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A hotbed of hot pepper flowers for the West Indian culture of Schenectady

SCHENECTADY – He doesn’t have an official title in the Quarter, but you might want to call him the King of Pepper. Meet Ramesh Doodnauth, the man perhaps responsible more than any other for the countless chili plants that are…

Schenectady residents say code enforcement tramples Caribbean culture

SCHENECTADY – Ifrecak Miller gestured towards a house with bullet holes on Lincoln Avenue. Then she motioned to the thoroughfare next to her house once known as ‘Gunshot Alley’ for its role as an escape hatch providing a quick exit…

Derrick Walcott: A Maker and Changer of West Indian Literature – Pt 2 | Entertainment

(Part 2 of an article based on an interview with Dr Edward Baugh, author of a recent biography of Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott. Part 1 was published last Friday.) BAUGH’s “FIRST meeting” with Walcott turned him on, he told me,…

Derek Walcott: A Creator and Changer of Caribbean Literature – Pt 1 | Entertainment

(Part 1 of an article based on an interview with Dr. Edward Baugh at UWI.) “DEREK WALCOTT was one of the creators and changers of West Indian literature. It was the summary by Professor Emeritus Edward Baugh of the University…

Survey on the “hinterland” of West Indian literature

The tragic muse Oh my God This is my meditation now, before I pray. I think of Mozart, at the heart of its civilization, deserted, not even granted dignity a decent burial. I think of Christ crucified Die in agony,…

An artist who creates joyful and shimmering images of Caribbean culture

On an unusually warm March afternoon in Brooklyn, artist Paul Anthony Smith, dressed in his usual denim work clothes, stands in his studio in front of “Untitled (Duppy Dream in Color too)”, an almost finished, Tightly cropped, black and- white…

At Flatbush, Little Caribbean Food Tours Helps Preserve Caribbean Culture

Little Caribbean Tours founder Shelley Worrell at Labay Market in Flatbush Nicole Craine / The New York Times / Redux “Hope you are wearing your walking shoes,” Shelley Worrell said enthusiastically over her shoulder on a frosty Saturday afternoon in…

Reprints highlight Kyk-Over-Al’s service to Guyanese and Caribbean literature

The event of calm I The mountains slowly emerge out of the mist and clouds This is the epitome of the event of silence when the sun is hot and filled with distant barking of dogs inevitably rises in the…

Group brings Caribbean culture to Cuba | New

A group of cultural ambassadors for the territory returned from Cuba this week after bringing traditional West Indian entertainment from the USVI to the newly opened country for the first time. Groups from the Virgin Islands have been invited to…

Stewart Brown examines the treatment of cricket in Caribbean literature

The Guyanese Literature Prize, in collaboration with the Department of Culture of the Ministry of Education, organized a “Guyanese Literature Festival” a week ago. It was actually a festival of Caribbean literature. Over a period of five days, there were…