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Guyana: A commission of inquiry probing the fatal bombing of Guyana-born US and Caribbean civil rights activist Walter Rodney 34 years is about to wrap up its first week of hearings with damning revelations surfacing about the lead up to his murder on a dark city street with party activists pointing fingers directly at the then administration of Prime Minister Forbes Burnham. Comment


Music: The Mighty Sparrow, internationally recognized as the Calypso King of the World and credited for popularizing the annual Mother’s Day Saturday Caribbean Concert in New York City, is performing at this year’s spectacular concert. “The Mother We Love You Concert” will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, 8:00 p.m., at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College. Comment

Feliciano returns to Lehman Center

Music: Multi-Award winning Latin singer, composer and guitarist, Jose Feliciano, will be back at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx after a four year absence. The singer appeared at Lehman in 2006, 2008 and again in 2010. So, returning to Lehman Center, located at 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West, on Saturday May 10 at 8:00 p.m., the day before Mother’s Day, will be like old home week for the musical star. Comment

GraceKennedy Group CEO to address Diaspora Forum

Jamaica: Group Chief Executive Officer of GraceKennedy Ltd., Don Wehby leads a distinguished panel of speakers scheduled to participate in an interactive engagement titled “Caribbean Forum,” organized by Grace Kennedy Money Services and its business partner Western Union. The forum which is being held under the theme, “Engaging the Diaspora – Enriching the Caribbean,” will take place on Thursday, May 8 starting at 5:30 p.m. at Tropical Paradise Ballroom in Brooklyn. Admission is free. Comment

Nets optimistic about playoffs

Sports: Injuries to key players can not be prevented in practically any sport. The New York Knicks lost Tyson Chandler and Iman Shumpert, for several games, and could not only rely on one or two players including Carmelo Anthony. Head Coach Mike Woodson tried his best, but the end result came not too long ago shortly after the regular season ended. Thus the ‘second season’ better known as the playoffs started with the search for a new head coach and coaching staff began. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaican athletes continue to dominate the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, winning most or placing among the top three teams in track events. Comment

Fun in the sun at Church Ave. Street Fair

Music: With the morning chill burning off and very cooperating weather, the Church Avenue Street Fair drew families and singles, bargain hunters, hungry Brooklynites, and strollers, claiming finally, a walk in the sun. Comment

New Frontier for Regional Integration

Caribbean: New Frontier for Regional Integration Comment

Conyers to resume fight for reparations

People: As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) heightens pressure on European countries over reparations for slavery, a leading U.S. congressman says he will re-introduce legislation seeking reparations for African Americans. Comments (1)
Fashion: The ladies were decked out in fancy hats and lace gloves, while the gents were dressed to impress, all in the name of charity, to benefit the Health Education and Relief Organization for Cancer (HEROC) at its themed “Fascination Tea Party” - recently held at Brooklyn’s St. Stephen’s Church. Comment

Making more wrong-headed history about guns

Viewpoints: Maybe unbeknownst to us “normals” there was a wager going among the loonies who unfortunately walk the corridors of power, to determine who first would move to have American society tagged as hopelessly deranged, given how it is prepared to treat with the firearms proliferation issue. Let the record show that the state legislature in Georgia and the governor claimed the prize for that dubious honor last week with the so-called “guns everywhere” legislation that the governor signed into law. Comment

An evening of Caribbean authors

Books: The Caribbean, particularly Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad, will definitely be in the house at Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St., at S. Portland Ave., on May 7 at 7:30 p.m., when three local women authors — Jennifer Davis Carey (Barbados), “Near the Hope”; Esther Figueroa (Jamaica), “Limbo,” and Elizabeth Nunez (Trinidad), “Not For Everyday Use,” will read from their books. Comment
Music: As if the Marley heirs aren’t already envied for winning the most Grammy awards in the reggae category during the annual presentations voted by members of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), now Orly Marley, the wife of six-time Grammy-winner David “Ziggy” Marley has just been elected a governor of the Los Angeles Chapter of The Recording Academy. Recently named to the governing body that decide eligibility for nomination and consideration for the coveted music honor, Orly has been married to Rita and Robert Nesta’s eldest son for nine years. Comment
Jamaica: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Olympic medalists Walter Dix and Justin Gatlin helped Team USA overcame a controversial opening leg to edge Jamaica by a hundredth of a second in the 400-meter relay in the Penn Relays on Saturday, and the Americans won four of six events in the “U.S.A. vs. The World” races. Comment

Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month

St Vincent: During the month of May, in honor of the 13th anniversary of the UNESCO’s proclamation of the Garifuna language, dance and music as masterpieces of the oral and Intangible heritage of humanity, on May 18th, 2001. Comment
Guyana: CODRINGTON, Barbuda, April 26, 2014 (IPS) - A marine biologist has cautioned that the mass deaths of starfish along the United States west coast in recent months could also occur in the Caribbean region because of climate change, threatening the vital fishing sector. Comment
Movies: Menopause apparently affects women differently, even if they happen to share the same genes, as is the case with Carson (Frances Fisher), Rita (Mary Crosby) and Louise (Eliza Roberts). Each of these sisters is struggling to maintain her dignity while dealing with the fallout from the so-called “Change of Life.” Comment
Virat Kohli of India tops the batting chart for One-Day Internationals according to the international cricket council’s standing. South African AB de Villiers tops the Test cricket chart while Australian Aaron Finch tops the Twenty20 standing. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Altered States of Plaine (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller revolving around a young fugitive (George Gallagher) on the run from the government who is desperate for a cure from a mysterious affliction that has him waking up in a different place whenever he falls asleep. (In English and French with subtitles) With Kether Donohue, Michael P. Mathis and Donald Pritt. Comment

Jamaica dope test flaws

Jamaica: The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADC) has conceded that some procedures carried out while collecting samples for testing last year were not consistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Comment

Bacchanal begins in Jamaica

Music: With the resurrection of Jesus Christ a basis for celebration, Easter signals Bacchanal Carnival in Jamaica. While a majority throughout the Eastern Caribbean revel through a pre-Lenten celebration, Jamaicans reverse the observance by enduring abstinence of worldly habits for 40 days but at the end resurrect from the drought and famine by launching into carnival mode. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Relatives of a visiting Englishman who was shot dead in the Bahamas are urging the authorities to combat the rising tide of violence being perpetrated against tourists and wealth residents on Grand Bahama where six people have been murdered so far this year. Comment

HUD Funding for B’klyn Fair Advocacy Groups

New York: Washington, DC – Two Brooklyn organizations that advocate for fairer and more affordable housing in New York City are receiving additional resources from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced this week. Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation and South Brooklyn Legal Corporation are receiving $975,000, collectively, to continue providing legal and other services to working families in Brooklyn. Comment

UWI to hold Caribbean Internet Governance forum

Trinidad and Tobago: Regional technology experts will share their insights on global Internet Governance issues, from a Caribbean perspective, at an upcoming forum hosted by The University of the West Indies (UWI). Internet governance deals with the development of shared principles, policies and programmes that shape the use and evolution of the Internet. Comment

Choosing the right Sleep-Away Camps

New York: Kids who go away to summer sleep-away camps are looking for something special. They want a camp that zeroes in on their hobbies and interests, whether it’s dancing or playing soccer. And more parents are recognizing this trend. Comment

Vincentian athletes visit U.S. universities

St Vincent: Athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are not only using their fourth annual trek to the United States to compete in the illustrious Penn Relays Carnival, but they have been very busy visiting, for the first time, university and college campuses in exploring academic possibilities, according to James Cordice, the mastermind behind the nation’s participation in the games. Comment

Florida university opens TB lab in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The University of Florida on Wednesday opened a state-of-the-art lab in Haiti to train researchers to better understand and fight tuberculosis. Comment

Poet Claudia Rankine wins $50,000 Jackson prize

Jamaica: NEW YORK (AP) — Claudia Rankine, a poet born in Jamaica whose experimental verse and bracing social commentary have earned her high praise from her peers, has won a $50,000 prize designed to help her gain more attention from the general public. Comment

Dip Speak to interview Cindy Breakspeare

Jamaica: Cindy Breakspeare, best known as mother of Grammy Award winning Damian Marley, will be a guest on Diplomatically Speaking with Host Dr. Brown Metzger, former Jamaican consul general, live on Sunday, May 4 on WVIP 93.5 FM. Comment
Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board must act swiftly to regain the confidence of the region after the West Indies Cricket team failed to regain the Twenty20 ICC trophy. West Indies lost to Sri Lanka in the semi-final in a rain affected match. What has to take place is a general review of the state of West Indies players. Although many of the players are very talented, the manner in which these talents are exhibited do not create too many victories for the team. Comment

More Affordable Housing Needed

People: The League of Women Voters has promoted the preservation and increase of affordable housing for decades. To achieve that result the League of Women Voters of the city of New York supports Guaranteed inclusionary zoning. When developers are granted additional floor area (FAR), at least 20% of the units should be permanently income targeted using a percentage of the median income in the neighborhood, (not the federally defined area median income (AMI) which is generally much higher). Tax abatements and low interest loans can be made available to subsidize the cost of building income targeted units. Comment
Barbados: Barbados was crowned Regional Four-Day Champions after Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago “Red Force” played to a draw on the rain-hit final day of their match at the Guyana National Stadium on Monday. Comment

Happy birthday ‘Motown’

Happy birthday ‘Motown’

One year ago, “Motown The Musical” opened at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway. The exact date was April 14, 2013. Billed as “the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 “ the music “changed our culture forever.” Comment



When jazz saxophonist Jacques Schwarz-Bart lifts his horn to his lips, he is calling the spirits. His current project, ‘Jazz Racine Haiti,’ explores the depths of the source of Jazz and Haitian Voodoo. The two worlds rarely overlap, heightening the anticipation at Sub Culture, before the album’s U.S. unveiling in March. Comment
Books: Many years ago, in the family house in downtown Port-au-Prince, the little girl Mireille Lauture sat with neighborhood playmates on the floor of the wooden porch at her mother’s feet, mesmerized by the tales her mother spun. These stories came from her mother’s mother and mother’s grandmother, all carried through the generations in a rich Haitian oral storytelling tradition. “My mother is 93 and is the storyteller of the family!” Mireille, now–decades later, proclaims. Comment

Blackbirds prepare for outdoor meet

Sports: Let’s make it two for two during the 2014 track and field team at Long Island University-Brooklyn. First the Blackbirds from downtown Brooklyn captured the indoor title of the Northeast College Conference during the winter and are now during the spring continuing their success and goal of taking the league’s outdoor title come this May. Comment

‘Soul Music’ on the violin

Music: Violin Diva Charisa entertained the audience during a Brothers Who Cook event at the Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on April 13. Comment



The waiting game is over for the New York Red Bulls! The team registered its first MLS win this season with a 2-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Union last Wednesday night, April 16 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison (NJ). Comment

Abuse Awareness Month 2014

National: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics verify that. Comment
Food: Fisherman’s Cove is building an impressive footprint on the culinary landscape in Brooklyn, and apparently, it’s about to get even more expansive. This restaurant chain just completed an extensive renovation to its flagship store at 2025 Church Avenue, which has doubled the size of the location so that diners could sit and enjoy their meal. Comment

Tuning out is no option, never mind the odds

Viewpoints: Like clockwork, it’s guaranteed that, given the passage of a certain amount of time, I would get an earful about frustration folks, be they friends or strangers, feel over the system, that they think is best expressed in refraining from voting, period. Admittedly, this determination to opt out of being a full participant in the democratic process isn’t all that easy to rebuke. Being firmly ensconced among the celebrated 99 percent and staring at a socio-economic profile which down the road seems unlikely to show appreciable ground gains, makes a solid case for tuning out and joining the chorus of: ”It makes no difference; they’re all the same damned thing.” Comment
Arts & Theater: Georgetown, Guyana resident Trevor Smith sits on the sidewalk at the corner of Camp and Regent streets - one of the busiest intersections in the capital to sell his colorful designed kites. Comment

New Urgent Care Center

Brooklyn: Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center today unveiled a new state-of-the-art Urgent Care Center. These centers are increasingly popular alternatives to emergency rooms while still providing […] Comment

US warns Haitians to re-register for TPS by deadline

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has warned eligible nationals of Haiti who currently have Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to re-register for TPS by May 2, 2014. Comment
Movies: After finishing high school, Venance Ndibalema made the most of an opportunity to leave Tanzania to study physics and philosophy at the University of Miami. Now, he’s ready to visit his homeland for the first time in years, a trip likely to prove traumatic, given the changes both he and the country have undergone during the interim. Comment

Spotlight on Trinidadian panist Caldera Caraballo

Music: One of the most fabled of the Trinidadian steelpan exponents transitioning to the New York scene decades ago, Caldera Caraballo, whose exploits included a stint in Harry Belafonte’s touring troupe, will be the focus of attention at the next collaboration of the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute and Medgar Evers College’s School of Professional & Community Development on Friday, May 2. The forum reviewing the often trail-blazing career of Caldera Caraballo will take place in the Mary Pinkett Lecture Hall on the Medgar Evers College campus, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Comment

In U.S., Black preschool students ‘punished more severely’

National: WASHINGTON, April 19, 2014 (IPS) - In the United States, African American children continue to face more barriers to success than any other race, new research suggests. Comment

Entrepreneurs need a business-first banking mentality

Business: (Family Features) Owning a home-based small business offers undeniable perks – flexible hours, the ability to control your own professional destiny, even the option to work in your jammies if the mood strikes. But many first-time business owners operating out of the home underestimate important aspects of operating your own company – especially when it comes to finances. Comment
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 16, 2014 (IPS) - Faced with the prospect of losing miles of beautiful white beaches – and the millions in tourist dollars that come with them – from erosion driven by climate change, Barbados is taking steps to protect its coastline as a matter of economic survival. Comment
Health: (Family Features) A healthy lifestyle is necessary at any age, but for those over 50, it’s especially important. As you age, your body changes, and your risk for health problems increases. Fortunately, there are three simple things you can do to lead a healthier and happier life. Comment
Venezuela: CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Negotiators for the government and the opposition have agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission that is to investigate who is to blame for 41 deaths tied to weeks of political unrest in Venezuela. Comment
Books: “Things I Should Have Told My Daughter: Lies, Lessons & Love Affairs” by Pearl Cleage Comment

Guerre posts double in Knight-Time meet

People: Justin Guerre, a senior at St. Francis Prep High School, located in Fresh Meadows, Queens, posted the only double victory on the track in the 11th annual Knight-Time Invitational track and field meet on a Saturday morning and afternoon at Uniondale High School in Long Island. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Blue Ruin (R for profanity and graphic violence) Macabre thriller about a beach bum (Macon Blair) who returns to his hometown to carry out an act of vengeance only to botch the assassination attempt and end up having to defend his suddenly-imperiled family. With Devin Ratray, Amy Hargeaves and Eve Plumb. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer recently launched a series of television addresses by ministers of his ruling United Progressive Party (UPP) as he seeks a mandate from voters for a third consecutive term in office. Comment

Warner cleared in Flying Squad controversy

Trinidad and Tobago: A police investigation into an alleged establishment of a “Flying Squad” two years ago has cleared former Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister Jack Warner. Comment

Amigas, Friends of Children, Inc.

Brooklyn: In a society where very few people give emphasis to the importance of children welfare. In this very few, we will find Norma Lewis, an honorable and caring citizen at heart. Comment

Politians pay tribute to Basil Paterson

Manhattan: Several New York politicians have paid tribute to Basil Paterson, the son of Caribbean immigrants and one of the old-guard Democratic leaders, who for decades dominated politics in Harlem. He died on Wednesday in Manhattan and was 87. Comment

Clean water is key to business success

Viewpoints: Our company depends on clean water for our success. That’s why we’re pleased that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued new draft rules for enforcement of the Clean Water Act last month. Since the Supreme Court handed down decisions in 2001 and 2006, enforcement of the Clean Water Act’s provisions has become incredibly complex, leaving businesses and consumers without clarity. This action by the EPA will give us the confidence we need to know that our access to clean water will be protected. Comment

CARICOM Prepares Demand Letters

Guyana: Caribbean trade bloc governments, historians and rights groups are preparing for the next big step in the fight to make Europe compensate the region for the TransAtlantic African slave trade by serving up demand letters to several European capitals in the next 10 weeks. Comment
Fashion: A flurry of excitement and flash bulbs greeted five of the eight contestants vying for the Miss World Guyana 2014 title when they arrived in the Big Apple last week for a soiree to kick-off the upcoming May 26 pageant in Georgetown. The official sashing of the contestants will take place on May 4 in Gergetown. Comment
Brooklyn: Several Brooklyn legislators have expressed outrage over the shooting of a 13-year-old Haitian-born boy, who was an innocent bystander, as at least seven shots were fired wildly at the corner of Flatbush Avenue and Beverley Road in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn Monday afternoon. Comment



Three West Indies cricketers have been named in a World Twenty20 XI. They are Trinidad and Tobago leg-spinner Samuel Badree, captain Darren Sammy and Jamaican Krishmar Santokie, who was named 12th man in the squad. Comment

Caribbean native stars at Bay Shore

Trinidad and Tobago: The last field event in the Long Island Elite Track and Field Invitational at the indoor facilities of St. Anthony’s High School marked the performance of the triple jump. And what a showing turned in by Bay Shore High School senior Omari Buckmire who recorded a 47’ 2” jump. Comment

Red Bulls in waiting game

Sports: Last Saturday’s New York Red Bulls-DC United MLS showdown revealed the present tale of the two teams. Both teams, long-time Eastern Conference rivals, clearly are on different paths as a result of each club’s off-season approach to the 2014 season. Host DC United (2-2-1, 7 pts.) won the contest, 1-0, at RFK Stadium on a goal by Davy Arnaud in the fourth minute to register its second win of the young, six-week-old season, while the Red Bulls (0-2-4, 4 pts.) are still searching for its first victory. Comment
Health: (StatePoint) When babies are born, their minds are still a work in progress, and their brains will rapidly grow and develop based on their experience. That means the first few years are critical for healthy brain development. Comment
Brooklyn: At least 2,500 New Yorkers, business owners, service providers, those looking for jobs or those who want to expand their businesses, visited Trade Brooklyn–Brooklyn’s business- to-business trade show, earlier this month. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June. Comment

Standing tall for the cause 50 years ago

Viewpoints: The commemoration last week at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas of the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act was a powerful enough event to warrant the presence of the country’s sitting president, Barack Obama, as well as three of his predecessors – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush (the only other living former president, George H.W. Bush, was named the three-day event’s honorary chairman). Comment

Distinguished women receive ‘Women Celebrating Women Award’

Jamaica: Seventeen phenomenal Caribbean and other women on Sunday, Palm Sunday, received the “Women Celebrating Women Award” at a gala ceremony in commemoration of Women’s History Month. Comment

May Day debut for ‘Taboo Yardies’ docu

Arts & Theater: After years of anticipation, Jamaican filmmaker Selena Blake recently announced the opening of her much talked about documentary about Jamaica’s homosexual community titled “Taboo...Yardies.” Comment

Jamaica reports big drop in lionfish sightings

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica is reporting a big decline in sightings of lionfish, the voracious invasive species that has been wreaking havoc on regional reefs for years and wolfing down native juvenile fish and crustaceans. Comment

Going green without sinking into the red

St Kitts and Nevis: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Apr 7 2014 (IPS) - Most Caribbean countries are famous for their sun, sand and warm sea breezes. Far fewer are known for their wide use of solar, wind and other forms of renewable energy. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Prime Minister Perry Christie is welcoming the liberalization of the telecommunication sector on the island saying “Bahamians would for the first time have competition and competition breeds greater levels of efficiency.” Comment

CARICOM chairman to address reparations forum

St Vincent: Current Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman and St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves will present the keynote address this month at an international forum on reparations for slavery in the United States. Comments (2)
Movies: Although Freddy Klein (Devon Bostick) is about to finish high school, he still hasn’t decided whether to attend college in the fall. That’s because he’s considering taking a job as a salesman on his father’s (Christopher Meloni) used car lot. Comment

Raising NY City’s Minimum Wage – A call to action

Viewpoints: As New York City’s economy recovers from the recession, thousands of working families in all five boroughs face a grim reality: Although one of their members might have a fulltime job, the weekly wages they earn are not nearly enough to make ends meet. There are more than 800,000 of the so-called “working poor” in our City, and they struggle to get by -- fighting a daily battle to put food on the table and keep a roof over their heads. Comment
Arts & Theater: Vanessa Williams took time out of her busy schedule to talk to this writer about her role in “After Midnight” which she presently appears in until May 11 with Dule Hill as her leading man. After Midnight is at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, located at 256 West 47th St. (Between 8th Avenue and Broadway) in Manhattan. She replaces Toni Baxton who was featured until recently with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: variety show: No Name... & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy / variety show will feature Liam McEneaney (Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”), alt-folk singer-songwriter Jessica Delfino (“Good Morning America”) and sketch comedy collective Kokomo.(Upright Citizens Brigade). Showtime starts at 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St. (Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Avenue. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: Performers subject to change, For more “No Name,” information, contact (347) 885-3466 / Comment

Letting firms skate on taxes undermines life on Main St

Viewpoints: The Great Recession “officially” ended almost five years ago, but looking at many communities across the country, you wouldn’t believe it. Ten million people are still searching for work, and more than 15 million families have lost their homes to foreclosure. Classrooms are more crowded, roads need repair, and states and cities struggle to meet growing needs as Congress imposes an austerity agenda. Unless you run a wealthy corporation, you are likely experiencing an America in crisis. Comment

Brooklyn quilters display their artistry

Arts & Theater: Recognizable Brooklyn scenes — the Brooklyn Bridge to the Aquarium, each in fabric square blocks in a quilt, greeted quilters and fans as they entered the downtown Brooklyn exhibit. This weekend, at the NY Marriot, more than 500 attended the “Brooklyn Squared” 2014 Quilt Show that displayed the skilled and loving work of members of The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean beauties to vie for seniors crown

Trinidad and Tobago: Two gorgeous senior citizens of Caribbean heritage will be the center of attention when they step on stage to be judged at the 29th Annual Ms. New York Senior America 2014 scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 27. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 13 Sins (R for violence, profanity and bloody images) Remake of Game of Death (2006), a horror flick revolving around a down on his luck salesman (Mark Webber) manipulated to perform a series of increasingly sinister tasks for a promised prize of $6.2 million. With Devon Graye, Rutina Wesley and Ron Perlman. Comment

Official: Guyana boosts monitoring of forests

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana is boosting surveillance of activities in its remote interior to curb illegal deforestation. Officials say the clearing of lush Amazonian jungles in the South American nation appears to be increasing over the past year due in large part to an ongoing boom in gold mining. Comment


Suriname: On the face of it, relations between the Caribbean trade bloc’s two largest member states appear to be normal, with booming cross border trade, mutual governmental plans to bridge the border Corentyne River and daily trips by nationals of both countries seeking out friends and relatives. Comment

Actor Jimmy Jean-Louis’ father succumbs to gunshot wound

Haiti: On April 10, Lephène Jean-Louis, father of actor, Haiti advocate, and philanthropist Jimmy Jean-Louis, succumbed in a Haitian hospital to an injury from a gunshot wound he received four days earlier on Sunday, April 6. Comment

Caribbean scholar Norman Girvan is dead

Jamaica: United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed “deep sadness” at the death of prominent Caribbean academic, Professor Norman Girvan, of Jamaica, who had been his personal representative on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela since April 2010. Comment

Trinidad & Tobago former leader dies

Tributes are pouring in from the Caribbean and other parts of the world for the late former Trinidad and Tobago President and former Prime Minister Arthur Napoleon Robinson, who died on Wednesday after a prolonged illness. Comment
Haiti: The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) on April 9 bid farewell to the Ambassador of Haiti to the hemispheric organization, Duly Brutus, who is leaving the post after 10 years to become Minister of Foreign Affairs of the French-speaking Caribbean country. Comment

LOVE, Above All Things

Music: By Lem Peterkin Comment

Nine get Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction award

Brooklyn: New York City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader, and Brooklyn District Leader Rodneyse Bichotte, hosted the first annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Celebration & Awards at the Brooklyn Public Library on Mar. 28, honoring nine extraordinary women from New York City who are making tremendous strides in their fields. Comment

Gender pay-gap hurdle

People: WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans blocked a Senate bill Wednesday aimed at narrowing the pay gap between men and women, an election-year ritual that Democrats hope will help spur women to back them in this fall’s congressional elections. Comment

Jamelody’s Got a Gun

Music: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad. April 1, 2014 -- Gun -- A word that immediately triggers fear in some but for the youths on the street, the youths in the crime hotspots in Trinidad and Tobago and many other countries across the world, gun talk is real talk. ‘Gun’ is the name of T&T reggae crooner and VP recording artiste, Jamelody’s latest contribution. Comment



Arts & Theater: Much ado about Denzel Washington’s return to Broadway focused on his age and a question as to whether the 60-year-old could convincingly portray 35-year-old Walter Lee Younger, the lead character in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin In The Sun.” Comment

B’klyn Family Inherits Congressional Medal

People: The Congressional Medal of Honor was presented posthumously to the family of the late Tuskegee Airman Leon Nathan Duncan recently at Vanderveer Park United Methodist in Brooklyn, thanks in part to the efforts of Claude B. Govan of Tri State Chapter Tuskegee Airmen, Inc (TAI). Comments (1)

‘Mother Goose’ love reigns

Arts & Theater: Many New York City parents and children are very concerned about children getting a well-rounded education. Some children instead of training in various sports or running home to homework and video games are getting arts education after school. Fortunately, for those who want to follow in the footsteps of off-Broadway and Hollywood actors, actresses, singers, dancers, playwrights and poets in the dramatic theatre arts programming, there are opportunities at the historic Billie Holiday Theatre on 1368 Fulton St. Comment

T&T ambassador issues call to invest in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Neil Parsan, ambassador of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to the United States of America and Mexico has called on Florida businesspersons to invest in Trinidad and Tobago while delivering the feature address at the Caribbean Trade Center’s ‘Caribbean/Latin America Tourism, Trade, and Investment Conference and Exhibits’ in Doral, Florida, recently. Comment
Jamaica: Rajiv Maragh will be heading once again down to Louisville, in less than a month for another attempt at winning the Kentucky Derby, which he couldn’t do previously. Comment

Civil Rights pioneer tells her story to children

Brooklyn: Historical events that detail the Black experience are best understood when the teller is giving a first person account. Claudette Colvin , who at 15 years of age found the courage and strength to stand up to Alabama’s segregation Bus laws, was forefront at the United African Movement Forum at 1061 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn on Wednesday, April 2, to describe to a packed house of students and adults, her experience and treatment on that historic day of March 2, 1955. Comment

Clarke dismayed by deportations for minor infractions

National: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has expressed dismay over a report that most of the nearly two million illegal immigrants who have been deported to the Caribbean and other places since 2009 had committed only minor violations or did not have any criminal record. Comment

Potential for bigger moneybags in the system

Viewpoints: The raging right pounced on Chief Justice John Roberts mercilessly when his turned out to be the deciding Supreme Court vote in 2012 that flipped the challenge to the Affordable Care Act in the Obama administration’s favor. An act of outright betrayal, they charged, was this vote by a soldier considered a sure bet whenever time came for counting heads on the court’s right flank. Comment

Delaware dedicates ‘One Love’ Park to Marley

Jamaica: Landmark monuments to Robert Nesta Marley, the avowed Caribbean’s first superstar seems to be a globally expanding tribute to the Jamaican reggae legend. The latest is the renaming of a recreational playground in Wilmington, Delaware. Allegedly, the city plans to rename an area One Love Park in honor of the icon and the reggae anthem he recorded. Comment

Colin Firth exudes angst as tortured WWII POW

“The Railway Man” Comment
Sports: Sri Lanka eventually broke their jinx after losing two Twenty20 ICC World Cup finals and two 50-overs deciders over the past seven years. The victory came 18 years after the Asian team won its first Cricket World Cup in 1996. Comment

Peerless Clothing of Varied Proportions

Fashion: Comment

PBS Series on Educational Crisis Wins Peabody Award

Books: NEW YORK (April 4, 2014)—The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) documentary series, “180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School,” which shines the spotlight on the nation’s educational crisis, has won a Peabody Award, the Pulitzer Prize of electronic media. Jacquie Jones, the executive director of NBPC, will be presented the award on May 19th at the Peabody Awards ceremony at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria. Comment

PBS Series on Educational Crisis Wins Peabody Award

Books: NEW YORK (April 4, 2014)—The National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) documentary series, 180 Days: A Year Inside An American High School, which shines the spotlight on the nation’s educational crisis, has won a Peabody Award, the Pulitzer Prize of electronic media. Jacquie Jones, the executive director of NBPC, will be presented the award on May 19th at the Peabody Awards ceremony at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria. Comment

Suriname hosts regional technology meeting

Suriname: Caribbean leaders will meet in Suriname this week to push forward the region’s technology development agenda. The South American country will host an executive meeting of the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) on April 8th and 9th at the Hotel Krasnapolsky, Paramaribo. Comment

Pot growers association launched in Jamaica

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A group of influential Jamaicans gathered Saturday to launch an association of supposed future marijuana cultivators as momentum builds toward loosening laws prohibiting pot on the Caribbean island. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Queens: Variety show: No Name... & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy / variety show will feature comedians Carole Montgomery (Nick at Nite’s “Funniest Mom in America” ) Miguel Dalmau (Hoboken Comedy Festival) and Grant Cooper (Morrison Motel) “No Name” house band The Summer Replacements” including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez will perform a full set old school R & B and rock beginning at 8:00 p.m. Showtime starts at 7:00 p.m. No cover, no minimum. Otto’s is located at 538 E 14th St (Between avenues A and B) “L” subway train to First Ave. For more information, call (212) 228-2240 or go to: Performers subject to change, for more “no name,” information, contact (347) 885-3466 / Comment

DR national heads DA’s Immigrant Fraud Unit

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson has promoted Assistant District Attorney, Dominican Republic-born Maritza Mejia-Ming, to chief of the District Attorney’s new Immigrant Fraud Unit. Comment

WICB scores another legal victory

The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has scored another legal victory against the West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) when a High Court judge recently reversed an almost US$1 million payment awarded to WIPA, during arbitration proceedings between both parties in 2011. Comment
Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 1, 2014 (IPS) - Guyana is shaping up to set a gold standard for the Caribbean in implementing a national energy efficiency strategy to curb greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

A Fragile Trust (Unrated) Ethics expose about Jayson Blair, the disgraced New York Times reporter who was dismissed after being caught plagiarizing many of his stories. Comment

CaribCan Or Can’t Survive

Food: If the smaller Eastern Caribbean islands have their way, ongoing two-way free-trade talks between Canada and the 15-nation bloc of Caribbean Community nations stretching from Suriname on the South American coast to Belize in Central America, would be scrapped forthwith. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has signed an amendment with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and a 2012 Framework Agreement to support renewable energy and energy efficiency of climate change in Central America and the Caribbean. Comment

Venezuela detains Trinidadian Muslims

Venezuela: A group of Muslims, dressed in Muslim garb, who recently went to Venezuela to obtain visas to travel for a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, was detained on suspicion of being terrorist. Comments (1)

Haiti PM shakes up Cabinet for 3rd time in 2 years

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti’s prime minister used Twitter on Wednesday to announce he was replacing about half of the 22-member Cabinet, marking the third major government shake-up in less than two years. Comment

Diversity is good for business, the economy

When thinking of immigration reform, we must ask ourselves what we want for the country. From a business perspective, important goals to aim for are innovation and entrepreneurship. And although there’s no simple recipe for achieving them, one key ingredient is diversity. Comment

HIV/AIDS book launched at Guyana Consulate, NY

Books: “Stigma and lack of knowledge about HIV&AIDS” was the topic of a compelling presentation by Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana Prem Misir, who launched his first health book in front of expatriates at the Consulate General of Guyana in New York City, recently. Comment

A living wage is an equal voice

Viewpoints: Take a look at your bills: What do you pay for food, housing, clothing, health care, utilities and transportation? How much would it take for your family to just get by? Could you make it on $15,000 a year? $21,000? What would your family have to do without to make ends meet? What exactly does it take to make it in America? Comment



Arts & Theater: Song saturated with soudade, humor, and irresistible dance rhythms are as omnipresent as ocean breezes on the Islands of Cape Verde. In April it is the destination of industry professionals and music lovers for the Atlantic Music Expo and Kriol Jazz Festival in Praia on Santiago, largest of 10 islands that make up this country. Draw a line from Europe to Brazil or Senegal to the Caribbean and you pass through the Cape Verdean Islands. Its location and historical importance in the slave trade makes it an ideally suitable environment to bring these elemental cultures together. In its music can be heard echoes of zydeco, blues, fado, and influences of zouk and kompa. Comment

Dancehall comedy

Arts & Theater: The awaited end to this year winter season couldn’t come sooner for Caribbean nationals living in the tri-state area. With the long anticipated wait of Jamaican’s young and talented comedian Keith “Shebada” Ramsey returning to the area, the rainy weekend could not stop theater lovers from returning to their local venue in Brooklyn and Bronx for their belly wrenching, tear dropping laughter. Comment

Author Beverly Manley speaks at Monroe College

Books: Beverly Manley’s roots in Jamaican life are deep. She is a known radio and TV personality with a long history in the political world of Jamaica and is recognized as a strong voice in the Jamaican women’s rights movement. Comment
Caribbean: It is about time that the West Indies Cricket Board gets serious and demonstrate some respect for their former players by getting them meaningfully involved with West Indies cricket. Comment

Renewable energy in the Caribbean

St Vincent: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has signed an amendment with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding and a 2012 Framework Agreement to support renewable energy and energy efficiency for the mitigation of climate change in Central America and the Caribbean. Comment

T&T Tourism minister resigns

Trinidad and Tobago: Another minister in Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar-led People’s Partnership government in Trinidad and Tobago has been removed from her Cabinet. Comment

Lopez satisfied at Cares program

People: With the NCAA basketball tournament reaching the semi-finals and finals this weekend and the Knicks still trying to qualify for the last playoff position in the National Basketball Association at press time, let’s turn the clock back and look at one of the great players who competed in New York City and particularly Madison Square Garden. Comment

Words of wisdom about image and etiquette

Jamaica: Making a lasting first impression is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Stoosh Images Inc., a Vallley Stream, NY image consultancy for individuals and companies is the brainchild of Patrice daCosta, an expert in color analysis, personal shopping, closet clearing, etiquette and personal development for people who want to put their best foot forward. Stoosh Images Inc. created July 2005 aims to help people feel and look better about themselves. Comment

A fair demand, that the state be repaid

Viewpoints: Back in 2011 when New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was by then “feeling it” as allegedly welcome relief from vanquished Jon Corzine and the buzz was on about him and the presidency, he at first typically refused but later gave in to demands that he repay the state for use of a state police helicopter, for what was thought not to be official business. Comment



Sports: It’s week four of the 2014 MLS season and the New York Red Bulls still haven’t won a game after four tries. Last Sunday’s home contest against Chivas USA, a team in administrative limbo, being run by the league as it shops for a buyer for the franchise, seemed a good bet for the Red Bulls’ first win, but the hosts barely avoided defeat and struggled for a 1-1 draw in stoppage time. Comment
Music: One of the most famous guitarists in the world of Blues, B.B. King, will be appearing at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 19 at 8:00 p.m. Known around the world, at age 88, King is an unstoppable musical icon, who is still going strong and touring to this day. Comment

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