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Barbadians heading to Canada need to read this

Barbados: There are new rules you need to follow ifyou are visa-exampt. Comment

Brooklyn’s Jaiquawn Jarrett looks to start for Jets

Jamaica: The Fort Hamilton High School product, whose dad is from Jamaica, is in his thrid year with the team, and looking to break out. Comment

Therapy Wine Bar spreads the love

Food: Bedstuy wasn’t so “do or die” Saturday Sept. 19 during an annual shop local block party that has shrunk in size but has kept a big heart. Comment

Clarke praises US on taking refugees

Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed the United States’ decision to increase the number of refugees allowed to resettle in the country to 100,000 annually by 2017, an increase from the current number of 70,000. Comment

Mitchell, Lama visit Brooklyn’s most diverse co-op

Brooklyn: It’s not often that Americans get to know the people associated with the landmarks named in their honor. Comment

Corinne Innis explores police brutality through art

Arts & Theater: To say the temperature of relations between police officers and those they protect are lukewarm is an understatement. Recent video coverage of various acts of violence has residents of all shades, sizes, and cultures confused, nervous, and upset. Tackling these various emotions through the style of cartooning is U.S. Virgin Islands artist Corinne Innis. Comment


Sports: It’s not an easy task to go into Providence Park in Portland, Oregon and beat the Portland Timbers, but the New York Red Bulls did just that last Sunday afternoon in an MLS game. Goals a minute apart from Felipe (43rd minute) and Damien Perrinelle (44th min.) led the visitors to a 2-0 wi Comment

Shai Hope should perform well in Sri Lanka

Sports: Barbados and West Indies opening batsman Shai Hope, 21 years, should do well in Sri Lanka conditions. The Sri Lankan bowlers are not that quick as the Australians, Mitchell Johnson and Michael Starc, so the process for Hope should be much easier if he negotiates the movement of those wickets well. Comment


Venezuela: Ever since U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil reported a huge oil and gas find off Venezuela in early May, authorities in neighboring Venezuela have turned up the pressure on neighboring Guyana, laying claim to the concession area, ordering the company to quit work and telling other global firms not to bother to begin seismic offshore work. Comment

Antigua calls for global action to end hunger

People: This week the whole world is watching New York. With the very first visit to the city by the very first Papal leader from the Americas — Argentina-born Pope Francis is attracting the attention of 70 million Roman Catholics who reside in the USA. Comment

Jamaica improving educational system: WB

Jamaica: The World Bank says Jamaica is taking “big steps” in improving its educational system. Comment
Caribbean: Jamaican batsman Stafanie Taylor has been appointed the new captain of the West Indies Women, replacing the long-serving Merissa Agulleira. Comment

College athletes move on

Sports: While the New York City Marathon is the highlight event during the upcoming months going into the winter season, the sport of cross country is mid-way through the fall for both the high school and college athletes. Comment


Music: It’s hard to believe that the name Noel “Dancemaster” Stevens is still not a household word. Believe it or not, those familiar with the Jamaican performer regard him as the trailblazing Yardie who has been promoting soca music for longer than most. Comment

Lara appointed special envoy

Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has appointed West Indies legendary batsman Brian Lara as a special envoy. He served as an ambassador under the former People’s Partnership government. Comment

Hundreds attend Brooklyn Book Festival

Books: This past Sunday, thousands of New Yorkers who love the written word came out for the 10th anniversary of the annual Brooklyn Book Festival, one of America’s premier book festivals attracting a hip, smart and diverse crowd. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Science, Technology and Innovation Committee (CSTIC) team will visit Cuba later this month to explore collaboration and co-operation in the field of science and technology. Comment

Understandable buzz around this Pontiff

Viewpoints: As one would expect, the first visit of Pope Francis to the U.S., including a turn in New York City, has been the biggest buzz generator around here in a while. A papal visit is always heady stuff. But in the particular case of this pontiff, in just a couple of years he has seen develop around him a rock-star aura that, it’s fair to wager, was not of his deliberate crafting, but simply a testament to the extraordinary human spirit the world has come to recognize. Comment

On making promises to women & girls: It’s time to make them real

Viewpoints: Recent headlines have been bleak for women and girls in the developing world: the Islamic State runs a system of sex slaves for its recruits; terrorists in Nigeria kidnap girls to marry their soldiers; women can be shot for going to school or splashed with acid if their in-laws don’t like their dowries. Comment

Eight-year-old writes book to inspire her peers

Books: Eight-year-old Anaya Lee Willabus, the youngest published author in the New York area, says it was inspiring to write a children’s book, and to encourage her peers about the importance of reading. Comment
Brooklyn: Someone once said that the satisfaction of winning and regret after losing are both worthy of remembrance. If this is so, then Mark Mclean, band leader of Kaios International Sounds is a very satisfied man who will forever remember his band’s most recent first place win for medium size bands at this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. Comments (1)

Brooklyn cultural group holds successful concert

Arts & Theater: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) recently held a very successful cultural show in Brooklyn in its continuing efforts in raising funds to assist, with medical supplies, hospitals and health centers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

Jamaican producer releases ‘Best of Rootsman’

Music: Jamaican producer Charley Simpson honored the legacy left by calypsonian Rootsman who died on Aug. 21 in Trinidad & Tobago by releasing “The Best of Rootsman” a CD which compiles 11 dance tracks that most identify the style and contribution of the legendary recording artist. Comment

The Century of the Centenarians

Viewpoints: NEW YORK, Sept. 17 2015 (IPS) - With improving life styles, advances in medical science and technologies and declining mortality rates at older ages, the 21st century is witnessing the remarkable rise of centenarians, people who are aged 100 years or older. Comment

Community salute to Dr. Winthrop Holder

Trinidad and Tobago: Several community organizations, along with the National Dental Association, have collaborated to plan a salute to Dr. Winthrop Holder, a dental surgeon who has served residents of Brooklyn and beyond for many years, both in his professional capacity and in his abiding interest and involvement in community affairs. Comment

Guyanese urge intervention in border conflict

Guyana: Ahead of President David Granger’s presentation to the 70th UN General Assembly on Sept. 28, nationals in the Diaspora are urging the head of state to draft a resolution to discuss Venezuela’s renewed claim of Guyana’s Essequibo region. Comments (1)

Pontiff arrives in Cuba with message of solidarity, reconciliation

Caribbean: Amid tears and cheers, Pope Francis, the architect of the United States-Cuba rapprochement, began his historic trip to Cuba on Saturday with a message of solidarity and reconciliation, according to reports here. Comment

Peripatetic pastor’s near-death experience

Movies: Traveling Pastor Don Piper was thinking about having his own congregation on his way home from a Christian convention when fate intervened in tragic fashion. His car was crushed so badly by a tractor trailer that he was declared dead right on the spot by first responders who couldn’t find a pulse. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 99 Homes (R for profanity, sexual references and brief violence) Diminshed dreams drama, set in Orlando during the housing market collapse of 2008, about a cash-strapped single-dad (Andrew Garfield) who ends up having to take a job with the ruthless realtor (Michael Shannon) who’d foreclosed on his home. With Laura Dern, Noah Lomax and Cynthia Santiago. Comment

Dame Janice calls for integrity of judiciary

Grenada: Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Dame Janice M. Pereira, has urged the legal profession to uphold the integrity of the judiciary. Comment


Jamaica: Jamaica’s age-old quest to begin legally exporting large amounts of marijuana for medicinal purposes seemed to be closer than ever to reality with reports this week of a major partnership between a U.S. company which wants to use weed from the island as a base for its medical products. Comment

Gov. Andrew Cuomo aide pronounced dead

Jamaica: The Cuomo administration lawyer, Carey W. Gabay, who was shot in the head during Jouvert last week died Wednesday evening, according to a family spokesperson. Comments (1)

Comptroller takes issue with assets recovery firm

Trinidad and Tobago: No good deed comes without its challenges. In an effort to connect 1,056 New York City workers to an average owed amount of $3,576, the comptroller’s office discovered another organization attempting to do the same thing. Comment


Arts & Theater: 1st Place – Portrayal: “The Obeah in We” From the Band: Cocorite House 2nd Place – Portrayal: “Trinidad and Tobago” From the Band: Then & Now 3rd Place – Portrayal: “The Seven Deadly Sins” From the Band: Antoine International Comment

Urgent need for action: UN

Caribbean: As Caribbean leaders and diplomats get ready to address the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in the days ahead, the President of the 193-member body says a major priority for the session is to ensure that all actors move swiftly to deliver on the promises being made for sustainable development. Comment

Good health though community exercise

Brooklyn: The Electric Slide and the Cha Cha Slide have kept members of the Brooklyn Community Health and Fitness Program, footloose and fit, dancing their way to good health for the last 14 years. Comment

Tea Party with flair at E. Flatbush church

Music: Guyanese and other Caribbean nationals were in their glee and splendor Sunday afternoon in supporting the New Life Center of Truth’s “grand” Tea Party in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment

Celebrating books, authors at the Book Festival

Books: On Sunday, Sept. 20, Brooklyn celebrates the written and printed word in and around Brooklyn Borough Hall in one of the borough’s year’s best events. Comment

Local colleges prepare for meets

Sports: Some 20 colleges from NCAA Division I, II and III and junior college schools turned out for the start of the intercollegiate cross country meet over the five-mile Van Cortlandt Park course in the Bronx. Comment

Sri Lanka’s captain is confident with squad

Sports: Sri Lanka’s Test captain Angelo Matthews (28 years old) who has played 52 Test matches, hitting seven centuries, 22 fifties and averaging 52:07 is very confident with his squad that has been chosen to oppose the West Indies starting in October. Comment


Sports: MLS teams DC United and Real Salt Lake have made strides by advancing to the quarterfinal round of the CONCACAF Champions League tournament, the most prestigious competition among the top clubs in CONCACAF. Comment

Sir Hilary to receive humanitarian award

Barbados: Vice-Chancellor of The University of The West Indies (UWI), Prof. Sir Hilary Beckles was expected to be specially honored at the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus Conference in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 17, 2015, according to the New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW). Comment
The United Nations says the Caribbean continues to be among the most popular tourist destinations, despite global concerns about safety and security. Comment
Jamaica: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was full of praise for the Caribbean community when he welcomed nationals to a post Labor Day reception at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sept. 8, stating that the compatriots have proud family values that they believe in, and fought for. Comment

St. Paul’s Church stages very successful Int’l Day

With the colors of their respective nationalities on display and adorned, hundreds of Caribbean and other nationals on Sunday attended and participated in what organizers said was the Third International Day at St. Paul’s Church in the Village of Flatbush. Comment

Ramdin axed as Test captain

Caribbean: West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin has been axed as Test captain after just 15 months in the position and was replaced by Barbadian One-Day skipper Jason Holder, for the tour of Sri Lanka next month. Comment

A relentless push by social conservatives

Viewpoints: Chalking up another 9/11 anniversary last week brought to mind that it’s been a few years since we’ve had the right flank making like true monarchs of all they survey in America. Comment

Ray Owens to star at Jamaican Gala

Kevin ‘Ray’ Owens, the lead singer from the legendary R&B group Ray, Goodman & Brown will headline a Jamaican fundraising gala, concert and awards ceremony in New York City on Saturday, Sept. 19 at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center in Queens. Comment

Newly elected T&T PM sworn in

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley, political leader of the People’s National Movement (PNM) was sworn in as Trinidad and Tobago’s seventh prime minister on Wednesday, Sept. 9 during a ceremony at Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain. Comment


“Divorce Papers,” the most popular and hilarious play of the 2015 Caribbean theatre season starring Oliver Samuels, Barbara McCalla, Maylynne Lowe and Dennis Titus will be staged this weekend and next weekend, in Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens. Comment

The CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property; revisiting the idea

Caribbean: In January 2010 this column first proposed the idea of the CCJ as a court of first instance for intellectual property (IP) matters. In the years following its publication, there has been a little movement in the area of IP in the Caribbean including the common usage of the term Caribbean Intellectual Property which was also introduced through this column. Comment

The demand for transparency on trade negotiation

Viewpoints: The president’s pledge issued on his first day of office to usher in a “new era of openness” stands in stark contrast to his administration’s secretive approach to trade negotiations. Comment

Lambert’s story explored through dance

Arts & Theater: Unveiling a story of spiritual renewal, hope, fearless, and courage in the midst of uncertainty is seasoned dancer Gelan Lambert. Choreographing four distinct performances threaded by these themes, Lambert provides audiences with another chapter in each of his quarterly performances. Comment

Gay Carib pageant brings community together

Fashion: Recently, we have witnessed the LGBTQ achieve equality that in many respects elude the Caribbean community in terms of tolerance. Creating a safe place for Caribbean born or native homosexuals to be proud of their culture and sexual preference, Hemish Gervis created the Gay Caribbean USA Pageant – now in its seventh year. Comment

Millions more to march for ‘Justice…Or Wlse’

People: One year after taking the Million Man March commemoration ceremony to Kingston, Jamaica, the Nation of Islam is mobilizing for the 20th celebration of a Day of Atonement for Black men to return to the nation’s capital. Comments (2)

Marvelous Cornelius does it all in ‘Showtime’

Books: Pick up your toys! How boring is that? It’s much more exciting to get things out than it is to put them away, right? But guess what: when someone helps, cleaning your room isn’t a chore. If you make it a game, in fact, it’s actually fun. In the new book “Marvelous Cornelius” by Phil Bildner, illustrated by John Parra, you’ll see how that works. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: A senior official of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says while economic growth in the region continues to strengthen, it remains fragile and uneven. Comment

Sorrel for sale, internationally

Food: Caribbean people are known for owning mom-and-pop eateries, not so much for owning national businesses. Bottling a famed, cultural drink, Jack Summers – known as Jack from Brooklyn whose parents are from Barbados and St. Kitts and Nevis — has turned everyone’s favorite Christmas drink, sorrel, into just that. Comment

Depp delivers as notorious mobster Whitey Bulger

Movies: In the mid-1970s, James “Whitey” Bulger began rising through the ranks of South Boston’s Winter Hill Gang by knocking off all the competition vying for control of his tight-knit, Irish neighborhood. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: About Ray (Unrated) Genderbending dramedy revolving around a troubled teen (Elle Fanning) trapped in a boy’s body seeking the support of her family while transitioning into a female. With Naomi Watts, Susan Sarandon and Tate Donovan. (In English and Spanish with subtitles.) Comment

Labor Day continues to boast Caribbean pride

Arts & Theater: It’s a sad end to one of the most highly anticipated weekends. Following a sleepless weekend of activities, Brooklynites and visitors alike pull themselves out of bed following the hype of Labor Day. Comment

Adams: Jouvert here to say

Brooklyn: Borough President Adams said he wants to form a task force to quell fears about the annual Jouvert fests that occur overnight before the annual Labor Day Parade down Flatbush Avenue. Comment

Adams to convene emergency meeting

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says he will be convening an emergency meeting of key stakeholders, including law enforcement and J’Ouvert organizers, in the wake of the pre-J’ouvert shooting of a legal aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Comment

Mayor honors former NYC councilmember

A day after the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio bestowed special honors on the first Caribbean-born woman to be elected to the City Council. Comment

Brooklyn BP crowns Patty King

Brooklyn: Thanks to a Jamaican businessman Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams can add another paragraph to his storied listing of accomplishments since becoming the leader of Kings County. Comment

Hot 97 blasts Reggae, Soca

Music: Labor Day weekend is over but in its wake there are memories worth a lifetime. Kicking off some of the Labor Day festivities, Hot 97 left a Caribbean impression on Governor’s Island with their annual Hot 97 On Da Reggae and Soca Tip music festival. Comment

Fashion for the career women

Fashion: Women shouldn’t sacrifice good fashion at the cost of their careers. Women’s wear designer Beverley Olivacce is bringing the party to New York Fashion Week with a dual-themed runway show that will be followed by a reception. Comment


Sports: The groupings for the semifinal round in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is a done deal. Twelve nations battled for six berths to the semifinal stage, and as those two-game series ended on Tuesday night, Sept., 8, there is a clear picture of which nations will battle on the semifinal field. Comment

Carrington takes Island Race

Competing in road races, and at the same time doing so well, including coming out victorious, is nothing new for Boyd Carrington, who can test any distance, even as long as a marathon. Comment


Venezuela: In at least four general elections held in the 15-nation Caribbean trade bloc so far this year, the electorate has chosen to vote out all but one government with the latest being a change in administration in Trinidad and Tobago, easily the region’s largest economy. Comment


Music: Thousands of reggae music lovers congregated for the summer’s biggest Reggae Tour “Catch a Fire” (named after Bob Marley and Wailers 1973 album) in Central Park Summerstage, N.Y. on Aug. 30. Many came to bear witness to Reggae royalty Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and Stephen “Ragga” Marley kick off the most anticipated tour of the year in what would have been Bob Marley’s 70th birthday. Comment

Guyana Day honors nationals in New York

Now in its second year of bringing live entertainment to the Borough of Brooklyn, H.U.G.E LLC has proven that it has what it takes to put on a show-stopping concert, and last Saturday’s presentation was proof of that. Comment

Keeping the BEAT diverse

Arts & Theater: The diversity of Brooklyn converges across the borough for a 10-day festival celebrating the arts. Organized by Brooklyn Emerging Artists in Theater, the Brooklyn BEAT Festival informs its artists to inform their artistic pieces with contemporary issues happening within Brooklyn’s diverse communities. Comment

Cayman Islands send aid to Dominica

Dominica: There was a time when New York’s only Black-owned radio station focused on the Caribbean community. In times of struggle, pageantry, or political strife, through good times and bad WLIB-AM proved more than a flagship radio station for the Inner Cities Broadcasting Corporation but the source to rely on for news and information. Comment

Jason Holder is new Test captain

Sports: Barbados and West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder, 23 years old, has been promoted to Test captain of the West Indies Cricket Team. He is the youngest player ever to be Test captain of the West Indies Cricket Team. He has so far played eight Test matches, scored 380 runs with one century and two 50’s and has taken 16 wickets. Comment

Trinidad & Tobago’s contagion of evil is no more

So Gaston, my friend, we probably should begin with apologies to you if, upon reading this, you do a a double-take at “contagion of evil” which, in recent communication with you, was my choice of label for the now deposed government of Trinidad and Tobago, led by Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Comment

Kam’s round-up of the movie weekend

Movies: He’s done it again! Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently held a two-day forum in St. Kitts on “Financing Growth” in the Caribbean. Comment

Five years later, trouble brewing for Persad-Bissessar in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: When nearly a million eligible voters cast their ballots in Trinidad’s general elections back in May of 2010, they did so with the firm belief that no new government could match the inefficiency levels and stubbornness of the previous Patrick Manning administration, which was running the oil and gas-rich Caribbean trade bloc nation at the time. Comment

Parable focuses on Christian couple in crisis

Movies: In 2011, Pastor Alex Kendrick produced, directed, wrote and starred in “Courageous,” a very compelling, action-oriented, faith-based drama. With “War Room,” he’s opted to play only a supporting role in the flick, thereby freeing himself to focus more on his duties behind the camera. Comment

From inequality to inclusion

Viewpoints: ROME, Sep. 8, 2015 (IPS) - Recent years have seen a remarkable resurgence of interest in economic inequality, thanks primarily to growing recognition of some of its economic, social, cultural and political consequences in the wake of Western economic stagnation. Comment

Young designer unveils ‘Back To School’ fashion trends

Fashion: Fourteen-year-old Tyyan Williams’ collection has already graced the runway of Fashion week’s “Young Fashionistas Stepping out on the Runway Uptown.” Comment

Bronx charity group donates EKG machines to SVG

President of the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc., Pastor Robert Mc Barnett, will be arriving in his homeland, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, weekend to hand over two EKG machines to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown, the Vincentian capital. Comment

Protecting lives must come first in law enforcement

Viewpoints: LONDON, Sep. 7, 2015 (IPS) - Everyone has the right to life. This principle is enshrined in Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and appears in numerous international treaties and national laws. Comment

Citizenship granted to Antiquans, Barbudans

Antigua: More than 300 nationals from around the region and internationally on Tuesday became citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, fulfilling a promise made by Prime Minister Gaston Browne. Comment

Picture perfect West Indian American Carnival

Arts & Theater: In picture perfect weather, with temperatures in the low 90s, more than three million people converged on Brooklyn’s sprawling Eastern Parkway on Labor Day Monday for the 48th Annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Caribbean parade reigns supreme for politians

Brooklyn: Over the years, the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway has been used by New York politicians — prominent and not so prominent — to get the word out to constituents or for photo opportunities ahead of Democratic Primaries, or to better position themselves with the public. Comment

Dwayne Bravo receives award

Sports: West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Dwayne Bravo was given the gold Humming Bird Medal for his outstanding contribution to the game of cricket in the 53rd at Independence Day awards ceremony held at Queen’s Hall, Port of Spain, Trinidad last Sunday night. Comment

T&T loses position to Geneva

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago has lost its bid to be the seat of the permanent secretariat of the Arms Trade Treaty, which aims to regulate the international arms trade. Comment

Jucie couture!: Flatbush natives new shop brings neighbors together

Food: Talk about a main squeeze! Comment

Dean Maitland: A creative soul

Fashion: A little pressure to do something we don’t like can forge a path to discover a new passion. Comment

Seniors party at McKinney Center

Arts & Theater: The saying goes, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.” Comment

Creole classes come to Queens Library

New York: Free Haitian Creole classes are being offered at the Central Library at the Queens Library in Jamaica starting Sept. 3. An initiative from the Programming and Outreach Department, its target audience is both for Haitian-heritage New Yorkers and others interesting in learning the main language of Haiti. Comment
Brooklyn: Face it, summer 2015 will be recalled with fond remembrances of free concerts headlined by Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Nicky Minaj, Maxi Priest, Taurus Riley, Morgan Heritage, Bunji Garlin, Third World, Damian and Stephen Marley, and others; stellar theatrical productions on and Off-Broadway featuring “The Fantastiks,” “Amazing Grace,” “Hamilton,” and “The Wiz”; big-screen releases endearing families to “Man From U.N.C.L.E,” “Mission Impossible,” “Straight Outta Compton,” new fun rides along Coney Island’s Boardwalk and a myriad of other entertainment. Throughout the three-month period, the outdoors seemed the most ideal location to meet and greet friends and family. Comment

Tommorrow: IRIE-Radio concert at Roy Wilkins Park!

Music: Labor Day Weekend boasts enough parties to properly bid adieu to Summer fun. Comment

Marcus Garvey saluted

Jamaica: Two developments since the Aug. 17 celebration of the 128th anniversary birth date of Marcus Mosiah Garvey are worthy of note. Comment

Brits: Ok if Jamaica nixes Queen rule

Jamaica: The British Government has given Jamaica the green light to go ahead if the country decides to replace the United Kingdom-based Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice as the final appellate court, and removed the Queen as the country’s head of state. Comment

There’s no escaping it: You’ll love ‘No Escape.’

Movies: This week, our reiewer checks out the Pierce Brosnan thriller, and likes what he sees. Comment

DJ comes ‘home’ to Haiti’s hip-hop scene

Movies: Hip-hop is Haiti. There is room for b-boys, cyphers, hot 16s, and breakdancing. Comment

A case of wrongdoing run amok

Trinidad and Tobago: Our columnist says Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar responsible for her administration’s transgressions. Comment

King Posse portrays Hatian royalty

Brooklyn: The Haitian-owned mas band King Posse hopes to make a big difference this Labor Day with its portrayal of “Mystical Queen, Princess, and Kings of Majestic Island.” Comment

‘Reflectionz’ celebrats Neville Hines

Fashion: As Karib Vibrationz Mas sways on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, gyrating masqueraders will also be reflecting on the work of veteran mas producer Neville Hines. Comment

Gypsy Peters out as Cabinet Minster — just before election

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Community Development Winston “Gypsy” Peters has resigned as a Cabinet Minister in the Kamla Persad-Bissessar administration and as a member of the party — 10 days before the Sept. 7 general election. Comment

Elkin’s take on the U.S. Open

Queens: Our columnist will be in Queens before, during, and after! Comment

A ‘Rising Star’: Lisa Punch heads to China as ‘Miss World’ contestant

Queens: Guyana’s songstress Lisa Punch, who just over a year ago commanded the international stage to become a finalist in the ABC-TV show “Rising Star,” will once again take the world by storm. Comment

Loobie’s latest: The Snow Kingdom

Brooklyn: For the last 41 years, Port of Spain, Trinidad native Pauleen Loobie has been nothing short of spectacular on Easter Park, taking home accolades one after the other. From Junior King, to Best Band of the Year, Individual Queen, and Band Leader, among others. Comment

Kam’s movie round-up

Movies: Our critic breaks down the movies of the week. Comment

Musical raps ‘Hamilton’ — from Caribbean to Broadway

Arts & Theater: Alexander Hamilton, one of the nation’s founding father, the first secretary of the treasury, the chief aide to George Washington, and — in less flattering terms — a “bastard,” orphan and “immigrant” from the West Indies. Comment

Clarke: Why I support the Iran nuclear deal

Viewpoints: Under criticism in some quarters of the community for her support of the Iran nuclear deal, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has sought to explain comprehensively her position on the issue. Comment

Tropical Storm Erika wreaks havoc in Dominica

Environment: Twelve people were killed in Dominica when Tropical storm Erika swept across the Easter Caribbean last week. Comment

Red Bulls battle for first place

Jamaica: New York Red Bulls midfielder Lloyd Sam has D.C. United’s number; for the third consecutive game this season against the Eastern Conference leader, he found the back of the net, and this time it was the game-winner in a 3–0 victory at Red Bull Arena last Sunday night as 22,645 fans watched. Comment

Quit naysayer talk on Cuban policy

Cuba: This week, our columnist lays it on the line regarding how the Obama Administration is handling Cuba. Comments (1)

‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ comes to life in art exhibit

Arts & Theater: Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” is an undisputed classic, and artist Imani Shanklin Robert leans on Hill’s timeless work in her latest collection, “Still Miseducated,” 10 original paintings inspired by the lyrics of the album on display at Bushwick’s Studio 301. Comment

Steelbands difficult search for practice space

Music: If steelpan fans are having trouble finding their favorite bands there are reasons for it. Many steel bands scrambled to find outdoor rehearsal space, particularly in the Flatbush / Crown Heights neighborhoods to prepare for Panorma on Sept. 5 at the Brooklyn Museum. Comment

Bolt wins again

Jamaica: We’ve heard this before. Comment

Clarke honors Women’s Equality Day

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says ratification of the 19th Amendment, which protects the right of women to vote, was critical to the effort to secure for women the “full blessings of American life.” Comment

One Killed, three Injured In Flatbush lounge shooting

Brooklyn: There was a murder in Flatbush early Friday mornining. Comment

E. Flatbush teen joins Youth Council

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane D. Williams (D–Brooklyn), deputy leader and chairman of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, has appointed Brooklyn teen Errianna Brown to the inaugural class of The New York City Youth Council from District 45. Comment

Vincy Film Festival hopes to bring new opportunities to Caribbean

Movies: The Caribbean can offer more than pristine beaches, national dishes, and great music — it makes a great location for shooting a movie. Comment

Providing sweet pan music is costly

Music: The sound of the steel drum is captivating. The vibrant sounds emulated from a steel orchestra literally beats the sounds associated with Caribbean carnival into the air. Birthed in Trinidad, the steel pan orchestra is a passion honed by many across the Caribbean and worldwide. Comment

Fete ‘Like A Boss’

Trinidad and Tobago: Labor Day marks the end of the summer. The last hoorah of hazy days and laughter-filled nights, there is indeed a formula in making the best out of your carnival experience. Comment

U.S. congratulates T&T on Independence Day

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States has congratulated Trinidad and Tobago on its 53rd year of independence, saying that the two nations are “united in the belief that diversity and social inclusion that make our societies stronger.” Comment

Clarke welcomes new Jamaican ambassador to U.S.

Jamaica: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has welcomed the appointment of Ralph Thomas as the new Jamaica ambassador to the United States. Comment

18 months added to Haiti’s protected status

Haiti: United States Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Haiti’s designation for Temporary Protected Status for an additional 18 months, Citizenship and Immigration Services reports. Comment

Get inspired by ‘Destiny’

Books: Check out this new book by T.D. Jakes. Comment

Ting names Miss Jamaica Universe spokeswoman

It’s a Jamaican Ting! At least that’s how the saying goes for the tasty blend of sweet citrus and grapefruit flavored drink. On Aug. 21, 2015 the wildly known beverage of Jamaica made a splash at Miss Lily’s in Soho. The grapefruit infused beverage is sporting a new face and spokesperson in beauty queen, Kaci Fennell, Miss Jamaica Universe 2014. Comment

Catholic Charities to welcome Pope to America

New York: A seemingly unending procession of Roman Catholics are already queueing up to meet Pope Franciswhen he visits the United States for the first time. Comment

Caribbean Life journalist to be honored Sunday

Brooklyn: Journalists from the Unites States and Guyana will be honored on Sunday, Aug. 30, at the Second Annual H.U.G.E Guyana Day, to be held at the Amphitheatre of Brooklyn Arts Center, on 8024 Preston Ct.(between Ralph Avenue and E. 83rd Street. Gates open at 11am. Comment

T&T Film Festival a ticket to the Caribbean

Movies: Trinidad and Tobago will be the “destination of choice” for movie and film enthusiasts in the month of September as the twin-island republic hosts its annual film festival, the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company says. Comment

200 take in Energie Nouvelle

Haiti: Wilmer Jennings Gallery at Kenkelaba House was abuzz, packed with more than 200 people last Sunday celebrating the month-long exhibition Energie Nouvelle–New Energy. The works of 53 artists-solely of Haitian descent, almost 100 pieces, are on exhibit including traditional, realistic, cubist, and abstract paintings. Watercolors to spray paint, collages, sculptures, and black and white images by four photographers are on display. Comment

Miss Grenada Independence putting animals first

Arts & Theater: The newsest Miss Grenada Independence has a soft spot for furry creatures. Comment

Guyana gold rush

Guyana: The United States authorities tell Guyana about massive gold scam racket. Comments (1)

Women’s equality 95 years later

Viewpoints: On Aug. 26, 1920 the 19th amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote, became part of the United States Constitution. The anniversary of this historic achievement deserves recognition, celebration, and a tremendous “thank you” to those brave women who faced ridicule, beatings, starvation, torture and false imprisonment so that women today could exercise their right to cast a ballot. Yet 95 years later, equality continues to elude many women. Comment
Music: Jamaicans and reggae fans were special guests at a free, outdoor party in Brooklyn that celebrated two milestone events — the 42nd anniversary of super, reggae group, Third World, and the 53rd anniversary of Jamaica’s independence. Comment

Bob Marley’s sons and grandson will ‘Catch A Fire’ In Central Park

Music: Heirs of Bob Marley claim they intend to “Catch A Fire” in Central Park on Aug. 30 when two generations continue the 13-date tour named from the 1973 release of the iconic album. Comment

Free screenings at Kingsbrook

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center is opening up its main courtyard to the public Saturday, Aug. 29 with a myriad of screenings, health, wellness education, and information stations for specialty services. Comment

Karma Carnival presents La Chaleur du Moment – Fire, Ice Edition

Fashion: With some of its founders from partially patois-speaking St. Lucia — others are from Trinidad and Tobago — Karma Carnival will this Labor Day present “La Chaleur du Moment — Fire and Ice Edition.” Comment
Brooklyn: The semifinal round in the New York Caribbean Cup, playing at Jefferson Sports Complex in Flatlands, Brooklyn, gets under way on Sunday, Aug. 30. Comment

Fraser-Pryce, Bolt take 100-meter

Jamaica: Jamaica’s sprint dominance continued on Sunday. Comment

WIADCA partners with Irie Jam Media

The West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) has partnered with Queens, NY based Irie Jam Media to produce and provide live coverage of the 48th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Celebrations from Sept. 3 to 7, 2015. Comment

Small town slacker marked for death by govt

Movies: At first blush, Mike Howell (Jesse Eisenberg) looks like your prototypical slacker with not much of a future. The small town stoner is very content to fritter away his life behind the counter of the local convenience store, so long as he can go home and get high with his girlfriend, Phoebe (Kristen Stewart), after work every day. Comment

More than 100 candidates to contest T&T election

Trinidad and Tobago: A total of 132 candidates will be contesting the General Election in Trinidad and Tobago on Sept. 7, 2015. When nominations closed last Monday at various registration offices across the country, there were 17 political parties and five independents who would be contesting the election, according to the Election and Boundaries Commission. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: I Touched All Your Stuff (Unrated) Cross-cultural documentary chronicling how Christopher Kirk, a nerdy American, ended up falling head-over-heels for a mysterious woman after moving to Colombia to study hippos. (In English and Spanish with subtitles) Comment

WICB yet to make radical changes

Sports: A ruling by the Supreme Court in India aimed at shaking-up the administration of cricket in that country should give fresh momentum to a move for radical changes to the operations of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), a former chairman of the governance committee for West Indies cricket has said. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Venezuela: Barbados Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Maxine McClean says the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons pose a grave threat to Barbados and the rest of the Caribbean. Comment

Opportunity for Vincentian voters in NY

St Vincent: In preparation for general elections, constitutionally due by March next year, members of the Vincentian community in New York are being urged to file objections to their names possibly being struck from the electoral list of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

City Council passes Williams’ pro-tenant bill

Brooklyn: New York City Council this week passed Intro. 700, a bill sponsored by Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Brooklyn), deputy leader and chair of the Council’s Housing and Buildings Committee, which is part of a Tenant Protection Package that aims to address the poor business practices of unscrupulous tenant relocation specialists, or as they are more commonly known, tenant relocators. Comment



St Vincent: Organizers have described as a “phenomenal success” the 4th annual Vincy Day U.S.A., a massive picnic last Saturday, primarily comprising Vincentian nationals, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Island. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans in the diaspora exuded with ethnic pride at the 53rd annual Independence Ball. The premier event held in honor of Jamaica’s Independence in the Northeast U.S.A, inaugurated in fine style at the New York Hilton, New York City, last Saturday. Comment

‘The Wiz’ wows with anniversary tribute

Arts & Theater: Forty years after winning seven Tony Awards — Broadway’ s highest theater honor — the first Black musical to claim the distinction eased into two New York City parks for three, free, nights of celebration to mark the 40th anniversary of its historic trailblazing achievements. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: The umbrella University of the West Indies and some high officials in the region this week scrambled together academics and tourism industry experts to discuss the seaweed invasion of beaches across the region, to what extent it has disrupted activities in the summer peak season and how best to tackle this unwanted scourge of nature. Comment

New Yorkers rally against DR deportations

Haiti: The rally began early Friday morning at Grand Army Plaza, held on a weekday so local politicians would attend. There were people of conscience, mainly Haitians, some Dominicans, and other supporters protesting the policies in the Dominican Republic leading to denationalization of Dominicans of Haitian ancestry and their deportations. Comments (1)
Sports: NEW YORK (AP) _ Kymora Johnson just wanted to play basketball. The 10-year-old girl was thrown into the spotlight earlier this month when her youth team from Virginia was disqualified from a basketball tournament because she played in it. Johnson’s the lone girl on the boys’ team, the Charlottesville Cavaliers. Comment

Players set for US Open

Sports: While Serena Williams didn’t live up to expectations to be the winner of the recent Rogers Cup in Canada, she still feels confident that she will enter the upcoming women’s singles portion of the United States Open Tennis Championships. Comment

Windies team fails to qualify

Caribbean: The West Indies team is officially out of the Champions Trophy in 2017 after the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was unable to convince any other Test playing nation to provide an opening to allow the regional team to qualify for the tournament. Comment

Haitian folklorist publishes book

Music: Georges Vilson’s passion is collecting Haiti’s traditional music and also the musical interludes that are part of some Haitian folktales. His passion is dedicated to acquiring the fabric of Haiti’s musical folk culture before it disappears. Comment


Sports: Two of the most successful MLS clubs, the Seattle Sounders and Orlando City Lions, with sellout crowds of more than 30,000 fans at every home game, met last Sunday in Seattle and gave fans a thriller. Comment

Reggae’s Black Cinderella scores triple treat

Movies: Believe it when you see and hear it. Reggae’s Black Cinderella gets the last word in the latest Meryl Streep flick “Ricki and the Flash.” To end the movie, it is the voice of the popular deejay AKA Sister Carol sounding the lyrics from her 1996 Grammy-nominated “Milk & Honey” single from the 1996 “Lyrically Potent” CD that signals conclusion. Comment

Women’s rights and gender equality

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 14, 2015 (IPS) - If there is any idea and cause for which the United Nations has been an indispensable engine of progress globally it is the cause of ending all forms of “discrimination and violence against women and girls, ensuring the realization of their equal rights and advancing their political, economic and social empowerment. Comment

Jamaicans named for Heroes Day Ceremony

Jamaica: One of the anticipated pluses to celebrating Jamaica’s independence is the announcement of distinguished nationals to be acknowledged by the government on Heroes Day in October. Comment

Their 2016 campaign headache endures

One should not discount Barack Obama’s election as president as a factor in the field of 2016 GOP presidential contenders having become so insanely crowded. Comment

Julian Bond ‘A Man of Courage’: Clarke

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has described Julian Bond as “a man of courage and moral vision who insisted on his right and the right of all African Americans to participate in the politics” of America. Comment

Caribbean seeks funding for renewable energy mix

St Kitts and Nevis: 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

Jamaican launches Jar of Joy Body Soufflé

Jamaica: The beauty of Heather Elliott-Whitehead runs deep in her Jar of Joy. The Jamaican-born impresario, recently launch her luxurious line of fruit based Body Soufflé at the Annual Beauty conference in New Port Beach, California, to grand fanfare. Comments (5)

Charlize Horizon kiddies have ‘Mystical Illusions’

Arts & Theater: Charlize Horizon Junior Mas is ready for Kiddies Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 5, as was clear recently, when high spirited youngsters in colorful costumes put on a display reveling to carnival music at the band’s 898 East 95th St. (between D & Foster) camp in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean art educator earns top award

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian born artist and educator Daniela Fifi has been awarded the prestigious Samuel H. Kress Interpretive Fellowship Award, which she will pursue at the esteemed Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, in New York. Comment

Labor Day party for Dragon Stout, D & G Rum

Jamaica: A section of the Door Restaurant in Queens, New York was jam-packed on Thursday, Aug. 13 with supporters of the Caribbean communities in New York who came out to hear about Labor Day plans to promote two popular Jamaican brands — Dragon Stout and the new D & G white over proof rum. Comment

Kamilah Brock fights City of New York

Jamaica: Approaching a precinct or hospital has just become scarier for one New Yorker. Labeled delusional, pumped with a cocktail of drugs and discharged without explanation — the array of events seems perfectly carved out of some horror movie. Comments (4)

Artist aims to capture Lauryn Hill

Arts & Theater: Inspiration can come from anywhere. A calming breeze, the sound of rustling trees and the lyric of a song can propel an artist to create a striking piece of visual art. Washington, D.C. native and Jamaican descendant, Imani Shanklin Roberts is conveying the powerful messages of Lauryn Hill in an upcoming art exhibit entitled “STILLMiseducated.” Comment

Rise and demise of legendary gangsta’ group

Movies: Back in the Eighties, the CIA began orchestrating the introduction of crack-cocaine to African-American communities all across America, starting with the South Central L.A. By the middle of the decade, the epidemic had turned Compton into a godforsaken wasteland rife with drug addiction and crime. Comment

Mas Productions Unlimited lures ‘International Treasures’

Arts & Theater: There may not be any specific reason, but the Brooklyn-based Mas Productions Unlimited is luring “International Treasures” for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Diamond Entertainment & Crew’s ‘Wings of Love’

Arts & Theater: After placing second for the last two years for medium-sized bands in the Junior Carnival, Diamond Entertainment & Crew is hoping to snatch the top prize this Labor Day with “Wings of Love.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Authorities in the Bahamas recently detained 143 migrants from Haiti on a crowded sailboat at the southern edge of the island chain. The Royal Bahamas Defense Force says a patrol boat stopped the vessel west of Ragged Island. Comment

Haiti to host 12th edition of CARIFESTA

Haiti: CARIFESTA, the Caribbean Festival of Arts, which is the largest cultural and artistic event in the Caribbean, will be staged in Haiti from Aug. 21 and Aug. 30, 2015. Comment

Brooklyn shipping company initiates free Kids Fair

St Vincent: A prominent Vincentian shipping company in Brooklyn on Saturday, Aug. 8 collaborated with some “friends” in starting a very successful free Kids Fair on the block where the company is located. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 6 Years (Unrated) Romance drama about a couple of childhood sweethearts (Ben Rosenfield and Taissa Farmiga) whose long-term relationship is tested when he’s offered a dream job with a record company. With Joshua Leonard, Lindsay Burdge and Peter Vack. Comment

Naomi Jackson pens a coming to the Caribbean story

Books: There are an infinite number of coming to America stories. Tales that detail an immigrant’s journey to assimilating, fitting in and their own self-discovery are popular identity topics to write about. Comment

Living it up at Iberostar, Jamaica

Jamaica: Sun-filled days, white sand, unlimited food and drinks along with scenic views at Iberostar Rose Hall is definitely the place you want to be. The five-star hotel is located in the upscale community of Rosehall, 20 minutes from the Sangster International airport. Comment

Brooklyn deserves responsible development

Viewpoints: Development in Brooklyn is certainly on the rise. Next Tuesday, Aug. 18, Borough President Eric Adams will listen to testimony in Borough Hall on the proposed $52 million sale of the Brooklyn Heights Library to a developer, Hudson Companies. Comment

T&T opposition leader faces death threat

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago police have uncovered a murder plot against Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley as the Sept. 7, 2015 General Election heats up. Comment
Brooklyn: Thousands of Vincentians and friends are expected to trek on Saturday, Aug. 15 to Heckscher State Park in Long Island for what is expected to be a massive Vincy Day unity picnic. Comment

Trench Town education gets new life

Jamaica: Jamaica is emboldened with rich history. A proud people, Jamaica boasts itself as a country where the sweet sounds of reggae were born and much more. Comments (4)

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