The History of Legendary UK DJ Norman Jay

Excellent short film chronicling the history of the legendary Mr. Norman Jay and his Good Times sound system, one of the most beloved and revered in the UK. Norman discusses finding his initial inspiration in New York park jams and parties, the early struggles of dropping “soul boy” records at Notting Hill Carnival to a resistant reggae crowd, and the eventual triumph of GT rare groove warehouse parties. Well, 30 years later MBE presents Good Times 30, an anniversary complation release, now available courtesy Strut Records. Celebrate the party and DJ that changed the face of the Notting Hill Carnival, which became a summertime fixture at festivals worldwide. Bless up!

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Jean-Michel Basquiat was one of the greatest artists of his time. Seeing his documentary, “The Radiant Child,” directed by Tamra Davis, was overwhelmingly life changing. His artistic style was un.herd.of during his time and the world killed him for it. A visionary and self-perfectionist, Basquiat’s story has forever inspired mine. Check out some of his work and please, take the time to digest each piece. Bless up.

“I don’t listen to what art critics say. I don’t know anybody who needs a critic to find out what art is”. -Basquiat

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It’s a New Day, Celebrate Heroism

Women Are Heroes, part of Parisian street photographer JR’s 28 Millimètres project, draws attention to oppressed women everywhere. Chronicling the lives of women from around the globe, from Cambodia to Brazil, London to Los Angeles, the film debuted at Cannes Film Festival and will be released in France on January 12, 2011. In this new year, look for inspiration in the people who surround you.

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Rent a Rasta

“When white women flock to Jamaica for a little fun in the sun, the R&R they’re often looking for is not “Rest and Relaxation” but to “Rent a Rasta” according to director J. Michael Seyfert. His eye-opening expose’ of the same name sheds light on a barely acknowledged form of sex tourism, namely, white women who visit the Caribbean Islands to get their groove back with the help of black locals. This documentary claims that, each year, as many as 80,000 females from a variety of relatively-wealthy Western nations descend on Jamaica alone.”

The topic of sex tourism is a rarity in today’s society but being 100% Jamaican, I am all too familiar with this practice. Miscegenation has been a product delivered to the african people from the day European settlers set foot on their continent. This documentary gives a first hand account of “life after slavery” and the struggle for liberation and peace in “paradise”. Please fulljoy this documentary and its Rasta teachings. Bless up!

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