Large Crowd Celebrates Caribbean Culture At West Indian Day Parade

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, politicians and merrymakers filled Brooklyn’s streets Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade, a massive Caribbean celebration that was marred by a fatal shooting nearby before the official festivities got underway.

The annual parade — which draws about 1 million people — features loud music and louder costumes. Many revelers dance their way through much of the 2-mile-long route, which winds through some of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods and draws scores of politicians eager for a big statement just a week before the Sept. 9 primary.

Large Crowds Gather For West Indian Day Parade In Brooklyn

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“We come out to have a good time and that’s exactly what we’re going to do,” Brooklyn resident Peggy Gabriel told CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang.

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“A lot of boroughs come together,” said Brooklyn resident Nathaniel Martin. “A lot of people and cultures come together to celebrate the West Indian life. It’s awesome.”

“Everyone’s enjoying life being free — drinking, dancing, having fun in the streets,” one woman told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck.

NYPD Out In Force For West Indian Day Parade In Brooklyn

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“I live in Georgia, but I fly up for this event,” another woman said. “I come up for the experience.”

‘It’s for us to celebrate our culture ’cause some of us cannot go back to the Caribbean,” paradegoer Naoimi Duncan told CBS 2’s Don Champion. “So it’s a little feel of our island.”

“It feels great,” spectator Billie Guy added. “They’re all getting along. It’s love.”

The march, however, often kicks off under a shadow of violence, and this year’s was no different. Hours before the parade stepped off, a recent parolee opened fire on a crowd partaking in pre-dawn festivities not far from the parade site, police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. A 55-year-old man was killed, two other people were wounded, and the suspect was taken into custody.

Last year, two people were fatally stabbed at the parade, and a man was shot to death in 2011. Another man was killed in broad daylight on the parade route years earlier, and a photo of his body on the sidewalk ran in city tabloids.

De Blasio defended the importance of the parade despite the violence that has all too frequently surrounded it.

“The vast, vast majority have a wonderful time, and only a few individuals get out of line,” he said after a breakfast attended by elected officials, parade organizers and local dignitaries before the parade.

“This parade started small, became big and is one of the great events in our city,” he said.

The NYPD deployed 4,000 police officers to try to ensure parade safety this year, and several police helicopters thundered above the festivities. Police were also keeping tabs on any gang activity.

The parade echoes traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities and features dancers wearing elaborate, often feathered costumes.

Some in the parade drew attention to social issues, including a group carrying a banner that called for justice in the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was this year’s grand marshal. Plenty of other political faces showed up, including de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, who is of Caribbean descent, and their children, Dante and Chiara. They received cheers throughout the march and frequently shook hands with revelers.

“This is an event of incredible importance to the Caribbean-American community of the city,” de Blasio said.

This was de Blasio’s first time marching as mayor; a year ago, the raucous reception he received at the parade foreshadowed his blowout win in the Democratic primary. He and his family marked the occasion last year by debuting a family dance they dubbed “The Smackdown,” which calls for them to pantomime licking their hands, swirling them over the heads, slapping their palms to the concrete and then jumping backward.

The burdens of office didn’t stop the family from delivering an encore performance Monday, drawing cheers from the sweaty crowd and a gasp from the parade’s master of ceremonies.

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Ho-Ho-Kus Man Charged In Mother’s Slaying

HO-HO-KUS, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Murder charges have been filed against a northern New Jersey man who allegedly stabbed and beat his mother to death.

Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli said bail was set at $2 million for 24-year-old Nicholas Piotti, of Ho-Ho-Kus, who was taken into custody early Monday and was then taken to a hospital. Molinelli told The Record that Piotti had no “physical issues,” but further details were not disclosed.

Molinelli said Piotti’s 63-year-old mother, Karen, suffered multiple stab wounds and beating trauma in the attack. Her body was found early Monday.

A possible motive for the slaying has not been disclosed.

It was not known if Piotti has retained an attorney. His first court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

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Police Looking For Suspect In Brooklyn Attack On 88-Year-Old Woman

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police are looking for a man suspected of attacking an 88-year-old woman as she sat on the front stoop of her Brooklyn home.

A man in his 20s, dressed in a red sweatshirt, approached Barje Meti at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday in Kensington and began talking to her, police said.

The man then grabbed the victim’s leg before she yelled at him and tried to go inside her home, the woman’s son, Luftim Meti, told 1010 WINS’ Kevin Rincon.

Police Looking For Suspect In Brooklyn Attack On 88-Year-Old Woman

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“My mother got up, and he got mad,” Luftim Meti said. “As he got mad, he grabbed the chair. He threw the chair. Then he pushed my mother.”

After, she was dragged into her apartment, where the suspect lay on top of her and tried to choke her with his hoodie, police said.

Barje Meti’s daughter-in-law, who lives next door, heard screams and then hit the suspect over the head with a broom, the victim’s son said. The suspect fled.

Barje Meti woman was attacked on her Brooklyn stoop Aug. 30, 2014, police say. (credit: Handout)

Barje Meti was attacked on her Brooklyn stoop Aug. 30, 2014, police say. (credit: Handout)

The woman was treated at Maimonides Hospital for cuts and bruises, but was home recovering Monday night, Rincon reported.

Police have released a surveillance image of the suspect and are looking for any information leading to the man’s arrest. They describe him as Hispanic, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the attack to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-8477 or to submit a tip online at NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

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Britney Spears Vents About David Lucado Split Onstage In Vegas

Britney Spears is single again, and she's flexible.

Britney Spears wasn’t afraid to tell her Las Vegas audience exactly why she recently dumped alleged cheater David Lucado. Rumors of unfaithfulness swirled around the former couple since news first broke about the sudden split. On August 31, 2014, Spears confirmed the rumor to a Planet Hollywood crowd during a performance for her “Piece of Me” residency, reported MTV News. Britney Spears announced her single status, her former flame’s infidelity and her need for a hot new man all in one fell swoop.

“Well, by now everyone knows my boyfriend cheated on me, but the best part of breaking up is going on first dates. OMG, OMG, I need a hot guy. Where are the hot guys here tonight?”

The crowd cheered for the newly single pop princess, reported Digital Spy. Once Britney Spears vented about David Lucado’s disloyalty, she continued the performance without missing a beat. She didn’t mention him again throughout the remainder of the show. There was no need. She had already made her point.

There is no word on whether David Lucado is aware of his former lover’s bold move onstage.

Moving on from her public breakup announcement, Britney Spears solicited the assistance of a special audience member, Perez Hilton. The celebrity blogger was pulled from the crowd and quickly adorned in leather and chains for the singer’s performance of “Freakshow.” Hilton smiled broadly as he allowed himself to be led on a leash like a dog while Britney performed in a BDSM-inspired outfit. Her backup dancers were similarly attired. There was plenty of black leather and exposed skin among her dancers.

Prior to her surprise declaration to an overwhelmingly supportive crowd, Britney Spears used Twitter to let fans know that she was unattached romantically. Shortly thereafter, a somber Spears released a short video on Instagram. In the clip, she referred to an acquaintance with heart-covered shoes that cheered her up while she was having a “sh*tty day.”

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Britney Spears and David Lucado split after 18 months of dating. The formerly happy couple broke up after the sexy pop star and mother-of-two learned her beau was cheating on her. To make matters worse, the illicit incident was caught on camera. Faced with the knowledge that there was a video of her man canoodling with another woman, the singer dropped him like a hot potato. Good for her. Women everywhere could stand to learn a thing or two from Britney Spears, including how to handle a cheating partner.

[Image by Britney Spears via Instagram]

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Petrolified Automotive-Inspired Art Prints

Classic car enthusiasts rejoice, as the newly launched Petrolified store have launched a series of art prints paying homage to some of the world’s most iconic automobiles. An ode to all things automotive, the prints sport cleanly rendered illustrations of some of the world’s most celebrated cars, from the glorious Ferrari F40 and Jaguar E-type to the humble Westy. Head over to Petrolified’s online store to get your favorite piece.

Fans of automotive art should also check out Jesus Prudencio’s “Famous Movie Cars” series, paying tribute to some of the silver screen’s most iconic vehicles.

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Is Joan Rivers Going To Die? The Truth Behind What’s Really Going On Revealed

Joan Rivers life support

Joan Rivers is still in a New York area hospital, and some people are wondering if the comedian is going to die. While there are a lot of reports about Rivers being on life support, new information was released by E! on Monday night that contradicts the rumors. According to E! News Correspondent Ken Baker, a source very close to Rivers has said that the comedian and Fashion Police star is on the mend.

During Live From E!, Baker said that he spoke with someone close to the situation, but he did not disclose his source. He referred to the news as “encouraging,” and the things that he said completely debunk what is being reported by the media. Baker’s source said that Joan’s recovery is “a slow process,” but that she is “on the road to recovery.” The source said that Joan is “getting better” and wanted to tell people not to believe all the “ridiculous speculation” that’s on the internet.

Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers is also said to be “doing great” despite reports that she is beside herself and “distraught” over a looming decision about whether or not to take her mother off of life support. Melissa is said to be “holding everyone together” and was referred to as “her mother’s daughter” in that she is “tough as nails.”

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Melissa Rivers previously said that she was keeping her fingers crossed in regard to her mother’s recovery.

“Thank you for your continued love and support. We are keeping our fingers crossed.”

Based on this new information directly from someone with a connection to the Rivers family, one has to wonder if the rumors about Joan Rivers being on life support are even true. Although it was widely reported by several reputable outlets including TMZ and The New York Daily News, it sounds like Joan’s condition is not life or death. Or, perhaps, the seriousness of the situation has not reached that point yet. There is also a chance that Baker’s source was trying to smooth things over so that rumors don’t take away from what is really going on. This is a crucial time for Melissa Rivers, and having negative rumors (even if they are true) surround her mom doesn’t bring positivity — which is what the family needs more than anything right now.

According to The Epoch Times, #RIPJoanRivers has made its way to Twitter a couple of times since Thursday. However, Joan has not died. While many people believe that a person on life support doesn’t have a great chance at making it, the statement read by Ken Baker seems to suggest that Joan is going to be okay.

[Photo courtesy of Brian Bowen Smith/E!]

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Clarks Sportswear Reinvents the Future with Trigenic Footwear

Clarks‘ footwear designer Prad Indrakumar’s latest project falls under the Clarks Sportswear umbrella, which reinterprets iconic Clarks Originals silhouettes in an athletic context. A creative rebirth of a concept from the brand’s archive combined with the latest technology and biomechanics, Trigenic harnesses the constructional knowledge Clarks has and applies it to an athletic silhouette. Drawing inspiration from M.C. Escher’s interlocked tessellations, the Trigenic concept sees separated upper pieces interlock and tessellate on a hide of leather. The shoes’ inner bootie sleeve is cut short of the forefoot to allow maximum freedom of movement and minimum bulk over an area which can be subjected to severe flexing, while still providing ample support to the rear two thirds of the foot.

The Trigenic concept also features firm, veg-tanned insoles. Acting as an internal chassis which provides rigidity to the shoe, the hard leather requires a breaking-in period, where the perspiration of the foot slowly softens up and shapes the insole exactly to the contours of each foot. Furthermore, the Trigenics are built on an EVA midsole and special Vibram outsole, which together provide enhanced cushioning under the heel.

Picture above are two of the first Trigenic models: the Trigenic Flex, followed by the Trigenic Dune. For more insight into the Trigenic concept, head over to Sneaker Freaker for an interview with Clarks’ Prad Indrakumar.

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C.E Fall/Winter 2014 Video Lookbook

Tokyo-based label C.E, aka Cav Empt, has released its video lookbook for Fall/Winter 2014 which gives us a first look at the brand’s latest offerings. Directed by Takashi Ito with music by Rezzett, the psychedelic visual uses light painting to highlight several of the collection’s standout pieces. Continuing to mix iconic Japanese streetwear garments with an ideology that reminds us of our relationship with the digital world, the pieces incorporate C.E’s peculiar approach to design with idiosyncratic graphic placements and allover prints. The Fall/Winter 2014 collection is now available at C.E’s online store.

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