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April, 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)
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


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

‘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
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

Clarke announces 2018 Congressional Art Competition

Arts & Theater: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Monday announced the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. “Each year, Brooklyn students have the opportunity to submit original artwork into a nationwide competition,” said Clarke, Democratic representative for the 9th Congressional District. “The winning artwork is displayed in the halls of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. Comment
Arts & Theater: She’s written a moving comedy! A British-Trinidadian playwright will launch a heartwarming comedy about immigration and messy relationships this weekend. “Mother-in-Law,” opening at the Black Lady Theatre in Bedford-Stuyvesant on April 7, follows undocumented immigrant Petra as she prepares to marry her fiance Philo, only to face interference from her soon-to-be mother-in-law. Comments (1)


Arts & Theater: To the delight of music lovers who attended Afropunk in Brooklyn three years ago, Grace Jones fulfilled expectations to deliver fashion fabulous, androgynous music glam, lyrical mystique and spectacle. Comment

‘The Iceman Cometh’ for a limited run

Arts & Theater: A theatrical revival which throughout the years featured the likes of Robert Redford, Kevin Spacey, Jason Robards, James Earl Jones, Jeff Bridges, Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane is once again re-casted, reformed and already in previews on Broadway. Comment

March, 2018

Arts & Theater: On March 15, the opening of BRIC’s latest exhibition— Bordering the Imaginary: Art from the Dominican Republic, Haiti and their Diasporas attracted 900 art and culture mavens in an epic event. Locals emerged from the never-ending winter in New York to mingle with cohorts and friends while immersed in art that will be on view through April 29. Comment


Arts & Theater: The Classical Theatre of Harlem (Ty Jones, producing artistic director), Pemberley Productions and Dr. Barbara Ann Teer’s National Black Theatre are presenting “Sancho: An Act of Remembrance at The National Black Theatre from April 18 – May 6, 2018, with previews on April 18-19 and the opening night on April 20. Comment
Arts & Theater: Jamaica through a different lense. In a new art exhibit titled “By the Rivers of Babylon,” visual artist and New York University professor Jacqueline Bishop analyzes her homeland in recent times. The monthlong exhibit, which opens on March 30 at Sro Gallery, was inspired by the aftermath of the infamous international manhunt for gang leader Christopher “Dudus” Coke in 2010, and the decades-old tourist perception of the island nation — two extremes in which outsiders often see Jamaica, said Bishop. And in her search for family during the manhunt she discovered something unsettling. Comment
Arts & Theater: Welcome to Harlem, London. The prestigious British acting school, The London Academy of the Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) announced they will be partnering with two leading Harlem arts organizations this summer — The Harlem School of the Arts and The City College Center for the Arts. The collaboration will bring a two-month summer program to Harlem, giving the city’s drama students exposure to the best of the best, said Charles Hamilton, chairman of The Harlem School of Arts. Comment

Between two worlds: Dance and disability

Arts & Theater: She’s striding through a hidden disability. Barbadian-born Gina Mayers is a full time modern professional dancer at Brooklyn’s Shadowbox Theater. But unbeknownst to most people, she dances while living with multiple sclerosis — a central nervous system disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spine. Having always had a love for dancing, she came to the states to pursue her love for the artform at the Alvin Ailey school in Harlem in 2009. But before it all, she started experiencing symptoms that would lead to a life-changing health crisis. Comment

Panamanians to stage Easter cantata

Arts & Theater: Members of the Brooklyn-based Day of Independence Committee of Panamanians New York organization are gearing to present “The End of Times…Contact of a Soul” a dramatic Easter cantata. Comment

Vincy heroes tribute

Vincy heroes tribute

Music: Hundreds of Vincentians Saturday night joined the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) in celebrating National Heroes Day with a cultural extravaganza at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Garifuna celebrates Heritage Month

Arts & Theater: The Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., says it is “proud” to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Garifuna-American Heritage Month in New York, inviting all New Yorkers to join in the March 11 - April 12 celebration. Comment
Arts & Theater: On International Women’s Day, March 8, just one day after a nor’easter dumped a snow-rain-mix of slushy combination on the tri-state area, a ray of sunshine peeked from Broadway announcing the arrival of “Summer, the Donna Summer Musical” in a tribute to the avowed queen of disco. Comment

Over the line

Arts & Theater: Call them artists without borders. More than a dozen Dominican and Haitian artists will come together to showcase artwork depicting the relationship between the two neighboring Caribbean countries. At the exhibit “Bordering the Imaginary,” opening at Bric House on March 14, artists from both countries will explore the history of the island they share. The show was inspired by a controversial 2013 ruling that stripped Dominican citizenship from children of Haitian descent, and the ignorance that its curator saw displayed at panels and protests about the ruling. Comment

Back in motion: Displaced PLG dance academy offers discounted classes ahead of grand reopening

Arts & Theater: Honchos of a Prospect-Lefferts Gardens dance school forced to abandon its classrooms due to allegedly rising rents are ushering in the academy’s March 11 grand reopening inside a brand new location with a week of discounted classes ahead of the event. Comment
Arts & Theater: Renowned photographer Lem Peterkin staged an exhibit of his work during a Black History Month event on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at 320 Jay St. in Brooklyn, New York. Comment



Music: Barbara Atherly, consul general of Guyana to New York, told expatriates to be inspired by the vision of a united, democratic, and prosperous Guyana, during a magnificent, colorful 48th Republic Anniversary celebration, on Thursday, Feb. 23. Comment

February, 2018

Arts & Theater: Philadelphia-based artist Watson Mere went viral last month for his artwork depicting Martin Luther King Jr. silencing President Trump. The idea for the one-year-old piece was generated during Trump’s inauguration, which came days after the holiday celebrating Dr. King. Mere said he wanted to frame an artwork surrounding the late activist, while also juxtaposing him to something. Comment

US military helps thwart Trinidad carnival terror attack: Reports

Arts & Theater: United States military troops participated in anti-terror raids in the Caribbean have helped in capturing four “high value targets” aimed at disrupting Trinidad and Tobago carnival, according to reports. Comment
Music: BPTT Renegades celebrated their long-awaited tenth National Panorama Championship title at the Panorama finals at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Saturday night. Comment



Arts & Theater: In a month-long exhibit during Black History Month, the painted portraits of black political prisoners will be on display at the Okay Space in Williamsburg. The “Correspondence” solo art exhibit, which is part of its creator’s larger “To Be Free” project, will be on display until Feb. 24. Artist Sophia Dawson said she always had an interest in the lives of the men and women locked up fighting for civil rights, but that interest was piqued when she learned about the death of one of the prisoners that made up the Angola Three. Comment

New gallery makes Harlem home

Arts & Theater: From London to Harlem. A British-based gallery celebrated the opening of its location in Harlem on Feb. 4. Gallery 8 welcomed dozens of Harlemites into the new art space to introduce themselves to the neighborhood, and give residents a chance to get acquainted with the gallery, said the gallery’s partner. Comment

January, 2018

‘Once on this Island’ on Broadway

Arts & Theater: The revival of the 1990’s musical “Once on this Island,” is the sole Caribbean-based show currently on Broadway. It returned to the stage in December, close to three decades after its first run. It is a one of a kind production and its rebooted comeback is even more exciting, said the show’s marketing partner. Comment


Music: A new season is in session. The Harlem Stage performing arts theater has announced their lineup for their spring season, which started on Jan. 16 and kicked off with “Ella! A Centennial Celebration.” The new season has several shows and even some free forthcoming performances and workshops. Comment

Fellowships for East Brooklyn artists

Arts & Theater: An East New York-based art organization has announced a $16,000 fellowship for Brooklyn artists. ART’s East New York (AENY) is introducing the The Van Lier [re]Activate Fellowship as part of their ReNew Lots project for artists and artisans living in eastern Brooklyn. Comment

Is Chutney out of place in Carnival?

Arts & Theater: When people get angry, they tend to speak their mind. Their emotions explode in words that they have been suppressing for some time. Psychologist Dr Jeffrey Huntsinger proved this theory after conducting experiments at Loyala University in Chicago in the USA in 2012. Comment

The Musical now in its seventh year

Music: With the arrival of 2018, the long-running smash SISTAS: The Musical had its seventh New Year’s celebration at St. Luke’s Theatre in the heart of the Theatre District. Comment

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