CARIBBEAT: SPICE of life in inaugural ECIPS Music Festival

The organizers of the inaugural ECIPS Music Festival have compiled the correct ingredients for an excellent event — family fun, food and top flight reggae, R&B and soca entertainers.

International superstar Akon, Remy Ma, Alkaline, Freddie Jackson, Elephant Man, De La Ghetto, Denise Belfon, Queen Ifrica are some of acts due to perform next Sunday at Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley Blvds., from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“ECIPS International (pronounced EE-sips) is ‘spice’ spelled backward,” explains event official Suzan Peart, shariing the vision uniting a diverse community “through food and music.” With music spanning genres and generations of fans, the production is being billed as a “legacy festival.”

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It’s all for women of color. Natural goods, wares of independently owned firms and wellness products will be on display today at the Project Beauty Expo, being held in Manhattan at the White Space Chelsea, 530 W. 25th St. (between 10th and 11th Aves.), from 1 6 p.m.

Developed by Brittany Brown, the expo is designed to give more power, respect and beauty options to women of color by linking them with the beauty industry, connecting women with indie brands, bloggers, beauty ethusiasts and providing “education in beauty, wellness, and lifestyle.”

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There’s something for everyone in the annual Sons and Daughters of Jamaica’s 5K Run and Walk set for Aug. 24 at 9 a.m., in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

Men, women, boys and girls will gather at the park’s Park Circle East for the race/walk, which will help fund a mission to get clothing, school suppplies and other necessities to orphans in Jamaica.

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