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Friday, April 20, 2018

Arts & Theater: In the spirit of the evening, echoing Garifuna colors, New York City Council Member Vanessa L. Gibson wore a dress in bold geometric designs of black, yellow, and white at the City Hall event ‘Celebrate Garifuna Heritage.’ “We should celebrate the culture of the Garifuna every day,” she beamed. Comments (1)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Havana nights

Books: Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura will be talking about his books at the PEN World Voices Festival at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on April 20. The famous writer will be joined by author Mark Kurlansky, who recently wrote a book about the city of Havana in literature. The pair will discuss the city, its history, and Padura’s representation of it in his novels, according to Padura. Comment
Arts & Theater: Juliana Hughes was presented with the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Award of Excellence for Handicrafts, for her commitment to ecology — utilizing seeds and beads, found in her homeland of Guyana, to create fine jewelry. Comment

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Food: Two cultures meet on a dish. A pizza spot in Prospect Lefferts Garden combines the flavors of the Caribbean with Neapolitan style pizza. ZuriLee Pizza Bar, opened by two Guyanese-American brothers in 2015, a few doors down from their traditional Caribbean restaurant MangoSeed, offered them a chance to expand while staying true to their background, said one of the co-owners. Comment

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Native-American woman’s fight for justice

Movies: “They made us many promises... more than I can remember, but they never kept but one. They promised to take our land... and they took it.” That observation was made by Chief Red Cloud (1822-1909) towards the end of his life, after he’d witnessed the white man break treaty after treaty made with Native American tribes. Comment
Music: Last week, an 80-minute documentary titled “Two Beats One Soul” premiered in New York to a select crowd of insiders who witnessed first-hand, the making of an album on the island of Cuba. Comment

Friday, April 13, 2018

DANCE MASTER

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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

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
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

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

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

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