Caribbean Life News Update – 24 January 2017

Caribbean Life News Update – 24 January 2017 Caribbean Life

‘A Shared Dream’ concert wows Brooklyn College audience

BY TANGERINE CLARKE

The powerful message of hope, and the legacy of the civil rights movement, rang throu­ghout the audit­orium of the Walt Whitman Theater of Brooklyn College, when Senator, Kevin Parker hosted the 13th Annual “A Shared Dream” celebr­ation, in conjun­ction with the found­ation to honor late iconic leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Chase may keep a man out of prison

BY TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER | BOOKS

Catch me if you can. ……….You might have said that once, giggling. You may have yelled it at a game one after­noon. You said it, maybe, in a flirta­tious manner on some romantic evening. Run, run, run, catch me if you can because, as in “Man on the Run” by Carl Weber, this chase may keep a man out of prison.

Ex-teachers prez welcomes opening of Argyle Interna­tional Airport

BY NELSON A. KING

Jackson Farrell, the long-standing presi­dent of the Brooklyn, New York-based St. Vincent and the Grena­dines’ Ex-Teachers Associ­ation, has joined the vast number of Vincen­tians in the Diaspora and at home in welco­ming the Feb. 14 opening of the Argyle Interna­tional Airport (AIA).

Civil disobe­dience during the prez inaugu­ration

BY TEQUILA MINSKY | NEW YORK

Council Member Jumaane Williams got emoti­onal addre­ssing the press before he and six others sat down in the middle of 5th Ave. at the very moment the presid­ential inaugu­ration was taking place in Washi­ngton DC. on Friday. “My mother is with us,” he said, and they both then hugged.

Jamaican national nabbed with cocaine in beef patties

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

The United States Customs and Border Prote­ction (CBP) agency says officers at New York’s John F. Kennedy Interna­tional Airport have nabbed a Jamaican national with cocaine in beef patties.

Vigil remem­bers Haitian earth­quake

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | NEW YORK

Many Haitian-Ameri­cans commem­orated seven years since Haiti’s devast­ating earth­quake in 2010 at Brooklyn College’s student center on Jan. 12.

Carib­bean RoundUp

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

Grenada

A United States-based company will invest US$58 million in the Grenada tourism industry under the island’s Citize­nship by Inves­tment Program (CIP).

Bichotte conti­nues fight to protect women’s reprod­uctive freedom

BY NELSON A. KING | NEW YORK

Brooklyn Democ­ratic Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte says she has helped pass two critical pieces of legisl­ation to stren­gthen and protect women’s reprod­uctive rights.

Trinidad sets new legal age for marriage

BY AZAD ALI | CARIBBEAN

The Trinidad and Tobago gover­nment has passed legisl­ation to make 18 years the new legal age of marriage— ending decades of child marri­ages.

Another Barbados ratings drop

BY GEORGE ALLEYNE | CARIBBEAN

Barbados’ economy has suffered another bad review, this from a Carib­bean finan­cial rating agency that lowered by one notch the island’s local and foreign currency bond ratings, and placed a negative outlook on them.

1.5 million Haitians face hunger

BY NELSON A. KING | CARIBBEAN

The United Nations says while the number of Haitians facing hunger in areas hardest hit by Hurri­cane Matthew has declined steadily in the three months since the deadly storm ripped through the French-speaking Carib­bean nation, more than 1.5 million people nevert­heless remain food insecure.

The dreams from Obama’s America

BY DINESH SHARMA

Obama will be remem­bered as one of the greatest polit­ical orators of our times.

Adoptee tracks down birth-mom in bitter­sweet biopic

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Saroo (Dev Patel) had the misfo­rtune of being born into poverty in India’s Khandwa district. He lived there with his single-mom, Kamla (Priy­anka Bose), along with his big brother, Guddu (Abhi­shek Bharate), and younger sister, Shekila (Khushi Solanki).

Independent & Foreign Films

BY KAM WILLIAMS | MOVIES

Behemoth (Unra­ted) Eco-docume­ntary illust­rating the devast­ating toll exacted by mining on China’s popul­ation and lands­cape. (In Mandarin with subti­tles)

The Daughter (Unra­ted) Adapt­ation of “The Wild Duck,” Henrik Ibsen’s classic play revol­ving around a man (Paul Schne­ider) who uncovers a dark family secret when he returns home to attend his father’s (Geof­frey Rush) wedding. Featu­ring Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill and Ewen Leslie.

Carib­bean American ex-senator jailed for five years

BY NELSON A. KING

A United States federal district judge in Brooklyn has sente­nced a former Carib­bean American legis­lator to five years in prison after he was convi­cted two years ago for trying to prevent a federal probe and making false state­ments to gover­nment agents.

REGGAE ROOTS

BY ALEXANDRA SIMON | MUSIC & FASHION

Nigerian-American Reggae artist T-Kross is conne­cting the music genre back to its roots. The singer who released his single “Mama,” says he wants to showcase to fans of the genre, where the popular Jamaican sound got its roots.

Mikey General & Karamanti release ‘Back Against The Wall’

MUSIC & FASHION

Dance­hall artist Karam­anti has joined forces with Reggae’s living legend, Mikey General, to send a powerful message to Africans at home and in the diaspora. The message is being sent in the form of a song entitled “Back Against The Wall.”

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