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Aug 13, 2017

BRONX NEWS: CARIBBEAT: SPICE of life in inaugural ECIPS Music Festival

The organizers of the inaugural ECIPS Music Festival have compiled the correct ingredients for an excellent event — family fun, food and top flight reggae, R&B and soca entertainers.

International superstar Akon, Remy Ma, Alkaline, Freddie Jackson, Elephant Man, De La Ghetto, Denise Belfon, Queen Ifrica are some of acts due to perform next Sunday at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley Blvds., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“ECIPS International (pronounced EE-sips) is ‘spice’ spelled backward,” explains event official Suzan Peart, shariing the vision uniting a diverse community “through food and music.” With music spanning genres and generations of fans, the production is being billed as a “legacy festival.”

For tickets and information, visit


It’s all for women of color. Natural goods, wares of independently owned firms and wellness products will be on display today at the Project Beauty Expo, being held in Manhattan at the White Space Chelsea, 530 W. 25th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.), from 1 6 p.m.

Developed by Brittany Brown, the expo is designed to give more power, respect and beauty options to women of color by linking them with the beauty industry, connecting women with indie brands, bloggers, beauty ethusiasts and providing “education in beauty, wellness, and lifestyle.”

Tickets are . For tickets and information. visit


There’s something for everyone in the annual Sons and Daughters of Jamaica’s 5K Run and Walk set for Aug. 24 at 9 a.m., in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Men, women, boys and girls will gather at the park’s Park Circle East for the race/walk, which will help fund a mission to get clothing, school suppplies and other necessities to orphans in Jamaica.

Preregistration is and race day registration is . Children under 12 and senior citizens register for . For registration, general information or to volunteer, call (718) 712-5034.


The Reggae Chefs are bringing Panama to Brooklyn in their latest culinary adventure, “Scattered Jamaica: Panama,” coming Saturday to The Golden Hall at St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church, 331 Hawthorne St. (between Nostrand and New York Aves.), at 6 p.m.

The scrumptious and educational event is a five-hour session on the unique food, entertainment and culture of Panama and its Jamaican connections and influences.

“Patrons at ScatteredJamaica: Panama will come face to face with the culinary legacy of the Caribbean Panama Canal diggers as well as explore the significance of the Panama Tribune to black journalism,” said Reggae Chefs CEO, Peter Ivey.

The Panamanian-Jamaican experience includes reggae and reggaeton music, folk singers and women dressed in traditional Polleras,” said Ivey.

There will be live performers by reggae/Panamanian performer Synga Splaash; Natty Cat, the Braata Caribbean Performing Arts Company, and Panamanian folk dancers and Waldaba Stewart, president of the Caribbean Research Center, Medgar Evers College, is guest speaker.

Several outstanding community members will be honored at the affair. They include Professor Louis McGrath Walker, former director of Brooklyn College SEEK Program; Laura James, director of the Summer Youth Employment Program and the Work, Learn and Grow Program at Medgar Evers College; Andrew Clarke, actor, singer and founder of Braata, and Irwine Clare, radio host and founder of Team Jamaica Bickle.

Admission price of includes food, drinks and entertainment — and proceeds will help feed the hungry in Jamaica and Panama on Oct. 16, World Food Day.

For tickets, visit And for information, contact Ivey at (917) 567-5216 or send email to

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