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Big Bajan party for New York

Music: New York is expected to see a mass assembly of Barbadians at month end as these island people from all parts of the USA and Canada come together for a party that traditionally serves as a meeting and catch-up event back in their Caribbean home. Comment

VOTER FRAUD FEARS

VOTER FRAUD FEARS

Haiti: The nasty criticisms and attacks have died down but the issue of whether Guyanese authorities are deliberately bringing in plane loads of Haitians to rebalance the racial make up of the country and to pad the voters list for upcoming general elections remains a hot political potato as the silly season gets into high gear. Comment
Brooklyn: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she and her Democratic colleagues in the US House of Representatives and the Senate are doing everything in their power to fight the “racist and inhumane” immigration policies of the Trump administration. “As we are all aware, this administration has attacked the hard-working immigrants in our communities here in Brooklyn and throughout our nation,” said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, in addressing a town hall meeting Tuesday night at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). Comment
Music: The only reggae showcase to celebrate Caribbean music during the 2019 Central Park Summerstage Concert Series headlined Elephant Man, Junior Reid, Raging Fyah and Estelle for a 40th anniversary celebration of VP Records and the storied legacy that distinguishes Vincent and Pat Chin for their trailblazing effort with promoting the Jamaican genre. Comment

Lara, Sarwan to coach Windies batsmen

Sports: Cricket Legend Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan have been given the job of helping the West Indies batsmen ahead of the two Tests against India starting this week in Antigua and the final Test in Jamaica later this month. Comment
Sports: Off-spinner and all-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall is set to make his long-awaited Test debut after being named in a 13-man squad for the first Test against India starting next week in Antigua. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Mathieu Eugene, in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, last Thursday hosted a free small business workshop at his 40th District Office. Comment

‘Regalia Is’ for Labor Day Carnival

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based Stronjeh International is infusing “Regalia Is” for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival. “This year’s presentation is infusing fashion with the craft of culture, the carnival gala,” said co-founder Edouard Connor, also known as “Caprice, King of Mas,” in a Caribbean Life interview. Comment

Faith leaders call for unity and healing

New York: Dear New Yorkers, New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Our city has always been a place where people from a wide diversity of backgrounds can co-exist peacefully. In seasons like these, where our peace is challenged, it is time for people of faith and good will to find ways to stand together in empathy and solidarity. Comment
Barbados: Midway through a Caribbean Badminton tournament, hosts Barbados, has something to smile about as their junior men’s doubles team of Kennie King and Dominick Scantlebury accounted for the U-19 gold. Comment

Respect the city’s finest

Nine NYPD officers have taken their own lives this year, six cops in Philadelphia were shot last week while protecting their city, and the nation seems to continue to slip into a dark divide between police and civilians that needs mending. Comment

SIX-WICKET VICTORY

Caribbean: India beat West Indies by six wickets to clinch the three-match series in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) 2-0 at the Queen’s Park, Oval, Port of Spain. One match was abandoned because of rain. Comment

Soca artiste, CACNY host free back-to-school event

Music: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it is collaborating with popular soca artiste, Lyrikal in hosting its 7th annual free back-to-school and sports day. Comment
Arts & Theater: With performances and displays by dance troupes, stilt dancers, a steel pan ensemble, soca artistes and costume bands, among others, the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) last Thursday evening kicked off its 2019 Caribbean Carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comment
Arts & Theater: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County last Thursday hosted a “Sip” and Paint event in celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Comment

A fistful of friendship

Books: Your teacher says “no fighting on the playground.” No pushing, no smacking, and definitely, no hitting. It’s not nice, he says. That’s what bullies do, you know. But as you’ll see in “A Fist for Joe Louis and Me” by Trinka Hakes Noble, illustrated by Nicole Tadgell, sometimes fists and gloves equals a fistful of friendship. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Senator Roxanne Persaud says hundreds of families last Thursday supported her 2019 Annual Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park, a free event for the community. Comment
St Vincent: For the eighth successive year, thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life – trekking from as far as Toronto in Canada, Miami in Florida, and even from the homeland — converged on Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is., a New York City suburb, for the grand Vincy Day USA picnic. Comment

CARNIVAL HERITAGE

Arts & Theater: As Anonymous Vibez Mas takes a “Journey Around the World” this Labor Day, the band will also be revisiting the “heritage” of carnival, according to band leader Latoya Legall Williams. Comment
Arts & Theater: The 3rd Annual Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways, hosted by Senator James Sanders Jr., and the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, revved up the carnival season, last Saturday, with a spectacular presentation to showcase the radiant diversity in the cape. The compact parade with decorated floats and revelers in exotic costumes, made a loud noise through the town that is home to a large Caribbean population. Comments (1)
St Vincent: Antigua The Antigua and Barbuda government says its future plans for the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, will fly as far north as Florida, stopping in places like Jamaica, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic. Comment
Jamaica: Reportedly a virtual reunion of radio personalities left a few crying and even sobbing with nostalgic reunions recently when the 21st annual Merritone Family Fun Festival stopped into Long Island’s Hecksher Park to honor pioneers and veterans of New York radio. Comments (1)

GCA presents late Valerie Rodway Centenary Concert

The Guyana Cultural Association Inc. under the patronage of H.E. Rudolph M. Ten-Pow, permanent representative of Guyana to the United Nations, and guest of honor, Consul General of Guyana, to New York, Barbara Atherly will present the Valerie Rodway Centenary Concert on Aug. 25. Comment
Environment: TORONTO, Canada, Aug. 16, 2019 (IPS) — The special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate and land, launched last week, makes it clear that without drastic changes in land use, agriculture and human diets, we will fall significantly short of targets to hold global temperature rise below 1.5°C. Comment
Barbados: The Barbadian St. Leonard’s Boys’ Under 19 Football Team’s tour to the US capital from Aug. 05-11 is being described as a huge success. After six days in Washington DC, four days of training, three friendly matches, three wins, interest from semi-professional teams and coaches from colleges and universties in North America and a bit of sight-seeing the team has left on a high note. Comment

Richardson wants N.Y. to do more against gun violence

New York: Stating that over 455 shootings have occurred in Brooklyn since July 29, according to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana Richardson wants the state to do more to address gun violence. Comment
Arts & Theater: On Aug. 9, the curtains came down on the Guyana Cultural Association (GCA) Caribbean Summer Heritage Workshop Series 2019, at St. Stephens Church Hall in Brooklyn, where students showcased their talents and artistic expressions learned over a six weeks. Comment

MAJOR PETRO FIND

Guyana: As the work week began, Guyanese awoke to news that a second oil major had found a large quantity of oil and gas in an offshore oil field south of where American supermajor ExxonMobil has so far drilled 13 successful wells since 2015, pointing to the possibility of Guyana sitting perhaps on some of the world’s largest deposits of sweet light crude. Comments (1)
National: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman, Yvette D. Clarke on Monday condemned United States President Donald J. Trump’s broadened assault on Caribbean and other immigrants by issuing new regulation aimed at legal immigrants who wish to remain in the US but whose dearth of financial resources are deemed likely to make them a burden on US taxpayers. Comment

Barbados cops Pan Am gold, but …

Barbados: Shane Brathwaite edged United States’ Freddie Crittenden III to breast the tape in 13:31 seconds in the 110 hurdles and cop Barbados’ sole gold medal and become star of the island’s show at the 2019 Pan Am games. Comment
Queens: jbagcal@qns.com, @jenna_bagcal A Far Rockaway hospital is making sure that local children are ready for the upcoming school year in more ways than one. On Aug. 2, Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital held its third annual Back to School Fair, where hundreds of kids got school supplies and free health checks. Comment
Guyana: The Linden Fund USA (LFU) excelled at its 20th Anniversary Dinner & Dance Awards on Saturday, Aug.10, when it honored compatriots who dedicated their time and resources to rebuilding their hometown, Linden in Guyana. Comment

Bichotte speaks on Child Victims Act

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodnyese Bichotte on Tuesday joined Safe Horizon and other survivors of child sex abuse, including Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Assemblymembers Yu-line Niou and Linda Rosenthal, in speaking about the rights of child sex abused victims now having the opportunity to seek justice with a look back period of one year for those 23 years of age and older. Comment

Caribbean benefits from slavery reparations

Jamaica: The University of the West Indies has inked an agreement for reparations that is said to be the first such deal and one that gives an indication of a form compensation may take for centuries of unpaid labor stemming from the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Comment

Williams, advocates ride for street safety

Manhattan: Public Advocate ,Jumaane D. Williams and cyclist advocates rode from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Tuesday in an effort to call attention to the emergency of cyclist deaths and to discuss what the city needs to do to prevent further tragedy. Comment

Syrai Carnival Creations ‘Submerged under the Sea’

Arts & Theater: The newly-formed Syrai Carnival Creations will be “Submerged under the Sea” this Labor Day. “I was motivated by Halle Bailey, who is casting as Ariel in ‘The Little Mermaid,’” said band leader, Andrina Alexander, who founded Syrai Carnival Creations just this summer, in an exclusive Caribbean Life interview. Comment

Barbados cricket boss slams CWI

Barbados: Barbados Cricket Association president, Conde Riley, has lashed out at Cricket West Indies (CWI) management, blaming what he sees as administrative errors for the team’s dismal showing in the just-concluded World Cup. Comment

WINNING RIDE

WINNING RIDE

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago cyclists created history at the recently concluded 2019 Pan American Games in Peru, winning two gold medals, Men’s team sprint, Men’s sprint (Nicholas Paul) and two silver; Men’s sprint (Phillip Njisane) and Women’s individual Time Trial (Teniel Campbell). Paul became Trinidad and Tobago’s first Pan American sprint champion in 48 years to win two gold medals, while also winning gold alongside Phillip and Keron Bramble in the team sprint. Comment
India completed a series whitewash against the West Indies as they suffered a 3-0 Twenty20 International defeat in their third match of the four-match series, with a seven-wicket defeat in the final contest in Georgetown on Aug. 6, 2019. Comment

Citizenship drive calls potential Jamaicans to town hall meeting

Jamaica: The ‘Little but tallawah” nation in the Caribbean recently extended an invitation to those seeking to officially and legally carry the black, gold and green flag of Jamaica. Comment
Guyana: There was strong support for unity, and calls to remember Guyana’s motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny, when hundreds of Guyanese nationals marched down Church Avenue, last Sunday with flags waving, and drums beating for a country that is polarized by division, and political uncertainty. Comments (2)
Music: Patricia Chin, co-founder of VP Records, was her usual self on Saturday, Aug. 3 — hardworking and involved in all aspect of the successful brand, that according to her, could be considered 60 years since she was the driving force from the age of 18, when her journey began in her homeland of Kingston, Jamaica. Comment

Resilience Mas makes a ‘Crazy Mess’

Arts & Theater: Grenadian-born Derek Noel, the co-band leader of the Brooklyn-based Resilience Mas, plans to make a “Crazy Mess” with the band’s presentation in this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment
Books: You are the Big Kahuna. The Boss, the One in Charge, maker of decisions and teller of things to do. You’re the Big Cheese with all the responsibility and you ain’t bad at it. So how would you do if, as in the novel, “The Tubman Command” by Elizabeth Cobbs, the very lives of soldiers, women, and children were in your hands? Comment

Gayle smashes Lara’s ODI record

Sports: Chris Gayle became the first West Indian batsman to reach 300 One-Day International (ODI) in the process breaking Brian Lara’s record on his home ground at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad as the region’s leading ODI scorer with 10,353 runs. Comment

CULTURE POT

CULTURE POT

Arts & Theater: Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Saturday joined members of the Garifuna Diaspora in New York in participating in the annual “Culture Pot” hosted by the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Eddy Grant for Medgar Evers Jazzy Jazz Festival

Music: Legendary Guyanese-born, musician, Eddy Grant, who was recently conferred Doctor of Letters for Excellency, in music by Professor Eon Harris at the University of Guyana, on Wednesday wowed the hugely popular “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,”,while performing his platinum single, “Electric Avenue.” Comment

New SVG Caribbean Bakery in town

St Vincent: Four years after Cynthia Bernard, proprietor of Ethlyn’s Bakery, on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, went to the Great Beyond, her brother and sister-in-law are now the new owners of the bakery, renaming it SVG Caribbean Bakery. Comment

Putting the power of food in the hands of communities

Viewpoints: As human beings, food is what we need to survive and thrive. But we all know that food is more than just a necessity. It’s a connection to our families, our culture and to the Earth. Comment

Clarke rips Trump’s termination of Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program

Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Thursday strongly condemned the Trump administration’s termination of the Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Barbados The Barbados government says it will allow residents to hold foreign currency accounts of up to US$10,000 as of Aug. 2, 2019. Minister of Finance, Ryan Straughn said the funds deposited into the foreign currency accounts cannot be purchased from the local domestic access to foreign exchange. Comment

Grenada shows strong tourist growth

Grenada: On the heels of double-digit growth and a landmark total visitor arrival of 528,077 in 2018, the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) says it is delighted to report positive growth in total visitor arrivals of 1 percent for the first half of 2019. Comment

Rohan Kanhai – An appreciation

People: “The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “No more technically correct batsman ever came out of the West Indies than Rohan Kanhai”- Michael Manley “His life was gentle; and the elements so mixed in him, that Nature might stand up, and say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!” – William Shakespeare Comment
Brooklyn: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Inez Barron and Alicka Ampry-Samuel announced on Tuesday nearly $9 million in new funding in support of the Brownsville, Brooklyn community in the wake of the mass shooting on July 27 that resulted in 11 injuries and one fatality during the annual Old Timers Day community event. Comment

T&T minister charged with corruption

A Trinidad and Tobago government Cabinet Minister in the Dr. Keith Rowley ad Comment
Guyana: Under the theme “Ma’Lupa - Working together in the spirit of solidarity within Guyana’s Festival of Arts,” the Guyana Cultural Association, NY, organizers of the Annual Folk Festival in Brooklyn has announced its 2019 honorees. Comment
St Vincent: As thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life gear up to attend the Eighth Annual Vincy Day USA, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is., the new chairman of the Brooklyn-based group says everything on stream for the grand extravaganza on Aug. 17. Comment

Vincy community leader passes on

St Vincent: Brooklyn-based Vincentian community leader Augustus L. “Bonnie” McMillan died on July 22 after ailing for about two years, according to Wayne Raguette, president of the group, Vincentian American National Charities, Inc. (VINCI), who succeeded McMillan after his affliction. McMillan was 64. Comment
Sports: Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Fl is set to host the first One-Day Internationals on US soil. USA’s first round of ODIs against Namibia and Papua New Guinea, as part of the new Cricket World Cup League Two structure, are set to be hosted at the venue, beginning from Sept. 13, according to ESPNCricinfo. Comment

‘4 SEASONS’

Arts & Theater: After performing “extremely well” over the years in placing among the top medium-sized mas bands in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, the Social Cultural Committee of 1199 SEIU (Service Employees International Union) is hoping to do the same this year with its “4 Seasons” production. Comment

Garifuna’s painful experience visiting motherland

St Vincent: From the time our people were forcefully removed from Baliceaux, St. Vincent & The Grenadines where they were imprisoned, tortured, killed and buried in 1797 to Roatan, Honduras their lives have never been the same in the countries of Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States of America where they live today. This act of genocide that was committed by the British against us has never been addressed and forcefully challenged by our government in St. Vincent and The Grenadines. Comment

Guyana-born chef serves grand fare at the WH

Food: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, congratulated Guyanese American Chef, Kashif Browne, on his accomplishment, as executive sous chef at the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States. Comment
Haiti: Several Haitian-American legislators in New York have led outrage over a Guyanese publication critical of what it describes as the influx of Haitians migrating to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. Comments (9)

Trump looks forward to continued collaboration with Jamaica

Jamaica: The Donald J. Trump administration in the United States says it is looking forward to continued collaboration with Jamaica as the island on Tuesday celebrated its 57th year of political independence from Great Britain. Comment
New York: New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday called on the Democratic presidential candidates to endorse the “Make America Safer Pledge,” a 4-point plan to keep Americans safe from gun violence. Comment

Environmental migration a global challenge

Immigration: UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 6, 2019 (IPS) — The Atlas of Environmental Migration, which gives examples dating as far back as 45,000 years ago, shows that environmental changes and natural disasters have played a role in how the population is distributed on our planet throughout history. Comment

Roy Pierre & Associates present ‘The Kente Kingdom’

Arts & Theater: As a poet, I can appreciate the alliteration in the name, “Kente Kingdom”, and the notion that it suggests royalty for each and every resident of such a country. In these uncertain times, it is only fitting that we invoke the powers of our ancestors, the lush terrain and landscape of our tribes. This is what will be witnessed in Roy Pierre & Associates presentation for Labor Day J’ouvert 2019. Comment
Music: The “Spirit of the Caribbean” was certainly felt by scores of nationals and friends, who crammed the front lawn of the Jamaica Performance Center on Saturday, Aug. 3, to get a taste of culture and entertainment on a beautiful summer’s afternoon. Comment

Rhythm Catcher Int’l goes to ‘Wonderland’

Arts & Theater: With “multi-national” masqueraders, Rhythm Cather International is going to “Wonderland” on Labor Day, says co-designer Dawn Hector. “Our masquerades can enjoy an experience of the best for Labor Day, because our preparation is up-to-date with planning, with the kind assistance of our volunteers,” Trinidadian Hector, who is designing the band with her compatriot Debbie Parris, told Caribbean Life Wednesday night. Comment

Cricket South Africa fires Barbadian-born coach

Sports: After what was considered to be a dismal World Cup in England, Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced a restricting plan that includes the firing of the team’s Barbadian-born coach, Ottis Gibson. Comment

HAITIANS UNDER ATTACK

HAITIANS UNDER ATTACK

Haiti: With general elections expected in months and with racial politics always at the top of life in Guyana, authorities moved with alacrity this week to defend the integrity of hundreds of Haitian nationals transiting the country to French Guiana and Brazil saying racist attacks against the Haitians from the opposition and other quarters are unwarranted. Comments (1)

Guyanese-American aviator honored

Guyana: Guyanese-American aviator, Beverley Drake says after 43 solid years in aviation, she thinks she is the best person to talk to the next generation about pursuing aviation as a career choice. Comment

First day of school could be scary

Books: Your new backpack can’t hold another thing. There are tissues in there, in case you sneeze. Pencils, maybe some crayons for drawing. You have room for a notebook, too, and everything you’ll need to carry for your big day. And in “Butterflies on the First Day of School” by Annie Silvestro, illustrated by Dream Chen, you might be toting something else, too. Comment

Cancers leading cause of premature death in Brooklyn: NY-Presbyterian physicians

Brooklyn: Physicians at Cornell Center for Health Equity at New York-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital have issued a stark disclosure that cancer is now the leading cause of premature death before age 65 in all of Brooklyn’s Community Districts. Comment

Local entrepreneurs host Haiti as a wedding destination expo

Haiti: I DO Haiti: Bridal & Wedding Expo, the first of its kind, will make its debut in the New York Marriott Hotel at Brooklyn Bridge on Aug. 31. Hundreds of brides-to-be will attend the one-day extravaganza designed to showcase Haiti’s growing wedding industry to couples hoping to tie the knot with class and culture. Comment

WI captain supports ICC Test Championship

Caribbean: West Indies Captain Jason Holder has thrown his support behind the newly-launched ICC Test Championship, stressing the longer format of the game remained the ultimate test of character. Comment

Caribbean Netball faces backlash

Trinidad and Tobago: Following a disappointing showing of the top three Caribbean netball teams at World Cup 2019, there is media speculation that jobs of Barbados and Jamaica head coaches are on the chopping block, while Trinidad is seeking more exposure for its Calypso Girls. Comment

T20 CHAMPS

T20 CHAMPS

Caribbean: West Indies conceded their three-match series to India at Lauderhill, Florida on Sunday after a thunderstorm stalled their run chase, leaving them with a 22-run defeat under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method. Comment
Barbados: Shared land use for agriculture is an area of CARICOM cooperation that is an obvious no-brainer that causes one to question why it is not happening, but a Barbados-Guyana-Suriname collaboration should soon see ventures in this area. Comments (1)

Sargassum clean-up costs Caribbean US$120M: Bartlett

Jamaica: Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism and Co-Chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCM), Edmund Bartlett, says the unprecedented levels of sargassum seaweed that washed up on Caribbean beaches in 2018 resulted in estimated clean-up costs of US$120 million. Comment

‘Rising Stars’ cricket tourney

Caribbean: The rebranding of the West Indies Under-19 championship to the “Rising Stars” Under-10 championship is an indication of Cricket West Indies (CWI) commitment to the development of its junior players. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua A former British police officer was sent to jail for 15 years for raping a woman when the two met on a vacation in Antigua more than four years ago. Comment
New York: Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday submitted testimony to the New York State Complete Count Commission for its hearing on the upcoming 2020 Census. Comment

SUNY-UWI to ponder dancehall genre’s future

Music: Tasked with addressing issues related to leadership and sustainable development a partnership between the State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) culled a panel discussion to focus on the future of dancehall music. Comment

Footprints at the shore

Footprints at the shore

Books: The sand feels funny, squishing between your toes. It sticks to the bottom of your feet, the bottom of your hands, and the bottom of your swimsuit, and it’s fun to leave footprints in it, so you can see where you’ve been. It’s always a good day when you’re at the beach, but in “Sandy Feet! Whose Feet?” by Susan Wood, illustrated by Steliyana Doneva, who else is there with you? Comment

GOLD MINERS REVOLT

One of the hemisphere’s largest gold mines has temporarily closed its doors in the Caribbean Community nation of Suriname after wildcat miners panning for gold in areas near the mine clashed with police and security over mining rights resulting in the deaths of one miner and serious wounds to several others. Comments (1)
Music: Kingston, Jamaica; Reggae Ambassadors Third World “celebrating 45 years” are set to release their highly anticipated 22nd studio album titled “More Work to Be Done” on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. The album is produced by multi-Grammy-award winning artist and producer Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley and features an array of artists: Chronixx, Tarrus Riley, Busy Signal, Pressure Busspipe, Tessanne Chin and Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, courtesy of Ghetto Youths International. Comment

Chris Gayle picked for ODIs against India

Sports: West Indies cricket selectors on Friday renewed their faith in star batsman Chris Gayle by including him in the One-Day Internationalsseries against India. Comment

Eugene breaks ground for Kensington Dog Run

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance and the Kensington Dog Run Association, joined colleagues and dog owners for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kensington Dog Run, a project made possible through his funding. Comment

Lafayette playground re-opens ahead of schedule

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Mark Treyger says the Lafayette Playground, located on Benson Avenue between Bay 43rd Street and Stillwell Avenue in Gravesend, re-opened on Jul. 25 – four months ahead of the projected completion date. Comment
Arts & Theater: Award winning Jamaican actor and playwright David Heron has been cast in the leading roles of Oberon, King of the Fairies and Theseus, Duke of Athens in the Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island’s Shakespeare in The Park production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Comment
Sports: The West Indies will clash with Afghanistan in a full series in November in India, the Afghanistan Cricket Board announced. Comment

TWENTY20 MATCH UP

Sports: The West Indies team has recalled veteran all-rounder Kieron Pollard and off-spinner Sunil Narine for the upcoming Twenty20 International against India. Comment

Bravo, Russel out ODI series against India

Sports: Left-hander Darren Bravo has been omitted from the West Indies squad against India starting this month (August), while injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell was also left out by the selectors. Comment

NUBIAN DEITIES

NUBIAN DEITIES

Arts & Theater: Suga Candy Mas, at 755 Linden Boulevard and Utica Avenue, Brooklyn, is adorned with a dazzling array of costumes, designed to depict Nubian Gods and Goddesses. Comment
Brooklyn: The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges held its 94th Annual Conference in New York City during the week of July 21. Comment

Guyanese prepare for Unity March

Guyana: The Guyana Unity Movement (GUM) is setting the stage for an expected monumental Unity March on Church Avenue, Brooklyn, Aug. 11, to send a message, that Guyanese are in support of the Coalition Government for a second term in office. Comment

VP Records to celebrate 40 years with yearlong activities

Music: VP Records, the world’s largest reggae music company, has started a yearlong calendar of activities in celebration of its 40th Year Anniversary. Comment

Myrie hosts rapid response to ICE

Brooklyn: Brooklyn State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie, in collaboration with Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, on July 17 hosted a rapid response session for community leaders working to protect immigrant communities and keeping families together. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua Prime Minister, Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda is prepared to acquire further shares in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, but is not going to pay an estimated US$44 million being asked by Barbados for the sale of its shares in the airline. Comment

Gabby again demands beach for Bajans

Barbados: For an island of 166 square miles with a population hovering on 385,000, a prime destination for tourists who crave its pristine beaches, mostly placid blue sea, and vibrant night life Barbados has the makings for contests for land space among residents and tourism investors. Comment
Arts & Theater: After producing “Rebirth” last Labor Day, D’Midas International New York. Inc., is emerging “Out of Africa” for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

New Ja CG credits nationals with 57 yrs of ‘One Nation’ united purpose

Jamaica: “As we celebrate Jamaica’s 57th independence anniversary, let us reflect on the theme, ‘One Nation One People’, newly installed Consul General Alison Roach Wilson said in a statement to nationals of the Caribbean island. Comment

Eric Garner’s killer got a raise and de Blasio did nothing

Viewpoints: Just over five years ago, on Bay Street in Staten Island, New York City police officers confronted Eric Garner on suspicion of selling unlicensed cigarettes. As the situation escalated, Officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped his arms around Garner in a maneuver that became a choke hold, one banned by the police department in which he served. Garner said, 11 times, “I can’t breathe.” His pleas were ignored, and he died on that street on July 17, 2014. Comment

Western Union unfairly targets transfers to Grenada with excessive fees

Grenada: In order to send any amount of money from New York City to Grenada via Western Union, the transfer fee is more than double what it costs to send the same amount of money to most other countries. In light of this fact, many contacted Grenadians and reached friends of Grenada – others who have reasons (business and / or personal) to wire money to the island – are ready to petition and protest this blatantly unfair, excessive, burdensome and unreasonable, discriminatory policy of Western Union. Folks are also ready to boycott Western Union if the company refuses to lower its fees for wire transfers to Grenada. Comment

Subway stations may soon honor Medgar Evers College

Brooklyn: Two Brooklyn lawmakers are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill renaming two subway stations in Central Brooklyn in honor of Medgar Evers College. Comments (1)

Congressional Black Caucus launches Census 2020 taskforce

National: The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday launched a new taskforce that will focus on the upcoming 2020 Census and the legacy of under counting the African American community. Comment

I-Threes to reunite at Westchester Reggae Festival

Music: Celebrated Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths and legendary reggae and gospel singer Judy Mowatt, two thirds of the world famous I-Threes, reggae’s most influential female singing group that provided backing vocals for the honorable Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in the 70’s will reunite for one performance only at the inaugural Westchester Reggae Festival, slated to take place on Labor Day Saturday, Aug. 31 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Comments (1)
Music: Producer and DJ Dymond, one of the hottest talents coming out of Jamaica, dropped his latest project Dinero Riddim through 21st Hapilos Digital Distribution, under the label Full Chaarge Records. Comment

FOCUS ON T&T CRIME

Trinidad and Tobago: Successive governments and administrations in Trinidad have blamed everything from weapons and drug smuggling, the activities of radical Islamic groups in the country to the state of the economy for nearly two decades violent crime, assassinations and abductions but officials are putting a new periscope on the issue that may well trigger a decent reduction. Comment
New York: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday joined representatives from fraternal police organizations in condemning incidents depicted in two videos taken over the weekend showing the dousing of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers with buckets of water. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene said on Monday that he partnered with New York City’s Department of Finance, Environmental Protection and Housing Preservation, as well as local organizations in hosting a lien sale outreach session at Flatbush Library to help residents pay their property tax bills. Comment

Persaud demands Con Ed reimburse residents affected by power outages

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud has asked her Southeast Brooklyn colleagues to join her in calling on Con Edison to reimburse all customers affected by power outages. Comment

T&T nursing group reflects on achievements

Trinidad and Tobago: As the Brooklyn-based, non-profit Trinidad and Tobago Nurses’ Association of America, Inc. (TTNAA) gets ready to celebrate its 51st anniversary next month, the group has been reflecting on its achievements over the years. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, producing artistic director) presents “The Bacchae” inspired by Bryan Doerries’ new version of Euripides’ classic Greek tragedy. This marks the kickoff production of the 20th anniversary season for Classical Theater of Harlem, which was established in 1999. Future productions and news for the 2019-2020 season will be announced soon. Comment
Sports: Cricket West Indies (CWI) has reported record sales for the upcoming two T20 Internationals between the West Indies and India, which will be played in the USA. Comments (1)

Grand Anse Beach rated best in the world by Condé Nast Traveller

Grenada: Grenada’s Grand Anse Beach has been rated the best beach in the world by the internationally recognized Condé Nast Traveller UK. Comment

SQUASH CHAMPS

SQUASH CHAMPS

Barbados: Barbados’ Junior Squash National Team returned home from Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend sporting trophies of victory in another Caribbean championship. Comment

Barbados’ Jones on a mission

Barbados: Twenty-year-old Barbadian middle distance runner, Jonathan Jones, is rapidly setting new bars for his country in the event and determinedly blazing his own path towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Comment
Movies: Quentin Tarantino has, for a while now, been reminding us what’s so great about movies — or at least, what he thinks is so great about them. Comment
Sports: West Indies legend Clive Lloyd is calling for a cricket symposium to discuss the current state of the game in the region and determine a way forward. Comment

CFU 2019 Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series

Sports: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (July 9, 2019) – The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) will host the 2019 Girls’ Under 14 Challenge Series from Aug. 5-13, 2019 across five venues in the region. A total of 22 teams will take part in the competition. Comment

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Antigua LIAT is partnering with Antigua and Barbuda Festivals Commission to sponsor Antigua Carnival 2019. The airline is the official Regional Airline of the festival which runs from July 25 to Aug. 6, 2019. Comment
St Vincent: The Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc., on July 13 held another successful annual BBQ fundraiser to help medical institutions, the less fortunate and various communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment
Haiti: Barbados’ decision to lift immigration restrictions on Haitians and accord them full rights to visa-free entry has backfired and caused a reversal thanks to human traffickers who gouged money out of many by misleading them into believing that they were also free to work on the island. Comment

CARIB RHYTHMS

CARIB RHYTHMS

Music: Caribbean and other residents in South New Jersey and neighboring Philadelphia reveled in the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean, took in the cornucopia of Caribbean colors and feasted on Caribbean delicacies, among other things, in picture perfect weather on Saturday during the 19h Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams climbed the steps of City Hall on Friday flanked by an unlikely entourage of yoga gurus, wellness experts, and police union honchos to demand meditation classes for New York’s Finest amid a rash of suicides. Comment

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