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Advocates celebrate census victory

Queens: This month a federal judge in Manhattan ordered President Trump’s administration to remove a controversial citizenship question on the forthcoming 2020 census. U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman rejected the Department of Commerce’s decision to add the question. Comment
Haiti: Several of the city’s Haitian-American correctional officers celebrated the inauguration of their newly formed fraternal organization in Queens on Jan. 18. Comment
Queens: State Sen. James Sanders Jr. (D—Far Rockaway) started a collection drive for federal workers affected by the government shutdown in Rosedale on Jan. 18. The Queens official, along with the American Federation of Government Employees and the Rosedale-Laurelton American Legion Post 483, launched the drive to assist government employees currently on leave or working unpaid. Comment

Berkeley student multi-tasks to give back

Jamaica: He’s a techie putting humanity first. A Berkeley College student from Flatbush is making big strides on his path to building a career in technology. Information Technology (IT) major Edwin Fleurant, who is Jamaican descent, is somewhat of a jack of all trades working to meet his goals in many aspects. With a high respect for IT, he says it’s always been something he wanted to pursue. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: A new outdoor art installation in Queens celebrates some of the biggest black female singers in entertainment. Comment

Theater festival showcasing black playwrights celebrates tenth anniversary

Arts & Theater: The annual “The Fire this Time” festival returns for its 10th season at the Kraine Theater in East Village on Jan. 21. The two-week event, which celebrates the work of black playwrights, is featuring eight writers this year — the most the festival has seen, according to its founder and producer Kelley Girod. To honor the milestone anniversary, organizers will celebrate it with a panel discussion on pertinent current issues, and all the stories to come out of the festival Comment

Bichotte, Richardson welcome election reform measures

Brooklyn’s Caribbean American legislators Rodneyse Bichotte and Diana Richardson on Tuesday welcome passage of election reform measures in New York State Legislature. Comment
Queens: Founded in 2014, the Caribbean Attorneys Network (CAN) is a collective of professional lawyers of Caribbean heritage working in the field of law. The creation of the organization was the idea of three law school friends — Moya O’Connor, Kadion Henry, and Ricardo Salmon. Upon passing the bar, O’Connor, who is first generation Jamaican-American, created a Facebook group called Caribbean Attorneys Networking in hopes of connecting with lawyers of Caribbean background. Comment



Music: Singer and artist Estelle is slated to kick off an East Coast musical tour in Brooklyn next month. The first show of the “Estelle Experience” tour opens at Baby’s All Right in Bushwick on Feb. 6. Comment

Perry sworn-in for 14th consecutive term

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblyman Nick Perry was sworn-in Saturday for the 14th consecutive term as representative for the 58th State Assembly District. Comment
St Vincent: The Brooklyn-based Vincentian umbrella group in the US, Council of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Organizations, U.S.A., Inc. (COSAGO), over the Christmas holidays, donated US$2000.00 to a home that provides a safe housing and nurturing environment for abused and socially-displaced teenaged girls in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Comment
Brooklyn: The Evangelical Crusade of Fishers of Men, in partnership with community leaders and residents, broke ground on Sunday for a new low-income senior housing development project in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. Comment
Books: More than 30 families participated in the “We Want to Write,” event organized by the Brooklyn-based organization, No Rest Until Success, at the Cortelyou Early Childhood Center Annex in East Flatbush on Jan. 13. Comment

Jamaican athlete to defend championship

People: Next month, Jamaican-American athlete Aisha Praught-Leer will return to the 112th NYRR Millrose Games in Manhattan, to defend her 2018 championship of the Women’s 3,000-meter race. Comment
Brooklyn: Though 2018 was a “challenging” year for Central Brooklyn Lions Club, Inc. (CBLC), it can still take comfort from its rich history and the fact that it continues to make a big difference in the community. Comment

Immigration attorney makes difference through CIS

Jamaica: Prominent Jamaican-born immigration attorney Winston Tucker continues to make a huge impact on the Caribbean community in New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: She’s got the moves. Manhattan-based dancer Marielis Garcia has an enlightened approach to dance. The professional performer, enjoys exploring the many different forms and movements, and one of her greatest ambitions is to illustrate the vast world of dance. She said many of the considerations that go into performing and creating, are commonly misunderstood. Comment
Bronx: Two local elected officials recently attended the inauguration of the governor of the United States Virgin Islands on Jan. 7. Bronx Councilman, Andy King (D–Baychester) and Mount Vernon City Council President, Andre Wallace, were present for the swearing-in ceremony of Albert Bryan Jr., and Lieutenant Governor, Tregenza A. Roach, on the multi-island territory’s capital city of Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas Comment

Renew and prepare: Lawyer advises TPS recipients to plan for any possibility

Brooklyn: As the ninth anniversary since the launch of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Haitians approaches, many recipients would have been preparing to apply for their final renewal and awaiting its impending termination on July 19. But since a federal judge in California granted a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s decision to end the program for Haiti and three other countries — the deadline dates are indefinitely delayed. Comment
Brooklyn: Caribbean legislators in Brooklyn rallied on Monday as a United States federal trial began to protect more than 50,000 Haitian immigrants and their families from being forcibly separated by deportation. Comments (1)
Arts & Theater: It’s a shed of light on their fight. A new exhibit on display at Arts East New York is showcasing the stories of domestic workers now until Jan. 12. The “Domestic Worker’s United History Exhibition (Art)ifacts from DWU’s Archive and Worker Stories Kiosk!,” is a brief timeline of the organization’s battles and successes. Comment
Health: Caribbean American legislators Councilman Jumaane Williams and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte on Tuesday welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s unveiling of “the largest, most comprehensive plan” in the United States to guarantee health care for every New Yorker, including undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment

VP celebrates 40 years

VP celebrates 40 years

Music: The world famous VP records celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Queens-based independent reggae music label is going to commemorate the milestone with a year of musical releases, and celebrations spanning from North America, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom. Comment
Arts & Theater: A Haitian-American actor is playing a lead character in the premiere of a new production debuting at The Bridge Theater on Jan. 16. Brooklyn raised actor, Nixon Cesar, plays a soldier back home, and fresh from a tour in Iraq in “Master of the Crossroads.” Comment

Three NYC attorneys to be honored by State Bar Association

People: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) said on Friday that it will honor three New York City attorneys during its Annual Meeting, in midtown Manhattan, on Jan. 16 Comment
Immigration: With President Donald J. Trump and the federal government waging war against Caribbean and other immigrants, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has granted pardons to individuals convicted of minor offenses from deportation. Comments (1)
Brooklyn: A young and hip Brooklyn dentist loves to bring the smiles to her Crown Heights community, as much as she fixes them. Dr. Barbara Peterson, affectionately known as Dr. Bobbi, has been practicing dentistry for about 15 years. An orthodontist as well, she runs her Rutland Road clinic, Aces Braces — providing all sorts of dental needs and improvements. Comment

Guyanese lawyer remains committed to Caribbean community

Guyana: After practicing law for over two decades, Guyanese-born Kawal P. Totaram says he still remains totally committed to serving the Caribbean community in New York. Comments (5)
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Dec. 27 honored Brooklyn’s latest “Heroes of the Month” at a ceremony in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall, recognizing a group of individuals helping to save lives in a variety of ways. Comment

Collective gives back over the holidays

Brooklyn: Over the Christmas holidays, The People of the Sun Middle Passage Collective, at Brooklyn’s Medgar Evers College (MEC), gave back to the community by hosting a special dinner for residents, and providing toys for children and gifts for adults. Comment

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