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Brooklyn: The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 15. Comment

Flatbush artist revives culture in murals

Arts & Theater: He draws big and tall. The Brooklyn-based artist behind “Selassie Mountain” — a big mural at the Health Conscious Food store in Laurelton, is a self-described humble artist and no stranger to colorful murals. Flatbush artist Vince Ballentine was recently commissioned by the owner of the business at Merrick Boulevard and 231st Street to beautify the store’s wall with a painting of Haile Selassie and the Lion of Judah. And it is one of dozens of similar large paintings he has drawn in other countries, he said. Comment
Music: Harlem Stage, the legendary uptown venue that for over 35 years has promoted the creative legacy of Harlem and artists of color from around the corner and across the globe, is proud to present its Fall 2018 season of performances. Comment

Feliz Navidad Holiday Concert

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts and Goya Foods celebrates Feliz Navidad with the return, by popular demand, of multi-Grammy Award-winning legendary singer, composer and virtuoso guitarist José Feliciano on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 at 8 pm. Comment
St Vincent: Two young Brooklyn residents of Vincentian and Guyanese parentage on Sunday tied the knot in an elegant and solemn ceremony at the Grace Church in New York at 802 Broadway. Comments (1)

Simmons blames selectors

Sports: Afghanistan’s cricket coach Phil Simmons has criticized the West Indies selectors for some of their decisions following the side’s recent loss to India in the Twenty20s. Comment



Sports: West Indies women stormed into the semifinal round of the World 20 International on Thursday by comprehensively beating Sri Lanka by 83 runs at the Darren Sammy Stadium in St. Lucia. Comment
Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) claims that Guyana’s Opposition Leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, is seeking to exploit the current illness of President David Granger. Comment

We must all unite to stop anti-transgender violence

Viewpoints: This year, Celine Walker, Antash’a English, Cathalina Christina James, Sasha Garden and London Moore were killed in Florida. Each was a transgender woman of color. Comment

West Indies slips further in T20 rankings

Sports: Reigning World Champion West Indies has slipped further in the latest ICC Twenty20 rankings following their 3-0 whitewash at the hands of the powerhouse India. Comment

Bravo blanked for West Indies tour of Bangladesh

Sports: West Indies middle-order batsman Darren Bravo was blanked from the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh which started this week. The left-handed Trinidadian player, has been out of the team since his disciplinary problems over a tweet two years ago, but was recently selected for the Twenty20 version of the West Indies recently concluded tour of India which the regional team lost the series 2-0. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados On the heels of a US$290 million Extended Fund Facility (EFF) from the International Monetary (IMF), Barbados was recently granted a US$100 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Comment
Books: Here I am! You raise your hand higher so you don’t go unnoticed. You speak up, so you aren’t overlooked. It’s a natural human need: pay attention, here I am, look this way, see me. For some, it’s easy to get recognition; for others — as in the new book “Invisible” by Stephen L. Carter — years later, it still doesn’t arrive. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Becoming Astrid (Unrated) Literary biopic about Astrid Lindgren (1907-2002), the Swedish author best known for the Pippi Longstocking series of children’s books. (In Swedish and Danish with subtitles) Comment

QC Guyana alumni shares Thanksgiving meals

Guyana: Queens College of Guyana Alumni Association, NY Chapter, gave out Thanksgiving packages to other New Yorkers in need, during a day of service at Calvary’s Mission Food Pantry, run by Tony Singh, at 02-16 89th Avenue, Richmond Hill, Queens. Comment

Bichotte condemns hate crime on Brooklyn woman

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has strongly condemned what she describes as racial attack on a Black woman at the Church Avenue B/Q station in Brooklyn. Comment

Sir Viv backs Haynes as new West Indies coach

Sports: West Indies cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards is throwing his support for former teammate Desmond Haynes to become the new head coach of the West Indies team. Comment

Buffalo Soldier inducted to Hall of Fame

Music: It is apparent that when Bob Marley penned the hit song “Buffalo Soldier” his intention was to voice a musical homage to unsung Black American soldiers who fought in segregated regiments from 1866 — until the US Army was desegregated in 1951. Comment
Queens: The Queens-based group, the Indo-Caribbean Alliance (ICA), aims to promote and empower Indo-Caribbean communities in New York City. As an organization specifically created to address issues concerning this group and their advancement, in their short existence — members have been instrumental in introducing programs and workshops to support their goals, said Vice Chair Artee Perumal. Comment

Celebrating the impactful

Celebrating the impactful

Caribbean Impact Awards: Caribbean Life and Schneps Community News Group’s, annual Caribbean Impact award gala honored 36 standout Caribbean-American individuals with a stunning ceremony at Paradise Catering Hall on Nov. 15. Comment
Grenada: After opening a campaign committee last month with the New York City Board of Elections in anticipation of the race, Brooklyn Democratic Council Member Jumaane Williams on Wednesday officially launched his campaign to become New York City’s next public advocate. Comment

Immigration shift: Where is advocacy for Caribbean immigrants?

Queens: Uniting is the key to fighting. The Caribbean community must unify their struggles to challenge the onslaught of immigration policies and fears that may jeopardize their livelihood, says a longtime immigration advocate. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: Amid overcast skies and sporadic showers, members of the Independent United Order of Mechanics, Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc., in the New York Metropolitan area, recently celebrated their 261st Anniversary Service of Thanksgiving at the Church of St. Luke and St. Matthew (Episcopal) in Brooklyn. Comment

Pan on film: Documentary highlights Brooklyn’s steel pan culture

Movies: The story of the steel pan! Brooklyn’s rich steel pan culture comes to life in a new documentary about the instrument and the people who keep it going. Filmmaker Christine Shaw highlights the borough’s steel pan community and their journeys to the anticipated competition that bands practice year-round for — Panorama. Comment



Music: Eddie Grant, a Guyana-born, world-renowned, phenomenal artist, was last Saturday conferred Doctor of Letters for excellency in music by Professor Eon Harris at the University of Guyana’s first such historic distinction, during the institution’s 52nd convocation ceremony at the National Cultural Center in Georgetown Comment

The African Diaspora International Film Fest

Movies: The African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) celebrates its 26th anniversary with a total of 61 films from 40 countries including 27 World, US and NY Premieres. Screenings will be held in five ven Comment

Rev. Dr. Clive E. Neil

Caribbean Impact Awards: His stellar social skills were the inspiration for entering the ministry, where he has served helping his community for the past 30 years. Comment

Glenda Cadogan

Caribbean Impact Awards: Journalist and publicist serves as voice of the Caribbean community. Comment



Jamaica: Dispatches concerning the status of Caribbean nationals who wrongly deported to the region after being invited to settle in the United Kingdom after World War Two continue to be depressing. British authorities reported this week that an increasing number of people they have been trying to contact to repatriate them back to the UK are either dead or remain in hiding from the shame and humiliation of their deportation and, in some cases, from the abject state of their destitution. Comment
Haiti: The CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (HSI) is a fairly new but beneficial resource center housed at Brooklyn College. Founded in 2016 by the university’s board of trustees — it is an academic division that offers information on the study of Haiti and its Diaspora, and also examines research that reflects how minor or major changes in Haiti can influence Haitian and non-Haitian communities abroad. Comment

Persaud honors local veterans

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Senator Roxanne J. Persaud on Veteran’s Day celebrated veterans in her 19th Senatorial District at a nearby senior citizen. The senator personally thanked the senior veterans of the Millennium Development at a ceremony at the Abe Stark Neighborhood Center in Canarsie, Brooklyn, honoring the senators with certificates. Comment

Gloomy Barbados diabetes picture

Barbados: As Barbadians observed World Diabetes Day this week they had to come to grips with the fact that their rate of affliction by this disease is double the world average. Comments (1)

How choices in banking can help your community

Viewpoints: There are currently about 5,500 commercial banks and savings institutions in the U.S., down from roughly 8,300 a decade ago. Over this same period, the banking industry has evolved significantly due to technological innovation. Today, we are able to easily pay our bills, send money to friends and family, apply for a loan, or even open a checking account. This can all be done from a smart phone, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Comment

A tale of greed and American consumerism

Books: You are the strongest person you know. You can lift and carry a lot of weight and many burdens, because strength comes from within as well as from muscles. So what are you capable of doing when times get strange? Place yourself in the short stories inside “Friday Black” by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, and see. Emmanuel had grown up with a strength his parents nurtured. Comment
Guyana: Guyanese organizations in the diaspora have told Caribbean Life that they will continue to pray for a speedy recovery of President of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger, who began receiving chemotherapy treatment on Nov. 14, in Cuba after being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry was recently joined by many colleagues, community leaders and supporters at a packed Paradise Caterers on Avenue U in Brooklyn celebrating 11 community figures at his annual gala honor ceremony. Comment

REBNY chief: Biz bill would kill city’s economy

New York: The Real Estate Board of New York, Inc. (REBNY) is a broadly based trade association representing owners, developers, brokers, managers and real estate professionals active throughout New York City. We are vehemently opposed to this legislation, which will do nothing to solve the underlying issues behind storefront vacancies, and instead would have a catastrophic impact on our local economy. Comments (1)



Caribbean: West Indies ended their miserable tour of India — a whitewash in the two Tests — (3-1) in the five One-Day Internationals (one match tied) and another whitewash (3-0) in the Twenty20s. Comment

New Barbados volleyball champs

Barbados: Bubbling with desire to be at the top of the pile after languishing below for three years, Deacons have brushed aside Cawmere in straight sets to take the Barbados 2018 men’s knockout volleyball title. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne said the United States should not be concerned at the growing influence of China among developing countries. Comment

11/11/11 Armistice Centenary

11/11/11 Armistice Centenary

People: Those of us who served stints in the US military fully comprehend the distinctions when commemmorating Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Comment
KINGSTOWN, Nov 6, 2018 (IPS) — As a child growing up in Mayreau four decades ago, Filius “Philman” Ollivierre remembers a 70-foot-wide span of land, with the sea on either side that made the rest of the 1.5-square mile island one with Mount Carbuit. Comment

Dwayne Bravo will continue to play T20s

Sports: Former West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo intends to continue his cricket career and will focus on Twenty20 for at least another three years. Comment

West Indies players in Dubai T10

Sports: Two-time World Cup, winning captain, Darren Sammy says the plethora of West Indies players picked in the Twenty10 draft for the Nov. 23 to December tournament set for the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Dubai, is an indication of the Caribbean’s strength in the game’s shorter versions. Comment

Bed-Stuy group feeds, clothes needy ahead of Thanksgiving

Brooklyn: A Brooklyn organization fed several of the borough’s homeless at a food pantry on Saturday in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The Bedford-Stuyvesant Lions Club held a pre-Thanksgiving event for the needy at the Mount Lebanon Baptist Church on Nov. 10. About 200 homeless people turned out for the soup kitchen and while food was the main course on the agenda — it was not the main hit, said one of the organizers. Comments (1)
People: With the celebration of Remembrance Day in the Caribbean on Sunday, Caribbean veterans who participated in World War One are lamenting the treatment meted out to them. Comment
Movies: At Eternity’s Gate (PG-13 for mature themes) Willem Dafoe portrays Vincent Van Gogh in this biopic based on the legendary Dutch painter’s letters and on anecdotes about his life. With Oscar Isaac, Mads Mikkelsen and Rupert Friend. (In French and English with subtitles) Comment
Movies: The late Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) is best remembered as the author of the Millennium trilogy of posthumously-published best sellers, all of which were eventually made into feature films (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest). His Swedish-language psychological thrillers revolved around a crime-fighting duo composed of veteran journalist Mikael Blomkvist and computer hacker Lisbeth Salander. Comment

Windies T20I captain bemoans absence of regular openers

Following the West Indies loss to India in both Twenty20 Internationals in India, West Indies Captain Carlos Brathwaite has lamented his team’s top order failure. Comment

Fly Jamaica overshoots runway in Guyana

Guyana: Local civil aviation authorities were on Friday investigating an incident involving a Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft, which overshot the runway at Guyana’s main international airport earlier in the day injuring several people officials said. Comment

SVG Diaspora Committee to host public lecture on role of CCJ

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc., says it will be collaborating with Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College in hosting a public lecture, at the college’s Founders Auditorium, on Nov. 30, on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Comment

Calling all teens: Anti-tobocco group hosts annual leadership summit

Manhattan: An anti-tobacco advocacy organization is hosting its annual teen leadership summit in Manhattan this weekend. Comment

Alert! Hunger and obesity on the rise in the Caribbean for third year in a row

Health: SANTIAGO, Nov. 7, 2018 (IPS) - “For the third consecutive year there is bad news” for Latin America and the Caribbean, where the numbers of hungry people have increased to “39.3 million people,” or 6.1 percent of the population, Julio Berdegué, FAO’s regional representative, said Wednesday. Comment
Guyana: The idiom, ‘beauty is only skin-deep’ certainly does not apply to Miss World Guyana, Ambika Ramraj, who is beautiful, inside and out. The 19-year-old who will represent Guyana at the Dec. 8, pageant in Sanya, China, received warm wishes at the Urban Gallery in Williamsburg, during a farewell reception, on Nov. 4. Comment



Sports: West Indies slipped to a five-wicket defeat to India in the opening Twenty20 International on Saturday night. Comment

Tridents U-20 booted

Sports: When St. Lucia’s Sebastin Ribot netted a 51st minute penalty kick against Barbados he not only sealed an historic first win for his island but effectively kicked the Bajan Tridents out of the CONCACAF U-20 competition Monday night. Comment

New West Indies assistant coach

Sports: Former Pakistan leg-spinner, Mushtaq Ahmed has taken up a job as assistant coach with the West Indies team. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: Perhaps for a long time to come, the number of Caribbean Community countries sending criminal and civil cases to the Trinidad-based regional Court of Justice (CCJ) will remain at only four in the wake of a stunning, if not embarrassing, rejection of membership by voters in two key member states, Grenada and Antigua in referendums held this week. Comment
Jamaica: In an unusually very high voter-turnout in midterm elections in the United States that observers say illustrates strong opposition to President Donald J. Trump, several Caribbean Democratic candidates in New York romped to victory Tuesday night with overwhelming majorities. Comment
Brooklyn: Central Brooklyn Lions Club, Inc. Saturday night honored five outstanding community figures during its 30th anniversary gala celebration at Sirico’s Caterers on 13th Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Queens mural pays homage to Selassie

Arts & Theater: But check out this wall. A new mural depicting emperor Haile Selassie currently adorns a Queens corner in Laurelton. The artwork titled “Selassie Mountain” is painted along the wall of the Health Conscious Natural Market at 231st Street and Merrick Boulevard. It shows the former Ethiopian ruler and highly regarded figure in Rastafarianism, alongside the Lion of Judah with a mountain in the backdrop. The owner of the store, who also commissioned the artwork, said the sketch stands to be a reminder of a black king. Comment
Food: A local community pop-up shop has returned for the holiday season in Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Comment
Music: She’s doing it for herself! Comment
Jamaica: West Indies new fast bowling sensation Jamaican Oshane Thomas is described as already having “a habit” — a habit of turning heads with his fierce pace. Comment
Music: A spectacular motorcade festooned with lights and colorful flowers, made its way along Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens last Saturday evening, to commemorate Diwali — the spiritual festival of lights observed by Hindus across the world, to honor goodness and prosperity. Comment

Poor Caribbean business outlook

Jamaica: In what could be best described as disappointing news for Caribbean New Yorkers and other members of that diaspora, the World Bank has continued its low ranking of regional territories as places to do business. Comment

Panel to analyze Guyanese migration to NYC

Guyana: The Brooklyn Historical Society is going to explore the city’s Guyanese community with a panel about the group’s history in Brooklyn on Nov. 20. At “Brooklyn’s Guyana,” three Guyanese women in literature will discuss the impact of Guyanese immigration to New York City, and more so the borough. Organized by Grace Aneiza Ali, who will moderate, and Karen Wharton, the event will also bring forth some interesting facts about Guyanese that go largely ignored. Comment

Brooklyn will cast Shadow among calypso greats

Music: Jamaicans who experienced “Soca Madness” in rural St. Mary in the 1980s will not soon forget the premiere performance of a calypsonian from Trinidad & Tobago known as Shadow. On a bill in 1987 with Rootsman, Baron, Bally and others Shadow managed to conquer music lovers partial to partying to reggae music. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A. Inc. (COSAGO), the umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, on Sunday honored the Rev. Hoskins Prescott and the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) during a gala ceremony marking the nation’s 39th anniversary of political independence. Comment
Movies: Chef Flynn (Unrated) Fine dining documentary chronicling the culinary exploits of master chef Flynn McGarry, a precocious 10-year-old who serves sumptuous feasts for gourmets in his living room with the help of classmates. Comment

Author advocates for community-based farms

Books: Your hands are filthy. Dirt lines every crease and covers much of your knuckles. It’s beneath your fingernails, all the way up to your wrists, soiling the edges of your sweatshirt and down your front. Yes, your hands are filthy but once you’ve read “Farming While Black” by Leah Penniman, your smile will be wide. Comment

It’s Election Day! Get out and vote!

Viewpoints: Fewer than 30 percent of registered voters in New York City cast their ballot on Election Day last year. That has to change. Comment
Movies: Danica (Tika Sumpter) and Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) may have been raised by the same mother (Whoopi Goldberg), but they’re still as different as night and day. The former is a successful businesswoman who was recently promoted to Vice President of a leading, Madison Avenue advertising firm. By contrast, the latter has spent the last five years behind bars while her sis was climbing the corporate ladder. Comment

Chanderpaul receives UWI honorary doctorate

People: West Indies cricket legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul recently received the Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of the West Indies (UW)), St. Augustine, Trinidad. Comment

Rejuvenating Barbados tourism package

Barbados: The Barbados Consulate on Friday, Oct. 26, showcased exciting images of its country’s tourism package to travel agents, tour operators, hotel representatives, and the press, who Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Elizabeth Thompson, thanked for helping to rejuvenate the Barbados tourism industry. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda said it has lifted the ban on importation of citrus fruits but would maintain a ban on the personal importation from the United States. Comment

Caribbean conglomerate sold

Barbados: A Barbadian-owned Caribbean company, SOL Investments, that has a footprint spanning across the region is about to change hands, ceding controlling ownership to a Canadian concern for US$1.21 billion. Comment



Trinidad and Tobago: The race to find commercial quantities of oil and gas in the Caribbean Community is heating up with US oil major ExxonMobil bringing in a third drill ship to work at its highly successful Guyanese offshore block, as Grenada inches closer to commencing large scale offshore exploration and as Trinidad receives its first shipment of imported oil in the wake of the recet closure of its money-losing refinery. Comment
Queens: It’s now or never. A Queens-based immigrant advocacy group is mobilizing the borough’s immigrant communities to rally and spread the word about the forthcoming public commentary regarding the introduction of a citizenship question on the 2020 census. Comment

Election day: City to add Haitian Creole among voting interpretation services

Brooklyn: The city is making voting easier for New Yorkers who are not native English speakers. In an expansion of its interpretation services at polling sites, the Board of Elections is assisting services on Nov. 6., which will offer more languages, including Haitian Creole. Comment

Keeping journalists safe benefits whole societies

People: UNITED NATIONS, Nov. 1, 2018 (IPS) — Safety of journalists has featured prominently in international news in recent weeks. And yet, while some cases grab the headlines, many more do not, and the scale of the issue often goes unremarked. On this International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, it is worth pausing to reflect on some facts. Comments (1)



Music: The Coalition to Preserve Reggae is hosting its Reggae Culture Salute at Milk River on Nov. 3. The annual family-friendly event returns after a two-year hiatus to honor the new and legendary artists in the reggae genre. This year’s honorees include Canarsie-based family band, New Kingston, which will be bestowed with the Simba Award, which honors new artists and bands, said one of the show’s co-organizers. Comment
Brooklyn: Cancer patients in Eastern Brooklyn have a powerful new weapon on their side as they battle the dreaded disease. Doctors and administrators at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center this week announced the arrival at the Brownsville health care facility a state-of-the-art CT scanner that will be immediately deployed in its Oncology–Radiology Department. Comment
Brooklyn: Two cancer survivors were honored at a breast cancer awareness event in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Oct. 27. The inaugural Pop N Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness Brunch, honored a breast cancer survivor, and a four-time cancer survivor. And the former honoree was particularly inspired by the amount of support from other guests that it raised her spirits, said the event’s organizer LaToya Washington. Comment
Sports: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has pledged to buy a bulk of tickets for every match in this month’s (November) ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup, which will be played in his homeland, St. Lucia, in a bid to support women in sport and the global tournament. Comment

Marooners leave Jaguars behind

Sports: Was it a case of the Guyana Jaguars players not turning up mentally for the game or that the Combined Colleges and Campuses Marooners bowled with excellent line and length exploiting the weakness of Guyana batsmen, to bundle them out cheaply? Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is moving to increasing penalties for human trafficking offences. Parliament has passed the Trafficking in Persons Prevention Amendment Bill 2018 recently and now it has to go to the senate. Comment

Tina Turner tells her love story

Books: Just wait. Two words that are impossible to hear, especially if you have big plans. Hold on, don’t veer off-course, work the plan, hard as it may be. Just wait. As in “My Love Story” by Tina Turner, good things really do come to those who do. Comment

Barbados traveling ambassador chef delights palates

Food: The title, Barbados Ambassador did not come easily, it had to be earned. This is why Creig Greenidge, the 2016 Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Rum & Rhythm Chef of the Year, is proud of this prestigious honor that was well deserved. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Bodied (R for pervasive profanity, graphic sexuality, drug use and brief nudity) Hip-hop dramedy revolving around a white grad student (Calum Worthy) who sparks outrage by making battle rap the subject of his Ph.D. thesis. Cast includes Jackie Long, Rory Uphold and Charlamagne Tha God. Comment
Jamaica: The Jamaica government is moving to refurbish the island’s sporting facilities with the aim of attracting major international sports events. Comment

Jason Holder ranks 9th in ICC Bowling rankings

Sports: West Indies Test and ODI captain Jason Holder is now ranked 9th in the ICC Test Bowling rankings and third in the ICC Test All-rounder rankings following an impressive year with both the bat and ball. Comment

India shames West Indies in first ODI

Caribbean: India embarrassed the West Indies in the opening of the five One-Day International series, condemning them to an 11th defeat in their last 13 One-Day Internationals. Comment

Filmmaker’s rom-com short explores millennial celibacy

Movies: A new romantic comedy film about a Brooklyn woman exploring celibacy is going to screen in Greenpoint on Nov. 14. Filmmaker Crystal Roman’s film, “Cecilia the Celibate,” follows a late twenties Afro-Puerto Rican woman trying to commit to a new lifestyle. As its title suggest, the short film examines the lead character’s journey as a newly celibate woman, and even makes light of what leads to the decision and how people navigate it, said Roman. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Peter Phillips went to Barbados to sound warnings of threats to the Caribbean in the hostility of developed countries towards emigration, changes in trade and the continued denial by some of an altering climate. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte on Monday introduced legislation to protect minors from false reports against them. Jeremiah, a nine-year-old African-American boy, was wrongfully accused by Teresa Klein, a white woman, also known as “Cornerstore Caroline,” of sexually assaulting her. Comment

Williams honors injured NYPD detective

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Wednesday honored injured New York Police Department (NYPD) detective Dalsh Veve. Williams, who represents the 45th Council District in Brooklyn, presented the Annual Chief Patrick D. Brennan Award to Veve, at a ceremony at the 67th NYPD Precinct in Brooklyn, “in recognition of his bravery and service.” Comment
St Vincent: The Vincentian-born president of the Harvard Law Review, Michael Thomas, Jr., wants climate change to be seriously addressed. In delivering the keynote address Sunday at the gala Independence Anniversary Luncheon, marking St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ 39th Anniversary of Independence, at Grand Prospect Hall in Brooklyn, Thomas said now that he’s on the verge of leaving law school, he’s been spending a lot of time thinking about what comes next. Comment
Africa: Africans could well propagate a MAGA slogan using Make Africa Great Again as a parodied theme to an agenda positioned to restore and advance the former continental legacy established by rulers of kingdoms, dynasties and discoveries. From the horn, Ethiopia, the second most populous country recently announced that Sahle-Work Zewde, a 68-year-old woman is now the president of the nation. Comment
Barbados: The final standing in the 2018 Caribbean Super50 competition has left Barbados Pride fans, officials and other cricket aficionados wondering what went wrong with this traditional regional powerhouse. Comment
Dominica: A Dominican-born nursing administrator at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx is urging her colleagues to establish greater connectivity, saying it is essential for patient care. Comment

Rocktrospective chronicles the meteoric rise of Queen

Movies: Prior to seeing “Bohemian Rhapsody,” I knew precious little about the rock group Queen. Sure, I’d enjoyed lots of their pop hits like “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and “Another One Bites the Dust,” but I was totally unaware of the legendary, British band’s back story. Comment
Barbados: A cabinet minister in the former Barbados government, Donville Inniss, has been given until June 24 next year to defend himself against charges related to money laundering Comment

Work of Jamaican artist John Dunkley on display in New York

Arts & Theater: The work of Jamaican artist John Dunkley is exhibiting outside of Jamaica for the first time at the American Folk Art Museum starting Oct. 30. The exhibit titled “John Dunkley: Neither Day nor Night,” features dozens of the late artist’s work and it is also the first time many of them will be at one place, said the co-curator. Comment

Williams sets sights on public advocate race

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams on Tuesday announced his intention to run for public advocate of the City of New York after opening a campaign committee with the Board of Elections in anticipation of the race. Comment

Barbados looks beyond its traditional agricultural industries into the deep blue

Barbados: CONSETT BAY, Barbados, Oct. 24, 2018 (IPS) — Allan Bradshaw grew up close to the beach and always knew he wanted to become a fisherman. Now 43 years old, he has been living his childhood dream for 25 years. Comment
People: West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo announced on Wednesday his retirement from international cricke Comment
Brooklyn: Councilman Mathieu Eugene celebrated New York City Haitian Day at Brooklyn Museum on Oct. 21. Earlier this month, the Flatbush politician commemorated Oct. 9 as Haitian Day at a flag raising ceremony in Manhattan. A few years ago, Eugene introduced legislation to designate the respective day in remembrance of Haitian soldiers who fought in the Battle of Savannah. He added that Haitians, and other immigrants groups have played a major role in where the city and country is today. Comment

Lindsay Garbutt’s reasons for saying no to ICJ move

Guatemala: Prior to 1859 Great Britain did not own or had any title to Belize. There was no such thing as “no man’s land” or “vacant land” (terra nullius) between Mexico and Guatemala that the British occupied and owned. All lands in this area were under Spanish rule and the British accepted and respected that. If this was not the case there would have been no need for Great Britain to enter into the 1783 and 1786 treaties with Spain to cut logwood and mahogany between the Rio Hondo and Sibun Rivers. Spain, however, granted to Britain only usufruct rights (the legal right of using and enjoying the fruits and profit of something belonging to another) but sovereignty remained with Spain. Comment

Barbados teams are street hoops champs

Barbados: The Bajan men and women went to Guyana, took on and beat all comers and romped on to become conquering champions in the 3X3 IBF Antilles Championship and took home the male and female titles in this regional basketball tournament. Comment
Brooklyn: Dominican-American singer Kat Deluna met with PS. 9 students about her fight against bullying in Prospect Heights on Oct. 19. The songstress met with several fourth and fifth graders to talk about her own experience with bullying, and how it can impact a child into adulthood. Comment
Arts & Theater: The jokes on Haiti. A Haitian comedian is bringing together several jokesters for a comedy show to benefit the Caribbean country on Nov. 10. The third annual “Jokes for Haiti” at Park Slope’s Littlefield, is featuring four comedians for a laughter-laced show, all in good fun for charitable efforts. And despite its name — the quips won’t exactly be about the country, said the organizer and host. Comment

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