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Arts & Theater: Nadia Dieudonné & Feet of Rhythm Haitian Dance Co. with live drumming is showcasing at the Association of Performing Arts Professionalswith Booking Dance Festival NYC, The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019, from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Comment

Vincentian footballer declares for NFL Draft

St Vincent: Arizona State University’s (ASU) junior wide receiver Vincentian N’Keal Harry says he will forgo senior season to enter the 2019 NFL draft. “First of all, I would like to say thank you to everybody in Sun Devil nation, the coaches, my teammates, all the media, all the fans,” said Harry at a news conference on Nov. 26. Comment

Windies to tour Ireland

Sports: The West Indies team has been confirmed to play in Ireland next summer, as part of a major international schedule in which 16 international fixtures will be played around Ireland in 2019. Comment

Adams launches ‘Barrier-Free BK’

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last Wednesday joined dozens of students with disabilities at Edward R. Murrow High School in Midwood, one of the city’s most accessible school buildings, to launch “Barrier-Free BK,” his initiative to improve accessibility for youth with physical limitations. Comment

Some help in finding your authentic style

Books: Up against the wall. That’s where you were, hiding for most of the holiday party season. Hiding dry skin. Hiding bad hair, a lack of style, or ill-fitting clothing. For most women, looking good always looks easy. Could “Editor in Chic” by Mikki Taylor be their big secret? Comments (1)

Barbados Tridents owner facing extradition

Barbados: Barbados Tridents owner, exiled Indian business magnate, Dr Vijay Mallya is facing extradition to his homeland to face charges of alleged bank fraud and money laundering charges amounting to close to US$1 billion. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Caribbean legislators Council Members Jumaane D. Williams and Dr. Mathieu Eugene, and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte extended greetings to the community, and participated in and hosted a number of events in celebrating the season. Comment

Guyana condemns ‘hostile act’ by Venezuela in local waters

Guyana: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana’s foreign ministry has condemned what it says was a dangerous incursion into local waters after a Norwegian ship hired by ExxonMobil was “intercepted” by a Venezuelan naval vessel. Comment

New Yorkers bring Christmas cheer to Guyanese children

Guyana: Guyanese-New Yorkers brought smiles to the faces of hundreds of children in their homeland, by sharing gifts, treats, and providing music to brighten the spirits of the little ones during festive season. Comment



Sports: West Indies miserable tour of Bangladesh ended last week with a series win (2-1) in the decisive third Twenty20 International in Dhaka. The regional team won only their second series in any format with a dominant 50-run victory ending in controversy. Comment

Hurdler, surfer top Barbados athletes

Barbados: A hurdler and a surfer are Barbados Olympic Association’s senior athletes of 2018. Ryan Brathwaite, who’s most outstanding feature in a spectacular year was the two gold medals in the Central American and Caribbean Games (CAC), is the island’s triumphant male athlete. Comment
Sports: West Indies batsman Shai Hope has leaped into the top 10 of the International Cricket Council (ICC) batting rankings after back-to-back hundreds in the recent One-Day International series against Bangladesh. Comment
St Kitts and Nevis: William C. Thompson, a Caribbean American former New York State Supreme Court justice and trailblazing first Black New York State senator from Brooklyn, died on Christmas Eve. He was 94. Comment
Brooklyn: A teen could spend a decade behind bars after a jury convicted him of dragging a police officer down an East Flatbush block with a stolen car, and permanently damaging the cop’s brain, according to the district attorney. Comment

Toddler’s death reminds us why Trump’s immigration policies need reform

Immigration: We must once again question President Trump’s immigration policies and the way we treat migrants seeking asylum who enter our country illegally, especially following the recent death of a toddler near the southern border of the United States and the White House’s response following her tragic demise. Comment

NY Bar Association to honor Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Barbados: New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) says it will honor Barbadian-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix with its 14th Annual Diversity Trailblazer Award on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Caribbean-American production company is looking for creative submissions from female playwrights of Caribbean descent, for its inaugural festival featuring the work of women writers. Comments (2)

Christian Bale morphs into Dick Cheney

Movies: Who is the real Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) and how did he become the most powerful vice president in U.S. history? Those are the fundamental questions explored by “Vice,” an alternately hilarious and sobering biopic written and directed by Adam McKay. Comment
Event: It’ll be one small step for a dancer, but a great leap for artists of all kinds! Comment

Fimba minds his catchy ‘Funky Business’

Music: Whether it’s Christmas time or any other time, Vincentian soca artiste Fimba Jardine, simply called Fimba, is all over the place — in the Caribbean or in North America, among others – minding his catchy “Funky Business.” Comment
Food: Sorrel, the ruby-red Caribbean Christmas drink, has received international acclaim, with the US National Public Radio (NPR) featuring it on Sunday. Comment
Movies: American Renegades (PG-13 for profanity, violence and brief sexuality) Suspense thriller about a team of Navy SEALs that goes rogue upon discovering a treasure trove of gold bullion worth billions at the bottom of a lake in Bosnia. Co-starring J.K. Simmons, Sullivan Stapleton, Charlie Bewley and Joshua Henry. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has given Barbados top marks for its efforts to restructure the economy under its Barbados Economic Recovery and Transformation (BERT) plan which was approved by the Washington-based lending agency. Comment


Guyana: With its wafer-thin, one-seat majority from the mid 2015 general elections, it was always possible that the main opposition party in Guyana could one day flip at least one member of parliament from the government’s side to vote with it in a no confidence motion that could topple a government in minutes. Comment
New York: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ historic, bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation, S.756, was signed into law late last week. Comments (2)
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. has joined the world in celebrating International Migration Day on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Comment
Guyana: First Lady of Guyana, Sandra Granger, expressed Season’s Greetings on behalf and her, and President David Granger, at her Annual Senior Citizen Christmas Party, at State House in Georgetown, on Dec. 14. Comment

Pricey tix for Jamaica’s ‘Prodigal Son’ concert

Music: Jamaicans received an early Christmas gift on Dec. 7 when US Federal authorities returned Mark Myrie AKA Buju Banton — the island’s beloved dancehall deejay — after holding him hostage behind bars for eight years following conviction of drugs and gun charges. Comment
Music: The world-renowned reggae band Mighty Diamonds, is slated to perform at Milk River in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 28. Comment
Brooklyn: Public Advocate candidate Jumaane Williams on Wednesday unveiled his “Housing Justice For All” platform, a three-point-plan to help end housing displacement, improve tenant protections and increase the affordable housing stock across the city. Comment

Vincentian-American football star named in honor roll

St Vincent: The Louisville Sports Commission says Arizona State University’s (ASU) junior wide receiver Vincentian N’Keal Harry has been named to the Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll. Comment

Empowering children to say no

May I have that, please? That’s what you say when you want something, and people are impressed by your manners. You’re a kid who never just takes, you always ask first because you want the same kind of manners back. But in the new book “Don’t Touch My Hair!” by Sharee Miller, you might have to ask for them, too. Comment

Dottin makes all-star team

Sports: All-rounder Deandra Dottin was the only players named in the all-star team for the just concluded ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup. Comment

Weed legalization ‘overdue’: Adams

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has welcomed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for legalization of marijuana, saying that “it is time overdue for New York to chart a path toward” regularizing the herb. Comment




Music: Grammy-award winning reggae band Morgan Heritage begin their tour in Africa on Dec. 21. The sibling-comprised band — all children of reggae artist Denroy Morgan, will kick off the premiere show of the Africa x Jamaica tour in Zimbabwe’s capital city Harare. Comment
Movies: Cold War (R for sexuality, nudity and profanity) Romance drama, set behind the Iron Curtain in the 1950s, chronicling the unlikely relationship of a celebrated musical director (Tomasz Kot) and an aspiring, young singer (Joanna Kulig) from a humble background. With Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza and Cedric Kahn. (In Polish, French, Russian, German, Italian and Croatian) Comment

CWI president issues warning

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron has warned that “serious decisions” will be taken at the level of the board to deal with West Indies players’ commitment. Comment



Sports: West Indies has lost the One-Day International (ODI) by eight wickets to Bangladesh in the three-match series (2-1) last week. Comment


Suriname: Fearing that a fleet of six Chinese mega fishing boats including two processing mother vessels would quickly deplete fishing grounds off Suriname, authorities there have asked the captains of the group to leave the Caribbean trade bloc nation as soon as possible after rejecting their applications for permits to work in the country. Comment

Justice Wavny Toussaint to the youth: ‘Nothing is impossible’

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidadian-born, New York State Supreme Court Justice Wavny Toussaint is urging young people wishing to pursue studies in the law or to seek a judgeship to follow their dreams, stressing that “noting is impossible.” Comments (1)
Brooklyn: More than two dozen fifth graders got to test their dining and etiquette skills at a lunch event in Park Slope on Dec. 18. Students from two classes at P.S. 213 enjoyed a full lunch meal at the “Etiquette Class Luncheon” held at the BK9 restaurant. Comment

Federal prosecutors must be reined in also

Viewpoints: Judge Frederic Block, a highly regarded federal judge with over 24 years’ experience, has exposed a serious flaw in our justice system. “Prosecutors are responsible for holding people accountable when they violate the law, but what happens when the prosecutors are the ones who break the rules? In most instances, nothing.” (Daily News Op-Ed July 30, 2018). Political and legal expert Errol Louis deserves kudos for his advocacy to “Rein in N.Y.’s prosecutors to prevent abuse” dated June 19, 2018. Comments (2)

Professional dancer creates generous school program

Arts & Theater: A Brooklyn middle school teacher launched a timely and altruistic program ahead of the holidays, to show her students the potential of being generous. Professional dance teacher Shola Roberts at The School of Integrated Learning, M.S. 354 created, “The Art of Giving Back,” an interactive initiative demonstrating how students can exemplify selflessness through acts of kindness, particularly because its a time where many youngsters will be expecting gifts. Comment

Christmas party for Vincy kids a ‘huge success’

Brooklyn: Organizers have described as “a huge success” Sunday’s annual Christmas Party for Vincentian kids at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center on Logan Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Comment
Barbados: Playing through the season on splendid form, Chargers convincingly beat two more opponents last week on their way towards gaining enough points for an unassailable lead making them the Barbados Volleyball Association Division One League 2018 champions. Comment
Dominica: The sovereign Caribbean nation hardest hit in the 2017 Hurricane season, Dominica, has taken a regional lead in re-modelling its buildings and systems that are vital to ensuring life continues uninterrupted after storms. Comment

Kings County Hospital showcases robotic surgical system

Brooklyn: Health + Hospitals/Kings County says it has enhanced its surgical capabilities with the acquisition of the highly advanced da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which it shared with the community recently through demonstrations. Comment
Manhattan: It’s black for the third time! The business boosting Kwanzaa Crawl will return for its third year on Dec. 26, sending thousands of bar hoppers to 31 black-owned bars and restaurants in Brooklyn and in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood. The day-long event is the brainchild of two Caribbean-American sisters who wanted to focus on black economic power on the first day of the pan-African holiday. Comment
Brooklyn: The Flatbush Caton Market has been ringing in the holiday season all month. For the final weekend before Christmas, the market is hosting a holiday market this Saturday, ensuring that locals find all of their last minute gifts. Comment

Harlem lounge joins Kwanzaa crawl

Food: This year’s Kwanzaa Crawl is expected to be even bigger than its previous two. After expanding to include Harlem just last year, the organizers behind the crawl — sisters Kerry Coddett and Krystal Stark— reached out to several businesses uptown to partake in their black business empowerment event. Comment
Guyana: Loraine, a Guyanese-born, Christmas enthusiast who spends many hours decorating every corner of her Brooklyn house, reflected on the meaning of Christmas, saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season, and then there is the joy and thankfulness in seeing my home decorated with flowers, fairy lights, ceiling ornaments, and to top that off, welcoming family, for sharing and caring.” Comment
Bronx: A recently opened take-out restaurant doesn’t have a conventional name, it doesn’t have a conventional flavor and it doesn’t have a conventional backstory. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Barbados and Russia are seeking to strengthen and deepen relations, as the communist country is seeking to setting up a permanent mission in the Caribbean island. Comments (1)

‘A Christmas Carol in Harlem’ revises classic Dickens tale

Arts & Theater: New Yorkers are having a Dickens of a time this holiday season. Especially patrons who enjoy theater and specifically The Classical Theatre of Harlem -- the untraditional presenters of classic literary works -- they are being gifted with a fun family experience, if only for a limited seasonal holiday run. Comment

Honoring Kwanzaa: It is time to unite and prosper!

Africa: Kwanzaa, by definition, is a celebration held in the United States and in other nations of the Africa Diaspora in the Americas and lasts a week. The celebration honors African heritage in the African / Caribbean-American culture, and is observed from Dec.26 to Jan. 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving. Kwanzaa has seven core principles: Umoja — Unity; Kujichagulia — Self-Determination; Ujima — Collective work and Responsibility; Ujamaa — Cooperative Economics; Nia — Purpose; Kuumba — Creativity; and Imani — Faith. Africa House Global LLC has adopted these principles! Comment
Movies: Holly (Julia Roberts) and Neal (Courtney B. Vance) are raising a family in a quaint country home in upstate New York ostensibly far removed from the sort of woes which plague the inner city. It is Christmas Eve, and we meet Holly in church where she’s patiently watching three of her four kids practicing for the Christmas pageant. Comment
Music: Vincentians on Dec. 2 officially began celebrating Nine Mornings, a festival unique to the nation at Christmas time. “Nine Mornings before Christmas, Vincentians awake in the early hours and part take in a range of activities, among them sea baths, dances (or in local parlance, fetes), bicycle riding and street concerts,” said Michael Peters, chairman of the National Nine Mornings Committee, which, since 1999, began officially organizing the 105-year-festival, about the event’s history. Comments (1)

Medical ganja for Barbados

Medical ganja for Barbados

Barbados: Barbados is suddenly and rapidly moving towards legalising use of marijuana in the medicinal form, but its recreational uses will have to take a back seat until the entire population has a formal say in the matter through a vote. Comments (2)
Brooklyn: Like mother, like son! A Long Island mom and her son are hosting a giftback event for sick youngsters at a Queens children’s hospital on Dec. 21. Elmont-based mom, Natalie M. Joseph — co-founder of Caribbean jewelry company, Trinhaitia Bijoux — and her 12-year-old son Schneider, organized their inaugural “Toys for Tots,” for kids at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. Every year the family helps the needy for the holiday season, but with the encouragement of her son, this time around they are also extending that service to ill youth. Comment
St Vincent: In an elaborate ceremony at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. recently launched the Maxwell Haywood Scholarship and Development Fund. Comment

Celfie Cosmetics: A beauty brand celebrating selfie culture

Brooklyn: A Brooklyn-based entrepreneur created a cosmetics line for the fast-forwarding thinking woman. Celfie Cosmetics is a family-run business headed by its Jamaican-American CEO and founder, Nicole Harding. She said in today’s selfie-driven culture, she yearned for a beauty line that invested in celebrating self-love, and celebrated women who personify success. Comment

$3 M for low income housing for Brooklynites

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams on Tuesday celebrated his Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) capital budget allocation of $3,026,000 for affordable housing across the borough, supporting the development and maintenance of more than 550 new and existing units across Brooklyn. Comment

Gospel artiste honored

Gospel artiste honored

Music: The Bronx-based Vincentian charity group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc., two Saturdays ago bestowed special honor on popular Brooklyn-based, Jamaican gospel artiste, Croswell Daley. Comment
Brooklyn: Two Brooklyn groups held a generous Christmas party for needy families at P.S. 5 on Dec. 8. Organizers from Don’t 4Get Me — a support organization for teenage mothers, and We Say What They Can’t — an independent radio show, held their third annual Christmas Giftback event to help the families living in shelters last weekend. Comment

West Indies ranks eighth in Test

Caribbean: West Indies’ historic series defeat recently has left them a single point from joining Bangladesh in ninth spot, in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings. Comment
Food: They served the world the best of the Caribbean! Caribbean chefs took over the Delegates Dining room at the United Nations last week for the first ever “Caribbean Holiday Guest Chef Series” Dec. 12–14. The three-day event, which featured chefs from Jamaica, Bahamas, and Haiti, kicked off serving several dishes and desserts from the former island. Organized by food blog Best Dressed Plate in partnership with the intergovernmental organization, the idea behind the event was to give chefs a platform to showcase their culinary skills to people from all over. Comment


Guyana: Just as the country is preparing for the start of oil production in the last quarter of 2019, Guyana’s multiparty coalition government will first have to survive a spirited opposition parliamentary no confidence motion that is set for debate before Christmas if it wants to enjoy the financial windfall from its fledgling petroleum sector. Comment
Music: Jamaican-born, Grammy-nominated international jazz maestro, Monty Alexander, CD, is set to make his first United States performance this holiday as a newly-minted honorary Doctorate of Letters of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Comment

Buju Banton returns home

Music: Legendary reggae artist Buju Banton was released from prison after serving seven years in a federal facility in Georgia on Friday, Dec. 7. The Jamaican singer was convicted in 2011 and sentenced to 10 years for drug and gun charges in a Florida bust in 2009. His sentence was later reduced to seven, but the Grammy-award winning artist’s absence in the music industry was strongly felt in the reggae music community. Comment

Gayle wins law suit

Jamaica: West Indies cricket star Chris Gayle was awarded US$221,000 in damages by an Australian judge, three months after a jury found he was defamed in an Australian newspaper, which claimed he had exposed himself indecently to a female masseur. Comment

Barbados forfeits game against Guyana

Guyana: Administrative errors cost the Barbados football team points in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifier competition and shot Guyana up the standings ladder giving the South Americans a fair chance of making the final cut for the prestigious Gold Cup next year. Comment


Sports: West Indies slumped to a five-wicket defeat to hosts Bangladesh in the first of the three-match One-Day International series (OD) in Dhaka on Sunday, Dec. 9. Comment
Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) have come together to secure a health insurance plan for retained players from all six regional franchises and all CWI contracted international players (men and women). Comment
Brooklyn: A newly formed organization is trying to close a gap between the school system and parents with hands-on informative workshops. The Brooklyn-based group, No Rest Until Success, is a generous organization that aims to raise educational awareness, by assisting families struggling to provide their children with schoolwork with resources. Comment

Justice Ingrid Joseph proud to sit on judicial bench

Guyana: Guyanese-born Justice Ingrid Joseph says she’s “privileged and blessed” that she gets “to do work that I love” by sitting on the judicial bench in Brooklyn and Queens. Comment

Doctor inspires others to share at Christmas, life

Guyana: Losing his parents at a very young age, Dr. Sean Doorn, a Georgetown, Guyana-born educator, views this time of the year as his least favorite, simply because his mother died a few months before the Christmas season, and later, his father died, memories, despite sad, helped him to toughen-up, and strive for excellence during his life’s journey. Comment
Bronx: Councilman Andy King (D–Baychester) gave awards to several kids at a chess tournament at MS 390 last Saturday. At the Chess in Schools’ Fernando Cabrera Chess Challenge on Dec. 8, the politician presented more than a dozen winners and teams of the challenge with medals and trophies. Comment
Brooklyn: More than 100 kids and families attended the 500 Men Christmas Tree Lighting and Toy Drive at Herbert Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 8. Comment
Arts & Theater: Tourists visiting the Big Apple during this holiday season are no different from residents of the state who since 1932 make Radio City Music Hall the destination families are guaranteed a spectacular fun-filled showcase. Comment

Windy City backdrop for Brit crime series

Movies: “Widows” was a British TV series, which enjoyed a two-year run from 1983 to 1985. Created by legendary English author Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect), the popular crime show was nominated for a BAFTA award in the Best Television Drama category. In 2002, ABC turned Widows into a four-part miniseries starring Brooke Shields and Rosie Perez, but that substantially-revised overhaul failed to resonate with the American audience. Comment
Brooklyn: Several residents, healthcare workers, officials and members of the community were on hand Friday, Dec. 7 for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at NYC Health+Hospitals McKinney on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados President of the Barbados’ Prison Officers Association pleaded not guilty of encouraging four other prison officers to stay off the job in May this year when he appeared in court recently. Comment

Petrotrin cries felt by fired UTT lecturers

Trinidad and Tobago: The heartbreak felt by ex-Petrotrin workers was the same that was experienced by retrenched University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) lecturers who were sent home earlier this year. Comment

Power and sexual abuse: The danger of doubling

People: Stockholm / Rome, Dec. 10, 2018 (IPS) — Several celebrities use their power to insult or take advantage of women. We read about sexual abuse from men like Harvey Weinsten, Bill OReilly, Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Epstein, Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Dennis Hastert, Robert Packwood, Roger Ailes, James Levine, Hans Hermann Groër, Marcial Maciel, Justin Forsyth, Ruud Lubbers, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, Bill Clinton, Silvio Berlusconi and Donald Trump. Comments (1)

‘Triple Threat’ laced with romance and drama

Books: You dig, and you dig, and you dig. Like a dog with a bone, you’re all in when presented with a tiny scrap of intriguing information. You don’t let go until you know everything there is to know about it, searching and uncovering and digging until, as in the new novel “Triple Threat” by Camryn King, you’ve dug yourself into trouble. Comment
Movies: Capernaum (R for profanity and drug use) Coming-of-age tale about a young Lebanese boy (Zain al Rafeea) who sues his parents (Fadi Yousef and Kawsar Al Haddad) for neglect while serving a five-year sentence for attempted murder. With Yordanos Shiferaw, Cedra Izam and Nadine Labaki. (In Arabic and Amharic with subtitles) Comment

Nannies to be celebrated at annual gala

Brooklyn: Several of the city’s domestic workers will be celebrated at an annual gala next week. The celebratory Dec. 15 gala, created by nanny platform — My Nanny Circle, is honoring some 21 nannies with awards at Grand Prospect Hall. This year, the annual gathering is not only extolling a hardworking group of women, but with a major backing from a leading media company — honorees will be getting special surprises, said its founder. Comment

Trini author pens kids book on manners

Books: She’s all about manners. A Trinidadian-American teacher and author is releasing a new children’s book about general courtesy and manners. Debut author Amarimba Charles, introduces youngsters to the do’s and don’ts of employing common courtesy and politeness in her book, “Please and Thank You are Magic Words! A Story About Manners And Etiquette.” Comment
Manhattan: Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush) joined Councilman Mark Treygar (D–Coney Island) in a push to advocate for more translation services for Russian and Haitian Creole speaking voters at City Hall on Dec. 5. The politicians demanded that the Board of Elections revise their current law, which limits interpretation services for a select number of languages. Comment

Caribbean actors pay tribute to famous Trini playwright

Arts & Theater: More than a half dozen Caribbean actors are going to perform excerpts from Zeno Obi Constance’s plays at TheatreLab Studios on Dec. 10. Parts from eight of the Trinidadian playwright’s work will be read by some of the rising and dominant names in Caribbean theatre in “From Page to Stage: A Caribbean Journey.” Comment



Music: Vincentian gospel artiste LaFleur Durrant and her Jamaican counterpart Croswell Daley brought the house down Saturday with heart-wrenching gospel songs as the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. hosted its annual fundraising prayer breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Sports: The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) recently announced that the Estadio Nacional, in San Jose, Costa Rica will host a Concacaf Gold Cup doubleheader, featuring the home nation, on Sunday, June 16, 2019. Comment


Immigration: In what appears to be one of the most productive of meetings among Caribbean Community leaders in recent years, a special sitting of heads of government in Trinidad has come up with a string of decisions, if handled well, could end decades of frustration among regional citizens in matters relating to free travel and free trade among others. Comment
Brooklyn: Residents in an Upper West Side building are leading a desperate search to find the relatives of their beloved security guard who quietly passed away recently. Comments (1)

Citizenship assistance workshop this Saturday

Brooklyn: This Saturday, Flatbush politicians — Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush), state Sen. Kevin Parker (D–Kensington), and Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–East Flatbush), are inviting their constituents to attend a free citizenship workshop. Comment
A challenge to whether Barbados violated FIFA rules by allowing a footballer to play in a match against Guyana when he was not cleared to do so could derail the Bajan Tridents’ progress in the Nations League qualifiers. Comment

Kraigg tumbles in ICC batting rankings

Sports: Stand-in West Indies Captain Kraigg Brathwaite has taken a heavy blow in the latest ICC Test rankings. Comments (1)
Sports: West Indies Women will tour England next year for a six limited overs series at several major country avenues. Comment

Dottin improves T20 rankings

Sports: Veteran West Indies star Deandra Dottin has been ranked No 2 all-rounder in the latest ICC Twenty20 Internationals. In the latest rankings announced recently by the ICC, the 27-year-old had jumped by two spots to second, following her achievements in the recent ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean. Comment
St Vincent: In the wake of the referendum defeats in Grenada and Antigua and Barbuda in adopting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as the region’s final court of appeal, the court’s chief justice has admitted that more still needs to be done to educate the public about the role of the court. Comment

Caribbean loses Sagicor

Trinidad and Tobago: A Caribbean company that originated in Barbados more than 100 years ago and grew to have a presence in many regional territories is being sold to a Canadian concern for just over half-a-billion dollars. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda is taking another step towards legalizing the regulated production and supply of marijuana for religious and medical purposes, when final consultations on the Cannabis Bill 2018 are held. Comment

Sitting on Appellate bench ‘interesting, fulfilling’: Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Brooklyn: While stating that the Appellate Court on which she sits is the busiest in the nation, Caribbean-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix has described as “interesting and fulfilling” her role on the New York court. Comment

Christmas stories for children

Christmas stories for children

Books: You already know the story about Santa. You know about his reindeer and his sleigh and the toys. You know about Frosty, and Rudolph, and the elves. But what about fairies, tubas, or construction equipment at Christmastime? With these great picture books, you’ll learn fast… Comment

Say no to the International Court of Justice

Guatemala: 1. Prior to Spain Britain and the other European countries colonizing this part of the world, several nation states existed but they came and used unjustifiable force on the native citizens to take away their territories from them and colonized the entire region. Comment
Music: The World’s Fare is coming back to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe. Comments (1)

Black pianist, white chauffeur tour segregated South

Movies: Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) was a promising prodigy whose formal training in classical piano began when he was admitted to Russia’s prestigious Leningrad Conservatory at the age of 9. Because he had the misfortune of being raised in Florida in the Jim Crow Era, it was very unlikely that his extraordinary talent would be appreciated anywhere in the South upon his return to the States. Comment

Clarke warns about Trump’s proposed Public Charge rule

New York: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Monday night stepped up her warning to Caribbean and other immigrants about the Trump administration’s proposed Public Charge rule, saying that it will “deeply affect a large portion of residents” in her Ninth Congressional District, who are predominantly Caribbean nationals. Comment

CASWA celebrates cultural wellness

Brooklyn: The Caribbean-American Social Workers Association (CASWA), under the theme: Cultural Wellness — Celebrating Caribbean Food, Music and dance, last Saturday, hosted its 15th Annual Fundraising Breakfast at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, to continue improving the social status and functioning of people of Caribbean heritage. Comment
Brooklyn: The rainy weather last Sunday, did not dampen the holiday spirit of Canarsie Brooklyn residents, who looked on in awe as the Seddio Family Holiday Lighting Display lit up the corner of 93 Street and Flatlands Avenue, against loud applause and greetings of Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza and Merry Christmas. Comment
Environment: Lee Hoesung was appointed chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2015. He is also the Endowed Chair Professor of economics of climate change, energy and sustainable development in the Republic of Korea*. UNITED NATIONS, Dec 3, 2018 (IPS) — When governments set a target in December 2015 of limiting global warming to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels while pursuing efforts to hold it at 1.5ºC, they invited the IPCC to prepare a report to provide information on this Goal. Comment

West Indies loses 2-0 Test series against Bangladesh

Sports: West Indies suffered another lost inside three days in the two-Test series against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday. Spin bowler Mehedi Miraz produced the best bowling performance ever by a Bangladesh bowler to bowl his side to a convincing victory and claim a historic series win over the West Indies. Comment
Movies: Ben Is Back (R for drug use and pervasive profanity) Lucas Hedges plays the title character in this coming-of-age drama about a troubled teen who arrives home unex Comment
Music: The world is abuzz about UNESCO’s recent overwhelming endorsement of reggae’s impact on the world. The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization added the genre among the world’s protected “intangible cultural heritage” treasures during its 13th session held in the Republic of Mauritius recently. Comment

Ganja: race, politics and legalisation

Caribbean: The issue of legalisation of ganja has become a popular issue in the global discourse on drugs since the pioneering role of countries such as Uruguay and Canada led the way regarding the legalisation of ganja for medicinal and recreational purposes. However, the road to legalisation is not as easy for everyone. Comment

Caribbean needs seat at COP24 negotiating table

St Vincent: ST. GEORGE’S, Nov. 28, 2018 (IPS) — The Caribbean will not be left out of the negotiations at COP24 — the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change — that will take place from Dec. 3 to 14 in Katowice, Poland Comment

Brooklyn assemblywoman vies for public advocate

People: Brooklyn Democratic Assemblywoman Latrice Walker Tuesday night threw her hat in the ring for Public Advocate of New York City. “I am extremely proud to be a candidate for New York City Public Advocate,” Walker, who represents the 55th Assembly District in Brooklyn, told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “My campaign is about fighting injustice wherever it may occur, in any community throughout our city. Comment
Food: It’s beginning to taste a lot of like an island Christmas! The Crown Heights ice cream shop Island Pops, is expanding its menu all season into December. The Caribbean-inspired frozen dessert business is making some additions to its usual offerings, just in time for the holiday season, said the co-owner. Comment
Music: International dancehall singer Spice, met with fans and performed at an Apple Store in Manhattan on Nov. 26. The Jamaican performer — known for her gutsy and raunchy hits — visited the Soho location to discuss the release of her latest mixtape, “Captured,” and performed her new single “Genie.” She also talked about the precedented controversy leading up to the release of the record. Comment


Trinidad and Tobago: Several governments and labor unions reacted negatively to a mid-week announcement by the Bank of Nova Scotia out of Canada that it would be soon closing off businesses in nine countries with Guyana contending that it would create massive imbalances in the financial system and Antigua moving to block the move until regulators are properly informed. Regional unions dubbed the move as immoral and heartless. Comment

Calls for audit on home foreclosures in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr., the chair of the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, have called for a full-scale forensic audit and investigation on the federal, state and city levels into the issue of deed fraud Brooklyn. Comments (1)

Hitmaker, deejay protégé on U.S. tour

Music: Produced by Sugar Bear, Rayvon, and Michael Prochilo, the pulsating Red Bull Riddim features 11 tracks of pure heat from dancehall legends including Elephant Man, General Degree, Tanto Metro & Devonte, and the producers themselves. The title track finds Sugar Bear (aka Mr. Stallion) delivering a deep, rapid-fire flow of seduction to newcomer Coralee, who prepares her suitor by sweetly responding “you gon’ need a Red Bull tonight.” Comment
Barbados: Barbados has responded to another instance of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development pressure by radically reforming its company tax system, that probably puts the island ahead of many jurisdictions trading in international business. Comment

Showing gratitude can be rewarding

Books: For weeks, you’ve been scouring the stores. You have a lot to give. Most of it is wrapped up colorfully, beribboned and bowed. Some gifts are in bags with shiny trim, while others are tucked away in closets. You have a lot to give this holiday season, but in the new novel, “Remembrance” by Mary Monroe, when you give of yourself, you also get. Beatrice Powell couldn’t understand what was wrong with people. Comment

Multilateralism undermined by globalization’s discontents

Viewpoints: SYDNEY and KUALA LUMPUR, Nov. 28, 2018 (IPS) — On Oct. 24, 1945, the world’s most inclusive multilateral institution, the United Nations, was born to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, … reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, … establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom” (UN Charter: Preamble). Comment

Search on for Windies coach

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) President Dave Cameron said Caribbean coaches will get the first choice when it comes to selecting the next head coach of the West Indies team. Comment
Manhattan: The tournament of the ropes returns. The annual double dutch competition returns for its 27th edition at Apollo Theater on Dec. 2. The yearly event hosts teams from all over the world to take part in the competitive show, which celebrates the sport and judges jump ropers in the art of double dutch. Returning for another year keeps the culture of double dutch alive, said the president of the National Double Dutch League. Comment

Vincy community worker weds

Vincy community worker weds

People: In a very elegant ceremony Saturday, prominent Vincentian community worker in Brooklyn Curlina Edwards tied the knot with her compatriot Desmond Hills at National Church of God of Brooklyn in Brownsville. Comment

Caribbean judge up to real estate challenge

St Vincent: With significant expansion of real estate in Brooklyn in recent times, a Caribbean-born judge in Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn said she wa up to the challenge in presiding over the Commercial Division of the court. Comment

Trinidad needs an immigration, refugee policy

Venezuela: “If reports of 60,000 Venezuelan illegal immigrants are correct, this means close to 4,400 Venezuelans per 100,000 T&T nationals reside here - the highest in Latin America. Given these figures why do we not have a comprehensive immigration / refugee policy in place. Why the sloth?” asks Naparima MP Rodney Charles. Comments (1)



Music: Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving Saturday reminisced about Christmas at home, as the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) brought much nostalgia with its annual Christmas Serenade. Comment

Caribbean entrepreneurship community set for opportunity-driven cooperation

Caribbean: Toronto, Canada Nov. 26, 2018 ―— On Thursday, Nov. 15, Caribbean business leaders signaled to the Community that they are ready to take charge in making entrepreneurship inclusive. The occasion was the launch of The Community of Practice for Caribbean Immigrant Entrepreneurs (CoP). Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush) gave away hundreds of turkeys ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Midwood on Nov. 19. The politician helped distribute 600 turkeys to community members at the Plaza Auto Mall dealership last week, in an effort to help those in need. Comment


Sports: Bangladesh spin bowlers wrecked the West Indies in the first Test of the Two Test series, to win inside three days at the Zahur Ahmed Stadium in Chittagon last Saturday. Comment
Barbados: Two retaliatory goals within three minutes at the edge of fulltime against Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) halted the run of these league leaders causing them to settle for joint front position in the Barbados Football Premiere League competition. Comment



Sports: Favorite Australia beat England by eight wickets on Sunday night to reclaim the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 title in finals at the Sir Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua and make amends for their loss two years ago. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) has announced plans to launch two new initiatives designed to reduce the island’s imports in key areas, increase exports and create high value jobs. Comment

Altruistic couple adopts siblings in real-life drama

Movies: Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie Wagner (Rose Byrne) are speculators who make a living flipping real estate in their hometown of Atlanta. The couple’s latest acquisition is a fixer-upper with five bedrooms they hope to sell to Ellie’s sister Kim (Allyn Rachel) and brother-in-law Russ (Tom Segura). Comment
Arts & Theater: What goes through the mind of a mother of a teen-aged son who has not checked in with her for almost 24 hours? What if that mother is Black, living in the southern-most state of the Union and after calling her only child repeatedly gets a voice recording? Comment
Movies: Anna and the Apocalypse (R for profanity, sexuality, violence and gore) Horror comedy about a teenager (Ella Hunt) who joins forces with her BFF (Malcolm Cumming) to fight the horde of zombies invading their hometown at Christmastime. With Sarah Swire, Ben Wiggins and Mark Benton. Comment
Barbados: Barbados is on a count down to a target that will place the country’s dollar in a position to once again assure local and international investors of its firmness as a currency in which to invest. Comment
Puerto Rico: EL YUNQUE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Biologists are trying to save the last of the endangered Puerto Rican parrots after more than half the population of the bright green birds with turquoise-tipped wings disappeared when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico and destroyed their habitat and food sources. Comment


St Vincent: Three Caribbean Community countries which have been pioneering the region’s new approach to marijuana have in the past week taken significant steps to either reform legislation or to recognize medical products from the cannabis sativa sector as the three indirectly mount pressure on neighbors to follow their paths. Comment

Williams opposes deal with Amazon

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Tuesday opposed a deal between Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Amazon, the world leader in e-commerce and cloud computing, which will establish a new corporate headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Comment
Caribbean: WINDSOR, England, Nov. 20, 2018 (IPS) — The blue economy—a concept and economic model that balances economic development with equity and environmental protection, and one that uses marine resources to meet current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own—is not a new idea. Comment
Venezuela: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) _ One police officer was killed and three people were wounded in Haiti on Monday amid a second day of countrywide protests over allegations of government corruption. Comment

Barbados flogs USVI

Barbados: Barbados Tridents have handed a 3-0 thrashing to the United States Virgin Islands to earn themselves their first set of full points from a match in the CONCACAF Nations League qualifiers. Comment
Movies: “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” is the second in a series of five Harry Potter prequels being written and produced by author J.K. Rowling. The movie was directed by David Yates who made the original “Fantastic Beasts” as well as Harry Potters 5 through 8. Comment

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