CARIBBEAT: Geoffrey Holder exhibition at JCAL in Queens

Geoffrey Holder — the towering, talented Caribbean-born Renaissance man who made his mark on the fields of dance, the Broadway theater, Hollywood, art and advertising — is the subject of a free exhibition at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning in Queens.

“The Genius of Geoffrey Holder “exhibition is part of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts’ Lincoln Center Boro-Linc program and is presented in conjunction with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The exhibit started last week for Black History Month, but it’s on display through May 30.

“As a choreographer, designer, director and actor, Holder is well represented in the research and circulating collections of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts,” say the organizers of the exhibit on display at the JCAL-Robert Miller Gallery, 161-04 Jamaica Ave.

The 6-foot-6 Holder, from Trinidad and Tobago, was known for winning Tony Awards, among them for Best Direction of a Musical for “The Wiz” on Broadway; his stint as a principal dancer with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, and his work as an accomplished painter, author and actor.

Madison Avenue advertising execs and TV audiences loved Holder using his Caribbean bass voices to sing the praise of 7-Up, “the Un-Cola,” long-running and successful ad campaign for the soft drink.

In conjunction with the exhibit honoring Holder, who died in 2014, and in celebration of Black History Month, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning will present a one-time stage performance of “The Wiz,” the popular soulful rendition of “The Wizard of Oz,” as part of the New York Black Arts Festival. The show will be Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Ave.

General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning members, seniors and students. To buy tickets, visit or call the box office at (718) 618-6170.

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning is also presenting a screening of “HAPI: The Role of Economics in the Development of Civilization,” a documentary on the commerce and empires of Africa, at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25.

And on Feb. 25, the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning hosts a performance by the United African Dance Troupe. For more information, visit or call (718) 658-7400.


“The Crisis in Correspondent Banking and Its Impact on Sustainable Economic Development in the Caribbean,” a networking breakfast and symposium that is part of a collaboration between the State University of New York and the University of the West Indies, will be held Feb. 13 in Manhattan.

Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur will give the event’s keynote address and other speakers at the event include UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles; Richard Bernal, pro vice chancellor Global Affairs at UWI; H. Carl McCall, chairman of the SUNY’s Board of Trustees.

The high-powered panel discussion features Alfred Ntoko, provost of SUNY's Empire State College; UWI Professor Compton Bourne, former president of Caribbean Development Bank; Jay Collins, vice chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citibank Group; and Trevor Alleyne, of the International Monetary Fund's Caribbean Department.

Correspondent banks — financial institutions that provide services on behalf of other financial institutions — are often used by domestic banks to facilitate wire transfers and other transactions that originate in or are completed in foreign countries.

For information on the symposium, send email to or or call (212) 759-9345.


From the mind and workshop of Jamaica-born fashion designer Glenroy March comes the debut of his anticipated “La Fantaisie Ball” collection for New York Fashion Week.

In a special presentation Feb. 13 in Midtown, March will unveil his magical collection under the theme, “The fairy tale of the perfect sleep and utmost comfort begins here.”

“The brand's new collection is aimed at women who are inspired by the whimsical fantasy of their favorite Disney films, and wish to ensure that the design is not just magical but practical and affordable,” said March said the collection’s dresses are inspired by characters such as Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.

Jewelry will be provided by Dirty Celebrity and CG & D New York will provide shoes for the show.

Lead by the Caribbean Food Delights frozen food manufacturer, sponsors for the “La Fantaisie Ball” designs debut include the Caribbean Shopping Network, Coco Mat, Dream Castle Villa, En Blanc Couture NYC, iLAND Magazine, La’Face Models, Land We, LNJ Media PROductions and Runway Life.

March’s House of D’Marsh had its beginning in 2003 when his spring collection launched during Caribbean Fashion Week in Kingston Jamaica. Visit for information.

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