Caribbean

Jean P. Alexander, founder and executive director of the Caribbean American Center of New York (Photo by Alexandra Simon via Caribbean Life)

Caribbean American Center Marks 30 Years

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Social Services February 20, 2017 at 12:26 pm

The one-woman team behind the Caribbean American Center of New York reflects on three decades of running the social services organization in a Caribbean Life story.

Régine Romain during the presentation of the short film “Brooklyn to Benin, a Vodou pilgrimage.” (Photo via Infos Time)

A Journey in Search of Vodou Roots in Africa

African, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture February 15, 2017 at 2:27 pm

Young Haitian-American filmmaker Régine Romain’s short film “Brooklyn to Benin, a Vodou Pilgrimage” got an emotional reception at a screening in Brooklyn, Infos Time reports.

Celebrating the Festival of Colors in Richmond Hill (Photo by Atomische * Tom Giebel, Creative Commons license)

Phagwah Parade Announced in Richmond Hill

Caribbean, Culture, Queens, Religion January 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

The annual Phagwah Parade in Richmond Hill will take place on March 12 this year as organizers seek to attract a diverse crowd, reports Times Ledger.

Tracey Dixon-Neverson demonstrates the Suzuki technique with her daughter in her home studio. (Photo by Joy Notoma for Voices of NY)

Classical Musician Confronts Cultural Norms in East Flatbush

A Jamaican-American classical strings instructor, Tracey Dixon-Neverson, is offering private instruction through a new studio based in her home.

At left, Myung-hun Hong, the head of the New York Korean Saxophone Ensemble, offering a donation before the Jna. 8 concert began. (Phot courtesy of the New York Korean Saxophone Ensemble)

Giving Hope to Children in Haiti

Caribbean, Culture, East Asian, Long Island January 9, 2017 at 12:19 pm

The New York Korean Saxophone Ensemble offered its third annual charity concert to benefit, among other recipients, orphanages in Haiti that need drinking water and a wind ensemble in the country, reports The Korea Times.

Protest outside Errol’s Caribbean Bakery on Dec. 17. (Photo by Ditmas Park Corner)

Neighbors Turn Out in Support of Caribbean Bakery

Brooklyn, Business, Caribbean, Food December 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Errol Miller, of Errol’s Caribbean Bakery, has been ordered to leave the Flatbush Avenue property by the end of February, reports Ditmas Park Corner. Longtime and new patrons rallied in support of the 15-year-old bakery.

(Photo via Reporte Hispano)

NJ Cubans Skeptical About Post-Castro Future

Caribbean, Latino, Metro Area December 5, 2016 at 5:41 pm

Local officials and New Jersey Cuban-American leaders commemorated Fidel Castro’s death in Union City, New Jersey, but remain skeptical about democracy in Cuba, Reporte Hispano reports.

(Image courtesy of Little, Brown Young Readers)

A New Book on Basquiat as a Young Artist

African American, Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Puerto Rican December 1, 2016 at 1:58 pm

A new book tells the story of the “radiant child,” the young artist Jean-Michel Basquiat who died in 1988 at the age of 27. Brooklyn Daily Eagle interviews the book’s author and illustrator, Javaka Steptoe.

Roberto Godillo, the son of Cuban parents. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Tri-State Area Cubans Not as Emotional as in Miami Over Castro’s Death

Caribbean, Latino, Metro Area November 30, 2016 at 5:21 pm

According to El Diario/La Prensa and Noticia, Cubans in the tri-state area feel at peace now that the former leader has passed, but most agree that Cuba still has a long way to freedom.

Melisa Boutin (Photo by Julius Motal)

Helping Caribbean Millennials Ease Debt Burdens

Business, Caribbean, Education, Featured Posts, Voices' Picks, Youth November 28, 2016 at 2:22 pm

St. Kitts and Nevis native Melisa Boutin shouldered a lot of student debt to get her civil engineering degree. After learning how to sort through the morass of information and finally shed debt, she’s decided to offer her knowledge to help fellow millennials understand and pay off student loans.

Holiday-related Warning on Zika

Holiday-related Warning on Zika

Caribbean, Central American, Health, New York, South American November 16, 2016 at 5:08 pm

City health officials are issuing new warnings about the Zika virus, concerned that holiday-related travel to affected areas might result in more infections.

Zora Neale Hurston (Wikimedia commons)

Zora Neale Hurston’s Life, on Stage

African American, Caribbean, Culture, History, Manhattan November 9, 2016 at 1:30 pm

The play “Zora Neale Hurston: A Theatrical Biography” is being revived on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the writer and folklorist’s birth, reports Manhattan Express.

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer on Oct. 31 speaking about his report on city contracts with M/WBEs. (Photo by Karen Pennar for Voices of NY)

Stringer: M/WBE Share of City Spending Falls

New York City agencies again received a D+ grade for their efforts to contract with minority and women-owned businesses, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer said Oct. 31, calling for much stronger action to reverse the problem.

Bishop on Boosting M/WBE City Contracting
Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

Bishop on Boosting M/WBE City Contracting

Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop spoke with reporters about his agency’s work, and detailed what SBS will do to promote the new ambitious goals of the de Blasio administration for boosting contracting with women and minority-owned businesses.

(Screen shot from "Brooklyn Cafe Serves Up Help for Haiti," Nicole Ashley for new York City News Service)

Helping Haiti

Brooklyn, Caribbean October 14, 2016 at 4:23 pm

The Haitian diaspora in Brooklyn and elsewhere has geared up to send help home in the wake of Hurricane Matthew’s destruction, but an opinion piece in The Haitian Times argues for “tough love.”