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Undocumented Haitian migrant nabbed off Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and the Puerto Rico Police Department have intercepted a wooden “yola” type vessel with 34 undocumented migrants from the Dominican Republic and Haiti attempting to enter off the western coast of Puerto Rico. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle presses on amid challenges

Sports: The New York-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), which provides support to Caribbean athletes at the annual Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia, said it will enter the 2017 season hampered by the lack of funding “but armed with the same level of enthusiasm that inspired the organization’s genesis some 23 years ago.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Barbados Barbados Prime Minister Frenduel Stuart was recently made an honorary Fellow of Keble College, Oxford University, England. Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) has announced big plans to celebrate Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence in New York, commencing with a flag-raising ceremony at New York City Hall on Independence Day, May 26. Comments (3)

Grouchy unions spell trouble for Barbados government

Barbados: Some of Barbados’ trade unions are again becoming cranky in a manner that foretells trouble for government as these workers’ representatives are not ruling out the possibility of industrial action to press their cases. Comment

Community mourns Collin Cox

St Vincent: Nationals from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica, as well as the United States, were among mourners at a funeral in Brooklyn on Saturday, March 11 for Vincentian native Collin Cox. Comment

Ten tales being told around the tables

Books: So, have you heard the one about…? Of course you have. You’re all over social media. You know what’s going on; sometimes it feels like you’ve heard it all, and maybe you have. Now in “Flying Lessons & Other Stories,” edited by Ellen Oh, you’ll hear it from a different side. Comment
Guyana: A memorial service was held Sunday for former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall in the cultural center at Borough Hall dedicated in her honor just months ago. Elected officials both serving and retired attended the ceremony and delivered remarks remembering Marshall’s qualities of leadership and friendship. Comment


Arts & Theater: Thespians seem to cultivate their gift of expression by affecting the emotions of an audience large or small using comedy, drama to elicit tears and laughter within a brief period. Comment

Caribbean stakes future on climate-smart agriculture

Guyana: By Desmond BrownGEORGETOWN, Guyana, March 16, 2017 (IPS) - As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to build on the momentum of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech in 2016, special emphasis is being placed on agriculture as outlined in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Comment

Low-income city housing faces new challenges

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, chaired a Housing and Buildings Committee oversight hearing on March 15 on the Fiscal 2018 preliminary operating and capital budgets for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Fiscal 2018 preliminary operating budget for the Department of Buildings (DOB) amid impending cuts from the Donald T. Trump administration. Comment
Books: At the Cultural Services of the French Embassy on upper Fifth Avenue, Haitian author and McArthur genius award recipient Edwidge Danticat spoke with Barnard professor Kaiama L. Glover about “Dance on The Volcano.” Written by Haitian author Marie Vieux-Chauvet, this is Glover’s most recent French-English translation and was published by Brooklyn’s Archipelago Books. Comment
Brooklyn: Guyanese-American Stan Harmon, a seasoned soccer coach, and one of three directors of the Central Brooklyn Soccer Club, (CBSC) told Caribbean Life, that the New York City Champion club — a brand ambassador for Nike — is sharpening its skills to participate in the 2017 Mundialito Youth Soccer Tournament, from April 7 – 17, in Costa Dorado, Taragona, Spain. Comments (1)
Movies: In recent years, Hollywood has started serving up some outer space adventures, a la “The Martian” (2015) and “The Space between Us” (2017), suggesting that the Red Planet is basically a benign environment free of any hostile creatures. But just when we thought it was safe to visit Mars again, along comes Life, a cautionary horror flick unleashing a terrifying alien force aboard an international space station. Comment

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter passes

People: I was a mere cub reporter when I got my first taste of working the competitive New York beat. It was the 80s and I was issued my very first working press credential during the tenure of Benjamin Ward — the first Black NYPD Commissioner. Comment
Brooklyn: Health care workers and administrators at Kings County hospital are honoring women’s history month with a blast from the past. On March 8 the hospital celebrated International Women’s Day with the launch of a new exhibit celebrating the history of women in health care. Comment
Brooklyn: A local charter school is expanding their highly demanded academia for Brooklyn students. Ascend Public Charter Schools, which operates nine low and middle grade schools throughout Brooklyn, is hoping to open two more schools in East New York and East Flatbush by 2018. The school currently has about 6,000 students on a wait-list and the future expansion is hoping to satisfy the increasing list, said a school administrator. Comment
Music: Singer Richie Stephens & his Italian based Ska Nation Band are heading to Montego Bay, Jamaica this summer. The group is confirmed to headline Reggae Sumfest 2017, which unfolds at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay on July 16-22. Comment
Music: Brooklyn-based reggae band New Kingston is not only riding high on its success as one of the most sought after Urban Conscious Reggae bands in New York, the group is also gearing up to do cuts from its 2016, album, “Kingston Fyah,” at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom, on April 15. Comment
Bahamas: Royal Caribbean International has signed an agreement with Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie that will further promote tourism in the chain of islands, according to reports. Comment

Adams: Trump’s budget is ‘purely irresponsible’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has described President Donald Trump’s 2018 federal budget proposal as “purely irresponsible.” Comment

CARICOM governments prepare for influx of deportees

Caribbean: Caribbean governments are expecting an increase in deportees from the United States for serious crimes in the coming months. Several CARCIOM countries consider this as a threat to their national security. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: American Anarchist (Unrated) Hippie Era documentary catching up with controversial cult figure William Powell, the now regretful author of the anti-establishment manifesto, “The Anarchist’s Cookbook.” Comment

Exxon ups the stakes in Guyana, applies for production license

Guyana: American oil giant ExxonMobil has asked Guyana’s government to approve a production license to allow it to actually start pumping oil from the seabed by late 2019, months earlier than planned officials said this week. Comment

Jamaican business leader launches ‘Change of Fortune’

Jamaica: Chairman and Vice President of Caribbean Food Delights, Dr. Vincent Ho-Sang, on Monday, March 13 launched his autobiographical memoir “Change of Fortune” at the Jamaica Consulate General office in midtown Manhattan. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: If the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley in Trinidad has its way, accused persons in high court trials will soon be allowed the choice of a trial either by judge or by judge and jury as a major but highly controversial reform bill is being debated in both houses of parliament. Comment
Barbados: The Barbados capital throbbed with two significant marches in one day as thousands of Barbadians demonstrated their frustration at female harassment, and disgust with the island’s economic and political affairs. Comment
People: Brooklyn Council Members Jumaane D. Williams and Laurie Cumbo will on Friday host the 4th Annual Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction award ceremony at the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch, honoring, among others, Angela Rye, principal and chief executive officer of IMPACT Strategies, CNN political commentator. Comment

Caribbean hotel executives have new leader

Travel: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says seasoned hotel industry professional, Stacy Cox, is the new president of the Caribbean Society of Hotel Association Executives (CSHAE). Comment

The robots are coming, your job is at risk

Viewpoints: PENANG, March 15, 2017 (IPS) – Last year Uber started testing driver-less cars, with humans inside to make corrections in case something goes wrong. If the tests go well, Uber will presumably replace their present army of drivers with fleets of the new cars. Comments (1)
Guyana: The colorful parade also saw the colors of the rainbow. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP)– Several thousand Haitians filed past the remains of former President Rene Preval on Friday ahead of a state funeral that a senator sought to delay until further tests are conducted to definitively establish the cause of death of the two-term leader. Comment

Vincy group hosts National Heroes Day celebration

Arts & Theater: Despite the bitterly cold weather, the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG, Inc.) Saturday evening held a very successful 2nd Annual National Heroes Day celebration at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Haitian traveler nabbed for child pornography

Haiti: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says New York State Police have arrested a Haitian traveler after CBP officers at the Champlain Port of Entry in upstate New York discovered child pornography on his cell phone. Comment

CPL heads to Florida

Sports: The Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is making plans to play another round of matches at the Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida for the 2017 season. Comment
Arts & Theater: They are playing tribute. Comment

Harlem’s only escape room venue expands

Manhattan: Harlem’s premier escape room locale Hoodwinked Escape opens two new rooms for adventure seekers this month. The additional rooms are now part of the business new thrills, called “Spy Academy” and “The Experiment,” which challenges guests to become spies, solve puzzles, and discover new mysteries. Comment
Arts & Theater: The warm friendliness of participants at the Grand 29th Annual Phagwah Parade, melted the cold weather that blanketed Richmond Hill, Queens last Sunday, March 12, as hundreds of Indo-Caribbean nationals and citizens of all religions and races, lined the streets, while others danced on colorful floats to celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: When President Donald Trump used social media to amplify an immigration policy saying “we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out,” his tweet resonated with US citizens as well as with vulnerable green card holders because many comprehended that the former reality television celebrity wasn’t just referring to Mexicans that illegally cross the borders. Comment


Music: He is not Wagner but it is his flight of the flying fish. Comment

Fly Jamaica Airways adds 20 flight attendants

Guyana: After launching flights four years ago, Fly Jamaica Airways has once again upped its aviation crew with 20 newly trained flight attendants who will join the airline’s scheduled twice-weekly flights from John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Kingston and Georgetown, as well as Canada. Comments (2)

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua More than EC $1million worth of marijuana was found at the deep water harbor in Antigua recently. Comment

Jeffries wants Trump to come clean on ties to Russia

People: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Democrats in the US House of Representatives have introduced a resolution of inquiry that would compel the Trump administration to publicly disclose information to Congress and the American people about ties to Russia. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All Nighter (R for sexuality, brief nudity, drug use and pervasive profanity) Unlikely-buddies comedy about a hard-boiled businessman (J.K. Simmons) who grudgingly joins forces with his missing daughter’s (Analeigh Tipton) slacker ex-boyfriend (Emile Hirsch) after she mysteriously disappears. With Taran Killam, Shannon Woodward and Kristen Schaal. Comment
People: When Clare Alicia Dougall, and Racquel Morgan of Caribbean heritage set out to start a business centered-around kids, the first though was to create an environment that would be conducive to children’s entertainment needs, as well as their pampering needs. Comment

Neighbor arrested in murder of Haitian grandmother

Police have arrested a Brooklyn woman for the murder of her elderly Haitian-born friend and neighbor. Comments (2)

Jamaica braces for influx of deportees

Jamaica: Jamaica is bracing for in influx of deportees from the United Kingdom. So far 100 of them have been sent back home on a charter flight and another batch is expected next week. Comment

Guyana scores highest in Caribbean suicides

Trinidad and Tobago: Guyana has the highest suicide rate in the Caribbean, followed by Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Unemployment and the Informal Economy – Key Challenges for Women in Latin America

LIMA, March 6, 2017 (IPS) - The participation of women in the labour market in Latin America and the Caribbean has steadily grown over the last few decades. But in 2017, as unemployment and informal work are on the rise, there is a continued need to push hard for gender equality in order to create more and better employment for the 255 million women of working age in this region Comment

Sir Frank Worrell’s legacy to be honored

Sports: The legacy of one of the world’s greatest cricketers, Sir Frank Worrell of Barbados, will be honored in Trinidad and Tobago this weekend. Comment

Edi Fitzroy dead at 62

Music: Popular Jamaica reggae singer, Fitzroy Edwards better known by his stage name Edi Fitzroy has died at the age of 62 at a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica recently. Comment

University Women’s group reads again to ‘Little Sprouts’

Queens: As the maxim goes, “when it’s nice, you do it twice.” It was apparently nice – and greatly appreciated – as officials from the Long Island Branch of the National Association of University Women (NAUW) last Thursday took the extraordinary step in reading again to kids at a Guyanese-owned daycare center in Laurelton, Queens. Last year, the group read to the kids for the very first time. Comment
Sports: West Indies suffered their heaviest defeat in the three One-Day International (ODI) series to England in the final of the three-match tournament at the Kensington Oval Barbados on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. Comments (1)

Further shocks for Barbados

Barbados: As though the news was not bad enough for Barbados, the island on Thursday suffered another downgrade of its sovereign bonds, the second drop in international financial ratings in exactly one week. Comment
Haiti: A Brooklyn-based Haitian-American literacy group is urging the department of education to create better initiatives assisting immigrant students and parents in the high school enrollment process. Comment

College prep workshop for immigrant students

Brooklyn: The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) and Summit Academy Charter School are hosting a college preparation workshop for city middle school and high school students on March 11. Comment
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says St. Lucia’s Minister of Health and Wellness, Mary Isaac, is on a two-day visit at PAHO headquarters here to explore health collaboration and outline work on priority public health issues for her country. Comment

Revisiting President Obama’s defining moments

Movies: How many immortal speeches have been delivered by U.S. presidents and other American icons? Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago” Gettysburg Address, FDR’s “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” Eisenhower’s beware of the “Military-Industrial Complex” farewell address, JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you” inaugural address, Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and Reagan’s “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” are among the handful which have stood the test of time. Comment

Remarkable presidency of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Books: Your friends follow what you have to say. Whether on social media or otherwise, they listen to you and understand, ask your opinion, seek your wisdom, and look to your lead. With them, you live a good life. Have followers like those, as you’ll see in “Madame President” by Helene Cooper, and you can change the world. Comment

Barbados PM shrugs off financial downgrade

Barbados: Financial rating agency Standard and Poor’s has slapped Barbados with another downgrade of its sovereign bonds because of the island’s continued draw down [printing] of money from the Central Bank, a high deficit, and tumbling international currency reserves. Comment


Guyana: Since it came to power in May of 2015, Guyana’s multiparty coalition government has vowed to bring charges against former President Bharrat Jagdeo and other high ranking officials for their part in the alleged looting of the country land and other assets while the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) ran the country for 23 consecutive years from 1992. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has condemned United States President Donald Trump’s revised executive order barring entry to the US for the predominantly Muslims nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Comment

Ezekiel Ventour eulogized as ‘faithful servant’

Grenada: Grenadian Ezekiel Ventour was eulogized Sunday as a “good and faithful servant” as over 500 Grenadian and Caribbean nationals paid their last respects to the Brooklyn resident. Ventour died in the arms of his son, Comment

Let women speak and give them a hearing

Viewpoints: ROME, March 7, 2017 (IPS) - Basic rights always need champions, and that’s truer today than it ought to be as around the world we see an unwelcome pattern of reaction to modern complexities ranging from globalization and automation to austerity and dwindling wages. Comment

Why a feminist foreign policy is needed more than ever

Viewpoints: STOCKHOLM, March 7, 2017 (IPS) - Lately, the world has tended to present itself in increasingly darker shades. In many places, democracy is questioned, women’s rights are threatened, and the multilateral system that has taken decades to build is undermined. Comment

AT&T highlight’s founder of Vendedy for black history

Brooklyn: In honor of Black History Month AT&T celebrates black entrepreneurs changing the scope of technology and business. During AT&T’s 28 days program, the company highlights changemakers revolutionizing the landscape of communication with creation of vital platforms. Comment

Taiwan’s ties with Caribbean unstable: Reports

Caribbean: Taiwan’s Foreign Minister David Lee said on Monday that Taiwan’s diplomatic relations with some states within the Caribbean region are “not stable” and could result in the breaking of ties, according to reports here. Comment


Arts & Theater: She is going solo with her bio. A one-woman show portraying multiple characters is tackling the immigrant experience and domestic violence in the Caribbean community at the New Perspective Theatre in Manhattan from March 8–12. Guyanese-American actress Ingrid Griffith’s tale “Demerara Gold,” explores the different figures in her life before and after entering the United States, and the adversity she experienced as a newcomer to the country, she said. Comment

‘Bad Hair Does Not Exist!’ by Sulma Arzu-Brown

Garifuna author Sulma Arzu-Brown displayed her bi-lingual, 23-page book / workbook “Bad Hair Does Not Exist, Pelo Malo No Existe!” at Barnes & Noble/ Union Square this past Saturday. Comment

UWI to honor Chanderpaul

Veteran Guyana and West Indies cricketer Shivnarine Chanderpaul will be honored this week by the University of the West Indies (UWI) when the Vice-Chancellor’s team plays an England XI in a 50-0vers game at Warner Park, Bassterre, St. Kitts. Comment

Guyana diplomat calls on nationals to be vigilant

Guyana: In her address to Guyanese on the 47th Republic of Guyana anniversary, Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana told nationals, “We as a people have a lot to celebrate — our rich history, or successful struggle for independence, and our cultural diversity,” and called on nationals to be vigilant. Comment

Former Guyana defense secretary arrested

Guyana: A special police unit probing the alleged misappropriation of cash and assets from the state Tuesday arrested a former defense and cabinet secretary and the daughter of a former president in connection with the alleged misappropriation of prime seaside lands to build palatial homes for former top officials. Comment

ICE detains newlywed DR national

Dominican Republic: As the Donald Trump administration in the United States intensifies the deportation of Caribbean and other migrants, a Dominica Republic newlywed national with a baby on the way has been hit with a surprise arrest at his routine check-in meeting with immigration officials, according to reports. Comment
Music: Barbados’ pop-singing sensation Rihanna has received Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. “So, I finally made it to Harvard,” said the Grammy Award-winning artist — whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — after receiving the Ivy League college’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award. Comment

Sharpton to meet with AGs past & present

Manhattan: Two top law enforcement officials are slated to hold separate meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton. President Donald Trump’s choice appointment of Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general and President Barack Obama’s former top cop Eric Holder will talk with the Civil Rights leader on two separate occasions. Comment

Register for Timehri Film Festival

Movies: Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Timehri Film Festival (TFF) that will be held from May 31 to June 4, in Georgetown, Guyana. The deadline for submission for film consideration is April 15, according to organizers of the film festival, who want to ensure there is ample opportunity for film viewing. Comment

Guyanese pianist pays tribute to Gershwin

Music: For more than 20 years, commanding pianist, Hugh Sam has shared his talents and inspired many along his path of excellence. But on Feb. 17, many more had the great opportunity to experience his genius when he paid tribute to late, great, composer, George Gershwin, whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Comments (1)

Caribbean leaders want swifter action on climate funding

Bahamas: ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) - When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars. Comment

T&T gov’t to name plane after Calypso Rose

Music: The Trinidad and Tobago government has agreed to name one of the state-owned aircraft, Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) after Calypso Queen of the World Calypso Rose (McArthur Sandy Lewis, who recently won a French “Grammy”Award.” Comment

Bravo signs lucrative contract

Sports: Embattled West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has landed a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with Kolkata Knight Riders in the auction held recently. Comment

Caribbean American former Queens boro prez dies

Guyana: A Caribbean American former president of Queens borough has died. Helen M. Marshall, the daughter of Guyanese immigrants, who was the first Black borough president of Queens, died on Saturday at her home in California, according to her former chief of staff, Alexandra Rosa. Marshall was 87. Comment

The doc ‘I Am Not Your Negro’ draws crowds

Movies: Oscar nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, a film about iconic American writer James Baldwin, author of at least 20 books —novels, plays, essays and poetry, opened to packed movie theaters in February and is still drawing crowds. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

St Vincent: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne is moving to implement its recently announced policy on diplomatic representation and accreditation. Comment

Trump expands rules to deport more Caribbean nationals

United States President Donald Trump recently expanded the nation’s immigration rules requiring expanded deportation of undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comments (2)

Eugene, Brooklyn group urge Trump to renew TPS for Haitians

Haiti: New York City Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District in Brooklyn, and the Brooklyn-based Haitian-American Council for Unity and Empowerment (HACUE) have launched a petition urging United States President Donald Trump and the US Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living illegally in the US. Comments (1)

Ultimate Rejects ‘Full Extreme’ wins Road March title

Music: Ultimate Rejects “Full Extreme” featuring MX Prime (Edghill Thomas) created history by winning the 2017 Road March which was played an unprecedented 556 times at all competition points through Carnival Monday and Tuesday in Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Colorful Carnival in Haiti’s storm-hit region

Arts & Theater: LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti’s three-day Carnival festivities have brought rum-fueled parties, imaginative costumes and high-energy dance music to a southern city that’s still recovering from last year’s punishing Hurricane Matthew. Comment

Colorful Carnival in Haiti’s storm-hit region

Arts & Theater: LES CAYES, Haiti (AP) _ Haiti’s three-day Carnival festivities have brought rum-fueled parties, imaginative costumes and high-energy dance music to a southern city that’s still recovering from last year’s punishing Hurricane Matthew. Comment
Movies: Samantha “Sam” Kingston (Zoey Deutch) was a spoiled-rotten brat the night she perished in a tragic car crash. First of all, she and her little sister Izzy (Erica Tremblay) were lucky enough to be raised in the lap of luxury by a couple of loving parents (Jennifer Beals and Nicholas Lea). Comment


Jamaica: Could Jamaica be the next Caribbean trade bloc member state to find commercial quantities of oil and gas? Comment

Barbados money printing to continue

Barbados: Barbados Finance Minister Chris Sinckler showed little concern about having to dismiss his chief financial regulator, when days after sending home Central Bank Governor Delisle Worrell, he mentioned the banker only in passing during a press conference. Comment

Guyanese-born seeks to make City Hall history

Guyana: Richard S. David, a former vice president of the NYC Economic Development Corporation, is poised to become the first Guyanese-born in the City Council, when constituents of District 28, Queens, go to the polls in the September primary, and general election in November of this year. Comments (24)

Guyana’s prez to deliver keynote address at MEC

Guyana’s President David A. Granger will deliver the keynote address next month at the Second Annual International Education Awards Ceremony at the predominantly black Medgar Evers College, City University of New York (CUNY), in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: The Guyana Consulate in New York City was a scene of comradely, and jollification, on Friday, Feb. 24, when compatriots joined hands to mark their homeland’s 47th Republic Anniversary, and Mashramani celebration. Comments (1)

New research projects on Zika in the Caribbean

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says 17 new research proposals on Zika will be conducted in Latin America and the Caribbean to identify solutions to address the virus that causes congenital brain abnormalities when pregnant women are infected, and triggers Guillain-Barré syndrome in some infected people. Comment

Harriet Tubman ‘re-emerges’ from Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman died 104 years ago but her enduring legacy continues to gain traction. Comment

Historical spy thriller for young readers

Books: You’ve seen a lot of things you weren’t supposed to see. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Actor Martinez (Unrated) Quirky mockumentary, set in Denver, highlighting the futile attempt of aspiring actor / computer repairman Arthur Martinez to kickstart his fledgling showbiz career. With Mike Ott, Cory Zacharia and Nathan Silver. Comment

Mighty Chalkdust makes history

Music: Veteran calypsonian the Mighty Chalkdust (Hollis Liverpool) created history when he beat 17 finalists to win the 2017 Calypso Monarch title for the ninth time at the Dimanche Gras show on Carnival Sunday night- breaking Sparrow’s (Slinger Francisco) record of eight National Calypso Monarch titles. Comment

Haiti gov’t creates commission to probe prison conditions

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti announced a new government commission on Friday to probe the country’s prisons and other overcrowded lockups and make recommendations to improve desperate conditions for inmates. Comment

Mayor hosts Black History Month reception

Brooklyn: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History on Feb. 23, that Malcolm X redefined “our understanding of our history” and despite his short life, his great ideals are alive and well today. Comment

Caribbean American pol wins top position in DNC

Jamaica: A Caribbean American legislator in New York has won a top position in the United States Democratic Party’s National Committee. Comment

Haitian singing duo open women’s month at BAM

Music: Two Haitian-American singers are opening BAM Cafe’s Women’s Month Celebration with a traditional Haitian music performance on March 3. Anie Alerte and Riva Nyri Precil, together form the pair Anie and Riva, will be honoring women with classic sounds from their homeland. Comment
Queens: Several of the city’s black and Caribbean nurses got honored at the 29th National Black Nurses Day Celebration at Queens Hospital in Jamaica on Feb. 24. Comment

New York City Public Library renamed after legend!

The Civil Rights Movement in the United States is chronicled in the annals of America history and many long-standing Black leaders have significantly contributed to this legacy, among the many stalwarts who made the movement possible is the legendary social justice defender, activist and entertainer, Harry Belafonte. Comment

Stemming illicit financial outflows

Viewpoints: Jomo Kwame Sundaram, a former economics professor and United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Economic Development, received the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought in 2007. Comment

Line up for Emeline: Haitian songstress plays Brooklyn Center

Music: She sings the songs that make the whole island sing! Comment

Hundreds mourn Vincentian Carlos ‘Paul’ Adams

St Vincent: Hundreds of Vincentian, Caribbean and American nationals last Sunday evening paid their last respects to Vincentian Carlos “Paul” Adams at a funeral service at his home church in Rahway, NJ. Comment

Jamaican sprinter appeals ruling

Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) against his disqualification in his country’s 4x100 meters relay team, including Usain Bolt, who was stripped of their Beijing 2008 Olympic gold medals. Comment

Caribbean Airlines starts ‘Caribbean Carnival Welcome’

Trinidad and Tobago: For Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2017, Caribbean Airlines will operate over 250 International and regional flights, bringing approximately 30,000 passengers into Port of Spain. Comment

Broken Windows vs. Sanctuary City

On Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, Coalition to End Broken Windows, ICE FREE NYC, The Black Alliance for Just Immigration, DRUM, ANSWER Coalition and several other grassroots organizations held a rally in Washington Square Park to challenge the city’s notion of a Sanctuary City while still employing Broken Windows policing tactics. Comments (1)

Harlem runner to be honored at benefit

Manhattan: The 4th annual Harlem Haberdashery Masquerade Benefit Ball is honoring Harlem native Alison Desir with their trailblazer of the year award on March 4. Desir made international headlines for her standout run to raise money for Planned Parenthood, in protest of President Trump’s election win. Comment

ICC clears Samuels

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels has been cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC), to resume bowling in international cricket. Comment

‘Moonlight’ wins Best Picture at Oscars

Movies: The Academy Awards ended on a sour note when Faye Dunaway announced that favorite La La Land had won the Oscar for Best Picture. Trouble is, she and co-presenter Warren Beatty had been handed the wrong envelope. Comment

Rocking to Forever Freestyle 11 at Lehman Center

Music: Harlemite Rob Base put together a hip hop group in 5th grade called Sureshot Seven. “A bunch of us put together a little hip hop group. It was fun back then. We had a couple of DJs and MCs. In time we all branched out and did our own thing Comment

Jamaica Tourist Board recognized for outstanding public relations

The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says it has started 2017 on a very high note, winning two coveted public relations awards for its marketing of the Jamaica House 2016 at the 31st Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Comment

2014 J’Ouvert celebration shooter jailed for 24 years

A 28-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a Grenadian man during the Caribbean J’Ouvert celebration that was held in the wee hours before the 2014 West Indian Day Carnival Parade on Labor Day, the first Monday in September. Comment

African American soldiers on the ‘Ghost Front’

Books: You are on a need-to-know basis. You’re told only what’s relevant, and nothing more. Rumors, innuendo, extra little details, none of that’s important; only what you need is what you get. But read “The Lost Eleven” by Denise George and Robert Child, and you may wonder what else you’re missing. Comment

US advances in qualifying for Under-20 World Cup

St Kitts and Nevis: The United States advanced to the second round of qualifying for the Under-20 World Cup as Sebastian Saucedo scored twice Friday in a 4-1 win over St. Kitts and Nevis at Tibas, Costa Rica. Comment

Youth ambassadors to unite in Russia

Jamaica: A delegation of youth ambassadors from Jamaica are readying to travel to Russia where the 19th Festival of Youth and Students will unite more than 20,000 young people from all over the world for active participation in addressing a global sustainable development agenda. Comment

Mr. Vegas introduces new gospel music

Music: He got religion, and it shows in his music. Comments (1)

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has blocked Cabral Douglas, son of former Dominica Prime Minister Rosie Douglas from suing the government over the cancellation of a concert and the eventual deportation of Jamaica reggae artiste Tommy Lee Sparta and his entourage, in February 2014. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Burlesque: The Heart of the Glittter Tribe (Unrated) Revealing documentary showcasing the resurgence in popularity of striptease in Portland, Oregon. With Babs Jamboree, Angelique Devil and Zora von Pavonine. Comment
People: Justice Janet C. Malone, a native of the Caribbean island of Barbados becomes the first Black Female Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Ninth Judicial District. The New York State Supreme Court Ninth Judicial District comprises of: Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties. Comments (2)
Books: St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, perhaps, did not realize – or had a premonition, or envisaged – that global kinetics would change rapidly under a new United States administration, led by President Donald Trump. Comment

Crime poses threat to CARICOM

Caribbean: Crime, security and economic development were high on the agenda of the recent two-day 24th CARICOM intersessional summit in Georgetown, Guyana recently. Comment

Barbados Pride defeats Jamaica Scorpions

Barbados Pride defeated Jamaica Scorpions to take the Regional Super 50 title at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua last week. Comment

Clarke describes Trump’s policies as ‘dangerous’

National: As United States President Donald Trump has expanded the nation’s immigration rules requiring expanded deportation of undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke has described the administration’s policies as “dangerous.” Comment

Trump congratulates St. Lucia on independence anniversary

St Lucia: The Donald Trump administration in the United States has congratulated St. Lucia on its 38th anniversary of political independence from Great Britain. Comment

Guyana’s former Amb. Noel Sinclair dies at 76

Former Ambassador to the UN, Noel Sinclair, a career diplomat, who served Guyana with distinction in the Foreign Service since 1966, and revered as one of the most kind, individuals to work with, died at his home in New Jersey, on Feb. 4. He was 76. Comment
Music: Piano phenomenon Elio Villafranca will bring the next generation of his popular “Letters to Mother Africa” concerts, the second in his series on the African continent’s powerful influence on jazz and folk Cuban music, to Aaron Davis Hall at 7:30 pm on Friday, March 31. Comment

Barbados Central Bank governor fired

Barbados: Barbados Finance Minister Chris Sinckler today fired the Governor of the Central Bank, Delisle Worrell, following a legal battle, that extended over some two weeks, over whether the politician has the authority to dismiss the top public servant. Comments (1)

Eric Holder’s outfit front runner to work for CARICOM

A corporate law firm linked to former US Attorney General Eric Holder is tipped to be hired by Caribbean Community governments to lobby American commercial banks and lawmakers in a simmering row between banks in the region and counterparts in the United States. Comment

New law reforms Caribbean Commuter Van Industry

New York City Bill de Blasio has signed into law the Commuter Van Safety Act, comprising three bills that crack down on illegal, rogue Caribbean commuter van operators who legislators say pose a danger to commuters, while also ensuring that licensed and insured operators operate safely across the city. Comment

CARICOM reparations sub-committee to meet soon

Caribbean: A prime ministerial sub-committee pushing Europe to pay reparations for the TransAtlantic slave trade is to meet in the coming weeks to discuss replies to payment demand letters from the Caribbean a top officials said. Comment

Felony charge against Richardson on child abuse dropped

Brooklyn: Prosecutors in Brooklyn have dropped a felony assault charge against a Caribbean American legislator accused of beating her pre-teen son with a broomstick. Comment

Museum Hue celebrates second anniversary

Arts & Theater: A cultural organization diversifying the museum and arts preservation industry is celebrating its anniversary at BLDG 92 on Feb. 24. Museum Hue is turning two and the founders of the arts collective are hosting a fiesta alongside Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn’s Black Artstory Month series. For their first anniversary they focused on promoting the mission and culture, this year they are creating a safe space for their supporters in light of social issues and highlighting black pride, said one of the founders. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: The Caribbean Community nation responsible for crime and security in the bloc has ironically been in global news for all the wrong reasons this week with issues from President Trump’s telephone conversation with Prime Minister Keith Rowley to fears about locals becoming ISIS fighters making international headlines. Comment
Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) – Relatives wailed in grief or stared stoically as flowers were placed on 20 caskets at a mass funeral for the latest group of inmates who died miserably in Haiti’s largest prison, most without ever having been convicted of any crime. Comment

Fake news gets Barbados PM

Barbados: Amidst warnings of fake news spun across social media, it is reasonable to expect that heads of state would not be caught in this fraud — but apparently not so for Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. Comment

NY state senator recognizes Guyana’s 47th Republic

Guyana: The New York State Legislative Council, recently passed a resolution put forth by Sen. Roxanne Persaud and co-signed by other senators in the New York State Legislature in Albany, in recognition of Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary, observed on Feb. 23. Comment

Kings County doctor gets Harlem honor

Bronx: Call her a “win” doctor. More than a dozen local medical practitioners were honored for their contributions to the community by The Harlem Fine Arts Show at its “Salute to African Americans in Medicine,” held at the Historic Riverside Church on Feb. 17. Comment

LGBT organization raises awareness with benefit

Queens: A Queens-based lesbian and gay organization is hosting their second annual benefit party, “L.O.V.E is Love: Living Our Values Equally” at the C Bar and Lounge in Richmond Hill on Feb. 25. Comment

Cultural fusion: Jamaican twist to New Orleans cuisine

Food: Let’s get ready to gumbo! A group of Caribbean culinary enthusiasts will host its second annual cultural mashup, “Scattered Jamaica: New Orleans,” a flavorful mix of the island’s food and music and the spicy culture of the Big Easy, at a Mardi Gras celebration at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Prospect-Leffeerts Gardens on Feb. 25. Comment

Hamilton names office ‘Sanctuary Senate District’

Brooklyn: In light of President Trump’s Executive Order putting in jeopardy the rights of immigrant population in New York City and their families Brooklyn Senator Jesse Hamilton has declared his office to be a “Sanctuary Senate District (SSD)” for the term of President Trump’s executive order. Comment

CARICOM to hire US lobbyist

Caribbean trade bloc governments are to hire an American lobbyist to help them stop United States commercial banks from cutting ties with those in the Caribbean and to help erase a perception that the region is a high risk area for illegal transactions. Comment

Howell, Rastafari and anti-colonial politics

People: The month of February accommodates the celebration of Black History and Reggae Month. At times, much about the celebrations accentuates the outcomes at the expense of the process. Comment

Friends of Guyana to mark 47th Republic Anniversary

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, on Feb. 11, launched the Friends of Guyana Consulate initiative, to engage nationals of political organization, disciplined services, religious organization, and alumni, that encompasses the six races of Guyana, in a unified setting. Comment

Documentary on Maya Angelo airing on PBS

Movies: Dr. Maya Angelo with her rich resonating presence delivered her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” (1993) at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration in 1961. Comment

Regional security agency to aid govenments

Caribbean: A Trinidad-based umbrella regional security agency is to help governments to properly scrutinize the backgrounds of foreigners applying to become citizens of a string of Caribbean nations, which have schemes offering passports and citizenship to expatriates in exchange for investment dollars. Comment

New diplomatic passport policy

Antigua: The Antigua and Barbuda government will soon be implementing a new diplomatic passport policy to increase the level of transparency, accountability and legitimacy of diplomatic appointments. Comment

Pols host emergency immigration forum

Brooklyn: Local Flatbush pols held an emergency immigration forum at the Flatbush YMCA with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office in Flatbush on Feb. 8. Comment

Caribbean American Center turns 30

Brooklyn: After decades of serving the Caribbean community locally and abroad, the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Comment

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