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Music: Braata Productions will open its anniversary celebration year with the Bankra Caribbean Folk Festival, on Saturday June 8, at the St. Albans Park, 169 Street & Merrick Blvd., in Queens. Comment
Jamaica: David Stallings’ new drama “Leonora,” will be performed as a staged reading at The Williams CME Institutional Church in Harlem on Monday, June 3 at 7 pm. Comment
Jamaica: What is Memorial Weekend in Caribbean NY and NJ without Oliver Samuels and his brand of West Indian theatre and comedy? The legend Oliver Samuels, popular across the Caribbean from Jamaica to Trinidad & Tobago, is part of Memorial Weekend celebrations when New Yorkers look forward to an Oliver new play. This year’s play, “56 East Avenue” is full of laughs. After three months of performances in Jamaica, sold out in Toronto, the play comes to the tristate before it goes to England. Comment

‘Not About Eve’

“Not About Eve,” the award winning family drama by Jamaican actor and playwright Karl O’ Brian Williams, will make its Long Island debut at the New Vibe Lounge in Rockville Center on Memorial Weekend, Sunday, May 26 at 7 pm. Comment

Everybody heads to ‘56 East Avenue’

Jamaica: Herman Hall, the publisher of Everybodys Magazine claims that later this month “all roads will lead to 56 East Ave.” where Caribbean humor is guaranteed. Comment
Brooklyn: Sesame Flyers International, Inc., perennial mas band winners in the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, is celebrating its 36th anniversary. Comment
Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), which hosts the annual Carnival Parade on Eastern Parkway every Labor Day Monday, says it is keeping the region’s culture alive by hosting year-round workshops on the artform. Comment
Manhattan: The 13th Annual Dance Parade, will be held on Saturday, May 18, with more than 10,000 paraders including students, professionals, young and old, with color, costumes, and music engaging in 80 unique styles of dance and culture. Comment
Guyana: Trevor Smith says he is known as the grandmaster of kite making in Guyana. “Making kites come with three phases. I love making kites…I have a passion for preparing my frames, and at the end of process, I feel joy when I see what I have accumulated from honest work,” said the street vendor, who has become a permanent fixture at the corner of Regent and Camp streets, in the capital city of Georgetown, during the Easter season. Comment

THE ROPE AND THE CROSS

Long Island: The 40th anniversary production of Jamaican playwright Easton Lee’s “The Rope and The Cross” will be staged on Easter Sunday, April 21, at The New Vibe Lounge, in Rockville Centre, Long Island. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago: From a tender age Trinidad-based actor and producer Gregory Pollonais has always had a fascination with the arts in particular the world of film. With a creative mind and determined spirit, he is currently pursuing his passion for film on a professional and international scale. Comment

Showcasing a Bajan artist

Showcasing a Bajan artist

Barbados: A recent exhibition of Bajan artist Winston Jordan brought to life images of common existence across the Caribbean from the icon of a cricketing legend to colourful masqueraders, the revealing scene of bush bath ritual, and the quintessential derriere of the Caribbean woman. Comment
Caribbean: Societies turn to the creative minds within their midst to colorfully document incidents within the passage of time that altogether make up the history of communities, so it was no wonder that a forum grouping Caribbean artists was chockful of stories. Comment

CULTURAL FEST

CULTURAL FEST

Music: Several Vincentian and Garifuna artistes Saturday night brought the house down at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn, as the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) hosted its 4th Annual National Heroes Day Cultural Fest. Comment

BLAZE OF COLOR

BLAZE OF COLOR

Music: Thousands of masqueraders paraded through the streets of Trinidad and Tobago during the two-day festival described as the “Greatest Show on Earth.” Comment
Manhattan: It’s a milestone year. The National Black Theatre is going to continue celebrating its 50th anniversary from now until mid-fall. The premier Harlem-based arts organization was founded half a century ago by artist and writer Dr. Barbara Ann Teer on Oct. 24, 1968 — creating a space of originality for black artists and creatives. Now 50 years into its existence, the company hopes to maintain its role in being a go-to place for black art, and its team takes pride in reaching its turning point, said its artistic director. Comment
Queens: They painted for a cause! About a dozen women turned out for a local organization’s painting workshop in Queens last Friday. Comment

VODOU ROOTS

Manhattan: We’re going back to our roots. A mixed media performance celebrating traditional African spirituality will play at Teatro Latea on Feb. 19. “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical,” is a musical-like show inspired by its Haitian-American creator Regine Romain, and her cultural pilgrimage to Benin. The educator and anthropologist’s trip to the West African birthplace of vodou, was a beneficial awakening about its origins, which she wanted to condense her experience and share. Comment
Queens: The forthcoming “Hear Her Call” festival, selected seven Caribbean-American women writers for its York College event on March 29. Headed by the Queens-based production company Conch Shell Productions, the festival is a celebration of Caribbean women’s writers, and their stories and narratives. Close to four dozen writers submitted, said founder and creator Magaly Colimon-Christopher. Comment

Provocative play tackles gender and sexual assault in Jamaica

Queens: It’s a whole new perspective! The reading of a 15-year-old play tackles the question of sexual assault against men. In the staged reading of “Against His Will,” at The New Vibe in Rockville Centre on Feb. 17, award-winning playwright and actor David Heron addresses the question of whether an erection suggests consent. He was initially inspired to write the play after randomly pondering a question regarding the matter. Comment

Broadway’s ‘Choir Boy’ – A tour de force to phobic intolerances

The title “Choir Boy” suggests singing and at least one boy talented enough to chorus required melody and lyrics. A poster promoting the latest Broadway play to open present a chorale of young, Black men marked by a singular singer towering above a quartet. Comment
Queens: A new outdoor art installation in Queens celebrates some of the biggest black female singers in entertainment. Comment

Theater festival showcasing black playwrights celebrates tenth anniversary

Manhattan: The annual “The Fire this Time” festival returns for its 10th season at the Kraine Theater in East Village on Jan. 21. The two-week event, which celebrates the work of black playwrights, is featuring eight writers this year — the most the festival has seen, according to its founder and producer Kelley Girod. To honor the milestone anniversary, organizers will celebrate it with a panel discussion on pertinent current issues, and all the stories to come out of the festival Comment
Dominican Republic: She’s got the moves. Manhattan-based dancer Marielis Garcia has an enlightened approach to dance. The professional performer, enjoys exploring the many different forms and movements, and one of her greatest ambitions is to illustrate the vast world of dance. She said many of the considerations that go into performing and creating, are commonly misunderstood. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaican sculptor Basil Watson was recently commissioned to create a monument in honor of Civil Rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: It’s a shed of light on their fight. A new exhibit on display at Arts East New York is showcasing the stories of domestic workers now until Jan. 12. The “Domestic Worker’s United History Exhibition (Art)ifacts from DWU’s Archive and Worker Stories Kiosk!,” is a brief timeline of the organization’s battles and successes. Comment

Off Broadway production tackles ‘perfect’ utopia

A new off Broadway play is set to debut at The Theatre at St. Clement’s Jan. 15–Feb. 16. The play titled “Eco Village,” is somewhat based on the life of young playwright Phoebe Nir, and her experiences at the well-known Vermont-based puppet theater — Bread and Puppet Theatre. Comment
Manhattan: A Haitian-American actor is playing a lead character in the premiere of a new production debuting at The Bridge Theater on Jan. 16. Brooklyn raised actor, Nixon Cesar, plays a soldier back home, and fresh from a tour in Iraq in “Master of the Crossroads.” Comment

‘WINTER WONDERLAND’

St Vincent: Dionne Crichton-Bailey, president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Nurses Association of New York, Inc. (SVGNANY), has described as very successful her group’s hosting Sunday of the third Winter Wonderland Entertainment Evening at the Golden Hall of St. Gabriel’s Episcopal (Anglican) Church on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn. Comment
Music: Brooklyn’s cultural group, Tropicalfete, recently blew the audience away with its final production for 2018 that featured the organization’s various groups. Comments (1)

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