CARIBBEAT: Gold medalists set for the 2017 NYRR Millrose Games

After impressive local upbringings and Olympic-level international exposure, three gold medal-winning runners are returning to New York to compete in the 2017 NYRR Millrose Games track-and-field meet Feb. 11 at the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in upper Manhattan.

New Yorkers Natasha Hastings, Phyllis Francis and Dalilah Muhammad, who struck gold in the 2016 Rio Olympics Games, will take on competitors at the 110th annual Millrose event.

Brooklyn-born Hastings — who has roots in Jamaica and Trinidad and attended the A. Philip Randolph Campus High School in Manhattan — is due to run a Millrose 300-meter dash race, which includes Bahamas gold medalist Shaunae Miller, who dived over the finish line to dramatically win the Olympic 400 meters in Rio. Hastings was a member of gold medal-winning 4x400 relay teams at Rio and the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Benjamin Cardozo High School alum Muhammad of Queens, who became the first U.S. woman to win Olympic gold in the 400-meter hurdles, will run in a Millrose Games 500 meter race, which includes Francis, another member of the winning U.S. 4x400 relay team at Rio. She grew up in Queens and attended Brooklyn's Catherine McAuley High School.

“Celebrating three Olympic gold medal winners from the New York area at this year's 110th NYRR Millrose Games is gratifying to The Armory team who have watched them develop as young runners on this very track," said meet director Ray Flynn.

The meet will be held at 216 Fort Washington Ave. from noon to 6 p.m. Visit www.NYRRMillroseGames.org for tickets and information.

COLGATE WOMEN’S GAMES ARE ON!

The Colgate Women’s Games, which had six of its alumni competing at the Rio Olympic Games, are on the way — and there is still time to qualify for the Feb. 18 finals.

The preliminary heats of the games, America’s largest amateur track series for girls and women, are underway — free and open to all in elementary school through college and beyond. Competitors participate in preliminary meets and semifinals to determine finalists who will vie for trophies and educational grants-in-aid from the Colgate-Palmolive Co.

Preliminary and semifinal meets are being held at the Pratt Athletic Recreation Center, 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn, through January. Finals will be held at the New Balance center at 216 Fort Washington Ave. on Feb. 18. For information, visit www.colgategames.com. To register, select the “Registration” tab, read the rules and click the “Continue” tab to go to the registration form.

In addition to Natasha Hastings, Dalilah Muhammad and Phyllis Francis, sprinter Deajah Stevens, 100-meter hurdler Nia Ali and middle distance runner Ajee Wilson got invaluable experience in Colgate Games before making the 2016 Olympic team.

Colgate Games Director Cheryl Toussaint is a silver medalist from the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, one of many former Colgate Games competitors who are working as meet officials.

"What makes the journeys of these six young ladies truly extraordinary is also a testament to the importance of the Colgate Women's Games to countless young women,” said Toussaint of the meet veterans who competed in Rio. “Each of these Olympians began competing as young girls, and the Games' provided the impetus to excel in competitive athletics, realize their potential and achieve their dreams," said Toussaint.

Over the years, the Colgate Games have been produced national champions and 26 Olympians, she said.

NEW YORK CARNIVAL PHOTO SEARCH

Photographs capturing all aspects of Brooklyn’s New York Caribbean Carnival Parade are being sought for “How Carnival Come Down the Road,” a photographic exhibition coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, according to project director Maxine Hamilton-Alexander.

Deadline for submission is March 31.

To submit work, send a cover letter detailing the number of images and subjects submitted with an artist statement. Include 15 to 20 jpeg formatted image files, saved at 8 inches on longest edge, resolution 72 dpi. Also include an image list with title, media, date and dimensions for each piece. Submissions deemed inappropriate will not be accepted or published.

Selections will be made in April. For more information about the exhibit and submission details, contact Ms. Duterville by email at vld2109@columbia.edu.

REGGAE MEETS KWANZAA

Enjoy the holiday season at the Coalition to Preserve Reggae Music's annual Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday in Brooklyn at the Tovah Lounge, 4404 Avenue H (between Troy Ave. and E. 45th St.), from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The family-friendly affair marks the Kwanzaa holiday, celebrated Dec. 26 through Jan. 1. Each day of the seven-day holiday is themed with African-linked principles translated from the Swahili language, such as Umoja (Unity) for Dec. 26 and Imani (Faith) on Jan. 1. The CPR's celebration will be held on Dec. 31th Kwanzaa's Kuumba (Creativity) day.

Admission is free, but families are asked to bring an item for our "Basic School Supply Drive." Event organizers are also asking patrons to donate a food dish to the event's feast and confirm the donation by Tuesday.

To donate a dish, contribute school supplies or get general information, call (718) 421-6927 or send email to info@cprreggae.org. To register for the free event, visit http://bit.ly/cprkwanzaa2016.

KWANZAA AT MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

American Idol champion Ruben Studdard is one of the featured performers at "Kwanzaa 2016: Songs for the Soul," annual celebration at the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan on Friday.

Presented this year by Community Works NYC, the New Heritage Theatre Group and the museum, the event includes performances by students from the Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music and an international marketplace of vendors exhibiting a wide array of products.

Linda Humes, adjunct professor of Africana Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and founder of the Yaffa Cultural Arts group, will host the event.

Performances will be held at noon and 3 p.m. The marketplace will be open from noon to 4 p.m. The American Museum of Natural History is at Central Park West and W. 79th St. Admission is free with museum admission and complimentary for museum members.

The international marketplace features Harlem Arts Alliance members, vendors, and other businesses — including Afrodesiac Worldwide; Antoinette & Aurora Hat Designs; Aziz Fashions; Clymer Metalcrafts; Imani's Creations; Kids Who Bank; Kwanzaa Central; Nubian Artz; Paparazzi Accessories; Revolutionary Seeds; Simply Ma'am; Sol Artz Jewelry; The Hatmann Hats/AMCIBE NY; The Celestine Collection of personal care and fashion items; visual artists Valerie Deas, Artford Pickney, Aleathia; and woodcrafts by Obanion.

For information, call the New Heritage Theatre Group at (212) 926-0104 or send email contact@newheritagetheatre.org.

ARTISTS, PATRONS FLOCK TO ART BASEL

It's no surprise that the Miami portion of the internationally respected Art Basel show was a major success — attracting artists and patrons, museum executives and curators from around the globe.

New York-rooted abstract-expressionist painter Danny Simmons and New York-based Haitian artist Engels were among the throng of thousands who attended the 15th annual Art Basel Miami, held Dec. 7 through 10. Displays of high quality artworks from established and emerging artists are accompanied by special events in conjunction with local institutions in the exhibition.

First held in 1970 in Basel, Switzerland, Art Basel today is made up of exhibitions in Basel, Miami and Hong Kong. For information, visit www.artbasel.com.

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