Monday, June 21, 2021

DUTCH QUARTER, St. Martin (June 6, 2021)—Deborah Drisana Jack, Dorbrene O’Marde, and Fabian Adekunle Badejo received the President Award here at the 19thannual of St. Martin Book Fair, on June 5, 2021. The President Award is the final highlight of the St. Martin Book Fair, said book fair coordinator Shujah Reiph.

Jack and Badejohail from St. Martin and were on hand to accept their award at the Dutch Quarter Community Center, where the Closing Ceremony of the literary festival was held. O’Mardeviewed the live stream of the program on Facebook at his home in Antigua, said Reiph.

“The Presidents Award is presented to individuals and institutions whose work is noted for its excellence and for combining literary, cultural, and liberation components in the service of progress, of their people or nation, and of humanity,” said Lasana M. Sekou fromHouse of Nehesi Publishers (HNP).

The Presidents Award winner Deborah Drisana Jack is a St. Martin poet, author, and according to a recent article in The Daily News, a “critically rising” international visual artist. Her art is based on video/sound installation, photography, painting and text.

 Jack’s poetry books are The Rainy Season (1997) and skin (2006). “Deborah has read her poetry in St. Martin, South Africa, Indonesia, the Netherlands, and the USA,” said Jacqueline Sample, her publisher at HNP.

Jack’s art has been exhibited in the Caribbean, USA, and Europe. Her work has been in group and solo exhibits at the Museum of Latin American Art in Los Angeles, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, Frost Museum at FIU, Portland Museum in Maine, Perez Art Museum of Miami, Brooklyn Museum, Jersey City Museum, and the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. 

Jack’s art appears on HNP book covers and in 2021on the cover of New York’sSmall Axe literary journal. Awards and honors include residencies, Prince Bernhard Fund grants, a CEPA Exhibition Award, and a New York Foundation for the Arts SOS grant.

Jack is an Associate Professor of Art at New Jersey City University and “traveled home to deliver the keynote address at St. Martin Book Fair 2021,” said Reiph.

The Presidents Award winner DorbreneO’Mardehas described himself as “an Antigua-born Caribbean cultural worker.” The Antigua and Barbudaplaywright and author, is also a kaiso writer, judge, and analyst.

One of the 15 guest writers of St. Martin Book Fair’s international Literary Evening on June 4, 2021, “Dorbrene enthralled our virtual audience” with reading about forlorn love from his novel Send Out You Hand, said Reiph.

In 2014, O’MardeauthoredKing Short Shirt: Nobody Go Run Me, the biography of Emanuel McLean, a defining kaisonian from Antigua and Barbuda.

O’Marde has directed five of his full-length plays with the Harambee Open Air Theatre in Antigua and Barbuda. In 2010, he received the “Friends of the Arts” Sunshine Award for his contribution to arts and culture in the Caribbean, said Reiph.

“DorbreneO’Marde is the chairman of the Reparations Committee of Antigua and Barbuda. He has been consistent in generating consciousness at home and in the region about the objectives and developments of the Reparations movement,” said Reiph.

The Presidents Award recipient Fabian AdekunleBadejo is a literary critic and veteran journalist in St. Martin. Badejo is the author of Claude – A Portrait of Power, Salted Tongues – Modern Literature in St.Martin, Fantasies – Love-making poems, and the forthcoming SOS: Season of Storms from HNP in 2021, said Sekou.

In 1982, Badejo coordinated the groundbreaking St. Maarten Festival of Arts & Culture, according to his publisher. He has also produced concerts by kaisonian Mighty Dow and humorists Paul Keens Douglas and Fernando Clark.

Badejo has directed plays and film documentaries and presented scholarly papers on St. Martin’s literature and culture at regional and international conferences.

Between 1989 and 2005, the former Nigerian diplomat was the managing director/editor, publisher, and news director respectively of The St. Maarten Guardian, St. Martin Business Week, and Today. Badejo is the producer and host of the long-running weekly radio magazine Culture Time on PJD2.

Previous winners of the President's Award, which the Daily Herald has called a “prestigious award,” include Edwidge Danticat (USA/Haiti), Computech (St. Martin), Benny Wenda (West Papua), Norman Girvan (Jamaica), George Lamming (Barbados), Quince Duncan (Costa Rica), Nicole Cage (Martinique), Casa de las Americas (Cuba), Kamau Brathwaite (Barbados), Will Johnson (Saba), and Derek Walcott (St. Lucia).

The Presidents Award is named after the presidents of Conscious Lyrics Foundation (CLF), House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), and the University of St. Martin (USM), said Reiph.

CLF and the St. Martin Book Fair Committee organized the St. Martin Book Fair, June 3 – 5, 2021, in collaboration with St. Maarten Tourist Bureau, Computech, USM, LCF Foundation, SOS 95.9 FM, and Nagico, and in consultation with HNP.

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June 15, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey and Hearst Magazines are teaming up for interviews that pair young Black journalists with elders who include civil rights activists, celebrities and others sharing some lessons learned in life. The project, “Lift Every Voice,” will be featured on Winfrey’s website and in magazines like ELLE, Good Housekeeping, Esquire, Runner’s World and Winfrey’s own O Quarterly. Dionne Warwick, Patti LaBelle, Andre De Shields and the activist Claudette Colvin are among the people featured. While some material from earlier Hearst television stories is used, the interviewers are drawn primarily from the ranks of historic Black colleges and universities, with most of the portraits taken by Black photographers just starting in the field. In one example, 94-year-old community activist Opal Lee, from Fort Worth, Texas, talks to Mariah Campbell, a journalism student at Texas Southern University, about efforts to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Winfrey said she was inspired by her own memories of knowing poet Maya Angelou when Winfrey was young, and how Angelou stressed the importance of sharing stories from the time she grew up.

June 15, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Philharmonic will resume subscription performances in September following a historic 18-month gap caused by the coronavirus pandemic, presenting a shortened schedule of 78 concerts in a season shifted from Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall while the orchestra’s home is remodeled. The Philharmonic said Tuesday its season will open Sept. 17 with music director Jaap van Zweden conducting the orchestra and pianist Daniil Trifonov in Anna Clyne’s “Within Her Arms,” Copland’s “Quiet City,” George Walker’s “Antifonys for Chamber Orchestra” and Beethoven’s piano concerto No. 4. That concert, the orchestra’s first regular event since March 10, 2020, will be the first of 50 at Lincoln Center’s 1,086-seat Alice Tully Hall, a venue more typically used for chamber music and recitals. There will be 28 concerts in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 1,233-seat Rose Theater, located at Columbus Circle, less than half a mile from Geffen Hall, plus four concerts at Carnegie Hall, the orchestra’s home from 1891 to 1962.

June 15, 2021  NEW YORK (AP) — Rita Moreno emigrated with her mother from Puerto Rico at age five. By six, she was dancing at Greenwich Village nightclubs. By 16, she was working full time. By 20, she was in “Singin’ in the Rain.” In the documentary “Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go for It,” Norman Lear says: “I can’t think of anyone I’ve ever met in the business who lived the American dream more than Rita Moreno.” In the decades that followed, Moreno won a Tony, a Grammy, an Emmy and an Oscar, for “West Side Story.” (Her entire acceptance speech: “I can’t believe it.” ) With seemingly infinite spiritedness, she has epitomized the best of show business while also being a victim to its cruelties. That has made Moreno, who co-stars in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming “West Side Story remake, a heroic figure to Latinos, and to others. “I have never given up,” she said in a recent interview by Zoom from her home in Berkeley, California.

June 15, 2021 NEW YORK (AP) — The tragedies of Brian Wilson’s life is a rock ‘n’ roll story well told. The postscript — that he’s a survivor nearing age 80 who appears to be supported personally and professionally in a way he never really had before — is less familiar. Despite some uncomfortable moments in “Brian Wilson: Long Promised Road,” that important update is the point of the documentary that premieres Tuesday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. The film’s heart is a series of drives around Southern California, where Wilson and Rolling Stone magazine editor Jason Fine talk, listen to music and occasionally stop at restaurants. There’s a comfort level between the two; Fine is a journalist who has become a friend. Wilson, the creative force behind the Beach Boys, has dealt with an abusive, hard-driving father, the mental illness Schizoaffective disorder where he’d hear voices berating and belittling him, and band members often resistant to where he was going musically. Add in years of drug abuse, a quack psychologist who effectively held him, prisoner, for a decade and the younger brothers who died early, and it’s a lot to endure.

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June 16, 2021 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Tuesday installed an energetic critic of Big Tech as a top federal regulator at a time when the industry is under intense pressure from Congress, regulators and state attorneys general. The selection of legal scholar Lina Khan to head the Federal Trade Commission is seen as signaling a tough stance toward tech giants Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple. Khan was sworn in as FTC chair just hours after the Senate confirmed her as one of five members of the commission on a 69-28 vote. Khan has been a professor at Columbia University Law School and burst onto the antitrust scene with her massive scholarly work in 2017 as a Yale law student, “Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox.” She helped lay the foundation for a new way of looking at antitrust law beyond the impact of big-company market dominance on consumer prices. As counsel to a House Judiciary antitrust panel in 2019 and 2020, she played a key role in a sweeping bipartisan investigation of the market power of the tech giants.

June 15, 2021  BRUSSELS (AP) — The deal the United States and the European Union reached Tuesday to end their long-running rift over subsidies to Boeing and Airbus will suspend billions in punitive tariffs. It will ease trans-Atlantic tensions. And it will let the two sides focus on a common economic threat: China. But the breakthrough still leaves some trade friction between the U.S. and the EU unresolved. Most prominently, President Biden kept in place import taxes that President Donald Trump imposed on European steel and aluminum, a move that infuriated some of America’s closet allies three years ago. For now, Tuesday’s truce in the Boeing-Airbus dispute goes a long way toward repairing a huge commercial relationship — $933 billion in two-way trade last year despite the pandemic — that came under enormous strain during the Trump years. Among other things, the former president angrily charged the Europeans with using unfair trade practices to sell more products to the United States than they bought and of shirking their responsibility to pay for their own national defense.

June 15, 2021 -A day after her interview for a part-time job at Target last year, Dana Anthony got an email informing her she didn’t make the cut. Anthony didn’t know why — a situation common to most job seekers at one point or another. But she also had no sense at all of how the interview had gone, because her interviewer was a computer. More job-seekers, including some professionals, may soon have to accept impersonal online interviews where they never talk to another human being, or know if behind-the-scenes artificial-intelligence systems are influencing hiring decisions. Demand for online hiring services, which interview job applicants remotely via laptop or phone, mushroomed during the COVID-19 pandemic and remains high amid a perceived worker shortage as the economy opens back up. These systems claim to save employers money, sidestep hidden biases that can influence human recruiters and expand the range of potential candidates. Many now also use AI to assess candidate skills by analyzing what they say.

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