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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018

Jamaica: A collaboration of two Africa-centric organizations in New York successfully executed an informative Black History Month program recently at Medgar Evers College that probably should have been credited as required to the semester’s curriculum. Comment

Abuse of state machinery in former top model case

St Vincent: A prominent lawyer representing a former top Vincentian model has described as “a colossal misuse and abuse of state machinery” the case in which the ex-model was sent to a psychiatric institution for evaluation. Comment
Dominican Republic: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. celebrated members of the Dominican-American community at a Dominican heritage event on Feb. 8. Four honorees, including Assemblywoman Carmen De La Rosa, were recognized for their contributions. The lawmaker said she was happy to see other members of the community come out and support. Comment

US military helps thwart Trinidad carnival terror attack: Reports

Arts & Theater: United States military troops participated in anti-terror raids in the Caribbean have helped in capturing four “high value targets” aimed at disrupting Trinidad and Tobago carnival, according to reports. Comment

Grenadian named AFUWI’s Luminary honoree

Grenada: The American Foundation for the University of the West Indies has annually flaunted their commitment to helping the Caribbean institution of higher learning by hosting a gala fundraising affair. Comment

A rallying cry for activism, legal action

You can’t look any longer. Whatever it is, it’s just too painful, too scary, so you hide your eyes and pretend that nothing’s happening. You can’t look any longer, so you don’t… but after awhile, you notice it again. That’s when you realize that you saw all along. That’s when, as in the new book “When They Call You a Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & asha bandele, you realize that you never really could look away. Comment

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018

You Can’t Deport a Movement rally at Foley Square

Immigration: The tone, Saturday morning, Feb. 11, began a bit lighter than might have been as immigration rights activists filled Foley Square in the shadow of Manhattan courts at the “You Can’t Deport a Movement” rally in support of Ravi Ragbir. Comment

Bobby Digital releases two-part music collection

Music: Grammy-winning Jamaican producer Bobby Digital recently released a new compilation mix. The hit-maker put together a two-part anthology series, “Volume 1: X-tra Wicked” and “Volume 2: Serious Times” — a collection of some of his greatest hits. He says he started assembling the project a few years ago to give his fans something reminiscent of classic reggae. Comment

Brooklyn group warns crime will destabilize Guyana

Guyana: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) has warned that crime will destabilize Guyana if the David Granger-led administration fails to immediately enact modern laws and crime-fighting measures. Comment
Movies: Besides granting a record number of pardons to non-violent felons convicted of drug offenses, Barack Obama didn’t accomplish very much during his last days in office. That’s not unusual for a lame duck president, particularly when the opposing party is in control of both houses of Congress. Comment

Vincentian sports journalist Glenford Prescott passes

St Vincent: Prominent Vincentian sports journalist Eardley Glenford Prescott, also known as “Pressie” and “Knowledge,” died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in capital city Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Jan. 30. He was 59. Comment
Music: BPTT Renegades celebrated their long-awaited tenth National Panorama Championship title at the Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Saturday night. Comment

Nothing golden about this 50-year anniversary

Viewpoints: This month marks a golden anniversary for American wages, but don’t expect celebration around the nation. On the contrary. In February 1968, the federal minimum wage increased from $1.40 to $1.60 an hour, giving minimum wage workers what would turn out to be the highest level of purchasing power they would enjoy for the next 50 years. Comment

Brooklyn’s SVG sports association to hold elections

St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines United States of America Sports Association (SVG-USASA) will host its biennial general meeting to elect a new executive body on Saturday, Feb. 24. Comment

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018

Caribbean RoundUp

Trinidad and Tobago: Caribbean A United States diplomat has urged Caribbean countries to seriously tackle the issue of money laundering. Perry Holloway, US Ambassador to Guyana said regional governments must act now to ensure financial institutions are protected from criminal elements. Comment

Engineers examine impact of hurricanes on BVI

The impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria on the strong motion and seismic network throughout the British Virgin Islands BVI) is being examined this week. Comment

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Aiyaary (Unrated) East Indian action thriller about an army colonel (Manoj Bajpayee) who has 36 hours to rein in his once-promising protege gone rogue (Sidharth Malhotra). With Rakul Preet Singh, Pooja Chopra and Adil Hussain. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018

CDB has money to rebuild

Environment: An umbrella regional bank this week said it had set aside nearly $800 million to help Caribbean countries devastated by two of the strongest Atlantic hurricanes on record last year rebuild but they must do so using smarter and more resilient systems that would withstand future mega storms. Comment
Health: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene was inaugurated for his 3rd term on Jan. 28 at Erasmus Hall High School Auditorium in Flatbush. Comment

Friday, Feb. 9, 2018

Cops foil T&T US embassy attack

Trinidad and Tobago: As hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors prepare to take part in Trinidad’s world class carnival celebrations, authorities there called an emergency press conference late Thursday to announce that they had foiled a massive terror plot to disrupt the annual street parade and other events. Comment

Deportation temporarily halted for Ragbir

Trinidad and Tobago: A law suit filed in federal district court in the Southern District of NY on Friday, has resulted in the government agreeing to stay Ravi Ragbir’s deportation temporarily. Ragbir was slated to report for deportation on Saturday, Feb. 10. Comment

Barbados police bill sparks outrage

Barbados: A government amendment to the law covering, police giving them expanded powers of declaring curfews, imposing cordons, stopping and searching persons and vehicles and entering homes without a warrant, has sparked resistance. Comment

NYPD cops hit with lawsuits

St Vincent: The New York Police Department (NYPD) has been hit with lawsuits alleging that cops are unfairly targeting businesses that cater to Brooklyn’s Caribbean community. Comment

Puerto Rican rescue dogs debut in Puppy Bowl

Puerto Rico: Two rescued Puerto Rican puppies played in the annual Puppy Bowl on Feb. 4. The yearly Superbowl-inspired game gets dozens of young pups to play a game of football in honor of the sporting event. The now adopted dogs, who go by Maddox and Murphy, were born in the care of The Sato Project — a Puerto-Rico based animal rescue group and flown to the U.S. shortly after Hurricane Maria. Comments (1)

CARIB SOCCER

Jamaica: COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago - Club Atletico Pantoja (Dominican Republic) and Arnett Gardens (Jamaica) secured spots in the 2018 CONCACAF Caribbean Cub Championship (CCC), Tier 1 finals with Group A wins on Sunday at Ato Boldon Stadium. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

SMOKERS GET A BREAK

Antigua: To some in Antigua, the timing and passing of a bill legalizing the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana for personal use, have everything to do with upcoming general elections but Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Antigua and Barbuda simply doesn’t want to be left behind and is tired of jailing young people for having small amounts of cannabis on their person. Comment

Dominican doctor begins second term as PAHO director

Dominica: Dominican-born Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and regional director for the Americas, including the Caribbean, of the World Health Organization (WHO), on Thursday formally began her second term as head of the 115-year-old regional public health agency. Comment

Vincentian elected Harvard Law Review prez

St Vincent: The Harvard Law Review has elected Vincentian Michael L. Thomas, Jr as its 132nd president, succeeding ImeIme Umana, who became the first black woman to lead the prestigious publication. Comment

Congresswoman Clarke hosting drive for citizenship this weekend

Brooklyn: Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D–Crown Heights) is hosting a two-day citizenship drive in East Flatbush on Feb. 10 and 11. Together with the YMCA, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and the Council of People’s Organization, the legislator organized the weekend drive to encourage green card holders to apply for U.S. citizenship. Comment

CIVIL RIGHTS ART

CIVIL RIGHTS ART

Arts & Theater: In a month-long exhibit during Black History Month, the painted portraits of black political prisoners will be on display at the Okay Space in Williamsburg. The “Correspondence” solo art exhibit, which is part of its creator’s larger “To Be Free” project, will be on display until Feb. 24. Artist Sophia Dawson said she always had an interest in the lives of the men and women locked up fighting for civil rights, but that interest was piqued when she learned about the death of one of the prisoners that made up the Angola Three. Comment

Pure Grenada wins Expedia award

Grenada: ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA – Feb. 5, 2018 – Announced on Jan. 31, 2018 at the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association’s Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico, Expedia named Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean, as the Caribbean Destination of the Year 2017. Comment

New gallery makes Harlem home

Arts & Theater: From London to Harlem. A British-based gallery celebrated the opening of its location in Harlem on Feb. 4. Gallery 8 welcomed dozens of Harlemites into the new art space to introduce themselves to the neighborhood, and give residents a chance to get acquainted with the gallery, said the gallery’s partner. Comment

Guyana Jaguars win regional tourney

Guyana: Guyana Jaguars are the 2017-2018 Digicel Four-Day champions after their nearest rivals Barbados Pride settled for a draw with Windward Islands Volcanoes in their rain-affected match recently. Comment

Tribute to late Vincentian cricket manager

St Vincent: Frank “Monty” Clarke, a Washington, D.C.-based tax accountant and former treasurer/public relations officer of the Sion Hill Sports and Cultural Club in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has paid tribute to the late, popular former manager of the Sion Hill Cricket Club and long-standing curator of the Sion Hill Playing Field, Lloyd Eli Lewis. Comment

Barbados’ hard currency challenge

Barbados: The government of Barbados is fast running out of foreign reserve currency and Central Bank Governor, Cleviston Haynes has said that the administration urgently needs a financial injection, hopefully from an external source. Comment

Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018

Dr. Eric Williams: The Father of the Nation

Trinidad and Tobago: Dr. Eric Eustace Williams (Sept. 25, 1911 – March 29 1981) served as the first Prime Minister of the twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment

WIADCA executive retires after 41 years of service

Trinidad and Tobago: Long-standing West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) Trinidadian-born executive Jean Alexander has retired after 41 years of service. Comment

Honoring Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Alzheimer’s researcher

People: In celebration of Black History Month, the Alzheimer’s Association recognizes African-Americans who are working tirelessly in the field of Alzheimer’s disease research. We also remember the accomplishments of Solomon Carter Fuller, M.D., the first known black psychiatrist in America and an early pioneer in the fight against Alzheimer’s. Dr. Fuller collaborated with Dr. Alois Alzheimer, identifying the disease we now know as Alzheimer’s and helped translate much of his work from German to English. Comment

Words can put you down or light a fire

Books: Read this. And that. Read what’s next to it, what’s above it, and the next page. Read it, because words soar. Read it because you can. As you’ll see in “Black Ink,” edited by Stephanie Stokes Oliver, it wasn’t always so. Comment
Queens: Last month several community leaders were honored at a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens on Jan. 13. The event honored about eight men and women who exemplified Martin Luther King’s dream in the work they do for their community. Comment

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