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Guyana: Guyana’s Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) has announced big plans to celebrate Guyana’s 51st Anniversary of Independence in New York, commencing with a flag-raising ceremony at New York City Hall on Independence Day, May 26. Comments (3)

Low-income city housing faces new challenges

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, deputy leader of the City Council, chaired a Housing and Buildings Committee oversight hearing on March 15 on the Fiscal 2018 preliminary operating and capital budgets for the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) and the Fiscal 2018 preliminary operating budget for the Department of Buildings (DOB) amid impending cuts from the Donald T. Trump administration. Comment
Brooklyn: Health care workers and administrators at Kings County hospital are honoring women’s history month with a blast from the past. On March 8 the hospital celebrated International Women’s Day with the launch of a new exhibit celebrating the history of women in health care. Comment
Brooklyn: A local charter school is expanding their highly demanded academia for Brooklyn students. Ascend Public Charter Schools, which operates nine low and middle grade schools throughout Brooklyn, is hoping to open two more schools in East New York and East Flatbush by 2018. The school currently has about 6,000 students on a wait-list and the future expansion is hoping to satisfy the increasing list, said a school administrator. Comment
Arts & Theater: They are playing tribute. Comment

Harlem’s only escape room venue expands

Manhattan: Harlem’s premier escape room locale Hoodwinked Escape opens two new rooms for adventure seekers this month. The additional rooms are now part of the business new thrills, called “Spy Academy” and “The Experiment,” which challenges guests to become spies, solve puzzles, and discover new mysteries. Comment

‘FLYING FISH’ SYMPHONY

Music: He is not Wagner but it is his flight of the flying fish. Comment

Jeffries wants Trump to come clean on ties to Russia

People: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and Democrats in the US House of Representatives have introduced a resolution of inquiry that would compel the Trump administration to publicly disclose information to Congress and the American people about ties to Russia. Comment
Haiti: A Brooklyn-based Haitian-American literacy group is urging the department of education to create better initiatives assisting immigrant students and parents in the high school enrollment process. Comment

College prep workshop for immigrant students

Brooklyn: The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) and Summit Academy Charter School are hosting a college preparation workshop for city middle school and high school students on March 11. Comment

AT&T highlight’s founder of Vendedy for black history

Brooklyn: In honor of Black History Month AT&T celebrates black entrepreneurs changing the scope of technology and business. During AT&T’s 28 days program, the company highlights changemakers revolutionizing the landscape of communication with creation of vital platforms. Comment

‘DEMERARA GOLD’

Arts & Theater: She is going solo with her bio. A one-woman show portraying multiple characters is tackling the immigrant experience and domestic violence in the Caribbean community at the New Perspective Theatre in Manhattan from March 8–12. Guyanese-American actress Ingrid Griffith’s tale “Demerara Gold,” explores the different figures in her life before and after entering the United States, and the adversity she experienced as a newcomer to the country, she said. Comment

Mayor hosts Black History Month reception

Brooklyn: New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told an audience at the American Museum of Natural History on Feb. 23, that Malcolm X redefined “our understanding of our history” and despite his short life, his great ideals are alive and well today. Comment

Haitian singing duo open women’s month at BAM

Music: Two Haitian-American singers are opening BAM Cafe’s Women’s Month Celebration with a traditional Haitian music performance on March 3. Anie Alerte and Riva Nyri Precil, together form the pair Anie and Riva, will be honoring women with classic sounds from their homeland. Comment

Harlem runner to be honored at benefit

Manhattan: The 4th annual Harlem Haberdashery Masquerade Benefit Ball is honoring Harlem native Alison Desir with their trailblazer of the year award on March 4. Desir made international headlines for her standout run to raise money for Planned Parenthood, in protest of President Trump’s election win. Comment

Museum Hue celebrates second anniversary

Arts & Theater: A cultural organization diversifying the museum and arts preservation industry is celebrating its anniversary at BLDG 92 on Feb. 24. Museum Hue is turning two and the founders of the arts collective are hosting a fiesta alongside Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn’s Black Artstory Month series. For their first anniversary they focused on promoting the mission and culture, this year they are creating a safe space for their supporters in light of social issues and highlighting black pride, said one of the founders. Comment

NY state senator recognizes Guyana’s 47th Republic

Guyana: The New York State Legislative Council, recently passed a resolution put forth by Sen. Roxanne Persaud and co-signed by other senators in the New York State Legislature in Albany, in recognition of Guyana’s 47th Republic Anniversary, observed on Feb. 23. Comment

LGBT organization raises awareness with benefit

Queens: A Queens-based lesbian and gay organization is hosting their second annual benefit party, “L.O.V.E is Love: Living Our Values Equally” at the C Bar and Lounge in Richmond Hill on Feb. 25. Comment

Cultural fusion: Jamaican twist to New Orleans cuisine

Food: Let’s get ready to gumbo! A group of Caribbean culinary enthusiasts will host its second annual cultural mashup, “Scattered Jamaica: New Orleans,” a flavorful mix of the island’s food and music and the spicy culture of the Big Easy, at a Mardi Gras celebration at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Prospect-Leffeerts Gardens on Feb. 25. Comment

Friends of Guyana to mark 47th Republic Anniversary

Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, on Feb. 11, launched the Friends of Guyana Consulate initiative, to engage nationals of political organization, disciplined services, religious organization, and alumni, that encompasses the six races of Guyana, in a unified setting. Comment

Caribbean American Center turns 30

Brooklyn: After decades of serving the Caribbean community locally and abroad, the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Comment

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