Brooklyn Tourists Dream Caribbean Vacations Turn Into A Nightmare

Help is being requested in bringing to the public's attention the plight of six Brooklyn friends who went on a Carnival Cruise to the Caribbean and have ended up beaten and jailed in Antigua over a dispute in the fair with a taxi-driver.

This X-Posted from transgriotfeed's post Free The Antigua 6

Rachel Henry, certified chef; fashion and runway model
Shoshannah Henry, singer-songwriter; law school student
Dolores Lalanne, social worker
Nancy Lalanne, licensed practical nurse
Joshua Jackson, crew chief for an international airline and a customer service representative for a utilities company
Mike Pierre-Paul, licensed practical nurse

They were part of a group of a dozen Brooklyn, NY residents aboard a Carnival Cruise ship that docked at Antigua earlier this month.

The six negotiated a $50 fare with a cab driver to tour the island, but ended up in a dispute with the cabbie when he demanded double the amount at the end of the ride. When the group refused to pay the new amount, he drove the passengers to a police station away from the port where the cruise ship was docked.

The group was subsequently arrested and beaten by the Antiguan po-po's. They are facing numerous charges and had an Antiguan court hearing at 2 PM yesterday in which the all pleaded not guilty.

(Click on fake LJ Cut for full story + where you can call, write and be generally helpful)

Here is some more information from our local New Your City Media:
o Paradise turns into nightmare: Fight with cops causes NYers to be stuck in Antigua on trial
o Slow moving justice in Antigua frustrates Brooklynites and parents in trial over cop scuffle

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[Brooklyn] Spoken Word: The Lost Element of Hip Hop

Exterior Of bushbaby 1197 Fulton Street (btwn Arlington Pl & Bedford Ave) Bed-Stuy Brooklyn The Universal Hip Hop Parade Foundation and bushbaby proudly present Spoken Word: The Lost Element of Hip Hop. An Open Mic / Showcase hosted by Alkamal and featuring special performances by Definition and H.U.L.

Date: the evening of Thursday, June 19th 2008
Time: Sign-up for the Open Mic starts at 5:30 PM the Performances are from 6 PM to 9 PM
Location: bushbaby 1197 Fulton Street (btwn Arlington Pl & Bedford Ave) Bed-Stuy Brooklyn

Spoken Word: The Lost Element of Hip Hop Thursday, June 19th 2008 from 5:30 thru 9:00 pm at bushbaby 1197 Fulton Street Bed Stuy Brooklyn

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While you are enjoying the performances, come register on the spot for the 9th Annual Universal Hip Hop Parade. Be a part of the worlds longest parade dedicated to Hip Hop Culture. For more information about the parade please call 718-415-4712 or 718-709-6885 or visit the website at

Then join us in the historically Black neighborhood of Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn on Saturday August 16th to celebrate the original elements of Hip Hop Culture and Marcus Garvey's Birthday and Legacy.
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[Los Angeles]: ArtWallah 2008 Festival - Call For Works

Please Start Sending your Submissions ASAP
Deadline for Submission:
April 15th, 2008

The ArtWallah 2008 Festival, a multi-disciplinary arts festival of the South Asian diaspora (including artists with ethnic ties to India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, the Maldives, Burma (aka Myanmar), Sri Lanka and Nepal), is seeking innovative and original work from artists and artist-activists that address political, personal or cultural celebrations / struggles, for its Seventh Annual Event.

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