Queens boasts residents from 120 countries who speak more than 135 languages and it celebrates its immigrant diversity.
In this unique borough, the Queens Ambassador Awards—sponsored by Caribbean Life’s sister Times Ledger newspapers—recognized and honored the invaluable contributions of its immigrants. Last week’s Awards ceremony at LaGuardia Plaza Hotel brought together honorees, families and friends in an event that rivals the United Nations. Comment
Despite students of the 170-year-old St. Rose’s High School in Georgetown, Guyana continue to excel in their academic pursuits, headmistress of three years, Mrs. Paula Hamilton, said moral values are seriously lacking in the school, and are calling on parents to play a greater role, so that students remain disciplined in the schoolhouse. Comment
Prominent author, columnist and educator, Dr. Dhanpaul Narine, was the grand marshall of the annual Diwali motorcade along Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill, Queens, against the backdrop of colorful costumes, multicolored lights and music during the “Hindu Festival of Lights,” on Saturday, Oct. 14. Comment
Trinidad and Tobago:
When 50-year-old Trinidad and Tobago native Allison Alexis was diagnosed with breast cancer after a routine mammogram in March 2001, she immediately underwent lumpectomy surgery and started chemotherapy — 33 segments of radiation treatment. Comment
Chairman of the Center for International Migration and Integration, Israeli national, Arnon Mantver, told a wide cross-section of the Guyanese diaspora on Sept. 23, that education, cultural identity, volunteerism and NGO participation were important in drafting a strategy. Comment
Arts & Theater:
It’s more than just hair.
At the inaugural Hair Nation Expo in Queens on Oct. 9, Connecticut-based playwright Alicia Thompson will be debuting her play surrounding stories about black women and their hair at the Black Spectrum Theatre. In her one-woman play “I Am My Hair,” a counter spin to the popular song by soul artist India Arie, Thompson reflects on how several girls and women perceive their hair and overall themselves, while examining the environments they live in and the reasonings behind their choices, said Thompson. Comment
A generous concert for home.
Several Caribbean artists performed at a hurricane relief benefit concert in Queens on Sept. 17.
Headlining the show were soca artists Lyrikal and Kerwin Du Bois, and there were also appearances by other singers and performers. The concert was organized by the Caribbean American Center of New York (CACNY) and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA) to gather well-known entertainers from the region to for an effective fundraiser, said the executive director of CACNY. Comment