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'There's nothing that can turn it back' Rastafarianism grows in Jamaica after long disdain Friday, November 30, 2012 In this November 17, 2012 photo, young and old Rastafarian adherents play drums and chant at Papine square in St Andrew.

'There's nothing that can turn it back'

(Photos: AP) BULL BAY, Jamaica (AP) — The robed Rastafarian priest looked out over the turquoise sea off Jamaica's south-east coast and fervently described his belief that deliverance is at hand. Around him at the sprawling Bobo Ashanti commune on an isolated hilltop, a few women and about 200 dreadlocked men with flowing robes and tightly wrapped turbans prayed, fasted, and fashioned handmade brooms -- smoking marijuana only as a ceremonial ritual. "Rasta church is rising," declared Priest Morant, who wore a vestment stitched with the words "The Black Christ". The Rastafarian faith is indeed rising in Jamaica, where new census figures show a roughly 20 per cent increase in the number of adherents over a decade, to more than 29,000. "This place is helping me a whole heap. African slave traditions live on in U.S. The Gullah/Geechee are descendants of West African slaves brought to America to work in rice and cotton fields.

African slave traditions live on in U.S.

Thanks to their relative isolation and strong community life, they've preserved their African cultural history. To this day, they keep the legacy of their ancestors alive, passing on African traditions from one generation to the next. Fishing is a big industry for the Gullah/Geechee people. They still use nets made by hand and cast them the way their ancestors did centuries ago. Queen Quet (right) was chosen to represent the Gullah/Geechee nation in 2000. "The Gullah/Geechee nation is an extremely tightly knit community," says Queen Quet. The Gullah/Geechee have arguably preserved the heritage of their African ancestors better than any other group in the United States. Queen Quet honors the Gullah/Geechee ancestors at the community's sacred burial ground. The Gullah/Geechee Circle of unity See also: Tracing the slaves who shaped America Click to enlarge map Mufwene agrees. Graffiti art targets Kenyan 'vultures' Graffiti artists work on the details of their latest piece in Nairobi, Kenya.

Graffiti art targets Kenyan 'vultures'

They paint political art highlighting corruption and compare national leaders to vultures. Kenyan graffiti artists put down traffic cones and road markings when they are painting to make the sites appear official. The graffiti gang steps back and admires their latest work. Each wears the 'anti-vulture' jacket. Before the group turned to political art their work including entertainment figures like Michael Jackson. U.S. Another of the group's anti-corruption works. They choose the most visible walls to paint hoping the message will result in electoral change. Details from one wall work that sums up the group's message to Kenyan voters.

Graffiti criticizes Kenya's corrupt 'vultures' Artists use graffiti paintings to slam Kenya's political leadersThey liken the political class to vultures preying on the weakThey say they want to spark ballot box revolution by making people think about their vote. From Samba to carnival: Brazil's thriving African culture. African culture is evident in Brazil's carnival, music, dance food and religionIt was the last country to abolish the slave trade, with an estimated four million slaves shipped over 300 yearsA Historical Circuit of African Heritage in Rio de Janeiro helps to connect the past and present Editor's note: Each week, Inside Africa takes its viewers on a journey, exploring the diversity of different cultures, countries and regions.

From Samba to carnival: Brazil's thriving African culture

Rio de Janeiro (CNN) -- From samba and carnival to food, music and religion, African culture is everywhere in Brazil. The cultural heritage stems from the estimated four million slaves who were brought to the country over a 300-year period, at least four times as many as to the United States. Brazil was the last country to abolish the slave trade in 1888.

More than half of Brazilians now identify themselves as black or of mixed race, according to the latest census. Carnival celebrations in Salvador. Members of a quilombo community in Vao de Almas, Brazil. Albino models setting the trend for Africa. 26 October 2012Last updated at 20:12 ET By Kate Forbes BBC News, Johannesburg Backstage amidst the chaos of Africa Fashion Week in the South African city of Johannesburg one woman sits quietly in a corner.

Albino models setting the trend for Africa

Other models and designers from across the continent dash from one end of the tent to the other - there seems to be an unofficial competition to see who can make the most noise. Yet despite her silence, US albino supermodel Diandra Forrest is still the most noticeable person in the room. Continue reading the main story “Start Quote It matters a lot to me to be here, because I want to change the way people see girls with albinism on the continent” End QuoteDiandra ForrestUS model With a complete lack of pigment in her hair or skin, the New Yorker who grew up in the city's mainly black Bronx community is used to sticking out a mile. Around one person in 17,000 is born with the genetic disorder, which can also cause blindness. 'Shocked' "People just like me live in fear every day of their lives.

LOJ T-Shirt by negusgear. Ethiopian shoemaker takes great strides. Negusgear. The Shoe Fits: Clarks To Spotlight Jamaican Culture with New Campaign « LargeUp. Words by Jesse Serwer, Photo by Beth Lesser— In the spring of 2010, with Vybz Kartel’s “Clarks” reaching peak rotation levels, I published a story in The Guardian tracing the long-running connection between the iconic British footwear brand and Jamaican music.

The Shoe Fits: Clarks To Spotlight Jamaican Culture with New Campaign « LargeUp

With reports of Clarks-driven robberies and rampant bootlegging coming in from Jamaica, the company’s spokespeople admitted to me that a surge in sales of Clarks Originals seen at the time might have had something to do with the popularity of Kartel’s tune. The next step seemed obvious. Clarks, which has been active in forging connections to other music scenes, sponsoring live events and other partnerships, would tap Vybz Kartel and Popcaan, and launch a big campaign around its base in Jamaica. As he diplomatically noted to me an interview last year, Kartel never really got his credit from the company. Photo: Mark Read. VIDEO: Rastas livid! BY CECELIA CAMPBELL-LIVINGSTON & RICHARD JOHNSON Observer staff reporters Saturday, April 21, 2012 VIDEO: Rastas livid!

VIDEO: Rastas livid!

ANOTHER incident involving a flag at a public event has sparked anger. This time, it was at the Jamaican premiere of Marley, the new documentary on the life of reggae icon Bob Marley, at Emancipation Park in St Andrew on Thursday. Orgainsers of the event, which was free to the public, encouraged guests to "walk the VIP red, green and gold carpet". For them, the laying of the colours of the Ethiopian flag as a carpet to be walked on disrespected both Rastafari and, by extension, Marley's philosophies. "Fire bun! " "How can you walk on the Rasta flag? According to Irie Lion, were Marley alive, such an incident would have never occurred. Rastas regard Ethiopia as their homeland and believe in the divinity of its former ruler the late Emperor Haile Selassie. "Ethically, we don't walk on flags. Dub poet Mutabaruka also expressed his displeasure, saying it was "totally misguided".

&Seven Blunders of the World& by Mahatma Gandhi. Bob Marley film premieres in Jamaican park. 20 April 2012Last updated at 13:09 ET By Nick Davis BBC News, Kingston Marley's hits included No Woman No Cry, Exodus and Redemption Song It is more than 30 years since reggae legend Bob Marley died - but songs like Get Up, Stand Up and Is This Love still sell in their thousands.

Bob Marley film premieres in Jamaican park

There have been countless documentaries and biographies about the singer-songwriter over the years - but a new film, by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald, is the first to be approved by the singer's family. It opens in cinemas today, but the premiere was held at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on Thursday. Outside the venue, a peanut seller sang along to Soul Rebel. Hundreds of people crowded into Emancipation Park for the premiere "I'm a capturer, soul adventurer," he warbled off-key. Admission was free, a gift to the people of Jamaica from the Marley family, and part of the country's celebration of 50 years of independence. Thousands took up the offer. "It has a depth to it and a lot of emotion to it... Religions - Rastafari: Bob Marley. The Terrible Truth About Facebook. Ode to Jamaica. What My Nanny Left Me: How A Jewish Boy From New Jersey Ended Up With A Jamaican Accent. By Ross Kenneth UrkenTablet Magazine How did a Jewish boy from New Jersey end up speaking with a Jamaican accent?

What My Nanny Left Me: How A Jewish Boy From New Jersey Ended Up With A Jamaican Accent

It’s an enduring inheritance from a woman who raised me. It was a supreme role reversal, as I stood next to my former nanny’s bed in Newark’s Beth Israel Hospital, feeding her Kozy-Shack rice pudding and wiping the residue from her lips. No longer a boy with a neat auburn bowl-cut, I was now an unruly-haired 20-something with a thick Semitic beard. Looking like an ancient Levite, I stood in sharp contrast to the others in Dezna’s hospital room -- the Caribbean churchwomen from her Seventh Day Adventist congregation who sang hymns, held my hands, told me about Jesus and gave me a book about the afterlife.

Throughout my neurotic, book-stuffed youth, I was terrified at bedtime, when the absence of light makes one vulnerable to bandits and dybbuks. Dezna was my hero, especially on nights my parents went out, when the fear was at its peak. Dezna and I remained in contact. Coca-Cola Smile Back Jamaica. Kenyan chief foils robbery via Twitter, highlights reach of social media. Kenyan Chief Francis Kariuki mobilizes his community using Twitter, despite the lack of Internet access. The chief sends out tweets, which residents get in the form of a text message He also tweets to alert residents about missing animals and share doses of encouragement Residents in his town don't need a smart phone or Web access to get the messages Study: About 57% of tweets from Africa are sent from mobile devices (CNN) -- A Kenyan chief in a town far from the bustling capital foiled a predawn robbery recently using Twitter, highlighting the far-reaching effects of social media in areas that don't have access to the Internet.

Chief Francis Kariuki said he got a call in the dead of the night that thieves had broken into a neighbor's house. He turned to Twitter, which allows users to send messages in 140 characters or less, to reach his community instantly. "Thieves in Kelven's living room, let's help him out please," he tweeted in Swahili, the local language. Know the Maroons in Jamaica: Courage, Resistance & a Reclaiming of African Culture & Identity. When the plantocracy embarked on the Akan region of West Africa, they specifically sought out and purchased ‘Koromantis’ (also referred to as Coromantees) because of their renowned characteristics of pride and discipline.

While slave owners hoped that these aforementioned characteristics would make their newly acquired ‘property’ “good slaves” because they were known to be hard workers, they overlooked the fact that these people were also known to be very stubborn and possessed superb military skills because of the fights they endured in their native countries. While not taking heed to these latter facts, slave owners/planters in Jamaica would eventually regret their choice of purchase as many of their hopeful “good slaves” would become their greatest threat.

With their weapons and manpower, the British were able to capture the island of Jamaica from the Spanish in 1655. Maroons of Jamaica Photo By National Library of Jamaica Other Interesting Stories you might want to check : Are jobs obsolete? Douglas Rushkoff: U.S.

Are jobs obsolete?

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" (CNN) -- The U.S. Postal Service appears to be the latest casualty in digital technology's slow but steady replacement of working humans. Unless an external source of funding comes in, the post office will have to scale back its operations drastically, or simply shut down altogether. We can blame a right wing attempting to undermine labor, or a left wing trying to preserve unions in the face of government and corporate cutbacks. Creating glamor in Nigeria's ghettos. Italian designer Caterina Bortolussi started her fashion label Kinabuti in December 2010. With designs inspired by Nigeria, Bortolussi wants to use fashion as an instrument for change in the region. She says: "I thought, 'Why can't we use fashion as vehicle to make a difference?'

We should lead by example. " A model practices her walk for the runway during a training session. Life in the ghettos goes on around a Kinabuti photo shoot. Label founder Caterina Bortolussi wants to help educate and inspire young women in the region. Hair stylists work on a Kinabuti model's hair in the salon. Finishing touches are put on a model's make up as two Kinabuti girls watch in the background. A model poses wearing a white Kinabuti creation in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. A model poses in the background, in Port Harcourt.

Kinabuti founder Caterina Bortolussi (left) celebrates with Kinabuti model Lizzie during a concert the day after the Kinabuti fashion launch in December 2010. Kinabuti: Glamor in the ghettos. Why don't black Americans swim? 3 September 2010Last updated at 06:41 GMT By Finlo Rohrer BBC News, Washington The drownings shocked the community and sparked a campaign A month ago, six African-American teenagers drowned in a single incident in Louisiana, prompting soul-searching about why so many young black Americans can't swim. When 15-year-old DeKendrix Warner accidentally stepped into deeper water while wading in the Red River in Shreveport, he panicked. JaTavious Warner, 17, Takeitha Warner, 13, JaMarcus Warner, 14, Litrelle Stewart, 18, Latevin Stewart, 15, and LaDarius Stewart, 17, rushed to help him and each other. None of them could swim.

Continue reading the main story US swimming stats Maude Warner, mother of three of the victims, and the other adults present also couldn't swim. The US has almost 3,500 accidental drownings every year, almost 10 a day. A recent study sponsored by USA Swimming uncovered equally stark statistics. The study found 58% of Hispanic children had no or low swimming ability. Fear factor.