August 25, 2014

Hundreds of Thousands attend Notting Hill Carnival in west London

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Hundreds of thousands of people attended the first day of Europe’s biggest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival, the BBC reports.

The two-day event in west London started with children’s day and featured Caribbean culture, food, music and dance.

Giant floats and dancers wearing colourful costumes made their way along the procession route from 10:00 BST.

About a million people are expected at the two-day event which ends on Monday.

Organisers say this year is part of the build-up to the event’s 50th anniversary.

About 6,000 police officers attended and the Met Police said….[Full article HERE]

Celebrate Notting Hill Carnival With The 5 Best Rum Bars In London
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This guide to rum drinking in London by Valerie Denny appeared in Forbes.
With Notting Hill Carnival just around the corner (Aug. 24 and 25), we’re in the Caribbean spirit. And we’ve decided to get the party started a little early, so we asked a London insider for the best rum bars in London where you can get into the spirit of the islands with the perfect Dark and Stormy.
The Insider: George Frost, founder of The Duppy Share, a premium golden Caribbean rum that just launched last month exclusively at Selfridges. George previously worked as head of new business at Quintessentially, the luxury concierge service.
His Rum Credentials: ”I’m a self-professed Rum Adventurer with a love of all things rum and the Caribbean. This stems from childhood, the moment my brothers and I were able to wield a cricket bat, our parents [editor’s note: his father is the late Sir David Frost] took the family on regular holidays to Barbados and Anguilla. There, I was captivated with the energy, the fun and (as soon as I had reached the legal drinking age), the rum of the islands.”
On Creating The Duppy Share: ”A little while ago I noticed a gap in the rum category for a contemporary premium player that would resonate with a younger audience and represent a taste of the modern Caribbean. Spurred on by my love of the Caribbean, I got a team with of similarly adventurous spirits together and created The Duppy Share.”
What is the duppy share? A duppy is a mischievous spirit in the Caribbean. ‘The angel’s share’ is what some distillers call the alcohol that has evaporated and ‘gone to the angels’ as the alcohol ages. This portion is referred to in some Caribbean countries as ‘the duppy’s share.’
And here are the Rum Adventurer’s favorite bars:
PortSide Parlour – “This is where our story first began, I first heard of the legend of the Duppy Share whilst in this hidden nautical gem in the heart of Shoreditch. An impressive array of 80+ rums and seasonal rum cocktails.” 14 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DU
The Rum Kitchen – “A rum lover’s paradise on All Saints Road with a new outpost in Kingly Court, Soho. Combines beach shack chic and epic rum cocktails with an impressive Caribbean menu and reggae beats. Ask for Mario.” 6 – 8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH and 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho, W1B 5PW
Pelicans & Parrots – “A traditional Caribbean Rum Shop style bar is tucked in the basement of this quirky Dalston treasure trove.” 81 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8AD
Trailer Happiness – “This Portobello Road institution combines ‘70s retro decor with Tiki-inspired cocktails. Home of the monthly Rum Club.” 177 Portobello Road, London, W11 2DY
Cottons Rhum Shack – “This London landmark is home of the global rum guru Ian Burrell and his nephew, Andrae. If anyone knows their rum, it’s these guys with 243 rums on offer (at the last count!)” 55 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN
August 21, 2014

Celebrate Notting Hill Carnival With The 5 Best Rum Bars In London

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This guide to rum drinking in London by Valerie Denny appeared in Forbes.

With Notting Hill Carnival just around the corner (Aug. 24 and 25), we’re in the Caribbean spirit. And we’ve decided to get the party started a little early, so we asked a London insider for the best rum bars in London where you can get into the spirit of the islands with the perfect Dark and Stormy.

The Insider: George Frost, founder of The Duppy Share, a premium golden Caribbean rum that just launched last month exclusively at Selfridges. George previously worked as head of new business at Quintessentially, the luxury concierge service.

His Rum Credentials: ”I’m a self-professed Rum Adventurer with a love of all things rum and the Caribbean. This stems from childhood, the moment my brothers and I were able to wield a cricket bat, our parents [editor’s note: his father is the late Sir David Frost] took the family on regular holidays to Barbados and Anguilla. There, I was captivated with the energy, the fun and (as soon as I had reached the legal drinking age), the rum of the islands.”

On Creating The Duppy Share: ”A little while ago I noticed a gap in the rum category for a contemporary premium player that would resonate with a younger audience and represent a taste of the modern Caribbean. Spurred on by my love of the Caribbean, I got a team with of similarly adventurous spirits together and created The Duppy Share.”

What is the duppy share? A duppy is a mischievous spirit in the Caribbean. ‘The angel’s share’ is what some distillers call the alcohol that has evaporated and ‘gone to the angels’ as the alcohol ages. This portion is referred to in some Caribbean countries as ‘the duppy’s share.’

And here are the Rum Adventurer’s favorite bars:

PortSide Parlour – “This is where our story first began, I first heard of the legend of the Duppy Share whilst in this hidden nautical gem in the heart of Shoreditch. An impressive array of 80+ rums and seasonal rum cocktails.” 14 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DU

The Rum Kitchen – “A rum lover’s paradise on All Saints Road with a new outpost in Kingly Court, Soho. Combines beach shack chic and epic rum cocktails with an impressive Caribbean menu and reggae beats. Ask for Mario.” 6 – 8 All Saints Road, W11 1HH and 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, Soho, W1B 5PW

Pelicans & Parrots – “A traditional Caribbean Rum Shop style bar is tucked in the basement of this quirky Dalston treasure trove.” 81 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8AD

Trailer Happiness – “This Portobello Road institution combines ‘70s retro decor with Tiki-inspired cocktails. Home of the monthly Rum Club.” 177 Portobello Road, London, W11 2DY

Cottons Rhum Shack – “This London landmark is home of the global rum guru Ian Burrell and his nephew, Andrae. If anyone knows their rum, it’s these guys with 243 rums on offer (at the last count!)” 55 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AN

Miami Rum Fest 2014
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This year’s Miami Rum Fest is around the corner; it takes place on April 25-27, 2014. Here is an enthusiastic description:

Miami Rum Fest is expanding with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits and will be back in April 25-27 to gather rum producers, professionals and enthusiasts. There will be three rum filled days of grand tasting sessions allowing participants to evaluate hundreds of notable rum brands and expressions from around the world, in addition to expert seminars, entertainment and fun in laid-back tropical island environment.

“We’re expanding the size and scope of the festival again this year,” said show manager Robin Burr. “Rum producers from…[Full article HERE]
March 31, 2014

Miami Rum Fest 2014

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This year’s Miami Rum Fest is around the corner; it takes place on April 25-27, 2014. Here is an enthusiastic description:

Miami Rum Fest is expanding with more than 50,000 square feet of exhibits and will be back in April 25-27 to gather rum producers, professionals and enthusiasts. There will be three rum filled days of grand tasting sessions allowing participants to evaluate hundreds of notable rum brands and expressions from around the world, in addition to expert seminars, entertainment and fun in laid-back tropical island environment.

“We’re expanding the size and scope of the festival again this year,” said show manager Robin Burr. “Rum producers from…[Full article HERE]

Jamaica Pop Up

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Hurry before this pop up store closes. Brixton London
March 5, 2014

Jamaica Pop Up

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Hurry before this pop up store closes. Brixton London

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave triumphs at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards as it takes home three awards including film of the year
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Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave  continued its triumphant march towards next month’s Oscars at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday evening, Fay Strang reports for The Daily Mail. 
The film, which is based on true story, won film of the year, while star Chiwetel Eijiofor was named actor of the year, and his co-star Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress.
Stars including Naomie Harris, John Hurt, Gary Oldman and Steve Coogan gathered at The May Fair hotel in London for the ceremony, which began on a sombre note as news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death had just broken.
Film critic Jason Solomons opened the awards by paying tribute to the late actor and director who was last year named best supporting actor by the circle for his performance in The Master.
Speaking at the awards director McQueen said the review that meant the most to him was from his mother.
Asked whose praise was most important to him he said: ‘My mum, my mum above all!
‘There’s critics, there’s scholars, but then there’s you mum, so I’m very pleased about that.’
Alfonso Cuaron was named director of the year for his 3D space epic Gravity, Cate Blanchett was named actress of the year for her performance in Blue Jasmine and Dame Judi Dench won British actress of the year.
…
Naomie Harris, who was nominated in the supporting actress category but lost out to Nyong’o, said the greatest review she received for her performance as Winnie Mandela in The Long Walk To Freedom was from Winnie herself.
The Bond girl said: ‘It’s a huge honour to have people like the movie and like my performance, that’s really fantastic.
‘But the main thing that really mattered most to me was hearing Winnie say that she felt that I’d captured her and I’d honoured her legacy. That was huge to me and I’ll never forget that.’
February 3, 2014

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave triumphs at London Critics’ Circle Film Awards as it takes home three awards including film of the year

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Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave  continued its triumphant march towards next month’s Oscars at the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards on Sunday evening, Fay Strang reports for The Daily Mail. 

The film, which is based on true story, won film of the year, while star Chiwetel Eijiofor was named actor of the year, and his co-star Lupita Nyong’o won best supporting actress.

Stars including Naomie Harris, John Hurt, Gary Oldman and Steve Coogan gathered at The May Fair hotel in London for the ceremony, which began on a sombre note as news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death had just broken.

Film critic Jason Solomons opened the awards by paying tribute to the late actor and director who was last year named best supporting actor by the circle for his performance in The Master.

Speaking at the awards director McQueen said the review that meant the most to him was from his mother.

Asked whose praise was most important to him he said: ‘My mum, my mum above all!

‘There’s critics, there’s scholars, but then there’s you mum, so I’m very pleased about that.’

Alfonso Cuaron was named director of the year for his 3D space epic Gravity, Cate Blanchett was named actress of the year for her performance in Blue Jasmine and Dame Judi Dench won British actress of the year.

Naomie Harris, who was nominated in the supporting actress category but lost out to Nyong’o, said the greatest review she received for her performance as Winnie Mandela in The Long Walk To Freedom was from Winnie herself.

The Bond girl said: ‘It’s a huge honour to have people like the movie and like my performance, that’s really fantastic.

‘But the main thing that really mattered most to me was hearing Winnie say that she felt that I’d captured her and I’d honoured her legacy. That was huge to me and I’ll never forget that.’

UJIMA Radio 98FM launches new website “Dubplate to Dubstep” 
Celebrating the social history and cultural contribution of Bristol’s Caribbean Community.
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“Dubplate to Dubstep has been an extraordinary innovative project that enabled a diverse selection of young, talented inner city residents to explore their musical heritage and ultimately to secure some exciting opportunities at the BBC and other media outlets” said Roger Griffith Ujima Radio CIC, Chair 
 
Following a successful three part heritage media project working with a team of inner city local young people Bristol’s, Ujima Radio CIC announces the launch of a new cultural heritage website :www.dubplatetodubstep.ujimaradio.com
 
“Dubplate to Dubstep” funded by Heritage lottery Fund (HLF) covers 50 years of social history and music trends ………Full Details HERE
December 15, 2013

UJIMA Radio 98FM launches new website “Dubplate to Dubstep” 

Celebrating the social history and cultural contribution of Bristol’s Caribbean Community.

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Dubplate to Dubstep has been an extraordinary innovative project that enabled a diverse selection of young, talented inner city residents to explore their musical heritage and ultimately to secure some exciting opportunities at the BBC and other media outlets” said Roger Griffith Ujima Radio CIC, Chair 

 

Following a successful three part heritage media project working with a team of inner city local young people Bristol’s, Ujima Radio CIC announces the launch of a new cultural heritage website :www.dubplatetodubstep.ujimaradio.com

 

“Dubplate to Dubstep” funded by Heritage lottery Fund (HLF) covers 50 years of social history and music trends ………Full Details HERE

Afro Supa Heroes and Jamaicons
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This column by Carolyn Cooper appeared in Jamaica’s Gleaner. She discusses how children’s toys reinforce sexist traditions and notions of beauty and acceptability; she stresses the importance of a new exhibition of black action figures, Afro Supa Hero, by Jon Daniel at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London.
The global toy industry is notoriously racist and sexist. Like gods, toymakers create puppets in their own image. And the supreme puppetmakers are white and male. Naturally, most toys, for both boys and girls, reproduce stereotypes. Anorexic Barbie dolls and G.I. Joes on steroids have long defined the ideal body type for real children who can never ever measure up (or down).
ICONIC ACTION FIGURES: G.I. Joe really wasn’t the ideal hero for black boys growing up in the 1960s. They needed heroic figures in their own image. That’s the compelling argument made by the British graphic designer and creative director…..[Full article HERE]
October 3, 2013

Afro Supa Heroes and Jamaicons

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This column by Carolyn Cooper appeared in Jamaica’s Gleaner. She discusses how children’s toys reinforce sexist traditions and notions of beauty and acceptability; she stresses the importance of a new exhibition of black action figures, Afro Supa Hero, by Jon Daniel at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London.

The global toy industry is notoriously racist and sexist. Like gods, toymakers create puppets in their own image. And the supreme puppetmakers are white and male. Naturally, most toys, for both boys and girls, reproduce stereotypes. Anorexic Barbie dolls and G.I. Joes on steroids have long defined the ideal body type for real children who can never ever measure up (or down).

ICONIC ACTION FIGURES: G.I. Joe really wasn’t the ideal hero for black boys growing up in the 1960s. They needed heroic figures in their own image. That’s the compelling argument made by the British graphic designer and creative director…..[Full article HERE]

September 3, 2013

There are still a few free tickets available for a very special afternoon with living legend Jesse Jackson.

Book Now - 020 8365 5450.

 

Reverend Jesse Jackson will join us at the Bernie Grant Arts Centre on Thursday 5th September (start 2pm) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech. The event will last for one hour and 30 minutes.

 

For a reminder of Jesse Jackson’s outstanding contributions to political life and the civil rights movement, check out coverage of the event by the Evening Standard and also by the Tottenham and Wood Green Journal.
 

At the special occasion Jesse Jackson will talk about issues of social justice in the UK and US and will be introduced by the screening of a rare piece of archive footage which has recently come to light. Few people realise that Martin Luther King visited the UK and this fascinating footage features MLK giving a speech in Newcastle just a week before he died.

 

Tickets are free, but have to be booked through our box office on 020 8365 5450.

Rallying round Marcus Garvey
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THE son of South African anti-Apartheid icon Steve Biko is among the guests for a two-day festival marking the 116th anniversary of Pan-African giant Marcus Garvey—as Basil Walters reports in this article for Jamaica’s Observer.
Nkosinathi Biko will attend the event, scheduled for Rio Nuevo Village in St Mary, startingAugust 17, Garvey’s birthday.
It concludes the following day with a tribute concert featuring several top dancehall/reggae acts.
Big Stone Records are main promoters of the event which will also have Garvey’s son Dr Julius Garvey and Pastor Ray Hagins as guest speakers. Claude Sinclair of Big Stone Records spoke to the Sunday Observer about Biko’s attendance.
"Marcus Garvey is the father of black consciousness, and we see it fit to invite the son of Steve Biko who was a scholar of Marcus Garvey," he said. "We want to do this every year, bringing the different people who were motivated by Marcus Garvey, to show the people that Garvey is not just a national hero in Jamaica, but an international hero."
Steve Biko is a martyr of the anti-Apartheid movement. He was a vocal opponent of the South African government’s policy of racial discrimination and division, a stance that cost him his life.
He died in police custody in 1977.
The St Ann-born Garvey was a mainstay of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City during the 1920s. Imprisoned by the United States government for mail fraud in 1923, he was deported to Jamaica four years later.
In 1935, he moved to London where he died from a stroke in 1940.
The Jamaican government brought his body back to Jamaica in 1964. He was named the country’s first national hero that year.
July 25, 2013

Rallying round Marcus Garvey

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THE son of South African anti-Apartheid icon Steve Biko is among the guests for a two-day festival marking the 116th anniversary of Pan-African giant Marcus Garvey—as Basil Walters reports in this article for Jamaica’s Observer.

Nkosinathi Biko will attend the event, scheduled for Rio Nuevo Village in St Mary, startingAugust 17, Garvey’s birthday.

It concludes the following day with a tribute concert featuring several top dancehall/reggae acts.

Big Stone Records are main promoters of the event which will also have Garvey’s son Dr Julius Garvey and Pastor Ray Hagins as guest speakers. Claude Sinclair of Big Stone Records spoke to the Sunday Observer about Biko’s attendance.

"Marcus Garvey is the father of black consciousness, and we see it fit to invite the son of Steve Biko who was a scholar of Marcus Garvey," he said. "We want to do this every year, bringing the different people who were motivated by Marcus Garvey, to show the people that Garvey is not just a national hero in Jamaica, but an international hero."

Steve Biko is a martyr of the anti-Apartheid movement. He was a vocal opponent of the South African government’s policy of racial discrimination and division, a stance that cost him his life.

He died in police custody in 1977.

The St Ann-born Garvey was a mainstay of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City during the 1920s. Imprisoned by the United States government for mail fraud in 1923, he was deported to Jamaica four years later.

In 1935, he moved to London where he died from a stroke in 1940.

The Jamaican government brought his body back to Jamaica in 1964. He was named the country’s first national hero that year.

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Morgan Heritage - ‘Ends Nah Meet’ in session recorded for BBC Radio 1Xtra. Music from a timeless group. Watch it HERE
July 19, 2013

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Morgan Heritage - ‘Ends Nah Meet’ in session recorded for BBC Radio 1Xtra. Music from a timeless group. Watch it HERE

Reggae fans GET SET! @1xtra #willberwillberforce
June 23, 2013

Reggae fans GET SET! @1xtra #willberwillberforce

Nahki Wells First Bermudian to Score at Wembley
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Bermuda is celebrating the achievements of Nahki Wells—with a total of 25 goals for the season, and interested clubs circling, now, he is the first Bermudian to score at Wembley, England’s national stadium.
So there it is. Wells collects his medal, hugs the chairman and goes off to celebrate. Not before he’s made a lot of Bradford fans happy by saying he wants to play in League One with them next season. Still think a big bid might alter things on that front but that speculation is for another day. For now, and in particular for those in Bermuda, it’s a day to celebrate a marvelous achievement by the former CedarBridge Academy pupil.
Wells: ‘It’s a dream come true. We worked so hard together. I think we’ve played the most games in the country, and to come this far and finish it off in this fashion is unbelievable. “It’s a big game and we wanted to come confident, not arrogant. We came and did what we had to do and to win this comfortably is unbelievable.”
Does he want to stay at Bradford? “Absolutely. When you’re doing well you get all the attention but it wouldn’t possible without all the players keeping you going. I’m contracted to Bradford so I will be playing League One next season.”
Nahki Wells is named the man of the match. As if his day couldn’t get any better.
May 20, 2013

Nahki Wells First Bermudian to Score at Wembley

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Bermuda is celebrating the achievements of Nahki Wells—with a total of 25 goals for the season, and interested clubs circling, now, he is the first Bermudian to score at Wembley, England’s national stadium.

So there it is. Wells collects his medal, hugs the chairman and goes off to celebrate. Not before he’s made a lot of Bradford fans happy by saying he wants to play in League One with them next season. Still think a big bid might alter things on that front but that speculation is for another day. For now, and in particular for those in Bermuda, it’s a day to celebrate a marvelous achievement by the former CedarBridge Academy pupil.

Wells: ‘It’s a dream come true. We worked so hard together. I think we’ve played the most games in the country, and to come this far and finish it off in this fashion is unbelievable. “It’s a big game and we wanted to come confident, not arrogant. We came and did what we had to do and to win this comfortably is unbelievable.”

Does he want to stay at Bradford? “Absolutely. When you’re doing well you get all the attention but it wouldn’t possible without all the players keeping you going. I’m contracted to Bradford so I will be playing League One next season.”

Nahki Wells is named the man of the match. As if his day couldn’t get any better.

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