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Friday, Nov. 19, 2010

Discovering The Mighty Arrow

Music: Similar to another Guyanese (Cyril Shaw) who, in 1955, ‘discovered’ Francisco Slinger “Mighty Sparrow,” James Cannings ‘discovered’ Soca King Arrow. Comment

Rent-centric candidate back on track

Music: New Yorkers did not hear the last of Jimmy McMillan Comment

Selita Ebanks to rock Victoria’s Secret’s show 

Music: Cayman Islands beauty, and top Victoria’s Secret model Selita Eubanks, will storm the runway on Nov. 30, in her fifth appearance of the brand’s annual energetic fashion show wearing a costume that she describes as sexy, extravagant and twice her size. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Break Ke Baad (Unrated) Coming-of-age romantic dramedy about a couple of lifelong friends (Deepika Padukone and Imran Khan), pals since the age of 4, and sweethearts since they were 15, who find themselves facing separation for the first time when one decides to move from India to Australia in order to study abroad. (In Hindi with subtitles) Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010


Arts & Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s “The Prodigal Prince” choreographed and produced by Geoffrey Holder will run from Dec. 1 - Jan. 2 at New York City Center (131 W. 55th Street, N.Y. Comment

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Jay-Z decodes his evocative lyrics

Books: “My life after childhood has two main stories: the story of the hustler and the story of the rapper, and the two overlap as much as they diverge. I was on the streets for more than half of my life from the time I was thirteen years-old... The feelings I had during that part of my life were burned into me like a brand… Comment

Denzel Washington saves the day again

Movies: Frank Barnes (Denzel Washington) is winding down a 28-year career riding the rails with the Allegheny and West Virginia Railroad (AWVR). Despite the lack of a blemish on his sterling record, the veteran engineer’s being forced by the company to take an early retirement in a cost-cutting measure set to take effect in just a couple of weeks. Comment

Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

Add more flavor to your holidays

Food: When you want to bring the family together for a great meal this holiday season but don’t have a lot of time to cook, stock up on flavorful ingredients to make your job easy and your whole family happy. Comment

‘Cash-for-work’ seen as a double-edged sword

Food: PORT-AU-PRINCE, Nov. 10, 2010 - All across Haiti, United Nations, bilateral and non-governmental agencies are running scores of “cash-for-work” programs. But are they working? Comment

Local designers heat-up Cayman runway

Music: Local designers, La Quan Smith, Indashio, Roger Gary, Man vs Machine, Korto Momolu and Simon Duncan, along with couturier Claudia Pegus, Tigerlily Hill, Gabz and Gabz, Kristen Frazer from the Caribbean, were a force of their own, blowing Hurricane Tomas out to sea to showcase colorful collections during the first Cayman Fashion Solstice. Comment

Gloria Lynne sings her best notes

Music: Make My Cake’s JoAnn Baylor’s mastery stole the show when members of Great Women In Music presented Gloria Lynne with a beautiful cake to celebrate and surprise the Jazz icon for her up and coming November birthday. Comment

Miss Black New York & New Jersey

Music: Nicole Stanley was crowned Miss Black New Jersey USA 2011 while Michelle Mbekeani was crowned Miss Black New York USA 2011 during.the Miss Black New York USA and Miss Black New Jersey USA 2011 Pageant at Harlem Stage at Aaron Davis Hall in New York City on Sunday. Comment

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010


Music: Even as hurricane Tomas stopped by, Dominica, or the Commonwealth of Dominica, to use its official name, once more hosted one of the world’s most exciting music festivals from Oct. 29 - 31. Comment


Arts & Theater: As fall turns to winter, Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus will be enlivened by a variety of dynamic multicultural offerings at its Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts. Comment

Soledad O’Brien’s moving memoir

Books: “I began life as the child of a mixed-race marriage growing up in a white suburb, treated sometimes as a creature of bad circumstance… Bad things happen until good people get in the way. Comment

Tribute to Joe Cuba

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its spectacular 30th Anniversary Season with Venezuela-born Salsa superstar Oscar D’León, who makes his Lehman Center debut performing such smash hits as “Llorarás,” “Detalles,” “Mi bajo y yo” and “Me voy pa Cali” for one electrifying night on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Honoring Reggae’s diversity & impact

Music: Reggae sound systems from around the world will gather in New York’s Caribbean Center - Brooklyn, for a historic Thanksgiving celebration on Friday, Nov. 26. Comment

Broadway minstrel show provokes protest 

Arts & Theater: Matinee patrons to a Saturday performance of the Broadway musical “The Scottsboro Boys” may have gotten more than they bargained for. The premium tickets promised “a daring and wildly entertaining musical which explores a fascinating chapter in American history.” Comment

Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010

Make room for new holiday favorites

Food: Move over, green bean casserole. It’s time to bring something new to the holiday table. These recipes make the most of holiday favorites by adding unique and flavorful twists. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: Family Affair (Unrated) Dysfunctional family documentary about three sisters’ lifelong effort to recover from being molested by their father over the course of their childhood. Directed by their brother, Chico David Colvard, who shot one of his siblings when he was just nine. Comment

Raunchy road comedy with unfunny shock fare

Movies: Although Peter Highman (Robert Downey, Jr.) has been away in Atlanta on business, he’s assured his nine-month pregnant wife, Sarah (Michelle Monaghan), that he’ll be back in L.A. on time to witness the imminent birth of their baby. Just before checking out of his hotel, he optimistically calls to let her know how much he loves her and that he’ll be home soon. Comment

Soulfège performs in New York

Music: Soulfège’s latest release “Take Back the Mic” is currently in heavy circulation as the band tours the U.S. and the people of New York were blessed to see them live at Joe’s Pub on Saturday, Nov. 6. Comment

Friday, Nov. 5, 2010

New Marley book displays ‘Golden Age Of Reggae’

Books: There is a new Bob Marley book on newstands. Published primarily for the photographs rather than the scintillating stories about Rastafari, reggae and wranglings surrounding the life of the Jamaican legend, “Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae” arrived in time for holiday gift-giving. Comment

Humorous view of the demise of manners in the U.S.

Books: “Thoughtlessness is the new manners, and I’ve got to say I don’t like it… Somehow, so many little pieces of courtesy have gone by the wayside. People in your face, in your business, not caring if they are being disrespectfully loud… Comment

T&T to host 2011 IRAWMA Awards

Arts & Theater: Reggae fans will jam the soca city of Port-of-Spain next year when the International Reggae & World Music Awards travels south to honor acheivers in both music genres as well as those lesser in mainstream media. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

Movies: For movies opening November 12, 2010 Comment


Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College kicks off its 2010-2011 World of Dance series on Saturday, Nov. 20 at 8:00 p.m. with Philadelphia-based company Philadanco, performing a program that includes the New York premiere of “By Way of the Funk,” a new piece created by Brooklyn’s own Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founding and artistic director of Urban Bush Women. Comment

Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010

Black feminist classic refreshed

Movies: Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” made a big splash when it debuted on Broadway back in the seventies. Comment

Randy Weston’s Uhuru Afrika 

Music: BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, is proud to present Randy Weston’s Uhuru Afrika - 50th Anniversary Concert Celebration on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 8:00 p.m. Comment

AHAA’s Symposium on American Art

Arts & Theater: More than 100 professors, graduate students, independent scholars, and museum professionals from across the country and as far away as Paris, France came to St. Francis College for the Association of Historians of American Art’s (AHAA) first independent symposium, “Current Research in American Art” from Oct. 7 to 9. Comment

‘New Orleans Nights’ at Lehman Center

Music: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts brings the sound of New Orleans to the Bronx as New Orleans Nights combines the extraordinary talents of legendary songwriter and bandleader Allen Toussaint, trumpeter/composer Nicholas Payton, and a masterful B-3 organ trio led by Joe Krown on Sunday, Nov. 14 at 6:00 p.m. Comment

Monday, Nov. 1, 2010

Jamaican PM launches Vision 2030 

Music: Jamaica’s Prime Minister Bruce Golding told his island/nation that in the year 2030 his country will emerge a first world nation to be reckoned with. In an address aired from Jamaica House last Wednesday, the leader said programs are now in effect to improve conditions for all citizens. He took a backseat in detailing exact provisions already in place to ensure such a lofty aim -- yielding to experts in various capacities of enhancements. Comment

Friday, Oct. 29, 2010

Reflections on oppression

Books: “There are many possible interpretations of what it means to create dangerously, and Albert Camus… Comment

Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010

Independent & Foreign Films

Movies: 27 Hours (R for profanity, violence and disturbing images) James Franco stars in this bittersweet tale of survival recounting the real-life dilemma confronted by a mountain climber who had to amputate his own arm after it got pinned under a boulder while he was hiking alone in Utah. Cast includes Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Treat Williams and Kate Burton (Richard’s daughter). Comment

The Art of the African Diaspora

Arts & Theater: Z Space Gallery is proud to announce the opening of a group exhibition entitled Art of the African Diaspora on display through Jan. 3. Comment

U.S. aid shift envisions path to self-sufficiency

Food: ernance and corruption – which critics of increasing country ownership point to as a potential flaw of the reforms. Comment

Ity & Fancy Cat return to Brooklyn

Arts & Theater: Popular Jamaican comedic duo Ity & Fancy Cat is back in New York by popular demand, and now putting the final touches on their set for The Ity & Fancy Show Replay, set to take place at George W. Wingate Campus in Brooklyn on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. Comment

Separating myth from reality

Books: From buyouts for slave owners and colonization to the Emancipation Proclamation, Eric Foner, one of the nation’s foremost historians, separated reality from myth and told a crowd at St. Francis College on Tuesday, Oct. 12 about the evolution of Abraham Lincoln’s views on slavery. The talk was based on Foner’s just released book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Comment

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010

Tightening laws to protect Carib farmers from theft

Food: As they move to raise the profile and promote the importance of agriculture in the region, Caribbean Community governments are preparing to tighten laws and regulations to protect farmers from huge annual losses due to theft. Comment

‘Bubbles from Atlantis’

Books: “Bubbles from Atlantis” is the only post-Katrina work of non-fiction that reaches the crazed heights of Hunter S. Thompson’s legendary work of drugged-up degeneracy and wisdom. Comments (1)

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010

Easy family meals with bold flavors

Food: From packing lunches, to after-school snacks to dinnertime, many parents face obstacles in getting their families to eat food made with real simple ingredients that everyone can enjoy. Comment

Serendipitous psychic drama 

Movies: I thought that the American obsession with psychics had pretty much ended once Miss Cleo was exposed as a fraud from L.A. as opposed to the shaman from Jamaica she posed as on the Psychic Friends Network infomercial. Comment

Jamaica’s ‘Cool Ruler’ passes at 59

Arts & Theater: Reggae fans were hopeful but for weeks many feared the untimely passing of their beloved crooner Gregory Isaacs. Comment