Caribbean heritage, black music, migraines, are the focus in June

Maxi Priest

Maxi Priest

As Caribbean Tourism Week prepares to wind down this weekend in New York City, a slew of other exciting concerts, festivals and events will take place in New York and across the country to celebrate and bring awareness to various issues during the month of June. Among the top three issues that will be highlighted this month are: Caribbean heritage, black music and migraine headaches.


Caribbean nationals make up a strong component of the US population so it is fitting that Caribbean heritage month is celebrated in June, the beginning of summer. Joining Caribbean heritage is black music, which spans a range of genres such as R&B, Reggae, Jazz, Gospel, Classical and Hip Hop. Concerts earmarked for black music month include Reggae crooner Maxi Priest, who will perform at BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square on Wednesday, June 11, while New Edition’s full contingent will take the stage after opening act Joe warms up the Barclays Arena on June 29. Former I-Threes Singer Marcia Griffiths of Electric Boogie fame will appear at Groovin in the Park concert in Queens, New York on June 29, joining Beres Hammond, John Holt and Air Supply.

For migraine sufferers, information will be available about new drugs and techniques that are expected to offer much needed relief from the excruciating pain that makes regular activities difficult at times. Get involved this month to learn more about migraine relief and take some time to enjoy the celebrations for Caribbean heritage and black music.–

Caribbean Tourism Week runs from June 1-7 in New York City

dunns river
Jamaica’s famous Dunn’s River Falls is a must see for every tourist to the island paradise.

New York: The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is hosting another Caribbean Week in New York from June 1 -7, 2014. Caribbean Week showcases the sights, sounds, colors, culture and unique vacation experiences of the Caribbean. Caribbean Week will show New Yorkers and visitors to the Big Apple why the region is a desirable, year-round warm weather destination. The week will feature free and ticketed events such as the Celebrity Chefs Program, which will feature Caribbean chefs

The Caribbean Tourism Team proudly showcase the region and its attractions.


preparing authentic Caribbean dishes at demonstrations, tastings and cooking classes at culinary venues throughout the week. There will also be free events at the Williams-Sonoma, Columbus Circle and Bloomingdales @ 59th St. and White Plains. Tickets priced from $25 to $135 per person are available for culinary classes and lessons at Haven’s Kitchen, 109 West 17th Street; the Whole Foods Culinary Center, Bowery; Brooklyn Kitchen-Manhattan, 600 11th Avenue; and Brooklyn Kitchen, 100 Frost Street, Brooklyn.

Assortment of delectable Caribbean dishes
Assortment of delectable Caribbean dishes.

On June 2, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Hilton Times Square in the Empire Foyer will host the Caribbean Diaspora Forum with a free registration. This year’s forum will explore the business of Diaspora Voluntourism and how the Caribbean Diaspora can participate. Speakers are: Heidi Clarke, director of programs at the Sandals Foundation; Captain Jagmohan Singh, acting chief executive officer of Caribbean Airlines and  Wilson Jean Baptiste, chief executive officer of Gems in St. Lucia.

st lucia festival
St Lucia’s Festivals usually attract large groups of fun-loving tourists to revel in the music and  enjoy the creative costumes.

On June 3, a Student Colloquium with free registration, will also take place at the Hilton Times Square and is created by CTO interns to involve youth in Caribbean Week New York. The program challenges students studying at the tertiary level to research and present practical sustainable tourism projects that if implemented, could provide a sustainable source of income for Caribbean nationals. Final teams present their projects and compete to win the 2014 Student Colloquium Championship. Finalist students from colleges in the Bahamas, Jamaica and the U.S. Virgin Islands will attempt to claim the title from Monroe College in the Bronx, the reigning champions.

Barbadian beauty, pop princess and down to earth entertainer Rihanna on a beach in her homeland.

On June 4, at the Venue 404, located at 404 Tenth Avenue, between 5:00 -8:00 p.m. Caribbean Romance Pavilion with free pre-registration for a $30 value is great for
engaged couples seeking a romantic and idyllic setting to get married and honeymoon, and married couples still deciding on that honeymoon getaway, destinations and resorts demonstrate why the Caribbean is the number one resort destination for weddings and honeymoons.

Jamaica is a popular honeymoon locale for couples around the world, who flock to enjoy the azure sea and the miles of white sand.

On June 6, 2014, 6:30pm-10:30pm, Tribeca 360, 10 Desbrosses Street the Rum and Rhythm™ Benefit with tickets costing $100 per person. The event is a fundraiser to benefit the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) Foundation. This signature event shows off the vibrant cultures, eclectic cuisines, pulsating rhythms and quintessential experiences to be enjoyed in the Caribbean. Guests will sample award winning rums, authentic cuisine prepared by Caribbean celebrity chefs and featured cocktails by popular mixologists, while enjoying the rhythms of Caribbean music. A selection of items will be available at Auction. For more information Contact:  Roberta Garzaroli or Mary Brennan at, Tel: 212-764-0340–