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December, 2010

Aretha is home for the holidays

Music & Fashion: Soul legend Aretha Franklin was released from hospital and sent home to recuperate. Comment.

Reggae Grammy returns to basics

Music & Fashion: Last week, the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards went into effect with a television showcase on primetime television announcement of the finalists selected in various genres of the 108 categories of music. Comment.

GAYNOR TO GAYNOR TO SING FOR HAITI

Music & Fashion: Music legend Gloria Gaynor and a host of “friends for Haiti,” will join Brooklyn-based nonprofit Community2Community (C2C) for the “Hope and A Future” benefit concert for Haiti at the Apollo Theater, Jan. 12, 2011 – the anniversary of the tragic earthquake that claimed more than 300,000 lives. Comments (2).

Bob Marley’s 66th bash set for Ghana

Music & Fashion: Since 2005 when the entire Marley family rallied in Meskel Square, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to celebrate the 60th birthday anniversary of reggae king Bob Marley, an annual celebration in his honor has taken thousands from Africa to Jamaica in order to recapture the “Africa Unite” theme of the premiere event. Comment.

Soca stars ring in the New Year 

Music & Fashion: Tropical Paradise Ballroom continues its tradition of stylish entertainment packaging for New Year’s Eve with veteran soca stars Baron and Sugar Aloes as the headliners in a gala celebration. Lambert & the Matadors Orchestra will be in the entertainment lineup as well. Comment.

High notes at Riviera Maya Jazz Fest High notes at Riviera Maya Jazz Fest

Music & Fashion: The four-day event occupied the venue, Playa del Carmen and brought together some of the most important jazz musicians. An estimated crowd of 35,000 people attended the event. Comment.

Miss Panama U.S. Teen 2011

Music & Fashion: Charming Chelsey Herrera of Brooklyn, recently captured the Miss Panama U.S. Teen 2011 title from a bevy of teens at the annual Upscale Productions beauty pageant. Comment.

Parang Party at Tropical Paradise

Music & Fashion: Tropical Paradise Ballroom will be opening its doors on Christmas Eve, Friday evening Dec. 24, for a complimentary Parang Party and Yule celebration. Comment.

Sum very peachy music in Harlem

Music & Fashion: National Action Network’s Educational Committee promises to spread Christmas joy this season with a concert at the Williams Institutional CME Church in Harlem. Comment.

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ at Lehman Center

Music & Fashion: An all-Bronx production of Handel’s “Messiah,” followed by A Taste Of The Bronx Food Show And Tastings, featuring free food sampling by leading Bronx restaurants will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts’ Concert Hall, 250 Bedford Park Blvd. West on the campus of Lehman College in the Bronx. Comment.

November, 2010

Discovering The Mighty Arrow

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

Jamaican PM launches Vision 2030

Music & Fashion: 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.

Rent-centric candidate back on track

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

Selita Ebanks to rock Victoria’s Secret’s show 

Music & Fashion: 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.

Local designers heat-up Cayman runway

Music & Fashion: 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 & Fashion: 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 & Fashion: 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.

MUSIC FEST DEFIES TOMAS 

Music & Fashion: 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.

Tribute to Joe Cuba

Music & Fashion: 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 & Fashion: 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.

Soulfège performs in New York

Music & Fashion: 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.

Randy Weston’s Uhuru Afrika 

Music & Fashion: 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.

‘New Orleans Nights’ at Lehman Center

Music & Fashion: 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.

October, 2010

Fifth Element Records celebrate 10th anniversary

Music & Fashion: Cultural singer Richie Spice and Chuck Fenda, two of the acts who were initially signed to the Fifth Element Records when the label was first established years ago will join Guyanese roots singer Natural Blacks, veteran singer John “1000 Volts” Holt, Ky-enie, Jessie Jendah, Spanner Banner, Tony Curtis, Kristopher and Boom Blast at the 10th anniversary celebration for the label in New York later this month. Comment.

Chucho Valdés’ musical evolution

Music & Fashion: Chucho Valdés’ newest release, “Chucho’s Steps,” is as much of a discovery for the preeminent pianist as for his audience. In his first solo project since 2003’s “New Conceptions,” Valdés speaks through his distinctive and extraordinary compositions and arrangements, reflecting upon his own evolution throughout the previous years. Comment.

Fashion Wee, BKstyle

Music & Fashion: Local designers are designing a consumer show, trade shows, business conference & shopping tour.A group of Brooklyn designers are in the midst offashioning their own economic stimulus. Faced with current retail climate, they have collectively come together to design a customized weeklong Brooklyn Fashion Week event October 24-31, creating a “BKStyle!™” platform as a concentrated, full service option for sourcing, showing, marketing and advertising their independent fashion related products and services! Comment.

Healing sounds of Gospel music

Music & Fashion: Who’d a thunk it: a gospel music festival at a Jewish medical facility. But that’s exactly what happened on Sunday, Oct. 10 at Brooklyn’s Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center – and it was magnificent! Comment.

Rapper Waka releases ‘Flockaveli’ 

Music & Fashion: Atlanta rapper Juaquin “Waka Flocka Flame” Malphurs released his debut album “Flockaveli” on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Comment.

Fashion designers support Global Unity

Music & Fashion: Power couple Mariel Hemingway and Bobby Williams co-hosted “Unity in Style,” a charity fashion show and live auction that benefited The Giving Planet on Saturday, Oct. 2. Comment.

Caribbean writers begin new season 

Music & Fashion: The Caribbean Cultural Theatre will kick-off their fifth annual “Poets & Passion” monthly series on Oct. 15 with celebration of the work of two acclaimed Caribbean writers, Marlon James and Tiphanie Yanique. Comment.

Brian Wilson on Gospel tour 

Music & Fashion: Music World Gospelrecording artist, Brian Courtney Wilson began his 25-city tour on Oct. 5 to promote the re-release of his debut break-through and award-winning project “Just Love Deluxe Edition.” Comment.

World Creole Music Festival

Music & Fashion: Organizers of this year’s World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) in Dominica, Oct. 29 to 31, will follow the pattern of past festivals by offering a mix of the Caribbean’s best known acts: Haitian Kompas stars T Vice, Nu Look, and Kreyola, Jah Cure and Luciano from Jamaica, and soca from Edwin Yearwood and Krosfyah from Barbados, alongside several generations of local musicians. Past masters to have appeared include Tabou Combo, Kassav, and La Perfecta. Comment.

September, 2010

Hung jury in Buju Trial

Music & Fashion: TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge on Monday declared a mistrial for Jamaican reggae star Buju Banton, who was accused of conspiring to buy cocaine from an undercover police officer last year. Comment.

Diamonds mark 41 years in reggae

Music & Fashion: Couples who sustain wedded union for four decades are often regaled to be unique, outstanding and at least tolerant of each other. Comment.

Reva Lewis wins Miss Grenada/USA title

Music & Fashion: Reva Lewis, a stunning 21-year-old student of the City College of New York, majoring in Mass Communications and Public Relations was crowned Miss Grenada/USA 2010 on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Medgar Evers College Auditorium at the event marking the 19th anniversary of the pageant. Comments (1).

FOURPLAY AT THE TOP

Music & Fashion: Sometimes you have to shake things up, push a little farther, reach a little higher – even when you’re a contemporary jazz foursome that’s been operating at the top of its collective game for two decades. Comment.

Broadcast ban forces cleanup of ‘murder music’

Music & Fashion: KINGSTON, Sept. 14 - A government-led crackdown on violent and explicit sexual lyrics seems to have stalled reggae music’s 20-year slide into what has been dubbed “murder music.” Comment.

Spring collection fashion showcase hits New York runway 

Music & Fashion: Style, texture, trend, and the Afro-American urban look were dominant features at the Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Runway Showcase, where the 2011Spring fashion collection was on display. Comment.

Anshin - a fresh musical talent

Music & Fashion: cessful. Comment.

Jamaica scratched from IRAWMA 2011

Music & Fashion: Jamaica is no longer being considered as the 2011 venue host nation for the 30th anniversary celebration of the International Reggae & World Music Awards. According to its founder Ephraim Martin, Jamaica and a dozen more locations were eliminated from final consideration after officers met in New York recently. Comment.

Soca King Arrow dies at 60

Music & Fashion: The global soca community is in mourning over the passing of the undisputed Soca King of the World, the Mighty Arrow. Comment.

DANCEHALL QUEEN IS BACK

Music & Fashion: 100 percent my way. I can tell the producers what I want for my riddim and say what I want to say in my songs. No one is telling me what I can or can’t do on this album. Divas Records is a new beginning for me,” said Lady Saw. Comments (1).

June, 2010

First Guyana Cultural Festival in Washington DC

Music & Fashion: All roads will lead to the capital city on Saturday July 10, where Guyana’s Ambassador to Washington DC, Bayney Karran, and Karib Nation – One People, One Color - will welcome an estimated massive crowd of Guyanese and Caribbean nationals alike, to celebrate the first ever “Guyana Cultural Festival.” Comment.

Arlee Leonard returns for Plaza Concert Series

Music & Fashion: With a 4-octave range, the multi-talented Arlee Leonard sings jazz and blues with heart and soul. Comment.
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