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Brooklyn lawyer seeks to succeed Williams in Council seat

Grenada: Just days after Brooklyn Councilman Jumaane Williams won the position of Public Advocate for New York City, a young, bright Brooklyn-born lawyer, of Caribbean parentage, is seeking to succeed him as representative for the 45th Council District in Brooklyn. Comment

Queens group bolsters visibility of city’s queer Caribbean community

Queens: The Caribbean Equality Project is a dominate force for the Caribbean LGBTQ community, helming their issues and bringing them to the forefront. Comment
Brooklyn: With lofty and spiritually-uplifting singing and music, resounding testimonials, and billowing preaching and praying, Attributes of Christ Ministries, a small evangelical church on Albany Avenue in the Crown Heights, Brooklyn two Sundays ago celebrated its 20th anniversary with much fanfare. Comment
Brooklyn: Sen. Kevin Parker told a packed audience that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., preached that only love could heal hate, as he honored the legacy of the civil rights leader during the 15th Annual “A Shared Dream” tribute at the Goshen Temple of Seventh-Day Adventists in Brooklyn. Comment

Jeffries: Remove offensive language from federal code

People: The Brooklyn Congressman calls for outdated wording to be replaced with appropriate terms of respect. Comment

Clarke hosting Citizenship Workshop

People: The Congresswoman is calling on all eligible green card holders to apply for citizenship. Comment

Independent & Foreign Films

People: Apollo 11 (Unrated) IMAX documentary revisiting NASA’s historic 1969 mission, the first spaceflight to land on the moon. Featuring archival footage of astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins. Comment
People: Disposed Venezuelans continue to pour into neighboring countries, forcing local authorities to beef up national systems to deal with the growing number of refugees. Comment
People: Plus, Olivia Colman upsets Glenn Close for Best Actress. Comment

‘Roma’: Devoted nanny dotes on kids in dysfunctional family drama

People: ‘Roma’ from director Alfonso Cuaron is a semi-autobiographical family drama set in Mexico City. Comment
People: Two members of the Black clergy and a retired US Army Reserve Colonel spoke at Trinity Methodist Church in Brooklyn. Comment

Over 1,000 vote on Advance Polling Day in BVI

People: The Supervisor of Elections in the British Virgin Islands says that 1,120 persons voted on Advance Polling Day on Feb. 21 and not 1,118 as was previously reported. Comment

Gayle to retire

Gayle to retire

People: Hard-hitting West Indies batsman Chris Gayle is set to retire from One-Day Internationals cricket after the 2019 World Cup this summer. Comment
People: Cricket legend Sir Viv Richards believes England took the West Indies too lightly, resulting in their shock defeat in the three-Test series in the Caribbean. Comment

West Indies women’s captain rises in ICC rankings

People: Captain Stafanie Taylor and two more West Indies Women cricketers have made important strides in the latest ICC women’s one-day rankings released last week. Comment

Records tumble in West Indies/England ODI

People: Records tumbled in the first One-Day International (ODI) between the West Indies and England at the Kensington Oval, Barbados last week. Comment

‘Power grab’: Clarke to Trump on national emergency

People: Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Feb. 19 described President Donald J. Trump’s declaration of a national emergency on the southern border with Mexico as a “power grab.” Comment

Funeral arrangements set for Caribbean academic

People: The family of late Caribbean academic, Montserratan-born Dr. George Irish, on Feb. 20 announced his funeral arrangements. Comment

Caribbean Roundup

Caribbean Roundup

People: Antigua Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the Antigua-based regional airline LIAT should appeal the $1.55 million in damages awarded to a former employee by a jury in the United States Virgin Islands recently. Comment

US deports Jamaican nationals

People: The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says officers have ordered three Jamaican men deported at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport for coming to the United States to work without authorization at a Wisconsin hotel. Comment

Clarke named Senior Whip in Congress

People: Following her election in January as Vice Chair of the United States House of Representatives’ Energy and Commerce Committee, Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke on Thursday was appointed to serve as a Senior Whip for the 116th Congress. Comment

Belize PM, PAHO discuss ‘priority health issues’

People: The Washington, D.C.-based Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says its director, Dr. Carissa Etienne, and Belize Prime Minister Dean Barrow have been discussing “a variety of priority health issues” for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member-state. Comment


Music: Renowned activist and calypso legend Harry Belafonte will be celebrated with a birthday concert at Aaron Davis Hall on March 1. On what will be his 92nd birthday, members of the Belafonte Alumni Group — a collective of performers that toured with the entertainer in his heyday — will be honoring him with a musical show of some of his greatest songs. Comment
Arts & Theater: It’s a milestone year. The National Black Theatre is going to continue celebrating its 50th anniversary from now until mid-fall. The premier Harlem-based arts organization was founded half a century ago by artist and writer Dr. Barbara Ann Teer on Oct. 24, 1968 — creating a space of originality for black artists and creatives. Now 50 years into its existence, the company hopes to maintain its role in being a go-to place for black art, and its team takes pride in reaching its turning point, said its artistic director. Comment

Mayor appoints Bronx pastor executive director for faith, community partnerships

Bronx: Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Bronx native, the Rev. Dominique C. Atchison, M.Div., as executive director of the Mayor’s Center for Faith and Community Partnerships. Comment
Guyana: One People, One Nation, with One Destiny, was the common thread that ran through a pulsating multicultural presentation of music, dance, drumming, and a parade of Guyana’s six races, to commemorate the nation’s 49th Mashramani under the auspices of Ambassador Rudolph M. Ten-Pow and Consul General of Guyana to New York, Barbara Atherly, who, called on expatriates to celebrate Guyana’s diversity with unity and pride. Comment
Brooklyn: With the opening of the 2019-2020 legislative session with a stronger New York State Assembly and a Democratic Majority in the Senate, Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichottee, chair of the Oversight of the Minority Women’s Business Enterprise (MWBE) Subcommittee in the State Assembly, said she was “hopeful for the future of MWBEs.” Comments (2)

Bar association, CUNY Law partner on groundbreaking class

Brooklyn: The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) says it is partnering with the City University School of Law (CUNY) School of Law in offering what it describes as a “groundbreaking” Technology and the Law class for second and third-year students at CUNY Law School. Comment
Brooklyn: It’s money pooling the modern way. A new app is going to make the traditional way of pooling money, commonly known as sou sou, easier. Haitian-American economist, Sophonie Saint Felix, is launching a digital version of the centuries-old rotating money loan method with Community Banking (COBA). Sou sou is a term referring to an informal money saving system, known as such in many Caribbean countries. In many parts of the world, this form of loaning and saving is the preferred choice over banking — as it helps people unable to borrow from banks, access a large amount of money. Comment
St Vincent: Despite numerous challenges within and without the legal profession, Queens-based, Vincentian-born attorney Narissa Morris is determined to press on. Comments (1)

Young jazzman to lead concert

Young jazzman to lead concert

Music: The Aaron Diehl trio will be performing a concert at Baruch Performing Arts Center next month. Made up of jazz pianist Aaron Diehl, and his trio which includes drummer Aaron Kimmel and bassist David Wong, are going to perform “Virtuoso at Play,” — a two-hour show as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Series on March 28. Comment
Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday introduced legislation that would prohibit employers from testing prospective employees for marijuana usage before employment. Comment

Vincentian community, political activist is dead

St Vincent: Moreen King-Anthony, a Vincentian-born community and political activist in Brooklyn, who unsuccessfully contested the 41st Council District in Brooklyn in 2017, died at a hospice in Brooklyn on Friday. She was 59. Comment

Caribbean flair to grip New York

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says the Caribbean’s flair, pulsating energy and colorful sounds will captivate New York during Caribbean Week in early June. Comment
Brooklyn: The Midwood Neighborhood Senior Center in Flatlands, Brooklyn on Monday held a grand re-opening ceremony in its brand-new location at the Congregation Beit Hillel of Flatlands, 2146 Ralph Ave. Comment

Daughter launches foundation honoring late mother

Brooklyn: A Brooklyn nurse recently launched a foundation in her late mother’s honor to raise awareness and support for young women pursuing social work. Comment
Brooklyn: An aspiring clergyman is debuting a new film exploring the relationship between two notable and influential leaders at The New York Society for Ethical Culture on Feb. 23. Comment
Music: t’s a musical trinity. A collaborative show featuring three standout musicians will take center stage at the Merkin Hall at Kaufman Music Center on March 9. Comment

Ending HIV/AIDS by 2030? New York has a plan for 2020

Health: In his State of the Union address, President Trump pledged to end new HIV transmissions in the United States by 2030. He can start by looking at what is working right here, in his home state of New York. Comment
Arts & Theater: They painted for a cause! About a dozen women turned out for a local organization’s painting workshop in Queens last Friday. Comment
Brooklyn: The Brooklyn-based Pakistani American Youth Organization (PAYO) and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams on Friday held a ceremony to unveil Muhammad Ali Jinnah Way, a newly co-named street in Midwood, named for the founder of Modern Pakistan. Comment

City teens advocate for greater tobacco control

Dozens of city students traveled to Albany last week to speak to state lawmakers on the harmful effects tobacco-use has on their communities. On Feb. 4, organizers from anti-tobacco group NYC Smoke Free traveled with students to the capital on Legislative Education Day, to show their support for more comprehensive tobacco control programs. Comment

Public education campaign for upcoming elections

Brooklyn: Community leaders across New York are pushing for stronger civic involvement in the Caribbean-American Diaspora starting with the current race for New York city public advocate. Comment

Judge Dweynie Paul speaks of challenges, successes in Family Court

Haiti: Dweynie Esther Paul is a Kings County Civil Court Judge currently presiding in Queens County Family Court. Judge Paul, who was born in Queens, currently resides in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Comment

Gonzalez, Adams pay tribute to Charles ‘Joe’ Hynes

Brooklyn: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Wednesday paid tribute to former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles “Joe” Hynes, who died the day before while vacationing in Deerfield Beach, Fla. He was 83. Comment


Arts & Theater: We’re going back to our roots. A mixed media performance celebrating traditional African spirituality will play at Teatro Latea on Feb. 19. “Vodou Roots: A Love Story Musical,” is a musical-like show inspired by its Haitian-American creator Regine Romain, and her cultural pilgrimage to Benin. The educator and anthropologist’s trip to the West African birthplace of vodou, was a beneficial awakening about its origins, which she wanted to condense her experience and share. Comment
Brooklyn: Police Commissioner of New York City, James P. O’Neill, during a meeting at the Hebrew Educational Society in Canarsie, Brooklyn, last Tuesday, assured residents that crime was on the decline in NYC, but noted more has to be done. Comment
Business: She’s bringing empowerment into real estate. New York-based realtor Jennifer Saavedra founded her agency, The Real Sisters Real Estate, with her sister Renatta seven years ago. A former international journalist and a self-proclaimed feminist — her day-to-day task is not just focused on showing potential buyers and renters properties. She is also navigating her career with a progressive and woman-centric world view. Comment
Arts & Theater: The forthcoming “Hear Her Call” festival, selected seven Caribbean-American women writers for its York College event on March 29. Headed by the Queens-based production company Conch Shell Productions, the festival is a celebration of Caribbean women’s writers, and their stories and narratives. Close to four dozen writers submitted, said founder and creator Magaly Colimon-Christopher. Comment

Bajan consul general sets early agenda

Barbados: He’s got big plans! Barbados’ newest Consul General, Mackie Holder, has some big projects set for his tenure. The recently appointed diplomat hosted his first big public event of the year at Medgar Evers College on Jan. 26 — a summit introducing himself to the Barbadian Diaspora, and exploring many of his concerns and visions for the year. He said many more similar events will be held and he will tackle and bring on as many issues to the forefront. Comment
Haiti: In light of President Donald J. Trump’s alleged derogatory remarks about Haiti and African countries, a retired Vincentian-born public school teacher in Brooklyn says she was compelled to pay tribute to the Venerable Haitian Pierre Toussaint, who emerged from slavery to sainthood. Comments (11)
Food: And the award goes to… A Bedford-Stuyvesant Caribbean eatery is an honoree of the James Beard Foundation’s American Classics award. The notable dining honor was bestowed to Noel and Greeta Brown’s A&A Bake and Doubles and Roti Shop on Fulton Street, which serves up popular Trinidadian fare as its name suggests — doubles and roti, along with other dishes from the twin-island republic. Comment
Brooklyn: The Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) is returning with its tutoring and exam training program next week. The orientation for the free initiative begins at the center’s office in Brooklyn Heights on Feb. 9, and classes will commence on Feb. 11. Comment

Maritime foundation creates scholarship program with Royal Caribbean

Westchester: The Royal Caribbean International has partnered up with the New York-based organization — American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF), to sponsor a scholarship program supporting Bahamian students. The new initiative will benefit the students pursuing maritime studies, as well as the multi-island nation — which stands to see positive economic results, said an executive at the cruise line company. Comment
Guyana: It was a celebration filled with heartwarming tributes, for Allison Butters-Grant, and a call to action by brave daughter Tiffany Sobers-Smith, to tell someone in life how inspiring and impactful they are, saying, “mom, you left a great life for us in this world, thank you so much for being an awesome mom.” Comment

Provocative play tackles gender and sexual assault in Jamaica

Arts & Theater: It’s a whole new perspective! The reading of a 15-year-old play tackles the question of sexual assault against men. In the staged reading of “Against His Will,” at The New Vibe in Rockville Centre on Feb. 17, award-winning playwright and actor David Heron addresses the question of whether an erection suggests consent. He was initially inspired to write the play after randomly pondering a question regarding the matter. Comment
Brooklyn: British-born and Grammy-award singer Estelle is slated to kickoff an East Coast tour next week. On Feb. 6, the Brooklyn-based artist opens the “Estelle Experience” tour at Baby’s All Right in Bushwick. Unlike a lot of her previous selections, this tour will be an intimate one. Comment

Kings Country Hospital prepares for next pandemic

Brooklyn: Wearing appropriate protective equipment and headgear, NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County staff conducted an emergency response simulation and training event inside a Mobile Satellite Emergency Department (MSED). Comment

Local group urges Bed-Stuy to oppose jail expansion

Brooklyn: Dozens of Bedford-Stuyvesant residents and community organizers turned out for a public forum about the city’s impending plans to expand jails at Restoration Plaza on Jan. 26. Comment
Brooklyn: Dr. Martin Luther King’s enduring legacy of unity, and equal opportunity for all, brought together scores of children and their families at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, on Monday, Jan. 21, in partnership with the Jewish non-profit, Repair the World, to package ‘care kits’ for homeless adults at CAMBA Shelters, drop-in centers. Comment
Brooklyn: It’s time to celebrate our city’s most caring! Caribbean Life’s annual Caribbean American Healthcare Awards is set for June 27 in Brooklyn, at the Paradise Catering Hall in Gravesend. From now until mid-May, we will be considering nominations for our fifth annual awards. Comment
People: Noting that the legal community was saddened by the recent death of Judge William C. Thompson, Sr., Brooklyn Associate Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix says it’s “important that we maintain the road that Judge Thompson paved.” Comment

Women dominate talks at Brooklyn’s #MeToo Kingdom

Brooklyn: Distinctly female could well describe a program presented by Brooklyn Academy of Music on the 90th birthday anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the day dedicated for a national holiday named for him. Comment

Author pens memoir on overcoming abuse, heartbreak

Books: A Jamaican-American actress from Brownsville is debuting a new book and celebrating its release with a Valentine’s Day themed launch party in Greenpoint on Feb. 9. First time author Jacinth Headlam’s book “Love After…” is a reflective memoir about her life coming out of a messy divorce, and surviving it. Several years ago, she was going through a troubling time and decided to write about it to help others going through a similar experience. Comment
Immigration: On Jan. 15 Mayor DeBlasio announced that the city-issued identification program IDNYC, now allows its applicants to choose a third gender. Comment

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