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The now-signature Bikini Underneath the Bridge Swimwear and Lively Put on present returns subsequent month with a twin function — to show a new array of sizzling fashions and lift funds to fight breast most cancers.

An ethnic array of fashions will sashay alongside runways at JRG Leisure’s anticipated present on July 9 on the 26 Bridge occasion house, 26 Bridge St., in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

Karen Pompey Giddings

Karen Pompey Giddings


This yr, along with displaying attire, Bikini Underneath the Bridge will honor the life and contributions of Karen Pompey Giddings, the late spouse of Guyana-born J.R. Giddings, the producer of the occasion and head of JRG Leisure.

Sending a most cancers consciousness message from the beginning, VIP visitors will make a "pink" carpet stroll to enter the venue at 6 p.m. The present begins at 7:45 p.m. An after-occasion begins at 9 p.m.

Pompey Giddings, a key contributor to the annual present, died of breast most cancers final yr, and a portion of the occasion's proceeds will probably be donated to the Anne Moore Breast Most cancers Analysis Fund at Weill Cornell Breast Heart in Manhattan, the place she was handled. The middle is a part of New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell.

Together with his late spouse in thoughts, Giddings stated "KP's Ardour" swimwear line will probably be highlighted at this yr's present, along with particular fits for breast most cancers survivors, ladies with scars from surgical procedures — or girls "preferring to indicate much less, however be horny on the identical time."

Models arrive for the "Bikini Under the Bridge" launch event at Brooklyn

Fashions arrive for the "Bikini Underneath the Bridge" launch occasion at Brooklyn's Suede Lounge on June .

Earlier this month, Karen Pompey Giddings

Earlier this month, Karen Pompey Giddings' youngsters Jordan and Jada had been the human billboards " all in honor of Mother," strolling by way of Manhattan and selling the July 9 "Bikini Underneath the Bridge" present honoring their late mom and benefitting the Anne Moore Breast Most cancers Analysis Fund.


With a glimpse of the glam and a peek on the function of the annual vogue present, a kickoff occasion for Bikini Underneath the Bridge was held at Suede Lounge in Brooklyn on June .

Get tickets for the July present at and ship e mail to for info.


The third annual Juneteenth Celebration — that includes a free live performance and an awards ceremony commemorating the vacation — will probably be held Monday in Manhattan at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

To RSVP for the occasion, go to

Music from the African-American sacred custom will probably be carried out by jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut and trombonist Wycliffe Gordon; soprano Brandie Sutton; pianist, arranger, composer and musical director, Joseph Joubert; and The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble and the Juneteenth Jubilee Singers, that includes singers from choirs across the metropolis.

A spotlight of the affair would be the "Spirit Alive" awards ceremony, recognizing honorees as "champions of justice for oppressors and the oppressed."

This yr's awardees embody the lead organizers of the of the 2017 Girls's March in Washington D.C. — Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland and Janaye Ingram; the late prison justice reform chief Kalief Browder; and Johnnetta Cole, director of the Smithsonian Nationwide Museum of African Artwork and former president of Spelman School.

"We work yearly to maintain the legacy of Juneteenth alive and make it possible for generations to come back will honor our nation's historical past and maintain the work of our ancestors alive — for a smarter, stronger and extra peaceable nation," stated Rev. James Forbes the senior minister emeritus of the Riverside Church. "All racial, ethnic, non secular and financial backgrounds are welcome. Be a part of us to have fun those that capably labor for our justice at present," he stated.

The live performance and awards occasion — which will probably be adopted by a reception — are being hosted in collaboration with the Union Theological Seminary, Auburn Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, Drum Main Institute, Therapeutic of the Nations Basis, and The Ebony Ecumenical Ensemble, Inc.

Juneteenth, a vacation that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, has grown to additionally mark the emancipation of African-American slaves all through the Accomplice South.


With preorders out there and an album launch occasion held final week, the official launch of VP Data’ music-packed 2017 Soca Gold compilation of Caribbean carnival hits is sort of right here.

Entertainers Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons had been featured eventually Wednesday's Manhattan launch occasion for the Soca Gold album, which will probably be launched Friday.

Cover of VP Records

Cowl of VP Data' Soca Gold 2017 compilation album.


Garlin and Lyons are contributors to the 17-track assortment of 2017 Caribbean carnival hits, which additionally comes with a bonus DVD of unique Trinidad Carnival footage, reside performances and music movies.

Along with Garlin's "Highway Bunx," that includes Stadic, and "Maintain On One thing" by Lyons, the Soca Gold album has tunes by carinval music makers Iwer George; Uncle Ellis; Teddyson John, that includes the Roy Cape All Stars; Ricky T, that includes Emepey Slicker; Destra Garcia; Marvay; Omardath Maharaj, that includes Raymond Ramnarine; Peter Ram; Mr. Dale; Rupee and Ricardo Drue; Tizzy; Hypasounds; Rikki Jai; Omardath Maharaj, that includes Raymond Ramnarine; and Gryner. Go to or to preorder Soca Gold earlier than Friday.


The Worldwide & Multicultural Enterprise, Homebuyers and Well being Expo 2017 — an occasion of free workshops, reveals and networking — involves the Sheraton Brooklyn New York Lodge, 228 Duffield St., downtown Brooklyn, Thursday, from eight:30 a.m. to four p.m. A networking luncheon with former Inexperienced Get together presidential candidate Jill Stein is without doubt one of the highlights of the daylong expo, offered by the New American Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition of Chambers.

There are nominal charges for the luncheon and the VIP breakfast ($29.95 every for non-members), however there is no such thing as a cost for normal admission to enterprise occasion and its many workshops.

Promoted because the expo for brand spanking new and small begin-up companies, professionals, hone and well being representatives and executives, the expo options free classes, together with "Doing Enterprise with the Federal Authorities," "Small Enterprise Matchmaking," "The right way to Do Enterprise with the United Nations: A Seminar for U.S. Firms," "First-Time Residence Patrons: Be Fairness Good!," "Industrial Actual Property Financing Options for Multifamily, Blended Use, Workplace, and Retail Properties," "Florida is Again!" and "Poconos is Again!" workshops and the "Publishing, Writing and Surviving within the Modern Market," offered by journalist, creator and educator Charles Salzberg.

To register for the expo or take part on the breakfast or luncheon, go to or name (718) 722-9217.


Tomorrow, it is on! — The free, confidential citizenship and immigration info Citizenship NOW! Hotline returns tomorrow, offering volunteers answering calls and questions, from 10 a.m. to eight p.m., by way of June 23.

Based on occasion sponsors the New York Daily News and The Metropolis College of New York, hotline staff will reply calls in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Korean, Italian, Haitian Creole, Bengali, Polish, French, Yiddish and Arabic.

Citizenship NOW! — The biggest program of its sort within the nation — was co-launched by the Daily News and CUNY in April 2004 and this yr the 15th annual hotline is aided with help from media companions Univision Communications Inc. and WABC-TV.

“The New York Daily News is happy to associate with CUNY to help immigration and citizenship points in New York Metropolis and across the nation by collectively offering essential, confidential and free info and referrals to help these immigrants who could qualify for citizenship,” stated Eric Gertler, co-chairman and co-writer of the Daily News.

“Citizenship Now! is essentially the most complete college-based mostly immigration authorized service program within the nation,” stated CUNY Chancellor James Milliken. “It’s an essential reminder to all that at CUNY, immigrants matter.”

For the English/multilingual hotline, name (212) 444-5968, for Spanish, name (212) 444-5964 and dial 711 for deaf and HoH.


Dancer and actress Karisma Jay (c.), founding father of the AbunDance Academy of the Arts, is without doubt one of the stars of the academy's “Sister Act AbunDantly!” manufacturing.

(AbunDance Academy of the Arts )


Afro-Latina dancer and actress Karisma Jay — who's bought Broadway expertise below her belt and the group service in her coronary heart — is bringing "Broadway to Brooklyn for all ages to take pleasure in" within the AbunDance Academy of the Arts' manufacturing of “Sister Act AbunDantly!”

The AbunDance Academy of the Arts present — on the Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave in Brooklyn subsequent Sunday at 6 p.m. — is fundraiser for the group-oriented group, which trains college students age 2 to 80.

The present — a theatrical efficiency that includes college students and performing artists — tells the story of a profitable Broadway star from Brooklyn who returns to her hometown, spreading love for the humanities across the borough.

There are influences from the unique 1990s basic Whoppi Goldberg motion pictures “Sister Act" and "Sister Act 2” in “Sister Act AbunDantly"! present. And Jay seems within the lead position as Deloris Van Cartier, a half made well-known by Goldberg.

Coming to Brooklyn

Coming to Brooklyn's Kings Theatre on June 28, “Sister Act AbunDantly!” is influenced by the film “Sister Act" and its  "Sister Act 2" sequel.

(AbunDance Academy of the Arts)

Born in Brooklyn, with roots in Panama, Jay has carried out on Broadway, tv and in ensembles as a dancer and actress. She started sharing her ardour for the humanities when she based the AbunDance Academy of the Arts in 2013, with the mentorship of Cheryl Smith, former inventive director of Filled with Vitality College of Dance.

The college trains college students and provides sliding scale charges to households, along with providing full scholarships. Though looking for a new everlasting location, the academy college students are nonetheless being taught and rehearsing in short-term areas. To help the relocation effort, go to the academy's GoFundMe web page:

Tickets for “Sister Act AbunDantly!" can be found by way of

For info, go to, name (347) 788-1069 or ship e mail to

“Sister Act AbunDantly!” is being offered with help from town's Division of Cultural Affairs’ Su-Casa program, metropolis's Division of Getting older, Councilmembers Mathieu Eugene and Inez Barron, and the AbunDance Mother and father Affiliation.

Dancer and educator Lavinia Williams Yarborough — who left her mark in Haiti, other Caribbean nations and the U.S. — is being remembered next Sunday in a Manhattan affair.

Dancer and educator Lavinia Williams Yarborough — who left her mark in Haiti, different Caribbean nations and the U.S. — is being remembered subsequent Sunday in a Manhattan affair.



The 13th Memorial Tribute for Dance Pioneer Lavinia Williams Yarborough — a “pot luck” gathering celebrating the "life, legacy and educating" of the late dancer and educator — will probably be held subsequent Sunday in Manhattan on the Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Firm Studio, 70 E. Fourth St., from three p.m. to six p.m.

Video photographs, photographs, and private recollections of Williams Yarborough will probably be shared on the affair, which incorporates a repast.

Williams-Yarborough was a distinguished dancer — performing with the well-known Katherine Dunham Dance Firm and different teams within the U.S. — earlier than going to Haiti in 1953 to work with the Nationwide Folkloric Troupe. The next yr, she based the Haitian Institute of Folkloric and Classical dance and for labored carried out intensive analysis on dance and folklore for many years.

Attendees can deliver any photographs or artifacts of Williams-Yarborough or contribute a dish of your alternative, snacks or beverage for the reception following the occasion. To contribute or get info, contact Noel Corridor at (718) 857-4643, by e mail at or e mail Jill Williams at


Anthony Bourdain's CNN present "Components Unknown," identified for the host's exploration of food and drinks of journey locations across the globe, will probably be sharing his experiences in Trinidad and Tobago in June 18.

(Anthony Bourdain Components Unknown)


The cultural gems and culinary delights of Trinidad and Tobago are fairly acquainted to many, however on tonight Anthony Bourdain, will unfold the phrase in regards to the twin-island nation to the viewers of his award-successful, well-liked "Anthony Bourdain: Components Unknown" present on CNN. The present airs at 9 p.m.


Educator Yinka Stanford will hint put up-emancipation migration patterns within the Caribbean in a discuss on Saturday in Queens on the Cambria Heights department of the Queens Public Library, 218-13 Linden Blvd., at :30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Stanford will take a look at the motion of individuals to Britain, France, the Netherlands, the US and Canada after the emancipation colonies within the Caribbean. Name the library department at (718) 528-3535 for info.


A passenger arriving from St. Lucia in a cocaine-accessible wheelchair, in line with U.S. Customs and Border Safety officers who say American citizen Yoncela Stanley was discovered with a amount of the drug within the again seat cushion of her wheelchair.

The wheelchair (pictured) where cocaine was found at Kennedy Airport, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.

The wheelchair (pictured) the place cocaine was discovered at Kennedy Airport, in line with U.S. Customs and Border Safety officers.

(U.S. Customs and Border Protecti)

Final Sunday, Stanley — who now faces federal narcotics smuggling expenses — arrived at Kennedy Airport as disabled passenger in a wheelchair.

Throughout an inspection, CBP officers observed that the again seat cushion of her wheel chair appeared uncommon. The again seat cushion was eliminated and officers' packages containing a 27 lbs. of a white powder that examined constructive for cocaine. Stanley was arrested and turned over to Homeland Safety Investigations. Estimated road worth of the cocaine was $468,000.

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