Music, Video & Entertainment

Harry Belafonte is one great Jamaican (documentary)

Schooled in Kingston, Harry Belafonte went on to break billboard records in the US while introducing Caribbean music; became a Hollywood star and perhaps above all, his role in the Civil Rights Struggle. A speech he gave here the other week merely reminded us of the stature of the man.

And today we have the deejays…

The Feed

When the Mafia ran Cuba (documentary)

Before Castro took over, the Americans preferred the Mafia to run the place. They controlled tourism – an industry which Cuba has only returned to in recent years – and made fortunes promoting the island as a place to lose your inhibitions.

The CIA even hired them to help kill Castro.

This three-part documentary maybe in Spanish…but then you can tell us what it says…

Literature & Stories

Toni Ungerer of the Three Robbers

French-born illustrator Toni Ungerer made children’s books with names like ‘The Three Robbers’ – that and other work about weird erotica.

Ungerer just thought children should be credited with having a slightly darker view of the world.

His work is undergoing a revival at the moment. Publishers Phaidon are reprinting his books while the Weinstein brothers are making an animated film version of ‘Robbers’.

Read more HERE


Source: New York Times


The Man in Black: Unseen photographs

Johnny Cash used to have a home in Jamaica, by the Rose Hall Estate in St James, where he wrote the song about the far, far badder Annie Palmer.

These black and whites spent 45 years stuck in the archives of Columbia Records and then in the attic of the widow of photographer Marvin Koner.

Just before Cash made it big.

See more HERE


Source: The Guardian