Caribbean

At 106, Iris Gibbs still has plenty to say. (Photo via NationNews.com)

Profile: A 106-Year-Old With Plenty Left to Say

Caribbean, Culture March 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Here at Voices of NY, newspapers are our bread and butter. So we were tickled to read this profile of Iris Gibbs, a 106-year-old Queens resident who grew up in Barbados and has never owned a television or radio. She stays current by reading newspapers every day.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Two Views on Visa Situation for Indian Immigrants to U.S.

Caribbean, Immigration, South Asian March 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

The Carib News reported on complaints from the Caribbean community that a proposed change to immigration rules would unfairly favor Indian and Chinese migrants, while News India Times aired concerns that Indians are being denied visas in increasing numbers.

Maggi seasoning is the secret ingredient in dishes from around the globe.

A Maggi-cal Sauce, Beloved Around the World

African, Asian, Caribbean, Culture, Eastern European, Food, South American February 22, 2012 at 2:21 pm

If there’s one food item that could knit together all the immigrant communities of New York City, it would have to be Maggi, the ubiquitous seasoning sauce that’s fundamental to cuisines around the world. Aurora Almendral, a reporting fellow with Feet in 2 Worlds, explains its appeal.

Residents packed a hearing at Queens Borough Hall on proposed new legislative district lines.

Voices in Focus: More Anger at Proposed Redistricting Lines

African, African American, Asian, Caribbean, Latino, New York, Politics February 21, 2012 at 4:42 pm

The conversation on controversial proposed redistricting lines continued across New York City and its suburbs over the last few weeks, with hearings and protests by residents. Here is another sampling of coverage from the community and ethnic press.

Guyanese Hindu family makes offerings In Jamaica Bay. (Credit: LittleIndia.com)

Hindus turn Queens beaches into Ganges

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, New York, South Asian January 25, 2012 at 2:26 pm

New York’s Jamaica Bay has become a sacred pilgrimage spot for Guyanese Hindus in Queens. LittleIndia.com reports that they descend on the beaches of North Channel Bridge, to pray and cast offerings into the bay, which many liken to the sacred Indian river Ganges.

Haitian footballers make mark on NFL and mainstream America

Caribbean, Immigration, In the News, Opinion January 9, 2012 at 4:46 pm

This is a time-tested ritual long practiced by our aggrieved, proud communities in the Diaspora: the meticulous but truculent search for any noticeable signs that give us a sure measure of our success or defeat in the murkily impervious United States of America.

Hindu priest Ramesh Maharaj recounts firebomb attack

Guyana national targets Hindu, Muslim neighbors

Caribbean, Queens January 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

An ethnically and culturally diverse community in Queens where thousands of West Indians, including Indo-Guyanese live, work, or worship, is on edge after four attempted fire bombings of properties in a single day.

Discount stores in Bed-Stuy

No new jobs from Bed-Stuy gentrificiation

A City Limits report points out that the predominantly African American and West Indian neighborhoods of central Brooklyn have seen the greatest jump in unemployment since the onset of the Great Recession. Unemployment in Bedford-Stuyvesant and the northern slice of Crown Heights has leapt from 6.0% in 2008 to 15.3%Read More

Abortion tea leads to arrest in Washington Heights

Caribbean, Communities, Culture, In the News, Latino, New York December 23, 2011 at 2:20 pm

A seldom used charge of self abortion in the first degree has been filed against a 20 year old woman who admitted to police that she aborted her baby after drinking an herbal tea that is widely available in her neighborhood. The case reignites the debate over how abortion is perceived in immigrant cultures.

Taino Native Americans hold sweat lodge ceremony at Inwood Hill Park.

Taino ceremony fires up Inwood Hill Park

Caribbean, Culture, Environment, Featured Posts, Latino December 19, 2011 at 3:40 pm

Descendants of Taino Native Americans received a fire permit from New York City’s Parks Department to stage a sweat lodge ceremony in a public park for the first time in recent memory.

Upsurge in youth violence

Brooklyn, Caribbean, In the News November 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm

New York City not only takes a heavy toll on poor people in the city, but the impact can be felt in the Caribbean through deportations of criminal aliens by US.

Caribbeans are silent on deportations

Caribbean, Immigration, In the News, Latino, Opinion, Politics November 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

While Latino singers, celebrities and groups are using every opportunity to speak up about the Obama administration’s stepped-up deportation program, Caribbean celebrities, government officials and the many who call themselves leaders are silent.

Thompson to run for mayor again

Thompson to run for mayor again

Caribbean, In the News, Politics, Uncategorized November 4, 2011 at 4:20 pm

About two years after he came within less than 60,000 votes of defeating Michael Bloomberg, for the second toughest job in America, Mayor of New York City, William “Bill” Thompson, is putting on his running shoes again.

Paquito D’Rivera (to the conductor's left) at a recent performance.

Cuban émigré support for embargo dwindles

Caribbean, Politics October 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

As the United Nations takes up the question of the American embargo on trade with Cuba, older immigrants from the island find support for sanctions waning.

NYC small businesses showing their worth

Caribbean, Economy, Immigration, In the News, New York October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm

It’s a predictable fact of our daily lives that in extremely difficult times, we search for a glimmer of hope, anything that would tell us that better days are ahead. So it is the small businesses, especially those in minority communities, which are suffering heavy blows from the demoralizing effectsRead More