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Ailey Foundation names new executive director

Arts & Theater: The Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation recently announced that after an international search to identify a new executive director, the Board of Trustees has chosen to continue the Ailey tradition of passing on leadership from one generation of the organization to the next by naming Bennett Rink to the post. Comment

Bahamas plans referendum on gambling by citizens

Bahamas: NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The prime minister of the Bahamas says a referendum next month will decide if some forms of legalized gambling will be permitted for citizens. Comment

Haitian Studies Association to meet at York College

Haiti: The academic Haitian Studies Association (HSA), has been meeting annually for 23 years, hosted at different national or Caribbean universities including held in Haiti. Comment

Monroe aces ACF Catskills Regional Competition

Food: Twenty-eight Monroe Culinary students set off Friday afternoon, Oct. 19 in a downpour headed upstate to Delhi, N.Y. to compete at the Annual ACF Catskills Regional Competition. When they returned to the Monroe Campus they had 27 medals to add to their collection, which is now toppling 300! Comment

Benefit concert for theatre and literacy project

Music: Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change) and Broadway performer Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Dessert) will perform at a benefit concert on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Etcetera Etcetera restaurant 352 West 44th St., to help raise money for The International Theatre and Literacy Project ( ITLP). Comment

Half Mile Home kicks off promo tour

Music: The Ohio-based gospel group Half Mile Home began its promotional tour in Detroit, MI on Oct. 29 with visits on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The CD, “Church Muzik & Inspiration” will be release in store and online on Election Day, Nov. 6. Comment

Jonathan Nelson’s new single ‘Finish Strong’

Music: Karew Records is releasing Jonathan Nelson’s new single “Finish Strong,” impacting gospel radio this month. The award-winning songwriter co-wrote the new single with Kenneth Shelton. “Finish Strong” was recorded live this summer in Nelson’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland at the Kingdom Worship Center. The forthcoming album, Finish Strong, is scheduled for release in 2013, and is Nelson’s first CD project on Karew Records. Comment

YWCA Yonkers win $2,500 green makeover

People: YWCA Yonkers will get a $2,500.00 green makeover after winning the “Green Team Spirit Gives Back” Facebook contest. Green Team Spirit, which specializes in building sustainable organizations through the power of teamwork, launched the Facebook competition to give local non-profits the opportunity to “go green.” Comment


Guyana: Hearings at the Caribbean-led commission of inquiry into the July 18 fatal police shootings of three opposition supporters are nearing an end with National Security Minister Clement Rohee testifying on Wednesday that up to this week he is unsure who gave riot police the order to open fire on protestors in the bauxite mining town of Linden. Comment

Youths speak out against bullying

Brooklyn: Just days after a 15-year-old high school freshman in Staten Island leaped to her death in front of a train after being repeatedly harassed by classmates, the Flatbush Seventh-Day Adventist Church’s Flatbush Stars Pathfinder Club held an Anti-Bullying Parade and Fair. Comment

Referendum unwarranted

Jamaica: The Portia Simpson Miller administration in Jamaica says a referendum to determine the island’s full accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) would be “unwarranted, divisive, disruptive, inappropriate and could cost the country at least $700 million “(US$7.7 million) to conduct the national exercise. Comment


Music: “SS Nirvana” will premiere at Birdland Jazz Club 315 West 44th Street on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 5:30 p.m. This jamin’ Jazz review features TC III, Joy Ryder, Charles Bartlett, JaRon Eames, Nikita White, B.J. Jansen and Dhonna Goodale, under the musical direction of Marcus Persiani, with Paul Beaudry on bass, and Will Terrill on drums. Comment

Indo-Carib businessman a GIB honoree

Guyana: Queens Indo-Caribbean community leader Ramesh Dalchan Kalicharran was among several awardees at a magnificent and colorful Global India Business (GIB) ceremony held rcently at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan. Comment

Satchmo At Symphony Hall

Music: The Louis Armstrong House Museum’s Collection has made the newly released “Satchmo At Symphony Hall / 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances” truly complete. Pulled from the Museum’s Gosta Hagglof Collection never-before released material has created this newly expanded, two-CD version of the album celebrating the 65th anniversary of the original recording. Comment

Presidential debates have assumed new prominence

Viewpoints: Among the features of the presidential race that has become a staple of this quadrennial exercise is the debate. This year, with four debates having been scheduled by the Commission on Presidential Debates and with no shortage of buzz surrounding each of them, both in the run-up and aftermath, it would be interesting to see what tweaking, if any, the commission looks to do the next time this comes around. Because the individual in the moderator’s role has generated a lot more controversy this time than is usually the case, one would expect that the selection of moderators and what the rules of the game are, pertaining to them, will certainly be a matter for the bipartisan commission’s review. Comment
Caribbean: Chairman of selectors Clyde Butts must act quickly and ensure that he clears the way for Ramneresh Sarwan to return to the West Indies team. Comment

Female cricketer to be honored

Trinidad and Tobago: The stunning accomplishments of former West Indian women’s cricket captain, Stephanie Judith Power, will take center stage on Nov. 3, when she is bestowed honorary membership in Atlantic Cricket Club, during its Awards gala in New York City. Comment

Chris Brown to perform in Guyana

Music: With news that Grammy Award superstar Chris Brown and his long time love Rihanna are back together after sightings of them conoodling, citizens in Guyana are excited that the pop diva of Guyanese heritage may join Brown when he takes to the stage at the National Stadium for his debut performance on Boxing Day. Comments (1)

National Day of Protest against police brutality

Manhattan: On the afternoon of Oct. 22, in Union Square Park in Manhattan, a spirited crowd of activists, students, and concerned citizens joined the families of victims of police brutality as part of a National Day of Protest. Organized by the October 22nd Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation in conjunction with many other organizations, this was the 17th year that thousands of people in more than 50 cities across the country held rallies, marches, and other events to bring attention to what they describe as a “national epidemic of official brutality.” Comment
People: WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a longtime Republican, is sticking with President Barack Obama in this year’s election. Comment
Brooklyn: The warm weather and a carnival style atmosphere of steelpan music, Tassa drumming and stilt dancers in Prospect Park last Sunday, brought together tens of thousands of survivors and supporters of breast cancer awareness, at the Annual American Cancer Society’s Making Strides against Breast Cancer walk. Comment
Haiti: NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Sandy barreled into the Bahamas on Thursday after slashing across eastern Cuba, where it ripped off roofs and forced postponement of a hearing at the Guantanamo naval base but caused no reported deaths. Comment

Sunil Narine has great potential

People: West Indies spinner Sunil Narine has exhibited some extraordinary skills as a bowler and he has been taking wickets in all three formats of the game. He bowled well during every game of the just concluded World Twenty20. In the semi-final and final matches, he came on very strong and delivered well for the West Indies. It is necessary to have strike bowlers in any team. West Indies may have struck gold when Verasammy Permaul, the spinner from Guyana, was named in the squad to tour Bangladesh. West Indies Test team needs two quality spinners to accompany Kemar Roach and Ravi Rampaul in the bowling department. With four specialist bowlers on show, the West Indies should make easy their victories providing their batsmen step up and score big. Comment

Hunte praises West Indies

“Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 will go down in history as one of the great days in West Indies cricket.” Comment

Flatbush Film Festival

The Flatbush Film Festival has grown bigger with more films and venues than its previous two successful and sold-out years. This year’s West Indian Edition–held on seven nights between Oct. 25 and Nov. 14 – starts at Harlem’s Maysles Cinema, followed by film screenings in Brooklyn Heights and Tribeca, more at Maysles, with a final screening at Brooklyn College on Nov. 14. Comment


Caribbean: Caribbean banks prepare to confront a new U.S. law that requires Caribbean Americans and other citizens who have foreign or so-called offshore bank accounts with more than $50, 000 to report it to the IRS. New laws due to take effect next year would force the local banks to report their dollar balances and other highly personal information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a move U.S. officials say would severely minimize tax evasion. Comment

Vincentian anniversary celebrations begin

St Vincent: Vincentians in New York last Sunday began celebrating their country’s 33rd anniversary of independence with an ecumenical service of thanksgiving at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Comment

A Noteworthy Accomplishment

Jamaica: Residents of the 11th Congressional District have good reason to celebrate the many accomplishments of their office-holder in the U.S. House of Representatives. The predominantly Caribbean district in Brooklyn, have watched with pride how well Rep. Yvette D. Clarke has aqcuitted herself in Washington. Comment

New on-air relaionship program

People: Voices of Praise International Network, New York City’s # 1 praise station, is poised to launch its first ever Relationship’s program this November. This one hour show will be hosted by two Vincentians John & Vickie Andrews. Comments (2)

Clintons land in Haiti to showcase industrial park

Haiti: CARACOL, Haiti (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged foreigners to invest in Haiti as she and her husband Bill led a star-studded delegation gathered Monday to inaugurate a new industrial park at the center of U.S. efforts to help the country rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. Comment

America’s Drone Terrorism

People: In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the U.S. safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts. Comment

Duo capture big prizes

Sports: Last Saturday marked the second annual Team Jamaica Bickle races within Baisley Park, in Jamaica, New York. The event was held in conjunction with the Awesome Power Track Club. There were three separate events walk, one mile run, and 5K run. The theme of the festivities was to promote healthy lifestyles. Comments (1)

Guyana home affairs minister to stay

Guyana: The Guyana government says it has no intention of removing Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee in the wake of calls for him to step down over the recent deadly police shootings in Linden, Agricola and other incidents of police misconduct escalated into fiery protests recently. Comment

Rave review for Vincy Diaspora conference

St Vincent: Vincentian Maxwell Haywood, chairman of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)Diaspora Committee of New York, says he was “pleased” with the outcome of the recent Diaspora and Development Conference held recently in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Comment

Those 270 Electoral College votes loom large

Viewpoints: The way it’s shaping up, the presidential election this time around could have us more Electoral College conscious than we’ve been in a while. In 2008 the dramatic, historic emergence of Barack Obama, coupled with his facing a Republican opponent who rapidly sank to “also ran” level, led to Obama prevailing in unlikely states like North Carolina and running up an impressive Electoral College vote number. This year, at least following the first presidential debate, opinion surveys have been making the race out to be a tight one in which a road map to victory through numbers earned in the Electoral College looms ever more critical. Comment

Mural Pavilion opens at Harlem Hospital

Manhattan: Under the theme: “Respecting The Past, Embracing The Future,” Harlem Hospital Center, a member of the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) and the Generations+Northern Manhattan Health Network held a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Mural Pavilion, located on 136th Street and Lenox Avenue. The new six-floor, 195, 000-square foot pavilion connects two major hospital buildings: the Martin Luther King, Jr. Pavilion and the Ron H. Brown Ambulatory Care Pavilion. Comment

Eight tips to stay healthy this flu season

Health: Flu season is upon us, bringing with it new strains of the virus. So now is the time to brush up on all the flu-fighting facts. Comment

From flu to whooping cough: Adults need vaccines too

Health: While most people are aware of the need to vaccinate children, immunizations for adults are just as important. But unfortunately, adult immunization rates are well below government goals. Comment



Sports: The New York Red Bulls played to a goalless draw with Sporting Kansas City (17-7-9, 60 pts.) in front of a sell-out Red Bull Arena crowd last Saturday night. The one point put the Red Bulls (15-9-9-, 54 pts.) in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, good enough for its third straight play-off appearance. Comment

HAUP celebrates 37 years serving the community

Haiti: Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP), the oldest Haitian organization in the New York area, based in Queens, is celebrating its 37th anniversary. HAUP was started to assist Haitian emigrants and their transition to American life and over the years has provided a much-needed safety net to countless emigrants. Comment

Carib wage inequality

People: Despite recent gains, the wage gap between men and women in Latin America and the Caribbean still prevails, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study. Comment

Tropical depression forms south of Jamaica

Jamaica: MIAMI (AP) — A tropical depression formed south of Jamaica on Monday and forecasters say it will likely strengthen into Tropical Storm Sandy later in the day. Comment

Clintons land in Haiti to showcase industrial park

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Haitian government is hosting Hillary and Bill Clinton, a delegation of foreign investors and a crowd of celebrities Monday to showcase the marquee project of the U.S. aid effort since the 2010 earthquake. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: book launch: Acclaimed photograhper, film producer and digital artist, Andre Walker, releases his compelling and inspirational book, “Vision Beyond the Brick,” a compilation of his artistic work with a diverse compilation of original poetry by Ashley Rochford, beginning at 12 noon at 177 Prince Street, Penthouse #6 in Soho, N.Y. Portion of the proceeds will go to the Liberian children’s charities. To RSVP and for additonal information, call (646) 244-8615. Comment

Affordable health care a one-stop ‘SHOP’

Business: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or ACA) signed into law March 23, 2010, has mandated that each state establish a health insurance (or health benefits) exchange. This new law allows states to create a virtual, hybrid market place for individuals, families and small businesses to shop for health insurance coverage. The goal of this initiative is to significantly reduce the cost of health insurance coverage, provide all individuals with a standard essential health benefits plan, and create a “one-stop-shop” marketplace for millions of uninsured consumers to obtain health coverage. Comment

MSG transforms arena with ‘Garden 366’

Manhattan: Madison Square Garden is in the midst of a three-year, top to bottom transformation process that will distinguish the sports and entertainment complex as the “world’s most iconic and famous arena.” Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: The Bahamas government will continue to implement programs aimed at reducing the opportunities for young Bahamians joining gangs of criminal groups. This was revealed by National Security Minister Dr. Bernard J Nottage, who told an Anti-Gang Workshop recently that far too many young people see violence as a way to make a statement and that the new policies and procedures will help ensure “that our young people are not crossing the line from law-abiding citizens to budding criminals.” Nottage said “organized gang crime” is posing a serious threat to the security of citizens within the region” and “we in the Bahamas are not immune to the impact of gang-related crimes.” “The presence of the organized gang culture is a serious impediment to regional communities. The gangs are well-organized and sophisticated and are involved in activities such as drug smuggling, human trafficking, gun smuggling and money laundering. Comment

IRS moves to confront offshore tax evaders

Caribbean: Caribbean banks prepare to confront new U.S. law that requires Caribbean Americans and other citizens who have foreign or so-called offshore bank accounts with more than $50, 000 to report it to the IRS. New laws due to take effect next year would force the local bank to report their dollar balances and other highly personal information to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in a move U.S. officials say would severely minimize tax evasion. Comments (1)

Trial video shows panic during Guyana police shootings

Honduras: The nearly month-long Caribbean-led commission of inquiry into the mid-July fatal police shootings of three Guyana opposition supporters reached an interesting stage this week with the probe team taking statements from organizers of the protest against the government-imposed electricity hike and from persons who were injured from police bullets. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Black Tulip (Unrated) Afghan drama about a pro-Western family, which ends up targeted by the Taliban after opening a coffeehouse where women are treated as equals and are welcome to read feminist poetry onstage. Starring Haji Gul Aser, Sonia Nassery Cole and Walid Amini. (In Dari, Pashtu and English with subtitles) Comment

An introspective tale of female empowerment

Movies: “Middle of Nowhere” is a cinematic masterpiece reminiscent of those rare treasures that have managed to capture an authentic slice of African-American life, ala such black classics as “Love Jones” (1997), “The Best Man” (1999), “The Visit” (2000) and “Brown Sugar” (2002). However, this introspective tale of female empowerment simultaneously touches on several universal themes apt to resonate with an audience of any demographic. Comment

Cuba changes travel policy

Cuba changes travel policy

Cuba: The Cuban government said Tuesday that it was dropping exit permits for nationals travelling abroad. Comment

Trailblazing Trinbagonian-American passes

Trinidad and Tobago: The first foreign born Caribbean American to serve in the U.S. Congress has died. Trinidad-born Mervyn Dymally passed on Oct. 7 in California after a long ailment. He was 86. Comment

Pulling us back from an undesirable place

Viewpoints: In 2010, anti-Obama rage manifesting itself in the mid-term elections, with beleaguered health care reform set up as bete noire, delivered a message which eerily suggested that an overall American appetite for extremism was very much alive in the country. Tea Party successes in Congressional races, spectacularly so in the House, gave heart to those of the view that “our way or the highway” was okay, that political minds meeting somewhere in the middle was at all costs something to avoid. It is encouraging, even as we await the people’s verdict come November, that signs point to perhaps a bit of a pullback from that undesirable place. Comment

The glaring contradiction in anti-Iran policy

Viewpoints: President Barack Obama, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have at least one thing in common when it comes to Iran. All are guilty of flagrant self-contradiction. Comment

Emmanuel looks ahead

People: While Alac Peinkofer, a senior at Baldwinsville High School, in upstate New York, captured the Varsity ‘B’ section in 12:49.8, the first Uniondale (New York) athlete to cross the finish line was Najden Emmanuel. In the sport of cross country, Uniondale as team is not strong as they are in track and field and they may not be ‘up there’ in the Section Eight cross-country championship coming up in November at Bethpage State Park. Comment



Jamaica: Thanks to Dane Richards, the Jamaica Reggae Boyz qualified for the final round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 FIFAWorld Cup in Brazil with a 4-1 defeat of Antigua/ Barbuda in Jamaica last Tuesday night. The Reggae Boyz got help from the USA, which beat Guatemala, 3-1, to win Group A with 13 points and force Guatemala into a second-place tie with Jamaica, both on 10 points. Jamaica’s plus-three goal difference, two better than Guatemala’s, made the difference. The win was Jamaica’s seventh straight at home in World Cup qualifying. Comment

Time of Fury

Movies: The Consulate General of Jamaica in New York inaugurates a film series to celebrate the country’s 50th anniversary of Independence and commemorate the spirit of sacrifice and leadership of the nation’s heroes. “Time of Fury – The 1865 Morant Bay Rebellion” chronicles arguably the bloodiest repression of dissent by the British colonial authorities in Jamaica during the post-emancipation era. The feature film, from the archives of the now defunct Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, and directed by veteran broadcaster, Cary Robinson, producer of the ‘Hill & Gully’ TV Series, will be screened at the Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene, 971 East 227th St., on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, starting at 6:30 p.m. Comment

Role of Vincy expats more critical than ever

St Vincent: Vincentian Vaughan Toney, chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center, told his compatriots at a recent Diaspora conference in New York that the role of the Diaspora in recovery and development at home, has become “ever more critical.” Comment

Chronic cough or cold could be COPD

Health: You may have heard the term COPD before -- either in a radio or television commercial. COPD, short for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a serious lung disease that over time makes it hard to breathe. Also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, it is the third leading cause of death in the United States, but as many as 12 million Americans don’t even know they have it. Comment


Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) opens its 2012-2013 Target Storybook Series with Enchantment Theatre Company’s production of The Velveteen Rabbit on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Comment

Cancer insurance products offer financial and wellness benefits

Health: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Some individuals, especially those who have a family history, may consider the observance to be a reminder to visit a physician for a cancer-screening test. Comment
People: Admist the big win against Sri Lanka in the ICC World Twenty20, the West Indies players will have to improve their game to the “A” level in order to gradually reach the top of the ICC rankings. Much more concentration and skills will have to be exhibited on the field and the selectors will have the first responsibility of choosing a balanced squad. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird says he will continue to lead the opposition Antigua Labor Party (ALP) despite the “anxieties” among supporters regarding his health and age. Comment

Plane crash probe gets UK’s help

Jamaica: A team of investigators, which includes two members of the United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch are assisting the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation (ECCA) with its probe into the fatal plane crash in Antigua, which claimed the lives of the pilot and two other passengers recently. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: media education: The Brooklyn Center for Media Education is offering a free orientation on accessing professional studio and field production equiment, or looking for a course that will add to your skill set, 11:00 a.m. at their interim location at 242 Third St. at Third Ave., Brooklyn. No reservations necessary. Sests available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and directions, visit or call (718) 683-5605. Comment

Carol Kingston Early Childhood Center celebrates 10th anniversary

Brooklyn: By Nelson A. King Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Together (Unrated) Golden Years comedy about five elderly friends (Jane Fonda, Geraldine Chaplin, Pierre Richard, Claude Rich and Guy Bedos) who decide to live together rather than move to a retirement community. With Daniel Bruhl, Bernard Malaka and Camino Texeira. (In French and German with subtitles) Comments (1)
Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua (AP) — Eddie Johnson rewarded his coach’s faith in him — twice. Comment

Jamaican Olympians to be honored

Jamaica: Jamaican athletes will share about J$30 million for their exploits in the London Olympics last August. Comment

CARICOM commits to fighting cholera outbreak

Haiti: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping says it will provide support to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to help deal with the cholera outbreak in the two countries. Comment

Harlem Conference on Faith

Bronx: LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent will present “Stepping Out on Faith: Using Faith as Our Anchor,” a conference from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at the Harlem State Office Building (163 West 125th Street) on Saturday, Oct. 20. Comment

T&T dancers shine during their New York tour

Arts & Theater: The Candice Clarke Academy of Dance from Trinidad and Tobago ventured out of their comfort zone to New York city to grace the American citizens with their talent. It truly was a golden jubilee as 19 of their hardworking dancers ages 11 to 30, along with their wheelchair dancer Indrawattie Ramnanan (the first in Trinidad,) danced their hearts out for many grateful patrons at the “Alvin” Ailey Citigroup theater in Manhattan, New York. Each dance told a story relating to the theme of the show. Indeed it was a celebration of diversity for everyone who witnessed the high level performances of this Trinidadian group. Comments (3)

Return of OCEAN Style showcase

Music: Premier fashion and upscale living establishment, OCEAN Style, is gearing up for its fifth fashion showcase weekend Nov. 2-4 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment

Prepared for Coming Out Day?

People: Some parents have ideas early on, even at the age of three, that their child seems different from others of his or her gender. Little Adrian at age five, or maybe earlier, prefers to play with dolls and dress up in Mama’s best dress. The little girl, Shenika, may insist on wearing pants even on Sunday when Mom wants the pretty pink dress. Of course, these are stereotypical statements, but the point that I want to make is that many parents and close family members begin to sense at an early age that their child is “different.” As the years go by, they either push the feelings back in their minds and wait cautiously to notice if a Adrian is acting like a boy and Shenika is acting more ladylike. Comments (1)

‘A Night To Remember’ at City College of New York

Music: Lonette McKee, acclaimed Tony nominated film and stage actress and star of mega-hits “Sparkle,” “The Cotton Club,” “Round Midnight,” “Jungle Fever” and Broadway’s “Showboat” and “Lady Day,” in concert with four-time Grammy nominated music legend singer, songwriter, Jazz Fusion and R&B Soul performer, Michael Henderson come together for a one-night only performance, Comment
Brooklyn: Non-profit health plan Amida Care treats more than 2,000 low-income HIV/AIDS patients in Brooklyn. Today, thanks a bold, new innovative mobile engagement team established by State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblymember Annette Robinson (D-Bedford Stuyvesant), Amida Care patients have 25 percent fewer hospitalizations. Comment

Best-seller ‘Marley & Me’ slated for reissue

Music: “Marley & Me” one of the first books to expose the private life of Robert “Bob” Marley and the women he was associated will be re-released next year. Comment

Pivotal reggae innovator Danny Sims dies

Music: The entire music fraternity is mourning another icon and achiever. Comment
Food: There has been a makeover taking place in the past 40 years on a food that 94 percent of Americans eat at least monthly, according to the Consumer Beef Index. You may be surprised to learn of the many changes that have resulted in leaner beef found at your local grocery store. Comment

Starting and growing small businesses in Queens

Queens: Assemblyman William Scarborough, chair of the Committee on Small Business, welcomed Harry Wells, regional director of York College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as the guest speaker at his monthly Task Force Meeting. Comment

St. Helen University offers scholarships, reduced tuition

St Lucia: According to Oma Sewhdat, president of St. Helen University in Vieux, St. Lucia, the university is offering to Guyanese nationals two full tuition scholarships and “a 50 percent one-year tuition scholarship to all students currently enrolled in medical programs anywhere in the Caribbean, including Guyana.” The university will be opening its doors on Jan. 7, 2013 for the first time. Comments (1)


St Vincent: With the sluggish recovery of the world’s economy seemingly providing little hope, particularly for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as those in the region, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries in the last two weeks used the hallowed chamber of the United Nations to plea for much-need aid while blasting developed countries for their current quagmire. Comment
New York: 2012_10_09_Donna_Protest Rally 2 Imam Al-Hajj Talib Abdur-Rashid praises youth at anti-war speak-out in Harlem State Office Building Plaza. Photos by Donna Lamb Comment

Andre White does it again

Music: Andre White may have only left college in May, but he is already a veteran steelband arranger and was— for the third time—the winning arranger at the Brooklyn Panorama this past Labor Day. A multifaceted steel pan performer, arranger, and jazz soloist, Andre White has little time to enjoy the triumph. Success brings opportunity and for White the future looks busy. Born in the US with a Jamaican than Trinidadian heritage, White does not fit the traditional mold of steelband arrangers. His path to success challenges the conventional norms and may indeed foreshadow the future course of Trinidad and Tobago’s national instrument. Comment
Africa: The African Union New York Office hosted the MIGA - World Bank’s Finance Guarantee for Africa conference arranged by The Allied African Nations Chamber of Commerce’s President Anthony Adjasse on July 25, 2012. The conference featured a power point presentation by the World Bank’s Global Head of Business Strategy and Client Development Ms. Ileana Boza, from the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (known as MIGA) of the World Bank Group. Comment

Krian Music Group signs Dead Prez

Music: Krian Music Group, a full service independent record label based in New York City, announces the signing of socially conscious and provocative hip-hop duo, Dead Prez. The new album, “Information Age,” will be available digitally on Oct. 16, 2012 and slated for a physical release on Jan. 22, 2013. Comment

IRAWMA returns to Florida in 2013

Music: The 32nd annual International Reggae & World Music Award (IRAWMA) will return to South Florida on May 4, 2013. Comment

Finally! Tosh gets first national honor

Jamaica: Quarter of a century after his death, Peter Tosh will be conferred his first national honor in Jamaica. Comments (1)

WIPA slams WICB over selectors

Caribbean: The West Indies Players Association (WIPA) has slammed the reappointment of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) panel of selectors – Chairman Clyde Butts, Courtney Browne and Robert Haynes, for a two-year period. Comment

Rogue cops strike again

Guyana: Last week, a party of what opposition parties and rights groups are describing as a group of rogue cops, accidentally shot and killed 23-year-old Demeon Belgrave as he sipped a beer outside a popular hangout bar, putting a negative spotlight once again on the department, three months after it mowed down a group of opposition supporters and just weeks after another team executed a teenager in public view. Comment

IADB $$ for disaster preparedness

Guyana: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has launched two new contingent credit facilities for Latin America and the Caribbean to help countries deal beforehand with shocks caused by external financial crises and to help nations cope with the aftermath of natural disasters. Comment
Brooklyn: In an exciting and highly informative panel discussion at the Brooklyn Public Library, the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions (CNUS) presented “Civic Restoration: A Road to Workforce Development […] Comment

Cultural extravaganza in Dominica

Music: All roads lead to the breathtaking island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles for the first unique cultural extravaganza that will bring together neighboring island Martinique, for seven days of art, music, a costume exhibition, folklore, dance and an international night, set to take place from Oct. 22 to 28. Comment

Runners prepare for big meet

Sports: Jamaica, West Indies, is known to produce runners, especially the sprinters, those who do short distance events. One, in particular, was not an outstanding short distance runner on its high school team. His name is Rohan Brown, a native of Jamaica. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies defeated Sri Lanka by 36 runs to win the ICC World 2012 Twenty20 last Sunday. West Indies won the toss, batted first and scored 137 runs for six wickets off their 20 overs. Marlon Samuels top-scored with a firery 78 from 56 balls with 6 sixes and 3 fours. Dwayne Bravo scored 19 runs from 19 balls and Captain Darren Sammy 26 runs from 15 balls. Comment

Fairness for domestic workers

Queens: A groundbreaking new hotline entitled: ‘New Day New Standard,’ is educating domestic workers and nannies about the critical protections won by the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, including minimum and overtime wages, paying your taxes, as well as arming them with life-saving information for getting out of trafficking and avoiding scams. Comment

Bulls lose game, slip in standings

Sports: The New York Red Bulls last Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena not only dropped a 2-0 decision to the Chicago Fire, which clinched a playoff berth, but also dropped out of a second-place tie with the Fire in the Eastern Conference and landed in fourth place behind DC United, which defeated Toronto, 1-0, Saturday. There could be serious play-off consequences if the Red Bulls (15-9-8, 53 pts.) finish out of the top three in the East, which could very well be the case with only two games to play, one of which is against Conference leader and playoff-bound Sporting Kansas City (17-7-8, 59 pts.) at Red Bull Arena on Saturday, Oct. 20. Comment
Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its superb 32nd season with an exclusive NYC appearance by the 75-member National Symphony Orchestra Of Cuba, as part of its premiere, 21-city tour of the United States from Oct. 16 to Nov. 11. Lehman Center proudly presents this Cuban national treasure on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. The orchestra’s Music Director is Enrique Pérez Mesa. Comment

Chavez wins third re-election in tightest race yet

Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez won re-election and a new endorsement of his socialist project Sunday, surviving his closest race yet after a bitter campaign in which the opposition accused him of unfairly using Venezuela’s oil wealth and his near total control of state institutions to his advantage. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: film forum: The Game Changers Program is holding its First Annual Game Changers National Film Forum featuring emerging filmmakers from across the country focusing on Black male achievement, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem, N.Y. Forum is free and open to the public. Registration required at For more information, visit Comment

Bring us your family photos, tell your stories

Brooklyn: Do you have photos in your family album with amazing stories that go with them? Maybe you have a stash of picts stored in a bureau drawer or photographs hidden in a shoebox in the closet. Comment

Monumental moment in Washington, D.C.

Bronx: This year’s Women’s Caucus Trip to Washington, D.C. was monumental and sentimental. It would be the final trip that the Caucus would take while Congressman Ed Towns holds seat as the elected representative of the 10th Congressional District. Recently, Congressman Towns announced that he would not be seeking a 16th term after serving 30 years in the United States House of Representatives. So this year’s tripwas historic in nature. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean leaders and cricket officials have sent congratulatory messages to the West Indies team after winning the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka on Sunday. Comment

Get savvy about healthcare to protect your family

Health: Health care costs are on the rise. Between a maturing baby boom population and an explosion of available tests, treatments and devices, Americans spend about twice as much per capita for healthcare compared to other western countries. Comment

The Messenger returns for Reggae Culture Salute

Music: The 8th annual Reggae Culture Salute Saturday, Nov. 3, will celebrate the return of “The Messenjah” LUCIANO for his third appearance starting at 8:30 p.m. at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center. Comment

A treat for jazz aficionados!

Music: Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career. Comment

Measures for breast cancer prevention

Health: Even with new advances in cancer screenings and detection, women in the United States are being afflicted by breast cancer at alarming rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 200,000 women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 with over 40,000 dying of the disease1. The American Cancer Society estimates close to the same numbers for 2012. Comment

Hit man turns fugitive in time-travel thriller

Movies: Dateline: Kansas City, 2042, which is where we find 25-year-old Joseph Simmons (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gainfully-employed as a novel type of hit man called a “looper.” The grisly line of work basically involves waiting at a designated clearing in a cornfield for the delivery of a blindfolded kidnap victim involuntarily teleported back in time. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: United States law enforcement officials say they had arrested three people and seized more than 900 kilos of cocaine during operations in the Caribbean Sea recently. Comment

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Keeping kids active with hip-hop

Music: Among hip-hop dancers, critics, and enthusiasts, Brice Vick ( often receives acknowledgment for his contributions to the dance community, but acknowledgment simply isn’t enough. With over a decade of experience working exclusively with Ashanti, (often titled the “princess of hip-hop”) and years of experience with other artists like Chris Brown, Lauryn Hill, and Beyonce, Vick is preparing to leverage his experience to provide health, finance, and education resources to inner-city New York youth, all while incorporating elements of global dance. Brice Vick is pleased to announce the formation of his non-profit organization, Hip Hop 4 Health. Comment

Guyanese asked to share skills for development

Guyana: Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar called on a packed room of nationals in the New York Marriott Hotel recently, to share their skills to develop their homeland, during his address to launch the Guyana Diaspora (GUYD) Project, under the theme “Lets Build Guyana Together.” Comment

Gibson seeks to renew contract

People: West Indies Cricket Coach Ottis Gibson says he has begun preliminary discussions with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) with the aim of having his current three-year contract renewed. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 3,2,1… Frankie Go Boom (Unrated) Sibling rivalry comedy about a guy (Frankie Hunnam) who seeks refuge from civilization in the desert after being humiliated in a Youtube video posted by his drug-addicted brother (Bruce O’Dowd). Ensemble includes Whitney Cummings, Chris Noth, Ron Perlman, Lizzy Caplan and Nora Dunn. Comment

‘Tour De Bronx’ cycling event set for Oct. 14

Bronx: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. is teaming up with Transportation Alternatives, Montefiore Medical Center, St. Barnabas Hospital and the Bronx Lebanon Medical Center to announce that the 18th annual “Tour De Bronx,” New York State’s largest free bicycling event, will take place on Sunday, Oct. 14. This special biking event attracts thousands of cyclists from throughout the tri-state area and beyond, who tour the borough’s beautiful neighborhoods and scenic attractions. Comment

Get ready for ‘Motown The Musical’

Arts & Theater: Motown is coming to midtown. Comment

West Indies team lacks leadership

Caribbean: Decision-making is important in any type of cricket. West Indies Captain Darren Sammy erred on many occasions when selecting West Indies bowlers. In spite of the West Indies success in gaining a place in the semi-final, the team did not perform to the highest expectations. The captain appeared to have made serious errors in deciding on the batting order and the selection of bowlers. Sammy was not innovative and up to the real task of exploring the best out of his team members. Some key players were not placed in the best positions to benefit the team. For example, Adre Russell and Samuel Badree were not put into positions where they could accomplish their vital roles. Comments (1)

Mustangs win tourney title

Mustangs win tourney title

Bronx: By Gary Axelbank Comment

Climate change inaction angers Carib leaders

Trinidad and Tobago: The 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Debate wrapped on Monday night with expressions of anger from Caribbean leaders over the continuing failure of the world assembly to move decisively towards a meaningful and legally binding climate change treaty. Comment

Police shooting probe gathers steam

Guyana: A commission of inquiry into the fatal police shooting of three opposition supporters in the Linden bauxite community south of the capital in July is gathering steam at hearings that began in late September but based on evidence tendered so far, it appears that a rogue police unit that operated alongside other detachments might have been the ones which pulled the trigger even as more than 20 officers are still to give their own accounts as to what had exactly transpired. Comment

Extra TPS for Haitians

Haiti: The United States on Monday officially extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for undocumented Haitians living in the United States. Comment

Monroe professor appointed to Appellate Court

People: Monroe College is proud to announce that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has appointed Justice Darcel Clark, an adjunct professor in the School of Criminal Justice since 2010, to the Appellate Division -- First Department, the second highest court in New York State. Comment

45th District Business Corridor Forums

Brooklyn: The office of Jumaane D. Williams, council member, 45th District will host the 45th District Business Corridor Forums on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Monday, Oct. 22. Comment
Brooklyn: It won’t be long now before the basketball season opens in Brooklyn. In fact, the Brooklyn Nets recently hosted Media Day at their new venue, Barclays Center, in down town Brooklyn, which was very well attended by officials of the team as well as those media who will cover them during the course of their schedule. Comment

Matchmaker, Training and Awards Conference in Washington, D.C.

Business: WASHINGTON—The U.S. Small Business Administration and U.S. Black Chamber, Inc. will host a free National 8(a) Training, Business Matchmaking and Awards Ceremony at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 10. Comment

Haitian Mental Health Forum

Health: American Psychiatric Association’s Office Of Minority And National Affairs, Haitian American Psychiatric Association, Brooklyn Psychiatric Society, Suny Downstate Departmnent Of Psychiatry and Rebati Sante Mentale invite you to attend the Haitian Mental Health Forum on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 at the Health Sciences Education Building, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Alumni Auditorium, 395 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, N.Y. from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Comment

Bold, bare misuse of the Parkway masquerade

Arts & Theater: Let’s hope that by the time we would have gotten to the aftermath of Labor Day 2013, the dominant conversation piece will be altogether different from what’s been happening in 2012. Thanks to the Internet’s capability in providing us access to the good, bad, ugly and everything else, we’ve been treated, this post-Labor Day period, to a graphic display of Carnival images that have involuntarily become the definitive photographic representation of Labor Day 2012. It’s no hard call suggesting that the bulk of us would rather this particular snapshot in our memory bank were somehow magically expunged. Comment



Sports: Thierry Henry picked the best time of the year to be most productive. With only three games in the next three weeks of regular season left to play before the MLS playoffs, the former France international practically hauled his third-place New York Red Bulls (15-8-8, 53 pts.) team into a second-place tie with the Chicago Fire in the Eastern Conference standings with a 4-1 defeat of Toronto FC last Saturday at Red Bull Arena. New York trails Conference leader Sporting Kansas City (17-7-7, 58 pts.), which has officially clinched a playoff berth, by five points. New York’s enhanced play-off position was aided by Kansas City’s 2-0 defeat of Chicago on Thursday night. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Exciting West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine added to his steadily growing list of achievements when he was voted the Emerging Cricketer-of-the-Year at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Awards recently held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Comment

Rave review for East Carib Central Bnk

St Vincent: As the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) marked its 29th anniversary on Oct. 1, the bank’s governor, Sir K Dwight Venner, said the main accomplishment of the institution over the years has been the bank’s integration of itself into the financial and economic life of its eight member countries. Comment

Hundreds of book-lovers flock to Brooklyn Book Festival

Books: Haitian-American Police Officer Omar Smith was on patrol, keeping everything under control in Brooklyn Heights on Sunday afternoon with throngs of book lovers coming and going from the Brooklyn Book Festival’s largest venue, St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church. Comment

Fed-up with NYPD stop and frisk

Staten Island: The New York City Council has scheduled hearings on Oct. 10, to be followed by field hearings in Brooklyn and Queens, over the vexed question of police discrimination in the enforcement of the Community Safety Act and the NYPD’s stop and frisk program. Comments (1)

Hugo Chavez says he’d vote for Obama

People: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has weighed in on the U.S. presidential race, saying he prefers President Barack Obama. Comment

Several thousand people protest Haiti gov’t

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Several thousand people poured into the streets of Haiti’s capital on Sunday to protest the government of President Michel Martelly. Comment

Mental health for Haitians

Haiti: It has been more than two and a half years since an earthquake devastated the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince and its surrounding region, but many in the Haitian-American community still have unmet needs, including in the area of mental health. The earthquake reportedly killed more than 300,000, injured hundreds of thousands more, and destroyed families, homes, and livelihoods, leaving a legacy of emotional and physical trauma. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Reggae, CAlypso, folK Music: The Brooklyn Public Library presents Reggae! Calypso! Folk Music! for kids and families featuring West Indian and American music through song and dance in an interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren, 1:00 p.m. at the Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights. For information, call (718) 230-2100. Comment

Romantic salsa at Lehman Center

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its sensational 32nd season with two of salsa’s hottest vocalists – Jerry Rivera and Tito Nieves – for one night only on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Blood sugar, blood pressure and diet

Health: Q: Once blood sugar or blood pressure goes up, can people really bring them back down with healthy habits, or is that something from research but not seen in real life? Comment

Celebrating the Past, Impacting the Future

Brooklyn: Pastor Dr. Clive E. Neil is the first Caribbean national, the first African-American and the youngest clergy to ever hold tenure in the 160th year history of Bedford Central Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn. Comment


Music: It’s not everyday you come across a person who is as dedicated, loyal and truly sincere as the one Khalilah Rose. Comments (3)


Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College launches its 2012-2013 American Classics series with The Ultimate Sounds of Doo-Wop and Street Corner Harmony, a concert of chart-topping artists including Fred Parris and The Satins (“In the Still of the Night”), The Legendary Teenagers (“Why Do Fools Fall in Love”), The Chiffons with original lead singer Judy Mann (“One Fine Day”), The Original Tymes (“So Much In Love”), and Barbara Harris and the Toys (“Lovers Concerto”), hosted by WCBS-FM 101.1’s “Broadway” Bill Lee on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Climate change could kill more than 100M people by 2030

Viewpoints: Without fast action, accelerating climate change impacts will cause more than 100 million deaths and knock off more than three percent of GDP (gross domestic product) by 2030, according to a report released recently by the humanitarian organization DARA. Comment

Mortal courts Dracula’s overprotected daughter

Movies: I know it’s a little early in the season, but if you’re ready for a Halloween-themed flick that’s going to be lot of fun for the whole family, have I got a cartoon for you. More romantic and funny than spooky and spine-tingling, “Hotel Transylvania” is a tenderhearted tale that milks most of its mirth by turning a basic scary movie convention on its head. Comment

Volunteers needed to beautify Southeast Queens

Queens: It takes a village to beautify the neighborhood. New volunteers joined Assemblyman William Scarborough last Saturday to help clean the center islands on Merrick Blvd. from Springfield Blvd. to Linden Blvd. Local Merrick Blvd. business owner Marcel Robins of State Farm Insurance Agency, Daniel Ennis of Quik Lube as well as the NAACP Youth Group and volunteers from the Youth Fitness Center joined Scarborough and Parks Dept. volunteers to remove debris and weeds in preparation for the planting of trees, shrubs and plants by the NYC Parks Dept. More volunteers are needed for Saturday, Oct. 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Meet at 129-32A Merrick Blvd. at 10:00 a.m. on Oct. 6. Please call Scarborough’s District Office at 718-723-5412 and sign up. Comment

Jazz and blues at Birdland

Music: Audience’s rave SS Nirvana “We close our eyes and it’s like going back in time.” Comment

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