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Pols and advocates rally in New York against gun violence

Manhattan: Elected officials and advocates came together at City Hall last week to kick off Gun Violence Awareness Month, which is observed throughout June. Comment

Garifuna group plans second homecoming to SVG

St Vincent: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says while it is proud to celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month 2018 and the contributions of Caribbean-Americans throughout the United States, it is also pleased to announce the Second Garifuna Homecoming to St. Vincent and the Grenadines in July next year. Comment
Music: It’s June. The month claimed by graduates, fathers, brides and grooms, the LGBT community, Black music and Caribbean nationals as well as numerous groups anxiously anticipating the hottest season of every calendar year. Comment

St. Vincent ex-police group records big membership jump

St Vincent: The president of the Brooklyn-based St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, USA, Ardon Tannis, says his group has “seen record increase” in its honorary membership over the last three years. Comment

Guyanese unite at 52nd Independence Interfaith service

Guyana: Guyanese expatriates of all race and creed, showed unity as they joined hands to pray and give thanks, at an interfaith service to honor Guyana’s 52nd Anniversary of Independence at York College. Comment


Barbados: Armed with a House of Assembly full of her members of parliament, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, spread out the work of cabinet among 27 of them while adding a few more job titles for maximum exploitation of Barbados’ resources. Comment

Classical Antiguan cellist stars at Royal wedding

Music: Let’s face it, even Antiguans will concede that their most known export is their sweet, delicious Antigua Black pineapple. Acclaimed for being the world’s best, the fruit will have to take a backseat to a teenager named Sheku Kanneh-Mason who after a globally televised performance from England on May 19 is now all the rave. The 19-year-old secured the Eastern Caribbean’s coveted pride when he performed three songs at the much talked-about royal wedding of Prince Harry and his bride, the former actress Meghan Markle. Comment

Barbados staying with Caribbean Court of Justice

Barbados: Barbados is not leaving the Caribbean Court of Justice now, anytime soon, or at any stage in the foreseeable future, the island’s new Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, assured on minutes after being sworn into office. Comment
Guyana: Guyanese looked on with pride as the Golden Arrowhead flag was hoisted for the very first time over Brooklyn Borough Hall, during a 52nd Independence Anniversary pomp and ceremony on the tarmac, that included a parade by the disciplined services, blessings by religious leaders, Bishop Cummings, Pandit Deo and Imam Zaman, and singing of “Guyana the Free.” Comment
Caribbean: One of the big takeaway lessons from the Barack Obama campaign for president is his assertive catch-phrase “Yes We Can.” Since his election to the highest political seat in 2008 — any first for many Blacks in America as well as pioneering individuals and groups throughout the world maintain the confidence — building mantra to lay claim to unprecedented goals and achievements. Comment

US House passes Brooklyn Congressman’s prison reform bill

Brooklyn: The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Tuesday to pass the most substantial prison reform effort to date, co-sponsored by Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Comment

More than half of older Caribbeans don’t receive pensions: Report

Caribbean: A new study by two United Nations’ agencies has found that more than half of older persons in Latin America and the Caribbean do not receive a pension from a contributing system. Comment

Celia Bramble celebrates 75th birthday

St Vincent: More than 200 guests Friday night packed the Golden Hall at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Hawthorne Street in Brooklyn in celebrating the 75th birthday of retired Kings County Hospital (KCH) nursing executive Celia Bramble. Comment

Record elections sweep in Barbados

Barbados: Led by Mia Amor Mottley, the Barbados Labour Party swept the polls in the 2018 general elections with numbers declared early Friday morning showing an overwhelming response from the electorate giving the party all 30 of the island’s parliamentary seats. Comment

Brooklyn Borough President launches boroughwide age-friendly survey

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams last week joined the New York Academy of Medicine in launching an age-friendly survey that will be distributed as part of their joint Age-Friendly NYC Neighborhood Initiative. The initiative aims to facilitate the inclusion of older persons across the borough. Comment

Barbadians vote today

Barbadians vote today

Barbados: A total 255 833 people are eligible to vote in Barbados’ General Elections Thursday, casting ballots across 30 constituencies for 135 candidates of whom 37 are women, vying for seats in the nation’s parliament. Comment
Guyana: The news went viral when it was learned that Gibson, an accomplished, award-winning gospel singer, indeed has Guyanese roots from the town of Berbice. Comment
Manhattan: He was a statesman, the ambassador to Haiti from July 1889 to 1891, an orator. He had been a slave in Maryland, and was a committed abolitionist. He authored several books. His words ring as true today as when he wrote them more than 160 years ago. Comment

Calling Guyanese, Caribbean actors for Spike Lee’s ‘See you yesterday’

Movies: Award-winning movie mogul, Spike Lee, of “She’s Got to Have It” and “School Daze” fame, is seeking African American, Afro-Guyanese, Afro-Caribbean adult male and female, 60 - 70 years old to play the grandparents, lead roles. Comment

Brooklyn Assemblywoman calls for passage of strong rent protection law

New York: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Diana C. Richardson has announced her advocacy for the passage of legislation that strengthens rent protections and combats unfair housing practices to increase access to affordable housing for all New Yorkers. Comments (1)
Prior to formation of the Black Lives Movement, emerging terms familiar to Instagram users of the internet identified situations tagged “Shopping While Black,” “Driving While Black,” “Walking While Black,” “Eating While Black” and even “Sleeping While Black.” Comments (1)

UN refugee team to meet with T&T prime minister

Venezuela: United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is sending a team to Trinidad and Tobago to inquire into Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley’s complaint about criticism from its United Nations representative in Trinidad and Tobago on the repatriation of 82 Venezuelans. Comment

Jamaica HS track coach wins prestigious raffle

Jamaica: The Queens-based Team Jamaica Bickle (TJB) has announced that Floyd Howell, assistant coach and a team manager of the Calabar High School track team, is the winner of TJB MANNA (Medical Attention and Nutrition Now for Athletes) raffle. Howell won the grand prize of five days and four nights at the all-inclusive Sandals Jamaica, coupled with a Catamaran Cruise, courtesy Island Routes, — and an $800 travel voucher. Comment

Prospective Caribbean-American priest a shining example

Grenada: A young, prospective Episcopal priest in Brooklyn, of Caribbean parentage, is preaching the right word as she sets a shining example to both youth and adults in the community. The Rev. Leandra Lambert, 29, a Transitional Deacon at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church on Hawthorne Street, will be ordained as a full-fledged Episcopal priest on Sept. 15. Comment

Antigua apologizes to Rastafarian community

Antigua: The government of Antigua and Barbuda was expected Monday to formally apologize before the Organization of American States (OAS) on discrimination against the Rastafarian community, hoping to improve relations with the religious group. Comments (1)
Barbados: Attorneys for Commonwealth citizens living in Barbados out-manoeuvred the island’s electoral authority by getting an urgent appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice and within 48 hours winning the right of these persons to vote in this month’s elections. Comment

Guyana group to honor Maj. Gen. Errol Schwartz

Guyana: The Guyana Unity Movement, Inc. (GUM) will honor Ret. Army Major General Errol Schwartz, of Guyanese lineage, who was appointed by George W. Bush, and served in the Obama Administration at its Honor Our Veterans Black Tie Gala, saluting past and present Guyanese members and Guyanese / American Law Enforcement Officers. Comment

Panel to examine Haitian Diaspora and history

Haiti: The Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a panel featuring two Haitian-American speakers who are going to discuss Haitian identity and history in observation of Haitian Heritage Month on May 23. The society is hosting the discussion “Celebrating Haitian History,” and bringing together journalist and founder of the Haitian Times, Garry Pierre-Pierre, and professor and scholar Dr. Carolle Charles. Comment

Former Vincy teachers wed after 47 years apart

St Vincent: They were young teachers and lovers at the same elementary school in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, but, after going their separate ways for 47 years, they reunited to wed each other Saturday at an elegant ceremony at a quaint church in Philadelphia. Comments (1)

Burke appeals for unity in Guyanese community

Guyana: Even as the Guyanese community in New York is receiving what has been described as unprecedented outpouring of support from United States federal, state and city officials for Guyana’s 52nd Independence Anniversary celebration in New York, chairman the Guyana Independence Celebration Committee (New York), Rickford Burke, is appealing for unity among his compatriots in the United States. Comment
Haiti: Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte has said the largest Haitian-American Unity Day was held on May 7 in the New York State’s capitol. Comment

Honoring outstanding West Indians

Viewpoints: LANCE GIBBS-FORMER WORLD RECORD HOLDER! At a time when the West Indian sporting public endures disappointment after disillusion, defeat after humiliation, bowlers like Lancelot Richard Gibbs remind us of the cricketing legacy, professionalism and pride players like him bequeathed to the Caribbean nation, and indeed, to the world-so sadly lacking today. It is a testament to his greatness and professionalism that Lance would have been an asset in any form of the game today. Comment



Music: An evening of Haitian culture and pride, starting at 8 pm, will take place May 20 at SOBs in Manhattan to commemorate the 215th anniversary of Haiti’s flag, the symbol of the first free Black Republic in the Western Hemisphere. Comment

‘Echos from the Plantation’ chronicles Indians in Guyana

Movies: “Echos from the Plantation,” a docudrama that chronicles 180 years of East Indians in Guyana, and draws parallel between Indian and African indentured workers who braved inhumane conditions at the hands of slave masters, received rave reviews at its first screening in Brooklyn. Comment

Caribbean judge receives Lifetime Achievement Award

St Vincent: The Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association (BWBA), the oldest incorporated Women’s Bar Association in New York State, Wednesday night bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on a Caribbean-born judge in Brooklyn. Justice Sylvia Gwendolyn Ash, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago to Vincentian and Grenadian parents, received the award during BWBA’s Centennial Awards Gala Celebration at the Liberty Warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Comment

Pols to host annual Garifuna Legislative Day in Albany

Bronx: The Bronx-based Garífuna Coalition USA, Inc. says several state senators and assembly members will on Tuesday host a Garífuna delegation during the 8th Annual Garífuna-American Legislative Day in Albany. Comment

Belize principal pledges to return to Penn Relays

Belize: After creating history by becoming the first country in Central and South America to compete in the illustrious Penn Relays in more than 80 years, the principal of the Belize high school that participated in last month’s relays carnival has pledged to be back. Comment

Suriname legislators blast handling of fishing vessels attack

Suriname: Legislators from both sides of Suriname’s parliament Thursday night roasted authorities for the apparent lackluster way in which the April 27 barbaric attack on fishing vessels off the country’s coast was handled and called for a complete review of the sector including the release of millions to the coastguard and police to improve their capabilities. Comment

Interpol busts human trafficking ring operating in 13 Caribbean countries

Venezuela: An Interpol-coordinated operation to bust an international human trafficking ring in 13 Caribbean countries, as well as Central and South America resulted in 350 women being rescued last month. Comment
Bronx: It was a day of pride and pageantry at the 6th annual Harlem Derby, “stylish and stunning” everywhere you looked, was the theme of the day. Mint Julep’s, tasty hors d’oeuvres and good vibes flowed freely, as we listen to Blues, Jazz and Soul by Choclattjared & The Swagga Band who played at the bar of the Red Rooster Restaurant while down stairs in Ginny’s Supper Club The Waiters of Happyness Band performed. Comment


Music: Jamaican gospel artiste Croswell Daily was the major act at the recent annual gala fundraising dinner of the Bronx-based Vincentian group, St. Matthias Charities, Inc. Comment


Guyana: Eventually, the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) which had governed Guyana between 1992 and 2015 will allege that the administration of President David Granger is systematically bringing criminal corruption charges against its former cabinet ministers and top executives so as to deliberately win convictions and cripple them from participating in the 2020 general elections. Comment

Guyana mayor to be grand marshal

Guyana: The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) says Georgetown, Guyana mayor Patricia Chase-Green will be grand marshal of the annual Guyanese Independence Parade in Brooklyn on June 3, 2018. Comment

Kingsbrook Jewish honors 251 employees

Health: Kingsbrook Medical Center, a teaching hospital in Brooklyn, on May 1 honored over 250 employees from 25 departments for their “dedicated service” at a grand celebration at the hospital’s Lillian Minkin Ballroom. Comment

‘Mask Fo So’ for SVG Connect

Arts & Theater: Verna Arthur, the Brooklyn-based founder and bandleader of the two-year-old SVG Connect, says it will be “Mask Fo So” for this year’s J’Ouvert in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Comments (1)

Parks commissioner works on his pickleball skills

Sports: Commissioner Mitch Silver doesn’t mind a little sweat. That’s appropriate given that this Haitian-descent New Yorker is the NYC Parks Commissioner. Comment

Contrasts in Barbados elections launch

Barbados: The main contenders in Barbados’ elections launched their campaigns in contrasting styles with Barbados Labour Party advocating plans covering from young to old, while the incumbent Democratic Labour Party focussed on the failings of BLP leader Mia Mottley. Comment
Guyana: Consul General of Guyana to New York, Hon. Barbara Atherly, called on Guyanese to unite and uphold the motto of their country “One People, One Nation, with One Destiny” during the screening of “Echoes of the Plantation” — a movie commemorating 180 years of East Indians in Guyana. Comment

Reggae fans mark Marley’s passing in ‘81

Music: May 11 marks 37 years since the untimely passing of the only Rastafarian, songwriter, legend, musician and world acclaimed superstar from the Caribbean. Comment

Garifuna Coalition head wants safeguards for Garifuna culture in NYC

St Vincent: The head of the Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc., José Francisco Ávila, wants the Garifuna culture in New York City to be safeguarded. Comment
Guyana: Deputy Inspector, Rhonda O’Reilly-Bovell received resounding applause when she stepped on to the stage at Hunter College, to be inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, and presented with a certificate, during a May 4, ceremony in the school’s West wing in Manhattan. Comment
Brooklyn: The large turn out at Senator Kevin Parker’s 11th Annual Prom Dress Giveaway last Saturday, May 5, was a clear indication that the initiative continues to motivate youth, who had an exciting time picking out formal attire for prom night, before heading off to college. Comment

Early stage: East Flatbush school services special needs

Brooklyn: In East Flatbush, a state-funded school that services young children for early intervention is the primary school for residents looking for a facility that caters to young children with special needs. The State University of New York’s (SUNY) Infant and Child Learning Center pays special attention to their students, and providing preventative measures to ensure children of special needs have a proper educational environment. Comment

CTO launches ‘Regional Tourism Education and Awareness campaign’

Travel: The Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) says it officially launched a “Regional Tourism Education and Awareness Campaign” on Monday to foster discussion on climate resilience and sustainability on both the regional and international stage. Comment

Antigua PM expresses sadness at Canada killings

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne says he has written to Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressing sadness over the killing of 10 people and the injuring of 14 others during a van attack in Toronto on April 23. Comment

T&T under fire for deportation of 82 Venezuelans

Venezuela: The Trinidad and Tobago government has come under fire over the deportation of 82 Venezuelans — asylum seekers among them. Comment

May is Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month

Music: The Bronx-based Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. says it is celebrating Garifuna Arts & Culture Appreciation Month in New York City during the month of May in honor of the 17th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) proclamation of the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, on May 18, Comments (1)

Jamaican actress to play Meghan Markle

Arts & Theater: Actress Parisa Fitz-Henley, who was cast in the role of Meghan Markle in the May 13, Lifetime Television movie “Prince Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance” has a connection to the Guyanese community. Comment

Vincy Penn Relays pioneer praised for initiative

St Vincent: Patrons and supporters continue to shower praise on the man, who, over the past eight years, has been instrumental in ensuring that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is represented at the annual Penn Relays Carnival in Philadelphia. Comment


Suriname: Guyana’s annual May 1,st labor day holiday celebrations were marred by news that 16 fishermen, most of them believed to be Guyanese, were missing and feared dead following a horrendous high seas attack off the coast of neighboring Suriname late Friday. Comment

Perry applauds court ruling on DACA

Immigration: Brooklyn Democratic Assemblyman Nick Perry has applauded the latest ruling by a United States federal district court judge blocking the Trump administration’s decision to terminate a program for young, undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. Comment
St Vincent: The president of the Brooklyn-based Vincentian group Friends of Sion Hill, Inc., enthusiastically proclaimed the organization’s theme, “Empowering our community through service” at its third annual black tie dinner, held at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center. Comment

Hope receives Bajan cricket award

Barbados: Fresh from being named one of Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year recently at Lords in London, Shai Hope has earned another prestigious honor, the Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) President’s award. Comment
Guyana: Founder of the Me Too movement, activist Tarana Burke will be among several Guyanese women, who will receive the Women of Mission International (WOMI) Award for meritorious contributions they have made through their professional duties and service to their community. Comment
Music: The most diverse borough of the five that comprise New York City is jazzing up its attractions with a plethora of tributes to Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, one of Queens’ most iconic musicians and the song he is acclaimed for gifting in its honor — “What A Wonderful World.” Comment

Memorable May days ahead

Memorable May days ahead

Now that the lingering frost has finally thawed, buds, blossoms and blooms provide irresistibly conspicuous colorful pink and purple pastels that usher an awakening from nature’s extended hibernation and a season of prolonged days of intolerable weather conditions. Comment
Brooklyn: A Bedford-Stuyvesant doctor was the guest of honor at the monthly “Conversations in Gallery” at the Richard Beavers Gallery in Bedford-Stuyvesant on April 19. Dr. Robert Gore is a physician at Kings County Hospital, and a community leader who uses his experience in the medical field to give back to his community. The monthly event, which is hosted by C. Zawadi Morris of BK Reader, brings forth local community leaders who work in various professions to the forefront — and spotlights someone once a month to discuss his or her experiences and dedication to community work. Comment

Keen contest for new Barbados bishop

Barbados: Election of a Barbados Anglican bishop ended in a stalemate Wednesday as the last two candidates each earned the backing of only one of the two houses of the Anglican synod, but rules state that the winner must be selected by both. Comment

Outstanding Bajans honored

Barbados: Last Saturday saw an evening of glitz and glamor when Barbados Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, placed on nine outstanding Barbadians insignias representing their recognition by the Queen of England in the 2018 New Year Honors list. Comment

SVG ex-police group honors outstanding four

St Vincent: The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ex-Police Association, USA, Inc. Saturday night honored three outstanding nationals and a corporate entity during its annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Guyanese-born NYPD officer to be inducted

Guyana: Rhonda OReilly-Bovell, who after migrating to the U.S. just 28 years ago at age 16, is the commanding officer of the 7th Precinct on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and president of the Guyanese American Law Enforcement Association (GALEA) Comments (2)
National: She’s now on to premium television! A Brooklyn comedienne and founder and organizer of the borough’s annual Kwanzaa Crawl, recently landed a role as a writer on a new HBO late night show. East Flatbush native Kerry Coddett is a staff writer on “Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas,” a show that tackles police brutality and various pressing global subjects. Comments (1)

Richardson condemns bias Crown Heights attack

Brooklyn: This past weekend a 50-year-old Jewish man was said to be physically beaten and choked in the afternoon on Rutland Road and Schenectady Avenue in Brooklyn after heading home from a local synagogue. Comment
St Vincent: New York City Council last Thursday honored Vincentian community leader James Cordice during a gala celebration at City Hall in commemoration of Garifuna-American Heritage Month. Comment

Greatness can be achieved through community service: Caribbean lawyer

St Vincent: A Caribbean lawyer in Brooklyn says greatness can be achieved through community service. “We can empower our community through service. What, a remarkable way to become great!” said Vincentian-born Curlina Edwards in delivering the keynote address Saturday night at the third Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony of the Vincentian group, Friends of Sion Hill, at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn. Comment

Richardson denies making anti-Semitic remarks

Haiti: Brooklyn Assembly Member Diana Richardson has vehemently denied making anti-Semitic remarks at a community board meeting in her district, as a firestorm envelops over her alleged remarks. Comment

Brooklyn group honors five at third annual gala

St Vincent: The three-year-old Friends of Sion Hill, a Brooklyn-based Vincentian group, last Saturday night honored four individuals and an organization for their outstanding service to the community. Comment

Dr. Joy Wilson tells her story through spiritual inspiration

Guyana: Dr. Joy Wilson is a vivacious speaker. She captivates her audience with her compelling story about the challenges she faced as a child, and her struggles to get to the top. Comments (2)

Bichotte honors five ‘Women of Distinction’

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte on March 8 honored five outstanding women at her third annual event, bestowing on them the “Women of Distinction” Award. Comment

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