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Brooklyn: Brooklyn’s Caribbean legislators Council Members Jumaane D. Williams and Dr. Mathieu Eugene, and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte extended greetings to the community, and participated in and hosted a number of events in celebrating the season. Comment
St Kitts and Nevis: William C. Thompson, a Caribbean American former New York State Supreme Court justice and trailblazing first Black New York State senator from Brooklyn, died on Christmas Eve. He was 94. Comment
Brooklyn: A teen could spend a decade behind bars after a jury convicted him of dragging a police officer down an East Flatbush block with a stolen car, and permanently damaging the cop’s brain, according to the district attorney. Comment

NY Bar Association to honor Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Barbados: New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) says it will honor Barbadian-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix with its 14th Annual Diversity Trailblazer Award on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Caribbean-American production company is looking for creative submissions from female playwrights of Caribbean descent, for its inaugural festival featuring the work of women writers. Comments (2)
National: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries’ historic, bipartisan criminal justice reform legislation, S.756, was signed into law late last week. Comments (2)
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. has joined the world in celebrating International Migration Day on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Comment
Music: The world-renowned reggae band Mighty Diamonds, is slated to perform at Milk River in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 28. Comment
Brooklyn: Public Advocate candidate Jumaane Williams on Wednesday unveiled his “Housing Justice For All” platform, a three-point-plan to help end housing displacement, improve tenant protections and increase the affordable housing stock across the city. Comment

Weed legalization ‘overdue’: Adams

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has welcomed Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for legalization of marijuana, saying that “it is time overdue for New York to chart a path toward” regularizing the herb. Comment

Justice Wavny Toussaint to the youth: ‘Nothing is impossible’

Trinidad and Tobago: Trinidadian-born, New York State Supreme Court Justice Wavny Toussaint is urging young people wishing to pursue studies in the law or to seek a judgeship to follow their dreams, stressing that “noting is impossible.” Comments (1)
Brooklyn: More than two dozen fifth graders got to test their dining and etiquette skills at a lunch event in Park Slope on Dec. 18. Students from two classes at P.S. 213 enjoyed a full lunch meal at the “Etiquette Class Luncheon” held at the BK9 restaurant. Comment

Professional dancer creates generous school program

Arts & Theater: A Brooklyn middle school teacher launched a timely and altruistic program ahead of the holidays, to show her students the potential of being generous. Professional dance teacher Shola Roberts at The School of Integrated Learning, M.S. 354 created, “The Art of Giving Back,” an interactive initiative demonstrating how students can exemplify selflessness through acts of kindness, particularly because its a time where many youngsters will be expecting gifts. Comment

Christmas party for Vincy kids a ‘huge success’

Brooklyn: Organizers have described as “a huge success” Sunday’s annual Christmas Party for Vincentian kids at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center on Logan Street in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Comment

Kings County Hospital showcases robotic surgical system

Brooklyn: Health + Hospitals/Kings County says it has enhanced its surgical capabilities with the acquisition of the highly advanced da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, which it shared with the community recently through demonstrations. Comment
Manhattan: It’s black for the third time! The business boosting Kwanzaa Crawl will return for its third year on Dec. 26, sending thousands of bar hoppers to 31 black-owned bars and restaurants in Brooklyn and in Manhattan’s Harlem neighborhood. The day-long event is the brainchild of two Caribbean-American sisters who wanted to focus on black economic power on the first day of the pan-African holiday. Comment
Brooklyn: The Flatbush Caton Market has been ringing in the holiday season all month. For the final weekend before Christmas, the market is hosting a holiday market this Saturday, ensuring that locals find all of their last minute gifts. Comment

Harlem lounge joins Kwanzaa crawl

Food: This year’s Kwanzaa Crawl is expected to be even bigger than its previous two. After expanding to include Harlem just last year, the organizers behind the crawl — sisters Kerry Coddett and Krystal Stark— reached out to several businesses uptown to partake in their black business empowerment event. Comment
Guyana: Loraine, a Guyanese-born, Christmas enthusiast who spends many hours decorating every corner of her Brooklyn house, reflected on the meaning of Christmas, saying, “Jesus is the reason for the season, and then there is the joy and thankfulness in seeing my home decorated with flowers, fairy lights, ceiling ornaments, and to top that off, welcoming family, for sharing and caring.” Comment
Bronx: A recently opened take-out restaurant doesn’t have a conventional name, it doesn’t have a conventional flavor and it doesn’t have a conventional backstory. Comment
Brooklyn: Like mother, like son! A Long Island mom and her son are hosting a giftback event for sick youngsters at a Queens children’s hospital on Dec. 21. Elmont-based mom, Natalie M. Joseph — co-founder of Caribbean jewelry company, Trinhaitia Bijoux — and her 12-year-old son Schneider, organized their inaugural “Toys for Tots,” for kids at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. Every year the family helps the needy for the holiday season, but with the encouragement of her son, this time around they are also extending that service to ill youth. Comment
St Vincent: In an elaborate ceremony at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College, the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora Committee of New York, Inc. recently launched the Maxwell Haywood Scholarship and Development Fund. Comment

Celfie Cosmetics: A beauty brand celebrating selfie culture

Brooklyn: A Brooklyn-based entrepreneur created a cosmetics line for the fast-forwarding thinking woman. Celfie Cosmetics is a family-run business headed by its Jamaican-American CEO and founder, Nicole Harding. She said in today’s selfie-driven culture, she yearned for a beauty line that invested in celebrating self-love, and celebrated women who personify success. Comment

$3 M for low income housing for Brooklynites

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams on Tuesday celebrated his Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19) capital budget allocation of $3,026,000 for affordable housing across the borough, supporting the development and maintenance of more than 550 new and existing units across Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: Two Brooklyn groups held a generous Christmas party for needy families at P.S. 5 on Dec. 8. Organizers from Don’t 4Get Me — a support organization for teenage mothers, and We Say What They Can’t — an independent radio show, held their third annual Christmas Giftback event to help the families living in shelters last weekend. Comment
Food: They served the world the best of the Caribbean! Caribbean chefs took over the Delegates Dining room at the United Nations last week for the first ever “Caribbean Holiday Guest Chef Series” Dec. 12–14. The three-day event, which featured chefs from Jamaica, Bahamas, and Haiti, kicked off serving several dishes and desserts from the former island. Organized by food blog Best Dressed Plate in partnership with the intergovernmental organization, the idea behind the event was to give chefs a platform to showcase their culinary skills to people from all over. Comment
Music: Jamaican-born, Grammy-nominated international jazz maestro, Monty Alexander, CD, is set to make his first United States performance this holiday as a newly-minted honorary Doctorate of Letters of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Comment
Brooklyn: A newly formed organization is trying to close a gap between the school system and parents with hands-on informative workshops. The Brooklyn-based group, No Rest Until Success, is a generous organization that aims to raise educational awareness, by assisting families struggling to provide their children with schoolwork with resources. Comment
Bronx: Councilman Andy King (D–Baychester) gave awards to several kids at a chess tournament at MS 390 last Saturday. At the Chess in Schools’ Fernando Cabrera Chess Challenge on Dec. 8, the politician presented more than a dozen winners and teams of the challenge with medals and trophies. Comment
Brooklyn: More than 100 kids and families attended the 500 Men Christmas Tree Lighting and Toy Drive at Herbert Von King Park in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 8. Comment
Brooklyn: Several residents, healthcare workers, officials and members of the community were on hand Friday, Dec. 7 for the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony at NYC Health+Hospitals McKinney on Albany Avenue in Brooklyn. Comment

Nannies to be celebrated at annual gala

Brooklyn: Several of the city’s domestic workers will be celebrated at an annual gala next week. The celebratory Dec. 15 gala, created by nanny platform — My Nanny Circle, is honoring some 21 nannies with awards at Grand Prospect Hall. This year, the annual gathering is not only extolling a hardworking group of women, but with a major backing from a leading media company — honorees will be getting special surprises, said its founder. Comment

Trini author pens kids book on manners

Books: She’s all about manners. A Trinidadian-American teacher and author is releasing a new children’s book about general courtesy and manners. Debut author Amarimba Charles, introduces youngsters to the do’s and don’ts of employing common courtesy and politeness in her book, “Please and Thank You are Magic Words! A Story About Manners And Etiquette.” Comment
Manhattan: Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush) joined Councilman Mark Treygar (D–Coney Island) in a push to advocate for more translation services for Russian and Haitian Creole speaking voters at City Hall on Dec. 5. The politicians demanded that the Board of Elections revise their current law, which limits interpretation services for a select number of languages. Comment

Caribbean actors pay tribute to famous Trini playwright

Arts & Theater: More than a half dozen Caribbean actors are going to perform excerpts from Zeno Obi Constance’s plays at TheatreLab Studios on Dec. 10. Parts from eight of the Trinidadian playwright’s work will be read by some of the rising and dominant names in Caribbean theatre in “From Page to Stage: A Caribbean Journey.” Comment



Music: Vincentian gospel artiste LaFleur Durrant and her Jamaican counterpart Croswell Daley brought the house down Saturday with heart-wrenching gospel songs as the Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc. hosted its annual fundraising prayer breakfast at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment
Brooklyn: Residents in an Upper West Side building are leading a desperate search to find the relatives of their beloved security guard who quietly passed away recently. Comments (1)

Citizenship assistance workshop this Saturday

Brooklyn: This Saturday, Flatbush politicians — Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush), state Sen. Kevin Parker (D–Kensington), and Councilman Jumaane Williams (D–East Flatbush), are inviting their constituents to attend a free citizenship workshop. Comment

Sitting on Appellate bench ‘interesting, fulfilling’: Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix

Brooklyn: While stating that the Appellate Court on which she sits is the busiest in the nation, Caribbean-born Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix has described as “interesting and fulfilling” her role on the New York court. Comment
Music: The World’s Fare is coming back to Citi Field next spring and figures to attract thousands of local foodies eager to try curated bites from across the globe. Comments (1)

Clarke warns about Trump’s proposed Public Charge rule

National: Brooklyn Democratic Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke Monday night stepped up her warning to Caribbean and other immigrants about the Trump administration’s proposed Public Charge rule, saying that it will “deeply affect a large portion of residents” in her Ninth Congressional District, who are predominantly Caribbean nationals. Comment

CASWA celebrates cultural wellness

Brooklyn: The Caribbean-American Social Workers Association (CASWA), under the theme: Cultural Wellness — Celebrating Caribbean Food, Music and dance, last Saturday, hosted its 15th Annual Fundraising Breakfast at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Brooklyn, to continue improving the social status and functioning of people of Caribbean heritage. Comment
Brooklyn: The rainy weather last Sunday, did not dampen the holiday spirit of Canarsie Brooklyn residents, who looked on in awe as the Seddio Family Holiday Lighting Display lit up the corner of 93 Street and Flatlands Avenue, against loud applause and greetings of Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanza and Merry Christmas. Comment

Brooklyn assemblywoman vies for public advocate

People: Brooklyn Democratic Assemblywoman Latrice Walker Tuesday night threw her hat in the ring for Public Advocate of New York City. “I am extremely proud to be a candidate for New York City Public Advocate,” Walker, who represents the 55th Assembly District in Brooklyn, told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “My campaign is about fighting injustice wherever it may occur, in any community throughout our city. Comment
Food: It’s beginning to taste a lot of like an island Christmas! The Crown Heights ice cream shop Island Pops, is expanding its menu all season into December. The Caribbean-inspired frozen dessert business is making some additions to its usual offerings, just in time for the holiday season, said the co-owner. Comment
Music: International dancehall singer Spice, met with fans and performed at an Apple Store in Manhattan on Nov. 26. The Jamaican performer — known for her gutsy and raunchy hits — visited the Soho location to discuss the release of her latest mixtape, “Captured,” and performed her new single “Genie.” She also talked about the precedented controversy leading up to the release of the record. Comment

Calls for audit on home foreclosures in Brooklyn

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr., the chair of the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings, have called for a full-scale forensic audit and investigation on the federal, state and city levels into the issue of deed fraud Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Manhattan: The tournament of the ropes returns. The annual double dutch competition returns for its 27th edition at Apollo Theater on Dec. 2. The yearly event hosts teams from all over the world to take part in the competitive show, which celebrates the sport and judges jump ropers in the art of double dutch. Returning for another year keeps the culture of double dutch alive, said the president of the National Double Dutch League. Comment

Caribbean judge up to real estate challenge

St Vincent: With significant expansion of real estate in Brooklyn in recent times, a Caribbean-born judge in Kings County Supreme Court in Brooklyn said she wa up to the challenge in presiding over the Commercial Division of the court. Comment



Music: Vincentians and other Caribbean nationals in Brooklyn on Thanksgiving Saturday reminisced about Christmas at home, as the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) brought much nostalgia with its annual Christmas Serenade. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D–Flatbush) gave away hundreds of turkeys ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Midwood on Nov. 19. The politician helped distribute 600 turkeys to community members at the Plaza Auto Mall dealership last week, in an effort to help those in need. Comment

Williams opposes deal with Amazon

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams on Tuesday opposed a deal between Mayor Bill de Blasio, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Amazon, the world leader in e-commerce and cloud computing, which will establish a new corporate headquarters in Long Island City, Queens. Comment

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