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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Few Indians joined Black Power in 1970

Trinidad and Tobago: Saturday April 21st marks the 48th anniversary of the declaration of the State of Emergency to quell the Black Power Revolution in Trinidad in 1970. The uprising was led by Makandal Daaga and his chey-la [disciple], Kafra Kambon, of the National Joint Action Committee (NJAC). Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Wednesday presented a posthumous “Hero of the Month” award and ceremonial wreath to 15-year-old Brooklyn-born student Peter Wang, who was tragically killed while bravely holding the door open in his classroom at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl, so that his classmates could escape a mass shooter. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

After Auschwitz (Unrated) Holocaust documentary belatedly recounting the trauma experienced by a half-dozen survivors who had been evacuated to the U.S. and pressured to suffer in silence without ever discussing the horrors they’d witnessed in Hitler’s death camps. Comment

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Opposing views on Brexit impact on Caribbean

Barbados: Both economics scholar, Andrew Rose, and British High Commissioner, Janet Douglas, agree that Brexit, the UK’s severing of economic and immigration ties with the European Union, would affect Caribbean trade, but differ on solutions. Comment
Sports: In opening the batting, West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine blasted a 17-ball 50 in helping Kolkata Knight Riders to triumph in their season opener Sunday against Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Comment

Friday, April 13, 2018


Arts & Theater: Five years ago, the Haitian and the folkloric dance community mourned the death of an icon from their midst, Jean-Léon Destiné. As a dancer and choreographer, he brought Haiti’s traditional music and dance onto American stages and international venues. Soon after his death, dancers influenced by this master, talked of having a major tribute to him. Comment
People: Brooklyn congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke wants Black women to make themselves “the priority,” urging that they practice “self-care.” Comment

Black group calls for bold ‘Marshall Plan’ to rebuild urban America

People: Emerging from its recently successful “Marshall Plan” symposium, economic summit and national town hall meeting, April 3-4, in Newark, NJ, the Black New York-based group, Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), is calling for a “bold and innovative 21st Century Marshall Plan” to rebuild urban America and to support Newark’s quest to become a “Model City.” Comment

Thursday, April 12, 2018



Venezuela: Two Caribbean Community countries with close borders to Venezuela are beginning to pay greater attention to an increase in the number of Venezuelans crossing into the two nations, seeking food, jobs, shelter and medical services as the economic and political situation at home worsens. Comment

Geneive Brown Metzger receives Clare Boothe Luce Award

Jamaica: In recognition of her many contributions of economic development and diplomacy, Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD Hon received the 2018 Clare Boothe Luce Award for International Service from The J. Luce Foundation at the foundation’s annual gala on March 1, at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York City. Comment

Migration agency responds to Venezuelans exodus

Venezuela: The United Nations says its migration agency has launched a regional action plan to bolster its response to massive population outflows from Venezuela amid the worsening political and socio-economic situation in the South American country. Comment
Brooklyn: On April 20, immigrant activists will march from Grand Army Plaza over the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square in a “Days of Outrage” demonstration, pushing back against this government’s brutal policies toward immigrants — particularly from Africa, Haiti and Latin America Comments (5)
Brooklyn: The seventh annual Soul to Sole Shoe Drive Brunch collected hundreds of pairs of donated shoes from donors at the Round2 Cafe in East Flatbush on April 8. Comment

Wednesday, April 11, 2018


Grenada: GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Damian Warner’s bid to defend his Commonwealth Games decathlon title ended when he failed to clear a height in the pole vault, leaving the aptly-named Lindon Victor to win his first gold medal at a major meet. Comment

Antigua to plant marijuana for medicine

Antigua: Just weeks after its parliament had overwhelmingly approved laws allowing for Antiguans to personally possess up to 15 grams of marijuana legally, authorities are preparing to take it to the next level. Comment

American Airlines to begin flights to Guyana in December

Guyana: Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson, said he is delighted that American Airlines will begin airlifting passengers to Guyana from December of this year. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidad and Tobago female athlete Michelle-Lee Ayhe created history at the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast, Australia when she copped Gold in the l00 meters women’s final. Comment
Cuba: The government of Prime Minister Gaston Browne in Antigua and Barbuda says it is “happy” to commemorate the 24th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Cuba. Comment
Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda said on Monday, April 9 that it has established diplomatic relations with Romania. Comment

Is there data privacy & protection to poor customers?

Viewpoints: Matthew Soursourian and Michael Joyce, the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP)* WASHINGTON DC, April 9, 2018 (IPS) - Research increasingly demonstrates that poor customers, just like other customers, value their privacy and care deeply about the protection of their personal data. But what do providers think about obtaining, using, storing and sharing personally identifiable information? Comment

Tales of inspiration and amazement

Books: Apples, bananas, cherries, and oranges. Tasty things, available from an appropriate tree, perhaps even one in your back yard. But what’s the story about them? Who was the first brave soul to take a chance and take a bite? In the new book “Strange Fruit Volume II” by Joel Christian Gill, you’ll see that some histories remain hidden on the vine. Comment

Wrapped in a sea of plastic

Viewpoints: By now most of us have read that plastic, that incredibly useful product that all of us use every day, is fast becoming public enemy number one. We have been using plastics for decades and as a result, plastic is everywhere: in our fish, in our food, in our oceans, in our waste water treatment systems, and in our public spaces. We use pl Comment

West Indies team look to improve rankings

Sports: The West Indies is hoping for a positive result in the upcoming home series against Sri Lanka to avoid tumbling to ninth position in the ICC Test Rankings. Comment
St Vincent: Every year, for the past three years, as the Brooklyn-based Vincentian educational and cultural group, Club St. Vincent, Inc., hosts a walk-a-thon to support Vincentian athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, it rained, was bitterly cold and blustery, or there was the threat of snow. Every year, for the past three years, as the Brooklyn-based Vincentian educational and cultural group, Club St. Vincent, Inc., hosts a walk-a-thon to support Vincentian athletes at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia, it rained, was bitterly cold and blustery, or there was the threat of snow. Comment

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

‘Paradise Plum’ sweetens theater festival

Arts & Theater: The second annual “We Are One” Caribbean Music, Comedy and Theater Festival return this month with a nostalgic, entertaining and inspiring presentation staged in conjunction with Black Spectrum Theater to celebrate 48 years of excellence and stellar showcases at the Queens-based cultural center. Comment

Latin America’s 1st ever black female VP — A Jamaican?

Jamaica: On April 1, when jokesters, pranksters and April foolers of the day tricked family and friends with carefully constructed misdeeds, in the Central American nation of Costa Rica, Epsy Alejandra Campbell Barr was elected the very, first of her race to win the second-most sought after seat in government. Comments (1)
Movies: “Beirut” Excellent (4 stars) Rated R for profanity, violence and a nude image In English and Arabic with subtitles Running time: 109 minutes Production Studios: Radar Pictures / ShivHans Pictures / Kasbah - Film Tanger Distributor: Bleecker Street Media By Kam Williams In 1972, Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) was a career U.S. diplomat delighted to be serving his country overseas in Lebanon. In fact, he and his wife Nadia (Leila Bekhti) were so comfortable living in the Middle East that they had decided to adopt Karim (Idir Chender), a 13 year-old Palestinian refugee. Comment

Monday, April 9, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean The Caribbean Development Bank (CDM) has announced that it will fund a program to enhance capacity for mental health and psychological support in disaster management in the Caribbean. Comment

Shaggy and Sting collaborate

Shaggy and Sting collaborate

Music: International reggae pop singer Shaggy, and legendary British rocker Sting have collaborated for a new musical project titled “44/486.” The singer and the former frontman of the band The Police, are putting out a mostly reggae-inspired and upbeat project. Comment

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Lawsuit against T&T security minister settled

Trinidad and Tobago National Security Minister, retired Major General Edmund Dillon, has been cleared of any fraud allegations by a United States Court judge in a property dispute with his 88- year-old incapacitated American friend. Comment
Arts & Theater: The Easter season got off to a fun start for children of Albouystown, Georgetown, when Guyanese from the diaspora volunteered their skills during a kite-making workshop to keep the cultural tradition alive. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 10x10 (Unrated) Suspense thriller about a young businesswoman (Kelly Reilly) who is kidnapped and locked in a soundproof, concrete cell by a creepy identity thief (Luke Evans) Supporting cast includes Noel Clarke, Jason Maza and Olivia Chenery. Comment
St Vincent: A popular Vincentian sports club that dominated Brooklyn’s Caribbean Soccer in the 1980s and 1990s and was dubbed the “Kings of Brooklyn Caribbean Soccer” is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Comment

Jason Holder to lead ICC team

Sports: West Indies captain Jason Holder, was recently chosen to lead the ICC World Cup Qualifiers team of the tournament. Comment

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