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New law lets small businesses use crowdfunding

New law lets small businesses use crowdfunding

National: Finding investors is probably the biggest challenge that business startups and small companies face. But small businesses are looking forward to a new way of attracting investors now that President Barack Obama has signed a law known as the JOBS Act. Comments (1)

Jamaican runner looks to LI Half Marathon

Sports: Originally from Jamaica, West Indies, Arthur Vendryes is aiming to do well in the Long Island Half Marathon set for Sunday, May 6. He does not have a time goal but he did say that he would like to break 1:25 in the 13.1-mile race. Comment

Clarity is key for business start-ups

People: Everyone at some point or the other has envisioned themselves calling all the shots; especially when your boss asks you to stay later than usual, or asks you to spend your weekend finishing up a project. Or, maybe the economy hasn’t been very good to you, and you were laid off to increase your company’s bottom line. Comment

Job training program for unemployed youth

Staten Island: Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has signed a bill creating “NY Youth Works,” an inner city youth employment program that will combat high unemployment in the state’s metro areas. The new law includes $25 million in tax credits for businesses that hire unemployed and disadvantaged youth and $6 million to support job training programs. The governor was joined by his colleagues from the State Legislature at a bill-signing ceremony last week at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Comment
Suriname: The influential Washington-based Human Rights Watch on April 17 urged Suriname to immediately revoke the amnesty law approved on April 5 by the National Assembly and “prosecute people accused of committing grave human rights violations.” Comment



Arts & Theater: Stars of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, gifted young dancers from The Ailey School and, for the first time ever, talented students from AileyCamp will come together for a spectacular one-night performance on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m. on the Apollo stage. Comment

Cruising the Caribbean on a MSC Italian ship

Travel: Explore these gems on land and in their incomparable underwater vistas. A cruise ship is more than a means of seeing these islands – it’s a floating island itself. Comments (1)

Unsolved murder clouds kingpin’s sentence reduction

Haiti: A letter to a United States federal judge in Miami by the former brother-in-law of imprisoned Haitian cocaine kingpin Jacques Ketant, claiming that Ketant had ordered the “assassination”of his mother, has stalled the U.S. government’s request to cut Ketant’s 27-year prison sentence by half. Comment

Herd-mentality investors piled into Carib assets

Caribbean: The World Bank said on Apr. 18 that short-term investors piled into Latin American and Caribbean assets in early 2012, threatening, instead of helping, with financial stability. Comment
Queens: Queens parents, advocates and elected officials rallied together on Thursday, April 19 to urge Mayor Michael Bloomberg to fully fund child care and after-school in his Executive Budget. Comment

Buffett Rule still makes Main Street sense

Viewpoints: As a music store owner, the Buffett I’m usually concerned with is Jimmy Buffett of Margaritaville. But a bunch of lobbying groups who claim to represent small business are making me mad. They’re trying to scare people into believing that job-creating small businesses like mine won’t hire people if the “Buffett Rule” or anything like it is enacted. Comment

Let the sun shine in on SUNY foundations

Viewpoints: You would expect an organization created for public benefit that is largely led by government officials would be obligated to report to the public about its activities. Yet the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and its many campus foundations are not required to do so and apparently feel no such compulsion to share information with the public. Instead, these organizations often cloak their activities in secrecy. Comment

Concerns about the future of New York’s annual West Indian Carnival

Arts & Theater: The Caribbean American community in New York City faces the daunting reality that convening and funding the West Indian American Day Parade and Carnival this year could become an insurmountable challenge. Failure to bring our community together to collectively meet this challenge could result in no parade and a major embarrassment for our elected and community leadership, as well as the Caribbean Diaspora as a whole. This result we cannot afford! Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 96 Minutes (R for violence and pervasive profanity) Fact-based crime thriller about a couple of college coeds (Brittany Snow and Christian Serratos) who find themselves carjacked and kidnapped by a wannabe gangster (J. Michael Trautmann) with a reluctant accomplice (Evan Ross). With David Oyelowo, Sylvia Jeffries and Hosea Chanchez. Comment
Movies: It would have been nice to report that Mick Jagger batted a thousand runs or that the front man for Britain’s most popular music group rocked the twin island of Trinidad & Tobago when he visited recently. Comment
Movies: When most people think of Bob Marley, what probably comes to mind is reggae, Jamaica and marijuana. But how did a street urchin raised by a teen-mom in a country shack with no electricity manage to become a beloved icon admired all over the world? Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Fruendel Stuart is expected to discuss the state of the Barbados economy when he meets with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank in Washington later this month. Comment

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U.S. considers more regional trade benefits

Caribbean: The United States has agreed to consider granting unilateral trade benefits for Caribbean Basin countries and dependent territories that currently do not receive those benefits. Comment

End tax handouts for giant corporations

When I file my tax return and look at the amount of income tax I pay, I can’t help but think of those who don’t pay any taxes at all. Some of them—even though they make money during the year—not only pay nothing but actually get money back. According to one estimate, they cost every single taxpayer $481 a year. And I, for one, am tired of carrying them. Comment

Invest in youth or country suffers

Viewpoints: We’re being told that fiscal responsibility requires big cuts in education, nutrition, and health care for millions of children. This shortsighted and uncaring thinking is not only a nightmare for those directly affected; it is an imminent threat to America’s economic future. Comment

Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan saves lives

Health: The new health care law’s Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program is providing insurance to 50,000 people with pre-existing conditions. According to a new report, PCIP is helping to fill a void in the insurance market for people with pre-existing conditions who are denied health coverage. Comments (1)

New Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan

Health: The Affordable Care Act created the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) program to make health insurance available to millions of Americans denied coverage by private insurance companies because of a pre-existing condition. Comment

Recognizing the signs of alcoholism

Health: April is Alcohol Awareness Month, combining a very serious condition with what is also a very sensitive subject. Many people don’t understand that regular and/or heavy drinking can lead to dependence on and abuse of alcohol. People often don’t notice the slow changes in their own behavior until they’re unable to control their desire to drink—which is the No. 1 signal of an addiction to alcohol. If you or someone close to you is in danger of abusing alcohol, seek treatment as soon as possible. Comment
Haiti: At the Alma Rangel Senior Citizens Homes Community Room in Harlem, Metro Manhattan Links, Incorporated and N.Y. Links joined hands and put together 234 sanitary packages for women and young girls for the “We Care For Haiti” initiative. Comment

The silliness about Cuba continues

Viewpoints: The continuing nonsense of denying Cuba entry to hemispheric blocs or gatherings like the OAS or the Summit of the Americas has gotten to beyond ludicrous. At the Summit of the Americas meeting recently […] Comment

IS 8 holds Spring Cage League

Sports: Action in various outdoor basketball leagues and tournaments and with travel teams comprising the best cagers on a particular team will all begin very shortly, as the hoopsters get set to make basketball an all year round activity. These programs help the individuals better prepare themselves for the next level. Comment
Bronx: On Wednesday, April 11 the Monroe College SIFE Team won a regional competition and as a result will advance to the SIFE USA National Exposition on May 22-24 in Kansas City, MO. Comment

Gayle set to return to West Indies

Sports: Almost a year has passed without Chris Gayle representing the West Indies because of a highly charged radio interview with a Jamaican radio station in which he criticized Head Coach Ottis Gibson. Comments (1)
Movies: The Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) begins April 19 and runs until April 29 with more than 85 full-length films, programs of shorts, panels and related events. Comment

Microwave treatment effect on prostate cancer

Health: A recent column was devoted to answering a question posed by a caller regarding the effect of transurethral microwave thermotherapy on the prostate. He wanted to know whether or not having such a treatment would in some way alter the cellular nature of the prostate so that at some future time, a pathologist, examining a biopsy of a prostate so treated might not be able to properly make a diagnosis of prostate cancer in a timely fashion. A thorough search of the literature left no doubt that there need be no such concern. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders held a special meeting on the margins of the Sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday, with President of Mexico Felipe de Jesus Calderón, in which they discussed a wide range of issues, including mechanisms for further bilateral and hemispheric cooperation, and strategies to prevent further financial fallout from the global economic crisis. Comment

Plea for help to fight drug arms trade

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders say they have pressed United States President Barack Obama for greater support in securing the region from the traffic in illegal narcotics and small arms. Comment

Black Dragon tops ’em in Spanish marketing contest

Guyana: Stephanie Persaud, a marketing and management major at LIU Brooklyn, was a member of the winning team at an international marketing competition held at the Universidad Europea de Madrid in Valencia, Spain. Comment

Last Summit of the Americas Without Cuba

Cuba: CARTAGENA DE INDIAS, Colombia, Apr 15, 2012 -- “What matters at this summit is not what is on the official agenda,” said Uruguayan analyst Laura Gil, echoing the conventional wisdom in this Colombian port city, where the Sixth Summit of the Americas ended Sunday without a final declaration. Comment

Helping Others to Help Themselves

Arts & Theater: The Organization for International Development (OID) Inc. hosts its annual Fundraising Spring Luncheon Sunday, May 6 at the VIP Country Club, 600 Davenport Ave., New Rochelle, N.Y. Comment
Brooklyn: The event, Women Celebrating Women began as a “thank you party” in 1991 dedicated to the many women who had worked diligently to elect Una Clarke to the New York City Council. Comment

Handbell Festival at Riverside Church

Music: One hundred handbell ringers from New York and Virginia will descend upon historic Riverside Church to toll handbells during its 34th Annual English Handbell Festival at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in the Church’s Nave, at 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Castillo Theatre is re-opening “Sally and Tom (The American Way)” due to popular demand with an additional seven performances on April 20, 21, 28, 29; May 4, 5, 6. Comment

Clark Terry’s fundraising event

Music: Gwen Terry, The Duke Ellington Society, International Women in Jazz, Jazz Foundation of America and Saint Peter’s Church – Jazz Ministry are partnering to produce a fundraiser for Clark Terry on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, 54th Street, New York City. Comment
People: “Here’s to all volunteers, those dedicated people who believe in all work and no pay,” penned speechwriter Robert Orben. Comment

Jamaican Olympians receive U.S. Congressional Awards

Jamaica: Two of Jamaica’s most prolific Olympians, Grace Jackson and Bertland Cameron have been honored with proclamations from U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brooklyn). Comment
Suriname: The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, said on Apr. 13 she was “disturbed” by the recent decision by Suriname to pass an amendment to an existing law that grants immunity for human rights violations committed during the 12-year period in which the country was, for the most part, under military rule. Comment
Music: The elegant and unique style of Guyanese fashion designer, Michelle Cole, will take center stage at the Crown Heights Pace Setters Lions Club Tea Party and Fashion Show Extravaganza, schedule to take place on April 29. Show time is at 3:00 p.m. Comment



Sports: Sporting Kansas City (6-0) is the only undefeated team in MLS after six games. So why is Sporting so successful? The names that come to mind for the club’s success start with head coach Peter Vermes, then goal keeper Jimmy Nielsen, forwards Kai Kamara and C.J Sapong and midfielder Graham Zusi - none of whom are high-priced European imports with designated player status. Comment

Morency shines in Uniondale meet

Sports: Kevin Morency has been on sports teams almost all through his days at South Shore High School, located in Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Luv My Pet is holding low cost dog and cat vaccination clinics at Petland Discounts at 43-10 Ditmars Blvd, LaGuardia Center, LIC (Ditmars), 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. & on Sun., April 22 at 8989 Union Turnpike, Stop & Shop Center, Glendale, Queens, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For information, call Amy Eisenberg at (631) 273-6363. Comment


Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its tremendous 31st season with a superstar of popular song – the GRAMMY Award-winning “poet laureate of soul music,” Smokey Robinson, on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (1)

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Jamaica: The government of Jamaica recently unveiled a new and revised budget to fund their 50th anniversary celebration of independence. Comment

Fragile voting system at democracy’s core

Viewpoints: You would think that after more than two centuries of practice, we’d know all about running efficient and accurate elections. Voting, after all, is the great shared ritual of democracy. Comment

NYC Transit depot named for Tuskegee Airmen

People: The 100th St. transit bus depot in Manhattan was officially renamed recently in honor of the famed Tuskegee Airman, the African-American fighter pilots of World War II. Comment

Dr. Eva’s advice on herpes infection

Health: Dealing with a herpes infection. Comments (148)

Spectacular showdown of the Gods

Movies: Our review of Wrath of the Titans. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Darling Companion (PG-13 for profanity and sexuality) Midlife crisis comedy, set in the Rockies, about a neglected housewife (Diane Keaton) who enlists the assistance of a psychic gypsy (Ayelet Zurer) and the local sheriff (Sam Shepard) after her narcissistic husband (Kevin Kline) loses track of their dog during a walk while talking on his cell phone. With Dianne Wiest, Richard Jenkins and Mark Duplass. Comment

State-of-art health center in Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn: The Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center is a $26 million facility built on 38,000 square feet of property. Comment

Amnesty as means towards healing

Suriname: It’s been barely a week now since Suriname’s opposition-dominated parliament approved a controversial motion to grant amnesty to former soldiers and their civilian counterparts for a series of fatal missteps during military rule in the 1980s that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people in the Caribbean trade bloc nation. Comment
Suriname: THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch prime minister denounced Suriname’s decision to grant amnesty to President Desi Bouterse for crimes committed under his earlier military dictatorship as “totally unacceptable” and recalled the country’s ambassador from its former colony in protest. Comment


Sports: The Los Angeles Galaxy, the second most storied MLS franchises in the league’s 17 years that has won three MLS Cup championships, second only to DC United’s four titles, captured four Supporters Shield titles, the accolade for the best regular season record, and its two U.S. Open Cup championships is causing much concern because of its poor play so far. Comment

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FIFA investigates missing Haiti aid

Sports: FIFA, the world’s governing body for football says it is studying evidence from former vice-president Jack Warner about alleged missing aid to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake. Comment
Sports: Why Barbados all rounder Dwayne Smith is not in the West Indies One-Day squad is anyone’s guess. The swashbuckling 28-year-old batsman has proved himself time and again to be a quality One-Day player. Comment

Jamaican students place third in Robotics Competition

Jamaica: Jamaica College took third place at the recently held U.S. first Robotics Tech Challenge at The Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. Comment

Violinist Roumain continues to cross cultures, mix genres

Music: April 6 begins both the beginning of Easter weekend for Christians and for Jewish people, it is the first night of the eight-day Passover holiday celebrating freedom from slavery from Egypt, the Exodus. Comment

Chaz Williams drawing attention

Sports: Chaz Williams is trying in vain to follow in the footsteps of some great players who came out of Brooklyn and star in the National Basketball Association. Bishop Ford and Xaverian from the Catholic Schools Athletic Association and Lincoln from the Public Schools league are the teams that produced some tremendous players. Comment
People: This Sunday morning, April 8, millions of people will head to Easter services to hear the Gospel on the day that some call Resurrection Sunday. But, for many, this year will be different. Comment

Harlem dance legend to go to Russia

Arts & Theater: For Arthur Mitchell, co-founder and artistic director emeritus of the celebrated Dance Theatre of Harlem, the adventure continues and the beat goes on. After 50 years, Mitchell is returning to Russia for an encore performance. Comment
Movies: Filmmaker Raoul Peck and Didier Sylvain conversed in an intimate gathering room at the Schomburg Library on March 17, discussing film and life. The specific occasion bringing these two together was the book launch of Peck’s “Stolen Images,” four published screenplays – translated into English – of seminal films by the filmmaker. Peck has 11 full-length features and documentaries in his credits. Comment



Sports: Thierry Henry was modest in his comments after scoring his first MLS hat trick to lead the Red Bulls to its second victory, over expansion team Montreal Impact, in as many home games last Saturday afternoon at Red Bull Arena. Henry wasn’t concerned about how well he played but rather how badly the Red Bulls performed in the first period. “I care about what we did in the first half and how bad we played,’’ Henry said. “That’s all I care about.” Comment
Arts & Theater: American Candy, a Brooklyn homegrown sketch comedy group announces its 22nd show since its June 2009 debut, “American Candy: It’s a Man’s World!!!” Comment



Arts & Theater: Ballet Hispanico, recognized as the preeminent Latino dance institution in the United States, returns to The Joyce Theater for its annual New York Season from April 17-29. Comment

Afro-Cuban polyrhythms

Music: Acclaimed jazz saxophonist-composer Yosvany Terry heads to the Jazz Standard in Manhattan for back-to-back performances on April 10 and 11. Comment
Sports: Orthodox Jews from Mendy’s Deli and Caribbean players in Crown Heights fought it out Sunday, March 25, three months after the Jews surprised the islanders in their first match in December by trouncing them. Comment
Arts & Theater: An Alabama native and Knoxville College graduate, singer, actor, writer and producer, Palmer Williams Jr., will be appearing in New York on April 5 – 8 at the Beacon Theatre, located 2124 Broadway at 74th Street in Manhattan, in Tyler Perry’s stage play “The Haves and the Have Nots.” Comment

Inter-island ferry service gets the nod

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM has agreed to go ahead with the proposed inter-island fast ferry service. Comment
Brooklyn: There is increasing diversification along the commercial strip of Franklin Ave. just blocks north of the Crown Heights’ Eastern Parkway subway stop. One of the newest shops on these blocks, located between Park Place and Sterling, is Stork at 726 Franklin Ave. in Crown Heights, a children’s clothing boutique for newborns to six-years-old. Comment

Germany aims to lure greener business travel

Travel: Last year, Germany celebrated a century and a quarter since first establishing itself as the cradle of the car in Europe. Comment

In defense of politics

Viewpoints: A common insult aimed at someone trying to accomplish something in the public realm these days is to say: “He’s playing politics with the issue.” And if you want to disparage a policy decision? “It was political.” Or dismiss an action as barely worth discussing? “Oh, that’s just politics.” Comment

Our environment is our economy

Viewpoints: Some say we can’t protect the environment without killing jobs and harming the economy, but this a false choice. Not only can smart environmental protection improve health and save lives, but it also can add jobs right away and give us an economy built to last. Comment

Why New York needs a DREAM Act

Viewpoints: Every year thousands of undocumented youth who graduate from New York high schools face an uncertain future because of their immigration status. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Assault (R for violence) Fact-based thriller recounting the Christmas Eve hijacking in 1994 of Air France Flight 8969 from Algiers to Marseilles by four Islamic terrorists determined to crash the plane into the Eiffel Tower. Starring Vincent Elbaz, Gregori Derangere, Melanie Bernier and Aymen Saidi. (In French with subtitles) Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has joined other regional leaders in congratulating Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow on his re-election to office following the recent general elections. Comment

Arrest warrant issued for former TCI premier

People: An arrest warrant has been issued and a “Red Notice” authorized by Interpol for the arrest of Michael Eugene Misick, the former premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands, according to a spokesman for the governor of the Turks and Caicos. Comment

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Miss Guyana World to appear in N.Y.

Music: Miss Guyana World 2012 Arti Cameron is set to make yet another public appearance in New York City—this time at the launch party of the JRG Bikini Under the Bridge Fashion Show. Comment

The oral sex, cancer connection

Health: One of the most striking recent medical developments is difficult to talk about, but it’s timely and important. Cancers of the tongue and throat, all categorized as oropharyngeal cancers, are appearing at an epidemic rate! These cancer types were previously seen almost exclusively in older people who smoked and drank to excess. This is no longer true. Now the most common cause of cancer of the tonsil and tongue is Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). That’s right, the sexually transmitted disease. And it is occurring in ever younger people of all socioeconomic classes. Comment

New idea for overactive bladder

Health: Overactive bladder is a condition afflicting millions of both men and women, the majority of whom never seek medical help simply because they are unaware that the condition is treatable. The most common […] Comment

Women and heart disease

Health: Around the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the U.S. Unfortunately, many women did not perceive themselves to be at risk for heart disease. Comment
Music: One month after the untimely death of 48-year-old Whitney Elizabeth Houston, no less than three books commemorate the life of the iconic personality whose epitaph reads model, singer, actress, mother, daughter and pop queen. Comment
Movies: “The Hunger Games” Comment
Sports: Sondjata Olatunji certainly enjoyed competing in the third annual New York 13.1 Marathon in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, Queens. Although he did not capture the event on a delightful Saturday morning, he was satisfied with his performance of 1:40.54, which earned him 264th place in a field of 4,500 starters in front of the United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center’s Arthur Ashe Stadium. Comment
Food: Bring ease and elegance to your Easter feast with a classic roast ham served up with a sweet twist. Thyme-Basted Ham with Roasted Grapes is a sophisticated centerpiece that pairs deliciously with inspired brunch ideas. Comment

Raúl Castro receives pope in Cuba

Cuba: Shortly before Pope Benedict XVI met with Cuban President Raúl Castro for a courtesy visit at the Palace of the Revolution in Havana, Miami’s Archbishop Thomas Wenski, who led about 800 pilgrims from Florida, assailed the communist island’s Marxist ideologies. Comment
People: Hundreds of demonstrators wearing hoodies rallied at Union Square last week at the “Million Hoodie” march protesting the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida and demanding the shooter’s arrest. Comments (1)

The frantic search for an issue

Viewpoints: Those gatherings in Washington aimed at influencing the deliberations of the Supreme Court when the justices rule on the challenge to the health care reform law include folks who hope not only for the health care legislation, or perhaps major parts of it, to be ruled unconstitutional, but that it serves as the big 2012 rally point Republicans are desperately in search of. The agitators for repeal of the law know very well that, as things now stand, the GOP/Tea Party alignment is back on its heels, as far as being battle-ready for the November stakes. Comment

Peninsula Hospital closure ‘devastating’

Queens: Assemblywoman Michele Titus (D-Queens), chair of the Assembly Social Services Committee, blasted the mismanagement that resulted in the closing of Peninsula Hospital on Tuesday. Comment

Southeast Queens residents clean up

Queens: The litter-strewn lawns that demarcate vacant foreclosed homes are a rarely considered side-effect of the impact the foreclosure crisis has had on Southeast Queens. But residents who are tired of the unsanitary and often dangerous conditions presented by the neglected properties are fighting back. Comment


Suriname: 2012_03_26_BW_Suriname Caribbean Life all Cover Story A to page 4 DESI ON THE ROPES -- Surinanese Strongman Faces Justice continuing hed Tense wait for Paramaribo verdict By Bert Wilkinson Comment

Taking a stand on trickle-down economics

Brooklyn: The Adjusting for Income Disparity Act of 2012, (AID Act) tabled in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 by Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brooklyn) seeks to end the income disparity between the haves and the have-nots. Comment

Ending modern-day slavery

People: A top United Nations official on Mar. 26 called for a “comprehensive approach” through laws, education and international cooperation to end modern-day slavery. Comment

Comets Club Int’l to honor outstanding Jamaicans

Jamaica: Comets Club International (CCI), a New York City-based charitable organization, will recognize two individuals for their outstanding contribution and commitment to community development through education, culture and business. Comment
Bronx: Expatriot Senegalese nationals in Harlem, Brooklyn, the Bronx and cities across the U.S. last weekend participated in the election of a new president in their homeland. Comment
Brooklyn: In solidarity with the community of Sanford, Florida, Councilman Charles Barron, State Assemblywoman Inez Barron, the family of Ramarley Graham, the family of Jateik Reed, The Freedom Party, other elected officials and community groups denounce the killing of Trayvon Martin, along with the killing of Ramarley Graham, and the brutal beating of Jateik Reed. Comment

Former T&T minister to get CARICOM honor

People: CARICOM has agreed to bestow the Order of CARICOM Community on Trinidad and Tobago’s former People’s National Movement government Minister Kamaluddin Mohammed, who is also the holder of TT’s highest award, the Order of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Respect to 70-yr-old Queen of Soul

Music: The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin probably made her own history on March 24 when she personally invited a very select group to join her for a private dinner marking her 70th birthday and gifted them with the promise of new music. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies decision to bat last in the fifth and final One-Day International against Australia was premature. It does not matter if it was Captain Darren Sammy’s decision or a collective decision with Head Coach Ottis Gibson it was still wrong. The fourth One-Day International ended in a victory for the West Indies with most of their batsmen returning to form. Adrian Barath’s return was a boost for the team and Kieron Pollard’s 102 was a clear sign that the West Indies has taken the initiative. Comment

North’s Smith, Irving switch sports

Sports: Valley Stream North’s track and field team has gotten stronger and deeper over recent years. North captured the Nassau County Class Outdoor team title last spring and repeated last winter with the indoor team in its Class. High school track and field programs are divided among three sections based on enrollment, not on ability. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Health Fair Crown Heights Beacon Program is holding its second annual Health Fair at P.S. 138, 760 Prospect Place, between Nostrand & Rogers avenues, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., featuring free blood pressure and diabetes screenings, mammograms, HIV/AIDs testing, health & nutrition information along with free giveaways, Child IDs and library cards. For information, call (718) 771-3105 or (718) 919-0744. Comment



Sports: It’s nothing new for Boys & Girls High School to come into Madison Square Garden and compete for a New York City Public Schools Athletic League basketball championship. Some of the boys are very familiar with the facilities and the coaches are, also. And for some of the players it is a steppingstone in the right direction. Comment

Red Bulls defeat Rapids

Red Bulls defeat Rapids

Sports: If last Sunday afternoon’s opening day festivities and fan enthusiasm at Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey is a gauge as to whether soccer in the New York/New Jersey area is here to stay, then we’re in for a long haul. Comment
Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College continues its 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series on Sunday, April 22, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. with John Steptoe’s “Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters - An African Tale,” performed by the Dallas Children’s Theater on Tour. Comment

62 years in the beauty business

Brooklyn: Caribbean Life salutes Dermalax System, Inc., located at 507 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, New York and its founder, Dr. Joseph Mosely, on the company’s 60th anniversary in the tricology and cosmetology business. Comments (1)

Bass Odyssey, Black Kat vie for title

Music: Despite international visibility and fame, there is an age old debate that resonates among clash fans of which sound rules Jamaica’s countryside -- Bass Odyssey or Black Kat. Comment
Movies: Film Society of Lincoln Center (FSLC) and African Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) have again joined forces to present the 19th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF). Comment
St Vincent: The Philadelphia-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organization of Pennsylvania (SVGOP) says it is dispatching soccer gears to the youth at home for the second successive year. Comment

Lifetime Achievement Awards for McKay, Livingston

Music: Sirius Satellite Radio Program Director and radio host, Pat McKay and Indy label executive, artiste manager and record producer, Robert Livingston will each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry at New York’s signature Caribbean fashion event -- Irie Fashion Rave. Comment

Four women to receive Emerald Awards

Jamaica: The distinguished Woman of Great Esteem (WGE) Organization will host its 16th Annual Awards Dinner and Gala on Saturday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m. at the Palm House, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Empowering women through survival skills

People: New Future Foundation Inc. and Harlem Women International sponsored a Women’s History Month forum at the United Nations Church Center in New York City recently. Comment

WIPA claims victory in High Court order

Sports: The present Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will remain in force until the dispute between the two parties is decided in the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago at a future date. Comment

Women’s History Month: A Time for Cautious Celebration

People: March marks Women’s History Month, a celebration of women’s achievements and a reminder of the work that still must be done to ensure basic security and rights for women. Nowhere is this contrast more significant than in Afghanistan, where a successful transition to a sustainable peace hinges on the inclusion and equality of women. Comment

Jamerican redefines diva in memoir

Books: Actress/singer Sheryl Lee Ralph has added author to her illustrious identifying status. Comment

Abortion survivor searches for birth mom

Movies: Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) has suffered from a host of afflictions over the course of her childhood, including asthma, seizures and multiple hip surgeries. Besides her physical ailments, the poor girl has unfortunately been haunted mentally by a nagging sense of feeling unwanted, despite being raised by a couple of very loving parents (John Schneider and Jennifer Price). Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados is moving to boost its tourism industry with new additions to the list of tax exempt items provided under the Barbados Tourism Development Act. Comment

Press conference protests NYPD tactics against Wall St. protest

Staten Island: Last week, just days after the six-month anniversary of its historic protests, and as the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement (and the NYPD) gear up for a milestone demonstration on May 1, 74 people were arrested as hundreds converged on Zuccotti Park on Saturday, March 17. Several protestors sustained injuries, as did some police officers. Comment

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Fundamental issues for the Belize Football League

Belize: For many years now the people who are involved in the sport of football in Belize have been saying that my relative Bertie Chimillio, has been using the football leagues funds for his own personal activities. Now, that he has been removed from the presidency the government of Belize, along with FIFA, are going to investigate all the financial transactions made under his reign as president of the league. Comment

How the Affordable Care Act helps small business

People: According to national news reports, Mary Brown, the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging the health reform law and owner of a small auto shop in Florida, has had to close her business and file for bankruptcy due to thousands of dollars in unpaid medical bills. Comment

Antigua PM to help recover fraud funds

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has pledged to work with other agencies to try and help recover money that victims across the globe lost to convicted Texas tycoon Allen Stanford through his bank based on the Caribbean island. Comment

Remembering the victims of slavery

People: NGO Briefing: Transatlantic slave trade: Honoring the Heroes, Resisters and Survivors 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Comment

Diabetes and oral health

Health: According to the American Diabetic Association more than 25.8 million children and adults in the United States—8.3 percent of the population—have diabetes. Diabetes develops in people of all ages. However, there is higher frequency of development in African Americans and Hispanics. Diabetes is a disease that can affect the whole body, including your mouth. Comment

HIV community treatment as prevention

Health: A new study finds that treating HIV infected community members reduces the spread of the virus to others within that community. The study found that as more and more community members are put on treatment, fewer and fewer people become infected with the virus. Comment

What a little bit of urine can tell

Health: Perhaps it was 40 years ago that a friend of mine came to my home late in the evening, very upset and concerned about his father. He had brought with him only a sample of his father’s darkly stained brown urine, which foamed with the slightest agitation. He was concerned that his father might be bleeding in the urine from some tumor of the bladder, prostate or kidney. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Beat Hotel (Unrated) “Cool, Daddy-o!” documentary revisiting the dive located in the Latin Quarter in Paris which became the haunt and home of literary American expatriates in the late Fifties, beatniks like Allen Ginsberg, Greg Corso and William Burroughs. Comment

Creativity of Caribbean Films and filmmaking in Barbados

Arts & Theater: Barbadians and visitors to the island will once again experience the glorious creativity of Caribbean films and filmmaking through screenings and innovative training opportunities when CaribbeanTales 2012 comes off from April 10 to 15 at Island Inn. This will be the third edition of the Barbados edition of the festival which is also held annually in Toronto and New York and is a highlight of the regional cultural calendar. Comments (2)
Food: Great appetizers are full of flavor to stimulate the appetite, but not so rich that they spoil it. To get that balance, look to fresh, flavorful ingredients like Florida tomatoes. Comment
Brooklyn: Costs are increasing for restaurant owners in Flatbush due to the letter-grade inspection system now in effect in New York City for the past 19 months. This is the conclusion of a Caribbean Life survey taken last week, which also found more restauranteurs questioned were unhappy with the system than happy with it. The results are consistent with a City Council survey asking the same two questions in all boroughs. Comment

Dudus awaits sentence

Jamaica: pge 4 hed By Nelson A. King Comment

Carib resilience to external economic shocks

Caribbean: A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Latin America and the Caribbean remain resilient to a possible slowdown in world economic growth that could stem from a deepening of the debt crisis in Europe and a deceleration in China. Comment
Queens: Members of the New York City Council Queens Delegation held a press conference on Thursday, March 15 to speak out against the Department of Education’s proposal to close eight schools in Queens. Comment
Queens: Council Member Leroy Comrie celebrated Women’s History Month with the event Unsung Heroines in Women’s History on Saturday, March 17. Comment

A rampage the commander didn’t need

Viewpoints: How ironic that the major black eye suffered by the U.S. military, via that staff sergeant’s rampage that killed 16 civilians, would have taken place in Afghanistan. It is, as we’ve previously noted here, the one theater of U.S. military operations over the course of more than a decade that rated anything resembling a thumbs-up from the American public. Coming on the heels of the Koran burning incident, this latest setback threatens to make of the Afghan mission an undertaking now confronting potentially game-changing challenges. Comment

Windies batting must improve

Windies batting must improve

Sports: Despite the injuries which plague the West Indies team and those cricketers who are being ignored for whatever reason, the batsmen who are participating must give better performances. Comment

Nursing students honored at Helene Fuld College

Bronx: Six nursing students were honored at the Helene Fuld College of Nursing (HFCN) during a Honors Induction Luncheon in Harlem on March 12. Comments (2)

Up in arms against NY redistricting plan

People: U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brooklyn) has warned that New York’s Caribbean and African American communities could see a reduction in the number of congressional legislators if the recently submitted New York State Congressional Redistricting Plan remains unchanged and made into a law by a three-judge judicial panel. Comment
Music: In addition to receiving an array of prizes which include the opportunity to show at London Fashion week in September 2012, the winner of Mission Catwalk Season two will learn the secrets of Savile Row tailoring under the watchful tutelage of world renowned Master Tailor Prof. Andrew Ramroop OBE at his Savile Row Academy (SRA) in London. Comment

St. Raymond’s advances upstate

Sports: St. Raymond’s varsity basketball team six times captured the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association Intersectional or city-wide title since 1990. Terence Rencher, Kariem Reid, Julius Hodge, Allan Rey, Lou McCrosky and Gavin Grant took home trophies as Most Valuable Player of the playoff tournaments. Gary DeCesare and Oliver Antigua were the head coaches at St. Raymond during those years. Comment

T&T defeats Clarema United

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-23 footballers closed their four-match training camp in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a convincing 6-1 victory over local club Clarema United at the Lockhart Stadium training pitch yesterday afternoon. Comment
People: The 100 Black Men of Long Island Inc. presented its 38th Annual Scholarship Gala Benefit event on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The organization was founded 49 years ago, and the Long Island chapter was founded shortly after in 1974. This year’s theme for the event was: Celebrating Education; Mentoring & Leadership, and the theme of the program was addressed by its distinguished guest speaker Susan L. Taylor, editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence Magazine and founder of the National CARES Mentoring Movement. Comment

African Spirit Award for Jamaican-born principal

Jamaica: In celebration of Black History Month, Medgar Evers College’s Student Government, the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective and the Student Life Association last week presented its African Spirit Award to Dr. Michael Wiltshire,principal of the college’s Preparatory School. Comment
Bronx: Close to 100 parents, students, educators, and elected officials gathered on the steps of the Bronx Borough President’s office to express their outrage over the Bronx’s shocking rates of school-based arrests and student summonses, on March 8. Comment

Sir Viv celebrates 60th birthday

Antigua: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) joined the rest of the Caribbean and the world in saluting West Indies legend and former captain, Sir Vivian Richards on the occasion of his 60th birthday recently. Comment
People: A new partnership to help women in need with their “Spring Forward Linking Success and Sisterhood” project was launched earlier this month as women celebrate Women’s History month. Comment

Remembering rights activist Sonia Pierre

Dominican Republic: The memorial service for Sonia Pierre was held at the Washington College of Law of American University in Washington D.C., an appropriate venue when so much of her work was about testifying about legal and human rights. Comment
Sports: Edner Geffard is on a winning streak, in, this his first year on the men’s volleyball team at York College. Geffard is one of the standout volleyball players in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC). Comment

First Black soap star pens ‘Life’ On TV

Books: Actress Ellen Holly said she is compelled to tell a story she is certain daytime television viewers of the first, recurring community saga would be interested. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Arts & Theater: Health Workshop The Health Guild of St. Alban’s Church presents a community workshop “Empower Yourself to Heal Your Body and Ward Off Diseases” at the church, 9408 Farragut Rd., between East 94 & East 95 streets. Registration 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Workshop begins at 10:00 a.m. For information, call (718) 444-4351. Comment

Laparkan starts new customer services

Jamaica: Caribbean Life all Business Page Cap: 2012_03_16_Sub_Laparkan Shipping Jamaica Marguerite Taylor General Manager, Laparkhan Shipping Jamaica Ltd. Laparkan starts new customer services Comment

Run to London with Olympian Usain Bolt

Jamaica: Olympian Usain Bolt recently teamed with Digicel to launch a massive regional campaign inviting customers to be part of its television and press advertising campaign to promote the summer games in London and market their brand. Comment

AFUWI to hosts NYC fundraiser

Jamaica: The American Foundation of the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) will host its inaugural Mix & Mingle fundraiser in aid of The Foundation’s Adopt-A-Student for $1-A-Day Drive. The event will be held at the Consulate of Jamaica, New York on Thursday, March 22, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Comment

Contraception, Prosperity, and Quality of Life

National: Some politicians are still calling contraception a social evil. This is an astonishing claim in the 21st Century when all the evidence is that contraception is key to a more successful economy and a better quality of life – not only for individual women and their families, but for us all. Comment

Passage of a family-friendly budget in Albany

Brooklyn: Long-term Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs says the recent passage of a New York State Assembly’s budget proposal will help struggling families maintain a better quality of life by assisting single-parent households and funding vital family and disability programs for needy New Yorkers. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 4:44 Last Day on Earth (Unrated) Apocalyptic sci-fi adventure about a Manhattan couple (Willem Dafoe and Shanyn Leigh) coming to terms with the fact that world is ending in 24 hours. With Natasha Lyonne, Paz de la Huerta and Paul Hipp. Comment

Undercover cops at Sagan High School

Movies: Popular jock Greg Jenko (Channing Tatum) and social outcast Morton Schmidt (Jonah Hill) had nothing in common back when they were in high school, besides their both missing the senior prom. And even that was for very different reasons, since the former didn’t attend because of poor grades while the latter simply couldn’t find a date. Comment

Dancing to her heart’s content

Arts & Theater: One’s choices in life can be a testament to one’s mettle. How one faces personal setbacks and challenges is always an individual decision and evidence of their will to authenticate their true nature. Ailey II dancer, Paige Fraser, has met every challenge with the attitude of a champion. At age 4, Paige had not determined what she wanted to become in life. She only knew she enjoyed swimming and ice-skating, so when her Caribbean born parents enrolled her in dance class, it was just another fun thing to do. Comment

Honoring New York steelband pioneers

Music: Some veterans of the New York steel band scene who, back in the 1950s and ‘60s, laid the foundation for the steel band movement that now exists in the city, will be honored at a gala tribute at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom organized by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute on Sunday evening, May 20. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean states have been urged to remain steadfast and continue the fight against transnational crime. Comment

Jamaica’s new port draws more tourists

Jamaica: Jamaica now ranks as the fastest growing cruise destination in the Caribbean based on the pull of the Falmouth Pier, launched a year ago. Comment

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The Most Important Skill in Politics

Viewpoints: Watching Capitol Hill these days, I’m often struck by how issues that were present at the dawn of our Republic continue to reverberate. In the very first session of Congress, when members had to grapple with how to make the new government work, they also had to come to grips with how they themselves could work together. This wasn’t easy. Comment
Bronx: Vaughn Mesquita, a senior at the University Height High School won the annual “Young Achievers” oratorical competition held at Harlem Hospital Center recently. Comment

Mimickers may confuse one disease with another

Health: What more valuable service can a doctor perform for a patient than to establish correct, complete and accurate diagnoses so that the suggested treatment, if any, would offer the greatest chance of success? Comment

Women and heart attack symptoms

Health: Many younger and middle aged women are less likely than men to get immediate treatment when having a heart attack, a new study reveals. The study also shows these women have a higher rate than men of in-hospital death from a heart attack. Comment

Heart health for women

Health: According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), coronary heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States with one in four women dying from heart disease. Taking the necessary measures to adopt a heart healthy lifestyle and seeking proper treatment measures for existing conditions can greatly decrease the likelihood of early death from this disease. Comment
Arts & Theater: “Marry Me?!” written by KUBA, is a two-act romantic comedy that pokes fun at our immigration system and our institution of marriage. Comment

Disaster Relief Clusters

Haiti: Haitian officials say the earthquake-ravaged, French-speaking Caribbean county has received a significant boost with the Mar. 6 groundbreaking ceremony for a new emergency operations center, disaster relief warehouse and fire station. Comment
People: A Trinidadian is one of five new judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) sworn last week to serve a nine-year term. Comments (1)

Keeping the wackos where they are

Viewpoints: A few years ago, his stint as secretary of state in the Bush administration behind him, Colin Powell’s status in the Republican Party was given a no-holds-barred review by the unfailingly detestable Dick Cheney, after Powell had the chutzpah to criticize one of the zillion trashy and/or repugnant bits of commentary out of the mouth of Rush Limbaugh. Limbaugh’s place as a leader of the GOP, Cheney said, was well beyond wherever Powell stood in that regard. So there! Comment

Barbados removes visa restrictions for select Haitians

Haiti: Barbados has became the latest Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-member country to remove visa restrictions for Haitian diplomats and business people seeking to travel to the island on business, according to media reports. Comments (1)

Queens residents celebrate Phagwah

The sunny, warm weather on Sunday, March 11 certainly complemented the arrival of spring in the Hindu calendar, that was celebrated at the 24th Annual Phagwah Festival in Richmond Hill, Queens. Comment
Brooklyn: The African Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church (also known as Bridge Street AWME Church) which traces its roots back to 1766 celebrated its 246th Church Anniversary on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. Comment
Queens: A group of local small business owners, City Council members and community leaders stood together Tuesday, March 13, to announce their support for paid sick days at Terraza 7 Live Music, a restaurant and music venue in Jackson Heights, Queens. Comment

Windies bowlers must halt Aussie batsmen

Sports: For the West Indies to give Australia a huge challenge in the upcoming Digicel Series, their bowlers have to do extremely well in order to restrict the opposition to small totals. Comment

Vincies pay tribute to favorite son

St Vincent: A large number of Vincentian calypsonians in New York were among the general population of expatriots in shock and sorrow over the sudden passing of Gerard “Rasum” Shallow, on the night of March 4. Comment
Mageeras, dhantals, and drums accompanied chowtal singers featured in the Phagwa celebration on March 7 at the Consulate headquarters in New York. Comment
On Saturday, March 3, 31 high school students from throughout the N.Y. Metro area competed for the distinguished titles of America’s Best High School Chef and Pastry Chef in the fourth annual competition sponsored by the Monroe College School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. Comment

GWIM honors DJ, Methodist pastor

Bronx: Great Women In Music (GWIM) will present two events for Women’s History Month. Comment

‘Aryè’ tells a tale of three women

Arts & Theater: Women’s History Month tailing behind Black History Month finds the Hadley Players winter production and contribution of “Aryè,” featured at the Harlem School of the Arts, located at 647 St. Nicholas Avenue (off 142nd Street) in Manhattan, ended March 11. Comment

Dynamic mix for Carib Literary Lime

Books: Poets & Passion – A Caribbean Literary Lime kicks off its Spring 2012 series with a weekend of readings and book signings featuring a dynamic mix of celebrated and emerging writers on March 23 in Brooklyn at St. Francis College with Annette Leach, Glenville Obrian Lovell and Opal Palmer Adisa, and on March 24 in Queens at York College with Earl Lovelace. Comments (1)

China to rebuild Grenada’s football stadium

Grenada: A Chinese delegation is expected this month in Grenada to begin preliminary assessment of the Track and Field and Football Stadium at Queen’s Park. Comment

Fears of a British takeover in Anguilla

St Kitts and Nevis: By the time Easter rolls around, a delegation of Caribbean Community prime ministers should be in Anguilla on a mission to show support to the government and its people who say they fear that “mother country” Britain, is preparing to retake full control of the colony and impose direct rule from London, in much the same way it has done in the Turks and Caicos islands. Comment

Billion$ sent home last year

Immigration: A report released on Mar. 8 by the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) group, said that Latin American and Caribbean migrants sent US$61 billion in remittances to their home countries last year. Comment

Guyanese on humanitarian mission to Syria

People: U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos scored another first on March 9, on a mission to the war-torn central Syrian city of Homs to negotiate uninterrupted entry of aid workers to evacuate the injured. Comment



Honors, including some major ones, have been piling up for Long Island University’s center-forward Julian Boyd during his three year varsity career. With one more year left to go in his four year career, Boyd could be headed in the right direction on the next level. Comments (1)

Red Bulls lost in opener worrisome

Sports: The 17th MLS season got underway last Saturday, March 10, and the hope is that this may be the year that a New York franchise brings the MLS Cup here. Seventeen seasons without a championship team for the New York/New Jersey area put much pressure on the New York Red Bulls – one of the richest MLS franchises and the first New York area soccer team with its own soccer specific stadium in Red Bull Arena. Comment

Portia, Kamla call for change in cricket

Sports: Two CARICOM prime ministers - Jamaica’s Portia Simpson-Miller and Trinidad and Tobago’s Kamla Persad-Bissessar - have called for “great change” to West Indies cricket. Comment

Definitive ‘Marley’ flick premieres

Movies: “I think what’s great about the film is though there have been a lot of things done on Bob, I think this one will give people a more emotional connection to Bob’s life as a man – not just as a reggae legend or a mythical figure, but his life as a man.” Comment

Falling in love with your health

Health: Healthfirst recently co-hosted “Sweetheart Luncheons” for seniors married 50 years or longer. Fifty years! What an amazing accomplishment! Comment

Diagnosing prostate problems correctly

Health: Most men, arriving at the urologist’s office for the first time do so because they’re convinced that they have a prostate problem. In many, probably most cases, they are right. However, the doctor’s job is to evaluate their problems by classifying their symptoms into one or more of three major categories to definitively establish a complete diagnosis, essential to selecting the most appropriate treatment. Comment

Higher rates of HIV among Black MSM

Health: Can you tell me whether it is true that more Blacks, and especially Black gay men, are infected with HIV than whites? If it is true, what do you think are the reasons for this? I’m a young Black guy who wants to stay negative. From what I’ve seen, I don’t think that Black gay men have more risky sex than white gay men, in fact I think Black guys may be more conservative (have fewer partners). BJ Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Birthday Bash Jammins Entertainment presents live performance by Jamaica’s hottest sensation I-Octane & the official return of Tony Matterhorn to the U.S. Celebrity Birthday Bash, 10:00 p.m., at Pulse 48, 1020 East 48 St., corner of Farragut Rd., Brooklyn. Tickets available at or call (718) 282-8041. Comment

Roster set for state championships

Sports: Uniondale’s Derrick Ingram just edged teammate Devon Henry in the State Qualifier or Section VIII Individual championships to help set the roster for the New York State Championships to be held in upstate New York in early March. Comment
Food: Who doesn’t love a fiesta? Americans love to eat tacos, carnitas, tortilla chips and other traditional Mexican dishes. However, many also worry about how healthy these dishes can be. What they don’t realize is if recipes are prepared with fresh items and cooked with corn oil, they can actually be adding benefits to their diet. Comment

Runaway children in Southeast Queens

Queens: Runaway and missing children are a major problem in the U.S. Statistics vary. According to the U. S. Department of Justice, 1.7 million children run away from home each year. Comment

Diamond Jubilee takes Royals to the Caribbean

St Kitts and Nevis: Simultaneous to the visit of Britain’s Prince Harry to Jamaica, in St. Kitts, a royal couple delivered sentiments from Queen Elizabeth II on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee and 60th year of reign. Comment


Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its spectacular 31st season with the return of legendary salsa pioneers La Sonora Ponceña on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Brooklyn Public Library launches fundraising drive

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has announced the kickoff of its fourth annual spring fundraising campaign, Support Our Shelves. With an aggressive goal of $500,000 for new books and materials, the campaign encourages every Brooklyn resident to support their local library through donations and advocacy. Comment
Music: The Carlyle Hotel is pleased to welcome back R&B legend Bettye LaVette - who the Huffington Post has dubbed “the high priestess of R&B”- to the legendary Café Carlyle in a return three-week engagement playing through March 31. Ms. LaVette will once again showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career in a soul-shattering evening. She’ll be accompanied by a band led by her musical director Alan Hill. Comment

Caribbean Round_Up

Trinidad and Tobago: International leaders will give US$65 million in concessionary loans to 18 Caribbean nations to help the islands defend their coasts and fragile economies from the impact of climate change. Comment

Samuel Walton tribute

Arts & Theater: Samuel (Sam) Walton was born on Dec. 13, 1948, to Symera and Joshua Walton, in Harlem and raised on 137th St. and 8th Avenue (also known as Frederick Douglass Blvd.). He died of a kidney infection at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Fifth Ave. on Feb. 21, 2012. Comments (1)
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — The lighthearted tone of Prince Harry’s Caribbean tour changed Wednesday as the British royal modified his schedule at a military camp in Jamaica out of respect for six British soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Comment

Fairway Market, customers aid tornado survivors

National: In the aftermath of the tragic 9/11 attacks 10 years ago, countless thousands of people from around the country came to the aid of New Yorkers and others in the metropolitan region impacted by the horrific attacks on the World Trade Center. Comment

Women leading the green economy

Viewpoints: Optimistic environmentalists believe that future generations will view the first half of the 21st century as the birth of a global green economic revolution. Indeed, investment and advances in technology, coupled with anxiety regarding climate change, are already pushing global leaders to embrace a sustainable future. Unfortunately, that optimistic vision is clouded. Comment

Health disparities and financial burdens

National: Health disparities are creating economic burdens for families, communities and the nation’s health care system. Across the country, infant mortality and chronic diseases continue to affect people of color at rates far higher than those for whites. In recent years, the focus has increased on the impact of disparities on minority communities, with public officials, community activists, civic leaders and health care experts proposing ways to improve access to medical care and raise awareness of positive benefits of preventive care. But health experts say the economic toll of health disparities and substantial costs associated with lost productivity are being overlooked. Comment

In search of a bone marrow donor

Grenada: In 1981, Sandra Holder came to the United States from the island of Grenada in search of the American dream. She has worked as a nurse at Shorefront Jewish Geriatric Center for almost 30 years, but her greatest joy has always been her family, especially her only child Nigel. Comment

MEC’s Black History Month corporate luncheon

People: On Wednesday, Feb. 29, Medgar Evers College held its inaugural Black History Month corporate luncheon honoring four African-American trailblazers in the corporate arena whose work and dedication contribute to the vibrancy of the nation’s economy. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Casa de Mi Padre (R for profanity, sexuality, drug use and graphic violence) Comment

Dr. Seuss classic delivers timely eco message

Movies: Twelve-year-old Ted (Zac Efron) has such a big crush on the girl next-door (Taylor Swift) that he makes up lame excuses to ring her doorbell just so he can see her. He finally realizes he actually has a chance with adorably-cute Audrey the day she mentions that she’d marry on the spot the first boy to bring her a real, live tree. Comment

Stanford convicted in international ponzi scheme

People: A federal jury in Houston, TX on Mar. 6 found Texas financier Allen Stanford guilty of masterminding a “massive” US$7 billion Ponzi scheme involving certificates of deposits (CDs) at Stanford’s Antigua-based Stanford International Bank (SIB). Comment

Between a Rick And a Hard Place

National: Let’s face it. Republicans had to know they were in trouble when the serious challengers to what many thought to be Mitt Romney’s secure hold on the nomination turned out first to be Newt […] Comment
People: The Committee to Honor African American Heroes and Sheros had a Black History Month Awards Breakfast at the Eastwood Manor in the Bronx on February 25, 2012. Comment

West Indies face uphill task against Austrlia

Trinidad and Tobago: When Australia faces the West Indies this month, they will have a strong advantage going into the Tests, One-Day Internationals and the Twenty-Twenties. West Indies are facing many setbacks which include a long injury list, out-of-form batsmen, including players who have been discarded by West Indies Cricket Board selectors. Comment

Summit With A Grouse

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders head to Suriname this week for their annual mid-year retreat with what would normally contain a list of mundane agenda items on their plate, but recent grumblings from one of the most influential among the current bunch could generate enough sound bites and quotes to make the two-day summit starting on Thursday a memorable one. Comment

Cuban dissidents urge pope to cancel visit

Cuba: Cuban dissidents say that almost 750 activists have signed a letter to Pope Benedict XVI warning that his forthcoming visit to the Spanish-speaking Caribbean island would “send a message to the oppressors that they can continue” to abuse Catholic opponents. Comments (1)

T&T’s PM survives no-confidence motion

A no-confidence motion in the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar by Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley was defeated in the House of Representatives on Saturday after a historic 27 and a half hours of debate. Comment



Arts & Theater: Brooklyn is the flagship stop for performances by Jamaica’s National Dance Theatre Company when they celebrate their 50th anniversary year and simultaneously commemorate the nation’s golden independent status. Comment
Sports: The U. S. men’s national soccer team did something in 90 minutes on Wednesday, Feb. 29 that it couldn’t do in the past 78 years: defeat Italy. The 1-0 victory over Italy in an international friendly in Genoa was the first in 11 tries for the U. S. since the teams first met at the 1934 World Cup in Italy. Comment

Black History Month and modern slavery

In spite of the advances and contributions made by African Caribbeans and African Americans since the days of slavery, an even greater threat exists today: Human Trafficking. Comment
Food: Making dishes worthy of a choice restaurant menu doesn’t mean spending hours in the kitchen. It’s more about choosing top-drawer ingredients - and here are a few you can pick up in the deli department. They’re all members of an elite club of authentic foods made according to traditional methods and are certified PDO (Protected Denomination of Origin) by the European Union. Comment

Lord to appear in comedy show

Arts & Theater: Comedian, pundit, blogger Leighann Lord is scheduled to appear at the “No Name Comedy Variety” Women’s History Month show on Friday, March 16 at Otto’s Shrunken Head in Manhattan. Comment
Travel: New York provided the perfect setting for the launch of Disney’s newest cruise-liner, “Fantasy.” Comment
Manhattan: Council Member Jumaane Williams joined other elected officials and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) in a campaign to end discriminatory policing practices in New York City last week. They are launching a legislative effort to raise NYPD accountability. Comment

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Guyana: Sunday, Feb. 26 was a pleasant day befitting the convivial spirit and extraordinary person Godfrey Winfield Chin was. His exceptional body of work that will forever be etched in Guyana’s landscape was celebrated in the worship hall of Our Lady of Victory in Brooklyn, where a journalism prize in his name was also launched. Comment



Sports: Nazareth’s last Class ‘A’ Intersectional Basketball Championship game came in back-to-back years of 1988-1989 when Ted Gustus coached the teams. Overall, Nazareth from the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn captured it three times, the city wide crown in 1977 when all the teams were in one class or league of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Comment
Experienced Guyanese batsman Ramnaresh Sarwan seems set to miss the West Indies’ upcoming engagements after striking a deal with English county Leicestershire as their overseas player for the upcoming season. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFA) is moving to sue its former Special Advisor, Works and Infrastructure Minister Jack Warner, to compel him to provide information on the accounts related to T&T’s 2006 World Cup campaign. Comment

50 Years of Monty’s music

Music: It’s a bitterly cold Sunday morning in New York City and I am on the world-famous stage at the Blue Note Jazz Club interviewing the extraordinarily talented Jamaican jazz musician Monty Alexander. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies cricketer Runako Morton, 33, was killed in a car crash on the Sir Solomon Highway, while heading to his home in Princess Town, South Trinidad around 11:00 p.m. on Sunday night Comments (1)

Martelly nominates Lamothe for PM

Haiti: Haiti President President Michel Martelly on March 1 nominated his Foreign Minister Laurent Lamothe, as the next prime minister in the earthquake-ravaged, French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment

Local families get free fresh produce

People: Union Square Hospitality Group founder Danny Meyer, along with 12 additional volunteers from his restaurants Maialino and Gramercy Tavern, handed out food to approximately 200 households at Ccity Harvest’s Bed-Stuy mobile market on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 9:00 a.m. to noon located at 862 Park Ave, Brooklyn. Comment

Affording the health care you need

Health: A recent New York Times article found how dependent many Americans are on public benefits, even while supporting candidates and policies that would wipe out such programs. I’ve just been through my own “wake up call” experience over the past two months. I oversee the care of my 93-year-old mother who resides in a group care setting in Manhattan. Comment

Lots of love in building for Habitat-NYC

People: The most current of Habitat-NYC’s “100 homes in Brooklyn” project, Halsey St. near Broadway in Bed-Stuy was filled with a lot of love during its Valentine’s Day Build (the weekend before), especially when volunteer couples, along with family partners and former Mets star and SNY broadcaster Ron Darling braved the cold and the slush to paint six affordable homes. Comment

‘Kes The Band’ set to rock NYC

Music: KES ALL IN post Trinidad Carnival concert tour begins with Trinidad’s own, KES the BAND & Friends, at the Best Buy Theater NYC on Friday, March 9. Comment

Big East tourney starts Tuesday

Sports: This week Madison Square Garden will host the Big East College Basketball Conference tourney, which decides the teams that enter the prestigious NCAA Division I tournament. All the teams are eligible for competition. The winner of the Big East tourney receives an automatic bid. Any number of teams may go to the Big Dance. Comment
Staten Island: 500 youngsters from the five boroughs of New York City competed in city-wide tournaments during a fun-filled day of educational games and laughter on Feb. 22 at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Annual Educational Tournament of Champions at PAL’s Edward Byrne Center in Queens. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Apart (R for violence, profanity and bloody images) Romance thriller about a couple of star-crossed lovers (Olesya Rulin and Josh Danziger) who share a psychological disorder which proves fatal for their friends the deeper they fall in love. With Bruce McGill, Joey Lauren Adams and Michael Bowen. Comment
Movies: Happily-married Linda (Jennifer Aniston) and George (Paul Rudd) finally took the plunge into home ownership after being convinced by their realtor’s (Linda Lavin) sales pitch that a “micro loft” in the West Village would be a great investment. However, when the ambitious workaholic subsequently loses his high-paying, high-stress job, they are forced to sell the postage stamp-sized studio apartment at a big loss. Comment

Tribute to 1st female NYC cab driver

People: Black theater audiences are most familiar with the Audelco Awards – the African-American alternative to the Tony Awards – which lauds presentations often overlooked by Broadway and Off-Broadway audiences. Comment

A fitting musical tribute to Jamaica’s 50th

Music: The staging of the 16th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was indeed a memorable musical event and one of a series of premier music festivals honoring the country’s 50 years of independence. from British rule. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

St Vincent: Prince Edward, the youngest child of Queen Elizabeth 11 and his wife Princess Sophie are visiting several Caribbean islands to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee according to an announcement by Buckingham Palace. Comment

Patterson calls on Carib nations to adopt CCJ

St Lucia: Former Jamaica Prime Minister PJ Patterson has called on Caribbean nations to press ahead with the regional integration project, including the adoption of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their appellate court. Comment

Patterson calls on Carib nations to adopt CCJ

St Lucia: Grenada has called for international collaboration and cooperation to effectively combat “cyber terrorism.” Comment

Knights win Diocesan title

Sports: A team effort, led by seniors Marquise Moore and Mairega Clarke, both of them earning all-league honors, carried Holy Cross High School to the championship of the Brooklyn-Queens Diocesan title of the Catholic High Schools Athletic Association. Comment

No need to fear surgery, hospitalization and anesthesia

Health: Most people are afraid of surgery and the hospitalization with anesthesia often required. When faced with an emergency from an accident, there is no time to consider all the possible problems that may ensue. Comment

Jamaica’s PM supports Gayle’s recall

Jamaica: Kudos to Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for taking a stand on the Chris Gayle-West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) issue and the incompetence of those who run West Indies cricket. The response by the WICB was not only out of order and illogical, but also arrogant, disrespectful of a head of state and smacked of ‘massa’ mentality. Comment

Hospital chief discusses proposed Kingsbrook, Brookdale  merger

New York: In November 2011, a Brooklyn Medicaid Redesign Team (MRT) headed by Stephen Berger was appointed by the New York State Commissioner of Health to look into the viability of certain downstate hospitals and make recommendations. Comments (1)

Doctors call for a war on sugar

Health: Sugar needs to be controlled like alcohol and tobacco say University of California (UC) health experts. They maintain that sugar is causing a global obesity problem contributing to 35 million deaths annually from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Comment

March winds blow in Aziza

Music: Jazzy Mondays at For My Sweet is proud to open the month of March with Aziza and her quartet. A singer, songwriter and pianist, Aziza was the musical director for Natalie Cole and also worked with such notables as Alicia Keys, Ahmad Jamal and Phil Upchurch. She has also written several hit recordings. Comment
Books: The Jan. 12, 2010 Haitian earthquake, with so much loss of life, injuries, and property devastation, magnified the social ills that beset Haiti. Centuries of underdevelopment, misguided foreign and domestic policies have contributed to the vast inequalities and social and economic exclusions in the country. Comment
Food: During the short days and cold nights of winter, many of us crave comfort foods. Unfortunately, the rich dishes we usually think of tend to be low in nutrition and packed with fat and calories. Well, take heart. It’s possible to enjoy satisfying dishes that are tasty, hearty and nutritious. Comment
Arts & Theater: One of the most popular romantic dance forms in the world takes center stage in Jamaica, Queens this weekend. Comment

Family support can reduce LGBT youth suicide

Health: A new study shows that support from friends and family may be the best protection from suicide and self-harm for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. Comment

Riverside Church’s 21st Annual Career Day on March 3

Manhattan: The Riverside Church will host its 21st Annual Career Day on Saturday, March 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Church, 91 Claremont Avenue (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. Comment

The Riverside Church presents Masayo Ishigure

Music: World-renowned master of traditional Japanese instruments, Masayo Ishigure will be featured at a music recital on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel of the Church, entrance at 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. Comment

Klinsmann chooses tough road for U.S.

Sports: The U.S. men’s senior national team resumed preparation for this summer’s CONCACAF World Cup qualifying semifinal round with last Wednesday’s game versus hosts and four-time World Cup champion Italy at Genoa ( 2:45 p.m., ESPN 2, ESPN 3, Univision). Comments (1)

Slippery slope that is the military option

Viewpoints: It’s been obvious for years now that happenings in the Middle East have assumed a position at the very top of geopolitical concerns for the rest of the world community. Middle East developments are so fraught with powder keg potential that they cannot but command rapt attention from all of the world’s players, major and minor alike. Small wonder that there was such a broad-spectrum gathering in Tunisia last week to try to come up with a strategy for addressing the situation in Syria, where President Assad’s heavy-handed response to political agitation has caused loss of life at a level that most of the world community finds shocking, even including fellow Arab states. Comment


Sports: On Sunday, NJCAA Region 15 recognized the Monroe Mustangs men’s basketball team’s entire starting five as All-stars. Comment
Sports: Among the scores of conflicts that surround the West Indies Cricket Board many of them are unresolved and therefore it is necessary for an independent body to be appointed to deal with those issues. The WICB is at odds with several cricketers and the West Indies Players Association. Comment

Cricket board chief resigns after police raids

Guyana: The president of Guyana’s embattled cricket board (GCB) resigned his post Tuesday after court marshals and police invaded his home, office as well as the residences and offices of several other top officials to seize financial and other documents in an escalating feud with government over alleged corruption and maladministration of the game in the former British colony. Comment

Kym shows her talent at Jazzy Monday

Music: Jazzy Monday at “For My Sweet” was packed on Monday, Feb. 20, to hear Kym Hampton make her vocal debut with The Jeff King Band. Comment

All’s set for Belize elections

Election officials in Belize say all is set for double elections in that Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-member state on March 7. Comment

Judges, prosecutors examine incarceration alternatives

Trinidad and Tobago: The Organization of American States (OAS) said on Feb. 27 that 40 Caribbean judges and prosecutors are among other professionals receiving training on alternatives to incarceration. Comment

U.S. support for Carib SBDCs

St Lucia: The United States has supported the launch of the “Caribbean Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)” expansion project that promotes the development of competitive, productive, and innovative small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Western Hemisphere. Comment


Arts & Theater: Fresh from the success of their first ever performances outside the USA, the New York based Braata Folk Singers, under the Artistic Direction of Jamaican born actor, singer and producer Andrew Clarke, will jumpstart Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary Independence Celebrations in New York with an encore performance of their hugely successful 2011 production, “Wheel An’ Come Again.” Comment

A merger to help our communities

A merger to help our communities

New York: As New York continues to face tough economic conditions, families are having a difficult time keeping up with the escalating costs of health care. I see these struggles every day. Comment

Nursing brain drain affecting Caribbean

Caribbean: The migration of nurses to the First World is having a very negative impact on the Caribbean and the more incentives are offered to nurses and other critical health workers, the greater chance of retaining them in the region, says a recent World Bank study. Comment

Negative to positive: ‘Obamacare’ redefined

Health: Several health care organizations are taking a perceived negative and turning it into a positive by redefining the term Obamacare. The Consumer Health Initiative has launched “Thanks Obamacare!” – a new education campaign to highlight the benefits of the federal healthcare reform law passed in 2010. Comment

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