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Insecurity Turned Business

Grenada: Insecurities can be crippling. Comment

Reggae Jazz Fest 2015 gets an ‘A+’

Music: “The future is looking bright for the development and preservation of the cultural links between Caribbean and African-American music and dance in the Diaspora, thanks to the likes of George Crooks (Jamaican-American and Craig Freeman (African-American) of Jammins Events and their associates,” observed Dr. Dexter McKenzie, MD, a private physician and a lecturer at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, who is also a musician and community organizer. Comment


Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, recognized as a vital “American Cultural Ambassador,” returns to the New York City Center stage for the 45th consecutive year from Dec. 2, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016. Led by Robert Battle, Ailey’s annual engagement has become a joyous holiday tradition. Comment

Joseph Root tops ICC batting

Sports: England’s Joseph Edward Root tops the International Cricket Council’s batting chart by moving up from number three to number one. Root had scored 443 runs and averaging 73.83 so far in the Ashes Series with four Test matches completed. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Americans who believe the region is a safe tax haven to hide money and investments overseas should think twice as Caribbean trade bloc countries are moving to full comply with a new U.S. law designed to catch tax dodgers who stash assets in foreign destinations. Comment

Brooklyn high school to be honored

Brooklyn: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn) on Monday joined New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, many of his Council colleagues and community members during a bill-signing ceremony to designate East 37th Street and Foster Avenue in Brooklyn as “Catherine McAuley High School Way.” Comment

Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago pursue cooperation

Trinidad and Tobago: Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago have agreed to pursue a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the near future. The two countries recently discussed five areas for development: agriculture, education, energy, infrastructure for partnership and business development. Comment

Summer League to end soon

The summer basketball program, called a Child’s Place League, will be coming to an end on championship Saturday when playoffs determine a championship in all age brackets and at the same time awards will be presented. All the action will be outdoors at the P.S. 127 Playground with all day action in East Elmhurst. Comment


Brooklyn: The third and final edition of the ‘Hudson River’ derbies was a duplicate of the first two matches in many ways: it was another eclectic atmosphere, another deliriously enthusiastic sellout crowd and a similar result — the New York Red Bulls defeated New York City FC, this time by a 2-0 margin. Comment

Creole manual to better serve Haitian community

Haiti: There is nothing more frustrating than opening up a brand new toy or gadget, finding the instructions to only not understand the language they are written in. Comment

Roy Pierre & Associates present ‘The Jolly Roger’

Arts & Theater: It is early morn. Dawn is just breaking over the warm waters of the Caribbean. A British frigate is sailing through the islands loaded with fine laces and linens and other furnishings meant for the fancy ladies and homes of British plantation owners. Comment

Rita Marley named Woman Of Excellence in Africa

Jamaica: Rita Marley will be feted with a banquet at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Sept. 12 when the United Nations’ Women and the African Union Diaspora Africa Forum (AUDAF) toast their selection with the 2015 Living Legends and African Women of Excellence awards. Comments (6)

Jamaicans, Trinidadians honored on anniversaries

Trinidad and Tobago: Nine Jamaicans and Trinidadians were honored on Sunday during the 6th annual combined celebration of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago’s 53rd anniversary of independence. Comment

Jamaica ‘Proud & Free at 53’

Jamaica: Black, green and gold dominated the Queens Boulevard location where nationals and friends assembled to raise the colors decided to best represent the freedom and purpose self-rule imposed on Aug. 6, 1962. Comment

‘Behold the Throne’ extols Freaks Mas

Arts & Theater: Freaks Mas will “Behold the Throne” as it competes for the fourth successive year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Who ‘favors’ such nefarious leadership?

Trinidad and Tobago: Even in Britain, pollsters took a shellacking earlier this year when results in national elections there turned out significantly different from what had been projected. In Trinidad and Tobago, where a general election is scheduled Sept. 7, openly questioning whether polling exercises are invested with the requisite professional know-how is nothing new. Comment

Crochet wear designer keeps evolving

Fashion: The fashion design business is cut throat. Much like any artist, designers are often forced to split their attentions onto their passions alongside their 9 to 5’s that provide the bulk of the green paper needed to survive. Comment

Earth, Wind and Fire for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: Band leader Pamela Date, who hails from St. Andrew, Grenada, told Caribbean Life that this year’s production is “a representation of our universe.” Comment

A vision for Ferguson, Baltimore, L.A. and everywhere

Viewpoints: This month, the nation will acknowledge two political milestones. On Aug. 9, we mark the one-year anniversary of the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Two days later, we mark the 50th anniversary of the uprising in Watts. A third civil disturbance, located in time between these two, offers lessons learned from the failures of 1965. Comment

Standing up for charter schools

Viewpoints: Too few of our modern-day state leaders appreciate the absolute role they must play in bringing about substantive change in America’s schools. Comment

Tropicalfete to depict ‘Going Green, Loving The Earth’

Brooklyn: Tropicalfete Inc. is a non-profit organization focused on education, and producing meaningful programs towards the growth of society, while spreading the Caribbean culture throughout the world. Comments (2)

Bravo sings for his supper

Caribbean: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo further diversified career recently when he signed with Los Angeles international company Venus Music Group. Comment

Haitians vote in long-delayed legislative elections

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Haitians were electing legislators to Parliament Sunday after a yearslong wait, but the vote was plagued with delays, disorder and occasional fistfights. Comment
New York: Inspired by elegantly dressed ladies back in the British Guiana era while growing up in her village of Skeldon, Sarah Bacchus founder of 34-24-36, celebrated her Skeldon Collection to create history at the first Eco-Fashion in the High Bridge Park on Aug. 2, in New York City. Comment
St Vincent: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug. 10, 2015 (IPS) - Award-winning St. Lucian poet and playwright Kendel Hippolyte thinks that Caribbean nationals should view the Earth as their mother. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua and Barbuda’s Acting Chief Immigration Officer Annette Mark has announced that the government will be introducing an e-visa for immigrants who need visas to enter the twin island. Comment

Fall in love with Jamaica

Jamaica: Stepping out the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay I couldn’t help but smile. I finally returned to Jamaica, the land of reggae / dancehall, good vibes and a rich culture. Comment

Change your attitude and find success

Books: We live in microwaveable times. In a world of 140 characters and 15-second videos, it is safe to assume that millenials are simply impatient. Impatience, however, does not allow any great idea reach it’s full potential. A mixture of patience, tenacity, perseverance and a hefty dose of positivity is Bahamian descendant Renny Roker’s secret to achieving success. Comment

Fox reboots Marvel franchise’s ‘Fantastic Four’

Movies: Marvel Comics’ first brought the “Fantastic Four” to the big screen a decade ago, and followed it up with a sequel a couple years later. Since neither generated much in the way of audience enthusiasm, 20th Century Fox has now seen fit to relaunch the flagging franchise rather than release a third installment. Comment

Caribbean carnival takes over Toronto

Caribbean: Soca music, gyration and colorful costumes took center stage last Saturday as Toronto’s Caribbean carnival took over the North American city. Comment

Brooklyn pols praise Jamaica on 53rd anniversary

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilmembers Jumaane Williams and Dr. Mathieu Eugene have joined other officials in extending congratulatory greetings to the government and people of Jamaica on the island’s 53rd anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Harlem Week, a month celebrating Harlem

Bronx: Harlem Week started as a one-day tribute in 1974 and now Harlem Week has evolved into a multi-venue, month-long celebration of the community’s rich economic, political and cultural history. Harlem Week runs from late July to late August. Comment

Centerlight hosts Senior Pavilion at Jams Festival

Queens: JAMAICA, NEW YORK – CenterLight Healthcare is pleased to host the first-ever Senior Pavilion at the 2015 Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015. Comment

People-powered Windstarz ride debuts at Coney Island

Brooklyn: Brooklyn has another reason to boast the most alluring attractions in New York City. Along with the Barclay Center, the borough is home to the first and only people-powered adventure-filled thrill ride in the world. Comment

WIADCA’S carnival celebrates one Caribbean, one people, one voice!

Arts & Theater: Get ready for New York Caribbean Carnival 2015! On Thursday, Sept 3, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) will kick off New York Caribbean Carnival, with a unique Caribbean Freedom Festival, featuring KES the Band, costume competitions and Herbet Holler & the Freedom Party NYC. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Air (PG-13 for violence, profanity and sexual references) Futuristic sci-fi about a couple of engineers (Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou) who represent the last hope for humanity after the planet runs out of oxygen. With Sandrine Holt, Paula Lindberg, Peter Benson and David Nykl. Comment
Jamaica: The children of St. Jude summer day camp — UN of Caribbean-heritage children — enjoy a packed schedule of dance, sports, academics, field trips and journaling. Comment

Hoopsters play at Greenwich Village

Sports: Basketball players and fans of all ages from kids to senior citizens jammed one park, and some of them brought their own chairs, in the Greenwich Village area of Manhattan during the summer to engage in a basketball league whether as spectators or players to takein some of the action. Comment


Sports: The third and final edition of the local ‘Hudson River’ derby between the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC kicks off at 7 pm on Sunday at Red Bull Arena in Harrison (NJ), and based on the increasingly competitive atmosphere in the past games, this third matchup promises to be a dandy. Comment



Guyana: In normal circumstances, Caribbean tourism officials usually worry about problems like high air fares, deals offered by cruise liners, tax incentives for the sector and the general state of the global economy to ensure tourist patronize their destinations not about muck on beaches. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Thursday unveiled plans for near $12 million overhaul of the Brooklyn War Memorial and parks throughout the borough. Comment

Rock My Soul

Rock My Soul

Music: Lincoln Center Out of Doors is wrapping up its three weeks of music and dance performances this weekend. There will be six more free outdoor concerts, all devoted to American Roots music. Comment

Rhythm Catcher’s ‘Scandalous Bollywood’

Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Rhythm Catcher International is stepping out of the box this year in presenting “Scandalous Bollywood” for Labor Day. Comment

‘Welcome to the Motherland of Afrika’

Arts & Theater: This year, New Horizon wants everyone, including masqueraders, to feel “Welcome to the Motherland of Afrika,” as the Brooklyn-based mas band competes in the annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway. Comment

Jamaicans, Trinidadians to be honored

Trinidad and Tobago: Several Jamaicans and Trinidadians will be honored on Sunday during the sixth annual combined celebration of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago’s 53rd anniversary of independence. Comment

JA PM addresses UN Security Council

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller joined a number of heads of governments at the United Nations recently to discuss the topic of “Peace and Security Challenges Facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)” during an open debate with the Security Council. Comment

England has the upper-hand in Ashes Series

England cricketers have shown much muscle with their 2-1 lead over Australia in the Ashes Series. Comment

Adams leads unity parade of global flags

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Sunday led the Unity Parade of Flags, featuring the colors of all the member states of the United Nations, in a march from the Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza Park as he kicked off his second annual celebration of International Day of Friendship. Comment

Jamaicans are ‘special’ champs of the world games

Jamaica: Undoubtedly, the cadre of young Jamaicans that competed in California during the Special Olympics Summer Games will be recalled for their 19-medal haul back to their Caribbean island after winning in the most unlikely categories. Comment

Bizarre responses, deadly results continue

Viewpoints: We continue to hope the critical-mass level has been reached in the many instances of reckless exercise of police authority directly or indirectly causing loss of life to persons of color. Comment

Ice cream venture to help build community

Food: What can a scoop of ice cream provide past a sweet taste that lingers on the tongue? Ice cream can create jobs. It can create a moment of celebration between neighbors. It can represent a positive meeting space within an underserved community. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn Museum propelled its culture loving public into the Carnival spirit on Aug 1. Comment

Increased flights to the Caribbean

Travel: An influx of new flights to the Caribbean is making airline and tourism industries increasingly busy, according to reports. Comment

Jamaica’s Emancipendence nears with August calendar

Jamaica: The combined celebrations of Emancipation and Independence by Jamaicans will merge for a weeklong commemoration known as Emancipendence. Providing a cultural calendar during the first days of August it will also highlight achievements of the island and those the people proudly exalt. Comment

‘Mama’s Boy,’ a run-of-the-mill drama

Books: You think about it all the time. The child making headlines in the news could be yours. He could be the kid wrapped up in trouble he never meant to have, the one whose name is known for the wrong reasons. And what would you do? You’ve thought about it, and in the new novel “Mama’s Boy” by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, two mothers act. Comment

Trading up for a better trade deal

Viewpoints: As the dust settles on the fight in Congress over Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, we have an opportunity to think anew about what good trade policy could be. If we get past the rhetoric, we can expand the public and political dialogue about trade and truly understand the impact it can have all our businesses. Comment

Hungry for change, achieving food security and nutrition for all

UNITED NATIONS, July 30, 2015 (IPS) - With the enthusiasm of the recent Financing for Development conference behind us, the central issues and many layers of what is at stake are now firmly in sight. Comment

Red Steel is CPL champ

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel was crowned the 2015 Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 champion when the team defeated the Barbados Tridents at the Queen’s Park Oval, Port of Spain, Trinidad on Sunday, July 26. Comment

Mas ‘Under The Sea’

Arts & Theater: At the tender age of 24, Trinidad-born costume designer Assata Rodriquez is already making headway as one of the up and coming bandleaders to watch. She is diligent and steadfast in her quest for perfection — qualities revelers will take to the parkway to revel in “Under the Sea.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Ambassador Irwin La Rocque has called for a “strong collaboration action” to urgently address the criteria for access to concessional financing. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Assassination (Unrated) Historical drama, set in 1933, revolving around Korean resistance’s plot to kill the military commander of Japan’s occupy forces. Co-starring Ji-hyun Jun, Jung-woo Ha and Jung-jae Hee. (In Korean with subtitles) Comment

Cruise, company reunite to topple terrorist group

Movies: Rogue Nation is the fifth installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise featuring Tom Cruise as the dashing and daring Ethan Hunt. This episode has everything you’d expect from an action-oriented espionage thriller: international intrigue, irresistible eye candy and edge-of-your-seat fight and chase sequences. Comment

For Every ‘Bel Ti Fi’

Haiti: Celebrating the accomplishments of women should not be constrained to just one month. Comment

Dr. King seen as undeterred in The Movement by children

Imagine subjects on the cradle of the confederacy, Brown v. Board of Education, Jim Crow’s emergence, the impact of the Fifteen Amendment, fighting poverty and the Watts riot in a biography on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in a child-friendly book capturing the attention of middle-school students in Queens, NY. Comment

Steel pan rocks the square

Music: The sun is shining. There is music in the streets. Sounds like the start of a great summer day to me. Comment

Caribbean needs partnerships in battling climate change: UN chief

Environment: United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has called for partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), such as those in the Caribbean, lamenting that the global challenges facing these islands are the international community’s collective responsibility. Comment

New merchant association revives street festival

Arts & Theater: Summer is simmering down, back-to-school commercials are looming but fun in the sun against the backdrop of your neighborhood is still in full effect. There is still time for face painting, live entertainment and celebration of the local businesses courtesy of the new merchant association, Parkside Empire. Comment

Windies Cricket Legends in NY

Caribbean: A team of West Indies Cricket Legends, spearheaded by the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers, will be heading to New York to attend a star-studded reception and play two Twenty20 matches. Comments (1)

Stars shine in Manhattan

People: A good way to stay in shape for a basketball player to enter his next level, no matter what it is, is to practice hard individually and / or compete on a team and try to make the best it. Comment


Guyana: In mid August, the first hundred days of the new administration of President David Granger in Guyana would have expired and officials are rushing to ensure that a raft of promises made for this period are honored in compliance rather than in the breach. Comment

Candidates jostle for Sampson’s seat

Brooklyn: Even before John Sampson, a Caribbean American legislator in Brooklyn, was convicted on Friday for trying to thwart a U.S. federal investigation, a number of candidates had already begun bidding for his Brooklyn seat. Comment

Global Potential creates leaders for social change

Haiti: Stepping out of the box and away from your comfort zone is often the push you need to accomplish something great. Comment

The sobering message from GOP follies

Viewpoints: For the record, be it known that we remain committed, in this space, to refrain from mentioning by name, unless somehow unavoidable, the king-size bozo who has thrown Republicans’ search for a 2016 presidential nominee into absolute shambles. Comments (1)


Sports: The Jamaican Men’s National Team — the first Caribbean squad to play in a CONCACAF Gold Cup final, in the 13th year of the tournament in the Gold Cup format — lost to Mexico, 3-1, in the 2015 Gold Cup on Sunday, July 26, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia in front of a capacity crowd of 68,930. Comment

Folk Feet celebrates 10 yrs

The Brooklyn Arts Council Folk Feet dancing community collaborated with the Guyana Cultural Association — organizers of the Annual Folk Festival in the Borough — to mark its 10th anniversary with a stirring presentation on the streets of Brooklyn. Comment

‘Amazing Grace’

Arts & Theater: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, That saved a wretch like me. I once was lost but now am found, Was blind, but now I see.” Comment

Haitian art, architecture at Queens Museum

Arts & Theater: On Sunday, July 25, Haitians from all over the metro area congregated at the Queens Museum to participate in a rich, diverse three-part cultural event that began on the expanded mezzanine, which looks at the Unisphere. The museum reopened last November after major renovations. Comment

Hastick appointed Brooklyn Ambassador

Grenada: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has appointed the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Roy Hastick, as a Brooklyn Ambassador. Comment

First Black president is making history

Africa: By far Egypt tops the list of African countries visited by any commander-in-chief of the United States. Senegal and South Africa lags distantly behind to take second and third-most visited African nations by any president. According to the state department, American presidents have visited only 16 of Africa’s 54 countries. Comment

Carican plays ‘Musical Instruments’

Brooklyn: As the Brooklyn-based Carican Costumes plays “Musical Instruments” this Labor Day, band leader Trinidadian Pat Nurse says she’s looking forward to making a “stunning impression” on the children, spectators and especially the judges. Comments (2)

Sherzel wants hattrick with ‘Jewels of an Empire’

Brooklyn: Having won the large band category in the Junior Carnival for the past two years, the Brooklyn-based Sherzel Productions is aiming for the hattrick this year with “Jewels of an Empire.” Comment

Antoine Int. to portray ‘Reflection Of Our Culture’

Brooklyn: Known as one of the most versatile band leaders and costumes designers whose creations have won numerous trophies for producing other bands, and as an individual leader since 1991, Kenneth Antoine is going back to his culture in this year’s portrayal of “Reflection of Our Culture.” Comment

On-demand doctor apps bring Uber approach to medicine

Health: WASHINGTON (AP) _ It was 8 o’clock on a weeknight and Brooklyn resident Sarah Sheehan was reeling from a painful earache. Comment

Bichotte says Sampson’s conviction ‘sad’

Brooklyn: Haitian American Democratic legislator Rodneyse Bichotte has described as “sad” and “unfortunate” Friday’s conviction of Caribbean American legislator John L. Sampson. Comment

Caribbean issue divides Mass. lawmakers

People: The impending deportation of Haitians and people of Haitian descent who were born in the Dominican Republic is dividing legislators in Massachusetts, according to reports in Boston, Mass. Comment

Observer team for T&T elections

Trinidad and Tobago: A three-member observer team from the Commonwealth Secretariat has arrived in Trinidad ahead of the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election, the Office of the Prime Minister said last week. Comment

Dr. Clarke’s centenary culls celebration in Harlem

Manhattan: The 100th birthday anniversary of Dr. John Henrik Clarke was marked by ceremonial tributes from his students and a plethora of nostalgic recollections of the Pan-African, educator, historian and cultural icon. Comment

A Celebration in Brooklyn

Music: It was a celebration to be sure! As Maa Sa Akhi Performing Arts Academy held its 16th annual concert recital, students and loyal supporters arrived in droves ready to clap and enjoy celebrating fantastic performances. Comment

Next group of Griswolds heads for Walley World

Movies: National Lampoon’s Vacation is an enduring film franchise launched back in 1978 by the late John Hughes, the brains behind such Chicago-centric screen classics as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Trains, Planes & Automobiles; Home Alone; Uncle Buck; and Baby’s Day Out, to name a few. Comment

Developing nations set to challenge rich ahead of SDG Summit

Soren Ambrose is head of Policy, Advocacy & Research at ActionAid International NEW YORK, Jul 27 2015 (IPS) - The final round of negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals – the successor to the Millennium Development Goals, due to be inaugurated in September at the U.N. General Assembly – is now underway in New York. Comment
Environment: FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique, Jul 21 2015 (IPS) - A leading geothermal expert warns that the small island states in the Caribbean face “a ticking time bomb” due to the effects of global warming and suggests a shift away from fossil fuels to renewable energy is the only way to defuse it. Comment

Daring jailbreak in Trinidad

A daring jailbreak in the city of Port of Spain, Trinidad on Friday, July 24 left a policeman shot and killed, an inmate dead, while two others made their escape. Comment

Jesse Jackson visits Martinique

France’s Caribbean territory of Martinique continues to build upon its efforts in support of the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024), welcoming American civil rights activist and Baptist minister, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, for an official visit. Comment

New grant program for sustainable tourism

Caribbean: JetBlue Airways has launched a grant program focused on sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. Comment
Fashion: Make your way down Flatbush Avenue between Hawthorne Street and Cortelyou Road. What do you notice? On each passing block you might take note of a surplus of nail and hair salons, Chinese American and Caribbean American restaurants and not to mention a plethora of sneaker stores. Comment

Investment opportunities in the Reggae Island

Jamaica: Jamaica is one the most globally recognized brand in the world. According to the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) the island welcomed 756,463 visitors – 445,105 of which originated from the U.S.; 184,237 from Canada; and 95,177 from Europe. Comment

Jump rope, shed pounds

Jump rope, shed pounds

Brooklyn: Kids these days may never fully understand the joys of playing outside. Trapped in their iPhones, iPads and other gadgets, simple times of hanging outside jumping rope can sometimes get lost in spirited games of Angry Bird. Keeping child-like joy alive and burning up to 700 calories at the same time, husband-wife duo Michelle and Shawn Clark have created “Double Dutch Aerobics.” Comment

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