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From left to right: Carlyle McKetty, co-founder of the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music (CPR); filmmaker Storm Saulter, and CPR co-founder Sharon Gordon at a 2013 CPR event (Photo courtesy of Sharon Gordon)

Preserving Reggae Music in Brooklyn – and Beyond

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts April 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm

The Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend with a performance of the International Women of Reggae at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Celebrating Garifuna Heritage with Jazz

Hear from members of the Afri-Garifuna Jazz Ensemble about how they keep their cultural heritage alive.

“Consider the legacy,” one of the many elements in the Ark of Return memorial at U.N. Plaza. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Memorial to Slavery’s Victims Unveiled

African, African American, Caribbean, History, Manhattan April 2, 2015 at 4:45 pm

“The Ark of Return,” a memorial to slavery’s victims, was recently unveiled at the United Nations Visitors Plaza, Caribbean Life reports.

Caribbean Dance Comes to Brooklyn

Caribbean Dance Comes to Brooklyn

Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts, Video March 25, 2015 at 3:38 pm

The National Dance Theatre Company of Jamaica came to the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts with a number of works on March 21-22.

Celebrating St. Lucia’s Independence Day in NYC

Celebrating St. Lucia’s Independence Day in NYC

Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts, Manhattan, Video March 11, 2015 at 11:55 am

Wooden sculptures by Jallam Eudovic were on display at the Consulate General of St. Lucia in NYC for celebration of the Caribbean nation’s independence 36 years ago.

The Little-Known Story of Black Russians

The Little-Known Story of Black Russians

African American, Caribbean, Video March 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

Find out about an African American migration to Russia in the ’20s and ’30s; the multimillion-dollar renovation of an Afro-Caribbean cultural center; and a Brooklyn-based designer whose move online got the attention of Beyonce, all in the latest episode of “Independent Sources.”

Jennie Santos stands with her mixed-media sculpture. The piece is supposed to be interactive. (Photo by Tequila Minsky via Caribbean Life)

Exhibition Brings Haitian and Dominican Artists Together

Caribbean, Culture, Dominican, Manhattan February 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm

Caribbean Life reports that artists of Haitian and Dominican background are featured in a Washington Heights exhibit, something that might seem “impossible on the island of Hispaniola itself.”

Painting by Frandy Jean (Image via The Haitian Times)

Haitian Paints ‘Art as Narrative’

Caribbean, Culture, Manhattan February 19, 2015 at 12:23 pm

New works by Haitian artist Frandy Jean will be on display at the Theater for the New City, The Haitian Times reports.

Remembering the Earthquake in Haiti

Remembering the Earthquake in Haiti

Caribbean, New York, Traditions, Video January 16, 2015 at 5:29 pm

CUNY TV’s “Independent Sources” looks at where the country stands five years after the earthquake and reports on efforts to preserve the indigenous languages of Quechua and Kichwa. The Haitian Times heads to the largest memorial in the Northeast for the anniversary.

Waving a Haitian flag to show support for protesters during "Millions March." (Photo via Haitian Times)

Opinion: Haitians and African Americans ‘Trapped in the Same Story’

Black, Caribbean, Government, Opinion January 13, 2015 at 2:20 pm

On the anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti, Jean McGianni Celestin writes in the Haitian Times about the parallels between the struggles of the Haitian people and Black communities in the U.S.

Dòwòti Désir, a Manbo Asogwe in Haitian Vodou. (Photo by Rachael Bongiorno via Feet in 2 Worlds)

Understanding Vodou

Caribbean, Metro Area, Religion, Traditions January 8, 2015 at 12:03 pm

A vodou ceremony in New Jersey connects participants with their African roots and honors both the living and the dead, Feet in 2 Worlds reports.

Ingrid Griffith (Photo courtesy of the artist)

Guyanese Artist Tells An Immigrant’s Story

In a one-woman show, Ingrid Griffith plays 18 characters as she tells the story of coming to the U.S. from the Caribbean nation of Guyana.

Supporting Special Needs Kids in the Caribbean Community

Supporting Special Needs Kids in the Caribbean Community

Caribbean, Featured Posts, Health, New York, Video, Voices' Picks November 12, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Rosanne Small-Morgan and her husband, immigrants from the Caribbean, have written a book about their struggles to get support for their autistic son Zane.

A Virtual Caribbean Film Fest

A Virtual Caribbean Film Fest

Caribbean, Culture, Featured Posts, Video, Voices' Picks November 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Two Caribbean transplants offer hard to find films to viewers anywhere, anytime.

Brooklyn residents Gerard Paul Filche (r.)and Jean Alexandre (center) celebrated with  council member Mathieu Eugene (Photo by Matthew Taub via Brooklyn Brief)

In Brooklyn, Praise for Haitian Family Reunification Program

Brooklyn, Caribbean October 28, 2014 at 4:03 pm

The Haitian Family Reunification Parole Program will be implemented by the Department of Homeland Security and work to reunify Haitian families, reports Brooklyn Brief.