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Real Arts Way Hosts West Indian Authors


HARTFORD — Two West Indian authors are scheduled to be at Real Arts Way this month, reading from their latest work.

Jamaican-born Marlon James  and Allison Joseph will read from their latest work Feb. 20 and 21 respectively.

Marlon James is a finalists for both a National Book Critics Circle Award in Fiction and a NAACP Image Award in Literature for his second novel, The Book of Night Women.

The New York Times says this about James’ latest work,   “Marlon James’s second novel is both beautifully written and devastating. While the gruesome history of slavery in the Americas is a story we may dare to think we already know, every page of “The Book of Night Women” reminds us that we don’t know nearly enough. James’s narrative, related in a hard-edged but lilting dialect, takes us back to the cruel world of a Jamaican sugar plantation at the turn of the 19th century.

at the center of “The Book of Night Women” is a black-skinned, green-eyed slave woman, barely out of childhood, who struggles to transcend the violence into which she is born, a violence that begins with her first breath as a “baby wash in crimson and squealing like it just depart heaven to come to hell.”

Born in London to Caribbean parents, Joseph’s latest book, My Father’s Kites, focuses on her father. It is will be published later this month.

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Naming of Keith Carr’s Corner Rejected


By Ann-Marie Adams

HARTFORD — The West Indian community is quickly reacting to news that the city council last night rejected the idea of having a Keith Carr Corner– with no debate.

After considering the resolution since March, the Hartford City Council at a special meeting voted to reject the naming of the corner of Albany Ave. and Main Street as Keith L. Carr Sr. Corner.

keith-carrCarr was an active member of the city for more than 30 years.  He helped organized the West Indian Week celebration and the business community on Albany Ave. He died Jan. 7.

Council Veronica Airey-Wilson sponsored the resolution and is now circulating the phone numbers of two council members for residents to call and voice their concerns.

But tAirey-Wilson’s timing was off, says Luis Cotto, who abstained from last night’s vote. Cotto said he abstained because there was a compromise between two communities, Clay Arsenal and North Main Street. Cotto said the Clay Arsenal area is the birth of the Puerto Rican community. And he questioned “why that corner.”

In a July 14 e-mail to Airey-Wilson Cotto expressed his concern.

“I thought I would hear rationale that spoke to Mr. Carr’s link to that specific site.  Instead I now understand that this represents a compromise between two communities, the communities in the upper Albany area (1.2 miles away from the proposed site) and communities in the North Main street area (1.3 miles away from the proposed site.)  It is because of this that I must respectfully NOT support this item.  That Tunnel section of the city is inextricably connected to the birth of the Puerto Rican community in this city,” he said in his letter to council members.

Of the nine-member council, Cotto was one of five present last night. Kenneth Kennedy, RJo Winch and Calixto Torres were abent.  Airey-Wilson, Pedro Segarra, Matt Ritter and James Boucher.  Cotto abstained. Larry Deutsch, who voted yes in committee, voted no at the meeting.

This apparently caught some residents off guard.

Hartford resident Reggie Hales stated in an e-mail that he was surprised by the news.

“Wow.  I was there at the non meeting and they ok’ed it,” he stated in an email to Councilwoman Veronica Airey-Wilson.

Airey-Wilson said she would re-introduce the bill to the city council at the August 14 meeting and asked her supporters to voice their concern at that meeting.  But this would be after the West Indian Week celebrations, which begins Aug. 1 and ends Aug. 8. The goal of introducing it at the special meeting last night was to have it in time for the celebrations, some say.

Calls to the office of Councilman Larry Deutsch were made today. We are waiting for a response.

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Mayor, Officals Fete Jamaican Senator


HARTFORD — Mayor Eddie Perez and other city officials took time out to meet and greet Jamaica’s Senator, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ronald Robinson.

Robinson was feted in April and given an entire day, which the mayor proclaimed in his honor. The city also pledged to partner on a number of trade and investment initiatives, including a gift of a fire truck to the government of Jamaica through the Caribbean Trade Council.

Robinson’s trip was a part of trip planned by the Jamaican government to reach out to Jamaicans in the United States. Trips were planned for New York, New Jersey, Miami and Hartford. Hartford purportedly has the largest number of Jamicans in the U.S.

Connecticut’s capital city is also home to the third largest West Indian population in the nation.

Robinson was the speaker at lunch ceremony held at the West Indian Social Club of Hartford, which was attended by, among others, Andrew Lawrence, President of the Caribbean Trade Council of Hartford; Daryl K. Roberts, Chief of Hartford Police Department; Veronica Airy-Wilson, Councilwoman of City of Hartford; Geneive Brown Metzger, Consul General of Jamaica in New York; RJo Winch, Councilwoman of Hartford; Charles Teale, Sr., Chief of Hartford Fire Department.

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