“Spicemas” expected to be Grenada’s first festival since two-year Carnival hiatus 

“Spicemas” expected to be Grenada’s first festival since two-year Carnival hiatus 

By Lincoln DePradine Neither Trinidad and Tobago nor neighbouring Grenada has had an official, government-sanctioned carnival in two years. However, carnival organizers in Grenada are seeking government approval for hosting a festival – formally known as “Spicemas’’ – in 2022. “We want to be able, in a matter of two weeks or so, to present […]

Sidney Poitier, all dignity and grace, dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, all dignity and grace, dies at 94

Sidney Poitier, who broke racial barriers to become the first U.S. Black actor to win the best actor Oscar award and inspired a generation during the United States civil rights movement, has died, officials said.   He was 94. Eugene Torchon-Newry, acting director general of the Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed his death on Friday. […]

Guyana-born, Hilton Cheong-Leen, aka the ‘mayor of Hong Kong’, dies aged 99

Guyana-born, Hilton Cheong-Leen, aka the ‘mayor of Hong Kong’, dies aged 99

Cheong-Leen had been involved in the city’s civic affairs for decades, starting in 1957 Cheong-Leen, who co-founded the Hong Kong Civic Association in 1954, died in the early hours of Tuesday at his home. The cause of death was old age, according to the family. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor expressed deep sorrow over […]

Hip hopper Shad says it’s OK to be just OK

Hip hopper Shad says it’s OK to be just OK

Releases song called “Black Averageness” As people begin their new year, and get ready to tackle new goals and aspirations, one Canadian hip hop artist is suggesting that it’s OK to be just OK. “Black excellence is a beautiful thing to celebrate,” affirmed Shad. “But I think that freedom, real freedom is when we can […]

Ian Mensah serves up Jollof rice in P.E.I

Ian Mensah serves up Jollof rice in P.E.I

P.E.I. restaurant owner Ian Mensah is on a mission to introduce jollof rice from his native Ghana to his new home province. Mensah opened the restaurant The Jollof House in Charlottetown in January 2021 with his partner, Amanda. He said they’ve had some ups and downs their first year, but he loves seeing people enjoy […]

Strong and Jem back on the air, but not on G98.7

Strong and Jem back on the air, but not on G98.7

By Lincoln DePradine Heavy promotion has begun, touting the return to radio broadcasting of the duo Mark Strong and Jemeni – or Jem, for short. The two made an impression on the listening public during a stint at 93.5 FLOW FM, Canada’s first Black-owned radio station, after it opened in February 2001 under the management […]

Bus driver who helped set up Manchester Caribbean Carnival honoured

Bus driver who helped set up Manchester Caribbean Carnival honoured

A bus driver who helped set up the annual Manchester Caribbean Carnival has been featured in Britain’s New Year Honours list. Cornel Grant says news about his British Empire Medal (BEM) has “still not really sunk in”. The 68-year-old was honoured for his community work, including helping to raise more than £53,000 for the charity […]

Mighty Bomber dies at 93

Mighty Bomber dies at 93

  Veteran calypsonian Clifton Ryan, popularly known as “Mighty Bomber,” has died. Trinbago Unified Calypsonian Organisation (TUCO) general secretary Shirlaine Hendrickson confirmed Ryan’s death but said she had no details. Hendrickson, daughter of calypsonian All Rounder (Anthony Hendrickson), said Ryan played a pivotal role in her development as a young entertainer. She said she often […]

Black Academy award show will air in 2022

Black Academy award show will air in 2022

An upcoming awards show honouring Black talent in Canada has found a broadcaster. Organizers say the CBC plans to air the groundbreaking event created by The Black Academy, which was founded by Toronto-raised actor-brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James. The academy, along with Insight Productions, have announced a three-year partnership with the CBC for the […]