With COVID-19 infections on the rise along with flu and RSV, it’s good to know that Sandra Lindsay of Northwell Health is on the case — once again warning Americans about the importance of disease prevention.
The well-known Jamaican-born health professional was profiled by media outlets across the country last Wednesday, as they marked the two-year anniversary of her volunteering for America’s first approved coronavirus vaccine. Lindsay has been an outspoken and sought-after champion of preventative health. Her COVID-19 shot was one of more than 750,000 shots given at Northwell since the pandemic.
The recipient of many honors, Lindsay’s pioneering actions were also recognized by President Biden, who presented her with the Distinguished Americans for US Citizenship and Immigration Award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Lindsay’s passionate and consistent message about prevention hasn’t changed over the past two years, but the registered nurse took on a new role in October — vice president of public health advocacy — which includes addressing the many health disparities highlighted by COVID -19 pandemics.
Catch Jamaican jazz pianist Monty Alexander for the holidays at his “Island Holiday” performance at Manhattan’s Birdland Club, 315 W. 44th St., Tuesday through Christmas Eve Saturday.
The Grammy-nominated music veteran’s versatile show also features bassist Luke Sellick and drummer Jason Brown. There will be sets at 20:30 and 22:30 For tickets, visit The place of the birds Web page.
The expression “mother knows best” is concluded. The book, King of Soca: The Biography of Machel Montano, was written by Elizabeth Montano, the mother of the Trinidadian-born international superstar.
The question, “What did it take for Machel Montano to become the King of Soca?” answers from his mother in the biography.
Dubbed “The Ultimate Insider,” Ms. Montano uses the picture-filled book “King of Soca” to chart her son’s early and continuing successes – from performing at age nine at Madison Square Garden with top-level performers high of the Caribbean in 1984. en route to his last consecutive victory of the Power Soca Monarch title at the Trinidad Carnival.
“I collected, distributed and preserved forty years of artifacts and memorabilia about Machel and his journey, an archive that has been an essential resource for this book,” the first-time author said. To purchase the book, visit kingofsoca.com Web page.
Flushing Town Hall in Queens hosts the Mini-Global Mashup: “Garifuna Meets Flamenco” Sunday afternoon at 1:00 PM with Garifuna singer Lucy Blanco and Flamenco guitarists Lisa Spraragen and Josué Pérez.
Personal tickets are $12 for Flushing Town Hall members, seniors and students and $15 for non-members. And access to a live stream of the show is available for $5. For tickets, visit Garifuna meets Flamenco for tickets and City Hall of Flushing for a full schedule of events.
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VP Records, the Queens-based, Caribbean-owned independent music label, is celebrating the season with “Holiday Savings” sales on new releases and other items.
It’s the vinyl versions of “Bob Marley with the Chineke! Orchestra”, (featuring Bob Marley and the Wailers), Black Uhuru’s “Taxi Trax” featuring Sly and Robbie”, Congo’s “Heart of the Congo” and Hezron’s “MOAM (Man on a Mission)” on CD, and clothing too. Visit VP Records website for all holiday specials.
Nonprofit IMPACCT Brooklyn is offering a wide range of shopping choices — from handmade West African designs to black-owned wines and spirits, local restaurants and more — this season through its digital gift guide Shop Brooklyn “, promoting more than 30 Brooklyn Black, Indigenous and People of Color products and women-owned businesses.
Bring in the holiday season with Jamaican-born singer-songwriter Minna LaFortune’s new seasonal song, “Christmas in Kingston,” which brings back memories of grand markets, nativity displays, and fireworks and starlights.
The ska-arranged track was written and performed by LaFortune and produced by Art of Music studio. Order Christmas in Kingston at Minna LaFortune website, Amazon.comApple Music and other retail sites.
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