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Brooklyn: Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke says she and her Democratic colleagues in the US House of Representatives and the Senate are doing everything in their power to fight the “racist and inhumane” immigration policies of the Trump administration. “As we are all aware, this administration has attacked the hard-working immigrants in our communities here in Brooklyn and throughout our nation,” said Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, in addressing a town hall meeting Tuesday night at Brooklyn College, City University of New York (CUNY). Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Mathieu Eugene, in partnership with the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, last Thursday hosted a free small business workshop at his 40th District Office. Comment

Faith leaders call for unity and healing

Viewpoints: Dear New Yorkers, New York City is one of the most diverse cities in the world. Our city has always been a place where people from a wide diversity of backgrounds can co-exist peacefully. In seasons like these, where our peace is challenged, it is time for people of faith and good will to find ways to stand together in empathy and solidarity. Comment

Soca artiste, CACNY host free back-to-school event

Music: The Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) says it is collaborating with popular soca artiste, Lyrikal in hosting its 7th annual free back-to-school and sports day. Comment
Arts & Theater: With performances and displays by dance troupes, stilt dancers, a steel pan ensemble, soca artistes and costume bands, among others, the Brooklyn-based West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) last Thursday evening kicked off its 2019 Caribbean Carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Comment
Arts & Theater: NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County last Thursday hosted a “Sip” and Paint event in celebration of National Breastfeeding Awareness Month. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Senator Roxanne Persaud says hundreds of families last Thursday supported her 2019 Annual Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park, a free event for the community. Comment
St Vincent: For the eighth successive year, thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life – trekking from as far as Toronto in Canada, Miami in Florida, and even from the homeland — converged on Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is., a New York City suburb, for the grand Vincy Day USA picnic. Comment


Arts & Theater: As Anonymous Vibez Mas takes a “Journey Around the World” this Labor Day, the band will also be revisiting the “heritage” of carnival, according to band leader Latoya Legall Williams. Comment
Arts & Theater: The 3rd Annual Caribbean Carnival in the Rockaways, hosted by Senator James Sanders Jr., and the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, revved up the carnival season, last Saturday, with a spectacular presentation to showcase the radiant diversity in the cape. The compact parade with decorated floats and revelers in exotic costumes, made a loud noise through the town that is home to a large Caribbean population. Comments (1)

Richardson wants N.Y. to do more against gun violence

Stating that over 455 shootings have occurred in Brooklyn since July 29, according to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana Richardson wants the state to do more to address gun violence. Comment

Bichotte speaks on Child Victims Act

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assemblymember Rodnyese Bichotte on Tuesday joined Safe Horizon and other survivors of child sex abuse, including Senator Alessandra Biaggi, Assemblymembers Yu-line Niou and Linda Rosenthal, in speaking about the rights of child sex abused victims now having the opportunity to seek justice with a look back period of one year for those 23 years of age and older. Comment
Queens:, @jenna_bagcal A Far Rockaway hospital is making sure that local children are ready for the upcoming school year in more ways than one. On Aug. 2, Saint John’s Episcopal Hospital held its third annual Back to School Fair, where hundreds of kids got school supplies and free health checks. Comment

Williams, advocates ride for street safety

Manhattan: Public Advocate ,Jumaane D. Williams and cyclist advocates rode from Brooklyn to Manhattan on Tuesday in an effort to call attention to the emergency of cyclist deaths and to discuss what the city needs to do to prevent further tragedy. Comment
Guyana: There was strong support for unity, and calls to remember Guyana’s motto: One People, One Nation, One Destiny, when hundreds of Guyanese nationals marched down Church Avenue, last Sunday with flags waving, and drums beating for a country that is polarized by division, and political uncertainty. Comments (2)



Arts & Theater: Vincentian and other Caribbean nationals on Saturday joined members of the Garifuna Diaspora in New York in participating in the annual “Culture Pot” hosted by the Brooklyn-based Garifuna Indigenous People of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Inc. (GIPSVG) at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

New SVG Caribbean Bakery in town

St Vincent: Four years after Cynthia Bernard, proprietor of Ethlyn’s Bakery, on Nostrand Avenue in Brooklyn, went to the Great Beyond, her brother and sister-in-law are now the new owners of the bakery, renaming it SVG Caribbean Bakery. Comment
Brooklyn: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Council Members Inez Barron and Alicka Ampry-Samuel announced on Tuesday nearly $9 million in new funding in support of the Brownsville, Brooklyn community in the wake of the mass shooting on July 27 that resulted in 11 injuries and one fatality during the annual Old Timers Day community event. Comment
St Vincent: As thousands of Vincentians from all walks of life gear up to attend the Eighth Annual Vincy Day USA, at Heckscher State Park in East Islip, Long Is., the new chairman of the Brooklyn-based group says everything on stream for the grand extravaganza on Aug. 17. Comment

Vincy community leader passes on

St Vincent: Brooklyn-based Vincentian community leader Augustus L. “Bonnie” McMillan died on July 22 after ailing for about two years, according to Wayne Raguette, president of the group, Vincentian American National Charities, Inc. (VINCI), who succeeded McMillan after his affliction. McMillan was 64. Comment
Haiti: Several Haitian-American legislators in New York have led outrage over a Guyanese publication critical of what it describes as the influx of Haitians migrating to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member state. Comments (9)
National: New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday called on the Democratic presidential candidates to endorse the “Make America Safer Pledge,” a 4-point plan to keep Americans safe from gun violence. Comment

Roy Pierre & Associates present ‘The Kente Kingdom’

Arts & Theater: As a poet, I can appreciate the alliteration in the name, “Kente Kingdom”, and the notion that it suggests royalty for each and every resident of such a country. In these uncertain times, it is only fitting that we invoke the powers of our ancestors, the lush terrain and landscape of our tribes. This is what will be witnessed in Roy Pierre & Associates presentation for Labor Day J’ouvert 2019. Comment

Cancers leading cause of premature death in Brooklyn: NY-Presbyterian physicians

Brooklyn: Physicians at Cornell Center for Health Equity at New York-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital have issued a stark disclosure that cancer is now the leading cause of premature death before age 65 in all of Brooklyn’s Community Districts. Comment
National: Public Advocate, Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday submitted testimony to the New York State Complete Count Commission for its hearing on the upcoming 2020 Census. Comment

Eugene breaks ground for Kensington Dog Run

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene, in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance and the Kensington Dog Run Association, joined colleagues and dog owners for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Kensington Dog Run, a project made possible through his funding. Comment

Lafayette playground re-opens ahead of schedule

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Mark Treyger says the Lafayette Playground, located on Benson Avenue between Bay 43rd Street and Stillwell Avenue in Gravesend, re-opened on Jul. 25 – four months ahead of the projected completion date. Comment
Brooklyn: The National Bar Association (NBA), the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges held its 94th Annual Conference in New York City during the week of July 21. Comment

Guyanese prepare for Unity March

Guyana: The Guyana Unity Movement (GUM) is setting the stage for an expected monumental Unity March on Church Avenue, Brooklyn, Aug. 11, to send a message, that Guyanese are in support of the Coalition Government for a second term in office. Comment

Myrie hosts rapid response to ICE

Brooklyn: Brooklyn State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie, in collaboration with Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) and City Council Member Carlos Menchaca, on July 17 hosted a rapid response session for community leaders working to protect immigrant communities and keeping families together. Comment
Arts & Theater: After producing “Rebirth” last Labor Day, D’Midas International New York. Inc., is emerging “Out of Africa” for this year’s West Indian American Day Carnival Parade. Comment

Subway stations may soon honor Medgar Evers College

Brooklyn: Two Brooklyn lawmakers are urging Gov. Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill renaming two subway stations in Central Brooklyn in honor of Medgar Evers College. Comments (1)

I-Threes to reunite at Westchester Reggae Festival

Music: Celebrated Reggae Queen Marcia Griffiths and legendary reggae and gospel singer Judy Mowatt, two thirds of the world famous I-Threes, reggae’s most influential female singing group that provided backing vocals for the honorable Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) in the 70’s will reunite for one performance only at the inaugural Westchester Reggae Festival, slated to take place on Labor Day Saturday, Aug. 31 at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Comments (1)
Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams on Wednesday joined representatives from fraternal police organizations in condemning incidents depicted in two videos taken over the weekend showing the dousing of New York Police Department (NYPD) officers with buckets of water. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene said on Monday that he partnered with New York City’s Department of Finance, Environmental Protection and Housing Preservation, as well as local organizations in hosting a lien sale outreach session at Flatbush Library to help residents pay their property tax bills. Comment

Persaud demands Con Ed reimburse residents affected by power outages

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud has asked her Southeast Brooklyn colleagues to join her in calling on Con Edison to reimburse all customers affected by power outages. Comment
St Vincent: The Bronx-based St. Matthias Charities, Inc., on July 13 held another successful annual BBQ fundraiser to help medical institutions, the less fortunate and various communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comment



Music: Caribbean and other residents in South New Jersey and neighboring Philadelphia reveled in the rhythmic sounds of the Caribbean, took in the cornucopia of Caribbean colors and feasted on Caribbean delicacies, among other things, in picture perfect weather on Saturday during the 19h Annual South Jersey Caribbean Festival at Wiggins Park on the Camden, New Jersey waterfront. Comment
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams climbed the steps of City Hall on Friday flanked by an unlikely entourage of yoga gurus, wellness experts, and police union honchos to demand meditation classes for New York’s Finest amid a rash of suicides. Comment

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