This post is adapted from remarks given by Dr. Marielle Barrow at an IDB-hosted panel on Caribbean cultural industries at CARIFESTA 2017 in Barbados. When we produce art, the act of creative expression does not make our work part of the Creative or Cultural Industries. It is the sharing, dissemination, exhibition or publication of that work that renders it accessible and … [Read more...] about There is No Barrel: 10 Take Aways from Youth Talk, Carifesta XIII
Over a year ago I set off into a new, life-changing path without really thinking about the depths of its implications. I decided to stop putting chemicals in my hair and go natural. This is where you ask yourself why does she think that going natural is such a big deal? I also never thought it would be a big deal. I just wanted to be closer to the way I was made and … [Read more...] about Is going natural a sign of wisdom?
On February 6, music fans around the world will celebrate what would have been the 70th birthday of reggae superstar Bob Marley. Although he was felled by cancer more than three decades ago, his legacy highlights pop culture’s impact on national identities and even on economies, says Jamaican radio host and culture critic Dermot Hussey, co-author of Bob Marley: Reggae King of … [Read more...] about Reggaenomics: Bob Marley’s legacy on Jamaica’s creative economy
When then 21 year-old Jude Papaloko Thegenus arrived in Miami in 1986 to further his art studies, practically no one in the city thought of aesthetics and culture as a professional priority, especially for recent arrivals. “The focus was on immigration, fighting for rights. It was about Haitians coming on boats and needing a place to stay, food, work, and immigration … [Read more...] about Part II: Miami’s Little Haiti offers big ideas on poverty reduction through the arts
Meet Action Jackson. Action is the epitome of what one would call a Bahamian icon. Born April 30th, 1965 and given the official name, Whitfield Morley, Action Jackson is a limbo and fire dancer as well as a fisherman. Action’s journey into becoming a limbo dancer is an interesting one. After he and his wife divorced, he “was stressed out” and found himself in a difficult … [Read more...] about Ready? Action!