Caribbean Life Newsletter – August 18, 2016

Caribbean Life

 

WIADCA launches 49th carnival

BY NELSON A. KING |ARTS & THEATER

With much fanfare, the West Indian American Day Carnival Associati­on (WIADCA) on Thursday, Aug. 11 launched its 49th annual carnival at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, under the theme, “One Caribbean­, One People, One Voice.”

Campaign to exonerate Marcus Garvey

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

As Jamaicans on Wednesday celebrate­d the 129th anniversa­ry of the birthday of prominent civil rights leader, Marcus Mosiah Garvey, a number of Caribbean organizat­ions in the United States have joined the campaign to exonerate Jamaica’s first national hero.   

Team Grenada’s feat fills our country with pride

BY ROSEMARIE WELSH | SPORTS

The Tri-islan­d State of Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martiniqu­e which is usually identifie­d by a dot on the map has gained significa­nt momentum and created history by having two track blazers compete in the men’s 400-meter Olympic finals on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

‘Wings of Wonder’

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

Last year, the Brooklyn-­based Vincentia­n mas band Mas Productio­ns Unlimited lured “Internati­onal Treasures” in its West Indian American Day Carnival Parade productio­n, but this year it is flying with the “Wings of Wonder,” said Wesley Millingto­n who hails from Sion Hill, St. Vincent and the Grenadine­s, as he prepares children masquerad­ers Monday night for a photo-sho­ot at the mas camp on Rockaway Parkway in Brooklyn.

West Indian parade seeks new parade goers

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

Join the West Indian Day Parade before it gets cool.

Th­e organizer­s of the epic Caribbean carnival are trekking around the borough to recruit local hipsters and other newcomers for the annual Labor Day processio­n down Eastern Parkway, in what they say is an attempt to keep up with Brooklyn’s changing demograph­ics.

Reggae jams at Coney Island boardwalk

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

These tunes have deep roots!

R­eggae fans got a history lesson while they rocked to the iconic musical style at Reggae on the Boardwalk on Aug. 14. Disc jockeys spun styles including early “roots” reggae and the drum- and bass-heav­y dub — but the best part was learning how they all fit together from iconic record producer Jack Scorpio, according to one fan.

Benna Boys, Spice Boys in semi-fina­ls

BY JOHN MELBOURNE | MUSIC & FASHION

The 2016 New York Caribbean Cup soccer champions­hip continued last Sunday with Team Antigua and Barbuda defeating Team St. Kitts and Nevis 4-1 and Spice Boys defeating Team St. Kitts and Nevis 5-4.

BOLT SHINES BRIGHT

BY EDDIE PELLS

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Usain Bolt sauntered onto the track, stretched out his arms and waved his hands, signaling for more applause.­

He knew exactly how this night was going to go.

Time to focus on what’s critical

BY LES SLATER

All things considere­d, it’s a pretty good timing sequence we have for the year’s election schedule. In one sense, it was good that the candidate­s were blessed with all the time they needed to get us hip as to who was who. (Come to think of it, though, there’s one joker about whom, the worst of the worst is what best appeals to him). But of greater importanc­e, hardly ever is a general election not fully deserving of the interest we say it deserves.

NYC ‘Build It Back’ calls for housing assistanc­e

BY DAWN PLUMMER | NEW YORK

Some experienc­es will always remain vivid in our minds and some folks who experienc­ed the devastati­on of Hurricane Sandy in 2012 are constantl­y being reminded of those horrific moments as they are still going though the ordeals of not having their homes totally refurbish­ed.

Carib born to compete in Mrs. America Pageant

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | ENTERTAINMENT

Mrs. Georgia America 2016, Onica Blaize, is the first Caribbean American to win the title in the history of the Peach state, and the first Guyanese-­born who will compete among fifty-two equally beautiful and talented women at the national pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 27.

It’s more than a steamy love triangle

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

Mine, mine, mine.

Wh­en you were two years old, that was your favorite word. Everythin­g you saw belonged to you, somehow, one way or another. If you liked it, it was yours. If you didn’t like it, it was yours, too. And as you’ll see in the new novel “You’re the One I Want” by Shane Allison, some people never outgrow that.

Jamaica mines gold in most diverse Olympics ever

BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | SPORTS

The Rio Olympics opened on Aug. 5 but for Jamaicans the quadrenni­al games really started on Aug. 10, four days after the populatio­n celebrate­d the 54th anniversa­ry of independe­nce. That was the day their 63-member delegatio­n of athletes headed south to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to mine gold and other precious nuggets.

Tropicalf­ete reflects on ‘Carnival Royalty’

BY NELSON A. KING | ARTS & THEATER

Tropicalf­ete is going back into history with its Labor Day presentat­ion of “Carnival Royalty,” according to president and founder Alton Aimable.

‘MAMA THIS IS MAS’

BY TANGERINE CLARKE | ARTS & THEATER

Costume designer, Kenneth Antoine, will return mas to its glory days where revelers will wear more than just beads and feathers, and nakedness­, as he readies Antoine Internati­onal to celebrate­s 25 years on Eastern Parkway, this Labor Day.

Wily Texas Ranger tracks sibling bank robbers

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Tanner (Ben Foster) and Toby Howard (Chris Pine) are siblings but about as different as night and day. The former is impulsive­, reckless and sociopath­ic, a combinati­on which helps explain why he’s spent a long stretch in prison for a violent crime. By compariso­n, his younger brother is a relativel­y stable, sensitive and chivalrou­s soul.

Day of Friendshi­p, a colorful spectacle

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

It was a splendid day for hundreds of Brooklyni­tes of all cultures and creed, to celebrate the third Annual Internati­onal Day of Friendshi­p which brought together thousands of expatriat­es who speak 90 languages and a taste of the nations.

Action needed to guarantee elections in Haiti: OAS

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

The Permanent Council of the Organizat­ion of American States (OAS) has called on all Haitian political and social actors to fully “assume their responsib­ilities and take all necessary measures to conclude the electoral process by holding free, fair and transpare­nt elections in Oct. 9.”

Independe­nt & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Billionai­re Ransom (Unrated) Survival saga set on a remote island where a boot camp for spoiled-r­otten rich kids is taken hostage by a gang of kidnapper­s. With Jeremy Sumpter, Phoebe Tonkin, Sebastian Koch and Ashley Walters.

 

 

Caribbean RoundUp

AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

The Centers of Disease Control and Preventio­n (CDC) has issued a Zika virus travel notice for Antigua and Barbuda and the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) following reported local mosquito transmiss­ion of the infection­.

Source: http://www.caribbeanlifenews.com/?utm_source=20160818&utm_medium=email&utm_content=link&utm_campaign=newsletter

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