Caribbean Life News Update – 7 March 2017
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BY TANGERINE CLARKE | MOVIES
Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Timehri Film Festival (TFF) that will be held from May 31 to June 4, in Georgetown, Guyana. The deadline for submission for film consideration is April 15, according to organizers of the film festival, who want to ensure there is ample opportunity for film viewing.
BY TANGERINE CLARKE | MUSIC
For more than 20 years, commanding pianist, Hugh Sam has shared his talents and inspired many along his path of excellence. But on Feb. 17, many more had the great opportunity to experience his genius when he paid tribute to late, great, composer, George Gershwin, whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres.
BY NELSON A. KING | MUSIC
Barbados’ pop-singing sensation Rihanna has received Harvard University’s Humanitarian of the Year Award.
“So, I finally made it to Harvard,” said the Grammy Award-winning artist — whose full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty — after receiving the Ivy League college’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year award.
BY NELSON A. KING | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
As the Donald Trump administration in the United States intensifies the deportation of Caribbean and other migrants, a Dominica Republic newlywed national with a baby on the way has been hit with a surprise arrest at his routine check-in meeting with immigration officials, according to reports.
BY VINETTE K. PRYCE | MANHATTAN
Two top law enforcement officials are slated to hold separate meeting with Rev. Al Sharpton. President Donald Trump’s choice appointment of Jeff Sessions for the position of attorney general and President Barack Obama’s former top cop Eric Holder will talk with the Civil Rights leader on two separate occasions.
BY TEQUILA MINSKY | MOVIES
Oscar nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro, a film about iconic American writer James Baldwin, author of at least 20 books —novels, plays, essays and poetry, opened to packed movie theaters in February and is still drawing crowds.
BY NELSON A. KING | GUYANA
A Caribbean American former president of Queens borough has died.
Helen M. Marshall, the daughter of Guyanese immigrants, who was the first Black borough president of Queens, died on Saturday at her home in California, according to her former chief of staff, Alexandra Rosa. Marshall was 87.
BY DESMOND BROWN | BAHAMAS
ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 1 2017 (IPS) – When Tropical Storm Erika hit the tiny Caribbean island of Dominica on Aug. 27, 2015, it killed more than two dozen people, left nearly 600 homeless and wreaked damages totaling more than a billion dollars.
BY AZAD ALI | MUSIC
The Trinidad and Tobago government has agreed to name one of the state-owned aircraft, Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) after Calypso Queen of the World Calypso Rose (McArthur Sandy Lewis, who recently won a French “Grammy”Award.”
BY AZAD ALI | SPORTS
Embattled West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has landed a lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contract with Kolkata Knight Riders in the auction held recently.
BY AZAD ALI | ST VINCENT
Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne is moving to implement its recently announced policy on diplomatic representation and accreditation.
BY NELSON A. KING
United States President Donald Trump recently expanded the nation’s immigration rules requiring expanded deportation of undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants.