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Sunday, April 30, 2006

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK

Hardbeatnews, NEW YORK, N.Y., Fri. Apr. 28, 2006: Guyanese-born fashion designer, Roger, Gary, is among those set to thrill at BK Fashion Weekend.

Gary will show his Aqua Couture swimsuit collection that recently premiered to rave reviews at the BET Rip The Runway event. BK Fashion Week is set for May 5-7 at the Empire Fulton Ferry Tobacco Park Warehouse. Gary will show his collection from 7 p.m. on May 6th.

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The inaugural Caribbean Gospelfest will be one of the highlights of this year’s Caribbean Week in New York. The event is set for June 11 from 4:30 p.m. at the Hanson Place United Methodist Church on St. Felix Street in Brooklyn.

“While the sights, sounds and various aspects of Caribbean culture, including sports, fashion and art, have been celebrated by many, it is arguably the music that best conveys the true spirit of the Caribbean people,” commented Hugh Riley, the Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) director of marketing for the Americas. “Few events can showcase the soul and conviction of the Caribbean as truthfully and as powerfully as Caribbean Gospelfest. It is truly an event that no one should miss.”

The three-hour concert will feature long-time favorites and current star performers from the Caribbean including: Wendy Mitchell and Wayne Johnson of Trinidad and Tobago; Hopeton Lewis and Joan Myers of Jamaica; Joseph Niles of Barbados; Guyana’s Cora Williamson; Harrella Goodwin of St. Croix; Grenada’s Janice Charles; Miriam Drakes of St. Lucia; and the New Life Ambassadors of St. Vincent & the Grenadines. A number of talented young performers open the show, giving the audiences a peek at the stars of the future.

Admission to Caribbean Gospelfest is $10 in advance via or $15 at the door.


Five young culinary finalists from the New York metro area, who were recently challenged to create an original recipe using Walkerswood Caribbean Foods, have been selected to take part in the final Cook-Off.

The event is set for Tuesday, May 9 from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the BSH Showroom, 1 Main St., Brooklyn.

The grand prizewinner will receive a weeklong internship at Walkerswood while the four other finalists will be awarded prizes sponsored by Thermador. Virginia Burke, author of cookbook “Eat Caribbean” will also share her thoughts on educating food lovers about the traditional flavors and ingredients of Caribbean food.

Walkerswood was the first company to bottle and export Jerk Seasoning, and today brings the taste of the Caribbean to the world with its innovative line of traditional seasonings, sauces and spices.


On Mother’s Day weekend Aston Cooke’s ‘Jamaica 2 Rahtid,’ featuring a collection of colorful Jamaican characters focusing on a wide range of cultural and political issues in Jamaican society, will premier at York College in Queens.

The theatrical event kicks off on May 12 from 8:30 pm and will continue showing at the N.Y.C. College of Technology in Brooklyn on May 13 also from 8:30 p.m. before closing with a Mother’s Day show on May 14, at 6 p.m. at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx.

Meanwhile, Patrick Brown’s “Class of ’73” featuring Jamaica’s premiere stage comedian Oliver Samuels, returns for a limited run on May 19, at the Weaver Auditorium in Hartford, C.T from 8 p.m. On May 20 the troupe travels to Brooklyn College and on May 21 to Howard University, Washington D.C. Showtimes are 8 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively. The following weekend, Samuels returns to New York with shows at York College in Queens on May 26, from 8 p.m.; Columbia High School in New Jersey on May 27, at 8 p.m. and Lehman College in the Bronx on May 28, at 6 p.m.

Jamaica’s excellence in theatre continues when David Heron unveils “Love and Marriage and New York City.” It tells the story of two Jamaican-born couples living in Manhattan who get married strictly for green card purposes, only to find themselves falling in love at a most inconvenient time. It opens a two-month run with a gala performance on April 27 at the Billie Holiday Theatre, under the direction of acclaimed African American Director Woodie King Jr., and produced by award-winning New York theatre producer Marjorie Moon.

Heron, an award-winning Jamaican playwright, producer and actor noted that, “Many Broadway producers regularly attend shows at the Billie Holiday Theatre to scout for future projects. Since Love and Marriage and New York City will enjoy an established performance schedule in the New York spotlight, there is an immeasurable potential for bringing our culturally infused message to an even broader audience.”

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