Growing Out: Black Hair and Black Pride in the Swinging Sixties, by Barbara Blake Hannah

If you would like to hear Barbara talk about her book and more, tune in to Radio Jamaica tomorrow (Sunday, September 11) at 1:30 p.m. on Gerry McDaniel’s show “Palav,” where she will be special guest. A young, middle-class Jamaican woman, tired of the limitations of island life, arrives in London, England, to seek her … More Growing Out: Black Hair and Black Pride in the Swinging Sixties, by Barbara Blake Hannah

The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica

The story of the Windrush continues, in different ways. Or rather, should I say “stories”? Because I see the Windrush as a mosaic of many human stories – of endurance and success, determination and disappointment. There has been some more local coverage; the Sunday Gleaner’s Arts & Education section included an article by Amitabh Sharma last … More The Windrush Stories: A Visit to the National Library of Jamaica

“Demystifying” Great Britain – and Singing Its Songs

It was Monday morning at the British High Commission, and on the lawn some guests were getting a little restive under a tent. Calming music played, however, as High Commissioner Asif Ahmad and his staff waited politely in ones and twos for the Minister to arrive. A large banner in red, white and blue – … More “Demystifying” Great Britain – and Singing Its Songs

Cilla

She was a working class girl, and she warmed our hearts. I feel I grew up with Cilla Black, the English singer and television star, who died today. Her real name was Priscilla Maria Veronica White and she was born in Liverpool in 1943, the daughter of Irish Catholics. Her father was a docker; her mother … More Cilla

Daniel Rossen – Saint Nothing (taken from forthcoming EP ‘Silent Hour / Golden Mile’)

I know virtually nothing about this singer, but I do like this moody little number – his first solo effort apparently after singing with a couple of bands. This forthcoming EP may well be something to look forward to (not that I am too keen on EP’s – they are too short and not good … More Daniel Rossen – Saint Nothing (taken from forthcoming EP ‘Silent Hour / Golden Mile’)

John

I watched a small and unpretentious YouTube video today, posted by John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono.  Less than one minute long.  Yoko greets us with a “Hi” and an almost imperceptible shy shrug of her shoulders, like a young girl trying to be friends.  After asking us to “Think peace, spread peace, act peace and … More John