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How to help Virgin Islands and Dominca

Dominica: The Caribbean needs your help. Comment

Senator John McCain the savior of healthcare

Viewpoints: Men make history and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better-Harry S. Truman Comment
Dominica: A United Nations disaster assessment official visiting Dominica, which was battered by Hurricane Maria, said on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017 that an estimated 60,000 to 65,000 people, or 80 percent of the total population, have been affected and that food and water are the most immediate needs. Comment
Guyana: The city’s Human Rights Commission in partnership with Medgar Evers College hosted a discussion between some of the city’s notable Caribbean-Americans at Medgar Evers College on Sept. 20. The event titled, “Honoring Our Culture, Realizing Our Rights: A Celebration of Afro-Caribbean Communities,” gathered several city agency commissioners to share their experiences as black Caribbean-Americans and their pathway to achieving their roles. Comment

Guyana prez invites expats to invest for development

Guyana: President David Granger told Guyanese at a meet and greet reception on Sept. 22, that Guyana needs ‘brains not barrels” and called on expatriates to investment in the development of their homeland, during an address at the midtown New York Princeton Club. Comment

CHTA stands with Caribbean leaders to build climate change resilience

Environment: The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) says it is backing calls by Caribbean leaders for the international community to keep the devastating impact of climate change on the global development agenda. Comment

Rosedale church celebrates diverse parish with cultural fest

Queens: A festive worship like no other! Hundreds of parishioners came out for International Homecoming day — a festive celebration of the multi-ethnic cultures at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rosedale on Sept. 16. In honor of the place of worship’s 110th anniversary year, the day was a chance for residents to learn about the church’s history, and the people of its diverse parish, said one organizer. Comments (1)


Dominica: Dominica’s embattled government Wednesday threw out a region and worldwide appeal for help after Category Five Hurricane Maria pulverized the Caribbean trade bloc nation that is wedged between the French dependencies of Guadeloupe and Martinique, killing six people and setting the country back by millions, two years to the month when Hurricane Erica had also battered the island of 72,000. Comments (1)

Celebrating Brooklyn through photography

Celebrating Brooklyn through photography

Arts & Theater: The images in the expansive gallery just behind BRIC’s lobby performance space pays tribute to its home borough with the exhibition “Brooklyn Photographs” by 11 photographers. Comment

UN $15.1 million humanitarian plan for Caribbean countries

Environment: Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres voiced his sadness at the destruction caused across the Caribbean region by Hurricane Maria stating “where many islands are already working to respond to the devastation and suffering arising from Hurricane Irma earlier this month.” Comment
Brooklyn: The mode of gentrification has gradually taken grounds in Brooklyn. These undergoing changes in the Borough have left Bedford-Stuyvesant as a community raising against its own. A neighborhood with a longstanding history of great Black arts and culture and sturdy, beautifully carved brownstones homes any potential buyer would line up to purchase, but in the midst of the waving change there are many that are left far behind. Comment

The Caribbean to get its own hub in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Visiting the Caribbean is about to get a lot easier. Local pols will designate the city’s first-ever “Little Caribbean” district on Sept. 28, officially commemorating parts of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Flatbush for their robust community of immigrants from the region. The recognition will ensure the fast-gentrifying neighborhoods retain their Caribbean history and identity, according to the woman who spearheaded the naming initiative. Comment


Movies: Haitian-American filmmaker Francesca Andre is an up and coming creator highlighting important subjects that affects various communities. Comment

Green music

Music: Taking a greener approach to music. British reggae musician Macka B’s forthcoming album “Health is Wealth,” is slated to come out next week on Sept. 29. The veteran artist’s new project will include his widely popular and viral internet song “Cucumba” — a funny pro-green tune that gained him new audiences worldwide. The artist says he always wanted to advocate healthy-eating in music to raise more consciousness. Comment


Sports: West Indies beat England in their one-off Twenty20 by 21 runs at Chester-le-Street, Durham, England last week-end. Comment

Carib cricket champs

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinbago Knight Riders (KKR) defeated the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the finals of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) to claim the title before a 15,000-strong partisan crowd at the newly opened Brian Lara Cricket Academy in South Trinidad on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2017. Comment

Cricket disharmony

Sports: West Indies batting legend Brian Lara has said that disharmony between the Cricket West Indies Board (CWI) and its players are the one cancer that has affected and destroyed West Indies cricket over the last 25 years. Comment

Windies bowler makes his mark

Sports: West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach has joined a distinguished list of bowlers with five-wicket hauls at historic Lord’s Cricket Ground, England recently. Comment

Reports say BVI’s ‘knocked down, but not knocked out’ by Irma

Environment: Jost Van Dyke, a little island in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) that draws boats from all around the globe to its powdery beaches and ebullient bar scene, has been “knocked down, but not knocked out” by the recent passage of Hurriance Irma, according to reports. Comment

Democrats plot TPS strategy as deadline looms

Haiti: A half dozen United States Democratic lawmakers have met with Haiti’s ambassador to the United States in what has been described as an intimate dinner to craft a new strategy aimed at convincing the Trump administration to extend the Temporary Protected Program (TPS) set to expire in January 2018 that allows thousands of Haitians to work and live in the United States. Comment

Exxon, Guyana look at bringing gas ashore

Guyana: US oil giant ExxonMobil and Guyanese authorities this week started two days of talks to determine whether it is feasible to run a 100 mile plus undersea pipeline bringing natural gas from its offshore wells to generate power for the Guyana Power and Light Corporation, the main state utility. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Monday announced the winner of his $1 million Smart Gun Design Competition, awarding the capital grant prize to New York University Tandon School of Engineering (NYU Tandon) on behalf of its student team Autonomous Ballistics. Comment

Trump tightens rules for visas

National: In continuing its draconian immigration policies, the Donald J. Trump’s administration in the United States is giving immigration and consular officials new grounds to deny entry to visitors from the Caribbean and other places or to deport them if they are already in the United States. Comments (1)

Bajans face increased levels of poverty

Barbados: A report on living conditions in Barbados might have given the current administration a failing grade as it showed more people falling into the poverty band during seven of the nine years that the government has been in office. Comment

Is Barbados storm ready?

Barbados: Barbadians fondly claim ‘God is a Bajan’ because the island usually escapes hurricanes with just rain and wind brushes, and this might be a godsend because recent events continue to expose it as unprepared for a major hit. Comment

US-Trinidad World Cup qualifier in Couva

Trinidad and Tobago: The United States’ final game in regional World Cup qualifying against Trinidad and Tobago will be played at 10,000-seat Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva rather than 27,000-capacity Hasely Crawford Stadium in the capital of Port-of-Spain. Comment

Bootleggers be gone: Skin and hair care line promotes health-conciousness

New Jersey: The bootleggers be gone. A New Jersey-based cosmetologist is promoting healthy living with her skincare awareness. NBI All Natural is a one-stop shop for all skin and hair needs, created by Susan Strachan. The Jamaican-born natural lifestyle enthusiast started her company in 2013 seeking an alternative solution to the oversaturation of topical remedies with unnatural ingredients, she said. Comments (2)

Kingsbrook hosts New York State Alumni Association Behavioral Health Fair

Brooklyn: Kingsbrook Medical Center, The New York State Alumni Association, New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as community providers of addiction and mental health services will present the third Annual Recovery Month Health Fair to educate the community and persons who are in recovery to learn about the intersect of behavioral health and primary care. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance (CCRIF) will pay US$15.6 million to the governments of Antigua and Barbuda; Anguilla; and St. Kitts and Nevis for damage caused by hurricane Irma under tropical cyclone policies the islands hold with the facility. Comment

CARICOM Consular Corps mobilize hurricane relief

St Vincent: As Hurricane Maria bears down on the Caribbean for what is reported to be another damaging hurricane, some members of the CARICOM Consular Corps on Sunday, Sept. 17, mobilized the community to aid citizens devastated by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean region, by collecting canned goods, clothing, baby diapers and toiletries, that will be shipped immediately through the Caribbean Disaster Relief Agency, said Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly. Comments (1)
Grenada: The Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF) is hoping that a recent donation of policing equipment by Grenadian officers in the New York City Police Department (NYPD) will be a starting point in forging closer ties with Grenadian law enforcement officers in the Diaspora. Comment

Panamanians to mark independence with parade

People: Panamanians from both the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean regions of the isthmus are preparing for the 114th anniversary of their separation from Colombia with a commemorative festivity of the Nov. 3, 1903 independence by hosting a flag-raising ceremony, parade and festival. Comment

Fisheries in Africa, the Caribbean and Pacific – Immense opportunities, critical challenges

Africa: Viwanou Gnassounou is ACP assistant secretary general for Sustainable Economic Development & Trade BRUXELLES, Sept. 13, 2017 (IPS) - Fish is big business. The latest figures show that more than 165 million tonnes of fish are either captured or harvested in a year, with each person consuming more than 20kg of fish annually, according to the world average. Roughly US$140 billion worth of fish is traded globally per annum, with millions of people relying on jobs in fishing and fish-farming, not to mention the seafood industry which involves processing, transport, retail and restaurants. Comment

Basketball stats: There’s an app for that

Brooklyn: It’s a slam dunk app! A pair of Brooklyn brothers have created a platform that collects and archives basketball statistics for the sport’s data enthusiasts. East Flatbush siblings and basketball players, Nigel and Vaughn Caldon, innovated the idea for Ballstar — an online medium that documents all basketball figures from the NBA to even local school teams. Inspiration for the application spawned from conversions the two would hear at sidecourt neighborhood games, said Nigel Caldon. Comment

Jamaica’s Chef Andre cooks up cuisine at demonstration

Food: A group of foodies gathered around Food Network’s Chopped Champion, Chef Andre Fowles, as he showed off his cuisine skills during a demonstration on how to prepare three dishes with sauces from Grace Foods, during a recent exclusive tasting event at the Midtown Manhattan offices of Finn Partners. Comment

Masked 9/11 hero memorialized in inspirational biopic

Movies: “Man in Red Bandana” Comment

CTO launches relief fund to assist with hurricane aid efforts

Caribbean: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has activated its “CTO Relief Fund” through GoFundMe to help families and countries rebuild after hurricanes, particularly in the wake of the massive category 5 Hurricane Irma, which has impacted several member countries. Comment

Black men’s love for Indian, mixed & white women

Movies: An African male is in love with an Indian female. At the T&T Film Festival, this is the theme of two well-publicised local feature films being screened: Green Days by the River and Moko Jumbie, and perhaps the lesser-known Back to Freeport. These films come hot on the heels of another recently-screened local film entitled Bazoodee with the same theme. Comment

Federal judge urges Trump to push back DACA deadline

National: United States federal judge in Brooklyn on Thursday urged the Trump administration to extend its deadline for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants to apply to stay in the US under a program by former President Barack Obama that Trump recently announced that he was rescinding. Comment
Health: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said its experts are supporting efforts to restore health services in Caribbean islands most affected by Hurricane Irma. Comment

Guyana starts consular services on Saturday, Sept. 16

Guyana: In an effort to bring competent, and complete service to the Guyanese diaspora, the Guyana consulate will start services every second Saturday of every quarter during the year, begining Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 from 10 am – 2 pm. Dec. 16, 2017 will be the last for this year, before the 2018 schedule. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Battle of the Sexes (PG-13 for sexuality and partial nudity) Tennis docudrama recreating the 1973 match between reigning champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and 55 year-old hustler Bobby Riggs, a trash-talking misogynist who created a media circus by boasting he could beat the best female player in the world. With Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue and Bill Pullman. Comment

St. Kitts is open for business after Hurricane Irma

St Kitts and Nevis: “Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has kept St. Kitts and Nevis in thoughts and prayers while we awaited the passage of the storm,” were the sentiments expressed by Minister of Tourism, International Trade, Industry and Commerce Lindsay F.P. Grant, who added, “while we are beginning to resume normal operations, please join me in continuing to send thoughts and prayers to those who have been more seriously impacted.” Comment

Antiguan envoy meets emergency agencies

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States (OAS), Sir Ronald Sanders, on Wednesday met in Washington, D.C. with the Inter-American Emergency Aid Committee and representatives of major countries to discuss the devastating impact on Barbuda by the recent passage of Hurricane Irma. Comment

Two more defendants in Jamaican lottery scam reach plea deals

Jamaica: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Two more defendants have reached plea agreements with U.S. prosecutors in a Jamaican lottery scam that authorities say bilked mostly elderly Americans out of millions of dollars. Comment

Vincentian cultural group honors icon

Music: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) on Saturday honored the cultural figure whose songs it has been using during its cultural performances in the past 14 years. Comment
Sports: NEW YORK (AP) — Sloane Stephens’ remarkably rapid rise from a ranking of 957th in early August to U.S. Open champion on Saturday began with the slow work of coming back from surgery on her left foot. Comment

Caribbean female superhero saves her community

Movies: A new feature film following a Caribbean female superhero in the future is debuting at the Urban World Film Festival on Sept. 23. “Brown Girl Begins” is a fantasy set in the year 2049 in a dystopian Toronto, and follows Ti-Jeanne, a young teen living in the alternate world faced with the task of saving her community from evil people. Comment

CARICOM setting up donors conference

Grenada: Caribbean Community governments were this week preparing to organize a major international conference of donors to help raise billions to rebuild member and associates states ravaged by Hurricane Irma and for those still being threatened by Jose which is expected to become a full-fledged storm in the coming days. Comment
People: Sixteen years have passed since the catastrophic attack on Sept. 11. Many pledged during that time to “never forget” the horror. To honor that commitment, the Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams hosted a memorial service at Borough Hall on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2017 to stand with the relatives of some of the victims and to remind the community of the indirect effects that still haunt some first responders and the community at large since the fateful day. Comment

Barbados chief justice snipes at CCJ

Barbados: Responding to a scolding from the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) about delays in trials in Barbados, the island’s Chief Justice Sir Marston Gibson has snapped back telling the CCJ to get its own house in order first. Comment


Music: Flushing Town Hall has launched its fall season with something for everybody and for all ages. Latin roots and Cuban rhythms (Sept. 22), Garifuna music from Belize, Honduras and Guatemala (Oct. 6), Afro-Venezuelan rhythms and dance (Oct. 21), Mexican folk dances (Dec. 3), and rhythms and dance movements from the Ivory Coast (Dec. 9) are on the schedule of the Flushing Town Hall fall lineup. Comment
Immigration: The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), was introduced by President Obama in 2012 and brought hope and structure to the lives of 800,000 young people to date with the opportunity to live, work, drive, and participate openly in society without fear of apprehension and deportation from America-the only country they call home. It gave these “Dreamers” a chance to live the American dream. Comment

CACNY honors Caribbean -American role models

Brooklyn: A celebration of the community’s distinct. The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) honored 10 Caribbean Americans at their annual 2017 Role Models of Distinction Awards and Scholarship Benefit Gala at Grand Prospect Hall on Sept. 8. Comment

Lyrikal to headline benefit concert for Hurricane Irma victims

Music: Using their talents to help those in need. Caribbean musical artists Lyrikal and Kerwin Dubois will be performing at a Hurricane Irma benefit concert to help victims of the devastating cyclone in Queens on Sept. 17. Comment

A taste of the tropics: Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery serves island-inspired flavors

Food: Savor the Caribbean, one scoop at a time! A recently opened Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery is churning out colorful homemade blends fused with popular Caribbean flavors that offer sweet-toothed patrons a taste of its owners’ heritage. Comment

Alternatives to Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals progarm

Immigration: On Sept. 5, 2017, President Trump’s administration announced the end of Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides a level of amnesty to certain undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children. Comment
Haiti: Two popular Caribbean incumbents were victorious Tuesday in New York City Democratic Primary Elections. Haitian Dr. Mathieu Eugene, who represents the 40th Council District in Brooklyn, and Jumaane Williams, the son of Grenadian immigrants, representative for the adjacent 45th Council District in Brooklyn, were re-elected in the low-voter turn-out. Comment
Environment: Caribbean nationals are facing a very long and hard road to recover from the destruction wrought by Hurricane Irma. Reports indicate that Irma, a Category 5 storm, Irma killed at least 24 people across the region — estimates range from 24 to 28 dead — devastated housing, power supplies and communications, leaving some small islands almost cut off from the world. Comment

Caribbean needs ‘Marshall Plan’ after Irma: British billionaire

Environment: In describing as apocalyptic and reminiscent of war the destruction suffered by Caribbean islands in the wake of the passage of Hurricane Irma, British billionaire Sir Richard Branson is calling for a “Marshall Plan” similar to what was instituted in Europe after World War II. Comment

PAHO awarded for eliminating measles, rubella in the Caribbean

Health: The Pan American Health Organization says it has been presented with the Measles and Rubella Initiative Champion Award for its work in eliminating measles and rubella from the Americas, including the Caribbean. Comment

St. Rose’s Alumni USA honors Minister Hughes, Fly Jamaica

Jamaica: The St. Rose’s High School of Guyana Alumni Association USA Inc. commemorated the school’s 170th Anniversary with a lavish awards gala, that included a silent auction of artwork by US-based Guyanese visual artist, Derek Browne, and a coming together of past students whose passion for educating future generations of students, was felt by the large turnout at Russo’s on the Bay, on Aug. 31. Comment

Guyanese designer shines at FASHnFit

Fashion: Roger Milliner, deputy executive director of marketing of MetroPlus Health Plan, welcomed Guyanese-born fashion designer, Roger Gary, and other up-and-coming local designers to its first FASHnFIT event, during New York Fashion Week on Friday, Sept. 8 at CBS Radio Theatre on Hudson Street. Comment

Vincentian NIS official promotes pension plan

St Vincent: Clearly disappointed by the paucity of Vincentian nationals in the Diaspora who are taking advantage of the “generous” pension scheme at the National Insurance Services (NIS), NIS Deputy Director Dr. Mineva Glasgow has appealed to her compatriots overseas to “get on board” by joining the Voluntary Contribution Plan. Comment

Ottis Gibson to coach Proteas

People: Former Barbados and West Indies fast bowler, Ottis Gibson, was appointed the new head coach of South Africa cricket team Comment

Regional Under-19 champ

Sports: Guyana has clinched the one-day title in the Regional Under-19 Championship after beating the Windward Islands in their final round game at Warner Park, St. Kitts last week. Comment

‘Mother of Jamaican culture’ to be honored

Arts & Theater: While citizens in this hemisphere are reconsidering heroes and monuments, in Jamaica the government is moving forward to erect another statue to honor an outstanding citizen who many agree has contributed to nation building. Comments (1)
Sports: West Indies part-time off-spinner Kraigg Brathwaite has been reported to the International Cricket Council (ICC) for having a suspect bowling action, following the Caribbean’s side humiliating 209-run defeat by England at Egdbatson, London recently. Comment
Environment: POINT-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (AP) _ France’s president, Britain’s foreign secretary and the Dutch king are visiting Caribbean territories hammered by Hurricane Irma, where residents have accused European governments of insufficient preparation or slow response to the storm’s devastation. Comment

Cuise line deploys ships for humanitarian efforts

Environment: Royal Caribbean International was expected to dispatch some of its cruise ships to St. Thomas and St. Maarten in a bid to not only provide supplies but transport evacuees following the passage of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. Comment

Green card for victims of domestic violence

Immigration: The office of domestic violence in the United States Justice Department define domestic violence as a “pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Comments (1)

Back to life: Painter revives carnival with artwork

Arts & Theater: Carnival is coming back to life. A Florida-based artist is showcasing his carnival-inspired artwork at Medgar Evers College library through Sept. 22. The second annual “Art of Carnival” exhibit is going to have 23 paintings on display — all based on images that Trinidadian-born artist Weldon Ryan took at various carnivals across the country. With the West Indian Day parade over until next year, he is keeping the spirit of the joyous celebration alive in his life-like representations of it — something not often found in Caribbean art. Comment
Brooklyn: A Brownsville-based football league was presented with a $5,000 grant from SportsNet New York (SNY) at Floyd Paterson field on Sept. 7. As part of the organization’s Play Ball program, every year the organization provides local leagues with trips to NFL games, equipment, and reward some with money to support their teams. The Brooklyn United Youth Football League was this year’s recipient of the grant and the young footballers could not have been happier, said the leaugue’s co-founder and coach. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dayveon (Unrated) Devin Blackmon plays the titular character in this coming-of-age saga, set in rural Arkansas, about a 13-year-old, African-American orphan who joins a gang in the wake of his big brother’s death, when his sister (Chastity Moore) and her boyfriend (Dontrell Bright) can no longer afford to raise him. Cast includes Kordell Johnson, Marquell Manning and Shavidee Trotter. Comment


Sports: West Indies dream of ending their three-decade drought of winning a Test series against England, in England collapsed to a nine-wicket defeat in the decisive third and final Test at Lord’s last week. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United States medical company plans to sell Zika virus diagnostic to customers through the Caribbean upon completion of successful evaluation and validation studies. Comment

Kids hunt killer clown in creepy movie

Movies: Written by master of suspense Stephen King, It was the best-selling book in the United States during 1986. The riveting page-turner was set in deceptively-serene Derry, Maine, where a sadistic clown living underground in the sewers disrupted the peace of the picturesque city by preying primarily on children. Comment

Vincentians contest Council seat in Brooklyn

St Vincent: Two Vincentians are among 11 candidates vying for a City Council seat in next Tuesday’s Democratic Party Primary in Brooklyn. Comment

Chinese doing well in Barbados

Barbados: A chance remark by the outgoing Chinese Ambassador to Barbados may be pointing to a swing in the economic pendulum towards a growing presence of China on the island, and possibly the wider Caribbean. Comment
National: By Nelson A. KingA day after President Donald J. Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an Obama-era executive action that shields young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants, known as “Dreamers,” from deportation, a coalition of US Democratic attorneys general and others have renewed their legal assault on the move. Comment
Arts & Theater: New York Police Department (NYPD) and other officials say Caribbean J’Ouvert in Brooklyn has been spared this year the violence that has marred the festival in recent years. Comment

Agencies prepare supplies amid Irma’s wrath

Environment: Deeply concerned about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean, United Nations agencies are already preparing supplies and communication lines to the youth in the region. Comment

Caribbean gov’ts standby to assist neighbors

Environment: Caribbean governments and the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) were on standby late Wednesday waiting for one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in recorded history to pass by member states before kicking the rapid response system in place towards the weekend. Comment

Restrained revelry: Heightened J’Ouvert security prevents fatalities, changes atmosphere

Arts & Theater: It was the dawn of a new J’Ouvert. Comment

Author to launch Belize’s first writers conference

Belize: She’s on a mission to reinvent literary history. Belizean writer and author Joey Garcia is launching her country’s first ever writers conference next spring. The Belize Writers Conference is set for April 23–28, 2018 and is going to give 30 writers a chance to a retreat on a resort and receive advice from literary experts about their work. Comment

NY state comptroller readies for a DACA fight

New York: In the aftermath of the announcement made by the Trump Administration on Tuesday to end the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the New York State Comptroller, Thomas P. DiNapoli has condemned the action taken by the government and called it cruel, immoral and un-American. Comment

Congress must override the President’s repeal of the Dream program

Viewpoints: The dreadful news that President Donald Trump has scrapped the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is very troubling. In addition to the legal actions to preserve and/or reinstate it, Congress must swiftly act to make it law. Comment


Music: Some island vibes took over Coney. Labor Day weekend kicked off with one of the city’s biggest Caribbean music events on Sept. 1. Thousands of concert-goers attended “On Da Reggae and Soca Tip” at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island Boardwalk for the annual concert hosted by radio station Hot 97. Comment

Junior costume bands revel like pros

Arts & Theater: Once again, junior revelers showed their carnival prowess, shaking their costume tails, frames, and frills, to light up the streets of Crown Heights during a stirring presentation on Saturday, Sept. 2, that began the 50-year festivities of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. Comment

Billboard hit for IamStylezMusic

Music: He’s chart topping in style. Dancehall artist IamStylezMusic made his billboard debut last week with his album “Back to My Roots.” The musician who also goes by the name Stylez, said that the achievement on the Reggae Record Chart was an expected one given his efforts, and a long work in progress, he said. Comment

Hurricane Irma leaves one dead in Barbados

Barbados: Though the monstrous Hurricane Irma passed miles north of Barbados, this island might have been among the first territory to register a casualty as a teenaged surfer dared the rough seas and paid for it with his life. Comments (1)

Thousands protest DACA ruling

New York: On Tuesday, Sept .4, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced — as anticipated — that the Trump administration will not renew the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program introduced by President Obama’s executive order, five years ago. Sessions said DACA will end in six months giving Congress time to formally act. Comment
Arts & Theater: Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources, Semona Broomes joined a Guyanese contingent on Eastern Parkway on Monday, Sept. 4 and waved the Golden Arrowhead flag with nationals to the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment

World Xl team named

Sports: Two West Indies players Darren Sammy and Samuel Badree were named in the 14-member World Xl to play three Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan in September. Comment

Chris Gayle recalled

Sports: West Indies selectors have recalled hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle and fellow Jamaican Marlon Samuels for the five One Day Internationals (ODIs) match tour of England next month. Comment


Sports: SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (AP) — Michael Bradley realizes the huge distinction between home games and road matches in international soccer. Comment

Partisan polemic revisits Mike Brown shooting

Movies: On Aug. 9, 2014, Mike Brown was shot a half-dozen times by police officer Darren Wilson on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a predominantly-black suburb of St. Louis. Because several eyewitnesses said the 18-year-old had his hands up at the time, the incident triggered nationwide civil unrest which gave rise to the Black Lives Matter movement. Comment
Arts & Theater: For at least the third consecutive year, revelers, masqueraders and millions of spectators converged in picture-perfect weather on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day for the 50th annual celebration of the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Vincy artist Kenroy Dolly makes it big

Arts & Theater: After discovering his talent in the late 1960s while living in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Vincentian-born artist Kenroy Dolly has made it big internationally. Comments (1)

Sept. 11 – Happy time for some… Sad for others

Music: The ninth month of the year signals the unofficial end of summer conjuring emotions of variance to students returning to school or entering a learning institution for the very first time. Comment
Guyana: Patrons of the Carl & Clarina Guilliams Foundation enjoyed a third successful garden party filled with entertainment on Sunday, Aug. 27, to raise much needed funds for the Joshua House Children Center in Guyana. Comment

Barbados dollar diminished

Barbados: All persons living and doing business in Barbados have, begun operating with a dollar that has been unofficially devalued as of Sept. 01. Comment

Trump admin denies decision on Dreamers fate

People: The Trump administration has denied widespread reports that it has ended a program that grants protections to young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Boris without Beatrice (Unrated) Marital crisis drama about a wealthy businessman (James Hyndman) who embarks on an extramarital affair while caring for his depressed, terminally-ill wife (Simone-Elise Girard). Cast includes Denis Lavant, Isolda Dychauk and Dounia Sichov. (In English, French and Russian with subtitles) Comment

Former T&T AG charged with obstruction of justice

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Attorney General Anand Ramlogan has been charged with obstruction of justice and misbehavior in public office. Comment

History of slave trade can help combat social injustice: UN

Remembering the universal demand for freedom that led to the 1791 insurrection by slaves in what is now Haiti, the head of the United Nations cultural and educational agency on Wednesday marked the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition by underscoring the importance of teaching this history to young people. Comment

Carifesta or ‘Carifiasco’

Arts & Theater: Carifesta 13 wound up with a massive party at Kensington Oval last weekend but the jollification for the finale might have served to hide areas of discontent at its shortcomings that some cultural performers and would-be viewers felt. Comment

Tobago council member undertakes protest swim

Trinidad and Tobago: If it unclear whether he meant to embarrass the administration of Prime Minister Keith Rowley or to simply bring attention to the plight of people in Tobago but a council member from Tobago said he was so fed up with problems relating to the crucial ferry between Trinidad and Tobago that he decided this week to simply jump in the ocean and undertake a dangerous protest swim to Trinidad. Comment

50 years of NY Caribbean Carnival in full swing

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) began its 50th Annual New York Caribbean Carnival Week (NYCCW) on Thursday with “Reggae Unda Di Stars.” Comment

Barbados opposition slams Hard Rock deal

Barbados: A Barbados government deal will bring Hard Rock to the country but a politician has taken issue with promotion of a foreign culture over Barbadian, loss of taxpayers’ money and a drain on foreign exchange. Comment

Vincentian violinist wows audience

Music: Internationally-acclaimed Vincentian violinist Darron Andrews mesmerized patrons on Saturday at a massive cultural exposition, organized by the Brooklyn-based group Club St. Vincent, Inc., at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment


Arts & Theater: Showing off your culture to an audience of mainly locals who live it daily and to a set of visitors who have been experiencing this style of living over the past weeks and days is at anytime a challenge. Comment

Grenadians have fun in Crown Heights

Music: A day for the Isle of Spice! Thousands came out to celebrate their heritage at the ninth annual Grenada Day celebration in Crown Heights on Aug. 27. Grenadian-Americans flocked to the Old Boys and Girls High School field to spend a day extolling their pride and partaking in their culture, and it was one of the biggest gatherings yet, said Grenada’s consul general to New York. Comment

Ecips fest promoters take blame for flop

Music: No one person is to blame. The inaugural Ecips Music Festival went on as scheduled on Aug. 20 and was set to be a multi-genre music event intended to unite fans of various artists from the Caribbean, Latin America, and New York natives. But some attendees said the festival did not deliver as promisein their advertisement and cheated them out of their money. Comment

From a dream to a legacy

Brooklyn: It is my pleasure as president to welcome everyone, on behalf of the members of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Our volunteer membership has personified their determination to present world-class programming of the Caribbean to the world starting at the Brooklyn Museum on Aug. 31 to Eastern Parkway on Sept. 4 for the Carnival Parade, North America’s largest outdoor festival on Labor Day Monday. Comment
Arts & Theater: Caribbean carnival was officially established on Lenox Avenue in Harlem by Trinidadian Jessie Wardell and friends in the mid-1940’s, according to the West Indian America Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment



Sports: West Indies answered their critics with a miraculous victory against England in the Second Test at Headingley, England on Tuesday. Comment

Windies cricket on the slide

Sports: Cricketing greats in the Caribbean are trying to find a solution to stop the slide of West Indies cricket following the embarrassing defeat by 209 runs in three days by England in the historic first day / night Test at Egdbaston, London last week. Comment

US coach picks roster

Sports: Teen phenom Christian Pulisic is coming back from the Bundesliga to help lead the U.S. as coach Bruce Arena goes with depth at every position in choosing his roster for the next round of World Cup qualifying matches, naming 26 players Sunday who all have been part of the national team at some point this year. Comment

‘Feel Da Vibes’ on Labor Day

Arts & Theater: As it celebrates its 11th year participating in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, the Bronx-based DJ Morrishaw Productions says it’s feeling “Da Vibes.” Comment

Mitchell praises Carib athletes

Sports: Grenada Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has lauded Caribbean athletes who recently participated in the IAAF World Championships in Athletics and the World Para Athletes Championships in London. Comment

Doc film puts cultural importance of J’ouvert front and center

Movies: The festival of the night is getting its big screen debut. A new documentary is highlighting the spirit of J’ouvert — the city’s annual pre-dawn festival celebrating Caribbean culture. In his short film “J’ouvert,” director Philip J. Bell focuses on the beauty of the parade that he has always known to be a jubilant one, amidst the harsh criticism it has received lately, as being a cause of crime, he said. Comment

Caribbean consul generals in NY celebrate carnival’s 50th

Brooklyn: It’s a historic year. The West Indian American Day Carnival is celebrating its 50th anniversary year and will honor that milestone on Eastern Parkway on Sept. 4, when the annual carnival enters its golden year. Comment

Three solutions for water and sanitation for all

Environment: Oyun Sanjaasuren is chair of Global Water Partnership (GWP) STOCKHOLM, Aug. 28, 2017 (IPS) — This week people gather from around the globe at the annual Stockholm World Week. If previous years are anything to go by, the “Water is life” cliché will be repeated endlessly. But the phrase is useful shorthand for this simple fact: water is the cornerstone of human health and economic development. If managed poorly, water is an obstacle to development; if managed well, it brings prosperity and peace. Comment

St. Lucia’s PM on Climate Change: ‘Time is against us’

St Lucia: CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Aug 28, 2017 (IPS) — A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) prime minister has reiterated the call for developed countries to assist Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in their quest to combat the effects of climate change. Comment

Capital One donates $5,000 to Sesame Flyers

Brooklyn: Sesame Flyers International Incorporated, a youth organization whose “Love A Kid Today and Every Day program has served more than 700,000 children in 23 countries over the years, received a big financial boost from the Canarsie Branch of Capital One Bank in Brooklyn recently. Comment

Inaugural Miss WIADCA pageant to crown queen

Fashion: The search to find Miss WIADCA 2017 is on and will end on Sept. 23 with the coronation of the first monarch to rule a carnival kingdom. Comments (1)

An af-fair to remember

An af-fair to remember

Arts & Theater: These seniors have the carnival spirit! About 80 old-timers paraded in colorful costumes at a Crown Heights nursing home’s celebration of the popular Caribbean festival on Aug. 24, ahead of next week’s West Indian American Day Parade. Comment

Tennis ace Sachia Vickery advances in US Open

Guyana: American Tennis Ace, Sachia Vickery whose Guyanese mother Paula Liverpool has guided her career to many successes on the court, is once again making headlines, this time, at the US Open. She defeated American player, Jamie Loeb in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and advanced to the Round of 64 after defeating Russian Natalia Konstantinovna Vikhlyantseva on Tuesday. Comment
Brooklyn: It’s a new sign of change, but the festival is staying the same. Earlier this week the city’s police commissioner and the mayor announced that J’ouvert — the annual pre-dawn festive Labor Day parade — will see stricter security regulations similar to that enforced in Times Square during New Year’s eve, and will also start two hours later. Comment

Indian culture, CARIFESTA, UNC, PP & PNM

Arts & Theater: This commentary is about the politics of national identity and the United National Congress (UNC), People’s Partnership (PP) and People’s National Movement (PNM) governments in Trinidad and Tobago. It focuses on East Indian (Indo-Trinidadian) culture in the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA). Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Do It Like a Hombre (R for pervasive sexuality) Out-of-the-closet comedy about a lifelong friendship which is tested when a guy (Alfonso Dosal) reveals to his homophobic BFFs (Mauricio Ochmann and Humberto Busto) that he’s gay. With Aislinn Derbez, Ariel Levy and Ignacia Allamand. (In Spanish with subtitles) Comment

Kagie 22 presents ‘Haiti Royalty’

Arts & Theater: Three sections will display “Haiti Royalty” in Kagie 22’s production this Labor Day Carnival. Comments (1)

Courtroom docu recounts miscarriage of justice

Movies: In the spring of 1980, Colin Warner (Lakeith Stanfield) was wrongfully accused of murder on the streets of Brooklyn by a 15-year-old juvenile delinquent (Skylan Brooks) who picked him out of a photo lineup provided by the police. Comment

Jones Town: Once Kingston’s oasis now ‘wasteland’

Jamaica: Paul “Bucky” Buchanan, a former member of Jamaica’s Parliament stopped into his country’s consulate recently to meet with friends and associates and mostly to launch his book “Jones Town Trench Town The Journey Back.” Comments (1)

Suga Candy Mas is ‘Coming to America’ for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: With the adoption of the movie title starring Eddie Murphy, the three-year-old Suga Candy Mas is “Coming to America” for the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway on Labor Day. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Antigua Police are advising the business community and members of the public in Antigua and Barbuda to be on the lookout for bogus currency notes. Comment

Cooking with Herb?

Food: The title “Cooking With Herb” might suggest that a chef named Herbert might be the culinary guide in this new book aimed at fostering a more organic lifestyle. Comment

Dingolay displays ‘Royalty’

Arts & Theater: In portraying “Royalty” in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, Dingolay hopes to snatch the title in the Medium Band category. Comment

‘The Mas in Fashion’ Parade for Labor Day

Arts & Theater: Plans are underway for the staging of a history-making presentation, as YET SHE RISE, INC, in association with the Brooklyn-based JLC PRoductions, LLC for CAFE - Caribbean American Fashion Exchange and the World Fashion Festival Organization, presents “The Mas in Fashion — A Fashion Parade Against Human Trafficking” on Labor Day during the New York Caribbean Carnival Parade. Comment
Jamaica: NEGRIL, Jamaica, Aug 24, 2017 (IPS) - Ceylon Clayton is trying to revive a sea moss growing project he and friends started a few years ago to supplement their dwindling earnings as fishermen. Comment

Food and rum galore in Barbados

Food: For years it latched onto an international brand name, then Barbados brought things home with a totally local flavor, and now the island feels ready to compete worldwide as a culinary and drink connoisseur destination. Comment

Barbadian startup to participate in Demand Solutions Miami 2017

A Barbadian startup company is the only Caribbean firm to be selected from 18 concerns in Latin America, the Caribbean and South Florida to participate in a major conference in Miam in October this year. Comment

A tale with a righteously perfect ending

Books: He almost got your nose. Or your cheek. Awkward, for sure, but on the second try, it finally happened. Then again. And again, each one sweeter than the last. As long as you live, you’ll never forget your very first romantic kiss or the person who gave it to you — even if, as in the novel, “The Diplomat’s Daughter” by Karin Tanabe, there’s a war outside the window. Comment
Arts & Theater: There’s a carnival in the game house. A new exhibit honoring one of the most popular aspects of Caribbean culture opened at Resorts World Casino in South Ozone on Aug. 9. The photographic exhibit titled “Carnival in the City,” will be on display at the casino until Sept. 3, showing off the glitz and color of photos from one of the city’s most festive cultural events. Comment
Brooklyn: This is a bill they want to kill. More than 40 construction workers protested the Intro 1447 bill outside of Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–East Flatbush) office in East Flatbush on Aug. 2. The workers were showing their disapproval with his support of the bill, which they say will put them out of work, said an organizer. Comments (3)


Jamaica: LONDON (AP) — An encore for Usain Bolt? Unthinkable. A loss in his going-away party? Impossible. Comment



Music: Call it a francophone music takeover! Legendary Haitian band Tabou Combo and Guadeloupean dancehall artist Admiral T took over Prospect Park at the Bric Celebrate Brooklyn Festival on July 29. Comment
Music: The music scene on the isle of the flying fish is just getting more explosive! The electronic music craze is on the rise in the Caribbean and the island nation of Barbados will be celebrating that shift in a huge way. The country will be the location of the weeklong Vujaday Music Festival next April — it is the first festival dedicated to house and techno music. The event is planning to bring some of the biggest house and techno music deejays to Barbados, which turns out is the ideal place for high-energy music based on the rise of it there, said the organizer of the festival Comment

Jamaica strategy wrong for US

Sports: The USA’s 2-1 defeat of Jamaica to win its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup was Déjà Vu! Caribbean teams defeat themselves before they start when over and over again they employ a defeatist, defensive strategy against the Americans. Comment

Brooklyn Children’s Museum appoints Trinidadian VP

Arts & Theater: A new type of leadership. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum recently appointed a Caribbean American for a leadership position at the institution. Museum educator Daniela Fifi is the new vice president of programs and education, and will be in charge of overseeing the museum’s approach of instructional activities. The new post is going to allow Fifi to fulfill her passion in a neighborhood she feels culturally tied to, she said. Comment
Food: When two cultures meet at the dinner table you get cultural fusion. A local food series is looking into the historic relationship between Jamaican and Afro-Caribbean Panamanian culture and celebrating those similarities with a culinary feast at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Aug. 19. “Scattered Jamaica: Panama” is a cultural series created by Brooklyn-based foodies, the Reggae Chefs, who look for the likeness of Jamaica and other countries around the world. With Panama becoming the permanent home to many immigrants from English-speaking Caribbean countries, the event will be a chance for both groups to see the parallels, said the founder of the series. Comment

Tobago gears up to fight sargassum invasion

Trinidad and Tobago: PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jul 25 2017 (IPS) - As Tobago’s tourism industry struggles to repel the sargassum invasions that have smothered its beaches with massive layers of seaweed as far as the eye can see – in some places half a metre thick – and left residents retching from the stench, the island’s government is working to establish an early warning system that will alert islanders to imminent invasions so they can take defensive action. Comments (1)

Tell us what the opportunities are!: Jamaican Diaspora

Jamaica: Government agencies and organisations are insisting that the state has made significant progress in developing the Jamaican logistics hub; however, some members of the Jamaican Diaspora remain unhappy about the flow of information regarding investment opportunities. Comment

Local chef to open culinary school in Jamaica

Food: He’s giving back the homegrown way. A Manhattan-based chef is opening a culinary school in Jamaica. The top cook at B.B. Kings Blues Club and Grill, chef Wenford Patrick Simpson, is giving back to the kids of his home country in a hands-on way. He is in the process of creating a culinary school that will teach young eager teens cooking basics and skills to use. Comment
Brooklyn: As part of its centennial celebration, Brooklyn’s Lions District 20-K1 recently conducted a community health fair in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Comment

Will governments support access to information driving development?

Viewpoints: Gerald Leitner, is secretary-general of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) THE HAGUE, Netherlands, July 27, 2017 (IPS) - In an Information Society, access, and the ability to apply and re-use information is at the heart of individual fulfilment and social participation. Long before the idea of an Information Society came into use, libraries connected people to this, connecting them with literature and learning, and allowing them to improve their lives, and those of their families and communities. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean The CARICOM Secretariat will this week begin consultation with regional stakeholders in preparation for a comprehensive review of the regional body’s main trade instruments, the Common External Tariff (CET) and the Rules of Origin. Comment

CACNY has annual food festival fundraiser this weekend

Brooklyn: Eating good food for a good cause! The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) is hosting its eighth annual fund-raiser on July 29. The yearly food event offers some of the most popular Caribbean food for lovers of island cuisine to raise money for school supplies this fall. Comment

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