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December, 2012

ULTIMATE DOO WOP

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 33rd season with a night of unforgettable Doo Wop featuring this timeless music’s leading singers and groups on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. The all-star evening of classic hits will include Kenny Vance And The Planotones (“Looking For An Echo”), Cleveland Still And The Dubs (“Could This Be Magic”), Herb Cox And The Cleftones (“Heart and Soul”), MAURICE Williams And The Zodiacs (“Stay”) and Barbara Harris And The Toys (“A Lover’s Concerto”). Comment

Garifuna group consults on proposed cultural policy

Music & Fashion: The board of directors of the Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition U.S.A., Inc. says that it was “pleased” with the recent consultation meeting the proposed St. Vincent and the Grenadines Policy Framework and Development Strategies for the Cultural and Creative Industry. Comment

Montano guilty, awaits sentencing

Music & Fashion: Trinidad and Tobago reigning Groovy and Power Soca Monarch, Machel Montano, who was found guilty on a charge of beating four patrons at a popular Port of Spain nightclub some five years ago, will know his fate come Jan. 17 next year. Comment

Prepare to meet OMI

Music & Fashion: OMI (Omar Samuel Pasley) of Clarendon, Jamaica, is an up and coming singer who is now in the process of producing his first CD. Comment

GRAMMY 2013

Music & Fashion: Several Caribbean talents – representing Jamaica and Barbados – were nominated for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards slated to be held next year in California. Comment

New Year’s Eve with the Matadors

Music & Fashion: Lambert and the Matadors is, hands down, the preferred choice of orchestral sound wherever in the Caribbean-American community there’s need to add classy entertainment to a social occasion. The New Year’s Eve Ball at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom is undoubtedly a perfect fit for this outstanding group of musicians, and this year’s gala event to ring in the New Year will be no exception. Comments (1)

JÍBARO STYLE CHRISTMAS

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will once again present its popular, special holiday event, PARRANDA NAVIDEÑA, a Christmas celebration featuring the unique jíbaro music from the mountains of Puerto Rico with three celebrated masters of the genre, on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

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Trini - Keishel Williams’ Fall ‘Sneak Peak’ a hit

Music & Fashion: Just recently, Brooklyn’s BiPolar Lounge on Atlantic Avenue was the scene of a Masquerade Ball. Titled Jlehsiek, fans and fashion elite alike, applauded Keishel “Inanna” Williams’ Fall /Winter 2013 Sneak Peak collection of flirtatious, chic pieces of firm fitting textured slacks, a white mini dress, and a holiday red evening wear. Comment

Kwanzaa precedes Christmas at Medgar Evers College

Music & Fashion: The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective will hold its annual Kwanzaa celebration and feed the needy and homeless during a cultural celebration slated for Medgar Evers College on Dec. 22. Comment

Sun Kulcha

CARIBBEAN KNIGHTS

Music & Fashion: A quartet of internationally acclaimed, male, reggae recording artists will launch a presence of Caribbean music at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Dec. 12 and kick-off the inaugural staging of concerts that represent the region. Comment

Luciano energizes Culture Salute crowd

Music & Fashion: This year’s Reggae Culture Salute presented by the Coalition to Preserve Reggae (CPR) proved to be as gratifying as it had in prior years. Luciano”s highly-energized performance conveyed a clear message that he was back. Comment

November, 2012

Classic & Carols Music Fest

Music & Fashion: Globe Productions presents the best of New York steel bands in its first Annual Clive Bradley Memorial Steel Pan Competition “Classic and Carols.” This event takes place on Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m, in the Walt Whitman Theater at Brooklyn College, honoring the legendary Clive Bradley. Comment

Hon. Toots now in order for Jamaica reggae talent

Music & Fashion: Frederick “Toots” Hibbert, lead singer of the acclaimed reggae group Toots & the Maytals recently received his second and most distinguished national honor when the prime minister of his birth-land presented him with the Order of Jamaica during a ceremony held on National Heroes Day. Comment

Promoter: Chris Brown cancels Guyana show

Music & Fashion: GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Organizers say American R&B star Chris Brown has canceled a stadium concert in Guyana after local protests over his 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna. Comment

WHITE HOUSE CAPER

Music & Fashion: The growing acclaim of the English Handbell Choir of the Church of the Good Shepherd in the Bronx, New York is about to intensify with the arrival of the astonishing news that the choir, made up of mostly Jamaicans, will perform at the White House in Washington DC. Comments (2)

Winners of the 2012 American Music Awards

Music & Fashion: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Winners of the 40th anniversary American Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. Comment

‘UNAPOLOGETIC’

Music & Fashion: There’s something about Rihanna. And her producers. Comment

‘Trapped’ on Broadway?

Music & Fashion: NEW YORK (AP) — Is Broadway ready for Twan, Sylvester, Pimp Lucius and “the package”? R. Kelly thinks so — and says he’s working to bring the wacky characters and plotlines in his even wackier “Trapped in the Closet” series to the Great White Way. Comment

Christmas with the Rockettes

Music & Fashion: The first sign of the holidays followed Hurricane Sandy and arrived one week after a presidential election. The occasion found thousands of children accompanied by their parents bustling through the doors of Radio City Music Hall for the annual Christmas Spectacular. Comment

Foreign, Haitian designers display work in Haiti

Music & Fashion: PETIONVILLE, Haiti (AP) — World-class fashion has gone on display in impoverished Haiti. Comment

Archer tops the musical charts

Music & Fashion: Piano musician and producer Samuel Archer has launched an instrumental musical project for the holiday season. The title of the album is “Joy To The World,” and it features familiar songs such as “O Come Immanuel,” “We Three Kings,” “The First Noel,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and the title track. Comments (1)

Evening of Brazilian Jazz at Julliard

Music & Fashion: Juilliard Jazz presents an evening of Brazilian jazz Tuesday, Nov. 20, 8:00 p.m. in Paul Hall with guest artist, pianist Paulo Braga, performing with the Artist Diploma Ensemble, the most advanced Juilliard Jazz musicians. Joining Mr. Braga from Brazil will be Eduardo Ribeiro on drums; Manual Silveira on flute and saxophone; and Marinho Andreotti on bass. The concert is part of Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America festival. Comment

Benefit concert for theatre and literacy project

Music & Fashion: Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change) and Broadway performer Nick Adams (Priscilla Queen of the Dessert) will perform at a benefit concert on Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Etcetera Etcetera restaurant 352 West 44th St., to help raise money for The International Theatre and Literacy Project ( ITLP). Comment

Half Mile Home kicks off promo tour

Music & Fashion: The Ohio-based gospel group Half Mile Home began its promotional tour in Detroit, MI on Oct. 29 with visits on the East Coast and in the Midwest. The CD, “Church Muzik & Inspiration” will be release in store and online on Election Day, Nov. 6. Comment

Jonathan Nelson’s new single ‘Finish Strong’

Music & Fashion: Karew Records is releasing Jonathan Nelson’s new single “Finish Strong,” impacting gospel radio this month. The award-winning songwriter co-wrote the new single with Kenneth Shelton. “Finish Strong” was recorded live this summer in Nelson’s hometown of Baltimore, Maryland at the Kingdom Worship Center. The forthcoming album, Finish Strong, is scheduled for release in 2013, and is Nelson’s first CD project on Karew Records. Comment

Vincy calypso maestro honored

Music & Fashion: The Brooklyn-based umbrella Vincentian group in the United States, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), last Sunday bestowed special honor on calypso/soca maestro Alston “Becket” Cyrus during its 33rd independence anniversary celebrations. Comments (1)

JAZZ N’BLUES

Music & Fashion: “SS Nirvana” will premiere at Birdland Jazz Club 315 West 44th Street on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 5:30 p.m. This jamin’ Jazz review features TC III, Joy Ryder, Charles Bartlett, JaRon Eames, Nikita White, B.J. Jansen and Dhonna Goodale, under the musical direction of Marcus Persiani, with Paul Beaudry on bass, and Will Terrill on drums. Comment

Satchmo At Symphony Hall

Music & Fashion: The Louis Armstrong House Museum’s Collection has made the newly released “Satchmo At Symphony Hall / 65th Anniversary: The Complete Performances” truly complete. Pulled from the Museum’s Gosta Hagglof Collection never-before released material has created this newly expanded, two-CD version of the album celebrating the 65th anniversary of the original recording. Comment

Chris Brown to perform in Guyana

Music & Fashion: With news that Grammy Award superstar Chris Brown and his long time love Rihanna are back together after sightings of them conoodling, citizens in Guyana are excited that the pop diva of Guyanese heritage may join Brown when he takes to the stage at the National Stadium for his debut performance on Boxing Day. Comments (1)

October, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Theater: The Assembly Theater Project presents a return engagement of the production home/sick, an ensemble-devised work of political theater that examines the actions of the 1960s radical group The Weather Underground who seized control of Students for a Democratic Society and reshaped it with the aim of overthrowing the U.S. government, showing thru Nov. 18 at The Living Theater, 21 Clinton St., N.Y. Performance schedule is Wednesdays thru Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Sun., Nov. 11 at 7:00 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 4 and Sun., Nov. 18 at 5:00 p.m. Tickets available online at www.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at (800) 838-3600. Comment

Cuban orchestra to make first U.S. tour

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its superb 32nd season with an exclusive NYC appearance by the 75-member National Symphony Orchestra Of Cuba, as part of its premiere, 21-city tour of the United States from Oct. 16 to Nov. 11. Lehman Center proudly presents this Cuban national treasure on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. The orchestra’s Music Director is Enrique Pérez Mesa. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: book launch: Acclaimed photograhper, film producer and digital artist, Andre Walker, releases his compelling and inspirational book, “Vision Beyond the Brick,” a compilation of his artistic work with a diverse compilation of original poetry by Ashley Rochford, beginning at 12 noon at 177 Prince Street, Penthouse #6 in Soho, N.Y. Portion of the proceeds will go to the Liberian children’s charities. To RSVP and for additonal information, call (646) 244-8615. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: media education: The Brooklyn Center for Media Education is offering a free orientation on accessing professional studio and field production equiment, or looking for a course that will add to your skill set, 11:00 a.m. at their interim location at 242 Third St. at Third Ave., Brooklyn. No reservations necessary. Sests available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information and directions, visit bricartsmedia.org/bcme or call (718) 683-5605. Comment

Return of OCEAN Style showcase

Music & Fashion: Premier fashion and upscale living establishment, OCEAN Style, is gearing up for its fifth fashion showcase weekend Nov. 2-4 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Comment

‘A Night To Remember’ at City College of New York

Music & Fashion: Lonette McKee, acclaimed Tony nominated film and stage actress and star of mega-hits “Sparkle,” “The Cotton Club,” “Round Midnight,” “Jungle Fever” and Broadway’s “Showboat” and “Lady Day,” in concert with four-time Grammy nominated music legend singer, songwriter, Jazz Fusion and R&B Soul performer, Michael Henderson come together for a one-night only performance, Comment

Best-seller ‘Marley & Me’ slated for reissue

Music & Fashion: “Marley & Me” one of the first books to expose the private life of Robert “Bob” Marley and the women he was associated will be re-released next year. Comment

Pivotal reggae innovator Danny Sims dies

Music & Fashion: The entire music fraternity is mourning another icon and achiever. Comment

Andre White does it again

Krian Music Group signs Dead Prez

Music & Fashion: Krian Music Group, a full service independent record label based in New York City, announces the signing of socially conscious and provocative hip-hop duo, Dead Prez. The new album, “Information Age,” will be available digitally on Oct. 16, 2012 and slated for a physical release on Jan. 22, 2013. Comment

IRAWMA returns to Florida in 2013

Music & Fashion: The 32nd annual International Reggae & World Music Award (IRAWMA) will return to South Florida on May 4, 2013. Comment

Cultural extravaganza in Dominica

Music & Fashion: All roads lead to the breathtaking island of Dominica in the Lesser Antilles for the first unique cultural extravaganza that will bring together neighboring island Martinique, for seven days of art, music, a costume exhibition, folklore, dance and an international night, set to take place from Oct. 22 to 28. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: film forum: The Game Changers Program is holding its First Annual Game Changers National Film Forum featuring emerging filmmakers from across the country focusing on Black male achievement, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Blvd., Harlem, N.Y. Forum is free and open to the public. Registration required at www.schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit www.gamechangersproject.org. Comment

The Messenger returns for Reggae Culture Salute

Music & Fashion: The 8th annual Reggae Culture Salute Saturday, Nov. 3, will celebrate the return of “The Messenjah” LUCIANO for his third appearance starting at 8:30 p.m. at Nazareth Regional High School Performance Center. Comment

A treat for jazz aficionados!

Music & Fashion: Ramsey Emmanuel Lewis Jr. is an American jazz composer, pianist and radio personality. Ramsey Lewis has recorded over 80 albums and has received seven gold records and three Grammy Awards so far in his career. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Reggae, CAlypso, folK Music: The Brooklyn Public Library presents Reggae! Calypso! Folk Music! for kids and families featuring West Indian and American music through song and dance in an interactive performance with versatile entertainer Conroy Warren, 1:00 p.m. at the Central Library Dweck Center, 10 Grand Army Plaza, Prospect Heights. For information, call (718) 230-2100. Comment

Romantic salsa at Lehman Center

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its sensational 32nd season with two of salsa’s hottest vocalists – Jerry Rivera and Tito Nieves – for one night only on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

September, 2012

Broadway’s musical toast to Charlie Chaplain

Music & Fashion: Broadway’s fall musical season kicked off recently with a delightful treat called “Chaplain.” Comment

Caribbean Day Festival in Suffolk

Music & Fashion: For the first time, the spirit of Caribbean culture penetrated the Suffolk County environs with stirring steelpan music, stilt dancers and carnival costume revelry, to celebrate Carnival Day Festival organized by the Suffolk County Caribbean Cultural Association Inc. (SCCCAI) Comments (2)

REGGAE’S SONGBIRD

Music & Fashion: It’s not everyday you come across a person who is as dedicated, loyal and truly sincere as the one Khalilah Rose. Comments (3)

Stevy Mahy at Lincoln Center

Music & Fashion: Target Free Thursdays presents Stevy Mahy appearing at David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage, Broadway between 62nd and 63rd streets on Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Comment

Wyclef pens ‘Purpose: An Immigrant’s Story’

Music & Fashion: Haitian musician Wyclef “Clef” Jean is the latest immigrant to chronicle his life-story by publishing an autobiography detailing his humble beginnings in the slums of his homeland to moving to New York and becoming an international superstar. Comments (1)

Bewitching beauty, brains and a bashy personality

Music & Fashion: Having won the Miss Black Nude 2012 crown inNegril last Saturday from a field of 12 contestants, Jamaican beauty, Akelia, is already on location, shooting a swimwear spread for the New York-based Smooth Magazine. Comment

Bringing Haitian culture to main street America

Music & Fashion: Haitian troubadours Ti-Coca & Wanga-Nègès is participating in a groundbreaking four-week tour which takes them to communities across America as part of a cultural diplomacy initiative which began on Sept. 18 and runs until Oct. 14. Comment

Inaugural Jersey City Fashion Week 

Music & Fashion: Jersey City is hosting its first-ever fashion week—an exciting array of fashion-related events that began Sept. 21 and ends Sept. 28. Comment

Fourplay celebrates collaborative spirit

Music & Fashion: When it comes to making music, four is often the magic number. From the Beatles to MJQ, many legendary quartets have made their mark in the classical, pop and jazz traditions. Maybe it’s the idea of four talented individuals, each approaching the other three from a unique perspective – like inspired travelers hailing from equidistant coordinates on a map – and bringing all of their talents to bear at a single point. Maybe it’s just the sheer mathematical symmetry and balance of the number itself. Comment

She’s A Winner

Music & Fashion: For the first time in the 20 year history of the Miss Black Nude Pageant, a Jamaican beauty, Akelia, ran off with the 2012 coveted title, cash prize, endorsements and magazine photo spreads. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: family/youth conference: The Bedford Central Presbyterian Church, 1200 Dean St., corner of Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, is hosting the “Stop The Violence...Save Our Children Family/Youth Conference 2012 featuring on Fri., 9/21, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., “The Mystery of Hip-Hop” with featured speaker Min. Patrick Hampton; Sat., 9/22, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Contributing Factors - Violence Among Youth with representatives of the Brooklyn DAs office, community leaders, politicians and experts and on Sun., 9/23 at 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services, Stop The Violence with Rev. Joseph J. Jones and at 3:00 p.m. the play “Sugah’s Shack,” a blues and spirutual musical journey. For information, call the church at (718) 467-0740 or Mr. Haynes at (347) 856-0468. Comment

Catwalk winner readies for London

Music & Fashion: Like the athletes who represented ‘the Rock’ with stellar performances at the 2012 Olympics in London, Mission Catwalk Season 2 winner Gregory Williams is ready to make his mark on the European city when he arrives for his studies at the London College of Fashion and master tailor Andrew Ramroop’s Sevile Row Academy next month. Comment

EMERGING ARTISTS AT METROTECH

Music & Fashion: Brooklyn’s BEAT Festival – the first festival to showcase the borough’s emerging artists in theater, dance, and voice – has announced an exciting addition to its lineup: two free lunchtime performances at MetroTech Commons in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn. Through the support of Forest City Ratner Companies, the two Friday shows – on Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 – will bring dance, spoken word, poetry and opera performances to the lunch crowds at MetroTech. Comment

Tolliver’s Big Band brings down the house!

Music & Fashion: Sistas’ Place 18th Jazz Season will start on Saturday, Sept.. 22, in celebration of John Coltrane’s birthday with saxophonist, Antonio Hart and his quartet. Sistas’ Place is located at 456 Nostrand Ave. (corner of Jefferson Ave), Brooklyn. Comment

JAZZY SALSA NIGHT

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts opens its 32nd season with an incredible night of the best Salsa and Latin jazz performed by some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians. Latin jazz piano sensation Michel Camilo brings his “Mano A Mano” Trio, featuring Giovanni Hidalgo on percussion and Lincoln Goines on bass, hot off tours of Europe and South America and a self-titled new album, to Lehman Center on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (1)

BrassFest with Machel Montano

Music & Fashion: One of the most anticipated events on the West Indian American Day Carnival Association’s annual weekend entertainment schedule is the BrassFest, which is held the Friday night before Labor Day at the Brooklyn Museum at Prospect Heights. Over the years, WIADCA has made great strides with this event which has always included the top artistes and bands from all over the Caribbean. Comment

Vincy pan champs captivate New Yorkers

Music & Fashion: Most Vincentian pan aficionados were, clearly, very disappointed, but understandable, that perennial panorama champion Starlift Steel Orchestra was unable to participate in Club St. Vincent’s massive Biennial Cultural Exhibition in Brooklyn, New York, two weeks ago, because of visa and flight delay issues in Barbados. Comment

J’Ouvert Crowds Big-Up Harlequins & Pierrots

Music & Fashion: They tried some French stuff on Flatbush and Empire, and the hordes lining the parade route almost killed them with encores. And so, Roy Pierre and Associates soaked it all in - bathing in the drizzle - and the glory, too, which fell like Caribbean poui flowers along Brooklyn’s Champs Élysées. Leaving everybody in Paris for a day. Comment

‘Excellence in Steel’ for real at Panorama

Music & Fashion: As always, Panorama was one of the most popular events of the West Indian American Carnival and Parade, with more than a thousand lovers of the sweet, sweet sound of steel pan flocking to the Brooklyn Museum grounds last Saturday night to hear ten steel orchestras give it their all in the 2012 competition “Excellence in Steel.” Thousands more throughout the tri-state area tuned in to listen to it live over the radio, while additional millions throughout the Caribbean and elsewhere were able to view it live over the internet. Comment

‘Secret Millionaire’ gives back

Music & Fashion: On Monday, Aug. 20, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz honored “Secret Millionaire” Sean Belnick and the Brooklyn-based nonprofits Friends of Firefighters and Children of Promise NYC at the final show of the 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Concert Series in Central Brooklyn. Comments (1)

August, 2012

FASHION FAIR

Music & Fashion: The New York State Senate has declared Sept.21-20, 2012 Sol Afrik Fashion Week and entertainment mogul, Russell Simmons has urged “designers of color to take advantage of the amazing opportunity that Sol Afrik has created as an excellent space for designers to showcase their talent.” Comment

CALYPSO ‘N SOCA

‘Harlequins and Pierrots’

Music & Fashion: Across the years, Labor Day Carnival might have found its bliss in an atonality of colors, but nothing on Eastern Parkway can be as challenging as Roy Pierre and Associates’ parade of off-color and Off-Broadway characters massing in the dew of J’Ouvert. Harlequins & Pierrots catching the sunrise and penetrating (and titillating) the bedrock of the Caribbean community, from Flatbush to Empire Blvd., and Nostrand to Linden. Comments (1)

SVG pan champs for Brooklyn J’ouvert

Music & Fashion: According to Verna Arthur, co-founder and coordinator of the Brooklyn-based Youroumei Productions, Starlift will breathe new life into the Caribbean festival by providing music to masqueraders and revelers in the lone Vincentian J’ouvert band in New York. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Friday, August 31 - Stay in school concert brass fest soca madness featuring Machel Montano at the brooklyn museum grounds saturday, september 1 - 2012 Junior “Kiddies” carnival at the brooklyn museum grounds starting at 9:00 a.m. PANORMA AT THE BROOKLYN MUSEUM GROUNDS STARTING AT 7:00 p.m. SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2 - Dimanche Gras Show At The Brooklyn Museum Grounds Featuring Calypdo Rose, King Ajamu, ALLROUNDER, PANORAMA CHAMPS AND KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE BANDS MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 - J’OUVERT AND LABOR DAY CELEBRATIONS For General And Ticket Information, Call Wiadca At (718) 467-1797 Comment

DOO-WOP

Garifuna culture returns to St. Vincent

Music & Fashion: Musician and educator James Lovell carries the baton of Garifuna language and music. For the second summer, he is bringing it back to where it began, St. Vincent. Comments (3)

Jazz and blues at Birdland

Music & Fashion: Audience’s rave SS Nirvana “We close our eyes and it’s like going back in time.” Comment

Youngest, oldest marshals for 50-50 Labor Day

Music & Fashion: Dedicated to the 50 years of independence being regaled by Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, the significant day-long, street party along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway begins after the youngest grand marshal -- ever to parade the route – 38-year-old Machel Montano join perhaps, one of the oldest, 85-year-old, Harry Belafonte, a son of Jamaica, actor, activist and singer at Schenectady for a slow walk to the Brooklyn Museum. Comments (1)

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: amateur night auditions: The Apollo Theater, 253 W 125 St., Harlem, N.Y., will be holding auditions for its 2013 Amateur Night season, for adults and children for singers, dancers, musicians, actors, spoken word poets and comedians, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. For information and further details on live audition guidelines, visit www.apollotheater.org or call (212) 531-5300. Please note: For live auditions judges will only see the first 300 acts, so please arrive early. Comment

Vincentian cultural expo opens in Brooklyn

Music & Fashion: This Saturday, Aug. 25, the Brooklyn-based Club St. Vincent, Inc., one of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ leading cultural and educational groups in the U.S., will stage a massive cultural expo in Brooklyn. The 9th biannual event will be held at at Mahalia Jackson High School, 790 East New York Ave., from 12:00 noon – 9:00 p.m. Comment

Top names in entertainment slated for Vincy Culturama

Music & Fashion: Leading expatriate and local entertainers from St.Vincent and the Grenadines will converge at the Mahalia Jackson High School in Brooklyn Saturday, August 25, when Club St. Vincent convenes its biannual cultural exhibition in New York. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: potluck social: Radical Women is hosting Women’s Rights Day Potluck Social, celebrating the 92nd anniversary of women’s suffrage, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the office and garden of Black Women’s Blueprint, 279 Empire Blvd., between Rogers and Nostrand avenues, Brooklyn. Bring a dish! Admission free. For information, call (212) 222-0633. Comment

Soca tent opens in Brooklyn

Music & Fashion: “I call this year’s Revue-Tent a colossal celebration of both Trinidad & Tobago’s and Jamaica’s independence jubilee,” Count Robin, tent manager and calypsonian, said of the seven-night Brooklyn fete which begins Aug. 26. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: COMEDY/VARIETY: No Name Comedy/Variety & A Bag O’ Chips presents the funky sounds of The Summer Replacements including Carl (Baby Freak) Fortunato, Pat (Bikini Atoll) O’Shea and Fernando (Enter Sandman) Morales Gonzalez, 7:00 p.m., Fri., 8/17 and 8/24 at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E 14 St., between avenues A and B, N.Y. No cover, no minimum. For information, call (212) 228-2240. Comment

Bigger, Bolder, Better

Music & Fashion: Thomas Bailey, president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) said this year’s Brooklyn carnival festival will be “bigger, better and bolder.” The famous showcase will honor and recognize the historic occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, Bailey said. Comment

Tribute to the human spirit of a Rasta rock god!

Music & Fashion: “Marley” Comment

50 Years of Self Rule

July, 2012

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: National Night Out The 8th Precinct and Community and Youth Council present National Night Out Against Crime 2012, 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Fort Greene Park, corner of Dekalb Ave. and Washington Park, Brooklyn. Meet and greet your neighbors, police officers, local elected officials and enjoy free rides, food and information. For more information, call Dee at (917) 217-9802 or PO Sergeant or PO Braithwaite at (718) 636-6526. Comment

Braata scores big at World Choir Games

Music & Fashion: The acclaimed Braata Folk Singers of New York handed Jamaica an early Golden Jubilee gift by walking away with three medals at the seventh International World Choir Games held in Cincinnati, Ohio from July 4 - 14. Comments (2)

Free Friday Family Jam Series

Music & Fashion: Summer fun continues with the 2012 Free Friday Family Jam Series schedule (each Friday through Aug. 26) at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comment

Guyanese beauty wins Miss UN title

Music & Fashion: Congratulations to Soyini Fraser, Miss United Nations 2012, who is still on cloud nine after her massive win at the recent Miami, Florida pageant, where she beat out 51 other contestants to captured the distinguished crown, on Saturday, July 7. Comment

Loiza fiesta returns to East Harlem

Music & Fashion: Bring this summer festival to its colorful beauty at the 30th annual Fiesta Of Santiago Apostol of Loiza Puerto Rico in El Barrio, USA., the centuries-old, African-derived festival transplanted into East Harlem. Comment

SUMMER SATURDAZE

Music & Fashion: Thanks to the continuing programs of Arts East New York, the neighborhood at the far end of the #3 train now enjoys all sorts of arts opportunities, year round. Comment

Top Jamaican entertainers at music festival

Music & Fashion: By Chudi Chukwudi Comment

Calypsonians reflect on gender issues

Music & Fashion: Calypsonians addressed many issues for Vincy Mas 2012. But issues related to male and female relations were quite prominent in some of the calypsoes. In particular, domestic violence was one of the issues they highlighted, showing that calypsonians continue to be relevant in a time when many are questioning the value of the calypsonian as a meaningful advocate for social change and development. And for sure, our society needs social change in connection to violence in male-female relationships. Comment

Marcus Miller’s musical ‘Renaissance’

Music & Fashion: A generation is roughly defined as a period of about 30 years. Thirty years ago – in the early ‘80s - America was rolling with Ronald Reagan at the wheel and his conservative “back to family values” tenets. Comment

Celebrating the glory of Sugar Hill

Music & Fashion: Heritage Health and Housing in partnership with NYC Department of Small Business Services, NYC Parks Department, NYC Police Department – 30th Pct., join forces for a special tribute to legendary jazz singer and famed resident Johnny Hartman. Comment

Whitney’s mom to perform in Brooklyn

Music & Fashion: Summer is heating to boiling point in July but cooling centers are prevalent in every park with music, dance and spoken word the added quencher for entertainment and diversion from routine work. Comment

MUSIC HAITI

Music & Fashion: The upcoming performances sponsored by Haiti Cultural Exchange as part of their summer music program will be on July 19 with BeLO on acoustic guitar playing his signature “Ragganga”—combining reggae, jazz, rock, worldbeat and “rara.” Comment

Groovin’ on a sizzling Sunday afternoon

Music & Fashion: New York: Scorching mid-summer temperatures in the tri-state didn’t take anything away from the resounding success of the inaugural ‘Groovin In The Park’ concert Sunday, July1 at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York. Comment

First Annual Caribbean Beach Fest

Music & Fashion: Foreign Bass Entertainment presents the 1st Annual Caribbean Beach Fest, themed Machel On The Beach (M.O.B), live at the renowned Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. Comment

Annual music recital

Music & Fashion: Ankh Ra Amenhetep, vocal coach for Puff Daddy and talent judge for MTV’s Making the Band-4 opened the second half of Maa Sa-Ankh Performing Arts Academy’s 13th annual recital by bestowing a bouquet of flowers on Mut Hefen Sa-Akhi, the school’s visionary, co-founder and director. Comment

June, 2012

Summertime’ wins Broadway’s ‘Bess’

Music & Fashion: Actress and opera singer Audra McDonald will be singing from springtime into summertime after recently winning a Tony award. Comment

Cliff shines at ‘Celebrate Brooklyn’

Music & Fashion: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Jimmy Cliff easily surpassed expectations opening night of the 34th Celebrate Brooklyn concert at Prospect Park by reprising the hits that distinguishes him as one of reggae’s most prolific, songwriters and performers. Comment

IRAWMA returns stateside for Jamaica Jubilee

Music & Fashion: After celebrating three decades of music revelry last year in Trinidad and Tobago, the 31st annual International Reggae & World Music Awards will return to its Chicago birthplace during the July 4th weekend to mark a national and international independence anniversary. Comment

Mission Catwalk’s ‘Wild Card’ Finale

Music & Fashion: Some Mission Catwalk viewers were in for a surprise on Tuesday’s episode of the Caribbean reality series when instead of seeing Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) presentations from the final trio, eliminated designer Rebecca Stirm, who also showed at CFW, was brought into the mix as the wild card and a contender for the winning title. Needless to say the top three, Crystal Powell, Gregory Williams and Ryan Chan were caught off guard by Rebecca’s return as well. Comment

Apollo’s new legends inducted

Music & Fashion: The Apollo Theater, one of the nation’s greatest cultural treasures, raised $1.2 million at the seventh annual Spring Gala Benefit Concert, at which they inducted Lionel Richie and the late Etta James into the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame on June 5. Comment

KY-MANI SINGS THE BLUES

Music & Fashion: The 2012 Bam Rhythm and Blues Festival at the MetroTech Commons, which began on June 7 will end on Aug. 9 with eight more artistes to perform during the midday event on Thursdays. Comment

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Music & Fashion: Thrift Sale The St. James Lutheran Church, 2776 Gerritsen Ave., Brooklyn, will be holding a Thrift Shop Sale, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. For information call the Church office at (718) 743-1788. Comment

T&T Indians celebrate Arrival Day Mela

Music & Fashion: Hundreds of Trinidadians arrived at the Arya Spiritual Center Inc. Ground in Queens on Saturday, June 2 to participate in the first Trinidad and Tobago Indian Arrival Day Mela 2012 in New York organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and faith-based and community representatives. Comment

T&T Indians celebrate Arrival Day Mela

Music & Fashion: Hundreds of Trinidadians arrived at the Arya Spiritual Center Inc. Ground in Queens on Saturday, June 2 to participate in the first Trinidad and Tobago Indian Arrival Day Mela 2012 in New York organized by the Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and faith-based and community representatives. Comment

Summer with Satchmo

Music & Fashion: Louis Armstrong House Museum announces Summer with Satchmo 2012 that includes Hot Jazz/Cool Garden concerts and special events for all ages! Comment

Preserving Haitian music and dance

Music & Fashion: The first of three Ayiti Fasafas (Haiti Face to Face) concerts, celebrating Haitian traditional singing, drumming and dance was presented in a “Rasanble: Come Together” in Brooklyn recently. Comment

Jazz greats join forces on new Concord album

Music & Fashion: As listeners, we like to enjoy music 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So it’s a good thing that contemporary jazz greats Gerald Albright and Norman Brown have been working overtime to produce “24/7,” their first album together. This June 19 release on Concord Jazz, a division of Concord Music Group, offers 10 killer soul-jazz tracks of music that never sleeps. Comment

Annual Block Fest at St. Marks Avenue

Music & Fashion: The St. Marks Avenue Independent Block Association’s third Annual Block Festival on Saturday, June 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Comment

Caribbean Week 2012 New York showcase

Music & Fashion: New York’s Empire State Building on Wednesday began honoring the Caribbean by lighting its world-famous tower in blue, green and yellow in celebration of Caribbean Week 2012. Comment

Pan Jazz at Lincoln Center

Music & Fashion: This June 16th, Abstract Entertainment presents Pan Jazz 2012’s production of Music - The Original Social Media at the eighth annual presentation Saturday, June 16 at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street & Broadway, New York City commencing at 7:00 p.m. Comment

Jazz and Soul at Brooklyn’s Café Denim

Music & Fashion: “SS Nirvana” a story of love and Jazz on the high seas will make its Brooklyn premiere on Sunday, June 24, at the new Café Denim, 1114 Franklin St. from 3:00 p.m. Comments (1)

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Music & Fashion: Guyana Independence The 46th Anniversary of Guyana’s Independence will be celebrated at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Brooklyn, 5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., honoring Guyanese who have distinguished themselves in the media, film, radio, TV, music and more followed by a “Taste of Guyana Reception” with back-home food, music and drinks in the Rotunda. For detailed information, call Patricia Jordon-Langford at (917) 541-4101 or the Consulate at (212) 947-5115. Comment

Mighty Sparrow promises something positive

Music & Fashion: Calypso king, the Mighty Sparrow is slated for a guest appearance at a one-night, Brooklyn, concert event titled “Ancestral Chant – The Celebration Continues.” Comment

Brigitte James gets serious with ‘Shofar’

Music & Fashion: Like many kids growing up in Brooklyn, Brigitte James was going to be a rapper. It wasn’t until a spiritual calling became a spiritual journey that the Guyana-born James took the name “Serious” and is today a sought after Holy Hip Hop artist. Comment

May, 2012

African Fest attracts large crowds

Music & Fashion: Throngs of fashionistas and families strolled the booth-lined lanes at this year’s African Fest at BAM–its 35th year–in conjunction with DanceAfrica. Comment

Fugees John Forte reinvents himself

Music & Fashion: John Forte has reinvented himself. In his newest album - “From Brooklyn to Russia With Love,” the Grammy nominated musician and former Fugees producer, bears his soul in titles - “I’ll Give you Me,” “Upon Close Examination” and “Let Life Begin.” Comment

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Music & Fashion: Dancewave Dancewave presents “Spring Celebration 2012” featuring a showcase of modern dance performed by Dancewave’s pre-professional youth dance companies ranging in age from 10-19 years at the Kumble Theater, LIU Brooklyn Campus, One University Plaza, Brooklyn, Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2, 8:00 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.dancewave.org/spring celebration. Comment

Borough’s biggest block party

Music & Fashion: The Society HAE will take over the Brooklyn Museum’s parking lot to host the ultimate multimedia block party ‘Beats, Blocks & Brooklyn’ on Saturday, June 2 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Comment

BRAATA BIG DEAL

Music & Fashion: Fresh from the sold-out revival of their 2011 concert season production, Wheel and Come Again, the New York-based Braata Folk singers, under the artistic direction of Jamaican-born actor and singer Andrew Clarke, are turning their attention to their most prestigious assignment to date: representing Jamaica at the 8th World Choir Games to be held in Cincinnati Ohio from July 4 to 14. Comment

Glenroy D’Marsh’s elegant styles

Music & Fashion: Brooklyn fashion designer Glenroy D’Marsh unveiled a quintessential spring collection to celebrate 10 years of stunning looks on the runway. Comment

Colombia’s premier band at Lehman

Music & Fashion: The legendary Salsa group from Colombia, Grupo Niche, will perform at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, May 19 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Awards for New York steel band pioneers

Music & Fashion: Two surviving members from a three-piece steel band which appeared in the 1954 Broadway musical House of Flowers will be among the special lineup of individuals being honored at a Tribute to New York Steel Band Pioneers organized by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute, Sunday evening May 20. The gala event will be held at Tropical Paradise Ballroom, Brooklyn from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Artists Studio Tour The 2012 Flatbush Artists Studio Tour will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, noon to 6:00 p.m. in Ditmas Park, and will feature artists welcoming visitors into their homes and studios showcasing their works ranging from acrylic and oil paintings, carved sculpture, drawings, mixed media, collages, and more. Victorian Flatbush is located a few blocks south of Prospect Park. For information, visit www.flatbushartists.org. Comment

Cole Facts showcases Summer Rose Collection

Music & Fashion: Cold Facts designer Michelle Cole continues to amaze us with her talent and innovative sense of how a lady should look and feel when she puts on a piece of garment. Comment

STREET DANCING

Music & Fashion: The Sixth Annual Dance Parade and Festival will take to the streets of New York City on Saturday, May 19 at 1:00 p.m. Comment

Top soca stars, calypso veterans for Mother’s Day

Music & Fashion: Standouts from the world of new-age soca, such as Blaxx and Nadia Batson are blended with a lineup of seasoned veterans including Black Stalin, Sugar Aloes, Edwin Yearwood and Denyse Plummer for the 36th annual edition of the Mother’s Day show, on Saturday, May 12 at Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts, Brooklyn College, starting at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Pre-Mother’s Day Musical Experience

Music & Fashion: A Pre-Mother’s Day Musical Experience will be held at Saint Francis College, 182 Remsen Street in Brooklyn from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. Comment

Kingston festival attracts visitors and locals alike

Music & Fashion: The second annual staging of a cultural assembly billed “Kingston Pon Di River” reintroduced an African aspect of Jamaica’s culture previously ignored or shunned at mainstream celebrations and heritage festivals. Comment

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Music & Fashion: Mother’s Day Concert Join us for an evening of old school Salsa and Soul concert and dance featuring Black Ivory, The Intruders and Zon del Barrio with MC Bob Love of WBLS 107.5 FM at The Louis Armstrong Center, 33-16 108 St., Corona, Queens. Doors open 7:30 p.m. Showtime 8:00 p.m. For information and tickets, call (718) 651-0096 ext. 217 or (718) 565-2170. Parking available. Contributions are tax deductible and benefit Elmcor’s After School and Youth Programs. Comment

Great start for new team  at WIADCA

Music & Fashion: Plans for producing and staging the 45th Annual Labor Day Carnival Festival & Parade is definitely in the firm hands of the new team at the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA). Comment

Jazz musicians, Village community in tribute to flautist Dave Valentin

Music & Fashion: On March 3, 2012 Grammy Award-winning flutist Dave Valentin was hospitalized after suffering a stroke during a performance at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. After hospitalization for 10 days following his return to New York City home, Valentin has made remarkable strides on the road to eventual recovering, but is still unable to perform publicly. Comment

April, 2012

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Music & Fashion: Teddy Bear Clinic Area children are invited to bring their injured and sick teddy bears and other stuffed animals to our Teddy Bear Clinic to learn not to fear the Emergency Room experience and to decrease stress of visiting the ER. The toys will undergo mock triage, medical exams and x-rays by doctors, nurses and other clinical staff, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Montefiore Medical Center, North Hospital, Emergency Department, 600 East 233 St., between Bronx River Pkwy. and White Plains Rd., Bronx. For information, call (718) 920-9000. Comment

Gloria Gaynor appearing at Lehman Center

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts will be experiencing the ultimate dance party on Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m., when singer Gloria Gaynor performs at the venue before a full orchestra. She will also be sharing the stage with the Hitmen and Colonel Abrams. Comment

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Music & Fashion: Scholarship Luncheon The Girls High School Alumnae Assn. is holding their Annual Scholarship Luncheon celebrating 25 years of “Sharing The Legacy” and will award honors and scholarships to graduating seniors, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m. at Bethany Baptist Church, 460 Marcus Garvey Blvd., Brooklyn. For tickets and information, call (718) 789i-3996 or (718) 778-0677. Vendors welcome. Call for information. Comment

Handbell Festival at Riverside Church

Music & Fashion: One hundred handbell ringers from New York and Virginia will descend upon historic Riverside Church to toll handbells during its 34th Annual English Handbell Festival at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 22 in the Church’s Nave, at 490 Riverside Drive (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. Comment

Clark Terry’s fundraising event

Music & Fashion: Gwen Terry, The Duke Ellington Society, International Women in Jazz, Jazz Foundation of America and Saint Peter’s Church – Jazz Ministry are partnering to produce a fundraiser for Clark Terry on Monday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, 54th Street, New York City. Comment

New board in place for New York’s West Indian Carnival 2012

Music & Fashion: Members of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) say are pleased to announce the election of its new board of directors and officers who were duly “nominated, voted in and installed” on Wednesday April 11, 2012 Comment

Michelle Cole Collection for Lion’s Club Tea Party

Music & Fashion: The elegant and unique style of Guyanese fashion designer, Michelle Cole, will take center stage at the Crown Heights Pace Setters Lions Club Tea Party and Fashion Show Extravaganza, schedule to take place on April 29. Show time is at 3:00 p.m. Comment

Rebecca Stirm wins Mission Catwalk

Music & Fashion: Drawing on the Hispanic and Mayan influences in her country, 18-year-old Belizean fashion designer Rebecca Stirm emerged the winner in a culture-inspired challenge in the second episode of Caribbean fashion designer reality series Mission Catwalk, filmed in Kingston, Jamaica on April 10. Comment

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Music & Fashion: Luv My Pet is holding low cost dog and cat vaccination clinics at Petland Discounts at 43-10 Ditmars Blvd, LaGuardia Center, LIC (Ditmars), 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. & on Sun., April 22 at 8989 Union Turnpike, Stop & Shop Center, Glendale, Queens, 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For information, call Amy Eisenberg at (631) 273-6363. Comment

Rome Neal celebrates Jazz Jam

Music & Fashion: In Numerology, the number nine represents attainment, satisfaction and accomplishment. All words easily attributed to Rome Neal, as he celebrated the ninth anniversary of his popular Banana Puddin’ Jazz series on April 7, 2012. Comment

KNIGHT OF SOUL

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its tremendous 31st season with a superstar of popular song – the GRAMMY Award-winning “poet laureate of soul music,” Smokey Robinson, on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m. Comments (1)

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Music & Fashion: Girls Empowerment A Cause A Concern A Solution Network Inc. presents their fifth Annual Girls Empowerment Conference featuring continental breakfast, luncheon, workshops, giveaways, guest speakers, resource circle, session on bullying and special workshops for parents along with information on resources for college career choices, self empowerment leadership opportunities, living healthy & more, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., Jamaica, Queens. Girls ages 12 - 21 years, come out and be a member of ACACAS. Visit www.acacas.org or register at docjune607@aol.com. Comment

Brownsville to Broadway

Music & Fashion: On April 19, Council Member Darlene Mealy - 41st Council District, Brooklyn, in collaboration with Circuit Productions Inc./Susan Goldbetter, producer - will present “Brownsville to Broadway.” Comment

‘Pon Di River’ to celebrate Kingston’s 140th milestone

Music & Fashion: Jamaicans are jubilant that the island is celebrating 50 years of independence from Britain. However, Kingstonians should be particularly elated that the capital city is also marking a milestone anniversary and 140 years since obtaining the status. Comment

Violinist Roumain continues to cross cultures, mix genres

Music & Fashion: April 6 begins both the beginning of Easter weekend for Christians and for Jewish people, it is the first night of the eight-day Passover holiday celebrating freedom from slavery from Egypt, the Exodus. Comment

Annual N.Y. showcase of Caribbean Tourism

Music & Fashion: A celebration of the sights, sounds, color and culture of the Caribbean will be on display in New York June 3-9 as the Caribbean Tourism Organization stages yet another annual showcase aimed at promoting tourism to the region. Comment

Afro-Cuban polyrhythms

Music & Fashion: Acclaimed jazz saxophonist-composer Yosvany Terry heads to the Jazz Standard in Manhattan for back-to-back performances on April 10 and 11. Comment

March, 2012

Miss Guyana World to appear in N.Y.

Music & Fashion: Miss Guyana World 2012 Arti Cameron is set to make yet another public appearance in New York City—this time at the launch party of the JRG Bikini Under the Bridge Fashion Show. Comment

Pictorial reflects Whitney Houston’s ‘Life’

Music & Fashion: One month after the untimely death of 48-year-old Whitney Elizabeth Houston, no less than three books commemorate the life of the iconic personality whose epitaph reads model, singer, actress, mother, daughter and pop queen. Comment

Respect to 70-yr-old Queen of Soul

Music & Fashion: The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin probably made her own history on March 24 when she personally invited a very select group to join her for a private dinner marking her 70th birthday and gifted them with the promise of new music. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Health Fair Crown Heights Beacon Program is holding its second annual Health Fair at P.S. 138, 760 Prospect Place, between Nostrand & Rogers avenues, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., featuring free blood pressure and diabetes screenings, mammograms, HIV/AIDs testing, health & nutrition information along with free giveaways, Child IDs and library cards. For information, call (718) 771-3105 or (718) 919-0744. Comment

Bass Odyssey, Black Kat vie for title

Music & Fashion: Despite international visibility and fame, there is an age old debate that resonates among clash fans of which sound rules Jamaica’s countryside -- Bass Odyssey or Black Kat. Comment

Lifetime Achievement Awards for McKay, Livingston

Music & Fashion: Sirius Satellite Radio Program Director and radio host, Pat McKay and Indy label executive, artiste manager and record producer, Robert Livingston will each receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for their outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry at New York’s signature Caribbean fashion event -- Irie Fashion Rave. Comment

T&T master tailor to train catwalk winner

Music & Fashion: In addition to receiving an array of prizes which include the opportunity to show at London Fashion week in September 2012, the winner of Mission Catwalk Season two will learn the secrets of Savile Row tailoring under the watchful tutelage of world renowned Master Tailor Prof. Andrew Ramroop OBE at his Savile Row Academy (SRA) in London. Comment

Honoring New York steelband pioneers

Music & Fashion: Some veterans of the New York steel band scene who, back in the 1950s and ‘60s, laid the foundation for the steel band movement that now exists in the city, will be honored at a gala tribute at Brooklyn’s Tropical Paradise Ballroom organized by the Trinidad & Tobago Folk Arts Institute on Sunday evening, May 20. Comment

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Music & Fashion: Birthday Bash Jammins Entertainment presents live performance by Jamaica’s hottest sensation I-Octane & the official return of Tony Matterhorn to the U.S. Celebrity Birthday Bash, 10:00 p.m., at Pulse 48, 1020 East 48 St., corner of Farragut Rd., Brooklyn. Tickets available at tix4me.com or call (718) 282-8041. Comment

SALSA PIONEERS

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts continues its spectacular 31st season with the return of legendary salsa pioneers La Sonora Ponceña on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

R&B Queen returns to the Carlyle

Music & Fashion: The Carlyle Hotel is pleased to welcome back R&B legend Bettye LaVette - who the Huffington Post has dubbed “the high priestess of R&B”- to the legendary Café Carlyle in a return three-week engagement playing through March 31. Ms. LaVette will once again showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career in a soul-shattering evening. She’ll be accompanied by a band led by her musical director Alan Hill. Comment

50 Years of Monty’s music

Music & Fashion: It’s a bitterly cold Sunday morning in New York City and I am on the world-famous stage at the Blue Note Jazz Club interviewing the extraordinarily talented Jamaican jazz musician Monty Alexander. Comment

‘Kes The Band’ set to rock NYC

Music & Fashion: KES ALL IN post Trinidad Carnival concert tour begins with Trinidad’s own, KES the BAND & Friends, at the Best Buy Theater NYC on Friday, March 9. Comment

A fitting musical tribute to Jamaica’s 50th

Music & Fashion: The staging of the 16th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival was indeed a memorable musical event and one of a series of premier music festivals honoring the country’s 50 years of independence. from British rule. Comment

March winds blow in Aziza

Music & Fashion: Jazzy Mondays at For My Sweet is proud to open the month of March with Aziza and her quartet. A singer, songwriter and pianist, Aziza was the musical director for Natalie Cole and also worked with such notables as Alicia Keys, Ahmad Jamal and Phil Upchurch. She has also written several hit recordings. Comment

The Riverside Church presents Masayo Ishigure

Music & Fashion: World-renowned master of traditional Japanese instruments, Masayo Ishigure will be featured at a music recital on Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. in Christ Chapel of the Church, entrance at 91 Claremont Ave. (bet. 120th & 122nd St.), Morningside Heights. Comment

Kym shows her talent at Jazzy Monday

Music & Fashion: Jazzy Monday at “For My Sweet” was packed on Monday, Feb. 20, to hear Kym Hampton make her vocal debut with The Jeff King Band. Comment

February, 2012

Machel Montano cops three titles

Music & Fashion: Trinidad & Tobago Carnival officially begins with the Machel Monday Concert. The reigning champion annually holds this sellout concert to treat fans to a wide variety of hits. This year he celebrated three decades in the Soca industry. Comments (1)

Rebel salute on Jamaica’s and Tony’s 50th birthday

Music & Fashion: Jamaican reggae artist Tony Rebel celebrated his 50th birthday at his annual Pepsi Rebel Salute 2012 which took place in Port Kaiser Sports Complex, St. Elizabeth on Saturday, Jan. 14 right through the morning of the 15th with a huge birthday cake, an impressive list of veteran and emerging reggae artists and a massive of die-hard roots-music lovers. Comment

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Music & Fashion: Education Program Family-to-Family Education Program will be offering a series of 12 weekly classes structured to help caregivers understand & support individuals with serious mental illness while maintaining their well being, starting 3/3/12 at Kings County Hospital Center, 451 Clarkson Ave., between New York Ave. & E 34 St., Room 3022, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Free for family members, partners & significant others. Registration is required. Call (718) 512-5269. Comment

Machel Montano’s hat-trick of titles

Music & Fashion: Soca star Machel Montano who described himself as “Mr Fete,” has copped an unprecedented hat-trick for 2012 when he took the Road March title with his song “Pump Yuh Flag.” He scored back-to-back wins having captured last year’s Road March with his tune “Advantage.” Comment

Celebrating 25 yrs of Freestyle music

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts, in association with Sal Abbatiello of Fever Records, continues its fabulous 31st season with a spectacular celebration of 25 years of Freestyle music -- Forever Freestyle 6 -- on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

Montano wins two carnival titles

Music & Fashion: Soca superstar Machel Montano scored a double when he took the International Power Soca Monarch and the Groovy Soca Monarch titles on Fantastic Friday night at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Port of Spain. Comment

MARLEY’S GRAMMY

Music & Fashion: Perhaps it was less than a surprise when Bob and Rita Marley’s youngest son Stephen took the best reggae album category at the recent Grammy awards. Comment

Houston: Model, singer, actress, superstar

Music & Fashion: When Whitney Houston made an early morning appearance in Central Park three years ago, she repeated an act her mother Cissy initiated by introducing her to a Manhattan crowd at a time she was an unknown teenager. Comment

‘JAZZPORA’

Music & Fashion: “I wanted to do something located more in the jazz idiom,” says Buyu Ambroise on how his third CD, “Jazzpora,” differs from his last ones. With the core Blues in Red Band–his musical companions since the first CD, Ambroise reveals his musical influences, Haitian, African and North American, all places Ambroise has called home. Comment

Soul Train Don dies leaving ‘love, peace & soul’

Music & Fashion: There was a time when few television programs showcased the talents of African-Americans. Comment

D’banj makes U.S. debut in Manhattan

Music & Fashion: Recently signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label, Nigerian artist D’banj will perform for the first time in New York City on Feb. 19, 2012. Comment

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Music & Fashion: BAMcafe Live BAMcafe Live! presents Mo Beasley’s LoveStorm featuring spoken word, music & dance 9:00 p.m. (Happy Hour: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.), at BAM, Peter Jay Sharp Bldg., 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn. Admission free. For additonal event information, visit www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=4006. Comments (1)

‘Live Your Life’ tops reggae charts

Music & Fashion: Jamaica’s music ambassador Richie Stephens is still celebrating the positive response from music lovers, friends and well wishers for his hit single “Live Your Life,” which was recorded last year with his friend Gentleman. Comment

Reeves returns to Rose Theater

Music & Fashion: Continuing Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Visionary Voices series, Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Reeves performs in Rose Theater, Feb. 24-25 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

Music & Fashion: Phoenix Francisco realized her love for the performing arts at the tender age of six. Comment

Bobby Mcferrin’s world of music

Music & Fashion: Lehman Center for the Performing Arts celebrates its 31st season with an exclusive New York City appearance by a true genius of vocal improvisation, ten-time GRAMMY Award winner Bobby McFerrin on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. Comment

The O’Jays sizzle on Bronx stage

Music & Fashion: The O’Jays, comprised of Eddie Levert, Walter Williams and Eric Nolan Grant, performed to a packed house at Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx, N.Y., on Saturday, Jan. 14, singing songs from their classic repertoire. Comment

January, 2012

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Music & Fashion: Comedy/Variety Comics Jim Mendrinos, Nancy Lombardo & Hilary Schwartz will be among the performers featured at the No Name Comedy/Variety show at The Pipers Kilt, 4944 Broadway, between 207 & Isham streets, N.Y., 10:00 p.m. No cover; must be 21+. For information, call (212) 569 -7071. Comment

Nursing home residents get musical treat

Music & Fashion: The spirit of the holidays stretched a few days more for residents of Caton Park Nursing Home on Jan. 2 when students of nearby Maa Sa-Akhi Performing Arts Academy honored these elders with a musical recital. Comment

Sun Kulcha

Music & Fashion: Track & Field returns to the Garden with the U.S. Open featuring match-ups in sprints, hurdles & field events to kick off the 2012 Olympic Year, 7:30 p.m. at Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave., between 31 & 33 streets, Manhattan. Tickets available at the MSG Box Office, Ticketmaster at (866) 858-0008, all Ticketmaster outlets & via thegarden.com. Comment

WINANS DUO IN CONCERT

Music & Fashion: R&B and Gospel stars Bebe & Cece Winans will perform in concert at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Flushing on Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012, at 8:00 p.m. in its Colden Auditorium. Comment

Harmonies of Doo Wop

Music & Fashion: Doo Wop, originated in the streets of New York and Philadelphia, with groups standing on street corners harmonizing. It developed into a distinct music genre, originally sung by African Americans, then later other ethnicities adopted the genre. Comment

Hot Peas ‘N Butter comes to Brooklyn Center

Music & Fashion: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College’s 2011-2012 Target FamilyFun series continues with the return of children’s musical group, Hot Peas ‘N’ Butter, on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Comment

Mighty Sparrow, Calypso Rose on the high seas

Music & Fashion: It will be a star studded event featuring the legendary Mighty Sparrow and the Queen of Soca Calypso Rose as the Bartlett Brothers kick off their third decade of producing top entertainment on the high seas. Comment

Pan in the spotlight at Tropicalfete countdown

Music & Fashion: Steel pan was the focus at the recent Tropicalfete Countdown of the top-100 international Caribbean songs for 2011. Comments (1)

‘X Factor’ winner still has dreams of nursing

Music & Fashion: NEW YORK (AP) — She’s got a $5 million recording contract, but Melanie Amaro still sees herself as a nurse someday. Comment

Oleta Adams to sing for Haïti

Music & Fashion: Acclaimed recording artist Oleta Adams remembers seeing commercials for Ajax laundry detergent as a child in which a knight on a white horse sweeps into the homes of apron-clad but iron-fisted women to help them with their household chores. Comment

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Music & Fashion: Grand Opening Cumbe: Center for African & Diaspora Dance Studio located at 558 Fulton St., near Flatbush Ave., 2nd Fl., Fort Greene, Brooklyn, is having a free Grand Opening weekend event on Sat. & Sun., Jan. 7 & 8 & will be offering free dance & drumming classes for children & adults, 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., as well as a family friendly live concert by Brown Rice Family Band, on Sat., Jan. 7 only, at 8:00 p.m. For scheduling information, call (718) 935-9700 or visit infor@cumbedance.com. Comment
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