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CARIBBEAT: Hot Caribbean favorites star in the 2019 Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage lineup

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 5/19/2019 By Jared Mccallister, New York Daily News

As the weather warms, anticipation is heating up for the Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage performance series, which include a number of favorite Caribbean performers and artists preferred by folks with roots in the region.

The big-name Caribbean performers include are calypsonian Mighty Sparrow; the award-winning CASYM Steel Orchestra; Haiti’s popular Tabou Combo band; the Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theater; and a collection of VP Records 40th Anniversary lineup with Elephant Man, Junior Reid, Estelle, and Raging Fyah with performances marking the 40th anniversary of VP Records.

Also taking the SummerStage stages this year will be Jamaica-rooted, British-born hip-hop veteran Slick Rick; and an R&B session featuring The Stylistics, The Manhattans, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes.

The 2019 season of SummerStage features almost “100 free and benefit performances from 200 artists in Central Park and 17 neighborhood parks across New York City,” according the organizers.

Headliner Mighty Sparrow and the CASYM Steel Orchestra open the SummerStage Caribbean sessions on July 5 in Queens at Springfield Park, Springfield Blvd. and 184th St. at 7 p.m.

The Tabou Combo leads performers on July 7 in Queens at Springfield Park with a show that features Lakou Mizik and DJ Sabine Blaizin in association with the Afro-Latino Festival of New York. The show starts at 6 p.m.

On July 27 in the Bronx, Slick Rick and DJ Chuck Chillout will entertain at Soundview Park, Colgate and Lafayette Aves., at the Bronx River, beginnng at 6 p.m.

Back in the Bronx, Caribben-rooted Garifuna culture is on display at Crotona Park, 1700 Crotona Ave., when the Garifuna Collective and the Wabafu Garifuna Dance Theater perform on Aug. 2, at 6 p.m.

Old school R&B — a longtime Caribbean favorite — takes center stage at the Ford Amphitheater, 3052 W 21st St., at Coney Island, Brooklyn when The Stylistics, The Manhattans, and Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes star in “The 70’s Soul Jam” at 7 p.m.

The VP Records 40th anniversary show — part of a yearlong celebration — takes place on Aug. 10 at 6 p.m. on the Central Park stage

And “Julian ‘Junior’ Marvin’s Wailers” will perform in Manhattan’s Marcus Garvey Park — at Madison Ave. between E. 120 and E. 124 Sts — W with DJ Queen Majesty on Aug. 18 at 6 p.m.

For a complete schedule visit cityparksfoundation.org/summerstage.

Free ‘Prep’ for girls

There’s still time for girls, ages 7 to 10, to “Prep for Excellence.” The free Saturday educational initiative — run by Caribbean-rooted 16-year-old Shawnia Yon — continues through June 8 in Queens at the English Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 116-01 204th St., St. Albans. Sessions are held from 10 a.m. to noon.

“I am teaching them valuable lessons through crafts, so the students will be able to absorb the information, put their own creativity into the crafts, and keep them attentive to learn more,” said Yon.

“My student’s families come from St.Kitts, Grenada, Jamaica, and Barbados” and other countries, said Yon, whose great grandfather was from Barbados.

For information, send email to prep4excellence@gmail.com.

An Anguilla awards-fundraiser

Anguilla Progressive Association of New York is holding its Awards Dinner Dance and Fundraising affair on June 1 in Queens at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., in Queens Village, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Net proceeds of this event will benefit ongoing charity programs for Anguilla and the Anguillian diaspora.

Formed in 1996 in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Luis, the not-for-profit organization of first and second-generation Anguillians provides educational, social, economic assistance and meets and cultural needs of “Anguillians at home and abroad.”

To get information and tickets, visit apa-ny.org.

Help Antigua independent news

Donations — from young and old, near and far — are coming in to support the Observer Group news services in Antigua and Barbuda to ensure the continuance of vital independent news in the twin-island nation.

Following the closing of the Observer Group late last year, the NEWSCO Observer Group purchased the assets of the company, which operated The Daily Observer, Observer Radio and Hitz FM radio.

Former educator Dame J. M. Eusalyn Lewis, is mounting a multifaceted the project to aid the station. She conceived last week’s fundraising Observer Goodwill Day which brought out generous Antiguans and Barbudians. And her “Observer Goodwill Project” page is trending with donations on the GoFundMe website.

“I reiterate the challenge which I made to all Antiguans and Barbudans, at home and abroad and to all right-thinking persons, who support our fundamental rights to freedom of expression; freedom of speech and freedom of the press to make a sacrificial contribution on May 15 2019 Observe Goodwill Day,” she told The Observer, adding that the GoFundMe page is accepting donations from diaspora.

Visit gofundme.com/f/observer-goodwill-project to get more information and donate

Queens marks Guyana b-day

Guyana’s birthday will be celebrated in Queens — home of a sizable and vibrant Guyanese community — on Tuesday 5.21 at the fourth annual Guyana Independence Day Celebration at Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Presented by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and the Guyana Independence Committee, the affair will take place in the borough hall’s Helen Marshall Cultural Center — for Marshall, the first African-American Queens borough president, the daughter of immigrants from colonial British Guiana (now Guyana).

To RSVP, send email to queensbp.org/rsvp or call (718) 286-2661.

USVI boots its airways

U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. is looking to expand the highways in the sky — by touting a “strong aerial highway policy” with boosted relations with the territory’s airline partners.

Bryan recently met with executives from Delta Air Lines in Atlanta on Thursday.

"We have been meeting and talking with airline officials since we took office, and this session here in Atlanta was no different - getting important feedback on the performance of routes into St. Croix and St. Thomas and giving our partners at Delta an update on our tourism rebound and recovery," said Gov. Bryan.

The governor, who was accompanied by Tourism Commissioner nominee Joseph Boschulte, said his administration is “exploring new ways to put people into seats to St. Croix,” noting that “St. Croix airport has been underutilized.”

Governor Bryan and Commissioner nominee Boschulte with J. Walter Thompson Atlanta’s Account Director Liz Olson and Jeremy Jones, Executive Creative Director.

For more information about the United States Virgin Islands, go to VisitUSVI.com.

T&T dominates in track

Another example of USA track squads losing their edge against increasingly-improving international teams came to pass last week when Trinidad and Tobago won the men’s 4x400-meter relay at the IAAF World Relays in Japan.

T&T’s Machel Cedenio ran a blistering 44.41 come-from-behind split to catch USA’s Paul Dedewo, who fell at the finish line.

The American squad was later disqualified for a lane violation, so the final results were Trinidad and Tobago first, in a world-leading time of 3:00.81; with Jamaica second in Jamaica running their season-best with 3:01.57; and Belgium third, clocking a season-best time of 3:02.70. And, impressively, Japan finished fourth in 3:03.24.

The competitive biennial event was previously held in Nassau, Bahamas.

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