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The rent crisis

A newly-released report by the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) found that rent burdens for low-income tenants living in the city’s private rental market rose markedly over the last six years. For the majority who do not benefit from vouchers or government-subsidized housing, the proportion of income going toward rent rose from 45 to 49 percent between 2005 and 2011. Nearly half (49 percent) now spend at least half their incomes on rent compared to 41 percent in 2005. These rent-income pressures could get even worse when the Rent Guidelines Board meets on June 21 to vote on stabilized rent increases. Comment

Landslide victory for Yvette Clarke

People: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Tuesday night won a landslide victory in New York’s Democratic Primary elections. Comments (2)

UWI law school students top ‘em at the Hague

Trinidad and Tobago: Russell Warner, a second-year law student at the Hague, Netherlands and a member of the Hugh Wooding Law School at the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine campus in Trinidad defeated top-tier international competitors to take the first place trophy for Best Defense Counsel at the recent International Criminal Court Mooting competition held at the Hague, Netherlands. Comments (10)

Gaps in terror protection for U.S. Cabinet

People: WASHINGTON - When Los Angeles County police found Commerce Secretary John Bryson unconscious and alone in his bashed-up Lexus on June 9, he had no security team or automatic system to sound the alarm that he was in trouble. Comment

Evening of emigrant nostalgia with Guyanese writers

Arts & Theater: What the Guyana Cultural Association of New York Inc. (GCA) promoted as a “Literary Hang” Saturday, June 9 at the Flatbush Reformed Church in Brooklyn could have been equally called an evening of emigrant nostalgia. Twenty Guyanese writers and publishers, in addition to three Americans, presented and discussed excerpts from their published and unpublished books, based largely on memories of, and experiences in, Guyana and beyond. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has made some sweeping changes in her cabinet -- the second in two years since the People’s Partnership (PP) government came into office after the May 24, 2010 general election. Comment

Int’l Reggae Day spotlight on media trailblazers

Brooklyn: Three seems a recurring theme for Jamaica Arts Holding (JAH) and the 18th annual celebration of International Reggae Day. Comment

Former KKK grand wizard endorses Charles Barron for Congress

Brooklyn: David Duke, the former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan recently announced support for New York City Councilman Charles Barron who is seeking to represent Brooklyn’s redistricted 8th Councilmanic District in Congress. Comment

Atlanta Court denies Buju a retrial 

People: The longest day of the year, June 21 probably seemed longer for dancehall artist Buju Banton whose anticipated dawn darkened with news that his appeal for a retrial and shortened sentence were denied by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. Comment

Massive Caribbean support for financial accountability at Rio summit

Caribbean: Caribbean nations on Jun. 20 joined forces with over 50 countries and 86 private companies behind the move to factor the value of natural assets like clean air, clean water, forests and other ecosystems into business decision-making and countries’ systems of national accounting. Comment

U.S. protests diplomatic harassment in Cuba

Cuba: United States officials charge that Cuban government agents have increased their verbal harassment of U.S. diplomats in Havana in the past year. Comment

G-20 leaders pledge financial help to the poor

People: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says nations from around the world have firmed up their commitments to provide emergency resources to deter the spread of crises and increase the institution’s lending capacity to help Caribbean and other countries in financial trouble. Comment

Summertime’ wins Broadway’s ‘Bess’

Music: Actress and opera singer Audra McDonald will be singing from springtime into summertime after recently winning a Tony award. Comment

IRAWMA returns stateside for Jamaica Jubilee

Music: After celebrating three decades of music revelry last year in Trinidad and Tobago, the 31st annual International Reggae & World Music Awards will return to its Chicago birthplace during the July 4th weekend to mark a national and international independence anniversary. Comment

Guyana on a ‘rediscover home’ tourism mission

Guyana: Guyana has the best fusion of six different cultures and some of the most outstanding eco-tourism products available, acting Minister of Tourism, Iriffan Ali, stated in a recent exclusive interview with Caribbean Life at the Guyana booth at Grand Central Station during Caribbean Heritage Week. Comment

Caribbean Wellness Day at Flatbush church

Caribbean Wellness Day at Flatbush church

Brooklyn: APC Community Services, a Brooklyn community action group recenyly conducted its Sixth Annual Caribbean Wellness Day at the Church of the Nativity on Ocean Avenue in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Comment

On the Road to Rio

People: In just a few days, thousands of delegates, heads of state, nongovernment activists and media will descend upon Rio de Janeiro to hash out our planet’s environmental future at the United Nation’s Rio+20 Earth Summit. They will talk about the health of the planet’s environmental resources, our air, land, water and biological diversity, and how to manage and pay for it all. Comment

Minimum wage increase will improve the business climate

People: Our mission at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce is to improve the business climate and quality of life in New York. And raising the minimum wage will do just that. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: The clearest signs yet of cracks and fissures in Trinidad & Tobago’s 25-month-old governing coalition appeared at the weekend when the labor-led Movement For Social Justice (MSJ) announced that it was leaving because of dissatisfaction with the way the country was being run and how workers were being marginalized by authorities, among other complaints. Comment

East Flatbush welcomes a new neighborhood business

People: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs and Dr. Roy Hastick, president of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry joined community and religious leaders and residents from Brooklyn’s East Flatbush Caribbean community, in welcoming the Caribe Funeral Home and Floral Studio to the neighborhood. Comment

Increase in US drone flights to the Caribbean

Caribbean: The United States plans to expand unmanned surveillance flights, commonly known as Predator drones, into the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico to tackle drug smuggling, according to a Department of Homeland Security release. Comment

Mission Catwalk’s ‘Wild Card’ Finale

Music: Some Mission Catwalk viewers were in for a surprise on Tuesday’s episode of the Caribbean reality series when instead of seeing Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) presentations from the final trio, eliminated designer Rebecca Stirm, who also showed at CFW, was brought into the mix as the wild card and a contender for the winning title. Needless to say the top three, Crystal Powell, Gregory Williams and Ryan Chan were caught off guard by Rebecca’s return as well. Comment

Fresh Connect farmers market opens in Harlem

Food: A statewide initiative to increase New Yorkers’ access to fresh farm products entered a second year last week with the opening of the Harlem farmers market on June 12 at 125th street on the plaza in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. New York State Office Building in Central Harlem. Comment

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Sports: While most of the attention from the huge crowd was focused on Bernard Lagat rallying from behind to win the 1,500-meter race, the youngsters and the non-elite athletes also put on tremendous performances in the Adidas Grand Prix track and field meet, held at Icahn Stadium, Randall’s Island. Comment

Barbadian bowler makes Test history

Sports: Barbadian fast bowler Tino Best astonishingly struck the highest score by a number 11 in Test history. Comment

Weight loss: What about surgery?

Health: Dear Dr. Eva, Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Invisible War (Unrated) Investigative expose’ uncovering the rape epidemic inside the U.S. military, including interviews with some of the approximately 30 percent of female soldiers who have been victims of a sexual assault. Comment

Guyanese celebrate an independence anniversary

Arts & Theater: Fourteen very deserving Guyanese Americans in film, television, theater, radio and music were honored with City Council proclamations, plaques and citations from the Guyana Tri-State Alliance and the Guyanese Consulate on the evening of June 8, as hundreds of their compatriots poured into Brooklyn Borough Hall to celebrate the 46th anniversary of their beloved country’s independence. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Canada recently announced that it will be providing Can$3.4 million in new funding projects to combat transnational organized crime and terrorism in the Caribbean. Comment

Ill winds heading their way

Caribbean: Having made what has been considered a strong recovery from the global financial crisis of 2009, the World Bank says economic activity in Latin America and the Caribbean is once again facing external and domestic headwinds. Comment

Threat to tourism in Jamaica

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jun. 6, 2012 (IPS/GIN) - Experts here fear that that the impact of climate change on Jamaica’s fragile ecosystems will worsen the ravages of human activity and destroy the country’s tourism industry. Comment
Movies: Very Good (3 Stars) Comment


Guyana: Guyana’s opposition-controlled parliament has started the process of stripping away years of ministerial control over several agencies of state, including the power of the cabinet to decide how much money House, the Judiciary and the National Auditor’s Office get in their annual budgets, so as to make them fully functioning and independent arms of the state, legislators said Monday. Comment

Spirited tribute at the water’s edge

Africa: Sad and celebratory. Searing and uplifting. How can these words possibly go together? Last Sat., they could be experienced as one at the Annual Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage, held each year on the Coney Island boardwalk in Brooklyn to honor the tens of millions of Africans who, after being kidnapped from their homelands, died during the voyage across the Atlantic – the Middle Passage – their bodies plunged into the ocean. Comment
Brooklyn: Students with the Dignity in Schools Campaign-New York (DSC-NY) testified at a public hearing on the newly revised School Discipline Code before the NYC Department of Education at Stuyvesant High School on June 5. Comment
Music: The Apollo Theater, one of the nation’s greatest cultural treasures, raised $1.2 million at the seventh annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert, at which they inducted Lionel Richie and the late Etta James into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame on June 5. Comment

A different gipper from this side

Viewpoints: They took note in the mainstream media a few days ago of the 25th anniversary of what was trumpeted as an iconic utterance from President Ronald Reagan, his exhortation to then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, with reference to the infamous Berlin Wall: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” If one were to judge from the reporting of mainstream media types, remembrance of Reagan’s celebrated words, and their significance in the unfolding of history, comes across as something straight out of the propaganda mill of any outfit dedicated to the ex-president’s continuing adulation. The wrong-headed inference is that upon Reagan’s warning or demand or whatever it was, the Soviets hopped to it and down came the wall. Comment

Rousseau slams WICB for failures

Sports: Former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President Pat Rousseau has slammed the regional governing body saying it is responsible for the current problems facing the West Indies team. Comment


Music: The 2012 Bam Rhythm and Blues Festival at the MetroTech Commons, which began on June 7 will end on Aug. 9 with eight more artistes to perform during the midday event on Thursdays. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaica, the most experienced English-speaking Caribbean team of the three competing in the semifinal round of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, lived up to its billing. Comment
Sports: West Indies middle order batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul must be moved one spot forward in the batting order to the number four position thus accommodating the less experienced Darren Bravo to number five. This move will assist to modify the West Indies strategy in creating some stability in the top order. Comment

Guyana mulls pullout from airport rebuild contract

Guyana: If Guyanese had any lingering doubts about the governing People’s Progressive Party’s penchant for getting in bed with corrupt persons or entities, just paying attention to the latest scandal involving China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC), a contracting firm the PPP hired to build a new airport terminal facility and extend the main runaway at Cheddi Jagan International Airport to handle the world’s largest cargo and commercial passenger planes, would confirm their suspicions. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Thrift Sale The St. James Lutheran Church, 2776 Gerritsen Ave., Brooklyn, will be holding a Thrift Shop Sale, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For information call the Church office at (718) 743-1788. Comment

Stop and Frisk Father’s Day March

Viewpoints: During recent years, the NYPD’s policy on Stop and Frisk has become one of the defining civil rights issues of our time. Across the city, New Yorkers are calling for reform of a strategy that targets people of color and erodes trust in immigrant communities. Comment
Music: Hundreds of Trinidadians arrived at the Arya Spiritual Center Inc. Ground in Queens on Saturday, June 2 to participate in the first Trinidad and Tobago Indian Arrival Day Mela 2012 in New York organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and faith-based and community representatives. Comment
Music: Hundreds of Trinidadians arrived at the Arya Spiritual Center Inc. Ground in Queens on Saturday, June 2 to participate in the first Trinidad and Tobago Indian Arrival Day Mela 2012 in New York organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and faith-based and community representatives. Comment

Don’t panic even if your PSA rises

Health: PSA is the name of a blood test used to find evidence of the possible presence of cancer of the prostate. Each of the letters in PSA stands for the first letter of each word in the phrase, “Prostatic Specific Antigen.” Comment

Summer with Satchmo

Music: Louis Armstrong House Museum announces Summer with Satchmo 2012 that includes Hot Jazz/Cool Garden concerts and special events for all ages! Comment

Decorate a Cookie Family for Dad’s Day

Food: What better way to spoil dad on Father’s Day than with a dessert made just for him? A sweet treat is a great way to say “thank you” to the most important man in your life. And, since it’s his day, choose one that reflects what he loves most of all - his family. Comment

Grenadian leader’s remains still not found after 30 years

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) — A haunting Cold War mystery is getting a fresh look on the Caribbean island of Grenada, where officials are trying to locate the missing remains of a Marxist prime minister executed nearly 30 years ago during a coup that sparked a U.S. invasion. Comment

Preserving Haitian music and dance

Music: The first of three Ayiti Fasafas (Haiti Face to Face) concerts, celebrating Haitian traditional singing, drumming and dance was presented in a “Rasanble: Come Together” in Brooklyn recently. Comment
Music: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff easily surpassed expectations opening night of the 34th Celebrate Brooklyn concert at Prospect Park by reprising the hits that distinguishes him as one of reggae’s most prolific, songwriters and performers. Comment

Drug dealer ‘Dudus’ gets 23 yrs maxium

Jamaica: Jamaicans at home and abroad reacted with mixed emotions Friday when Judge Robert P. Patterson sentenced former Kingston strongman Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke to the maximum penalty for his alleged crimes. Comment

Jamaican Parliament marks British Royal Jubilee

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller made it very clear to the nation and the world that her country’s relationship with the British crown will remain secure. Comment

Jazz greats join forces on new Concord album

Music: As listeners, we like to enjoy music 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So it’s a good thing that contemporary jazz greats Gerald Albright and Norman Brown have been working overtime to produce “24/7,” their first album together. This June 19 release on Concord Jazz, a division of Concord Music Group, offers 10 killer soul-jazz tracks of music that never sleeps. Comment

Help improve dad’s health this Father’s Day

Health: Though your dad may be a superhero to you, he is not immune to common health problems that affect men. And as your father ages, his risk for certain life-threatening diseases increases. 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

Fludd still looking for a college

Sports: Leroy ‘Truck’ Fludd, a forward at Boys and Girls High School, is trying to make some ‘noise’ somewhere during this off season so he may be able to land at a decent college. He would like just to be able to get some time at the next level. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has rejected claims that CARICOM is in crisis and that its very existence is in question. Comment

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The minimum wage: 100 years later

Viewpoints: June marks the 100-year anniversary of the first minimum wage law passed in the United States. And, while there is nothing new about low-wage work -- we should take this occasion to recognize an even more dispiriting fact about the low-wage workforce: It could have been a thing of the past. Comment

Fight to keep viewability rule in place

Viewpoints: The National Black Religious Broadcasters (NBRB) is a national coalition of over 10,000 black religious broadcasters would like to express our concerns that the expiration of the “viewability” rule could have a serious negative impact on viewers of faith-based programming throughout the country. Much of this programming is viewed on must-carry television stations. Comment

Annual Block Fest at St. Marks Avenue

Music: The St. Marks Avenue Independent Block Association’s third Annual Block Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Comment

Darker side of Snow White’s fairytale

Movies: The primary problem with “Snow White and the Huntsman” is that it was released right on the heels of “Mirror Mirror.” Sure, a new version of Snow White has been brought to the big screen about once a decade since its debut in 1902, but how much of a call could there be for another just a couple of months after the last one opened in theaters? Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Extraterrestrial (Unrated) Screwball, sci-fi comedy, set in Madrid, about two strangers (Julian Villagran and Michelle Jenner) who awaken in bed together the morning after a drunken one-night stand to find a horde of UFOs hovering above an evacuated city. With Miguel Noguera, Raul Cimas and Carlos Areces. (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Tower Isle Frozen Foods; Panama join Carib Cup Soccer

Sports: Guyana and Antigua/Barbuda, so far unbeaten in the Tower Isle/Caribbean Cup Soccer Championship, will meet in this Sunday’s feature presentation at the Jefferson High School Field in Canarsie, Brooklyn, at 5:30 p.m.. Comment

Caribbean Week 2012 New York showcase

Music: New York’s Empire State Building on Wednesday began honoring the Caribbean by lighting its world-famous tower in blue, green and yellow in celebration of Caribbean Week 2012. Comment

Regional leders underscore the need for food security

People: A number of Caribbean states have underscored the need for action to improve food security, including current and future proposals to provide citizens with access to abundant, safe, and nutritious food. Comment

Pan Jazz at Lincoln Center

Music: This June 16th, Abstract Entertainment presents Pan Jazz 2012’s production of Music - The Original Social Media at the eighth annual presentation Saturday, June 16 at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street & Broadway, New York City commencing at 7:00 p.m. Comment

Forcing a reality check on a smoke-prone city

People: To celebrate the 25th anniversary of World No Tobacco Day last week, the NYC Coalition for a Smoke-Free City, a health advocacy group that works to increase awareness of tobacco control issues, gathered New York City youth from all five boroughs to a rally in Washington Square Park in Manhattan to send a clear message to the tobacco industry about their retail store marketing and advertising: We’ve Seen Enough! Comment

Affordable housing sprouts in Downtown B’klyn

Brooklyn: Atlantic Terrace, an award-winning housing development with 80 affordable, mixed-income co-op units opened up June 1 in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Comment

New U.S. envoy with Cuba smarts

Cuba: The United States’ National Security Council (NSC) announced this week that a State Department diplomat with Cuba experience will become the new head of the Council’s Latin America and Caribbean policy. Comment

Imminent threat of rioting on Bonaire

People: Deteriorating relations between the islanders and the Dutch government have led to a “volatile situation” on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire, Radio Netherlands Worldwide said on Monday Comment

Region urged to invest for growth

Caribbean: The executive secretary of the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, has urged Caribbean economic growth be based on investment, integration and innovation. Comment

Dispute over Euro funding for vulnerable Caribs

People: A coalition representing Caribbean gays, lesbians and sex workers Saturday demanded that regional negotiators include them in European Union (EU) funding available to social and vulnerable groups, saying negotiators ought to rethink current definitions of needy groups and bring them in before it is too late. Comment

‘Democracy’ wins; Democracy takes a beating

Viewpoints: All along the countdown to the recall vote in Wisconsin to put Scott Walker, the Tea Party sweetheart governor, out of business, the lopsided outspending of the pro-Walker forces seemed to be issue one. And one shouldn’t be surprised, given the transformative capabilities of today’s social media explosion, if a particular young man’s emotionally charged denunciation of how Walker managed to keep his job, captured on CNN, becomes a lasting popular culture image. “This is the end of democracy in America,” he moaned. “They outspent us $34 million to $4 million.” Comment

40 hot businesses to start

People: The Thypin Oltchick Institute for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Federation Employment and Guidance Service (FEGS) recently held a Small Business Seminar in Brooklyn and will present “40 Hot Businesses to Start” on Thursday, June 14, from 5-6pm at the Manhattan Pavilion. Comment
Sports: Among the three English-speaking Caribbean teams kicking off tonight’s CONCACAF semi-final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, only Jamaica, World Cup finalist in 1998, has experience at this semi-final stage — Antigua and Barbuda and Guyana are in unchartered waters. Comment
Jamaica: World Champion Yohan Blake of Jamaica, ranked No. 1 in the world at 100 meters, headlines a scintillating lineup of Caribbean superstars expected at the 2012 Adidas Grand Prix on June 9 in a preview of the action later this summer in London. Comment

DeVendra Bishoo will be back!

Sports: West Indies leg spinner DeVendra Bishoo was very unfortunate to have a setback in his career after the Australian cricketers scored many runs during his bowling spell in their recent Test series. Comments (1)

Jazz and Soul at Brooklyn’s Café Denim

Music: “SS Nirvana” a story of love and Jazz on the high seas will make its Brooklyn premiere on Sunday, June 24, at the new Café Denim, 1114 Franklin St. from 3:00 p.m. Comments (1)

Goodwin just misses out in close finish

Brooklyn: The Class ‘AAA’ 400-meter dash was as tight as can be in the Section Eight Track & Field Championships. Comment

Vincy cultural group makes a difference

St Vincent: A relatively young Vincentian cultural group in Brooklyn continues to make a difference in its homeland. Comment

Strategic Positioning for Your Future

New York: The New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council’s 2012 Business Opportunity Expo, considered New York City’s top conference on corporations outsourcing to multicultural businesses, will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis from June 13-14. Comment

Journey with ‘Impressions’

Arts & Theater: Impressions Dance Theatre will present “A Journey To New Beginnings” -when its 10th Anniversary Dance Recital takes to the stage of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave. in Queens. Comment

Customized room for children at Brookdale

Brooklyn: The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center has officially opened its new Starlight Care Room in its Pediatric Unit. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: Guyana Independence The 46th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence will be celebrated at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., honoring Guyanese who have distinguished themselves in the media, film, radio, TV, music and more followed by a “Taste of Guyana Reception” with back-home food, music and drinks in the Rotunda. For detailed information, call Patricia Jordon-Langford at (917) 541-4101 or the Consulate at (212) 947-5115. Comment

U.S. should steer clear of Syria

Viewpoints: We should be grateful that the Obama administration seems disinclined to intervene militarily in Syria. But let’s note that the administration has not kept hands off. In a variety of ways, it is already aiding the rebels. Moreover, White House spokesman Jay Carney says that all options — even military intervention — are on the table. Comment

One in four HIV patients don’t stay in care, study shows

Health: About a quarter of HIV/AIDS patients in the United States fail to remain in care consistently, according to new research. Comment

National Grid employees volunteer in Bed-Stuy

Brooklyn: As part of their commitment to making a difference in the communities in which they live and work, National Grid employees volunteered for the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger SuperPantry to help feed families in Brooklyn. Comment

Women deserve factual medical information, even about abortion care

Health: Decisions about medical procedures and patient care should be left to clinicians and their patients – not to politicians. As a family physician, I understand this, and my goal is to provide each patient the individual time and attention they need to make the decision that is right for them. Comment

Bronx volunteers beautify mall

Bronx: Friends of The Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Malls held its annual spring event of planting flowers to restore and beautify the malls and encourage youth to participate and invest in their community on Saturday, May 19. Comment

Call your doctor when in doubt

Health: There are three little words, that coming from a patient, strike fear in the heart of the doctor. Those words are, “So I figured.” Comment

Jamaica’s Portia in prime time leadership

Jamaica: Prime Minister Portia Lucretia Simpson-Miller of Jamaica inherited leadership late last year and has had to proceed at warp speed in order to maintain the hectic calendar demanded by the 2012 milestone anniversary. Comment


Arts & Theater: Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center (THPAC) in association with LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater present the annual “Souls of Our Feet: People of Color Dance Festival,” June 17 at 7:00 p.m. and June 19 and 20 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

Mighty Sparrow promises something positive

Music: Calypso king, the Mighty Sparrow is slated for a guest appearance at a one-night, Brooklyn, concert event titled “Ancestral Chant – The Celebration Continues.” Comment

Brigitte James gets serious with ‘Shofar’

Music: Like many kids growing up in Brooklyn, Brigitte James was going to be a rapper. It wasn’t until a spiritual calling became a spiritual journey that the Guyana-born James took the name “Serious” and is today a sought after Holy Hip Hop artist. Comment

Jamaica seeks heritage status for sunken port

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Archaeologists said Tuesday that they’ll ask the United Nations’ cultural agency to bestow world heritage status on Port Royal, the mostly submerged remains of a historic Jamaican port known as the “wickedest city on Earth” more than three centuries ago. Comment

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Mirth and mayhem in alien-fighting franchise

Movies: One sign that scriptwriters have run out of fresh ideas is when they lazily recycle the shopworn, time-travel theme in order to extend an expiring film series. This ill-advised approach has been employed over the years in service of such sorry sequels as “The Three Stooges Meet Hercules” (1962), “Escape from the Planet of the Apes” (1971), “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1986) and “Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time” (1991), to name a few. Comment

Survival tips for allergy season

People: Allergy season is here, and this one, on the heels of an unseasonably mild winter, promises to be a rough one. You can tell by the watery-eyed, sniffing, sneezing New Yorkers in the office, on the train, at the movies—pretty much everywhere. Comment

Powerful portrait of Fair Hope society

Movies: “The Contradictions of Fair Hope,” the directorial debut of S. Epatha Merkerson and Rockell Metcalf, is a powerful portrait of one of the nation’s last surviving benevolent societies—a self-help group formed after Emancipation to help freed slaves take care of the sick, feed the hungry and bury the dead. Comment

JPMorgan Lesson: End government bank guarantees

Viewpoints: Americans get angry when they learn of government bureaucrats spending lavishly at a Las Vegas hotel or Secret Service agents consorting with prostitutes. As well they should. Such conduct wastes money and drains Americans’ respect for their government. Comment

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