Category Archives: black history

Black Football Managers in England -Thing on the Ground

Of the 92 English professional football teams currently in the top 4 leagues only 2 managers (Keith Curle & Chris Powell) are Black, Asian or Minority ethnic (BAME). Disturbing figures it might seem  given that approximately 22% of professional players … Continue reading

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Jazz Legend Horace Silver:1928-2014

Whenever friends curious about jazz ask me to recommend a track to introduce them to the genre I tend to go for Miles Davis ‘So What’ or “Blue in Green”, Herbie Hancock’s ‘Maiden Voyage” or John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things”. … Continue reading

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The Late – David “Kool Kat” “Ricky” Lewis – A Personal Tribute

My tribute to my brother David Lewis at his swansong held at Norse Road Chapel, Bedford, England. “I last heard from David 4 days before his death, when he contacted me in Jamica. David had recommended a documentary that featured … Continue reading

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Black History Month: Garvey in Old Harbour in 1930

Below is an article from the Jamaica Gleaner of 29 September 1930. “Mr Marcus Garvey at Old Harbour” “Last night quite a representative of citizens met in the Ludford School [now Old Harbour Primary] and listened with marked attention to a … Continue reading

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Keep Mary & William on the National Curriculum

There are understandable concerns in some English quarters as the Education Secretary, Michael Gove, plans to revise the national curriculum for history studies. According to the Daily Mail, Gove has earmarked to remove from the national curriculum, Crimean War nurses … Continue reading

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Jamaica at 50 – The Music

6 August 2012 will be the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s independence from British rule. Without question Jamaica has produced a number of gifted individuals and influential products that has made this small island. For an island of 2.5 million people … Continue reading

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Dancehall: The Story of Jamaican Dancehall Culture By Beth Lesser (my review) Without a doubt one of the most important books ever published about the history of post independent Jamaican music. Great for the coffee table or the verandah! A copy of this book would be a great educational reference for … Continue reading

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Black History – Kindergarden style

My girlfriend Maxine is a teacher at a kindergarden achool in the Portmore area of St Catherine, Jamaica. She is well respected by her colleagues children and the parents. Maxine and her colleague “Aunty Diana” “has made it her priority to teach their … Continue reading

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Found today’s first ever trip to the Museum of Docklands, near Canary Wharf, quite an informative and moving experience. The main purpose of the visit was to see the Slave Trade section. Just been there gave me a sense of … Continue reading

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