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The Zimmerman verdict: Shades of Dred Scott

Viewpoints: “Southern trees bear a strange fruit Comments (1)

What’s the fuss about Cronuts?

Manhattan: The line started in the middle of the block at 189 Spring Street in Soho and wound way around the corner at Thompson Street. Stephanie Hilliard, an employee of the federal government, had ridden her bicycle from Flatbush and Parkside and was the first in line. She arrived at 4:50 a.m. On that lonely street, the next in line showed up at 5:30 a.m. In line for what? Comment

Another Fisherman’s Cove Opens

Food: Fisherman’s Cove, the well-known Jamaican-style eat-in, take-out restaurant chain, has added another venue to its growing list of Brookyn locations. The new restaurant -- the fifth to be opened in less than two years since the last one on Eastern Parkway, is located at 218 Parkside Avenue. Comment

Elections chief ousted for cheating in 2011

Guyana: The head of Guyana’s elections commission has been sacked for deliberately trying to fudge the figures to show that the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had won a majority of seats in the late 2011 general elections. Comment

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development across the borough and serves as an advocate for its member businesses. Its mission is to promote a healthy and robust business environment throughout Brooklyn. As the foremost resource for doing business in Brooklyn, the Chamber is respected as a leader in advancing public policy, new technologies, products, services and programs that support and promote a vibrant local economy. Comment

Dr. Ivlaw Griffith tops GAC honorees

The Guyana Action Committee (GAC) - a greater New York area-based organization, geared towards bringing about social change, and economic empowerment in Guyana and the Diaspora, will recognize the stunning work of recently appointed President of Valley State University in Georgia, Dr. Ivlaw Griffith, and four other Guyanese-Americans, at it Third Annual Black Tie Gala. Comment

Backpacks for Shelter Children

Books: A drive is on by Volunteers of America (VOA) to help thousands of children in New York City shelters fit in with their peers when they return to school after the sunmmer recess. Comment

Exotica Mas loses a leader

St Vincent: Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to get encouragement during a time of loss of a loved one? No matter what anyone says, nothing seems to bring us comfort. I find it interesting, too, considering that we have all experienced or will experience the loss of someone we love. Notice I say love and not loved because the love continues even after death. I don’t know if you believe in a life after death in the religious or spiritual sense, but either way it is important to know that death does not have to be the end. As long as the memory of our loved ones lives within us and their legacy is carried on, that loved one never really dies. This is what Norman Josey is doing for his business partner and loved one of 26 years, Ricardo “Ricky” Lorick of Exotica Mas. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Beneath (Unrated) Harrowing horror flick about a half-dozen high school seniors’ attempt to make it safely back to shore from the middle of a lake after their rowboat is attacked by man-eating fish. Ensemble includes Daniel Zovatto, Bonnie Dennison, Chris Conroy, Jonny Orsini, Griffin Newman and Mackenzie Rrosman. Comment

Call to celebrate Juneteenth with greater pomp

Viewpoints: Hello Black America, please allow me this opportunity to ask you to consider some important and relevant principal facts about ourselves as a community and a people. Comment

Everybody schemes his or her way to trouble

Books: “Dirty Rotten Liar” By Noire Comment

The Voting Rights Act and what it means

People: WASHINGTON, D.C. Comment

Sturgis, Brown lead Rapids past Red Bulls, 2-0

Sports: COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — After an ugly first half, the Colorado Rapids broke intensified their pressure after the break and quickly broke through. Comment

Getting tough on corruption in Cuba

Cuba: HAVANA, July 3, 2013 (IPS) - As two separate trials of foreign businessmen continued amid extreme discretion, the Cuban government passed new anti-corruption measures, apparently indicating the Raúl Castro government’s desire to avoid loose ends with this thorny problem. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, July 1, 2013 (IPS) - Four decades after they signed the treaty establishing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), government leaders are gathering in Trinidad and Tobago, the birthplace of the integration process, as they seek to give greater meaning to the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) that encourages the free movement of nationals across the 15-member grouping. Comment
National: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage has private employers around the country scrambling to make sure their employee benefit plans comply with the law. Comment

Transparency you can’t believe in: Four years later

Viewpoints: This year’s graduating seniors entered college just before the Obama administration began. But while these successful graduates are now ready to move on to the next stage in their lives, the administration hasn’t achieved the same kind of progress on one of its signature initiatives: creating open government. Comment

Haiti seeking driver in crash that killed American

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haitian police are searching for the driver of a truck that slammed into the vehicle of a U.S. Embassy employee and killed her. Comment
Venezuela: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made his first official visit to Haiti on Tuesday as the countries began negotiations to figure out ways to renew a special fund that uses oil money on mostly infrastructure projects. Comment

Joseph places high in 5K road race

People: Ronald Joseph of Rockaway Park finished in sixth placed overall but still went back home with a trophy in the Sean Ryan 5K road race in Long Beach, Long Island. The race was conducted by the City of Long Beach in conjunction with its sponsors. Comment

Grenada to punish offensive online comments

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) - Legislators in Grenada have approved a bill that makes it a crime to offend people through websites such as Facebook and Twitter. Comment
In delivering the closing address at a one-day national private/public sector consultation on the economy on Jun. 27, Stuart said the most easterly of Caribbean countries was facing “serious problems of debt and deficit.” Comment

Garifuna Magic

Garifuna Magic

Arts & Theater: In the days before and after July 4th every year, visitors to the nation’s capital can immerse themselves in select national and foreign cultures during the multi-faceted Smithsonian Annual Folklife Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Comment
The 42nd Annual International African Arts Festival (IAAF) comes back to Brooklyn on Thursday, July 4 and runs through Sunday, July 7, and will be held at Commodore Barry Park, located at Park Avenue and Navy Street, downtown Brooklyn. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: The 2013 CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup, the tournament to decide soccer supremacy in the region, kicks off its 12th edition on Sunday, July 7, in Pasadena California when defending champion Mexico takes on Panama in a featured doubleheader that also features Canada going against Martinique, one of four Caribbean teams in the 12-team tournament. The tournament will be played at nine venues throughout the U. S. Comment
Front court play and rebounding were strengthened by the Brooklyn Nets during the National Basketball Association draft in an effort for them to go deep into the playoffs next season. Comment

Regional leaders briefed on cricket

Caribbean: Newly-elected President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has been meeting with Caribbean prime ministers to discuss the development of the game in the region. Comment

Transforming a B’klyn Neighborhood

Brooklyn: The planting of bushes, trees and flowers at 470 Ocean Avenue has transformed the once neglected green spaces into a flowering oasis. The building’s tenants association held an intimate ribbon-cutting ceremony June 22, with light breakfast foods in their front courtyard to celebrate Brooklyn’s newest green garden. Comment

Among Court brethren, but hardly a brother

Viewpoints: My good friend said, “And to think that one of us is among them.” I, of course, would have none of that, “us” being people of color, “them” being the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court and the uniformly noxious Justice Clarence Thomas being the one tagged for allegedly letting down the side, so to speak. “Thomas isn’t and never will be one of us,” I corrected. “He is, sadly, the foremost symbol of black self-hate of our time.” Comment
Movies: Move over Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, Steve Harvey and Katt Williams, the hottest black comic around right now is Kevin Hart. The diminutive, 5’ 2” funnyman has skyrocketed to the heights of showbiz ladder lately, making myriad memorable performances on both TV and film. Comment
The Tri-Nation Series with Sri Lanka, West Indies and India developed into an exciting series as the West Indies defeated India by one wicket in a close contest with some competitive cricket. India batted first and after some penetrative bowling by the West Indies, India was restricted to 229 runs for 7 wickets after their 50 overs. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma scored 60 runs from 89 balls, Suresh Raina 44 from 55, Dinesh Karthik 23 from 56 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 27 from 35. Comment

‘Nelson Mandela’: a story book for kids

Books: “Nelson Mandela” by Kadir Nelson Comment

Medgar Evers College gets new president

The City University of New York (CUNY) Board of Trustees has appointed former New York City Schools Chancellor, Dr. Rudolph F. Crew, as the new president of the predominantly Black Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Bahamas: The Bahamas government has described as “a complete falsehood and an outrageous concoction” a video showing Cuban detainees being beaten by officers at a Bahamian detention center. Comment

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