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News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. Dec. 21, 2016: There is nothing like Christmas in the Caribbean. First off there’s sun, warm wind and sea and sand but most of all people put more emphasis on the festival, beginning early on in December with cleaning and preparation as well as the endless parties and of course shopping for all the various Caribbean delicacies and drinks that make Christmas in the Caribbean, incomparable. Here are some unique Christmas traditions from islands across the region:
Jamaican Born Beverley Clarke Has Been a Tri-Athlete For 22 Years. So far, Clarke has competed in 350 triathlons – each comprising swimming, cycling and running segments - and won more gold medals than most Olympic athletes. The 67-year-old currently represents the United States in her age group after being drafted by the USA Triathlon Team at age 50. The invitation was a big thrill.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - There’s an undeniable link between Caribbean and African American history and it’s on display at the new United States National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. The museum was officially opened on Sept. 24 in a ceremony led by Barack Obama, the first black U.S. president. Correspondence and paintings of a Caribbean hero are among the 37,000 museum pieces on display in the building, located on the National Mall. 
Who we are as a people is often classified in neat little boxes that tick off ethnicity/race, gender, religion, etc. Those forms know nothing about what we feel when we wake, when we find a particularly moving sight, or how a scent can invoke a deeply embedded memory. Most of those memories are carved long before we are born, over the years of our ancestors' life, our journey begins.
A growing list of costs are being passed on to inmates and their families.  Urban News Service As incarceration rates continue to grow around the United States, the e enormous costs of some prison services are increasingly being paid by those who can least afford it the families of inmates. In 2001, when the DC Department of Corrections closed its notorious prison facility in Lorton, Virginia in 2001, Ulandis Forte, in prison for murder, was relocated to facilities far away from home, and family. His grandmother, Martha Wright, nearly blind and unable to travel, made frequent calls to prisons out of state in New Mexico, then Arizona, then Kentucky only to find herself deeply in hardship and debt due to exorbitant fees charged by the private companies contracted to provide prison phone services.
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