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Non-prioritizing the people’s service needs

New York: Too often, our elected officials don’t place people first. Last week’s Amtrak train disaster in Philadelphia is the latest example. Comment

St. Vincent Opposition Leader holds town hall meeting in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace will address a town hall meeting in Brooklyn next week as Vincentians gear up for general elections, constitutionally due early next year, Comment

Development threatens Antigua’s protected Guiana Island

Antigua: GUIANA ISLAND, Antigua, May 18, 2015 (IPS) - In June 2014, Gaston Browne led his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party to a resounding victory at the polls with a pledge to transform the country into an economic powerhouse in the Caribbean. Comment

Signed by Atlantic, Kranium ready to explode

Music: artists dream of earning mainstream success, and for Jamaican dancehall sensation Kranium, inking a deal with Atlantic Records is delicious icing on a very hard-earned cake. Comment

From the depths of depression

Books: You’re tired of having red eyes. You’re tired of crying, too; tired of an empty soul, runny nose, and dry mouth but you know there are more tears inside you and they need to come out. Whoever said that big girls don’t cry needs to know that that’s not true: as in the new book “Welcome to My Breakdown” by Benilde Little, sometimes crying is only the beginning. Comment

St. Kitts & Nevis has new acting GG

Barbados: St. Kitts and Nevis has an acting governor general, following the approval from the head of state, Queen Elizabeth 11, for the withdrawal of the appointment of Governor General Sir Edmund Lawrence. Comment

Williams’ bill demands catch basin check-ups

New York: The City Council has unanimously passed Intro. 240-A, a bill sponsored by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D–Brooklyn), Deputy Leader and Chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, which would increase inspections and require expedited repairs for clogged or damaged catch basins in New York City. Comment

Manhattan Borough President opens Harlem  office

Manhattan: Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer’s promise of opening an uptown headquarters came to life on May 18 wit a ribbon cutting for the new Northern Manhattan Office at 431 W. 125th St. between Morningside Heights and Amsterdam, in Harlem. Comment

Bichotte: New law would protect tenants

Brooklyn: Newly-elected Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte says the Assembly has passed a bill to strengthen New York’s rent-regulation laws and improve New Yorkers’ access to affordable housing (A.7526). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Barely Lethal (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, violence, drug references and underage drinking) Action comedy about a teenage spy (Hailee Steinfeld) who fakes her own death in order to have a normal life, only to find the treacherous waters of a suburban high school as challenging as international espionage. Featuring Jessica Alba, Samuel L. Jackson and Jaime King. Comment

Kids’ book reminds us ‘You know that look!’

Books: “Child, Please” by Ylonda Gault Caviness Comment
Music: The Royal family of reggae Morgan Heritage, whose new album “Strictly Roots” was released on their own siblings imprint label CTBC Music on April 20, are will headline the Groovin In The Park 2015 festival. The mammoth reggae and R&B concert takes place at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on Sunday, June 28, 2015. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Ministry of Tourism said that several government websites, including its own, were hacked recently by members of a Tunisian Islamist activist group called the Fallaga Team. Comment

Jeffries introduces student aid bill for families of military heroes

Brooklyn: In advance of the Memorial Day holiday, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) introduced the Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation designed to deliver expanded student aid assistance to the surviving spouses and children of service members who died in the line of duty. Comment

Barbadian, 81, becomes oldest polo player

Sports: Sir Charles Williams got back on the horse! Comment

Bahia: The Black Side Of Brazil Presents ‘African Rhythm, African Roots’

Arts & Theater: An un-objective, hearty and gracious “thank you” must be extended to the community’s own Baba Charles “Chuck” Davis who, after 38 years of annual DanceAfrica presentations, is passing the torch of artistic director to an heir. Comments (1)
New York: The local Caribbean Cup tournament kicks off its 24th season on Sunday, May 24 at the Thomas Jefferson High School Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn. The opening day’s top billing will feature last year’s beaten finalist, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, against a difficult Antigua and Barbuda team, starting at 5 pm. The preceding matchup is a clash between the French and the Spanish, as the always talented Haiti takes on a very promising Panama squad. Comment

Andrew ‘Six Heads’ Lewis dies

Caribbean: Guyanese and international superstar boxing champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis, who was on the cusp of making a comeback in the ring, died tragically while riding his motorbike on the East Bank Demerara, in his homeland. Comment

Ramotar Dethroned

Guyana: Guyana’s National Stadium on the East Bank of Demerara will become a sea of yellow and green when thousands gather to commemorate the country’s 49th year of independence, and witness the historic inauguration ceremony of the Republic’s Eighth Executive President, and the leader of the party, His Excellency Arthur Granger. Comment

Clarke meets with cyber security experts

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Monday welcomed a panel of cyber security experts to Brooklyn to discuss the best methods for individuals and business owners to protect their private information on the internet. Comment

Rock the vote! Calypsonians push candidates with song

Music: Many felt they were on the campaign trail Saturday night, as the election fever in St. Vincent and the Grenadines gripped the Dynamite Calypso Tent in Brooklyn, with a significant number of Vincentian calypsonians quickly and uninhibitedly declaring their preference and essentially telling voters for whom they should cast ballots in the forthcoming poll. Comment

Eugene hosts Haitian Flag Day celebration

Haiti: On Sunday night, Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene hosted Haitian Flag Day in the Erasmus Hall High School auditorium in Flatbush, Brooklyn, drawing a highly enthusiastic crowd of more than 400 people. Comment

Jamaican ‘Groovin’ Idol’ to join legends

Music: Groovin’ In The Park is New York City’s premier reggae and R & B summertime event that boasts a solid track record of attracting the best talent that the music industry has to offer. Comment

Signature fashion in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, New York-based New York Next Top Model now in its eighth year, will feature a plethora of signature fashion designers to showcase on Sunday, May 24 at Brooklyn’s hot spot Red Wolf, in the heart of Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Comment

Brooklyn mourns death of prominent educator

Barbados: Caribbean American legislators have joined the Brooklyn community in mourning the death of a Caribbean American educator who died in Tuesday’s derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia, Pa. Comment
St Vincent: KINGSTOWN, May 14 2015 (IPS) - For 32 years, Joel Poyer, a forest technician, has been tending to the forest of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

‘Chocolatey Brown’ no matter what

Books: The aesthetic may change but the fact remains that chocolate, in all forms, is undoubtedly sweet. Instilling confidence into every chocolate girl is Stephanie Fleary, an elementary school teacher, entrepreneur, single mother and author. Publishing “Chocolatey Brown” in February this year, Fleary has crafted a book to push girls of darker skin and all shades that they are beautiful no matter what. Comment

Road warrior rises to the occasion in Sci-Fi flick

Movies: “Fury Road” reboots the legendary Mad Max franchise which has been sitting dormant for several decades. This fourth installment was again produced, written and directed by Oscar-winner George Miller (for Happy Feet) who tapped Tom Hardy to replace disgraced Mel Gibson in the title role as Max Rockatansky, the highway patrol officer-turned-intrepid road warrior given to dispensing a grisly brand of vigilante justice. Comment

DanceAfrica 2015 at BAM

Arts & Theater: When the weather turns, and we start getting warm sunny days consistently, we know it’s that time again, DanceAfrica time. Dancers in their flowing colorful costumes will be floating across the stage at BAM. The rhythms of the drums are infectious and will get you moving whether you are sitting or standing. The outdoor African style market place you’ve been waiting for all winter will be set up along Ashland Place on the side of BAM and in its parking lot across the street. We get to see and patronize merchants that only come to town for this event, as well as the familiar merchants we see at street fairs and other festivals. DanceAfrica opens the season, as always with swag, and celebration, featuring dance, music, film, and community events. Comment

More trained nurses needed in the Caribbean

People: As the international community on Tuesday observed International Nurses Day, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has called more nurses in the Caribbean and the Americas to be trained to provide skilled care. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aloft (R for profanity and sexuality) Tale of redemption about a journalist (Melanie Laurent) who orchestrates the reunion of a renowned artist/healer (Jennifer Connelly) with the son (Cillian Murphy) she’d abandoned 20 years earlier. Support cast includes Oona Chaplin, Ian Tracey and Peter McRobbie. Comment


Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana-When Guyanese last voted in general elections in late 2011, the main opposition A Partnership For National Unity (APNU) had made some glaring administrative and logistical mistakes that they corrected on Monday and the results are different this time much to the chagrin of a hapless People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Comment

EOM commends Guyana on high voter turnout

Guyana: The Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) has congratulated the citizens of the Guyana for their participation in the electoral process as reflected by the high voter turnout on Monday. Comment
Music: May is a month full of celebrations and aside from high school proms and graduations, it is also Haiti Heritage Month. Comment

Windies Women Squad

Caribbean: The experienced duo of Stacy Ann King and Afy Fletcher, as well as rookie all-rounder Chinelle Henry have been recalled to the West Indies Women’s cricket squad for a tour of Sri Lanka later this month. Comment


Sports: If there are any doubts as to whether there is a legitimate New York/New Jersey MLS Derby, you can now put those doubts to rest. Last Sunday night’s New York Red Bulls-New York City Football Club MLS match-up at Red Bull Arena, the first of three this season, had all the trappings of an intense local derby brewing. Amidst all the intense trappings, which ignited players and fans alike, the New York Red Bulls got the all-important first dibs on area bragging rights as it outplayed New York City FC, 2-1, for a victory on two goals from Bradley Wright-Phillips. Comment
Sports: It is time that the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) see the need to have a full time sports psychologist with the West Indies squad. An examination of the team which has suffered many losses show not only a lack of talent but primarily low self esteem among individuals. Manager and coaches are not experts in this field and it is necessary to have someone lecture and have constant sessions with the players. I urge the WICB to see this as important for the team’s development. Comment

Harris wins Boro title

Sports: Townsend Harris High School of Queens scored well, prevailed, showed its strength in some events, and Tuesday captured the Queens Public Schools Athletic League (PSAL) outdoor borough championships. Harris picked up 118 points, and host Bayside High scored 94 for second place, almost 30 more than Springfield Garden’s third spot of 63 in field of 18 scoring schools on a delightful, slightly windy afternoon. A few athletes did extremely well and posted doubles and their parents were even in attendance and cheered on their children. Comment

Caribbean American justice creates history

Trinidad and Tobago: In breaking the boardroom glass ceiling and creating history, Caribbean American justice Sylvia G. Ash has become the first female to chair the board of the $2.1 billion, New York-based Municipal Credit Union (MCU). Comment

A tea fit for royalty

St Vincent: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) continues to bring much flair and class to its fundraising activities with the hosting of its recent Tea Party, described as “fit for royalty.” Comment


Music: Legendary Vincentian-born, Caribbean soca artiste / composer Alston “Becket” Cyrus on Saturday night wowed the huge audience and serenaded mothers at a major concert in Brooklyn. Comment

Running amok with power in Trinidad & Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago: Given where it ranks on the scale of international concerns, we have never before found it necessary to devote consecutive columns to political goings-on in Trinidad and Tobago. Alas, a deplorable and deteriorating state of affairs there has beckoned us to step onto this untraveled terrain. Comment
Cuba: After a 50-minute meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican recently, Cuban President Raul Castro admitted that the first Latin American leader of the Roman Catholic Church may have re-converted him to believing in faith. Comment

Western Union expands educational programs

Brooklyn: The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU), a leader in global payment services, announced the expansion of its educational programs for Caribbean-born or second generation of Caribbean Americans residing in the United States by pledging US$50,000 through the Western Union Foundation in educational scholarships and extending the program from nine to 19 Caribbean countries. Comment

Working together to end campus sexual violence

Viewpoints: Campus sexual violence has been the subject of an intense national conversation recently, but that dialogue often lacks critical input from schools that are already taking steps to improve their campus climates. Colleges and universities, it’s time for you to lead on this issue. Comment

Clarke welcomes business administrator to Bklyn

Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke last week welcomed Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the federal Small Business Administration to Brooklyn to celebrate National Small Business Week. Comment

JAVAA USA to laud Jamaican vintage artists

Music: Jamaica Association of Vintage Artists & Affiliates (JAVAA) will hail the contributions of pioneering artists — singer Doreen Schaffer, saxophonist Roland Alphonso, dancer Alphanso Castro and singer Prince Buster — during their third annual vintage awards dinner gala in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean looks to Paris Climate Summit for its very survival

Grenada: FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, May 9, 2015 (IPS) - Caribbean leaders on Saturday further advanced their policy position on climate change ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties, also known as COP 21, scheduled for Paris during November and December of this year. Comment

‘How stupid is stupid?’

To The Editor: To my fellow New York Liberty supporters, just when you thought you might go back and see a Liberty women’s pro basketball game, James Dolan, the chairman of Cablevision, the parent company of Madison Square Garden and the NY Knicks, names Isaiah Thomas to be the new president of the NY Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas is also being offered the option to buy a part of the NY Liberty team at some point in the near future. [NY Times, May 5, 2015, Sports, “James Dolan Gives an Executive Another Shot, Deserved or Not”]. Comment

New book armed with lessons in civic education

Books: What does it mean to be a “good citizen?” Comment

Summer Stages will sizzle with free shows

Music: After the freeze of winter, an uncertain spring; a definitely hot summer line-up has been announced to compensate for the seasonal frost, chill and rain New Yorkers endured since last fall. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas police have launched a manhunt for the killers of a British national last weekend. Police said the man, whose name was not given, was at his home, when two men armed with handguns accosted him and demanded cash. Comment

T&T opposition leader suspended from Parliament

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley was suspended from Parliament for the rest of its sittings on Wednesday night. The suspension comes some six weeks before Parliament will be dissolved on June 17 to make way for the next General Election. Comment

Cop and mob widow make unlikely bedfellows

Movies: Vincente Cortez (Joaquin Cosio) has orchestrated over a hundred hits as the notorious kingpin of a drug cartel terrorizing Texas. However, he’s always beaten the rap, because the prime witnesses invariably disappear mysteriously before they have a chance to testify. Comment

Christopher Martin releases new EP ‘Steppin’ Razor’

Music: Are you well sharp? Music has the ability to help tap into any part of yourself you may want to keep dormant and Christopher Martin exudes confidence and swag in his latest EP “Steppin’ Razor.” Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: You really don’t know what to expect when you put a dozen-plus Caribbean entrepreneurs in one room for a week. But one thing was clear when 15 entrepreneurs — all women — came together in Port of Spain in April. It was the start of something good. Comment

Photo contest for Caribbean youth

Caribbean: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has launched a regional photo contest entitled “Latin America and the Caribbean: Through the Eyes of its Youth” for Latin American and Caribbean youth. Comment

Moody’s downgrades T&T credit rating

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago suffered a major blow to its status as the place to invest in the Caribbean after international agency Moody’s downgraded the country’s credit rating from stable to negative. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Absolution (R for profanity, drug use and graphic violence) Steven Seagal stars in this action thriller as a contract killer who comes to the assistance of a woman (Adina Stetcu) on the run from a politically-connected mobster (Vinnie Jones). With Maria Bata, Byron Mann and Josh Barnett. Comment

Healthy diets for healthy lives

Viewpoints: ROME, May 5, 2015 (IPS) - In the last half-century, people’s lifestyles have changed dramatically. Life expectancy has risen almost everywhere, but this has been accompanied by an increase of so-called non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes – causing more and more deaths in all corners of the world. Comments (1)

Cricket panel to review WICB

Caribbean: CARICOM and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) have agreed to establish a panel to conduct a review of the government’s structure of the board. Comment


Guyana: On Monday, the third of six elections that are scheduled to be held in the Caribbean trade group and its associate members this year will take place in Guyana with a multiracial coalition appearing to be on course to deny the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP) a sixth consecutive five-year term. Comment

CaribBeing makes debut at BKLYN DESIGNS

Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s creative community bands together for a weekend of presentations and vending at BKLYN DESIGNS. The annual showcase brings together the borough’s most talented artists and designers to share one roof — the Brooklyn Expo Center on 72 Noble St. in Greenpoint from May 8-10. Comment


Sports: Sunday, May 10, is ‘Derby Day’ when both local MLS teams go toe-to-toe for bragging right in the New York / New Jersey metropolitan area. The New York Red Bulls will host New York City FC at its haven - Red Bull Arena in Harrison (NJ), a place where the Red Bulls seldom lose - in the first of three MLS matchups between the clubs this season. The nationally televised showdown will kick off at 7:00 p.m. on Fox Sports One. Comment

West Indies has multiple areas of concern

Sports: West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has been out of form for a long period and that has caused a major problem with the West Indies team winning. Jerome Taylor was left with the heavy burden of trying to get the opposition out and inexperienced opening batsmen caused the team many setbacks early in the match. Kraigg Braithwaite so far has done a reasonable good job as an opening batsman but has problems with the lifting ball and edging too much to the slips. Comment

Queen’s College celebrates 40 yrs of co-ed

Guyana: Guyana’s Ambassador to Washington Bayney Karran said distinguished honorees - Dawn Holder-Alert, Dr. Michelle Mickle Foster, Amlata Persaud and Dr. Alissa Trotz, are emblematic of the tradition of academic and professional excellence with which Queen’s College is synonymous. Comments (1)

Braata fills bankra with cultural folk treats

Music: After delivering a short but sweet sampling of their folkloric capacity and in the process ensuring a delightful early Mother’s Day treat, the Braata singers are now gearing for a full-fledged performance with an inaugural staging of a Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival. Comment

Doubles netter seeks title

Sports: It’s been a team effort with all five positions coming out victorious and some bye big scores at St. Francis Prep High School as its tennis team seeks a title. With two players already committing to college, one member of the tennis team Justin Belnavis still hasn’t made up his mind about whether he stays locally or goes out of town. Comment

Bichotte ends hunger strike

Haiti: Newly-elected Haitian American Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte on Tuesday ended a four-day hunger strike as the New York State Assembly finally voted to approve a resolution calling on the United States Congress to adopt House of Representatives Resolution 443 (2013-2014) condemning actions of the Dominican Republic’s Constitutional Court that strip hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent of their citizenship. Comment

Election without trickery, the hope in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: They’re seriously into election-watch mode in Trinidad and Tobago. Actually, some may think “Kamla-watch” to be the more apt characterization, as it is whatever stealth move(s) Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar may be fixing to unleash that have curiosity levels high throughout the society. A while back, waxing colloquial, the prime minister had said no one was going to “jumbie” her into announcing an election date before she was good and ready to do so. But wiggle room to play that timing game with the all-important date has gotten narrower, now that we’ve entered the month of May. And Bissessar, to her chagrin, could find herself getting too cute about her announcement of when the country will go to the polls. Comment

JetBlue expands Caribbean network

Antigua: JetBlue Airways says its continuing to expand its services to the Caribbean as it filed an intent to serve Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) three times weekly from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). Comment

Pols saddened by Haitian church members’ death

Haiti: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has joined Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Alan Maisel in expressing sadness over the death Sunday of three members of a Brooklyn church. Comment

New York celebrates African cinema

Arts & Theater: A town hall African artist salon at the Greene Performance Space kicked off the upcoming 22nd edition of the African Film Festival New York (NYAFF). Comment


Music: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College will spring to life on Mother’s Day Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 p.m. when some of the hottest Caribbean artistes and personalities such as Lyrikal, Becket, Delcita and Kaci Fennell, Miss Universe Jamaica entertain moms. Comment

Rawlston Williams: The Rebel Chef

Food: Praise the Lord — and pass the island bowl! A new dine-and-dash restaurant in Crown Heights has customers’s mouths watering and minds thinking of a higher calling with every dish served. Comment

Review site tips power back into tenant’s hands

Brooklyn: The first major task for anyone moving to a new country, state or city is securing a place with running water and a formidable roof to call home. Comment

Richardson wins special election

Brooklyn: Caribbean American community advocate Diana Richardson on Tuesday handsomely won a four-way race in a special election for a seat in New York State Assembly. Comment

Chang-I wins Vincy New Song contest

Music: Chang-I is certainly “feeling good in ah de neighborhood” after dethroning defending champion Dennis Bowman to snatch the Vincy New York New Song Competition Saturday night / Sunday morning at the Sugar Mill Night Club in Brooklyn. Comment

Computer nerd falls for Fembot with free will

Movies: Caleb Smith (Domnhall Gleeson) works as a computer programmer for Blue Book, the most popular internet search engine in the world. As the winner of a staff lottery, he is summoned to the secluded, hilltop retreat of the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Comment

‘Whine up’ and shed pounds

Brooklyn: Ladies, prepare to chip. Dance aerobics has become the new workout craze helping non-traditional gym-goers increase their sweat levels to the pulsing music. Aruba and Grenada descendant Royelle McKenzie brings island flare to the craze with her high energy soca fused playlists and use of carnival moves set to make any feter forget they are working out in her Boulay 360 dance fitness classes. Comments (1)

Forum on the Caribbean’s future

Trinidad and Tobago: The Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) says Deputy Executive Secretary Antonio Prado will this week participate in the Forum on the Future of the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Lack of trade finance a barrier for developing countries

Viewpoints: GENEVA, May 2 2015 (IPS) - Up to 80 percent of global trade is supported by some form of financing or credit insurance. Yet in many countries there is a lack of capacity in the financial sector to support trade, and also a lack of access to the international financial system. Therefore the ability of these countries to use simple instruments such as letters of credit is limited. Comment

Now is the time for sunlight on trade

In Washington, D.C. this year, spring has been churlish. A cold and rainy March has given way to a cool and unpredictable April. We hope for more sunlight. Comment

BVI youth policy a model for the Caribbean

Caribbean: The government of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) says its youth policy is a model for the Caribbean, stating that the policy gives the youth a “solid foundation” on which they can grow as individuals and as responsible citizens of the British Overseas Territory and the world. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating a British trader who allegedly stashed millions of pound sterling in offshore bank account in some Caribbean islands. Comment

Carib stakes out ‘Red Lines’ for Paris climate talks

St Vincent: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, April 28, 2015 (IPS) - When the international climate change talks ended in Peru last December, the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM), a political and economic union comprising small, developing, climate-vulnerable islands and low-lying nations, left with “the bare minimum necessary to continue the process to address climate change.” Comment

Call to end sexual violence on Denim Day

People: NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer have called for an end to sexual violence during a rally at City Hall on Wednesday, April 29. Comment

The Artivist Rises

Arts & Theater: The Artivist Rises, a group art exhibition at 1199 SEIU Bread and Roses Gallery, located at 310 West 43rd St., presented by African Voices Magazine, Carolyn A. Butts, founder / publisher and Derick Cross, art director. The exhibition features 18 artists, whose common goal is conscious raising, the thread, which runs through the exhibit and ties the work together. It is a mixed media show with paintings, prints, collages, quilts and photographs. Comment

Memorial for ‘…Paid’ Bahamian singer Kemp

Bahamas: The final farewell rites for Bahamas-born singer Johnny Kemp will be held May 11 at St. Phillips Church 204 W 134th St. (between Frederick Douglass Blvd. & Adam Clayton Powell). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

5 Flights Up (PG-13 for profanity and naked images) Slice-of-life drama, set in Brooklyn, revolving around the trial and tribulations of a retired couple (Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton) being pressured by their niece (Cynthia Nixon) to sell the rundown home they’ve shared for the past 40 years. With Carrie Preston, Miriam Shor and Alysia Reiner. Comment


Cuba: Cuba wants greater CARICOM market access but region slow to act. For more than a decade now, Cuba and the 15-nation Caribbean trade group have been trying to refine a system that would govern trade between the two. Comment

Williams endorses Diana Richardson in special election

Brooklyn: With just days to go before the special election, on May 5, in the 43rd Assembly District in Brooklyn, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) has joined a broad coalition of labor, community organizations and progressive elected officials in endorsing Diana Richardson, who is running on the Working Families Party line. Comment

Guyana readies for elections

Guyana: Seven parties are set to contest the General and Regional Elections in Guyana on May 11, 2015. Comment

Ex-Im Bank honored during special awards ceremony

Business: Leading online business portal presented Ex-Im Bank with the Top 25 Government Agencies for Multicultural Business Opportunities Award during their 15th annual National Summit on Thursday, April 30 at the Harvard Club of New York in New York City. Comment

Legislation to outlaw chokeholds

New York: U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) on Monday, joined by the National Action Network (NAN) and Gwen Carr, the mother of Eric Garner, gathered in front of One Police Plaza in lower Manhattan to announce the introduction of the Excessive Use of Force Prevention Act of 2015. Comment

St. Francis looks ahead

Sports: This is the time of the year when college basketball players and coaches receive recognition for their accomplishments on the court. Usually it is in the form of plaques or trophies to go along with an award ceremony. Comment

Vincentian athletes’ best performance

St Vincent: After competing over the last weekend, for the fifth consecutive year, in the prestigious Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, athletes from the Thomas Saunders Secondary School (TSSS) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have recorded their best performance to date in the century-old games. Comment

Opinon: Why workers celebrate May Day 2015

Viewpoints: Recently, thousands of workers all over the country took to the streets demanding a hike in the minimum wage to $15/hour. Our Fight for $15 campaign highlighted the income inequality that has made the gap between the haves and have-nots as wide as the Grand Canyon. It also underscored its moral and practical pitfalls and spurred some in Congress to act. Comment

Tribute to Bishop Shirley Pitts

Talk about Divine Order! We (family, friends and associates) are about to embark upon a piece of “history” which I believe was not only destined but with which I always wanted to be associated. A person whom I have come to love, respect and admire. A woman of substance – Candace Queen Mother Abbess of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and a Bishop of Faith Restoration, Inc., Bishop Shirley Ann Pitts. This colorful woman and I met through one of my spiritually adopted Sisters, Dr. Daphne Sapphire, June Anderson, a British Trinidadian Herbalist (now deceased) and therefore our story began. Comment


Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ Inspired by James Anderson’s fiery burst with the second new ball and his brilliance in the field, England defeated the West Indies by nine wickets on the last day Saturday of the second cricket Test. Comment

Jazz, Arts Festival

Music: An eclectic billing of performers from the Caribbean and the United States combine for 11 nights of revelry during the 24th annual staging of the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival from April 30 to May 10. Comment
Sports: The breakdown of West Indies Cricket continues as England go 1 - 0 in three scheduled Test matches. The first Test match was drawn in Antigua and England won the second Test in Grenada. The third and final Test match is set for the Kensington Oval, Barbados. Comment

A plan to extend the life of critical NYCHA properties

Viewpoints: A $100 million plan announced this month by New York City and HUD to retrofit nearly 300 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings will be important for the environment, our city’s affordable housing inventory and tenants. Comments (1)

Caribbean institute celebrates with its first gala

Caribbean: The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) is working hard on the next chapter of the institute’s direction — its move to the renovated firehouse at 120 E. 125th St. in El Barrio. Renovations will begin this month and are expected to end in late 2016. CCCADI left its W. 58th St. location in 2012. Comment

Special recognition for pan veteran

Music: A full house, headed by New York City officials and including well-wishers who traveled from as far away as Canada for the event, was on hand on Sunday, May 26 as special recognition was showered on steel band icon and legendary leader of Trinidad All Stars, Neville Jules. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Democratic Congressional Representatives Yvette D. Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries have welcomed last week’s long-delayed United States Senate’s confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. Comment

Patterson keynotes ‘Borderless Possibilities’ forum

Jamaica: Jamaican Diasporans from the tri-state area are first to see and hear the island’s sixth prime minister when he presents a case for “Borderless Possibilities” in the Caribbean region. Comment

Disco Fever reunion

Music: With Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records, sponsoring the 38th Anniversary of the famed Bronx nightclub “Disco Fever” by presenting an Old School Hip Hop Fever Reunion Throw-Back Concert on Saturday, May 9, at 7:00 p.m., this writer had the occasion to talk to one of the original hip hoppers, Kurtis Blow. Comment

Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming economies, realising rights

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, April 27, 2015 (IPS) - Our world is out of balance. It is both wealthier and more unequal today than at any time since the Second World War. Comment
Grenada: PALMISTE, Grenada, April 27, 2015 (IPS) - Henry Prince has lived in this fishing village for more than six decades. Prince, 67, who depends on the sea for his livelihood, said he has been catching fewer and fewer fish, and the decrease is taking a financial toll on him and other fisher folk throughout the island nation of Grenada. Comment

Haiti Film Fest spreads across 3 boroughs

Movies: It is so exciting that the Haiti Film Fest, now in its third edition, is expanding its reach and will be screening a film in Queens, as well as uptown Manhattan (City College and also Maysles Cinema) and downtown, and of course in Brooklyn where the mother ship, Haiti Cultural Exchange (HCX) is based. For the full schedule: Comment

Repressed teen vents his carnal urges

Movies: Randy Rousseau (Julian Walker) claims to be straight, even though everybody thinks he’s gay basically because he’s effeminate, sings in the church choir, and is a member of Christian High’s drama club. The repressed 17-year-old has even confessed to his BFFs, Effie (Gary Leroi Gray) and Crystal (Nikki Jane), to waking up “soaked in sin” after nightly wet dreams in which he makes love to other guys. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed out the Window and Disappeared (R for profanity and violence) Screen adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s novel of the same name about a frisky geezer (Robert Gustafsson) who celebrates his 100th birthday by making a break from his retirement home to embark on a daring adventure of a lifetime. With Iwar Wiklander, Mia Skaringer and David Wiberg. (In Swedish, Spanish, Russian German, English and French.) Comment

Bichcotte to chair business subcommittee

Brooklyn: New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has appointed Haitian American Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte as chair of the Oversight of Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) Subcommittee. Comments (1)

Western Union, GraceKennedy announce 2015 Town Hall Series

Jamaica: Western Union and GraceKennedy will hold their annual town hall series from May 4 to May 8, 2015 in Brooklyn, New York; Toronto Canada and Miramar, Florida under the theme, “The Caribbean Diaspora - Borderless Possibilities.” Comment

Ballance & Root pick up pace for England, Cook out for 76

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada (AP) _ An aggressive, unbroken partnership of 89 between Gary Ballance and Joe Root put England back on course for a sizeable first-innings lead over the West Indies on day three Thursday of the second test. England was 253-3 at tea, trailing West Indies by 46 runs at the National Stadium. Comment
Books: I am a Boringuen. I am a West Indian. I am a Barbadian. So said poets El David Rodriguez (Puerto Rico) The Art of Word, and Negus Tehuti Adeyemi (US/Barbados) Soularadiance, and novelist Annette Vendryes Leach (US / Panama / Jamaica) Song of the Shaman at the readings and conversation in the Tellin’ Our Story series of the Caribbean Cultural Theatre. Comment

Jamaica university plants first legal marijuana seedling

Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Jamaica’s biggest university has held a ceremony to plant what it touts as the island’s first legal marijuana seedling. Comment

Adams launches new street safety initiative

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Tuesday joined dozens of senior citizens outside the AMICO Senior Citizens Center in Borough Park, along with local elected officials and community advocates, to launch CROSS (Connecting Residents on Safer Streets) Brooklyn, his new initiative to improve street safety for the borough’s vulnerable pedestrians. Comment
New York: On Tuesday, April 14 over a thousand people participated in the “Stop Murder by Police” march and demonstration sponsored by Stop Mass Incarceration Network, co-founded by Carl Dix and Cornel West. There were two feeder marches coming from uptown, which converge at Union Square around 2:30 p.m. Comment

Spring gala

Music: As Harlem continues to shift into a new era, plans are slated to renovate a local firehouse on 120 East 125th Street to serve as the new home for the historic East Harlem Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). To celebrate CCCADI’s next chapter in its existence in the community since 1976, the institute will host its First Annual Spring Gala in Harlem’s historic Alhambra Ballroom on April 25, 2015. Comment

Pressure Republicans on Loretta Lynch: Clarke

Brooklyn: At least two Brooklyn Democratic politicians have appealed to the community to put pressure on the Republican leadership in the United States Senate in confirming the nomination of Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General. Comment

Brooklyn club honors 14 outstanding women

Brooklyn: A major political club in Brooklyn on Sunday conferred special Women’s History Month honors on 14 outstanding women at a gala ceremony in Brooklyn on Sunday, April 19. Comment


St Vincent: Not surprisingly, the Washington D.C-based International Monetary Fund (IMF) has seen it fit to warn Caribbean Community countries, which have developed a ‘dollars for local citizenship scheme’ not to depend too much on it as a reliable income source as the developed world could easily crush these programs if they only feel that they are not properly administered. Comment

Jazz Day

Music: The genius of trumpeter Miles Davis will be resounded and echoed April 30, when International Jazz Day heralds one of the greatest musicians of the genre. Comment

Spicy ‘One Night’ is worth two looks

Books: Would you look at that. Actually, probably, you already have. You’re one of the most observant people you know, never missing a thing, always noticing. You make a great witness because you see everything. And in the new book “One Night” by Eric Jerome Dickey, you see two people about to make a mistake. Comment

Sun Kulcha

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Loretta Lynch’s ‘dis’ demands robust response

It’s not that nothing is being said or done about it. It’s just that what’s being done hardly measures up to the type of muscular reaction needed, given the contemptible treatment Senate Republicans are meting out to President Obama’s nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch. Various Democratic senators, including Charles Schumer, have spoken out about the outrage – this abominable “how not to govern” bit of theater by the GOP. Comment

Hydrogen fuel cell an attractive option

Viewpoints: In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany, with the largest solar commitment, obtains as much as 50 percent of its electricity from the sun during the sunniest hours. The eclipse was scheduled to arrive in the middle of the day and panic was setting in. Comment

Prez Carter returns to Guyana to inspire peace

Guyana: If the answer to a television game show Jeopardy question is “former United States President Jimmy Carter” the question must be “who is the busiest president no longer living in the White House.” Comment

Jefferson does well in meet

Sports: While Ryan Clifford of MacArthur High School in Long Island captured the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Akeem Aaron, a junior at Thomas Jefferson of Brooklyn, finished second in the same event, to start the day’s action off in the Knight-Time Invitational Track and Field meet conducted by Uniondale High School also of Long Island. Comment
Caribbean: An image of Trinidad cricketer and former West Indies One-Day International captain Dwayne Bravo taking full-length catch in mid-air has been named the Wisden-MCC Cricket Photograph of the Year 2014. Comment

Shannon Gabriel must be in the Test squad

Sports: Clive Lloyd and his selection staff must see the importance for an additional fast bowler in the West Indies team against England. Jerome Taylor is bowling fine with some degree of pace, but Kemar Roach is not in the best of form and this continues to affect the team. Roach failed to put on a good showing in South Africa during the 2015 World Cup and also now against England in this Test Series. Comment

Shades of Romeo, Juliet abound in inner-city saga

Movies: Twins Jackie (Keke Palmer) and Sergio Taylor (Eric D. Hill, Jr.) already had it tough enough growing up in the ghetto before the untimely demise of their dad a few years ago. But then their mother (Macy Gray) stopped functioning and started hitting the bottle. Comment


Music: American, R&B pop princess Fantasia lived up to her top billing at the sold out “Voices In Concert” held recently at the Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. Comment

CONCACAF president re-elected unopposed

Sports: NASSAU, Bahamas (Thursday, April 16, 2015) – The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) celebrated today its 30th Ordinary Congress and 21st Extra Ordinary Congress in the Bahamas, confirming President Jeffrey Webb to a second term in office while focusing on continuing reforms that have strengthened the organization. Other members of CONCACAF’s Executive Committee were also elected. Comment
Guyana: It was evident that the young men and women of “Joshua House Children Centre” on Thomas Street, Georgetown were inspired by what they heard during a recent visit by retired New York businessman Carl Guilliams, who had breakfast with the youngsters and later spoke to them about his plans to launch football and athletic clubs later this year. Comment

Slow growth in remittances to the Caribbean

Caribbean: The World Bank says remittances growth in the Caribbean is expected to slow in 2015. The Washington-based international financial institution said in its latest issue of its Migration and Development Brief that growth in global remittances, including those to developing countries, such as the Caribbean, will slow sharply this year due to weak economic growth in Europe, deterioration of the Russian economy and the depreciation of the euro and ruble. Comment

Grace Kennedy USA strengthens US partnerships

Jamaica: In keeping with Grace Kennedy’s 2020 campaign map to become a global consumer group and to grow exports significantly, the company has acquired the assets of USA food business, La Fe Foods Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, GraceKennedy Foods (USA) LLC. La Fe Foods Inc. was established in 1968, and currently has revenues of approximately US$80 million. The company will now have distribution operations in Moonachie, New Jersey; Miami, Florida and Forest Park, Georgia for the Grace Foods line and also the La Fe brand, one of the largest brands in the Hispanic frozen foods and grocery markets. Comment

Johnny Kemp of ‘Just Got Paid’ fame dies

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) _ Bahamian R&B singer Johnny Kemp, who is best known for the hit song “Just Got Paid,” has died in Jamaica. He was 55. Comment

NY’s Cuomo to be first gov. to visit Cuba as ties reopen

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) _ New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is heading to Havana, the first American governor to visit Cuba since the recent thaw in relations with the communist nation. Whether his trade mission generates anything more than headlines, however, remains to be seen. Comment


Sports: NORTH SOUND, Antigua (AP) _ An unbeaten 103 by Jason Holder helped West Indies salvage a nail-biting draw against England in the first test Friday, spoiling James Anderson’s celebrations after becoming his country’s record wicket taker. Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Business leaders from 18 countries and territories of the Caribbean will meet later this month in Miami to discuss the challenges posed by anti-laundering regulation. Comment

Dynamite Calypso Tent prepares for 2015

Music: The Dynamite Calypso Tent of New York has elected a new executive committee led by President Ainsley Primus during its meeting on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Comment

Predatory practices against developing countries

Viewpoints: GENEVA, April 6, 2015 (IPS) - The world’s attention turned to the practices of vulture funds after the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a lower court opinion in the NML Capital vs Argentina case, which forbids the country from making payments on its restructured debt. Comment

Antigua draws a line in the vanishing sand

Antigua: ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, April 15, 2015 (IPS) - Jabberwock beach, located on the northeastern coast of Antigua, features a mile-long white sand beach and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Comment

Caribbean Court celebrates 10 years

Caribbean: The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCCJ) celebrated its 10th anniversary last Thursday, with only four CARICOM member states having acceded to its appellate jurisdiction. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Adult Beginners (R for profanity and drug use) Diminished dreams dramedy about a narcissistic entrepreneur (Nick Kroll) who moves from Manhattan to the suburbs to take a job as a nanny for his sister’s (Rose Byrne) children after his latest start-up crashes and burns. With Bobby Cannavale, Bobby Moynihan and Joel McHale. Comment

Trinidadian-born businessman to be memoralized

Trinidad and Tobago: Prominent Trinidadian-born businessman Mohan Jaikaran who was the dynamic driving force behind an impressive array of businesses from Richmond Hill, Queens, to his native land, will be remembered at memorial services that begin Friday. Comment

US prez supports Caribbean Security Summit

National: United States President Barack Obama has agreed to a Caribbean Security Summit as early as June this year, following regional concerns about the growing number of issues which could affect the region. Comment

Vincentian musician releases CD on new airport

Music: Vincentian musician Oscar James, a singer, song writer and player of several musical instruments, has released a new CD on the Argyle International Airport, saying that air accessibility is “vital for Vincentians and foreigners who want to visit St. Vincent and the Grenadines.” Comment

Walker’s Swan song proves well worth the wait

Movies: The late Paul Walker (1973-2013) was best known for playing Brian O’Conner, a charismatic lead character of the Fast and Furious franchise. During a break in the filming of this seventh installment, he perished in a fiery crash away from the set while being driven in a Porsche by his friend and financial advisor, Roger Rodas. Comment

Vintage fashion comes to Crown Heights

Fashion: Vintage Shaun, the collective of affordable vintage fashion for men and women will be coming to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for a Pop up Shop the weekend of April 11 - 12. Founder and Crown Heights native Shaunya Hartley, is excited to kick off a Pop Up Shop in the neighborhood she has called home all her life. Shaunya Hartley’s passion for vintage clothing and encyclopedic knowledge of styles and eras has garnered a dedicated cult like following of a young and influential clientele keeping with the saying “Vintage is the New Black. Comment

Grenada to host Under-17 Women’s football Championship in 2016

Grenada: Miami —The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football announced today that Grenada will host the 2016 Under-17 Women’s Championship, which has been scheduled for March of next year. Comment

Beyonce makes humanitarian stop to Haiti

Haiti: Pop royalty Beyonce took time out from her demanding schedule to visit Haiti where a massive earthquake in 2010 devastated the French Caribbean destination. Comment

Former Virgin Islands executive director jailed for bribery, extortion

Caribbean: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says the former executive director of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Legislature has been sentenced to five years in prison for bribery and extortion. Comment

Diaspora driving Jamaican tourism

Jamaica: As a “Thank You” to the Jamaican Diaspora community, the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) and the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) recently hosted a special reception in midtown Manhattan. Comment

OAS congratulates new president of Guyana

Guyana: The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, has congratulated the new President of Guyana, David Granger, in winning last Monday’s general elections. Comment

GraceKennedy brings in more, but earns less profit

Food: The GraceKennedy Group is reporting revenues of $ $21.1 billion, a $2.9 billion — or 16 percent — increase over the same period last year. The Company is however reporting a decline in net profit by 25 percent compared to last year, moving from $941 million to $703 million. Comment

Former P.R. psychiatrist jailed for child exploitation

Puerto Rico: A former psychiatrist here has been sentenced to 15 years in jailed for transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual conduct. Comment

Cameron cheers West Indies cricket

Caribbean: West Indies Cricket Board President Dave Cameron has hailed the Caribbean side for the recent Test win against England in the final of the three-match series at Kensington Oval, Barbados. Comment

Clarke celebrates National Small Business Week

Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke last week welcomed Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the federal Small Business Administration to Brooklyn to celebrate National Small Business Week. Comment

New deputy special representative for Haiti mission

Haiti: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed his Deputy Special Representative for the U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). Comment

Caribbean Round-Up

Trinidad and Tobago: Here’s the latest from around the Caribbean. Comment

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