The event celebrates Jamaican
Independent Day on Sunday, marking 55 years since the island broke away from British rule.
Initially as Velma Newton points out in The Silver Men, California was the destination of many dispossessed Jamaicans
The Town Hall raised the Jamaican
flag at the request of the Jamaican
Embassy in London in honour of the "auspicious occasion".
And the organisers hope to cap the weekend celebrations late on Sunday evening by screening a Jamaican
victory for Usain Bolt in the Olympics 100m final.
Some of the world's top sports stars have been travelling in style after MG supplied a fleet of vehicles to the Jamaican
and USA Track and Field training camps.
Trinidadians, on the other hand, see Jamaicans
as being much too serious.
In an attempt to better unpack the complex transnational Jamaican
family, Elaine Bauer and Paul Thompson have collected life history interviews from people of Jamaican
origin living in Britain, the United States, Canada, and Jamaica.
The purpose was to provide Civil Society training to Jamaican
organizations involved in numerous causes, including AIDS education, constitutional reform, and preventing violence against women.
William Brown and Lee Cronk of Rutgers and their colleagues used cameras to track laser reflectors fastened on people and then made 40 animations of young Jamaicans
dancing to the same pop song (see video at http:// grail.
This show has a strong conceptual component," theorizing about "the proximity that Jamaicans
live and work to the earth and how this comes across in the artwork.
That Hebrew Psalms have found a permanent home in the musical rhythms of Rastafari (the movement) is a tribute to the powerful reggae cultural revolution of the last decades, but it also shows how profoundly the Bible resonates with the political ideology of the Jamaican