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    Out of many, one people: Jamaica in the 1890s – in pictures

    A new exhibition shows life in Victorian-era Jamaica, alongside new works that respond to the archive images. Making Jamaica: Photography from the 1890s is at Autograph ABP, London, 24 February–22 April. All photographs courtesy Caribbean Photo Archive / Autograph ABP.

    The images, taken by a variety of photographers (some of whom are unknown) are a blend of prints and lantern slides – images created on glass for projection — The Jamaica they depict is one still under British rule, but sloughing off the spectre of slavery — The British took over the island in 1655 following a period of Spanish rule from about 1500 — People were brought from Africa and forced to work on sugar cane plantations until slavery was abolished in 1838 — The country’s brutal colonial past is etched everywhere, including in many of the place names – its counties are named Cornwall, Middlesex and Surrey, after English places — There are still signs of the island’s earlier Spanish rule, such as in the name of this village in the west of the country — Despite the ban on slavery, Jamaica was still ruled by upper-class whites well into the 20th century, until the campaigners Marcus Garvey and Alexander Bustamente helped usher in the independence movement. Jamaica finally became independent of the UK in 1962.

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    Captureland — a short film about conquest in live-action

    Inspired by the words of the late Nelson Mandela, and the song ‘Capture Land’ by Jamaican artist Chronixx, Nabil Elderkin’s Captureland is a measured tale of charismatic Rastafarian Tocky and his dreams of a pilgrimage to the holy land. Adopting a leisurely Rastafari-esque pace to proceedings, Elderkin’s short is a poetic thriller that centres around […]

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    Reggae Narratives — Positive Vibrations from Russia

    Positive Vibrations, a poster submitted by visual artiste Julia Egorova from Russia, is this year’s winner of the fifth International Reggae Poster Contest (IRPC). See other posters including “Music For Peace” by Italy’s, Simona Galizia at the Jamaica Observer’s website

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    Guess where these Marley Family Members were born?

    Bob Marley was no ordinary man. Beyond his extraordinary contribution to the original soundtrack for universal justice; he is father to another unique brand of “world citizenship” — and a global legacy, that will survive many generations to come. Take this short quiz on the Marley Nation..

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    Attitude — prevailing tendencies, policies and prejudices

    It is very difficult to be imposed upon by another — unless we have some ulterior motives our ourselves — if what we’re trying to do is to promote our own interests at the expense of other people — it is very likely that we try to do this and injure them — then when […]