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NYC African Restaurant Week!!!








We are happy to announce that Panla and A Taste of Africa USA are hosting their first annual NY African Restaurant Week from Sunday, October 13th to Sunday, October 20th, 2013. We would like to invite you to participate in this exciting and unique opportunity which celebrates the best of African cuisine and culture. 

Contact us at for more info!!!!

Please feel free to ask your friends and colleagues to support the participating restaurants and be part of the first ever NYC African Restaurant Week.

The African Restaurant & Food Week (Oct13 – 20) is a cultural event that celebrates the best of the African Cuisine, wine, chefs, artisans, restaurant owners in both African and non-African restaurants across the city.

Madiba Restaurant BUKA Nigerian Restaurant, BrooklynPonty Bistro, Jollof , Tolani , Queen of Sheba, Le Souk Harem, Les Ambassades, Shrine ,La CAYE ,Toast 105

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BLACK Cuisine: Negril Village

New York….The New Negril Village

After many months of hearing about the Caribbean restaurant Negril Village nestled in Greenwich Village, I decided to see for myself what all the buzz was about.  Upon arriving late Sunday evening, I at first glance noticed how strikingly fashionable and cozy the place felt. The decor was of vibrant earthy tones, that can make any frown turn into a smile. Let’s not forget the bamboo flooring.There were paintings presumed of local artists from Jamaica which in a sense prepared you and your taste buds for what’s to come.

I was immediately seated…literally right next to the bar which gave me a birds eye view of the interaction between the bartender and the waiter/waitress. The staff were uniformed in black button down shirt and black trousers. As busy as this place was, the staff still managed to keep an upbeat spirit by singing and bopping to the reggae tunes which I later also partook in. The music wasn’t overpoweringly loud which was great.

At length, I not being Jamaican was unsure what to order but my waiter, patiently walked me through the menu and  recommended that I try Rasta Pasta with Jumbo Shrimp. Instead of water I opted to try their Guava Mojito ($12) which had a reasonable amount of alcohol but not a trace of the flavors of “guava.” To my amazement my food took little under 15 minutes to be brought out to my table.  My Rasta Pasta w/ Jumbo Shrimp ($23) was surprisingly warm, comforting and generously portioned. The jumbo shrimp was very succulent, fresh and well seasoned.

I wasn’t informed of any specials for Sunday evenings nor did I bother to ask.

Overall if you are in the NY area and want to take a trip to the Caribbean without breaking the bank, Negril Village is perfect. The main dining room is large enough to cater to any event while the Rhum lounge on the lower level is where the real party is. The menu varies from Ackee & Saltfish to Curry vegetable Tofu. The pricing is reasonable but beware of the gratuity. Negril Village is family friendly,perfect for a first date and just a nice place for a drink or two after work.

Would I go again you ask? Of course I will..I need a vacation!!
Negril Village in New York is the next best thing to Negril, Jamaica…

”Let your taste buds be the judge and everything will be Irie”

-BLACK Palette

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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in BLACK Cuisine, Culinary, Culture


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“One major part of my success is my wife & her support.”At a very early age, Jean Alerte began expanding his work experiences ranging from producing shows, marketing, management and entrepreneurship. Jean was part of DECA, Delta Epsilon Chi Activities .  His early work career coupled with family role models and corporate mentors, has molded Jean into a management and marketing guru in his own right.
Jean was introduced to an eventual Promotion/Entertainment advisor , who genuinely instilled in him the principles of  accountability, morals, and integrity, which Jean incorporates into all of his business ventures.  Jean’s motto is “Always do right”.
Jean has compiled a list of accomplishments that any company would be proud of and  that span throughout many industries from event planning to sports and artist management.  He has landed accounts with a host of venues in the New York Metropolitan area , which allowed him to successfully produce and manage successful events for entertainers and politicians.
Jean’s honest, and approachable persona allows him to deal with everyday people, as well as “A” list celebrities. Jean Alerte is here to ” alert” the entertainment industry of his can-do and know how expertise.  He is the future in the Real Estate & Entertainment industry.

Q&A With Jean Alerte

BS:  How did you come about Alerte, Carter & Associates?

Jean Alerte: I started ACA in 2007 when one of my Real Estate clients & Godson’s father wanted me to help manage his career in Film. He is a screen writer and was working on a major deal. He talked me into it and it seemed like a great opportunity since the real estate market was changing so rapidly. I teamed up with a few of my friends and family to start and they are all still here today.

BS: Was this industry an industry you knew you would be a part of?

Jean Alerte: The funny thing about it is that I never thought I would be doing this at such a level and working on the projects I’ve worked on so quickly.  I focus on the process and not the outcome so because of that I’m here.

BS:  What are the most rewarding experiences of being in this industry?

Jean Alerte: The smiles on my clients satisfied faces in any of our businesses. With over 10 years in business I’ve had a lot of rewarding moments but there is nothing like the words “Thank you” that motivates me. My bosses are my clients, without them no success and no referrals. Whether Real Estate, Jewelry, Marketing or Comedy clients I will always do right by them.

BS:  What advice would you give entrepreneurs in starting a business?

Jean Alerte: I tell people that if they go into business for themselves they have to do something they love to do.  Also they must have a clear & detailed plan describing where they want to be in 1 year, 3 years & 10 years.  Once you have a plan put together, have a clear vision & faith in yourself, you will be good to go!  I’ve been a entrepreneur for all my life before I knew what the word meant.  I’ve always planned  & had a to-do list because I understood that I’m human & will forget.  My days are more productive and seem to move faster.

BS:  How important is having a team? What role do they play?

Jean Alerte: I love my team.  I call them my partners because they all play a major role.  I have partners in every business that I’m a part of because I can not handle everything.  One of the most challenging parts of being a entrepreneur is learning how to delegate task.  Trusting that another person is going to understand your vision and execute it correctly.  It took me years to finally let go but I get better every day.

BS:  What renown clients have Alerte & Carter worked with besides Kevin Hart?

Jean Alerte: All our clients are great!  We’ve worked with many professionals, musicians, athletes, actors, comedians & brands.  I appreciate all the opportunities that we receive daily.  They are all my bosses and I try to go above and beyond every chance I get to keep them here.

BS:  Where do you see yourself in 10 years

Jean Alerte: I want my brand to be recognized and respected in all industries that I am currently involved with.  I want to continue to grow my family and be able to make a difference.

BS:  Have you made sacrifices to attain the success in which you’ve achieved?

Jean Alerte: I have given up time with family to build my career & this year I made a promise that’s all going to change.  I actually started this January, I end my business day at 7pm unless it’s a planned meeting.  Everything could wait till the next day, trust me the work isn’t going anywhere.  My health suffered during the past couple of years by staying out all night at clients studios, events, networking than waking up at 7am to start again.  I used to hear people say sleep when your dead work now, but you will die if your body gets no rest.

BS: What is your next major project?

Jean Alerte: I’ve been working with my partner to produce a online comedy show & we teamed up with to make that happen. This is 50 Comedy will premier on April 28, 2011 with 50 Cent’s comedian Young Jack Thriller as the host.  It will feature the hottest & talented comedians around the country.  If you loved Def Comedy Jam your going to love & appreciate this program. The show will also raise money for a few charities one of them assisting breast cancer survivor’s.

BS: Where can people go to watch This is 50 Comedy Show?

Jean Alerte: The show information will be on and price for this show will be $3.50 and a portion goes to charity.

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Reference Links:

Alerte, Carter & Associates–  Marketing & Public Relations Firm

A&S Global Visions–  Comedy & Concert Production Company

JC & Co–  Wholesale Diamonds & Jewelry

ACA Communications–  Telecommunications & Network Marketing –

Bertram Babb Realty– Real Estate Company


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