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Brooklyn lawyer seeks to succeed Williams in Council seat

Grenada: Just days after Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams won the position of Public Advocate for New York City, a young, bright Brooklyn-born lawyer, of Caribbean parentage, is seeking to succeed him as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comment

Skerrit bids to unseat CWI president

Sports: Former St. Kitts cabinet minister and West Indies team manager, Ricky Skerrit is throwing his hat in the ring to unseat Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron at this month’s elections in Jamaica. Comment

Queens group bolsters visibility of city’s queer Caribbean community

Queens: The Caribbean Equality Project is a dominate force for the Caribbean LGBTQ community, helming their issues and bringing them to the forefront. Comment
Brooklyn: With lofty and spiritually-uplifting singing and music, resounding testimonials, and billowing preaching and praying, Attributes of Christ Ministries, a small evangelical church on Albany Avenue in the Crown Heights, Brooklyn two Sundays ago celebrated its 20th anniversary with much fanfare. Comment

Young girl wants a better life

Books: You can be anything you want to be! That’s what you were told, growing up: you could do anything, try everything, and be anybody you wanted to be, if you tried. Set your sights on something, and it was yours — so in the new novel “Inventing Victoria” by Tonya Bolden, a young girl wants a better life. Five-year-old Essie was embarrassed half to death. Comment

SMASHING GAYLE

SMASHING GAYLE

Sports: Chris Gayle scored the fastest half-century by a West Indian in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) last week, to take the West Indies to a seven-wicket victory over England to share the Colonial Medical Insurance Cup 2-2 in the five-match series. One match was abandoned because of rain. Comment

Windies woman sets record

Sports: Veteran off-spinner Anisa Mohammed became the first West Indies Women player to compete in 100 Twenty20 Internationals when she played in the team’s recent comprehensive 71-run victory overs hosts Pakistan in Dubai. Comment

Matthews leading Bajan women cricket

Barbados: At only 20 years of age she already commands a major place in the West Indies Women cricket team holding the rank of vice-captain, so it is a natural progression that Barbadian Hayley Matthews takes up the helm of her island’s team. Comment

International Women’s Day needs to return to its radical roots

ACCRA/MONTEVIDEO, March 5, 2019 (IPS) — The theme for International Women’s Day this year doesn’t resonate with us. #BalanceForBetter brings to mind slow gradual change, and assumes that if you provide women and girls with equal access then the society will automatically be better. We know that’s false. Comment
Environment: PORT-OF-SPAIN , Feb. 26, 2019 (IPS) — The Caribbean Climate Smart Accelerator launched last year June with the backing of Virgin’s Richard Branson has given itself five years to help the region become climate resilient. Comment

Edwidge Danticat’s new kid’s book explores a mother’s caring touch

Books: The Haitian-American author’s new picture book, “My Mommy Medicine,” illustrates the many ways a mother helps her young child feel better when she’s home sick. Comment

Ottley urges focus in practicing law

People: Stating that there are many challenges, on a regular basis, that he has had to address in practicing law, Brooklyn lawyer Roland G. Ottley urges legal practitioners to be “always organized and focused.” Comment

Hold the line for justice

Viewpoints: It may come as a shock to some that New York — in many ways one of the most progressive states in the country — is extremely regressive when it comes to criminal justice. Comment
Brooklyn: Sen. Kevin Parker told a packed audience that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached that only love could heal hate, as he honored the legacy of the civil rights leader during the 15th Annual “A Shared Dream” tribute at the Goshen Temple of Seventh-Day Adventists in Brooklyn. Comment

Jeffries: Remove offensive language from federal code

People: The Brooklyn Congressman calls for outdated wording to be replaced with appropriate terms of respect. Comment

Clarke hosting Citizenship Workshop

People: The Congresswoman is calling on all eligible green card holders to apply for citizenship. Comment
People: Two members of the Black clergy and a retired US Army Reserve Colonel spoke at Trinity Methodist Church in Brooklyn. Comment

Over 1,000 vote on Advance Polling Day in BVI

People: The Supervisor of Elections in the British Virgin Islands says that 1,120 persons voted on Advance Polling Day on Feb. 21 and not 1,118 as was previously reported. Comment

‘Roma’: Devoted nanny dotes on kids in dysfunctional family drama

People: ‘Roma’ from director Alfonso Cuaron is a semi-autobiographical family drama set in Mexico City. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

People: Apollo 11 (Unrated) IMAX documentary revisiting NASA’s historic 1969 mission, the first spaceflight to land on the moon. Featuring archival footage of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Comment
People: Disposed Venezuelans continue to pour into neighboring countries, forcing local authorities to beef up national systems to deal with the growing number of refugees. Comment
People: Plus, Olivia Colman upsets Glenn Close for Best Actress. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Bahamas The Bahamas government has welcomed the latest ratings from the US-based Moody’s which reclassified the country’s outlook from “negative” to “stable.” Comment
Bermuda: The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTO) visually transported vacationers to the tropical paradise, where drinks and eats were plant-based, and the décor exuded tropical flora, during a colorful and creative island reception, titled “Bermuda: Always in Season,” at the NoMo Hotel, Manhattan. Comment

First Black, female newspaper publisher

People: Imagine one day devoted to celebrating women their gender. Not Mothers’ Day -- which excludes a segment who might be childless or motherless but a single calendar day half the species are able to exalt with pride the power of being female and the endless opportunities of claiming entitlement to a myriad of social, economic, political and cultural privileges. Comment

Olivia Colman delivers Oscar-winning performance

Queen Anne (1665-1714) was a sickly monarch whose dozen-year reign ran from 1702 to 1714. She was also married to Prince George of Denmark from 1683 until he passed away at Kensington Palace in 1708. Comment
St Lucia: The present tour of the West Indies by the English cricket team and a visit by India later in the year promise a financial bonanza not only for regional administrators of the game, but also national economies. Comment

Stefon Bristol, Spike Lee to release Netflix movie

Movies: Stefon Bristol, writer, director, of “See You Yesterday,” who proudly says his parents, Elizabeth and Clinton are from Georgetown, Guyana, is excited his feature film, produced by Spike Lee, is set to be released on movie channel Netflix soon. Comments (2)

Gayle to retire

Gayle to retire

People: Hard-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is set to retire from One-Day Internationals cricket after the 2019 World Cup this summer. Comment

Records tumble in West Indies/England ODI

People: Records tumbled in the first One-Day International (ODI) between the West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval, Barbados last week. Comment

West Indies women’s captain rises in ICC rankings

People: Captain Stafanie Taylor and two more West Indies Women cricketers have made important strides in the latest ICC women’s one-day rankings released last week. Comment
People: Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards believes England took the West Indies too lightly, resulting in their shock defeat in the three-Test series in the Caribbean. Comment

Funeral arrangements set for Caribbean academic

People: The family of late Caribbean academic, Montserratan-born Dr. George Irish, on Feb. 20 announced his funeral arrangements. Comment

‘Power grab’: Clarke to Trump on national emergency

People: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Feb. 19 described President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border with Mexico as a “power grab.” Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Caribbean Roundup

People: Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the Antigua-based regional airline LIAT should appeal the $1.55 million in damages awarded to a former employee by a jury in the United States Virgin Islands recently. Comment

US deports Jamaican nationals

People: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says officers have ordered three Jamaican men deported at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for coming to the United States to work without authorization at a Wisconsin hotel. Comment

Clarke named Senior Whip in Congress

People: Following her election in January as Vice Chair of the United States House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Thursday was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the 116th Congress. Comment

Belize PM, PAHO discuss ‘priority health issues’

People: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says its director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow have been discussing “a variety of priority health issues” for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state. Comment

Statue for Wes Hall

By yearend, visitors to Barbados’ Kensington Oval, fondly called the Mecca of West Indies cricket, will have looking down upon them not only the keen eyes of the world’s greatest cricketer, Sir Garfield Sobers, but also those of a former terrorising fast bowler, Sir Wesley Hall. Comment
GENEVA, Feb. 18, 2019 (IPS) — Initially, in its BAPA+40 follow-up, the Group of 77 should address — in its own circle and in a comprehensive manner – the challenges and opportunities facing South-South cooperation. Comment

BELAFONTE’S MUSICAL LEGACY

Music: Renowned activist and calypso legend Harry Belafonte will be celebrated with a birthday concert at Aaron Davis Hall on March 1. On what will be his 92nd birthday, members of the Belafonte Alumni Group — a collective of performers that toured with the entertainer in his heyday — will be honoring him with a musical show of some of his greatest songs. Comment
People: Dr. George A. Irish, a Montserratan-born retired professor at Brooklyn’s Medgar Ever College, City University of New York (CUNY), died on Feb. 12. He was 76. Comment

A tale of the small side of injustice

Books: Ever since you were a little kid, you’ve had a great big wish. You’ve always wanted that one thing. You’ve schemed and asked, begged and plotted, but you still don’t have it. As in the new book “Meet Miss Fancy” by Irene Latham, illustrated by John Holyfield, whatever’s stopping you just isn’t fair. Comment

Gayle returns to Windies ODI squad

Sports: Veteran hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle has been recalled to the West Indies One-Day International (ODI) 14-man squad for the first time in seven months for the first two games of the five-match series against England later this month. Comment
Barbados: The footballing link between Barbados and Argentina has been made stronger with a signing of an agreement that should see the two-time World Cup winning South American nation sharing its expertise with the island. Comment

BANK CHIEF AXED

BANK CHIEF AXED

Suriname: President Desi Bouterse has fired the head of Suriname’s central bank in a move that appears to be quickly backfiring on a head of state who is seeking a third consecutive five-year term in general elections that are due in just about 14 months. Comment
Barbados: Barbadians are not making many children and officials believe it is pushing the island to a crisis of labour, reducing not only the local workforce but also putting at risk the pensions for those who have retired. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: It’s a milestone year. The National Black Theatre is going to continue celebrating its 50th anniversary from now until mid-fall. The premier Harlem-based arts organization was founded half a century ago by artist and writer Dr. Barbara Ann Teer on Oct. 24, 1968 — creating a space of originality for black artists and creatives. Now 50 years into its existence, the company hopes to maintain its role in being a go-to place for black art, and its team takes pride in reaching its turning point, said its artistic director. Comment

Mayor appoints Bronx pastor executive director for faith, community partnerships

Bronx: Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Bronx native, the Rev. Dominique C. Atchison, M.Div., as executive director of the Mayor’s Center for Faith and Community Partnerships. Comment

Clarke re-introduces tax abatement bill for dental faculty

National: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke last week collaborated with three congressional colleagues in re-introducing the Dental Loan Repayment Assistance Act of 2019, or H.R. 996. Comment

‘Babylon’ premieres: ‘Yardie’ begins BAM Reel Caribbean Series

Movies: For the fifth consecutive year, the Brooklyn Academy of Music will spotlight more than a few fine films that feature factual and fictitious aspects of Caribbean life. From Haiti, Antigua, Guyana, Dominica, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and Jamaica, vintage and new documentaries provide celluloid testimony to the diversity of the tropical landscape located south of the border. Comment
Sports: West Indies Captain Jason Holder and fast bowler Kemar Roach have moved up in the latest ICC Test rankings released recently. Comment

Windies Women loses ODI series

Sports: West Indies Women recently suffered a series defeat to Pakistan in the historic three-match ICC One-Day International (ODI) Championship (2-1) in Dubai. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda Attorney General, Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin said the government was moving to establish a registry for sex offenders in the very near future. Comment
Guyana: One People, One Nation, with One Destiny, was the common thread that ran through a pulsating multicultural presentation of music, dance, drumming, and a parade of Guyana’s six races, to commemorate the nation’s 49th Mashramani under the auspices of Ambassador Rudolph M. Ten-Pow and Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, who, called on expatriates to celebrate Guyana’s diversity with unity and pride. Comment
Sports: West Indies fast bowler Shannon Gabriel has been banned slapped with a four-match One-Day International (ODI), by cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), after being found guilty of player abuse. Comment
Brooklyn: With the opening of the 2019-2020 legislative session with a stronger New York State Assembly and a Democratic Majority in the Senate, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichottee, chair of the Oversight of the Minority Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) Subcommittee in the State Assembly, said she was “hopeful for the future of MWBEs.” Comments (2)
Suriname: PARAMARIBO, Feb. 15, 2019 (IPS) — High Forest Cover and Low Deforestation (HFLD) nations ended a major conference in Suriname on Thursday, with the Krutu of Paramaribo Joint Declaration on HFLD Climate Finance Mobilisation. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: The Changeover (Unrated) Adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s young adult novel, set in Christchurch, New Zealand, about a 16 year-old girl (Erana James) drawn into a battle with the evil spirit draining the life out of her little brother (Benji Purchase). Supporting cast includes Timothy Spall, Melanie Lynskey and Lucy Lawless. Comment
Brooklyn: It’s money pooling the modern way. A new app is going to make the traditional way of pooling money, commonly known as sou sou, easier. Haitian-American economist, Sophonie Saint Felix, is launching a digital version of the centuries-old rotating money loan method with Community Banking (COBA). Sou sou is a term referring to an informal money saving system, known as such in many Caribbean countries. In many parts of the world, this form of loaning and saving is the preferred choice over banking — as it helps people unable to borrow from banks, access a large amount of money. Comment

Bar association, CUNY Law partner on groundbreaking class

Brooklyn: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) says it is partnering with the City University School of Law (CUNY) School of Law in offering what it describes as a “groundbreaking” Technology and the Law class for second and third-year students at CUNY Law School. Comment

SVG Diaspora Committee chair wants ‘decisive year of collaboration’

St Vincent: Sherill-Ann Mason-Haywood, chairperson of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of New York, wants 2019 to be a “decisive year of collaboration” for Vincentians in the Diaspora. Comment
St Vincent: Despite numerous challenges within and without the legal profession, Queens-based, Vincentian-born attorney Narissa Morris is determined to press on. Comments (1)
Movies: Every now and then, a film turns history on its head. For example, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter made over $100 million dollars at the box office by suggesting that the 16th President of the United States was also a legendary stalker of the undead. And Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, which had Hitler dying in a movie theater fire rather than by committing suicide, made three times as much money. Comment

Time for state legislative hearings on lack of diversity in NY city’s construction industry

Viewpoints: Each year, Black History Month represents an important time to honor the many leaders who came before us and reflect on what steps we must take now to keep advancing the mission of pursuing racial justice. In New York City’s development and construction industry, where too many minority workers and business owners are still locked out of jobs and contracts, moving toward racial justice also means advancing economic justice for men and women of color. Comment

Young jazzman to lead concert

Young jazzman to lead concert

Music: The Aaron Diehl trio will be performing a concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center next month. Made up of jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, and his trio which includes drummer Aaron Kimmel and bassist David Wong, are going to perform “Virtuoso at Play,” — a two-hour show as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series on March 28. Comment

GANG WAR FEARS

Trinidad and Tobago: Gunmen in Trinidad killed four people in 14 hours overnight Tuesday, sparking fears that the country is again on course to experience yet another bad year for violent crime and concerns that gang wars are spiraling out of control. Comment
New York: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prohibit employers from testing prospective employees for marijuana usage before employment. Comment
Grenada: A growth trend among most member countries of the Caribbean Community organisation, CARICOM, is projected to continue this year and strike an average two percent expansion of those economies. Comment

Vincentian community, political activist is dead

St Vincent: Moreen King-Anthony, a Vincentian-born community and political activist in Brooklyn, who unsuccessfully contested the 41st Council District in Brooklyn in 2017, died at a hospice in Brooklyn on Friday. She was 59. Comment
Environment: PARAMARIBO, Feb. 14 2019 (IPS) — At 51, Roberto Wong Loi Sing has spent nearly half of his life working in the field of engineering. But as he spends his days designing more efficient stormwater management systems, or water purification systems, for instance, the child in him comes alive as he combines his skills to find “win-win” solutions for the environment. Comment

Caribbean flair to grip New York

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Caribbean’s flair, pulsating energy and colorful sounds will captivate New York during Caribbean Week in early June. Comment
Haiti: Opposition-led protests in Haiti calling for the president to step down, which sparked violence last week, have prompted a group of senior diplomats, included the top United Nations official there, to deplore the loss of life and call for dialogue to end the crisis. Comment
Brooklyn: The Midwood Neighborhood Senior Center in Flatlands, Brooklyn on Monday held a grand re-opening ceremony in its brand-new location at the Congregation Beit Hillel of Flatlands, 2146 Ralph Ave. Comment

Daughter launches foundation honoring late mother

Brooklyn: A Brooklyn nurse recently launched a foundation in her late mother’s honor to raise awareness and support for young women pursuing social work. Comment

Caribbean justices keynote legal education program

People: Caribbean justices Sylvia G. Ash and Ruth Shillingford were the keynote s Comment
Brooklyn: An aspiring clergyman is debuting a new film exploring the relationship between two notable and influential leaders at The New York Society for Ethical Culture on Feb. 23. Comment

Gift from the heart makes a great present

Books: Oh, how you love opening presents! You love the surprise, first of all. What did you get? You won’t find out until you rip off the paper and just the sound of that is exciting. Maybe there’s a box next, or plastic to open, or there’s simply a gift for you to enjoy. Getting presents are awesome but in the new book “What is Given from the Heart” by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by April Harrison, is doubly special when you have nothing to give in return. Comment
Music: t’s a musical trinity. A collaborative show featuring three standout musicians will take center stage at the Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center on March 9. Comment

England wins final Test match

Sports: England avoided a whitewash when they beat West Indies in the final of the three-Test series by 322 runs in four days. Comment

West Indies in tough World Cup T20 group

Sports: Defending champions West Indies will open the defense of their title against New Zealand, in the highly anticipated edition of next year’s men’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia. Comment

CPL tourney starts in September 2019

Sports: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will bowl of this year’s edition from Aug. 21 to Sept. 27, with the opening round of matches taking place in Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Comment

TOUCH OF AFRICA

Fashion: Glenroy Marsh is famously creative when it comes to classic, detailed, ensembles, so when his Sankofa by D’Marsh 2020 Fall Collection took over the runway at High School of Fashion Industries, NYC, last Monday, applause flowed from the audience. Comment
Jamaica: Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the United Nations, Ambassador Courtenay Rattay, on Feb. 6, told world religious leaders, humanitarians and guests at the United Nations Headquarters in New York city, that World Interfaith Harmony Week is more than a celebration, noting that it is a manifestation of the shared values of coexistence, fraternity and human understanding. Comment

Black History Month: The Black Caribs / Garifunas

People: According to UNESCO, ignorance or concealment of major historical events constitutes an obstacle to mutual understanding, reconciliation and cooperation among peoples. The celebration of Black History Month in the USA, is an opportune time to tell the story of the Black Caribs / Garifunas. Comments (2)

Economic crisis can trigger world war

KUALA LUMPUR and BERLIN, Feb. 12, 2019 (IPS) — Economic recovery efforts since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis have mainly depended on unconventional monetary policies. As fears rise of yet another international financial crisis, there are growing concerns about the increased possibility of large-scale military conflict. Comment

Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030? New York has a plan for 2020

New York: In his State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to end new HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030. He can start by looking at what is working right here, in his home state of New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: They painted for a cause! About a dozen women turned out for a local organization’s painting workshop in Queens last Friday. Comment

TWENTY20 CHAMPS

TWENTY20 CHAMPS

Sports: West Indies Women clinched the three-match Twenty20 series (2-1) against Pakistan in the final T20 at the Southend Club Cricket Stadium a week ago. Comment

Talented Bajan runner gets US break

Barbados: The young Barbadian runner, Kyle Gale, who almost broke an Usain Bolt record, but for a technicality last year has now earned himself a four-year full athletics scholarship worth $37,000 annually with Kansas State University. Comment

Barbados opening jobs to CARICOM nationals

Barbados: Responding to a growing demographics imbalance in which the retired and close to retirement members of the population are growing while the number of working-age nationals is dwindling, Barbados will soon open its doors to skilled labour, especially persons from the Caribbean Community. Comments (2)
Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Pakistani American Youth Organization (PAYO) and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Friday held a ceremony to unveil Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way, a newly co-named street in Midwood, named for the founder of Modern Pakistan. Comment

City teens advocate for greater tobacco control

New York: Dozens of city students traveled to Albany last week to speak to state lawmakers on the harmful effects tobacco-use has on their communities. On Feb. 4, organizers from anti-tobacco group NYC Smoke Free traveled with students to the capital on Legislative Education Day, to show their support for more comprehensive tobacco control programs. Comment

‘Father of Africa’ statue unveiled in Ethiopia

Africa: Who is the “father of Africa?” Sunday, Feb. 10 a commemorative statue of Emperor Haile Selassie I of Ethiopia was unveiled at the headquarters of the Organization of African Union (OAU) in the African capital city of Addis Ababa honoring the leader many consider worthy of the title. Comment
Movies: Joseph Grant (Toussaint Morrison) was riding in a car with his brother Cole (Malick Ceesay) and BFF Derek (Geoff Briley) one afternoon when they suddenly found themselves being tailed by a police cruiser. Although they hadn’t violated any rules of the road, they were inexplicably pulled over by a couple of overly zealous cops (Addison Pennington and Matt Cedarberg), ostensibly for merely “driving while black.” Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Haiti: Antigua Two St. Vincent and the Grenadines nationals were denied bail and remanded in custody on charges linked to an EC$1.8 million drug bust. Comment

Public education campaign for upcoming elections

Brooklyn: Community leaders across New York are pushing for stronger civic involvement in the Caribbean-American Diaspora starting with the current race for New York city public advocate. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Birds of Passage (Unrated) Colombian crime thriller, set in the Seventies, about an indigenous family that comes to regret dealing drugs. Co-starring Jose Acosta, Carmina Martinez and Natalia Reyes. (In English, Spanish and Wayuu with subtitles) Comment
Barbados: American authorities have unsealed documents naming former Barbados insurance executives, Alex Tasker and Ingrid Inness as the persons who allegedly conspired with former government minister Donville Inniss to launder money in the United States. Comment

Judge Dweynie Paul speaks of challenges, successes in Family Court

Haiti: Dweynie Esther Paul is a Kings County Civil Court Judge currently presiding in Queens County Family Court. Judge Paul, who was born in Queens, currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Comment

Advocates launch petition in light of rapper’s immigration arrest

Dominica: Atlanta-raised rapper 21 Savage was arrested and detained by immigration officials last week. On Feb. 3, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents apprehended the Grammy-nominated rapper, whose birth name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, for allegedly living in the U.S. illegally. Comment

Gonzalez, Adams pay tribute to Charles ‘Joe’ Hynes

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Wednesday paid tribute to former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes, who died the day before while vacationing in Deerfield Beach, Fla. He was 83. Comment

Racial politics in Hollywood

Books: The movie you’ve been waiting for is finally available. Sure, you saw it in the theatre, but you’re happy to watch it again. It has adventure, a little romance, and plenty of action – plus, it features your favorite actor, so what’s not to love? Better question, asks author Maryann Erigha in her book “The Hollywood Jim Crow”: what color is the cast? Comment

Persaud honors Jackie Robinson’s 100th birthday

People: The New York State Senate on Tuesday commemorated the 100th birthday of Jackie Robinson, during Black History Month, with a resolution introduced by Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud. Comment

VODOU ROOTS

Arts & Theater: We’re going back to our roots. A mixed media performance celebrating traditional African spirituality will play at Teatro Latea on Feb. 19. “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical,” is a musical-like show inspired by its Haitian-American creator Regine Romain, and her cultural pilgrimage to Benin. The educator and anthropologist’s trip to the West African birthplace of vodou, was a beneficial awakening about its origins, which she wanted to condense her experience and share. Comment

BLACK GOLD RUSH

Guyana’s government Wednesday said that American supermajor ExxonMobil has found substantial oil and gas deposits in two more massive offshore wells, taking its tally to 12 with only two failures so far, a rate of discovery that is well above global averages a top official said. Comment
Grenada: The Trump administration on Wednesday congratulated Grenada on its 45th year of political independence from Great Britain. “On behalf of the Government of the United States, congratulations to the people of Grenada on your 45th anniversary of independence on Feb. 7,” said US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo in a statement. Comment

Phagwah festival in memory of spiritual leader Pandit Ramlall

Guyana: The Guyanese community in Queens will dedicate the 31st Annual Phagwah Parade in Richmond Hill to the late Pandit Ramlall, a scholar, author, teacher, and founder of the colorful festival that will be held on Sunday, March. 31. Comment
Brooklyn: Police Commissioner of New York City, James P. O’Neill, during a meeting at the Hebrew Educational Society in Canarsie, Brooklyn, last Tuesday, assured residents that crime was on the decline in NYC, but noted more has to be done. Comment
New York: She’s bringing empowerment into real estate. New York-based realtor Jennifer Saavedra founded her agency, The Real Sisters Real Estate, with her sister Renatta seven years ago. A former international journalist and a self-proclaimed feminist — her day-to-day task is not just focused on showing potential buyers and renters properties. She is also navigating her career with a progressive and woman-centric world view. Comment
Arts & Theater: The forthcoming “Hear Her Call” festival, selected seven Caribbean-American women writers for its York College event on March 29. Headed by the Queens-based production company Conch Shell Productions, the festival is a celebration of Caribbean women’s writers, and their stories and narratives. Close to four dozen writers submitted, said founder and creator Magaly Colimon-Christopher. Comment

Dine the Boroughs

Dine the Boroughs

Food: Eat your heart out, outer boroughs! A dazzling new dining experience will promote the unique cuisines found in Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx next month! Dine The Boroughs, a two-week culinary tour of some of the outer boroughs’ best bites, will feature some 200 restaurants offering prix fixe menu options for just $28, from March 18 to March 31. Comment

Bajan consul general sets early agenda

Barbados: He’s got big plans! Barbados’ newest Consul General, Mackie Holder, has some big projects set for his tenure. The recently appointed diplomat hosted his first big public event of the year at Medgar Evers College on Jan. 26 — a summit introducing himself to the Barbadian Diaspora, and exploring many of his concerns and visions for the year. He said many more similar events will be held and he will tackle and bring on as many issues to the forefront. Comment
Haiti: In light of President Donald J. Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks about Haiti and African countries, a retired Vincentian-born public school teacher in Brooklyn says she was compelled to pay tribute to the Venerable Haitian Pierre Toussaint, who emerged from slavery to sainthood. Comments (11)
Food: And the award goes to… A Bedford-Stuyvesant Caribbean eatery is an honoree of the James Beard Foundation’s American Classics award. The notable dining honor was bestowed to Noel and Greeta Brown’s A&A Bake and Doubles and Roti Shop on Fulton Street, which serves up popular Trinidadian fare as its name suggests — doubles and roti, along with other dishes from the twin-island republic. Comment

Gloom ahead of world economic storm

Viewpoints: SYDNEY & KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 15, 2019 (IPS) - In light of the uncertainty caused by the US-China trade war, the IMF expects the US economic growth to slow from a three-year high of 2.9 percent in 2018 to 2.5 percent in 2019, while China’s expansion has already slowed in recent years, albeit from much higher levels. Comment

WINDIES CRUSHES ENGLAND

Sports: A revitalized West Indies team reclaimed the coveted Wisden Trophy for the first time in a decade after they produced another relentless display to crush a bewildered England by 10 wickets inside three days of the exciting second Test last weekend in Antigua. Comment

WI captain dedicates Test victory to Alzarri Joseph

Sports: West Indies cricket captain Jason Holder on Saturday dedicated the Caribbean sides’ humiliation of England in the second Test at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua to fast bowler Alzarri Joseph and his family. Comment

Holder tops ICC all-rounder rankings

Sports: Captain Jason Holder has become the first West Indies all-rounder since the iconic Sir Gary Sobers nearly half a century ago, to top the ICC all-rounders rankings. Comment

Venezuela

Viewpoints: Idriss Jazairy Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Rights Council on the Adverse Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures GENEVA, Feb 4 2019 (IPS) - The count down towards a tragic outcome in Venezuela has started. All outside powers express what they say is a shared concern for its peace-loving people that has the misfortune of sitting on what is maybe the largest oil reserves in the world. The problem is that geopolitics lead groups of foreign countries to express different, not to say opposed recipes as to how democracy can be restored and happiness pursued in Venezuela and want to make their own views prevail in this divided country. Comment
Brooklyn: The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) is returning with its tutoring and exam training program next week. The orientation for the free initiative begins at the center’s office in Brooklyn Heights on Feb. 9, and classes will commence on Feb. 11. Comment
Music: The shortest month of the year bears a plethora of significance. With only 28 days on the calendar Valentine Day and Presidents Day are probably the most commercially celebrated here. Comment

Weymouth shoots to top

Barbados: Not only have Weymouth Wales revived their winning ways, but the Barbados Football Association Premier League defending champions appear set to make a true fight for their third championship in a row. Comment

CPL boasts of 200 million viewers

Sports: The Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) is boasting of growth during the 2018 season with combined broadcast and digital viewership of over 200 million for the first time since the tournaments history. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Jamaica: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne has said that the Caribbean should be careful not to be drawn into the ideological war unfolding in Venezuela where attempts were being made to remove the socialist Nicolas Maduro. Comment
Movies: Gloria (Gina Rodriguez) is a Hollywood makeup artist sorely in need of a break from her abusive boss. The straw that broke the camel’s back came the day he condescendingly responded to her resourcefulness with the insulting, “Honey, we’re not paying you to think.” Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Chokehold (Unrated) Action thriller about an MMA fighter (Melissa Croden) who stops training for a title fight to avenge the murder of her father by Russian mobsters. With Casper Van Dien, Lochlyn Munro and Kip Pardue. Comment
Barbados: Following a tumultuous time in most of last year, the Anglican Diocese of Barbados finally got a new leader with the enthronement this week of Bishop Michael Maxwell, who immediately assured his flock that religion still has a role to play on the island. Comment

St. Kitts and Nevis first national hero

St Kitts and Nevis: Robert Llewellyn Bradshaw (Sept. 16, 1916 –May 23, 1978), St. Kitts and Nevis’ first national hero, was also the first premier of the twin-island federation, who previously served as chief minister, legislator and labor activist. Comments (1)

Maritime foundation creates scholarship program with Royal Caribbean

Westchester: The Royal Caribbean International has partnered up with the New York-based organization — American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), to sponsor a scholarship program supporting Bahamian students. The new initiative will benefit the students pursuing maritime studies, as well as the multi-island nation — which stands to see positive economic results, said an executive at the cruise line company. Comment
The Organization of American States (OAS) says the new Permanent Representative of Grenada, Yolande Yvonne Smith, on Thursday presented her credentials to OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro. Comment
Guyana: It was a celebration filled with heartwarming tributes, for Allison Butters-Grant, and a call to action by brave daughter Tiffany Sobers-Smith, to tell someone in life how inspiring and impactful they are, saying, “mom, you left a great life for us in this world, thank you so much for being an awesome mom.” Comment

Provocative play tackles gender and sexual assault in Jamaica

Arts & Theater: It’s a whole new perspective! The reading of a 15-year-old play tackles the question of sexual assault against men. In the staged reading of “Against His Will,” at The New Vibe in Rockville Centre on Feb. 17, award-winning playwright and actor David Heron addresses the question of whether an erection suggests consent. He was initially inspired to write the play after randomly pondering a question regarding the matter. Comment
Brooklyn: British-born and Grammy-award singer Estelle is slated to kickoff an East Coast tour next week. On Feb. 6, the Brooklyn-based artist opens the “Estelle Experience” tour at Baby’s All Right in Bushwick. Unlike a lot of her previous selections, this tour will be an intimate one. Comment
Barbados: The boys from Weymouth Wales are breathing a sigh of relief following their 1-0 victory over Paradise that snapped a run of four straight defeats in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League 2018-2019 season. Comment

CARICOM fears worsening crisis

Venezuela: With the Venezuelan crisis worsening on its doorsteps, a small grouping of Caribbean Community leaders headed to the United States this week offering the services of the region as neutral mediator but nations like Trinidad and Guyana, which border Venezuela are not holding their breath for an immediate solution but are taking steps to limit the negative fallout from the South American nation’s deteriorating situation. Comment

Kings Country Hospital prepares for next pandemic

Brooklyn: Wearing appropriate protective equipment and headgear, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County staff conducted an emergency response simulation and training event inside a Mobile Satellite Emergency Department (MSED). Comment

Kid faces uncomfortable truths in her life

Books: Leave me alone. That’s what you’d like to tell just about everybody right now: go away. Stop talking to me. Don’t fuss, quit fighting, put away those bad words. You’re done, so leave me alone. As in the new book “Genesis Begins Again” by Alicia D. Williams, life is much easier if you don’t rely too much on people who hurt you. Comment

Local group urges Bed-Stuy to oppose jail expansion

Brooklyn: Dozens of Bedford-Stuyvesant residents and community organizers turned out for a public forum about the city’s impending plans to expand jails at Restoration Plaza on Jan. 26. Comment
Brooklyn: Dr. Martin Luther King’s enduring legacy of unity, and equal opportunity for all, brought together scores of children and their families at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, on Monday, Jan. 21, in partnership with the Jewish non-profit, Repair the World, to package ‘care kits’ for homeless adults at CAMBA Shelters, drop-in centers. Comment

Bullied schoolboy morphs into King Arthur

Movies: British schoolboy Alex Elliot (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) is the unlikeliest of heroes. After all, the pint-sized 12 year-old and his nerdy BFF, Bedders (Dean Chaumoo), are bullied on a daily basis at Dungate Academy. Comment

Holder only West Indies player in ICC Test XI

Sports: All-rounder Jason Holder is the only West Indies player selected to the ICC teams-of-the-year. Comment

Team Jamaica takes two wins at invitational

Jamaica: Out of many, won! The Jamaica National team celebrated two victories at the annual Dr. Sander Invitational Columbia Challenge, held at The Armory in Washington Heights on Jan. 26. Both of the island nation’s women’s and men’s teams competed in the 4 x 200-meter relay race — coming in first place. Comment

CCC crowned T20 University Champs

Sports: The Combine Campuses and Colleges (CCC) were crowned champions of the inaugural World University T20 competition when they defeated Oxford University in the final at UWISPEC in St Augustine, Trinidad last Sunday. Comment

RECORDS TUMBLE

RECORDS TUMBLE

Sports: West Indies crushed England by 381 runs with a day to spare in the first Test at Kensington Oval, Barbados last week — as records tumbled. Comment

CWI blanks Desmond Haynes

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has once again blanked legendary opener Desmond Haynes- this time by-passing him for one of the three assistant coach spots for the West Indies team in the current England tour of the Caribbean. Comment
Brooklyn: It’s time to celebrate our city’s most caring! Caribbean Life’s annual Caribbean American Healthcare Awards is set for June 27 in Brooklyn, at the Paradise Catering Hall in Gravesend. From now until mid-May, we will be considering nominations for our fifth annual awards. Comment

Oprah Winfrey and her mom’s strong finish

Viewpoints: Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died less than two months ago on Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People Magazine the tender story of their last conversation. Comment
People: Noting that the legal community was saddened by the recent death of Judge William C. Thompson, Sr., Brooklyn Associate Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix says it’s “important that we maintain the road that Judge Thompson paved.” Comment

Hands off Venezuela

Venezuela: On Jan. 22 Vice President of the US, Mike Pence made a video directly addressing the people of Venezuela. In it he declared that “Nicolas Maduro is a dictator, with no legitimate claim to power.” He did so he said, “on behalf of Donald Trump and all the American people.” He pledged his “unwavering support” for those planning to take to the streets the following day to try to oust President Maduro from power. He said he supported the call by Juan Guaidó, opposition leader and head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, “to declare Maduro a usurper.” Comment

Women dominate talks at Brooklyn’s #MeToo Kingdom

Brooklyn: Distinctly female could well describe a program presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music on the 90th birthday anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the day dedicated for a national holiday named for him. Comment
Movies: Arctic (PG-13 for profanity and bloody images) Tale of survival about a man (Mads Mikkelsen) stranded near the North Pole who must decide between remaining with the helicopter wreckage and embarking on a perilous trek back to civilization across the frozen tundra. With Maria Thelma Smaradottir. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Antigua and Barbuda recorded one million visitors in 2018, topping the figure in 2017. This is according to figures released by the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) recently. Comment

Bullying is an ‘infringement’ on children’s rights

People: UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 24, 2019 (IPS) - While rates have decreased, school violence and bullying is still a major global issue, contributing to lasting impacts on youth, a United Nations agency found. Comment

Author pens memoir on overcoming abuse, heartbreak

Books: A Jamaican-American actress from Brownsville is debuting a new book and celebrating its release with a Valentine’s Day themed launch party in Greenpoint on Feb. 9. First time author Jacinth Headlam’s book “Love After…” is a reflective memoir about her life coming out of a messy divorce, and surviving it. Several years ago, she was going through a troubling time and decided to write about it to help others going through a similar experience. Comment
New York: On Jan. 15 Mayor DeBlasio announced that the city-issued identification program IDNYC, now allows its applicants to choose a third gender. Comment
Guyana: Mrs. Marilyn Butters-Green, the mother of a college-educated daughter, like many Guyanese parents, assures that education is paramount to a child’s overall upbringing and lifelong success. Comment

CWI prez slammed over new West Indies head coach

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) director Enoch Lewis has slammed President Dave Cameron over the recent appointment of West Indies team head coach Englishman Richard Pybus. Comment

Caribbean pols honor legacy of MLK Jr.

People: Several Brooklyn’s Caribbean legislators on Monday joined elective officials and others in honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaican-born New York legislators Assemblyman Nick Perry and Senator Leroy Comrie presented citations to Jamaica’s Reggae Girl Nicole McClure, who was a special guest of the Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), at its 25th anniversary launch, at the Jamaica Consulate in midtown Manhattan on Jan. 8. Comment

Docu reveals classical prodigies abused by dad

Movies: “The 5 Browns” is a musical quintet composed of siblings born in Houston, Texas between 1979 and 1986, all of whom started studying classical piano at an early age. In 1991, they moved to Utah where they were home schooled.The promising prodigies eventually came to the attention of Juilliard which made the unusual gesture of enrolling them all to the exclusive conservatory simultaneously. Comment

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