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Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Big pharma’s blockbuster tax cuts

Viewpoints: The biggest losers from the GOP tax plans now before Congress would be the 87 million middle-class families facing higher taxes, plus the 13 million people who would lose their healthcare. The biggest winners? Millionaires and corporations, of course. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

People: The Ballad of Lefty Brown (R for profanity and violence) Bill Pullman assumes the title role in this Western, set on the plains of Montana, about an aging cowboy who enlists the assistance of a young gunslinger (Diego Josef) and a lawman (Tommy Flanagan) to track down the outlaws responsible for the gruesome murder of his friend, a newly-elected U.S. Senator (Peter Fonda). Cast includes Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker and Joseph Lee Anderson. Comment

Saoirse Ronan shines as a rebellious teen

Movies: Saoirse Ronan is only 23, but she’s already been nominated for an Academy Award twice, for Brooklyn (2015) and Atonement (2005). Now, she’s a shoo-in to land another nomination for her memorable turn as the title character in Lady Bird. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Caribbean RoundUp

Suriname: Caribbean Britain is providing more financial help to Antigua and Barbuda as well as Dominica to assist in the recovery and long-term reconstruction on the islands following the devastation caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Comment

Barbados wants CARICOM to fight blacklist

Trinidad and Tobago: Having found itself among four Caribbean countries in a newly-released European Union blacklist of offshore territories, Barbados is calling on the 15-member CARICOM grouping to lead a charge against these smears that are periodically put on regional states. Comment

World AIDS Day event screens ‘You Are Not Alone’

Movies: “You Are Not Alone” an award-winning documentary that traces the struggles and depression black gay men experience in their communities, and narrated by young black professionals, was screened at a Dec. 1, World Aids Day vigil, and educational presentations at the Queens Community House in Kew Gardens. Comment

The confluence of great minds

Viewpoints: “Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Being unjustly plucked from family and society and being tossed in jail for bogus crimes designed to silence them were but mere stepping stones to their individual journeys to greatness for these divine titans. When others would have been broken, they became more resolved to fight oppression and injustice, and inspired the world, making it a better place. We must forever cherish their examples of courage and purpose. Comment

West Indies loses opening Test against New Zealand

Sports: West Indies lost the opening Test against New Zealand by an innings and 67 runs inside four days at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday, Dece. 4 Comment

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Cuban prez arrives in Antigua for Cuba-CARICOM summit

Cuba: Cuban President Raúl Castro arrived in Antigua and Barbuda on Thursday for the Sixth Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Cuba Summit at the Carlisle Bay Resort and Spa. Comment


Suriname: On Friday, Dec, 8, opposition politicians, surviving relatives, grieving friends and even some officials in government will hold the usual candlelight and other types of vigils in Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname, to mark the 35th anniversary of the execution of 15 of that country’s most well-known citizens. Comment

Williams honors Kaepernick with City Council proclamation

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has presented former National Football League (NFL) quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick with a New York City Council proclamation honoring him for his “commitment to protesting the systemic oppression of and police brutality toward people of color.” Comment

Eugene adds voice to chorus of shock, sadness over Hawthorne’s death

Jamaica: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene as added his voice to a chorus of shock and sadness across the United States and in the Caribbean over the death of Golden Krust founder and chief executive officer Lowell Hawthorne. Comments (1)
Haiti: Haiti Cherie, Pride, Love and Commitment attracted a good-looking, tony crowd that mingled in the expansive West 57th space. After a few drinks (thanks to Moet Hennessey), one might even forget you’re in Mosafer, a luxury luggage shop. But, the purpose of the evening was very clear. Comment

Fort Greener joins classic Ailey ballet

Brooklyn: She scored a spot in a classic. A Brooklyn dance student is performing in Alvin Ailey’s classic ballet “Memoria,” this weekend at New York City Center. Fort Greene native Shaina McGregor, who is of Jamaican background, is a student of The Ailey School’s Ailey / Fordham program and one of select students chosen to perform in the timeless piece the legendary dancer choreographed in memory of his friend Joyce Trisler. Dancing in the nearly four-decade-old piece is a big feat for many students in the school, and after auditioning for a spot in it this fall, McGregor was thrilled to learn she would be one of the lucky students. Comment

Jamaican actress lands role in new musical

Arts & Theater: She’s on her way up. Jamaican American theater actress Dianne Dixon landed a role in the debut off-Broadway musical show “Falling in Love With Mr. Dellamort,” at the Slipper Room in Manhattan starting Dec. 6. In the show, Dixon takes on a role vastly different from her off-stage personality, and the other parts she has done in mostly Caribbean-centric theater, she said. Comment

Coach: Chris Gayle still valuable

Sports: West Indies coach Stuart Law said that the Cricket West Indies (CWI) selectors should be lenient towards Chris Gayle selection on the West Indies team, describing him as a player “committed to the cause.” Comment
Sports: West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite has moved up into the top 20 of the ICC batting rankings, after rising one place in the latest release. Comment

Sprint king coaches Aussies

People: Australian cricketers recently sought help from retired sprint king Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets for the Ashes Test series against England. The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the l00-meter and 200-meter and eight-time Olympic Champion, is working with the Australian batsmen to improve their “explosiveness” off the mark. Comment


NEW YORK (AP) — The annual meeting between UConn and Notre Dame lived up to a showdown of top teams. While that game nearly came down to the end, it didn’t compare to the Creighton-Drake game that went four overtimes. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United Nations (UN) report says Latin America and the Caribbean is the most violent region in the world for women. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Brooklyn: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dared the community to find another homestead in Brooklyn with more decorations than that of Frank Seddio Esp., who for the past 45 years has brought holiday magic to the corner of E 93rd Street and Flatlands Avenue, in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados PM hits back at CCJ

Barbados: Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart might have picked a fight with the Caribbean Court of Justice when he accused the region’s highest court of slandering the island. Comment

Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association’s day of giving

Guyana: The Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), Inc. (“QCAANY”) will spread Christmas cheer during a Day of Giving and Celebrating at Calvary’s Mission Food Pantry in Richmond Hill, where volunteers will help to distribute food to the community at 7 am on Dec. 9. Comment

Former T&T PM receives women award

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was honored on Saturday (Dec. 2, 2017) in the Bahamas with a “Women in Distinction” Award. Comment

Old Time Grand Market brings Caribbean-style Christmas to Canarsie

Arts & Theater: It’s a home away from home for the holidays. The fifth annual Old Time Grand Market returns this year, and it is coming to Brooklyn for the first time, at the Holy Family Church in Canarsie on Dec. 10. The formerly Queens-based festival is a yearly event that boasts of recreating Caribbean-style holiday traditions to soothe the longing for home during a time where people are celebrating their cultural customs, said the organizer. Comment



Music: Several members of the Caribbean community on Thanksgiving Saturday joined the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) in participating in the group’s annual Christmas Serenade at the Fellowship Hall of the Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownville section of Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Jamaicans tout benefits of national ID database

Jamaica: Jamaica is going through the looking glass, taking advantage of technology and launching a National Identification System (NIDS) in 2018, according to reports. Comment

Vincy activist’s death overshadows gala luncheon

St Vincent: The death of popular Vincentian community activist and United Nations Development Officer Maxwell Haywood overshadowed the gala 8th Annual Luncheon Sunday of the Brooklyn-based group VincyCares at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Comment

A peek at stardom

Books: You have much to be thankful for this year. There’s a roof over your head, for beginners. You know where your next meal will come from. You can read, obviously. Running water, electricity, friends, and family, the list goes on. Author Kim Fields (with Todd Gold) counts those happy things, too, and in her new book “Blessed Life,” she knows who gets credit. Comment
Jamaica: The Association of Black Women Lawyers (ABWL) of New Jersey has a new president. New Jersey lawyer Carolyn Chang was elected for the post and sworn in as the head of the organization last month. Having spent more than two decades with the club and holding various titles, she is now eager to take on her new duties and says this appointment is a high point in her career. Comment

Rihanna gets home street

Barbados: Among praises heaped on international singing sensation, Rihanna, is that regardless of her fame the musical icon never forsakes the neighbourhood in which she grew up, and takes every opportunity to drop in on past neighbours. Comment

700 Guyanese receive free eyecare, glasses

Guyana: As part of its 26th medical mission to Guyana, the Queens-based George Subraj Family Foundation said it provided critical eye care to an unprecedented 700 residents, mostly in the rural areas of the country, building upon its decades-long success in providing medical care to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-nation. Comment
Movies: Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is considered the preeminent novelist of the Victorian Era because of his touching and timeless tales that shed light on the plight of the poor. He probably began developing an empathy for the less fortunate at an early age. That’s because he had to drop out of school to work in a factory to support the family after his bankrupt father (Jonathan Pryce) went to a debtors’ prison. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Big Sonia (Unrated) Bittersweet biopic about great-grandmother, businesswoman and haunted Holocaust survivor Sonia Warshawski who, after losing her tailor shop’s lease at the age of 91, recounts for posterity the horrors she witnessed at Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Majdanek, which included watching her mother being marched into the gas chamber. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Golden Krust founder commits suicide at factory

Jamaica: The founder and chief executive officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Jamaican Lowell Hawthorne, killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, reports say. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans residing throughout the USA are reeling from the Saturday afternoon shocker that Lowell Hawthorne had committed suicide. Disbelief temporarily pacified many who could not grasp reality that the acclaimed Patty King and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill died from two self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Comments (1)

UWI vice chancellor: Blame it on IMF

Books: Cricket is not played just on the field, it begins in the community from which players emerge, and the Caribbean environment has been producing individuals who put self before country, said historian Hilary Beckles. Comment

Afro Jamaican queen wins natural acclaim

Fashion: Dec. 1 was designated Afro Friday in Jamaica. In honor of Miss Jamaica Universe contestant and second runner-up Davina Bennett who bested third from a field of 92 beauty queens in the recent Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, the day celebrated pride in wearing natural and unprocessed hairstyles. Comment

Lord Nelson statute defaced in Barbados

Barbados: Apparently having had enough of the talking and calls for its removal, an unknown person or group splashed the Nelson Statue in paint the colours of the national flag to greet Barbadians one day before the 51st anniversary of independence. Comment

New book highlights Belize’s diversity, history

Books: All Belize everything! Belizean author Andre Lopez says his native home has a lot to show the world with its unique display of cultural diversity. In his book, “Belize: An Intimate Portrait,” he presents an in-depth look at Belize with an all reference visual guidebook about the Central American country and its people. Comment

Caribbean Maritime University hailed in the US

Jamaica: A small delegation of Caribbean maritime officials, including Jamaica’s Minister of Transport and Mining; and Grantley Stephenson, CEO, Kingston Wharves, were in New York on Nov. 16 to attend the American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) annual event. Comment

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

‘Specific steps’ to help battered Caribbean women

People: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) are urging health services in Latin America and the Caribbean to take “specific steps” to respond to violence against women and help prevent its future occurrences, if they are equipped with the tools and training they need. Comment

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