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Broadway’s musical toast to Charlie Chaplain

Music: Broadway’s fall musical season kicked off recently with a delightful treat called “Chaplain.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bel Borba Aqui (Unrated) Reverential biopic chronicling the career of Bel, the Brazilian artist whose oversized, outdoor sculptures dot the landscape of his beloved hometown of Salvador. (In Portuguese with subtitles) Comment

Inquiry into Guyana police shooting begins

Guyana: The Guyanese commission of inquiry into the July 18 fatal police shooting of three opposition supporters and injury to more than 20 in the bauxite mining community of Linden began in earnest this week with chief cop Leroy Brummel swearing that he never ordered officers to use live rounds on citizens and that the action of his ranks amounted to an unnecessary overkill to peaceful protestors. Comment

Open Letter to The Mayor

Bronx: I am concerned about the allegations of impropriety that have been made regarding the New York City Housing Authorit y (NYCHA) ove r past few months. These allegations, combined with a call for a City Council investigation into the matter, have shed light on the need for major impro vements and reform at NYCHA. My office has had a good working relationship with NYCHA, and I feel that our offices can work to find solutions for the future of this important agency, instead of trying to place blame. Comment

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The world’s best climate…

Brooklyn: It’s true! Zimbabwe, for four consecutive years has garnered the coveted title of ‘World’s Best Climate’, according to the highly respected magazine, International Living ( It’s near-perfect weather is really just a teaser, though. Comment

In Trinidad, rapid depletion of people’s goodwill

Viewpoints: The government of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and Tobago has lurched from one disaster, one scandal, one embarrassment to the next with an all-in-a-day’s-work regularity that surely must give pause even to seasoned observers of state-sponsored misadventure. Approaching the mid-point of her term, the evidence has mounted rapidly that precious little remains, if any at all, of the reserves of goodwill Bissessar rode to a comfortable electoral plurality in May, 2010. Those expectations among the citizenry of brand-new possibilities for the country, with the historic election of its first female prime minister heading a coalition government, seem now a wispy indulgence, well more than two and a half years distant. Comment

Stevy Mahy at Lincoln Center

Music: Target Free Thursdays presents Stevy Mahy appearing at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd streets on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

Haiti, J’a Max Out US  Visas

Jamaica: The United States says Haitians and Jamaicans are among nationals not eligible to apply for the 2014 Diversity Visa (DV) Program. Comment

Easier access to health care plans

People: Because of a new health care law which took effect on Sept. 23, millions of Americans will have access to standardized, easy-to-understand information about health plan benefits and coverage. Insurance companies and employers are now required to provide consumers in the private health insurance market with a brief summary of what a health insurance policy or employer plan covers, called a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC). Additionally, consumers will have access to a Uniform Glossary that defines insurance and medical terms in standard, consumer-friendly terms. Comment

Mystery landmarks

Brooklyn: Throughout autumn, the New York Landmarks Conservancy celebrates the beginning of the new academic year and explores New York City’s historic public schools. To better appreciate New York City’s extraordinarily rich architectural heritage, the Landmarks Conservancy urges New Yorkers and tourists alike to take a walk past these New York City treasures, and visit for a two minute vacation on your computer, iPad, iPhone or smartboard as a “Tourist in Your Own Town” and guess the “Mystery Landmark,” both focused on public schools. Comment

Celebrating Garifuna heritage and culture

Arts & Theater: The 2012 Garifuna Heritage Awards & Cultural Night on Sept. 15 at Lehman College in the Bronx brought together an array of incredible Garifuna talent while recognizing strong contributors to the Garifuna community. Comment

Trinidad justice minister fired

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar on Thursday fired Justice Minister Herbert Volney for misleading Cabinet about the opinions of the chief justice and the director of public prosecutions over the early proclamation of the controversial Clause 34 of the Administration of the Justice (Indictable Offences Act, which was recently passed in both houses of Parliament. Comment

Guyana’s president to launch Diaspora Project in N.Y.

Guyana: President of Guyana Donald Ramotar, in collaboration with the International Organization of Migrants, will launch a Guyana Diaspora Project, during a meeting scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Comments (2)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Autumn (Unrated) Occupation Wall Street-inspired documentary speculating about what the world would look like if capitalism were replaced by an economic system that put human need above corporate greed. Comment

Latex-clad heroine fights flesh-eating zombies

Movies: Fair (1 star) Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: The government of Antigua and Barbuda is likely to follow Belize and allow for a debate on the decriminalization of marijuana. Speaking on a local radio program, National Security Minister Dr. Errol Cort said there were strong arguments in favor of changing the existing laws and would welcome a debate. “I am aware, however, there is a push in various quarters to decriminalize marijuana. Persons have made the argument that there is medicinal usage from marijuana and others have said marijuana is part of a whole religious entity especially from the Rastafarian movement,” he said. He said another set of arguments indicate that, notwithstanding the facts about marijuana, the illegal drugs trade continues to flourish. But he warned that any change to the existing laws would only come following widespread public consultation. Comment

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Award-winning ‘Mas Man’ screens Sunday at Harlem fest

Arts & Theater: Mas Man - The Complete Work, produced and directed by Dalton Narine, will be screened at 4:00 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 23, at Harlem International Film Festival - Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Ave. (Malcolm X Boulevard), between 127th and 128th Streets, in Upper Manhattan. Comment
Loudly emphasizing that education is a Civil Right, the Central Brooklyn Martin Luther King Commission is demanding new and meaningful action from elected officials at all levels. All elected officials have been invited to testify along with parents and other key education advocates. The proceeding will be videotaped for later broadcasts on public access television. Comment

Wyclef pens ‘Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story’

Music: Haitian musician Wyclef “Clef” Jean is the latest immigrant to chronicle his life-story by publishing an autobiography detailing his humble beginnings in the slums of his homeland to moving to New York and becoming an international superstar. Comments (1)

Tourism campaign hails Spice Isle Olympian

Grenada: The name Kirani James will not soon be forgotten. Not in his homeland, Grenada. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Philadelphia Dance Company, more popularly known as Philadanco returns to the Joyce Theater Oct. 2-7, 2012, for its annual New York season with an exciting program of works that reflect both the versatility of the dancers and the company’s longstanding commitment to working with choreographers in various stages of their careers. The New York 2012 season includes: the World premiere of “Moan” choreographed by Matthew Rushing; the New York premiere of Rennie Harris’ “Wake Up;” Ronald K. Brown’s “Gatekeepers” and the restaging of George Faison’s iconic work “Suite Otis.” Comment

Carrington places fourth in mile run

Barbados: Proper training is what makes a good long distance or marathon runner. For a beginner at this distance it could be a process. Comment


Food: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Sep. 6, 2012 (IPS/GIN) - As governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) that groups seven countries, Sir Dwight Venner is all too aware of the low economic growth, debt and financial instability confronting the wider Caribbean. Comment

Guyanan faces book piracy lawsuit

Guyana: Last week, the Guyana cabinet dropped a political bombshell on the nation, announcing that it would be purchasing pirated textbooks for use in public schools nationwide from local dealers widely known for stealing copyrighted material from publishers around the world. Comments (1)

Bewitching beauty, brains and a bashy personality

Music: Having won the Miss Black Nude 2012 crown inNegril last Saturday from a field of 12 contestants, Jamaican beauty, Akelia, is already on location, shooting a swimwear spread for the New York-based Smooth Magazine. Comment

Bringing Haitian culture to main street America

Music: Haitian troubadours Ti-Coca & Wanga-Nègès is participating in a groundbreaking four-week tour which takes them to communities across America as part of a cultural diplomacy initiative which began on Sept. 18 and runs until Oct. 14. Comment

First Class World Tour to African Heritage

Arts & Theater: Internationally renowned African musicians along with elected officials from New York state and city, as well as Fortune 500 sponsors will all come together to celebrate the sixth annual African Day Parade & Festival on Sunday, September 23, 2012. More than 60,000 spectators representing some 54 countries on the African continent are expected to march alongside dignitaries that include: NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Senator Bill Perkins, Assemblyman Keith Wright, Councilpersons Robert Jackson and Keith Wright. Comments (3)

Inaugural Jersey City Fashion Week 

Music: Jersey City is hosting its first-ever fashion week—an exciting array of fashion-related events that began Sept. 21 and ends Sept. 28. Comment

The art of not making enemies

Viewpoints: One of the anomalies, if you will, of the Obama presidency is that the president has had to deal with a Congress that has been so hard-line obstinate, including at critical junctures since he took office, […] Comment

Fourplay celebrates collaborative spirit

Music: When it comes to making music, four is often the magic number. From the Beatles to MJQ, many legendary quartets have made their mark in the classical, pop and jazz traditions. Maybe it’s the idea of four talented individuals, each approaching the other three from a unique perspective – like inspired travelers hailing from equidistant coordinates on a map – and bringing all of their talents to bear at a single point. Maybe it’s just the sheer mathematical symmetry and balance of the number itself. Comment
Sports: The Bronx New York International Soccer League (BNYSL) 2012 Championship game was billed as a grudge match between defending champion Arantes SC and last year’s beaten finalist Kandia FC, but the game didn’t live up to its billing. Kandia FC was expected to avenge last year’s final loss, but instead, the underdog suffered a 6-1 shellacking by the defending champion in the night game on Sunday, Sept. 9 at Evander Childs High School on Gun Hill Road in the Bronx. Arantes took home the JN Money Services-BNYISL 2012 Championship Trophy. Comment

Brian Lara inducted into Cricket Hall Of Fame

Sports: Former West Indies captain and star batsman Brian Lara was inducted into the Hall Of Fame by the International Cricket Council in Colombo, Sri Lanka last Friday evening. Lara is the 67th male member to have been inducted into the Hall Of Fame. He joined 16 West Indian cricketers to have achieved this honor. They are Lance Gibbs, Gordon Greenidge, George Headley, Michael Holding, Rohan Khanhai, Clive Lloyd, Malcolm Marshall, Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, Garfield Sobers, Clyde Walcott, Everton Weeks, Frank Worrell, Courtney Walsh, Joel Garner and Curtly Ambrose. Comment

ICC Test Team

Sports: Veteran left-hander Shivnarine Chanderpaul has been named in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Test Team of the Year, the only West Indies player included in the 12-man squad. Comment

She’s A Winner

Music: For the first time in the 20 year history of the Miss Black Nude Pageant, a Jamaican beauty, Akelia, ran off with the 2012 coveted title, cash prize, endorsements and magazine photo spreads. Comment

Belizean mayor holds Brooklyn town meeting

Belize: On Sunday, Aug. 12, Dangriga Town Mayor Gilbert Swaso from Belize held a town hall meeting at Saint Joseph Anglican Church parish hall in Brooklyn. The meeting was sponsored by the United Garifuna Association Inc., a Garifuna and Belizean non-profit, tax exempt association registered with the state of New York. Master of Ceremonies was the Director of Public Relations Wellington C. Ramos; the welcome address was delivered by the president, Alfonso Cayetano and the introduction was done by the Director of Financial Affairs, Dennis Bonilla, all officers of the association. Comment
Business: NEW YORK (AP) — Small business owners’ concerns about government policies that affect their businesses have intensified after the deep recession and a recovery that doesn’t feel much better. Comment

Grenada launches its first wind farm project

Prime Minister Tillman Thomas on Wednesday, Sept. 14 turned the sod signalling the beginning of the Wind Energy project on the sister Isle of Carriacou. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Comments by an African leader portraying the men of Jamaica as chronic drunkards and unambitious pot smokers have become the talk of towns across this Caribbean island. People are debating the matter on street corners, in letters to the editor and on radio talk shows. Comment

Ancestral journey for Garifuna descendants

St Vincent: The Garifuna Cultural Retrieval Workshop ended on Aug. 16 and the last of the three concerts following the workshop ending on Aug. 19. Comment

Remember September

September, the ninth month of the calendar year seems to be the one most conflicted by extreme happiness and the opposite emotion. Comment

Luncheon to aid the needy

Manhattan: Friends of Mustard Seed Communities is celebrating 22 years of charity work with its annual luncheon to benefit the Mustard Seed Communities, scheduled to take place at the New York Hilton and Towers, 1335 Avenue of the Americas (53rd Street), New York City, on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at 12:30p.m. Tickets are priced at $130 each and are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Comment

Deeper in the Afghan quagmire

Viewpoints: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has designated the Haqqani network a terrorist organization. What is the Haqqani network? Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: family/youth conference: The Bedford Central Presbyterian Church, 1200 Dean St., corner of Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, is hosting the “Stop The Violence...Save Our Children Family/Youth Conference 2012 featuring on Fri., 9/21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., “The Mystery of Hip-Hop” with featured speaker Min. Patrick Hampton; Sat., 9/22, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Contributing Factors - Violence Among Youth with representatives of the Brooklyn DAs office, community leaders, politicians and experts and on Sun., 9/23 at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services, Stop The Violence with Rev. Joseph J. Jones and at 3:00 p.m. the play “Sugah’s Shack,” a blues and spirutual musical journey. For information, call the church at (718) 467-0740 or Mr. Haynes at (347) 856-0468. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 17 Girls (Unrated) Baby mama drama set in Lorient, France but inspired by actual events which transpired in a Massachusetts town where a clique of bored high school coeds entered a pact to get pregnant after one of them (Louise Grinberg) was accidentally knocked up. Cast includes Juliette Darche, Roxane Duran and Esther Garrel. (In French with subtitles) Comment

Barclays Center tkts program for neighbors

Music: The Downtown Brooklyn Neighborhood Alliance (DBNA) announced details Wednesday of its Community Tickets Program at Barclays Center. The program, a vehicle for members of the Brooklyn community who might not otherwise have the funds or opportunity to attend an event at Barclays Center, will provide complimentary tickets via a sweepstakes system for various events held at Barclays Center. A variety of nonprofit organizations serving residents of Community Boards 2, 3, 6, and 8 are eligible for the sweepstakes, which will, include up to 50 upper-Bowl Tickets, four Lower Bowl Tickets, and seating in a suite. Comment

Tips for coping with the stresses of modern life

Health: From economic uncertainty, to random acts of violence, to divisive politics -- modern society has its pitfalls. And if the headlines have you down, you’re not alone. According to a recent Gallup study, three-quarters of the population is dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States at this time. Comment

Indoor air quality: Protect your home from what you can’t see

Health: With so many people now optimizing their living spaces for energy efficiency, the risk for indoor air pollution in homes can actually increase, say experts, as pollutants can get trapped indoors as a result. Comment

Speedy Suppers

Food: Don’t think you have time to make a delicious meal for your busy family? Think again; with these handy tips and easy recipes - which call for just four ingredients - you can get a satisfying supper on the table in no time. Make it even easier by including Minute(r) Steamers into your family’s favorite meals, for wholesome, hearty, time-saving dishes everyone will love. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

St Lucia: A joint operation by law enforcement officers near Great Inagua in The Bahamas resulted in the seizure of more than $2.5 million in cocaine, police said. Comment

Former Guyana police comish to be buried on Saturday

Guyana: Former Guyana Police Commissioner Henry Greene who was killed in a vehicular accident at Harlem, West Coast, Demerara recently will be buried on Saturday, Sept. 15. Comment

Haiti’s Lamothe sues U.S. newspaper for defamation

Haiti: MIAMI (AP) - Haiti’s prime minister has sued a Haitian-American weekly newspaper for defamation over its reporting on the sale of a telecommunications company acquired by the Haitian government. Comment

Braata Productions’ Golden Jubilee Fundraiser

Jamaica: New York-based non-profit group Braata Productions will hold its inaugural fundraising gala on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 6:00 pm at the Flatiron District’s Taj II Restaurant and Lounge. Organizers say the event, Braata’s first, is a fundraiser to assist the company prepare for its upcoming theatrical season, ‘Not About Eve,’ the award-winning play written by Jamaican Karl O’Brian Williams. The play was an A-List selection at the Readers’ Theatre Series at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 2011. Comment

‘Vote Like Your Life Depends On It’ forum at Apollo

Brooklyn: Two media outlets are partnering to provide voter awareness to the community and have combined their capacity to launch the “Vote like Your Life Depends On It” campaign. Comment

Maat 4 Afrika and its Vision

Africa: Dear Editor. Comments (1)
Guyana: Brooklyn-based Dr. Janice Emanuel-Bunn told Caribbean Life that the APC Medical Mission Team, which she headed, provided “quality care to about 1,000 persons who desperately needed medical care” during the 10-day visit. Comment
Music: For the first time, the spirit of Caribbean culture penetrated the Suffolk County environs with stirring steelpan music, stilt dancers and carnival costume revelry, to celebrate Carnival Day Festival organized by the Suffolk County Caribbean Cultural Association Inc. (SCCCAI) Comments (2)

Kwe Kwe Nite’ in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: On Friday, Aug. 31 the St. Stephen’s Church Auditorium in Newkirk Avenue, Brooklyn, was a hive of dramatic moments and laughter, as emigrant Guyanese acted out Kwe Kwe ceremonies. Traditionally, […] Comment

Improve physical education in schools

Health: While I applaud Mayor Bloomberg and his plan to limit the size of sugar sweetened beverages in the City of New York to help with our obesity crisis; the plan needs to devote equal attention to the lack of physical activity in our city schools. Our kids, all of us in fact, need to move more. The American Heart Association has some aggressive goals to improve physical education in our schools. Comment

Seeking justice in Hall’s killing

Jamaica: President Leroy Gadsden of the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP plans to intervene, as an advocate, in the incident where Queens resident, van driver and motorcycle aficionado Hassan Hall was allegedly stuck by a local police vehicle, as he rode a motorcycle between 116th Avenue and Linden Boulevard on 234th Street in Cambria Heights, NY. Comment

Trinidad backs away from dirty bill

Trinidad and Tobago: Authorities in Trinidad Wednesday summoned parliament to an emergency session to immediately repeal a highly controversial piece of legislation empowering the courts to dismiss a case if the judiciary fails to start or complete hearings after 10 years, in a move that was widely interpreted to benefit several high-profile financiers of the government on trial for a fraud scandal involving alleged corruption at the island’s main international airport. Comments (1)

Write Night @ Frank’s

Arts & Theater: Frank’s Cocktail Lounge, 660 Fulton St. in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, has been host to some of New York City’s best theatre artists and writers with the “Write Night” series since […] Comment

Medicare is doomed

Viewpoints: When Democrats accuse Republicans of wanting to “end Medicare as we know it,” they are right. But Democrats do too. “Medicare as we know it” is no longer an option. Comment

Early indications of Mitt getting thrashed

Viewpoints: It should be rather interesting to get inside the heads of the behind-the-scenes guys who move the pieces on the GOP chess board. What’s really the strategy for ensuring that the barest minimum of time elapses, post-George W. Bush, before another Republican occupies the White House? Both in ’08 and again this year, the party’s presidential nominee has been someone not generally considered as ideally representative of the solid-right force controlling the party as they would like. What’s now looking very much open to question is whether, even with a compromise second banana much beloved by the right, the ticket has juice enough to power the nominee to a win. Comment

Special fly rates for Guy-Expo 2012

Guyana: Guyana’s Ambassador to Washington, Bayney Karran, in collaboration with the Guyana government has extended an invitation to Guyanese and Caribbean exhibitors to seize the opportunity to meet, network and negotiate deals at the country’s 2012 Trade Fair and Exposition set to take place from Sept. 27 to 30 in Georgetown. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Olympic gold medalist Keshorn Walcott was among the three recipients of the nation’s’ highest award, the Order of Trinidad and Tobago for the country’s golden jubilee celebrations recently. Comment

Sri Lanka’s captain under severe pressure

Sports: Sri Lanka’s captain for the Twenty20 World Cup Mahela Jayawardene will be under severe pressure to win the Twenty20 World Championship to be held in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka, playing at home, will be under some special attention by their spectators to make them happy by winning the world Twenty20 title. Comment

5th Annual Walk4Hearing event

Manhattan: More than 1,000 New Yorkers from the five boroughs and Long Island will gather for the fifth annual NYC Walk4Hearing on Sunday, Sept. 30 in New York City’s Riverside Park. Organized by the Hearing Loss Association of America’s (HLAA) Manhattan Chapter, the event raises awareness of the challenges facing 36 million Americans with hearing loss and their families. Proceeds support HLAA’s mission to educate, provide support services, and advocate for people with hearing loss. Comment

Barbados PM woos Canadian businesses

Caribbean: Barbados’ Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has been wooing Canadian businesses in Toronto, saying that his country is “a proven solution to Canadian investors, and is still open for business.” Comment

BLACK BUSINESS -- The Little Engine That Could Change America

Arts & Theater: Black Business is certainly the Small engine that could change America”. As I write this article, the story of John H. Johnson Founder of Jet and Ebony Magazine served as a fantastic inspiration for writing “The Little Engine that could Change America” article today. Comment



Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) - Rum, the sugar-based liquor that has fueled the development of the Caribbean for centuries, has become the focus of an increasingly bitter dispute with the U.S. Comments (1)

SVG Consulate hosts Belfast North-South meeting 

St Vincent: Belfast, Northern Ireland -- The Consulate for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to Northern Ireland recently held a luncheon for the members of the consular corps of Northern Ireland and joint secretariats of the North South Ministerial Council (NSMC). Comment

Catwalk winner readies for London

Music: Like the athletes who represented ‘the Rock’ with stellar performances at the 2012 Olympics in London, Mission Catwalk Season 2 winner Gregory Williams is ready to make his mark on the European city when he arrives for his studies at the London College of Fashion and master tailor Andrew Ramroop’s Sevile Row Academy next month. Comment

Serena Williams takes title

Sports: The name of Serena Williams is no stranger going into the ‘winner’s circle’ at the Billie Jean King United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Tennis Center in Queens. Neither is her sister Venus. Overall, they have won five United States Open women’s singles titles, with Serena taking three, in 1999, 2002, and 2008. She was seeded fourth behind the favorite Victoria Azaranka, runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska and third seeded Maria Sharapova in a field of 128 entries and 32 seeds. Comment

Keep an eye on your eye health

Health: These days, 60 is the new 40. A few worry lines and gray hairs aren’t stopping baby boomers from staying active and redefining retirement. But along with the benefits of active lifestyles, older Americans are feeling the pains of “boomeritis,” as the warranty on some body parts runs low. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Millions of people remained in darkness overnight after power went out across a large swath of western Cuba. Although electricity was being restored in some places, much of Havana remained blacked out hours after the outage. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Brooklyn: Storytelling: Acclaimed author/storyteller Michele Carlo celebrates the anniversary of the pulbication of her memoir “Fish Out Of Agua: My life on neither side of the (subway) tracks,” by presenting a brief excerpt from its upcoming stage adaptation at La Casa Azule Bookstore in East Harlem, 143 East 103 St., between Lexington and Park avenues, Manhattan, 7:00 p.m. For information, call (212) 426-2626 or visit Comment

Exploits of the bootlegging Bondurant brothers

Movies: “Lawless” Comments (1)
Music: Brooklyn’s BEAT Festival – the first festival to showcase the borough’s emerging artists in theater, dance, and voice – has announced an exciting addition to its lineup: two free lunchtime performances at MetroTech Commons in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Through the support of Forest City Ratner Companies, the two Friday shows – on Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 – will bring dance, spoken word, poetry and opera performances to the lunch crowds at MetroTech. Comment
Bronx: The Monroe Mustangs football team was served a 31-7 dose of reality today by the Dean Bulldogs, the top team in the NEFC conference. The loss evens the Mustangs’ first-year record to 1-1. Monroe’s best moment in the game came at the beginning of the third quarter as freshman QB Manny Cortez took off from his own seven yerd-line and ran it 93 yards for a thrilling touchdown, pulling Monroe to a 13-7 score. But the Bulldogs’ size and experience was the difference the rest of the way and they talled 18 unanswered points, shattering any hopes the Mustangs had of what would have been a remarkable upset. Comment
Health: Feeling a little off? Regardless of your age or fitness level, there are steps you can take every day to feel and perform your best. Comment

Medical myth: Smoking helps control your weight

Health: One of the few positives put forward by smokers to justify their habit is that it helps keep their weight in check. And while smoking may be harmful to their health, so is obesity. Comment
Food: Transitioning back to school means getting accustomed to a new schedule, teachers and classmates. Parents can help make the transition a little easier by surprising their little one with a sweet treat in their lunch box. But due to food allergies, many desserts with peanuts are not allowed in schools. Comment
Honduras: TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) - Investors can begin construction in six months on three privately run cities in Honduras that will have their own police, laws, government and tax systems now that the government has signed a memorandum of agreement approving the project. Comment

Tolliver’s Big Band brings down the house!

Music: Sistas’ Place 18th Jazz Season will start on Saturday, Sept.. 22, in celebration of John Coltrane’s birthday with saxophonist, Antonio Hart and his quartet. Sistas’ Place is located at 456 Nostrand Ave. (corner of Jefferson Ave), Brooklyn. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaican Paralympics athlete Alphanso Cunningham won the nation’s first gold medal Saturday by winning the javelin with a record throw at the 14th Paralympic Games in London, England. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 10 Years (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality, drug use and alcohol abuse) Skeletons-out-of-the-closet dramedy about the shocking confessions shared by five best friends (Channing Tatum, Justin Long, Chris Pratt, Oscar Isaac and Max Minghella) upon returning to their hometown for their 10th high school reunion. Ensemble cast includes Rosario Dawson, Anthony Mackie, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Ari Graynor, Kate Mara and Ron Livingston. Comments (2)



Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts opens its 32nd season with an incredible night of the best Salsa and Latin jazz performed by some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians. Latin jazz piano sensation Michel Camilo brings his “Mano A Mano” Trio, featuring Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion and Lincoln Goines on bass, hot off tours of Europe and South America and a self-titled new album, to Lehman Center on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (1)

Sun Kulcha

Queens: dog and cat vaccination clinics: Petland Discounts and Luv My Pet are offering low cost dog and cat vaccination clinics at the following locations in Queens: 9/8 at LaGuardia Center, 43-10 Ditmars Blvd., LIC, and the Pathmark Shopping Center, 91-08 Atlantic Ave., Ozone Park, both at 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and at 34-60 48 St., between 48 St. and Northern at 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. and on 9/9 at 71-39 Kissena Blvd., between Aguilar and 70 St., Kew Garden Hills, 4:45 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. and at the Stop and Shop Center, 8989 Union Turnpike, Glendale, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For information, call Amy Eisenberg at (631) 273-6363. Comment
Africa: Emancipation from slavery in the British West Indies is always celebrated the first week in August, its actual date: Aug. 1, 1834. This was the 11th year for Brooklyn’s St. Jude Community Center summer program’s commemoration. Comment
Sports: When the ICC World Cup Twenty20 bowls off Sept. 18 it should be a showdown where the top batsmen of the world should dominate because of the conditions and the wickets. Most teams are going to put their […] Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Council on Human and Social Development (COHSOD) is urging regional governments to tighten legislation dealing with children amid concerns of growing incidence of violence against them. Comment

Patterson: Talks needed among parties over Carib court

Jamaica: Former Prime Minister PJ Patterson has called for “negotiations between the two main political parties as Jamaica seeks to join the Trinidad and Tobago-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

BrassFest with Machel Montano

Music: One of the most anticipated events on the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s annual weekend entertainment schedule is the BrassFest, which is held the Friday night before Labor Day at the Brooklyn Museum at Prospect Heights. Over the years, WIADCA has made great strides with this event which has always included the top artistes and bands from all over the Caribbean. Comment
Jamaica: Although carnival, soca and calypso are not an integral festivity on Jamaica’s annual, calendar of events, nationals represented recently to join revelers at the popularly referred to West Indian Day Parade where Caribbean exhibition of pride along Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights closed out a weeklong, amalgam of showcases that hails the culture of CARICOM countries just south of the U.S. border. Comment

Stark differences in 2012 election choices

National: Back when Republican John Lindsay was seeking the New York mayoralty against Democrat Abe Beame, or New York Republican Jacob Javits was looking to retain his Senate seat against a Democratic opponent, or when Democrat Bill Bradley was running for the Senate in New Jersey against Christine Todd Whitman, it wasn’t that difficult to understand why Lindsay would prevail in a city of overwhelmingly Democratic Party registration, why Javits repeatedly beat back challenges from Democrats or why Whitman mounted the tough fight against Bradley that he ultimately won. Lindsay, Javits and Whitman would today be considered Republican dinosaurs. Lindsay, while formally of Republican affiliation during his stint in Congress, frequently took positions contrary to the party’s mainstream. Javits maintained a voting record that was unapologetically liberal. And Whitman was, without question, of moderate bent. Factors other than strictly defined differences in policy direction determined voter choices. The election of one of those Republicans hardly meant lights out for stuff a Democratic agenda might propose. What a difference in 2012! Comment

Jamaica, USA in crucial clashes

Sports: Today, the USA men’s national team visit ‘The Office’ located in Kingston, Jamaica for a crucial CONCACAF World Cup qualifying clash as the region kicks off its second pair of matches in this Fourth Round to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. In this ‘Office’ is officially known as The Jamaica National Stadium, the national team of Jamaica is virtually unbeatable. Comment

St. Lucia wins Caribbean Cup

St Lucia: Team St. Lucia USA, led by a stalwart performance by goalkeeper Chad Phillip and Captain Melvin Monrose, defeated Grenada 5-4 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie in regulation to win its first Caribbean Cup Championship last Sunday at the Jefferson High School Complex. Comment

Tibiae Tech

Brooklyn: There is a movement underway to add diversity to the Tech community, yet Blacks, and particularly Black women, have not jumped at the opportunity. It’s time to start “Talking Tech” as an economic driver. Comment
This fall, Brooklyn Public Library will present one of the largest American showcase ever assembled of the work of established and widely published fashion illustrators. Fashion Illustration: A Contemporary Look will run from Sept. 6 through Dec. 1, 2012, and will be accompanied by a series of panel discussions, fashion film series, fashion illustration classes and author talks throughout the fall season. This first-of-its-kind exhibition opens at the beginning of Fashion Week at the Central and Business & Career libraries. Comment

New state-of-the-art cemetery in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Belgroves Funeral Home’s new high-tech, space-saving burial system is the solution to the problem of chronic overcrowding in cemeteries. Making this suggestion was the company’s Chief Executive Officer Keith Belgrove. The $17 million burial facility, Orange Grove Memorial Gardens, at 10 Orange Grove Road, Trincity, Trinidad, which took four years to construct, has the capacity to hold 5,472 graves and also an unlimited number of cremation urns in one square acre of land. Comment

Vincy pan champs captivate New Yorkers

Music: Most Vincentian pan aficionados were, clearly, very disappointed, but understandable, that perennial panorama champion Starlift Steel Orchestra was unable to participate in Club St. Vincent’s massive Biennial Cultural Exhibition in Brooklyn, New York, two weeks ago, because of visa and flight delay issues in Barbados. Comment

J’Ouvert Crowds Big-Up Harlequins & Pierrots

Music: They tried some French stuff on Flatbush and Empire, and the hordes lining the parade route almost killed them with encores. And so, Roy Pierre and Associates soaked it all in - bathing in the drizzle - and the glory, too, which fell like Caribbean poui flowers along Brooklyn’s Champs Élysées. Leaving everybody in Paris for a day. Comment

Emergency relief funds for Haitian mothers

Haiti: After devastating tropical storm Isaac swept through Haiti, a mobile phone company quickly moved to assist 5,000 women victims and is working with the government to ease the burden by providing expedited services and aid in transferring cash payments to the needy. Comment
People: The 32-year-old Blake, who played for many years on the pro circuit, including competing in the numerous Grand Slam events, made his 12th appearance in the United States Open Singles Tennis Tournament at the Billie Jean King United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow Corona Park, New York on Sunday afternoon. Comment

Day-O, Day-Ay-O

Day-O, Day-Ay-O

Trinidad and Tobago: Over 3 million people on Labor Day converged on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway for the largest Carnival parade in North America under the ubiquitous eyes of the New York Police Department (NYPD). Comment

Abu Bakr fails to show

Trinidad and Tobago: Yasin Abu Bakr failed to show up to give testimony as to the planning and motives for the July 27, 1990 coup that plunged Trinidad and the rest of the Caribbean trade bloc into a state of shock when hearings continued in Port of Spain this week. Comment

A story of American struggle

National: WASHINGTON - Next year this nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on Aug. 28. Many of you will be on your way to DC to honor the legacy of a movement that helped liberate, not only African Americans but all Americans from the chains of legalized segregation. As we approach this significant moment in our history, I challenge you to dig even deeper into your own legacy and reflect upon the importance that this one day-- Aug. 28--has played in our history. You will find that its history reads like a chronicle of the modern African American story. Comment


Grenada: Grenada Olympic gold winner Kirani James has received more than EC$730,000 in cash, real estate, treasury bonds and jewelry. Comment

‘Excellence in Steel’ for real at Panorama

Music: As always, Panorama was one of the most popular events of the West Indian American Carnival and Parade, with more than a thousand lovers of the sweet, sweet sound of steel pan flocking to the Brooklyn Museum grounds last Saturday night to hear ten steel orchestras give it their all in the 2012 competition “Excellence in Steel.” Thousands more throughout the tri-state area tuned in to listen to it live over the radio, while additional millions throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere were able to view it live over the internet. Comment

Summerstage concerts end with triple reggae treat

Jamaica: Jamaicans showed out in Central Park to celebrate 50 years of independence recently. Comment

Brooklyn Golf Show to tee-off at Medgar Evers

Brooklyn: The African-American Golfer’s Digest will host the first annual Brooklyn Golf Show at Medgar Evers College on Sept. 7. Devoted entirely to the green game and its enthusiasts, the organizers have lined up a full day of activities to appease sports fans and particularly golf aficionados. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: UNAIDS Caribbean has distanced itself from a report in the region indicating that it had concluded a study, which found that one in every four Caribbean men is bisexual. Comment
Brooklyn: The Bushwick Family Ministries, a ministry of The Church of God of Prophecy, located at 1243 Bushwick Avenue in Brooklyn, held their Annual Community Family Health Day Street Fair on Saturday, Aug. 25. Comment

Shouldn’t we all be Americans first?

Viewpoints: Yet one of my strongest memories of him is not of a president reveling in partisan supremacy, but of his cautioning against it. Johnson used to love meeting with freshman members of Congress, and after taking office we Democrats who’d been elected along with him had every expectation that he would allow us to bask at the expense of our Republican colleagues. He didn’t. “I’m an American first,” he told us. “And I’m a Democrat second.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Baby Peggy (Unrated) Bittersweet retrospective chronicling the rise and fall of Diana Serra Cary, now 93, a Silent Era matinee idol who made millions back in the Twenties as one of Hollywood’s first child stars only to suffer a nervous breakdown after her parents frittered away her entire fortune. Comment

Congress should end Bush Tax Cuts for richest 2 percent like me

National: Congress faces an important decision about which tax cuts to extend. A few weeks ago, the Senate passed President Obama’s proposal to extend the Bush and Obama tax cuts for every American on the first $250,000 of their household income—including every penny of income for 98 percent of Americans and 97 percent of small businesses. There is wide bipartisan agreement that extending these tax cuts would help the economy. Comment
Arts & Theater: American Candy: Rock Comedy will be held for two nights on Sept. 21 and 22 at South Oxford Space 138 South Oxford St. in Fort Greene, Brooklyn starting at 8:00 p.m. Comment

How to get a good night’s sleep

Health: According to the National Sleep Foundation, if you have trouble staying and falling asleep at night, or you wake up feeling unrefreshed in the morning, you may be suffering from insomnia. Comment

ElmCor’s chairman watches league finals

Sports: Caught in the stands among the crowd of spectators watching the finals of ElmCor Summer Basketball League in Corona, New York was Jimmy Smith, the chairman of the Board of the ElmCor Center. He watched most of the games on a recent Championship Saturday. The high school division could emerge as the future college All-Americans and even maybe a future professional basketball player. Comment

State Tax Dept. Overhaul

New York: The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance announced on Aug. 31, that it will launch a more business friendly, online sales tax system on Sept. 4, 2012. Comment

‘Secret Millionaire’ gives back

Music: On Monday, Aug. 20, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honored “Secret Millionaire” Sean Belnick and the Brooklyn-based nonprofits Friends of Firefighters and Children of Promise NYC at the final show of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series in Central Brooklyn. Comments (1)

This week’s Caribbean Life Newspapers are online

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Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago celebrates its 50th anniversary of Independence on Aug. 31, 2012. Prior to Independence, the country was a British colony with the Queen of England as the Head of State. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua has deported a former LIAT pilot to his homeland in Trinidad after serving 18 years in prison for unlawfully killing his fiancée Monique Gordon. Comment

Rev. Daughtry arrested in struggle to keep day care open

Manhattan: The leadership of the Alonzo Daughtry Day Care Center in Brooklyn made good on a promise to protest the takeover of their 44-year-old educational program by engaging in acts of civil disobedience outside the offices of the Administration for Social Services [ACS] this week. Comment

The hubris of Romney and Obama

Viewpoints: Mitt Romney, whose bid to unseat Barack Obama looks more desperate every day, senses he’s found a weakness in his rival. In a foreign-policy speech the other day, he blasted Obama over the upheaval in the Arab world, saying, “This is a time for a president who will shape events in the Middle East.” Comment
Food: The secret is out - and it’s both sweet and savory! Comment

Improve exports, reduce deficits: IMF

Caribbean: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has pledged to assist Caribbean countries to deal with their economies, urging governments to continue focusing on improving exports and reduce external current deficits. Comment

Cuban sugar looks to rebound after bitter decline

Cuba: JARONU, Cuba (AP) — Cuba’s signature industry is showing signs of life two years after the worst harvest in more than a century. Comment

Trade Brooklyn energizes business - Oct. 16

Business: Cardinal Trade Group, Inc. (CTG), a New York regional Business-to-Business trade shows and event management company, will host Trade Brooklyn on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at […] Comment

It’s chip time

James McFarlane once again entered into the Police Officer Chris Hoban five-mile Memorial Run. He and the rest of the field once again enjoyed it still better than in past years on a recent Sunday morning. The directors decided to switch from the ‘old fashion’ timing to a more modern way and contacted an outside organization who is accustomed to do such a job. Comment

New Twenty20 league for Carib

A commercial Twenty20 league in the Caribbean is coming. This was revealed by outgoing chief executive officer of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Ernest Hilaire. Comment

Fall Further, A Dance Celebration’

Arts & Theater: Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre joins with Pentacle’s other East Coast Gallery artists for a one night only performance of new and touring repertoire on Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street (at Ninth Avenue), New York City. Comment
Cuba: HAVANA (AP) — Cuba’s foreign minister says whoever wins America’s presidential election has an ‘historic opportunity” to end Washington’s 50-year embargo on the island. Comment

Three Kittitian footballers to join Digicel Academy

St Kitts and Nevis: Three talented youths from St. Kitts & Nevis were recently chosen to join their counterparts from across eight other countries in the Caribbean, Central America and the United States at the week-long Digicel Academy in Barbados next October. Comment


360° Dance Company presents an evening including the world premieres of “Regular Chain of Being,” choreographed by Lauri Stallings, and “Near Dark”, choreographed by Artistic Director Martin Lofsnes, from Oct. 18-20, 2012 at Alvin Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 West 55th Street, NYC. Performances: Thursday at 7:30 p.m. (Opening Night Gala), Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. Comment

OSHAG celebrates 10th anniversary and cancer walk

Lorna Welshman-Neblett, president of the Organization for Social and Health Advancement For Guyana and the Caribbean, has planned a progressive program of health initiatives to celebrate the group’s 10th anniversary. Comment
When Zimbabwe batted, they were bowled out for 100 runs with Jeewan Mendis picking up three wickets and Agantha Mendis 6 wickets for 8 runs. Comment

Councilmembers warn of Election Day woes

Staten Island: Several members of the New York City Council have voiced concerns about problems that surfaced at the Sept. 13 Primary Day which, if not adressed before hand, could result in voter disenfranchisement at the November general elections. Comment



The MLS play-offs race is heating up as the regular season nears its end. There are 10 play-off positions available in MLS, five from each conference, and to date, only three teams, in the West, have officially clinched play-off berths. Comment

Vincentian concert

The president of the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCG), one of the few Vincentian cultural groups in the United States, has described as “a great success” its recent 9th Annual Concert at the Meyer Levin Intermediate School in Brooklyn. Comment

Final chapter for Carib media icon

Guyana: All chapters of the meaningful life of Hugh Neville James Cholmondeley, one of Guyana’s most outstanding media personalities, ended by death on Aug. 10 after a battle with lung cancer which began February this year. As a measure of his significance, last Friday afternoon, Aug. 17, his family, current and former diplomats, colleagues, friends, admirers, members of the media fraternity and others, assembled at The Tillman Chapel, Church Centre of the United Nations, New York, in final celebration of his life. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music: amateur night auditions: The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125 St., Harlem, N.Y., will be holding auditions for its 2013 Amateur Night season, for adults and children for singers, dancers, musicians, actors, spoken word poets and comedians, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. For information and further details on live audition guidelines, visit or call (212) 531-5300. Please note: For live auditions judges will only see the first 300 acts, so please arrive early. Comment

Babies in N.Y. aren’t screened for heart defects

Health: Small hearts can sometimes conceal big challenges, especially when it comes to congenital heart defects. The arrival of a new baby to a family is usually a time of anticipation and excitement. However, some babies come into the world with congenital heart defects. Comment

Top 10 tech tips for a healthier heart

Health: The message that a healthy lifestyle helps protect your heart isn’t new. If you’d like to do more to take care of your heart, here are 10 ways technology can make that easier. Comment

UN marks Jamaica’s 50-year membership

Jamaica: A flag raising ceremony, to mark Jamaica’s 50th anniversary as a member of the United Nations (UN) was held Tuesday at the auspicious site of the headquarters of the world governing body. Comment

Coping with everyday aches and pains

Health: As a woman, you most likely experience aches and pains from your daily activities no matter what your lifestyle entails. In fact, a recent study shows 89 percent of women experience some type of muscle or joint pain every year, and 63 percent experience it weekly, according to ProAct, an independent marketing research firm. Comment
Food: Nothing provides comfort during cooler weather quite like the smell of fresh baked homemade bread in a warm kitchen. Bring some comfort to your family this season using these wholesome, easy-to-bake recipes. Comment

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