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Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017

Celebrating Brooklyn through photography

Arts & Theater: The images in the expansive gallery just behind BRIC’s lobby performance space pays tribute to its home borough with the exhibition “Brooklyn Photographs” by 11 photographers. Comment

‘CHARCOAL’

Movies: Haitian-American filmmaker Francesca Andre is an up and coming creator highlighting important subjects that affects various communities. Comment

Green music

Music: Taking a greener approach to music. British reggae musician Macka B’s forthcoming album “Health is Wealth,” is slated to come out next week on Sept. 29. The veteran artist’s new project will include his widely popular and viral internet song “Cucumba” — a funny pro-green tune that gained him new audiences worldwide. The artist says he always wanted to advocate healthy-eating in music to raise more consciousness. Comment

Monday, Sept. 18, 2017

Jamaica’s Chef Andre cooks up cuisine at demonstration

Food: A group of foodies gathered around Food Network’s Chopped Champion, Chef Andre Fowles, as he showed off his cuisine skills during a demonstration on how to prepare three dishes with sauces from Grace Foods, during a recent exclusive tasting event at the Midtown Manhattan offices of Finn Partners. Comment

Masked 9/11 hero memorialized in inspirational biopic

Movies: “Man in Red Bandana” Comment

Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

Black men’s love for Indian, mixed & white women

Movies: An African male is in love with an Indian female. At the T&T Film Festival, this is the theme of two well-publicised local feature films being screened: Green Days by the River and Moko Jumbie, and perhaps the lesser-known Back to Freeport. These films come hot on the heels of another recently-screened local film entitled Bazoodee with the same theme. Comment

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Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Battle of the Sexes (PG-13 for sexuality and partial nudity) Tennis docudrama recreating the 1973 match between reigning champion Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and 55 year-old hustler Bobby Riggs, a trash-talking misogynist who created a media circus by boasting he could beat the best female player in the world. With Sarah Silverman, Elisabeth Shue and Bill Pullman. Comment

Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

Vincentian cultural group honors icon

Music: The United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) on Saturday honored the cultural figure whose songs it has been using during its cultural performances in the past 14 years. Comment

Caribbean female superhero saves her community

Movies: A new feature film following a Caribbean female superhero in the future is debuting at the Urban World Film Festival on Sept. 23. “Brown Girl Begins” is a fantasy set in the year 2049 in a dystopian Toronto, and follows Ti-Jeanne, a young teen living in the alternate world faced with the task of saving her community from evil people. Comment

Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

RHYTHMS AND DANCE

Music: Flushing Town Hall has launched its fall season with something for everybody and for all ages. Latin roots and Cuban rhythms (Sept. 22), Garifuna music from Belize, Honduras and Guatemala (Oct. 6), Afro-Venezuelan rhythms and dance (Oct. 21), Mexican folk dances (Dec. 3), and rhythms and dance movements from the Ivory Coast (Dec. 9) are on the schedule of the Flushing Town Hall fall lineup. Comment

Lyrikal to headline benefit concert for Hurricane Irma victims

Music: Using their talents to help those in need. Caribbean musical artists Lyrikal and Kerwin Dubois will be performing at a Hurricane Irma benefit concert to help victims of the devastating cyclone in Queens on Sept. 17. Comment

A taste of the tropics: Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery serves island-inspired flavors

Food: Savor the Caribbean, one scoop at a time! A recently opened Prospect Lefferts Gardens creamery is churning out colorful homemade blends fused with popular Caribbean flavors that offer sweet-toothed patrons a taste of its owners’ heritage. Comment

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017

Guyanese designer shines at FASHnFit

Fashion: Roger Milliner, deputy executive director of marketing of MetroPlus Health Plan, welcomed Guyanese-born fashion designer, Roger Gary, and other up-and-coming local designers to its first FASHnFIT event, during New York Fashion Week on Friday, Sept. 8 at CBS Radio Theatre on Hudson Street. Comment

‘Mother of Jamaican culture’ to be honored

Arts & Theater: While citizens in this hemisphere are reconsidering heroes and monuments, in Jamaica the government is moving forward to erect another statue to honor an outstanding citizen who many agree has contributed to nation building. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017

Back to life: Painter revives carnival with artwork

Arts & Theater: Carnival is coming back to life. A Florida-based artist is showcasing his carnival-inspired artwork at Medgar Evers College library through Sept. 22. The second annual “Art of Carnival” exhibit is going to have 23 paintings on display — all based on images that Trinidadian-born artist Weldon Ryan took at various carnivals across the country. With the West Indian Day parade over until next year, he is keeping the spirit of the joyous celebration alive in his life-like representations of it — something not often found in Caribbean art. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Dayveon (Unrated) Devin Blackmon plays the titular character in this coming-of-age saga, set in rural Arkansas, about a 13-year-old, African-American orphan who joins a gang in the wake of his big brother’s death, when his sister (Chastity Moore) and her boyfriend (Dontrell Bright) can no longer afford to raise him. Cast includes Kordell Johnson, Marquell Manning and Shavidee Trotter. Comment

Monday, Sept. 11, 2017

Kids hunt killer clown in creepy movie

Movies: Written by master of suspense Stephen King, It was the best-selling book in the United States during 1986. The riveting page-turner was set in deceptively-serene Derry, Maine, where a sadistic clown living underground in the sewers disrupted the peace of the picturesque city by preying primarily on children. Comment

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Officials say Caribbean J’Ouvert spared violence this year

Arts & Theater: New York Police Department (NYPD) and other officials say Caribbean J’Ouvert in Brooklyn has been spared this year the violence that has marred the festival in recent years. Comment

Friday, Sept. 8, 2017

Restrained revelry: Heightened J’Ouvert security prevents fatalities, changes atmosphere

Arts & Theater: It was the dawn of a new J’Ouvert. Comment

ISLAND VIBES

Music: Some island vibes took over Coney. Labor Day weekend kicked off with one of the city’s biggest Caribbean music events on Sept. 1. Thousands of concert-goers attended “On Da Reggae and Soca Tip” at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island Boardwalk for the annual concert hosted by radio station Hot 97. Comment

Junior costume bands revel like pros

Arts & Theater: Once again, junior revelers showed their carnival prowess, shaking their costume tails, frames, and frills, to light up the streets of Crown Heights during a stirring presentation on Saturday, Sept. 2, that began the 50-year festivities of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. Comment

Billboard hit for IamStylezMusic

Music: He’s chart topping in style. Dancehall artist IamStylezMusic made his billboard debut last week with his album “Back to My Roots.” The musician who also goes by the name Stylez, said that the achievement on the Reggae Record Chart was an expected one given his efforts, and a long work in progress, he said. Comment