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Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: A.C.O.D. (R for profanity and brief sexuality) Dysfunctional family comedy about a man (Adam Scott) left traumatized by his parents’ (Catherine O’Hara and Richard Jenkins) bitter divorce who ends up victimized again when his younger brother’s (Clark Duke) wedding brings them back together again. With Amy Poehler, Jane Lynch, Jessica Alba and Ken Howard. Comment

Expanded access to proton therapy

New York: The New York Proton Center (NYPC) – a consortium of five leading hospitals in New York City, including Continuum Health Partners, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Montefiore Medical Center, […] Comment

Trinidadians face another bye-election

Trinidad and Tobago: Voters in Trinidad and Tobago may go to the polls again by late November or early December to elect a new member of Parliament for the St. Joseph constituency, which was declared vacant by speaker of the House of Representative Wade Mark recently. Comment

Trinidad cracks down on destructive shrimp trawling

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Sept 18, 2013 (IPS) - Dianne Christian Simmons recalls the days when she would head out with her husband on fishing expeditions in the Gulf of Paria, a 3,000-square-mile shallow inland sea between Trinidad and Tobago and the east coast of Venezuela. Comment

Jamaica’s Hue banned 9 months for doping

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA suspended Jamaica player Jermaine Hue for nine months on Thursday after he tested positive for a banned substance at a World Cup qualifying match. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Lawmakers on Tuesday debated a proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use by adults in Jamaica, where many islanders are expressing weariness with current drug policy. Comment
Caribbean: German kit-maker PUMA announced recently that it was renewing its sponsorship deal with Jamaican Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man said to worth millions of dollars. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Cuban-American protest group Democracy Movement will submit a report to the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on alleged abuse of Cuban detainees at the Carmichael Road Detention Centre, Spokesman Ramon Sanchez said recently. Comment

Burning Spear to open new Brooklyn space with free concert

Jamaica: Grammy-winning, Jamaican roots reggae singer Burning Spear will headline a free, concert at the new Bric House Ballroom in Brooklyn. The cultural artist is billed for the Oct. 3 opening of the borough’s newest and most intimate performance space. With accommodations a fraction of the capacity of the Barclay Center, Bric House Ballroom proposes an alternative venue “that accommodates a wide variety of configurations and performance styles.” Comment

Tosh bio finally sums up life of ‘Steppin’ Razor’

Music: A decade after the release of a film called “Steppin’ Razor: Red X” and one year after Jamaica honored Peter Tosh with the nation’s third highest award – the order of merit – his very first biography has been published. Comment
Music: Thousands of New Yorkers will join United Way of New York City and Skanska Saturday, Oct. 5, , 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pier 1 in Brooklyn Bridge Park to celebrate their 5th annual community festival, featuring live entertainment, delicious food and family-friendly games. Comment

Stewardess frantically searches for Mr. Right

Movies: “Baggage Claim” Comment

Upstart carrier ready for skies

When U.S. mega carrier Delta pulled out of the Georgetown - New York route in early May, many in the air traveling public threw up their hands in despair knowing full well that its departure meant that Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) would have almost totally monopoly of the skies between the U.S. and Guyana. Comment

Art exhibition focuses on Rastafari in Jamaica

Arts & Theater: Jamaica’s Rastafarian is now an added allure to visitors to the Caribbean island/nation. Their culture has been well documented and their history detailed however, in a definitive exhibition currently on exhibit at the Institute of Jamaica in the island’s cultural capital of Kingston, “Rastafari: Unconquerable!” provides an historic examination and pays tribute to the distinctive group of Africa-centered people. Comment

Training for would-be arts leaders

Arts & Theater: This fall marks the fourth year of Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Peer Circles (APC)- formerly known as Peer Leadership Circles- which have already offered more than 60 artists in Queens the tools and resources they need to become artist leaders in their own lives, communities and beyond. Comment

Tourism and Water:

Environment: We at the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) salute the World Tourism Organization for asking us to focus on Tourism and Water - Protecting our Common Future. Comment

Ready For A Fight

People: Determined to extract millions from European nations which were involved in the cruel and humiliating Trans Atlantic slave trade, Caribbean trade bloc nations Wednesday equated the compensation fight for reparations as equal to the struggle for political independence in the 1960s in the clearest sign yet that they are bracing for a protracted fight with their former colonizers. Comment

Antiguans launch Clergy Council of North America

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer has welcomed the official launch of the Antigua and Barbuda Clergy Council of North America (ABCCNA), saying it is “a calling from God to be of service to the nation.” Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Healthcare Reform Learn about health care reform and what it means for you and your family: How will health care reform affect you? Will you qualify for a plan on the New York Health Benefit Exchange? Will you qualify for financial help on the Exchange? What are the options available to you regarding your health coverage? This event is open and free to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Blvd. in Cambria Heights, Queens from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. RSVP:1-646-476-1294. Comments (1)
It was the pure insensitive mindset of the NYPD that may have caused the death of 37-year-old Kyam Livingston in a Brooklyn Central Booking Cell on July 21, 2013. NYPD’s persistent insensitive and reckless behaviors towards people of color fuel deaths and as long as people are continuously being treated like cattle and herded into these institutions these episodes will occur. Comment
Music: Jamar Rolando McNaughton known as “Chronixx” performed with his band, Zinc Fence Redemption alongside with Kelissa for the first time ever in Brooklyn at Pulse 48, formally known as Cultural Performing Arts Center, C-Pac on Sept. 21. Comments (2)
Jamaica: Jamaicans are grieving the passing of Cecil Charles Charlton, CD, JP -- one of the island’s most popular mayor and city champions. Comments (2)

Basketball time

Sports: Basketball is right around the corner! The National Basketball Association gets of the ground next Monday with Media Day for the Brooklyn Nets and the New York Knicks, and the junior and senior colleges soon follow with their tryouts, and practices and then comes the high school kids. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Men’s Soccer Team head coach Stephen Hart believes it is time that the country’s national teams begin receiving some of the benefits that those representing the country on the international stage should be privy to. Comment


Sports: The New York Red Bulls (15-9-6, 51 pts.) came away with a 1-0 victory over FC Dallas on Sunday afternoon at Red Bull Arena to maintain its position atop the MLS Eastern Conference standings. The home team took the field knowing that Sporting Kansas City (15-9-6, 51 pts.) had replace it at the top of the Conference standings after defeating Toronto FC, 2-1, the day before. New York’s better goal difference gives it the edge over Kansas City. Comment

Delightful jazz

Music: Tucked away behind two strong, exquisite, yet welcoming mahogany doors on Fulton Street, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn is a place called Jazzy Mondays. This cultural hideout, owned by the late educator and community activist Jitu Weusi and his wife Angela is a gathering place for Jazz lovers. It was in this unassuming space that the renowned Jazz Artist Cynthia Joyce Holiday and Friends performed before a packed, appreciative house on Monday night. Comment

Marcy Plaza Beckons

Arts & Theater: Representatives of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation (BSRC) and various city agencies last week recently eelebrated the ribbon cutting of a $20 million neighborhood revitalization project along Fulton Street, with local Council Member Al Vann. Comment

Not a very flattering legacy to leave

We can at best hope that there will come a time when generations, perhaps yet unborn, will look back on the current state of the country’s politics with utter disdain and thankful that this run of sick behavior among the political class burned itself out, although not before the landscape had been hideously scarred. To contemplate the alternative – that the descent into our present hell will be a condition sustained for the long haul – is to commit those generations yet to come to an unremitting bleakness. Comment

Brooklyn loves books and their writers

Books: “There are over a dozen Caribbean or Caribbean-Americans in this book fair,” beamed E. Wayne McDonald, artistic director of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre, as he finished up his conversation with Jamaican author Diana McCaulay outside of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Comment



Fashion: “I want to bring lace out of the bedroom,” said Felicia Persaud of her first collection, which recently set the Nolcha runway ablaze during New York Fashion Week. Her use of black and white mesh made the collection sexy and sophisticated. Persaud believes that you do not have to show skin to be sexy. She referred to the 30’s and 40’s as an example of a time when women embraced curves and wants to celebrate bodies of women. Comment

Sister Betty Becton’s predicament

Sister Betty Becton’s predicament

Books: The “Save the Date!” notices went out months before. Comment

Private sector, economic integration key to Caribbean growth

People: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that private sector, economic integration and continued reform are “key” to restoring growth in the Caribbean. Comment

Seniors honored at Yesterday’s Children tribute

Trinidad and Tobago: The sacrifices five courageous and giving Caribbean-American elders made in their homeland, and Brooklyn neighborhood, were highlighted at the third Annual “Yesterday’s Children” salute, at St. Jude Community Center, on Maple Street. Comments (1)

Trinidad’s farmers outpaced by climate change

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Sept. 23, 2013 (IPS) - Dalchan Singh, a root crop farmer and board member of the Agricultural Society of Trinidad and Tobago, says the past year has seen drastic changes in the weather of this twin-island Caribbean nation. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: As I Lay Dying (Unrated) James Franco directed and stars in this adaptation of the William Falkner novel of the same name about a woman’s (Beth Grant) family’s effort to fulfill her last wish to be buried in a nearby town. With Danny McBride, Tim Blake Nelson and Richard Jenkins. Comment
Caribbean: It is important that West Indies batsmen, either on the “A” team or senior team, focus on scoring huge totals. When batsmen get into the forties they should try their utmost to carry on for huge totals. The West Indies senior team batsmen ought to build their momentum and get huge innings. Comment

A mesmerizing, multi-layered mystery in Dover

Movies: Prisoners” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Recently, Minister of National Security, Dr. Errol Cort, revealed in the Upper House of Parliament his ministry’s intention to address several issues at the prison in Antigua, following a protest by inmates. Comment

Go Red Multicultural scholarships

New York: Tuition hikes at colleges and universities and across the nation are forcing many students to find new ways to pay for higher education. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: TravelSpan, which began service from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Cheddi Jagan International Airport in 2006 and suspended its service in 2008 because of the economic meltdown and increased oil prices, will resume flights to the South American country with a twice-weekly Thursday and Saturday schedule, starting Dec. 14, 2013. Comments (4)

Showcasing Guyanese products at GuyExpo 2013

More than 460 exhibitors are expected to participate in GuyExpo 2013, Guyana’s premiere trade and investment exposition, which will be staged from Oct. 3 - 6 at the Sophia Exhibition Site, under the theme ‘Advancing Productivity through Innovation, Modernisation and Expansion.’ Comment

Who’s To Blame

Guyana: --Who’s to Blame? Comment



New York Red Bulls coach Mike Petke seems to have made his points and has the ball rolling again at Red Bulls Arena. After recent strained relations with French star Thierry Henry and forward Fabian Espindola, the pair turned in solid performances to lead the team to a 2-0 win over Toronto FC (4-14-11, 23 pts.) last Saturday night at Red Bull Arena. The win puts the Red Bulls (14-9-6, 48 pts,) in sole possession of first place in the MLS Eastern Conference at the most opportune time – with only five games left in the regular season. Comment

Syria - Tired yet?

Viewpoints: I suspect you are already tired of hearing about Syria. The future path is blurry - even to our president. Assad will still be in power. Comment

Sparrow alive and alert

Music: Margaret Francisco, wife of the calypso king, the Mighty Sparrow says the legendary singer is “conscious and responsive.” Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Sitting Exercise: Join us for a DVD workout that can improve your stability and balance and help you stay mobile from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00p.m. It’s designed to develop strength and enhance your ability to perform the activities of everyday life, making it perfect for seniors. This class will help to increase stamina, develop strength in upper body and improve balance. Please let doctors knoe you’ll be taking part in the exercise class. This event is open and free to the public and is being held at 206-20 Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, Queens. RSVP:1-646-476-1294. Comment
“We are the 99 percent!” This chant once more rang out loud and clear as activists with Occupy Wall Street inhabited Zuccotti Park, the site of their former encampment near the New York Stock Exchange, and took to the streets to mark the second anniversary of their movement against corporate greed and financial inequality. Comment

Misconceptions of drug use and abuse

Everything you believe is wrong. Comment

Antigua chairs UN Assembly

Aruba: Briefing the press on Sept. 17 ahead of the opening of the 68th Session of the United Nations’ General Assembly, the body’s new president, Antigua and Barbuda’s U.N. Ambassador Dr. John Ashe, said that the U.N. is about to embark on a process with the potential to guide the course of humankind for decades to come, defining parameters for the world’s post-2015 development agenda. Comment
Brooklyn: Moving through the corridor of busy Clarkson Avenue in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, passers-by become sandwiched between two towering edifices, Kings County Hospital and SUNY Downstate University Hospital of Brooklyn. To the onlooker, a strong image of a viable community where healthcare is paramount is projected. But, looks can be deceptive. Workers from SUNY Downstate University Hospital of Brooklyn held a demonstration on Friday, Sept. 12 to protest the scheduled dismissal of over 200 employees this month. Comment

Tennis at a stand still

Brooklyn: Over the years, highlighting the alumni who competed in the men’s singles and / or doubles USTA Open tournament included only a very few of the graduates of the New York Junior Tennis League – Lamar Harper Griffith, Alex Roberman and John Molin. Maybe Roberman might have gone further in his career, but it was not to be. Roberman had the potential of playing in the main draw of the tournament. Molin also had the potential to play in the singles portion of the same tourney according to Bill Wiese, who was the tournament director of the New York Junior Tennis League. Comment

Gayle takes a break

Jamaica: West Indies opener Chris Gayle says he is mentally fatigued as a result of a hectic playing schedule and is eagerly looking forward to a three-month break from cricket. Comment
Haiti: PETITE RIVIERE DE L’ARTIBONITE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti moved closer on Monday to reconstituting a military that was abolished in 1995. Comment

Cruz line: Helms clones flooding the Senate

Viewpoints: Having been stung the last two presidential election cycles by nominees who, relatively early in the process, looked to be second place finishers, the GOP brain trust, one readily understands, is hoping that 2016 offers game-changer possibilities for their party. A full three years before that battle will have been joined, supposedly informed opinion on the collective GOP wisdom has been that the party will be looking to the hard right for its choice. In which scenario the name of Tea Party darling Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has been front and center among the prospects for a Republican turnaround. How much, if any, that devil-may-care utterance Cruz made a few days ago will come back to bite him in his quest to be the Republicans’ white knight, time will tell. Comment
Arts & Theater: Now that summer has left us and fall is upon us, it is time for the Fall for Dance Festival 2013. Fall for Dance remains one of the jewels of New York. For the same price that one pays to see a film at a movie theatre, you can see a live world-class dance concert with multiple international dance companies…only in New York! New York City Center is celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Fall for Dance Festival. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) Between buying new school supplies and meeting your children’s teachers, back to school season is a busy time. But parents should not forget to prep for the school year by considering health and wellness. Comment

In Memoriam:

Music: Bobby Bowden was a hard act to follow. The former Caribbean Life photographer was genial man of many parts. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

After Tiller (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity) Pro-choice documentary discussing the diminishing number of physicians willing to perform abortions since the assassination of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas in 2009. Comment
Movies: It’s the Fourth of July in suburbia where we find 16-year-old Abigayle (Aja Naomi King) caring for her bedridden mother (Yolonda Ross) while her father Joe’s (Wendell Pierce) job has taken him out of town. Comment

Etana to headline Reggae show

Music: Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR) has announced that songstress Etana, “The Strong One” will headline the ninth annual staging of the family-friendly Reggae Culture Salute (RCS) celebration scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 2 at Nazareth Regional High School, 475 E. 57th St., Brooklyn, NY 11203 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (1)

Caribbean leads in global war on AIDS

Health: As it seeks US $15 billion to defeat the global AIDS epidemic, UNAIDS says the Caribbean has led the world in reducing the number of new infections. Comment

Small business Orlando parley

Caribbean: A delegation of Caribbean officials responsible for the development of the small and medium-sized enterprise sector participated in the Annual Conference of the Association of Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC), Sept. 11 in Orlando, Fl., according to the Organization of American States (OAS). Comment
A prominent Vincentian cultural group in Brooklyn has honored five outstanding nationals for their exemplary service to the community. Comment

Jamaica’s classic film ‘Harder’ after four decades

Music: Four decades after the release of the film “The Harder They Come” hundreds packed into cinemas to see and hear the story of one of Jamaica’s real-life outlaw, musician and folk-hero. Many had seen the flick when it was first released in 1973. Comment

Brooklyn early childhood center celebrates 7th pre-k graduation

Guyana: A Brooklyn early childhood center recently celebrated its seventh Pre-Kindergarten Graduation Exercise, adopting President Barack Obama’s challenge to the nation about the importance of early childhood education. Comment

Cayman Islands premier welcomes new governor

People: Premier Alden Mc Laughlin who was sworn in by Cayman Islands new Governor Helen Kilpatrick said recently that he considered Kilpatrick’s arrival on his birthday and upon the newly elected government’s 100th day in office to be a “good omen” for the territory. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Bahamas: A man was shot and killed recently, becoming the eleventh person murdered in The Bahamas in 12 days. Police said the man was shot shortly before 10:00 p.m. Details were still sketchy up to press time. Comment

Mixed results for Caribbean American candidates

St Kitts and Nevis: There were mixed results Tuesday night for several Caribbean American candidates contesting New York City’s Democratic Primary Elections. Comment

Carnival Royalty

Carnival Royalty

Music: Brooklyn came alive during Labor Day weekend with music from across the islands taking over. Revellers poured into Brooklyn giving visitors and residents alike a taste of what they have been missing throughout the year. There were endless choices of food to enjoy; something for everyone. Performers from the Caribbean descended onto Brooklyn giving self-proclaimed feters the performances they were waiting for all year. Soca king, Machel Montano “fogged up the place” with his Trinidad carnival hits at the back of Brooklyn Museum. The days leading up to what has been deemed “The greatest show on Earth” can be described as pure excitement. However, if you avoided the crowds and the rain in exchange for peace and sleep, there is always next year. Comments (1)

Trinidadian MP removed from Parliament

A United National Congress (UNC) Member of Parliament in the People’s Partnership of the Kamla-Persad administration in Trinidad and Tobago was removed “with immediate effect” from the House of Representatives by Speaker Wade Mark moments after Monday’s Budget presentation, in an unprecedented invocation of the “Crossing of the Floor,” provisions of the Constitution. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Years of pressure from human rights activists, regional Rastafarians certainly not excluded, Caribbean trade bloc governments are going ahead with a decision to seek monetary and other forms of compensation from Britain and other European colonial powers for the horrors of the Transatlantic slave trade and have organized a key three-day planning meeting in St. Vincent beginning on Sunday, an announcement on Monday said. Comment

Fans concerned for hospitalized Mighty Sparrow

News of the hospitalization of the Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) in New York set the rumor mill ablaze early this week, radio and TV stations, bloggers and others all weighing in with reports of what had befallen the self-styled “Calypso King of the World,” whether those reports were unfounded or otherwise. Comment
Music: Richard Francisco, the son of iconic calypso singer, the Mighty Sparrow, has shot down all rumors that the monarch is dead. Instead, the young Slinger stated exclusively to Caribbean Life, that his father is doing well. He added that he would speak with his family and issue a complete statement to this newspaper at a later date, about the improving condition of his father. Comments (5)
Sports: The West Indies cricket team must focus more on winning One-Day International games. Whether the team bat first or last, the results go against them; their batsmen have not delivered the expected runs to win games. Losing too many wickets early in a One-Day International is not good for the West Indies because their batting strength is based mainly on their top-order batsmen such as Chris Gayle, Johnson Charles and Marlon Samuels. Head Coach Ottis Gibson must remind players of their specific roles and emphasize the importance of playing as a team. With the exposure and experience that most of the West Indies players have, a better performance should be exhibited. Comment

USA, Costa Rica qualify

USA, Costa Rica qualify

As the USA qualified for its seventh consecutive FIFA World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Mexico in Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday night, two things were assured: the Americans have much depth to its squad and clearly, Crew Stadium is the bastion of U. S. soccer. Comment

Coach Georges seems optimistic

People: While 49-year-old Gerry O’Hara of East Rockaway proved to be a little too much for his opponents in the Long Beach five-mile road race on the new boardwalk and through the streets of Long Beach, winning the event in 28:15, Hudson Georges finished the course in 33:16. Comment

Braata Productions’ Fundraising Gala

Arts & Theater: An exciting silent auction of art, jewelry and other exclusive items will be the highlight and centerpiece of Braata Productions’ second annual Fundraising Gala, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 14 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica New York, 11432 at 7:00 p.m. Comment

46 years of Caribbean pride and culture

Music: After presiding for four days and nights overseeing six very successful, live cultural events for both adults and children, WIADCA shined throughout Labor Day Monday – in spite the few showers that could not dampen the exuberant spirits of thousands of costumed revelers from 40 masquerade bands that danced down Eastern Parkway. In the Large Bands category: 1st was Ramajay Mas, winning Band of the Year; 2nd was Sesame Flyers Inteenational and 3rd, Kaios International. Adult Queen was Kay Mason from Borokeetes, and Adult King -- Shawn Antenor from DiMidas International. Winners of the Steelband Panorama competition were: 1st - CASYM, 2nd – Pan Sonatas and 3rd -- D’Rados. For a complete list of winners, please go to Comment



Music: The brilliant sunshine and 80-degree temperature were the perfect welcome, to the First Annual Caribbean Day Parade, that left a trail of colorful masqueraders along the streets of Brentwood in Suffolk County, Long Island, where splendor, color and great artistry were the order of the day. Comments (1)

Coast Guard: 4 St. Vincent men adrift for 12 days

St Vincent: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Four men from St. Vincent & the Grenadines were rescued at sea Monday after drifting for as long as 12 days on a disabled powerboat, the U.S. Coast Guard reported. Comment

When Syria becomes a handy smokescreen

Viewpoints: Many of the pundits have been suggesting that if Congress doesn’t vote to authorize the air strikes against Syria as requested by President Obama, this would just about drive a stake through the heart of the president’s second term. Well this may be. And if things in fact evolve in such fashion, we will have witnessed a hall-of-fame type political scam job, perpetrated by that very active, very angry anti-Obama element in Washington and kindred spirits across the land. Comment

Time to end the dangerous shell game

Business: Iran heads the list of countries the United States and other nations have targeted for sanctions because of its believed nuclear weapons goal and its support of terrorist groups. There are few governments that elicit more concern among Americans than the one in Tehran. Comment

Starting at the bottom to give kids a better chance

Health: Child poverty has been worsening in this country for a decade, to the point where one in five of our children is ensnared by a web of injustice and simple bad luck that diminishes their present and casts a shadow over their future. The causes are so many and varied that no one has been able to develop a corrective strategy that is likely to be implemented, particularly in a time of austerity. Comment

Federal judge names community facilitator

In the wake of her ruling that the New York Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk practices against Blacks and other minorities are unconstitutional, a United States federal district judge has appointed a community facilitator to help monitor the police. Comment

Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair

Caribbean: (PRNewswire) -- Global cocoa sustainability experts and practitioners will gather in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Oct. 15 - 16 for the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) Partnership Meeting & Cocoa Sustainability Trade Fair. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Experts are sounding a new alarm about the effects of climate change for parts of the Caribbean — the depletion of already strained drinking water throughout much of the region. Comment

Guyana judge clarifies rule against cross-dressing

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A judge interpreting a colonial-era law has ruled that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only if it’s done for an “improper purpose” such as prostitution, but the partial victory has frustrated gay rights activists in Guyana who are pushing for the 120-year-old statute to be removed from the books. Comment
Jamaica: NINE MILE, Jamaica (AP) — Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur. Comment
Movies: “Winnie Mandela” Comment

Caribbean fever at Barclay Center

Music: The final night of a three-night combo Caribbean concert series at the Barclay Center proved the main attraction with reggae acts dominating the much-hyped, unprecedented Caribbean Fever Irie Jamboree Music Festival. Comment



Jamaica: BRUSSELS (AP) — Usain Bolt closed out the season Friday with another win in the 100 meters, finishing in 9.80 seconds in the Memorial Van Damme. Comment

State Department cuts aid to St. Lucia police

St Lucia: The St. Lucia government says the decision by the United States to prevent members of the local police service from participating in training programs financed by Washington has nothing to do with the island’s decision to join the Venezuela-led Bolivarian Alliance of our People’s of America (ALBA). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: And While We Were Here (R for profanity, some sexuality and brief drug use) Romance drama revolving around a jaded writer (Kate Bosworth) stuck in a stale marriage who gets her groove back by embarking on a steamy affair with a young college student (Iddo Goldberg) while doing research on the island of Ischia for her grandmother’s (Claire Bloom) memoir. With Jamie Blackley. Comment
Music: With streets named for presidents, historians, politicians and reggae king Bob Marley, Brooklyn could name a thoroughfare in honor of slain, Jamaican, hip-hop rapper Christopher Wallace. Also known as Biggy Smalls and the Notorious B.I.G. he grew up in the borough and found international fame rapping about his neighborhood. A petition is now being distributed throughout that could secure a name change at the intersection of St. James Place and Fulton Way to Christopher Wallace Way in the Clinton Hill neighborhood where the rapper was raised. Comment

Suriname president’s son arrested

Late last week, federal drug agents working with police in Panama, arrested the son of incumbent Surinamese President Desi Bouterse on alleged international drug trafficking charges just as his father was preparing to chair and host a summit of South American leaders. Comment

Coming to grips with the Psychology of Carnival

Fashion: All staged events are not created equal. That’s especially true when it comes to carnival, and even truer for the Caribbean and the African and Indian Diasporas in the wider Americas as it relates to carnival. It is a celebration, yes! But what is its underlying function to revelers? And can we view the event’s appeal outside the prism of mere fun, is what I am asking and seeking to answer, since I am making the case that it’s not like other festivals. Comment

Caribbean rhythm

Music: The 46th Annual Caribbean Carnival Festival 2013, known as New York’s “Greatest show on Earth,” had as its theme “Celebrate our Caribbean Pride and Culture.” Comment


Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts opens the 33rd Season with NEA Jazz Master Eddie Palmieri & Friends, as he celebrates the world premiere of Sabiduria! Also featuring the Mambo Legends Orchestra and master flutist Dave Valentín on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Panorama champs

Panorama champs

Music: At this year’s Panorama Steelband Competition – always one of the most popular events at the West Indian American Carnival and Parade – Super Blue and The Love Band’s “Fantastic Friday” appeared to act as a charm for the four steel pan orchestras that performed it, as renditions of this mega-hit swept the top four positions. Casym seized first place with a score of 481; Pan Sonatas moved up to second place with 470 points; D’Radoes once more placed third with 469 points; and, in its first appearance at Panorama, Pan Fantasy Steelband came in a very commendable fourth place with 467 points. Comment

Laparkan Scholarships Program

People: Laparkan Trading Limited – Global Freight & Logistics Solutions is partnering with Caribbean-American youth to award three financial scholarships in the amount of $1500.00 each to inspire higher learning and community service. Comment
Movies: Miserably-married Kalindra (Shanola Hampton) has not yet found the strength to leave her abusive husband, Ronnie (Elimu Nelson), even though the last time the creep put his hands on her, she ended up in the hospital. Trouble is, it¹s hard for her to figure a way out of the situation, given that she¹s been struggling just to keep a roof over their heads on a truck stop waitress¹ salary ever since her hot-headed hubby lost his job at a gas station after breaking a tardy co-worker¹s (Yorke Fryer) arm in a fit of rage. Comment


Music: Stifling humidity and afternoon showers failed to dampen the electrifying spirits of revelers and spectators at the 46th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Speaking Truth To Power

New York: By Arthur Cheliotes Comment

Senator Smith puts words into action

Queens: Caribbean American New York State Senator Malcolm A. Smith has made a rebound from a coup d’etat orchestrated by his former colleagues in the New York State Legislature and with the growing support of his constituents in Southeast Queens, the lawmaker appears not to be surrendering to recent legal charges, as he continues to execute plans in the interest of his Queens’ community. Comment

Two prominent Grenadian figures die

Grenada: Grenada and the rest of the Caribbean are mourning the death of two prominent Grenadian figures. Comment

Fulfill King’s Dream with fair tax and spending policies

Viewpoints: In the 50 years since the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. articulated the dream of a generation, the United States has seen significant progress toward the ideal of racial equality. But the other half of King’s vision – economic equity for all Americans – remains sadly unfulfilled. Comment

Boomer beware when caring for dying parents

Viewpoints: A legal ruling emerging last week from a storefront courtroom in rural Pottsville, Pennsylvania, could impact tens of millions of baby boomers nationwide caring for their aging and dying parents. This relatively obscure court’s decision could chill good end-of-life medical care and diminish legal options nationwide. Comment

Horton sparks Jamaica win

Horton sparks Jamaica win

St Lucia: Jamaica’s goalkeeper Devon Horton made the difference in an evenly match game in the local Caribbean Cup final to lead Jamaica to its ninth Caribbean Cup title in the past 10 years at Jefferson High School Field in Flatlands, Brooklyn last Sunday. The 4-2 penalty kick shoot-out win was revenge for Jamaica, which lost the title when St. Lucia defeated the then eighth-time champion in the same fashion, a semifinal penalty kick shoot-out, last year before going on to defeat Grenada in the final. Comment

Jamaican PM praises Tallawah

Caribbean: Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has congratulated the Tallawah Cricket Team, especially captain Chris Gayle, for winning the inaugural Caribbean Premier League (CPL) Twenty20 competition. Comment
Caribbean: When the West Indies team faces off against New Zealand later this year for three Test matches, five One-day internationals and two Twenty 20, the bowlers will have to do pretty well and that clearly means that the selectors will have to select the correct group of players in the bowling capacity. For the Test matches, Tino Best, Ravi RamPaul, Kemar Roach and Sunil Narine are some of the bowlers who should be considered. Tino Best has shown some improvement in his accuracy and control, and that should assist him to earn his place. RamPaul’s fitness should be up to standard before the series and he should be easily selected. Roach and Narine have been consistent and both players should earn a place. Comment



People: Let us turn the clock back to some of the years from 2000 when a tennis player turned in some great moments on the court. Tennis fans must certainly recall that a star was in the making and maybe one day would follow in the footsteps of Arthur Ashe, but this player never won a Grand Slam event. Comment

Regime change crusaders look to strike again

Viewpoints: One probably wouldn’t have expected a radioactive concept like “regime change” to be so quickly again occupying a prominent place in top-level foreign policy dialogue, but lo and behold, […] Comment
Africa: House of Mandela Wines, a company that was launched in the United States earlier this year by Makaziwe Mandela and Tukwini Mandela, daughter and granddaughter of former South African president and world icon, Nelson Mandela – will be featured at the “Toast of Brooklyn Wine and Food Festival” on Sept. 13 and 14, at the Brooklyn Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St. Comment
Bahamas: A poor people’s campaign that started 50 years ago when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led hundreds of thousands to rally at the Lincoln Monument continued with a call to action on the actual anniversary day and date – Aug. 28 – half a century later invited the Prime Minister of the Bahamas and his national cultural ambassadors to share in the ceremonies. Comment

Enhancing Caribbean port security

Caribbean: The United States’ Department of State has signed a partnership agreement with PortMiami aimed at helping to enhance port security in the Caribbean. Comment

Black performers star on ‘The Ride’

Arts & Theater: Among the convoys of tour buses that meander through the canyons of New York City, one stands out as a distinctive, vehicle, guide and tourist attraction. It is called “The Ride.” The fact it is uniquely distinguished by its one-sided panoramic view, stadium -seating, and entertainment driven guides are all part of the allure. Comment

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