Baseball’s Connie Marrero Dies at 102; Starred in Cuba and Majors
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Associated Press reports that Connie Marrero, “a chunky right-hander from Cuba with a windmill delivery and a wicked curveball, was nearly 39 years old when he reached the major leagues with the 1950 Washington Senators.” He died today in Havana at age 102, two days short of his 103rd birthday; Marrero was the oldest former major leaguer. According to Richard Goldstein, his time with the Senators was only one chapter of a long career in which he became a cherished figure in Cuban baseball. Here are a few excerpts with a link to the full article below:
[…] Marrero was one of Cuba’s leading pitchers in both the amateur and professional ranks. After pitching for the Senators, he tutored many young players in Cuba, having remained there after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. In the late 1980s he was a part-time pitching coach for the Cuban League team in Granma Province, on the southeastern end of the island.
When the Baltimore Orioles played exhibitions against the Cuban national team in Havana in 1999, Marrero was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was so enthusiastic that he could not stop. After he hurled several pitches, with the Orioles’ Brady Anderson standing at….[Full article HERE]
April 24, 2014

Baseball’s Connie Marrero Dies at 102; Starred in Cuba and Majors

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Associated Press reports that Connie Marrero, “a chunky right-hander from Cuba with a windmill delivery and a wicked curveball, was nearly 39 years old when he reached the major leagues with the 1950 Washington Senators.” He died today in Havana at age 102, two days short of his 103rd birthday; Marrero was the oldest former major leaguer. According to Richard Goldstein, his time with the Senators was only one chapter of a long career in which he became a cherished figure in Cuban baseball. Here are a few excerpts with a link to the full article below:

[…] Marrero was one of Cuba’s leading pitchers in both the amateur and professional ranks. After pitching for the Senators, he tutored many young players in Cuba, having remained there after Fidel Castro took power in 1959. In the late 1980s he was a part-time pitching coach for the Cuban League team in Granma Province, on the southeastern end of the island.

When the Baltimore Orioles played exhibitions against the Cuban national team in Havana in 1999, Marrero was selected to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was so enthusiastic that he could not stop. After he hurled several pitches, with the Orioles’ Brady Anderson standing at….[Full article HERE]

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Jamaica Reports Drop in Crime
On This Day..
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Haile Selassie visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, and approximately one hundred thousand Rastafari from all over Jamaica descended on Palisadoes Airport in Kingston, having heard that the man whom they considered to be their Messiah was coming to visit them. Spliffs and chalices were openly smoked, causing “a haze of ganja smoke” to drift through the air. Haile Selassie arrived at the airport but was unable to come down the mobile steps of the airplane, as the crowd rushed the tarmac. He then returned into the plane, disappearing for several more minutes. Finally, Jamaican authorities were obliged to request Ras Mortimer Planno, a well-known Rasta leader, to climb the steps, enter the plane, and negotiate the Emperor’s descent. Planno re-emerged and announced to the crowd: “The Emperor has instructed me to tell you to be calm. Step back and let the Emperor land”. This day is widely held by scholars to be a major turning point for the movement,and it is still commemorated by Rastafarians as Grounation Day, the anniversary of which is celebrated as the second holiest holiday after 2 November, the Emperor’s Coronation Day.
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From then on, as a result of Planno’s actions, the Jamaican authorities were asked to ensure that Rastafarian representatives were present at all state functions attended by His Majesty,and Rastafarian elders also ensured that they obtained a private audience with the Emperor,where he reportedly told them that they should not emigrate to Ethiopia until they had first liberated the people of Jamaica. This dictum came to be known as “liberation before repatriation”.
Haile Selassie defied expectations of the Jamaican authorities,[and never rebuked the Rastafari for their belief in him as the returned Jesus. Instead, he presented the movement’s faithful elders with gold medallions – the only recipients of such an honor on this visit. During PNP leader (later Jamaican Prime Minister) Michael Manley’s visit to Ethiopia in October 1969, the Emperor allegedly still recalled his 1966 reception with amazement, and stated that he felt that he had to be respectful of their beliefs. This was the visit when Manley received the Rod of Correction or Rod of Joshua as a present from the Emperor, which is thought to have helped him to win the 1972 election in Jamaica.
April 21, 2014

On This Day..

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Haile Selassie visited Jamaica on April 21, 1966, and approximately one hundred thousand Rastafari from all over Jamaica descended on Palisadoes Airport in Kingston, having heard that the man whom they considered to be their Messiah was coming to visit them. Spliffs and chalices were openly smoked, causing “a haze of ganja smoke” to drift through the air. Haile Selassie arrived at the airport but was unable to come down the mobile steps of the airplane, as the crowd rushed the tarmac. He then returned into the plane, disappearing for several more minutes. Finally, Jamaican authorities were obliged to request Ras Mortimer Planno, a well-known Rasta leader, to climb the steps, enter the plane, and negotiate the Emperor’s descent. Planno re-emerged and announced to the crowd: “The Emperor has instructed me to tell you to be calm. Step back and let the Emperor land”. This day is widely held by scholars to be a major turning point for the movement,and it is still commemorated by Rastafarians as Grounation Day, the anniversary of which is celebrated as the second holiest holiday after 2 November, the Emperor’s Coronation Day.

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From then on, as a result of Planno’s actions, the Jamaican authorities were asked to ensure that Rastafarian representatives were present at all state functions attended by His Majesty,and Rastafarian elders also ensured that they obtained a private audience with the Emperor,where he reportedly told them that they should not emigrate to Ethiopia until they had first liberated the people of Jamaica. This dictum came to be known as “liberation before repatriation”.

Haile Selassie defied expectations of the Jamaican authorities,[and never rebuked the Rastafari for their belief in him as the returned Jesus. Instead, he presented the movement’s faithful elders with gold medallions – the only recipients of such an honor on this visit. During PNP leader (later Jamaican Prime Minister) Michael Manley’s visit to Ethiopia in October 1969, the Emperor allegedly still recalled his 1966 reception with amazement, and stated that he felt that he had to be respectful of their beliefs. This was the visit when Manley received the Rod of Correction or Rod of Joshua as a present from the Emperor, which is thought to have helped him to win the 1972 election in Jamaica.

Row over Bob Marley’s Music (again).
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According to Barbados’ Nation News and the Jamaica Observer, two music companies are preparing for a legal battle over Bob Marley’s songs. Chris Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Music is set to defend their alleged misattribution, and diversion of income, among other things, in an attempt to retrieve “No Woman, No Cry” and other songs against plaintiff Cayman Music. The landmark trial date is set for May 12, 2014.
Cayman Music is the original, long-standing publisher for Bob Marley, one of the most successful reggae artistes of all time. They represented his catalogue from 1967 to late 1976. The defendants are the publishing arm of Island Records and sometime publisher of Bob Marley titles, from the mid-1970s to his death in May 1981.
Both publishers retain some of Marley’s work. Plaintiff Cayman Music was the publisher at the time the song was written but it was attributed to Vincent Ford, in an alleged “misattribution”. The move denied…[Full article HERE]
April 21, 2014

Row over Bob Marley’s Music (again).

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According to Barbados’ Nation News and the Jamaica Observer, two music companies are preparing for a legal battle over Bob Marley’s songs. Chris Blackwell’s Blue Mountain Music is set to defend their alleged misattribution, and diversion of income, among other things, in an attempt to retrieve “No Woman, No Cry” and other songs against plaintiff Cayman Music. The landmark trial date is set for May 12, 2014.

Cayman Music is the original, long-standing publisher for Bob Marley, one of the most successful reggae artistes of all time. They represented his catalogue from 1967 to late 1976. The defendants are the publishing arm of Island Records and sometime publisher of Bob Marley titles, from the mid-1970s to his death in May 1981.

Both publishers retain some of Marley’s work. Plaintiff Cayman Music was the publisher at the time the song was written but it was attributed to Vincent Ford, in an alleged “misattribution”. The move denied…[Full article HERE]

Tribute to a Salsa Singer
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Muralists in the Bronx are honoring the salsa singer Cheo Feliciano, who diedThursday in a car accident in Puerto Rico, The New York Timesreports.
In Hunts Point, the artists known as BG183 and HEF worked on a wooden panel that mimics a full-length subway car, behind the studios of TATS Cru, a Bronx group of artists.
The mural, which the two artists began on Thursday within hours after hearing of Mr. Feliciano’s death, is a short walk from what was once the Hunts Point Palace, where he performed as the vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet in the 1960s.
April 20, 2014

Tribute to a Salsa Singer

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Muralists in the Bronx are honoring the salsa singer Cheo Feliciano, who diedThursday in a car accident in Puerto Rico, The New York Timesreports.

In Hunts Point, the artists known as BG183 and HEF worked on a wooden panel that mimics a full-length subway car, behind the studios of TATS Cru, a Bronx group of artists.

The mural, which the two artists began on Thursday within hours after hearing of Mr. Feliciano’s death, is a short walk from what was once the Hunts Point Palace, where he performed as the vocalist for the Joe Cuba Sextet in the 1960s.

All About Attitude
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The new documentary explores the Puerto Rican trans world with amazing wit and grace, Max McCormack writes in this review for Out.com. Here’s an excerpt, with a link to the original report and a film preview below.Gender identity is not something filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles struggle with on a daily basis. However, the fight for the right to define oneself despite nature captivated the young artists enough to take them on a three-year journey to shed a much-needed light on the transgender community in Puerto Rico. What came out of this experience was Mala Mala, a documentary film premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this week.
Santini and Sickles met at a party during their days at New York University. One thing led to another and they found…[Full article HERE]
April 19, 2014

All About Attitude

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The new documentary explores the Puerto Rican trans world with amazing wit and grace, Max McCormack writes in this review for Out.com. Here’s an excerpt, with a link to the original report and a film preview below.
Gender identity is not something filmmakers Antonio Santini and Dan Sickles struggle with on a daily basis. However, the fight for the right to define oneself despite nature captivated the young artists enough to take them on a three-year journey to shed a much-needed light on the transgender community in Puerto Rico. What came out of this experience was Mala Mala, a documentary film premiering at Tribeca Film Festival this week.

Santini and Sickles met at a party during their days at New York University. One thing led to another and they found…[Full article HERE]

Jamaicans will soon have to pay tax on bank withdrawals!
A line-up of some of the Caribbean’s top poets will share the stage at The Living Word, one of the highlight events at the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest. 
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Iconic UK-based Jamaican poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, known for his fiery lyrics and forceful politics, will headline the performance, joined by fellow Jamaicans Lorna Goodison, Mervyn Morris, and Kwame Dawes, alongside Trinidadians Anthony Joseph, Vahni Capildeo, and Lauren Alleyne, St Lucian Vladimir Lucien, and Malika Booker, whose roots are in Grenada and Guyana.
The evening performance, on Friday 25 April at the backyard performance space Bohemia in Woodbrook, is “a celebration of the Caribbean’s poetry and performance traditions,” according to festival organisers, and pays tribute to the late Jamaican dub poet Mikey Smith in the year of his 60th birthday.
The event, which also includes a performance by Freetown Collective, is free and open to the public, like all performances and readings at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. All the participating poets will also appear elsewhere in the festival programme, reading from and talking about their work.
Linton Kwesi Johnson is the chief judge for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The winner will be announced during the festival. http://www.bocaslitfest.com for more information.

THE LIVING WORD
Friday April 25, 2014
8 p.m.
Bohemia, 33 Murray Street, Woodbrook
April 19, 2014

A line-up of some of the Caribbean’s top poets will share the stage at The Living Word, one of the highlight events at the 2014 NGC Bocas Lit Fest. 

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Iconic UK-based Jamaican poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, known for his fiery lyrics and forceful politics, will headline the performance, joined by fellow Jamaicans Lorna Goodison, Mervyn Morris, and Kwame Dawes, alongside Trinidadians Anthony Joseph, Vahni Capildeo, and Lauren Alleyne, St Lucian Vladimir Lucien, and Malika Booker, whose roots are in Grenada and Guyana.

The evening performance, on Friday 25 April at the backyard performance space Bohemia in Woodbrook, is “a celebration of the Caribbean’s poetry and performance traditions,” according to festival organisers, and pays tribute to the late Jamaican dub poet Mikey Smith in the year of his 60th birthday.

The event, which also includes a performance by Freetown Collective, is free and open to the public, like all performances and readings at the NGC Bocas Lit Fest. All the participating poets will also appear elsewhere in the festival programme, reading from and talking about their work.

Linton Kwesi Johnson is the chief judge for the 2014 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature, sponsored by One Caribbean Media. The winner will be announced during the festival. http://www.bocaslitfest.com for more information.

THE LIVING WORD

Friday April 25, 2014

8 p.m.

Bohemia, 33 Murray Street, Woodbrook

April 18, 2014

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Armando Peraza, flamboyant Cuban bongo drummer, has died
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A self-taught musician, Armando Peraza performed with jazz artists like Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and spent two decades with Carlos Santana, David Colker reports in this obituary for The Los Angeles Times. Follow the link below for the original report.
Cuban-born drummer Armando Peraza, a self-taught musician who transformed himself from a homeless orphan in Havana to a world-recognized bongo and conga expert who performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades, died Monday in a South San Francisco hospital.
The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josephine Peraza. Peraza had also battled diabetes for many years.
Officially, Peraza was 89, but he admitted that he made up a birth date to give to authorities when he came to the…..[Full article HERE]
April 18, 2014

Armando Peraza, flamboyant Cuban bongo drummer, has died

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A self-taught musician, Armando Peraza performed with jazz artists like Dave Brubeck and George Shearing, and spent two decades with Carlos Santana, David Colker reports in this obituary for The Los Angeles Times. Follow the link below for the original report.

Cuban-born drummer Armando Peraza, a self-taught musician who transformed himself from a homeless orphan in Havana to a world-recognized bongo and conga expert who performed with Carlos Santana for nearly two decades, died Monday in a South San Francisco hospital.

The cause was pneumonia, said his wife, Josephine Peraza. Peraza had also battled diabetes for many years.

Officially, Peraza was 89, but he admitted that he made up a birth date to give to authorities when he came to the…..[Full article HERE]

Invitation to book launch: Love for an Island by Phyllis Shand Allfrey
April 17, 2014

Invitation to book launch: Love for an Island by Phyllis Shand Allfrey

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April 13, 2014

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