Monday, February 29, 2016

Exhibition: Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner's “Emergence” - show runs through the month of February 2016 at The Gallery at Community Music School — Trappe, PA, USA

Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner's “Emergence”
Opening on Feb 7, 2016 at The Gallery at Community Music School
Exhibition:  Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner's “Emergence” - Opening on Sunday, February 7, 2016 @ 3pm to 4pm; show runs through the month of February 2016 at The Gallery at Community Music School — Trappe, PA, USA; Event Details - Location: Community Music School; 775 W. Main Street, Trappe, PA, USA; Tel: 610.489.3676; Email: info@cmsmusic.org
Event Description: “Come and meet the artist at the reception of her upcoming exhibition 'Emergence' on February 7, 2016 from 3-4pm at the Gallery at Community Music School in Trappe PA. This Exhibition features a new series of work ... Solo exhibition featuring the drawings and ceramics of visual artist Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner during the Month of February at the Gallery at the Community Music School in Trappe, PA.”Read more: Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner.com, Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner-Facebook and The Gallery at Community Music School
About the Venue: “The Gallery at CMS features exhibitions by some of the finest visual artists in our region and is open to visitors during regular CMS hours. Many of the art works are available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds benefiting CMS. Each of our Little Night Music concerts is paired with a new art exhibit. The exhibit’s opening reception always coincides with a concert night. By combining an evening of art and music we strive to meet our goal to create an affordable concert experience that adds to the cultural life of the Perkiomen Valley.”Read more: The Gallery at Community Music School
For further information: Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner.com, Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner-Facebook, Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner-Blog and The Gallery at Community Music School

Charcoal Portrait Drawing - videos by Gwendolyn Lanier-Gardner

Exhibition: "Modern Art Trends by Artists of Color...Cross Cultural Perspectives Bringing Our Community Together" - show runs through Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Lake Park Library — Lake Park, FL USA

"Modern Art Trends by Artists of Color" Feb 4-29, 2016 by
Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches
Exhibition: "Modern Art Trends by Artists of Color...Cross Cultural Perspectives Bringing Our Community Together" - Opening Reception on Thursday, February 4, 2016 @ 5:30-8:00pm; show runs through Monday, February 29, 2016 at the Lake Park Library — Lake Park, FL USA; Location: Lake Park Public Library, 529 Park Avenue, Lake Park, FL USA; Tel: 561-306-5838; Website: Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches
Event Description: "Please Join Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches and Friends of Lake Park Library to meet artists Caron Bowman, Crystal Bacchus, Essie Owens and Joe Pierre for the Opening Reception of 'Modern Art Trends by Artists of color...Cross cultural perspectives bringing our community together' Visual Art Exhibit In Honor of Black History Month; Reception: Thursday, February 4th, 5:30-8 p.m.; Free to the public; Exhibit will run through February 29th at Lake Park Library. RSVP - Call Josephine Mulcahy, Director of Development for Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches at 561-306-5838."Read more: Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches 
About Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches: “Dr. Catherine Lowe, who recognized the need for venues to showcase multicultural ethnic artists and their talents, founded "Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches" in 1989. Artists Showcase has since emerged as one of South Florida's leading supporters, promoters, and exhibitors of emerging, multicultural, diverse artists throughout the country and abroad. Serving an annual audience of more than 10,000 adults and children, Artists Showcase programs have become an intricate part of South Florida's art community. In keeping with its tradition, Artists Showcase plans to continue to serve as as a catalyst for the promotion of multicultural ethnic artitsts and the appreciation of visual and performing art.”Read more: Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches
For further information: Artists Showcase of the Palm Beaches.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Amazon's Book Reviews: Caribbean Authors — Eric Williams

Eric Eustace Williams (25 September 1911 – 29 March 1981) served as the first Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. He served from 1956 until his death in 1981. He was also a noted Caribbean historian, and is widely regarded as "The Father of The Nation."  Read more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Williams, http://www.biography.com/people/eric-williams-39849 and http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/644344/Eric-Williams

This is a review for Capitalism and Slavery by Eric Williams - Superb book, excellent economic history and outstanding moral history. This book illustrates the economic aspects of the international slave trade and who benefited from it, how did it contribute to capital formation and where did those capitals go. From the Baring and Barclay families to Lord Nelson's wife, Williams examines the slave trade and how Liverpool and later Manchester saw their economies boom while the "African Trade" created a wealth that transformed poor Sailors into great Entrepreneurs and generated a "virtuous circle" known as the Triangular Trade that created new markets for British Products in Africa and the Caribbean ultimately triggering a boost in the local industry that helped create the Industrial Revolution. Chapter 11 examines the facts behind the Abolitionist Movement and how it was fuelled by interests other than the humanitarian cause of Slaves. It looks at how West Indian monopoly of sugar created pressures for competition and illustrates how abolitionist criticized British treatment of slaves in the West Indies while on the other hand they favoured the booming slave trade with Brazil and other Plantation Economies. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Capitalism-Slavery-Eric-Williams/product-reviews/0807844888/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

 This is a review for From Columbus to Castro: The History of the Caribbean 1492-1969 by Eric Williams - I can not put into words what this journal of the truth has done for me as a African-American Male living in the United States of America. I was introduced to this book by a man of Guyanese decent who knew I needed to read this book. I have to admit it was a difficult read because my primary education only spoke of American History and there was no mentioning of any African-Caribbean contributors from the "Middle Passage" period. Now, at thirty-nine many things are clearer to me. "Roots" and "Beloved" are historic, well-documented treasures and need to be used in educating all children no matter race, creed or color. To make sure what I read had some semblance of truth while in Puerto Rico I visited a sugar mill in Guanica and my heart just melted. If you read the book you will understand my feelings. I became angry because something as simple as not being forthwith with documented history such as this to young minds of American children lead to misunderstandings amongst the masses hailing from Africa, South America, The Caribbean, Asia, United States and Europe. Eric Williams I know I can not thank you in person because you are no longer here physically but your spirit lives on in your books and you will always be alive everytime one more person reads your book and awaken "Thank You"! For everyone else read the book it will cleanse your soul and feed your mind. Once you finish this read "How Europe Underdeveloped Africa" by the same author. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/From-Columbus-Castro-Caribbean-1492-1969/product-reviews/0394715020/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Eric Williams and the Making of the Modern Caribbean by Colin A. Palmer - The book is well written. It is balanced, and gives an insight into the deep love and commitment Dr. Eric Williams had for the people of the Caribbean, and especially citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. The book discloses in authentic detail, the struggle to reclaim Chaguramas from the United States of America, who had got if from the British in the second world war, ostensibly for defence of North America, South America, and the Caribbean. It is a treasure of history, showing the struggle of a former British colony reaching for its political and economic independence. The book is also well worth reading from a literary point of view. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Eric-Williams-Making-Modern-Caribbean/product-reviews/0807859249/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Video Documentary: A look into the life of a leader: Dr. Eric Eustace Williams
 - video by San Tasticus

Event: “Last Sundays, February 28, 2016 – to feature two exhibitions, Explorations IV: Masculinities and Tribute to Barrington Watson” and Tribe Sankofa with Black Bodies @ 11am - 4pm at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies

“Last Sundays, Feb 28, 2016 – exhibits Explorations IV: Masculinities
and Tribute to Barrington Watson” at NGJ
Event: “Last Sundays, February 28, 2016 – to feature two exhibitions, Explorations IV: Masculinities and Tribute to Barrington Watson” and Tribe Sankofa with Black Bodies @ 11am - 4pm at NGJ — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica (Entrance is on Orange Street); Telephone: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-922-1563; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Event Description: “The National Gallery of Jamaica’s Last Sunday programme for February 2016 is scheduled for Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 11am to 4pm. The National Gallery’s programme for Last Sundays on February 28, 2016 will feature Tribe Sankofa with Black Bodies. Visitors will have the opportunity to view two exhibitions, 'Explorations IV: Masculinities' and 'Tribute to Barrington Watson.' Black Bodies is a performance ritual that tells the stories and honours the memories of four Jamaicans (Vanessa Kirkland, Jhaneel Goulbourne, Michael Gayle and Mario Deane) killed by the Police or while in Police custody, combined with a tribute to several African-Americans who have died under similar circumstances in the US. The second half of Black Bodies will be a staged interpretation of an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s novel 'Beloved' ... The National Gallery’s 'Explorations IV: Masculinities' exhibition is part of an open-ended series of exhibitions that examine major themes and issues in Jamaica’s art and visual culture. Masculinities explores how masculinities, and the use of the plural is deliberate, have been enacted and represented in works of art from the 18th century to the present, which are presented in dialogue with each other. 'Masculinities' will close on March 5 ... Visitors will also be able to view a special tribute exhibition to Barrington Watson, who passed away on January 26. This tribute, which was recently expanded and includes masterworks from the National Gallery Collection and loans from various private collections, will be on view until March 5 ...”Read more: National Gallery of Jamaica
For further information: National Gallery of Jamaica Blog, National Gallery of Jamaica.org and National Gallery of Jamaica-Twitter

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Event: “Red Sky at Night” on Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 4:00pm-12:00am at Harquail Theatre — Cayman Islands, West Indies

“Red Sky at Night” Feb 27, 2016 Red Sky at Night-Facebook
Event: “Red Sky at Night” on Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 4:00pm-12:00am at Harquail Theatre — Cayman Islands, West Indies; Event Details - Location: Harquail Theatre, 17 Harquail Dr., George Town, Cayman Islands; Telephone: 345-922-5550; Website: Red Sky at Night-Facebook and Cayman Arts Festival
“Red Sky at Night” Feb 27, 2016 Red Sky at Night-Facebook
Event Description: “The Harquail Theatre grounds will illuminate for the 4th consecutive year to present the most inclusive arts and music festival in the Cayman Islands. Local and international talent, live bands, dj's, dancers, theatre, fine art, photography, films, stargazing, food, live, and so much more. A true representation of the cultural melting pot that is the Cayman Islands ... there will be something for everyone! Admission only $15. For further information: Red Sky at Night-Facebook, Cayman Arts Festival-Facebook and Cayman Arts Festival
For further information: Red Sky at Night-Facebook, Cayman Arts Festival-Facebook and Cayman Arts Festival

Red Sky at Night 2016 - video by StrikeTwiceCreative

Exhibition Event: GALLERIE 909 presents “Black Art Festival” on Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 11:00am-6:00pm at Gallerie 909 — St Petersburg, FL USA

“Black Art Festival” on February 27, 2016 at Gallerie 909
Exhibition Event: GALLERIE 909 presents “Black Art Festival” on Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 11:00am-6:00pm at Gallerie 909 — St Petersburg, FL USA; Event Details - Location: Gallerie 909; Street/City/Zip: 909 22nd St S, St Petersburg, FL 33712; Phone: (727) 565-3930; Event Type: Lectures & Art Talks, art, show; Website: Gallerie 909
Event Description: “Gallerie 909 Presents 'Black Art Festival' on Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 11:00am-6:00pm at Gallerie 909; Black Art Festival, showcasinging black art and culture. Featuring Art, food, drumming and more ...”Read more: Gallerie 909-Black Art Festival-Facebook, Gallerie 909-Facebook and Gallerie 909
About Gallerie 909: “GALLERIE 909 - is an African-American art gallery founded by Carla Bristol in April, 2014. This gallery is centrally located in the heart of historic Midtown on the Deuces in a community that has inspired artists for generations. The Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum is also a gem of this community. The area is part of a new emerging arts community as well as The African American Heritage trail documenting its rich history. This gallery is becoming known as the preeminent art space representing African and Caribbean Collections with works of Art by established and emerging artists. 909 offers pop-up gallery in our shared courtyard and features new artist every three to six weeks with over 30 local and national artists presented within the first 12 months. The gallery offers several mediums including paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photographs, custom jewelry and selected home furnishings. In less than a year, this gallery has been featured in The duPont Registry Tampa Bay (online), 3rd in Tampa Bay Business Journal Readers’ Choice Award, Fox 13, Bay News 9, The St. Pete Times Cover, The Weekly Challenger, Power Broker and so much more. Owner Carla Bristol recently received The Men and Women of Distinction award for Arts, Culture and Heritage. Bristol proudly sits on the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American History Museum Board, Studio @ 620 Board and The Pinellas County Historical Commission. Her background in sales and service for over 25 years is a proven asset to her business. GALLERY HOURS: Saturday | Sunday 1PM – 6PM and also by appointment.”Read more: Gallerie 909-About Us
For further information: Gallerie 909-About Us, Gallerie 909-Black Art Festival-Facebook, Gallerie 909-Facebook and Gallerie 909.

Call for Submissions: “Digital” - DEADLINE: Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 4 pm; Opening on Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 1:30pm; show runs through Monday, July 4, 2016 at the National Gallery — Jamaica, West Indies

Call for Submissions: “Digital” Deadline - February 27, 2016
at the National Gallery of Jamaica
Call for Submissions:: “Digital” - DEADLINE: Saturday, February 27, 2016 @ 4 pm; Opening on Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 1:30pm; show runs through Monday, July 4, 2016 at the National Gallery — Jamaica, West Indies; Event Details – Where: National Gallery of Jamaica; Location: 12 Ocean Blvd, Block C, Kingston, Jamaica (Entrance is on Orange Street); Telephone: 1-876-922-1561, 1-876-618-0654; Fax: 1-876-922-8544; E-mail: info@natgalja.org.jm; Opening hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am to 4:30pm; Fri: 10am-4pm; Sat: 10am-3pm; Last Sundays: the NGJ is open every last Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm
Event Description: “The National Gallery of Jamaica is inviting submissions to its Digital exhibition, which will open on Sunday, April 24, 2016 and run until July 4, 2016. Digital media has arguably been the fastest growing field in contemporary visual art and an area of major innovation and experimentation, with many applications in related areas such as music videos and fashion photography. In photography, which has become a dominant medium in contemporary art, digital photography and printing are now the norm. New possibilities emerge constantly, for instance in the field of 3D printing. The Caribbean has been no exception and many younger artists are engaging and exploring new media such as animation, GIFs, video installations, digital illustration, computer graphics, web based art, and so forth. This exhibition celebrates digital art forms in all digital media, from digital photography to multimedia installations, produced by artists based in the Caribbean and its diaspora and also encourages the development and recognition of such media in the Caribbean context. From the submissions received, up to thirty will be selected by the National Gallery’s curatorial team to be shown in the Digital exhibition. An illustrated exhibition catalogue will be published ...”Read more: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
Eligibility: “Open to artists resident in the Caribbean and Caribbean nationals residing elsewhere. There are no restrictions of age. Collaborative submissions involving more than one artist are permitted. Deadline for submissions: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 4 pm local time ...”Read more: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/
For further information: http://nationalgalleryofjamaica.wordpress.com/, http://natgalja.org.jm/ioj_wp/ and https://twitter.com/natgalleryja

Friday, February 26, 2016

Event: “2016 Cayman Arts Festival (CAF)” continues through Friday, February 26, 2016 — Cayman Islands, West Indies

“Cayman Arts Festival (CAF)” Feb 18-26, 2016 Cayman Arts Festival-Facebook
Event: “2016 Cayman Arts Festival (CAF)” from Thursday, February 18, 2016; Festival continues through  Friday, February 26, 2016 — Cayman Islands, West Indies; Event Details - Telephone: 345-922-5550; Website: Cayman Arts Festival-Facebook and Cayman Arts Festival
Event Description: “The Cayman Arts Festival concept was born when internationally-acclaimed piano duo Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef was invited to play in Grand Cayman. ‘The response was so incredible’, recalls Jennifer, ‘that we decided to make it a regular, major, event’. From the inaugural festival in 2004, it has grown to be Cayman’s biggest and most influential performing arts event of its type ... For lovers of the performing arts, students and educationalists, and visitors to Cayman, Cayman Arts Festival offers something special for everyone. With your support and passion, the Cayman Arts Festival will continue to bring world-class performers to delight Cayman’s audiences. Whether you love opera, jazz, choral or classical music, the Cayman Arts Festival is sure to bring you extraordinary performances to savour. For further information: Cayman Arts Festival-Facebook and Cayman Arts Festival
For further information: Cayman Arts Festival-Facebook and Cayman Arts Festival

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Exhibition: The Salus Project presents "Transition By Yutavia Georgen" Opening Reception on Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 7-9pm at The Salus Gallery — The Bahamas, West Indies

"Transition By Yutavia Georgen" Feb 25, 2016 at The Salus Gallery
Exhibition: The Salus Project presents "Transition By Yutavia Georgen" Opening Reception on Thursday, February 25, 2016 @ 7-9pm at The Salus Gallery — The Bahamas, West Indies; Event Details - The Salus Gallery is located at the Family Medicine Center on Blake Road, Nassau, New Providence; Phone: (242) 702-9310
Event Description: "Solo Art Exhibition 'Transition' featuring new paintings by artist Yutavia George. The Salus Project invites you to the opening reception on Thursday 25th, February 2016 at 7pm, The Salus Gallery - Family Medicine center - Blake Road Admission is free and light refeshments will be served. See you there!" -- Read more: Transition Exhibition-Facebook and The Salus Gallery-Facebook
About Artist Yutavia Georgen: "I am an artist. My work explores Identity and self-responsibility. My main inspiration comes from experimenting with media, travelling, experiences with others and my love of reading. I appreciate working in three-dimensional space. I have found this could be direct with one’s personal space. My work can include humanoid forms. The forms constructed appear rough on the surface, yet they have an innocence around them, analogous to the way I view humanity. Generally, they do resemble humble portraits of us." -- Read more: http://yutaviageorge.blogspot.com/
For further information: Transition Exhibition-Facebook and The Salus Gallery-Facebook. Related Article: http://arcthemagazine.com/arc/2012/10/yutavia-george/.

Amazon's Book Reviews: Calypso History Month

This is a review for Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso: Traditions in the Making by John Cowley - Before I purchased this book, I had this unquenchable thirst for how the carnival culture came to be in Trinidad & Tobago. What was canboulay? How did stickfighting originate? How did costumes come about? The music, the singing. As a Trinidadian, I felt it was my duty to have this knowledge. I spoke to my parents, older family members, calypsonians and anyone who had knowledge of our culture past and present. Then I bought "Carnival, Canboulay and Calypso; Traditions in the making." I couldn't put it down. There was an excitement in the learning process. I had no clue as to how Trinbago's culture evolved from then to now. I can only describe this book one way. "Excellent!" Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Carnival-Canboulay-Calypso-Traditions-Making/product-reviews/0521653894/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Steel Drums and Steelbands: A History by Angela Smith - A freelance writer and pan musician, Smith has written a conventional but useful chronological history of Trinidad's steel drums, or pan. The author devotes the first five chapters to reviewing Trinidad's history. The remaining 15 chapters--except chapter 10, which returns, oddly, to a discussion of history--are devoted to pan's development, including its migration into the US and especially into the academy. Appendixes provide short biographies of noted musicians, a list of websites, and a summary of the chronology. A section of black-and-white photos is mainly devoted to major figures. Smith sees this book as an "introduction" to pan and its history, and in that context the book succeeds....Readers new to pan or currently participating will likely find the book to be a useful and objective place to start. Summing Up: Recommended. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Steel-Drums-Steelbands-History-ebook/dp/B008DVLHLY/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

This is a review for So Calypso!: The Soul of Trinidad by Vern Evans - Travel Photography at it's best! Vern Evans takes his photography outfit to the heart of Carnival in the island of Trinidad. Althought different from previous photo assignments Evans captures the tradition and the essence of the celebration of Carnival. Accompanied with these visual tropical delights, calypso musical compilation is nestled into this sweet project. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/So-Calypso-The-Soul-Trinidad/product-reviews/3937406344/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

The History of Pan, Calypso and Carnival - videos by When Steel Talks

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Event: AFUWI presents its 19th Annual Awards Gala “The Legacy Continues 2016” on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Pierre Hotel — NYC, USA

AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues 2016” on Feb 24, 2016
Event: AFUWI presents its 19th Annual Awards Gala “The Legacy Continues 2016” on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at the Pierre Hotel — NYC, USA; Event Details – Where: the Pierre Hotel; Location: New York, NY USA; Contact Telephone: 212-759-9345; Website: AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues 2016-Facebook and AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues
Event Description: “The Annual Gala is the AFUWI’s premier fundraising event in the USA at which the prestigious Legacy Awards are conferred on notable individuals who represent high levels of achievement within their respective fields of industry and enterprise. The Gala has attracted the support and attention of major American and Caribbean entities and organizations from diverse industries, e.g. AT&T, Verizon, General Electric, Digicel and Royal Caribbean Bakery. The event has also been able to garner the attention and support of many distinguished and influential persons who have graciously served on the Honorary Committee. This list includes persons like Wynton Marsalis, Colin Powell, Spike Lee, Maya Angelou, Denis Obrien and Malcolm Gladwell.”Read more: AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues 2016-Facebook and AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues
About AFUWI: “The American Foundation for The University of the West Indies is the principal link between the University of the West Indies, which is the leading educational institution in the Caribbean, and the many groups in the United States who value and support the University's work. The Foundation partners with the University Alumni, the Caribbean community in the United States, American Foundations and Corporations with Caribbean business interests or Caribbean markets to raise funds for projects, scholarships and academic programs on the University's three campuses and thirteen University Centers.”Read more: AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues 2016-Facebook and AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues
For further information: AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues 2016-Facebook and AFUWI’s The Legacy Continues.

I AFUWI 2 Dinners 2015 - video by Winston Small

Amazon's Book Reviews: Reggae History Month

This is a review for The Encyclopedia of Reggae: The Golden Age of Roots Reggae by Mike Alleyne - Fantastic book, with plenty of amazing pictures of reggae legends and information on the most influential personalities of reggae. Bad point it that is does not cover all artits. I didnt have had time to read it completely, but at a first look I noticed that in some profiles, the years in activity are WRONG!!! For example, at The COngos' profile, it's written "Years in activity: 1977-1980's". And it's perfectly clear for any reggae follower that The Congos are still in activity and recording many interesting albums while making tours around the globe (although they may have had a transitory break up in the 1980s). That's just to name an example, but I get afraid other information inside may be not acurate like that... Anyway, just for the very nice pictures and layout, it's worth the value!!! Read more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Encyclopedia-Reggae-Golden-Roots/product-reviews/1402785836/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Dancehall: The Story of Jamaican Dancehall Culture by Beth Lesser - This book offers great insight into a culture that still remains largely a homegrown experience. Try as we might, there just is no way anyone can ever fully recreate the sheer explosiveness and creativity that emerged from one tiny likkle island in the Caribbean so many years ago; but it sure is fun to keep a dance yard-style. Sure the dancehall 'style' has been adopted on many a foreign soil, and spawned a multi-million dollar industry (Hip-Hop anyone?), but ah no anyone can do it like they do ina Jamdown. Nor can one ever hope to see such photos unless they're from Yard, or know someone who lived in JA during the 80's. This book is just large. If you consider yourself a dancehall fan you would do well to get your hands on a copy of this book, fi real. You'll learn a lot. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Dancehall-Story-Jamaican-Culture-Lesser/product-reviews/0955481716/ref=la_B001K8ZPV0_1_1_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for Babylon East: Performing Dancehall, Roots Reggae, and Rastafari in Japan by Marvin D. Sterling - An important center of dancehall reggae performance, sound clashes are contests between rival sound systems: groups of emcees, tune selectors, and sound engineers. In World Clash 1999, held in Brooklyn, Mighty Crown, a Japanese sound system and the only non-Jamaican competitor, stunned the international dancehall community by winning the event. In 2002, the Japanese dancer Junko Kudo became the first non-Jamaican to win Jamaica’s National Dancehall Queen Contest. High-profile victories such as these affirmed and invigorated Japan’s enthusiasm for dancehall reggae. In Babylon East, the anthropologist Marvin D. Sterling traces the history of the Japanese embrace of dancehall reggae and other elements of Jamaican culture, including Rastafari, roots reggae, and dub music. Sterling provides a nuanced ethnographic analysis of the ways that many Japanese involved in reggae as musicians and dancers, and those deeply engaged with Rastafari as a spiritual practice, seek to reimagine their lives through Jamaican culture. He considers Japanese performances and representations of Jamaican culture in clubs, competitions, and festivals; on websites; and in song lyrics, music videos, reggae magazines, travel writing, and fiction. He illuminates issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class as he discusses topics ranging from the cultural capital that Japanese dancehall artists amass by immersing themselves in dancehall culture in Jamaica, New York, and England, to the use of Rastafari as a means of critiquing class difference, consumerism, and the colonial pasts of the West and Japan.   Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Babylon-East-Performing-Dancehall-ebook/dp/B003VQRZM6/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

Rocksteady The Roots Of Reggae Trailer - video by MuseTrailers

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

BSoA Current Exhibitions: “Onions Gallery, Studio A & Studio B - Members Photography Show: - Unseen; Edinburgh Gallery - #DISCUSS” - show runs through Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies

“Current Exhibitions” on Feb 5-Feb 23, 2016
at Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA)
BSoA Current Exhibitions: “Onions Gallery, Studio A & Studio B - Members Photography Show: - Unseen; Edinburgh Gallery - #DISCUSS” - Opening Reception on Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm; show runs through Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA); Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; 17 Church Street; Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda; Telephone: 441-292-3824; Fax: 441-296-0699; Email: info@bsoa.bm; Gallery Hours: 10am–4pm Mon–Fri; 10am–2pm Saturdays
Event Description: “'Onions Gallery, Studio A & Studio B - Members Photography Show: - Unseen; Edinburgh Gallery - #DISCUSS' - Opening Reception on Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm; show runs through Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery
About BSoA: “The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) is membership based organisation, directed by an 11-strong governing body who oversee policies and procedures. A Gallery Director and Assistant Gallery Director deal with the day to day administration and running of BSoA Galleries ... Affectionately known, as ‘The People’s Art Gallery,’ BSoA encompasses four separate galleries; the largest of which is the Onions Gallery, comprising of 2,000 sq feet, next is the Edinburgh Gallery, comprising of 650 sq feet and two smaller studios, Studio A and B, comprising of 450 sq feet each. With shows that change approximately every three weeks, BSoA usually hosts in the region of 50 shows a year and regular fixtures for member-artists include four members’ shows plus a members’ photographic show per year. In addition, the Society hosts an inspiring exhibition of art and sculpture by Bermuda’s school children and the Bermuda College each spring. Other regular features include the 'Mindframe' exhibit by clients from Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute (MAWI) and 'Timely Reflections' featuring art from Bermuda’s prisoners. At other times during the year, individual artists and groups of artists rent gallery space to display and sell their works. From time to time, the Society joins with other art organisations to host special exhibitions and events.”Bermuda Society of Arts http://www.bsoa.bm/about/
For further information: http://www.bsoa.bm/ and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery.

BSoA Exhibition: “DISCUSS: The Debut Art Exhibition of Gavin Djata Smith” - show runs through Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies

“DISCUSS: Gavin Djata Smith” on Feb 5-Feb 23, 2016 at Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA)
BSoA Exhibition: “DISCUSS: The Debut Art Exhibition of Gavin Djata Smith” - Opening Reception on Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm; show runs through Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at BSoA — Bermuda, West Indies; Event Details – Where: The Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA); Location: The City Hall Arts Centre; 17 Church Street; Hamilton HM 11 Bermuda; Telephone: 441-292-3824; Fax: 441-296-0699; Email: info@bsoa.bm; Gallery Hours: 10am–4pm Mon–Fri; 10am–2pm Saturdays
Artist's Statement and Event Description: “Greetings fam, I am soOo nervous/excited/inspired and psyched for my debut art show at The Bermuda Society of Arts. Visual Art, my first creative medium & love, opened the door to explore the world. I believe in the power of Art to inspire, challenge, teach and bring people closer together. Art captures people’s attention, creating new space and unique opportunity. This tool is needed now more than ever before. Molten issues of Race, Class, and Identity, bubble under the crust of my paradise island home Bermuda, and are rarely collectively addressed. #DISCUSS, my first solo exhibition, is a mixed-media, interactive exhibition, designed to confront these issues - head-on. I look forward to the discussion. #DISCUSS. Show Dates: Feb. 5-23rd 2016; Opening Reception: FRIDAY, Feb 5, 5pm-7pm; #DISCUSS + Q&A with Gavin: Saturday, Feb 13, 12pm-2pm.”Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/984981104920210/ and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery
For further information: http://www.bsoa.bm/ and https://www.facebook.com/thepeoplesartgallery. For further information about the Artist: https://www.facebook.com/gavindjatasmith.

Book Reviews: Amazon's Black History in the Caribbean and Latin America

This is a review for Black in Latin America by Henry Louis Gates Jr. - This is an insightful and unusual book. Though written by a Harvard professor, and rich in information, Black in Latin America is not a conventional scholarly monograph. Rather, it recounts Gates's personal quest to find out what it means to be black in other regions of the Americas, the regions in which 95% of enslaved migrants from Africa to the New World landed. Gates scrutinizes three mainland Latin American nations--Mexico, Brazil, and Peru--and three Caribbean nations, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Cuba. He considers the blending of African and Hispanic traditions in religion, music, and art, why Latin American societies have so many different words for mixed-race peoples, why individuals are often categorized in ways that do not accurately reflect their actual ethnic roots, and whether it is true that, as many Latin American governments have claimed, Latin America does not have the sort of racial conflict and discrimination that the United States has long struggled with. Up-to-date, amply illustrated with black-and-white photographs, and full of wonderful stories that make it a page-turner. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/Black-Latin-America-Henry-Louis/product-reviews/0814732984/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for History of Jamaica by Clinton Black - This new edition of the authoritative HISTORY OF JAMAICA covers the whole of the history of the island from the arrival of the Arawaks a thousand years ago until the present day. That thousand year period has also seen the arrival of the Spaniards and the extermination of the Amerindians, the coming of the British and the introduction of slavery, the fight for freedom and the achievement of independence. This story, with its many facets: the Buccaneers, the Maroons, the National Heroes and others, is told by the Government Archivist in a flowing narrative which is backed by a knowledge based on the closest contact with original documents. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/History-Jamaica-Clinton-Black/product-reviews/0582038987/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

This is a review for The Mother of Us All: A History of Queen Nanny, Leader of the Windward Jamaican Maroons by Karla Lewis Gottlieb - This is a small book, 119 pages, that cuts a big swath. It is about an interesting period and a lively woman of the early 18th Century, someone who never made it into any of my history books. I certainly know about her now. Gottlieb pulls together threads from many sources into one rich fabric. This is a progressive book about colonialism, racism, feminism, about military srategy, about the West-African-rooted religious traditions and the use of supernatural powers that made their way into the Maroon Culture. Gottlieb obviously has great respect for her subject -- this remarkable woman, Nanny, part historical figure, part legend -- who represents a courageous struggle against oppression. The book is well-researched, illustrated, and spirited reading. Some of the historical documents can be bypassed if not interested. One is impressed with its relevance to the very same "isms" that continue to torment us in the 21st century. Read more: http://www.amazon.com/The-Mother-Us-All-Windward/product-reviews/0865435650/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

BLACK CARIBBEAN HISTORY - videos by Kadian Philippe

Friday, February 19, 2016

Exhibition: The Palette presents "The A&F Benefit Showcase: When Art and Fashion Meets" on Saturday, February 20, 2016 @ 6:00-10:00pm at The Walker Theatre — Indianapolis, IN USA

"When Art and Fashion Meets" Feb 20, 2016 by
The A&F Benefit Showcase
Exhibition: "The A&F Benefit Showcase: When Art and Fashion Meets" on Saturday, February 20, 2016 @ 6:00-10:00pm at The Madam CJ Walker Theatre — Indianapolis, IN USA; Location: The Walker Theater - 617 Indiana Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46202, USA; Tel: 317-615-0853; Website: The A&F Benefit Showcase and The A&F Benefit Showcase-Facebook
Event Description: "The Palette presents the first annual A&F Benefit Showcase. The A&F Benefit Showcase is an Art & Fashion show that will comprise of both artistic expression and informative acts. The A&F Benefit Showcase will feature some of Indy's own artist, fashion designers, and actors. A&F mission is to create a creative, one of a kind setting, while entertaining all ages about Black History Month and Heart awareness. This is a Red Carpet Event! "Read more: The A&F Benefit Showcase and The A&F Benefit Showcase-Facebook 
For further information: The A&F Benefit Showcase and The A&F Benefit Showcase-Facebook.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Exhibition: Featured artist, Neville LeGall, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge — Barbados, WI

Featured Artist Neville LeGall at Gallery NuEdge Barbados
Exhibition: CURRENT SHOW: Featured Artist, Neville LeGall, is now on display at Gallery NuEdge Barbados (part of our current group exhibition “Tropical Insight”) — Barbados, West Indies; Event Details: Gallery NuEdge Fine Arts Ltd. is located in one of the most prestigious developments in Barbados, 1st Floor, Building B, the Limegrove Lifestyle Center, right in the heart of Holetown, St. James, Barbados. Contact Info – Phone: +1 246-621-0067; Email: gallerynuedge@galerienuedge.com
About the Artist: “Since 1984, Neville LeGall has mounted several solo and group exhibitions in Barbados. His work has also been shown in other countries including the U.K., USA, Canada, Germany, and Cuba. A past President of the Barbados Arts Council, the Artist has taught at high school level for several years before pursuing a full time career as a visual artist.” —  Read more: http://www.nevillelegall.com/
About the Venue: “Gallery NuEdge features the most sought out contemporary artists from the local and international market. Exhibits include art in the form of multi-media, sculpture, painting, photography, and art installation.”Visit our website: www.galerienuedge.com and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge
For further information about the gallery: http://www.galerienuedge.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/Gallery.NuEdge.  For further information about the artist: http://www.nevillelegall.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-of-Neville-LeGall/291443794338600

Exhibition: Brian MacFarlane's “Carnival Works Through the Years” - show runs through Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at ASTT — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies

“Carnival Works Through the Years” Jan 28-Feb 16, 2016 at The Art Society of T&T
Exhibition:  Brian MacFarlane's “Carnival Works Through the Years” - Opening on Thursday, January 28, 2016  @ 11:00am-6:00pm; show runs through Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at ASTT — Trinidad & Tobago, West Indies; Event Details - Location: The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Cor. Jamaica Blvd & St Vincent Ave; Federation Park, Port of Spain; Trinidad and Tobago, W.I.; Tel: (868) 622-9827 or (868) 738-8273; Email: exhibitions@artsocietytt.org or admin@artsocietytt.org;  Hours: 10am-6pm daily.
Event Description: “Brian MacFarlane's 'Carnival Works Through the Years' - Iconic Carnival Designer Brian Mac Farlene exhibits his carnival works throughout the years at The Art Society of Trinidad and Tobago. Admission: $120 TTD / $20USD; show runs through Tuesday, February 16, 2016.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/artsocietyTT
About the Artist: “BRIAN MAC FARLANE embodies the valour, vibrance, vigour and vitality of Carnival. Exalted in the collective consciousness of costume designers, the world over, his awe-inspiring, award-winning masterpieces and his custom crafted, palatial, performance pieces pulsate to the rhythm of his creative genius. Into each illustriously imposing construct, this design master and conceptual artist injects life—so much life—that one would never believe that as boy he suffered from an energy deficit ... The son of a Trinidadian father and a mother from Barbados, the fourth of five children, Brian grew up in Petit Valley, a quaint suburb, west of the capital city. His father worked as the secretary of a cocoa plantation. His mother was a homemaker ... Brian's magic has touched every significant event, in Trinidad and Tobago, taking it from major to magnificent. He copped four Cacique Awards for the theatrical presentation Miracle at Stoll Meyer's, Best Set Design was among them. He also designed and produced sets for Fiddler on the Roof, Porgy and Bess, Jesus Christ Superstar and South Pacific. His success propelled him on an international tour. In 2009 He captured New York City and London and again 2010 in New York City at the Pan Jazz concert with his creativity as he transformed historic spaces such as the Rose Theatre at the world famous Lincoln Center into scenes of Caribbean fantasy and folklore ...”Read more: http://macfarlanedesignstudios.com/the-designer.html
About ASTT: “Before the Trinidad Art Society was born, a small group of painters, poets and writers including Amy Leong Pang and Hugh Stollmeyer among others – dubbed the 'Society of Trinidad Independents,' taking their cue from the modernist movements in Europe- pointed the country into the headwinds of contemporary art. They revelled in Gauguin, Modigliani and the growing fascination with African art; their metaphysical leanings found a ready response in Shango – Baptist beliefs with strong echoes of Orisha in Benin. The group ran afoul of a fundamentalist press whose vitriolic attacks were partially responsible for the disintegration of the body (after nine years) in 1938. Their pioneering visual work, however, was to have a profound influence on the development of art in Trinidad and Tobago.”Read more: http://artsocietytt.org/about/
For further information: http://artsocietytt.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/artsocietyTT. For further information about the Artist: http://macfarlanedesignstudios.com/ and http://macfarlanedesignstudios.com/the-designer.html. Related Article: http://caribbean-beat.com/issue-108/man-macfarlane#axzz3y9lbucaB.

Costumes of Brian Mac Farlane... - video by MASVASSASSIN