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Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

It’s Sir Charles now

It’s Sir Charles now

Barbados: For years they partnered to create a legendary and formidable duo driving terror and trepidation into batsmen across the world, now his nation has seen it fit to knight Charlie Griffith placing him on the same pedestal as Sir Wesley Hall. Comment

Bichotte gives thanks for ‘new place’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte recently opened her new office on Flatbush Avenue, giving thanks to all who helped in her move. Comment

‘Golden’ legacy will feed enduring nourishment

Jamaica: Back in another century, the government of Jamaica campaigned with encouragement to nationals to support local businesses. “Be Jamaican buy Jamaican” advanced a mantra everyone could relate to despite the onslaught of foreign made importations into the tiny island. Comment

Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

Independent & Foreign Films

People: The Ballad of Lefty Brown (R for profanity and violence) Bill Pullman assumes the title role in this Western, set on the plains of Montana, about an aging cowboy who enlists the assistance of a young gunslinger (Diego Josef) and a lawman (Tommy Flanagan) to track down the outlaws responsible for the gruesome murder of his friend, a newly-elected U.S. Senator (Peter Fonda). Cast includes Jim Caviezel, Kathy Baker and Joseph Lee Anderson. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017

Movies: “You Are Not Alone” an award-winning documentary that traces the struggles and depression black gay men experience in their communities, and narrated by young black professionals, was screened at a Dec. 1, World Aids Day vigil, and educational presentations at the Queens Community House in Kew Gardens. Comment

Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

Williams honors Kaepernick with City Council proclamation

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane D. Williams has presented former National Football League (NFL) quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick with a New York City Council proclamation honoring him for his “commitment to protesting the systemic oppression of and police brutality toward people of color.” Comment

Eugene adds voice to chorus of shock, sadness over Hawthorne’s death

Jamaica: Brooklyn Council Member Dr. Mathieu Eugene as added his voice to a chorus of shock and sadness across the United States and in the Caribbean over the death of Golden Krust founder and chief executive officer Lowell Hawthorne. Comments (1)
Haiti: Haiti Cherie, Pride, Love and Commitment attracted a good-looking, tony crowd that mingled in the expansive West 57th space. After a few drinks (thanks to Moet Hennessey), one might even forget you’re in Mosafer, a luxury luggage shop. But, the purpose of the evening was very clear. Comment

Jamaican actress lands role in new musical

Arts & Theater: She’s on her way up. Jamaican American theater actress Dianne Dixon landed a role in the debut off-Broadway musical show “Falling in Love With Mr. Dellamort,” at the Slipper Room in Manhattan starting Dec. 6. In the show, Dixon takes on a role vastly different from her off-stage personality, and the other parts she has done in mostly Caribbean-centric theater, she said. Comment

Sprint king coaches Aussies

People: Australian cricketers recently sought help from retired sprint king Usain Bolt to boost their running between the wickets for the Ashes Test series against England. The Jamaican track superstar, the world record holder in the l00-meter and 200-meter and eight-time Olympic Champion, is working with the Australian batsmen to improve their “explosiveness” off the mark. Comment

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017

Brooklyn: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio dared the community to find another homestead in Brooklyn with more decorations than that of Frank Seddio Esp., who for the past 45 years has brought holiday magic to the corner of E 93rd Street and Flatlands Avenue, in Canarsie, Brooklyn. Comment

Barbados PM hits back at CCJ

Barbados: Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart might have picked a fight with the Caribbean Court of Justice when he accused the region’s highest court of slandering the island. Comment

Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association’s day of giving

Guyana: The Queen’s College of Guyana Alumni Association (NY), Inc. (“QCAANY”) will spread Christmas cheer during a Day of Giving and Celebrating at Calvary’s Mission Food Pantry in Richmond Hill, where volunteers will help to distribute food to the community at 7 am on Dec. 9. Comment

Former T&T PM receives women award

Trinidad and Tobago: Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was honored on Saturday (Dec. 2, 2017) in the Bahamas with a “Women in Distinction” Award. Comment

Old Time Grand Market brings Caribbean-style Christmas to Canarsie

Arts & Theater: It’s a home away from home for the holidays. The fifth annual Old Time Grand Market returns this year, and it is coming to Brooklyn for the first time, at the Holy Family Church in Canarsie on Dec. 10. The formerly Queens-based festival is a yearly event that boasts of recreating Caribbean-style holiday traditions to soothe the longing for home during a time where people are celebrating their cultural customs, said the organizer. Comment

CHRISTMAS SERENADE

CHRISTMAS SERENADE

Music: Several members of the Caribbean community on Thanksgiving Saturday joined the United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn (UVCGB) in participating in the group’s annual Christmas Serenade at the Fellowship Hall of the Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownville section of Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

Vincy activist’s death overshadows gala luncheon

St Vincent: The death of popular Vincentian community activist and United Nations Development Officer Maxwell Haywood overshadowed the gala 8th Annual Luncheon Sunday of the Brooklyn-based group VincyCares at El Caribe Country Club in Brooklyn. Comment
Jamaica: The Association of Black Women Lawyers (ABWL) of New Jersey has a new president. New Jersey lawyer Carolyn Chang was elected for the post and sworn in as the head of the organization last month. Having spent more than two decades with the club and holding various titles, she is now eager to take on her new duties and says this appointment is a high point in her career. Comment

Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017

Golden Krust founder commits suicide at factory

Jamaica: The founder and chief executive officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill, Jamaican Lowell Hawthorne, killed himself inside his Bronx factory Saturday, reports say. Comment
Jamaica: Jamaicans residing throughout the USA are reeling from the Saturday afternoon shocker that Lowell Hawthorne had committed suicide. Disbelief temporarily pacified many who could not grasp reality that the acclaimed Patty King and founder and Chief Executive Officer of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill died from two self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Comments (1)

UWI vice chancellor: Blame it on IMF

Books: Cricket is not played just on the field, it begins in the community from which players emerge, and the Caribbean environment has been producing individuals who put self before country, said historian Hilary Beckles. Comment

Afro Jamaican queen wins natural acclaim

Fashion: Dec. 1 was designated Afro Friday in Jamaica. In honor of Miss Jamaica Universe contestant and second runner-up Davina Bennett who bested third from a field of 92 beauty queens in the recent Miss Universe pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, the day celebrated pride in wearing natural and unprocessed hairstyles. Comment

Lord Nelson statute defaced in Barbados

Barbados: Apparently having had enough of the talking and calls for its removal, an unknown person or group splashed the Nelson Statue in paint the colours of the national flag to greet Barbadians one day before the 51st anniversary of independence. Comment

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

‘Specific steps’ to help battered Caribbean women

People: The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) are urging health services in Latin America and the Caribbean to take “specific steps” to respond to violence against women and help prevent its future occurrences, if they are equipped with the tools and training they need. Comment

Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017

Vincy community activist Haywood passes

St Vincent: Just four days before he was to be honored by a Vincentian group in Brooklyn, popular Vincentian community activist Maxwell Haywood died on Wednesday after ailing for some time. Comment

Wes Hall tribute coming

Barbados: A monument will soon adorn a yet to be named location in Barbados honouring one of the island’s and West Indies’ path-breaking fast bowlers, Wesley Winfield Hall. Comment

Friday, Dec. 1, 2017

People: The New York-based Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) is appealing for financial aid to support its bid for reparations for African Americans. Comment

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Perry honors outstanding 11

Perry honors outstanding 11

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembyman Nick Perry recently honored 11 outstanding community figures at his 25th Anniversary Award Gala at Paradise Catering Hall on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Comment

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Vincentian diplomat recalled after fracas

St Vincent: As St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves on Monday recalled diplomat Sehon Marshall “for consultation” after he allegedly punched his newly-appointed diplomat wife in her face early Friday morning, the couple’s Brooklyn neighbors have choice words for Marshall, according to reports. Comment

Barbados speaker before law court, again

Barbados: A client dragged him before the court in 2014 demanding money, now three years later Speaker of the Parliament of Barbados, Michael Carrington, again finds himself in the Supreme Court accused of withholding someone’s money. Comment
Music: Entertainer Courtney Noel, an award-winning lyricist, producer and writer of one of Guyana’s most loved songs, “Arrowhead!” (I Love my Golden Arrowhead) said he was very privileged to sit in on a discussion that involved the United Nations endeavoring to partner with Hollywood to showcase elements of topics including human trafficking, with actress Serinda Swan, of HBO’s show ”Ballers,” and Marvel’s “Inhumans.” Comment

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