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‘UNTAMED’

Arts & Theater: Even with 17 sections, Antione International is ‘Untamed’ for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. Comment

Innocent teen jailed for rape

Innocent teen jailed for rape

Books: You saw it happen. Every second of it, every sound, it’s burned in your memory. You can recall how it made you feel, how time seemed to slow down, how there was no room for anything else in your mind. It happened. Or — as in the new book “What Set Me Free” by Brian Banks (with Mark Dagostino) — did it? Comment

Jamaican jewelry inspired by healing gemstone

Jamaica: Jamaican resident, Gianna Fakhourie, is overjoyed at her success as a well-known jewelry designer, not only in her homeland but, also on social media platforms. Comment
National: The second round political debates of what will be a 12 bout vetting process to decide the best suited candidate to represent the Democratic Party in the 20/20 presidential race for the White House is nearing with a July 30 and July 31 national television broadcast from Detroit, Michigan. Comment
Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has announced the formation of a Governance Task Force and a Selection Task Force to help in its reform. Comment

Sexual exploitation of minors is a crime against humanity

Viewpoints: STOCKHOLM / ROME, July 22, 2019 (IPS) - If they pay for it, men tend to believe they have the right to do anything to a woman’s body. You pay for your own entertainment without a thought about who you are paying and what cause you are supporting. Money is used as an excuse for and a means to oil a machinery that generates lots of profit while keeping pimps and other perpetrators out of the reach of the law. Comment

Who’s looking out for immigrants?

Immigration: Thriving communities built on the backs of immigrants, and with their blood, sweat and tears, have become ghost towns, retreating in fear and panic as the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement service (ICE) launched macabre raids, presumably to rid the USA of “these terrible people,” although America itself is a “nation of immigrants.” Comment

MURDER RATES SPIKE

Once again, two of the Caribbean Community’s most important member states are battling with a spike in their murder rates and officials are slowly concluding that only sustained pressure from police and the military would put a dent in in these outbreaks of deadly violence. Comment

CARICOM considers imposing travel fee

Sports: Caricom is considering attaching a fee to the airline and cruise ship tickets of tourists to help fund regional security institutions. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has welcomed the signing of legislation that expands the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program. Comment

Musical path to faith

Books: One thing leads to another. Isn’t that how it goes? You start somewhere and a door is opened. You enter that door and see a window. The window takes you elsewhere and each new place teaches you something different. Isn’t that the way life is — and in the new book “The God Groove” by David Ritz, isn’t that the way faith is? Comment

THIRD WORLD REIGNS

THIRD WORLD REIGNS

Music: The title legend is not earned easily. This was proven, when “Third World,” the longest reigning Reggae band, enthralled thousands of Caribbean nationals, many who had travelled from the Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens to be entertained at Afro-Caribbean night at Wingate Park’s concert series. Comment

Jerk Fest returns to Queens

Music: New York’s grandest Caribbean food and music festival — Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival will take center stage, on Sunday, July 21, at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards to celebrate its nine years of revelry. Gates open at noon. Comment

Cameron blames WI board for team’s loss

Sports: Former Cricket West Indies President, Dave Cameron said that the changes made by the current board to management of the West Indies team were not beneficial. Comment

Ex-Caribbean soccer official hit with $79 million judgment

Trinidad and Tobago: NEW YORK (AP) — A former Caribbean soccer official fighting extradition in the FIFA bribery scandal has been ordered to pay $79 million in damages from a related U.S. lawsuit. Comment
Guyana: The Guyanese Girls Rock Foundation, Inc. on July 13 honored the best and brightest in the community at its 2nd Annual Awards Gala, celebrating the stellar accomplishments of 13 women in aviation, medicine, arts and entertainment, and law enforcement, and the judiciary, and in education. Comment

Team Jamaica Bickle provides defibrillators to Jamaican schools

Jamaica: The philanthropic, Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB), the organization that provides meals, among other things, to Caribbean athletes participating in the Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says that 20 more Jamaican high schools were expected to receive Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS) and First Aid Kits from as part of the group’s annual “Defibrillator to Schools Program.” JTB said the distribution was expected to take place on Tuesday, July 16, at the S Hotel on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard in Montego Bay. Comment

ODI CHAMPS

England ended their 44-year wait for a World Cup One Day International title (ODI) title by beating New Zealand based on boundaries after a historic Super Over tie in the end at the famous Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, England on Sunday. Comment

CWI signs retainers

Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) have signed retainer contracts for seven new players, including Trinidad and Tobago cricketers Darren Bravo and Nicholas Pooran as new additions for the 2019-2020 season. Comment
Brooklyn: Musing that he is always “a bit jittery” whenever he is called to speak in front of distinguished jurists,” a Barbadian-born academic, nonetheless, used the opportunity to inform many Caribbean American jurists in Brooklyn about “the Sides of the Windrush Effect.” Comment
Brooklyn: Kings County immigrants, regardless of their legal status, are protected by many of the same rights that safeguard U.S. citizens against harassment by law enforcement. Comment
Movies: NEW YORK (AP) — In 1964, Stanley Kubrick, on the recommendation of the science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke, bought a telescope. “He got this Questar and he attached one of his cameras to it,’’ remembers Katharina Kubrick, the filmmaker’s stepdaughter. “On a night where there was a lunar eclipse, he dragged us all out onto the balcony and we were able to see the moon like a big rubber ball. I don’t think I’ve seen it as clearly since. He loved that thing. He looked at it all the time.” Comment

This city program is making Brooklyn’s foreclosure crisis worse

Viewpoints: When I bought my first house, where I still reside today, I felt a mix of pride and fear. Homeownership is a tremendous privilege and responsibility — I had scrimped and saved to get to this point, but I knew that many challenges, financial and otherwise, still lay ahead. Comment

Clapham’s wait is over

Clapham’s wait is over

Barbados: It was a long time in coming, but when the players from Clapham took the Barbados Amateur Basketball Association Championship trophy Sunday, they grabbed it with both hands from arch-rivals, Station Hill. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says it will extradite the Indian-born billionaire, Mehul Choksi, but only after he has been able to have his matter dealt with in the courts in the island. Comment

Ganja dispensary launches safe sensimilia registry in Kingston

Music: KINGSTON, Jamaica — Advocates for the legal use of medicinal marijuana joined with recreational smokers and curiosity seekers last Wednesday for what was described as a soft launch of Itopia Life, an upscale facility, established to provide information and technical support to patrons wanting enlightenment about the once tabooed herb Jamaicans and others have maligned with felonious penalties a deterrent to usage. Comment
Immigration: The United States House of Representatives has passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes an amendment by Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke with regulates the US Department of Defense’s (DOD) involvement with the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Comment
Jamaica: BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge in North Dakota on Wednesday sentenced a Rhode Island woman to four years in prison for funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica, prompting a prosecutor to question the ruling. Comment

Right to info in Latin America & the Caribbean

Viewpoints: Luis Felipe López-Calva is UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean UNITED NATIONS, July 9, 2019 (IPS) — Transparency is a critical element of making governance more effective. By making information available, it creates a foundation for greater accountability to citizens. Comment
Jamaica: It is often said that “necessity is the mother of invention”; and so, on Friday, July 5, the basketball court at Lenox Road Baptist Church in Brooklyn was transformed into what has been described as a “Wonderland of Gold,” with a touch of purple decorated for royalty. Comment

Myrie welcomes PFC appointments

New York: Brooklyn Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie, chair of the Senate Elections Committee, has welcomed last Wednesday’s appointments to the Public Finance Commission. Comment

WINGATE CONCERT SERIES

WINGATE CONCERT SERIES

Music: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L Adams, honored Angie Stone, Grammy Award nominated American singer, for her career that spans more than 40 years. The songwriter, who has released eight studio albums, one compilation album and more than two dozen singles, was presented with a citation and a key to the City of Brooklyn by Deputy BP, Ingrid Lewis-Martin. Comment

Jamaican brothers create luxury luggage from vegan leather

Jamaica: When young Jamaican entrepreneurs, Randy and Davian McLaren wanted to realize their dream to create durable luggage, they brainstormed, and decided that the collection of vegan leather goods, should be named Bresheh — a rural moniker for breadfruit. Comment

HASSLE FREE TRAVEL

Trinidad and Tobago: Successive generations of Caribbean community leaders and high officials have been grappling with mounting scepticism in the bloc about difficulties professionals experience while trying to work and resettle in member states outside of their home nation. Comment

Carib Fest in South Jersey

Carib Fest in South Jersey

Music: The South Jersey Caribbean Cultural and Development Organization (SJCCDO) this Saturday hosts its 19h Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. Comment
Sports: Fast bowling legend Sir Curtly Ambrose says Chris Gayle should bow out gracefully after this World Cup and move forward instead of saying that he would play “maybe a Test match against India” which is his plan after the World Cup. Comment
People: Brooklyn Cannabiz Collective, held its first awards ceremony to honor trailblazers of color in the cannabis industry on Thursday, June 27. More than one hundred investors, business people, elected officials, community members, and others interested in learning about cannabis related opportunities, gathered at Bedford Manor, a lounge / restaurant located at 1177 Bedford Ave. to celebrate their own. Comment
Barbados: Two recent reports, one from the International Monetary Fund and another from world credit rating agency, Moody’s, have given the Barbados government a vote of confidence as it goes about returning viability to an economy that was on the verge of collapse. Comment
St Vincent: Ten members of the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) and six non-members will leave Brooklyn on Wednesday, Jul. 17 2019 for the group’s 5th biennial mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment

American billionaire among seven killed in helicopter crash

Bahamas: A West Virginia, USA, billionaire, Chris Cline, 60, was among seven Americans killed in a helicopter crash about two miles off Grand Cay in the Abacos, Bahamas on July 4, 2019. Comment
West Indies ended their miserable World Cup with just a 23-run win over last-placed Afghanistan last week, as they bade farewell to a disastrous campaign that yielded a mere two wins from eight matches. Comment

Lara gets doctorate from Indian University

Trinidad and Tobago: Former West Indies captain Brian Lara has been given an honorary doctorate by the DY Patil University in India. The Doctor of Science from the University is for a “remarkable cricketing career and his impact on cricket in the West Indies and around the world at large.” Comment

Williams opposes proposed HUD Immigrant Family rule

Viewpoints: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams has submitted a letter to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), strongly opposing the proposed rule which would prohibit the HUD Secretary from providing housing assistance to any household where at least one member is not of eligible immigration status. Comment

Gala centennial celebration for Haitian national

Haiti: Family, friends, supporters and well-wishers feted Haitian national and Flatbush, Brooklyn resident Carida Sanon with a gala centennial celebration Friday night at El Caribe Country Club Caterers on Strickland Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

The world needs a boy like you

The world needs a boy like you

Books: Sometimes, people can barely tell you and your best friend apart. If you happen to wear the same outfit one day, everyone mixes you up because you’re so alike. You talk alike and look alike and enjoy the same jokes. But you know, he’s unique and so are you, and in the new book “A Boy Like You” by Frank Murphy, illustrated by Kayla Harren, you’ll see how very special that is. Comment

‘Spider-Man’ soars with $185.1M over six-day holiday weekend

Movies: NEW YORK (AP) — It pays to have one of the biggest lead-ins ever. “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” the first Marvel movie after “Avengers: Endgame,” swung past any franchise fatigue to dominate the July Fourth holiday weekend, raking in an estimated $185.1 million since opening Tuesday and earning $93.6 million from Friday to Sunday in North American theaters. Comment
Puerto Rico: Points gained from a loss to Puerto Rico in the 18-and-Under Boys’ Water Polo final, the last event of the 2019 Central American & Caribbean Confederation (CCCAN) Championships, propelled hosts Barbados into second position overall. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados Authorities in Barbados have called off the search for two missing Americans who were last seen recently on a jet ski. The jet ski has since been found. Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s First Lady, Sandra Granger was greeted with a thunderous applause on Sunday by nationals gathered to welcome her at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2806 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn. Comment
Guyana: Guyana’s First Lady, Sandra Granger was greeted with a thunderous applause on Sunday by nationals gathered to welcome her at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 2806 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: A colorful entrance, at Exit 14 – Pennsylvania Avenue, off the Belt Parkway, in Brooklyn, beckons resident to the newly constructed Shirley Chisholm State Park, opened on July 1. Comment

Black Americans flock to paradise for long holiday weekend

Jamaica: MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – The July 4 holiday conjures a very unique commemoration to many Black Americans than a day fraught with fireworks, hot dogs and hamburgers and the age-old picnics and barbecues. Millennial Black Americans seem to have embraced the celebratory, independence day holiday with a sense of purposeful appreciation of freedom they annually invest to splurge on getaway vacations and outings. Comment

Gloria Ballantyne, a stateswoman extraordinaire

St Vincent: As tributes overflow in memory of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ sporting icon, Gloria Ballantyne, who died on Sat., June 29, at 81, Caribbean Life revisits a profile two years ago written about the stateswoman extraordinaire by her last daughter Joanne, who predeceased her on March 11. Comment
Jamaica: Veteran broadcaster Barry Gordon (Barry G) of Mello FM in Montego Bay was recently presented with a United States Congressional Proclamation from Congresswoman Hon. Yvette D. Clarke of the Ninth Congressional District in New York. Eugene Kelly, vice president, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Colgate Palmolive Company made the presentation to Gordon at Groovin In The Park festival, held at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, NY on Sunday, June 30. Comment

A call for Caribbean governments to tax cruise sector more and tax air passengers less

Travel: Can tourism dependent Caribbean governments learn something from oil producing countries? When relatively small and poor oil producing governments sought to get a fair price for oil — their main source of national revenue — they banded together to negotiate more effectively with the multi-national oil companies and the larger developed nations, which were the major consumers of their oil. In 1960 five of these countries came together to found OPEC — the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries — and were later joined by nine additional member states. As a result of their joint stronger bargaining power, oil prices have risen relatively steadily from US$1.63 per barrel in 1960 to an average of around US$77 during the last 10 years. Comment

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

US DEFEATS JAMAICA

Jamaica: NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Christian Pulisic ensured the CONCACAF Gold Cup final will have the marquee matchup it lacked since 2011: United States vs. Mexico. Comment

We need to disarm the hate

We need to disarm the hate

Viewpoints: Three years ago June 12, Omar Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and killed 49 people as they celebrated, many of them members of the LGBTQ community in the midst of Pride month. Less than a year ago, 11 Jewish worshippers were killed in a Pennsylvania synagogue. Just under three months ago, a gunman murdered 51 at their mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Comments (1)

Trini film producer wins top award

Movies: “Extra Innings,” a period drama produced by Trinidadian born filmmaker Jolene Mendes, won the top award for Best Feature Film at the 2019 Manhattan Film Festival held in Cinema Village, New York in May. Comment

T&T GOV’T PLANS FOR ISIS

Trinidad and Tobago: As ISIS terror groups seek to regroup after losses to western coalition forces, authorities in a leading Caribbean Community member state are bracing for the imminent return of dozens of its nationals who had enlisted to fight in the Middle East in recent years. Security experts warn that officials better be ready to deal with them. Comment
Movies: For the month of July, ADIFF curates the Trans-Cultural Dialogues Film Series, an attempt to illustrate an international dialogue between cultures in different parts of the world. The series has an international perspective that is built around a need to understand our human experience on a larger scale. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Haitian American Rodneyse Bichotte on Sunday marched in Manhattan with newly-elected Councilwoman Farah Louis, another Haitian American, and Mayor Bill DeBlasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray in celebrating the 2019 Pride March. Comment

UN chief attends CARICOM Heads of Government summit

Caribbean: United Nations Secretary General António Guterres says he will be attending the 40th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) that is taking place this week in St. Lucia. Comment

Vincentian sports ambassadors pay tribute to Gloria Ballantyne

St Vincent: Three leading Vincentian sports ambassadors on Monday paid tribute to Vincentian sporting icon Gloria Ballantyne, who died on Saturday in Kingstown, the Vincentian capital. Comment

Becoming a widowed parent with confidence

Books: The covers on the other side of the bed are barely rumpled these days. There’s just one toothbrush in the holder, one plate at the table, one coffee cup in the sink. You didn’t want this, weren’t expecting it, wish it wasn’t happening but here it is, and in “Widows’ Words” by various writers, edited by Nan Bauer-Maglin, you’re absolutely not alone. Welcome to the club. The rules are simple. Comment

WINDIES OUT

WINDIES OUT

Sports: Powerhouse India ended West Indies ICC 2019 World Cup dream with a crushing defeat by 125 runs at Old Trafford last Thursday (June 25). Comment

West Indies now 9th in ODI rankings

Sports: After briefly occupying the number eight position on the One-Day International (ODI) table, West Indies have now slipped to ninth after their string of defeats at the ICC 2019 World Cup. Comment

USA defeats T&T Soca Warriors

Trinidad and Tobago: The USA kicked Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors out of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group stage. The Americans exacted revenge of for the Oct.10, 2017 2-1 win T&T earned over the US men’s team that out paid to their 2018 Russia FIFA World Cup participation. Comment
Brooklyn: Caribbean culture came alive on June 21 during the hosting of the Third Annual Caribbean Heritage Month in Kings County (Brooklyn) courts. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, gave the Caribbean diaspora, an opportunity to “Embrace Your Hyphen,” a phrase he coined to encourage expatriates to celebrate both their American and Caribbean cultures, and in so doing, highlight their talents, education, and togetherness for the world to see. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (GIPSVG) says it is sponsoring an inaugural, free Garifuna Heritage Camp in its homeland this month. Comment

HIGHWAY FOR A KING

HIGHWAY FOR A KING

Music: Campaigning since 1968, he began winning CropOver Road March competition — three in a row — between 1983 and 1985, and now with four more under his belt, Leo MacDonald Blenman, The Mighty Grynner, has had a main Barbados highway named after him. Comments (1)

Barbados’ Best at Squash

Barbados’ Best at Squash

Barbados: The effort of Meagan Best in defending her Barbados Senior National Squash Champion title was light in comparison to the struggle her veteran male counterpart, Shawn Simpson, had to endure before retaining his crown in the 2019 championships. Comment

Girlz nick one

Jamaica: The Reggae Girlz are out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2019 competition but despite the early departure the players and their Caribbean fans are cherishing the 49th minute in this final game with Australia. Comment
Venezuela: Antigua Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit has called on the regional private sector and other stakeholders to consider purchasing shares in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, saying that the company is vital to the continued development of the sub-regional and wider Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping. Comment
Caribbean Healthcare Awards: In what was described as perhaps the best ever Caribbean American Health Care Awards ceremony, 30 health care professionals were honored Tuesday night by Caribbean Life and Schneps Media during the paper’s annual gala commemorating Caribbean American Heritage Month. Comment
Grenada: Family, friends, supporters and well-wishers two Saturday’s ago celebrated with Grenadian centenarian Judith Radix her 103rd birthday. Comment

African Marketplace opens for Independence Day Weekend

Brooklyn: A global gathering of retailers and patrons to the annual International African Arts Festival are enthusiastically anticipating the July 4 start of the four-day outdoor calendar event which combines cultural activities with a diverse cross-continental serving of family-friendly engagement to deliver Brooklyn’s best. Comment

Barbados slides in Trafficking in Persons list

Barbados: An absence of court convictions followed by imprisonment or fines has caused a drop in Barbados’ ranking in the United States State Department’s Trafficking in Persons (TIP) list. Comment
Food: The Brooklyn Borough President Nightlife and Restaurant Coalition, International Food & Wine and Tasting (BNRC) began in 2015, and has fast become the place for popular restaurants and connoisseurs to showcase their talents and brands to the Brooklyn community. Comments (1)
Grenada: ANKARA, June 18, 2019 (IPS) — Businesses are being encouraged to follow the lead of the youth to halt desertification, reduce degradation, improve agricultural sustainability and restore damaged lands. Comment
Brooklyn: The Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM) on Sunday celebrated St. John’s Day in Brooklyn. Members in the New York City metropolitan area, along with members from the five District Grand Lodges in the area, celebrated the event with a Thanksgiving Service at St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Senator Roxanne J. Persaud Tuesday night hosted her third annual Power 19 Award Ceremony at Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, honoring 19 individuals from her Senate District 19 in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Comment

T&T to host Youth Games

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago will host the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Games from Aug. 1-7 (2021) after being selected as the host to replace Belfast during an announcement in Birmingham, England over the week-end. Comment

Braithwaite blames poor shot selection for West Indies loss

Sports: West Indies all-rounder Carlos Braithwaite who slammed his maiden ODI century in the ICC World Cup in the loss to New Zealand at Old Trafford, Manchester, England last week blamed some poor shot selection by most of the batsmen got the regional team in a hole. Comment
Grenada: A Grenadian-born court attorney referee in Brooklyn certainly got the message out, as she won by a landslide her bid for a Civil Court judgeship in New York’s Democratic Party Primary on Tuesday. Comment

Civil rights lawyer defeats three challengers

Brooklyn: Brooklyn civil rights attorney Caroline Cohen Tuesday night handsomely defeated three challengers in New York Democratic Primary for Brooklyn’s 6th Municipal District Judicial seat. Comment

England beats West Indies Women

Sports: West Indies Women were beaten again in their second Twenty20 match against England Women at Northampton recently. Comment

MAJOR LOSS

Sports: It was a heart-breaking loss for the West Indies despite all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite scoring his maiden One-Day-International century but fell in the penultimate over as New Zealand ended all realistic hopes of progressing any further in the ICC World Cup last Saturday. Comment

Turmoil in Guyanese politics

Guyana: On a humid, steamy Friday night of Dec. 21, a Guyanese government member of parliament voted with the opposition in a no confidence motion to bring down his own administration, setting in train a series of events that have left Caricom’s largest and most resource-rich member state in such political turmoil that no one knows when the current crisis will pass. Comment
Jamaica: KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Thousands of Jamaicans turned out Sunday for the funeral of former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, who was the last survivor of the generation of politicians who led the country to independence from Britain in 1962. Comment
Arts & Theater: Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre (NBT) presented the world premiere of 125th & FREEdom on June 8. Created, written and choreographed by Ebony Noelle Golden, 125th & FREEdom is a five-hour, immersive public performance dance piece that is part dance party, part parade, part protest and ritual performance, and all Harlem. Comment
“BTTM FDRS” by Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore c.2019, Fantagraphics Books $24.99 / $33.50 Canada 300 pages Your first place all your own needs to be ah-mazing. Big-screen TV for gaming. Fridge for snacks and drinks. Sofa for kicking back, a few good chairs, and places to hold your stuff. Maybe your parents will help out. Maybe the landlord will let you paint. Maybe, as in “BTTM FDRS” by Ezra Claytan Daniels and Ben Passsmore, your new place will be interesting. Comment

Our new logo

Our new logo

You may have noticed in this Pride Season that Gay City News has taken on a new look that combines both our full name and our initials presented in lower case as gcn. Comment

Shaggy inducted into ‘Wall of Fame’

Music: The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has added Jamaican musician, singer, DJ and actor, Shaggy, into its “Wall of Fame.” Comment

Burke and Jones cruise

Burke and Jones cruise

Barbados: Two of Barbados’ leading young athletes, Jonathan Jones and Mario Burke, did not disappoint by comfortably winning their pet events at the 2019 Athletics Association of Barbados National Championships last weekend. Comment

Farah Louis wins again!

Farah Louis wins again!

Haiti: In her second election victory in just less than six weeks, Haitian American New York City Councilwoman Farah Louis Tuesday night defeated her primary challenger Caribbean American Monique Chandler-Waterman in the much-watched 45th Council District race in Brooklyn in the New York Democratic Primary. Comments (1)
Barbados: In spite of corruption allegations being frequently levelled at Caribbean government officials, the region has a poor track record of public administrators being prosecuted and jailed. Comment
People: Amid President Donald J. Trump’s threatened deportation in two weeks of millions of Caribbean and other undocumented families if Democrats do not submit to changes in asylum law they have long opposed, a Haitian American legislator in Brooklyn is urging Caribbean nationals to “stay put.” Comment
Jamaica: Principal Company Director and Founder of Youths For Excellence Ltd., Jamaican-born, Jenine Shepherd, says it is important that the Jamaican government taps into its diaspora network to use young citizens as mentors for Jamaica’s future generations. Comment
Jamaica: The Strawberry Hill Restaurant and Hotel, sits 3,000 Ft. above the Caribbean Sea, overlooking the vast, lush, foliage and mountaintops of Kingston, Jamaica. And for more than two decades, visitors and natives alike have traveled a long, and winding road, for good food, with a view. Comment
Arts & Theater: Guyana-American artist, Carl E. Hazelwood is among five artists, whose works of art are on display at the Triangle Artist Studios residency program, which opened on June 7, at picturesque, Governors Island, New York Harbor. Comment

Municipal control of the MTA

Viewpoints: We’ve all been there: Stuck in a crowded subway car due to “signal problems,” or sitting on a bus moving so slowly that you might as well have walked. Comment

Antigua launches new honeymoon registry

Antigua: The Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) has unveiled its new honeymoon registry, which is expected to target the growing weddings and honeymoon market. Comment
St Vincent: Realizing the huge financial burden in hosting Vincentian athletes participating in the prestigious Penn Relays at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadephia and wanting to help defray the cost, a Vincentian group in Brooklyn has been making extraordinary efforts in raising funds to help support the athletes. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says it is considering a long-term lease of parts of the old air terminal at the VC Bird International Airport to the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT. Comment
Music: It has been 26 years since Andrea Davis launched a July 1 celebration she declared International Reggae Day. From Kingston, Jamaica she helmed Jamaica Arts Holding (JAH) a company totally devoted to the preservation of reggae music. This anniversary she is collaborating with the British Black Music Congress to establish a prominent July One red, gold and green presence in Europe. Comment

‘Inna de Yard’ delves into the ‘Soul’ of Jamaica

Movies: KINGSTON/PARIS, June 24, 2019 (IPS) — Dogs barking in the distance. Birds chirping nearby. A man walking through the mist, surrounded by lush vegetation. A distinctive vibrato singing “Speak Softly, Love” over it all. Comment

Time for Belize to implement Mental Health plan

Belize: When I was growing up in Belize the people that had mental problems were not treated with any respect and that is still happening today. Our government need to educate our people about mental illness to reduce this disrespect. If the government does not educate our people about this disease, then many of our citizens will continue to disrespect and mistreat our citizens with mental illness. I believe that mental health education will be beneficial to all of us to change this attitude. Most of us have at least one person in our family who suffers from a mental illness and we are aware of the pain and suffering that it brings to our families. Comment

WI cricket campaign

Sports: The opening Test will be played at the Vivian Richards Ground in Antigua from Aug. 22-26, while Sabina Park, Jamaica will be stage for the second Test from Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. The five-week tour will also feature three One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20s — the first two of which will be played at the Central Broward Regional Park, Fort Lauderdale. Comment
Music: Jamaican Dancehall Queen Spice over the weekend rocked the red carpet while representing the Caribbean community at the 2019 MTV Movie and TV Awards at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Ca. Comment

Race on for 6th Municipal District Judiciary seat in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Four Brooklyn lawyers are in the race for the 6th Municipal District Judiciary seat in Brooklyn in the New York Democratic Primary on Tuesday. Comment

No joy in carrying unbearable secrets

Books: The burden on your shoulders is heavy. Your whole body sags with the weight of things you know but can’t tell, and each new whisper adds to the pack. Secrets you carry are more than you can bear sometimes, which is why you need to share them – but in the new book “In West Mills” by De’Shawn Charles Winslow, there’s virtue in hushing up. Comment
On Sunday, June 30 when lovers rock king Beres Hammond takes the stage at Groovin In the Park 2019 and sings, “This is no disrespect, but could you step aside now, another man wants to take over,” it will have new meaning. Hammond will become only the first Jamaican singer and only the second reggae artist in the event’s nine-year history to bring the curtain down before a crowd that could swell to 25,000 inside Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. Comment

England Women complete Windies whitewash in ODI series

Sports: West Indies Women suffered the embarrassment of a whitewash with a heavy defeat to England in the final three-match series of the One-Day International (ODI) last week, wrapping a miserable outing in the ICC Women’s Championship. Comment

BRIGHT SPARKS

Trinidad and Tobago: Jamaica beat Honduras and Haiti Bested Bermuda to so far provide the only bright sparks for Caribbean countries in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations Gold Cup 2019. Comment
Jamaica: Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness implored members of the diaspora to use their influence to help in the fight against the epidemic crime rate that has taken over the country, but signaled more has to be done also, for Jamaica’s border security against rising world threats. Comment

VINCY QUEEN

Fashion: For the second successive year, a Vincentian has been crowned Miss NY Continental in a pageant in the Caribbean community in Brooklyn. Comment

Is Barbados planning to ferry it?

Barbados: Talks are either underway or about to start with the aim of transferring majority ownership of the lone dedicated Caribbean inter-island air transportation service, LIAT, from Barbados to Antigua and Barbuda. Comment

NY pols ok driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants

New York: New York State lawmakers approved the hotly debated Green Light NY bill that allows undocumented immigrants to acquire driver’s licenses, although all nine of Long Island’s state senators voted against the measure. Comment
Brooklyn: Caribbean Life is endorsing Haitian-American Councilwoman, Farah Louis for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn in the Democratic Primary on June 25. Comment
Though she won the Special Election on May 14 for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn by a handsome margin, Haitian-American Councilwoman, Farah Louis is again in a strong fight to regain the seat in the Democratic Primary on June 25. Comment
Grenada: A street in Brooklyn has been co-named in honor the late Grenada Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Lamuel Stanislaus. Comment

Richardson leads fight for historic passing of housing legislation

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblywoman, Diana C. Richardson says she’s led the fight for “a monumental legislative package” with the New York State Assembly in addressing housing reform and strengthening tenant protection throughout New York State. Comments (1)

Policies that hurt: Having Sickle Cell Disease in the era of the Opioid Crisis

Health: Recent news headlines described a novel gene therapy and potential “cure” for sickle cell disease (SCD). These findings are truly groundbreaking and demonstrate the optimistic future for SCD therapeutics. In contrast, the current health care experiences of SCD patients are heartbreaking. Comment
Movies: Reggae Boyz; doc premieres at Brooklyn Film Fest; By Vinette K. Pryce; Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz are first to take a Caribbean soccer team to the FIFA Women’s World Cup Championship Competition. Comment
Barbados: Determined to ensure that they did not go home empty-handed at the end of Barbados Football Association 2019 season, Weymouth Wales players fought back from a goal down to defeat rivals Barbados Defence Force 2-1 and take away the Champions Cup trophy. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government has called on the union representing teachers to provide proof regarding the prevalence of marijuana use in schools. Comment
Jamaica: The Jamaica Governor-General’s Diaspora Achievement Awards honored four nationals living in the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States for their excellence in academia and service, at an Awards and Pinning ceremony as part of the June 17-20 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston, Jamaica. The ceremony was held on June 17. Comment
People: The 1960s exposed inequities some Americans endured in a country described by Francis Scott Key in 1814 when he penned it to be “the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Comment

Let’s train humans first … before we train machines

Viewpoints: ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida, Jun 17 2019 (IPS) - We humans are at the absurd stage in our technological evolution when we seem to have abandoned our common sense. Billions are spent by governments, corporations and investors in training computer-based algorithms (i.e. computer programs) in today’s mindless rush to create so-called “artificial” intelligence, widely advertised as AI. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: In its continuing tribute to prominent Caribbean nationals during Caribbean American Heritage Month in June, the Washington, D.C-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) has inducted four-time Trinidadian Olympic medal winner Ato Boldon into its “Wall of Fame.” Comment

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