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The race to save the Caribbean’s banana industry

Dominica: LONDONDERRY, Dominica, Feb 26, 2014 (IPS) - When Dean, the first storm of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, lashed Dominica on Aug. 16, it left behind a trail of destruction, claimed the lives of a mother and son, and decimated the island’s vital banana industry. Comment

Indoor mini-farms to beat climate change

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb 27, 2014 (IPS) - Industrial engineer Ancel Bhagwandeen thinks that growing your food indoors is a great way to protect crops from the stresses of climate change. So he developed a hydroponic system that “leverages the nanoclimates in houses so that the house effectively protects the produce the same way it protects us,” he says. Comment

SVG opposition leader calls for ‘shake up’ of NY Consulate

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace has called on the Ralph Gonsalves-led administration in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to overhaul the New York Consulate General in the wake of an alleged “scandal” involving recalled Deputy Consul General Edson Augustus. Comment

Looking to re-boot the Christie mechanism

Viewpoints: Despite the overhanging clouds looking, if anything, ever more ominous – what with minions pleading the Fifth, worrisome allegations from other politicos and all the rest – the team responsible for packaging Governor Chris Christie has apparently determined that his rehabilitation process needs to forthwith get underway, scandal be damned. So last week saw a resumption of the fabled Christie town hall meetings, the first one since that reputed political payback action surrounding the George Washington Bridge traffic tie-up began derailing the New Jersey governor’s lofty ambitions… some believe, permanently. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Almost Human (Unrated) Sci-fi horror flick about a guy (Josh Ethier) who disappears in a flash of bright light only to return to town just as mysteriously two years later, right before the start of a string of grisly murders. With Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh and Susan T. Travers. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Two Bahamian pastors are accused of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy on Feb. 15 last year. Arsenio Butler, 27, pastor of the People’s Assembly Word Center and his youth pastor David They will re-appear in court next month. Sears, 25, are accused of cruelty to a child by allegedly getting the juvenile drunk and sexually assaulting him. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaica’s two-man bobsled qualifiers to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia did not win a medal or even make the Top 20 list of competitors. However, after their appearance at the winter games, the Caribbean’s only competitors are considered golden. Dubbed rock stars in the Olympic Village, brakeman Marvin Dixon and driver Winston Watts received cheers, and perhaps the most overall international attention and acclaim of all the nations represented. Comment

One-To-World Openhouse

People: In honor of Black History Month, Bushwick families will host university students from around the world for a two-day cultural and educational exchange experience. Comment


Music: PAUSE...Take a bow. Talk about excitement along with an energetic and winning performance by the Neal and Massy Trinidad All Stars players playing Leon ‘Smooth’ Edwards’s arrangement of Clive Telemaque’s “Excitement” had patrons in the North and Grand Stands jumping and bawling for more. Comment

Caribbean concerned about high energy costs

Trinidad and Tobago: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says that Caribbean finance ministers have expressed concern about the high energy costs in the Caribbean that “constrain living standards and growth.” Comment
Music: NEW YORK (AP) — Singer Betty Carter, guitarist Wes Montgomery, drummer Elvin Jones and bandleader Fletcher Henderson have been voted into Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame. Comment

Community group honors 8 at Black History Month gala

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn community group, APC (Action, Performance, Commitment) Community Services, on Sunday honored eight outstanding Caribbean nationals during its gala Black History Month/Valentine’s Day celebration at Grace Lifestyle Center in Brooklyn. Comment
(StatePoint) While you’re probably already accustomed with conventional ways of looking and feeling your best, this winter, consider more natural approaches to health and wellness. Comment

‘Hate Crimes in the Heartland’

Movies: “Hate Crimes in the Heartland” a film by Rachel Lyon and co-produced by Pi-Isis Ankhra had it’s New York premiere on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York. Comment

SVG recalls deputy NY consul general

St Vincent: St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs has recalled Deputy New York Consul General Edson Augustus. In a brief statement, the ministry said that on Wednesday, Feb. 5, it received reports “suggesting that Mr. Agustus, while posted in New York, was involved in activities outside the scope of his employment and inimical to interests of the Consulate General and the Government and people of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment


Westchester: New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Tuesday issued a warning to New Yorkers based on numerous complaints received by his office from consumers who have been contacted recently by scam artists posing as representatives of Microsoft or an organization allegedly affiliated with Microsoft, such as P.C. Solutions, who try to gain access to their computers Comment

Strong earthquake shakes Barbados

Barbados: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck northeast of Barbados early Tuesday, jolting thousands from their sleep but causing no reported damage or casualties. Comment

Conspiring about complexion in T & T politics

In commenting on some distasteful chatter that broke into the news concerning Opposition Leader in Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Rowley, Trinidad Express columnist Martin Daly recently committed an error of attribution that incorrectly tagged a party colleague of Rowley’s as subscriber to the alleged buzzing. Comment
The Barbados senior cricket team defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 17 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad in the final of the Nagico Super50 Caribbean tournament. Some outstanding batting and bowling performances by the Barbados team won them the crown. Comment

Bastien advances to state champs

Sports: One field event performer who is capable of doing several events on a track and field team is headed to upstate New York to represent his high school against the top teams and individuals from the state in what is known as the New York State Championships. Comment
Jamaica: In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world’s top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use. Comment
Jamaica: MONTEREY, Calif. — It’s easy to be pessimistic about Jamaica. The country has the world’s highest debt burden, and its economic growth has been at a near standstill over the past several decades. It has been plagued by rising levels of violence and crime, with one of the highest murder rates in the world -- 1,200 murders or 44.2 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2013, a 9.4 percent increase over 2012. Comments (2)

T&T bids to host UN Arms Trade Treaty secretariat

Trinidad and Tobago: Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar has made a formal bid for Trinidad and Tobago to host the next secretariat for the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Comment

Former Jamaican PM to work for UWI

The University of the West Indies (UWI) recently announced the appointment of former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding as an honorary distinguished fellow. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Tax preparation: All Bronx residents are eligible for free tax filing if they are single with no dependents and earn less than $25,000 or file with dependents and earn less than $52,000. Since space is limited, qualifying taxpayers must call the branch that is hosting the session in advance to schedule an appointment from 9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Held at the bank’s Allerton Avenue branch – 711 Allerton Ave.; (718) 882-2220. Comment
Movies: “About Last Night” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government recently averted losing some of its shares in regional carrier, LIAT by paying up US$2.5 million to the cash-strapped airline. Comment
Music: It will be 96 degrees in the shade when a final home-going memorial ceremony for William “Bunny Rugs” Clarke re-unite members of reggae super-group Third World. Slated to be held in Kingston, Jamaica on Feb. 24 two separate events will honor the former lead singer who led the super-group since 1976. Comment
Music: Trinidad-born star Nicki Minaj plans to make 2014 another boom year for her career. After ending last year as one of the judges on television’s popular, music reality show “American Idol” the rapper, song-writer and exaggerated dresser has added a number of music projects and a major film deal to make this year a banner year that will introduce her to wide-screen audiences. Comment

Turning faults around for a happy relationship

People: Relationships often collapse because couples are not prepared to withstand the inevitable conflicts or even the humdrum and monotonous plateau period that’s nearly certain to present as the years go by. A relationship can feel more like “boot camp” when trying to acclimate to each other’s personality differences and habits—frustrations, tensions, and resentments that can persist well into a long-term love affair and undermine the ability to feel happy and content. For other couples, it’s shear boredom that can wreak havoc—if the partnership doesn’t continue to stimulate and enrich their lives, the doldrums can be a relationship death knell! Comment

Minaj uses Malcolm X, racial slur in cover art

Music: NEW YORK (AP) — Nicki Minaj has apologized for using a famous photo of Malcolm X with a rifle in his hands and juxtaposing it with a racial slur for her new song. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Almost Human (Unrated) Sci-fi horror flick about a guy (Josh Ethier) who disappears in a flash of bright light only to return to town just as mysteriously two years later right before the start of a string of grisly murders. With Graham Skipper, Vanessa Leigh and Susan T. Travers. Comment
BLACK HISTORY FACT: Hallowed grounds in downtown Manhattan marks the site of the African Burial Ground where an entire community of Black Americans lived and were buried. In Virginia, just across from the Potomac River, the much revered Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for brave and honored Americans – including President John F. Kennedy. And like in NYC, the sacred place is where an entire Black community lived and died 150 years ago. Known then as Freedman’s Village, the only trace of Freedman’s Village left on the grounds are the lonely graves in Section 27 near the Iwo Jima Memorial. Comment

Garifuna Coalition Honors a Leader

St Vincent: The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. is proud to announce that Ms. Xiomara Esmeralda Arriola, president and founder of the New York Honduras Soccer League, Inc., will be honored at the 5th Annual Masterpiece of Humanity Fundraising Gala at Tosca Marquee, 4034 East Tremont Ave., Bronx, NY on Sunday, Feb. 16, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m, for her leadership in uniting communities through the sport of soccer. Comment

‘Inside Buffalo’ at Museum of the Moving Image

Movies: During World War II, the 92nd Buffalo Division, a segregated African American combat unit known as “The Buffalo Soldiers” fought a double battle, one against the Nazis in Italy, and one of racial discrimination, which was official United States policy. Though fighting and dying for the United States, they were ill treated by their country and their fellow American soldiers. Comment

Black History Month Tribute to The Ancestors

Brooklyn: The annual Tribute to our Ancestors of the Middle Passage ritual in Coney Island, Brooklyn will get a financial boost after a Black History Month fashion show launches the fundraising goal for 2014. Slated for Feb. 22, the fundraiser hosted by the People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective promise the most fashionable event of the month and season. Comment

Greatest Show On Earth Comes To Barclays Center

Arts & Theater: The 144th edition of The Greatest Show On Earth is rolling into town for an exciting two-week run at Barclays Center. From Feb. 20 – March 2, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents LEGENDS, a spectacle of unimaginable family fun featuring amazing performers from around the globe performing awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength and thrills of wonder. The cast of talented performers are joined by an astounding menagerie of animals from around the world – lions, tigers, kangaroos, pigs, llamas and dogs – as well as mythical and mysterious visions that have until now only existed in the confines of the imagination – a unicorn, a Pegasus and a woolly mammoth! Comment

Dr. Janice Emanuel-Bunn — educator, community advocate

Guyana: Educator, author, researcher, community advocate and TV and radio host Dr. Janice Emanuel-Bunn was born in Guyana and migrated to the United States in 1983 and settled in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment


Guyana: --US explores Guyana-Italy hunch Comment

Signs of Recovery for Carib Tourism

Travel: The state of the Caribbean’s tourism industry is solid, with positive signs that a recovery is in progress. Comment
Grenada: The Grenada Independence Anniversary Committee of New York on Saturday night honored five outstanding individuals and a community group during the 40th anniversary celebration of the Spice Isle’s independence at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn. Comment

When Socrates Converses with Erato

Books: recisely the reason why the present critic is not surprised at all reading the latest anthology by Elie Fleurant, The Eyes of the Night. For he already knew that the creator can implant himself in his pathos with all his soul and still objectify reality, approach the forms and manifestations of the True and the Beautiful as being the ideals of the human spirit in its quest of the Infinite and the fullness of real existence. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaica defeated Guyana by 10 runs in their group “A” Nagico Super 50 tournament. A delightful batting display from Nkrumah Bonner of 122 runs with 8 fours and 5 sixes that pushed Jamaica from 97 for 4 to 243 for 7 wickets in 50 overs. Veerasammy Permaul with 2 wickets for 45 runs, Rensford Beaton beat on 2 for 56 and Devendra Bishoo 1 wicket for 3 runs. Guyana started well with Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Trevon Griffith gathering 88 runs for the first wicket. Shivnarine Chanderpaul scored 65, Trevon Griffith 37 and Assad Fudadin 21. Guyana reached 233 all out in 49.5 overs. Comment

Typical half-stepping on immigration reform

Viewpoints: By its very nature, immigration is a major worry-wart policy item for any government, and that’s speaking globally. No surprise that there would be a natural tendency on the part of the citizenry to assume a worst-case scenario as far as the impact on the home space of immigrants or would-be immigrants. Comment

Low minimum wage is bad for women, families and business

Viewpoints: As a small business owner myself, I don’t see the logic in business people arguing against increasing the minimum wage. Comment
Grenada: SANCHEZ, Petite Martinique, Feb 5, 2014 (IPS) - Sanchez is a small central business district in Petite Martinique, the tiny island that forms part of the tri-nation state of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Performing arts: Leading American modern dance company with a classic sensibility, kicks off a year-long celebration of its 20th anniversary with performances at 8:00 p.m. at the 92nd Street Y Harkness Dance Center (92nd Street and Lexington Avenue, NYC). Tickets are $20 and are available at or (212) 415-5500. Comment

Bob Marley Day in Canada

Music: North of the U.S. border, a Canadian city proclaimed the 69th anniversary of the birth of reggae legend Robert Nesta Marley as an official date to record. Comments (1)

Overcoming diversity and depression

Brooklyn: Hearing her Brooklyn patient confide that she saw the devil on the wall is no big deal for registered behavioral health nurse Laura Lau. As Voo Doo traditions remain a part of Haitian culture, Lau does not second guess her patient’s alleged hallucination. Instead, she calmly offers to bring in a witch doctor. It is this cultural understanding and quest for common ground that helps her patients trust her, take her advice and ultimately get better faster. Comment



About a month ago, Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for one of the most popular and richest clubs in the world, Real Madrid, won the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or as the world’s best soccer player in 2013, but there were some grumblings over the award. Comment

Samuels makes IPL auction list

Jamaica: Jamaica and West Indies middle-order batsman Marlon Samuels is among 31 players who have attracted highest base price for the Indian Premier League (IPL) this month. Comment

Knicks present special award

Brooklyn: Competition in basketball and hockey is not the only activities to witness at Madison Square Garden, open to the fans and general public, if so desired. During these events the personnel at the Garden put on various promotions to get the spectators more involved in what‘s going on. Comment


Arts & Theater: On Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 Woody King, Jr.’s National Black Touring Circuit in conjunction with Voza Rivers/New Heritage Theater Group kicked off the 2014 Black History Month Play Festival with a press conference and star studded reading of Ossie Davis’ play, “The People of Clarendon County” at Aaron Davis Hall, City College of New York. Comment
Music: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. Feb. 10, 2014--Though controversial at times, well known Trinidad and Tobago rapper, Richard ‘Chromatics’ Raj-Kumar knows the importance of understanding the business of music. That understanding of business has led to a recent agreement made with Angostura Trinidad Limited and its LLB brand. Comment

Grenada PM reiterates call for national unity

Grenada: As Grenadians in New York on Saturday night wrapped up their official independence anniversary celebrations, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has reiterated his fervent call for national unity. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Adult World (R for sexuality and drug use) Romantic comedy about a recent college grad and aspiring poet (Emma Roberts) who reluctantly takes a job at a porno shop until an English professor (John Cusack) she admires offers her a position as his assistant. With Armando Riesco, Shannon Woodward and Chris Riggi. Comment
Fashion: Entertainment promoter Daniel Coleman used the stylish backdrop of the Fashion Institution of Technology (FIT) in Manhattan recently to launch the first Annual Anguilla Fashion Expo scheduled to take place on the island paradise from Feb. 28 to March 2. Comment

‘The New Black’ in out-of-the-closet documentary

Movies: “The New Black” Comment

Harnessing Caribbean creativity

St Vincent: The Caribbean region, known for the creativity of its people, is now making decisive moves to harness that innate resourcefulness. Comment

Guyanese flicks For Caribbean Film Academy Series

Movies: The Caribbean Film Academy, a non-profit founded by Guyanese-born Romola O. Lucas and American, Justen Blaize, who grew up in Grenada, will host a CaFA Film Nights - Guyanese Edition, at its 570 Fulton St. Brooklyn cinema on Friday, Feb. 21, at 7:00 p.m. Comment

Grammy nominated Third World leader passes

Music: The distinctive voice that led reggae ambassadors Third World through three and a half decades of musical adventures and 10 Grammy nominations will no longer champion the genre. On Feb. 2, William Clarke died at age 65. Also known as Bunny Rugs, his much rumored illness plagued social networks since last June when he was diagnosed with leukemia and diabetes. Comment

Layoffs in Barbados splits cabinet

Barbados: The plan by the Barbados government to lay off more than 3,000 public servants in a country with already limited employment opportunities is beginning to take its toll even on cabinet ministers with a senior member going public to express his disagreement with the move. Comment

Problem solver and Community Advocate

Guyana: Guyanese-born, former Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Sandra Chapman has nearly three decades of experience as a manager, problem solver and advocate in the public sector with special emphasis on streamlining services between a busy city agency and its residents. Comment
Arts & Theater: One of the leading Vincentian cultural groups in the United States has joined in the celebration of Grenada’s 40th anniversary of political independence in Brooklyn, greatly impressing the audience with its performance. Comment

Activist: Strengthen US voting rights, education

People: JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Longtime civil rights activist Bob Moses says the United States needs a firmer commitment to voting rights and education, and he’s challenging young people to embrace those issues today to strengthen the society they’ll lead in a generation. Comment

‘Ruddy’ documents the street scenes

Jamaica: In celebration of Black History Month, caribBEING collaborated once again with Brooklyn Museum’s Target First Saturdays series on Feb. 1 presented Jamaican-born, Brooklyn-based street photographer, Radcliffe “Ruddy” Roye. The evening was set to explore artistic contributions and influences from the African-Caribbean Diaspora. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Friday Jan. 10 marked the launch of the Hayes Court Restoration Project and Fund at a private cocktail reception held on the restoration site in Port of Spain, Trinidad, where an historic, dilapidated and unoccupied residence of the Anglican bishop of Port of Spain will be remodeled with an overarching vision to preserve a monumental part of the twin-island state’s cultural and religious history, the planners disclosed. 2014_02_04_sub_Hayes Court2.4.jpg From left: Canon Dr. Steve West; retired Bishop, the Rt. Reverend Rawle Douglin; and supporter of the church, Joy Dumas. Photo credit: Hayes Court Restoration Project and Fund RALLY TO SAVE T&T CHURCH continuing hed: -- Fund to restore historic Magnificent Seven building Comment

Obama open to Immigration deal

Immigration: President Barack Obama has hinted that he may accept a deal offering undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants legal status rather than full citizenship. Comment

Jonathan Carter slams ton in Super50

Trinidad and Tobago: The Nagico Super50 in the West Indies started off with batsmen dominating the proceedings. Barbados defeated Trinidad and Tobago by 28 runs at the Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad after a swashbuckling innings by Jonathan Carter of 109 from 111 balls with nine fours and five massive sixes and shared in a partnership of 103 runs with who scored 83 runs from 12 balls with 10 fours and three sixes. Comment



Arts & Theater: Spoken-word vignettes segway into acapella song in the production of “Thokoza, I Sing for Freedom” that reopened its weekly run, now, every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Jackie Onassis Theatre on 120 W. 46th St. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) If you’re familiar with probiotics, you probably know that these “good bacteria,” found in such foods as yogurt and pickles, are associated with good digestive health. But the health benefits of probiotics are more extensive than just improving digestion. Experts now say that paying attention to your probiotic intake, including the use of probiotic supplements, can potentially help you achieve better health -- from developing a stronger immune system to reducing stress. Comment

‘The Global Obama’

People: Kam Williams: Hi Dinesh, thanks for the interview. Comment

Jean- Léon Destine

Arts & Theater: As part of the 92nd St. Y’s “Friday at Noon” series, “Homage to a Legendary Choreographer: Jean-Léon Destiné, Tribute to a Master” was presented on Friday, Jan. 24. Comments (1)

‘Wall To Wall Walcott’ for St. Lucia’s Derek

St Lucia: Nobel laureate Derek Walcott is coming to New York. A film about his storied career is due for a premiere showcase in two weeks and on March 28 he will be front and center inside Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College to reign poetic justice on all who attend. Comment

More than ‘Day-O’ Belafonte’s legacy is lasting

People: One year and one month ago when the Brooklyn Academy of Music celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with its “Come Share The Dream” annual, the occasion coincided with the second inauguration ceremonies for the 44th U.S. leader of the United States, President Barack Obama. Comment

Right-wingers’ high-octane hate surpasses all else

Viewpoints: They jumped all over Governor Andrew Cuomo a few weeks ago when, during a radio interview, he took aim on the purveyors of far-right political extremism, saying they “have no place in New York” because “that’s not who New Yorkers are.” Comment
People: Barbados and Guyana claim her. Brooklyn seems to own her. But regardless of her roots, history has anchored Shirley A. Chisholm as the child of Caribbean immigrant who distinguished herself beyond the limitations placed against her being a woman, Black and ambitious. Comment



Sports: U.S. international forward Sydney Leroux seems to really enjoy playing against Canada; she is always the center of attraction when the North American rivals meet. The U. S. forward rose to the occasion again when she scored the lone goal to propel the American women to a 1-0 victory against their Canadian counterparts in an international friendly last Friday, Jan. 31, in front of a crowd of 20,862 at the Toyota Park in Frisco, Texas. Leroux also scored for the USA in a 3-0 win over Canada on June 2, 2013, when the USA visited BMO Field in Toronto. Comment

Grenada PM independence message to the Diaspora

Grenada: It is with great honor that I bring you greetings on the 40th anniversary of the independence of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique. Comment

Cethoute helps in scoring

Sports: Last year Chaz Walter and Chris Davis lead Archbishop Molloy’s varsity in scoring each with 17-point averages a game. Walter graduated and Davis, a guard, returned for his senior year during which time the latter made up his mind to continue his education and basketball at Ivy League College Columbia University. Comment
St Vincent: A very enthusiastic crowd of intergenerational Grenadians have joined in the celebration of Grenada’s 40th anniversary of political independence in Brooklyn, where the majority of Grenadians in the tri-state area reside. Comment

What You Wearin’ Tomorrow?

Fashion: “What you wearing?” Comment

Top 3 Tips for preventing heart diseadse

New York: February is American Heart Month. It reminds all Americans that promotion of heart health is the most critical prevention tool we have available today in cardiovascular medicine, according to Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD of of Mount Sinai Heart, a global leader in the field of cardiology for more than three decades. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Rastafarians rallied Thursday in Jamaica’s capital to lay claim to a hilltop site where a founding father of the spiritual movement led a flourishing community in the 1940s before it was destroyed by British colonial authorities. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Ballet: The Dance Gallery presents Dance on a Shoestring at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 and space is limited. Dance on A Shoestring, for many years, which enables established and developing artists to try out new ideas. The performances are offered in a venue where the community groups can come to see high quality ballet offered by “their” neighborhood company at affordable prices. To make a reservation, call 212-679-0401 ext. 1 or email Visit for more information. 30 East 31st St., 5th Floor, NYC. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 7 Boxes (Unrated) Paraguayan action thriller about a 17-year-old pushcart porter (Celso Franco) who inadvertently becomes an accessory to a crime after agreeing to deliver some suspicious packages for a quick $100. With Lali Gonzalez, Victor Sosa and Nico Garcia. (In Spanish and Guarani with subtitles) Comment

Crooked judges imprison minors for kickbacks

Movies: Anybody who needs a new reason to hate lawyers ought to check out this shocking documentary chronicling a pay-to-play scheme whereby a couple of crooked judges, Michael Conahan and Mark Ciavarella, enriched themselves at the expense of adolescents unlucky enough to be arrested in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. The evil pair’s plan involved first condemning the existing juvenile detention center owned by the county. Comments (1)
Dominica: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 28 2014 (IPS) - Despite having an abundance of wind and sunshine, Caribbean countries have found that going green is requiring significant shifts in policy, and most importantly, significant financing. Comment


Books: This year, to celebrate Black History Month, the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College (MEC), CUNY, will present a host of informative and inspiring events celebrating 10 years of honoring the literature of people of the African diaspora. Comment

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