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Festival marks Crown Heights riot

Brooklyn: Hundreds of people turned out for a controversial festival commemorating the Crown Heights riot on Aug. 21, despite some slamming as a distasteful way to mark such a dark period in the neighborhood’s history. Comment

UN admits it needs to do more after causing Haiti cholera epidemic

Haiti: NEW YORK, Aug 18, 2016 (IPS) - Update: On Thursday, Aug. 18 the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the immunity of the UN from legal proceedings in the case of Georges et al v. United Nations et. al (the Haiti Cholera case) in accordance with the UN Charter and other international treaties. Comment

The Jamaican gov’t has forgotten the diaspora!

Jamaica: The compelling evidence of pride displayed during the observation of Jamaica’s 54th independence in the Tri-State area was the paradigm of a people strongly rooted in their culture and history. Culminating the 54th independence also was the overwhelming and strong performance of the Jamaicans at the 31st Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Comment

A worthy call to action in ‘Writings on the Wall’

Books: The fix won’t be quick. It never is. There’s no magic wand to change the things that’ve been on your mind lately: social issues, inequality, poverty, politics, apathy, violence. Those ills didn’t arrive quick and they won’t leave quick but, says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they can be repaired. In his new book “Writings on the Wall” (with Raymond Obstfeld), he explains… Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean: Antigua A 35-year-old French national was fined EC$4,000 after he pleaded guilty to causing a bomb scare on a LIAT flight at the VC Bird International Airport, Antigua recently. Comment

Vincy PM demands apology for former Windies captain

Sports: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has called on the President of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), Dave Cameron and the Chairman of Selectors, Courtney Browne, to apologize for the shabby treatment meted out to former West Indies Twenty20 Captain Darren Sammy. Comment

Roberts condems Sammy’s firing

Sports: Former West Indies fast bowler Andy Roberts said the firing of Darren Sammy as captain of the Twenty20 team was on the basis of comments he made criticizing the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after his side won a second Twenty20 World Cup title in India earlier this year. Comment

Grenadians to vote on constitutional changes

Grenada: Grenadians will go to the polls for the Oct. 27 referendum on changes in the Constitution to replace the London-based Privy Council with the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Caribbean nationals nabbed in convict sweep

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency says officers from its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) have arrested a number of Caribbean nationals among 58 individuals during an operation spanning the New York metropolitan area, targeting criminal immigrants. Comment
Movies: It takes a lot of chutzpah to remake the Hollywood epic that won the most Academy Awards in history. But that’s just what we have in Ben-Hur, a fairly-faithful version of the 1959 classic starring Charlton Heston. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Black Songbird (Unrated) Revenge thriller revolving around a rookie journalist (Jenique Bennett) recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a nightclub run by the mobsters who murdered her childhood friends. Support cast includes Felicia White, Brynn Mosley and Antwan Mclaurin. Comment


Guyana: Last week, Guyana’s main opposition party accused government of doing very little to get key infrastructural projects going and spur employment, suggesting that the administration is hedging all its bets on the massive oil and gas find off the coast. Comment

Major Vincentian diplomatic shake-up

Declaring that changes are good for the nation, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker, says the administration of Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves has made several diplomatic changes to its overseas offices. Comment

Boom Mas LLC ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Arts & Theater: With the Summer Olympic currently taking place in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Boom Mas LLC is “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival. “This year, we want everyone to come journey with Boom Mas as we venture into Brazil — ‘Escape to Rio,’” Band leader Trinidadian Jevon Douglas told Caribbean Life about this year’s presentation. Comment

TPPA could be discarded due to US political dynamics

Viewpoints: Martin Khor is the executive director of the South Center, based in Geneva PENANG, Aug 17, 2016 (IPS) — No country was more active in pushing for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). In the five years of negotiations, the United States cajoled, persuaded and pressurised its trade partners take on board its issues and positions. Comment

Caribbean culture in the spotlight at JAMS at 20

Music: Caribbean cuisine and fresh drinks from islands across the Caribbean took court among the diverse dishes from around the world at the 20th anniversary of the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival. Comment

WIADCA launches 49th carnival

Arts & Theater: With much fanfare, the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) on Thursday, Aug. 11 launched its 49th annual carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, under the theme, “One Caribbean, One People, One Voice.” Comment

Campaign to exonerate Marcus Garvey

Jamaica: As Jamaicans on Wednesday celebrated the 129th anniversary of the birthday of prominent civil rights leader, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a number of Caribbean organizations in the United States have joined the campaign to exonerate Jamaica’s first national hero. Comment

Team Grenada’s feat fills our country with pride

Grenada: The Tri-island State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique which is usually identified by a dot on the map has gained significant momentum and created history by having two track blazers compete in the men’s 400-meter Olympic finals on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Comment

‘Wings of Wonder’

Arts & Theater: Last year, the Brooklyn-based Vincentian mas band Mas Productions Unlimited lured “International Treasures” in its West Indian American Day Carnival Parade production, but this year it is flying with the “Wings of Wonder,” said Wesley Millington who hails from Sion Hill, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as he prepares children masqueraders Monday night for a photo-shoot at the mas camp on Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn. Comment
Viewpoints: All things considered, it’s a pretty good timing sequence we have for the year’s election schedule. In one sense, it was good that the candidates were blessed with all the time they needed to get us hip as to who was who. (Come to think of it, though, there’s one joker about whom, the worst of the worst is what best appeals to him). But of greater importance, hardly ever is a general election not fully deserving of the interest we say it deserves. Comments (1)


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Usain Bolt sauntered onto the track, stretched out his arms and waved his hands, signaling for more applause. He knew exactly how this night was going to go. Comment

West Indian parade seeks new parade goers

Music: Join the West Indian Day Parade before it gets cool. The organizers of the epic Caribbean carnival are trekking around the borough to recruit local hipsters and other newcomers for the annual Labor Day procession down Eastern Parkway, in what they say is an attempt to keep up with Brooklyn’s changing demographics. Comment

Reggae jams at Coney Island boardwalk

Music: These tunes have deep roots! Reggae fans got a history lesson while they rocked to the iconic musical style at Reggae on the Boardwalk on Aug. 14. Disc jockeys spun styles including early “roots” reggae and the drum- and bass-heavy dub — but the best part was learning how they all fit together from iconic record producer Jack Scorpio, according to one fan. Comment

NYC ‘Build It Back’ calls for housing assistance

Brooklyn: Some experiences will always remain vivid in our minds and some folks who experienced the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 are constantly being reminded of those horrific moments as they are still going though the ordeals of not having their homes totally refurbished. Comment

Benna Boys, Spice Boys in semi-finals

Music: The 2016 New York Caribbean Cup soccer championship continued last Sunday with Team Antigua and Barbuda defeating Team St. Kitts and Nevis 4-1 and Spice Boys defeating Team St. Kitts and Nevis 5-4. Comment

Carib born to compete in Mrs. America Pageant

Fashion: Mrs. Georgia America 2016, Onica Blaize, is the first Caribbean American to win the title in the history of the Peach state, and the first Guyanese-born who will compete among fifty-two equally beautiful and talented women at the national pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 27. Comment

It’s more than a steamy love triangle

Books: Mine, mine, mine. When you were two years old, that was your favorite word. Everything you saw belonged to you, somehow, one way or another. If you liked it, it was yours. If you didn’t like it, it was yours, too. And as you’ll see in the new novel “You’re the One I Want” by Shane Allison, some people never outgrow that. Comment

Jamaica mines gold in most diverse Olympics ever

Jamaica: The Rio Olympics opened on Aug. 5 but for Jamaicans the quadrennial games really started on Aug. 10, four days after the population celebrated the 54th anniversary of independence. That was the day their 63-member delegation of athletes headed south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to mine gold and other precious nuggets. Comment

Tropicalfete reflects on ‘Carnival Royalty’

Arts & Theater: Tropicalfete is going back into history with its Labor Day presentation of “Carnival Royalty,” according to president and founder Alton Aimable. Comment


Arts & Theater: Costume designer, Kenneth Antoine, will return mas to its glory days where revelers will wear more than just beads and feathers, and nakedness, as he readies Antoine International to celebrates 25 years on Eastern Parkway, this Labor Day. Comment

Wily Texas Ranger tracks sibling bank robbers

Movies: Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby Howard (Chris Pine) are siblings but about as different as night and day. The former is impulsive, reckless and sociopathic, a combination which helps explain why he’s spent a long stretch in prison for a violent crime. By comparison, his younger brother is a relatively stable, sensitive and chivalrous soul. Comment

Day of Friendship, a colorful spectacle

Guyana: It was a splendid day for hundreds of Brooklynites of all cultures and creed, to celebrate the third Annual International Day of Friendship which brought together thousands of expatriates who speak 90 languages and a taste of the nations. Comment

Action needed to guarantee elections in Haiti: OAS

Haiti: The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) has called on all Haitian political and social actors to fully “assume their responsibilities and take all necessary measures to conclude the electoral process by holding free, fair and transparent elections in Oct. 9.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Billionaire Ransom (Unrated) Survival saga set on a remote island where a boot camp for spoiled-rotten rich kids is taken hostage by a gang of kidnappers. With Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Sebastian Koch and Ashley Walters. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Grenada: The Centers of Disease Control and Preventions (CDC) has issued a Zika virus travel notice for Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) following reported local mosquito transmission of the infection. Comment

St. Lucia, Desert Star Holdings sign $2B project

St Lucia: The St. Lucia government signed a US $2 billion agreement to establish the “Pearl of the Caribbean” project in the south of the island. Comment

Jamaica records increases in tourism arrivals

Jamaica: Jamaica has earned some US$1.3 billion from tourism for the first six months of this year. Comment

Bolt statute to be erected

Jamaica: A statute of legendary Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has been built and is ready to be erected in the historic Falmouth Square (Water Square) in Trelawny, Jamaica. Comment

Congresswoman Clarke calls on expats to vote

Guyana: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brooklyn) called on Guyanese to go out and vote, and to take along anyone registered to vote - during her address at the Guyana’s Tri-State Alliance’s 25th Anniversary at Brooklyn Borough Hall recently. Comment

Johnny Osbourne celebrates Jamaica’s Independence

Music: A concert honoring Jamaica’s independence day had some guests literally at a loss for words. Comment

‘Exotica’ on the Parkway

Arts & Theater: D’Midas International New York mas band is again hoping to place in the top three for medium-sized bands in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment
Music: It was a Caribbean night at the museum. Thousands of people celebrated Caribbean heritage and culture at the Brooklyn Museum for “caribBEING in Brooklyn” on Aug. 6. Guests danced to music, did cultural workshops, even got to watch a few films. One guest enjoyed the events atmosphere so much, she plans on coming to the museum more often. Comment

Carlos Brathwaite named WI Twenty20 captain

Carlos Brathwaite was named West Indies T20 Captain for the two T20 matches against India in Florida (United States) later this month. West Indies squad are as follows: Comment


Barbados: In a development that is certain to force would be mothers to rethink family plans, authorities in Barbados this week reported the first two cases of deformed babies suspected of being linked to the outbreak of the Zika virus which has been sweeping through the hemisphere in the past year. Comment

Isaiah’s Temple honors outstanding 10

Isaiah’s Temple of Mt. Hope Spiritual Baptist Church, a faith-based organization in the East New York section of Brooklyn, Friday night honored 10 outstanding members of the community at a gala ceremony at Paradise Manor on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Comment

Jeffries calls for enhanced security patrols

Brooklyn: U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08), a member of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee, has written to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) asking for enhanced security patrols and other measures to protect residents who visit Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach. Comment

‘Razzle Dazzle’ for Devine Mas

Arts & Theater: While Devine Mas is participating in the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIDCA) parade “for fun,” band leader Phyllis Wyllie says masqueraders will “Razzle Dazzle” on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day, Comment
Jamaica: On, Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, while the island of Jamaica celebrated, with pomp and circumstance, its 54th year of independence from the United Kingdom, more than 300 Jamaicans, living in the New York metro area, hosted a grand affair. Comment


Music: Grammy award-winning reggae band, Morgan Heritage returned to its native Brooklyn for a historic free concert at the Prospect Park Band shell last Friday, attracting thousands of excited fans who danced and waved their hands in the air to some of the group’s popular songs, and selections from their new album, “Strictly Roots.” Comment


Sports: The inaugural New York Caribbean Cup President’s Trophy game ended prematurely when Team Haiti walked off the field following a penalty awarded to Team Grenada late in the game with the score tied at 1-1 on Sunday, Aug. 7. Comment

Clarke troubled by ‘epidemic of gun violence’

Brooklyn: Stating that every day, in communities across America, too many people are injured, maimed or killed through gun violence, United States Congressional Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brooklyn) says she is deeply troubled by what she characterized as “the epidemic of gun violence” that’s sweeping the nation. Comment

Standing up for others in a segregated society

Books: Your parents always taught you to stand up for yourself. Form your own opinions, they say, and don’t follow the crowd. If so-and-so wanted to jump off a cliff, be brave enough to not go, too. Speak up when something’s not right, and hold your head high. Stand up for yourself and, in the new book “She Stood for Freedom” by Loki Mulholland, stand up for others, too. Comment

CARICOM Reparations Commission to boost online presence

People: The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Reparations Commission (CRC) will soon become more accessible online as it seeks to boost its presence by rolling out a new website and new social media platforms via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Comment

Jamaica Tallawahs win CPL title

Sports: The Jamaica Tallawahs secured their second Caribbean Premier League (CPL) title when they defeated the Guyana Amazon Warriors at the Warner Park, St. Kitts on Sunday night. Comment

Hyphenated Americans parade in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Queens is the most culturally diverse community in New York but recently Brooklyn rivaled the borough with its third annual International Day of Friendship. Comment
Guyana: Global Connector, and talk show host, Sebrena Sumrah-Kelly captivated an audience at the United Baptist Church on Ralph Avenue in Brooklyn, recently, during her dynamic presentation to open new vistas in travel for many whom she said do not own a passport, and do not leave the confines of their homes. Comment

Born again boxer torn between God and ring

Movies: Logan (John Major Davis) and Mason (Mike H. Taylor) have been doing their best to move on with their lives since the death of their father (Dan Severn) a couple years ago from a heart attack. But that has proved easier said than done, since their dad, Rich “The Destroyer,” had been the Mixed Martial Arts Heavyweight Champion. Comment

Children celebrate Emancipation Day

Brooklyn: Once more, the day-campers at Brooklyn’s St. Jude Community Center (SJCC) marked Emancipation Day — this year is their 15th annual celebration — on an afternoon with cooperating mild weather and no (as predicted) rain. Comment

Debut Caribbean author among noms for lit award

Books: A local Caribbean-American author up for nomination for the Brooklyn Eagle’s Literary Prize, is thrilled about her very first book being up for the prize, and hopes to make a dent in Caribbean literature. Comment
Sports: West Indies which was facing defeat on the final day of the second Test against India at Sabina Park, Jamaica, escaped with an unlikely draw. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Guyana: The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and its member governments have renewed their commitment to tackle commercial banks that are imposing high fees on small depositors. Comment

Dominicans face increase Value Added Tax

Dominica: Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit recently presented a EC$758 million budget which will see new benefits for senior citizens as well as an increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) registration threshold for businesses and income tax incentives on new hotels rooms. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Anthropoid (R for violence and disturbing images) Fact-based World War II saga recounting the top secret mission to assassinate Nazi General Reinhard Heydrich (Detlef Bothe), the architect of Hitler’s Final Solution. With Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe and Karel Hermanek, Jr. (In English and German with subtitles) Comment

Economic contraction in the Caribbean: ECLAC

Caribbean: The United Nations’ Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ELAC) has forecast economic contraction for the region this year. Comment

Party paramountcy

Guyana: On Feb. 8 this year, the “Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of the Late Dr Walter Rodney” was submitted to the President of Guyana, David Granger. The commissioners, Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC; Mr Seenath Jairam, SC; and Mrs Jacqueline Samuels-Browne, SC, met for two years. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Less than a week after Trinidad observed the 26th anniversary of the bloody 1990 coup attempt by a rebel Muslim group, authorities are now forced to deal with a problem of a different kind-gathering intelligence on dozens of locals with strong links to ISIS. Comment

New play tackles foreign investment in Barbados

Arts & Theater: Caribbean theater is tackling foreign investment in the region. A new Barbados-set play will approach the subject of international investors purchasing land in the Caribbean, through the story of a Barbadian family. The story details investment as an ongoing problem in the Caribbean and shows the downsides of investment tears the family apart. Comment

Adams leads delegation in addressing gun violence in Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams is leading a delegation that includes members of the 67th Police Precinct Clergy Council in Brooklyn on a visit to Trinidad and Tobago that is focused on local and global issues relating to gun violence. Comment


Sports: Early morning showers left puddles in spots on the field as the preliminary round of the New York Caribbean Cup soccer tournament came to an end at the Thomas Jefferson High School field last Sunday, July 31. Comment

Yacht Party Wednesdays with DJ Reggie Wells

Music: It is one of the best yacht parties in New York City and the only one that sets sail from Harlem. On Wednesdays at sun down people from everywhere gather to dance and sing along to the Reggie Wells’ soulful beat. Comment

Low morale affects West Indies squad

Sports: Head Coach of the West Indies Cricket team Phil Simmons apparently do not say much during the cricket game. He gives his ideas, expectations and shares his expertise before game time and at team meetings. West Indies Captain Jason Holder is left to be the motivator with little help from his Vice Captain Kraigg Brathwaite who appears to lack the necessary communication skills. Comment

Something they will long regret

Donald Trump’s stupid boast that republicans were going to outshine democrats, as far as having more interested republicans than democrats when stuff got underway, was just more of the same. The guy just seems unable to resist saying crap. Comment

Continuing the tradition — Mas Icons

Arts & Theater: Over a span of some forty-plus years, Roy Pierre & Associates has participated, in one way or another, in cultural events and activities related to the West Indian Labor Day Parade. Comment

Medgar Evers College mourns Don Kelley’s death

Brooklyn: The Medgar Evers College community in Brooklyn is mourning the passing of Dr. Don Quinn Kelley, a founding faculty member. Comment

National Night Out Against Crime

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday night was lit in blue in recognition of National Night Out Against Crime, a nationwide event celebrated annually since 1984 in which police departments host community residents for an evening of activities aimed at building greater partnership. Comment


Arts & Theater: As Guyana this year celebrates its 50th year of political independence from Great Britain, the Guyanese mas band One Destiny is going “Primal” for Labor Day. Comment

Bringing the Caribbean beat to the Olympics

Music: Put your own spin on music! With the upcoming Rio 2016 Olympics, the Caribbean sound hopes to take a significant spotlight with the launch of a new Digicel digital platform designed to remix music, with some of the biggest Caribbean names as the face of the campaign. Comment

Suga Candy Mas to ‘Portray Whispers’

Arts & Theater: Last year’s second place win on Eastern Parkway for Maxine Magdaleno, was a pleasant surprise for the seasoned costume designer, whose Suga Candy Mas band captured the title in the small-band category, cementing a possible win at this years Labor Day Carnival on Sept. 5. Comment

T&T Under-17 cricket champions

Sports: The Trinidad and Tobago team was crowned Under-17 cricket champion for the first time but the Windward Islands dominated the individual awards when the competition ended recently. Comment

Guyana travel ban on graduates is lawless

Viewpoints: To The Editor: The recent pronouncement of the minister of finance in which he declared with the utmost pomposity that graduates who are in arrears with the University of Guyana would be prevented from travelling out of the country until they had settled the debt, must strike all right-minded people as an appalling act of idiocy and lawlessness. Comment
Guyana: George Wilfred Talbot, Guyana’s ambassador to the United Nations, his wife – Grace Angela and son – Joel Ephraim received an emotional and warm farewell from staff of the United Nations, Guyana Mission and the CARICOM community on Wednesday, July 27 as the envoy prepares to take up his next assignment in Brazil, South America. Comment

Medgar Evers College mourns loss of former T&T PM

Trinidad and Tobago: Medgar Evers College’s President Dr. Rudolph F. Crew says the recent passing of former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Patrick Manning “has a special resonance” at the Central Brooklyn college. Comment

Tribunal to gross examine human rights violations

St Lucia: Newly elected St. Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced plans to set up a tribunal to look into the report of gross human rights violations by the Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) between 2011-2011 and to present a road map to move forward. Comment

Jamaican cricketers win major awards

Sports: Two Jamaican cricketers walked away the major prizes at last week’s fourth West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) / West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) Award Ceremony in Antigua. Comment

Hill’s real solutions to current problems

Books: Charges dropped. You were surprised, but not surprised. Hopeful that it might be different, but only barely. You know that these days, the idea of justice can be a slippery issue that’s sometimes based on all the wrong things, and in the new book “Nobody” by Marc Lamont Hill, you’ll see how we’ve come to this. Comment

Matt Damon stars as dashing rogue assassin

Movies: A Jason Bourne movie just isn’t the same without Jason Bourne, as the producers found out the hard way in 2012 when they made “The Bourne Legacy” without the iconic title character. Comment

DOT adds longer parking time for Nostrand Ave

Brooklyn: The Department of Transportation, accompanied by Borough President Eric Adams, business owners, and members of the Nostrand Avenue Merchants Association, will add longer metered parking times for Nostrand Avenue, the departments Brooklyn commissioner announced on Thursday, July 28. Comment

Mentorship needs for students identified

Guyana: After almost 40 years of offering scholarships to middle school scholars, high school students, undergraduate and graduate students, the Guyana Nurses Association of America, Inc. has taken their work and dedication to another milestone in the community. Comment

Zika travel warning for pregnant women

Health: The message was loud and clear by Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Mary Bassett, “If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant delay travel to Zika-affected countries.” And that goes for women’s sex partners, too; the Zika virus can be spread by unprotected sex. Comment
Music: About a million people from around the world on Saturday converged on Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard for city’s 49th annual Caribbean Carnival Parade. Comment

Jamaica 54 – ‘Let’s Get Together & Feel Alright’

Jamaica: On the eve of Emancipation Day, Aug. 1, diasporan Jamaicans packed into Union United Methodist Church in Brooklyn to give thanks for five decades and four years that the island / nation has endured, persevered and independently governed a population that for centuries relied on colonials to rule and dictate everything from lifestyle to survival. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Amateur Night (Unrated) A day in the life comedy about a cash-strapped architecture student (Jason Biggs) who reluctantly takes a gig chauffeuring call girls around town after learning that his wife (Jenny Mollen) is expecting a baby. With Ashley Tisdale, Janert Montgomery and Steven Woo. Comment
Guyana: Guyanese in the Diaspora will have easy access to a wide scope of functions on a new state-of-the-art website launched recently by the Guyana Consulate, New York as the consulate seeks to raise its profile by implementing new and innovative programs and initiatives, that will help support nationals and the overall development of services. Comment

US special coordinator in Haiti for ‘credible, fair elections’

The United States Department of State says its Haiti Special Coordinator Kenneth Merten is currently in the French-speaking Caribbean country to further the U.S. Government support for “credible and fair elections.” Comment

Rita Marley celebrates her 70th in Nassau

Music: Rita Marley celebrated her 70th birthday anniversary in Nassau, Bahamas by combining a family reunion with a Pan-African event dubbed a “Soul Shakedown Party” that featured African traditions, Bahamian fire-eating skills and Jamaica’s best export, reggae as the main ingredient. Comments (3)

US gov’t report exposes exaggerated TPPA growth claims

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, July 28, 2016 (IPS) - A US government agency acknowledges that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will not deliver many economic benefits promised by its cheerleaders. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has recorded a $10 million loss for 2016. ECCB Governor, Timothy Antoine who was speaking at a press conference following the 85th meeting of the ECCB Monetary Council in Antigua and Barbuda recently said there is “no immediate concern” over the $10 million in losses, arguing that yearly losses are reducing. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Twenty seven years ago this week, a group of 114 disgruntled and if not idealistic Black Muslims tried to topple the elected government of Trinidad and Tobago in a bloody coup attempt that claimed more than 20 lives, triggered widespread looting, a dusk to dawn curfew and arson attacks on the capital. Comment
Brooklyn: J’ouvert celebrations will be a lot safer this year. Finally equipped with a city permit for the first time since it has been active, the pre-dawn parade leading up to the West Indian Day parade on Labor Day, will see major changes this year. Comment

Bringing peace to the parade

Brooklyn: As Brooklyn’s biggest Caribbean events are prepped to take off, one local organization wants to assure that parade goers will embark on it safely with social media. Comment

Michael Cox, Brooklyn’s new fighter

Brooklyn: This election year has already proven interesting on the national level and locally, the interest has also spiked, as voters across Central Brooklyn will have more options to choose from to represent their interests in Albany. Comment

Trinidadian centenarian celebrates milestone

Trinidad and Tobago: Considered a “wonderful woman,” the Susan G. McKinney Rehabilitation Center on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn last Thursday celebrated, in grand style, the 101st birthday of Trinidadian Lillian David-Simon. Comment

Tempo officially launches in the NY Tri-State area

Brooklyn: Frederick Morton, Jr., the St. Croix-born chairman and chief executive officer of the Caribbean-themed Tempo Networks, last Wednesday officially launched the cable medium in the New York Tri-State area. Comment

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ Empty halls buzz with flies. Rats scamper through the wards at night. The emergency room is empty except for four shackled prisoners, watched over by relatives and missionaries rather than medical personnel. Comment

Redefining racism by reviewing Jeffersonian Democracy

Viewpoints: As America celebrated 240-years of “democracy” on July 4, 2016, the longstanding tradition of hero-worshiping Thomas Jefferson continued. Meanwhile, as the slaughter of Black people continues in parallel tradition, America tends to disassociate the 18th-century racism and violence of its founders from 21st-century racism and violence of its followers. Comment


Arts & Theater: The sweltering heat that blanketed the City the of New Jersey last Saturday, July 22 did not deter masquerades from their determination to display the beauty of this rhythmic and cultural melting-pot city that sits in the shadow of the New York skyline. Comment


Sports: With a soothing wind blowing across the park in a warm afternoon sun and the drums beating in rapid rhythms, you sensed this was going to be a memorable afternoon of New York Caribbean Cup soccer as all of last Sunday’s games had playoff implications. Comment

Guyanese celebrate at Borough Hall

Guyana: The dedication and selfless work of the Guyana Tri-State Alliance, headed by Patricia Jordan-Langford, received honorable recognition for its 25 years of service during a colorful presentation at Brooklyn Borough Hall on July 22. Comment

One cheer for Mr Trump

Viewpoints: Donald Trump possesses, to use the phrase of Ernest Hemingway, “a built-in bull**** detector”. His identification of America’s woes, chronic problems, is spot on. Uncannily correct. But His diagnosis and solutions to these critical problems are invariably wrong, off the mark. Here are seven such cases. Comment

Lyrikal talks debut album

Music: Soca music is an international genre, and you do not have to live in Trinidad to start a career in it. That is what a Brooklyn musician is doing. Comment

Caribbean-born doc at Maimonides leads the way

People: Director of the Brooklyn Heights Women’s Center at Maimonides, Dr. Millicent Comrie has been named among the “Top 10 Caribbean-Born Female Doctors in the U.S.” by News Americas. Comment

Sharing your courage with your military kids

Books: Never be afraid of…. Your mommy and daddy have taught you that. Never be afraid of spiders, big animals, lightning, or loud noises. Always be brave, they say, and so you are — and in the new book “Brave Like Me” by Barbara Kerley, you’ll see how that courage you’ve got helps them, too. Comment

Brooklyn group conducts medical mission

St Vincent: The medical team of the Brooklyn-based APC (Action, Performance and Commitment) Community Services group recently joined dental team members from Loma Linda University Dental School in California in conducting what the group described as challenging, though successful, medical and dental missions to St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

RNC’s pachyderm platform could leave Dems braying with glee

National: Following four days of an onslaught of snow-white speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio — committed to help build a wall in order to “Make America First Again,” the Democrats claim they will use conventional wisdom in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania building bridges and presenting the most diverse speakers with a theme “Together United.” Comment

The Mighty Gabby: A legend indeed!

Music: Translate or interpret the music and the lyrics of the “Mighty Gabby” also known as Dr. Anthony Carter, anyway you want to and the impact of his messages remain the same, as impressive and lasting on you as he intended them to be. Carter is a Barbadian calypsonian, noted also for his 50 plus years of contribution to the Caribbean music industry. His indelible impact especially on his fellow Barbadians has triggered recognition and gave birth to the slogan “50 + 1.” Comment

Mental health patients share camaraderie in Philly

Movies: The Hollywood Beauty Salon is located in Germantown, PA, an area of Northwest Philly founded by settlers from Germany back in 1683. Today, the town is predominantly African-American as are most of the folks you’d meet at this unique establishment. Comment
Guyana: American Track and Field champion, Aliyah Abrams said she had qualified to represent Guyana at the upcoming Rio Olympics next month because of her Guyanese lineage. Both parents, Claudia and Denzel Abrams are Guyanese-born, and according to young Abrams, a many of her relatives are from the South American nation. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The Antigua and Barbuda government has launched a new social housing project aimed at improving the housing stock in the Villa and Point communities on the island. Comment

WTO issues advice for Carib travelers to the Olympics

The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued health advice for Caribbean and other travelers to the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games that take place in Rio de Janeiro 2016, Brazil from Aug. 5-21 and Sept. 7-18, respectively. Comment

Taylor joins St. Lucia Zouks

Sports: West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has joined the St. Lucia Zouks squad for the remainder of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign. Comment

Usain Bolt chosen for Rio

Jamaica: The Jamaican Olympic Association (JOA) said that despite an injury that kept sprint king Usain Bolt from the qualifying trials, he has been named on the Jamaica team in the 100xm races, 200xm and 4x100 meters races for the Rio Olympics next month. Comment

Russell misses dope tests, faces charges

Sports: Hearing of the disciplinary case against West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell for violating Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) whereabouts clause has been set for Sept. 19 and 20. Comment

Fort Hamilton garrison to change commanders

People: Col. Joseph Davidson, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hamilton commander, will relinquish command to Col. Peter Sicoli in a change of command ceremony at the Fort Hamilton Engeldrum Bluff July 27 at 10 am. Comment

US State Department issues travel warning for Haiti

Haiti: The United States Department of State has issued a travel warning for United States citizens traveling to or living in Haiti. The warning, updated on Monday, refers to the “lack of adequate emergency medical facilities and the security environment in Haiti. Comment
Health: The United Nations says HIV infections among adults in the Caribbean has risen, saying that the decline globally among adults has stalled for at least five years. Comment

AFJ teams with Jamaica’s ‘pocket rocket’ to aid students

Jamaica: American Friends of Jamaica are counting the days to July 25 when their deadline to raising $25,000 to help students in Jamaica will expire. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Equity (R for pervasive profanity) High finance drama about an investment banker’s (Anna Gunn) attempt to untangle a web of corruption in order to avoid the scandal that threatens to derail her career. With James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas and Alysia Reiner. Comment
Viewpoints: The very idea of there being a Donald Trump model that is head and shoulders over the best for which America is capable, is laughable beyond belief. Let’s begin with the idea of Trump being the best the republicans can offer. Comments (1)

Prayer and funds for prizefighter’s recovery

Queens: Prizefighter Clive Atwell knelt before the altar of Safe Harbor Ministries in Jamaica, Queens last Sunday, July 17, as Pastor Jean Kissoon placed her hands on his head and prayed for his recovery, saying because of God’s grace, the boxer my not have to undergo the urgent surgery he said he urgently needs. Comment

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