona non-grata” for reported racist remarks he made last week about Haiti and African nations. Comment


Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Anthony Davis’ fullcourt heave after the third quarter was too late to give him points, though it gave him that unstoppable feeling great players get. Comment

Gayle not to be written off

Sports: West Indies head coach Stuart Law has warned cricket pundits not to write off Chris Gayle because he may not have fired in the recent limited overs series against New Zealand. Comment

West Indies slips in ICC rankings

Sports: The West Indies team has slipped to fifth in the latest ICC Twnety20 rankings following their 2-0 defeat to New Zealand in the three-match series which ended recently. Comment

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018

Fiery & furious redress to racist slur on Black immigrants

Haiti: Last year, President Donald Trump gave an ultimatum to North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un that if he did not cooperate with US dictates, the Asian leader and his people would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Comment

It’s time for a permanent solution to protect dreamers

Immigration: Depression, anxiety, frustration: This was my reality as an undocumented young woman living in the United States. For many years the love and support of my family was the only thing that sustained me. In 2012 my life changed with the implementation of the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Eight years ago, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake upended life in Haiti, killing more than 300,000 people by some estimates and destroying hundreds of thousands of homes. For many of those left homeless, life hasn’t yet returned to normal. Comment

It’s not all black and white

Books: It’s all there in front of you. Plain as day. Plain as the nose on your face with nothing left to tell, it’s all in black and white — or is it? When it comes to racism, says author Ijeoma Oluo, it’s complicated and in her new book “So You Want to Talk about Race,” there may be shades of gray. Comment

Is Chutney out of place in Carnival?

Arts & Theater: When people get angry, they tend to speak their mind. Their emotions explode in words that they have been suppressing for some time. Psychologist Dr Jeffrey Huntsinger proved this theory after conducting experiments at Loyala University in Chicago in the USA in 2012. Comment

Biopic on disgraced olympic skater fails to impress

Movies: On Jan. 6, 1994, while waiting to compete in the U.S. Figure Skating Championship competition, top-ranked Nancy Kerrigan’s (Caitlin Carver) knee was smashed by a billy club-wielding hit man named Shane Stant (Ricky Russert). After the cowardly attack in the halls of Detroit’s Cobo arena, the assailant quickly escaped with the help of a waiting getaway car driven by Derrick Smith (Anthony Reynolds). Comment

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