The year 2007 was one of no return for me. Having previously visited it every year and a half, the last time I went to Cameroon was that Christmas, as the first shockwaves of the financial crisis were emerging. It’s this time frame that serves as the nexus of Cameroonian newcomer Imbolo Mbue’s much-awaited novel Behold the Dreamers.
Originally entitled The Longings of Jende Jonga, Mbue’s first title deftly explores themes of migration, family, social mobility, and success throu
- See this story at BrooklynDaily.com.By Julianne CubaBrooklyn DailyThis local civic has lawyered up.Developer Alex Forkosh is trying to rezone a swath of Bergen Beach to build condos, but the Bergen Beach Civic Association — determined to stop the development — has enlisted Manhattan lawyer Jack Lester’s help in its opposition. The group, which meets monthly at the Hudson River Yacht Club to address local issues, knew it was out of its wheel house trying to fight the massive dev
- As the lines that have spiraled down Bushwick’s ordinarily desolate Johnson Street since last Wednesday can aptly attest too, Ichiran isn’t your average Brooklyn restaurant debut. In fact, the borough was a somewhat unlikely choice for the Japanese phenomenon’s first stateside branch—considering patrons are much more accustomed to cooling their heels for ramen in Manhattan, at spots like Ippudo, Totto and Hide-Chan.
But Ichiran’s reputation precedes it; made famous
- 'The Walking Dead' has returned with a bloody bang for its seventh season as the victim of bat-wielding bad guy Negan was revealed in Sunday's premiere
- Book Review: T.C. Boyle's "The Terranauts" never quite lifts off, but the ride is enjoyable enough
- NBA TV personality Kristen Ledlow says she was robbed at gunpoint at her home
- Smithsonian officials are "over the rainbow" after reaching their fundraising goal to help preserve the ruby slippers from "The Wizard Oz" film
- Sting will hit the stage at the American Music Awards next month, and the icon will also receive a special honor for his successful career
- A ship that once towed warships to safety during World War II and battled 40-foot waves to help rescue seven people in what was portrayed in the book and film "The Perfect Storm" is poised to be sunk off the New Jersey and Delaware coasts
- Olympic figure skating champion and commentator Scott Hamilton has been diagnosed with a third brain tumor
- Charlie Puth is canceling the remainder of his tour due to illness
- Time warps, half-bestial children and parallel worlds are, for Mamoru Hosoda, a natural way to pursue the universal coming-of-age story that has driven all his movies
- Tom Hayden, the famed 1960s anti-war activist who moved beyond his notoriety as a Chicago 8 defendant to become a California legislator, author and lecturer has died
- University of Connecticut officials say there are no ghosts at the former mental institution that now serves as the school's Depot Campus in Mansfield
- See this story at BrooklynDaily.com.By Giaco FurinoBrooklyn DailyHe’s the rapper on Elm Street!With his high-pitched voice and lyrics about Star Wars and Harry Potter, MC Chris may not be the hardest rapper in the game, but he is a pillar in the nerd rap — or “nerdcore” — community. At the Knitting Factory on Oct. 27, the rapper is going to get real, spitting rhymes about some unusually heavy topics. But he plans to lighten the mood with references to something ever
- See this story at BrooklynPaper.com.By Giaco Furinofor Brooklyn PaperHe’s the rapper on Elm Street!With his high-pitched voice and lyrics about Star Wars and Harry Potter, MC Chris may not be the hardest rapper in the game, but he is a pillar in the nerd rap — or “nerdcore” — community. At the Knitting Factory on Oct. 27, the rapper is going to get real, spitting rhymes about some unusually heavy topics. But he plans to lighten the mood with references to something
- Lucia Perillo, an award-winning author and Pulitzer Prize finalist, has died in Olympia, Washington at the age of 58
- The Chicago Cubs' first pennant clincher since 1945 was seen by an average of 9.7 million viewers on Fox Sports 1, the highest total for a League Championship Series in six years
- Garth Brooks took time out from a concert stop in West Virginia to hold a basketball camp for children
- Tyler Perry has scared off Tom Cruise at the box office
- It's a boy for music producer DJ Khaled and his fiancee Nicole Tuck, who welcomed their first child into the world early Sunday morning
- A Palestinian film organization has launched a new cinema prize in an attempt to encourage the local filmmaking industry and cinema culture in the Palestinian territories
- Bill Murray will get the sort of attention he doesn't usually seek out when he's honored with the nation's top prize for humor
- Fireworks, flames and live music from English R&B star Craig David have marked the NFL's arrival in the home of English rugby, Twickenham
- Yankee magazine and Boston's public television station, WGBH, are teaming up to launch a new travel and lifestyles show exploring New England
- See this story at BrooklynPaper.com.By Lenore Skenazyfor Brooklyn PaperIn a St. Francis College classroom in Downtown last week, a law professor dad introduced his son, now 30-something, and said, “I’m very proud of him.”The dad, Larry Dubin, told the small audience about his son Nick growing up, playing tennis, graduating college, and eventually writing three books. What dad wouldn’t be proud?Then he talked about his son’s diagnosis: Asperger’s syndrome, a de
- See this story at BrooklynDaily.com.By Julianne CubaBrooklyn DailySen. Chuck Schumer (D–Park Slope) returned to his native Brooklyn on Oct. 19 to tell a room full of fellow Democrats how important it is to elect Hillary Clinton president — and to turn the Republican-controlled Senate blue so he can become majority leader.The Sloper spoke just minutes before Clinton and Donald Trump faced off in their final televised presidential debate, and Schumer told the crowd why it’s so cr
- See this story at BrooklynDaily.com.Brooklyn DailyTo the editor,I was shocked and horrified by your story and picture about the Voorhies Avenue Tower, the latest in a series of high-rise construction projects destroying Sheepshead Bay (“New tower looms over Sheepshead Bay” (by Julianne Cuba, Oct. 7).I live in Gravesend, but used to enjoy taking the bus to the Bay to relax on a bench watching the gulls flying, ducks and swans gliding placidly on the calm blue water, and the fishing bo
- See this story at BrooklynDaily.com.By Caroline SpivackBrooklyn DailyThe city tore down Bay Ridge’s infamous “spite wall” after a decade-long battle with its builder.Robert Cunningham built the wall between his 87th Street house and his neighbor’s in an aborted home-expansion, and then refused to remove the freestanding facade. But city workers finally dismantled it on Oct. 20, much to the relief of neighbors who were tired of staring at the cinder-block monstrosity day i
- Pop stars and fast cars: Taylor Swift plays Formula One in a bid to get young fans into racing
- Comic Kevin Meaney, who worked the standup circuit, was a late-night TV staple and starred in the short-lived 1990s series "Uncle Buck," has died
- Robbie Gould has become the second placekicker to join the New York Giants on short notice with Josh Brown once again ineligible to play after admitting to abusing his wife
2017 NYC Halloween events: Village Parade, dog parade, cover band shows, World Inferno Friendship Society & moreNYC loves Halloween and there's no shortage of spooky action this year.
- A member of the Swedish Academy that awarded the Nobel Prize in literature to Bob Dylan says the U.S. singer-songwriter's silence is "impolite and arrogant."
- via Brooklyn BasedUnwavering in commitment to quality and family values are brothers Bob & Joe McClure, founders and business partners of McClure’s. For the past 10 years they’ve been creating and sharing their premium snacks, foods and beverages with us.
Founded in 2006 in both Brooklyn & Detroit (think of them as sister cities when you consider their deep history in manufacturing and production), Bob & Joe used their great grandmother Lala’s pickle recipe to introduce to the world.
- Charles Barkley gets criticized when he talks about race by some blacks who figure he's too rich to understand their struggles
- Donald Glover will play Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo "Star Wars" film.
- A Minnesota judge said Friday he'll try to rule quickly on whether state law entitles a purported niece, grandniece and nephew of Prince to press their claims to shares in the late rock superstar's estate
- Authorities say the 21-year-old daughter of one of men in the Utah-based music group The Piano Guys has been reported missing and may have gotten injured lost on a hike in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon
- He's done it before, he's doing it again: Dave Chappelle just announced three intimate sets at NYC's The Cutting Room on October 23, 24 & 25. Tickets are on sale now.
Note: like last time, these are "NO CELL PHONES ALLOWED shows. Pl...
- Stop by to say hi to BrooklynVegan and catch intimate sets by Little Scream, Shakey Graves, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, All Them Witches, a Chairlift DJ set, and more.
- The song will also appear on Filthy Friends' debut album, which comes out in 2017.
- The 2016 edition of The Growlers' annual is this weekend and now the set times have been revealed...
- There's also a bonus package that comes with a ton of Jazz June material (including rare tracks).
listen to Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury's soundtrack for 'Black Mirror' (Season 3 just debuted on Netflix)Barrow and Salisbury scored the Black Mirror episode "Men Against Fire."
- Bad Brains were (strangely) nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and singer H.R. now scheduled a NYC show...
- Note: More media content is available for this story at BrooklynPaper.com.By Lauren GillBrooklyn PaperOh beer!
Beloved Red Hook pub Rocky Sullivan’s is closing its Van Dyke street location and moving its operation to a new space down the street, one of the Irish watering hole’s drink slingers confirmed.
“We’re moving,” said a bartender who declined to give his full name because he didn’t have the authority to disclose more information. “We might be close
- The pastor of a New York church where two brothers were beaten for hours during what authorities called a counseling session has pleaded guilty to manslaughter and assault
- Blenders and oven mitts: Indians fans pitch in with wedding gifts for star rookie Ryan Merritt
- October 20, 2016 was a night for many things: Sports, (both the NFL and MLB—the Cubs and Dodgers were at it again for the National League Championship—were active), Politics (the election is only a few weeks away), and food. But more than anything else, October 20th was a night for GEAR.
That’s right—a select few were invited to the premiere and reception for the new series on TruTV, Jon Glaser Loves Gear. We previously honed in on the funny and surreal&nbs
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