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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Staff Writer | September 13, 1993
Eighty food and arts and crafts booths lined the main baseball field at Druid Hill Park yesterday, and music blared from a sound stage that eventually had five bands playing reggae, calypso soca-rama and steel-band music.It was the third and concluding day of Baltimore's 12th annual Caribbean Festival -- and the event's fifth appearance in Druid Hill Park, said coordinator Mark Kendal.Sept. 10-12 were designated "West Indian/Caribbean Days" by proclamation of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.Over the three days, the festival drew thousands.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter | December 1, 2006
It's just another abandoned building for now, but with a little work, Dawn Samuels thinks it could be transformed into the ultimate hub of Park Heights' Caribbean community. Creating a cultural center would take money, time and cooperation from her fellow West Indian merchants along Park Heights Avenue -- a combination that has proven difficult in the past. But a new city plan for Park Heights has given Samuels hope that her long-held dream might get a jump-start. Last month, the Baltimore City Council approved its first city master plan in 35 years, including a 47-page vision for rejuvenating one of Baltimore's most depressed neighborhoods.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,Sun reporter | December 1, 2006
It's just another abandoned building for now, but with a little work, Dawn Samuels thinks it could be transformed into the ultimate hub of Park Heights' Caribbean community. Creating a cultural center would take money, time and cooperation from her fellow West Indian merchants along Park Heights Avenue -- a combination that has proven difficult in the past. But a new city plan for Park Heights has given Samuels hope that her long-held dream might get a jump-start. Last month, the Baltimore City Council approved its first city master plan in 35 years, including a 47-page vision for rejuvenating one of Baltimore's most depressed neighborhoods.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | June 9, 2005
Into the West, cable channel TNT's 12-hour epic about life on the 19th-century frontier, is American mythology retold in the voice of multiculturalism. Re-imagining the national past is a tall order, but who better to take it on than Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker and producer who helped craft new narratives about World War II heroism (Band of Brothers) and the righteousness of some European gentiles during the Holocaust (Schindler's List)? Spielberg is the executive producer of this sprawling, panoramic miniseries about the collision of cultures that took place in the American Eden, west of the Mississippi.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | June 9, 2005
Into the West, cable channel TNT's 12-hour epic about life on the 19th-century frontier, is American mythology retold in the voice of multiculturalism. Re-imagining the national past is a tall order, but who better to take it on than Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker and producer who helped craft new narratives about World War II heroism (Band of Brothers) and the righteousness of some European gentiles during the Holocaust (Schindler's List)? Spielberg is the executive producer of this sprawling, panoramic miniseries about the collision of cultures that took place in the American Eden, west of the Mississippi.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2004
Sandy Edwards-Reed came in search of her roots. And she found them - at least symbolically - in the flag-embroidered bandanas she purchased from a vendor. The bright green one represented Dominica, her mother's home country, and the one emblazoned with a sun, surrounded by red and black, was for Antigua, where her father is from. "I try to stay connected," the Gwynn Oak resident said. "It's important to me to know where I came from." That expression of cultural pride was on display yesterday at the Baltimore Caribbean Carnival at Druid Hill Park.
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By Michael H. Price and Michael H. Price,Fort Worth Star-Telegram | October 6, 1993
"I knew the minute I saw the script that this movie was gonna make me big -- gigantic," Doug E. Doug said of his role in "Cool Runnings," a new comedy based on Jamaica's 1988 Olympic bobsledding team.Visiting Dallas recently with fellow player Rawle D. Lewis, Mr. Doug cited "Cool Runnings" as "the first film I've had that's treated me as any kind of priority. I've hung onto this project for three years -- that's how important it's been to me."Mr. Doug, who started out at age 17 in the 1980s as a touring comedian and opening act for such musical heavyweights as Miles Davis and the Isley Bros.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | August 25, 1996
Richard Nicolas' daughter was 2 years old, but they had never spent even a minute alone together. A Friday night outing at Golden Ring Mall would be the first time. He would take Aja to an 8 o'clock movie, "The Adventures of Pinocchio," and return her to her mother. At the last minute, when her mother wavered about letting her go, Aja was insistent."Want to see Pinocchio!" the toddler said. "Want to see Pinocchio!"They saw the movie, but that night, July 26, would be father and daughter's last together.
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By Carol L. Bowers and Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer | April 24, 1994
Ronald DeAbreu, an associate professor at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), learned a great deal about the writings of dead European men in his Catholic school in Guyana.But what really affected him was the handful of books he read by West Indian authors."As a child in Guyana, I read whatever West Indian novels I could get my hands on because of the delight I took in seeing depicted a world that was familiar to me," he said.One of the first books was an early novel by V. S. Naipaul called "The House of Mr. Biswas," a Dickensian comedy about a man from Trinidad who tries to build his own house.
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July 13, 2003
Charles Herbert Thompson, a retired assistant superintendent of building maintenance for the city who also had a catering business featuring West Indian food, died Tuesday of an infection after surgery at Bon Secours Hospital. He was 74 and lived on Druid Park Lake Drive in Baltimore. A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Thompson joined the U.S. Navy in 1952 -- where he learned to cook -- and was honorably discharged in 1959. He later served in the merchant marines from 1966 until 1968, when he settled in Baltimore.
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By Kelly Brewington and Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2004
Sandy Edwards-Reed came in search of her roots. And she found them - at least symbolically - in the flag-embroidered bandanas she purchased from a vendor. The bright green one represented Dominica, her mother's home country, and the one emblazoned with a sun, surrounded by red and black, was for Antigua, where her father is from. "I try to stay connected," the Gwynn Oak resident said. "It's important to me to know where I came from." That expression of cultural pride was on display yesterday at the Baltimore Caribbean Carnival at Druid Hill Park.
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By Gregory P. Kane and Gregory P. Kane,Staff Writer | September 13, 1993
Eighty food and arts and crafts booths lined the main baseball field at Druid Hill Park yesterday, and music blared from a sound stage that eventually had five bands playing reggae, calypso soca-rama and steel-band music.It was the third and concluding day of Baltimore's 12th annual Caribbean Festival -- and the event's fifth appearance in Druid Hill Park, said coordinator Mark Kendal.Sept. 10-12 were designated "West Indian/Caribbean Days" by proclamation of Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke.Over the three days, the festival drew thousands.
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By Lisa Schwarzbaum and Lisa Schwarzbaum,Special to the Sun | March 9, 1997
"Salt," by Earl Lovelace. Persea Books. 260 pages. $22.95.In an ideal bookshop, something as fragrant as Trinidadian writer Earl Lovelace's newest novel would come boxed together with a packet of spices, a CD of West Indian music and a string hammock in which to swing as the author's melodious riffs and billows of language propel this lovely, passionate story on its gentle course.As it is, you can almost-almost-sniff the scents of Lovelace's home island in this busy and satisfying story - a "political" novel in which everyday human hubbub speaks as eloquently as any political oration.
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By MICHAEL LIND | June 23, 1995
For months I've been looking forward to the release of Walt Disney's animated musical ''Pocahontas.'' The idea of a heart-warming family musical based on the early history of English colonization in Virginia is nothing short of amazing. It is as though the Muppets or the Ice Capades were to do a version of ''Aguirre: The Wrath of God.''From 1607, when the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery sailed up the James River, until 1646, the English colonists were in an almost constant state of war with the Algonquin federation called the Powhatans after the father of Pocahontas.
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