Apr 24, 2014
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Posts tagged: Jamaica

Media Watch: “Unsung” Highlights Gil Scott-Heron’s Jamaican Roots

Words by Natalie Weiner—

Poet, musician, activist, and “godfather of rap” Gil Scott-Heron challenged musical and social limits right up until his death in 2011, combining jazz, blues, soul, and spoken word to create evocative new sounds. His influence on contemporary music is enormous – even to just consider the artists who’ve directly sampled his work is overwhelming, much less all the artists who have been inspired by his style and delivery.

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Fashion Fridays: Michi NY’s Workout Wear

Words by Michellee Nelson~

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If the design aesthetics of MichiNY look at familiar to you, that may be because we first featured designer Michelle Watson back in 2011. Since then, MichiNY has taken off, with the line’s workout gear appearing everywhere from Urban Outfitters’ style blog and Cosmo to the pages of Harper’s Bazaar.

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Throwback Thursdays: Ten Classic Bob Marley Performances You Can Watch Online

Words by Jesse Serwer and Natalie Weiner—


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LargeUp Premiere: Jah Banks – “Jah Makin Music” Mixtape

Words by Natalie Weiner—

Just looking at the cover of Jah Banks‘ new mixtape, you get a pretty good idea of what he’s about —vintage reggae and dancehall (see the tropical forest) combined with classic Brooklyn hip-hop (witness the Williamsburg bridge). Banks, a Jamaican raised in Brooklyn and frequent co-host on our radio show The LargeUp Sessions, has released some dope videos and tracks over the last year, getting us hyped for his new mixtape.

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R.I.P. Bunny Rugs, 1948-2014

Words by Saxon Baird and Jesse Serwer—


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Real Big Man: Orlando Franklin Reps the Caribbean At Super Bowl XLVIII

Words by Natalie Weiner–


This coming Sunday is all about the Super Bowl. During what essentially amounts to a national holiday in the US (and, to a lesser degree, Canada), people gather around the nearest television — beer and insanely unhealthy food in hand — to watch a bunch of enormous (and inexplicably graceful) men butt heads (literally). In the Caribbean, as with most of the rest of the world, however, football = soccer. As a result, players from the Caribbean are not often represented in the Super Bowl though their ranks are growing in the NFL. We even did a ranking of our favorites two years ago, when no less than four players with Caribbean roots appeared in the big game. In that one, there was even a scion of Jamaican reggae royalty.

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