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Tuesday 05 November, 2013

Reggae Reincarnated: 20 Alternatives to the Classic Bob Marley Poster

Art can lead so many interconnected and parallel lives. I once heard someone say there is no difference between the sounds musicians make with their instruments and the movements dancers make with their bodies. The dance is just the music in another form, dance is music incarnate and both give life to each other. No […]


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Tuesday 29 October, 2013

Even When the Government Doesn’t Work, Artists Do: Why “Better Mus’ Come” Remains Current

The wake of the United States government shut-down, is just one instance reminding us that movies about government failings, past and present, remain “current.” Many filmmakers of political cinema have a bigger vision for their art than criticizing a broken system. These artists help audiences connect dots they didn’t recognize before and show the first-hand […]


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Monday 21 October, 2013

Live Unchained Brings International Reggae Poster Exhibition to Washington, DC

Listening to Bob Marley’s “Africa Unite” was the first time I felt like a song was holding me in its arms. Motivated by Marley, I learned that many great Reggae artists believed in things like international solidarity, self-mastery, the possibility of a world beyond Babylon; and they honored rebels that resisted slavery, like Nanny of […]


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Wednesday 20 March, 2013

Soundtrack of Survival: Dr. Carolyn Cooper Discusses Global Reggae & Jamaican Feminism

Maps lie; if they told the truth, the drawings would reflect Jamaica’s greatness. Noted Jamaican poet and cultural activist, Louise Bennett, called out the problem of Western cartography when she wrote: “Worl-map fi stop draw Jamaica small!…For de lickle speck cyaan show we independantness at all!” Building on Bennett’s critique, Dr. Carolyn Cooper‘s most recent […]


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Friday 11 January, 2013

Creative Catalysts with Oneika Russell | 30 Days Unchained : Day 2

30 Days Unchained/#30unchained | Day: 2 – 1/11/13 | Inspiration:  Oneika Russell If you’re like me, you like visually pleasing art that would like nice hanging on a wall. Yet, many modern and conceptual aren’t creating to please you. Kara Walker’s silhouettes of an infant being stabbed and characters eating poop, for example, weren’t created […]


Monday 18 July, 2011

On It’s Own Terms: Oneika Russell Discusses Modern and Jamaican Art

I like visually pleasing art that I can see hanging on my living room or bedroom walls. Yet, more and more, I’m growing to appreciate modern and conceptual artists who create work that isn’t necessarily beautiful in it’s presentation, but beautiful in it’s truth and purpose. Kara Walker’s silhouettes of an infant being stabbed and […]