CARIBBEAT: NBA great Patrick Ewing, Ja. prime minister set gala

Sunday, 20 August 2017, 04:08:24 PM. Jamaica-born, former NBA star Patrick Ewing is among the honorees of the black-tie Jamaica Independence Gala coming Saturday to Manhattan.

Jamaica-born Patrick Ewing — the Basketball Hall of Famer and former New York Knicks player who is now head coach of the Georgetown University men’s basketball team — is among the honorees of the black-tie Jamaica Independence Gala coming Saturday to the New York Hilton and Towers Hotel in Manhattan.

Jamaica Prime Minister Andrew Holness is also among the VIPs attending the event, a culmination of the official diaspora celebration of Jamaica’s 55th anniversary of independence.

The event includes the presentation of the Nation Builder Award to former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward Seaga.

The event — cocktails, dinner, an awards presentation and a silent auction — will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Celebrity hosts for the gala will be Estelle and actor-singer Leon with entertainment provided by Romain Virgo and the Unit Band, and Road International. Call the Jamaican Consulate at (212) 935-9000, ext. 8120 for tickets and information.

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This 2012 Keith Getter J’Ouvert photo of the Roy Pierre & Associates costume presentation "Harlequins & Pierrots" is part of the "Carnival in the City” exhibition at  Resorts World Casino New York City in Queens, through Sept. 30.

(Keith Getter (c) 2017)


"Carnival in the City,” an exhibit focused on the history of costumes, traditions and arts and culture of Brooklyn’s internationally renowned West Indian Day Parade is on display at the Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Blvd. in Queens, through Sept. 30.

The carnival artwork is currently displayed at Resorts’ Red Wall Gallery and on both levels of the casino.

The casino’s Times Square level features photos of traditional costumes worn during the festivities, while the Fifth Avenue level will feature photos of the past years’ J’Ouvert celebrations.

New York carnival history and traditions are exemplified by contributions from groups such as Freaks Mas, Ramajay Mas, StronJeh International and the J’Ouvert band Roy Pierre & Associates. Visit for more on Resorts World Casino New York City.

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Youthful members of the Harmony Steel Orchestra will be performing at the Children’s Festival and Youth Pan Fest on Saturday, Aug. 26, which also features CASYM, the New York PanStars, Despers, St. Augustine’s Pan of Praise, Radoes, Pan Evolution, Adlib, Tropical Fete and Pantonics.

(Carlos Lezama Archives and Carib)


A musical bounty of 10 steel pan orchestras are pitching in for this year’s Children’s Festival and Youth Pan Fest on Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. in Brooklyn, presented by the Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center.

Participating ensembles are CASYM, the New York PanStars, Harmony, Despers, St. Augustine’s Pan of Praise, Radoes, Pan Evolution, Adlib, Tropical Fete and Pantonics.

There will be food, entertainment and giveaways at the event, taking place on St. Johns Place, between Brooklyn and Kingston Aves. Nonfood vendors are welcome. For general information, call (516) 984-8948 or (718) 421-4312.


Schoolchildren in Queens will benefit from the first annual Back to School Supplies Bonanza on Aug. 31, providing free school supplies.

Presented by the Bridge Pride organization, the event will be held at the Jacob Riis Center, 10-25 41st Ave., from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Visit or email bridgeprideint


Bringing smiles to the faces of children, teen and young adults, the DentaQuest mobile dentists — and the Healthfirst health insurance group — are now providing free dental checkups in the Bronx and Brooklyn.

Healthfirst members, ages 2 to 20, can get their free dental checkup from the mobile dentists at the Claremont Healthy Village in the Bronx on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 29.

The dentists visit Brownsville Healthy Village in Brooklyn on Thursdays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sept. 28.

No appointment is necessary but a parental permission slip may be needed for unaccompanied children. For information on the mobile dentists, call (800) 508-2047, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

To learn more about other Healthy Village activities, call Tamar Ogburn at (646) 937-0387.

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Marcus Garvey during the renaming of the ship from the General G.W. Goethals to the S.S Booker T. Washington in 1925.The ship was part of Garvey's Black Star ship company.



A number of VIPs and well-wishers gathered yesterday in the Bronx to mark the 130th anniversary of the birth of Marcus Garvey.

The Jamaica National Hero was remembered an event in Marcus Garvey Square (E. Gun Hill Road at White Plains Road. A pioneer of black nationalism, Garvey founded the internationally popular Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League and founded the Black Star Line, a shipping line.

The affair was sponsored by the New York Carib News, Tower Isle’s Frozen Foods, McCall’s Bronxwood Funeral Home, Royal Caribbean Bakery, and Jamaica Breeze Restaurant.

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