Tag: Caribbean

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Sports

Mets pitcher helps toss disruptive airline passenger

LATROY HAWKINS by Mike M. Ahlers (CNN) — When flight attendants needed help with a disruptive passenger, Mets pitcher LaTroy Hawkins didn’t balk. The lanky right-hander and fellow passengers pitched in, restraining the passenger while the plane was diverted to a nearby airport.

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International

Artists, educators laud Black heritage in DR

In this Sept. 27, 2013 photo, Dominican actresses Clara Morel, left, and Luz Bautista Matos, of the theater group “Arbol Maravilloso,” or “Wonderful Tree,” pose for a photo after their performance for school children in Moca, Dominican Republic. Their theater group has visited schools across the country to spread the word among Black children that their features and heritage should be a source of pride. (AP Photo/Manuel Diaz) by Ezequiel Abiu LopezAssociated Press Writer SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — In a school auditorium filled with laughing students, actresses Luz Bautista Matos and Clara Morel threw themselves into acting out a fairy tale complete with a princess, a hero and acts of derring-do. Morel had wrapped a white plastic sheet around her multi-colored blouse, while Bautista donned a brown paper bag over her blue tights. The two Black actresses wore their hair free and natural, decorated only with single pink flowers. “Yes, you’re a princess,” said Bautista to Morel, who fretted that she didn’t look like a traditional princess with her dark complexion and hair. Bautista then turned to a young girl sitting in the front row, who shared the same African-descended features as both actresses. “And you too,” Morel said as the child smiled back at her. The theater group Wonderful Tree has visited schools all over Santo Domingo and some in the countryside to spread the word among Black children that their features and heritage should be a source of pride. That message, though simple, has been nothing less than startling in this Caribbean country, where 80 percent of people are classified as mulattos, meaning they have mixed Black-White ancestry, but where many still consider being labeled Black an offense.

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People

Actor Craig Robinson in minor Bahamas drug bust

In this Jan. 19, 2012 file photo, actor Craig Robinson arrives at the nominations for the 43rd NAACP Image Awards, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond, File) by Alison LoweAssociated Press Writer NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Comic actor Craig Robinson was detained Wednesday for drug possession as he tried to leave the Bahamas and was ordered to pay a fine, authorities said.

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International

Cuban athletes and artists get in on capitalism

In this June 9, 2013 photo, Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor, right, and Olympic volleyball champion Mireya Luis, pose for a photo inside Sport-Bar 2.45, named after the height in meters (equivalent to 8 feet, 1/2 inch) of Sotomayor’s world record high jump, in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes) HAVANA (AP) — Cuban track and field legend Javier Sotomayor has launched a sports bar named for the height of his world record high jump. An Olympic volleyball champion has opened a swanky new Italian restaurant, and salsa star Hugo Morejon has a first-rate automotive repair shop. Armed with money and name recognition, Cuban athletes and artists who have long enjoyed a far more luxurious lifestyle than their compatriots on the Communist-run island are embracing the new world of private enterprise. In doing so, the celebrities have exposed themselves to more than a little envy from a population already weary of the perks they’ve long had.

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International

Beyonce, Jay-Z turn heads in Havana

CELEBRATING ANNIVERSARY–Beyonce and her husband, rapper Jay-Z, are surrounded by body guards as they tour Old Havana in Cuba, April 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa) by Andrea Rodriguez HAVANA (AP) — Beyonce and Jay-Z caused a big stir in Havana as they marked their fifth wedding anniversary Thursday.