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Eight Caribbean beauties in NY beauty pageant

Fashion: Eight Caribbean Community (CARICOM) beauties will compete for the 2018 Miss New York Continental Cultural Pageant crown at the George Wingate High School auditorium in Brooklyn on Jun. 23. Comment
Barbados: Not too long after the Barbados Labour Party bounded home to a resounding victory in the general elections, the veneer of unity and togetherness was shattered by the defection of a stalwart to become the official opposition. Comment

Trini soca star rising

Music: Young Trinidad and Tobago soca star Nailah Blackman has been nominated for one of the 2018 Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) Awards — the Viewers’ Choice: Best New International Act. To have a good chance, she would need the help of all Trindad and Tobago by voting and hashtagging her picture #ipicknailahb18. The awards show comes off on June 24 at 8 pm. Comment

Bourdain’s love of Jamaica’s Oxtail and Curried Goat

Food: Four years ago, late world-renowned chef and host of CNN’s Parts Unknown, Anthony Bourdain said, “I love the food in this country. I must have Oxtail, whether in the Bronx or in Kingston.” These were endearing words uttered by the storyteller and adventurer, while filming his series in Jamaica. Comment
Jamaica: While United States media outlets have been damning the abrupt ending of the G7 Summit in Quebec, Canada and the fact President Donald Trump abbreviated talks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Jamaicans are celebrating the fact that the tiny island distinguished itself as the only English-speaking Caribbean country invited to join the talks with leaders of France, USA, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy and Canada. Comment
Guyana: It is possible to enhance the image of your country by contributing to the development of another, was the message delivered to Guyanese in Barbados as they observed their country’s 52nd independence anniversary. Comment
Music: The color purple was in vogue last Saturday in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn where a free, mass concert / celebration of Prince Rogers Nelson billed “Purple People Party 3” hosted by actor / director Spike Lee marked the 60th anniversary birthday of the Minneapolis native who died three years ago from an opiod overdose. Comment

Students, elected officials rally for summer jobs

Manhattan: A coalition of students joined elected officials and advocacy groups on the steps of City Hall on Thursday to support the Summer Youth Employment Program and to call for increased investment to allow for the expansion of the program. Comment

Councilman Williams saddened by ‘bigoted agenda’ after Supreme Court ruling

Brooklyn: Brooklyn Council Member Jumaane Williams says he’s disheartened by some extremists’ “bigoted agenda” in light of Monday’s ruling by the United States Supreme Court in favor of a Colorado baker who had refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Comment

St. Vincent and Grenadines Consul General to Mechanics: ‘Set your buckets down’

St Vincent: In quoting the late, renowned United States writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consul General to the United States, Howie Prince, has challenged Mechanics worldwide to “set your buckets where you are.” In delivering the feature address Sunday – at the annual luncheon, of the Brooklyn-based Independent United Order of Mechanics (IUOM), Friendly Society, Western Hemisphere, Inc. – Prince said the fraternal organization is as relevant today as the umbrella body was in 1757, when it was founded. Comment

Dr. Gerard Leotaud: New at LaSante

Health: Things are looking up at LaSante and they’re starting from way back down. Now servicing specialty footcare needs, their podiatry division is now open. Patients already feel at ease when entering the state of the art facility and its expansive waiting rooms. Comment

History in Barbados’ Catholic church

Barbados: A Barbadian made religious history this week by moving from the elevated position of an Anglican priest to be ordinated as a Catholic priest. Comment

Antigua is first Caribbean country to ratify Inter-American Convention against Racism

Antigua: Antigua and Barbuda last week became the first Caribbean country to ratify the Inter-American Convention against Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Forms of Intolerance. Comments (1)

Jamaican wins Vincy crown

Fashion: A Jamaica, Queens-based Jamaican national who worships at Miracle Temple Ministries in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn was crowned on Saturday the 2018 “Miss United Vincie Cultural Group of Brooklyn.” Comment
Books: A Queens-based illustrator and author celebrates Caribbean folklore and Trinidadian carnival in his children’s book, “The Carnival Prince.” In the book, creator Daniel O’Brien highlights the mythical entities and traditional stories he heard growing up, all through the perspective of a young protagonist on an adventure. He also to wanted to revisit all the tales he knew, and repurpose them into a digestible content. Comment

Prince to Mechanics: ‘Set your buckets down where you are’

St Vincent: In quoting the late, renowned United States writer and civil rights activist W.E.B. DuBois, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Consul General to the United States, Howie Prince, has challenged Mechanics worldwide to “set your buckets where you are.” Comment
Barbados: Throughout the elections campaign, and even earlier, Barbados Labour Party Leader, Mia Mottely, had been talking of financial mismanagement in public office, but what she saw since becoming prime minister has shocked the island’s new leader. Comment

Guyanese suspect charged in high seas mass murder

Suriname: Using a special clause in Guyanese law allowing prosecutors to indict someone for a piracy attack in another country, local police have charged a fisherman with murder committed in the neighboring Caribbean Community nation of Suriname late last month that killed 15 of 20 crewmen. Comment
The annual Anchor Awards, upcoming this fall in New York, will honor three top leaders in the global maritime industry — Michael Bayley, president and chief executive officer of Royal Caribbean International; Roland Malins-Smith, founder and retired president of Seafreight Line Ltd; and Rick Murrell, SVP managing director, Saltchuk Resources and chairman Tropical Shipping. Comment
Music: Caribbean Life’s Associate Editor Grenadian-born Kevin Williams was among three outstanding community figures honored last Sunday at the first award ceremony of the Brooklyn-based Grenadian cultural group Quake USA. Comment

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