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A first for the Caribbean on the federal bench

Antigua: Caribbean-born African American lawyer Margo Brodie this week received U.S. Senate confirmation to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Comment

Southeast Queens clergy rally for better wages for airport workers

Queens: A broad coalition of Southeast Queens clergy, community members and organizations last week gathered for a news conference to demand an end to wage and benefit disparities between airline-contracted workers at Port Authority airports. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: It is becoming clear with each passing day that the tenure of Trinidad and Tobago’s police chief Dwayne Gibbs and at least one other high-ranking expatriate officer hired under the previous Patrick Manning administration with a mandate to lower the twin-island’s soaring crime rate are very numbered, judging from the latest failing grade for the police top brass in the past week. Comment
Music: Trinidad & Tobago Carnival officially begins with the Machel Monday Concert. The reigning champion annually holds this sellout concert to treat fans to a wide variety of hits. This year he celebrated three decades in the Soca industry. Comments (1)

Sun Kulcha

Music: Education Program Family-to-Family Education Program will be offering a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand & support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their well being, starting 3/3/12 at Kings County Hospital Center, 451 Clarkson Ave., between New York Ave. & E 34 St., Room 3022, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free for family members, partners & significant others. Registration is required. Call (718) 512-5269. Comment
Travel: It was an enchanting evening in the British Virgin Islands, on Feb. 13, when scores of dinghies pulled up onto the sandy beach of White Bay, on the popular island of Josh Van Dyke. Comment

West Indies Women to play England

Sports: West Indies Women will play a five-match Twenty20 International series against England Women in September this year. Comment

Beaches first line of defense in Barbados

Guyana: BRIDGETOWN, Feb. 17 - Like most of its neighbors in the English-speaking Caribbean, Barbados’s main economic asset is its coastal zone. Comment

Regulations protect small businesses

Viewpoints: A guy walks into a bar and says, “ouch.” Comment

Machel Montano’s hat-trick of titles

Music: Soca star Machel Montano who described himself as “Mr Fete,” has copped an unprecedented hat-trick for 2012 when he took the Road March title with his song “Pump Yuh Flag.” He scored back-to-back wins having captured last year’s Road March with his tune “Advantage.” Comment
People: The Dignity in Schools Campaign - New York is demanding better school safety policies following the release of student arrest and summons data. Comment

Homeowners and tenants seek justice

Business: On Saturday, Feb. 18, homeowners and tenants, along with various civic leaders, gathered in a basement forum at Andrews United Methodist Church to discuss the on-going problem of poorly constructed homes. Comments (1)

Actor Ben Vereen talks ‘Minstrels’

Arts & Theater: Broadway actor Ben Vereen closed out City College’s series of presentations highlighting Black History Month with a talkback topic on “Bert Williams & Minstrels.” Comments (1)

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: A new school of medicine in Barbados will in no way conflict or compete with similar facilities of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. Comment
Arts & Theater: The namesake of Wilmer Jennings Gallery in the East Village is one of the 36 African American artists showing at the gallery in an extraordinary exhibition ending Feb. 25. Comment
Movies: “Good Deeds” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Art Is… The Permanent Revolution (Unrated) Agitprop documentary examining how printmakers, including Rembrandt, Goya and Picasso, have influenced the political landscape over the ages via graphic depictions of the human condition. Comment
Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records, continues its fabulous 31st season with a spectacular celebration of 25 years of Freestyle music -- Forever Freestyle 6 -- on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

How much attention do you give to your urination?

Health: When urination is normal, it occupies a small portion of our active attention. However, when it becomes abnormal, it comes to occupy a larger portion and the more abnormal it is, the more we pay attention and become increasingly upset. Comment

Do your heart a favor: Control risk factors

Health: A study of over a quarter of a million people confirms that traditional risk-factors for cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as high blood pressure, raise the chance of major CVD events like heart attack or stroke over the course of a lifetime. The study also reinforces the importance of controlling these risk factors. Comment

Police raids on media threaten press freedom

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Feb. 13 - Four months before the island hosts the World Congress of the Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI), the Trinidad and Tobago government finds itself on the defense in the wake of police raids on two national media houses in six weeks. Comment

‘Mama P’ faces prejudice, economic challenges

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jan. 25 - Running on promises of job creation, economic growth and wider stakeholder consultations, Jamaica’s most popular politician and the country’s first female prime minister Portia Simpson Miller swept to power in a victory almost no one had predicted. Comment

T&T thespian Sullivan Walker passes

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean nationals residing in Brooklyn will not soon forget Sullivan Walker. He epitomized the federation West Indians imagined if all the countries in the region had united under one banner instead of branching off to seek independence. Comments (1)

NYPD Stop and Frisk program irks borough board

Manhattan: In 2011, in its stop-and-frisk program, the NYPD recorded an all-time high and more than six times the number of stops that occurred in 2002; executing nearly 685,000 stops in 2011. Comments (1)

A campaign roller coaster like no other

Viewpoints: There are no apologies needed for a continuing fascination with the Republicans’ path to a presidential nominee. There can’t be too many nominee selection exercises, if any, over the course of history that can rival this one for such wild swings in the fortunes of would-be standard bearers. It’s just amazing, since the process began last year, how many alleged leaders of the pack there have been, and how, with all his resources and the label of presumptive nominee long bestowed on him, Mitt Romney still finds himself unable to formally occupy that anointed space. Comment

McCall receives first MLK leadership award

Arts & Theater: Former State Comptroller and erstwhile gubernatorial candidate, H. Carl McCall, has received SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s first Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Award. Comment

St. Lucian Taj Weekes to be recognized

St Lucia: The legendary St. Lucian artiste and philanthropist Taj Weekes has been selected for the St. Lucia House Foundation’s Humanitarian Award for his selflessness and dedicated humanitarian efforts. Comments (1)

New Day New Opportunity Networking Event

People: The third bi-monthly New Day New Opportunity networking event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23, at Eve’s Lounge 769 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y. 11218. Comment

Keeping prescription medications affordable

Jamaica: Since founding Comunilife, I have worked with many New Yorkers from underserved communities – from children to seniors - and those living with HIV/AIDS or mental illness. As anyone working in healthcare today knows, one of the most significant challenges facing New York and our country as a whole is the staggering number of people who are unable to afford their prescription medications. Comment

Kim Brockington: Our stories in history

Arts & Theater: The National Black Touring Circuit featured Kim Brockington as Zora Neale Hurston, in a one-woman play written by Laurence Holder, and directed by Wynn Handman, as part of the Black History Month Play Festival, which runs through Feb. 26. Comment
Food: Chef Mary Ann Esposito, host of the PBS television show “Ciao Italia,” knows all about the joys and benefits of cooking with olive oil. Olive oil is 100 percent natural, contains no cholesterol, trans fats, sodium or sugar. It adds a delicious splash of flavor to any recipe. As a rule of thumb, she says, substitute an equal amount of olive oil for other cooking oils. Comment


Guyana: Guyana’s government’s public pledge to dismantle the elected Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) because of alleged widespread corruption and take over the administration of cricket by installing its Interim Management Committee (IMC) took a new turn over the weekend when local police arrested board secretary Anand Sanasie on suspicion that he was part of an organized ring that sold visas to ordinary Guyanese by passing them off to Western embassies as bona fide cricketers. Comment

US pleads for unity in Haiti

Haiti: The United States have called on all political parties and legislators in Haiti to work closely together in order to avert a political crisis in the French-speaking, earthquake-ravaged Caribbean country. Comment

Ex-Grenada PM George Brizan passes at 69

Grenada: Former Grenada Prime Minister George Brizan, a co-founder of the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), died on Feb. 18 at the General Hospital in St. George’s, the Grenada capital, following a prolonged illness. He was 69. Comment
Arts & Theater: Immersing yourself in the Caribbean spirit through arts is a wonderful way for the family to warm up an early March afternoon. Comment
Music: Soca superstar Machel Montano scored a double when he took the International Power Soca Monarch and the Groovy Soca Monarch titles on Fantastic Friday night at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain. Comment

Hoop buffs cheer on Jeremy Lin

Sports: Could Jeremy Lin, a first year backcourt man on the New York Knickerbockers, be a great one and rank among the top guards in the National Basketballl Association? The rate that he is going even though he was not drafted shouldn’t stop him by any means. He has almost all the ingredients to be a future Hall of Famer. Comment

NYC premiere of ‘Better Mus’ Come’

Movies: As the island nation Jamaica celebrates 50 years of independence from British rule, Jamaican film director Storm Saulter’s “Better Mus’ Come” chronicles the bloody reign of terror that was once the backdrop for the political campaigns and struggle for power between the two parties; Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) and the Peoples National Party (PNP). Comments (2)

Donovan player of the month

Sports: U.S. and Los Angeles Galaxy forward Landon Donovan by now must have removed the doubts about his ability to succeed in Europe. Comment


Sports: Last year the Long Island University-Brooklyn basketball team under the coaching of Jim Ferry captured 13 consecutive games, including the Northeast College Conference post-season tournament, defeating Robert Morris in the title game. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Prayer Breakfast People Moved With Compassion (PMWC) presents a Prayer Breakfast (8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.) & Conference (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) featuring Speaker Min. Marva Thomas at Calvary Cathedral of Praise, 45 East 8th St., Brooklyn. Admission free. There will be a free will offering. Call to register at (347) 267-2654 or (718) 435-2731. Comment

Guyana Cricket Board resumes control

Guyana: A High Court judge in Guyana has allowed the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) to resume control of the sport in the South American country. Comment

Jamaican republican status on the fast track

Jamaica: The newly-elected government of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller in Jamaica has begun initial discussions on the country’s transition to republican status, a government statement issued in New York on Feb. 16 said. Comment


Music: Perhaps it was less than a surprise when Bob and Rita Marley’s youngest son Stephen took the best reggae album category at the recent Grammy awards. Comment

Leave legacy of health; not just wealth

People: The current state of our economy has raised questions about whether today’s kids will be better or worse off than their parents. But, as a physician and father, I question whether they will be healthy enough to even live longer than their parents. Comment

The problem with too many debates

National: What role should debates have in political campaigning? That’s the question being raised by this Republican presidential primary season. Comment

The Thomas Jefferson: Sally Hemings love story

Arts & Theater: Musical drama explores Jefferson and Hemings story Comment

Houston: Model, singer, actress, superstar

Music: When Whitney Houston made an early morning appearance in Central Park three years ago, she repeated an act her mother Cissy initiated by introducing her to a Manhattan crowd at a time she was an unknown teenager. Comment

Key Brooklyn hospitals under threst of closure

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s hospitals are in a precarious state. Four of our borough’s 16 hospitals are failing and will close if not merged with other, more financially stable ones. Comment

Football coach finds winning formula

Movies: “You think football builds character. It does not. Football reveals character.” That mantra sums up the philosophy Bill Courtney relied upon in pep talks to turn around the football program at Manassas High located in inner-city Memphis. When he assumed the reins in 2004, the Tigers had never made the playoffs in its entire 100-year history, and hadn’t even won a single game in the previous 14 years. Comment

Tips for men to stay healthy as they age

Health: With age comes wisdom. Unfortunately, it also comes with an increased threat of developing certain health problems. Comment

The Ancient Chinese concept of Yin-Yang

Haiti: The Chinese speak of “Yin-Yang” as opposing but complementary forces present throughout nature. Urologically, this concept can also be applied to urination as being a balance of opposing forces. Comment

Rare diseases affect millions of American families

Health: One in 10 Americans is currently affected by a rare disease. For these people, getting properly diagnosed and treated can be a challenge. Comment
People: Church Avenue will have five new colorful and vibrant additions to the neighborhood in Spring 2012. Comment

Bay Gardens Beach Resort, Jet Blue support St. Lucia’s Independence Gala

St Lucia: As Saint Lucians in New York prepare to commemorate their country’s 33rd anniversary of National Independence, the Saint Lucia House Foundation has announced that Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and Jet Blue Airways are major donors to this year’s Independence Gala on Feb. 25. Comment
People: The Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center will host two events to commemorate the life and legacy of Malcolm X/ El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. Both events will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Comment

High price tag for Trinidad spinner

Caribbean: Trinidad and Tobago mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who shot into the cricket limelight last year was purchased by Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (ILP) for the fifth highest price behind India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, India pacer Vinay Kumar and New Zealand batsman Brendan McCullum. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Fairy (Unrated) Romantic fantasy about a hotel’s night watchman (Dominique Abel) who falls in love with the magical fairy (Fiona Gordon) who vanishes into thin air after granting him two of his three wishers. Supporting cast includes Philippe Martz, Bruno Romy and Vladimir Zongo. (In French with subtitles) Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: No one, including expatriate Trinidad and Tobago Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs seems to know exactly why a battery of police officers invaded the offices of Trinidad’s Newsday newspaper in Port of Spain last week, spent several hours searching computers, files and other company property before carting away computer hard drives and flash drives, as well as other material in a move that shocked all across the island’s political divide. Comment

CHT continues pushback against U.K. airline tax

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHT) is calling on the Caribbean media to maintain pressure on the British government to repeal its controversial Airline Passenger Duty (APD), which, it says is damaging the economies of the region’s countries. Comment

Canadian economic aid for Carib localities

Caribbean: Canada’s Minister of International Cooperation Beverley J. Oda, announced on Feb. 10 her country’s support for local economic development in the Caribbean to the tune of CAN$20 million. Comment
People: The McDonalds Corporation honored 12 persons during their Living Media Legends Program at New York City’s Plaza Hotel on Feb. 1. Comment

Touro College honors C. Virginia Fields

Bronx: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM) honored former Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, president & CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc. (NBCLA), at an event on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Harlem medical school in commemoration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Comment

About calling it dumb when it is

Music: Sometimes we try too hard to convince folks where we’re coming from about this or that matter. A case in point being the recent appearance of Mitt Romney before a conservative gathering in Washington, […] Comment

From The Front Porch

Arts & Theater: Reneesance Dreams and Spotlight on Festivals present a special performance of “From The Front Porch” at the Jan Hus Theatre – 351 East 74th St. (between 1st and 2nd avenues) on Feb. 29, starting at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Trinidad’s former PM flown to U.S. after stroke

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Trinidad’s former Prime Minister Patrick Manning has been airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center in the United States for treatment following a stroke. Comment
Arts & Theater: Galleries and other exhibition venues are still paying homage to artist Romare Bearden during this centennial year of his birth. Comment

Grenada airport remains open despite Taiwan’s squeeze

Grenada: The government of Grenada has assured its citizens and visitors to the island that the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) will remain in full and effective operation. Comment
Movies: Tobin Frost (Denzel Washington) is a veteran CIA Agent who has been on the run for close to a decade since being suspected of selling military secrets to America’s enemies. By contrast, straitlaced Matt Weston (Ryan Reynolds) is a newcomer to the Agency who’s just been itching for some action. Unfortunately, he’s been stationed in South Africa for months where he’s only been assigned to maintain a backwater safe house that’s never been needed for a clandestine operation. Comment
Barbados: Community leaders from across New York City gathered on Feb. 10 at Brooklyn Borough Hall for a Black History Month tribute to the late Brooklyn Congresswomen Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm, who was born Nov. 30, 1924 and died Jan. 1, 2005. Comment
Sports: The issue of racism in soccer has raised its ugly head again, this time in the English Premier League last Saturday when Uruguayan Luis Saurez, who plays for Liverpool Football Club, failed to shake Patrice Evra’s hand before kick-off of a league encounter against host Manchester United at Old Trafford. Comment

Regional spinners dominate tourney

Sports: Spinners from the various teams in the Regional Four-Day Cricket Tournament dominated the second round of the competition. Comment

Red Bulls sign goal keeper Ryan Meara

Sports: The New York Red Bulls announced last week that it signed Crestwood (N.Y.) native and former Fordham University standout goalkeeper Ryan Meara. Comment

Trinidad economy ‘turning the corner’: IMF

Trinidad and Tobago: After concluding Article IV consultation with government authorities and other officials in Trinidad and Tobago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says “there is concrete evidence” that the twin-island republic’s economy is “turning the corner.” Comment

Nyder comes through for Uniondale

Haiti: The track and field coaches at Uniondale High School are very proud of the efforts turned in by the athletes in the Section VIII or Nassau County championship meet in winning their 30th overall championship. Comment



Music: “I wanted to do something located more in the jazz idiom,” says Buyu Ambroise on how his third CD, “Jazzpora,” differs from his last ones. With the core Blues in Red Band–his musical companions since the first CD, Ambroise reveals his musical influences, Haitian, African and North American, all places Ambroise has called home. Comment

5 Great Days of Black Theatre

Arts & Theater: The Harlem Theatre Arts Festival (HTAF) debuted in Harlem with 5 Great Days of Black Theatre. Comment

Campaign to save after-school tutoring

People: Parents rallied on the steps of City Hall Wednesday, Feb. 8 to call on the New York State Board of Regents to save free after-school tutoring by carving out a waiver for Supplemental Education Services (SES). The New York campaign for Tutor Our Children coordinated the rally, which was led by Adrienne Nyamsi, director and the Rev. Takarkah Robinson, founder and CEO of The Brooklyn Anti-Violence Coalition. Comment

New Citi Pond Kids Program

People: Citi hosted its first Citi Pond Kids program at Citi Pond at Bryant Park on Friday, Feb. 3, to benefit 50 children from the YMCA of Greater New York. Torino 2006 Olympic Games silver medalist figure skater Sasha Cohen was on hand to help inspire and motivate the kids, ages 8 to 10, from the Y After School Academy, the Y’s after-school program located at P.S. 57 in Harlem, at 11:00 a.m. Comment

Sun Kulcha

New York: Motown Queensboro Performing Arts Center presents Las Vegas Tribute to Motown featuring the music of The Temptations, The Supremes & The Four Tops, 8:00 p.m. at Queensboro Community College, 222-05 56 Ave., Bayside. Buy tickets online at or at the box office at (718) 631-6311, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Comment

U.S. govt responds to Buju’s appeal

Jamaica: MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. government says plenty of evidence supports a federal jury’s conviction of Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton on cocaine conspiracy and trafficking charges. Comment

Soul Train Don dies leaving ‘love, peace & soul’

Music: There was a time when few television programs showcased the talents of African-Americans. Comment

Know the signs of heart failure

Health: It’s possible you or a loved one could be suffering from one of the most common and often misdiagnosed heart conditions, and not know it. According to the Heart Failure Society of America, five million Americans are affected by heart failure and many more may have the condition but are unaware. February is National Heart Health Month and it’s a great time to learn about heart failure and its symptoms, and what to do to stay heart healthy. Heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump enough blood. Blood can back up in areas of the body and vital organs eventually shut down. Comment

Great tips for Heart Health Month

Health: For most people, February conjures up images of red hearts, candy and messages to loved ones. But, did you know February is also American Heart Month? Comment

WICB announces Digicel Series schedule

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced the schedule for the Digicel Series 2012 and the picturesque Arnos Vale Cricket Ground in Antigua will host the first three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) when West Indies meets Australia in March and April this year. Comment

Different portrait of African Americans

Books: If you have grown up being educated in the United States, then doubtless the images of African Americans in the 1800’s and 1900’s that you are used to seeing are first as slaves and then later as share croppers, cooks, railroad workers and other jobs in which they were often shown in old tattered clothing. Comments (2)
Movies: We were first introduced to Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) about four years ago when he embarked on a very eventful “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” courtesy of Jules Verne. Now, although he’s matured from a wide-eyed adolescent into a handsome, headstrong teenager with raging hormones, the lustful lad remains game for another exciting adventure. Comment

Top cop, on trial for rape, buys more time

Guyana: Facing a criminal charge of rape, embattled Police Chief Henry Greene has secured a temporary court order barring junior officers from charging him as he challenges the recommendation from the state prosecutor’s office to indict him on the felony charge, saying the evidence in the complaint is too weak to secure a conviction. Comment

Jamaica shares love on Valentine’s Day

The “One Love” island of Jamaica will spread the love to commuters in SoHo this Tuesday, Valentine’s Day with roses and a chance to win a trip to sunny Jamaica! Comment

Kirani James wins 400 meters in Boston

Grenada: World champion Kirani James of Grenada won the men’s 400 meters in 45.96 seconds — the fastest in the world so far this year in the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston on Saturday night. Comment

Carib nationals as XLVI pioneers

Puerto Rico: “The key thing is to remember this: that all things are possible for those who believe. And we always believed, we always knew we could get here.” -- Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said at City Hall. Comment

Prostate operation without the knife

Health: “It’s like having a prostate operation but “without” the operation.” That’s the way many patients, who had experienced the TherMatrx microwave thermotherapy treatment of their enlarged and symptomatic prostates expressed themselves. They had been prepared to undergo surgery in the hospital with anesthesia as treatment and were fully aware of the surgical risks and the need to wear a catheter after the operation. The microwave treatment made all that unnecessary. Comment

Fast ferry service for Eastern Caribbean

Trinidad and Tobago: A fast ferry service between the Eastern Caribbean islands is soon to start sailing. Comments (1)

Cheeseboro ordained Scientology minister

Bronx: Verlene Cheeseboro, director of Public Affairs of the Church Of Scientology Harlem was ordained as a minister on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012. Comment
Food: There’s no better way to say “Be Mine” than with a collection of Valentine’s Day cupcakes - a great surprise for anyone you’re sweet on this Feb. 14. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Circus Columbia (Unrated) Midlife-crisis drama, set in Bosnia in the early Nineties, shortly before the outbreak of the civil war, about a successful businessman’s (Miki Manojlovic) scandalous return home from Germany accompanied by a flamboyant mistress (Jelena Stupljanin), much to the chagrin of his estranged wife (Mir Furlan) and teenage son (Boris Ler). With Milan Strljic and Almir Mehic. (In English and Croatian with subtitles) Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Despite the region spending millions of dollars to secure airlift to the Caribbean, ticket prices are still too high and remain insufficient to sustain the industry, according to Josef Forstmayr, president the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA). Comment

U.N. says Caribbean crime hurting economies

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) — Rising crime across the Caribbean threatens the region’s tourism-based economy and has exposed a weak and ineffective judicial system, according to a sweeping U.N. study released on Wednesday. Comment

ALBA approves new economic system, admits Haiti

Venezuela: Leaders of the eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) on Feb. 5 approved a new economic integration system, called ECOALBA, admitted Haiti to the bloc and heard membership requests from two more Caribbean Community (CARICOM) states. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — A lawyer for five Cuban agents sentenced to long jail terms for spying in the United States said Wednesday he is preparing a last-ditch appeal, arguing that one of the men received bad counsel and that the jury for all five was prejudiced because the U.S. paid several journalists who covered the trial. Comment


Guyana: Chaos and disorder loomed large for the game of cricket in Guyana this week as government seemed determined to arbitrarily move aside the elected governing board, replace it with its own political appointees and take over operations generally but if the Antigua-based West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has its way, Guyanese won’t see an international match for months or years to come. Comment



Sports: The Blackbirds’ basketball team at Long Island University-Brooklyn is having one of its finest season during recent years and maybe in the school’s history if the wins continue the way they have been. Comments (1)

Second annual New Voices in Black Cinema

Movies: BAMcinématek kicks off its full 2012 calendar year with New Voices in Black Cinema, the second annual festival presented by the Fort Greene-based ActNow Foundation. Reflecting the wide spectrum of views and themes within the African diasporan communities in Brooklyn and beyond, the series features six New York premieres and special guests at nearly every screening. Comments (1)

Groundbreaking for agro-tourism farm

St Kitts and Nevis: St. Kitts & Nevis Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Sen. Ricky Skerritt praised a proposed 20-acre Agro-Tourism Demonstration Farm during a recent groundbreaking ceremony, stating that the project, while poised to be entertaining, will also be educational, and will represent a unique marriage between agriculture and tourism. Comment
Brooklyn: More than 500 coats were distributed to the East Flatbush community at P.S. 399 as part of the Annual Coat Drive held on Sat., Feb. 4 at P.S. 399, 2707 Albermarle Road, Brooklyn. Comments (1)

More grist for the campaign mill

Viewpoints: Really, what’s a fellow to do? Is this how classic ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ comes to be? President Obama and his team, as they plan for his reelection bid, are now being told quite emphatically, that they will have a highly incensed Catholic population to deal with come November, if the administration holds firm on its recent decision mandating Catholic institutions to provide coverage in their health plans for contraceptive services for female employees free of charge. It seems highly unlikely that the president and his advisers would have underestimated how stout the pushback would be to such a policy move, given the well-known intensity of the Catholic establishment’s reaction to any trampling on core church dogma. Comment

D’banj makes U.S. debut in Manhattan

Music: Recently signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, Nigerian artist D’banj will perform for the first time in New York City on Feb. 19, 2012. Comment
Sports: Didier Drogba scored twice and Yaya Toure once to lead the Ivory Coast Elephants to a 3-0 quarterfinal victory over co-host Equatorial Guinea on Saturday to storm into the African Cup of Nations (ACN) semifinals. Comment

Stephany Perez awarded Christian

Bronx: Freshman Stephany Perez is the first student to receive the Christian Leadership Scholarship from Our Saviour Lutheran School in the Bronx on Monday, Jan. 23. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: BAMcafe Live BAMcafe Live! presents Mo Beasley’s LoveStorm featuring spoken word, music & dance 9:00 p.m. (Happy Hour: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.), at BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Bldg., 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Admission free. For additonal event information, visit Comments (1)
Manhattan: For those who think that Occupy Wall Street has petered-out, they are quite mistaken. Occupiers, supporters and sympathizers packed Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan last week for the discussion “Where We’ve Gone and What to Expect from Occupy in 2012.” Comment

ICC slams Guyana government

Sports: The International Cricket Council has condemned the Guyana government’s interference in the functioning of cricket in Guyana. In a recent meeting in Dubai, the ICC Board took a stand against any government taking over and running cricket in any respective country. Comments (1)

‘Live Your Life’ tops reggae charts

Music: Jamaica’s music ambassador Richie Stephens is still celebrating the positive response from music lovers, friends and well wishers for his hit single “Live Your Life,” which was recorded last year with his friend Gentleman. Comment

Reeves returns to Rose Theater

Music: Continuing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Visionary Voices series, Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves performs in Rose Theater, Feb. 24-25 at 8:00 p.m. Comment
As Jamaica celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Independence, multi-platinum international superstar Celine Dion delivered a golden performance to the more than 20,000 people at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium on Friday, Jan. 27. Comment

What can we do for the children?

People: Macy’s celebrates Black History Month with special events honoring the legacy of famed artist Romare Bearden. Comment

Coloring the Great White Way

People: In the early 1900s, Broadway was known as The Great White Way for good reason. Since then, however, the African-American community has made great inroads. Over the years, African-American actors and actresses have won over 70 Tony awards, Broadway’s highest honor, in numerous categories, displaying their talents on the stage as brightly as the lights on Broadway. Here’s the who’s who of Broadway’s African-American royalty. Comment

Gayle heads to Bangladesh

Caribbean: Embattled West Indies batsman Chris Gayle topped the list of 12 West Indies players who were signed to play in the inaugural Bangladesh Twenty20 Premier League (BPL) next month. Comment

JFF prez apologizes for bribery scandal

Caribbean: Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) President Horace Burrell has apologized on behalf of members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) for their involvement in the cash-for-votes, bribery scandal involving former FIFA presidential candidate, Mohamed bin Hamman. Comment

Faith and service in the field of medicine

People: Dr. Carla Boutin-Foster knows how it feels to be without money. An immigrant from Haiti, Boutin-Foster was raised in a single-parent home in Jamaica, Queens by a mother who held two jobs. Comments (1)

Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success

Books: The groundbreaking book, Black Inventors, Crafting Over 200 Years of Success, clearly highlights the work of Black inventors from over 70 countries. Comment

Living History: A Brooklyn Children’s Museum  salute

Arts & Theater: Come help us celebrate the fabulous month of February featuring Black History Month: Living History, Mid-Winter Recess (Saturday, Feb. 18 - Sun., Feb. 26) and the continuation of our W.O.R.D. UP! Words of Real Distinction, reading series. All Black History Month are included with Museum admission. Comment


Music: Phoenix Francisco realized her love for the performing arts at the tender age of six. Comment

Demise of St. Louis Housing Project

Movies: When the Pruitt-Igoe housing project opened to considerable fanfare back in 1956, its 33 high-rise towers were hailed as a proud symbol of the future of American urban renewal. Located on a 57-acre tract on St. Louis’ north side, the federally-funded development had been created to house 12,000 African-American refugees from the city’s crumbling slums. Comment
Music: Jamaican reggae artist Tony Rebel celebrated his 50th birthday at his annual Pepsi Rebel Salute 2012 which took place in Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth on Saturday, Jan. 14 right through the morning of the 15th with a huge birthday cake, an impressive list of veteran and emerging reggae artists and a massive of die-hard roots-music lovers. Comment

Greetings to Grenada from USA

Grenada: Grenadians continue their milestone achievement this week and were acknowledged by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who dispatched this correspondence about their independence celebration this week. Comment

Prince Harry to meet JA PM, Olympic champ

People: During his diamond jubilee tour of commonwealth nations from March 2 to 8, Britain’s Prince Harry will visit Jamaica, Belize and the Bahamas. Comment

Pay it forward this Black History Month

People: Grammy Award-winner and philanthropist Ne-Yo, fashion designer Tracy Reese and Essence president Michelle Ebanks joined Coca-Cola Feb.1 in a refreshing new Black History Month program urging African Americans to “pay it forward” to the next generation. Comment

Are you getting enough vitamins?

Health: We can’t control every aspect of our health, but we can help protect ourselves against many common ailments and diseases simply by getting the recommended daily essential vitamins and minerals. Comment

That’s funny? Serendipity in science & medicine

Health: My teacher in medicine, I am proud to say was Professor Isidore Snapper (1889-1973). Dr. Snapper had fled Holland in 1938 to escape the Nazi onslaught and came to the Rockefeller Foundation in the United States. From there he enjoyed an illustrious career as professor of medicine in major universities and teaching hospitals throughout the world including Peiping Union Medical College in China, Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, Cook County Hospital in Chicago and finally Beth-El Hospital in Brooklyn, which he transformed into the Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, one of the three major teaching hospitals in Brooklyn. Comment

Access to affordable birth control

Health: Planned Parenthood of New York City applauds the decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to ensure access to affordable birth control, and not further expand the refusal provision to the birth control coverage benefit under the Affordable Care Act. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

There is concern over the transportation of hazardous nuclear waste and other hazardous material through the Caribbean Sea, which are potential threats to lives, health, the environment and the environment. Comment

Eliminating U.K. airfare tax not a priority: Hague

Grenada: Britain’s Foreign Secretary William Hague says eliminating or modifying an airfare tax is not a priority even though his government understands its implications on the Caribbean’s tourism business. Comment
Food: Culinary and pastry students from the Monroe College School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts won 10 ACF (American Culinary Federation) medals at the annual Winterfest held at SUNY Delhi on Saturday, Jan. 21. Comment
Bronx: The world’s tallest professional basketball player, Paul “Tiny” Sturgess, will add 7-feet 8-inches to the New York City skyline when he leads the Harlem Globetrotters into New York City for six games from Feb. 17-20, including one game at Madison Square Garden. Comment

Bobby Mcferrin’s world of music

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 31st season with an exclusive New York City appearance by a true genius of vocal improvisation, ten-time GRAMMY Award winner Bobby McFerrin on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Jagdeo gets revenge against ardent critic

Guyana: In what is a clear case of political spitefulness against its critics, members of Guyana’s ruling People’s Progressive Party (PPP) administration, used its majority on the University of Guyana’s board in the past week to publicly fire longstanding political science lecturer Freddie Kissoon, as sweet revenge for years of criticism and helping the opposition unearth startling facts pertaining to race relations and discrimination in Guyana and PPP governance of the country. Comment
Queens: Six teenagers participating in a unique after school program that brings together young people to study and propose solutions to the issues affecting teenagers were the guest speakers at Assemblyman William Scarboroughs’ 29th A.D. Task Force Meeting recently. Comment

Clinton Hill Simply Art Gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary

Arts & Theater: NYC’s oldest independently owned African American custom and specialty picture framing gallery, Clinton Hill Simply Art & Framing Gallery (CHSAFG) in Brooklyn is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Comment

CONCACAF looks for new boss

Sports: Jeff Webb, the man spearheading the rebuilding of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), has been tipped to take over as president of CONCACAF. Comment

The pitch for economic fairness

National: Like clockwork, the machine on the other (“right”) side will be attempting, in the drive toward the election of a president, to spin as something altogether different, a glaring income disparity in the country which President Obama has indicated to be his top bread-and-butter issue to take to the electorate. “You can call this class warfare all you want,” Obama said in his State of the Union address. “Most Americans would call it common sense.” We’ll find out in due course whether the president’s unapologetic embrace of populism in that vein becomes the rally cry he’s betting it would or if those hired guns of political chicanery have their way in planting a whole other seed among the voting public. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Church Avenue Business Improvement District (Church Avenue BID) presents the exhibition for “Uncover Church Avenue,” a public art program to install murals on commercial gates along Church Avenue. Comment


Arts & Theater: Between the Lines Productions presents the ninth season of David Lamb’s critically acclaimed and long-running Off Broadway play “Platanos Y Collard Greens.” Comment

The O’Jays sizzle on Bronx stage

Music: The O’Jays, comprised of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Nolan Grant, performed to a packed house at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, N.Y., on Saturday, Jan. 14, singing songs from their classic repertoire. Comment

‘Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition Season 3’ now casting

People: In a unique, non-competitive show about weight loss “Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition” documents the amazing makeover of courageous, obese people who, in an unprecedented 365 days, set out to safely lose half of their body weight, ultimately revealing an amazing metamorphosis. Comment
Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela repatriated a final shipment of gold from foreign banks Monday, saying the country has withdrawn a total of $9 billion in its gold reserves and moved it to the country’s Central Bank. Comment

Bill to end insider trading heads to Senate floor

People: A bill aimed at ending insider trading in Washington headed to the floor of the Senate Tuesday, as New York’s junior senator renewed the push for additional reforms aimed at making the U.S. Congress more transparent and accountable. Comment
Haiti: GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.’s human rights office has sharply criticized a Haitian judge’s recommendation against trying former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier for alleged crimes against humanity and other rights abuses. Comment
Haiti: For the past six years during the month of January, the Haitian community has joined Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer in paying tribute to Haiti’s Independence, which in fact is celebrated every Jan. 1. The first and only successful slave rebellion, Haiti’s independence was an inspiration for independence for many Latin American countries. Comment

Senate bill strengthens penalties for child abusers

People: The New York State Senate this week voted unanimously in support of legislation to protect children by deterring abuse through strengthening penalties for those who sexually abuse a minor under the age of 14. Comment
Sports: Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Sunil Narine who is best known for his right arm spin bowling will be boosting West Indies efforts to regain a higher status on the international rating. Comment


Haiti: By Nelson A. King Comment

Canadian solar farm for Jamaica

Jamaica: The Toronto-based Solamon Energy Corp. said on Jan. 24 that it plans to build the largest solar power plant in the Caribbean. Comments (1)

Cuban begins offshore oil-drilling project

Cuba: After approval from United States authorities, offshore oil drilling has begun off Cuba, officials in Havana and the U.S. said. Comment
Guyana: Concerns raised by Guyanese parents in the New York area about the side-effects of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine that was launched among school-age girls in Georgetown, was quickly quelled by Guyana-born gynecologist, Dr. Mahendranaugh Sohan during a recent interview in his downtown Brooklyn office. Comments (1)

Trench Town Trifecta in Jamaica

Jamaica: A three-day festival in Trench Town, Kingston will mark three significant milestones in the nation’s history. Comment

Still Sick In The City

People: Half of working New Yorkers report that their employers do not provide paid sick leave. Comment



Sports: The U. S. men’s national registered its third straight win under new coach Jurgen Klinsmann when it defeated hosts Panama, 1-0, last Wednesday night in an international friendly. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller announced in Parliament that Dudley Joseph Thompson, the island’s “dedicated politician and public servant” will be given an official send-off by the government. Comment

Jamaica launches emergency jobs initiative

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s month-old government on Wednesday launched the first phase of an emergency jobs program that was the centerpiece of its winning election campaign. Comment

The Collegiate Chorale at Carnegie Hall

The Collegiate Chorale presents Tippett’s A Child of Our Time and Bruckner’s Te Deum on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, NYC. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Comedy/Variety Comics Jim Mendrinos, Nancy Lombardo & Hilary Schwartz will be among the performers featured at the No Name Comedy/Variety show at The Pipers Kilt, 4944 Broadway, between 207 & Isham streets, N.Y., 10:00 p.m. No cover; must be 21+. For information, call (212) 569 -7071. Comment
People: On Martin Luther King Day, President Barack Obama painted walls at the Browne Education Center in Washington DC along with wife Michelle and daughter Malia. To honor King in the same spirit, 80 volunteers from 14 faith groups worked with Habitat for Humanity- NYC during their 13th annual “Building on a Dream” Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. A key principle of King Day is public service. Comment

Light at the end of the tunnel

National: It is a well understood law that in general a person who entered the U.S. illegally or overstayed the time granted by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is not permitted to adjust Immigration status in the U.S. By staying in the U.S. such a person builds up “unlawful presence” time in the U.S. Comment

Black History Month to focus on prisons

Arts & Theater: City College will host an annual Black History Month symposium focusing on the criminal justice system and how it impacts on society. Hosted by the Black Studies Department, the Feb. 14 event is expected to highlight some of the concerns inmates face when confined to State prison facilities during two two-hour panel discussions. Comment

Nation’s best head to Colgate Women’s Games finals

Sports: From an initial field of more than 10,000 girls and young women from all over the East Coast, 210 of the nation’s best athletes have persevered through four preliminary meets and a semi-finals at Pratt Institute to earn spots in the Madison Square Garden finals of the Colgate Women’s Games to be held this Saturday, January 28 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Comments (1)

High blood pressure problems

Health: Dear Dr. Eva, Comments (1)

Jamaican deportee seeks redress in CCJ

Trinidad and Tobago: A Jamaican woman, Shanique Myrie who claimed that she was sexually violated, verbally abused, locked up and thrown out of Barbados by immigration officials last March has filed an action in the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comments (2)

How to perk-up in SAD times

Health: Dear Dr. Eva, Comment

Main Street small businesses stand with OWS

Viewpoints: What will your children breathe? Environmental issues are on the rise. Parents are advised to heed the call to embrace the green revolution. Comment

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