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Friday, Oct. 23, 2015

NEW MOVE TO HELP ECONOMY

Forced to look for alternative ways of raising revenue for development purposes, some Caribbean trade group nations are coming up with novel ways to get around worrying cash flow problems. Comment

Protest over anti-Haitian job posting

Haiti: Caribbean American legislators in New York have expressed outrage over a job listing published in the New City Pennysaver that specifically excludes individuals who are Haitian. Comment

Phil Simmons awaits his fate

The fate of suspended West Indies coach Phil Simmons hangs in the balance as no date has been set for the disciplinary hearing against him. Comment

COSTA RICA WINS

Sports: HARRISON, N.J. (AP) _ Tim Howard made his first appearance in goal for the United States in 15 months and was unable to stop the Americans’ slide. Comment

Charles readies for another run

Sports: Terry Charles of Brooklyn appeared in his second Manhattan College Invitational Scholastic Cross Country Meet near the host school at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx, a short walk from the host organization. Comment

Envoy says St. Vincent’s record ‘solid’

St Vincent: As Vincentians in New York on Sunday began celebrating their 36th anniversary of political independence, United Nations Ambassador I. Rhonda King says the nation’s record amid debilitating economic forces has been “solid.” Comment

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015

Passion, not pragmatism fuels Sanders bid

National: There’s an element of the Democratic Party apparently dead-set on pursuing a course of action driven by passion and bereft of pragmatism – a pursuit that is eerily reminiscent of Democratic misadventures with leadership choices in the 1960s and 70s, much to the party’s and indeed the country’s eventual regret Comment

OAS to observe Belize general elections

Belize: The Organization of American States (OAS) says it will send an Election Observation Mission (EOM) to Belize for its Nov. 4 general elections. Comment

Rangana Herath rattles West Indies batting

Sports: Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bagged 10 wickets in the first Test match featuring Sri Lanka vs. West Indies. He took 6 wickets for 68 runs in the first innings and 4 for 79 in the second. Comment

Jamaican artist visits New York

Music: Mark-Anthony Abel, a British-born singer, songwriter and composer of Jamaican roots arrived in New York City on Tuesday, Oct 20 for a two-week promotional run. Comments (1)

St. Kitts joins Caribbean fight for reparations

St Kitts and Nevis: Backlash from UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s dismissive attitude toward addressing the issue of reparations while on a visit to Jamaica seems to be galvanizing support from Caribbean leaders. Comment

DÉPAS’ EXHIBIT

Arts & Theater: Haitian-American painter Albert Dépas fills the 4th floor gallery of Boricua College, in Washington Heights, with vibrantly colored paintings, some that extend floor to practically the ceiling. His current solo exhibition, “Self: The Quest for a Personal Identity” runs until Oct. 30 at the College, 3755 Broadway, corner of West 156th Street in upper Manhattan. Comment

Gray offers education for the very young

Jamaica: Who is really thinking about filling a child’s mind with the knowledge they need to be successful when they are between the ages of newborn and three? Comment

Calypso Rose to perform at gospel concert in Grenada

Music: The undisputed Calypso Queen of the World, Calypso Rose, will headline a major gospel concert in Grenada on Saturday, Oct. 24. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Fidelis Care opens Jamaica Community Office in Queens

Fidelis Care, a statewide health plan with over 1.3 million members, opened its Jamaica Community Office located at 146-01 Jamaica Ave. in Queens on Friday, Oct. 16. Comment

NDC aims to strengthen ties with Diaspora

Grenada: Members of Grenada’s National Democratic Congress party — the main opposition party of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique – kicked off the North East United States and Canada tour Oct. 16 with a press conference to reopen communication with the Diaspora. Comment

Comic Learie Joseph in Queens, Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: Whenever Trinidad and Tobago’s master comic, Learie Joseph, makes a New York appearance, it’s a special event. Comment

HEROC strides at ‘cancer walk’ to assist Guyana

Guyana: Thirty-seven-year-old breast cancer survivor Seeka Woodson embraced the chilly weather in Prospect Park on Sunday, Oct. 18, to walk with the New York-based, Guyana “Health & Education Relief Organization For Cancer, as she continues her fight for a cure for cancer that the American Cancer Society noted would affect millions of women yearly. Comment

The unlikely chance of a serious human rights debate in Cuba

Cuba: MEXICO CITY, Oct. 19, 2015 (IPS) - Nearly a month since Pope Francis ended his historic visit to Cuba, any hope that authorities would loosen control on free expression in the country is fading as fast as the chants that welcomed him. Comment

Racial issues come alive in ‘Grant Park’

Books: Open mouth, insert foot. Maybe it doesn’t happen often, but there are times when you have a knack for saying what’s on your mind at precisely the wrong time. You can’t un-say things, though, especially if you mean them but as you’ll see in the new novel “Grant Park” by Leonard Pitts, Jr., at least those words won’t kill you. Comment

Adams honors firefighter, volunteer organization

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday paid tribute to a firefighter who saved an unconscious two-year-old during an early morning fire in Marine Park, as well as a not-profit organization in Borough Park which distributed more than 3,000 free hot meals last month to needy patients in hospitals across Brooklyn. Comment

Eye-opening expose’ on prosecution of Muslims

Movies: It’s no surprise that government surveillance of Muslims has intensified since 9/11. That scrutiny has paid off, as it seems like once a month or so, we hear about how another terrorist plot has been thwarted by authorities just before it was about to be hatched. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015

Clarke conducts forum on domestic violence

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Wednesday, Oct. 14 conducted a Forum on Domestic Violence Awareness in Brooklyn, providing members of the community with information about preventing domestic violence and offering survivors the resources needed to reclaim their lives. Comment

Jamaican novelist wins prestigious literary prize

Books: The name Marlon James is now and forever etched indelibly in history as the very, first Jamaican novelist to win Britain’s acclaimed Man Booker Prize. Comment

Having to choose, a nation’s agonizing immigration duty

Immigration: WASHINGTON DC, Oct. 15, 2015 (IPS) - It’s a universally acknowledged truth that no nation can sustain open borders. Even the wealthiest, most popular “nations of immigrants” like the U.S. cannot possibly accept everyone who wants to immigrate here or even qualifies to do so Comment

Oneness unites IRAWMA fans in Florida

Music: Chicago-based concert promoter Ephraim Martin can add another year of honoring achievers in the music industry after recently celebrating the 34th International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Comment

Good manners for adults, children to remember and practice

What a popular and newly revised advertisement should read is that, you should not leave home without good manners — instead of a designated credit card. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Burnt (Unrated) Culinary dramedy about a disgraced Parisian chef’s (Brasdley Cooper) attempt to restore his reputation in London with the help of an attractive assistant-turned-love interest (Sienna Miller). With Omar Sy, Uma Thurman, Emma Thompson and Alicia Vikander. Comment

Monday, Oct. 19, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda has won its first case involving confiscation of money laundering under the Proceeds of Crime Act in the High Court recently. Comment

Jack Warner takes a back seat from politics

Trinidad and Tobago: Political leader of the Trinidad and Tobago Independent Liberal Party (ILP) Jack Warner has bowed out of active politics. Attorney Reka Ramjit was elected the new political leader of the party when the ILP held its internal election for the leadership post last Sunday. Comment

New meet up for Caribbean tech lovers

St Kitts and Nevis: Calling all lovers of technology — followers of Apple or Android, coders, and other innovators are welcome to occupy the same space for a meeting of like-mindedness. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 18, 2015

Adams releases bilingual parent guide

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has released English and Spanish versions of the Brooklyn Parent Guide to Public Education, a handbook compiled to help Brooklyn parents navigate City resources for students. Comment

Mighty Sparrow to receive British honor

Music: The Mighty Sparrow (Slinger Francisco) has been bestowed the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Comment

Medgar Evers College lauded

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has congratulated Brooklyn’s predominantly Black Medgar Evers College for earning a grant under the Institutions Competitive Grant Program from the United States Department of Education. Comments (1)

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015

Caribbean sounds alarm on climate change

Grenada: As the United Nations General Assembly last Saturday wrapped up its 70th Session Debate, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders and foreign ministers, one after the other, did not hesitate to the tell the global community the major impact climate change is having on their already beleaguered economies. Comment

Vincentians display their culture at expo

Music: The undisputed oldest and largest Vincentian cultural and educational group in the United States on Oct. 3 conducted what organizers say was a very successful biennial exposition at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Seeing ‘Red’ with Trini artist

Arts & Theater: Colors have an uncanny ability to evoke emotions or memories. Drawing upon the complex shade of red, Trinidadian artist Robert Reid is welcoming the masses to see red in all of its forms – indicative of passion, violence, and more. Comment

Friday, Oct. 16, 2015

SUICIDE RIFE IN GUYANA

Until miners from the coast land discovered relatively large amounts of gold in the last three years, life at a northwestern native Amerindian jungle community in Guyana was simple and traditional. Comment

SIDS Dock Treaty makes history

St Vincent: A slice of history was made Sept. 30 as the United Nations observed the announcement of the entry into force of the SIDS Dock Treaty – the legal recognition of the intergovernmental sustainable energy and climate resilience organization established by heads of state and government of Small Island Developing States in 2009. Comment

Jamaica is ‘open for business’

Jamaica: When you think of words associated with Jamaica you may immediately think of sun, reggae, and jerk chicken, but you’re missing something pivotal: business. Comment

Huawei taps into the LASCO Financial Services network

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica - Sept. 14, 2015- LASCO Financial Services Limited (LFSL) is now the latest authorized distributor for HUAWEI Device Jamaica smart devices and accessories in the local telecoms retail industry. Comment

Bed-Stuy athletes point to marathon

Sports: Time is drawing near and it would not be long now before comes the 2015 edition of the New York City or five-borough Marathon. With a short time remaining before the start of the 26.2-mile grind takes place with the start being in Staten island and finish in Central Park, the athletes are cutting down on their training. Comment

Papa Jean’s funny faces

Haiti: So you want to be famous? In this digital age, there’s a new formula: find the proper lighting, invest in an iPhone or Android, and nail speaking in 15-second increments. Comments (4)

Jason Holder stuck in ongoing crisis

West Indies Test and One-day Captain Jason Holder has pleaded with the West Indies Cricket Board to hurry and cease the ongoing conflict between suspended Head Coach Phil Simmons and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015

Kamla crew’s lack of grace continues

Trinidad and Tobago: The post-election behavior of the former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, and her partners in crime who were booted out of office Sept. 7, has been as hideous as one would have guessed, given what had been telegraphed during their five years of misrule as the country’s government. Comment

Una Clarke – the toast of the town

Jamaica: Former New York City Councilwoman Una S.T.Clarke was the “toast of the town” Monday night, as hundreds of community figures, legislators, members of the judiciary and clergy, supporters and well-wishers attended a gala reception honoring her appointment to the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York (CUNY). Comment

Million Men March Again in Washington DC

People: A media black-out of the largest gathering of Black men in America recently did not deter thousands of Black Americans -- predominantly Black men – to pack the National Mall in Washington D.C. on Oct. 10 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Million Man March. Comment

Guyana prez greets nationals

Guyana: After a full day of bilateral talks with heads of state, and making his presentation to the United Nations on Tuesday, Sept. 29 to address the ongoing Venezuela border conflict, Guyana President David Granger relaxed at a reception at the Guyana Permanent Mission on 2nd Avenue in midtown Manhattan, and thanked staff members of both the Mission and the New York Consulate, for their contribution. Comment

KICK-OFF CONCERT

Music: This weekend, beginning Oct. 17 a kick-off concert at Madison Square Garden headlined by r&b singer Chaka Khan, is expected to attract women of color for the 15th annual Circle of Sisters exposition. Comment

Welcome immigrants, don’t stigmatize them

In his historic speech to Congress, Pope Francis hailed the welcoming values of acceptance and diversity that the United States represents throughout the world. Comment

Monsters run amok in friendly fright franchise

Launched by Robert Lawrence Stine in 1992, “Goosebumps” is a phenomenally-popular series of spooky stories carefully-crafted to scare the bejesus out of seven to 12-year-olds. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015

Envoy says Haiti taking ‘resolute’ steps towards renewal of democracy

Haiti: With the holding of the first round of elections on Aug. 9, the United Nations envoy to Haiti, Sandra Honoré, says the French-speaking Caribbean country is taking “resolute” steps in renewing its democratic institutions. Comment

How to conduct breast self-exams

Health: Dr. Magdalena Lombardi Plasilova is a surgeon and director of breast health services at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center specializing in the comprehensive care of breast cancer patients. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Dr. Plasilova and Brookdale University Hospital bring their expertise on the diagnosis and management of breast cancer with their advice on prevention and self-exams. Comment

Sir Garfield to be honored in Sri Lanka

Barbados: West Indies cricket icon Sir Garfield Sobers will be honored during the upcoming Test Series between West Indies and Sri Lanka. Comment

Clarke commits to Dominica’s recovery

Dominica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she’s committed to helping Dominica recover from massive estruction caused by Tropical Storm Erika in August. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Barbados and Iceland have signed an air services agreement. It entitles the airlines designated by the countries to, among other things, fly over as well as land in the territory of the other country. Comment

Steve Camacho passes away

Antigua: Former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) chief executive officer, Steve Camacho has died at the age of 69. Comment

HONDURAS DEFEATS US

Sports: SANDY, Utah (AP) _ The United States is in danger of missing its second straight men’s Olympic soccer tournament. Comment

Jamaican leaders pen redress to UK PM’s ‘Prison Deal’

Jamaicans on the island, abroad in Europe, Africa, Asia and throughout the diaspora are split in deciding the merits of a gift from the British government to build a new prison for the sole purpose of housing Jamaicans convicted of violating British laws. Comment

Williams honors autistic student for innovative ideas

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has presented an eight-year-old autistic student of Public School 315 in East Flatbush with a New York City Council Citation for his innovative ideas towards building a greener, sustainable environment in the 45th Council District. Comment

‘Sanitation, Water & Hygiene For All’ cannot wait for 2030

Environment: UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 9, 2015 (IPS) - The new Sustainable Development Goals, agreed upon recently by the member states of the United Nations, are all interconnected, as has been reiterated time and again. However, it is in the new Goal 6 – “Ensure access to water and sanitation for all”—for which this interconnectedness is most apparent. Comment

MAS2 TV is the Caribbean’s Netflix

Movies: Move over Netflix, there’s a new streaming service in town and it’s just for the Caribbean. Comment

OECS partners with CTU to promote ICT-development in Eastern Caribbean

St Vincent: TORTOLA, BVI: An agreement between the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU) promises to deepen collaboration between the institutions in leveraging information and communications technology to support development in the sub-region. Comment

Shaquille O’Neal shares a story

For almost every day of your life, someone’s reminded you to share. Usually, it’s about sharing your toys but that’s not all. You share games, the sofa, your ideas, snacks, and any chore that needs four hands. Sharing is often about teamwork, and in the new book “Little Shaq” (illustrated by Theodore Taylor III), author Shaquille O’Neal shares a story… Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Things Must Change (Unrated) Music biz documentary revisiting the rise and demise of Tower Records. Featuring commentary by Chris Cornell, Chuck D., Elton John and David Geffen. Comment

Monday, Oct. 12, 2015

Vincentian student meets Prez Obama

St Vincent: A 12-year-old Vincentian student who lives with his parents in Brooklyn has had the rare privilege and opportunity of meeting United States President Barack Obama after the child had written the president four years ago congratulating him on his election. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015

UN premiere for Jamaica’s ‘Queen Nanny’

Movies: A very select audience will be privy to a special screening of “Queen Nanny” when the documentary premieres in New York at the United Nations. Comment

Virgin Islanders seek reparations from Denmark

Caribbean: Britain and the United States are not alone with indebtedness to African s transported against their will from the continent to be sold into slavery. Comments (2)

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015

Prayer Breakfast aids SVG Penn Relays athletes

St Vincent: Several Vincentians in the United States recently showed their support for Vincentian athletes attending the illustrious Penn Relays in Philadelphia by patronizing a fundraising prayer breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Friday, Oct. 9, 2015

Mystery spinner returns to squad

Trinidad and Tobago mystery spinner Sunil Narine, who pulled out of the World Cup squad to continue work on his bowling action, has been recalled to the One-Day International (ODI) and Twenty20 squads — 13 months after he played his last game for the West Indies — is a huge fillip for the side in the two series against Sri Lanka later this month. Comment

CONCACAF CLASH

Sports: When the USA and Mexico stage yet another intense cross-border battle on Saturday, night, Oct. 10, 9:30 pm at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (CA), there is more at stake than the usual battle for CONCACAF superiority or area dominance; the match will determine who represents CONCACAF at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia next summer, and the result will also ultimately crown the true CONCACAF champion and could very well determine the future of USA head coach Jurgen Klinnsman. Comment

Simmons intent is good for West Indies cricket

Sports: Suspended West Indies Head Coach Phil Simmons may have committed a breach as head coach but that should not result in such a harsh penalty as to suspend him and remove him from the Sri Lankan tour. Comment

Tejada helps out as a reserve

Sports: Who would ever think that the New York Mets would capture their East Division title of the National League after completely missing the post season in 2014? Nobody thought that they would make such a strong showing during most of the second half of the season. Comment

Travelspan is still keeping fares low

Trinidad and Tobago: Vacation. How sweet that three-syllable word sounds. Exploring a new country, state or island or even returning to a place of origin melts the stress of the realities left at home away. In planning any vacation, there is a battle to secure the cheapest rates whether it be in terms of airfare, hotel stay or deals on cruises. Comment

George Crooks, international promoter extraordinaire

Jamaica: Jamaican-born George Crooks, founder and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Jammins Entertainment, an arts and cultural promotions event management company, considers himself a promoter of international repute. Comments (1)

Antigua & Barbuda will fund ‘Rebels’

Music: The government of Antigua recently earmarked $20 to $80 million of its budget sealing a deal that will spotlight “Rebels,” a film about Robert Nesta Marley. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015

Jamaicans angry with British prime minister

Jamaica: The fallout from last week’s visit by British Prime Minister David Cameron to Jamaica continued this week with a flaming row over whether Jamaican authorities had in fact agreed to allow Britain to dump hundreds of Jamaican convicts serving time in British jails into a facility to be built on the island specifically for that purpose. Comment

UN officials ‘shocked’ by ex-Antiguan diplomat arrest

Antigua: Top United Nations officials say they are “shocked” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the “very serious allegations” announced by United States’ federal prosecutors against Dr. John Ashe, a former president of the UN General Assembly and erstwhile Permanent Representative of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN. Comment

Vinette Pryce - catches you ‘Inside Caribbean Life’

Jamaica: At the helm of all things Caribbean, logging stories from politics to entertainment, is veteran beat reporter Vinette Pryce. Joining Caribbean Life at its inception, Pryce has delivered insightful pieces from her coverage of Nelson Mandela’s visit to Jamaica to interviewing Fidel Castro at Columbia University, to name just a few. Comment

Clueless Kevin stars in GOP sideshow

Viewpoints: So, the ink wasn’t yet dry on what we had to say last week about the alleged speaker-in-waiting, Kevin McCarthy, and GOP stewardship in the House probably becoming even more dysfunctional than under John Boehner, when…along comes McCarthy unloading a mouthful about the sleaze tactics that constitute top-priority strategizing among the party hierarchy. Comment

FALL FOR DANCE

Arts & Theater: The 12th Annual Fall for Dance Festival is in full swing. The first performance of the five program festival was on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The festival runs to Oct. 11 with the final performance of program five, which ends the festival for this year. The programs are rich as always. This year’s festival presents 20 international dance companies and artists. Comment

Old Master is new to you: Exhibit spotlights the ‘Missing Impressionsit’

It is time for this artist to make an impression! Comment

Kam Williams - a film critic worth reading

Movies: Churning out 10 to 12 articles a week, boasting an impressive list of celebrities he has held conversations with, and one of the few black reviewers on popular site Rotten Tomatoes, Kam Williams’ career as a film reporter happened seemingly by accident. Comment

Paul Clement — Grenadian political scientist

Grenada: Paul C. Clement is an associate professor of Economics and chair of the Department of Social Sciences at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), State University of New York (SUNY). Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Nelson King: Caribbean Life freelancer since 1990

St Vincent: Nelson King began putting pen to paper for Caribbean Life newspaper while wrapping his senior year at Brooklyn College, pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and Journalism, back in 1990. Comment

Grenadian group effects change ‘back home’

Grenada: There is a wealth of women’s organizations aiming to pull women together in the name of sisterhood and empowerment. On college campuses, women have many organizations to choose from whether it is within a sorority, student union, faith based or Caribbean based organization. Comment

Borough Hall celebrates Latino heritage

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna, the first borough-wide Latina official, last Tuesday welcomed hundreds of Brooklynites to Brooklyn Borough Hall for a celebration of the borough’s Latino heritage. Comment

Tropical Paradise is a dream personified

Brooklyn: Caribbean restaurants poulate Brooklyn. The mom-and-pop eateries run the streets, opening two to three flagship locations across the borough but none have expanded their resume quite like Tropical Paradise. Comment

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015

Antigua, Malta to advance the interests of SIDS

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda and Malta have pledged to work together in advancing the interests of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), according to an Antigua and Barbuda government statement issued in New York. Comment

Elderly honored at Yesterday’s Children Tribute

Trinidad and Tobago: A salute to Yesterday’s Children is about love, honor, obedience, gratitude and unity- qualities that were certainly expressed on Sept. 20, when five elderly women were treated to an evening of elegance at the New Hope Empowerment Center in Brooklyn. Comment

FIFA bans Jack Warner for life

Trinidad and Tobago: FIFA, soccer’s world governing body for the sport has banned its former vice-President Jack Warner for life last Tuesday for “many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official,” FIFA’s ethics committee said. Comment

West Indies head coach awaits his fate

Sports: Suspended West Indies head coach Trinidadian Phil Simmons will know his fate next week after he meets with a West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) human resource panel to discuss controversial comments he made about the selection of the West Indies team to tour Sri Lanka later this month. Comment

The party’s over for U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 30, 2015 (IPS) - The Pope has left the U.N. and the traffic in Manhattan is back to normal. The hoard of government delegations, NGOs and civil society representatives are packing up and the press is moving on. The party’s over for the Sustainable Development Goals. Comment

Grammy-winning rapper’s reunion with long-lost dad

Che “Rhymefest” Smith is among the handful of rappers who have actually managed to make it in the music industry. What’s even more remarkable is the fact that the Grammy-winning artist also overcame a challenging childhood, having been raised on the rough South Side of Chicago by a single-mom who’d given birth to him while still in her early teens. Comment

Francine Chin is taking over Internet radio

Jamaica: We are spoon-fed that radio, newspapers, magazines and eventually television, are dying. Many pioneers have left their perches in search of either joining the new wave in the digital realm or reminiscing on the good ol’ days. Comment

George Irish embraces diverse fields

Montserrat: The community work of Montserratian Dr. George Irish, dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, embraces diverse fields. Comment

Monday, Oct. 5, 2015

Cameron provides Caribbean aid, rejects slavery reparations

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday rejected the Caribbean’s push for slavery reparations during his first official visit to Jamaica, a once-profitable British colony that became independent just over 50 years ago. Comment

Antigua takes WTO dispute to UN

Antigua: Declaring that rich and powerful nations must help developing countries, such as those in the Caribbean, grow, instead of putting obstacles in their way, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has taken the country’s ongoing dispute with the United States over online gambling to the United Nations. Comment

Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015

Guyanese call for peaceful resolution to border conflict

Venezuela: More that 300 Guyanese held a peaceful demonstration on Dag Hammarskjold Plaza outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, calling for a peaceful resolution to the fight for the South American country’s mineral rich Essequibo Region that Venezuela has laid claim to 116 years ago. Comment

Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will settle the country’s longstanding debt to the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. Comment

A Bartlett ‘Weekend to Remember’

Music: The Bartlett Contemporaries band kicked off their 50th year in music with a “Weekend to Remember.” The festive three-day event co-sponsored by The Thomas White Jr. Foundation, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, Great Women In Music and York College was held in Queens, NY and ran Sept. 11-13, 2015. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Big Stone Gap (PG-13 for brief suggestive material) Romantic comedy, set in Appalachia in 1978, revolving around a shy and retiring spinster (Ashley Judd) who finds herself being courted by several suitors when a surprising secret about her long-lost father surfaces. Ensemble cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, John Benjamin Hickey and Jenna Elfman. Comment

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015

PowerUP Kreyol awards Haitian small businesses

Haiti: Haitian business owners and startups were presented with a unique opportunity through the Brooklyn Public Library’s inaugural PowerUP! Kreyol business plan competition in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services. Comment

ARUBA JAZZ

Music: Roy Hargrove RH Factor headlined the 9th Annual Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival Aruba 2015. Roy Hargrove is a two-time Grammy award winner, and the leader of three separate bands, a straight ahead jazz quintet, a big band, and his Hip-Hop, Soul, Funk, Jazz Fusion Band, RH Factor. Comment

HORNE IN THE HALL

St Vincent: Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, will always be a special day in my life and in the lives of my immediate family, other family members and friends — it was the day that I, this writer, along with my college soccer teammates, was inducted into the SIUE Soccer Hall of Fame. Comment

Jamaica’s PM praise athletes

Sports: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller has hailed the country’s athletes for their performance at the recent IAAF’s World Championships, describing them as inspirations to the entire nation. Comment

‘Brick’ Ferguson seeks playoffs

Sports: If a football ‘buff’ asks a question who holds the record of second most regular season games started since being drafted by the New York Jets in 2005 the answer would be D’Brickashaw Ferguson In fact, ‘Brick’ is in second place in the National Football League and is runner-up to the New York Giants’ Eli Manning for consecutive starts in the league. Comment

Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015

Guyana wants protection from foreign aggression

Venezuela: Reaffirming his country’s commitment to international law and the primacy of the decisions of the United Nations, the President of Guyana, David Granger, on Tuesday called on the world body to stand by its commitment to protect small states from foreign aggression. Comment

TOUGH MISSIVE TO BRITS

The Caribbean Reparations movement did not lose a moment this week by jumping on the back of visiting British Prime Minister David Cameron demanding that one of the largest Trans Atlantic slave trading nations prepares itself to pay millions in compensation to the region. Comment

Outrage over ‘racist’ ad on mayor

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “racist” an advertisement by a Charter group attacking Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City public district schools. Comment

In Boehner-less Congress, same old deal

Viewpoints: As if we lacked for affirmation of what has already been so crystal clear, announcement of the upcoming resignation of House Speaker John Boehner gave us a jumbo-screen projection of the extent of extremist, recklessness-driven control that embodies the Republican Party. Comment

Grandchamps Kitchen gives a taste of Haiti

Food: Feed your rumbling bellies with a strong semse of community in Bedstuy’s newest restaurant: Grandchamps. Comment

FASHION FOR A CAUSE

Fashion: Runway shows aren’t always so cookie cutter or rest on a surface stitch level. With New York Fashion Week already etched in our minds as a good memory, the Grenadian American Young Women’s Association is inviting us to revel in good fashion for an inspiring cause. Comment

Brooklyn heats up with chile pepper festival

Brooklyn: Brooklyn heats up with chile peppers Brooklynites who like their foods hot and spicy flocked to the 23rd Brooklyn Botanical Gardens Chile Festival and sampled “the spicy” poured or dipped onto corn or plantain chips. Tongues tingled and mouths sometimes burned. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Guyana nationals can travel to Russia without a visa

Guyana: Russian President Vladimir Putin may not agree with U.S. President Barack Obama on how to handle Syria. Comment

Powerful portrait of Nobel prize-winning teen

Malala Yousafzai was named after a girl who spoke out and was killed for speaking out. That folk hero was a flag-bearing teenager who perished in 1880 while rallying fellow Pashtun resistance fighters to an unlikely victory over British invaders in a pivotal battle of the Second Anglo-Afghan War. Comment

Guyana’s first lady champions women’s causes

Guyana: Guyana’s First Lady, Her Excellency Sandra Marie Granger, a champion for women’s causes, was the guest speaker at a Women’s Networking Reception on Sept. 26, as part of her first official visit to New York to attend the 70th UN General Assembly with President David Granger. Comment

One week: Tragic, spiritual, celestial, political

People: If asked to sum up the last full week of September 2015, regardless of location, one would be hard-pressed to find the one word that best describes the events that shaped world opinion. Comment

Cricketers are unhappy wth WICB tactics

Sports: Too many flaws exist within the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for this entity to be successful in its endeavors. To make matters worse, this situation has been going on for too long. The relationship between the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and the WICB has been very sour, thus the cricketers suffer financially and otherwise. Comment

Recognize the aspirations of ACP group of developing countries

Viewpoints: BRUSSELS, Sept. 24, 2015 (IPS) - The significance of the issues covered in the post-2015 development agenda, to be adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on Sept. 25-27, cannot be over-emphasized. Comment

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015

Antigua, South Africa pledge closer ties

Antigua: The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne and the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma have pledged to establish closer cooperation between the two nations, according to an Antigua and Barbuda Government statement issued in New York. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Students from Montserrat have been offered a scholarship to pursue studies at the American International College of Arts and Sciences (AICASA) or the American University of Antigua - College of Medicine (AUA). Comment

Cuomo eulogizes aide who died after shooting on parade day

Brooklyn: NEW YORK (AP) _ The death of an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who was caught in the crossfire between two gangs hours before New York City’s West Indian Day parade, should be a call to action to quell gun violence in the city, the governor told mourners Saturday at the slain aide’s funeral. Comment

SVG PM urges calm in Guyana-Venezuela border dispute

Venezuela: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has appealed for calm among “agitators” in the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. Comment

Vincentian PM appeals for another term

St Vincent: As the constitutionally-due date for general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines draws near, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has made an impassioned appeal for voters to return his Unity Labor Party (ULP) administration to office. Comments (1)

Caribbean film series continues at BAM with ‘Better Mus Come’

Movies: There are more than sultry sounds and delightful bites that come out of the Caribbean. The Caribbean is an overflowing basin of creativity, capturing the creative ability of film and sharing it with the world is the Caribbean Film Academy. Comment

Victory Assembly opens branch on Utica Avenue

Brooklyn: Guyanese born, Reverend Ellsworth Dorsett Chester of Victory Assembly Church, who started his ministry with 10 followers in the living room of a friend’s house on June 24, 1993, opened the doors of his new 10,000 sq ft. complex at 471 Utica Ave. in Brooklyn, to songs of praise and worship, and a flock of hundreds. Comment

The Pope, partisanship and the common good

Viewpoints: WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2015 (IPS) - Pope Francis delivered two very strong messages in his speech to Congress Thursday morning: let’s work together and let’s protect the vulnerable. Comment

Caribbean braces for worsening drought as dry season nears

Environment: SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) _ The most severe drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years is expected to worsen despite rains from tropical storms that have replenished some reservoirs. Comment

Monday, Sept. 28, 2015

Tyson & Jones return to stage

Arts & Theater: When actress Cicely Tyson returned to the Broadway stage in 2013 after a 30-year absence, she said she was compelled by the role offered to portray the matriarch in a dramatic production called “Trip To Baltimore.” Comment

Zetta Elliott blends history and magic for young readers

Books: As New Yorkers, we often forget to appreciate and consume the vast history, which surrounds us. Immigrants approach our city with eyes wide open, particularly those with a voracious appetite for history, and author Zetta Elliott is no different. Comment

Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015

US congratulates St. Kitts, Belize on independence anniversaries

St Kitts and Nevis: The United States has congratulated St. Kitts and Nevis and Belize on their respective independence anniversaries, saying that their partnership and bilateral work in the region “can only serve to strengthen our relationship.” Comment

Caribbean Telecom Union holds ICT Week in BVI

Caribbean citizens’ growing appetite for digital conveniences is driving the region’s governments to act decisively to move essential services to online platforms. Comment

US amends Cuba sanctions regulations

Cuba: The United States Departments of the Treasury and Commerce have made additional revisions to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR), building on the changes put into place by the departments earlier this year and further delivering on the new direction towards US relations with Cuba that President Barack Obama laid out last December. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015

CARICOM joins preparation for adoption of new Sustainable Development Goals

Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders on Friday join world leaders, heads of global financial institutions and other dignitaries at the United Nations where, after months of intense negotiations, the global body is set to launch a landmark new framework for sustainable development. Comment

Trinidad AG paves way for Warner extradition proceedings

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) _ Trinidad and Tobago’s attorney general has signed documents allowing authorities to potentially go ahead with a U.S. effort to extradite former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner to face charges in a corruption case that has shaken international soccer, officials said in court Monday. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Addicted to Fresno (Unrated) Dysfunctional siblings comedy revolving around a lesbian (Natasha Lyonne) working as a maid in a hotel where her sex-addicted sister (Judy Greer) just out of rehab accidentally kills a guest during a passionate relapse. With Aubrey Plaza, Clea Duvall, Fred Armisen and Molly Shannon. Comment

Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga

Books: The animals look a little restless. Maybe they’re hungry, bored, or tired of being watched. They seem angry. Observing these creatures caged, it’s easy to believe that wild animals shouldn’t be penned like this — and in the new book “Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga” by Pamela Newkirk, neither should humans. Comment

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