Caribbean Week New York 2016

The first week of June in New York is officially Caribbean Week.  Let’s not let the powers that be know that to Caribbean people, every week from Memorial Day until the Parkway is our week! All the same, kudos to NYC for celebrating us, and allowing us to celebrate!

According to the  Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) website Onecaribbean.org
Caribbean Week is “a celebration of the sights and sounds and unique vacation experiences and business offerings that the Region offers”

There are a host of events hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, some free, some not so free. Events include a Caribbean Diaspora Forum, Caribbean Media Marketplace & Reception, Rum and Rhythm Benefit and Auction, Caribbean Brunch & More and Caribbean Rocks Concert hosted by Tempo.

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Rihanna rewards Scholarship for hard “Work”

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Grammy award winning Rihanna announced that she has set up a global scholarship program through the Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF). The Foundation, which was founded by Rihanna in 2012, and named after her grandparents Clara and Lionel Braithwaite, will be awarding scholarships to both International and U. S. students that are hoping to attend college in the United States.

In an exclusive interview Rihanna told USAToday College that “To be able to give the gift of an education is actually an honor”, “Higher education will help provide perspective, opportunities and learning to a group of kids who really deserve it. I am thrilled to be able to do this.”

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Eligibility requires that applicants be residents of Barbados, Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, Guyana, Jamaica, or the United States, and have already been accepted into a bachelor’s degree program at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States for the 2016-2017 year.

The scholarship is based on need and the number of students will vary, but the goal is to accept as many students as possible, according to the announcement. Scholarships granted will range from $5,000 to $50,000 and may be renewed for up to three additional years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first.

Applications for the full-tuition grant are open now through June 10, 2016. A committee will screen 50 finalists based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience and a personal essay, and the scholarship winners will be announced by August, 2016.

Full details and eligibility criteria can be found at http://www.claralionelfoundation.org.

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Caribbean Carnival Design Workshop

The 2016 Caribbean Carnival Design Workshop’s free sessions of culture, craftsmanship, creativity and wonder — start Saturday May 14th in Brooklyn, presented by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, which produces New York’s annual Caribbean carnival in Brooklyn.

Participants — ages 6 and up — will learn how construct their own costume with the help of carnival veterans at the workshops. Sessions will be held on Saturdays through June 25, from 2 to 3 p.m. There is no class on May 28.

To register or get information, call the WIADCA at (718) 467-1797 or send email to wiadcainc@gmail.com.

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SpiceMas is getting Hotter!!!

Grenada Carnival is on the tail end of the Caricom summer carnivals. Referred to as Spice Mas because of the islands well knows abundance of spices, Carnival in Grenada is very unique. While many of the well known Carnival traditions prevail, such as, Soca Monarch, King & Queen competition, Panorama, Jouvert, Monday and Tuesday mas as well as numerous fetes and boat rides, Grenadians put a twist on Jouvert and have a Monday night Mas and vibe to rival all the other islands combined.

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For the past couple decades, Jouvert and Monday Night Mas have been the highlight of the Carnival and the costumes on the road Monday and Tuesday during the day very scant and lackluster to say the least. While traditional mas bands depicting Shortnee and Moko Jumbies have remained prevalent during the day on Monday and Tuesday, for some reason Pretty Mas had died down in numbers. Bands such as Comancheros have been consistent in presenting, but somehow the young people were not getting as into it as they do Jouvert and Monday night Mas.

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In recent years the interest in “Pretty Mas” seems to have been rejuvenated. Bands such as Summer Crew and this year Levels Mas Band are bringing beautiful costume options for Tuesday on the road and with it some more spice to the Spicemas tradition. In addition to Pretty Mas there has been an introduction of Monday Wear as well. Chris K Designs is leading the charge in Monday Wear for Spice Mas this year which takes the pretty costumes and people on the road for SpiceMas 2016 up another notch.

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New Music – Bunji Garlin – Television Produced by Jillionaire & Richie Beretta

Bunji Garlin - Television

Bunji Garlin last week released a new single under Feel Up Records. Feel UP Records is an independent record label founded by Jillionare of Major Lazer fame and New York based producer Richie Beretta. The brand new track titled “Television” premiered on Billboard magazine online.

Bunji is well known for his lyrical freestyle, and this new track highlights that talent with a ragga soca feel. Take a listen to the track below:

LISTEN IN bit.ly/BunjiTV
Bunji Garlin “Television” 📺
Produced by The Jillionaire & Richie Beretta
Buy now on iTunes: bit.ly/iTunes_TV
Listen on Spotify: bit.ly/SpotifyTV
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Carnival Tuesdays…has a new home

Everyone loves Carnival Tuesday! It’s the precursor to the last lap, the big show day, the time to show off your costumes, and your freedom as a masquerader. However, as we tend to like to overdo a good thing, in Brooklyn, every single Tuesday, rain or shine, snow or sleet, Carnival Tuesday is in full effect.

I caught up with King Swady, one of the minds behind the creation of Carnival Tuesdays at D’Savannah to find out the story behind why Carnival Tuesday now has a new home. He explained that Carnival Tuesdays was never a joint venture between his promotion team and the owners of D’Savannah despite the fact that Carnival Tuesdays, Bird, Bake and Shark and Corn Soup have all become synonymous with the Flatbush Avenue establishment.

Turns out that after multiple breaches of the business agreement between the promoters and the establishment it has become impossible for Carnival Tuesdays to continue to operate at D’Savannah.

Beginning this Tuesday, April 5th Carnival Tuesday will be held at Aura Bar & Lounge located on 4410 Avenue H between East 45th Street and Troy Avenue in Brooklyn. The lounge is an indoor and outdoor venue with a VIP lounge on the lower level with ample parking on the surrounding streets. For the Inaugural week the entertainment will include Skinny Banton, 1 Voice and Wild Fire with music by Freeze International, Riggo, 10 Speed, DJ Dredy and special guest DJs Copperzilla Digital and DJ Little B.

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Carnival of Cultures in Berlin, Germany – Berlin Carnival

mwd 2016Summer is right around the corner and the world is in Carnival mode. Berlin, Germany is no exception. In its 21st year, Karneval der Kulturen which means Carnival of Cultures hosts a large street parade with parties, music, food, drinks and activities for both the young and the old. The city of Berlin estimates about 1.4 million guests from around the world to come and experience their huge summer festival. One event contains four stages of music from various world regions with performers and DJs, while culinary delights and handmade arts and crafts are offered in the approximately 400 stands. Whitsunday, is the final day of the event which celebrates Berlin’s cultural diversity with traditional costumes and ritual dances.

For an amazing Carnival Experience check out Mas with a Difference

For details on events check here:

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