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Haiti for sale

Photography: David Levene

Well, it’s for charity still. Haiti 12:01:10, an exhibition of still and moving work by David Levene goes on show and sale at the Draw Walk Gallery at the Old Truman Brewery in London today.

Proceeds from the signed, limited edition prints of photographs taken in 2010 and in 2008 will going to the Disasters Emergency Committee’s Haiti Earthquake Appeal. Meantime, the Guardian newspaper is running a slideshow of Levene’s images.

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A golden generation remembered

Cy Grant RIP

During World War II a remarkable generation of Jamaicans – think future prime minister Michael Manley, Olympian Arthur Wint and Pan-African activist Dudley Thompson – donned the uniforms of the Royal Air Force (RAF), served, and sometimes died, defending the British Empire. And little thanks they got. Continue reading

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Jamaicans fight fairer than the English

When Jamaicans fall afoul of the law overseas, and it happens… often, each of us goes a little quiet. It confirms the worst that we’ve been trying to deny, a lot.

Englishman and trash can: ready to kill

Buju Banton after all his troubles faces guns and drugs charges. Now Ricardo Fuller, star of the national team and English Premier League Club Stoke City has been accused of a nightclub assault (fellow Reggae Boy Marlon King is already serving At Her Majesty’s Pleasure).

Bad as it allegedly is, at least Fuller didn’t do what some nice English gentlemen hooligans fan of his team did the day before. They beat a rival fan to death with a trash can…

Source: The Guardian

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Cool Runnings reappraised

cool runnings promotional imageOkay, you’ve seen the comedy Cool Runnings, and you probably read about how the Jamaican bobsled team failed to qualify for this year’s Winter Olympics; news which gained a lot less attention here than abroad.

Lost in-between the tourist novelty and our antipathy with the comedic portrayal of Jamaicans in the movie, is that qualification for the Calgary Olympics in 1988 was a truly remarkable story of success, which typified our natural resourcefulness – and is deserving of real pride, despite the laughs.

Incidentally, each member of that team, outside of the sled, became a success in his own right – and not one was a reggae singer.

Dudley Stokes – whose brother Chris also competed, initially as a last-minute stand-in – still helps run the national bobsled record. And for the record: Jamaica had the seventh-fastest time in Calgary. Much more than a joke.

Read their stories: HERE

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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…

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