New York – Diamond Noir Collective, in collaboration with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced today that they will host the 2011 Caribbean International Fashion Week (CIFW). The premier fashion event is a showcase for pre-eminent designers from Caribbean nations to debut their summer lines. It will be held Wednesday, June 8th, at Arena, 135 West 41st Street (between 6th Avenue & Broadway). Showtime is at 7pm.
In celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, this inaugural fashion show is part of the city’s 2011 Caribbean Week. CIFW will raise funds for the CTO Foundation, whose primary focus is to provide scholarships to Caribbean nationals who aspire to engage in philanthropic projects. The event also aims to empower Caribbean designers, highlighting their contributions to the industry and branding the Caribbean as a global player in culture, tourism and fashion.
International models from the Caribbean and nations worldwide will don creations from designers, including award-winning Queen Esther – Kuumba Designs (St Lucia), Theodore Elyett (Bahamas), Jewel Shannon (Barbados), Rebecca Beck (Curacao), Charles Dieujuste (Haiti), Lucia Rodrigues (Dominican Republic), Simon Duncan (Trinidad), Kazz Forbs (Turks & Caicos) and many more.
The event will feature a grand Red Carpet affair with a bevy of celebrities, followed by a VIP cocktail reception and live music. Partners and sponsors include I Am Culture, IMAN Cosmetics, Clear Channel Radio, Fuze, JetBlue, along with the tourism boards of Curacao, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos, and RJ Media Communications & Public Relations.
For additional information on Caribbean International Fashion Week and tickets, please visit www.caribbeanweekny.com
Author: Ayeola L. George
by Global News Staff
NEW YORK, USA — New York Governor David Paterson has granted pardons to 24 immigrants, including Caribbean nationals, who were due to be deported because of prior criminal convictions.
Though he did not identify the nationalities of all the immigrants who had faced deportation, Paterson singled out Haitian, Edouard Colas.
The governor, the grandson of Jamaican and Grenadian immigrants, said Codas was brought to the United States from Haiti as a lawful permanent resident at the age of 10.
He said Codas was convicted in 1987 of attempted burglary in the third degree and sentenced to five years of probation.
“He has maintained gainful employment and is married to a United States citizen with whom he has two young sons,” Paterson said.
Paterson indicated that over the course of the administration’s review of more than1,100 pardon applications, it has become “abundantly clear that the federal government’s immigration laws are often excessively harsh and in need of modernisation.”
“The individuals pardoned committed past offences but paid their debt to society. They now make positive contributions to our state and nation, and I believe they should be protected from inflexible and misguides immigration statutes,” Paterson added.
His latest pardons come on the heels of six he granted earlier this month, including four Caribbean nationals, who had faced a similar fate.
Those Caribbean immigrants were nationals of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and the Dominican Republic.
Over the years, Caribbean leaders have blamed increased deportations of criminals, particularly from the United States, for the spiraling crime wave in the region.
Reprinted from Caribbean News Now!
With no signs of slowing down Onika Maraj better known as Nicki Minaj, the Trinidadian born femcee reared in the Queens area of New York City has been making headlines ever since she signed with Young Money Entertianment/Cash Money Entertainment in August 2009. Nicki has created a buzz for herself and has been featured on 18 album tracks and 11 remix singles during the past year. Noted collaborators have included Sean Paul, Sean Kingston, Mariah Carey, Dirty Money,Usher, Christina Aguilera, Yo Gotti, and Ludacris. Set for release on November 23, 2010 the album is entitled “Pink Friday” and will be released on “Black Friday” the biggest shopping day in America. The album will be distributed by Universal Motown records. Released as her first Official Single “Your Love” was directed by Little X and features actor Michael Jai White as Nicki’s love interest. As a Caribbean female doing empowering things we wish Nicki nothing but the best in her career aspirations. We look forward to featuring her within CaribVue in the future!