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Brooklyn: As part of an ongoing effort to partner with Brooklyn communities in making “the borough safer and fairer for all,” Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez says he had the honor last week to host a group of dignitaries from Caribbean nations for a roundtable discussion at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. Comment
Haiti: In wrapping up a three-day visit to Haiti, a United Nations Security Council delegation said that it has accomplished the objectives of the mission, including a first-hand look into how best the global body could contribute to the country’s lasting stability and development. Comment

Europe stands by Caribbean on climate funding

Environment: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, June 26, 2017 (IPS) - A senior European Union (EU) official in the Caribbean said Europe is ready to continue the global leadership on the fight against climate change, including helping the poor and vulnerable countries in the region. Comment

Jamaican ex-pat: X-associate in Paris, France

Jamaica: Jamaica-born Lebert “Sandy” Bethune always knew he was privileged to be among a distinguished few. From the 1950’s when he attended the all-boys, elite Kingston College high school — where its Latin motto Fortis Cadere cedere non potest translates “The Brave May Fall but Never Yield” — as a teenager he broached excellence among his peers, manifested through sports, literature and virtually every form of competition. Comments (2)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography (R for brief profanity and graphic nude images) Oscar-winner Errol Morris (for The Fog of War) directed this documentary chronicling the career of Elsa Dorfman, a proponent of the Polaroid Land camera from 1980 until the company went out of business in 2008. Comment

Queens-born singer heads to Essence Festival

Music: Singer Lydia Caesar is joining the stage with a lineup of artists at this year’s Essence Festival in New Orleans on June 30. Comment

JTB again named Canada’s favorite tourist board

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) has again been named “Favorite Tourist Board in Canada” by Canadian travel agents in Baxter Travel Media’s annual Agents’ Choice Awards. Comment
Sports: West Indies middle- order batsman Darren Bravo must apologize and remove the offensive tweet against Cricket West Indies (CWC) president Dave Cameron before he will be considered for selection to the senior team. Comment

Short film explores both spectrums of colorism

Movies: Beauty is skin deep. A new film documenting the effects of colorism in black women will be shown at ImageNation Raw Space in Harlem on June 25, as part of Crystal Ship Mini Indie Film Festival. Comments (1)

Pressure cracks Barbados gov’t tax plan

Barbados: Resistance from two of the island’s most powerful trade unions and a wide array of business associations to planned tax hikes now has the Barbados Government buckling under pressure. Comment

Armory plan is right for Crown Heights

Viewpoints: The city is proposing to transform the Bedford-Union Armory in Crown Heights into a new recreational center, affordable office space and housing. After years of seeing the armory sit vacant and unused, this plan would finally reclaim the site as a crucial resource for the Crown Heights community. Comments (1)

‘Big reflection’ needed on opioid crisis

Viewpoints: UNITED NATIONS, June 22, 2017 (IPS) - Opioids are among the most devastating drugs and are creating a crisis of epidemic proportions, said the UN drug agency. Comments (1)

Baby Cham releases new album

Baby Cham releases new album

Music: He’s back on the scene. Dancehall artist Baby Cham is making his return to the music with the release of his new album “Lawless.” The artist rose to fame in 2004 with his single “Ghetto Story” and soon after came out with an album of the same name. The hit scored him even more popularity with the remixed version of the song. Comment

Give Caribbean ‘Dreamers’ permanent status: Clarke

Immigration: As the United States Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, otherwise known as the “Dream Program”, marks its fifth anniversary, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke is urging the United States Congress to pass legislation that would grant permanent status for Caribbean and other “Dreamers.” Comment

Jamaican sporting icon Horace Burrell dies in the US

Jamaica: Jamaicans were recently mourning the death of President of the Jamaica Football Federation, Captain Horace Burrell. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: Grenada and its smaller family islands as well as the Dutch dependencies of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao were spared the wrath of Tropical Storm Bret as it roared through the Caribbean and northern South American countries this week, dumping tons of rain, snarling traffic, cancelling commercial flights and closing government and private sector offices in one of the earliest storms of an annual hurricane season in recent memory. Comment


Arts & Theater: Call it art imitating life. A Prospect-Lefferts Gardens dance school is reimagining the company’s displacement in their new stage play inspired by the Sister Act films, which will debut at Kings Theatre on June 25. AbunDance Academy of the Arts is presenting their project, “Sister Act, Abundantly.” Comment

Musical brunch serenades dads on Father’s Day

Brooklyn: A day for the daddies! Dozens of dads and children celebrated fatherhood at a Father’s Day jazz brunch in Marine Park on June 18. Pops and their tots kept each other company at the Marine Park Golf Course for a day of food, dance, and music by trumpeter Etienne Charles and Pan Fusion. Comment
Jamaica: Tears flowed as Jamaica’s superstar Usain Bolt made his final appearance before his home crowd, winning a special 100 meters event dubbed “Salute to a Legend” at the Racers Grand Prix in Kingston last Saturday night (June 10). Comment

Now Cricket West Indies

Sports: The cricket board for West Indies, on its 91st anniversary earlier this month, has re-branded itself as Cricket West Indies (CWI) from the former West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Comment

Kingsbrook aims to keep communities safe

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook’s Best Health School has partnered with the 71st Precinct to feature a series of educational sessions for the community in 2017. On Saturday, June 24, neighborhood Coordinating Officers Paul Parkinson and Stephen Schmitt will present the first of the series entitled: “Keeping our Communities Safe.” The event will be held on the main campus at 585 Schenectady Ave. between Winthrop Street & Rutland Road in the Lillian Minkin Ballroom. Comment

Immigration benefit for victims of sexual abuse

Immigration: American Psychological society defines sexual abuse as unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. Most victims and perpetrators know each other. Immediate reactions to sexual abuse include shock, fear or disbelief. Comment

West Indies defeats Afghanistan

West Indies bounced back in the second ODI against Afghanistan to win through their bowling attack by four wickets last Sunday to level the series 1-1. Comment

New airline a competitor, or savior

Barbados: Just a week into operation a Caribbean airline, Trans Island Air, has hit political turbulence with its owner getting into a war of words with Barbados Tourism Minister Richard Sealy over viability of the venture. Comments (1)
The Guyana Tri-State Alliance’s theme of unity and togetherness was expressed during the commemoration of Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence, under the patronage of Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams and Councilmember Dr. Mathieu Eugene at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 16. Comment

Caribbean Life associate editor honored

Grenada: After more than 40 years in the field of mass communication and photojournalism that began in his homeland of Grenada, Associate Editor of Caribbean Life newspaper, Michael Kevin Williams, an unsung hero, who works feverishly to ensure Caribbean Life is on the newsstand in a timely manner received a well-deserved honor from the Guyana Tri-State Alliance. Comment
Jamaica: Fly Jamaica Airways has extended its reach into the Caribbean community with the opening of a new ticketing office at 1397 Nostrand Ave., two doors from Linden Boulevard Avenue in the heart of Brooklyn, for travellers who like the comfort of face to face service, when booking travel. Comment
Manhattan: They’re some of the best around. State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli honored several notable members of the city’s Caribbean-American community in Manhattan on June 16. Comment
Brooklyn: Remembering the past with fun and games. About 900 children and parents packed Linden Park for the eighth annual Juneteenth NYC celebration in East New York on June 17. The theme for this year’s event was empowerment and kids got to partake in various activities, and even win prizes, said one mom who discovered the event with her son. Comment

Vincycares conducts successful fundraising scholarship launch

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based group Vincycares, Inc. has described as a “resounding success” its recent fundraising scholarship launch. Comment
Haiti: The United Nations deputy chief on Wednesday called on Member States to fund the organization’s new strategy to counter cholera in Haiti, stressing that the initiative is facing a critical shortage of resources. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Group General Manager at Ocean Hotels in Barbados, Patricia Affonso-Dass is the new president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association at the Association’s Annual General Meeting, held alongside the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) and Taste of the Caribbean at the Hyatt Regency in Miami recently. Comment

Exxon gets license, environmental permit

Guyana: Guyana’s government has approved an operating license and environmental permit for Exxon to begin pumping loads of oil and gas from the seabed by 2020, five years after the company said it had found world class deposits of hydrocarbons off the coast of the Caribbean Community nation. Comment

Malcolm X – American Muslim leader, human rights activist, of Grenadian mother

Grenada: Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little on May 19, 1925 in Omaha, Nebraska. His mother, Grenadian-born Louise Norton Little, was a homemaker occupied with the family’s eight children. Comment

Three key central Brooklyn pols endorse Gonzalez

Brooklyn: Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez has received endorsements from three of central Brooklyn’s key state officials. Comment

Free boro-wide entertainment in City Parks

Music: One of the best bargains of the year comes every summer when City Parks announces its free, series of music, dance, films and theater. Already in full swing in many of the neighborhood parks in all five boroughs, the biggest and longest announced Brooklyn’s Celebrate Brooklyn Festival in Prospect Park. Comments (1)
Movies: If you’re familiar with the surreal cinematic stylings of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, then you have an idea of what sort of treat’s in store while watching “Lost in Paris.” The talented husband and wife team wrote, directed and co-star in their latest magical escape into the theater of the absurd. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: All the Rage (Unrated) Healthcare documentary chronicling Dr. John Sarno’s half-century campaign against the over-prescription of pain medication. Featuring commentary by John Stossel, Howard Stern, Senator Bernie Sanders, Larry David and Dr. Andrew Weil. Comment

Kevin Hart’s life ‘lessons’ and laughter

Books: You can pretend all you want. Hide your head in the sand and say it ain’t so. Cover your ears and yell “LaLaLaLaLa” until everyone thinks you’re five years old. You can deny, deny, deny, but listen up: some things are factual, so read “I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons” by Kevin Hart, and you may learn something. Comment

Marcia Cole-Saunders, MPA

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Jamaican-born Marcia Cole Saunders has been in the health care field for 23 years. Family friend Registered Nurse Merle Warren, a previous Healthcare Award recipient, directed Cole-Saunders to Brownsville Development Corporation. This became her first U.S. job after she immigrated to the United States when she was 35. Comment

Patricia A. Britton, HHA

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Patricia Britton was born in Trinidad, trained in the sewing arts and immigrated at the age of 20. She worked as a technical designer and seamstress for 15 years. Comment

State Department revokes visas of opposition MP’s

Guyana: Guyana’s main opposition party has complained that the United States State Department has cancelled tourist visas of two active lawmakers facing criminal fraud charges as well as several other high ranking officials who were also indicted with them. Comment

Dr. Rhonda N. Cambridge-Phillip, MD, MPH, CHC

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Born and raised in Brooklyn, Dr. Rhonda Cambridge-Phillip is the daughter of parents who emigrated from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

New citizens

Brooklyn: They can now call it home! Dozens of candidates for citizenship became American citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the historic Wyckoff House Museum in East Flatbush on June 15. Many of the new nationals were thrilled to reach this accomplishment, particularly those who waited many years, said one woman who came to the United States from Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

Guyana consul general praises Queens Mandir for elderly initiatives

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, told a group of senior citizens at the Richmond Hill Queens Shri Trimurti Bhavan Mandir, on its 19th anniversary, and a celebration of mothers, that women are the bedrock of society, and they should be honored everyday. Comment

City’s digital kiosks celebrate Caribbean heritage

Staten Island: A digital way to honor the leaders. In commemoration of June as Caribbean-American Heritage month, all of the city’s digital WiFi kiosks — LinkNYC, are displaying images of Caribbean-American icons all month. The project was created by Caribbeing, a Flatbush-based cultural center, in partnership with LinkNYC. The display intends to familiarize passersby with the influential people of West Indian background, and honor their contributions to American history, according to the project’s creator. Comment

Barbados new taxes brewing trouble

Barbados: Storm clouds are building in Barbados as workers representatives along with the private sector denounce planned massive tax increases, and one trade union threatens a mass march if government does not repeal the measures. Comment

Vincy calypso judging begins with NY’s Dynamite Calypso Tent

Music: Five judges from the homeland were on hand Saturday night at Café Omar in Brooklyn for the preliminary round of adjudication in the Dynamite Calypso Tent, the sole Vincentian-owned calypso tent in North America. Comment

Grenada strengthens tourism ties during CTO Week NY

Grenada: The Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says Caribbean Week in New York, hosted by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), “proved to be a successful endeavor for the promotion of Grenada’s tourism product.” Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: When Caribbean Community leaders meet for their annual summit in Grenada in early July, they would have the very challenging task of setting up a coordinated system to monitor ISIS fighters returning to the region from the Middle East. Comment
Guyana: Chair of the Brooklyn-based Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York), Rickford Burke, has described as “epic” the 2017 Guyana Independence celebrations in the Big Apple. Comment

Grenada signs MOU with Airbnb

Grenada: The government of Grenada on Thursday, June 8 signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize and implement a “cohesive partnership” with the global home-sharing company, Airbnb. Comment

Container trade to the Caribbean declines: ECLAC

Caribbean: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean reports that new ports ranking confirms the decline in the region’s foreign trade last year and marks a loss in activity not seen since the crisis of 2009. Comment

Revelers celebrate Guyanese pride at independence parade

Guyana: Thousands of Guyanese-Americans celebrated their homeland’s independence day in Brooklyn on June 11. The annual parade that starts in East Flatbush and ends in Canarsie, honored Guyana’s 51 years of independence this year. About 5,000 parade-goers attended the gathering waving the Guyanese flags and expressing their pride. Comment

Guyana’s First Lady visits 911 Memorial

Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, Her Excellency Sandra Granger has expressed sadness after touring the World Trade Center Museum on June 9, during a weekend visit to New York as a guest of the Brooklyn-based Guyana non-profit, Guyana Unity Movement (GUM) in celebration of Guyana’s 51 Anniversary of Independence. Comment

WIADCA launches ‘Eat Caribbean 2017’

Food: Hundreds of Caribbean and other nationals on Thursday converged on Milk River Restaurant on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn as the West Indian Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) launched “Eat Caribbean 2017.” Comment

More companies looking for oil and gas off Guyana

Guyana: Its offshore concession just a few miles from where ExxonMobil found large deposits of oil and gas two years ago, so Tullow Oil of the UK and Eco Atlantic Oil and Gas of Canada have announced plans to begin aggressive exploration of their own bloc, confident that the basin is rich in resources officials said this week. Comments (20)

Caribbean Life assoc. editor to receive award

Guyana: Associate Editor of Caribbean Life, Kevin Michael Williams, is among eight distinguished professionals to receive the Golden Arrowhead Award of Achievement and Distinction at the Guyana Tri-State Alliance Award ceremony under the patronage of the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and NYC Councilmember, Dr. Mathieu Eugene, to commemorate Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence. Comment
Arts & Theater: The new off-Broadway musical, “The Church…A Hospital?” received such rave reviews after its Brooklyn preview, the producers have decided to do a second performance. Writer / producer / director John Andrews is pleased to announce that the play will have a reprise showing at the York College Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017 at 5 pm. Comment

Former JA consul receives Literary Award for telling immigrant’s tales

Books: Dr. Basil K. Bryan, a former New York consul general from Jamaica has retired from official diplomatic duties but he has not given up on diplomacy. Recently lauded and rewarded in his homeland, he was presented with the coveted Musgrave Award for literature by the Institute of Jamaica for penning a book about immigrants who migrated to Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. Comments (1)

Genetic engineering lobbyist’s Trumpian methods

Viewpoints: KUALA LUMPUR, June 13 2017 (IPS) - To her credit, Dr Mahaletchumy has pioneered and promoted science journalism in Malaysia. This is indeed commendable in the face of the recent resurgence of obscurantism of various types, both traditional and modern. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Stating that the multiple benefits provided by the world’s oceans, seas and marine resources are the focus of the first-ever Ocean Conference taking place this week at UN Headquarters in New York, the United Nations says relationship with the ocean is part of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture. Comment

Jamaica has new approach to help tourism grow

Jamaica: New York City’s buzzing excitement heightened with the natural groove and flow of the distinct Caribbean flavors extending in the City. It is of course, Caribbean Heritage Month and in New York City several Caribbean celebrations are taking place. Among the celebrations was last week’s annual gathering of all the Caribbean nations exhibiting their best in the tourism industry, propelling and branding their respective countries during Caribbean Tourism Week, June 3-10. Comment

Urban comedy explores black haircare industry

In recent years, a couple of groundbreaking documentaries addressed some serious issues pertaining to African-American hair. The first, “Aron Ranen’s Black Hair,” chronicled the Korean takeover of the black haircare industry. Comment


Music: He makes the sounds. A young Harlem-based music artist and producer Evan Brown is rising in the hip-hop music industry as a sound maker. He is no newbie to music, having began playing the piano since eight years old. He recently released his downloadable all-instrumental album, “E is for Excellence,” compiling a variety of his sound creations to introduce his work to the world and other artists, he said. Comment

16-year-old crowned Miss Dream Castle 2017

Fashion: Sixteen-year-old New Yorker Jasmine Charlot was crowned Miss Dream Castle 2017 at the coronation on Saturday at the Royal Regency Hotel in Yonkers, New York. Comment

Annual Rum and Rhythm crowns best chef, mixologist

Music: The sixth annual Rum and Rhythm benefit concluded Caribbean week at the Capitale in Manhattan on June 9. Guests sipped rum and dined on foods from different islands in celebration of Caribbean culture. Comment

Jamaica, World Bank to host 1st Global Tourism Conference

Jamaica: Tourism has become an economic powerhouse. Tourism is the number one industry reportedly employing 10 percent of labor in the world. Comment



Sports: COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — After sliding to score a goal with his left foot, Christian Pulisic got back up, raced for a corner and glided across the grass on both knees. Comment

Afghanistan defeats West Indies

Sports: West Indies suffered an embarrassing and humiliating 63-run defeat to minnows Afghanistan, in the opening day/night One-Day International of the three-match series at the Darren Sammy National Stadium in St. Lucia on Friday, June 9. Comment

West Indies clinches series

Sports: The West Indies brushed aside minnows Afghanistan by seven wickets in the final of the Twenty20 Internationals to clinch the three-match series (3-0) in St. Kitts on Monday night, June 5. Comment

Belizean sworn in as CCJ judge

Belize: A national of Belize has been appointed a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Caribbean health facilities to be made disaster resistant

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said it has selected 16 hospitals and health centers in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters. Comment

Claudette D. Powell, RN, BSN, MA

Caribbean Healthcare Awards: Claudette Powell, a registered professional nurse who has served in a wide array of specialties. Her career and experience span over twenty years in home healthcare administration encompassing hospitals and community based programs. Comment

A look at both sides of the streets

Books: You’ve changed your mind. That’s allowed, you know. You can go in a different direction, pick something else, try another thing, have do-overs, or have two. Pencils come with erasers, few things are forever, and in “Once a Cop” by Cory Pegues, change may be good. Comment

Draw strength from predecessors says Clarke

People: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke told a diverse audience at the Douglaston Manor in Queens, that even though Caribbean nationals have achieved greatness in all the sectors in America, this group of people are still confronted with forces of rejection by the same people who denied that President Barack Obama was American, and now want to deny “our rights to live in the United States of America.” Comment
People: Publisher of the Tribune, and South Eastern Queens Press, Michael Nussbaum presented well-deserved honors to eight Caribbean nationals from varied backgrounds at the First Caribbean American Legacy Awards at the prestigious Douglaston Manor in Douglaston, Queens, on June 2. Comment

HAUP is coming to Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Haitian American United for Progress (HAUP) is coming to Brooklyn. With a June 12 open house to inaugurate its Brooklyn site at 1760 Nostrand Ave, HAUP invites all to visit from 10 am – 6 pm. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Book of Henry (PG-13 for mature themes and brief profanity) Jaeden Lieberher plays the title character in this coming-of-age tale as a precocious 11 year-old who, with the help of his mother (Naomi Watts), comes to the assistance of the abused, next-door neighbor (Maddie Ziegler) he has a crush on. Featuring Dean Norris, Jacob Tremblay, Sarah Silverman, Lee Pace, Tonya Pinkins and Bobby Moynihan. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte, State Senator James Sanders, Jr., Assembly Member Crystal Peoples-Stokes, and B. Seth Bryant of Bryant Rabbino LLP were joined by MWBE firms, their colleagues, and allies for an MWBE Coalition Lobby Day on Tuesday, June 7. Comments (1)

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) recently conducted an energy efficiency workshop in Antigua as part of the ongoing training program to support hotels across the region with reducing their energy load and costs to become more efficient. Comment

Jamaican man indicted for felony assault

The United States Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agency says an undocumented Jamaica national has been indicted in the Middle District of Florida on multiple felony charges for assault on a federal official, as well as being an illegal immigrant in possession of a firearm. Comment

Caribbean Week kicks off in New York

Caribbean: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) on Sunday kicked off its annual Caribbean Week New York, showcasing the diversity and vibrancy of the region by bringing together tourism officials, industry executives, media, travel agents and consumers for a week-long affair of business sessions and consumer-oriented events. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Apparently nothing is done in Trinidad without bacchanal, a very local and well celebrated concept linked to confusion, high levels of anxieties and administrative mistakes. Comment

Town brawl! J’ouvert organizer criticizes pol at parade public safety meeting

Arts & Theater: She put him in line. Comment

Barbados faces a tax burden

Barbados: In its 2017-2018 Budget, the Barbados Government has opted for an internal solution to its debt crisis that is expect to cause widespread price increases, and effectively a devaluation of the dollar. Comment
Queens: It was a show of Caribbean and rainbow pride. More than a hundred Caribbean-American members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community marched at the 25th annual Queens Pride parade in Jackson Heights on June 4. A Queens-based queer advocacy group, Caribbean Equality Project (CEP), led the island representation at the parade, and the turnout was one of the biggest to date, said the group’s founder. Comment


Sports: SANDY, Utah (AP) _ Adjusting to altitude and blending in players returning from injuries produced an uneven game for the United States. Comment
Haiti: Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, continues to cast uncertainty on the eventual fate of 58,000 undocumented Haitians who has been granted limited Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to remain in the US, according to reports. Comment
Food: For the love of jerk. Hundreds came out to enjoy jerk flavors at “A Taste of Jerk” at the VP Records Store on June 3. Guests got to sample various jerk seasoned foods from different vendors to crown a winner for the best jerk chicken. Queen-based Yardies restaurant took home the trophy and it was well earned, said a local woman who frequents the eatery. Comment

‘Sweetee’ adds music to Theater Row

Arts & Theater: There’s music in the air and an abundance of melodic, harmonious rhythms onstage nightly at the Pershing Square Signature Center where “Sweetee” recently opened for a limited engagement until June 18. Comment

Tribute to Afro-Cuban music diva

Music: The life of Afro-Cuban singer La Lupe, is going to be celebrated with a musical concert paying homage to her life at the City College Center for Performing Arts on June 9. Together City College, Pregones Theater, and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute organized a series of events to celebrate the singer which will conclude with a concert. Because La Lupe was a trailblazer during a time when women were still restricted in the arts, she should be praised, said the founder of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Comments (1)

Big 50th birthday bash for Vincentian native

St Vincent: In attaining the age of 50, a Vincentian native ensured that she luxuriated in the major milestone by celebrating recently in grand style with relatives, friends, supporters and co-workers at an elegant catering house in Queens. Comment

Bolt ranks high in top paid athletes

Jamaica: Jamaican super sprinter Usain Bolt is one of the highest paid athletes in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Comment

Under-19 squad chosen

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Selection Panel has named a 15-member Under-19 squad for tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe next month. Comment

Renewing pledge to SDGs: Private sector gets active

Viewpoints: Paloma Duran is director of the Sustainable Development Goals Fund UNITED NATIONS, Jun 6 2017 (IPS) - Just last month business representatives from around the world joined the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Fund commemorate their work as part of the Private Sector Advisory Group (PSAG). Comment

‘Daughters of the Mock’ witchy women

Arts & Theater: I took the L Train to First Avenue to get to Theatre 80 on St Mark’s Place where the Negro Ensemble Company is presenting playwright Judi Ann Mason’s play “Daughters of the Mock,” until June 10, 2017. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) says that no amount of pressure will lead the regional grouping to turn its back on troubled Venezuela, even as least four member states break ranks on the issue. Comment

Bob Marley’s benefactors continue his legacy

Jamaica: It has been 36 years since the untimely passing of Robert Nesta Marley. Also known as Tuff Gong, he was just 36 years old when he died on May 11, 1981 at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital in Miami, Florida after battling cancer. And while the time seems to have whizzed by, his legacy was not lost on audiences of listener supported WBAI-FM radio, when Imhotep Gary Byrd host of the Global Black Experience touted the rich contribution of the short-lived legend. Comment

St. Kitts and Nevis passes Advance Information Bill

St Kitts and Nevis: The St. Kitts and Nevis government has passed legislation to put in place the Advance Information Bill 2017 to facilitate the provision of advance information relating to passengers and crew members of an aircraft or vessel to share information with other states. Comment

Narine still ranks high

Sports: Off-spinner Sunil Narine remained the highest ranked West Indies bowler in the latest ICC One-Day International Player rankings. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: As Good as You (Unrated) Bittersweet dramedy about a grieving lesbian (Laura Heisler) who asks her late wife’s brother (Bryan Dechart) to donate the sperm for her artificial insemination, only to subsequently land in a love triangle with her two BFFs (Anna Fitzwater and Raoul Bhaneja). Featuring Annie Potts, Peter Maloney and Karis Campbell. Comment

Charting a course to a ‘Blue’ Commonwealth

Environment: Patricia Scotland is Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations LONDON, Jun 5 2017 (IPS) - The United Nations Ocean Conference offers an historic opportunity to safeguard the ocean environment and support small island and vulnerable developing coastal states, who depend on the seas for national economic growth and sustainable development Comment

Simon Suarez named Caribbean Hotelier of the Year

Dominican Republic: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has named respected Caribbean hotelier Simón Suárez as the 2017 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year. Comment

Desperate survivors lead spartan existence

Movies: Paul (Joel Edgerton) found a safe refuge for his family far from the rest of humanity in the wake of a deadly plague that’s been decimating the planet. At least that’s what he thought about their remote hideout until his wife’s (Carmen Ejogo) dad somehow caught the disease. Comment

Caribbean Cultural Theatre to present WordFest

Arts & Theater: E. Wayne McDonald, director of Caribbean Cultural Theatre has announced an impressive list of Caribbean authors who will headline their works, that the artists said would take patrons on a Journey of (Re)Discovery into Caribbean Literary Classics Old and New, during WorldFest, an afternoon-long literary event on Sunday 11, from 12 noon to 7 pm, at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton St., Brooklyn, New York. Comment

Trump issues National Caribbean-American Heritage Month proclamation

National: By Nelson A. King Like his predecessor President Barack Obama, United States President J. Trump has issued a proclamation declaring June National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. Comment

Williams troubled by reason for firing Cleveland cop who killed youth

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy city council leader, said he is troubled by the reason for the firing of the Cleveland, Ohio police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old, unarmed Tamir Rice. Comment

Antigua PM to receive honorary doctorate in New Jersey

Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne will on Thursday receive an Honorary Doctor of Medical Science Degree from the American University of Antigua School of Medicine during its graduation ceremony in Newark, New Jersey. Comment

Daddy is the king of the house

Your Daddy is the King of the House. He’s the smartest person you know. He can run fast, jump high, and his words make things happen, he’s strong, cool, and funny; he’s always making you laugh. And in the new book “My Daddy Rules the World,” words and pictures by Hope Anita Smith, you’ll read all about him. Comment

Bichotte welcomes constituents to Albany for Haitian Unity Day

Haiti: State Assemblymembers Rodneyse Bichotte, Michaelle Solages, Kimberly Jean-Pierre, Clyde Vanel and Ellen Jaffee, as well as Senators Kevin Parker, David Carlucci and Leroy Comrie, on Tuesday, May 30 hosted more than 100 of their dignitaries, colleagues and constituents as part of Haitian Unity Day in Albany. Comment


Venezuela: Despite repeated assurances from Venezuelan diplomats and authorities in Caracas, governments in a growing number of Caribbean Community countries are becoming increasingly worried about the continued existence of a concession oil deal Venezuela signed up with the bloc 12 years ago as the economic and political situation worsens in the oil and gas-rich South American nation. Comment

PAHO recommends taxing tobacco

Health: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging Caribbean countries to tax tobacco and alcohol saying that the taxes would help reduce consumption of these products and generate income that can be used to improve the health of the Caribbean population. Comment

Banking impasse hits Barbados commerce

Barbados: Lawyers are threatening to take the Barbados government to court if an amendment to the Revenue Act is not repealed, in the latest turn of events after a protest by commercial banks that halted real estate business. Comment
Arts & Theater: They’re back and with a new look. The Flatbush Ditmas Park-based cultural center Caribbeing House is open again after its winter hiatus. The center which officially re-opened in April, is also sporting a new look leaving its signature red color behind for a metallic gold. The change of color is a change of direction for the hub, and a commemoration of the West Indian American Day Parade’s 50th anniversary, said the executive director. Comment

Farm Up Jamaica!

Farm Up Jamaica!

Jamaica: This promises to be a major fundraiser Food Festival, and last Thursday evening at the Consulate General Office of Jamaica, Farm Up Jamaica, a non-profit organization held it media conference to launch its first drive of a “Jerk, Roots and Yam Festival.” Comment

WICB names women squad

Sports: The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) selectors have named a 15-member squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup from June 24 to July 23 in England. Comment
Sports: West Indies remained fixed at eight in the World Test rankings recently released by the ICC annual update. Comment

Eligibility rule

People: The West Indies selectors are considering revisiting the eligibility rule to include their limited-over stars for national selection, particularly for the 50-over format. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Public outcry and condemnation by the main Opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) has forced Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne to scrap a proposed plan to give investors permission to build a gun-assembly plant in the proposed Economic Zone on the island. Comment

Vincentian ex-police group continues to ‘stand unwaveringly’

St Vincent: After 37 years of service, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, U.S.A., AInc. continues to “stand unwaveringly on the foundation laid down by its founding fathers,” according to the group’s president Arden Tannis. Comment

Doling out ‘justice’ in color-coded fashion

Viewpoints: Asian-Americans are often referred to as the “model minority” because of their success in the U.S. despite the existence of discrimination which has crippled other ethnic groups. However, the label has also led many a racist to misread Asian modesty as an invitation to treat them like doormats. Comment

Surviving childhood in the neighborhood

Books: Everything has a price. You say you’ll never sell your granddad’s watch, your dream car, or that collectible you coveted because it’s priceless — until it’s not, because everything is for sale. But in “The Cook-Up” by D. Watkins, it may cost your entire life. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaica could easily claim the title of being reggae central this summer when the island marks 55 years of self rule. Comment


Barbados: In the past year or so, several of the larger commercial banks in the United States such as JP Morgan Chase and the Bank of America cut ties with counterpart institutions in the Caribbean, blaming increased pressure from federal regulators and higher costs to monitor the legitimacy of transactions from the region as reasons. It was easier to simply sever ties as they have done. Comment

Williams launches re-election campaign

Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams on May 9 delivered his State of the District Address and formally announced his re-election campaign at Andries Hudde Junior High School in Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: The carnival festivities are almost here. The newly created Brooklyn-based carnival band StronJeh International debuted the launch of their band with a carnival preview at the Floyd Bennett Legion Campus in Mill Basin on May 19. The band’s “Party on the Parkway” event showed off the new styles they have in store for the West Indian American Day parade in September and what they could create together, said the organizer. Comment

Williams, Bichotte celebrate Haitian Flag Day

Haiti: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Deputy Leader, Council Member Brad Lander, and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte on May 17 hosted the Haitian Flag Day celebration at Shapeshifter Lab. Comment

Seven Guyanese honored at fundraisng event

Guyana: Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud, while thanking members of the Guyana Action Committee (GAC) for honoring her, said politicians shouldn’t be given awards for doing community work. “Our job is to enrich the lives of people who we work for.” Comment

Harlem organisation raises $1 million at annual gala

Manhattan: A Harlem-based youth organization raised more than $1 million at an honorary gala in Midtown on May 12. Many recognizable actors and artists were in attendance at The Brotherhood / Sisterhood Sol 13th annual gala, including actor Jeffrey Wright and Carrie Mae Weems, who were awarded at the event for supporting the organization’s mission and raising the money, said the group’s executive director. Comment

Brooklyn acting DA working for immigrant communities’ rights

Guyana: Acting Brooklyn District Attorney, Eric Gonzalez told Guyanese nationals that they should be treated with respect, dignity, and fairness in the justice criminal system. Comment

Comedian Bell shares his ‘awkward thoughts’

Books: You are a very different kind of person. You like things that others don’t like, you’re good at something that nobody else can do, and you laugh at the craziest jokes. You’re different — and that’s okay. If we were all the same, as you’ll see in “The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell” by W. Kamau Bell, life would be awfully boring. Comment

Carib nationals partner at En Blanc Couture NYC

Fashion: En Blanc Couture NYC— an all white clothing with a touch of color, located in the heart of trendy Bedford Stuyvesant, celebrated its one-year anniversary and the partnership of Caribbean nationals fashion designer Glenroy Marsh and stylist Sasha King, who brought together their collections of male and female attire, and accessories, for a one-stop shop. Comment
Barbados: The baton of leadership of the University of the West Indies is to be passed on in a couple months with the retirement of Sir George Alleyne who will be succeeded by businessman, Robert Bermudez. Comment

Community event to focus on Haitian culture

Music: A fun community event for action. The third annual Lakay Se Lakay conference returns on May 7 in Crown Heights. The event puts Haitian culture at the forefront for a daylong meeting with musical and creative workshops, dance, art galleries, and a panel Comment
Brooklyn: They were ready to make teddies. Several third graders got to enjoy a productive day during a trip to the Build-a-Bear workshop in Staten Island on April 19. About 38 students at PS 198 earned the chance to have a fun adventure at the location for displaying good academic performance. Comments (1)

Gospel singer to celebrate 40-year career with concert

Music: Award-winning vocalist Cora Williamson has planned a Cora Williamson Music Ministries Gospel concert in collaboration with Voices of Praise (VOP) to celebrate her 40 years in the ministry. Comment

Brooklyn born and bred: EHall star selected by Panthers in draft

Sports: Erasmus Hall grad Curtis Samuel is ready to take his gridiron talent to Carolina, selected No. 40 overall by the Panthers on April 28. Comment

Final stretch: Former Xaverian standout leading LIU baseball

Bergen Beach native Charles Misiano is Brooklyn born and bred and now he’s hoping to leave his mark on his hometown, leading the Long Island University baseball team this spring. Comment
Arts & Theater: All shades of island comedy. A Queens-based theatre company is trying to create more visibility for Indo-Caribbeans in the media, and are premiering their new stage show to support this mission in June. Flat Tire Productions is crowdfunding for their five one-act play “Love Bites,” a Caribbean comedy presentation about love and relationships. Comments (1)

‘Fake News’ is not journalism…

Viewpoints: Irina Bokova is Director General of UNESCO. PARIS, May 1 2017 (IPS) - Would you trust your news from any source? How are we able to ensure that ‘fake’(d) news does not overtake the flow of information? Comment
Movies: “The Promise” Comment

Fontbonne falters against tough Molloy pitching

Fontbonne Hall struggled before it even got to the field on April 28, but refused to fall back on excuses after falling 11–1 to Archbishop Molloy. Comment

What a Knight: Madison softball holds on for win over Construction in extras

James Madison broke out the bats on April 28, grabbing an extra-innings victory over Construction in a matchup of two of the city’s best softball teams. Comment

ICE nabs Caribbean immigrants in Florida, PR

Immigration: 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 76 criminal immigrants in Florida and Puerto Rico in what it said was an enforcement action targeting individuals who pose a threat to public safety. Comments (1)

Bahamaian pastor to speak at youth revival

Long Island: The Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Westbury, will welcome a wide-cross section of youth, when the house of worship hosts a youth revival from Thursday, May 4, to 6, themed “Purpose for a Purpose” at the sanctuary, 962 Prospect Ave., Westury, Long Island. Comment


Music: Jazz organist Lonnie Smith will be performing at the 17th annual CUNY jazz festival at City College Center for Performing Arts on May 5. The seasoned musician known for playing the Hammond B-3 organ has been making music for more than 70 years and said he was thrilled to return to the event to do what he loved —inspiring people with his music. Comment

Kids get a Haiti cultural experience

Arts & Theater: Young tots got a cultural experience at a Haitian dance event in the Flatlands library branch on April 19. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Burden (Unrated) Reverential retrospective revisiting the career of Chris Burden (1946-2015), the unorthodox performance artist who often put his life at risk while practicing his craft. Comment

Guyana increasing programs to combat high suicide rate

Guyana: The Guyana government, through the Ministry of Public Health, civil society organizations and professionals, both in and outside of Guyana, are slowly, but surely, taking action to combat the high rate of suicide incidents in rural areas of the country, according to Permanent Representative of Guyana to the United Nations, Ambassador Rudolph M. Ten-Pow. Comments (1)

Artist Jagwa challenges categorization in new EP

Music: He is coming out of the shadows. Jamaican-American artist and former ghostwriter Jagwa, has credits to the songs of popular Jamaican artists such as Bounty Killer under his belt. Now close to two decades of writing for big names, he is releasing his own music, which he expects to release in his first EP. Comment

African slave life should never be reenacted — this is not a hollywood movie

Grenada: It cannot be true that the National Heritage Committee is planning to launch an event meant to imitate the arrival and life on the slave estates of Grenada. Comment

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