A look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 17th, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.

The City of Miami Gardens will be hosting their annual state of the city address tonight, starting 6:30 p.m. at the Miami Gardens City Hall. Mayor Oliver Gilbert will be delivering the annual address on the city’s current development initiatives and major goals for this year.

South Florida’s popular Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival announced plans to launch a fest in Washington D.C. In honor of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, the event is set for June 19 in Downtown Washington. The D.C. festival will include signature dishes, chef competitions, and performances from reggae stars such as Freddie McGregor and Chris Martin.

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Former President of Haiti, Michel Martelly, returns to his Kompas roots as “Sweet Micky” this Thursday for an inaugural performance at Café Iguana in Pembroke Pines. The concert will mark the official re-launch of his musical career since leaving office, and will be hosted by Frankie Mixx-A lot.

In sports, The Jamaica Women’s Beach Volleyball Team will advance to 4th round of Olympic Qualifiers in Acapulco, Mexico next month, following their recent double victories. The team of Sashalee Wallen, Kai Wright, Alicia Malcolm, and South Florida’s own Danielle Perry defeated St. Lucia 16-5 and Trinidad and Tobago 3-2.

What’s trending:

Reggae Singer Jimmy Riley will be honored this Memorial Day, May 30, at the annual Oracabessa Festival in Queens, New York. Riley, who passed away in March, performed at last year’s festival with his son, reggae singer Tarrus Riley.

For Today’s Weather Forecast:

Scattered thunderstorms in Broward County with a high of 84 and a low of 75. For Miami-Dade, scattered thunderstorms with a high of 85 and a low of 76.

For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweekly.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean outlet.



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