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June 20, 2019

CARIBBEAT: The advancement of black and brown youngsters aired in documentary on the all-male Eagle Academy Foundation

March 21, 2019
A student prepares for school (inset) and then walks down an Eagle Academy hallway in the documentary “The Infamous Future,” screening at the Katra Film Festival. (The Infamous Future / Rialto Pictures)

“The Infamous Future: The Untold Story of New York City’s Eagle Academy,” a powerful and inspirational documentary about the successful all-male educational institution, will be screened March 27 as the Katra Film Series continues with the film and a special session at its new home, the Alamo Drafthouse Theater in Brooklyn.

The Eagle Academy Foundation — and its mission to educate and inspire leaders in black and brown communities — is the focus of the event, which includes a panel discussion.


Members of the panel include Eagle Academy President and CEO David Banks, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, “The Infamous Future” executive producer and writer John Campbell, and director Richard Butterworth.

The discussion will be moderated by Cheryl Wills of Spectrum Cable’s NY1 News.

Visit for more on the film festival. For more information on “The Infamous Future,” visit

Carib investment series

“Exploring Real Estate and Other Investment Opportunities in Jamaica” is the theme of the opening segment of the free Caribbean Business Exchange Investment Series — highlighting business and investment opportunities in the diaspora and Jamaica.

Hosted by the Caribbean Action Network Foundation Initiative, the opening event will take place Friday in Brooklyn at BKLYN Commons, 495 Flatbush Ave., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

A new publication encouraging Jamaica investments, “Jamaica 2019 BizTelligence Guide,” will debut at the event and be distributed in print and electronically in major Caribbean diaspora markets across North America and Europe.

The Victoria Mutual Building Society and Edgehill Homes, BizLauncher Bellyful Restaurant, Western Union and the Law Office of Smith, Sykes, and Associates are among the event sponsors.

Founded by attorney Sandra Smith, the initiative seeks to support social and economic development.

To register for Friday’s event, visit Eventbrite and search for the Caribbean Business Exchange Investment Series or call (718) 795-6672.

Airing region’s ‘Secrets’

Telling stories of the “real” Caribbean is the goal of the new weekly TV program “Secrets of the Caribbean.”

The show examines the lifestyles, history and culture of the region, venturing “beyond the beach and resorts” by sailing to large and small destinations onboard the Sail Windjammer’s S/V Mandalay tall ship with host Ana Garcia.

For show times and dates, visit

Elba ‘s ‘Yardie’ in town

Idris Elba attends the "Yardie" New York screening at the Crosby Hotel on March 10 in New York City.
Idris Elba attends the “Yardie” New York screening at the Crosby Hotel on March 10 in New York City. (Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images)

“Yardie,” the London-based crime drama set in the 1970s and ’80s and directed by popular actor Idris Elba, has made its way to New York.

The movie is screening at the Kent Theater, 1170 Coney Island Ave. in Brooklyn; the Village East Cinema, 181-189 Second Ave., and the Cinepolis Chelsea, 260 W 23rd St., in Manhattan; the Main Street Cinemas, 72-66 Main St. in Queens, and other theaters in the metropolitan area.


Based on the novel by Victor Headley, the film follows the drug trade in Kingston, Jamaica, and London’s Hackney neighborhood through the life of “D” (played by Aml Ameen, born in London to Jamaican parents) and his estranged girlfriend (portrayed Shantol Jackson).

For more on the film; visit

M-learning made easy

Kimberly Gray is the founder and CEO of UVII, maker of the Learning Management Systems' mobile-first education platform.
Kimberly Gray is the founder and CEO of UVII, maker of the Learning Management Systems’ mobile-first education platform. (UVII)

There’s been a quest for quality educational content on the internet, and Kimberly Gray, with her UVII firm, has developed a solution to this digital dilemma.

For self-learners, as well as educators and students in formal institutions, the UVII Learning Management Systems’ mobile-first education platform and video response plug-ins are designed to provide access to “quality curriculum from educational institutions and speaker seminars.”

Gray is the founder and CEO of UVII.

Last year, UVII and Gray — who is the daughter of two Washington, D.C.-area public school principals —partnered with the City University of New York to conduct pilot programs with students and educators using the company’s video learning platform.

Gray and her firm are providers in the huge and growing market for m-learning (aka mobile learning) and aiding the increased demand for dependable personal development information.

“UVII gives students and self-learners access to curriculum courses and speaker seminars from their mobile device’” said Gray, adding that, “Mobile-first is [also] the future of personal development learning.”

For a demo of the UVII platform and information on partnership and investment, send email to [email protected].

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