Some may contend that Ethiopia’s Emperor Haile Selassie and his bride Empress Menem are distinguished to being Africa’s most acclaimed couple. However, in the 20th and 21st centuries most will regard South Africa’s Nelson and Winnie as the continent’s most renowned couple as well as the two fiercest freedom fighting union of the entire world. Comment
Caribbean Life’s Associate Editor Grenadian-born Kevin Williams was among three outstanding community figures honored last Sunday at the first award ceremony of the Brooklyn-based Grenadian cultural group Quake USA. Comment
Members of Haitian cultural dance group — La Troupe Zetwal, hosted a performance in celebration of Haitian flag day at Clarendon Library in Flatbush on May 19. The show included various traditional dances native to Haiti, and other artistic forms. And library patrons were very engaged with the show, even joining in on an interactive dance session. Comment
Grammy Award winning artist Common will headline opening night of the 40th anniversary gala and concert of Brooklyn Information & Culture (BRIC) Celebrate Brooklyn! festival June 5, at Prospect Park Bandshell. He will take the stage at 8 pm. Comment
A number of legislators in Brooklyn are calling for the creation of a Little Haiti Cultural and Business District.
Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte will be joined by Assemblymember Nick Perry, State Senator Kevin Parker, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo, Borough President Eric L. Adams, and several Flatbush community leaders in a press conference calling on the New York City Council to officially make the designation. Comment
André Leon Talley was born on October 16, 1949 in Washington, DC, but raised in Durham, NC After earning his BA at North Carolina Central University and an MA at Brown in French, he headed to New York City to begin what would be an incomparable career in the world of fashion. Comment
A production of the Pulitzer prize finalist play “Yellowman,” is playing at Billie Holiday Theatre in Bedford-Stuyvesant until May 20. The story follows the skinny and light-complexioned Eugene, and the larger and darker complexioned Alma, as they grow from a platonic friendship to a romantic relationship in the deep South. As its name suggests, the play tackles skin complexion — particularly through colorism and how they affect both characters respectively. Comment
No sooner than daylight savings time dawned, so too did a plethora of summer concert series to brighten and lengthen the season of free, outdoor music and dance offerings. The annual five borough presentations of music, dance, spoken word, films and theatrical presentations encompassing jazz, reggae, hip-hop, pop, r&b, and country music offerings enable free, quality, outdoor entertainment for the asking. Comment
Sherill-Ann Mason-Haywood, the new head of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, has described as a success Saturday’s launch of Vincy Mas in New York. Comment
Verna Arthur, the Brooklyn-based founder and bandleader of the two-year-old SVG Connect, says it will be “Mask Fo So” for this year’s J’Ouvert in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comments (1)
They are the eyes on the storm.
A new exhibit opening in Red Hook this weekend showcases the work of artists from Dominica and other Caribbean islands devastated by Hurricane Maria. “Dominica After Maria,” opening May 12 as part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition’s 40th season, will not only raise cash for disaster relief groups — it also offers a big boost for the artists involved, said the show’s curator. Comment
The Cultural Association of Vincentians in the USA (CAVUSA), the cultural arm of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Diaspora Committee of NY, Inc., will host a simultaneous launch of Vincy Mas in New York on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says it is celebrating Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City during the month of May in honor of the 17th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, on May 18, Comments (1)
Actress Parisa Fitz-Henley, who was cast in the role of Meghan Markle in the May 13, Lifetime Television movie “Prince Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” has a connection to the Guyanese community. Comment