Arts & Leisure

‘Jump up’ with Reflection: Jamaica on a Mission

In this the year of the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence, we note two publications which have relevance to the country’s celebrations and which are worthy of readership. They are Garnett Roper’s Jubilee Jubilee: This is the Year of Jubilee (2012) and Evelyn I. Smart’s Jamaican Women on the Road to Parliament from the 19th …

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About Judith Soares

Judith Soares, PhD, is the head of the University of the West Indies' Women and Development Unit.

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Akwantu: Celebrating the Jamaica Maroon Freedom Fighters

Freedom fighters who escaped the Spanish, defeated the British and became the first liberated Africans in the Western Hemisphere. That’s the story in a nutshell of the Maroons of Jamaica who are being celebrated in the documentary, Akwantu: The Journey, by stuntman turned writer, producer and director Roy T. Anderson. It is appropriate that the …

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About Mello Ayo

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Sonia Lewis Blossoms on the Art Scene

Jamaican-born artist Sonia Lewis considers herself a late bloomer. Throughout her award-winning career in catering and gourmet cuisine as a restaurateur, as well as a designer of cut-work garments and table linen for local consumption and export, the artist satisfied her lingering appetite for art spending more than just a few vacations at the Louvre …

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Jamaican Novel Selected for International Conference

Lover’s Leap: Based on the Jamaican Legend, by award-winning Jamaican-born Canadian author Horane Smith, will be the subject of one of dozens of papers on cultural and social issues that will be presented at the 10th International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities, which will be held in Montreal, Canada, in June, this year. …

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Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens

The official DVD release and European premiere of Bad Friday: Rastafari After Coral Gardens, a documentary that chronicles the history of violence against Rastafarians in Jamaica is scheduled for February 10 in Amsterdam, Oxumgirl Productions announced. Produced and directed by John Jackson, Jr. and Deborah Thomas, along with Junior “Gabu” Wedderburn and Junior “Ista J” …

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Jamaican Youth Chess Players Dominate Miami Tourney

Jamaica’s Reggae Chess Kidz swamped the competition winning 12 trophies at the annual Miami Junior Orange Bowl International Scholastic Chess Championships in Florida. They overcame the USA, Venezuela, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Ecuador to place first and second in taking three team and nine individual awards and a host of other prizes in the …

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Parable of the Mangoes Tracks the Jamaican Journey

The Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s 2010 gold medalist for short story writing, Jean Goulbourne, has wasted no time in producing her newest collection of stories Parable of the Mangoes published by the Abeng Press. Born in Black River on Jamaica’s south coast, Jean developed a keen eye and ear for all that happened around her …

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Black Music Month For Garvey Self Sufficiency Center

Black Music Month goes back to its Reggae-Dancehall roots on Saturday, June 4, 2011, with a unique fundraising dance and culturama in aid of the establishment of a Marcus Garvey Self Sufficiency Center in Fort Lauderdale. Music lovers and party goers are in for a special treat when three noted selectors come together for the “Triple …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

Coin given to the author by Rita Marley in 1975 after she returned from an Ethiopian visit.

Growing Dread: KC, the Wailers and Me

Jennifer Lopez is on my Toronto TV as I write, singing I’m Into You, accompanied by the rapper Lil Wayne. It’s a traditional reggae bass line with a little bit of the more recent dancehall rhythm on top – a sound some of us in my youthful days called flyers rockers, associated with the likes …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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