Sep 23, 2014
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Miss Calypso: Maya Angelou’s Caribbean Roots

Words by Iscious—

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Maya Angelou, the world-renowned author, poet and activist, died today at the age of 86. She was best known for her landmark 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which described in brilliant lyrical fashion her upbringing in the Jim Crow South. Angelou would go on to write six more books about her life, along with dozens of poems and essays. Her vivid prose centered on themes of the African-American family, black women, poverty, and racial discrimination. A perhaps lesser-known chapter in Maya Angelou’s illustrious career is her musical endeavors, which included a brief but notable foray into calypso. Even lesser known are her own Caribbean roots.

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Blacka’s World: The First Dancehall Ragga Jam World Conference

Words by Blacka Di Danca—

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This past weekend was glorious for dancehall. The world’s first dancehall dance convention, officially known as the Dancehall Ragga Jam World Conference, was held in Paris, France, and it was a huge success.

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Frass in France: Blacka Di Danca at Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference

Words By LargeUp Crew—

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It’s been a busy year for our dance ambassador and columnist Blacka Di Danca. His fourth European tour has brought him to workshops and events in 32 cities and 18 countries. For the final stop on this particular journey, he returns to France this Saturday, April 12, to teach a class at the first annual Dancehall & Ragga Jam World Conference at Equinoxe in Paris.

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Blacka’s World: Bringing Dancehall to Juste Debout

Words by Blacka Di Danca, Photos by Little Shao
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New York City-based dancer and choreographer extraordinaire Blacka di Danca has been traveling the world spreading the gospel of dancehall through classes and appearances at top dance studios and clubs from Mexico to Siberia. He’s currently on his latest tour across Europe, where he had a chance to see history being made as dancehall was added to Juste Debout, the world’s largest street dance competition, earlier this month.

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Blacka’s World: Blacka Loses Himself + Teaches The World

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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The Winter Olympics weren’t the only international culture clash happening in Russia last month. While the world’s greatest cold-weather athletes were proving themselves in Sochi, our Blacka Di Danca was in Moscow getting an army of Russian dancers in sync with dancehall during his latest instructional tour. If this video (an Instagram-sized preview of a more extensive clip to come) doesn’t speak volumes about dancehall’s global appeal, we don’t know what does.

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Rules of D Road: The Dos and Don’ts of Wining


Words by Tishanna Williams and Jam Central:::Photos by Colin Williams and Reid Van Renesse

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