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Increased security measures for J’Ouvert

Arts & Theater: New York City officials and J’Ouvert organizers on Monday announced enhanced parade security measures for the 2017 Caribbean J’Ouvert Celebration, which takes place on Monday, Sept. 4 at 6 am in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. Comment

Williams a possible 2018 Democratic challenger to Cuomo

Brooklyn: A Caribbean American legislator in Brooklyn is the latest name to surface as a possible 2018 Democratic primary challenger to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, according to reports. Comment

Guyanese group endorses One Destiny Mas Band

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) on Wednesday announced a partnership and public relations initiative in support of the Guyanese-led “One Destiny Mas Band.” Comment

Calls for a Marcus Garvey Square

Bronx: The Jamaica Progressive League is calling for the renaming of the Williams Bridge Square to be known as Marcus Garvey Square, which is located at the junction of the Gun Hill and White Plains roads. Comment


Fashion: Talk about culture and pageantry. More than a 100 people came out to see young Belizean beauty queens represent a variety of Belize’s culture at the annual Queen of the Bay pageant at St. Joseph’s Anglican Church in Cypress Hills on Aug. 19. Comment

Terry Gajraj wows Brooklynites

Music: There is no other like “Guyana Boboo,” a song made famous by Guyanese performer Terry Gajraj, whose dynamic music has crossed over all ethnic barriers, making him one of the most sought after singers in New York. Comment

Tots show their artwork

Tots show their artwork

Arts & Theater: A youthful spin to art. About a dozen tots from MV Kiddies Town Kid Daycare presented their creative artwork at their very own art exhibit in Flatlands on Aug. 18. The display titled “Summer Exhibit,” compiled various types of drawn and crafty pieces that the kids created. The youngins were so thrilled with their art show that they were eager to show off what they created, said the daycare assistant director. Comment


St Vincent: The nine-nation Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will establish an umbrella body to oversee the highly controversial but cash-providing foreign dollars for local passport scheme arguing that it is better to harmonize the system than have individual islands do their own thing with all the global controversy swirling around it. Comments (1)


Arts & Theater: The Vincentians came with a purpose and wasted no time taking over the previously serene Bajan night air by unleashing a power source of lively infectious music and dancing that rocked the Carifesta crowd Monday night. Comment

Who is Latin America and the Caribbean leaving behind?

Caribbean: Jessica Faieta is UN Assistant Secretary-General and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean UNITED NATIONS, Aug 21, 2017 (IPS) - Last month at the High Level Political Forum in New York, more than 40 countries — 11 from Latin America and the Caribbean — shared their progress in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), within the new 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Comment

Guyanese celebrate WIADCA at 50

Arts & Theater: Guyana Consul General to New York, Barbara Atherley is calling on all Guyanese across America to come out in their numbers on Labor Day Monday, to celebrate and honor the 50th Anniversary of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment
St Vincent: Thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life on Saturday converged on Heckscher State Park in East Islip, LI. for the annual Vincy Day USA Picnic. Comment

Kaios International looks at ‘Time Machine, Then, Now and Future’

Arts & Theater: As it participates for the 17th consecutive year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, Kaios International Mas Band is looking at “Time Machine, Then, Now and Future.” Comment


Sports: The jerseys say USA, though that’s about all that will be recognizable. When the U.S. men’s basketball team returns to action later this month, fans might be left wondering, “the red, white and who?’’ Comment

Gayle to stay put

Sports: Hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle says he has no plans to retire and is setting his sights on the 2019 World Cup in England. He is hoping to return to international cricket for a possible farewell to Test cricket. Comment
Sports: West Indies suffered an embarrassing defeat in the historic day / night Test against England by an innings and 209 runs in three days at Birmingham, London on Saturday, Aug. 19. Comment
Music: Call it a festive recalling of history. Several Caribbean-American cultural and dance groups performed the music and dances of their cultures for a day of celebrating the richness of the pre-dawn celebration J’ouvert, at Brooklyn Central Library in Prospect Heights on Aug. 19. Comment

Trump’s assault on immigrants is wrong!

Immigration: “America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts.” -James Madison Comment

Bolt warns drug cheats

People: Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt has retired from track and field with a warning to drug cheats. Comment

UWI opens sports faculty

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron is giving kudos to the University of the West Indies (UWI) on the initiative to officially add the Faculty of Sport to its courses of studies. Comment

WIADCA launches 50th anniversary of Caribbean Carnival Week

Arts & Theater: The colors, pageantry and sound of Caribbean Carnival were fully on display last Thursday, as the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) launched its 50th anniversary celebration of Caribbean Carnival Week in New York. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua-based regional airline LIAT plans to introduce an airport passenger facilitation fee for international flights from the Eugene F Correia International Airport from next month. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Trinidadian Red Devil, a marauding Guyanese tiger, flouncing Bermudians, and Barbadian stilt walkers were among the 1,500 artists and performers who pranced and danced their way from Queen’s Park to Kensington Oval Sunday to declare open the 13th Caribbean Festival of Creative Arts. Comment

New tool analyses ‘climate-smart agriculture’

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Aug 14, 2017 (IPS) — A Trinidadian scientist has developed a mechanism for determining the degree of climate-smart agriculture (CSA) compliance with respect to projects, processes and products. Comment
Arts & Theater: Stephen, the son of Robert Nesta and Rita Marley is scheduled to make an appearance on the inaugural evening of the 50th anniversary celebration of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s annual five-day tribute to Caribbean culture by adding to the line-up of “Reggae Unda Di Stars” with acceptance of a posthumous special tribute to his famous father. Comments (1)

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bushwick (Unrated) Harrowing tale of survival, set after a bloody riot breaks out on the streets of Brooklyn, about a young woman’s (Brittany Snow) attempt to get home with the help of an army veteran (Dave Bautista). Cast includes Jeff Lima, Paco Lozano and Christian Navarro. Comment
Movies: World-class bodyguard Michael Bryce’s (Ryan Reynolds) services were in great demand when a Japanese tycoon (Tsuwayuki Saotome) was executed on his watch. That botched operation ruined not only his professional reputation but his romantic relationship with Interpol agent Amelia (Elodie Yung). Comment

Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad — a Guyanese hero in America

Guyana: Guyanese-born, Deputy Inspector Deodat Urprasad is soft spoken, but his presence in the New York City Police Department is a powerful reminder that it does not matter where you come from, your contribution could leave an indelible mark in the lives you touch every day. Comment

Eugene discusses TPS refugee crisis with Canadian officials

Haiti: Haitian-born legislator Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he has met with immigration officials in Montreal, Canada to learn more about the plight of Haitian refugees with expiring Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who are seeking asylum in Canada. Comment

Newsreporter Godfrey Wray, Mighty Sparrow for GCA Award

Guyana: Legendary Guyanese newspaperman Godfrey Wray, who returned to the Guyana Chronicle newsroom after an absence for many years, and Trinidad & Tobago’s Dr. Slinger Francisco — The Mighty Sparrow, will be presented with the Guyana Cultural Association Award (GCA) at the organization’s Annual Awards Ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall, on Aug. 30 at 5:30 pm. Comment

Bolt invited to serve as special ambassador for major conference

Jamaica: The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) says legendary Jamaican Olympic star, Usain Bolt, has been invited to serve as a Special Ambassador for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Comment

Haitian jailed in stolen identity refund fraud scheme

Haiti: The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Haitian national residing in Miami-Dade County in Florida has been sentenced to 70 months in prison for his role in a stolen identity refund fraud scheme. Comment

Tropical Storm Harvey drenches Windward Islands

St Vincent: Tropical Storm Harvey is beginning to bring rain to the Windward Islands, and may pose a threat early next week in parts of Central America’s Caribbean coast, according to reports. Comment
Venezuela: Tribal village leaders in districts near Venezuela this week asked authorities to set up a military or police outpost in the area to deal with hungry Venezuelan soldiers crossing into Guyana and robbing residents of food in the midst of that country’s dire political and economic situation. Comment

Triple tropical threat looms in the Caribbean

Environment: The Philadelphia-based AccuWeather News Service says two of three budding tropical systems in the Atlantic will approach the Caribbean, Central America and the United States in the coming days. Comment

Carican Costumes tells ‘Little History of Carnival’

Arts & Theater: Trinidadian mas designer and producer Pat Nurse will be taking her costume-designing workshops a little further by telling a “Little History of Carnival” in this year’s production for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Rhythm International catches ‘5 Elements’

Arts & Theater: With over 20 years of producing mas, Trinidadian Anton Reynolds says his mas band, Rhythm Catcher International, catches “5 Elements” for Labor Day. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: A Jamaican opposition legislator this week shone light on an issue many in the Caribbean often think about the presence of super rich Chinese investors, some backed by their government back in Beijing, others flush with cash from the private sector, albeit of sometimes dubious origin. Comment
National: Caribbean American legislators in Brooklyn on Sunday vehemently denounced the hate and violence that engulfed the City of Charlottesville, Va. the day before when white nationalists and counter-protesters clashed in what has been described as one of the bloodiest fights to date over the removal of Confederate monuments across the Southern United States. Comment

Haitians risk arrest in Canada for a better life

Haiti: While United States President Donald J. Trump is clamping down on illegal immigration, thousands of Haitians with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the United States are rushing to the border crossing in Champlain, upstate New York, willing to face arrest in their pursuit of a better life, according to reports here. Comment

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un need to find a diplomatic off-ramp

Viewpoints: Daryl G. Kimball is executive director of the Washington-based Arms Control Association WASHINGTON DC, Aug 9 2017 (IPS) - Just six months into the administration of President Donald Trump, the war of words and nuclear threats between the United States and North Korea have escalated, and a peaceful resolution to the escalating crisis is more difficult than ever to achieve. Comment
Arts & Theater: Claiming that “Caribbean Sickness” is too prevalent, Trinidadian Kenneth Antoine says that it is befitting that he so names this year’s Labor Day production. Comment

Barbados Crop Over not so usual

Arts & Theater: Barbados wrapped up another Crop Over festival with organisers beaming at the success to which the island has become accustomed, but what people are now left to grapple with is one souring incident of gun violence and death. Comment

Stand up and condemn racism and discrimination in America!

Viewpoints: We stand in solidarity with the victims of the recent tragedy in Virginia, and all right-thinking Americans who have condemned it. Whenever, and wherever hate and bigotry rear their ugly heads, we have a basic obligation to unite as communities and organize against the perpetrators. We cannot allow neo-Nazis, white supremacists and their allies, or any hate mongering group whatsoever to bully, harass, and intimidate us into thinking that their putrid racial, religious, and ethnic intolerance are legitimate. Comment

Windies’ new head coach

Cricket West Indies (CWI) has named South African Ryan Maron as the new head coach of the West Indies men’s team. He will also assume special responsibilities for fielding. Comment

PUMA offers job to Bolt

Jamaica: PUMA has offered Jamaica’s sprint superstar Usain Bolt a post to head its Caribbean business once he retires from athletics. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago men’s 4x400-metre relay team captured gold in the final event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London, England on Sunday evening. Comment

Raise the bar: Brian Lara

Trinidad and Tobago: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has urged the current crop of West Indies batsmen to keep raising the bar if they want to be among the top batsmen in international cricket. Comment

A boy and his dragon

Books: You didn’t do it. Whatever it was, it wasn’t your fault. You didn’t do it — you weren’t even around when it happened. You don’t know who to blame. Maybe it was your dog, your mom, or maybe, as in the new book by Dorothea Taylor, illustrated by Charly Palmer, “There’s a Dragon in My Closet.” Comment
Manhattan: It’s a round-the-clock place for doggies. A Harlem entrepreneur is opening upper Manhattan’s first and only 24-hour dog care facility on Aug. 26. The owner of the soon to be state of the art dog space, Melissa Mitchner, decided to reopen her pet grooming store “The Bark Shoppe,” as an all day care spot for local pet owners and provide a service that is rare to find in upper Manhattan. Comments (1)
Guyana: Elevating the math skills of students, one summer session at a time, Queens College Alumni Association New York, completed its second QC Math Institute for more than 40 students from six schools, to help the youth develop their adeptness towards STEM accomplishment. Comment

Marcus Garvey’s 130th birthday commemorates ‘One Aim One Destiny…’ philosophy

Jamaica: Organizers of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association announced that on Aug. 17 they plan to launch the 50th anniversary of Caribbean Carnival Week by making three big announcements. Comments (1)

Usain our champion forever: Jamaica sports minister

Jamaica: Olivia Grange, Jamaica’s minister of culture, gender, entertainment and sport was swift and decisive about responding to an apology Usain Bolt, the island’s star sprinter made following his ill-fated, final race at the IAAF World Championships in London last Saturday. Comment
Guyana: BARTICA, Guyana, Aug. 3, 2017 (IPS) — At the head of Guyana’s Essequibo River, 50 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, you will find the town of Bartica. Considered the gateway to Guyana’s interior, the town has a population of about 15,000 and is the launching point for people who work in the forests mining gold and diamonds. Comment
Movies: “Annabelle: Creation” is the fourth film in a horror franchise that previously featured The Conjuring 1 and 2 as well as Annabelle. Because this prequel is set in 1952, well before the events which transpired in the others, one need not be familiar with those pictures to thoroughly enjoy this one, provided you like having the bejesus scared out of you. Comment
Brooklyn: Lone advocate, Dorothy Lee, a Canarsie resident stood outside of the Rockaway Parkway Subway Station in Brooklyn, last Friday, Aug. 11, calling out to commuters to add their signatures to a petition, demanding City Council start a ferry service from the Canarsie Pier, with stops at Coney Island before docking passengers at Wall Street in Manhattan. Comment

Funds for infrastructural development in Belize

Belize: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it is providing a total US$800,000 through technical cooperation grants of US$400,000 each for the Strategic Program for Infrastructure Development and the Strategic Program for Integration Development for Mesoamerican Project member nations, including Belize. Comment

Actor Alejandro Santoni tapped in new television projects

Arts & Theater: He’s riding the main stage. Puerto-Rican American actor Alejandro Santoni came to New York almost a decade ago to pursue his acting career. He was met with some early struggles, but now the actor is on his way to create an even bigger name for himself and is celebrating his three new roles on television and in film, including popular city-based web series and Emmy Award winning show, “We Are New York.” Comment
Brooklyn: Tackling the culture of carnival. The Brooklyn Museum and the Caribbean cultural center Caribbeing, are teaming up to address the autonomy of women in carnival at a roundtable discussion on Aug. 17. Comment

Steel band prep for annual competition

Music: It’s the battle of the pans. The annual Steel Band Panorama competition returns on Sept. 2 gathering bands from all over the tri-state region in Brooklyn, for a musical match to crown one band as the best. About a dozen groups come to the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum to compete for title the best steel band in town, and many of the top groups are prepared to push for that gold star. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Regional airline LIAT has got its first woman chief executive officer (CEO). Julie Reifer-Jones, had been acting in the position after David Evans resigned last year. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans received a heavy dose of reality when Rev. Audley Donaldson took the pulpit to deliver a sermon at Riverside Church where a thanksgiving celebration commemorated the 55th anniversary of the island’s independence. Comment
Arts & Theater: Eleven masquerade bands, more than 10,000 costumed revelers, thousands of other revelers and over a million people converged on Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard last Saturday for the city’s 50th grand Caribbean carnival. Comment
Guyana: Briar Place in Far Rockaway, Queens, is now Detective Randolph Holder Way, after an Aug. 4 ceremony paid tribute to the fallen Guyanese-born NYPD detective who was gunned down in the line of duty in Harlem, New York two years ago. Comment

Messiah International Mas is ‘Bejeweled’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: With its focus on the Roman Empire’s relationship with “certain gemstones,” the Brooklyn-based Messiah International Mas Band will be “Bejeweled” in this year’s Labor Day production. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Crown Heights (R for profanity, sexuality, nudity and violence) Miscarriage of justic drama recounting the real-life ordeal of Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) who was sentenced to life in 1980 for a murder he didn’t commit. With Nnamdi Asomugha, Bill Camp and Yil Vazquez. Comment

NY law enforcement officials want feds to stop raids in state courts

New York: Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman have called for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to stop conducting raids on undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants in New York State courts. Comments (1)


Jamaica: Encouraged by Guyana’s massive oil and gas find in the past two years, several Caribbean Community countries — not the least of them being Jamaica — are beginning to aggressively invite foreign companies to explore for hydrocarbons, confident that these mostly small island nations are sitting in unexplored basin not too far from Venezuela that is bound to contain commercial quantities. Comments (1)
Jamaica: Many Jamaicans across the globe engaged themselves in some aspects of the Jamaican cultural experiences last weekend. The patriots mounted flags in homes, wore costumes and jewelry in the colors of the Jamaican flag, they also participated in award ceremonies, attend church services and other cultural extravaganza. Comment

Indo-Guyanese missing from Diaspora conference

The Editor: The Guyana’s Diaspora Engagement Conference was held from July 23-26, 2017. It was held at The Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel and was organised by The University of Guyana (UG). Comments (1)


Arts & Theater: They’re making their big apple debut. The Dominican National Company of Contemporary Dance is going to perform their first New York performance at the Battery Dance Festival on Aug. 14 and 16. Comment

New festival to debut in Queens

Music: Uniting together for a musical cause. A new festival is trying to bring the diverse communities of Queens together for a day of music. The inaugural ECIPS Music Festival will debut at Roy Wilkins Park on Aug. 20, showcasing a lineup of artists from varying genres and cultures. It will be the first time that the park — long considered a stronghold of Caribbean-centric events — will feature a multi-genre concert to including the once barred genre of hip-hop. The addition of it to the event will attract music fans that were never catered to the parks many concert, said organizers. Comment

Medgar Evers college races to raise money and awareness

Brooklyn: Come run, come all. A Crown Heights senior college is hosting its first ever race on Aug. 19. Medgar Evers college is going to have a 5K race to help raise health awareness in the neighborhood and support the school’s scholarship fund. Comment

Roston Chase wins four cricket awards

Sports: Rising West Indies middle-order batsman Roston Chase copped four awards,including the prestigious Men’s Cricketer of the Year award at the 2016 / 2017 Cricket West Indies / West Indies Players Association award ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus recently. Comment

Windies to host Sri Lanka

Sports: West Indies A team will host their Sri Lanka and English counterparts for “Test” and One-Day International (ODI) series in a six-month period starting in October. Comment

Trini breaks jevelin record

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago’s Akeem Stewart broke his own world record, winning gold in the men’s javelin event at the recent London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships. Comment

Trinidad Under-17 champ

Sports: Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 cricket team has retained its Cricket West Indies (CWI) Regional title with a tally of 19.8 points. Comment

Skimpiness on Kadooment

Skimpiness on Kadooment

Arts & Theater: A first timer pranced away with the top design prizes in Grand Kadooment Monday when thousands of Barbadians thronged the streets to jump and dance in brightly coloured large and really tiny costumes in the culmination of Crop Over. Comment

Brooklyn DA race aims for historic firsts

People: Less than a year since the passing of Ken Thompson, the first elected Black district attorney in Brooklyn, voters in the borough could decide another historic precedence by electing one of three unprecedented contenders for the prominent position of authority. Comments (1)

Go Untamed! for J’ouvert 2017

Arts & Theater: After an excitingly successful band launch last month, Roy Pierre & Associates, 16-time J’ouvert winners, the carnival group that in 2016 brought you the revolutionary production “Havana Nights,” is this year inviting revellers to be part of “UNTAMED!,” an irreverent, unconventional presentation for J’ouvert 2017. Comment


Sports: LONDON (AP) — One final time, Usain Bolt peered down the last 50 meters of his lane and saw sprinter upon sprinter running footsteps ahead of him. One final time, the Comment
Movies: Laurie Chambers (Katheryn Winnick) is understandably worried about her 11-year-old son’s recurrent nightmares. After all, Jake’s (Tom Taylor) becoming increasingly convinced of Earth’s imminent demise. Comment

Ready for a ‘Rhythm and Rhyme’ education

Arts & Theater: Piggybacking on last year’s “Jump for Education” by the Brooklyn-based Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers, Mas Productions Unlimited will this year present during the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, “Education in Rhythm and Rhyme,” inspired by its sponsor, Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Good Time (R for violence, drug use, sexuality and pervasive profanity) NYC crime drama revolving around a mobster’s (Robert Parkinson) efforts to spring his brother (Ben Safdie) from jail after a botched bank robbery. With Buddy Duress, Barkhad (I’m the Captain, now!”) Abdi and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Comment

A web and a prayer

A web and a prayer

Music: He won it in 2013, and 2014 and this year Ian Webster entered the stage with an entourage of angels, began to ‘Pray for the Souls’ and the divine message of this second song again earned him Barbados’ 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop title. Comment

Privy Council dismisses convicted murderers’ appeal

Trinidad and Tobago: The London-based Privy Council has dismissed an appeal from a group of 10 convicted murderers in Trinidad and Tobago, who were challenging a decision to commute their mandatory death sentences to terms of life imprisonment and 75 years in jail. Comment

An introduction to other cultures for kids

Books: This morning, you woke up to a big day. Like most days, you’ll eat breakfast and get ready to leave the house. Every hour is then packed with fun and excitement before you go to sleep in a comfortable bed tonight. Do kids like you live like that in other countries? In “This is How We Do It” by Matt Lamothe, you’ll see. Comment

Link emancipation to indentureship and reparations

Viewpoints: Every year since 1985, the emancipation of enslaved Africans is celebrated in Trinidad and Tobago on August 1st which has been declared a national holiday. Comment

The Raise Act will lower America!

Immigration: “Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” ―President Franklin D. Roosevelt Comment

Trinidad workers protest govt’s retrenchment plan

Trinidad and Tobago: More than 30,000 members, representing eight trade unions took to the streets of Port of Spain, Trinidad last Friday demanding to meet with Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley to discuss several issues, including putting a halt to mass retrenchment currently taking place throughout the public service. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: The United Nations has warned the spread of an HIV strain which is resistant to some of the most widely used medicines. Comment

US expresses concern over ISIS recruits from T&T

Trinidad and Tobago: While there were no known indigenous or foreign terrorist groups operating in Trinidad and Tobago, the United States says the twin-island republic had the highest per capita rate of ISIS recruitment in the Western Hemisphere in 2016 and that the return of these terrorist fighters is of “great concern” to Washington. Comment

Free Kids Sports & Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park

Brooklyn: The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) and SHIELD Cleaning Company, in collaboration with Vybz Up Radio HD and One Destiny Labor Day Mas Camp, invite the public to their annual free Kids Sports & Family Fun Day on Aug. 12, at Canarsie Park (Seaview Avenue & E87th St.), Brooklyn. Comment

Tourism’s key to foster trade for the Caribbean: New UN-backed report

Travel: A United Nations-backed report has stressed the need for greater recognition of tourism as a key service export in order to attract technical assistance to the sector in least developed countries (LDCs), including the Caribbean. Comment
Guyana: Brooklyn-based Menes DeGroit excited thousands of mainly young Afro-Guyanese with his rhythmic drumming to pay homage to the ancestors, during a powerful Emancipation Day Festival at Guyana’s National Park, where the colorfully African dressed nationals enjoyed folk culture, creole food, and fellowship on Aug. 1. Comment

Boom Mas again ‘Escape(s) to Rio’

Arts & Theater: While last year’s Summer Olympics have come and gone in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, Brooklyn’s Boom Mas, LLC is again “Escap(ing) to Rio” for carnival. Comment

American Airlines passengers hurt enroute to Trinidad

Trinidad and Tobago: Some 30 passengers were hurt when an American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida, USA, to Trinidad experienced severe turbulence. Only one passenger was warded at hospital with head and back injuries, while the others were treated for minor injuries and sent home. Comment

Free Wingate Concert Series begins Monday

Music: In response to the significant interest in maintaining and expanding the range of free summer entertainment opportunities in Brooklyn, Borough President Eric Adams says the Wingate Concert Series, at Wingate Park in East Flatbush, will begin on Monday, Aug. 7. Comment


Caribbean: Stepping up the pressure on European governments to make them pay for their participation in the transatlantic slave trade, Caribbean governments have decided to include Norway and Sweden among the list of countries which must compensate the descendants of Africans who were forced to work for free on plantations throughout the region officials documents have indicated. Comment

Barbados gov’t concedes but protesters cautious

Barbados: In the first sign of a positive response to a protest demanding tax changes the Barbados government has brought forward by one week a previously planned meeting with trades unions and the private sector, but protesters remain cautious. Comment

Jamaica’s tourism industry earns $1.46 billion

Jamaica: Jamaica’s tourism industry has earned US$1.46 billion during the first six months of 2017 to record an impressive 7.5 percent increase over the corresponding period in 2016. Comment

The masters dominate Soca Royale

Music: Veterans ruled the finals in last Sunday’s Barbados Soca Royale as Lil Rick romped home with his sixth Party Monarch delivering his lively piece ‘Energy’, and Red Plastic Bag brought waves to the Bush Park crowd to take the Soca Monarch for the second time with ‘Boat Ride’. Comment

Cricketers amnesty

Sports: The Caribbean’s stars may return to international cricket after Cricket West Indies (CWI) announced a temporary player amnesty, the first step towards removing the contentious eligibility rule. Comment

Taylor loses top rank

Sports: West Indies Women captain Stafanie Taylor has lost her top position in the ICC Cricket recent rankings. Comment

Bravo, Cameron apologize to each other

Sports: West Indies senior batsman Darren Bravo has apologized to the President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Dave Cameron for his offensive remark he tweeted about him. Comment

Jamerican ‘Dreamgirl’ dedicates ‘One Night Only’ to AIDS

Jamaica: Jamerican actress Sheryl Lee Ralph could be spending her time tweeting and sitting pretty in the White House if she wanted. Comment

‘Aloha’ from Greenz United

Arts & Theater: After most masqueraders participate in the preceding Grenada Carnival, with “Spice and everything that’s nice,” Greenz United will be greeting them with “Aloha” on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

ECIPS to hosts first International Music Festival

ECIPS International Music Festival in association with Arise Hospitality Solutions presents the first, preeminent, multi-genre, multi- cultural, family festival for Summer 2017, inside Roy Wilkins Park on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017. Comment
Movies: Detroit’s ‘67 riots broke out in the wee hours of July 23; in the wake of a police raid on an unlicensed bar where folks had been toasting a couple of vets who’d recently returned from Vietnam. Word spread like wildfire through the black community that the cops had arrested all 82 people they found inside; and it wasn’t long before mobs began looting and firebombing stores all around the ‘hood. Comment

The story of pan and underdevelopment of our nation

Trinidad and Tobago: We do not respect pan, so pan leaving Trinidad & Tobago. Comment

Jamaica’s oldest, youngest prime ministers to fete 55th here

Jamaica: One former prime minister and the current leader of Jamaica are expected to add to the alluring annual celebration of the island’s independence on Aug. 25 when diasporans and friends mark the 55th years of self rule. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Armed Response (R for graphic violence, profanity and grisly images) Supernatural thriller about a special forces team’s investigation of the mysterious slaughter of the entire staff at a black ops facility. Co-starring Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche and Gene Simmons. Comment

J’Ouvert moves to daylight hours

New York’s Caribbean J’Ouvert festival has been moved from pre-dawn hours to daylight hours just before the massive West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway gets underway, organizers say. Comment

Antigua, St. Kitts join OAS initiative of Small Business Development Centers

St Kitts and Nevis: The governments of Antigua and Barbuda and St. Kitts and Nevis have signed a memorandum of understanding with the Organization of Americans States (OAS) for the implementation of a project for the development of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) model in their respective countries. Comment
Haiti: SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The Dominican Republic on Tuesday granted a one-year extension to some 230,000 Haitian migrants trying to renew or obtain residency permits, an issue that has soured relations between the neighboring countries. Comment

Two weekends non-stop Crop Over partying

Arts & Theater: Thanks to the peculiarity of the 2017 calendar Barbadians are enjoying an extended Crop Over season that promises two weekends of musical competitions coupled with intense partying whereas there is usually one weekend of mass revelry. Comment

Caribbean faces challenges in funding sustainable development: UN report

Caribbean: A new United Nations report says lack of funding is among the biggest challenges for the world’s 47 least developed countries (LDCs), including some in the Caribbean, in their implementation of the UN’s sustainable development targets. Comment
People: United States congressional representatives Grace Meng (D-Queens), Nydia Velázquez (D-Brooklyn / Manhattan / Queens) and Yvette Clarke (D-Brooklyn) on Thursday, July 20 met with and congratulated female students from Afghanistan who overcame overwhelming obstacles to win a silver medal at Tuesday’s international robotics competition in Washington, D.C. Comment


Music: It’s bigger than the jerk. Thousands attended the seventh annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens on July 23. The cultural gathering celebrating Jamaican culture is a staple of the borough for that many guests arrived before the noon event started, said the host of the festival and cook-off judge. Comment

Tourism is key to foster trade for the Caribbean: New UN-backed report

Travel: A United Nations-backed report has stressed the need for greater recognition of tourism as a key service export in order to attract technical assistance to the sector in least developed countries (LDCs), including the Caribbean. Comment

Jamaica PM to be guest of honor at independence gala

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Ministry of Tourism says Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be the guest of honor at “a prestigious Grand Independence Gala” next month in New York, marking the country’s 55th independence anniversary. Comment

Brooklyn group celebrates JA, T&T independence anniversaries

Trinidad and Tobago: The Brooklyn-based Progressive Democrats Political Association (PDPA) says it will be celebrating the 55th independence anniversaries of Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago with its annual dinner cruise on Aug. 13. Comment
The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Belize to the hemispheric body, Daniel Gutierrez, has presented his credentials to the Secretary General, Luis Almagro. Comment

Antigua’s panorama named ACB – George ‘Nugget’ Joseph Panorama Competition

Music: In recognition of the outstanding contribution to the development of the steelpan movement in Antigua and Barbuda, the Antigua & Barbuda Festivals Commission and the Antigua & Barbuda Pan Association have tagged The 2017 edition of the National Panorama Competition as the ACB – George “Nugget” Joseph Panorama Competition. Comment

Author writes about his passion for law enforcement

Books: Your life is entirely wrapped up in your job. You never aimed for that to happen, but it’s okay: what you do for a living has become your passion and therefore, you do it well. Life and work balance for you, but in the new book “Called to Rise” by David O. Brown (with Michelle Burford), you’ll see the balance tip. Comment

Bajan distress at investment citizenship

Barbados: The recent arrival in Barbados of two persons who exercised their CARICOM rights to a prolonged stay on the island, obtained through a member state’s Citizenship by Investment programme has Prime Minister Freundel Stuart uneasy. Comment


Guyana: Just when authorities thought that they were beginning to get the situation under some measure of control, the nation of Guyana woke up on Monday only to be told that a grand total of 13 more prisoners had escaped from the clutches of the state bringing the total of inmates on the lam to 17 for the month of July alone. Comment
Barbados: The government of Barbados appears to be softening its stance and opening the door for early talks with unions and the private sector following a protest march by those groups demanding a tax reduction or repeal. Comment
Guyana: STEMGuyana received a resounding welcome from First Lady Sandra Granger, when they arrived at Cheddi Jagan International Airport, on July 19, after successfully placing 10th at First Global Challenge - a robotics event held in Washington D.C., last week. Comment

Mandela Day 2017 inspires volunteerism

People: “It is time for the next generations to continue our struggle against social injustice and for the rights of humanity. It is in your hands.” – Nelson Mandela Comments (1)
Jamaica: Jamaica is on the verge of celebrating its 55th year of political independence, and to help culminate this milestone for the nation the Jamaica Diaspora are holding its Biennial Conference in Jamaica. The Diaspora group merged at this time also to use the opportunity to show and provide continued collaboration to Jamaica for its growth and development. Comment

Eugene seeks support for mother of TPS beneficiary who committed suicide

Haiti: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene says he is seeking support for the mother of a Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiary who took his own life on June 11. Comments (1)

Vincentians raise funds for Brooklyn church

St Vincent: Vincentian members of St. Alban’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church continue to rally in raising much-needed funds for the predominantly Caribbean church in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Comment

Haiti, Dominican Republic face off in bodybuilding showdown

Haiti: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The muscles glistened as bodybuilders from Haiti and the Dominican Republic flexed and strutted onstage in the first such showdown between the neighboring countries whose relations are often tense. Comment


Sports: PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ After Kemar Lawrence ripped an exquisite shot over Mexico’s five-man wall and into the top corner for one of the biggest goals in Jamaican soccer history, the defender hushed his teammates and refused to celebrate. Comment

Kemar Roach returns to Tests

Sports: Veteran fast bowler Kemar Roach and uncapped Barbadians Kyle Hope and Raymon Reifer have been named in the 15-man West Indies squad to tour England for three Tests starting next month. Comment
Guyana: Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith, used the words of a Guyanese folk song which translates: “if you didn’t come you wouldn’t know”— to encourage Guyanese at home and abroad, to rediscover their homeland, and make use of the opportunities available to them, during his welcome on Sunday, July 23, to unveil the historic Diaspora Engagement Conference at the Ramada Georgetown Princess. Comment

Oppose the anti-immigrant legislation and rhetoric

Immigration: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” Mahatma Gandhi Comment

England defeats West Indies

Sports: West Indies Women cricketers ended their disappointing ICC World Cup campaign when they crashed to a 92-run defeat to hosts England in their final match on Sunday, July 16 at Bristol. Comment

University of Guyana to host Diaspora Engagement Conference

Guyana: President David Granger will deliver the keynote address to declare the opening of the First University of Guyana Diaspora Engagement Conference, on Monday, July 24, at the Ramada Georgetown Princess Hotel, in Providence, Guyana, where the week-long forum will aim to rebuild and re-band the university. Comment

What a jerk! Carribbean food fest celebrates all the islands

Food: Curry on down to Canarsie! A new food festival in Canarsie aims to showcase the wide variety of Caribbean cuisine, featuring culinary favorites from more than a dozen different islands. The organizer of the New York City Caribbean Food Festival, happening on July 15 at PacPlex, said that she wants the event to do away with stereotypes and preconceived notions of what the region’s cuisine is like. Comment

Hat tricks: Seniors design extravagant hats

Arts & Theater: These elders got style. About a dozen seniors showed off their elaborate hat designs at the Jonkuunu Hattitude Masquerade Show at the Ozone Senior Center on June 29. The old timers first learn about the extravagant Jamaican Christmas custom called Jonkunnu, and literally pull skills out of their hats to create intricately designed lids, which they were thrilled to model, said the organizer of the event. Comment
Music: Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate the end of Caribbean Heritage Month at Brooklyn Borough Hall on June 29. The indoor and outdoor festival turned the building’s vestibule and Columbus Park Plaza into a hub honoring Caribbean culture for a day-long event, featuring segments of island cuisine, a symposium and musical concert. Comment
Guyana: The diplomat corps bid a fond farewell to colleague Troy F. Torrington, during a recent luncheon at the Manhattan Permanent Mission of Guyana to the UN, where Ambassador Rudolph M. Ten-Pow noted that Torrington was ending one chapter of his distinguished career thus far, to return to Georgetown to begin a new chapter as head of the Multilateral and Global Affairs Department. Comment


Music: It was a landmark celebration! VP Records festively honored legendary label Greensleeves Records with a concert celebrating their 40th anniversary at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill on June 21. The full-house concert featured reggae artists Addis Pablo, Alborosie, and Queen Ifrica, who performed several of their songs and classics, that best represented the quality of artists the British-based label produced, said a director at VP Records. Comment

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