Toronto’s Lights are Brightest Downtown

Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, with its population of 2.5 million people from 200 distinct ethnic backgrounds, is the ultimate melting pot. It’s a cultural, culinary, shopping and wellness hub, especially when you visit the city center, which comprises districts with names like Cabbagetown, Entertainment, Harbourfront and Distillery. >> Read More

Stratton Mountain, Vermont: Game On At The Drysdale Tennis School

Whether you’re a beginner or advanced player the summer tennis camps/programs at the Drysdale Tennis School at Stratton Mountain Ski Resort in Vermont can help you hone your game — and there are fringe benefits. >> Read More

Red Hook Summer (*)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic There is a nostalgia regarding some Spike Lee movies: “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Do the Right Thing,” “Clockers…” Back in the day the director gave glimpses of urban New York life that captured a certain demographic and defined and set pop culture. Remember those days fondly, you’ll need to […]

The New York Finger Lakes: Mother Nature’s Handprint

Millions of years back, glaciers covered northern New York State. Ten thousand years ago, they receded leaving behind crevices filled with water and forming 11 long and narrow Finger Lakes. Five of the lakes are large, feigning Mother Nature’s handprint. Today this beautiful region — dotted with … >> Read More

Beasts of the Southern Wild (****)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic First time director Benh Zeitlin, a New Orleans resident, has masterfully taken the stage play “Juicy and Delicious” and crafted it into an alternative universe. This Katrina-like drama is set in the Bayou, in an area dubbed “The Bathtub,” where a father and daughter live a vagrant’s life, in […]

Ponte Vedra Beach Florida: A World-Class Golf Vacation

Every May thousands of golf fans head to Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida for The Players, arguably the most noted tournament outside the four majors and certainly the most fan-friendly. The rest of the year, this amicable town located in St. Johns County, … >> Read More

Prometheus (***)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic Back in 1979, the ground breaking movie “Alien,” as directed by Ridley Scott, coined a new genre hybrid; sci-fi space horror. Decades later, that franchise abated and a prequel was planned and abandoned. A new stand-alone film emerged, with vestiges of alien-ish elements, dubbed “Prometheus.” In its glory, and […]

Men In Black 3 (**)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic It’s been ten years since Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones donned their black suits, cool sunglasses and glib hipness to play Agent J and Agent K-the good guys who try to save the world from weird looking aliens. Should they have left well enough alone? Have they harmed […]

Tobago is Trinidad’s Chilled Out Sister

Trinidad is legendary for its joyous, festive, ’round-the-clock, hard-partying Carnival celebrations, but what goes on in Tobago? This serene haven is where Trinidadians and smart travelers go when they want to decompress on beguiling beaches. >> Read More

Marley (***1/2)

By Dwight Brown NNPA Film Critic When we think of music icons that died tragically and way too early, Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and more recently Whitney Houston come to mind. But let’s not forget Bob Marley. He brought reggae music to the world, was a social activist and lived a controversial life that rivals […]