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Brooklyn man jailed for stealing neighbor’s East New York home: DA

Arts & Theater: A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge on Wednesday sentenced an East New York, Brooklyn, man to five months in jail and five years’ probation for stealing and attempting to sell the home of his 85-year-old neighbor, a diabetic man for whom the defendant was a part-time caretaker. Comment

Kings County Hospital earns national accreditation on cancer

Arts & Theater: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County on Tuesday announced that The Commission on Cancer (CoC), a quality program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), has granted three-year accreditation to the hospital’s state-of-the-art Cancer Care Center. Comment

House of D’Marsh couture Spring 2020 collection wows at Brooklyn Commons show

Arts & Theater: When it comes to his latest work, fashion designer Glenroy March said he wanted to create something “to stay within his DNA.” Comment
Arts & Theater: CricketCountry reported on Sunday that Cricket West Indies (CWI) has sacked Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite as ODI and T20I captains, respectively, with Kieron Pollard set to take over the duties in limited-overs cricket. Comment

JLC Productions hosts Caribbean American Fashion Exchange

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based JLC Productions has partnered with MIST Harlem to host the Caribbean American Fashion Exchange (CAFÉ) reception on Wednesday in Harlem. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaican Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry and his compatriot, investment advisor Noel Spencer, recently co-hosted a welcome reception for Alsion Roach-Wilson, the newly-appointed Jamaican Consul General to New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: The New York State Assembly Haitian Caucus said on Monday that Speaker Carl Heastie will join them in assisting in relief efforts for those impacted by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, as well as those devastated by the Category 5 hurricane in the eastern coast of the United States. Comment

Brooklyn DA opens Kenneth P. Thompson Boutique

Arts & Theater: Looking to give a new lease on life to formerly incarcerated individuals, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez opened on Sept. 10 a new boutique named for his late predecessor. Comment
Arts & Theater: President of the Brooklyn-based United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) Dr. Roxie Irish-Morris hailed the group’s recent medical mission to St. Vincent and the Grenadines as a great success. Comment

West Indies’ Brathwaite again reported for suspect action

Arts & Theater: West Indies opening batsman Kraigg Brathwaite, who bowls part-time offspin, has been reported for a suspect bowling action after the second Test match against India at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, according to ESPNcricinfo. Comment

Jamaica’s tourism minister upbeat about country brand ranking in tourism

Arts & Theater: Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett says he is heartened by results of a new study by Bloom Consulting that shows Jamaica has entered the top 10 tourism country brands in the Americas for 2019-2020, moving up five places since the last assessment. Comment
Arts & Theater: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Sunday that “the clock is ticking” for Hurricane Dorian survivors in the Bahamas to receive humanitarian assistance. Comment
Arts & Theater: When Barbadian-born academic Humphrey A. Crookendale graduated from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 1981, he never in his wildest dreams believed he would play a leading role in a major academic institution. Comment
Arts & Theater: In the wake of what the Grenada Tourist Board (GTB) describes as a phenomenal 24.9 percent growth in arrivals for the 2018 Carnival Season, the chief executive officer of Spicemas, Kelvin Jacob, says he is on a mission to greater promote the island’s carnival. Comment

Canada PM vows support for hurricane ravaged Bahamas

Arts & Theater: The Canadian Government said on Thursday that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has discussed the onslaught of Hurricane Dorian on the Bahamas with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chair and Prime Minister of St. Lucia Allen Chastanet. Comment

Columbia University’s Miller Theatre unveils ‘Tales from the Mano River’

Arts & Theater: Days before Columbia University’s Miller Theatre opens its 2019-2020 season, the Brooklyn-born artist Adama Delphine Fawundu has transformed Miller’s lobby with a new installation, “Tales from the Mano River.” Comment

World Food Program gears up emergency food aid for hurricane-ravaged Bahamas

Arts & Theater: With initial assessments indicating that some 76,000 people in the parts of the Bahamas worst-affected by Hurricane Dorian need urgent support, the United Nations’ World Food Program (WFP) is arranging for eight tons of ready-to-eat meals to be provided – part of a US$5.4 million overall funding package. Comment
Arts & Theater: As the annual Caribbean J’ouvert and West Indian American Day Carnival Day Parade celebrations in Brooklyn took place on Labor Day Monday, officers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) were omnipresent, keeping watchful eyes on masqueraders, revelers and onlookers. Comment

WIADCA puts Caribbean culture on world’s stage: WIADCA prez

Arts & Theater: On Labor Day Monday, for the 52nd year, the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) put Caribbean culture on the world’s stage, with the mammoth annual carnival parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, according to newly-elected president Dominican Dr. Jean Joseph. Comment
Arts & Theater: For the third successive year, masqueraders and revelers with the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centers in Brooklyn jumped for education, underscoring the theme of the band as it participated in the 52nd West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Guyana’s First Lady Grand Marshall at West Indian parade

Arts & Theater: History was created last Monday, Sept. 2, when First Lady of Guyana, Sandra Granger walked the nearly three-mile route as grand marshall of the 52nd Annual West Indian Day parade, despite the torrential downpour that drenched Eastern Parkway. Comment
Arts & Theater: The kiddies certainly rivaled adult masqueraders, bringing a level of maturity in mas to the streets of Crown Heights, last Saturday, Aug. 31, in some of the most elaborate costumes, seen at the kiddies carnival in recent times. Comment
Arts & Theater: Despite heavy thundershowers, local and state politicians, as they do every year, were very omnipresent during the 52nd West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Monday, Labor Day, on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment

Greenlight ‘Jump Up’ exalts steel, jourvert & emergence of NY Carnival

Arts & Theater: After taking a long and storied look at carnival, Ray Allen, a professor of music and American studies at City University of New York’s Brooklyn College carved out seven years of his life to compile a scholarly glossary and overview focusing on the totality that defines Caribbean jump up revelry. Comment

UNDETERRED

UNDETERRED

Arts & Theater: Heavy thundershowers descended on the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Monday, Labor Day, but they did not prevent masqueraders and revelers from getting down during the 52nd hosting of the massive event on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway. Comment
Arts & Theater: On the heels of a phenomenal 24.9 percent growth in arrivals for the 2018 Carnival Season, the Grenada Tourist Board (GTB) says the Spice Isle recorded a 7.7 percent increase in arrivals for Spicemas 2019, of 13,327, compared to 12,379 in the corresponding year. Comment

Pols gear up for Caribbean Carnival

Arts & Theater: The West Indian American Day Carnival in Brooklyn is the time when local and state politicians use every opportunity to promote themselves in one form or the other. And this year will not be any different. Comment
Arts & Theater: Mayor Bill de Blasio declared Aug. 27, “Nia Long Day in the City of New York” during a massive Caribbean carnival reception at Gracie Mansion where more than a thousand nationals feasted on Caribbean food and were entertained by Angels Caribbean Band. Comment
Arts & Theater: SUMMER JAM YOUTH FEST Aug. 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn, NY 11238 United States Comment
Arts & Theater: The Dominican-born, newly-elected president of the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of what is largely considered to be the largest Carnival Parade in North American, has stressed “safety and quality” as hallmarks of her tenure. Comment

Mas Productions Unlimited seeks ‘Sanctuary’

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based Mas Productions Unlimited says it is seeking “Sanctuary” during this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Tight security for J’Ouvert in Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: A rigorous screening process will allow the New York Police Department, (NYPD) along with special security, to conduct safety checks at ten entry points along the J’Ouvert route for an incident free mas in the wee hours of Labor Day Monday in Brooklyn. Comment

‘Out of Many One People’ for carnival parade

Arts & Theater: The Brooklyn-based Vibez International Mas is embracing the Jamaican motto “Out of Many One People” as its portrayal for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

TnT Boys Mas portrays ‘Poison Garden’

Arts & Theater: TnT Boys Mas is hoping to “break-through” this year in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway with “Poison Garden.” Comment

FANTASY

Arts & Theater: In its debut portrayal in the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, the Grenadian-owned SkyMaxxMas will be portraying “Fantasy Is.” Comment

Banboche Mas goes to ‘Wonderland’

Arts & Theater: The predominantly Haitian band Bancoche Mas is going to “Wonderland” this Labor Day Carnival. Comment

Reggae kicks-off Brooklyn holiday bacchanal

Music: Much has been banded about regarding the soca, calypso and masquerade aspects of the 52nd annual West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s spectacular five-day presentation. As always, to a lesser extent the Reggae Night presentation which usually focus on the hard-driving Jamaica-birthe music has been virtually overshadowed in promotion and publicity by the Eastern Caribbean touters of the Brooklyn Museum activities slated during the last weekend of August. 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
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

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)

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

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

‘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

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

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

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
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

‘UNTAMED’

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

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