dashiki-picIt’s Melanin Monday once again, but this time, we’re celebrating Melanin Monday with an interesting twist.

As some of you may already know, October 30th was National Dashiki Day, and while the rest of the world was preparing Halloween costumes, the black community was getting dressed up in beautiful Africa-inspired apparel.

 

masterpiece-poet“Dark eyes, thick thighs, we don’t need to apologize.”

-Masterpiece Poet

 

There can never be enough motivation out there when it comes to building up the black woman. There can never be too much music, prose, poetry, TV shows and magazine articles that pay homage to black girl magic.

 

candyIn quite a few countries in the Western world, people are engaging in the observance of Halloween, a time to dress up in a disguise of choice, attend parties and go trick-or-treating.

While in previous years, Halloween wasn’t a thing in the West Indies, the idea of celebrating the occasion is quickly catching on here, especially among the younger, mass-media-consuming generation.

 

viola-davisEmmy-winning actress Viola Davis is about to add yet another project to her already-filled plate.

As part of the production deal she signed with ABC, Davis is in the process of developing a comedy about a black family in the 1960s.

According to ABS, The Zipcoders, a music-themed comedy, follows the lives of a divorced mother and her three children who have recently moved to Austin, Texas.  The family’s big move comes just after the 1968 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther king Jr., but the bright side of the new location is that it brings them closer to a beloved relative.

 

“When women succeed, the nation prospers." This is the point of view of internationally renowned motivational speaker Anthony Thomas, and because of this point of view, he makes it his life's work to encourage and inspire

ella-andallAll this month, SR Magazine has highlighted pioneers of Calypso music in celebration of Calypso music month, recognized annually in the Caribbean during the month of October.

As Calypso Music Month comes to a close, we will continue to pay homage to those who worked tirelessly to put Calypso music on the world map.

Some of the artists we will feature in this article were there to lay down the building blocks of the Calypso music industry, while others carried the torch passed on to them by the pioneers.

 

kamladeoBorn and raised in Guyana, Kamladeo Sahadeo always loved art. Despite a lack of appreciation for art and craft on the island of her birth, she decided to pursue her passion anyway.

Just in time for Divali celebrations in the Caribbean, the emerging artist showcased some of her recent work, all inspired by Hinduism and its teachings.

 

 

 

 

the-skatalitesThe inaugural One World Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival is drawing near, and an all-star line-up of performers has been confirmed.

The festival, which will be staged at the Hope Road-based Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on November 26 and 27, will feature international Ska and Rocksteady music acts such as Toots and The Maytals, Lloyd Parks and We The People, The Skatalites (USA), Soweto Ska Band (Spain), Marcia Griffiths, Leroy Sibbles (formerly of the Heptones), B.B Seaton and The Gaylads (UK), Brooklyn Attractors (USA), U-Roy – king of Jamaican toasters, Derrick Morgan king of ska, Stranger Cole, Sparrow Martin and Skasonic band, The Alpha School Band, Yard Beat and Earth Cry.

machel-montanoThe best way to shut down rumors that you were recently held at the JFK Airport for cocaine possession is to release a hot new soca track for 2017, and that is exactly what Caribbean soca superstar Machel Montano has done.

The track, entitled Lip Service,  was released less than 24 hours ago, and is so catchy that it has an entire rhythm ,”The Lip Service Riddim,” named after it.

 

reggae-poster-contestAttention, graphic artists everywhere: Jamaica is hosting its fifth edition of the International Reggae Poster Contest.

The contest will open for entries on November 1, and graphic artists will have the opportunity to submit  entries until January 31, 2017. A jury made up of design professionals will select the 100 best posters, after which they will be placed on exhibition around the world.